Saturday, December 20, 2014

Almanac: December 20, 2014

  • 1930 - Pat Hare (Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters) (d. 1980)
  • 1939 - Courtney Johnson (New Grass Revival) (75)
  • 1939 - Kim Weston (75)
  • 1941 - Michael Hurley (73)
  • 1944 - Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (70)
  • 1945 - Peter Criss (Kiss) (69)
  • 1948 - Alan Parsons (66)
  • 1948 - Stevie Wright (Easybeats) (66)
  • 1956 - Anita Ward (58)
  • 1956 - Guy Babylon (Elton John band) (d. 2009)
  • 1957 - Billy Bragg (57)
  • 1957 - Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, Stooges) (57)
  • 1966 - Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) (48)
  • 1975 - Graham Hopkins (Swell Season, Therapy?) (39)
  • 1980 - Chris Edwards (Kasabian) (34)
  • 1982 - David Cook (32)
  • 1990 - JoJo (born Joanna Levesque) (24)

  • 1973 - Bobby Darin - Complications from heart surgery (37)
  • 1982 - Don Law (producer) - Lung cancer (80) 
  • 1999 - Hank Snow (85)
  • 2004 - Son Seals - Diabetes (62)
  • 2012 - Jimmy McCracklin (91)
  • 2013 - David Richards (producer) (57)

On This Day
  • 1950 - Lefty Frizzell debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1967 - Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in jail for her participation in an anti-war protest.
  • 1967 - Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick formed Jethro Tull.
  • 1974 - Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon in the Eagles.
  • 1980 - Phil Taylor of Motorhead accidentally broke a bone in his neck at an after-party.
  • 1983 - Johnny Cash went into the Betty Ford Center to head off addiction to pain killers from a recent hospitalization. 
  • 1986 - Randy Travis joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2000 - Barbra Streisand and Eddy Arnold received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton. 
  • 2001 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue filed papers saying that his ex-wife Pamela Anderson was an unfit mother.
  • 2005 - Sugarland lost original member Kristen Hall.
  • 2006 - Matthew Fischer won a court decision that he should share in the profits from Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale. Fischer was the organist who wrote the famous rift in the song.


  • 1998 - Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee

  • 2006 - Eminem (Marshall Mathers) and Kim Mathers (2nd time the couple divorced)
  • 2007 - Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli

  • 1968 - The Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record - Beatles
  • 1969 - He Ain't Heavy (He's My Brother) - Hollies (single)

  • 1962 - Andy Williams Show - Osmond Brothers (first appearance)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bob Seger Adds Six More Dates, Taking His Tour Through the End of March

Bob Seger has added more shows to his Ride Out Tour.

The tour now finishes on March 26 with a hometown show at The Palace of Auburn Hills. New dates have also been added for Salt Lake City, Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Kansas City and Indianapolis.

Seger finishes up the first leg of the tour tonight at Madison Square Garden.

The complete itinerary for 2015, to date (new shows in bold):

  • 01/20 – Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
  • 01/22 – Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
  • 01/24 – Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
  • 01/27 – Charleston, WV - Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
  • 01/29 – Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
  • 01/31 – Duluth, GA - The Arena At Gwinnett Center
  • 02/03 – Estero, FL - Germain Arena
  • 02/05 – Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
  • 02/07 – Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
  • 02/10 – Lafayette, LA - Cajundome
  • 02/12 – Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
  • 02/14 – Houston, TX - Toyota Center
  • 02/17 – Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena
  • 02/19 – Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena
  • 02/21 – Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • 02/25 – San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
  • 02/27 – Inglewood, CA - Forum
  • 03/03 – Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena
  • 03/05 – San Jose, CA - SAP Center At San Jose
  • 03/07 – Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
  • 03/13 – Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena
  • 03/15 – Lincoln, NB - Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • 03/17 – Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center
  • 03/20 – Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
  • 03/22 – Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • 03/ 26 – Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills

Pandora Goes Too Far: Sues Turtles Saying They Are Infringing on Their First Amendment Rights

It's starting to look like Pandora will do just about anything to get out of paying recording artists for any music that is played on the service recorded before 1972.

No artist, not Elvis, not the Beatles, not the Rolling Stones and not the Turtles, get paid one cent for the use of their records on the Pandora service if they were recorded before 1972. Any recordings made after that date do receive royalties.

Pandora's defense has always been that the United States does not recognize master recordings made before 1972 so no royalty payments are required; however, the Turtles filed a lawsuit against Pandora this past September after they won a similar case against Sirius/XM.

The new lawsuit by Pandora against Flo and Eddie (Mark Volmer and Howard Kalen of the Turtles) states that the view in the lawsuit "is legally defective on its face and burdens Pandora's First Amendment rights. Plaintiff seeks to enjoin a broadcaster from communicating media to the public. The anti-SLAPP law was created precisely for baseless attacks like this."

The anti-SLAPP law in California, where Flo and Eddie won their first case and have brought the new one, uses the first amendment to throw out lawsuits that might infringe on those rights.

Pandora's Dave Grimaldi said in a statement "Pandora would be open to supporting the full federalization of pre-'72 sound recordings under a technology-neutral approach that affords libraries, music services and consumers the same rights and responsibilities that are enjoyed with respect to all other sound recordings."

The royalties landscape for on-line media is still going through a shake-out period. Many on-line streaming services have said that they are overburdened with royalty payments which are higher than that of terrestrial radio. Currently, traditional radio stations pay royalties to the songwriters/publishers of a song but are exempt from paying the artists as it has been their contention that they are providing a promotional service for the record companies.

In addition, there are royalty fights between artists and their labels as the labels have continued paying low royalties on the sales of recordings even though agreements call for a much higher rates for new media. A number of artists have won their lawsuits where they allege that digital sales should be considered new media and not the same as physical releases.

Frank Sinatra App Kicks Off the Sinatra 100 Celebration

Throughout 2015, one of the world’s most beloved entertainment icons of all time, Frank Sinatra, will be celebrated around the world with commemorative centennial events, exhibitions, and new music and film releases. Ahead of next year’s celebration, the definitive new Frank Sinatra 100 App, exploring Sinatra’s incredible life and career, has been released worldwide on the App Store and Google Play. The free to download app is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and Android tablets.

Designed and developed by playDEF on behalf of Frank Sinatra Enterprises and Universal Music Group, Frank Sinatra 100 is a comprehensive and evolving “appumentary,” inviting fans to step into Frank’s world (on a string), with lush, vibrant imagery showcased in several rare and previously unseen photos, a unique, full-screen Sinatra Slideshow feature, as well as exclusive audio recordings and videos, including a 1962 filmed performance excerpted from the new Sinatra: London box set. The app also delves into Frank’s life and career with an interactive timeline, in-depth features, interviews and personal stories about Frank from many who knew him best, including family members and friends.

Over time, the dynamic app will continue to evolve and expand to reveal the complete story of one of the 20th century’s most important pop culture figures – the renowned live performer, prolific recording artist, television personality and Oscar®-winning film star, honored humanitarian and adored family man. To accompany Frank Sinatra 100’s bounty of visual features, in-app music purchase options are available via major digital service providers, including the new Mastered for iTunes releases on the iTunes Store. Sinatra’s music can also be streamed via in-app connectivity to Spotify, Rdio or Deezer.

Watch: The Rolling Stones Hint at 2015 Dates

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

The Rolling Stones have sent a Christmas message to fans suggesting the show will go on in 2015.

After playing to 1,159,882 fans over 29 shows in 19 countries and 3 continents on the 14 On Fire tour, the Rolling Stones say “maybe we’ll see you in 2015”.

Keith Richards had previously been quoted as saying that the band would perform in South America in the first half of next year.

The Rolling Stones ended the 14 On Fire tour in Auckland, New Zealand on November 22, 2014 after performing in Australia.

On the Australian tour the band blew out their outdoor Hanging Rock show outside Melbourne because Mick Jagger was suffering from a throat infection. That show is now officially the only Stones show in 50 years to be cancelled twice. The Stones had cancelled the show earlier in the year after the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott.

Former Megadeth Members Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick Forming Band

In late November, drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick quit Megadeth within hours of each other. They are now considering starting a band together based on unfinished music the two wrote while members of the band.

Broderick was interviewed Wednesday night on Sirius/XM's Liquid Metal, telling host Jose Mangin about the duo's plans: of the things that I've really recently become very excited about is, through talking with Shawn Drover, we've talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, 'Hey, why don't we put the stuff out? Why don't we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?' So we formed a band, we're working with a killer singer — he's awesome — and we've got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we're really excited about where that's gonna go.
On whether any of the music was pitched to their previous band:
Some of them were presented, but then some of them also… I'd be, like, 'Oh, this isn't appropriate for MEGADETH, their sound.' I have a tendency to write very complex stuff, and so I've gotta watch it when I write and submit for MEGADETH under that kind of… I wanna make sure it's not too complex and too crazy and all over the place. So those are the things that I would have held back.
Broderick is also working on a solo CD.

To see a transcript of the interview, go to Blabbermouth.

The 12 Songs of Christmas - #7: Jingle Bell Rock

In the days leading up to Christmas, VVN Music is counting down ASCAP's twelve most performed holiday songs of the last one hundred years.

Jingle Bell Rock, the newest tune on The 12 Songs of Christmas, was the result of a collaboration between two men from non-music professions. Joseph Carleton Beal was a public relations man from Atlantic City, NJ while James Ross Boothe was an advertising writer from Texas.

That the song is this high on the ASCAP chart is quite amazing as only two versions have garnered the majority of airplay, the original by Bobby Helms and the 80's version by Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Helms was a singer who moved to Nashville in 1956 to try and break into country music. His fourth single, Fraulein (1957), established his career, hitting number 1 on the Country chart and 36 on the Pop Singles. He followed the same year with My Special Angel (#7 Pop / #1 Country).

In late-1957, Helms released Jingle Bell Rock, moving from his normal country to a rockabilly style. Noted Nashville studio musician Hank Garland came up with the infamous opening riff and, later in his life, filed an unsuccessful lawsuit claiming that he and Helms had actually written the song. Helms told a story that supported the claim to the Indianpolis Star in 1992, saying "I really didn't want to cut it because it was such a bad song. So me and one of the musicians worked on it for about an hour putting a melody to it and we put a bridge to it."

The record became a favorite on American Bandstand, propelling the song to number 6 on the Billboard charts. The single we rereleased each year by Decca, putting it back on the charts each of the next five years (1958 / #35, 1959 / #36, 1961 / #41, 1962 / #56).

Over the years, Helms rerecorded the song numerous times for Kapp (1965), Little Darlin' (1967), Certron (1970), Ashley and Black Rose Records (1983).

Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker were the only other artists to get the record on the Hot 100. Their collaboration went to 21 in 1961 and 92 in 1962. The record did chart four times on the Country Singles by George Strait, Aaron Tippin, Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.

The second most played version, by Daryl Hall and John Oates, was never released as a commercial single but was, instead, included as a bonus promotional item to those that purchased their greatest hits album Rock and Soul, Part 1 in 1983. The single had Hall singing lead on one side and Oates on the other although it is Daryl's version that receives airplay today.

The duo also made a promotional video for the song which received heavy airplay on MTV.

Almanac: December 19, 2014

  • 1908 - Bill Carlisle (d. 2003)
  • 1915 - Charlie Ryan (d. 2008)
  • 1918 - Professor Longhair (born Henry Byrd) (d. 1980)
  • 1920 - Little Jimmy Dickens (94)
  • 1940 - Phil Ochs (d. 1976)
  • 1941 - Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) (73)
  • 1944 - Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) (d. 2013)
  • 1944 - Zal Yanovsky (Lovin' Spoonful) (d. 2002)
  • 1945 - John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) (69)
  • 1947 - Janie Frickie (67)
  • 1949 - Lenny White (Return to Forever) (65)
  • 1957 - Doug Johnson (Loverboy) (57)
  • 1958 - Limahl (born Christopher Hamill) (Kajagoogoo) (56)
  • 1965 - Chuckii Booker (49)
  • 1968 - Kevin Shepard (Tonic) (46)
  • 1975 - Casual (born Jon Owens) (39)
  • 1982 - Vincent Accardi (Brand New) (35)
  • 1985 - Lady Sovereign (born Louise Harman) (29)

  • 1991 - Joe Cole (roadie for Black Flag & Rollins Band, writer) - Murdered (40)
  • 1993 - Michael Clarke (Byrds) - Liver disease (47)
  • 1997 - Jimmy Rogers (Muddy Waters' band) - Colon cancer (73)
  • 2000 - Pop Staples (Staple Singers) - Concussion from fall (85)
  • 2000 - Rob Buck (10,000 Maniacs) - Liver disease (42)

On This Day
  • 1957 - Elvis Presley received his draft notice.
  • 1969 - Mick Jagger was fined in Marlborough, U.K. for possession of marijuana.
  • 1970 - President Nixon complimented Mike Curb of MGM Records after he dropped a number of artists for supposedly advocating drug use. Among those dropped was Connie Francis.
  • 1979 - George Nichopoulos, physician for Elvis Presley, was officially charged with illegally and indiscriminately prescribing over 12,000 pills in a period of 1-2/3 years.
  • 1980 - The film 9-to-5 opened with Dolly Parton.
  • 1985 - Johnny Paycheck shot a man in a Hillsboro, OH bar. He eventually served two years in prison.
  • 1987 - Two girls are crushed to death in the rush in Nashville before a Public Enemy concert.
  • 1988 - Johnny Cash went into the hospital for open heart surgery.
  • 1997 - Marty Raybon of Shenandoah performs for the last time with the group.
  • 2001 - Waylon Jennings had his left foot amputated due to diabetes.
  • 2001 - Dick Clark sued the Recording Academy charging that they were trying to block artists from appearing on the American Music Awards by saying if they did, they would not be able to appear on the Grammys.
  • 2001 - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots pled guilty to domestic battery.
  • 2005 - Britney Spears sued US Weekly after they writing that there was a sex tape with her and Kevin Federline.

  • 2009 - Kevin Jonas (Jonas Brothers) and Danielle Deleasa

  • 1955 - Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
  • 1960 - Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka
  • 1960 - Ring-a-Ding Ding, Let's Fall in Love - Frank Sinatra (his first recording session for his own Reprise Records)
  • 1998 - Live in Chicago 12-19-98 - Dave Matthews Band

  • 1969 - The Beatles' Seventh Christmas Record - Beatles (fan club only release)

  • 1987 - Saturday Night Live - Paul Simon
  • 1992 - Christmas in Washington - Neil Diamond
  • 2001 - Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story (VH1)
  • 2001 - Dateline (NBC) - Madonna