Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Paul Westerberg


New Year's Eve Brings You Furthur


































Phil Lesh & Bob Weir keep the Grateful Dead tradition of a hometown New Year’s Eve concert truckin’ on with their latest musical endeavor Furthur.


Live from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Exclusively from Sirius XM’s Grateful Dead Channel!

Airs: Monday, December 31, 10:30 pm Eastern Time

Happy Birthday Andy Summers


Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter



Adam Ant promises that his forthcoming album, "Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter," is, like its title, "completely different form anything else I've done before." MORE HERE


The album is set to be released January 22, 2013. Pre-order HERE


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Jimi's Band of Gypsys 1969



December 31, 1969 - Jimi Hendrix introduced his new Band of Gypsys at a show that was recorded and later released as the live album "Band of Gypsys."

The Soundtrack to B.B. Kings' Life



The UK has already been enjoying 'The Life of Riley' : the film about B.B. King ...no U.S. distributor has been identified yet. MORE HERE

Luckily, the soundtrack to the film is available as an import. MORE HERE

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John Denver December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997


Mighty Mighty Bosstones' 15th Hometown Throwdown




















For all their noise and bluster, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones can get mighty mighty sentimental. Opening night of the band’s 15th Hometown Throwdown on Saturday December 29, 2012 at Boston's House of Blues was as much a love letter to Boston and its music scene as it was ska-core blowout.

The once hard-touring Bosstones now just perform a handful of gigs annually, with the seasonal Throwdowns being the highlight. This year the band staked out three shows at the House of Blues, with the finale scheduled for tonight Monday December 31, 2012. MORE HERE

Rick Nelson May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985


The Messenger Johnny Marr



Johnny Marr is, without question, one of the nicest guys in rock and roll. He’s also, without question, one of the most talented guitar players of all time. As a founding member of the Smiths, Marr helped change the face of English rock music forever and created a signature guitar style that would influence an entire generation of rock bands. After the Smiths called it a day in 1987, Marr went on to play in lots of other excellent bands, including the The, Electronic, the Cribs, and Modest Mouse. Other than one foray into solo-album territory (2003′s Boomslang, released under the moniker of Johnny Marr and the Healers), Marr has mostly been content to write and record in other bands as opposed to putting together a new band of his own. However, next February (2013), Marr will release The Messenger, his first solo album in nearly a decade. MORE HERE

Pre-order HERE

Odetta December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Patti Smith


Kate Bush: Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire


Kate Bush has been named on the Queen's New Year’s Honours list.

Kate Bush has received the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to music. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Michael Nesmith


R.I.P.: Lloyd Charmers



Well-known Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, Lloyd Charmers, died in London on Wednesday December 26, 2012 following a heart attack.

Charmers, who was a member of the original singing group, The Uniques and was also well known for producing a string of hits for a number of Jamaican singers. MORE HERE

New Year's Eve With Southside Johnny









For the 14th time, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are back at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey for the best New Year’s Eve party in town.

Each ticket buyer will receive a copy of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes' latest CD, Leroy's Basement Vol. 1.

Plus...the show will be broadcast live via Sirius radio on the E Street Radio Channel 20.

Bo Diddley December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008


Queens of the Stone Age Secrets of the Sound



With Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor, Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears and original bassist Nick Oliveri all on board for the new Queens of the Stone Age album, naturally the band would want to document the making of the record. In this mini-mockumentary, leader Josh Homme chats with British comedian Matt Barry, who cluelessly fumbles over the band's history.

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Davy Jones 30 December 1945 – 29 February 2012


Bobby Rush Down In Louisiana

























Bobby Rush has been cranking out albums cut from the same cloth for so long that it's fair to ask what's the difference with 2013's Down in Louisiana. As it turns out, the answer is plenty. Departing from his signature slicked-back soul-blues, Rush strips his band down to the basics -- guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, accentuated with a little accordion on occasion -- abandoning the horns and getting down and dirty.

Down in Louisiana will be released February 19, 2013. MORE HERE

Pre-order HERE

Happy Birthday Jeff Lynne


R.I.P.: Jayne Cortez



Poet Jayne Cortez has passed away. She died this past Friday, December 28, 2012 at age 76.

She was the author of ten books of poems and nine audio recordings. Her signature style was to recite her poetry with music, usually a live jazz band, a style that could be compared to spoken word. In later years her touring band was called the Firespitters.

Cortez was once married to jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman and they had one son, jazz drummer Denardo Coleman, with whom she collaborated artistically.

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Skeeter Davis December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Marianne Faithfull


Music Video Style 2012



Was 2012 the year that the music video format got its groove back?

As artists released videos that were previewed with movie theater-style trailers (as well as releasing clips that were as long as mini documentary films), there seemed to be a thread of stylish creative imagery that hasn't been seen since MTV's heyday in the 1980s.

NPR presents eight music videos that personified style in 2012 HERE

Above is npr's pick for MOST STYLISH ART NERD : "Cheerleader" by St. Vincent; Directed by Hiro Murai

Happy Birthday Ed Bruce


Back In: Black Crowes
















The Black Crowes are to end their hiatus with a spring 2013 tour of the UK and US.

The band announced the first leg of their 'Lay Down With Number 13' world tour on their official website Thursday December 26, 2012. Additional dates will be announced soon.

The band's line-up for the tour will comprise Chris Robinson (above left), Rich Robinson (above right), Steve Gorman, Sven Pipien, Adam Macdougall and new recruit Jackie Greene, who joins on guitars and vocals.


The band has also announced the March 19, 2012 vinyl release of the live Wiser For The Time. Its mammoth eight sides on four vinyl albums will contain 26 songs - 15 acoustic and 11 electric - from the band’s five-night, sold-out NYC performances in the fall of 2010. These never-released-before versions will also be available as a double album digital download.

As a Christmas gift to their fans, the band is offering a free mobile web app via their website. It includes a free download of the acoustic version of 'Under A Mountain' performed live in NYC in 2010. This offering is exclusive and not included on Wiser For The Time. Download it HERE

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Rick Danko December 29, 1942 – December 10, 1999


Country Ram Jam Live













On Saturday December 29, 2012 Ram Country on Yahoo! Music will broadcast 2012 Ram Jam, an exclusive concert at Marathon Music Works in Nashville featuring live performances from some of country music's hottest talent, including Zac Brown Band, Kellie Pickler, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert and Billy Currington. The concert event starts at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time. GO HERE

All five participating artists received a lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck. Each truck will be auctioned off in early 2013 with all proceeds going to benefit a charity of each artist's choice.

The auction will kick off January 22, 2012 with Kellie Pickler's truck and the proceeds will go to Kellie's charity of choice, the USO. MORE HERE

Platinum George Jones



December 29, 1983, George Jones receives the first platinum album of his career, for "I Am What I Am"

A Sirius New Year's Eve With Gregg Allman














Ring in the New Year with a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band as he performs his unique blend of rock and roll fused with blues, jazz and soul on stage at the House of Blues in New Orleans. One of Rock and Roll’s original innovators, Gregg Allman has been dazzling audiences with his own improvisational jam band style for decades.


This show will be broadcast live on New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2012) on Classic Vinyl channel 26 on Sirius XM radio.

Prez 'Kidd' Kenneth December 29, 1933 - June 27,1995


The Heart of Led Zeppelin



In a performance that had Robert Plant on the verge of tears, Ann Wilson of Heart sang ‘Stairway to Heaven’ as the finale of a star-studded musical tribute to Led Zeppelin during the Kennedy Center Honors, which were broadcast December 26, 2012 on CBS.

Ann & Nancy Wilson were joined on stage by late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son Jason on drums, as well as a gigantic house band featuring string and horn sections and what appeared to be two different vocal choirs.

From the moment they began, all eyes and ears were focused on Ann Wilson, and she knocked this one out of the park, leaving John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and a clearly misty Plant with big smiles on their faces as they watched from the balcony.

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Tim Hardin December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980


Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Edgar Winter


Foos Get The Led Out



Footage of Foo Fighters covering Led Zeppelin's 'Rock and Roll' at the recent Kennedy Center Honors has been aired for the first time.

The awards, which took place on December 2, 2012 were aired this week (Dec 26, 2012).



CBS’s broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors, a 35-year holiday tradition for the network, attracted more than eight million viewers.

The Foo Fighters performance (above) sees frontman Dave Grohl playing drums and drummer Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals. All three members of Led Zeppelin are shown watching the performance with President Barack Obama also in attendance. MORE HERE

Salute to Buddy Guy is HERE

More Video HERE

Alex Chilton December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010


R.I.P.: Ray Collins



Ray Collins, a singer whose dispute with one guitarist led him to hire another, Frank Zappa, with whom he would go on to form the avant-garde rock group the Mothers of Invention, died on Monday December 24, 2012 in Pomona, California. He was in his middle 70s. MORE HERE

The Doors Touch Me '68



December 28, 1968 : The Doors release Touch Me

Beats In The Brains



Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart has teamed up with Dr. Adam Gazzaley to study the neuroscience of rhythm and to better understand how it can be used for therapeutic purposes.  





Hart and Gazzaley, who is the director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of California San Francisco, are trying to figure out if certain rhythms can help wounded brains enter states of consciousness that they can no longer sustain on their own. Studies have pointed to the possibility that music therapy can improve body movement abilities following a stroke, while helping with pain and anxiety. MORE HERE

Hart and Gazzaley presented some of their findings to a crowd at the AARP Convention in New Orleans back in September (2012). Video HERE

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Freddie King September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976


R.I.P.: Fontella Bass



Fontella Bass, the singer whose 1965 hit “Rescue Me” was an indelible example of the decade’s finest pop-soul, died on Wednesday December 26, 2012 in St. Louis. She was 72. MORE HERE

Johnny Otis December 28, 1921 – January 17, 2012


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Terry Bozzio


The Science of Imogen Heap




















In the final episode of the BBC2 science series 'Dara O Briain's Science Club', Dara and his crack team take a weird and wonderful look at the science behind music.

Imogen Heap plays her ‘Musical gloves’ having their first National Television début on the show which airs December30, 2012. MORE HERE & HERE

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Marlene Dietrich 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992


Waiting For Poe



"And some say that it loops forever this road that I lose you on every time... "
- Poe


There is something afoot in regard to musician/performance artist Poe...

The youtube video above and the facebook pic left are the newest clues to her long awaited return.

The Staple Singers Do It Again In 1975



December 27, 1975 : The Staple Singers' "Let's Do It Again" hits #1

Dead Moog













Moog Music announced the official release of the Grateful Dead Expansion Pack, which innovatively turns the Grateful Dead’s live performance at the Carousel Ballroom on Feb. 14, 1968 into a source of harmonic content exclusively for Animoog, Moog’s TEC-Award Nominated synthesizer for the iPad.The pack features 82 Presets and 45 Timbres that were carefully extracted from the live recording, and then optimized for the Animoog’s Anisotropic Synthesis Engine. MORE HERE

Delaney Bramlett July 1, 1939 – December 27, 2008


Ted Nugent Reindeer Games

















Santa Claus’ sleigh may want to avoid Ted Nugent’s neck of the woods next Christmas.

The rocker turned hunting advocate received some holiday jeers from animals rights activists after extolling the virtues of eating reindeer via Twitter. MORE HERE

Hoagy Carmichael November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981



The clip above is from the 1952 Howard Hughes production 'The Las Vegas Story'

R.I.P.: Harold Jackson

























Harold Jackson October 1, 1910 - December 6, 2012 (102 years!)

Although some controversy exists, Harold Jackson was the last surviving member of the Ink Spots.

Jackson, featured in the "If I Didn't Care" video as the narrator has been referred to as "The Original Rapper"

Harold Jackson's 'bass talking' on "The Ink Spots - A Man" track is another great example of his talent.

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John 'Buddy' Bailey December 27, 1931 - February 1994


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Birthday James Mercer


101 Essential Rock Records

























101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl, from The Beatles to The Sex Pistols, from esteemed arts and culture publisher Gingko Press, is a 260 page hardcover offers 300 illustrations in an oversized, coffee table format.

This celebration of the vinyl record was curated and edited by music industry veteran Jeff Gold.

Gold’s book examines 101 rock albums, well known and obscure, that changed music forever; from the Beatles 1963 U.K. debut Please Please Me through the Sex Pistols 1977 classic Never Mind The Bollocks. The book focus is on vinyl’s “Golden Age,” a period beginning with the explosion of album sales brought on by Beatlemania, and ending in the late ‘70s, with the advent of Sony’s Walkman — and the cassette overtaking the LP as the dominant music format.

A two-page spread on each album features large images of each record’s front and back cover and record label. Each album depicted is the earliest issue from the artist’s country of origin — akin to a first edition book.

Available HERE

Record Collector News Interview with Jeff Gold is HERE

Curtis Mayfield June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999


Green Day's X-Kid Marks The Spot



Green Day have unveiled the video for their new track, 'X-Kid'.

The budget video simply features an image of a cassette tape playing the song. The song is taken from '¡Tré!', the last album in the band's '¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!' trilogy.

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Teena Marie March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010


Miley's Xmas Sex Doll

























Miley Cyrus tweeted the above photo of herself in her car with a buckled-up sex doll. 

“Does this count for the carpool lane? Such a nice Xmas gift”

It's good to see the pop chirper practices safe sex and safe driving.

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Willie & Lee Ann Cross The Mendocino County Line



December 26, 2001, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack shoot the video to "Mendocino County Line" in Austin, Texas

Amoeba Music Vinyl Vaults


















Amoeba Music Vinyl Vaults is a boutique featuring a curated collection of digitized vinyl and 78s, available for download. Vinyl is the ultimate expression of an artist's work, and Amoeba is doing their best to preserve our musical history! Enjoy the depth and warmth of vinyl masters, and for the full sonic impact upgrade to M4A (Lossless) or WAV Files. MORE HERE

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Alligator Released 1955



December 26, 1955 - Bill Haley and the Comets' "See You Later Alligator" was released by Decca Records.

Have Yourself A Marina Little Christmas



Marina Diamandis performing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas for MTV US as part of their '12 Holidaze' Christmas series of videos.

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Una Mae Carlisle December 26, 1915 - November 7, 1956


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Joe Louis Walker


Happy Birthday Merry Clayton


Superionic Fruitcake



The Superions came to Earth to take over the planet with delirious dance music. They started by taking over the bodies of B-52 frontman Fred Schneider, keyboard and electric drum player Noah Brodie, and programmer Dan Marshall and producing an album’s worth of Christmas music called Destination… Christmas!

Available HERE and at iTunes 

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Dean Martin June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995


R.I.P.: Mike Scaccia




















Mike Scaccia, guitarist for long-running metal act Ministry, died at the age of 47 on Saturday night December 22, 2012.

The guitarist collapsed onstage in the middle of a solo at Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas. He was pronounced dead a short time later. The cause of death is presumed to be from a strobe light-induced seizure. MORE HERE & HERE

Melanie Scores With A Brand New Key In '71



December 25, 1971, Melanie started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Brand New Key', the first release on her new label Neighbourhood Records.

Black Sabbath's Tourability




















Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has said that the band will be touring "as much as we're able" next year (2013).

Writing in a post on his website, Iommi.com, the guitar player thanked fans for their support throughout the year and also made reference to his battle with cancer.

The band has recently revealed that they are six tracks into recording their new album, which is due for release in April 2013. Iommi has said that the final album will consist of 15 tracks. MORE HERE

James Brown May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006


R.I.P.: Marva Whitney



Marva Whitney, a fiery voiced funk singer who toured and collaborated with James Brown -- along the way earning the nickname "Soul Sister #1" -- died on Saturday December 22, 2012 at age 68. MORE HERE

Obscure Christmas Songs



On December 25, 1954 Up and coming R&B star Johnny Ace is killed when he shot himself backstage at a concert in Houston, Texas while playing Russian Roulette. The Squirrel Nut Zippers immortalized the event with an obscure Christmas song (above).

Buzzfeed delivers 15 (More) Obscure Christmas Songs That You Need To Hear... HERE

Eartha Kitt January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008




Bing's White Christmas Dream Comes True In '54



December 25, 1954 : Originally released in 1947, Bing Crosby's White Christmas finally hits the pop charts in the United States, and eventually becomes the biggest-selling Christmas song ever.

Johnny Ace June 9, 1929 – December 25, 1954


Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Lemmy Kilmister


Happy Christmas From The Rolling Stones





















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Happy Birthday Jan Akkerman


Jethro Tulls' Thicker Brick

























Jethro Tull's classic 1972 progressive rock album "Thick As a Brick" is celebrating its' 40th anniversary.

This special edition set features the original album on CD and in a remixed version on DVD with 5.1 surround sound along with a recreation of The St. Cleve Chronicle newspaper in which the album was first packaged 40 years ago.

According to group leader Ian Anderson in the packages' liner notes, "Thick As a Brick" was written and recorded as a response to the assumption that the band's previous album "Aqualung" was a concept record. Thus, Anderson crafted an epic-length work consisting of one 45-minutes song divided into two parts. Furthermore, he concocted a fictitious story in that the work was based on a poem written by a young boy named Gerald "Little Milton" Bostock.

"Thick as a Brick" remains one of Tull's best works, and earlier this year, Anderson released a sequel ("Thick As a Brick 2") under his own name. MORE HERE

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Lee Dorsey December 24, 1924 – December 2, 1986


Justin Timberlake Made Myspace For Musicians
















In 2007, MySpace ruled social networking. The multibillion-dollar online empire had four times as many members as its chief rival, Facebook.

Yet by 2009, the site had nearly collapsed. My­Space crumbled under the weight of intrusive ads, dubious management, and an ascendant Facebook. Close to a million users abandoned the website each month for two years. Myspace was finished.

News Corp, which bought the site for $580 million, dumped it last year for $35 million.

The site's new owners have rebuilt My­space from scratch. Pop star Justin Timberlake and ad firm Specific Media scooped it up with plans to revitalize the social network while acknowledging that there's no use in fighting Facebook.

The new Myspace focuses the last constituency to stick with the social network: musicians. MORE HERE

The Eagles Dared To Fly Atop Hotel California '76



December 24, 1976, 'Hotel California', The Eagles' sixth album, spent the first of eight non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard chart. The band's first LP with Joe Walsh and last with bassist Randy Meisner which has now sold over 16 million copies.

Ring In The New Year With Willie Live In Austin























Willie Nelson goes home to ring in the New Year at Austin City Limits Live with special guests Iron & Wine on New Years Eve.  MORE HERE

The concert will be broadcast live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio - Willie's Roadhouse, channel 56.

Zeke Carey January 24, 1933 - December 24, 1999


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Jorma Kaukonen


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum Rebirth

















Construction has begun on the Birthplace of Country Music museum, some eight years and three months after the concept was initially unveiled.

A crew has started the first phase of what is expected to be about 17 months of work converting the former Goodpasture Motors building in downtown Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee into a state-of-the-art museum.

Exhibits will recognize the Twin City’s musical heritage, the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings known as the “big bang” of commercial country music, and the impact those events had on many forms of popular music. MORE HERE

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Tammy Wynette's Epic Release 1968



December 23, 1968, Epic records releases Tammy Wynette's album "Stand By Your Man"

Hark! The Herald Mediaevel Babes



They’ve been around since 1996 and released a fair few albums; yet in some circles mentioning Mediaeval Baebes will raise chuckles and smirks, which in some respects is understandable but not really very fair.

The Baebes are all about a celebration of vocal harmonies, language and Mediaeval history. Their music is rather spell-binding, even more so when you discover that most of the subject-matter within their canon is about love, death, murder, being drunk and more death.

In November (2012), the group released a new album entitled 'The Huntress', harking a return to the basics of voice and traditional accompaniment - hurdy-gurdy, recorders, you name it - as well as plans to showcase the album in some of the UK's most impressive buildings.

Hence, The Mediaevel Babes Christmas Cathedral Tour started in Rochester Cathedral on November 16, 2012 followed by December shows in cathedrals in Norwich, Gloucester, Ely, Peterborough and finally Holborn in London on December 21, 2012.

The new album is Available HERE

Happy Birthday Adrian Belew


More Hi-Fi Audio For Your Pocket
























It’s hard to make headlines with a portable music player these days. It’s old hat by now to carry around thousands of songs in your hip pocket, whether on an iPod or a smartphone.

But there’s been a price for portability. You are listening to your favorite music delivered only after a host of technology has diminished the resolution of the audio, by necessity, so that it can exist in a small digital file and make its way to your ears. It sounds fine, but the makers of a new portable music player are betting there are still some people out there who want even better quality.

Astell & Kern’s new portable music player, the AK100, delivers. MORE HERE & HERE

Question: Will Neil Young's Pono offer similar or better quality sound? And will the price better this component?

Eddie Hazel April 10, 1950 – December 23, 1992


Ernie K-Doe: R&B Emperor of New Orleans

























Even in a city known for its eccentrics, Ernie K-Doe was in another dimension. The New Orleans musician always knew — and said, loudly — that he was special.

The man born Ernest Kador sometimes claimed he wrote "Mother-in-Law" — but he claimed a lot of things. In fact, Allen Toussaint composed and produced the song, and, after a few unsatisfactory takes, literally threw it away. It was rescued from oblivion by one of the backup singers at the session.

The song was dismissed as a danceable novelty. But Ben Sandmel, author of the new biography Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans, says it was deeper than that: angry, and smoldering.

NPRs Ernie K-Doe: A One-Hit Weirdo's Rise, Fall And Redemption is HERE

Book Available HERE

Ding Dong, It's George Harrison



December 23, 1974 : George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"

Christmas At Dollywood










Three time Winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Walk amid a winter wonderland of four million lights as you enjoy more than 20 rides and attractions for the entire family. Settle in for one of the park’s holiday shows before gathering around the table for a delicious holiday meal served at one of the park’s many restaurants.

Visit Santa’s Workshop where larger-than-life toys will astound you! Santa is also the centerpiece and star of the Parade of Lights that will come prancing throughout the park. A Dollywood Christmas is the most holiday fun you’ll have in the Smokies. MORE HERE & HERE


Little Esther Phillips December 23, 1935 – August 7, 1984


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Rick Nielsen


Golden Reggae From Beres Hammond



Beres Hammond has never been one of reggae’s most recognizable artists internationally but, in the singer’s native Jamaica, he enjoys an iconic status just a few notches below that of Bob Marley.

A specialist in intimate love songs often told from the viewpoint of the blue-collar, "common" man, Hammond has been described as his country’s Marvin Gaye, and also its Springsteen.


At age 57, the crooner has just released one of the best albums of a four-decade-long career. Issued in November 2013 by VP Records, One Love, One Life is a double-disc set that breaks down between romantic (One Love) and more socially conscious fare (One Life). MORE HERE

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