Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Almanac: August 31, 2016

  • 1939 - Jerry Allison (Crickets) (77)
  • 1940 - Wilton Felder (Crusaders) (76)
  • 1944 - Roger Dean (album cover artist) (72)
  • 1945 - Van Morrison (71)
  • 1945 - Bob Welch (d. 2012)
  • 1948 - Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) (68)
  • 1949 - Rick Roberts (Firefall) (67)
  • 1950 - Steve Goetzman (Exile) (66)
  • 1952 - Bruce Soboroff (Buckinghams) (64)
  • 1955 - Anthony Thistlethwaite (Waterboys) (61)
  • 1957 - Glenn Tillbrook (Squeeze) (59)
  • 1957 - Gina Schock (Go-Go's) (59)
  • 1959 - Tony DeFranco (DeFranco Family) (57)
  • 1960 - Chris Whitley (d. 2005)
  • 1963 - Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) (53)
  • 1963 - Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake) (53)
  • 1967 - Gerard Love (Teenage Fanclub) (49)
  • 1969 - Jeff Russo (Tonic) (47)
  • 1970 - Debbie Gibson (46)
  • 1977 - Craig Nicholls (Vines) (39)
  • 1977 - Del Marquis (born Derek Gruen) (Scissor Sisters) (39)
  • 1979 - Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro) (37)
  • 1980 - Joe Budden (36)
  • 1981 - 40 Cal. (born Calvin Byrd) (35)
  • 1976 - Buell Kazee (folk singer) (76)
  • 2002 - Lionel Hampton -Congestive heart failure (94)
  • 2004 - Carl Wayne (Move) - Esophageal  cancer (61)
  • 2004 - Joe Berry (65)
On This Day
  • 1965 - Sonny & Cher traveled to the U.K. for the first time for a promotional tour.
  • 1968 - The first Isle of Wight Festival was held with performers including the Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention, T-Rex, the Move, the Pretty Things and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
  • 1968 - Jeannie C. Riley made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1968 - Danny Kerwin joined Fleetwood Mac.
  • 1971 - The Rolling Stones (and the father of Brian Jones) filed a suit against the group's managers accusing them of making a secret deal with Decca Records that limited the group's royalties.
  • 1971 - A security guard was stabbed and killed at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY.
  • 1974 - Traffic played live for the last time at the Redding Festival in the U.K.
  • 1974 - John Lennon testified in U.S. federal court that Richard Nixon tried to have him deported over his involvement in anti-war protests.
  • 1976 - George Harrison lost the lawsuit accusing him of unconsciously  plagiarizing his song  My Sweet Lord  from the Ronnie Mack song  He's So Fine.  
  • 1984 - Prince's movie Purple Rain opened in the U.K.
  • 1987 - The video for Michael Jackson's Bad premiered.
  • 1989 - The Rolling Stones opened their  Steel Wheels  tour in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1990 - A memorial service was held for Stevie Ray Vaughan which included a performance of Amazing Grace by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder.
  • 1995 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland.
  • 1997 - James Brown became the first western popular artist to perform in Lebanon.
  • 1999 - R.L. Burnside underwent angioplasty surgery.
  • 2002 - It was announced that Lance Bass of *NSYNC would be the first celebrity astronaut. He would not be on the flight when he failed to pay the $20 million fee.
  • 2003 - Poison continues with their tour even though their instruments and stage equipment are destroyed in a fire.
  • 2004 - Carrie Smith quits the Von Bondies and is replaced by Yasmeen Smith.
  • 2005 - Blondie and Public Enemy perform at a rally to save the club CBGB.
  • 2005 - Toby Keith announced he was forming the independent Show Dog Nashville Records.
  • 2007 - Kenneth "Babyface" Edwards and Trisha Yearwood shot an episode of  CMT Crossroads.  
  • 1957 - Roy Clark and Barbara Joyce Rupard
  • 1980 - Karen Carpenter and Thomas Burris
  • 1986 - Bob Geldof and Paula Yates
  • 1991 - Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) and Gertie Filip
  • 1988 - Bob Seger and Annette Sinclair (filed)
  • 1939 - All or Nothing at All - Frank Sinatra and the Harry James Band
  • 1974 - Goat's Head Soup  - Rolling Stones
  • 1974 - Jazzman  - Carole King (single)
  • 1993 - In Pieces  - Garth Brooks
  • 1999 - Risk  - Megadeth
  • 1999 - Fly  - Dixie Chicks
  • 2006 - MTV Video Music Awards
    • Video of the Year - I Write Sins Not Tragedies  - Panic! at the Disco
    • Male Video - You're Beautiful  - James Blunt
    • Female Video - Because of You  - Kelly Clarkson
    • Group Video - Move Along  - All-American Rejects
    • New Artist - Bat Country  - Avenged Sevenfold
    • Pop Video - Stupid Girls  - Pink
    • Rock Video - Miss Murder  - AFI
    • R&B Video -  heck on It  - Beyonce Featuring Slim Thug and Bun B
    • Rap Video - Ridin'  - Chamillionaire Featuring Krayzie Bone
    • Hip-Hop Video - My Humps  - Black Eyed Peas
    • Dance Video - Buttons  - Pussycat Dolls Featuring Snoop Dogg
  • 1974 - The Partridge Family  (final show)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1963 - My Boyfriend's Back  - Angels (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1946 - Cole Porter Review  - David Rose & His Orchestra (2 weeks)
  • 1963 - My Son, the Nut  - Allan Sherman (8 weeks)
  • 1985 - Brothers in Arms  - Dire Straits (9 weeks)
  • 1991 - Metallica  - Metallica (4 weeks)
  • 2002 - Nellyville  - Nelly (1 week (3 previous weeks at number 1))
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1968 - You're All I Need to Get By  - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (5 weeks)
  • 1991 - Addictive Love  - BeBe & CeCe Winans (2 weeks)
  • 1996 - Hit Me Off  - New Edition (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1959 - The Three Bells  - Browns (10 weeks)
  • 1968 - Mama Tried  - Merle Haggard (4 weeks)
  • 1974 - The Grand Tour  - George Jones (1 week)
  • 1985 - Love is Alive  - Judds (1 week)
  • 1996 - She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart  - Tim McGraw (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1961 - Johnny Remember Me  - John Layton (3 weeks)
  • 1968 - Do It Again  - Beach Boys (1 week)
  • 1974 - Love Me For a Reason  - Osmonds (3 weeks)
  • 1985 - I Got You Babe  - UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
  • 2003 - Are You Ready For Love  - Elton John (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
  • 1957 - The Tommy Steele Story  - Tommy Steele (1 week (3 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1991 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  - London Stage Cast (2 weeks)
  • 2003 - Permission to Land  - Darkness (4 weeks)
  • 2008 - Forth  - Verve (2 weeks)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dolly Parton Just Misses Top Ten Albums; Still Gets First Country Number One in Quarter Century

by VVN Music

When the final numbers came in, Dolly Parton failed to score the second solo top ten of her career by the slimmest of margins. Pure and Simple debuts this week at number 11.

Only 2014's Blue Smoke cracked the Billboard 200 top ten during Parton's career, although the album Trio by Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris did make that level.

Pure and Simple is the both the number 1 Country and Americana/Folk Album of the week. On the country side, it is her sixth solo number 1. Her last was 1991's When the Eagle Flies.

The only other debut by a veteran artist is all the way down at 193 with Jerry Garcia's GarciaLive, Volume 7: November 8th, 1976, Sophie's, Palo Alto.

The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975 has surged from 82 to 35 this week and, in the process, also taken over the number 1 spot on the Catalog Albums chart. It is the second biggest selling album in U.S. history behind only Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Expect a resurgence of Juan Gabriel albums on the chart next week in the wake of his death.

On the Singles side, Green Day's Bang Bang has hit the top of the Mainstream Rock Songs and Justin Timberlake's Can't Fight This Feeling remains on the top of Adult Contemporary even though it fell out of the top ten on the Hot 100 this week.

The top forty albums this week by veteran artists who have been recording twenty years or more (Billboard 200 position in parenthesis) Debuts are in blue:
  1. Pure and Simple - Dolly Parton (11)
  2. Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975 - Eagles (35)
  3. California - Blink-182 (45)
  4. Unleashed - Skillet (46)
  5. Ripcord - Keith Urban (53)
  6. The Eminem Show - Eminem (60)
  7. Greatest Hits - The Notorious B.I.G. (68)
  8. Greatest Hits - Journey (80)
  9. Metallica - Metallica (82)
  10. Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac (85)
  11. Greatest Hits I, II & III - The Platinum Collection - Queen (87)
  12. Nevermind - Nirvana (92)
  13. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (100)
  14. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (101)
  15. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (102)
  16. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (103)
  17. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (107)
  18. Weezer (White Album) - Weezer (117)
  19. 1 - Beatles (129)
  20. Greatest Hits - 2Pac (134)
  21. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem (137)
  22. The Very Best of Prince - Prince (138)
  23. Recovery - Eminem (145)
  24. The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboy's Vulgar Hits! - Pantera
  25. Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers (156)
  26. Greatest Hits - Blink-182 (159)
  27. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell (160)
  28. Damn Country Music - Tim McGraw (161)
  29. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival (162)
  30. Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel (172)
  31. The Immaculate Collection - Madonna (174)
  32. Ride the Lightning - Metallica (181)
  33. Aerosmith's Greatest Hits - Aerosmith (183)
  34. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (189)
  35. Ten - Pearl Jam (192)
  36. GarciaLive, Volume 7: November 8th, 1976, Sophie's, Palo Alto - Jerry Garcia (193)
  37. We're All Somebody From Somewhere - Steven Tyler (195)
  38. Greatest Hits 1970 - 2002 - Elton John (200)
  39. There are only 38 albums by veteran artists in this week's Billboard 200.
The top ten albums overall:
  1. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  2. Views - Drake
  3. Suicide Squad: The Album - Soundtrack
  4. I Told You - Tory Lanez
  5. Brave Enough - Lindsey Sterling
  6. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
  7. 25 - Adele
  8. Anti - Rihanna
  9. Major Key - DJ Khaled
  10. Hamilton: An American Musical - Original Broadway Cast
The top ten vinyl albums:
  1. The Green Book - Twiztid
  2. Vacancy - Bayside
  3. Live at the Ryman - Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
  4. The Bible 2 - AJJ
  5. Freetown Sound - Blood Orange
  6. Beulah - John Paul White
  7. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
  8. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  9. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
  10. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
The top ten singles:
  1. Closer - The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
  2. Cold Water - Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & M0
  3. Cheap Thrills - Sia Featuring Sean Paul
  4. Heathens - twenty one pilots
  5. Ride - twenty one pilots
  6. This is What You Came For - Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna
  7. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
  8. One Dance - Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
  9. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
  10. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Catalog Albums - Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975 - Eagles
    • Hard Rock Album - Unleashed - Skillet
    • Country Albums - Pure and Simple - Dolly Parton
    • Americana/Folk Albums - Pure and Simple - Dolly Parton
    • Blues Albums - I Still Do - Eric Clapton
    • Jazz Albums - Ultimate Sinatra - Frank Sinatra
    • New Age Albums - Dark Sky Island - Enya 
    • World Albums - Johannesburg (EP) - Mumford & Sons With Baaba Mall, The Very Best & Bratenberg
    • Latin Albums - Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes - Juan Gabriel
    • Latin Pop Albums - Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes - Juan Gabriel
    • Christian Albums - Unleashed - Skillet
    • Gospel Albums - The Journey (Live) - Donnie McClurkin
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Adult Contemporary Songs - Can't Fight This Feeling - Justin Timberlake
    • Mainstream Rock Songs - Bang Bang - Green Day
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - B.F.A.M. (Brothers From Another Mother) - Paul Jackson, Jr. 
    • Latin Songs - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Latin Airplay - La Bicicleta - Carlos Vives & Shakira
    • Latin Pop Songs - La Bicicleta - Carlos Vives & Shakira
    • Christian Streaming Songs - Monster - Skillet
    • Gospel Songs - 123 Victory - Kirk Franklin Featuring Pharrell Williams
    • Gospel Airplay - Better - Hezekiah Walker
    • Gospel Digital Songs - 123 Victory - Kirk Franklin Featuring Pharrell Williams

Earth, Wind & Fire, Ry Cooder, Jefferson Airplane, Naughty by Nature & Kris Kristofferson Perform on PBS Grammy Salute to Music Legends

via Press Release

In collaboration with the The Recording Academy, Great Performances presents Grammy Salute To Music Legends, a special all-star concert offering a prime time spotlight for The Academy's 2016 Special Merit Awards recipients. The celebration and tribute concert features rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions by those they've inspired.

The celebration, recorded at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, will air Friday, October 14 from 9-11:30 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) Previously held during Grammy Week, this is the first time The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone event and musical tribute.

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, and Run-DMC. John Cage, Fred Foster, and Chris Strachwitz are Trustees Award honorees; and EMT and Dr. Harvey Fletcher are Technical Grammy Award recipients. Also being honored is Phillip Riggs, this year's recipient of the Music Educator Award.

Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees' contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage and heartfelt testimonials from the presenters, the star-studded event features performances by Patti Austin, Ry Cooder, Lila Downs, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Andy Garcia and The CineSon All Stars, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, J'Nai Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Naughty By Nature, Anthony Parce, Lucrecia, Shelby Lynne, Martina McBride, Magnolia Sisters, and JD Souther.

Other presenters include Jimmy Jam, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Crosby, LL Cool J, Don Was, and David Foster.

Among numerous highlights, psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane takes fans back in time as they play some of their most memorable hits that shaped much of the San Francisco scene in the 1960s and earned them international mainstream success. Standing in for legendary frontwoman Grace Slick (who is present to accept her award) is Grammy nominated rock songstress Cathy Richardson.

Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz has made a living recording, preserving, selling, and celebrating the music he loves —music that formed the fabric of both American and international culture. Paying homage to the multifaceted and uniquely talented producer/businessman will be six-time Grammy winner and fretboard virtuoso Ry Cooder, Chicago bluesman Grammy nominee Henry Gray, and Cajun music jewels and Grammy nominees Magnolia Sisters.

Paying tribute to three-time Grammy winner and four-time Latin Grammy winner Celia Cruz — internationally known as the "Queen Of Salsa" — are Latin Grammy nominee Lucrecia and Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Andy García, who will bring his Cuban musical group, Andy García And The CineSon All Stars, to the stage.

Six-time Grammy  winners Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the most important and innovative musical forces influencing music and popular culture across generations, offer a roof-raising performance.

A salute to 10-time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt features pop, country and Latin musical offerings from Grammy and four-time Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs and Grammy nominees Martina McBride and JD Souther.

The performances:
  • Linda Ronstadt
    • Faithless Love (JD Souther)
    • Gritenme Pledras del Campo (Lila Downs & Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano)
    • Blue Bayou (Martina McBride w/ JD Souther)
  • Fred Foster
    • Me & Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson & Shelby Lynne)
    • Oh Pretty Woman (Shelby Lynne)
  • John Cage
    • Water Walk (Anthony Parce)
    • The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (J'Nai Bridges)
  • Ruth Brown
    • Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean (Patti Austin)
  • Jefferson Airplane
    • Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane)
    • Medley: Embryonic Journey/Come Back Baby (Jefferson Airplane)
  • Celia Cruz
    • Guantanamera (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)
    • Quimbera (Andy Garcia & the CineSon All Stars with Lucrecia)
  • Run-DMC
    • Medley: King of Rock/Rock Box/Peter Piper/My Adidas/It's Tricky/Beats to the Rhyme (Naughty By Nature)
  • Chris Strachwitz
    • Blues Won't Let Me Take My Rest (Ry Cooder & Henry Gray)
    • Medley: Blues de Voyage/Magnolia Hop (Magnolia Sisters w/Ry Cooder)
  • Herbie Hancock
    • Nuance (Herbie Hancock w/Wayne Shorter)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
    • Medley: Intro/Shining Star/Celebrate/In the Stone/Fantasy/September (Earth, Wind & Fire w/David Foster)
    • That's the Way of the World (Earth, Wind & Fire Encore)

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing® Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, and are ratified by The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. Presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation®, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education.

Mel C Says She Will Not Participate in a Spice Girls Reunion...EVER

by Newsdesk

Mel C has officially ruled herself out of the Spice Girls reunion due to take place next year.

The 42-year-old, along with Victoria Beckham, have both declined to take part in the Wannabe hitmakers' 20th anniversary reunion in 2017, organised by Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Melanie Brown.

Now Sporty Spice, real name Melanie Chisholm, has penned an essay for Love magazine explaining her difficult decision to bow out of the lucrative reunion.

Insisting the reunion shouldn't take place without all five members on board, Mel added she believes the band should have called it a day following their performance at the closing ceremony for the London Olympic Games in 2012.

"I’d love to play huge arenas across the world, sing our brilliantly bonkers pop songs and relive our former glory," Mel wrote. "It is of course a very lucrative opportunity too. But we were a five-piece band. Didn’t we reach a peak with the Olympics? There’s a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note.

"For me, the absolute pinnacle of my Spice existence was being watched by a billion people around the globe belting out Spice Up Your Life on top of a black cab at the 2012 London Olympics. Anything less than the full line-up just didn’t feel like we’d be doing justice to the band or the fans."

It was after numerous meetings with Emma, Geri and Mel B she made her difficult decision. "The hardest part for me was letting people down, the girls, the fans, civilisation?! Unfortunately something didn’t feel quite right and I had to follow my gut," she added.

The mother-of-one had a brief solo career after the Spice Girls split for good in 2000, but is well aware that her success on her own will never match up to her Spice Girls fame.

"I am under no illusion that my solo work will ever come close to a fraction of the impact that we make as the Spice Girls. I love the band, I am beyond proud of my past and will always embrace and celebrate being a Spice Girl, it’s what I am," she wrote.

There have been countless bands who have reunited in recent years following success in the 90s, including Take That. But Mel is of the opinion that the Spice Girls shouldn't be pressured into reforming and should instead be remembered by fans for their incredible achievements.

"I will be a Spice Girl until I die. But the continuous speculation on whether we will reform to celebrate 20 years of Wannabe has been particularly exhausting. But is it a new rule that bands have to reform? Why can’t we just be remembered for our incredible achievements in the nineties," she shared.

However, she will support her fellow bandmates, no matter what.

"I love the girls dearly. We have a very unique bond that will never be broken and I will continue to support them all as much as I can," Mel concluded.

Review & Set List: Brian Wilson Plays "Pet Sounds" @ New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY

by Roger Wink, VVN Music

Brian Wilson brought his band to the Chevy Court at the New York State Fair on Monday night with his Pet Sounds 50th anniversary show.

We'll get the bad out of the way first. This was really no place for this show. The Chevy Court is a large, open air, stage that is free to all fair goers. Over the years, it has grown from relatively minor artists to the current year's lineup that includes free shows by Wilson, Culture Club, Toto, Chicago, Flo Rida and many more.

The problem is that the crowds that attend are less familiar with deep catalog. They may only know a few of the artist's best known songs and are are looking to hear them and be entertained unlike someone who actively pays for a ticket to see the artist and is more invested in their material. While Pet Sounds is one of the greatest albums ever made, it is unfamiliar to the majority of people in the crowd except for the three hits (Wouldn't It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Sloop John B). Even Wilson seemed aware of the problem as twice, early in the playing of the album, he said "Don't worry. We'll be back to the rock and roll in about half an hour." You really shouldn't have to apologize for playing what Rolling Stone calls the second greatest album ever recorded.

Second, being free and at the end of a long, hot day, there were many concert goers, especially under-30's, who were tired and may have been drinking heavily. They were rude, talking during songs and yelling.  Pet Sounds is, in many spots, such a delicate and beautiful album that such antics can ruin the enjoyment of songs like I Believe in You, God Only Knows and Caroline No.

Finally, the state fair is invested in entertaining the crowd and keeping them moving to the hundreds of food vendors and the midway.  Most shows at the Empire Court are limited to one to one-and-a-half hours. That meant that Wilson had to cut half of the first portion of the show to keep it within time limits, including songs like Heroes and Villains, Surfer Girl, You're So Good to Me and, the biggest loss, Don't Worry Baby.

The first portion of the show included a number of Beach Boys hits along with a few highlighting other members of the band. Original Beach Boy member Al Jardine is in amazing voice, sounding exactly the same as he did fifty years ago on Little Deuce Coupe and California Saga: California.

Blondie Chaplin, a member during the 70's, did more screaming on Wild Honey but toned it down for his biggest contribution to the Beach Boys' legacy, Sail On, Sailor.

Then there is Wilson. His problems over the years are well known and they have taken their toll but, let's face it, this is one of the most important songwriters of the last sixty years and a little loss in voice and memory (he complained early on that his teleprompter wasn't working) can be overlooked to hear these superb songs performed by their originator.

The real find of the show, though, was Al Jardine's son, Matt, who took on all the falsetto vocals along with the sweet higher register songs that pepper Pet Sounds. If he were to somehow take over the legacy of the Beach Boys', it would be a wonderful way for future generations to be able to revel in that glorious sound.

It was unfortunate that the crowd did not sit back and just bask in the glorious music of Pet Sounds. Outside of the three hits, there are such superb compositions as You Still Believe in Me, Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulders), I Just Wasn't Made for These Times and Caroline, No that deserve as much attention as all those well known songs.

The concert finished with a five song run of Beach Boys hits that brought the crowd back alive.

If Wilson comes to your town for what he is calling his final tour playing this album, run to get tickets. It will be a fantastic evening when presented in the environment of a theater.

The set list:
  • California Girls (from Summer Days and Summer Nights, 1965)
  • I Get Around (from All Summer Long, 1964)
  • Shut Down (from Surfin’ USA, 1963)
  • Little Deuce Coupe (from Surfer Girl, 1963)
  • California Saga: California (from Holland, 1973)
  • Wild Honey (from Wild Honey, 1967)
  • Sail On, Sailor (from Holland, 1973)
  • Wouldn’t It Be Nice (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • You Still Believe In Me (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • That’s Not Me (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • I’m Waiting For The Day (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • Let’s Go Away For Awhile (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • Sloop John B (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • God Only Knows (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • I Know There’s An Answer (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • Here Today (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • Pet Sounds (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • Caroline No (from Pet Sounds, 1966)
  • Good Vibrations (from Smiley Smile, 1967)
  • Help Me Ronda (from Summer Days and Summer Nights, 1965)
  • Barbara Ann (single, 1965)
  • Surfin’ USA (from Surfin’ USA, 1963)
  • Fun Fun Fun (from Shut Down Vol 2, 1964)

Frank Sinatra Concerts From Around the World & Throughout His Career Featured on 4-CD/1-DVD Set

by VVN Music

The live Frank Sinatra continues to be highlighted by UMe and Frank Sinatra Enterprises.

In 2006, they released Sinatra: Vegas which featured five Sin City concerts from 1961 to 1987.  Two years later, they followed up with Sinatra: New York which featured shows done in the Big Apple from 1955 to 1990.

On October 31, the third in the series, featuring shows from around the world, will be released with World on a String. Contained on four-CDs and one-DVD, the set follows a similar format with five shows from between 1958 and 1962 along with a number of extras.

Most of the shows in the box were special charity concerts for children, something that Sinatra did whenever he could.

The globe-trotting performances showcase Sinatra in eight different countries (Monaco, Australia, Egypt, Dominican Republic,Japan, Israel, Greece, and Italy), from cozy supper clubs to cavernous stadiums to one of the seven wonders of the world. But a familiar refrain threads through these recordings: The innate warmth and ease with which Sinatra imbued his concerts. As always, his backing musicians were impeccable, and the arrangements – by Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Quincy Jones, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May, among others – simply sumptuous.

Listening to the nearly 30-year span of performances, it's remarkable to realize how the passage of time never diminished Sinatra's way with a song; if anything, it deepened his understanding of his material. Comparing renditions of "Bewitched" from 1958 and 1979 reveals a more pronounced resonance in Sinatra's delivery.

"It was always obvious that Frank enjoyed touring abroad," longtime production manager Hank Cattaneo notes in the accompanying booklet, which also includes reflections from Frank Sinatra, Jr., beloved sidemen Al Viola and Bill Miller, and more. "You could see it in his gait, hear it in his voice, and see the smile upon his face."

The track list:

Disc 1
  • Sporting Club, Monte Carlo (June 14, 1958)SPORTING CLUB, MONTE CARLO - JUNE 14, 1958
    • Introduction by Noel Coward
    • Clarke Street (Play On)
    • Come Fly With Me
    • I Get A Kick Out Of You
    • I've Got You Under My Skin
    • Where Or When
    • Moonlight In Vermont
    • On The Road To Mandalay
    • When Your Lover Has Gone
    • April In Paris
    • All The Way
    • Monique
    • Bewitched
    • The Lady Is A Tramp
    • (Love Is) The Tender Trap (Play Off)
    • You Make Me Feel So Young
    • (Love Is) The Tender Trap (Bows) 
  • Bonus Tracks (RAI Radio Club, May 20, 1953)
    • Radio Club Introduction
    • Welcome and Greetings
    • September Song - Frank Sinatra
    • Presentation and Announcements
    • Laura - Frank Sinatra
    • Baseball segment
    • Ninna Nanna - Domenico Modugno
    • Night And Day - Frank Sinatra
    • Closing Remarks
Disc 2
  • Sydney Stadium, Australia (December 2, 1961)
    • Introduction By Tommy Hanlon Jr.
    • I've Got The World On A String
    • I Concentrate On You
    • Night And Day
    • Moonlight In Vermont
    • In The Still Of The Night
    • I'll Be Seeing You
    • Day In, Day Out
    • The Moon Was Yellow (And The Night Was Young)
    • You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
    • Monologue
    • Come Fly With Me
    • April In Paris
    • A Foggy Day
    • Without A Song
    • Imagination
    • The Second Time Around
    • Young At Heart
    • Witchcraft
    • Embraceable You
    • The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)
    • My Funny Valentine
    • My Blue Heaven
    • Angel Eyes
    • One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
    • The Lady Is A Tramp
Disc 3
  • The Pyramids, Egypt (September 27, 1979)
    • Mrs. Sadat's Comments
    • The Song Is You
    • Where Or When
    • The Lady Is A Tramp
    • Someone To Watch Over Me
    • Something
    • My Kind Of Town
    • All The Way
    • Bewitched
    • I've Got You Under My Skin
    • The Gal That Got Away /It Never Entered My Mind (Medley)
    • Monologue
    • Try A Little Tenderness
    • Strangers In The Night
    • Street of Dreams
    • April In Paris
    • Theme From New York, New York
    • My Way
    • Bows (My Way)
    • Closing Comments by Frank Sinatra
Disc 4
  • Altos de Chevon, La Romana, Dominican Republic (August 20, 1982)
    • I've Got The World On A String
    • I Get A Kick Out Of You
    • Come Rain Or Come Shine
    • When Your Lover Has Gone
    • The Lady Is A Tramp (with Reprise)
    • The House I Live In
    • Searching
    • My Kind Of Town
    • Something
    • The Best Is Yet To Come
    • Strangers In The Night
    • All Or Nothing At All
    • Introduction of Musicians
    • The Gal That Got Away/It Never Entered My Mind (Medley)
    • I've Got You Under My Skin
    • Send In The Clowns
    • Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
    • I Won't Dance
    • Buddy Rich Band Introduction
    • Theme From New York, New York
    • Bows (Theme From New York, New York)
  • Hibya Park, Japan (April 21, 1962)
    • Introduction
    • Too Marvelous For Words
    • Imagination
    • Moonlight In Vermont
    • Day In, Day Out
    • Without A Song
    • The Moon Was Yellow (And The Night Was Young)
    • I've Got You Under My Skin
    • I Get A Kick Out Of You
    • At Long Last Love
    • My Funny Valentine
    • In The Still Of The Night
    • Embraceable You
    • Night And Day
    • April In Paris
    • The Lady Is A Tramp
    • Bows
    • Monologue and Band Introductions
    • All The Way
    • Chicago
    • I Could Have Danced All Night
    • Bows (Closing)
  • Frank Sinatra With All God's Children (1962)
  • Sinatra in Israel (1962)
  • Perugina Commercials (1962)
    • Night And Day
    • My Funny Valentine
    • I've Got You Under My Skin
    • Moonlight In Vermont
    • I Love Paris
    • Come Fly With Me
    • My Blue Heaven
    • Chicago
    • Imagination
    • Witchcraft
    • A Foggy Day
    • The Lady Is A Tramp

Dave Lombardo Joins the Misfits For Reunion Shows

by VVN Music

Dave Lombardo has a new temporary gig.

Lobardo will join original Misfits members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only for their reunion shows, the first time they've played together since 1983. Also in the band is Doyle Wolfgang van Frankenstein who joined the Misfits in 1980, three years after their formation.

Danzig teased the announcement by saying that their selected member was his "favorite drummer". Lobardo was a co-founding member of Slayer but left the band in 1991 only to return from 2001 to 2013. He also played with Grip, Inc., Fantomas, Testament and Suicidal Tendencies along with other projects.

While Lombardo seems to be a bit out of left field for the Misfits, he told Rolling Stone "The Misfits created the horror punk attitude and had a massive influence on modern rock, punk and metal.

Only added "I think the darker side of punk we created with the Misfits spawned the growth and evolution of punk into thrash, and sired bands like Metallica and Slayer, just as we inspired countless others in the punk revolution."

Look for the reunited Misfits at Riotfest & Rodeo in Denver on September 4 at 8:40 on the Riot Stage and Riotfest & Carnival in Chicago on September 18 at 8:45 on the Riot Stage.

Almanac: August 30, 2016

  • 1919 - Kitty Wells (d. 2012)
  • 1928 - Johnny Mann (d. 2014)
  • 1935 - John Phillips (Mamas & the Papas) (d. 2001)
  • 1939 - Charles Colbert (American Breed) (77)
  • 1939 - John Peel (influential British DJ) (d. 2004)
  • 1941 - John McNally (Searchers) (75)
  • 1941 - Jim Hager (Hagers) (d. 2008)
  • 1941 - Jon Hager (Hagers) (d. 2009)
  • 1950 - Mickey Moody (Juicy Lucy, Whitesnake) (66)
  • 1951 - Dana (born Rosemary Brown) (65)
  • 1952 - Kenny Andrews (Darts) (64)
  • 1953 - Horace Panter (Specials) (63)
  • 1954 - Ronald Beitle (Wild Cherry) (62)
  • 1955 - Martin Jackson (Magazine, Swing Out Sister) (61)
  • 1961 - Keith McKenzie (Shamen) (55)
  • 1963 - Paul Oakenfold (53)
  • 1966 - Peter Cunnah (D: Ream) (50)
  • 1971 - Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) (45)
  • 1974 - Aaron Barrett (Real Big Fish) (42)
  • 1974 - Rich Cronin (LFO) (d. 2010)
  • 1978 - Swizz Beatz (born Kasseem Dean) (38)
  • 1986 - Ryan Ross (Panic! At the Disco) (30)
  • 1988 - Papa Dee Allen (War) - Heart attack (on stage)
  • 1995 - Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground) - Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (53)
On This Day
  • 1969 - Woodstock fever came to the U.K. with the second Isle of Wight festival. Artists included Bob Dylan, the Band, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Family, Joe Cocker, Free, Richie Havens, Moody Blues, Nice, Tom Paxton, Pentagle and the Who.
  • 1970 - The Rolling Stones started a European tour in Malmo, Sweden.
  • 1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono held a benefit for the One-to-One charity at Madison Square Garden in New York with guests Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Sha Na Na.
  • 1973 - The Doors broke up after two post-Jim Morrison albums.
  • 1975 - Paul Kossoff of Free and Back Street Crawler was "dead" for 35 minutes in the hospital while doctors tried to revive him. He would die seven months later.
  • 1989 - Billy Joel fired his manager, Frank Weber, due to accounting problems. He eventually sued Weber for $90 million.
  • 1989 - Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses was arrested after causing a disturbance on a plane flight.
  • 1991 - Dottie West is critically injured in a car accident.
  • 1995 - Carly Simon and James Taylor performed together for the first time since 1979 to benefit a local Martha's Vineyard agricultural society.
  • 2001 - Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule are arrested for using obscene language during a show at Montego Bay.
  • 2003 - Michael Jackson celebrated his 45th birthday (the previous day) with a show at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.
  • 2003 - Hoobastank was forced to cancel the balance of their U.S. tour when Dan Estrin was injured falling off of a motorcycle.
  • 2007 - Lil Wayne was sued for $1 million by a woman who says she was crushed in the crowd at one of his concerts when money was thrown.
  • 1991 - Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) and Gertie Filip
  • 1988 - Bruce Springsteen and Julianne Phillips (filed by Phillips)
  • 1949 - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
  • 1957 - Buck Owens' first recording session for Capitol Records
  • 1965 - Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
  • 1981 - Tattoo You - Rolling Stones
  • 1994 - Usher - Usher (debut album)
  • 1994 - Definitely Maybe - Oasis (debut album U.S. release)
  • 2002 - The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
Gold & Platinum
  • 1969 - Sugar Sugar - Archies (Gold)
  • 1993 - Late Show With David Letterman (premier on CBS) - Billy Joel
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1941 - Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) - Jimmy Dorsey (4 weeks)
  • 1975 - Get Down Tonight - K.C. & the Sunshine Band (1 week)
  • 1980 - Sailing - Christopher Cross (1 week)
  • 1986 - Higher Love - Steve Winwood (1 week)
  • 1997 - Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Puff Daddy and Mase (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1975 - Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John (1 week (6 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2003 - Greatest Hits Volume II and Other Stuff - Alan Jackson (1 week)
  • 2008 - A Little Bit Longer - Jonas Brothers (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1947 - Boogie Woogie Blue Plate - Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (14 weeks)
  • 1975 - Your Love - Graham Central Station (1 week)
  • 1986 - Love Zone - Billy Ocean (1 week)
  • 2008 - Take a Bow - Rihanna (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1980 - Cowboys and Clowns - Ronnie Milsap (1 week)
  • 1986 - Heartbeat in the Darkness - Don Williams (1 week)
  • 1997 - She's Got It All - Kenny Chesney (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1957 - Diana - Paul Anka (9 weeks)
  • 1969 - In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans (3 weeks)
  • 1998 - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers (1 week)
  • 2009 - Holiday - Dizzee Rascal Featuring Calvin Harris (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
  • 1969 - From Elvis to Memphis - Elvis Presley (1 week)
  • 1975 - Atlantic Crossing - Rod Stewart (5 weeks)
  • 1997 - Be Here Now - Oasis (4 weeks)
  • 2009 - Humbug - Arctic Monkeys (2 weeks)

John Lennon's Killer to Stay in Prison

by VVN Music

Mark David Chapman, the man who was convicted of murdering John Lennon in 1980, has been once again denied parole.

A three man board denied his application for parole, the ninth time he has requested release. Chapman, 61, will be able to submit a new request in two years.

Over the years, Chapman has said that he has "found God" and that he was an "idiot" for killing Lennon and, although there have been those who have supported his release, there are many others, including Yoko Ono, who have written letters to the parole board for each request asking that he remain jailed.

Chapman was, actually, quite religious in his youth, having become a born again Presbyterian at the age of 16. He later attended Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA but dropped out and began having mental problems including an attempted suicide. He also became obsessive with a variety of subjects including art, music, the book The Catcher in the Rye, and Lennon.

His obsession with Lennon grew to frustration, saying "He told us to imagine no possessions, and there he was, with millions of dollars and yachts and farms and country estates, laughing at people like me who had believed the lies and bought the records and built a big part of their lives around his music." He even had told his wife that he planned on killing Lennon but she never contacted the authorities.

Chapman killed Lennon on December 8, 1980 in front of The Dakota in New York where Lennon and Yoko Ono lived.

Barbra Streisand Looking Forward to Lady Gaga's "A Star is Born"

by Newsdesk

Barbra Streisand can't wait to see what Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will do with the A Star is Born remake, because she's convinced the film will be a big hit.

The singer, actress and director starred in the 1976 adaptation of the movie classic, alongside Kris Kristofferson, and now it's Gaga's turn to have a crack at the character Streisand, Judy Garland and Janet Gaynor played.

The Poker Face star recently signed on to star in Cooper's directorial debut - a project he picked up from Clint Eastwood, which was originally slated to star Beyonce before she fell pregnant with Blue Ivy.

Barbra has a good feeling about the latest movie, telling news show Extra, "I feel great about it because I know A Star Is Born will work; it works every time... because the music can change with the decades, so I know it’s gonna work."

The singer is currently promoting her star-studded new album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which features her singing a series of duets with movie stars like Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, and Daisy Ridley, and she admits there was one guest on the album who really blew her away with his talents - Jamie Foxx.

"Oh, my God," she tells the news show. "Jamie Foxx has an amazing voice."

The odd couple teamed up to record Climb Every Mountain from The Sound of Music for the new album.

But Foxx and her movie men collaborators will never replace her husband of 20 years, James Brolin, in her heart.

Barbra, 74, admits she has had to change to make the marriage work, revealing she was once too honest in relationships, and now she values "kindness".

"The Dalai Lama says, 'Give truth with compassion...' I used to use truth as a weapon years ago, actually: 'Well, you look fat 'cause you’re fat... I’m telling you the truth'. Truth with compassion would say it a different way."