Monday, March 30, 2015

Almanac: March 30, 2015

  • 1913 - Frankie Laine (d. 2007)
  • 1914 - Sonny Boy Williamson (born John Williamson) (d. 1948)
  • 1930 - Rolf Harris (85)
  • 1939 - Don Edwards (76)
  • 1941 - Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) (74)
  • 1943 - Ken Forssi (Love) (d. 1998)
  • 1945 - Eric Clapton (70)
  • 1948 - James "Jim Dandy" Mangrum (Black Oak Arkansas) (67)
  • 1949 - Lene Lovich (66)
  • 1950 - Dave Ball (Procol Harum) (65)
  • 1950 - Shirley Marie MacLeod (aka Re Styles) (Tubes) (65)
  • 1950 - Rupert Greenall (Fixx) (65)
  • 1955 - Randy VanWarmer (d. 2004)
  • 1959 - David Ball (Soft Cell) (56)
  • 1962 - MC Hammer (born Stanley Burrell) (53)
  • 1964 - Tracy Chapman (51)
  • 1965 - Tim Dorney (Republica) (50)
  • 1966 - Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age) (49)
  • 1968 - Celine Dion (47)
  • 1976 - Mark McClelland (Snow Patrol) (39)
  • 1973 - Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein (d. 2009)
  • 1979 - Norah Jones (36)
  • 1979 - Simon Webbe (Blue) (36)
  • 1984 - Anna Nalick (31)
  • 1984 - Justin Moore (31)
  • 1990 - Thomas Rhett (25)

  • 2004 - Timi Yuro - Throat cancer (63)
  • 2005 - Derrick Plourde (Ataris) - Suicide (33)
  • 2013 - Phil Ramone - Aortic Aneurysm (79)

On This Day:
  • 1957 - Buddy Knox hit number 1 in the U.S. with Party Doll, the first chart topper in the rock era written by the artist.
  • 1957 - Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1966 - 85 people were arrested after a riot breaks out at a Rolling Stones show in Paris.
  • 1967 - The photo session was held for the cover of the Paul Wall' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • 1968 - David Bowie made his debut with the Lindsay Kemp mime troupe in Pierrot in Turquoise.
  • 1970 - Led Zeppelin stoped a show in Pittsburgh, saying they won't continue until the police stop harassing the audience.
  • 1974 - Ramones play their first show.
  • 1976 - The Sex Pistols play their first show at London's 100 Club.
  • 1978 - Paul Simonon and Nicky Headon of the Clash are arrested and fined $1,360 for shooting racing pigeons with an air gun.
  • 1982 - George Jones was arrested for DUI after crashing his car in Mississippi. 
  • 1984 - Greg Lake left Asia and is replaced by the original bassist and singer John Wetton.
  • 1989 - Gladys Knight performed for the first time without the Pips since they were in grammar school.
  • 1989 - Gilley's nightclub in Pasadena, TX, closed down.
  • 1999 - Kiss cancels three shows in Russia due to growing anti-American sentiments due to the bombing of Yugoslavia.
  • 2000 - Mick Jagger returned to his alma matter, Dartford Grammer, to dedicate an arts center named for him.
  • 2000 - Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry was ordered to pay a former employee $1,054 after harassing her after she left his employment.
  • 2001 - LeAnn Rimes settled a lawsuit against her father and a former manager for an undisclosed sum. She had claimed the pair had stolen $12 million from her.
  • 2003 - Mike Smith takes over as guitarist of Limp Bizkit after Wes Borland leaves the group.
  • 2004 - Guns N' Roses were forced to cancel their appearance at the Rock in Rio festival after guitarist Buckethead suddenly quits.
  • 2004 - Marilyn Manson fired guitarist John5.
  • 2004 - Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is acquitted of assault.
  • 2007 - A man is arrested after trying to break into Paul McCartney's mansion.
  • 2013 - Kacey Musgraves made her Grand Ole Opry debut. 

  • 1997 - Vanilla Ice and Laura Giarritta
  • 2007 - Phillip Sweet (Little Big Town) and Rebbeca Arthur

  • 1955 - Blue Monday - Fats Domino
  • 1956 - I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
  • 1963 - It's My Party - Lesley Gore (produced by Quincy Jones)
  • 1968 - Live Yardbirds - Yardbirds
  • 1992 - Automatic For the People - R.E.M. (recording started)

  • 1970 - Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
  • 1984 - The Making of Thriller - Michael Jackson (videotape)

  • 1963 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Lesley Gore (first appearance)
  • 1966 - Color Me Barbra (CBS) - Barbra Streisand
  • 1967 - Top of the Pops (BBC) - Jimi Hendrix
  • 1984 - The Tube (U.K.) - David Gilmour

Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1957 - Party Doll Buddy Knox (1 week)
  • 1963 - He's So Fine - Chiffons (1 week)
  • 1974 - Sunshine on My Shoulder - John Denver (1 week)
  • 1985 - One More Night - Phil Collins (2 weeks)
  • 1991 - Coming Out of the Dark - Gloria Estefan (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1956 - Rock and Roll Waltz - Kay Starr (1 week)
  • 1968 - Lady Madonna - Beatles (2 weeks)

Norman Greenbaum Injured in Car Crash

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

1970 Spirit In The Sky hitmaker Norman Greenbaum is in a critical condition after being involved in a car crash that has left one person dead.

Greenbaum was out driving in a Suburu Outback with a friend, Bonita Perea, in Santa Rosa on Saturday (March 28). He was the passenger in the Suburu when it collided with a motorbike. The rider of the motorbike was killed instantly. His passenger is in a serious condition. Greenbaum was also taken to nearby Santa Rosa hospital and is in a serious condition.

California police are investigating the incident. Alcohol has been ruled out as a factor.

72-year old Norman Greenbaum is best known for his 1970 hit Spirit In The Sky. The song reached number 1 in Australia and the UK and number 3 in the USA. The song was a hit again in 1986 for Dr and the Medics.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Noel Gallagher Spends Fourth Week in British Top Ten; Toto's Highest Charting Album in 33 Years

Noel Gallagher and his group High Flying Birds have the only album by a veteran artists out of the three in the top ten last week to hold the position.

Chasing Yesterday drops 6 to 10 in its fourth week of release while last week's big debuts fell including Mark Knopfler's Tracker (3 to 13) and Van Morrison's Duets (5 to 17).

The highest debut of the week for a veteran artist goes to Kylie Minogue with Kiss Me Once: Live at the SSE Hydro. This is Minogue's sixth live album and her second best charting in the U.K., debuting at 26. 2007's Showgirl: Homecoming Live peaked at 7 while 2011's Aphrodite Les Folies: Live in London went to 72.

Toto opens at 43 with Toto XIV, their first album to chart in the U.K. in 27 years going back to The Seventh One (#73) and their highest charting album in 33, since 1982's Toto IV (#4)

Therapy? premier at 79 with their fourteenth studio album, Disquiet. Like Toto, it's been awhile since they have charted an album in the U.K., sixteen years going back to 1999's Suicide Pact: You First. Their biggest hit album was 1994's Troublegum which peaked at number 5.

Finally, Buena Vista Social Club open at 86 with Lost and Found, their second charting album in Britain. Previously, 2008's At Carnegie Hall had gone to 55.

The top five albums of the week in the U.K.:

  1. Chaos and the Calm - James Bay
  2. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
  3. X - Ed Sheeran
  4. Sonic Soul Surfer - Seasick Steve
  5. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
The top five singles:
  1. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne
  2. Hold Back the River - James Bay
  3. King - Hold Back the River
  4. FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney
  5. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Country Compilation Albums - Blue Smoke: The Best of Dolly Parton - Dolly Parton
    • Record Store Sales - Vulnicura - Bjork
    • Indie Albums - Chasing Yesterdays - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Audio Streaming - FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney
    • Physical Single Sales - I'll Be There - Nile Rodgers & Chic

Elton John Supports His Mother Even Though They Haven't Talked in Seven Years

by Newsdesk

Elton John's mother Sheila has broken her silence on why they've been estranged for years.

The 68-year-old Rocket Man singer-songwriter had a falling out with her nearly a decade ago and Sheila reveals the pair stopped talking after they engaged in an argument over his now-husband, David Furnish.

"Yes, it's seven years now in June," she told UK newspaper The Daily Mail."'But you know, I've got used to it. And it was all so stupid - so petty."

At the time, Elton fired some of longtime personnel, who had been employed by him for 30 years or so. Sheila had become quite good friends with the people he let go and she says when Elton asked her to cease contact with them, the matriarch refused. "I told him: 'I'm not about to do that and drop them'," she recalled. "Then to my utter amazement, he told me he hated me. And he then banged the phone down. Imagine! To me, his mother!"

Sheila claims the last words she spoke to her son were aimed at his partner David. "You think more of that f***ing thing you married than your own mother," she shared. "I suppose he was horrified because I dared to disobey."

However, it seems as if their relationship is on the mend, as Sheila received a bouquet of flowers from the couple after celebrating her 90th birthday a couple weeks ago. A card was attached to the white orchids with a sweet note that reads: "Wow, 90! Congratulations. Love Elton, David, Zachary and Elijah."

Elton shares two sons with David, four-year-old Zachary and two-year-old David.

John, though, reportedly remains 'upset and cross' with his mother. "He is upset and cross, but people should remember that Elton pays all of her bills and that won't stop," a source told UK newspaper The Mirror. "Despite everything, Sheila is his mother and he couldn't see her struggle financially, or go without medical care she needs as a 90-year-old woman."

Despite the fact he won't even entertain the possibility of his mother struggling in the last years of her life, it's believed Elton is deeply disheartened by what she said about their relationship. "But he feels extremely sad that it has come to this ' it is without a doubt the worst things have been in the seven years since they fell out," the insider said.

"What a terrible shame it has come to this. Elton hopes that people don't believe everything they read."

Sheila hired an Elton John impersonator to attend her 90th birthday party.

Brian May Sets the Record Straight - Sacha Baron Cohen is NOT Back on the Freddie Mercury Biopic

The on-again/off-again film on the life of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury seems it be more up-in-the-air as ever before.

The film was originally said to have starred Sacha Baron Cohen as the Queen lead singer in what appeared to be a genius casting move; however, after a bit of time, Brian May and Roger Taylor decided against the actor with May saying that he would be too much of a "distraction."

On Thursday, Queen's manager Jim Beach spoke at the Artist and Management Awards in London, telling the audience. "You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star."

Even though the general press took Beach's quote and ran with it, Brian May has presumably set the record straight on his website in a post about Beach's award. He mentions "a small joke that Jim threw in during his acceptance speech. He said that, in response to enquiries about the progress on the Freddie feature film, that Sacha Baron Cohen had been re-engaged to write, produce, and direct the film, as well as starring in all four major roles ! I’m afraid some folks might have taken it seriously !"

Beach also said that the new Queen musical We Will Rock You II has been written by Ben Elton. We assume he was serious on that one.

"New" Tupac Material Coming

by Newsdesk

Billboard have revealed that the Shakur estate are ready to release a host of NEW Tupac Shakur work.

Late in February, Powerade premiered a commercial starring Chicago Bulls all-star Derrick Rose and the voice of the late Tupac Shakur reading poetry taken from his song Mama's Just a Little Girl.

The spot marks the beginning of a "total reset of the Shakur estate," says Jeff Jampol, whose JAM Inc. was brought in by Afeni Shakur early in 2013 to oversee her son's business.

The rapper's creative work is at the top of the list of upcoming releases -- "Almost an embarrassment of riches," Jeff Jampol says, listing "unreleased music, released music, remixes, original demos, writings, scripts, plans, video treatments, poems."

"Some of [the material] is in bits and pieces, some of it is complete; some of it is good, some of it needs work," says Whalley, who has explored much of the archive. "But I think the work that is left can be completed, and is worth his fans hearing."

Almanac: March 29, 2015

  • 1909 - Moon Mullican (d. 1967)
  • 1918 - Pearl Bailey (d. 1990)
  • 1930 - Donny Conn (born Donny Claps) (Playmates) (85)
  • 1940 - Astrud Gilberto (75)
  • 1940 - Ray Davis (Parliament-Funkadelic) (d. 2005)
  • 1941 - Eden Kane (born Richard Sarstead) (74)
  • 1943 - Chad Allan (born Allan Kowbel) (Guess Who) (72)
  • 1943 - Vangelis (born Evangelos Papathanassiou) (72)
  • 1943 - Randy Barlow (72)
  • 1944 - Terry Jacks (71)
  • 1945 - Speedy Keen (born John Keen) (Thunderclap Newman) (d. 2002)
  • 1946 - Billy Thorpe (d. 2007)
  • 1947 - Bobby Kimball (Toto) (68)
  • 1947 - Robert Gordon (68)
  • 1949 - Dave Greenfield (Stranglers) (66)
  • 1949 - Michael Brecker (d. 2007)
  • 1951 - Barry Goudreau (Boston) (64)
  • 1956 - Patty Donahue (Waitresses) (d. 1996)
  • 1959 - Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros) (56)
  • 1967 - John Popper (Blues Traveler) (48)
  • 1968 - Sue Foley (47)
  • 1969 - Brady Seals (Little Texas) (46)
  • 1981 - P.J. Morton (Maroon 5) (34)

  • 1963 - Texas Ruby (born Ruby Owens) (Curly Fox & Texas Ruby) - Fire (54)
  • 1980 - Mantovani (74)
  • 1985 - Jeanine Deckers (aka The Singing Nun) - Suicide (51)
  • 1999 - Joe Williams - Respiratory ailment (80)
  • 2001 - John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet) (80)

On This Day:
  • 1960 - Tootsie's Orchid Lounge opened in Nashville. 
  • 1961 - It was Brenda Lee day in Georgia. 
  • 1966 - Mick Jagger was injured when a fan threw a chair on the stage during a show in Marseilles.
  • 1966 - Two members of the Walker Brothers were given concussions when fans mobbed them in Cheshire, U.K.
  • 1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced that Yoko is pregnant.
  • 1973 - Dr. Hook got its wish and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • 1975 - Led Zeppelin had all six of their albums in the U.S. Top 100.
  • 1978 - David Bowie started his Low/Heroes World Tour in San Diego.
  • 1980 - Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon had its 303rd week on the Billboard Albums, pushing it past Carole King's Tapestry for the longest run on the chart.
  • 1980 - The Bee Gees were sued for allegedly plagiarizing the song How Deep is Your Love. They eventually win the case.
  • 1986 - The Beatles albums become officially available for the first time in Russia.
  • 1988 - Madonna opened on Broadway in Speed the Plow.
  • 1996 - Carol Connors and Marshall Lieb, former members of the Teddy Bears, sued third member Phil Spector and a number of labels saying they had not received royalties for the record To Know Him Is to Love Him.
  • 1998 - Shania Twain opened her first headlining tour in Sudbury, Ontario.
  • 2000 - Phil Collins sued two members of Earth, Wind & Fire saying that they were overpaid $85,000 in royalties on the tracks Sussudio and Easy Lover.
  • 2001 - Brian Wilson was honored at New York's Radio City Music Hall by Billy Joe, Paul Simon, The Go-Gos, Carly Simon, David Crosby, Jimmy Webb, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Elton John and Aimee Mann.
  • 2004 - Prince opened his Musicology tour in Los Angeles. 
  • 2005 - Neil Young entered a New York hospital when his eyesight became blurry following the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction. It was discovered he had a brain aneurysm.
  • 2007 - Bono received an honorary knighthood. He was not eligible to receive the full honor as he was not a British citizen.
  • 2010 - Rush were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. 

  • 1951 - You Foolish Thing - Ravens
  • 1967 - With a Little Help From My Friends - Beatles (started)

  • 1968 - Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac (U.K. single release)
  • 1975 - Blow by Blow - Jeff Beck

  • 1989 - Academy Awards
    • Best Original Song - Let the River Run - Carly Simon
  • 1993 - Academy Awards
    • Best Song - A Whole New World - Aladdin


  • 1991 - Full House (ABC) - Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello

Number One - U.S. Singles:
  • 1941 - Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) - Jimmy Dorsey (10 weeks)
  • 1975 - Lady Marmalade - Labelle (1 weeks)
  • 1986 - Rock Me Amadeus - Falco (3 weeks)

Number One - U.K. Singles:
  • 1969 - I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (3 weeks)
  • 1986 - Living Doll - Cliff Richard & the Young Ones (3 weeks)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Watch: Charlie Wilson and Snoop Dogg Perform "Infectious" on Jimmy Kimmel

Charlie Wilson visited Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night, bringing along Snoop Dogg for a performance of their song Infectious.

The single is from Wilson's latest album, Forever Charlie. Look for Charlie to return the favor in May when Snoop releases his album Bush which includes Wilson in support on the song Peaches N Cream.