Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Almanac: May 31, 2016

  • 1930 - Clint Eastwood (86)
  • 1938 - Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) (78)
  • 1938 - Johnny Paycheck (d. 2003)
  • 1940 - Augie Meyers (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornadoes (76)
  • 1947 - Junior Campbell (Marmalade) (69)
  • 1948 - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) (d. 1980)
  • 1952 - Karl Bartos (Kraftwerk) (64)
  • 1954 - Vicki Sue Robinson (d. 2000)
  • 1955 - Tommy Emmanuel (61)
  • 1956 - Fritz Hilpert (Kraftwerk) (60)
  • 1959 - Danny Pearson (American Music Club) (57)
  • 1962 - Corey Hart (54)
  • 1963 - Wendy Smith (Prefab Sprouts) (53)
  • 1964 - Darryl "D.M.C." Daniels (Run-D.M.C.) (52)
  • 1964 - Scotti Hill (Skid Row) (52)
  • 1965 - Steve White (Style Council) (51)
  • 1977 - Scott Klopfenstein (Reel Big Fish) (39)
  • 1980 - Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) (36)
  • 1986 - Waka Flocka Flame (born Juaquin Malphurs) (30)
  • 1977 - Lloyd Perryman (Sons of the Pioneers) (60)
  • 1996 - Elsbeary Hobbs (Drifters) (59)
  • 2000 - Johnnie Taylor - Heart attack (63)
  • 2004 - Robert Quine (Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Lou Reed) - Heroin Overdose (61)
  • 2006 - Lula Mae Hardaway (mother of Stevie Wonder) (76)
On This Day:
  • 1956 - Buddy Holly wrote That'll Be the Day after seeing the movie The Searchers.
  • 1958 - Dick Dale performed Let's Go Trippin' for the first time, possibly signaling the start of surf music.
  • 1961 - Chuck Berry opened Berry Park in St. Louis with a zoo, golf course and amusement park.
  • 1966 - The Monkees began filming their TV series.
  • 1975 - The Rolling Stones kicked off a New York City press conference on their next tour by playing on the streets in the back of a flatbed truck.
  • 1976 - The Who set a record for loudest performance at 120 decibels.
  • 1977 - The BBC banned the Sex Pistols' single God Save the Queen. The IBA also told independent stations that playing the record would breach British law.
  • 1977 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer began a U.S. tour with a 70-piece orchestra.
  • 1982 - R.E.M. signed with I.R.S. Records for five albums.
  • 1989 - Tin Machine, with David Bowie, made their live debut in New York.
  • 1993 - Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley become parents for the first time.
  • 1997 - Lee Ann Womack makes her Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 1997 - Bob Dylan was released by a London hospital after treatment for histoplasmosis.
  • 1998 - Geri Halliwell quit The Spice Girls.
  • 2001 - Missy Elliott does first live show in three years.
  • 2005 - Brian Harvey of East 17 was critically injured when he fell under his Mercedes. 
  • 2005 - The British Salvation Army closed the children's home Strawberry Fields in Liverpool.
  • 2006 - Pearl Jam recorded their episode of VH1 Storytellers at New York's Avalon Ballroom.
  • 2006 - Hal Bynum, writer of Lucille, and wife arrested in their home for growing marijuana.
  • 1991 - Randy Travis and Lib Hatcher
  • 1998 - Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys) and Dechen Wangdu
  • 2006 - Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook (both Little Big Town)
  • 2000 - Janet Jackson and Rene Elizondo (announced, marriage was secret for nine years)
  • 1969 - Give Peace a Chance - John Lennon and Yoko Ono as the Plastic Ono Band
  • 1969 - Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones
  • 1969 - My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
  • 1975 - One of These Nights - Eagles
  • 1982 - Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  • 1988 - Down in the Groove - Bob Dylan
  • 2003 - MTV Movie Awards
    • Best Actor - Eminem (8 Mile)
    • Best Breakthrough Mail - Eminem (8 Mile)
    • Performances by Pink, 50 Cent, t.A.T.u.
  • 1964 - Ed Sullivan Show - Dave Clark Five (first of 11 appearances)
  • 1965 - Marianne Faithfull became a permanent guest on BBC2 TV's Gadzooks! It's the In Crowd.
  • 1999 - Behind the Music (VH1) - Red Hot Chili Peppers (first episode in nightly run)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1975 - Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender (1 weeks)
  • 1980 - Funkytown - Lipps, Inc. (4 weeks)
  • 2003 - 21 Questions - 50 Cent Featuring Nate Dogg (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1958 - The Music Man - Original Cast (2 weeks)
  • 2003 - The Golden Age of Grotesque - Marilyn Manson (1 week)
  • 2008 - Narrow Stairs - Death Cab for Cutie (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles:
  • 1975 - Spirit of the Boogie - Kool & the Gang (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles:
  • 1947 - New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde) - Red Foley (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 1975 - Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver (1 week)
  • 1986 - Whoever's in New England - Reba McEntire (1 week)
  • 1997 - Sittin' on Go - Bryan White (1 week)
  • 2003 - I Believe - Diamond Rio (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - I'm Still a Guy - Brad Paisley (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1980 - Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide is Painless) - M*A*S*H (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1980 - McCartney II - Paul McCartney (2 weeks)
  • 1986 - So - Peter Gabriel (2 weeks)
  • 1998 - Blue - Simply Red (1 week)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Snoop Dogg Calls For Boycott of Roots, Create Programs That Show "How We Inspire People Today"

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Rapper Snoop Dogg is urging fans to join him in boycotting the new Roots remake, insisting he is "sick" of all the slave dramas.

The revamped version of the historical miniseries, which is based on Alex Haley's 1976 book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, is due to premiere on the U.S. History Channel on Monday night (30May16), as Americans mark Memorial Day, but the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker will not be tuning in to watch.

In a profanity-laced video posted on Instagram.com, Snoop insists filmmakers and producers should look to create new material about the success of African-Americans, instead of reminding audiences about their troubled past.

"No disrespect but I can't watch no motherf**king black movies where n**gas get dogged out - 12 Years A Slave, Roots, Underground, I can't watch none of that s**t," he declared.

"I'm sick of this s**t. How the f**k they gonna put Roots on on Memorial Day? They just gonna keep beatin' that s**t in our heads in how they did us, huh?" Snoop fumed. "I mean, I don't understand it, man. They just wanna keep showing the abuse that we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago."

The angry rapper continued, "But guess what? We're taking the same abuse. Think about that part. When y'all gonna make a motherf**king series about the success that black folks was having? The only success we have is Roots and 12 Years A Slave and s**t like that, huh? F**k y'all."

Snoop then called on followers to turn their backs on the new Roots show.

"I ain't watchin' that s**t (sic)," he snarled. "I advise you motherf**king real n**gas like myself, f**k them television shows. Let's create our own s**t based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today. Black is what's real. F**k that old s**t."

It's not the first time the veteran hip-hop star has made his outspoken views known. Earlier this year (16), he demanded fans boycott the Oscars over its lack of black nominees.

The Roots revamp stars Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anna Paquin, Anika Noni Rose, newcomer Malachi Kirby, and rapper/actor T.I.

The original 1977 production earned nine Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award, and spawned two sequels. The finale is still the third highest-rated U.S. TV programme in broadcasting history.

Caution: NSFW language.

A video posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on

VVN Music Podcast With Canadian Rocker Lee Aaron

by VVN Music

Our guest for this episode is Canadian singer Lee Aaron.

Aaron emerged in the early-80's with her album The Lee Aaron Project. While selling well in Canada, Aaron also made a name for herself in England where, even though the album was never officially released, it gained a strong cult following.

Through the rest of the 80's and into the 90's, Lee recorded a number of successful albums including Metal Queen, Call of the Wild and Bodyrock. In the early-90's, she struck out with her own label and, late in the decade, started exploring blues and jazz music.

Aaron has just released her first new album in twelve years, Fire and Gasoline, which returns her to the world of rock. 

Here is Tom Boy from the album:

Paul McCartney Releases "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" As Single, Video

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11 & VVN Music

Paul McCartney’s Nineteen Hundred and Eight Five is finally an A-side 42 years after it first appeared on a single.

McCartney wrote Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five for his 1973 Wings album Band On The Run. The song was also a b-side to the title track.

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five was a post-apocalyptic reference to George Orwell’s 1984 one year on. The first line started “no one left alive in 1985, will ever do”. Some critics called the lyrics ‘gibberish’ but they were united in to potency of the music.

A 7-inch vinyl of the single was released for Record Store Day. Those copies now go for upwards of $300.

McCartney first performed the song live during his 2010-11 Up and Coming Tour and has rarely been out of the set list since.

The song is now available for general download and will be out on vinyl on June 10.

Dolly Parton Scoffs at Hotels and Airlines, Loves Life on Her Tour Bus

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Country music legend Dolly Parton has mastered life on the road.

The 70-year-old singer is currently preparing to kick off her latest Pure & Simple North American concert series, during which she will play shows in 60 cities, and she insists you won't find her staying in fancy four-star hotels.

"I live on my bus", she tells People magazine. "I don't stay in hotels at all... (and) I don't have the hassle of airports..."

Her tour bus is very fancy and with all the amenities on offer, the vehicle may even trump the luxurious facilities of top accommodations. It boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms and it even has a kitchen stocked with all the delicious Southern meals the Tennessee native eats at home.

"I cook a lot of food before going (out on tour) and I put it in the freezer," she shares. "I'll cook country things, like chicken and dumplings."

However, now that she's in her golden years, Dolly can no longer eat as many pieces of fried chicken as she did in her youth.

"I have to stay on a low-carb diet when I'm on the road because my show clothes are so tight and I can't afford to gain like I used to in the past," she explains. "There is nothing more uncomfortable than trying to wear those tight-a** clothes when you're too big for them! I have to work at it 'cause I'm a little old thing. I'm just 5'1" and I still have that country girl appetite, so I have to watch it. I just cheat on holidays and special days and then eat the things I really love."

Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour kicks off on June 3 in Greensboro, North Carolina and will conclude in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the home of where Parton's themepark Dollywood, on November 15.

Passings: Marshall "Rock" Jones, Last Member of the Original Ohio Players (1941 - 2016)

by VVN Music

Marshall "Rock" Jones, the bass player for the Ohio Untouchables who became the Ohio Players, died on Friday in Houston after battling cancer. He was 75.

Jones' daughters Donna Williams and Charlotte Phillips released a statement, saying "We appreciate all of the support and prayers. We lost not only a father, a grandfather and an uncle, we lost an icon to the community and an icon to his family."

The Ohio Untouchables were formed in 1959 by Robert Ward, Clarence "Satch" Satchell, Cornelius Johnson, Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks and Jones. While they never achieved success on their own, they did make a living in music as the backup group for The Falcons.

A fistfight between Jones and Ward in 1964 led to the breakup of the band but the original members, without Ward or Johnson, reformed in short order with Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner on lead and Gregory Webster on drums. Renaming themselves The Ohio Players, they became the house band at Compass Records in New York. This lineup released one album, 1969's Observations in Time, on Capitol Records. They also had one minor R&B hit, Trespassin' (1968 / #50 R&B).

The Ohio Players broke up in 1970 but reformed again with a slightly altered lineup to record three albums for Westbound Records under the guidance of George Clinton, Pain (1972 / #177 Pop / #21 R&B), Pleasure (1972 / #63 Pop / #4 R&B) and Ecstacy (1973 / #70 Pop / #19 R&B). The Pleasure album included the band's first number 1 R&B hit, Funky Work (1973 / #15 Pop / #1 R&B).

In 1974, the Ohio Players moved to Mercury Records where they would have their greatest success with singles like Skin Tight (1973 / #13 Pop / #2 R&B), Fire (1974 / #1 Pop / #1 R&B), Sweet Sticky Thing (1975 / #33 Pop / #1 R&B), Love Rollercoaster (1975 / #1 Pop / #1 R&B) and Who'd She Coo? (1976 / #18 Pop / #1 R&B).

The Ohio Players' flame burned bright but only for a few years and, by 1978, the hits began drying up although they managed a final R&B top 40 in 1988 with Let's Play (From Now On) from their final studio album Back (1988 / #55 R&B).

The band brokeup and reformed a number of times over the ensuing years in various configurations, continuing to play live and tour.

Jones was the last surviving member of the original lineup of the Ohio Untouchables.

Later band member James "Diamond" Williams said "He was inventive, and he was creative. He was a great musician. Marshall Jones contributed greatly, and we will miss him."

Watch: Performances From the Keith Emerson Tribute Concert

by VVN Music

The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert was held at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night with a host of artists saluting the keyboardist who took his own life on March 11.

The Keith Emerson Band guitarist Marc Bonilla assembled the show that included performances by Brian Auger, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Eddie Jobson and many more with the assistance of the full Keith Emerson Band.

Noticeably absent from the tribute were fellow ELP members Carl Palmer and Greg Lake; however, Emerson's long-time partner, Mari Kawaguchi, tried to explain their absence earlier in May by saying that this was a Keith Emerson tribute and not one for Emerson, Lake and Palmer. While there would be ELP music played, the show would also include music from Keith's later career.
This tribute concert is BY his friends, and FOR his friends. Our line-up consists of the world's best musicians whom Keith loved, respected, laughed with, toured with, collaborated with....and they loved Keith not only as a musician, but as a person. I always felt that love Keith received from them was, and is, in a way unconditional. I know they would still carry on the show even if there were only 10 people in the audience because this is also for Keith - to show him our respect and love, and to celebrate his music.
Although the set list will consists many of the Emerson, Lake & Palmer tunes, this is not an ELP tribute show. This is a KEITH EMERSON tribute show, and a gathering of those who love Keith. Some of you may not be familiar with his later compositions. If that's the case, I cannot wait for you to hear the glory and the beauty of his more recent works he created with brilliant artists in Rock and Classical field.
The show will be released on DVD at some point in the near future but, for now, here is some fan shot footage of highlights from the evening:

Almanac: May 30, 2016

  • 1909 - Benny Goodman (d. 1986)
  • 1926 - Johnny Gimble (d. 2015)
  • 1944 - Lenny Davidson (Dave Clark Five) (72)
  • 1955 - Topper Headon (Clash) (61)
  • 1958 - Marie Fredriksson (Roxette) (58)
  • 1960 - Stephen Duffy (Duran Duran) (56)
  • 1964 - Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) (52)
  • 1964 - Wynonna Judd (52)
  • 1966 - Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) (50)
  • 1967 - Sven Pipien (Black Crowes) (49)
  • 1967 - Tim Burgess (Charlatans) (49)
  • 1971 - Patrick Dahlheimer (Live) (45)
  • 1974 - Cee Lo Green (Gnarls Barkley) (42)
  • 1974 - Big L (born Lamont Coleman) (d. 1999)
  • 1981 - Devendra Banhart (35)
  • 1981 - Remy Ma (born Reminsce Smith) (35)
  • 1980 - Carl Radle (Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Derek & the Dominoes) - Kidney failure (38)
  • 1993 - Sun Ra - Pneumonia (79)
  • 1996 - John Kahn (Jerry Garcia) - Heroin overdose (48)
  • 1997 - West Arkeen (Guns N' Roses) - Drug overdose (36)
  • 2000 - Tex Beneke - Respiratory failure (86)
  • 2003 - Mickie Most (producer of Herman's Hermits, Animals, Donovan, Jeff Beck Group) - Mesothelioma (64)
On This Day:
  • 1962 - Benny Goodman & his band were the first jazz group to play the Soviet Union.
  • 1966 - The Jefferson Airplane performed a benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Legal Organization.
  • 1972 - Roxy Music plays their first live show in Lincolnshire, England.
  • 1974 - Bernadette Whelan, a 14-year-old fan of David Cassidy, died four-days after being in the crush of over 1,000 fans at one of his shows.
  • 1987 - Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was arrested on suspicion of throwing a beer can that hit a fan in the face.
  • 1987 - David Bowie started his Glass Spiders Tour in Rotterdam, Holland.
  • 1990 - Midnight Oil played a concert in front of Exxon's New York office in protest of the Valdez oil spill.
  • 1991 - Morrissey played the first show of his debut solo U.S. tour in San Diego, CA.
  • 1997 - Neil Young slices his finger while cutting a sandwich, causing a European tour to be postponed.
  • 1999 - A Kenny Rogers concert at London's Royal Albert Hall is interrupted when a bomb threat causes the venue to be cleared.
  • 1999 - Lenny Kravitz ended a show after 40 minutes after collapsing from heat exhaustion. He had been wearing a fur coat on stage.
  • 2000 - Oasis played their first show without departed guitarist Noel Gallagher. 
  • 2003 - Chester Bennington of Linkin Park enters a Los Angeles hospital for severe back and abdominal pain.
  • 2002 - Diana Ross voluntarily entered the Promises rehabilitation facility to work out some "personal problems" before beginning a tour.
  • 2004 - Madonna was ordered to pay almost $500,000 in damages for copying photos by Guy Burton in her video for Hollywood.
  • 2005 - Coldplay's new album leaked to the internet a week before its U.S. and U.K. release despite large amounts of precautions.
  • 2007 - The White Stripes album Icky Thump was played on a Chicago radio station in advance of its street date.
  • 2007 - Britney Spears admitted on her website that she hit "rock bottom" when her husband, Kevin Federline, left her.
  • 2009 - Ozzy Osbourne sued Tony Iommi over royalty payments, saying that Iommi's ownership of the band name stopped royalties from properly flowing through to him.
  • 2009 - Steve Martin made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Vince Gill, Randy Scruggs, John McEuen and Stuart Duncan backed him up.
  • 2013 - The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville opened. 
  • 1966 - Dolly Parton and Carl Dean
  • 1982 - Deborah Allen and Rafe Van Hoy
  • 1992 - Paul Simon and Edie Brickell
  • 2008 - Simon Fuller and Natalie Swanston
  • 1968 - The Beatles (White Album) - Beatles (first day of recording)
  • 1978 - In Through the Out Door - Led Zeppelin (first day of recording)
  • 1953 - These Foolish Things - Five Keys (single)
  • 1953 - You Are My Only Love - Cardinals (single)
  • 1989 - On Our Own - Bobby Brown (single)
  • 1975 - Midnight Special (NBC) - Joan Baez hosts with guests Hoyt Axton, Hampton Hawes, Kool & the Gang
  • 1980 - Midnight Special (NBC) - Temptations host with guests Firefall, Robbie Dupree, Jim Photoglo
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1964 - Love Me Do - Beatles (1 week)
  • 1970 - Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens (2 weeks)
  • 1998 - Too Close - Next (1 week (4 previous weeks at number 1))
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1953 - Music For Lovers Only - Jackie Gleason (1 week)
  • 1959 (Stereo Albums) - South Pacific - Soundtrack (3 weeks)
  • 1992 - The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion - Black Crowes (1 week)
  • 2009 - 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day (1 week)
Number One - U.S. R&B Singles:
  • 1952 - I'm Mad - Willie Mabon & His Combo (2 weeks)
  • 1981 - What Cha' Gonna Do For Me - Chaka Khan (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - Head to Toe - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - Come and Talk With Me - Jodeci (2 weeks)
  • 2009 - Birthday Sex - Jeremiah (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles:
  • 1981 - Elvira - Oak Ridge Boys (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - It Takes a Little Rain (to Make Love Grow) - Oak Ridge Boys (1 week)
  • 1992 - Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 2010 - Dirtee Disco - Dizzee Rascal (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1992 - Michael Ball - Michael Ball (1 week)
  • 2004 - Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne (1 week)
  • 2010 - Immersion - Pendulum (1 week)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Listen: The Red Hot Chili Peppers Debut the Title Cut From Their New Album, "The Getaway"

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have dropped a second song, the title track The Getaway, from the upcoming album.

The Getaway is the eleventh Red Hot Chili Peppers album. It was produced by Danger Mouse making The Getaway the first Red Hot Chili Peppers album without Rick Rubin since Mothers Milk in 1989.

The Getaway will be released on June 17, 2016.

Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton & Tom Petty's Mudcrutch All Projected For Top Ten Debuts

by VVN Music

If all numbers hold, three veteran artists could be making top ten debuts on the Billboard 200 chart.

Bob Dylan's Fallen Angels covers album is projected by Hits Daily Double to have sold just north of 44,000 units in its first week, putting it at number 5 on their Sales chart behind Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande, Beyonce and Drake.

Now, think about that list. Four of the biggest names in music and, right up there with them, the 37th studio album by a one-time folky who's now singing the songs of Frank Sinatra. It is, truly, quite an amazing accomplishment.

Now, throw in and extra 600 units from streaming and Dylan drops to number 6, passed by another big name, Rihanna. Still, quite an amazing number.

If number 6 holds, the new set will have beaten Bob's first standards album, Shadows of the Night (2015) by one spot and give him seven straight non-holiday studio albums to debut in the U.S. top ten.

Also projecting well is Eric Clapton's I Still Do, projected at number 6 on the sales chart with and estimated 42,200 units sold, and 7 on the Sales + Streaming with an additional 1,700 units added. That start would equal his last album, 2013's Old Sock.

Tom Petty's original band, Mudcrutch, fills out the list of potential veteran artists in the top ten for the week with projected first week sales of 31,400 and Sales + Streaming of 31,900, good for 7 on sales and 10 with streaming added in. That's down slightly from the first Mudcrutch album that sold about 38,000 in its first week and debuted at number 8.

For the first time since his death, it looks like Prince will not have an album in the top ten as The Very Best of Prince is projected at 10 in pure sales with 19,495 but dropping to 14 when streaming is included.

The final charts will be published by Billboard on Tuesday.