Thursday, January 31, 2013

Preview: Ringo at the Ryman - Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

Artist: Ringo Starr
Title: Ringo at the Ryman
Release Date: March 11, 2013
Label: N/A
Format(s): DVD, Blu-Ray

Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band played the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville last year and all the proceeding were captured for release on Ringo at the Ryman, coming March 11 on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Not only was the show on the stage of the hallowed Ryman, but it was also the occassion of Ringo's 72nd birthday. Joining him was the 2012 version of his All-Starr Band with Steve Lukather (Toto), Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rollie (Journey, Santana), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Bissonette (Billy Joel's band) and Mark Rivera (Toto, David Lee Roth). Also on hand for the special occassion were Joe Walsh,Brendan Benson (Raconteurs), Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Kix Brooks (Brooks and Dunn).

The night was filled with Ringo's own hits, both solo and with the Beatles, and those of his All-Starr Band and guest Walsh.

Track List:
  • Open / Matchbox - Ringo Starr
  • It Don’t Come Easy - Ringo Starr
  • Wings - Ringo Starr
  • I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren
  • Evil Ways - Gregg Rollie
  • Rosanna - Steve Lukather
  • Kyrie Eleison - Richard Page
  • Don’t Pass Me By - Ringo Starr
  • Bang The Drum All Day - Todd Rundgren
  • Boys - Ringo Starr
  • Yellow Submarine - Ringo Starr
  • Black Magic Woman - Gregg Rollie
  • Band Intro
  • Happy Birthday - Band
  • Anthem - Ringo Starr
  • I’m The Greatest - Ringo Starr
  • Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
  • You Are Mine - Richard Page
  • Africa - Steve Lukather
  • Everybody’s Everything - Gregg Rollie
  • I Wanna Be Your Man - Ringo Starr
  • Love Is The Answer - Todd Rundgren
  • Broken Wings - Richard Page
  • Hold The Line - Steve Lukather
  • Photograph - Ringo Starr
  • Act Naturally - Ringo Starr
  • With A Little Help From My Friends / Give Peace A Chance - All

Whitney Houston's Brother Feels "Responsible" For Her Drug Problems

Whitney Houston's brother says he feels guilt over the singer's battles with drugs.

The singer tragically died last year, following an accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub. Traces of substances including cocaine and marijuana were found in her system.

Her sibling Michael admits he didn't realise how dangerous drugs could be when Whitney started using cocaine many years ago. "You gotta understand at the time...the '80s was acceptable," he explained in an interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

"It's painful...I feel responsible for what I let go so far."

Michael was joined by their mother Cissy, who has recently opened up about her daughter in the touching memoir Remembering Whitney. The 79-year-old uses the book to express her outrage at Whitney's tragic death and her relationship with the singer's ex-husband Bobby Brown.

"I'm angry she died alone, in those conditions," Cissy wrote. "I'm still mad about that."

Whitney also left behind her daughter Bobbi Kristina. Cissy made it clear she is concerned about the young girl.

"She's not handling it good," Cissy wrote in the novel. "None of us are. Of course I worry about her. Bobbi Kristina is 19 and if you know anything about a 19-year-old, they think they know it all. It doesn't mean that she is going to follow her [mother's] same path. She could but anybody could. I don't want to jinx her. I'm trying to make sure she doesn't."

Watch: The Official Video for Yo La Tengo's I'll Be Around

Yo La Tengo are riding the biggest wave of popularity of their long career, placing their new album, Fade, in the top 30, the highest they have ever been on the charts.

Here is the official video for the single I'll Be Around, directed by Phil Morrison (Junebug, Upright Citizens Brigade) and featuring Mac McCaughan of Superchunk.

Barry Manilow is the Latest to Not Be Dead

Barry Manilow is alive and well, despite stories racing around the internet.

Manilow was the subject of yet another celebrity death hoax today, “losing his life” on that treacherous Route 80 that also claimed the lives of Justin Bieber, David Beckham, Usher, Vanilla Ice, Tiesto and Harry Styles in the past year.

Barry Manilow Dies In Car Crash” the fake headline heralded.

“Barry Manilow died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell”, the story claimed. “He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident”.

Some media organisations fell for the hoax and reported the death of Manilow; however, at the time of his reported death near Roswell, Barry was performing his Broadway show at the St. James Theatre in New York.

While waking to news of his own death will no doubt come as a shock to Mr/ Manilow it gets worse. The perpetrators of the story killed him off in a 1996 Nissan Maxima.

KISS at 40

Yesterday (January 30) was the 40th anniversary of the first live performance of KISS who would go on to gather millions of adoring fans and almost as many detractors.

Over those forty years, they've managed to accumulate 28 gold albums, the most of any American rock group, and have sold 40 million albums in the U.S. Worldwide, their 100 million in sales puts them in the same strata as Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Guns N' Roses, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan.

Yet, over the years, their chart history would not reflect the group's enormous success. Only six of their 20 studio albums have made the Billboard top ten, with an additional three live albums also reaching that level, and they've never had a number 1 (2009's Sonic Boom came closes at number 2). Their biggest single, Beth/Detroit Rock City, only reached number 7.

The four current members of the group have penned their thanks for the group's official website. Gene Simmons wrote:
To the Kiss Army - who made it all possible for us.

To Paul, without whom I would never have been able to achieve my dreams.

And to the band - past and present, for continuing to treat the stage as holy ground and the fans as our bosses.

Here's to another 40 years!
While Paul Stanley not only thanks the fans but, also, the two newest members of the group, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
My dream from the start was five years of glory with KISS. Along with Peter and Ace, we kicked doors open that stood in our way, and every band member who has stood with me at some point during these decades has played an essential part in turning that five year dream into a phenomenal 40 year reality. I thank each of you for your contribution to this milestone.

Our journey and victories are a joy I also share with you, our fans who have always given us the freedom to stand and fall on our own terms, and we have done both with a grateful smile. For the past ten years, Tommy and Eric’s pride and dedication have enabled Gene and I to reclaim and celebrate all that we have been, while continuing to move forward in a way that would have been impossible without them. I love playing with the band as it is today, and many of my proudest moments are tied to moments of magic we have created together in the studio and on the stage. I know we’re ready to do it again.

Humble thanks.
Their fan base continues to grow to this day and the band continues to be true monsters of merchandising with their faces and logo on everything from pinball machines to caskets.

To read more on KISS at 40, go to the group's website.

Almanac: January 31

Justin Timberlake
  • 1892 - Eddie Cantor (d. 1964)
  • 1906 - Roosevelt Sykes (d. 1983)
  • 1915 - Alan Lomax (d. 2002)
  • 1921 - Mario Lanza (d. 1959)
  • 1928 - Chuck Willis (d. 1958)
  • 1932 - Rick Hall (producer, owner of FAME Studios) (81)
  • 1932 - Ottilie Patterson (Chris Barber's Jazz Band) (d. 2011)
  • 1934 - Bobby Lee Trammell (d. 2008)
  • 1936 - Marvin Junior (Dells) (77)
  • 1937 - Philip Glass (76)
  • 1944 - Charlie Musselwhite (69)
  • 1946 - Terry Kath (Chicago) (d. 1978)
  • 1951 - Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) (62)
  • 1951 - Henry Wayne Casey (K.C. & the Sunshine Band) (62)
  • 1952 - Curly Smith (Jo Jo Gunne) (61)
  • 1954 - Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake) (59)
  • 1956 - John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd.) (57)
  • 1958 - Tom Schuman (Spyro Gyra) (55)
  • 1961 - Lloyd Cole (Lloyd Cole & the Commotions) (52)
  • 1963 - Scott Ian (born Scott Rosenfeld) (Anthrax) (50)
  • 1964 - Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) (49)
  • 1966 - Al Doughty (born Alan Jaworski) (Jesus Jones) (47)
  • 1967 - Chad Channing (Nirvana) (46)
  • 1967 - Jason Cooper (Cure) (46)
  • 1967 - Fat Mike (born Michael Burkett) (NOFX, Me First & the Gimme Gimmies) (46)
  • 1981 - Justin Timberlake (32)
  • 1987 - Marcus Mumford (Muford & Sons) (26)

  • 1970 - Slim Harpo (born James Moore) - Heart attack (46)
  • 1978 - Greg Herbert (Blood, Sweat & Tears) - Accidental drug overdose (30)
  • 1985 - Barbara Cowsill (Cowsills) - Emphysema (56)

On This Day
  • 1957 - Decca Records in the U.K. said that Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & the Comets had sold a million copies in the U.K., mostly on 78's.
  • 1969 - Bobby Darin walked off of The Jackie Gleason Show when they would not allow him to perform the song Long Line Rider.
  • 1970 - The Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates in New Orleans.
  • 1970 - Creedence Clearwater filmed a television special.
  • 1972 - Aretha Franklin sang at Mahalia Jackson's funeral.
  • 1979 - The Clash opened their first U.S. tour. Bo Diddley was the opener.
Clash (1/31/79): Joe Strummer, Topper Headon, Paul Simonon, Mick Jones
  • 1988 - Herb Alpert played the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII.
  • 1998 - The Presidents of the United States of America played their final show in Seattle, WA.
  • 1999 - Reba McEntire closed her first European tour with a sold-out performance in Munich.
  • 1999 - Cher sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXII.
  • 2000 - Jay-Z was indicted on two assault charges from a December 1 stabbing of a record executive.
  • 2000 - The Strokes played in the U.K. next time in Portsmouth.
  • 2001 - It was announced Peter Criss would be leaving Kiss, to be replaced by Eric Singer.
  • 2002 - Koko Taylor is released from the hospital after undergoing an angioplasty.
  • 2008 - Britney Spears was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

  • 1931 - T.B. Blues, Travellin' Blues & Jimmie The Kid - Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1949 - Kitty West recorded for the first time for RCA Victor.
  • 1963 - Surfin' U.S.A. & Shutdown - Beach Boys

  • 1961 - Bobby Darin & Friends (NBC) - Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Joanie Sommers
  • 1978 - The Old Grey Whistle Test (U.K.) - Talking Heads (British TV debut)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jimmie Vaughan Suffers Heart Attack

It took an announcement from the Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai, India for the world to learn that Jimmie Vaughan has suffered a serious heart attack.

The festival site posted the following on their site:
Jimmie Vaughan was admitted to Pomona Hospital Medical Center on January 23, 2013 with an acute myocardial infraction [sic] (Heart Attack). He had a coronary angioplasty and stent placement. He is still in the hospital but recovering and has been advised by his cardiologist to rest at home for a month. He regretfully had to cancel a scheduled trip to the Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai, India as a result.
Vaughan was scheduled to play at the festival with the Tilt-a-Whirl Band and vocalist Lou Ann Barton. He was replaced by Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers.

Jimmie is the brother of the late-Stevie Ray Vaughan and an original member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Review: Roots and Branches - Robin Trower

by Andy Snipper

I don’t think I will ever understand why Robin Trower isn’t talked about in the same hushed tones as Clapton or Beck or the Kings. Apart from the fact that he hasn’t courted the press acclaim of those or pandered to the Blues/Rock brethren that believe that anyone who plays a Stevie Ray Vaughan riff is a genius he really hasn’t done anything wrong.

What he has done, since the mid-sixties, is play a style of Blues guitar that is original, recognisable and absolutely trippy – this guy could have written the book on psych guitar if he had stopped playing long enough to do so.

This album – his 31st if you except live albums – sees him mixing classicsa with his own material but the treatment of the classics is all about the song and his treatment – no copying of anyone elses style or repeating the classic lines. Hear his version of Little Red Rooster; everyone knows the Stones version and there oughtn’t be too many who don’t know the Willie Dixon/Howling Wolf original but he takes the song and adds a relaxed positivity to it that takes out the brashness of Jagger or the tweeness of Carla Thomas and gives you a song that is new and completely familiar at the same time.

Or take a listen to That’s Alright Mama – Elvis and Big Mama Thornton laid down the classic versions and Arthur Crudup (Big Boy) wrote it and released the first version back in 1946. This version is a stone killer with a blasting riff and brilliantly funky tones.

He also covers Leiber & Stoller’s Hound Dog and takes it much closer to Big Mama Thornton’s blast than Elvis’s (great harmonica from Paul Jones).

His original songs fit in well alongside the classics and there isn’t any obvious gap in quality – he has been at it long enough to be able to apply his sound to these songs and the result if pure Trower.

There aren’t many around today who can take a Strat and make music that doesn’t sound derivative or slavish – Robin Trower is one of the best.

Passings: Patty Andrews, Last of the Andrews Sisters (1918 - 2013)

Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the phenomenally popular 40's group the Andrews Sisters, died on Wednesday at her home in the Northridge area of Los Angeles at the age of 94. Her spokesperson said she passed of natural causes.

The three Andrews Sisters formed their group when Patty was only seven and, five years later, they won their first talent contest at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. They pattered their sound after the Boswell Sisters and spent a number of years touring the vaudeville theaters with the likes of Ted Mack and Leon Belasco.

In 1938, they signed to Decca Records and their first release, Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, shot to the top of the charts. Between that first hit and 1951, they scored 113 top thirty records, 46 of which reached the top ten and eight hitting number 1, and recorded with such stars as Carmen Miranda, Guy Lombardo, Ernest Tubb and Russ Morgan. They recorded 47 songs with Bing Crosby, 23 of which were hit, making theirs one of the most successful collaborations in music history.

During World War II, the group toured the world entertaining the troops and they appeared in seventeen movies including Buck Privates with Abbott and Costello, a series of B-musicals and two Disney cartoons, Make Mine Music and Melody Time. On the radio, they hosted their own shows from 1948 to 1951.

In 1951, Patty decided to leave the group, a fact that her two sisters learned from gossip columnists. The situation caused a rift where the sisters didn't talk for two years and didn't reunite until 1956 when they signed with Capitol. Unfortunately, none of their records, including some that had a rock-and-roll feel, made it to the charts.

They continued to record and tour until 1967 when LaVerne, the oldest of the three sisters, died of cancer. Patty and Maxene toured for another year until Maxene decided to take a job in the academic world leaving Patty to once again go solo.

In 1974, the two sisters once again came together to star on Broadway in Over Here!. The show was a success but a road tour was cancelled after Patty's husband sued the producers. Maxine and Patty never worked together again although they did appear at the unveiling of their Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1987. Maxine died in 1995 after suffering a heart attack.

Patty was married twice, to Marty Melcher from 1947 to 1949 and to Walter Weschler, the trio's pianist, from 1951 until his death in 2010.

The Andrews Sisters top five hits:
  • Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (1938/#1)
  • Hold Tight, Hold Tight (1939/#2)
  • Beer Barrel Polka (1939/#4)
  • Well All Right (Tonight's the Night) (1939/#5)
  • Yodelin' Jive (with Bing Crosby) (1939/#4)
  • Say Si Si (Para Vigo Me Voy) (1940/#4)
  • Ferryboat Serenade (1940/#1)
  • Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar (1940/#2)
  • (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time (1941/#5)
  • The Shrine of St. Cecelia (1942/#3)
  • Pistol Packin' Mama (with Bing Crosby) (1943/#3 Pop/#1 Country)
  • Victory Polka (with Bing Crosby) (1943/#5)
  • Shoo-Shoo Baby (1943/#1)
  • Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby (with Bing Crosby) (1944/#2)
  • A Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (with Bing Crosby) (1944/#1)
  • Don't Fence Me In (with Bing Crosby) (1944/#1)
  • Rum and Coca Cola (1945/#1)
  • Accentuate the Positive (with Bing Crosby) (1945/#2)
  • Along the Navajo Trail (with Bing Crosby) (1945/#2)
  • South America, Take It Away (with Bing Crosby) (1946/#2)
  • Rumours Are Flying (with Les Paul) (1946/#4)
  • Near You (1947/#2)
  • Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) (with Danny Kaye) (1947/#3)
  • Toolie Oolie Doolie (The Yodel Polka) (1948/#3)
  • Underneath the Arches (1948/#5)
  • I'm Bitin' My Fingernails and Thinking of You (with Ernest Tubb) (1949/#30 Pop/#2 Country)
  • I Can Dream, Can't I? (1949/#1)
  • I Wanna Be Loved (1950/#1)

Nominees Announced For the Fifth Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards; Metallica, Rob Zombie & Tony Iommi to Be Honored

Revolver, the hard rock and metal magazine, have announced the nominees for the 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

Three groups shared the most nominations with four each. Soundgarden is nominated for Album of the Year (King Animal), Comeback of the Year, Vocalist (Chris Cornell) and Guitarist (Kim Thayil). The Deftones received nods for Album of the Year (Koi No Yokan), Vocalist (Chino Moreno), Guitarist (Stephen Carpenter) and Drummer (Abe Cunningham) while Halestorm is up for Album of the Year (The Strange Case of...), Song of the Year (Love Bites (So Do I)), Vocalist (Lzzy Hale) and Drummer (Arejay Hale).

Of the veteran artists, Rush led the way as all three individual members are nominated, Alex Lifeson for Guitar, Geddy Lee for Bass and Neil Peart for Drums.

Special awards were also announced with Metallica receiving the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath named for the Riff Lord Award and the Golden God Award going to Rob Zombie.

The Revolver Golden Gods Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 2 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles with host Chris Jericho and performances by Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Stone Sour, Dillinger Escape Plan and Halestorm. The show will be broadcast live on AXS TV, Xbox LIVE and Facebook.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Orange Amplification
  • Koi No Yokan - Deftones
  • L’Enfant Sauvage - Gojira
  • The Strange Case of… - Halestorm
  • Born Villain - Marilyn Manson
  • King Animal - Soundgarden
  • House of Gold & Bones Part 1 - Stone Sour
  • Run Free - Asking Alexandria
  • Carry On - Avenged Sevenfold
  • In The End - Black Veil Brides
  • I Ejaculate Fire - Dethklok
  • Love Bites (So Do I) - Halestorm
  • Blood - In This Moment
BEST LIVE BAND presented by Samson/Zoom
  • Anthrax
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Hatebreed
  • Lamb of God
  • Slipknot
  • Volbeat
  • Aerosmith
  • The Darkness
  • Quicksand
  • Refused
  • Soundgarden
  • Tenacious D
  • Device
  • Ghost
  • Kvelertak
  • Miss May I
  • Of Mice & Men
  • Young Guns
BEST VOCALIST presented by Rockstar Energy Drink
  • Phil Anselmo (Down & solo)
  • Maria Brink (In This Moment)
  • Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
  • Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
  • Chino Moreno (Deftones)
  • Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)
BEST GUITARIST presented by Epiphone
  • John 5 (Rob Zombie & solo)
  • Stephen Carpenter (Deftones)
  • Alex Lifeson (Rush)
  • Misha Mansoor (Periphery)
  • Brendon Small (Dethklok)
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
BEST DRUMMER presented by Drum Workshop
  • Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
  • Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
  • Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
  • Gene Hoglan (Dethklok & Testament)
  • Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
  • Neil Peart (Rush)
PAUL GRAY BEST BASSIST presented by Dean Markley
  • Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
  • Steve Harris (Iron Maiden & solo)
  • Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
  • Geddy Lee (Rush)
  • Jason Newsted (Newsted)
  • Sergio Vega (Deftones)
  • Black Label Society
  • Black Veil Brides
  • A Day To Remember
  • HIM
  • Rammstein
  • Slipknot
MOST METAL ATHLETE presented by Roadrunner Records
  • Tom Crabtree (Green Bay Packers, NFL)
  • Tanner Faust (Rally and drifting car racing)
  • Clay Guida (Mixed Martial Arts fighting, UFC)
  • Triple H (WWE wrestling)
  • Geoff Rowley (Skateboarding)
  • CJ Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, MLB)

Emmylou Harris Officially Charged With Hit-and-Run

The Los Angeles prosecutors office has officially charged Emmylou Harris with hit-and-run stemming from an October 1 incident where the singer she allegedly bumped another car while driving on the 405 freeway and kept going without stopping to exchange information or report the accident.

When the accident was first revealed, Harris' people said that it was just a "garden-variety" accident that happens every day on the 405" and that the singer didn't even know she had hit another vehicle. So far, the amount of actual damage to the vehicles have not been revealed.

If convicted, Harris could receive up to six months in jail.

Sinead O'Connor Vows Silence (Except For Her Music)

Sinead O'Connor may have learned that controversy can detract from your music.

Sinead, who is about to release a new single from her latest album, told presenter Lorraine Kelly of Briatin's iTV that she was enjoying being a musician again and was glad the focus was back on her music. The Dublin based star is known for her outspoken ways and cancelled a tour last year due to her bipolar disorder.

She told Lorraine Kelly; "I think I'm having a great time making music, I'm really enjoying that the live shows are going so well everyone's responded so well to the album and everything so I'm really glad the kind of focus is back on being a musician. So long as I just keep my mouth shut and behave myself..."

Sinead also told Lorraine that she defined success by being true to herself.

"I always say you know it really depends on how you define success. To me success is really can you be yourself, you're working in an arena which can be very vampirical and spiritually slightly dodgy and can you get from one side of the board to the other is the way I see it and still maintain the contract you made with the Holy Spirit before you got here and which you renew constantly along the line, which is basically just be yourself which is all I figure.

"I always say to my kids the only purpose god put you on earth for is to be you 100% you and you are and that's success. Sometimes I that means you may not have fame or a good name or money or stuff but that's not necessarily success do you know what I mean. It's really can you be yourself and be true to your contract."

First Look: Johnny Cash's Commemorative Postage Stamp

The United States Postal Service will be putting out three commemorative stamps in 2013 that depict legendary music artists with the first release being the great Johnny Cash.
The photograph used is from 1963 and was shot by Frank Bez for the album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.

USPS representative Mark Saunders explained the process for selecting subjects. "We get about 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas each year but only about 20 topics make the cut. These suggestions are reviewed by the Postmaster General’s Citizens' Stamp Advisory whose role is to narrow down that 40,000 to roughly 20 and then provide their recommendations to the Postmaster General for final approval."

Metallica Sales Down After Joining Spotify; Predict Streaming Will Eventually Win Out

The management for Metallica are spinning the numbers released by Billboard on Metallica's album sales after they put their music on Spotify.

The magazine took a look at the band's album sales for the four weeks before Christmas from 2008 through 2012 and found that the numbers dropped 15% in the week after December 6 when Metallica's music was first made available for streaming and 35% in the second week. 

Cliff Burnstein of Q Prime who manages Metallica has told the New York Times that its nothing to worry about. "There is a point at which there could be 100 percent cannibalization, and we would make more money through subscriptions services. We calculate that point at approximately 20 million worldwide subscribers."

For reference, Spotify only has five million paying subscribers worldwide but they are growing both in countries where they are already established and are expanding into new regions. 

Barbra Streisand to Perform at the Oscars For Only the Second Time

Is it the Oscars or the Grammy Awards? So far, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that this year's Academy Awards ceremony will include performances by Adele, Jennifer Hudson and, now, Barbra Streisand.

According to Roger Friedman's, the star will sing at the ceremony for the first time since March 28, 1977 when she sang the nominated Evergreen from her movie A Star is Born.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement "In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years."

The show will also include salutes to a number of modern-day musical films including Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Chicago and Mamma Mia.

Watch: Bon Jovi Releases Video For Because We Can

Bon Jovi has released the official video for Because We Can, the first single from their upcoming album What About Now.

Almanac: January 30

Phil Collins
  • 1934 - Melvin Endsley (sonwriter, Singing the Blues) (d. 2004)
  • 1936 - Horst Jankowski (d. 1998)
  • 1937 - Jeanne Pruett (76)
  • 1938 - Norma Jean (75)
  • 1941 - Joe Terranova (Danny & the Juniors) (72)
  • 1942 - Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) (71)
  • 1943 - Sandy Deanne (Jay & the Americans) (70)
  • 1947 - Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie) (d. 1991)
  • 1949 - William King (Commodores) (64)
  • 1951 - Phil Collins (62)
  • 1951 - Andy Anderson (Cure) (62)
  • 1951 - Marv Ross (Quarterflash) (62)
  • 1952 - Steve Bartek (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Oingo Boingo) (61)
  • 1959 - Jody Watley (54)
  • 1959 - Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) (54)
  • 1961 - Angie Stone (52)
  • 1967 - Jay Gordon (Orgy) (46)
  • 1967 - Bill Leverty (FireHouse) (46)
  • 1968 - Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle) (45)
  • 1972 - Tammy Cochran (41)
  • 1980 - Josh Kelley (33)
  • 1984 - Kid Cudi (born Scott Mescudi) (29)

  • 1976 - Mance Lipscomb (80)
  • 1980 - Professor Longhair - Heart attack (61)
  • 1980 - Warren Smith - Heart attack (47)
  • 1982 - Lightnin' Hopkins - Cancer (70)
  • 2005 - Wes Wehmiller (Missing Persons, Duran Duran) - Thyroid cancer (33)

Wicked Lester (soon to be KISS)
On This Day
  • 1961 - Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller announce they are forming an independent production company.
  • 1967 - The Beatles had their first day of shooting on the promo video for Strawberry Fields Forever.
  • 1969 - The Beatles performed live for the last time on the roof of the Apple Building in London.
  • 1973 - Kiss made their first appearance under their new name at the Popcorn Club in New York. Their old name was Wicked Lester.
  • 1974 - Bob Dylan played in New York for the first time in eight years.
  • 1988 - A court case revealed that Frankie Goes to Hollywood did not play on their records Relax and Two Tribes. Session musicians were used instead.
  • 1990 - Bob Dylan is honored with the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.
  • 1994 - Natalie Cole sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII.
  • 1998 - Elton John becomes Sir Elton John when he is awarded a Knighthood.
  • 2002 - Freddy Fender is released from a San Antonio hospital after successful kidney transplant surgery.
  • 2002 - Tattoo, a musical based on the life of Boy George, opened in London.
  • 2005 - Michael Jackson addresses his fans in a video the day before he is to go on trial for child molestation.
  • 2005 - Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens) visited tsunami-stricken Indonesia.
  • 2007 - Brandy was sued for wrongful death by the parents of a woman killed in a car wreck that was deemed the singer's fault.
  • 2008 - Forbes named Madonna the richest female musician. Barbra Streisand was second.
  • 2010 - Neil Young was named MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.

  • 1956 - Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley (first song recorded for first album at RCA's New York studios)
  • 1956 - Red Hot - Billy Lee Riley (Jerry Lee Lewis on piano)
  • 1968 - Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
  • 1972 - Give Ireland Back to the Irish - Paul McCartney (wrote and recorded less than 24 hours after Bloody Sunday in Ireland)
  • 1975 - Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees

  • 1961 - Buck Owens' debut album released on Capitol.

  • 1995 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male, Adult Contemporary Artist - Michael Bolton
    • Pop/Rock Female - Mariah Carey
    • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group, Pop Rock New Artist - Ace of Base
    • Pop/Rock Album - The Lion King - Soundtrack
    • Pop/Rock Single, Soul/R&B Single - I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Meningitis
    • Soul/R&B Male - Babyface
    • Soul/R&B Female - Anita Baker
    • Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - Boyz II Men
    • Soul/R&B Album - Toni Braxton - Toni Braxton
    • Soul/R&B New Aritst - All-4-One
    • Country Male - Garth Brooks
    • Country Female - Reba McEntire
    • Country Band, Duo or Group - Alabama
    • Country Album - Read My Mind - Reba McEntire
    • Country Single - Whenever You Come Around - Vince Gill
    • Country New Artist - Tim McGraw
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - Snoop Doggy Dog
    • Alternative Artist - Counting Crows
    • Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist - Nirvana
    • Award of Merit - Prince
    • International Artist Award - Led Zeppelin

  • 1982 - Desert Island Discs (BBC) - Paul McCartney

The Specials Announce First North American Dates

Ska-masters The Specials have announced the first of what will hopefully be a lengthy tour of North America.

The band, which reformed in 2008, will be touring without former co-lead vocalist Neville Staple. The singer left the group earlier this month due to what is being said is ill health. The band's official website said "We are very sad Neville cannot join us on The Specials UK tour in May 2013 or indeed on the future projects we have planned. He has made a huge contribution to the fantastic time and reception we have received since we started and reformed in 2009 . However , he missed a number of key shows last year due to ill health & his health is obviously much more important . We wish him the very best for the future."

The first group of announced shows are in Chicago, prior to their SXSW appearance, and California after. The band had previously said they would also be including Portland, Vancouver and Seattle in their plans and that they would be back for another series of dates in August.

The initial dates for the U.S. and the U.K.
  • 03/11 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
  • 03/13 - Austin, TX - South By Southwest
  • 03/15 - Austin, TX - South By Southwest
  • 03/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
  • 03/19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
  • 03/23 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
  • 05/10 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland
  • 05/13 - Newcastle, UK - O2 Academy
  • 05/15 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
  • 05/18 - Liverpool, UK - Olympia
  • 05/19 - Leicester, UK - De Montfort Hall
  • 05/21 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
  • 05/23 - Newport, UK - Centre
  • 05/25 - Margate, UK - Winter Gardens
  • 05/26 - Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
  • 05/28 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Court Rules in Favor of Ray Charles' Children in Copyright Case

The children of the late-Ray Charles have won in court over the Ray Charles Foundation in a case that determined the ownership of the copyright on about 60 of his songs.

The songs involved in the ruling included such classics as I Got a Woman, Hallelujah I Love Her So and A Fool For You. Charles had an agreement with the foundation before his death that he would leave all of his works to them to fund their charitable work. He also granted each of his ten children $500,000 each with the  stipulation that they make no claims against the foundation.

That went out the window after Charles' passing when seven of the ten used copyright laws to give notice to Warner/Chappell Music that they would be terminating the longstanding agreement with the company in 2010. For the Foundation, that meant that the money made by the copyrights would no longer come to them,  a major impact on their activities.

U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins found in favor of Charles' children, writing "The Foundation is not a grantee of the rights to be terminated or its successor. Congress did not even require the statutory heirs provide it with statutory notice of the termination, let alone give it a seat at the table during the termination process."

The judge also made a provision allowing Charles' children to recoup their attorney's fees, something their lawyer, Marc Tuberoff, heralded as setting a far reaching precedent for artists and their heirs who no longer will have to fear large companies using their resources to drain an individuals money in a protracted lawsuit.

Passings: Gregory Carroll of the Four Buddies, Orioles; Writer of Just One Look (1928 - 2013)

Four Buddies Harrison and Carroll
Gregory Carroll, whose voice was heard in the groups the Four Buddies and the Orioles and who wrote the song Just One Look, died on Friday at his Creston, NC home after an aneurysm. He was 83.

Carroll formed the Four Buddies in Baltimore during the early-50's with Leon "Larry" Harrison, William Carter and Vernon Palmer. The group signed with Savoy and, in 1951, had a number 2 R&B record nationally with I Will Wait.

In 1953, Carroll left the group to become a member of the Orioles, replacing member George Nelson. Gregory sang second tenor on what would become the group's biggest hit, Crying in the Chapel (#1 R&B/#11 Pop) along with their last hit, In the Mission of St. Augustine (#7 R&B).

After the breakup of the Orioles, Carroll worked with a number of other vocal groups, including one of the versions of the Ink Spots but, by the beginning of the new decade, he had tired of the road and began to move more towards the creative side of the business. His biggest success came in 1963 when he and Doris Troy wrote the hit, Just One Look. A number 3 R&B and 10 Pop hit, the song became a standard of the rock era being recorded by numerous other artists including Linda Ronstadt and Anne Murray.

Over the years, Carroll participated in tours of the reformed version of the Orioles led by Sonny Til. He retired in 1994 to Ashe County, NC where he became active in the local community, occasionally playing a one-off show such as PBS specials.

He is survived by his partner of 38 years, Lois Chrites, and four children.

Preview: Macon City Auditorium, Macon, GA 2/11/72 and Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 5/1/73 - Allman Brothers

Artist: Allman Brothers
  • Macon City Auditorium, Macon, GA 2/11/72
  • Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 5/1/73
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Label: Allman Brothers Band Recording Company
Format(s): 2-CDs, DD

The Allman Brothers Band will release volumes 3 and 4 in their new series of archive live albums with Macon City Auditorium, Macon, GA 2/11/72 and Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 5/1/73. Both 2-CD sets will be out on February 12 via the group's own label.

The Macon, GA show was the first after the death of member Duane Allman with the band playing as a five-piece (Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Berry Oakley, Dickey Betts).

By May 1, 1973 and the Uniondale, NY show, the band members had changed with the addition of Chuck Leavell on keyboards and Lamar Williams in for the late-Oakley. Notable on this volume are four songs, including two of the Allman's best known, that have never appeared on an official live release, Jessica, Ramblin' Man, Come & Go Blues and Wasted Words. The set also includes a thirty minute show closing Mountain Jam.

Track List:

Macon City Auditorium, Macon, GA 2/11/72

Disc 1
  • Statesboro Blues
  • Done Somebody Wrong
  • Ain't Wasting Time No More
  • One Way Out
  • Midnight Rider
  • You Don't Love Me
  • Stormy Monday
  • Hoochie Coochie Man
  • Hot 'Lanta
Disc 2
  • Les Brers in 'A' Minor
  • Trouble No More
  • Whipping Post
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 5/1/73

Disc 1
  • Wasted Words
  • Done Somebody Wrong
  • Statesboro Blues
  • One Way Out
  • Stormy Monday
  • Midnight Rider
  • Jessica
  • Come and Go Blues
  • Ramblin' Man
  • In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Disc 2
  • Trouble No More
  • You Don't Love Me
  • Les Brers in 'A' Minor
  • Whipping Post
  • Mountain Jam

Passings: Country Singer Tony Douglas (1929 - 2013)

Douglas (right) with Jim Reeves
Country singer Tony Douglas, who had three country hits between 1963 and 1973, passed away on Tuesday, January 22 in Athens, TX after a battle with lymphoma. He was 83.

A family spokesman released a statement saying "Tony was suffering from lymphoma and had been hospitalized for nearly two weeks. He passed away peacefully just before midnight. He had been constantly surrounded by his family and friends."

Tony was a singer from a young age and became interested in country music when he started listening to the Grand Ole Opry but he really became hooked on it as a vocation while serving in the Army during the early 50's.

After his discharge, he returned to Texas where he eventually was hired to sing on the Cowtown Hoedown in Ft. Worth. His first single, Old Blue Monday/Echoes of You, was released on the Cowtown Hoedown label.

Douglas later became a regular on the Louisiana Hayride until it closed in 1960. He and his group, the Shrimpers, recorded and toured until they finally broke through to the big times in 1962 with the release of His 'N' Hers. The record went to 23 on the country charts and gave him enough momentum to continue working until 1973, when he once again hit the charts with Thank You For Touching My Life (Country #35) and My Last Day (Country #37).

Douglas continued to record and tour for the rest of his life except for a period of three years in the early 90's with his last album, Saved the Best For Last, being released in 2010.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Announce Tour

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell will be on the road this spring to promote their new album, Love Has Come to You, due on April 23 via Rounder Records.

According to the press release, the tour "will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows."

The tour kicks off on March 2 in Atlanta, GA and runs through the beginning of July.
  • 03/02 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Symphony Hall
  • 03/03 - Blacksburg, VA - Burruss Auditorium (Virginia Tech)
  • 03/14 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
  • 03/15 - Atlantic City, NJ - Caesars Atlantic City
  • 04/27 - Buffalo, NY - University at Buffalo
  • 04/28 - Easton, PA - State Theatre Center For the Arts
  • 05/22 - Fort Meyers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
  • 05/23 - St Petersburg, FL - Mahaffey Theater
  • 05/24 - West Palm Beach, FL - Kravis Center for the Perf Arts
  • 05/25 - Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University - Ruby Diamond Auditorium
  • 05/26 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheater
  • 05/27 - N. Charleston, SC - N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
  • 05/29 - Nashville, TN - Schermerhorn Symphony Center
  • 05/31 - Greensboro, NC - War Memorial Auditorium
  • 06/21 - Stamford, CT - Palace Theatre
  • 06/22 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
  • 06/23 - Kingston, NY - Ulster Performing Arts Center
  • 06/25 - New York, NY - Town Hall Theatre
  • 06/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center - Verizon Center
  • 06/28 - Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
  • 07/01 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
  • 07/02 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Paul Weller to Headline the Last of the 2013 Teenage Cancer Trust Shows in London

Paul Weller will headline the last of the seven shows in this year's Teenage Cancer Trust series at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Curated by Noel Gallagher, a stellar line-up for the annual series of shows sees the likes Ryan Adams, Kasabian, Primal Scream, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Russell Brand, Noel Fielding and now Paul Weller take to the stage to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

The music and comedy shows are Teenage Cancer Trust's flagship event. The money raised makes a massive difference to the lives of thousands of young people with cancer across the UK through life changing care and support. As the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting teenagers and young adults with cancer, Teenage Cancer Trust relies on the support of the general public to fund a range of services that aim to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.

Also just announced are some special guests for the shows running from Tuesday 19th to Monday 25th March. Kasabian are joined by newcomers Dark Horses, acclaimed band Palma Violets will support Paul Weller, and lastly Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys will open for Noel Gallagher for a very special show featuring performances from special guests including Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon. Beth Orton as previously announced will support Ryan Adams.

On being asked to headline Paul Weller said "I'm looking forward to getting on stage for the final night of Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall. I've always supported the charity and have seen first-hand how hard they work and what a huge difference it makes to the kids. When Noel asked me to headline I didn't hesitate."

Tickets for Paul Weller are priced from £25.00 (plus booking fee) and go on sale Friday 1st February at 9am. All other shows are near sold out so keep checking the following outlets below for any extra tickets being released:

Full list of Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts:
  • 03/19 - Ryan Adams plus special guest Beth Orton
  • 03/20 - An evening of comedy with Russell Brand, Noel Fielding and very special guests
  • 03/21 - Primal Scream
  • 03/22 - Kasabian Plus support from Dark Horses
  • 03/23 - Noel Gallagher Special Guests including Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon
  • 03/24 - Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth Plus guest Gruff Rhys
  • 03/25 - Paul Weller Plus special guests Palma Violets

Report: Randy Travis to Plead Guilty to DUI

Country legend Randy Travis will plead guilty in an incident from last August in Sherman, TX where police found him by the side of the road, naked and over the legal alcohol limit, with his crashed car.

According to authorities at the time, Travis had hit some barriers in a construction zone and damaged his car. The singer was naked and "had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication." His blood alcohol level was measured at .15, almost twice the Texas limit of .08. He also allegedly threatened officers at the scene.

A prosecutor in Sherman has told the press that Travis will plead guilty in exchange for an undisclosed plea arrangement. The details will be released after Travis' court appearance on Thursday. A source has said, though, that he will be charged with misdemeanor DUI which could bring a sentence of up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

The plea does not include the charges of threatening the police, but reports say that the case is no longer on the books.

2012 was a bad year for Travis with the DUI, a case of public intoxication and a third incident where he was charged with simple assault after getting in the middle of a fight in a church parking lot.

Review: Transition - Steve Lukather

by Andy Snipper

The Beatles first show on Ed Sulivan back in the early sixties kick started the musical careers of, literally, hundreds of musicians. One of those was the 7 year old Steve Lukather and this, his 7th solo album, suggests that his young eyes and ears were pointed in the right direction.

Lukather has had a stellar career that includes his work with Toto as well as sessions with the likes of Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Whitney Houston and Rod Stewart – oh, he also played guitar on MJ’s Thriller!

In terms of his playing skills there are very few guitarists who come close – Joe Satriani maybe, Steve Vai, Jeff Beck possibly – and he is a remarkably flexible player, able to turn his hands to pretty well anything.
But. He has been through the mill in the last few years and this album is designed as showing his transition from the then to the now. He lost his mother and had various problems with business and he, one of the hardest working players around, actually lost his love of the music for a time. This album is the indicator that Steve Lukather is back ion harness and making the music he loves again.

Transition is a turning point for the album and a turning point for me,” Lukather explains. “As we were writing the songs, I was thinking about everything I’ve seen — all the people I’ve lost in my life, the great and the difficult experiences I’ve had, and how ultimately it was time to get it together and embrace things for what they are. We’ve only got one life to live so we should make the most of it.”

The album is actually pretty fine. There is some superb playing and his songwriting is powerful and emotive. He has said in the past that he likes light and shade in the albums that he listens to and there are plenty of depths here as well as a very open feel to the playing and the song Transition shows that he has a great sense of pace and power. His guitar playing is great – a million miles away from the widdlers and shredders.
Unfortunately the production sounds dated – heavy drum sounds, right out of the eighties – and that tempers my enjoyment of it all.

There are some moments on the album that are sublime and there is no question that when he is good he is so much better than the rest – it is just that, as a whole, it doesn’t crackle or fizz and for me the problem is with the drumming and the production.

Definitely one that I will turn back to for the best moments but not the best thing I have heard from Mr Lukather.

Even Björk Does Kickstarter - Raising Money For Biophilia App

Björk released her tenth solo album, Biophilia in 2011 and, with it, a whole new way for children to learn about music and science.

An app was developed for the Apple iPad that allowed students to explore different combinations of the two subjects, "exploring the areas where music, nature and technology meet, showing people how sound can work in nature while at the same time exploring the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structure."
Each of the 10 songs within the Biophilia app reveal a different musicology theme and a corresponding natural element, which you can explore.

Thunderbolt - Arpeggios : Lightning
Moon - Sequencers : Tidal patterns
Dark Matter - Musical scales : Dark Matter
Crystalline - Song structure : Crystals
Hollow - Time signatures : DNA
Virus - Interactive music : Viruses
Solstice - Counterpoint : Gravity
Mutual Core - Chords : Tectonic plates
Sacrifice - Notation : Interaction of the sexes
Cosmogony - Harmony : Equilibrium
The singer and her organization have now started a Kickstarter campaign to convert the IOS app to the Android, Windows 8 and Mac platforms along with developing an open-source curriculum guide for the educators that will be using the apps. The goal of the campaign is to raise £375,000 ($590,000) with contributors receiving gifts based on the level of donation from a copy of the app to a rare Biophilia Ultimate Art Edition.

For more on the project or to contribute, go to Kickstarter. Here is a short introduction to how the app is being used:

Jon Bon Jovi Was Offered X-Factor Judging Spot

Jon Bon Jovi has admitted that he was offered a judging spot on Fox's X Factor last year, but turned it down.

Instead the musician and his bandmates are celebrating three decades together with a world tour.

"I was offered all of [the shows] last year but it's not for me because I have a job, we're busy," he told The Sun newspaper.

Jon went on to criticise the TV talent contests for putting too much pressure on young wannabes and, surprisingly, the star thinks he would have had no chance of winning a similar reality show contest at the beginning of his career.

"It's hard for the talent because they're thrust into a huge spotlight, then they win these things and they're expected to have a record that's on a par with the greats," he mused.

"I had 23 years to write my first record. I was able to develop a career in bars. I would never have won any of those contests.

"You see them there and they can hit the high note and then a year later they're a trivia question. It's a big ask of these kids."

Meanwhile, the star puts his 23-year marriage to Dorothea down to good fortune. The couple, who married in Las Vegas back in 1989, have four children together.

"The truth is I just got very lucky," he admitted.

Almanac: January 29

Jonny Lang
  • 1917 - Lloyd Perryman (Sons of the Pioneers) (d. 1977)
  • 1920 - Paul Gayten (d. 1991)
  • 1931 - Leslie Bricusse (composer) (82)
  • 1936 - James Jamerson (Funk Brothers) (d. 1983)
  • 1942 - Claudine Longet (71)
  • 1943 - Tony Blackburn (British DJ) (70)
  • 1943 - Mark Wynter (70)
  • 1944 - Andrew Loog Odham (69)
  • 1946 - Bettye LaVette (67)
  • 1947 - David Byron (Uriah Heep) (d. 1985)
  • 1948 - Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen) (65)
  • 1948 - Felice Taylor (65)
  • 1952 - Tommy Ramone (born Erdélyi Tamás) (Ramones) (61)
  • 1953 - Charlie Wilson (60)
  • 1953 - Louie Perez (Los Lobos) (60)
  • 1953 - Peter Bauman (Tangerine Dream) (60)
  • 1954 - Richard Manitoba (MC5, Dictators) (59)
  • 1954 - Rob Manzoli (Right Said Fred) (59)
  • 1956 - Irlene Mandrell (Mandrell Sisters) (57)
  • 1959 - Johnny Spampinato (NRBQ) (54)
  • 1961 - Eddie Jackson (Queenryche) (52)
  • 1961 - Pauline Henry (Chimes) (52)
  • 1961 - David Baynton-Power (James) (52)
  • 1962 - Marcus Vere (Living in a Box) (51)
  • 1964 - Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) (49)
  • 1981 - Jonny Lang (32)
  • 1982 - Adam Lambert (31)

  • 1976 - Jesse Fuller - Heart disease (79)
  • 1980 - Jimmy Durante - Pneumonia (86)
  • 1992 - Willie Dixon - Heart failure (76)
  • 2005 - Eric Griffiths (Quarrymen) (64)
  • 2009 - John Martyn - Double pneumonia (60)

On This Day
  • 1961 - Bob Dylan met Woody Guthrie for the first time.
  • 1962 - Peter, Paul and Mary signed with Warner Brothers records.
  • 1964 - The Beatles went to Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris and recorded the German versions of She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Can't Buy Me Love.
  • 1972 - Smokey Robinson split with the Miracles.
  • 1979 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer split up.
  • 1982 - Gary Numan was forced to land his plane in Southampton, England at an RAF Base after running low on fuel.
  • 1989 - Billy Joel sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXIII.
  • 1991 - The Stone Roses attacked the offices of their former label, Revolver Records, over what they perceived as the unauthorized rerelease of their early material.
  • 1991 - The band James played on the roof of the Beatles' old offices in London 22 years to the day after the Fab Four had done the same.
  • 1994 - Mary Wilson of the Supremes was injured and her 14-year-old son was killed when their jeep crashed on the freeway in Los Angeles.
  • 1998 - Paul Simon's musical The Capeman premiered opened on Broadway.
  • 2001 - A U.S. District Court Judge ruled that George Clinton had, in fact, signed away the rights to his songs to Bridgeport Music in 1983.
  • 2006 - Bryan Adams played in Karachi, Pakistan, the first performance by a western artist in the country in many years.
  • 2010 - Sly Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager Jerry Goldstein over fraud and stolen royalties.

  • 1983 - Stevie Nicks and Kim Anderson

  • 2004 - James Brown and Tommie Ray Brown (filed by Brown)

  • 1958 - Tequila - Champs
  • 1966 - I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four

  • 1942 - Desert Island Discs (BBC) (Premier)
  • 1969 - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (CBS) (Premier)
  • 1986 - Crook and Chase (The Nashville Network) (Premier)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Julio Iglesias, Jose Feliciano Among First Inductees to the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

Julio Iglesias and Jose Feliciano are among the first six inductees in the new Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Hall was developed by Desmond Child, who is the Chairman and CEO, and Rudy Perez, the President of the orginzation.  They are based in Miami and will have their first induction ceremony on April 23 at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

Child has been a very successful songwriter, whose credits include Livin' La Vida Loca, Dude Looks Like a Lady, You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin' on a Prayer and I Was Made For Loving You. He said of the new Hall, "Our music springs from a very rich well — the Latin music songwriting tradition in this hemisphere alone goes back 400 years. Without the men and women who create the songs, there is no Latin music, there are no Latin Grammys. The songs are the building blocks of the industry and a cultural force that goes all over the world."

Perez added "Songwriters are the essence of music. They create the source. And no one in the Spanish-speaking world has given them their night of glory, their rightful place."

The process in selecting the organization's inductees started with a nominating committee picking 24 candidates from all genres of Spanish and Portuguese music. The full membership in the hall then voted to cut the list to five (or, in this year's case, six) inductees.

While Feliciano is best known for his cover of the Doors' Light My Fire, he is also a legendary songwriter whose hits include Cuando El Amor Se Acaba, Paso La Vida Pensando and the holiday classic Feliz Navidad.

Iglesias' hits that he has written include Gwendolyn, La Vida Sigue Igual, Hey and Abrazame.

Both will be inducted from the Performing Songwriter side along with Armando Manzanero (Esta Tarde Vi Lover, Somos Novios, No Se Tu).

Inductees from the Non-Performing side are Manuel Alejandro (Yo Soy Aquel, Mi Gran Noche, Amar y Querer), Jose Angel Espinoza “Ferrusquilla” (La Ley Del Monte, Echame A Mi La Culpa, El Tiempo Que Te Quede Libre) and Concha Valdez Miranda (La Mitad, El Que Mas Te Ha Querido, Como Es Posible).

Among those nominated but not making the cut were Joao Gilberto, Juan Gabriel and Lalo Shiffrin.

New Releases by Veteran Artists For the Week of January 28, 2013

Fleetwood Mac
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Charlie Wilson
Tomahawk (Mike Patton)
Eric Burden
Kris Kristofferson
Blue Sky Riders (Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr)

The rest of the new releases by veteran artists for the week are after the cut.