Friday, July 03, 2015

Almanac: July 3, 2015

Suzi QuatroBirthdays
  • 1893 - Mississippi John Hurt (d. 1966) (other sources have birthday as March 8, 1892)
  • 1927 - Boots Randolph (d. 2007)
  • 1929 - David Lynch (Platters) (d. 1981)
  • 1930 - Tommy Tedesco (d. 1997)
  • 1940 - Fontella Bass (d. 2012)
  • 1943 - Judith Durham (Seekers) (72)
  • 1946 - Johnny Lee (69)
  • 1946 - Michael Clarke (Byrds) (d. 1993)
  • 1948 - Paul Barrere (Little Feat) (67)
  • 1949 - Johnnie Wilder, Jr. (Heatwave) (66)
  • 1949 - John Verity (Argent) (66)
  • 1950 - Suzi Quatro (65)
  • 1951 - Michael Corby (Babys) (64)
  • 1957 - Laura Branigan (d. 2004)
  • 1958 - Aaron Tippin (57)
  • 1958 - Neil Clark (Lloyd Cole & the Commotions) (57)
  • 1959 - Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) (56)
  • 1960 - Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) (55)
  • 1961 - Tim Smith (Cardiacs) (54)
  • 1962 - Taylor Dayne (53)
  • 1964 - Gary Ryan (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) (51)
  • 1969 - Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) (46)
  • 1969 - Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler (Digable Planets) (46)
  • 1975 - Javier Weyler (Stereophonics) (40)
  • 1975 - Trent Tomlinson (40)
  • 1976 - Shane Lynch (Boyzone) (39)
  • 1980 - Sarah Buxton (35)

  • 1969 - Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) - Drowned (27)
  • 1971 - Jim Morrison (Doors) - No autopsy performed (27)
  • 1972 - Mississippi Fred McDowell - Cancer (68)
  • 1973 - Laurens Hammond (inventor of the Hammond organ) (78)
  • 1986 - Rudy Vallee - Cancer (84)
  • 2001 - Johnny Russell - Diabetes (61)
  • 2006 - Johnny Grande (Bill Haley & the Comets) - Cancer (76)
  • 2007 - Boots Randolph - Brain hemorrhage (80)
  • 2012 - Andy Griffith - Heart attack (86)

Crosby, Stills & Nash (1st Album, Expanded and Remastered)
On This Day
  • 1949 - Hank Williams gave his last performance on the Louisiana Hayride before moving to Nashville.
  • 1967 - A private party was held in London for the Monkees with guests John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Manfred Mann, the Who and Procol Harum.
  • 1968 - Crosby, Stills and Nash played together for the first time at a party at Joni Mitchell's house.
  • 1969 - The Newport Jazz Festival included appearances by Led Zeppelin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, the Mothers of Invention, Savoy Brown and Ten Years After.
  • 1969 - Ringo Starr has to fill in for John Lennon at a press conference announcing the release of Give Peace a Chance. Lennon was recovering from a car accident.
  • 1973 - David Bowie announced he was retiring from live performing. Only later was it revealed that he was retiring the character Ziggy Stardust.
  • 1975 - Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night was arrested and charged with cocaine possession.
  • 1980 - Honeysuckle Rose, starring Willie Nelson, had its world premier in Austin, TX. 
  • 1981 - A graveside memorial is held in Paris for Jim Morrison led by his former bandmates Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore.
  • 1986 - U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident leading to the recording of the song One Tree Hill
  • 1993 - Alison Krauss became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1995 - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots plead not guilty to drug possession.
  • 1996 - Layne Staley performed for the last time with Alice in Chains.
  • 1998 - The group Westlife was officially formed and signed to BMG.
  • 2002 - Elton John became the first person in the history of the Royal Academy of Music to receive an honorary doctorate.
  • 2002 - Sharon Osbourne underwent an emergency operation for colon cancer.
  • 2003 - Jack White announced he was producing music for Loretta Lynn.
  • 2003 - Pete Doherty (then of the Libertines) was arrested when he broke into bandmate Carl Barat's apartment and stole a computer and a guitar.
  • 2004 - David Crosby was fined $5,000 for criminal possession of a weapon.
  • 2007 - Pete Doherty agreed to go into rehab instead of jail for a drug charge.

  • 1960 - Vernon Presley (Elvis' father) and Dee Alliot
  • 1989 - Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock

  • 1980 - Triumph - Jacksons
  • 1990 - Seven Turns - Allman Brothers Band
  • 1990 - Spirits Dancing in the Flesh - Santana
  • 2001 - Lil' Romeo - Lil' Romeo (debut)
  • 2001 - White Blood Cells - White Stripes

  • 1958 - American Bandstand - Connie & Lee, Frank Sardo
  • 1959 - American Bandstand - Ray Peterson
  • 1961 - 
  • 1962 - American Bandstand - Ruth Brown
  • 1963 - 
  • 1965 - American Bandstand - Terry Black, Bryan Hyland
  • 1971 - American Bandstand - Jerry Reed, Raelettes
  • 1976 - American Bandstand - Muglestons, Paul Jabara
  • 1982 - American Bandstand - Franke and the Knockouts
    Number Ones – U.S. Singles
    • 1943 - Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer - Song Spinners (3 weeks)
    • 1948 - Woody Wood-Pecker - Kay Kyser (6 weeks)
    • 1965 - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - Four Tops(1 week)
    • 1982 - Don't You Want Me - Human League (3 weeks)
    To The 5 Boroughs
    Number Ones – U.S. Albums
    • 2004 - To the 5 Boroughs - Beastie Boys (1 week)
    • 2010 - Thank Me Later - Drake (1 week)

    Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
    • 1961 - Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (10 weeks)
    • 1971 - Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight (5 weeks)
    • 1982 - Let It Whip - Dazz Band (1 week (4 previous weeks at number 1)
    • 1993 - Weak - SWV (2 weeks)
    • 2004 - If I Ain't Go You - Alicia Keys (1 week)

    Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
    • 1948 - Texarkana Baby - Eddy Arnold (1 week (2 previous weeks at number 1))
    • 1954 - Even Tho - Webb Pierce (2 weeks)
    • 1982 - Any Day Now - Ronnie Milsap (1 week)
    • 1993 - That Summer - Garth Brooks (1 week)
    • 2004 - If You Ever Stop Loving Me - Montgomery Gentry (1 week)

    Number Ones – U.K. Singles
    • 1953 - I Believe - Frankie Laine (6 weeks)
    • 1959 - Dream Lover - Bobby Darin (4 weeks)
    • 1982 - Happy Talk - Captain Sensible (2 weeks)

    The Lexicon Of LoveNumber Ones – U.K. Albums
    • 1971 - Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon & Garfunkel (5 weeks (27 previous weeks at number 1))
    • 1982 - The Lexicon of Love - ABC (4 weeks)

    Thursday, July 02, 2015

    Streaming Takes Firm Hold, Up 92% This Year; Vinyl Up 38%

    Whether artists like it or not, streaming is growing at an extraordinary speed.

    Nielsen has released their mid-year report on the music business and the only two bright spots are streaming and vinyl.

    Streaming is up an astounding 92.4% over the same period in 2014, from 70.3 billions streamed audio and video songs to 135.2 billion. Individually, audio streams are up 74.2% while video is up 109.2%.

    The full impact of streaming can be seen in looking at the figures of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars. It tops all of the singles/tracks charts for the year but the difference between sales and streaming is astounding.
    • 367,987,000 streams (109,901,000 on-demand audio & 258,085,000 on-demand audio)
    • 4,883,000 paid digital downloads
    Uptown Funk also received 646,000 radio plays.

    This is the new frontier. It is how people are consuming music. Now all that is left is to find a way for artists to be compensated fairly for those streams.

    Vinyl also continues to grow on a year-to-year basis, but the numbers still remain just a fraction of other formats.

    Overall, album sales are down 4% from the first half of 2014 with CD's taking the biggest hit at a 10% drop; however, no matter what you may have heard, albums are still mostly consumed via CD.
    • CD's - 56.6 million (down 10.0%)
    • Digital - 53.7 million (down 0.1%)
    • Vinyl - 5.6 million (up 38.4%)
    Album sales also continue to trend more towards catalog vs. current releases. Catalog album sales were 60.9 million (down 1.4%) while current product was at 55.2 million (down 6.6%). Catalog albums are defined as those that have been in release for at least eighteen months. 

    Another change that has happened with vinyl sales is that it was once the realm of catalog sales but has now jumped into more current titles. The Beatles' Abbey Road had been a perennial top seller but it is no longer in the top ten for the past six months. Overall, only three albums that include veteran artists, two by individual artists and one compilation of 70's tracks, are in the top ten for the year:
    1. 1989 - Taylor Swift (33,500)
    2. Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens (31,700)
    3. AM - Arctic Monkeys (27,000)
    4. Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes (25,600)
    5. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis (23,200)
    6. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith (22,900)
    7. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (22,600)
    8. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1 - Various Artists (22,000)
    9. I Love You Honeybear - Father John Misty (21,600)
    10. Hozier - Hozier (21,400)

    Boy George on the Culture Club Reunion

    by Newsdesk

    Boy George looks at the Culture Club reunion as part of his "recovery".

    The 54-year-old musician is the lead singer of the hit band, who released legendary tunes like Karma Chameleon and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me in the 1980's.

    Culture Club is kicking off a new tour on July 17 in Canada, 12 years since they last toured in North America, and Boy views their reunion as something special. "Three of the four of us are in recovery," George told the New York Daily News, with his guitarist bandmate Roy Hay noting, "This whole comeback is just one big amends."

    Boy admitted reuniting can pose somewhat of a challenge for him but he's able to look past momentary acrimony and find value in each of his bandmates. "We get on each other's nerves," he noted. "It's like going home for Christmas with your family. There's always going to be something said that hurts you. But you know what? I love these fools."

    Boy has had a long history of drug abuse and a decade ago he was arrested in New York City for cocaine possession. He is now sober and his drug-addled ways are long behind him.

    "That person and me, there's no connection at all. [I had a] big revelation that you have a choice. Only in the last five years have I really grown up. I'd been winging it before," Boy admitted, noting acknowledging others in an appreciative manner helped him get clear on life. "Oh my God- someone just put me in a hotel room and they paid the bill! I love this job! When you're young, you just don't notice. But gratitude is a big part of recovery."

    The North American tour dates:
    • 07/17 - Coquitlam, BC - Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
    • 07/18 - Richmond, BC - River Rock Casino Resort
    • 07/20 - Denver, CO - Denver Botanic Gardens - York St
    • 07/23 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
    • 07/24 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
    • 07/25 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
    • 07/27 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
    • 07/28 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
    • 07/31 - Mashantucket, CT - Grand Theater
    • 08/01 - Atlantic City, NJ - Mark G. Etess Arena
    • 08/02 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    • 08/04 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Hall
    • 08/06 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
    • 08/07 - Windsor, ON - Caesars Windsor "The Colosseum"
    • 08/08 - Bethlehem, PA - PNC Plaza At Steelstacks
    • 08/10 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center At Wolf Trap
    • 08/11 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    • 08/12 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
    • 08/14 - Miami, FL - Klipsch Amphitheater At Bayfront Park
    • 08/15 - Tampa, FL - Madeira Beach Waterfront Park
    • 08/16 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live

    Passings: Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Red Lane

    Red Lane, a 1993 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, died on Wednesday after battling cancer at the age of 76.

    The following announcement was made on Lane's Facebook Fan Page:
    Red Lane passed away tonight at 7:02 p.m. near Nashville. Not only was Red a legendary songwriter but a true friend to all knew him. We will let everyone know of arrangements in the coming days. For now, safe travels Red.
    Another Nashville songwriting legend, Buddy Cannon, later posted:
    I have been asked by Susie Cochran on behalf of Red Lane's family to state that Red will be taken back home to Louisiana shortly. A memorial service will be set in the Nashville area for a later date so that all Red's pals can gather and celebrate his life and his friendship. Rest In Peace Red. And you could never help but "be clever".
    Lane was born Hollis DeLaughter in Bogalusa, LA and served in the Air Force before beginning to play professionally. He signed with RCA records in the early-70's and had one country top forty hit with The World Needs a Melody (1971 / #32 Country).

    Red also worked as a session musician for a myriad of country artists including Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and, especially, .Merle Haggard with which he would also tour.

    Lane's true legacy, though, was his songwriting. Red wrote 16 songs that went to the Country top twenty and one that made it on the R&B charts over a period of forty years. His top twenty hits:
    • My Friend on the Right (Faron Young / 1964 / #11 Country)
    • Blackjack County Chain (Willie Nelson / 1967 / #21 Country)
    • Country Girl (Dottie West / 1968 / #15 Country)
    • Walk On Out of My Mind (Waylon Jennings / 1968 / #5 Country)
    • They Don't Make Love Like They Used To (Eddy Arnold / 1968 / #10 Country / #99 Pop / #19 Adult Contemporary)
    • Darling, You Know I Wouldn't Lie (Conway Twitty / 1969 / #2 Country)
    • Mississippi Woman (Waylon Jennings / 1971 / #14 Country)
    • The Court Room (Clarence Carter / 1971 / #12 R&B / #61 Pop)
    • 'Til I Get It Right (Tammy Wynette / 1973 / #1 Country)
    • Satisfaction (Jack Greene / 1973 / #13 Country)
    • Wake Me Into Love (Bud Logan & Wilma Burgess / 1974 / #14 Country)
    • Come See Me and Call Me Lonely (Dottie West / 1978 / #17 Country)
    • I Must Have Done Something Bad (Merle Haggard / 1979 / #4 Country)
    • My Own Kind of Hat (Merle Haggard / 1979 / #4 Country)
    • Miss Emily's Picture (John Conlee / 1981 / #2 Country)
    • New Looks From an Old Lover (B.J. Thomas / 1983 / #1 Country)
    • Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa (George Strait / 2003 / #11 Country)
    Lane was also an airplane enthusiast ever since his stint in the military. He had lived inside a converted 170-passenger Douglas DC-8 which he had converted into a house since 1990.

    Photos: Courtesy of Red Lane Facebook Fan Page

    Sony Blocks Release of the Film "The Beatles: The Lost Concert"

    Sony has successfully defended their intellectual property and stopped the release of the film The Beatles: The Lost Concert.

    The film was based around 35 minutes of footage obtained by Ace Arts of the band's first U.S. concert on February 11, 1964 at the Coliseum in Washington, DC. Additional footage, photos and interviews were used to flesh out the show to make a 92 minute documentary.

    On May 6, 2012, Ace Arts and Screenvision had planned on showing the film in 500 theaters across the U.S. before Sony and Apple Corps successfully obtained an injunction to shop the presentation. Ace Arts subsequently sued Sony and ATV, saying "At the eleventh hour, in mid-April 2012, Sony/ATV, at the insistence of, and in conspiracy with, Apple Corps, wrongfully interfered with the distribution contract by making false statements to exhibitors, theater owners and potential distributors concerning Ace’s legal right to exhibit the documentary, making unjustified threats of legal action and filing a baseless lawsuit in England."

    On Wednesday, Sony Corp won a final court battle in the U.K. that found that Ace Arts had infringed Sony's copyrights in both England and the U.S. The judge based the verdict on the fact that Sony owned the rights to eight of the twelve songs that the Beatles performed that night.

    If the film had been released, this is what you would have seen them perform:
    • Roll Over Beethoven
    • From Me to You
    • I Saw Her Standing There
    • This Boy
    • All My Loving
    • I Wanna Be Your Man
    • Please Please Me
    • Till There Was You
    • She Loves You
    • I Want to Hold Your Hand
    • Twist and Shout
    • Long Tall Sally

    James Taylor Stays in U.S. Top Five Albums; Richard Thompson Has Highest Debut

    James Taylor holds well in the second week of release for Before This World, falling only from 1 to 5 on the Billboard Albums chart. The LP set a record for Taylor last week when it became his first chart topper.

    In a day when second week sales for albums usually drop 50% to 60%, Taylor only dropped around 45%, showing that the album may be around for some time.

    The highest debut by a veteran artist goes to British folk master Richard Thompson with Still. The album's number 82 start falls in the same area of two of his last three studio releases. 2010's Dream Attic started at 83 and 2013's Electric at 75. Only 2014's Acoustic Classics fell out of the area at 103.

    Lindemann, the band of Till Lindemann, lead singer of Rammstein, starts at 144 with Skills in Pills. Unlike the U.K. where the album beat all but two of Rammstein's albums, it falls short in the U.S. of all but their 1995 debut which did not chart.

    At 164 is the debut of the other side of DESIRE by Rickie Lee Jones. Jones' sales have sputtered since the 90's with this being the ninth studio album that has only placed between 100 and 200. Her first two albums, 1979's Rickie Lee Jones and 1981's Pirates were both top ten LP's.

    The top five albums this week in the U.S.:
    1. Dark Before Dawn - Breaking Benjamin
    2. Unbreakable Smile - Tori Kelly
    3. Pageant Material - Kacey Musgraves
    4. 1989 - Taylor Swift
    5. Before This World - James Taylor
    The top five singles:
    1. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth
    2. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
    3. Cheerleader - OMI
    4. Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
    5. Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
    Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
    • Albums
      • Folk Albums - Before This World - James Taylor
      • Reggae Albums - Easy Skanking in Boston 78 - Bob Marley & the Wailers
      • Jazz Albums - Ultimate Sinatra - Frank Sinatra
      • Latin Pop Albums - Los Duo - Juan Gabriel
    • Tracks/Singles
      • Adult Alternative Songs - Dreams - Beck
      • Latin Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
      • Latin Airplay - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
      • Latin Digital Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
      • Latin Streaming Songs - Bailando - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona
      • Latin Pop Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias

    Garth Brooks Dedicates Renovated Wing at Texas Children's Hospital

    Garth Brooks was on-site to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded Child Life Zone at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas on June 26. Funded through the Teammates for Kids foundation, which Brooks co-founded in 1999, the Zone provides a fun, safe and procedure-free environment for Texas Children's in-patient population and their families.

    "The vision for Teammates for Kids is the same as it was when we started. The kids in this hospital, and hospitals around the world, have a harder climb than a kid who is not. Our job is to remind them and remind all of us that they are kids, let them be kids," said Brooks. "I love being part of Child Life because they understand the greatest healing principle we can bring children is to let them be children."

    Texas Children's Child Life Zone originally opened in 2001 and now features a completely renovated and expanded play space. The Zone offers a variety of video gaming choices thanks to the new Microsoft Media Wall and Surface Pro tablets. Patients can challenge their friends to a game of pool, air hockey or race car driving on the Zone's arcade games and an expanded kitchen offers unique programming for patients and families.

    "Providing patients and families with the opportunity to play normalizes the hospital environment," said Mary E. Tietjens, child life manager at Texas Children's. "Play is a wonderful therapeutic tool that supports a healing environment and promotes positive coping. We can't thank Teammates for Kids and Microsoft enough for all they have done to make the vision a reality."

    More than 100 patients and their families attended the grand opening event and were given the chance to meet Brooks. Representatives from Teammates for Kids and Microsoft were on hand to show families the activities and resources available at the Zone. Brooks chatted with patients and families, signed autographs and posed for pictures leaving many happy smiles at the end of the day.

    "Kids are what it is all about for me. They are the greatest gift God has ever invented and they should be happy," said Brooks. "If there is one thing I can say, it is when you walk into a room and tell others that 100 percent of the money goes to the kids, everyone is in. I am very, very proud to be a part of this."

    Passings: Val Doonican (1927 - 2015)

    by Newsdesk and VVN Music

    The much-loved Irish singer and entertainer Val Doonican has died aged 88.

    His family said he died "peacefully" on Wednesday at a nursing home in Buckinghamshire. His daughter, Sarah, told the Guardian that he had not been ill. "Until 87, he was as fit as a flea. It was just old age, I’m afraid – the batteries ran out."

    Others joined the chorus of tributes to Doonican. Bruce Forsythe said "It is very sad. He was always a lovely man to work with... He was a very warm person, and number one in his field. He brought a lovely warmth with his personality and was a very popular man."

    Iconic British DJ Tony Blackburn added "So sad to hear that Val Doonican has passed away. He was a lovely man and a true professional who I worked with on several TV shows R.I.P."

    The star regularly performed on his own BBC show, aptly named The Val Doonican Show, which ran from 1965 to 1986 and also featured guest artists. He also had the homour of knocking Sgt Peppers off the top spot in the charts. In the 60s. five of his albums went into the top 10 on the UK albums chart.

    He was also rarely out of the UK singles chart in the 1960s and '70s with songs like Walk Tall, which reached number 3 in the UK charts, and his cover of Elusive Butterfly, which hit number 5.

    Val was born on 3 February 1927 in Waterford, Ireland, and was the youngest of 3 children. His family was musical and, in his younger years, toured in Ireland, eventually landing him on the first television broadcast in his hometown.

    In 1951, Val moved to England where he toured with The Four Ramblers. It was touring this time that Anthony Newley took him under his wing and convinced him to go solo. After an appearance in 1963 on Sunday Night at the Palladium, he was offered his own show by the BBC.

    The Val Doonican Show established the entertainer's laid back style which was compared to that of Perry Como; however Doonican, himself, said that he more modeled himself after Bing Crosby. The show was also picked up by ABC in the U.S. for a run during the summer of 1971.

    The Palladium appearance also kicked off his recording career which, between 1964 and 1972, saw him in the British top twenty eight times. His highest charting hit was 1966's What Would I Be, which peaked at number 2. The previously mentioned Walk Tall and 1967's If the Whole World Stopped Loving topped out at number 3.

    He leaves behind his wife Lynn, daughters Sarah and Fiona and grandchildren Bethany and Scott.