Friday, September 30, 2016

Almanac: September 30, 2016

  • 1917 - Buddy Rich (d. 1987)
  • 1927 - Pearl Dee Jones (Carl Butler and Pearl) (d. 1988)
  • 1933 - Cissy Houston (83)
  • 1935 - Johnny Mathis (81)
  • 1940 - Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield) (d. 2009)
  • 1942 - Gus Dudgeon (producer) (d. 2002)
  • 1942 - Frankie Lymon (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers) (d. 1968)
  • 1943 - Marilyn McCoo (Fifth Dimension) (73)
  • 1946 - Sylvia Peterson (Chifons) (70)
  • 1947 - Marc Bolan (T-Rex) (d. 1977)
  • 1952 - John Lombardo (10,000 Maniacs) (64)
  • 1952 - Frank Zincavage (Romeo Void) (64)
  • 1953 - Deborah Allen (63)
  • 1954 - Basia (born Basia Trzetrzelewska) (62)
  • 1954 - Patrice Rushen (62)
  • 1954 - Lesley Beach (Amazulu) (62)
  • 1958 - Marty Stuart (58)
  • 1960 - Bill Rieflin (KMFDM, R.E.M.) (56)
  • 1962 - Marley Marl (born Marlon Williams) (DJ & producer) (54)
  • 1963 - Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) (53)
  • 1964 - Trey Anastasio (Phish) (52)
  • 1964 - Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) (52)
  • 1984 - Keisha Buchanan (Sugarbabes) (32)
  • 1985 - T-Pain (born Faheem Najm) (31)
  • 1986 - Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons) (30)
  • 1955 - James Dean - Car accident (24)
  • 1977 - Mary Ford (Les Paul & Mary Ford) - Complications of diabetes (53)
  • 2003 - Ronnie Dawson - Throat cancer (64)
On This Day
  • 1950 - The Grand Ole Opry was televised for the first time.
  • 1954 - Patsy Cline signed her first contract with Four Star Records. 
  • 1961 - Bob Dylan played harmonica on three songs for Carolyn Hester's debut album. Producer John Hammond is so impressed he signs him to Columbia.
  • 1963 - Sid Bernstein first contacted Brian Epstein about the Beatles. He would go on to promote many of their tours.
  • 1967 - BBC Radio 1 went on the air with DJ Tony Blackburn signing on with the Move's Flowers in the Rain.
  • 1968 - Writer Hunter Davies published The Beatles, the first authorized biography of the group.
  • 1969 - David Crosby's girlfriend, Christine Hilton, was killed in a car crash near San Francisco.
  • 1971 - Rick Wakeman made his first live appearance with Yes.
  • 1987 - The Roy Orbison special A Black and White Night is shot at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles with a myriad of special guests including Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and more.
  • 1988 - John Lennon gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1991 - Liza Minnelli received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1992 - Steve Earle was arrested for failing to appear for jury duty in Nashville.
  • 1993 - Kate Pierson of the B-52's was arrested at an anti-fur protest and charged with criminal mischief and trespassing.
  • 1994 - R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe signed a movie deal with New Line Cinema.
  • 1996 - Tiny Tim suffered a heart attack while performing his signature song, Tip-Toe Through the Tulips, in Montague, MA.
  • 1997 - Randy Travis became the first artist to sign with DreamWorks Records Nashville.
  • 2002 - British band Hear'Say, winners of the Popstars competition program, announced they were breaking up.
  • 2006 - Farm Aid 2006 was held in Camden, NJ with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis with Roy Head, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Steel Pulse, Shelby Lynne, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra, Pauline Reese and Danielle Evin.
  • 2006 - George Strait passed Conway Twitty for the most number 1 records when Give It Away becomes his 41st chart topper. 
  • 2007 - Keith Urban crashed his motorcycle while being pursued by a photographer in Sydney, Australia. He was uninjurred.
  • 1968 - Miles Davis and Betty Mabry
  • 2006 - Isaac Hanson (Hanson) and Nicole Dufresne
  • 2011 - Jeremy Davis (Paramore) and Kathryn Camsey
  • 1938 - Louis Armstrong and Lil Armstrong
  • 1956 - Brenda Lee's first recording session
  • 1985 - Guitar Town - Steve Earle
  • 1977 - Ringo the Fourth - Ringo Starr
  • 1997 - Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan
  • 1997 - Bridges to Babylon - Rolling Stones
  • 2003 - Life For Rent - Dido
  • 2003 - Sacred Love - Sting
  • 2003 - Billy Currington - Billy Currington (debut)
  • 1965 - Shindig! - Donovan (American TV debut), Hollies, Turtles, Dave Clark Five
  • 1967 - David Frost Show - Paul McCartney, John Lennon
  • 1989 - Saturday Night Live - Neil Young
  • 1993 - Simpsons - George Harrison, David Crosby
  • 1998 - Drew Carey Show - Jonny Lang, Slash, Joey Ramone, Rick Nelson (Cheap Trick)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1957 - Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers (2 weeks)
  • 1978 - Kiss You All Over - Exile (4 weeks)
  • 1995 - Fantasy - Mariah Carey (8 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1995 - Cracked Rear View - Hootie & the Blowfish (1 week (7 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2000 - G.O.A.T. - LL Cool J (1 week)
  • 2006 - FutureSex/LoveSounds - Justin Timberlake (2 weeks)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Joins David Gilmour in London For "Comfortably Numb"

by Newsdesk

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of Sherlock and the upcoming Marvel film Doctor Strange, last night joined David Gilmour on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for a rendition of the Pink Floyd classic 'Comfortably Numb’.

This is not the first time that David Gilmour has been joined on stage at the Royal Albert Hall to perform that particular song, in 2006 David Bowie also sang 'Comfortably Numb’ in what was to be his final UK stage appearance.

Benedict and David were introduced by mutual friends and when Gilmour asked the actor to perform the song he was only too happy to accept the challenge.

Gilmour is finishing up his year long ‘Rattle That Lock’ world tour with two final nights at the Royal Albert Hall tonight (Thursday 29th September) and tomorrow (Friday 30th September).

Social Distortion Collecting Their Independent Albums in New Vinyl Box Set

by VVN Music

Outside of their time on Epic and Epitaph Records, Social Distortion released four albums independently. Those albums are being assembled in a brand new vinyl box set, The Independent Years: 1983-2004, out October 28 on Concord Bicycle.

The name of the album is a bit confusing at first. Social Distortion formed in 1978 and released their first album, Mommy's Little Monster, in 1983 on 13th Floor. They followed with 1988's Prison Bound on Restless Records before signing with Epic Records where they released two albums (Social Distortion (1990), White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)).

While still with Epic, the independent Time Bomb Records released a collection of rare early singles and b-sides by the group, Mainliner (Wreckage From the Past) (1995). After they left Epic, they eventually returned to Time Bomb with the release of 2004's Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll so, even though the album calls the whole period from 1983 to 2004 as the "Independent Years", it is actually not all inclusive as the Epic albums are not included.

More information on the four albums in the set:

Mommy’s Little Monster (Red Translucent Vinyl)
The band’s 1983 debut album was recorded in a single session after Mike Ness’ participation in the 1982 punk documentary Another State of Mind. “The epitome of early-’80s suburban California punk and provided inspiration for many future Californians, including the Offspring and Rancid.” —All Music
  • Side 1
    • The Creeps
    • Another State of Mind
    • It Wasn't A Pretty Picture
    • Telling Them
  • Side 2
    • Hour Of Darkness
    • Mommy's Little Monster
    • Anti-Fashion
    • All The Answers
    • Moral Threat
Prison Bound (Clear Concrete Swirl Translucent Vinyl)
Social Distortion’s second album arrived in 1988, a full five years after their debut. Mike Ness’s Johnny Cash and Rolling Stones influences would figure in the band’s evolution from raw Orange County punk to the direction that would ultimately define their sound.
  • Side 1
    • It's The Law
    • Indulgence
    • Like An Outlaw (For You)
    • Backstreet Girl
    • Prison Bound
  • Side 2
    • No Pain No Gain
    • On My Nerves
    • I Want What I Want
    • Lawless
    • Lost Child
Mainliner (Wreckage From The Past) (Clear Translucent Vinyl)
This collection of early singles and B-sides, recorded circa early ’80s and compiled for release in 1995, includes the fan favorites 1945, Moral Threat, and a cover of the Rolling Stones' Under My Thumb.
  • Side 1
    • 1945 (Posh Boy Version)
    • Playpen (Posh Boy Version)
    • Mainliner
    • Moral Threat
    • All The Answers
  • Side 2
    • Justice For All
    • Under My Thumb
    • 1945 (13th Floor Version)
    • Playpen (13th Floor Version)
    • Mass Hysteria
Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Gold Translucent Vinyl)
Social Distortion’s sixth album was released in 2004, eight years after White Light, White Heat, White Trash. Marking a return to their independent label roots, the album is a musical eulogy to co-founder Dennis Danell, who died in 2000. The opening track, Reach for the Sky, would go on to become one of Social Distortion's biggest hits.
  • Side 1
    • Reach For The Sky
    • Highway 101
    • Don't Take Me For Granted
    • Footprints On My Ceiling
    • Nickels And Dimes
  • Side 2
    • I Wasn't Born To Follow
    • Winner And Losers
    • Faithless
    • Live Before You Die
    • Angel's Wings

Melissa Etheridge, Scott Ian, Eddie Trunk, Kurt Loder, Mark Goodman Have Programs on Sirius/XM's New Music Talk Station

via Press Release

SiriusXM announced today the launch of VOLUME, the first-ever 24/7 talk radio channel dedicated to music -- its latest news, raging controversies, and non-stop debates – as the focus of the conversation.

This new channel will cover all genres of popular music. VOLUME will deliver a mixture of live daily shows, artist interviews, weekly specials, a music trivia game show, album reviews, and several in-depth docuseries hosted by the most respected, knowledgeable, and passionate people in music today – including artists themselves. VOLUME will debut live October 17 at 7 am.

VOLUME's live daily programs will include Feedback, a three-hour morning talk-show from 7-10 am ET/PT featuring the latest music news, celebrity guests and scoop on trending topics. Lady Gaga will be a featured guest on Feedback's debut program. Legendary DJ Eddie Trunk will host mid-days from 2 pm to 4 pm ET, and Debatable, hosted by MTV VJ Mark Goodman and author Alan Light, will air each weekday from 4 pm to 7 pm ET, and focus on the great debates fans often have about music.

Other featured shows upon launch include Rolling Stone Music Now, the popular weekly podcast from the editors at Rolling Stone that will now also appear on VOLUME. Author, TV producer and commentator Bill Flanagan will host Written in My Soul, a new series of interviews with legendary musicians including Robert Plant, who will be a guest during the show's premiere. In addition, Melissa's Basement hosted by Melissa Etheridge where she gathers her favorite singer-songwriters to share their stories and get together at her Los Angeles-area home for musical collaborations. David Crosby will appear on Melissa's debut show on October 18. And journalist and TV producer Elliott Wilson will host Rap Radar Report, bringing some of the biggest names in hip hop together for discussions about the musical genre.

"Sirius XM has millions of loyal music fans nationwide, and now we are giving those fans a place where they can talk about the music they love," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's President and Chief Content Officer. "VOLUME will have a deep all-star roster of talent bringing that conversation only to SiriusXM. It's yet another example of SiriusXM delivering unique and exciting content to our subscribers. Roger Coletti is the Executive Producer of this channel and his extensive music expertise makes him the ideal person for this ground-breaking channel."

"VOLUME is sports radio for music fans. It will be a must-listen for fans to stay connected to the music they love," said Coletti, VOLUME's executive producer, and former radio programming veteran at MTV, VH1, and CMT. "It will be the ultimate place for fans to hear stories, share memories, discover new artists, and uncover the truth about their favorite artists, songs, albums and more. The channel is full of passionate, respected, and entertaining personalities that the audience will love, respect, and trust."

VOLUME will be on SiriusXM channel 106 and available through the SiriusXM app as well as online at Music fans will be able to join the discussion on social media via Twitter @SiriusXMVolume on Facebook at SiriusXM Volume.

VOLUME's programming line-up will include:
  • Feedback will be a live daily morning talk-show featuring the latest music news, scoop, what's trending and conversations with guests and audiences. Hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality and former VH1 host Nik Carter, and veteran magazine editor, entertainment journalist and author Lori Majewski, Feedback will air weekdays from 7 am – 10 am ET/PT.
  • Trunk Nation, featuring TV host and legendary DJ Eddie Trunk, will host a daily afternoon talk show, from 2 pm to 4 pm ET, from where he shares his stories from his 35-year-career in music, interviews top artists, and brings listeners in on the action. Trunk kicks off his first show with an interview with Metallica's Lars Ulrich. 
  • Debatable, a daily afternoon show from 4 to 7 pm ET, hosted by original MTV VJ and radio personality Mark Goodman,and former Spin and Vibe editor and author Alan Light, will be where hot topics, lists, and news of the day are discussed, debated, dissected and sometimes destroyed.
  • Written in My Soul with Bill Flanagan will feature a series of interviews with legendary musicians including Robert Plant and Paul Simon. Flanagan is a TV producer, commentator, and author of the book Written in My Soul, a collection of conversations about songwriting with Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger and others.
  • Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Rolling Stone Executive Editor Nathan Brackett, will bring this podcast to a new level by debuting it live from the SiriusXM studios. Each week, Nathan and his team discuss and analyze the hottest music news, profile up-and-coming acts, interview top artists and invite the audience to get in on the action to discuss new music. 
  • Rap Radar Report, hosted by journalist and TV producer Elliott Wilson, where he brings together some of the biggest names in hip hop for weekly discussions about the musical genre. T.I. will appear on the premiere episode of Rap Radar Report.
  • Melissa's Basement features Grammy Award-winning recording artist Melissa Etheridge teaming up with her favorite singer-songwriters as they share stories and get together for musical collaborations. Melissa's Basement, a one-hour program premiering October 18, will provide listeners a rare and honest view of musicians as they talk about their craft and get together for one-of-a-kind performances of some of their favorite songs. Upcoming guests appearing on Mellissa's Basement will include David Crosby, Pat Benatar, Steve Cropper and more.
  • Never Meet Your Heroes with Scott Ian features Anthrax guitarist and heavy metal icon Ian as he chats with his celebrity idols and musical influences about what inspires them. Corey Taylor of Slipknot will be the featured guest on the debut show.
  • True Stories with Kurt Loder will feature incredible stories from some of the most fascinating musicians, filmmakers and writers of our time, as told to author, film critic and former MTV News anchor Kurt Loder. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will be the debut guest on True Stories.
  • The Album Review Show features YouTube star and the internet's busiest music nerd Anthony Fantano as he provides an in-depth discussion of the latest releases from new artists across all genres.
  • 70's 80's 90's Now is a new music trivia game show hosted by former MTV and VH1 personality Jim Shearer. This lively, fun-filled trivia show will allow listeners to test their musical IQ while learning some obscure facts.
  • The Last of The …is a new series hosted by Ryan Duffy, journalist, producer and entrepreneur, that examines the changing landscape in the world of music and tech. From producers to video directors, these are the folks behind the scenes who bring the music to the forefront. The Last of The…kicks off with guest, producer Steve Albini.

Per Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy is Going to Pay "Big Time"

by Newsdesk

Sharon Osbourne plans to make her husband Ozzy pay for his infidelity for the rest of his life.

The couple has patched up its marriage after the rock star's cheating scandal led to a brief split earlier this year and, now, Sharon insists things are good again but she won't let her husband forget what he did to her after she learned about his affair with hairdresser Michelle Pugh.

During an appearance on U.S. chat show Conan on Tuesday, after Sharon was asked if she was going to make Ozzy pay for his actions, she chuckled, "Oh, big time. Yes!" but confirming all is well in the marriage again, Sharon revealed she has always had problems with her husband's addictive nature, adding, "It’s tough, you know, when you’re an addict. He likes too much alcohol, he likes too much drugs, he likes too much sex. Everything is too much, so it's tough for somebody that suffers with that."

Sharon also told host Conan O'Brien she wasn't impressed with her husband's mistress, insisting she thought he'd pick someone better looking: "I said, 'My God, you do need glasses! Who would do that with that?'"

Ozzy underwent therapy for sex addiction after news of his extramarital affair broke and he publicly apologised to his family for the shame his behavior caused.

"Over the last six years, I have been dealing with a sex addiction,” he said, according to Us Weekly. “I am mortified at what my behaviour has done to my family. I thank God that my incredible wife is at my side to support me.”

George Strait to Release "Strait Out of the Box: Part 2" 3-CD Box Set Through Wal-Mart

by VVN Music

The King of Country, George Strait, is going the exclusive root with his new hits box, Strait Out of the Box: Part 2.

The new album will be released on November exclusively in Wal-Mart stores and, although a track list has not been put out, the Wal-Mart site shows a very attractive $18.98 list price and an $11.88 sale price for the 3-CD set.

The original 4-CD box set was released in 1995 as a 4-CD/72-track collection with Strait's hits and important album cuts from 1976 to 1995.  Part 2 is 3-CDs/56-song set that brings everything up-to-date from 1996 to 2016.

Just as the original box included two new songs that went on to become major hits, Check Yes or No and I Know She Still Loves Me, Part 2 also has two new songs. The tally on the other cuts is 36 hit singles, including 26 that went to number 1, and 18 album cuts. 

Strait has retired from touring but does have a residency in Las Vegas. His latest album, Cold Beer Conversation, was released last year.

We'll have the track list when it becomes available.

New 2-CD Black Sabbath "Ultimate Collection" Coming October 28

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Warner Music will release the Black Sabbath compilation The Ultimate Collection in October.

The tracks have been remastered by engineer Andy Pearce (Motörhead, Deep Purple, Lou Reed, Iggy & The Stooges). Alongside the 2-CD and digital/HD formats, a limited edition Crucifold release will follow on November 18th, a heavyweight 4 LP vinyl version produced in the shape of the cross.

Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums and percussion). Originally formed as a heavy blues-rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult and horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars, changing their name to Black Sabbath and releasing multiple gold and platinum records in the 1970s.

The track listing:

Disc 1
  • Paranoid
  • Never Say Die
  • Iron Man
  • Black Sabbath
  • Children Of The Grave
  • Fairies Wear Boots
  • Changes
  • Rat Salad
  • Sweet Leaf
  • War Pigs
  • Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  • Hole In The Sky
  • Symptom Of The Universe
  • Spiral Architect
  • Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor
Disc 2
  • Dirty Women
  • Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games With Me
  • A Hard Road
  • Lord Of This World
  • Into The Void
  • Behind The Wall Of Sleep
  • Snowblind
  • Tomorrow’s Dream
  • The Wizard
  • N.I.B.
  • Electric Funeral
  • Embryo
  • Killing Yourself To Live
  • Am I Going Insane
  • Wicked World
  • It’s Alright

Almanac: September 29, 2016

  • 1907 - Gene Autrey (d. 1998)
  • 1910 - Bill Boyd (Bill Boyd & the Cowboy Ramblers) (d. 1977)
  • 1935 - Jerry Lee Lewis (81)
  • 1937 - Joe “Guitar” Hughes (d. 2003)
  • 1939 - Tommy Boyce (Boyce & Hart) (d. 1994)
  • 1942 - Jean-Luc Ponty (74)
  • 1943 - Manuel Fernandez (Los Bravos) (d. 1967)
  • 1944 - Mike Post (72)
  • 1946 - Nick Taylor (Bloodrock) (d. 2010)
  • 1946 - Ian Wallace (King Crimson) (d. 2007)
  • 1948 - Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) (68)
  • 1948 - Mike Pinera (Blues Image, Iron Butterfly) (68)
  • 1950 - Alvin Crow (Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys) (66)
  • 1954 - Mari Wilson (62)
  • 1956 - Suzzy Roche (Roches) (60)
  • 1956 - Bob Carlisle (60)
  • 1958 - John Payne (Asia) (58)
  • 1958 - Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Birthday Party) (58)
  • 1963 - Les Claypool (Primus) (53)
  • 1965 - Iain Baker (Jesus Jones) (51)
  • 1967 - Brett Anderson (Suede) (49)
  • 1968 - Brad Smith (Blind Melon) (48)
  • 1968 - Luke Goss (Bros.) (48)
  • 1968 - Matt Goss (Bros.) (48)
  • 1968 - Alex Skolnick (Testament) (48)
  • 1973 - Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) (46)
  • 1973 - Debelah Morgan (46)
  • 1980 - Dallas Green (Alexisonfire, City and Colour) (39)
  • 1981 - Suzanne Shaw (Hear'Say) (38)
  • 1987 - Josh Farro (Paramour) (29)
  • 1992 - Paul Jabara - AIDS (44)
  • 2003 - Wesley Tuttle (85)
On This Day
  • 1956 - Rose Maddox made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1963 - The Rolling Stones opened their first tour of the U.K. in support of Bo Diddley and the Everly Brothers.
  • 1966 - Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding meet for the first time while auditioning for Eric Burdon's New Animals in London.
  • 1967 - Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead.
  • 1967 - The Rolling Stones and manager Andrew Loog Oldham parted ways.
  • 1971 - Gilbert O'Sullivan made his first live appearance at Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 1976 - While celebrating his 41st birthday, Jerry Lee Lewis was shooting holes in a door and accidentally hit his bass player, Norman Owens, in the chest.
  • 1977 - James Brown's band walked out on him in Helendale, FL, charging that his pay was too low. Brown hired a different group of musicians.
  • 1991 - Metallica opened their Wherever We May Roam tour in Peoria, IL.
  • 1994 - The Pointer Sisters receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1997 - Bobby Sheehan of Blues Traveler is arrested for cocaine possession in Winnipeg, Manatoba.
  • 1999 - The Manic Street Preachers were charged for the equipment they smashed during their appearance at the T in the Park festival in Scotland.
  • 2000 - Keith Urban made his solo Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2001 - Farm Aid 2001: A Concert for America was held in Noblesville, IN with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Doobie Brothers and Martina McBride.
  • 2003 - Ozzy Osbourne said that he is writing a musical based on the life of Rasputin.
  • 2004 - Randy Travis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2006 - Weezer sued Miller Brewing alleging that the company used their image in print ads.
  • 2007 - Two of rap's greatest faced off with big releases on the same day with Kanye West's Graduation selling 957,000 copies while 50 Cent's Curtis only moved 691,000.
  • 1930 - Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee
  • 2001 - Jennifer Lopez and Chris Judd
  • 2012 - Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) and Elisa Yao
  • 2012 - Jarod Followell (Kings of Leon) and Martha Patterson
  • 2007 - Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw (filed by Morgan)
  • 1959 - Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop - Little Anthony & the Imperials
  • 1967 - I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips (single)
  • 1969 - Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard (single)
  • 1969 - My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy - Dolly Parton
  • 2009 - Revolution - Miranda Lambert
  • 2003 - Eve (UPN) - DMX
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1958 - It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards (6 weeks)
  • 1973 - We're an American Band - Grand Funk (1 week)
  • 1984 - Let's Go Crazy - Prince & the Revolution (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - (Can't Live Without Your) Love & Affection - Nelson (1 week)
  • 2001 - Fallin' - Alicia Keys (3 weeks (3 previous weeks at number 1))
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1962 (Mono Albums) - West Side Story - Soundtrack (3 weeks (7 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2001 - The Blueprint - Jay-Z (3 weeks)
  • 2007 - Graduation - Kanye West (1 week)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tom Petty Chosen as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year

by VVN Music

Tom Petty has been chosen by the Recording Academy as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year.

MusiCares, which was established in 1989, is one of the charity arm of the Academy, offering programs and services to members of the music community including emergency funds for basic living and medical expenses.

Petty was chosen "in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll."

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and the Recording Academy said "Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go. His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees, and the musical community around this special event."

Petty said "I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry. I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor."

The previous honorees:
  • 1991 - David Crosby
  • 1992 - Bonnie Raitt
  • 1993 - Natalie Cole
  • 1994 - Gloria Estefan
  • 1995 - Tony Bennett
  • 1996 - Quincy Jones
  • 1997 - Phil Collins
  • 1998 - Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1999 - Stevie Wonder
  • 2000 - Elton John
  • 2001 - Paul Simon
  • 2002 - Billy Joel
  • 2003 - Bono
  • 2004 - Sting
  • 2005 - Brian Wilson
  • 2006 - James Taylor
  • 2007 - Don Henley
  • 2008 - Aretha Franklin
  • 2009 - Neil Diamond
  • 2010 - Neil Young
  • 2011 - Barbra Streisand
  • 2012 - Paul McCartney
  • 2013 - Bruce Springsteen
  • 2014 - Carole King
  • 2015 - Bob Dylan
  • 2016 - Lionel Richie
  • 2017 - Tom Petty

Tom Jones Returning to The Voice UK Along With Gavin Rossdale, Jennifer Hudson &

by VVN Music

After unceremoniously being dismissed from his coaches chair on The Voice UK last season, Tom Jones will return for the shows sixth season.

Jones had been a coach from the premier of the series in 2012 through season 4 but was replaced by Boy George for the fifth round. Tom went off on the producers of the show at the time, saying:
About The Voice UK: In good faith, as part of the team, I’d put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series 5, as I’ve done so for the last 4 years. I’ve supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning. Having been through plenty of transformations throughout the years, I support and admire creative change. But being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships. This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing. I will always admire the courage of the performers who participate in the show, as well as all the production staff who worked tirelessly to make a great family viewing experience for the audience at home. I wish the show well.
Somehow, ITV and Jones worked things out as his name was on the coaches roster when it was announced today along with Gavin Rossdale, Jennifer Hudson and who is now the only person who has been a part of the show through all six seasons.  Jones, Rossdale and Hudson replace Paloma Faith, Boy George and Ricky Wilson.

Jones posted:
So pleased to be back on The Voice UK !

Looking forward to working with the team, my friend Will and new coaching partners Jennifer and Gavin, it’s going to be great!