Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Almanac: July 23, 2014

Forget About It
  • 1917 - Judy Martin (d. 1951)
  • 1935 - Cleveland Duncan (Penguins) (79)
  • 1942 - Madeline Bell (72)
  • 1943 - Tony Joe White (71)
  • 1944 - Dino Danelli (Rascals) (70)
  • 1946 - Andy MacKay (Roxy Music) (69)
  • 1946 - Keith Ferguson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (d. 1997)
  • 1947 - David Essex (67)
  • 1950 - Blair Thornton (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (64)
  • 1950 - Ian Thomas (64)
  • 1952 - Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer) (62)
  • 1954 - Marisa DeFranco (DeFranco Family) (60)
  • 1961 - Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) (53)
  • 1963 - Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing) (51)
  • 1964 - Tim Kellett (Simply Red) (50)
  • 1964 - Nick Menza (Megadeth) (50)
  • 1965 - Slash (born Saul Hudson) (49)
  • 1965 - Rob Dickinson (Catherine Wheel) (49)
  • 1970 - Sam Watters (Color Me Bad) (44)
  • 1971 - Alison Krauss (43)
  • 1971 - Dalvin DeGrate (Jodeci) (43)
  • 1971 - Chad Gracey (Live) (43)
  • 1973 - Fran Healy (Travis) (41)
  • 1977 - David Pichette (Emerson Drive) (37)
  • 1980 - Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) (34)
  • 1981 - Steve Jocz (Sum 41) (33)
  • 1984 - Matthew Murphy (Wombats) (30)
  • 1990 - Neil Perry (Band Perry) (24)

  • 1980 - Keith Godchaux (Grateful Dead) - Auto accident (32)
  • 1995 - Floyd McDaniel (Four Blazes) (80)
  • 2003 - Bobby Thomson (manager of Ozzy Osbourne) - Throat cancer (50)
  • 2004 - Bill Brown (Ozark Mountain Daredevils) - Smoke inhalation from a house fire
  • 2007 - Ron Miller (songwriter for Motown) - Cardiac arrest (approx. 74)
  • 2011 - Amy Winehouse - Alcohol poisoning (27)

Synchronicity [Digipak]
On This Day
  • 1964 - The Beatles performed at the Night of a Hundred Stars in London.
  • 1966 - The Cavern Club in Liverpool was reopened by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
  • 1971 - The Rolling Stones and the late Brian Jones' father sue ex-manager Allen Klein for $29 million over the mismanagement of funds.
  • 1977 - Keith Moon went on stage with Led Zeppelin in Los Angeles. After the concert, John Bonham, Zeppelin manager Peter Grant and two others get into a fight with three of promoter Bill Graham's men.   The opening act was Judas Priest who was starting their first U.S. tour.
  • 1980 - Cliff Richard became an OBE (Officer of the British Empire).
  • 1983 - The Police opened the North American leg of their Synchronicity Tour in Chicago, IL.
  • 1987 - The remaining Beatles sue EMI for $40 million in back royalties and the rights to their catalog.
  • 1989 - Ringo Starr started his first tour since the breakup of the Beatles with the first All Starr Band.
  • 1990 - Filming began on the movie Falling From Grace. It is John Mellencamps acting and directing debut.
  • 1992 - Bruce Springsteen kicked off a solo world tour in New Jersey.
  • 1994 - Frank Zappa had an asteroid named after him by the International Astronomical Union.
  • 1998 - Iron Maiden is forced to cancel the balance of their U.S. tour after vocalist Blaze Bayley has throat problems.
  • 1998 - The Great Rewind Tour opens in Atlanta, GA with Culture Club, Howard Jones and the Human League. 
  • 1999 - The Woodstock 99 festival opened in Rome, NY.
  • 2000 - Farrah Franklin left Destiny's Child leaving Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
  • 2001 - Megadeth is banned from performing in Malaysia after the government deemed their imagery as inappropriate for youths.
  • 2003 - Sugarland was discovered while performing in a Nashville club. 
  • 2004 - Pete Doherty of Babyshambles is beat up by three men.
  • 2004 - Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution Tour opens in Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2006 - George Michael was charged with anonymous public sex after an incident where he was photographed with an older man in London.
  • 2008 - Kid Rock was fined $1,000 and given a year's probation for a fight in an Atlanta Waffle House.

  • 2003 - James Brown and Tomi Rae (separated)

  • 1963 - Neil Young's first recording session in Winnipeg.

Every Good Boy Deserves FavourReleased
  • 1955 - Maybellene - Chuck Berry (debut single)
  • 1965 - More Hits By the Supremes - Supremes
  • 1966 - They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Ha! - Napoleon XIV (single)
  • 1971 - Every Good Boy Deserves Favor - Moody Blues
  • 1977 - Nobody Does it Better - Carly Simon (single)
  • 1977 - Cold as Ice - Foreigner (single)
  • 1978 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Soundtrack) - Various Artists
  • 1982 - Emotions in Motion - Billy Idol
  • 1986 - Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles (single)
  • 1991 - Homebase - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
  • 1996 - Tidal - Fiona Apple
  • 2007 - 500 Degreez - Lil Wayne

  • 1958 - American Bandstand - Ersel Hickey, Four Tophatters
  • 1959 - American Bandstand - Gerry Granahan
  • 1962 - American Bandstand - James Darren (guest host)
  • 1963 - American Bandstand - Freddy Cannon (guest host)
  • 1965 - Where the Action Is - Kinks, Jimmy Velvet, Linda Scott, Steve Alaimo
  • 1966 - American Bandstand - Turtles, Donna Lauren
  • 1976 - Midnight Special - Spinners (host), Captain & Tennille, Eric Carmen, Henry Gross, Starbuck, Tribute to Jim Croce
  • 1977 - American Bandstand - Kenny Nolan
  • 1983 - American Bandstand - Rockats

Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1977 - Looks Like We Made It - Barry Manilow (1 week)
  • 1988 - Hold On to the Night - Richard Marx (1 week)

RumoursNumber Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1955 - Lonesome Echo - Jackie Gleason (2 weeks)
  • 1965 - Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra (1 week)
  • 1977 - Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (19 weeks (10 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1983 - Synchronicity - Police (7 weeks)
  • 1988 - Hysteria - Def Leppard (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - TP-3: Reloaded - R. Kelly (2 weeks)

Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1966 - Let's Go Get Stoned - Ray Charles (1 week)
  • 1977 - Best of My Love - Emotions (1 week (3 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1988 - Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown (2 weeks)

Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1983 - Pancho and Lefty - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard (1 week)
  • 1988 - Set 'Em Up Joe - Vern Gosdin (1 week)
  • 1994 - Summertime Blues - Alan Jackson (3 weeks)
  • 2005 - As Good As I Once Was - Toby Keith (6 weeks)

Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1964 - A Hard Day's Night - Beatles (3 weeks)
  • 1977 - I Feel Love - Donna Summer (4 weeks)
  • 1983 - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) - Paul Young (3 weeks)
  • 2000 - We Will Rock You - Five + Queen (1 week)
  • 2006 - Don't Stop Me Now/Please, Please - McFly (1 week)

You & Me BothNumber Ones – U.K. Albums
  • 1983 - You and Me Both - Yazoo (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - Now That's What I Call Music 12 - Various Artists (5 weeks)
  • 1994 - Voodoo Lounge - Rolling Stones (1 week)
  • 2000 - In Blue - Coors (2 weeks)
  • 2006 - Razorlight - Razorlight (2 weeks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ted Nugent Loses Another Date Over Political Rhetoric

Ted Nugent has managed to lose another scheduled date due to his political rantings.

Back in late March, the city of Longview, TX cancelled a July 4 appearance by Nugent saying that they didn't believe that he fit well with a family-oriented event.

On Monday, the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council, a native American group, made the decision to cancel Nugent's August 4 date at their Coeur d'Alene Casino saying that, when they booked the artist, they were not aware of his outspoken statements about, among other things, President Barack Obama.

Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d'Alene tribe, said in a statement "The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has always been about human rights – for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity. We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want perpetuate hate in any way."

Laura Stensgar, an Executive Director for the casino, added "We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses. Unfortunately, when we booked him, we were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an 80s rock ‘n roller who we thought folks might enjoy. We take the comments and concerns of our community very seriously and we apologize to anyone who was offended by the idea that we would promote these kinds of attitudes. We will do our best to avoid such mistakes moving forward."

Top Ten New Releases By Veteran Artists For the Week of July 21, 2014

Here's the top ten new releases by veteran artists on Amazon for the week of July 21, 2014.
  1. Yes - Heaven & Earth
  2. Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics
  3. ZZ Top - The Very Baddest Of: Deluxe
  4. Common - Nobody's Smiling
  5. Sammy Kershaw - Do You Know Me: A Tribute to George Jones
  6. Saga - Saga City
  7. Chris Smither - Still on the Levee
  8. Beatles - Japanese Box (5 Albums + Memorabilia)
  9. Freda Payne - Come Back to Me Love
  10. Jim Croce - Lost Time in a Bottle
To see the full list of new CDs, MP3s and Vinyl, go to our New Releases page.

Weird Al Will Have His First Number 1 And By a LOT More Than Nine Copies

Things were extremely tight yesterday when Hits Daily Double published their partial list of the top sellers for the week. With only around 28% of reports in, Weird Al Yankovic was ahead of Jason Mraz by an index (an approximation of sales) of nine units.

That's not the case with the final report from the site which reflects their survey of music retailers. While the "index" does not represent exact sales, it is an approximation based on their sample and, in the end, Yankovic has won the race by over 20,000 units.

It was expected to be a tight race as each of the artist's respective record companies were really piling on the promotion, but Al's relentless releasing of a new video per day over eight days seems to have tipped the scales. Yesterday, Al was ahead 54,637 to 54,628. The final numbers, now in, show him up 104,007 to 83,941.

That's far too big of a gap to think that the full Soundscan survey, used by Billboard, will show any different conclusion for the week (unless they find a way to break Al's album into multiple chart entries like they did with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young last week).

Farther down the chart, Morrissey's World Peace is None of Your Business sold an estimated 13,500 to place him somewhere between 18 and 20. Of last week's releases, Judas Priest's Redeemer of Souls falls from the top ten to the high twenties with a sales drop of 59% while Neil Diamond's All Times Greatest Hits goes from the teens to the mid twenties with a very modest drop of 22% in sales.

George Harris Memorial Tree in Los Angeles Destroyed by, Ironically, Beetles

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

A tree planted to honor Beatle George Harrison has been destroyed by actual beetles.

The George Harrison memorial tree was planted in Griffith Park, Los Angeles in 2004 following George’s death in 2001.

George, who owned a house in the Hollywood Hills, lived in his 120 room Gothic mansion Friar Park in Henley-On-Thames in the UK. George was a compulsive gardener, personally looking after the extensive garden and water feature with his brothers Peter and Harry.

George’s son Dhani once commented that his father would regularly tender the garden until midnight using the moonlight and shadows to see things that were not so obvious during daylight.

Los Angeles councilman Tom LaBonge says a new tree will be planted to replace the one destroyed by the beetles.

Edgar Winter Vows to Make Rock 'N' Blues Fest Tour a Tribute to Brother Johnny Winter

With the recent passing of Johnny Winter, the future of this summer's Rock 'N' Blues Fest tour was in question.

Johnny Winter was scheduled to headline the festival along with his brother's Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera of Rare Earth and Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown.
On Tuesday, brother Edgar put out a press release saying that the tour will continue as a salute to Johnny. "My wife and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he's my brother - in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.

The set lists for all the artists will be changing a bit as they have vowed to play many of the songs that were identified with Johnny like Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo and Johnny B. Goode.
Rick Derringer has been added as a special guest for the last two nights of the tour in Las Vegas and Snoqualmie, WA.

The tour dates:
  • 07/31 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • 08/01 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre At Westbury
  • 08/02 – Rockland, ME – Harbor Park
  • 08/03 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
  • 08/05 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
  • 08/06 – Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus
  • 08/07 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
  • 08/08 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
  • 08/10 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
  • 08/13 – Melbourne, FL – King Center For Performing Arts
  • 08/14 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
  • 08/15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center For The Perf. Arts
  • 08/16 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • 08/21 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic Of San Jose
  • 08/22 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove Of Anaheim
  • 08/23 – Las Vegas, NV – Cannery Casino Hotel
  • 08/24 – Snoqualmie. WA – Snoqualmie Casino

Passings: Country Singer/Songwriter/Musician George Riddle (1935 - 2014)

George Riddle, the multi-talented singer, songwriter and backing musician, died on Saturday night due to complications from throat cancer surgery in May. He was 78.

Riddle started his musical journey at the age of 9 and, at 17, was a regular singer on WBAT in Marion, IN. After a stint in the military, he joined George Jones as the very first, and for a time only, Jones Boy. His high harmony can be heard on many of Jones' early recordings.

As a recording artist, Riddle recorded for Starday, United Artists, Bryte, Musicor, MGM and others. As a songwriter, his songs were recorded by the likes of Jones, Tammy Wynette, Mickey Gilley, Del Reeves and Ray Charles. Two of those songs, The Greatest One of All and Hall of Shame charted for Melba Montgomery.

Riddle played at the Grand Ole Opry on and off for over forty years with a number of different artists and appeared on both The Johnny Cash Show and the Nashville Network.

George recently received the R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) honor for Lifetime Achievement for his work in music and as a DJ.

Preview: Graz 1975 - Deep Purple

Artist: Deep Purple
Title: Graz 1975
Release Date: September 15, 2014 (U.K.), September 23, 2015 (U.S. as Import Through Amazon)
Label: earMusic
Format(s): CD, DD

by Newsdesk

On April 3, 1975 the Mk III line-up of Deep Purple, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice, played a concert at the Liebenauer ice rink, located on the outskirts of mountain-cradled Graz, Austria's second largest city after Vienna.

Enthused by Purple's arrival in town, the local press dubbed the concert 'das Rockereignis des Jahres [the rock event of the year]' and it was in more ways than one. Previously unreleased in its entirety, Graz 1975,  the fourth part of earMUSIC's successful reissues series, will be released on September 15th, 2014 on earMUSIC.

After Graz, Purple would play just two more shows, in Saarbracken, Germany and Paris, France, before Blackmore left to form his new band, Rainbow. The remaining Purple members would regroup quickly with American guitarist Tommy Bolin in tow, in place of Blackmore. But that's another story... In order to preserve Blackmore's final run of Mk III concerts for posterity, Purple's managers had brought the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio over to mainland Europe. And what a show it was! Graz 1975 is absolutely electrifying and exhilarating. Indeed, it has long been regarded as the holy grail of concert recordings among Mk III connoisseurs. A performance that has never been available in its entirety until now.

After almost 40 years the concert still captivates people. It is the perfect example that for Purple there is no need for extravagant video projections or expensive fire shows to play a unique and fascinating gig. All they need is the music.

Track List:
  • Burn
  • Stormbringer
  • The Gypsy
  • Lady Double Dealer
  • Mistreated
  • Smoke On The Water
  • You Fool No One
  • Space Truckin'

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