Saturday, October 25, 2014

Almanac: October 25, 2014

  • 1912 - Minnie Pearl (d. 1996)
  • 1932 - Andy Star (born Franklin Gulledge) (d. 2003)
  • 1937 - Jeanne Black (77)
  • 1941 - Helen Reddy (73)
  • 1943 - Roy Lynes (Status Quo) (71)
  • 1944 - Jon Anderson (Yes) (70)
  • 1944 - Taffy Danoff (born Taffy Nivert) (Starland Vocal Band) (70)
  • 1946 - John Hall (Equals) (68)
  • 1947 - Glen Tipton (Judas Priest) (67)
  • 1950 - Chris Norman (Smokie) (64)
  • 1951 - Richard Lloyd (Television) (63)
  • 1955 - Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) (59)
  • 1957 - Robbie Macintosh (Pretenders) (57)
  • 1958 - Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) (56)
  • 1959 - Christina Amphlett (Divinyls) (d. 2013)
  • 1961 - Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) (53)
  • 1963 - John Leven (Europe) (51)
  • 1968 - Speech (born Todd Thomas) (Arrested Development) (46)
  • 1970 - Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) (44)
  • 1970 - Chely Wright (44)
  • 1981 - Romeo (born Jerome Jones) (33)
  • 1984 - Katy Perry (born Kathrine Hudson) (30)
  • 1984 - Sara Lumholdt (A-Teens) (30)
  • 1985 - Ciara (born Ciara Harris) (29)

  • 1984 - Johnnie Lee Wills - Heart complications (72)
  • 1985 - Gary Holton (Heavy Metal Kids) - Heroin overdose (33)
  • 1991 - Bill Graham - Helicopter crash (60)
  • 1992 - Roger Miller - Lung cancer (56)
  • 1993 - Howie Blauvelt (Hassles (Billy Joel's first band) - Heart attack
  • 2002 - Richard Harris - Hodgkin's lymphoma (72)
  • 2004 - John Peel (influential British DJ) - Heart attack (65)
  • 2010 - Gregory Isaacs - Lung cancer (59)

On This Day
  • 1958 - Cliff Richard made his radio debut on the BBC's Saturday Club.
  • 1960 - Former schoolmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet on a train ride.
  • 1968 - Led Zeppelin plays for the first time since changing their name from the New Yardbirds at Surrey University in England.
  • 1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced they were to be parents; however, Ono later miscarries.
  • 1980 - New Order played live for the first time in Manchester, England.
  • 1986 - Mark Knopfler broke his collarbone after crashing in a celebrity car race before the Australian Grand Prix.
  • 1988 - Chico and Bobby DeBarge were convicted of trafficking cocaine.
  • 1995 - Cliff Richard received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1997 - Johnny Cash announced that he was suffering from Parkinson's Disease during a show in Michigan.
  • 2002 - A home owned by Aretha Franklin in Bloomfield, MI burned to the ground. She had not lived in it in two years.
  • 2003 - The 17th edition of the Bridge School Benefit concert was held in Mountain View, CA with performances including Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Dashboard Confessional and Wilco
  • 2005 - Charlie Daniels was named BMI Icon at the BMI Country Awards. 
  • 2006 - Ronnie James Dio announced he was reuniting with his edition of Black Sabbath (Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward) under the name Heaven and Hell.
  • 2006 - Andy Taylor quit Duran Duran.
  • 2007 - Hank Williams, Jr. was honored at the CMT Giants concert in Los Angeles
  • 2008 - Craig Morgan became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Kristy Lee Cook made her Opry debut. 

  • 1996 - Paula Abdul and Brad Beckerman
  • 2003 - Dave Buckner (Papa Roach) and Mia Tyler

  • 1968 - Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • 1969 - Ummagumma - Pink Floyd
  • 1972 - A Good Feeling to Know - Poco
  • 1994 - Bedtime Stories - Madonna
  • 2010 - Speak Now - Taylor Swift

  • 1964 - Ed Sullivan Show - Rolling Stones (first appearance)
  • 2006 - Oprah Winfrey - Madonna

Review: "Kings and Queens of the Underground" - Billy Idol

by Andy Snipper,

A new album from Billy Idol? When you think of the other bands and artists of his era who are still around and making ‘comebacks’ it is pretty easy to suss out that there will be a market for him but I never expected an album this good or an artist who was still relevant today.

The first few tracks definitely hark back to the sound of the eighties with a big drum and ringing guitar riffs, Idol’s voice in fine fettle and a little less of the sneer and more tone.

Can’t Break Me Down has a massive swing to the sound, and a classic chorus – this may be his first album in 10 years but he sounds as though he has never been away.

Save Me Now bubbles with electro rhythms and One Breath Away takes the eighties feel even further but the album tales off with Postcards From The Past which cranks the atmosphere up and delivers the ‘More More More’ moments you would expect from Billy Idol.

The title track has touches of folk in an autobiographical tale of ’77 and onward for our hero – one of the best things he has written.

There isn’t a bad track here but there are moments when you feel his age. Overall it is a fine return for Idol.

Alvin Stardust Had a Guitar That Was Insured for $2.4 Million

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Alvin Stardust was the owner of a guitar insured for $2.41 million (£UK1.5 million).

12-year old Bernard Jewry, who would later change his name to Alvin Stardust. “When I was 12 my mum and dad bought me my first guitar for my birthday. They paid £1 10 shillings for it.”

Young Bernard took his guitar with him when he went to a Buddy Holly concert in Doncaster, UK four years later. It turned out it was his ticket backstage where he not only met Buddy Holly & The Crickets but they also jammed on a version of Peggy Sue with teenage Bernie. Before he left, Holly, and the Crickets signed the guitar for Bernard. From then on he christened the guitar Peggy Sue.

As his career grew and Bernard became Alvin Stardust he took the guitar everywhere. It has signatures from not only Holly but also Brian Jones and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon of The Beatles, Marty Wilde and Johnny Kidd.

Alvin Stardust kept the guitar right up until his death this week. It was his prized possession.

Music legend Engelbert Humperdinck has paid tribute to the late Alvin Stardust, referring to his friend as "a gentleman".
I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Alvin Stardust. He was a gentleman in our industry and will be sadly missed.#AlvinStardust
Another little known fact, Bernard Jewry was not the original Alvin Stardust. It is not his vocals on My Choo Ca Choo.

The original Alvin Stardust was Peter Shelley, who would have a hit with Gee Baby under his own name a year later.

Shelley created Alvin Stardust as a one-off. He is Alvin Stardust on the hit version of My Choo Ca Choo. After the song became a hit Shelley decided he didn’t want to continue as Alvin and Bernard Jewry (now using the stage name Shane Fenton) was handed the character.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Clark McEntire, Father of Reba McEntire, Dies at 86

Clark McEntire, father of country music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire, died on Thursday in Coalgate, OK at the age of 86. Clark had been a in a nursing home.

Reba took to her Facebook page to inform fan's of his passing:
Daddy passed away last night in Coalgate, OK at 11 pm CST. He had been in the nursing home for a while and we’re very thankful he is not suffering anymore. He was a born and bred cowboy through and through. He had been sick for 5 years. It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home.
Following in his own father's footsteps, Clark entered the rodeo circuit and became a three-time world champion steer roper (1957, 1958, 1961) In 1979, he was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Reba released the song Daddy in 1979 about Clark.

Clark was also rancher, buying 40 acres of land in the early 50's that he had grown to 8,000 acres.

He and his wife, Jacqueline, had four children, Reba, Susie, Alice and Pake. Jacqueline taught them music and, while traveling back and forth to rodeos with their father, they practiced their craft. Reba, Alcie and Pake eventually forming the group The Singing McEntires.

Photo: ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, more Honor Joan Jett at Little Kids Rock

Last night, non-profit organization, Little Kids Rock, hosted its sixth annual benefit at Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, which generated approximately $1.5 million in donations to help support students and music teachers in public schools with donated instruments, curricular resources and training. The benefit also honored Joan Jett as "Rocker of the Year" for the impact that her career, influence, and music has had on the charity's 'Modern Band' music program, which helps facilitate the teaching of popular musical styles that kids know and love, like rock, hip hop, country, blues and funk.

David Wish, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Little Kids Rock, said "For twelve years, Little Kids Rock has supported over 320,000 teachers and students realize the true impact of music – inside and outside the classroom. Thanks to the generosity of our partners and supporters, we're able to continue to bring this gift to thousands of kids each year, long after the benefit has ended."

To begin, guests enjoyed a performance by Sharkapella, an after school a cappella vocal group made of current and former students ages 13-16. Maureen Van Zandt then formally welcomed the audience to the evening's festivities. Van Zandt is an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock alongside her husband, Steven Van Zandt, who also served as the producer of this year's musical production and oversees his own Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.

Following her introduction, The Sopranos' Vincent Pastore and radio host, Rich Russo, took to the stage to serve as hosts for the night, bringing David Wish front and center to honor Guitar Center's Mike Pratt for his and Guitar Center's support and partnership with the charity. Guitar Center also served as the title sponsor.

Wish went on to speak to the crowd about the charity's mission and, most importantly, the students and teachers it supports – teachers like John Flora, who joined a number of student performers on stage to captivate the crowd with hits like "Counting Stars."

"Not only do our students receive the gift of music education for free, but they also know they're welcome in a classroom where everyone speaks the only universal language the world has ever known- music," said Mr. Flora during his address to the audience.

Don Reo, who co-wrote the book Big Man with Clarence Clemons, then came to the stage to present the "Big Man of the Year" award to the late performer's nephew, Jake Clemons. The students joined him in two entertaining performances, You're a Friend of Mine and Valentine Song.

Ten-year-old Ashley Nunez, a student from PS 98 Shorac Kappock elementary school in Manhattan who performed an original song featuring Jake Clemons, summed up the night best, saying "Little Kids Rock gave me the chance to learn to play music, and now they are giving me the chance to play a song that we wrote in school in front of all of these people. This has been such an awesome experience, and a night I'll never forget."

The night then turned its attention to Little Kids Rock "Rocker of the Year" Joan Jett, her legacy and the role she's played in advancing music education. Members of rock royalty paid homage, including Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Kathleen Hanna with Ad-Rock, Mike Ness, Jesse Malin, Brody Dalle, Jake Clemons and Little Kids Rock students from local schools.

The set list:

  • I Hate Myself For Loving You - Cheap Trick
  • Eye to Eye - Gary US Bonds and Jake Clemons
  • Victim of Circumstance - Brody Dalle
  • Bad Reputation - Jesse Malin
  • Fake Friends - Kathleen Hannah with Ad-Rock
  • Little Liar - Darlene Love
  • Love Is Pain - Mike Ness
  • Crimson and Clover - Tommy James and Joan Jett
  • Don't Abuse Me - Billie Joe Armstrong and Joan Jett
  • Be My Lover - Alice Cooper and Joan Jett
  • I Love Rock N Roll - All

Glen Campbell Sets More Career Marks on Country Charts

On Wednesday, we reported that Glen Campbell's I'm Not Gonna Miss You had debuted at 90 on the Billboard Hot 100, his first time on the chart in 33 years.

With the release of the full charts yesterday, further marks were revealed that show just how much the public has been touched by the singer's final release. Coming from Campbell's last recording sessions, which occurred after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the lyrics refer to the upcoming ravages of the disease. Opening with "I'm still here, but yet I'm gone" and continues to "You're the last person I will love, You're the last face I will recall, And best of all, I'm not gonna miss you."

Along with the Hot 100, Campbell jumps 50 to 21 on the Country Songs chart, leaping over such modern established artists as Eric Church, Lee Brice and Brett Eldredge. That is his first appearance on the chart since Somebody Like That (1992 / #66) and the highest he has been since She's Gone, Gone, Gone (1989 / #6). It's his 51st trip to the Country Top 40.

Even bigger is his position on the Country Streaming Songs chart where the song is at number 2. According to Billboard, the song had 1.9 million streams in the U.S. last week, second only to Jason Aldean's Burnin' it Down.

Almanac: October 24, 2014

  • 1911 - Sonny Terry (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee) (d. 1986)
  • 1930 - Big Bopper (born Jiles “J.P.” Richardson, Jr.) (d. 1959)
  • 1934 - Sanger D. Shafer (country songwriter) (80)
  • 1936 - Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) (78)
  • 1937 - Johnny Farina (Santo & Johnny) (77)
  • 1944 - Ted Templeman (producer) (70)
  • 1946 - Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf) (d. 1993)
  • 1948 - Dale Griffin (Mott the Hoople) (66)
  • 1948 - Barry Ryan (66)
  • 1948 - Paul Ryan (Paul & Barry Ryan) (d. 1992)
  • 1949 - Perry Lee Tavares (Tavares) (65)
  • 1950 - Steven Greenberg (Lipps Inc) (64)
  • 1952 - Mark Gray (Exile) (62)
  • 1962 - Debbie Googe (My Bloody Valentine) (52)
  • 1969 - Rob Green (Toploader) (45)
  • 1970 - Eds Chesters (Bluetones) (44)
  • 1970 - Alonza Bevan (Kula Shaker) (44)
  • 1978 - Sabrina Washington (Mis-Teeq) (36)
  • 1979 - Ben Gilles (Silverchair) (35)
  • 1980 - Monica (born Monica Brown) (34)
  • 1983 - Adrienne Bailon (3LW, Cheetah Girls) (31)
  • 1986 - Drake (born Aubrey Graham) (28)

  • 2001 - Kim Gardner (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke) - Cancer (53)
  • 2003 - Rosy Nix Adams (daughter of June Carter Cash and step-daughter of Johnny Cash) and Jimmy Campbell (fiddler) - Carbon monoxide poisoning on tour bus (Adams, 45)

On This Day
  • 1954 - Clyde McPhatter recorded with the Drifters for the last time.
  • 1962 - James Brown performed at the Apollo Theater in New York. The show was recorded and went on to be considered one of the greatest live albums ever made.
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones opened a 12-date American Tour at the New York Academy of Music.
  • 1973 - John Lennon sued the U.S. government, claiming that they were tapping his telephone.
  • 1974 - The film Stardust, starring David Bowie, premiered in London.
  • 1977 - Keith Richards plead guilty to heroin possession in Toronto, receiving a suspended sentence and an order to perform a charity concert for the blind.
  • 1977 - Filming began on The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey.
  • 1979 - Paul McCartney received a rhodium medallion from the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most successful composer of all-time.
  • 1988 - The trial of Fantasy Records vs. John Fogerty opens. The litigation is over Fantasy's claim that Fogerty's solo song The Old Man Down the Road was too much like the CCR song Run Through the Jungle.
  • 1989 - It was announced that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be inducting the Who, Simon & Garfunkel, the Platters, the Kinks, Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, the Four Seasons, the Four Tops Holland, Dozier and Holland and Carole King and Gerry Goffin.
  • 1993 - Duran Duran is forced to cancel their upcoming tour when Simon LeBon tears a vocal chord.
  • 1995 - It was Tony Bennett Day in New York City.
  • 1996 - Barry Gordy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1998 - Ian Brown of the Stone Temple Roses received a four-month prison sentence after an outbreak on a flight from Paris to New York.
  • 2000 - Roy Clark and Wanda Jackson were inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2003 - Ben Moody, the guitarist for Evanescence, quit the band.
  • 2003 - Shakira became a goodwill ambassador for the U.N.
  • 2003 - Bruce Springsteen donated money to help save the New York club The Bottom Line.
  • 2003 - Shed Seven announced they were breaking up.
  • 2005 - C.C. DeVille receives a sentence of 80 days in prison for an August 2005 DUI charge causing injury.
  • 2006 - Foxy Brown was sentenced to three years probation for assaulting two New York nail salon workers in 2004.
  • 2010 - Don Williams and Jimmy Dean were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  • 1993 - Clay Walker and Lori Jane Lampson
  • 2013 - Ashley Monroe and John Danks

  • 1939 - Let's Dance - Benny Goodman Orchestra
  • 1962 - Live at the Apollo - James Brown
  • 1975 - Hurricane - Bob Dylan (last session for Desire album)

  • 1995 - It's a Mystery - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
  • 2000 - Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park (debut)
  • 2006 - Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift (debut)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Slipknot Will Keep Neil Diamond From the Second Number 1 Album of Career

Slipknot is going to ruin Neil Diamond's chance at scoring only the second number 1 of his career.

Up until 2008, Diamond had never had a number 1 album, only making it to number 2 in 1973 with the soundtrack to Johnathan Livingston Seagull. Then he released Home Before Dark in 2008, his second introspective album produced by Rick Rubin, and he hit the top.

There were many signs that he might be able to do it again with Melody Road, released on Tuesday, but the early week estimates from Hits Daily Double tell a different story. They show Slipknot's new album at the top with sales of 100,000 to 110,000 and Diamond in second with 75,000 to 80,000.

Things can still change between now and Sunday night when the chart week closes, but that is quite a large gap to make up and it looks like Neil may have to settle for the second number 2 record of his career.

Two albums by veteran artists released last month continue to sell well. Barbra Streisand's Partners is estimated at 40,000 to 45,000 putting her at about number 7 and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have a chance of returning to the top ten with Cheek to Cheek, projected at 28,000 to 32,000.

Further down are debuts from two veteran female vocalists. Annie Lennox' trip back in time, Nostalgia, is looking at opening week sales of between 24,000 and 27,000 while Aretha Franklin's divas set is at 20,000 to 23,000. Both could be in the high teens, which would be especially significant for Franklin who hasn't been that high on the charts since, at least, 1985's Who's Zoomin' Who? That album went to number 13 and, should the singer exceed that number, you have to go all the way back to 1972 when Young, Gifted and Black went to number 11.