Sunday, September 21, 2014

Almanac: September 21, 2014

  • 1921 - Jimmy Young (93)
  • 1932 - Don Preston (session musician) (82)
  • 1934 - Leonard Cohen (80)
  • 1936 - Dickey Lee (born Royden Lipscomb) (78)
  • 1941 - Dante Moon (Dante & the Evergreens) (73)
  • 1947 - Don Felder (Eagles) (67)
  • 1952 - Kenny Starr (65)
  • 1953 - Betty Wright (61)
  • 1959 - Phil Taylor (Motorhead) (55)
  • 1959 - Corinne Drewery (Swing Out Sister) (55)
  • 1967 - Faith Hill (47)
  • 1967 - Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies) (47)
  • 1967 - Timmy T (born Timothy Tores) (47)
  • 1968 - Jon Brookes (Charlatans) (46)
  • 1968 - Trugoy (born David Jude Jolicoeur) (De La Soul) (46)
  • 1972 - Liam Gallagher (Oasis) (45)
  • 1972 - David Silveria (Korn) (45)
  • 1973 - Jimmy Constable (911) (41)
  • 1977 - Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) (37)
  • 1986 - Faris Rotter (Horrors) (28)
  • 1989 - Jason Derulo (25)

  • 1974 - Walter Brennan - Emphysema (80)
  • 1987 - Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report, Blood, Sweat & Tears) - Brain hemorrhage after being beaten (35)
  • 2006 - Boz Burrell (King Crimson, Bad Company) - Heart attack (60)

On This Day
  • 1954 - In Alabama, it was Hank Williams Day.
  • 1965 - The Moody Blues play their first major show at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1974 - Jeff “Skunk” Baxter joined the Doobie Brothers.
  • 1977 - Conway Twitty, Jerry Reed, Richard Sterben of the Oak Ridge Boys and other owners of the new Nashville minor league baseball team decide to call them the Sounds. 
  • 1980 - Bob Marley collapsed during a run in New York's Central Park. The ensuing examination showed that he was suffering from cancer.
  • 1980 - Elton John signed with Geffen Records.
  • 1986 - Britain's National Inquirer reported about Michael Jackson's goal of living to 150 and showed a picture of him in an oxygen chamber.
  • 1989 - The Bangles announced that they were splitting up.
  • 1990 - The IRS placed a $16.7 million lien on Willie Nelson's property. 
  • 1991 - Status Quo played four cities (Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham, London) in one day, setting a record.
  • 1995 - Bill Monroe was present at the unveiling of a plaque carrying his likeness in Rosine, KY. 
  • 1996 - Hank Williams III made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1999 - Melissa Auf Der Maur left Hole.
  • 1999 - Diana Ross was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport for assaulting a guard.
  • 2000 - Genesis reunited for one night at the British Music Roll of Honour show.
  • 2000 - Bono was on Capitol Hill in Washington pushing his debt relief plan for third world nations.
  • 2000 - Barenaked Ladies received the key to Toronto.
  • 2002 - Farm Aid '02 was held in Burgettstown, PA with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Gillian Welch, Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble, The Drive-By Truckers, Los Lonely Boys and Anthony Smith
  • 2004 - Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) was denied entrance into the U.S. when his name turned up on an anti-terrorist watch list.
  • 2007 - Snoop Dogg received three years probation and 150 hours of community service for carrying a collapsible baton.
  • 2013 - Farm Aid 2013 was held in Saratoga Springs, NY with Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Amos Lee, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sasha Dobson, Carlene Carter, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Will Dailey, Bahamas, Pegi Young & The Survivors, Jesse Lenat, Insects vs Robots and The Blackwood Quartet.

  • 1968 - All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (single)
  • 1974 - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive (single)
  • 1976 - Children of the World - Bee Gees
  • 1984 - Tonight - David Bowie
  • 1992 - Yes Please - Happy Mondays (last release for Factory Records
  • 1992 - Creep - Radiohead (single)
  • 1993 - In Utero - Nirvana

  • 2013 - Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg

  • 1971 - Old Grey Whistle Test (debut) - America, Lesley Duncan
  • 1972 - In Concert (ABC) (debut) - Alice Cooper
  • 1984 - Burning Rage (Made for TV Movie) - Barbara Mandrell (acting debut)
  • 1999 - Reverb (MTV) (debut) - Alanis Morissett, Everlast
  • 2001 - America: A Tribute to Heroes (35 Different Networks)
  • 2007 - CMT Crossroads - Trisha Yearwood and Babyface

Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1946 - To Each His Own - Ink Spots (1 week)
  • 1959 - Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny (2 weeks)
  • 1963 - Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton (3 weeks)
  • 1968 - Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Reiley (1 week)
  • 1974 - Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Baby - Barry White (1 week)
  • 1985 - Money for Nothing - Dire Straits (3 weeks)
  • 1991 - I Adore Mi Amor - Color Me Bad (2 weeks)

Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • No albums made number 1 in the U.S. on September 21.

Robert Redford Receives Environmental Award From Don Henley

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Don Henley of Eagles fame presenter actor and environmentalist Robert Redford with the Walden Woods Project’s 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award in Boston this week.

Henley is a co-founder of the Walden Woods Project, a non-profit organisation to preserve the land, literature, and legacy of the quintessential American author, philosopher, and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, to cultivate an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

Robert Redford was given the award for his environmental initiatives. Redford has received many environmental awards over the years dating back to the 1987 United Nations Global 500 Award and including the Audubon Medal Award, the Earth Day International Award and the Nature Conservancy Award.

This was the second time the Global Environmental Leadership Award was presented. The first was to President Bill Clinton in 2012.

Redford has just completed the production ‘A Walk In The Woods’ based on the Bill Bryson novel and starring Nick Nolte. The film will be released early 2015.

Henley awarded Redford the award at the Walden Woods Project fundraising dinner in Boston. 600 people attended the dinner and raised $1.6 million for the Project.

Passings: Polly Bergen (1930 - 2014)

Actress Polly Bergen, who also had a successful recording career during the 50's, died on Saturday morning in her Connecticut home from natural causes. She was 84.

Bergen made her radio debut at the age of 14 and moved to Hollywood in 1949 where she made her feature debut in Across the Rio Grande. She followed with three roles in Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis comedies along with a number of other smaller films but her dissatisfaction with the studio system made her walk away in 1953.

Along with a few roles in TV and on Broadway, Bergen pursued a singing career, signing with Jubilee Records for her self-titled debut and Little Girl Blue. In 1957, she moved to Columbia Records where she recorded her two biggest albums, Bergen Sings Morgan (#10) and The Party's Over (#20). Her single Come Prima peaked at number 67 in 1958.

She recorded seven move albums through the early 60's before returning full time to acting appearing in such films as the original Cape Fear (1962), The Caretakers (1963), Move Over Darling (1963) and John Waters Cry-Baby (1990). On television, she had her own variety show in 1957 and 1958 and acted in such shows as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, The Sopranos and, Desperate Housewives.

She is survived by two daughters, a son and three grandchildren.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gregg Allman to Receive the Classic Rock Living Legend Award

by Newsdesk

The 10th annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour has announced that Gregg Allman, one of rock's most acclaimed and beloved icons, will be this year's recipient of the Living Legend award.

As one of the most prestigious awards in rock, the Living Legend Award honours those without whom rock music would not be what it is today; the innovators, the trailblazers, those who have inspired others to create music and have trodden the path for them to do so. Gregg Allman is all these things and more.

Gregg Allman is someone whose distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability has resonated through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. He has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, and his voice is one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Along with the Allman Brothers Band, in which he was a founding member, he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, and in 2012 the group was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual Grammys.

In 2011 he released the universally acclaimed Low Country Blues, his first solo album in 14 years, which gave him his highest US chart position ever when it debuted at Number 5 on Billboard's Top 200 and Number 1 on the Top Blues Albums chart. Allman's 2012 tell-all memoir, My Cross To Bear, was a New York Times Bestseller.

Gregg Allman: "I am so very honored to be receiving this award from Classic Rock. The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."

Previous winners include Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and ZZ Top.

The prestigious Living Legend award will be presented to Gregg Allman at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday, November 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood. This is the 10th anniversary of the awards and the first time they have been hosted outside London.

As previously announced, multi-platinum Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar will serve as this year's host, and voting is now open for the listener and fan-voted categories (list of nominees and link to vote below). Classic Rock magazine kicked things off last month in Hancock Park at the British Consulate (Los Angeles, CA) with the Classic Rock Awards 2014 Launch Party.

Almanac: September 20, 2014

  • 1885 - Jelly Roll Morton (d. 1941)
  • 1924 - Gogi Grant (90)
  • 1925 - Bobby Nunn (Robins, Coasters) (d. 1986)
  • 1927 - Pearl Butler (Carl Butler and Pearl) (d. 1988)
  • 1945 - Sweet Pea Atkinson (Was (Not Was)) (69)
  • 1948 - Chuck Panozzo (Styx) (66)
  • 1948 - John Panozzo (Styx) (d. 1996)
  • 1953 - Jeff Jones (Red Rider) (61)
  • 1957 - Alannah Currie (Thompson Twins) (57)
  • 1960 - Dave Hemingway (Housemartins) (54)
  • 1960 - Robert Wiggins (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) (d. 1989)
  • 1966 - Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) (48)
  • 1967 - Matthew Nelson (Nelson) (47)
  • 1967 - Gunner Nelson (Nelson) (47)
  • 1968 - Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden) (46)
  • 1968 - Michelle Visage (46)
  • 1979 - Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr. (Lifehouse) (35)
  • 1981 - Keith Semple (One True Voice) (33)
  • 1987 - Jack Lawless (Jonas Brothers) (27)

  • 1961 - Karl Farr (Sons of the Pioneers) (52)
  • 1973 - Jim Croce - Plane crash (30)
  • 1984 - Steve Goodman - Leukemia (36)
  • 1997 - Bob Hudson (Hudson & Landry) (66)
  • 2002 - Nils Stevenson (manager for Sex Pistols and Siouxsie & the Banshees) (49)

On This Day
  • 1948 - The Four Freshman played their first live show in Ft. Wayne, IN.
  • 1963 - The Rollings Stones' second single, Poison Ivy, was withdrawn from the market.
  • 1966 - George Harrison went to India for his first meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 
  • 1969 - John Lennon told his Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr that he was leaving the group.
  • 1969 - The Beatles' Northern Songs was purchased by Associated TV for one million pounds.
  • 1970 - Jim Morrison was acquitted of lewd and lascivious behavior but was found guilty of exposing himself to the audience at a Miami, FL concert.
  • 1971 - Peter Frampton quit Humble Pie.
  • 1972 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested at their farmhouse in Scotland after police found marijuana growing on the property.
  • 1973 - The Roxy opened in Los Angeles with a show by Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
  • 1973 - Gram Parsons' body was stolen, taken to Joshua Tree and burned, all per his instructions. 
  • 1988 - Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle perform together, in concert, for the first time. 
  • 1992 - Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam XV was held in Nashville with Eddie Rabbitt, Paulette Carlson, Suzy Bogguss, Jo-El Sonnier, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Confederate Railroad, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Feat, Hal Ketchum, Poco and The Desert Rose Band.
  • 1995 - Natalie Merchant opened her first solo tour in New Orleans, LA.
  • 1997 - Johnny Paycheck appeared at the Grand Ole Opry where he was asked to become a member. 
  • 2000 - Don Walser received the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Award. 
  • 2001 - Jennifer Lopez performed a full show for the first time in San Juan, PR.
  • 2003 - A motel on the estate of Chuck Berry burned down.
  • 2006 - The Rolling Stones opened a U.S. tour in Boston, MA.
  • 2008 - Farm Aid 2008 was held in Mansfield, MA with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds with Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Chesney, The Pretenders, moe., Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Nation Beat, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels, Danielle Evin, Jamey Johnson, Jesse Lenat, Will Dailey, One Flew South and The Elms
  • 2011 - Vince Gill and Sting shoot an edition of CMT Crossroads.

  • 1964 - Bobby Braddock and Sue Rhodes
  • 2002 - Micky Dolenz and Donna Quinter
  • 2003 - Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels

  • 1955 - Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford

  • 1994 - Under the Table and Dreaming - Dave Matthews Band

  • 1969 - Johnny Cash Show (ABC) - Mama Cass Elliot, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Staple Singers, Tommy Cash
  • 1975 - Saturday Night Variety Show - Bay City Rollers (U.S. TV debut)
  • 1976 - Captain & Tennille (debut)
  • 2005 - Rock Star: INXS - J.D. Fortune won the competition to become lead singer of INXS

Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1947 - Near You - Francis Craig (12 weeks)
  • 1969 - Sugar, Sugar - Archies (4 weeks)
  • 1975 - Fame - David Bowie (1 week)
  • 1986 - Stuck With You - Huey Lewis & the News (3 weeks)

Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1958 - South Pacific - Soundtrack (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 1969 - Blind Faith - Blind Faith (2 weeks)
  • 1975 - Between the Lines - Janis Ian (1 week)
  • 1980 - The Game - Queen (5 weeks)
  • 1986 - Top Gun - Soundtrack (1 week (3 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1997 - Ghetto D - Master P (1 week)
  • 2003 - Metamorphosis - Hillary Duff (1 week)
  • 2008 - The Recession - Young Jeezy (1 week)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Billy Idol to Keynote the CBGB Music & Film Festival

British singer Billy Idol has been named the keynote speaker at the upcoming 3rd Annual CBGB Music & Film Festival in New York.

Along with dozens of concerts and film presentations, the CBGB Festival also includes talks and discussions by industry figures and artists in a number of types of media.

On October 8, producer Daniel Lanois will show clips and discuss his work while premiering selections from his upcoming film Flesh and Machine...The Films. Also that evening, DJ Dirty South will screen With You, a short film that accompanies his upcoming album of the same name.

Idol's keynote interview occurs on October 9 at the CBGB Festival Headquarters with Billy Idol who will follow the talk with a short acoustic concert. Idol releases his autobiography, Dancing With Myself, on 10/7 and his first album in almost a decade, Kings & Queens of the Underground on 10/21.

A series of music talks occur on October 10 with

  • Galadrielle Allman, author of the book Please Be With Me, A Song For My Father, Duane Allman
  • Erin Davis (son of Miles Davis) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Davis) discussing the film Miles Ahead
  • Stephen Trask, composer of Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Michael Alago, A&R man who signed, among others, Metallica and White Zombie
  • Duff McKagan, founding member of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver
Finally, on October 11, The School of Rock will salute CBGB with students from eight New York and New Jersey schools playing the music of the artists that made the club famous. 

Among the artists playing during the Festival are Jane's Addiction, Devo, Macy Gray, Robert DeLong and We Are Scientists.  

According to Producer, New David Bowie Album Will Be Out "Soon"

by Newsdesk

David Bowie's long-time producer Tony Visconti has revealed to CNN in an exclusive interview, that David Bowie will release a new album 'soon' featuring original songs.

Earlier this month, Bowie announced he would release a career-spanning greatest hit album later this year, featuring one new song, Sue (Or in a Season of Crime), but Visconti has revealed a further collection of original music will be released.

Visconti produced Bowie's latest album, The Next Day, which was released without warning last year, after a decade without new music from the 67-year old star.

The Bowie retrospective exhibit, David Bowie is..., opens on September 23 at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared that date as David Bowie Day in the city.

Paul McCartney Campaigns For the Meat Free Monday Climate Pledge

by Newsdesk

Last week the McCartney family and Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, former Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and now Climate Advisor to David Cameron, launched an online campaign to encourage people to skip meat one day a week in order to reduce their carbon footprint and help tackle climate change.

The 'Meat Free Monday Climate Pledge' campaign (#MFMclimatepledge) is running during the build up to the UN Climate Summit that is taking place in New York next week.

Paul McCartney has recorded a special video message encouraging people to pledge their support (see below).

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gathering together global leaders on 23 September ' the first time Heads of State will have come together to discuss climate change since Copenhagen in 2009. The summit is being held to jump-start the climate negotiations that are due to conclude with an ambitious global treaty in December 2015. To help build momentum Ban Ki-moon is looking for 'bold commitments and actions that will catalyse transformative change'.

Meat production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation, with some scientists saying the percentage is higher. It also requires increasingly unsustainable levels of precious resources (land, water and energy) and is a major contributor towards global environmental degradation and climate change.

To get involved, visit, pledge to go meat free for one day a week and share the idea with others.