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3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down
Background information Music
Origin Escatawpa, Mississippi, United States All That She Wants

Away from the Sun

Duck and Run

Here without you

I’s Not My Time

Let Me Go

That Smell

The Road I’m On.mp3

When I’m Gone

Genre(s) Alternative rock
Hard rock
Southern rock
Years active 1996 – present
Label(s) Republic
Associated acts Puddle of Mudd
Theory Of A Deadman
Website Official Website
Brad Arnold
Matt Roberts
Todd Harrell
Chris Henderson
Greg Upchurch
Former members
Richard Liles
Daniel Adair

May 20, 2009 Posted by | 3 Doors Down, Music | 1 Comment

Ace of Base

Ace of Base
Ace of Base in Vantaa, Finland 2008.

Ace of Base in Vantaa, Finland 2008.
Background information
Origin Gothenburg, Sweden
Genre(s) Dance
Adult contemporary
Years active 1987–present
Label(s) Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Universal (Europe & Australia)
EMI (Japan)
Sony-BMG (Americas & Japan)
Website Official website
Official MySpace
Jenny Berggren
Jonas Berggren (Joker)
Ulf Ekberg (Buddha)
Former members
Malin “Linn” Berggren

May 20, 2009 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

Radio station for you


January 9, 2007 Posted by | Music | 1 Comment

Jayne Mansfield

Playboy centerfold
February 1955
Birthplace Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Birthdate April 19, 1933
Date of death June 29, 1967
Measurements 40D – 21 – 36
Height 5 ft 6 in
Weight Unknown
Preceded by Bettie Page
Succeeded by Marilyn Waltz


January 4, 2007 Posted by | EXTREME ADULT CONTENT, Jayne Mansfield, Music, OLDIES | 1 Comment

Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens album cover

Ritchie Valens album cover

Background information
Birth name Richard Steven Valenzuela
Born May 13, 1941
Origin Pacoima, California, USA
Died February 3, 1959
Clear Lake, Iowa, USA
Genre(s) Rock’n’Roll
Occupation(s) Singer
Instrument(s) Guitar
Years active 1958–1959
Label(s) Del-Fi Records

Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003.

The Day The Music Died
Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003.

January 4, 2007 Posted by | Music, OLDIES, Ritchie Valens, Rock | Leave a comment

Willie Lewis

Willie Lewis (born 1946) is a rockabilly recording artist and owner of the label Rock-A-Billy Records, based in Denver, Colorado. He started the label in order to release rare and authentic rockabilly recordings, most of which were pressed on colored vinyl between 1982 and 1998. He released music from artists such as Go Cat Go, Ronnie Dawson, Don Rader, Marti Brom, and Little Roy Williamson & the Denver Ramblers.

Lewis recorded his own music under a variety of names, including Willy & the String Poppers, Billy & the Bop Cats, King Cat & the Pharaohs, and most recently, the Bop-a-Whiles.


January 4, 2007 Posted by | King Cat & the Pharaohs, Willie Lewis, Willy & the String Poppers | Leave a comment

Bobby Vee

Bobby Vee

The Very Best of Bobby Vee by Bobby Vee

Bobby Vee (born April 30, 1943) is an American pop music singer.

Born Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo, North Dakota, United States, his 1961 performance of the song “Take Good Care Of My Baby” went to No.1 on the Billboard U.S. charts and on the U.K. Charts. Known primarily as a performer of Brill Building pop-factory singles, Vee nevertheless became a bona fide star, and went on to record a string of international chart hits in the 1960s, including “Devil or Angel”, “More Than I Can Say”, “Run to Him”, “Rubber Ball”, “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes”, and “Come Back When You Grow Up”.

Bobby Vee appeared in several British and American motion pictures as well as the Scopitone series of early film-and-music recordings, which predicted the rise of rock music videos. Vee is still active and touring internationally as a performer as of 2006. His sons and daughter have shown much interest in his music career and legacy, some of who are in a band known as “The Vees”.

Vee’s career began amid tragedy. On “The Day the Music Died” (3 February 1959) — the day Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in the crash of aircraft N3974N near Clear Lake, Iowa —Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003.

Monument at Crash Site, September 16, 2003.

fifteen-year-old Velline and a scratched-together band of Fargo, North Dakota schoolboys calling themselves Bobby Vee and the Shadows volunteered for and were given the unenviable job of filling in for Holly and his band The Crickets in the lineup of the traveling “Winter Dance Party” rock and roll show in Moorhead, Minnesota in which Holly was to have performed. Their engagement there was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Vee’s career as a popular singer. Bobby Vee regularly performs at the Winter Dance Party memorial concerts in Clear Lake to this day.

Bobby Vee is a recipient of the state of North Dakota’s Roughrider Award and his contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

The Very Best of Bobby Vee by Bobby Vee


January 4, 2007 Posted by | Bobby Vee, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton era

Background information
Origin England London, England
Genre(s) Blues-Rock\Pop\Folk Rock
Years active 1962 – 1968
1992 – present
Label(s) Columbia Records (UK)
Epic Records (US)
Website www.theyardbirds.com
Keith Relf
Chris Dreja
Jim McCarty
Paul Samwell-Smith
Top Topham
Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck
Jimmy Page


January 4, 2007 Posted by | Music, OLDIES, Rock, Yardbirds | Leave a comment


Steppenwolf is a rock ‘n’ roll band, starting out in 1967 and best known for the hits “Born to Be Wild”, “Magic Carpet Ride” and “The Pusher”. Due to the German background of the band’s leader John Kay, they were named after the novel Steppenwolf by author Hermann Hesse.

Background information
Origin Toronto, Canada
Genre(s) Rock & Roll
Hard Rock
Years active 1967 – 1971
1974 – 1976
1981 – present
Label(s) ABC Dunhill Records
Mums Records
Epic Records
MCA Records


December 15, 2006 Posted by | Music, OLDIES, Rock, Steppenwolf | 1 Comment


Gallery was a soft rock band of the 1970s. It was formed in Detroit, Michigan by Jim Gold. While Gallery did record a good amount of songs, they are most famous for their 1972 song called “(It’s So) Nice To Be With You,” released by Sussex Records, which earned the band a gold record for sales of one million copies. Gallery also had a hit in 1972 with a cover of Mac Davis’ “I Believe In Music,” which charted moderately well at number 22.


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Background information
Origin San Francisco, California
Genre(s) Progressive rock (originally)
Arena rock
Years active 1973 – 1987, 1996 – present
Label(s) Columbia Records
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Sanctuary Records
Steve Augeri (1998-present)
Neal Schon (1973-1987; 1996-present)
Jonathan Cain (1980-1987; 1996-present)
Deen Castronovo (1998-present)
Ross Valory (1973-1985; 1996-Present)
Former members
Steve Perry (1977-1987; 1996-1997)
Gregg Rolie (1973-1980)
Steve Smith (1978-1986; 1996-1998)
Aynsley Dunbar (1974-1978)
Prairie Prince (1973)
George Tickner (1973-1976)
Randy Jackson (1985-1987)
Robert Fleischman (1977)


December 14, 2006 Posted by | Journey, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

Gigi d Agostino

Gigi D’Agostino
Gigi D'Agostino
DJ, remixer and music producer Gigi D’Agostino
Country Italy
Years active 1994 –
Genres Electronic/Dance, Trance
Labels Arista Records, ZYX Music


December 14, 2006 Posted by | Gigi d Agostino, Music, Rock | 1 Comment

The Esquires

The EsquiresFormed:

Representative Songs:

“Get on Up,” “You Got the Power,” “And Get Away”

Representative Albums:

Get on Up…And Get Away With the Esquires, Get on Up, Best of the Esquires

Similar Artists:

The Tams, The Stylistics, The Impressions, The Dramatics, The Dells, The Delfonics, The Chi-Lites


Triple S, Flavor


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George Michael

George Michael

George Michael

Background information
Birth name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Also known as George Michael
Born June 25, 1963
Origin England London, England
Genre(s) Pop
Pop rock
Blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, multiple instruments
Years active 1982 – present
Label(s) Columbia Records, DreamWorks, Virgin, Epic, Sony Music
Website http://www.georgemichael.com


December 14, 2006 Posted by | George Michael, Music, Rock, WHAM | Leave a comment

Sammy Kershaw

Samuel Paul “Sammy” Kershaw (born February 24, 1958, in Kaplan, Louisiana) is an American Country and Western music singer and songwriter.

He is a relative of Cajun music legend, Doug Kershaw.

After the death of his father when Sammy was 11, he worked a variety of jobs by day while playing roadhouses at night to support his family.

During that time, he opened shows for Ray Price, Merle Haggard and George Jones while barely into his teens. When the pressures of growing up fast took their toll in the form of a serious drug and alcohol problem, he quit his bad habits cold turkey in 1988 and took a break from music to work as a remodeling supervisor at Wal-Mart. Kershaw married and divorced Lorrie Morgan.

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Travis Tritt

Tritt on the 1996 album The Restless Kind

Travis Tritt
years_active = 1989-present
Country Georgia, United States
Genres Country Rock
Labels Warner Brothers Records (1987-1999)
Columbia Records (1999-2005)
Category 5 Records (2005-present)


December 14, 2006 Posted by | Country, Music, Travis Tritt | Leave a comment

Tammy Wynette

Tamy Wynette

Tamy Wynette

Background information
Birth name Virginia Wynette Pugh
Born May 5, 1942
Origin Tremont, Mississippi
Died April 6, 1998
Genre(s) country music
Occupation(s) country singer
Instrument(s) singing/guitar
Years active 1966-1998
Label(s) Epic
Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, George Jones, David Houston, Lynn Anderson
Website Tammy Wynette Official Site


December 14, 2006 Posted by | Country, Music, Tammy Wynette | Leave a comment

Gene Chandler

Gene Chandler
Background information
Birth name Eugene Dixon
Born July 6, 1937
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genre(s) R&B, soul
Occupation(s) singer
Website [1]


December 14, 2006 Posted by | Gene Chandler, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

Gene Pitney (Billy Bryan)

Gene Francis Alan Pitney (February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter. Through the mid-1960s, he enjoyed considerable success on both sides of the Atlantic, and charted more than 20 Top 40 hit singles. He was also an accomplished guitarist, pianist, drummer, and skilled sound engineer.


Pitney was born in Hartford, Connecticut. In his youth, he lived primarily in Rockville, part of the town of Vernon. He attended Rockville High School from which he earned the name “The Rockville Rocket,” and where he formed his first band called “Gene & the Genials.” He also made a couple of records as part of a duo called “Jamie and Jane” with a lady called Ginny Arnell and then released a single as Billy Bryan.


December 14, 2006 Posted by | Gene Pitney | 2 Comments

Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs(born July 18, 1954 in Lawrence County, Kentucky) is a country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. Skaggs’s music career began in 1970 when he joined Ralph Stanley‘s bluegrass band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. He plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo. For a few years, Skaggs was a member of Emmylou Harris‘s “Hot Band“. He wrote the arrangements for Harris’s bluegrass-roots album, Roses in the Snow. In addition to arranging, Skaggs sang harmony, and played mandolin and fiddle. In 2000, he shared the stage with the now defunct jam band Phish.


December 14, 2006 Posted by | Country, Music, Ricky Skaggs | Leave a comment

Gavin DeGraw

Background information
Born February 4, 1977
Origin United States South Fallsburg, New York, United States.
Genre(s) Rock
Years active 2001–present
Label(s) J Records, Sony BMG
Website Official site


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Gary Glitter

Background information
Origin England
Genre(s) Pop
Glam rock
Years active 1960s –2000s


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Madonna performing during her 2006 Confessions Tour.

Madonna performing during her 2006 Confessions Tour.

Background information
Birth name Madonna Louise Ciccone
Born August 16, 1958 (age 48)
Origin Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
Genre(s) Pop, R&B, Electronica, Dance
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer, film producer, musician, dancer, author, actress
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, percussion
Years active 1982–present
Label(s) Warner Bros. (2004-Present), Maverick/Warner Bros. (1995-2004), Maverick/Sire/Warner Bros. (1992-1995), Sire/Warner Bros. (1982-1992)
Website Madonna.com


December 13, 2006 Posted by | Madonna, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Origin Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Years active 2004 – Present
Genres Alternative Rock
Labels Virgin Records
Members Ronnie Winter
Duke Kitchens
Elias Reidy
Joey Westwood
Jon Wilkes
Website(s) www.redjumpsuit.com


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Music, Rock, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus | 1 Comment

Jim Croce

James Joseph Croce (January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973), popularly known as Jim Croce (pronounced CROWchee), was an American singer-songwriter.

Croce, 30, and Muehleisen, 24, died in a small commercial plane crash on September 20, 1973 in Natchitoches, Louisiana two months before the release of his third ABC album, I Got a Name. The posthumous release included three hits, “I Got A Name”, “Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues” and “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song.”


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Jim Croce, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

Jethro Tull

Country England
Years active 1968–Present
Genres Progressive rock


Labels Chrysalis Records
Eagle Records
Roadrunner Records
Capitol Records
Island Records
Members Ian Anderson
Martin Barre
Doane Perry
Andrew Giddings
Jonathan Noyce
Past members Mick Abrahams
Glenn Cornick
Clive Bunker
John Evan
Jeffrey Hammond
Barriemore Barlow
John Glascock
David Palmer
Dave Pegg
Mark Craney
Eddie Jobson
Gerry Conway
Peter-John Vettese
Martin Allcock
Dave Mattacks
Tony Iommi (Minor member)
Tony Williams (Minor member)
Matthew Pegg (Minor member)
Steve Bailey (Minor member)


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Jethro Tull, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

Gary Morris

Gary Morris (born December 7, 1948) is an American country music singer. His peak years were the 1980s. His first big hit was “Headed For A Heartache” in 1981. Other hits included “Baby Bye Bye,” “Second Hand Heart,” “Between Two Fires” (all from the 1984 album Faded Blue); “I’ll Never Stop Loving You”, “Velvet Chains”, and “100% Chance of Rain.” He also had two smash duets with Crystal Gayle: “Makin’ Up For Lost Time” and “(You Take Me Away) To Another World”. His son Matthew Morris also is a singer.

Morris is one of various singers to have recorded “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” He is also well-known as the second Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Misérables, where he replaced Colm Wilkinson in the role. He is featured on the Complete Symphonic Recording of the musical.

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December 12, 2006 Posted by | Country, Gary Morris, Music | Leave a comment

Feargal Sharkey

Feargal Sharkey (born Sean Feargal Sharkey on August 13, 1958, in Derry) is a Northern Irish singer, who first found fame as the lead vocalist of pop punk band The Undertones, famous for the hit single “Teenage Kicks”. Before his actual solo career took off, he was also the singer of the one-shot group The Assembly, with the ex-Yazoo supremo Vince Clarke in 1983 (with their UK singles chart number 4 hit, “Never Never”).

His best-known solo material is the 1985 UK chart-topping single penned by Maria McKee, “A Good Heart”, which went to number one in several countries. His solo work is significantly different from the semi-punk offerings of The Undertones. He also got a UK number 2 in 1986 with “You Little Thief”.

Starting in the early 1990s Sharkey moved into the business side of the music industry, initially as an A&R manager for Polydor Records and then as Managing Director of EXP Ltd. He was appointed a Member of the Radio Authority for five years from December 1998 to December 2003. He then became Chairman of the UK Government task force the ‘Live Music Forum’ in 2004.


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Feargal Sharkey, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

Tenacious D

Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre(s) Range includes:
Folk Metal
Acoustic Rock
Comedy Rock
Years active 1997–present
Label(s) Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Epic Records
Website www.tenaciousd.com
Jack Black (Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar)
Kyle Gass (Lead guitar, Backup vocals)


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Music, Rock, Tenacious D | Leave a comment

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American rock/roots rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including “Jack and Diane”, “Pink Houses” and others, and by his role in the Farm Aid charity event.


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Pat Benatar

Background information
Birth name Patricia Mae Andrzejewski
Born January 10, 1953
Origin New York City
Genre(s) Rock, Arena rock, Hard rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1978 – present
Label(s) Chrysalis Records
Website http://benatar.com/


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Music, Pat Benatar, Rock | Leave a comment

Paul Revere & the Raiders

Paul Revere & the Raiders is an American rock band that saw enormous mainstream success in the 1960s, best-known for hits like “Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)” (1971), “Steppin’ Out”(1965), “Kicks”(1966), “Let Me” (1969) and “Hungry” (1966).

The band, initially located in Boise, Idaho, started as an instrumental rock outfit led by organist Paul Revere (legal name Paul Revere Dick; original stage name Revere Dick [1]), whose distinctive given names were in honor of the Revolutionary War hero. In his early twenties, Revere already owned several restaurants in Caldwell, Idaho, and first met singer Mark Lindsay while picking up an order of hamburger buns from the bakery where Lindsay worked. Lindsay joined Revere’s band in 1958. Originally called The Downbeats, they changed their name to Paul Revere & The Raiders in 1960 on the eve of their first record release for Gardena Records. The band scored their first Pacific Northwest regional hit in 1961 with “Like, Long Hair”, an instrumental. Revere was drafted, became a conscientious objector and worked at a mental institution for a year and half of deferred service. After reforming the band, they attracted national attention again with a cover of “Louie Louie”, which was picked up by Columbia Records although beaten in the charts by The Kingsmen’s version.


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Bo Donaldson/The Heywoods

  • Genre: Rock
  • Active: ’70s
  • Instrument: Vocals


Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods shot to prominence in 1974 with “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero.” Sales that topped three million copies brought the group a gold record. The single spent two weeks in the top spot on the charts. The number one single was the band’s greatest success, but it didn’t mark the first time that the group charted. Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods made a showing on the charts with “Someone Special” in 1972 and “Deeper and Deeper” the following year. The band was ten years old when “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” made such a splash, and it had already performed as the opening act for such artists as Herman’s Hermits, the Box Tops, the Osmond Brothers, the Rascals, the Grass Roots, and Paul Revere & the Raiders. The group also performed on American Bandstand. After “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero,” the band took “Who Do You Think You Are” into the Top 20. “The Heartbreak Kid” followed, reaching the Top 40. The group charted again with “House on Telegraph Hill” and “Our Last Song Together.”

Donaldson, whose real name is Robert Walter Donaldson, sang and played keyboard and the trumpet. The group also included lead vocalist James Michael Gibbons on bass and trumpet; lead vocalist Richard Leon Joswick on percussion; Gary James Coveyou on vocals, woodwinds, and reeds; David Alan Krock on vocals, trumpet, and bass; Richard Brunetti on vocals, percussion, and drums; and Earl Baker Scott on vocals and guitar. Danny Loveland, a co-vocalist on the Heywoods’ number one single, dropped out in 1975 to pursue a solo career and record “Black Is Black.” Originally a drummer, Loveland began singing because the group kept losing its lead singers. When he gave up singing, the Kansas native launched a disco that he named Backstage. He went on to establish a restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand.

BILLY Don’t Be a HERO Song and Lyrics on another Site


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Heywoods, Music, OLDIES, Rock | 1 Comment

Freddie King

Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) was an influential American blues guitarist and singer, best known for his recordings “Hide Away“, “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” and “Going Down“.


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Freddie King, Music, Rock | Leave a comment


Background information
Birth name Jewel Kilcher
Born May 23, 1974 (age 32)
Origin United States Payson, Utah, United States
Genre(s) Pop, folk, rock, dance, adult contemporary, country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, guitarist, poet, actress
Instrument(s) Singing, guitar
Years active 1995–present
Label(s) Atlantic Records (1995–2006)
Website JewelJk.com


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Jewel, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

Hootie & the Blowfish

Hootie & the Blowfish

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Hootie & the Blowfish is an American pop-rock band, originally formed at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld and Mark Bryan.

Their debut album was Cracked Rear View (1994) and it was an instant success, ultimately selling over 16 million copies in the U.S. and becoming the best-selling album of 1994. The album was propelled by four hits, “Hold My Hand”, “Let Her Cry”, “Only Wanna Be With You”, and “Time”. In 1995, Hootie and the Blowfish and Bob Dylan reached an out-of-court settlement for the group’s unauthorized use of Dylan’s lyrics in their song “Only Wanna Be With You.” The band won the “Best New Artist” award at the 1996 Grammy Awards.

In 1995, Hootie & the Blowfish contributed the song “Hey Hey What Can I Do” to the Encomium tribute album to Led Zeppelin. Also, their cover of Canadian group 54-40’s “I Go Blind”, originally released on the soundtrack to the TV series Friends in 1995, did not appear on Cracked Rear View or Fairweather Johnson, but nevertheless became a surprise hit at radio in 1997 after three singles from Fairweather Johnson had been released. Both “Hey Hey What Can I Do” and “I Go Blind” were later released on the rarities/B-sides collection, Scattered, Smothered and Covered.

Hootie & the Blowfish appeared on MTV Unplugged on the eve of the release of their second album, 1996’s Fairweather Johnson. Though sales began promisingly, the album quickly ran out of steam, having sold four million copies in the U.S. Hootie & the Blowfish has since released four more studio albums, Musical Chairs; Scattered, Smothered and Covered; Hootie & the Blowfish; and Looking for Lucky.

The band’s name comes from two of frontman Darius Rucker’s college choir friends, neither of whom was ever a band member. One, with a round face and glasses, was nicknamed Hootie because of his perceived owl-like appearance. The Blowfish also got his nickname from his facial appearance, in his case chubby cheeks.

Hootie & the Blowfish’s members are avid golfers, and have sponsored the Monday After the Masters charity golf tournament since 1995.


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Edwin Mccain

Edwin McCain

Edwin McCain

Edwin McCain (born January 20, 1970 in Greenville, South Carolina) is an alternative and indie rock singer-songwriter. While his albums are released under his name, he does have a permanent band, referred to as the Edwin McCain Band. Members of the band include Larry Chaney, lead guitar; Pete Riley, rhythm guitar and background vocals; Craig Shields, saxophone and keyboards; Manny Yanes, bass guitar; and Tromell Blassingame, drums.

Long time touring friends with Hootie and the Blowfish, the Edwin McCain band signed with same label, Atlantic Records. In 1994, he recorded his first major-label album, Honor Among Thieves under the Lava Records imprint (matchbox twenty, Kid Rock and Jewel). The record was then released in 1995. His second album, Misguided Roses, spawned I’ll Be, a major hit single in 1998. This song is also featured on the charitable album, Live in the X Lounge, along with a live version of “Solitude”. Two more albums (Messenger and Far from Over) followed, but at the end of 2001, he split from Lava. In 2003 he released a collection of acoustic versions of songs both old and new called The Austin Sessions via ATC Records, a Nashville-based independent record label (at which McCain was the first artist signed following its creation in 2001). Mid-2004 saw the arrival of his first studio album in three years, entitled Scream & Whisper, which was released on another indie label, DRT Entertainment.

He has released two DVDs to date. The first was through ATC records in late 2002, called Mile Marker: Songs and Stories from the Acoustic Highway, and it consisted of interviews, live performances, and other material. The other was in late 2004, Tinsel & Tap Shoes. It was his first live concert DVD, recorded at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Co-written & performed with singer/songwriter Maia Sharp, McCain released a single, “Hold Out a Hand.” This song, available for a 99 cent download on iTunes.com, gives all profits to the relief of the hurricane victims of 2005.

Edwin McCain Band’s newest CD, titled, “Lost in America,” was released on April 11, 2006, under the Vanguard Records label. This album (#9) is said to be a true “rock ‘n roll” collection. There are 2 single releases from this CD: #1 – “Gramercy Park Hotel.” #2 – “Truly Believe.”

The band is currently on an extensive U.S. tour, promoting the “Lost in America” album.

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Napalm Death

Origin Birmingham, England
Years active 1982 – present
Genres Grindcore (early)
Death metal
Labels Earache Records
Spitfire Records
Century Media (now)
Members Mark “Barney” Greenway
Shane Embury
Mitch Harris
Danny Herrera
Website(s) Official Napalm Death website

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Brutal Truth

Brutal Truth was a New York City based deathgrind band that was formed in 1990 by ex-Anthrax and Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker. The group disbanded in 1999. Brutal Truth was one of the pioneers of deathgrind who enjoyed world wide success, particularly in Japan and Australia.

Originally signed to Earache Records, on which they released two albums, 1992’s Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, and 1994’s Need to Control, as well as an EP entitled Perpetual Conversion, and a 7″ single for the song “Godplayer”. During this time, music videos were made for the songs “Ill Neglect”, “Collatoral Damage”, and “Godplayer”. Brutal Truth found frustration with Earache Records, as did many 1990s Relapse Records bands, and switched to Relapse Records, known for its roster of grindcore acts, with whom they stayed until the band’s demise.

On Relapse they released the mini album Kill Trend Suicide, a full length release entitled Sounds of the Animal Kingdom, and a double CD live album called Goodbye Cruel World. The band has also released many split 7″ singles on smaller labels, with most of these being out of print and difficult to find.

In 2001, the Guinness Book of Records awarded Brutal Truth the record for “Shortest Music Video” for their video “Collateral Damage,” which weighs in at 2.18 seconds long and consists of 48 still images in rapid succession followed by a clip of an explosion.

Drummer Rich Hoak now provides vocals and drums for a new project titled Total Fucking Destruction. Kevin Sharp released an album with Venomous Concept in 2004, a hardcore punk band featuring members from The Melvins and Napalm Death. He was also a member of Australian grind band Damaged for a little over a year from 1999. Dan Lilker now plays for a host of bands and is currently bassist for the re-united Nuclear Assault.


December 12, 2006 Posted by | Music, Rock | 1 Comment

Nuclear Assault

Origin New York City
Country U.S.A.
Years active 1984–1995
Genres Thrash metal
Labels I.R.S. Records
Combat Records
Receiver Records
Members John Connelly
Scott Harrington
Danny Lilker
Glenn Evans
Website(s) http://www.nuclearassault.us/


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Background information
Origin New York City, United States
Genre(s) Thrash metal
Speed metal
Heavy metal
Years active 1981–present
Label(s) Island Def Jam
Website http://www.anthrax.com/
Dan Spitz
Charlie Benante
Joey Belladonna
Scott Ian
Frank Bello
Former members
*Jason Rosenfeld, Dirk Kennedy, John Connelly, Neil Turbin, Matt Fallon, John Bush, Kenny Kushner, Greg Walls,Paul Crook, Rob Caggiano, Paul Kahn, Dan Lilker, Dave Weiss, Greg D’Angelo


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Background information
Origin USA United States
Genre(s) Thrash metal
Speed metal
Heavy metal
Years active 1983–2002
Label(s) Combat Records (1984−1986)
Capitol Records (1986−2000)
Sanctuary Records (2001−2006)
Roadrunner Records (2006−Present)
Damn the Machine
Website www.megadeth.com
Dave Mustaine
Glen Drover
Shawn Drover
James LoMenzo
Former members
David Ellefson
Marty Friedman
Nick Menza
Gar Samuelson (deceased)
Chris Poland
Chuck Behler
Jeff Young
Jimmy DeGrasso
Al Pitrelli
James MacDonough

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Faith Evans

    Background information
    Birth name Faith Renée Evans
    Born June 10, 1973
    Origin Lakeland, Florida,
    United States
    Genre(s) R&B, soul
    Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
    Years active 1992–present
    Label(s) Capitol (2005–present)
    Arista Records
    Bad Boy Entertainment (1995–2003)
    Website FaithEvansOnline.com


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    Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes

    Background information
    Also known as The Charlemagnes, The Blue Notes
    Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Genre(s) R&B/soul/disco
    Years active 1960 – 1997
    Label(s) Philadelphia International/CBS, ABC
    Former members
    Harold Melvin
    Teddy Pendergrass
    Sharon Paige
    Bernard Wilson
    Roosevelt Brodie
    Jesse Gillis Jr.
    Franklin Peaker
    John Atkins
    Lawrence Brown
    Lloyd Parks
    David Ebo
    Dwight Johnson
    William Spratelly
    Gil Saunders


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    Jim Boyd

    • Tell Me A Storyw/Frankie Laine
    • Jim Boyd is an American actor, born in Philadelphia.Boyd spent four years in the Air Force and studied at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts.

      He did voice work (along with Wayland Flowers and Cleavon Little) for puppets on The Surprise Show, a children’s program that aired locally in the New York City area in the late 1960s. The puppets used on the show, called Aniforms, had been developed by puppeteer Morey Bunin.

      In 1971, the Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) contacted Boyd because they wanted to use Aniforms in a television show that became known as The Electric Company. During the first season, Boyd’s voice was used extensively, especially for the character J. Arthur Crank (who was just an angry voice at the time). Boyd was unseen until season two, when he became a regular cast member, appearing on-camera until the show stopped production in 1977.

      Boyd is often confused with Mississippi-born Jimmy Boyd, singer of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” who was also an actor. The Internet Movie Database mistakenly lists the two men as the same person, combining their television and film credits, but a correction order has been submitted there.


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    Frankie Laine

    Tell Me A Story w/Jimmy Boyd

    Background information
    Birth name Francesco Paolo LoVecchio
    Born March 30, 1913
    Genre(s) Pop Standards
    Rhythm and Blues
    Years active 1937–2005
    Label(s) Mercury
    Website Offical Website


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    Jerry Reed

    Jerry Reed Hubbard (born March 20, 1937) is an American country music singer, country guitarist, songwriter, and actor. He has appeared in over a dozen films. As a singer, he may be best remembered for his novelty song “When you’re Hot, You’re Hot” for which he received the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1972. As an actor, he is remembered for his role as Burt Reynolds’s buddy in the Smokey and the Bandit movies.


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    Helen Reddy

    Helen Reddy (born October 25, 1941 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian pop singer and actor.

    Reddy was immensely successful as a singer in the 1970s with numerous hit records including three U.S. #1 singles. She has sold more than 15 million albums and 10 million singles, and was the first Australian-born performer to win a Grammy award. In 1974, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States, but currently lives near Sydney, Australia.


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    Earth Wind & Fire

    • After The Love Has Gone
    • Fantasy
    Background information
    Origin Chicago, Illinois USA
    Genre(s) R&B
    Years active 1969 – Present
    Label(s) Columbia, Sanctuary
    Website http://www.earthwindandfire.com/
    Maurice White
    Verdine White
    Ralph Johnson
    Philip Bailey
    John Paris
    David Whitworth
    Myron McKinely
    Greg Moore
    Vadim Zilberstein
    Gary Bias
    Bobby Burns Jr.
    Reggie Young
    Krystal Bailey
    Kimberly Johnson


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Earth Wind & Fire, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

    Mark Chesnutt

    • That’s the Way You Make an Ex

    Mark Chesnutt is an American country music singer. Although his first hit, 1990’s “Too Cold at Home,” was extremely neotraditional, subsequent songs were more mainstream Contemporary Country. Chesnutt surprised many fans in late 1998 when he recorded a cover of Aerosmith’s recent hit, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing. As reported on American Country Countdown, Chesnutt first heard the song when his teenage daughter changed the presets on his truck radio. Chesnutt’s version of this song was a #1 country hit for two weeks in February 1999, and peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    His other hits include:

    • Bubba Shot the Jukebox
    • She Dreams
    • Down in Tennessee
    • Big D
    • Let It Rain
    • I Just Wanted You to Know
    • A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side (with Tracy Byrd)
    • http://www.markchesnutt.com/

    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Country, Mark Chesnutt, Music | Leave a comment

    Tom Petty

    • Refugee

    Born October 20, 1950 (age 56)
    Genre(s) Rock
    Affiliation(s) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Traveling Wilburys
    Years active 1974 to date

    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Tom Petty, Tom Petty N HEARTBREAKERS, Traveling Wilburys | Leave a comment

    Scary Kids Scaring Kids

    • Just Because
    Scary Kids Scaring Kids

    Origin Gilbert, Arizona, USA
    Years active 2002 – Present
    Genres Post-hardcore
    Labels Immortal Records
    Members Tyson Stevens (vocals)
    Chad Crawford (guitar, vocals)
    Steve Kirby (guitar)
    DJ Wilson (bass)
    Pouyan Afkary (keyboards, vocals)
    Justin Salter (drums)


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Music, Rock, Scary Kids Scaring Kids | Leave a comment


    • Love Of A Lifetime

    FireHouse is an American glam metal band formed in Charlotte, NC in 1988. The band released its self-titled debut FireHouse in 1990 which provided the hit singles “Don’t Treat Me Bad”, “All She Wrote”, and “Love Of A Lifetime”. Their second album Hold Your Fire in 1992 provided the hits “Reach For The Sky”, “Sleeping With You”, and “When I Look In Your Eyes”. At the 1991 American Music Awards, FireHouse won the award for Best New Hard Rock/Metal Band, chosen over Nirvana and Alice in Chains.


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Firehouse, Music, Rock | 1 Comment


    • Peeping Tom

    Background information
    Origin England London, England
    Genre(s) Rock
    Alternative rock
    Years active 1994–present
    Label(s) EMI
    Virgin Records (current), Hut Records, Caroline Records
    Website http://www.placeboworld.co.uk/
    Brian Molko
    Stefan Olsdal
    Steve Hewitt
    Former members
    Robert Schultzberg (1994–1996)


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    Neil Young

    Background information
    Also known as Bernard Shakey
    Joe Yankee
    Phil Perspective
    Shakey Deal
    Clyde Coil
    Born November 12, 1945 (age 61)
    in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Genre(s) Rock
    Folk rock
    Country rock
    Hard rock
    Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
    Instrument(s) Guitar
    Years active 1963 – Present
    Label(s) Reprise Records
    The Mynah Birds
    Buffalo Springfield
    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    Crazy Horse
    The Stills-Young Band
    The Ducks
    Website Official website
    Notable instrument(s)
    Gibson R6 Les Paul Goldtop
    Old Black


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    Black Sabbath

    Black Sabbath
    Background information
    Origin England Birmingham, England
    Genre(s) Heavy metal
    Years active 1969 – present
    Label(s) Warner Bros.
    Vertigo Records
    I.R.S. Records
    Website black-sabbath.com
    Ozzy Osbourne
    Tony Iommi
    Geezer Butler
    Bill Ward
    Former members
    Ronnie James Dio
    Vinny Appice
    Ian Gillan
    Geoff Nicholls
    Tony Martin
    Cozy Powell (Deceased)
    Neil Murray
    Bobby Rondinelli
    Laurence Cottle
    Terry Chimes
    Jo Burt
    Bob Daisley
    Bev Bevan
    Dave Spitz
    Eric Singer
    Glenn Hughes
    David Donato
    Ray Gillen (Deceased)


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Music, Ozzy Osbourne, Rock | 1 Comment

    Type O Negative

    Background information
    Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Genre(s) Heavy metal, Gothic-doom metal
    Years active 1990–present
    Label(s) Roadrunner Records, SPV
    Website Official Site
    Peter Steele
    Josh Silver
    Kenny Hickey
    Johnny Kelly
    Former members
    Sal Abruscato


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Music, Rock, Type O Negative | 1 Comment


    H-Town is an American R&B hip hop band from Houston, Texas which formed in 1992. The band consists of three members: Keven “Dino” Conner, his fraternal twin brother Shazam, and Conner’s long-time friend Darryl “G.I.” Jackson. The “H” in H-Town stands for Houston


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | H-Town | 1 Comment

    Sarah McLachlan

    • Posession
    Sarah McLachlan performing at John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, Canada during the 2005 Afterglow tour.

    Sarah McLachlan performing at John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, Canada during the 2005 Afterglow tour.

    Background information
    Born January 28, 1968
    Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Genre(s) Rock and Roll
    Occupation(s) Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, painter, osteopath
    Instrument(s) Vocals
    Years active 1988 – present
    Label(s) Arista
    Website www.sarahmclachlan.com


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Light Rock, Music, Sarah McLachlan | Leave a comment

    Julie Roberts

    • Break Down Here

    Origin Lancaster, South Carolina
    Country United States
    Years active 2004-present
    Genres Country
    Labels Mercury


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Julie Roberts, Music | Leave a comment

    The Supremes

    The Supremes in 1965. Left to right: Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross.

    The Supremes in 1965. Left to right: Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross.

    Background information
    Also known as The Primettes; Diana Ross & the Supremes
    Origin Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Genre(s) R&B, pop, soul
    Years active 1959 – 1977
    Label(s) Lupine, Motown
    The Temptations
    Former members
    Diana Ross
    Florence Ballard
    Mary Wilson
    Betty McGlown
    Barbara Martin
    Cindy Birdsong
    Jean Terrell
    Lynda Laurence
    Scherrie Payne
    Susaye Greene


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    Freda Payne

    Freda Charcelia Payne (born September 19, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American singer and actress. She is the older sister of Scherrie Payne, the final lead singer for the Motown act The Supremes.


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Freda Payne, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

    Rare Earth

    Rare Earth

    Country USA
    Years active 1967–1978
    Genres Rock
    Labels Rare Earth/Motown


    December 11, 2006 Posted by | Music, OLDIES, Rare Earth, Rock | Leave a comment

    Simon and Garfunkel

    • Bridge Over Troubled Waters
    • Scarboro Fair

    Background information
    Origin Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, NY, USA
    Genre(s) Folk rock
    Years active 1957 – 1970
    1982 – 1983
    2003 – 2004
    Label(s) Columbia
    Website www.simonandgarfunkel.com
    Paul Simon
    Art Garfunkel


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    Ronnie Milsap

    Ronnie MilsapRonnie Milsap

    Jan 16, 1944 in Robbinsville, North Carolina

    • Genre: Country
    • Active: ’60s – 2000s
    • Instruments: Vocals, Piano


    Ronnie Milsap was one of the major figures of country music in the 1970s, developing a hybrid of country and pop that brought him a large audience. Milsap was born in Robbinsville, NC, and was raised by his father and grandparents following his parents’ divorce. He was born blind from congenital glaucoma, and when he was five, he began attending the Governor Moorhead School for the Blind. When he was seven, his instructors noticed his extraordinary musical talents and he began to study classical music formally. A single year after he began learning the violin, Milsap was declared a virtuoso; he also mastered piano, guitar, and a variety of other stringed instruments, as well as various woodwinds. Eventually, he became interested in rock & roll music and while still in school formed his first rock band, the Apparitions. He briefly attended college in Atlanta where he studied pre-law; though he was awarded a comprehensive scholarship, Milsap decided to become a full-time musician instead. His first professional gig was as a member of J.J. Cale‘s band in the early ’60s.

    In 1965, Milsap started his own band and four years later, after having an R&B hit with “Never Had It So Good,” moved to Memphis to become a session musician. There he frequently worked for Chips Moman and can be heard playing keyboards on Elvis‘ “Kentucky Rain” and singing harmony on “Don’t Cry Daddy.” When not doing session work, Milsap and his backing group were the house band at TJ’s Club. In 1970, he had a pop hit with “Loving You Is a Natural Thing.” Following its success, in 1971 he released his eponymous debut. Two years later, Milsap moved to Nashville in hopes of jump-starting his flagging career and became a client of Charley Pride‘s manager, Jack D. Johnson. Within a year, he signed to RCA Victor, where he would remain for the bulk of his career. “I Hate You,” his first single for RCA, reached the country Top Ten in the summer of 1973. The following year, he had three number one hits in a row — “Pure Love,” “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends,” and “(I’d Be) A Legend in My Time,” a cover of Don Gibson‘s classic.

    Milsap had a handful of Top Ten hits in 1975, but in late 1976 he became a genuine star, with a string of six number one hits in a row. In turn, that string of hits begat a remarkable run where Milsap didn’t leave the Top Ten for 15 straight years. During that time, he had a number of pop crossover hits, beginning with 1977’s “It Was Almost Like a Song.” Between 1980 and 1982, Milsap had ten more consecutive number one hits, including the crossover smashes “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “No Gettin’ Over Me,” and “Any Day Now.” Milsap had yet another string of uninterrupted number one hits between 1985 and 1987, racking up eight consecutive chart toppers. He had his last number one hit in 1989, when “A Woman in Love” spent two weeks on the top of the charts. In total, he had 35 number one singles.

    In the early ’90s, Milsap’s commercial appeal began to decline — after 1992, he wasn’t able to break into the country Top Ten. Nevertheless, he continued to record. In 1992, he left RCA and signed to Liberty, where he recorded True Believer, which failed to yield any major hits. Despite his decline in popularity, Milsap continued to record and perform successfully throughout the ’90s. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Music Guide

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    Johnny Cash

    • The Talking Leaves
    • A Boy Named Sue
    Johnny Cash in 1969

    Johnny Cash in 1969

    Background information
    Born February 26, 1932, Kingsland, Arkansas, USA
    Died September 12, 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    Genre(s) Country
    Rock ‘n’ Roll
    Website www.johnnycash.com


    December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Johnny Cash, Music, NATIVE AMERICAN, Rock | Leave a comment

    July For Kings

    • Normal Life
    • New Black Car

    Comparable to bands like Default, Third Eye Blind and Familiar 48, July for Kings is a melodic post-grunge/alternative pop-rock outfit whose primary influences include Pearl Jam, Live and Creed (with hints of U2 at times). Joe Hedges, July for Kings? lead singer, is obviously well aware of Pearl Jam?s Eddie Vedder, and Live?s Ed Kowalczyk has clearly had a major impact on his vocals. July for Kings generally rocks harder than U2, although some of the band?s lyrics hint at U2?s spirituality. Much like Creed and Default, July for Kings has a way of combining loud, amplified, crunching guitars with poppy melodies and sensitive, reflective lyrics–in other words, July for Kings? sound is quite typical of what alternative rock radio formats were playing in the late ?90s and early 2000s.

    Previously known as Swim, July for Kings was formed in the Cincinnati, OH area in 1998; that was when Hedges (who plays rhythm guitar in addition to singing lead) officially joined forces with Travis Delaney (lead guitar), Jason Morgan (bass), T. Miller (cello, guitar, background vocals) and Sam Dobrozsi (drums). Hedges, Delaney and Dobrozsi had been friends since childhood, and they were high school students when they first met Morgan and Miller. After reaching adulthood and officially becoming Swim, the five Midwesterners played around Cincinnati for several months before they started recording their debut album, Safe Unless, in late 1998. They put out the CD independently the following year, and their second indie album, The Laughter and the Noise, came out in 2000. By that time, Swim had acquired a small local following and had created enough of a Midwestern buzz to attract the attention of Wind-Up Records (home of Creed). It was also in 2000 that five of Swim?s songs were heard on MTV?s hit series The Real World.

    At first, Wind-Up seemed to be seriously interested in signing Swim. But after five months of negotiations with Wind-Up, things fell apart–and Wind-Up ended up passing on the band. But all was not lost. A&R person Joel Mark, who was with Wind-Up in 2000, subsequently moved to Los Angeles and joined MCA?s A&R department. Mark still felt that Swim had potential, and MCA signed the band in 2001. After signing with MCA, the members of Swim agreed that a name change was in order. The Midwesterners learned that there were at least seven other bands in the United States that were using the name Swim, and they decided to change their name rather than risk any possible lawsuits or intellectual property hassles. So Swim officially became July for Kings in 2001, and the new name was a combination of two of their songs: “July” and “Kings”. As July for Kings, the rockers paid tribute to their old name when they opted to call their third album Swim. Released by MCA in November 2002, Swim is the band?s first major label release, first album as July for Kings and third album overall. ~

    December 10, 2006 Posted by | July For Kings, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

    Dion an The Belmonts

    1955 to 1960

    They first recorded in 1957, with The Chosen Few and Out in Colorado for Mohawk Records. Also recording on Mohawk was Dion DiMucci, who joined the group as lead vocalist shortly thereafter. Now known as Dion and the Belmonts, they recorded We Went Away and Tag Along for Mohawk, before leaving for the newly formed record label, Laurie Records.

    Their first release on Laurie, I Wonder Why, brought them their first real success, charting in 1958. They followed it with the ballad No One Knows, which was also a hit in their local area. They continued recording, and in 1959, were part of a tour that lost three members to a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa — Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J. P. Richardson, a.k.a. The Big Bopper.

    Almost immediately after this tragedy, the quartet hit again with Teenager in Love. They recorded a few more songs, including Where or When which reached #3 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1960

    1960 to 1971

    In late 1960, Dion decided to leave the group – (the decision partly due to a heroin problem that had developed) – but the Belmonts carried on with Mastrangelo singing the lead vocal parts. Their success dwindled at this point, but they continued to record through the 1960s.

    Their biggest separate hit was Tell Me Why in 1961 on the Sabrina (aka Sabina) label. It reached #18. They had a total of six hits on the US top 100 between 1961 and 1963. In 1960 before leaving the Laurie label they released an enchanted rendition of We Belong Together (the Robert and Johnny hit), which was not a hit but is valued today.

    Mastrangelo himself would attempt a solo career in 1962 and was replaced by Frank Lyndon, who was also replaced after a short time by Warren Gradus. Later still they were a quartet with Milano, D’Aleo, Gradus, and Daniel Elliott.

    1972 to 1990

    The group reunited in 1972 with Mastrangelo, D’Aleo, Milano, and Dion, and carried on recording, with Dion eventually returning to his solo career. Dion also recorded with a group of ‘Belmonts’ in the mid 1980s – the group was Mastrangelo, Louis Colletti, and Tommy Moran (Colletti and Moran were backing vocalists on Dion’s 1992 Dream On Fire). Meanwhile, in the original group, D’Aleo left, leaving the group a trio of Milano, Gradus, and Elliott. Art Loria also came in for singing duties in the mid to late 1980s.

    1994 onwards

    In 1994, a lawsuit was filed by Fred Milano and Warren Gradus, claiming trademark infringement against DiMucci, Mastrangelo, and D’Aleo. It was alleged that, while Dion had agreed to reunite with Milano, he had simultaneously agreed to take part in a reunion with Mastrangelo and D’Aleo. Milano won the suit.

    Elliott was later replaced by Daniel Rubado in the late 1990s. Presently the still performing singing group features Fred Milano, Warren Gradus, and Frank DeLigio.

    December 10, 2006 Posted by | Dion an The Belmonts, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

    Vanessa Carlton

    • Wanted

    Carlton on the Harmonium (2004) album cover

    Carlton on the Harmonium (2004) album cover

    Background information
    Birth name Vanessa Lee Carlton
    Born August 16, 1980 (age 26)
    Milford, Pennsylvania
    Genre(s) Pop
    Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, instrumentalist
    Years active 2001–present
    Label(s) Interscope (1999–2001)
    A&M (2001–2005)
    The Inc. (2006–)
    Website VanessaCarlton.com


    December 10, 2006 Posted by | Music, Rock, Vanessa Carlton | Leave a comment


    • Build Me Up Buttercup
    Origin English flag London, England
    Genre(s) Soul
    Years active 1967–1970
    Label(s) Castle, Uni
    Former members
    Pat Burke
    Clem Curtis
    Eric Allan Dale
    Mike Elliot
    Tony Gomez
    Tim Harris
    Peter MacBeth
    Allan Warner
    Colin Young


    December 10, 2006 Posted by | Foundations, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

    1980s Hits

    80s Hits: Top 40 Chart List – 1980

    1. Call Me – Blondie
    2. Another Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd
    3. Magic – Olivia Newton-John
    4. Rock With You – Michael Jackson
    5. Do That To Me One More Time – Captain & Tennille
    6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
    7. Coming Up – Paul McCartney
    8. Funkytown – Lipps Inc.
    9. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – Billy Joel
    10. The Rose – Bette Midler
    11. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
    12. Cars – Gary Numan
    13. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
    14. Working My Way Back To You-Forgive Me Girl – Spinners
    15. Lost In Love – Air Supply
    16. Little Jeannie – Elton John
    17. Ride Like The Wind – Cristopher Cross
    18. Upside Down – Diana Ross
    19. Please Don’t Go – K.C. & The Sunshine Band
    20. Babe – Styx
    21. With You I’m Born Again – Billy Preston & Syreeta
    22. Shining Star – Manhattans
    23. Still – Commodores
    24. Yes – I’m Ready – Teri De Sario With K.C.
    25. Sexy Eyes – Dr. Hook
    26. Steal Away – Robbie Dupree
    27. Biggest Part Of Me – Ambrosia
    28. This Is It – Kenny Loggins
    29. Cupid-I’ve Loved You For A Long Time – Spinners
    30. Let’s Get Serious – Jermaine Jackson
    31. Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer – Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes
    32. Sailing – Christopher Cross
    33. Longer – Dan Fogelberg
    34. Coward Of The County – Kenny Rogers
    35. Ladies Night – Kool & The Gang
    36. Take Your Time – S.O.S. Band
    37. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) – Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer
    38. Too Hot – Kool & The Gang
    39. More Love – Kim Carnes
    40. Pop Muzik – M

    60’s |1970|  1980-1981| 1982-1983 1984-1985  1986-1987 1988-1989 

    | 1990| 2000-present ||

    December 10, 2006 Posted by | 1988-1989, Music | Leave a comment

    1960 Greatest Hits


    Anita Bryant – In My Little Corner Of The World – 08-60
    Anita Bryant – Paper Roses – 05-60
    Annette – O Dio Mio – 03-60 – Vista
    Annette – Pineapple Princess – 09-60 – Vista
    Bill Black’s Combo – Don’t Be Cruel – 10-60
    Bill Black’s Combo – Smokie Part 2 – 01-60
    Bill Black’s Combo – White Silver Sands – 04-60
    Billy Bland – Let The Little Girl Dance – 05-60
    Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea – 02-60
    Brook Benton – Kiddio – 09-60
    Chubby Checker – The Hucklebuck – 11-60 – Parkway
    Chubby Checker – The Twist – 08-60
    Dante & The Evergreens – Alley-Oop – 07-60 – Madison
    Dion & The Belmonts – Lonely Tennager – 12-60
    Dion & The Belmonts – Where Or When – 02-60
    Donnie Brooks – Mission Bell – 08-60 – Era
    Gary U.S. Bonds – New Orleans – 11-60
    Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go – 11-60
    Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – Finger Poppin’ Time – 08-60
    Jeanne Black – He’ll Have To Stay – 05-60
    Jerry Butler – He Will Break Your Heart – 11-60
    Jimmy Charles – A Million To One – 09-60 – Promo
    Jimmy Clanton – Go Jimmy Go – 01-60
    Johnny Burnette – Dreamin’ – 08-60
    Johnny Burnette – You’re Sixteen – 12-60
    Mark Dinning – Teen Angel – 01-60
    Paul Anka – Puppy Love- 03-60 – ABC Paramount
    Paul Anka – My Home Town – 06-60 – ABC Paramount
    Paul Chaplain & His Emeralds – Shortnin’ Bread – 10-60
    Perry Como – Delaware – 03-60
    Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind – 10-60 – ABC Paramount
    Sam Cooke – Chain Gang – 09-60
    Sam Cooke – Wonderful World – 06-60
    The Brothers Four – Green Fields – 04-60
    The Browns – The Old Lamplighter – 04-60
    The Crests – Step By Step – 04-60

    Fats Domino – My Girl Josephine – 12-60
    Fats Domino – Walking To New Orleans – 07-60
    Fats Domino – Three Nights A Week – 10-60
    The Drifters – Save The Last Dance For Me – 09-60
    Duane Eddy – Because They’re Young – 06-60
    Duane Eddy – Pepe – 12-60
    Paul Evans – Happy-Go-Lucky-Me – 6-60
    Paul Evans – Midnight Special – 03-60
    The Everly Brothers – Cathy’s Clown – 05-60
    The Everly Brothers – When Will I Be Loved – 07-60
    The Everly Brothers – Let It Be Me – 02-60
    The Everly Brothers – So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) – 09-60
    The Percy Faith Orchestra – Theme From ‘A Summer Place’ – 02-60
    The Fendermen – Mule Skinner Blues – 07-60
    Ferrante & Teicher – Theme From ‘The Apartment’ – 09-60
    Ferrante & Teicher – Theme From ‘Exodus’ – 12-60
    The Four Preps – Down By The Station – 02-60
    Connie Francis – Mama – 03-60
    Connie Francis – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – 06-60
    Connie Francis – Many Tears Ago – 12-60
    Connie Francis – My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own – 09-60
    Larry Hall – Sandy – 01-60
    Ron Holden – I Love You So – 05-60
    The Hollywood Argyles – Alley-Oop – 06-60 – Lute
    Johnny Horton – North To Alaska – 11-60
    Johnny Horton – Sink The Bismarck – 04-60
    Brian Hyland – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – 07-60 – Leader
    The Ivy Three – Yogi – 09-60
    Johnny & The Hurricanes – Beatnik Fly – 03-62
    Marv Johnson – I Love The Way You Love – 04-60
    Marv Johnson – You Got What It Takes – 01-60
    Jimmy Jones – Handy Man – 02-60 – Cub
    Jimmy Jones – Good Timin’ – 05-60 – Cub
    Joe Jones – You Talk Too Much – 10-60 – Roulette
    Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night – 12-60 – Decca
    Steve Lawrence – Footsteps – 04-60 – ABC Paramount
    Brenda Lee – I Want To Be Wanted – 10-60 – Decca
    Brenda Lee – I’m Sorry – 06-60 – Decca
    Brenda Lee – Sweet Nothin’s – 03-60 – Decca
    Brenda Lee – That’s All You Gotta Do – 07-60 – Decca
    The Little Dippers – Forever – 03-60
    Little Willie John – Sleep – 10-60
    Hank Locklin – Please Help Me I’m Falling – 07-60
    Lolita – Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea) – 12-60
    Bob Luman – Let’s Think About Living – 10-60
    Ricky Nelson – Young Emotions – 06-60
    Roy Orbison – Blue Angel – 11-60
    Roy Orbison – Only The Lonely – 07-60
    Ray Peterson – Corinna, Corinna – 12-60
    Ray Peterson – Tell Laura I Love Her – 07-60
    The Platters – Harbor Lights – 03-60
    Elvis Presley – It’s Now Or Never – 08-60
    Elvis Presley – Stuck On You – 04-60
    Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight – 11-60
    Johnny Preston – Cradle Of Love – 04-60
    Johnny Preston – Feel So Fine – 08-60
    Johnny Preston – Running Bear – 01-60
    Lloyd Price – Lady Luck – 03-60
    Della Reese – Not One Minute More 01-60
    Jim Reeves – He’ll Have To Go – 02-60
    Bobby Rydell – Sway – 12-60
    Bobby Rydell – Swinging School – 06-60
    Bobby Rydell – Wild One – 02-60
    Bobby Rydell – Volare – 08-60
    The Safaris – Image Of A Girl – 07-60
    Jack Scott – Burning Bridges – 05-60 – Top Rank
    Jack Scott – What In The World’s Come Over You – 02-60 – Top Rank
    Neil Sedaka – Stairway To Heaven – 05-60
    Skip & Flip – Cherry Pie – 05-60
    Connie Stevens – Sixteen Reasons – 04-60
    Johnny Tillotson – Poetry In Motion – 10-60
    Conway Twitty – Lonely Blue Boy – 02-60
    Bobby Vee – Devil Or Angel – 10-60
    The Ventures – Perfidia – 12-60
    The Ventures – Walk Don’t Run – 08-60
    Larry Verne – Mr. Custer – 09-60 – Era
    Dinah Washington & Brook Benton – A Rockin’ Good Way – 06-60
    Dinah Washington & Brook Benton – Baby, You’ve Got What It Takes – 02-60
    Andy Williams – Village Of St. Bernadette – 01-60
    Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs – Stay – 11-60
    Jackie Wilson – Alone At Last – 11-60
    Jackie Wilson – Night – 04-60
    Jackie Wilson – (You Were Made For) All My Love – 08-60
    Kathy Young & The Innocents – A Thousand Stars – 11-60 sand Stars – 11-60

    December 10, 2006 Posted by | 60's, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

    The Kinks

    Background information
    Origin England London, England
    Genre(s) Rock, British Invasion, Pop, Hard Rock, Proto-Punk
    Years active 1964–1996
    Label(s) Pye, Reprise, RCA, Arista, London, MCA, Sony, Konk/Guardian
    Website The Kinks.com
    Former members
    Dave Davies
    Ray Davies
    Pete Quaife
    Mick Avory
    John Dalton
    John Gosling
    Andy Pyle
    Gordon Edwards
    Mark Haley
    Jim Rodford
    Ian Gibbons
    Bob Henrit

    The Kinks were an English rock group, formed

    December 10, 2006 Posted by | Kinks, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

    Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones
    Background information
    Origin England London, England
    Genre(s) Rock and Roll, Country, R&B, Reggae, Blues
    Years active 1962—present
    Label(s) Decca, Rolling Stones
    Website Rolling Stones.com
    Mick Jagger
    Keith Richards
    Ron Wood
    Charlie Watts
    Former members
    Brian Jones(Deceased)
    Bill Wyman (Deceased)
    Mick Taylor
    Ian Stewart (Deceased)Kevin Wirth (Bass Guitar) (had to retire because of awsomeness)

    The Rolling Stones are an English rock band that helped spearhead the British Invasion of the early 1960s. During their 1969 American tour, the Stones were introduced as and since have been often called “The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.” [1]

    Originally an R&B outfit that recorded rock n’ roll as well as ballads on their first album, they later took up country blues, country music, psychedelia, and reggae. By 1965 lead singer and harmonica player Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) and guitarist Keith Richards (born December 18, 1943) wrote almost all of the band’s new material, including a string of number one songs for The Stones that continued until the early eighties.

    The Rolling Stones still record and perform and are one of the longest running and most successful acts in show business. They are often the highest grossing concert act the years they tour, and every album of primarily new studio material has placed in the top 5 in the United States.

    For more than forty years of The Stones’ existence, Jagger, Richards, and drummer Charlie have been constant members.

    The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and they were rated #4 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.


    December 10, 2006 Posted by | Music, Rock, Rolling Stones | Leave a comment

    Hank Williams Jr

    Hank Williams, Jr.

    Hank Williams, Jr.

    Hank Williams, Jr. Background information Birth name Randall Hank Williams Also known as Bocephus Born May 26, 1949 (age 57) Origin Shreveport, LA, USA Genre(s) Country Music
    Outlaw Country
    Southern Rock Occupation(s) Country music singer and songwriter Years active 1957 – Present Label(s) MGM Records
    (1963 – 1976)
    Warner Bros. Records
    (1977 – 1994)
    Curb Records
    (1994 – Present) Website http://www.hankjr.com

    Early life and career

    Born Randall Hank Williams in Shreveport, Louisiana, and known by the nickname Bocephus (a name given to him by his father because he thought his son as a baby resembled a TV ventriloquist dummy named Bocephus), he was raised by his mother Audrey after his father’s death in 1953. He began performing when eight years old, and in 1963 made his recording debut with “Lone Gone Lonesome Blues”, a staple of his father’s career.

    Williams’ early career was guided, some say outright dominated, by his mother Audrey Williams, who many claim was the driving force that led his father to musical superstardom during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Audrey, in many ways, wished for young Hank to be nothing more than a “Hank Williams, Sr. impersonator”, sometimes going as far as to have clothes designed for him that were identical to his father’s stage clothes and vocal stylings very similar to those of his father.

    A change in musical direction

    Although Williams’ recordings earned him numerous country hits throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, he became disillusioned with his role as a ‘Hank Williams clone’ and severed ties with his mother in order to pursue his own musical direction and tastes. After recording the soundtrack to Your Cheatin’ Heart, a biography of his father, Williams, Jr. hit the charts with one of his own compositions, “Standing in the Shadows”. The song signalled a move to rock and roll and other influences as he stepped from the shadow of his father.

    Also during this time, Williams had his first two No. 1 songs: “All For the Love of Sunshine” (1970, featured on the soundtrack to Kelly’s Heroes) and “Eleven Roses” (1972).

    By the mid-1970s, Williams had finally found the musical direction that would, eventually, make him a superstar. Williams’ unique blend of traditional country with southern rock and blues earned him a devoted following, although some mainstream country radio stations wouldn’t touch his new songs in this blatantly untraditional sound.

    While recording a series of hit songs, Williams began abusing drugs, including alcohol and eventually tried to commit suicide in 1974. Moving to Alabama, Williams began playing music with Southern rock musicians Toy Caldwell, Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels, and others.

     Injury and recovery

    On August 8, 1975, Williams was severely injured in a mountain-climbing accident in Montana. The accident shattered every bone within his face and actually exposed his brain to open air. It would eventually take nine major surgeries to put his face back together again.

    His recovery took two years. In order to hide the numerous scars, Williams adopted the look that would become his trademark, a thick, full beard, cowboy hat, and dark sunglasses. Upon his re-entry into the recording studio, Williams worked with Waylon Jennings on the album entitled The New South. But as far as singles were concerned, Williams didn’t reach the charts again until the late 1970s, with Bobby Fuller’s I Fought the Law, Family Tradition and Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound.

     Popular success

    The singles “Family Tradition” and “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” sent Williams’ career into orbit. During the 1980s alone, he scored no less than 35 top ten and number one singles on the country music charts and an impressive string of gold, platinum, and multi-platinum selling albums. Despite selling millions of albums, setting concert attendance records, and being one of Country Music’s biggest stars, Williams received very little recognition by the country music establishment. Williams’ untraditional approach, style, behavior, sound, and Rock and Roll attitude was seen as not being ‘country’ enough for hardcore country loyalists within the Nashville music scene.

    In the mid-1980s, Williams took advantage of the emerging popularity of music videos and shot a video to showcase the single, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight“. The song became one of Williams’ true signature songs, due in great part to the video that featured, quite literally, many of Williams’ closest friends, many of whom were among the most recognizable names in music such as George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Thorogood. The video for “All My Rowdy Friends” became the first video to be named Video Of The Year by the Country Music Association in 1985. In 1989, ABC asked Williams to change his lyrics of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” to “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here On Monday Night”, leading to one of television’s most famous quotes: “Are You Ready For Some Football?”

    Well known Ultimate Fighting Champion Matt Hughes walks out into the octagon to the tune of ‘A Country Boy Can Survive.’This song was modified to ‘America Will Survive’ following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    Also, Professional Wrestler James Gibson used ‘A Country Boy Can Survive’ as his theme tune during his 2005 run in the Ring Of Honor.

    Acceptance by country music establishment

    Williams’ career began to hit its peak after his first taste of recognition by the country music establishment. His popularity had risen to such levels, he could no longer be overlooked for major industry awards. In 1987 and 1988, Williams was named Entertainer Of The Year by the Country Music Association. In 1987, 1988, and 1989, he won the same award from the Academy of Country Music. During the 1980s, Williams became a country music superstar known for catchy anthems and hard-edged rock-influenced country. By the end of the decade, however, the hits had begun to dry up. A new generation of country singers began to emerge that brought with them songs and vocal stylings with a more traditional sound. These singers, which would include Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and Garth Brooks, became known as ‘Neo-Traditionalists’. Williams was now seen as somewhat out of step with this new traditionalist movement.

    His last major success was “There’s a Tear in My Beer”, a duet with his father created using electronic dubbing techniques. The song itself was written by his father, presumably, sometime between 1950 and 1953 and was recorded with Hank Williams playing just his guitar. The music video for the song combined existing television footage of Hank Williams performing and the dubbing techniques transferred the image of Hank Jr. onto the screen, so it appeared as if he were actually playing with his father. The video was an overwhelming success, both critically and commercially. It was named Video Of The Year by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country music. Hank Williams, Jr. would go on to win a Grammy award in 1990 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.

    Despite his slumping album sales, Hank Williams Jr. continued to be a popular concert draw during the early 1990s and continued to record, with several of his recordings during this time still managing to achieve gold status, selling 500,000 copies.

    He is probably best known today as the performer of the theme song for Monday Night Football, based on “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight”. The opening theme became a classic, as much a part of the show as the football itself. In 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994, Williams’ opening themes for Monday Night Football would earn him four Emmy awards.

    In 2004, Williams, Jr appeared on CMT Outlaws.

    He has made a cameo appearance along with Larry the Cable Guy, Kid Rock, and Charlie Daniels in Gretchen Wilson’s music video for the song “All Jacked Up“, whose album has been released. He also appeared in Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” video as well.

    Williams, Jr. donated $125,000 to hurricane relief efforts in Biloxi, Mississippi on October 14, 2005.

    On December 26, 2005 Hank Williams, Jr opened for Monday Night Football on ABC for the last time. Starting this year 2006, the series will be on Disney corporate sibling ESPN.

    On January 7, 2006, Hank Williams, Jr opened up for two games on ABC for the NFL Playoffs.

    Hank Williams Jr. visited with Randal McCloy Jr., the only survivor of the Sago Mine accident, on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Williams traveled to the hospital after learning that McCloy was a fan of his music. “It just hit me like a ton of bricks because I had a big mountain fall in the ’70s, and they said I wouldn’t live,” Williams told Pittsburgh TV station KDKA. “It really, really affected me, and I said, ‘I’ve just got to go there and meet the family.”

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling stating that Hank Williams’ heirs — son Hank Williams Jr. and daughter Jett Williams — have the sole rights to sell his old recordings made for a Nashville radio station in the early ’50s. The court rejected claims made by Polygram Records and Legacy Entertainment in releasing recordings Williams made for the Mother’s Best Flour Show, a program that originally aired on WSM-AM. The recordings, which Legacy Entertainment acquired in 1997, include live versions of Williams’ hits and his cover version of other songs. Polygram contended that Williams’ contract with MGM Records, which Polygram now owns, gave them rights to release the radio recordings.

    Hank Williams, Jr. opened for Super Bowl XL which was aired February 5, 2006 on ABC. Williams Jr was in the stands as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

    On April 10, 2006 CMT honored country music icon Hank Williams Jr. with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award, presenting it to him at the 2006 CMT Music Awards. Williams joins an elite circle of gifted performers to have received this prestigious mark of distinction, including Loretta Lynn (2005), Reba McEntire (2004), Johnny Cash (2003).

    In August of 2006 an on-line fan website started a petition to get Williams, Jr into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    For MNF’s 2006 debut on ESPN, Williams Jr. re-recorded the MNF opening theme with an all-star jam band that included Little Richard, ?uestlove, Joe Perry, Clarence Clemons, Rick Nielsen, Bootsy Collins, Charlie Daniels, Steven Van Zandt and others.

    When not performing, Williams lives at his compound outside of Missoula, where he spends his time composing new material, hunting and fishing.



    Williams Jr., after being arrested in April of 2006


    Williams Jr., after being arrested in April of 2006

    In a bizarre incident, he was charged with attempting to choke a teenage waitress of a Memphis hotel in April of 2006.

    December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Hank Williams Jr, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

    Hank Williams

      Hank Williams
      Background information
      Birth name Hiram King Williams
      Also known as Hank Williams
      Born September 17, 1923 in
      Georgiana, Alabama, USA
      Died January 01, 1953 (age 29) in
      Oak Hill, West Virginia
      Genre(s) Country, blues, honky tonk
      Occupation(s) Vocalist, musician, songwriter
      Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, piano
      Years active 1937–1953
      Website hankwilliams.com

      Hiram “Hank” King Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, who has become an icon of country music, Rock ‘n’ Roll and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. A leading exponent of the Honky Tonk style, he had numerous hit records, and his charismatic performances and succinct compositions fueled his fame. His songbook is one of the backbones of country music, several are pop standards as well. He has been covered in a range of pop, gospel, and rock styles. His legend has only grown since his premature death at the age of 29. His son Hank Williams Jr., his daughter Jett Williams, and his grandchildren Hank Williams III and Holly Williams are also professional singers.

      Williams was born in 1923, in the small unincorporated town of Mount Olive, about eight miles southwest of Georgiana, Alabama. He was named after Hiram I of Tyre, but his name was misspelled as “Hiriam” on his birth certificate.[1] He was born with a mild undiagnosed case of spina bifida occulta, a disorder of the spinal column, which gave him life-long pain—a factor in his later abuse of alcohol and drugs. His parents were Alonzo Huble Williams, known as “Lon,” a train conductor for a regional lumber company and World War I veteran, and Jessie Lillybelle Williams, known as “Lillie.” He had an older sister named Irene.

      Early childhood

      During his early childhood, the Williams family moved frequently throughout southern Alabama as his father’s job required. In 1930, when Williams was seven years old, his father began suffering from face paralysis. At a VA clinic in Pensacola, Florida, doctors determined that the cause was a brain aneurysm, so they sent Lon Williams to the VA Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. Lon remained hospitalized for eight years and was thus mostly absent throughout Hank’s childhood.

      In 1931, Lillie Williams settled her family in Georgiana, Alabama, where she worked as the manager of a boarding house. She managed to find several side jobs to support her children, despite the bleak economic climate of the Great Depression. She worked in a cannery and served as a night-shift nurse in the local hospital. Hiram and Irene also helped out by selling peanuts, shining shoes, delivering newspapers, and doing other simple jobs. With the help of U.S. Representative J. Lister Hill, the family began collecting Lon’s military disability pension. Despite Lon’s medical condition, the Williams family managed fairly well financially throughout the Depression.

      Preteen years

      In 1933, Hank Williams moved to Fountain, Alabama, to live with his uncle and aunt, Walter and Alice McNeil. Meanwhile, his cousin Opal McNeil moved in with the Williams family in Georgiana to attend the high school there. In Fountain, ten-year-old Williams became close friends with his cousin J.C. McNeil, who was the same age. There he learned some of the trades and habits that would dominate the rest of his life. His Aunt Alice taught him to play the guitar, and his cousin J.C. taught him to drink whiskey.

      After a year of living with his relatives in Fountain, Williams moved back to Georgiana, where he met Rufus Payne, a black blues musician living in the nearby town of Greenville. Payne often travelled through Georgiana and other towns in the area to perform in the streets and other public places. Payne, who was known more commonly as “Tee-Tot,” became Williams mentor and greatly influenced his musical style.

      In the fall of 1934, the Williams family moved to Greenville, Alabama, a larger town about fifteen miles to the north of Georgiana. Lillie opened a boarding house next to the Butler County courthouse, and Williams was able to spend more time with Payne. Sometimes Williams would stay at Payne’s house overnight. In 1937, Williams got into a rough fight with his physical-education coach. Furious with the coach, his mother demanded that the school board fire him. When the school board refused to take action, she decided to move the family to Montgomery.


      Hiram “Hank” Williams at 13


      [edit] Early career

      In July, 1937, the Williams and McNeil families opened a boarding house on South Perry Street in downtown Montgomery, a much larger city than any of them had ever lived in. It was at this time that Hiram decided to informally change his name to Hank, a name which he said was better suited to his desired career in country music,

      After school and on weekends, Hank sang and played his Silvertone guitar on the sidewalk in front of the WSFA radio studios. He quickly caught the attention of WSFA producers, who occasionally invited him to come inside and perform on air. So many listeners contacted the radio station asking for more of the “Singing Kid” that the producers hired him to host his own fifteen-minute show, twice a week for a weekly salary of fifteen dollars.

      In August 1938, Lon Williams was temporarily released from the hospital, and he showed up unannounced at the family’s home in Montgomery. Lillie was unwilling to let him reclaim his position at the head of the household, so he stayed only long enough to celebrate Hank’s birthday in September before he returned to the medical center in Lousiana. It was the first time Hank had seen his father in over eight years, and even after the reunion, he felt as though he had grown up without a father.

      Drifting Cowboys

      Hank’s successful radio show fueled his entrance to a music career. His generous salary was enough for him to start his own band, which he dubbed the Drifting Cowboys. The original members of the band were guitarist Braxton Schuffert, fiddler Freddie Beach, and comic Smith “Hezzy” Adair. The Drifting Cowboys travelled throughout central and southern Alabama, performing in clubs and at private parties. Hank dropped out of school in October, 1939, so that the Drifting Cowboys could work full time.

      Lillie Williams stepped up to be the Drifting Cowboys’ manager. She began booking show dates, negotiating prices, and driving them to some of their shows. Now free to travel without Hank’s school schedule taking precedence, the band was able to tour as far away as western Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle. Meanwhile, Hank returned to Montgomery every weekday to host his radio show.

      The nation’s entrance into World War II in 1941 marked the beginning of hard times for Hank Williams. All his band members were drafted to serve in the military, and many of their replacements refused to continue playing in the band because of Hank’s worsening alcoholism. His idol, Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff warned him of the dangers of alcohol, saying “You’ve got a million-dollar voice[,] son, but a ten-cent brain.”[2] Despite Acuff’s advice, Williams continued to show up for his radio show intoxicated, so in August, 1942, WSFA fired him due to “habitual drunkenness.”


      On January 1, 1953, Williams was due to play in Canton, Ohio, but he was unable to fly due to weather problems. He hired a chauffeur and, before leaving the old Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee was injected with B12 and morphine. He then left in a Cadillac, carrying a bottle of whiskey with him.

      When the seventeen year-old chauffeur Charles Carr pulled over at an all-night service station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, he discovered that Williams was unresponsive and becoming rigid[3] Upon closer examination, it was discovered that Hank Williams was dead. Controversy has since surrounded Williams’ death with some claiming Williams was dead before leaving Knoxville[4]. Approximate estimation of Hank’s death is around 3 AM.

      Williams’ final single was ominously titled “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive”. Five days after his death, his illegitimate daughter by Bobbie Jett (Jett Williams) was born. His widow, Billie Jean, married country singer Johnny Horton in September of that year (1953).

      Legacy and influence

      A life-size statue of Williams stands in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, where he began his music career.

      A life-size statue of Williams stands in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, where he began his music career.

      His son Hank Williams, Jr., daughter Jett Williams, grandson Hank Williams III, and granddaughters Hillary Williams and Holly Williams are also country musicians.

      Hank Williams’ remains are interred at the Oakwood Annex in Montgomery, Alabama. His funeral was said to have been far larger than any ever held for a citizen of Alabama and is still, as of 2005, the largest such event ever held in Montgomery. As of 2005, more than fifty years after Williams’ death, members of his Drifting Cowboys continue to tour and bring his music to generations of fans.

      In February 2005 the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling stating that Hank Williams’ heirs — son Hank Williams Jr. and daughter Jett Williams — have the sole rights to sell his old recordings made for a Nashville, Tennessee radio station in the early ’50s. The court rejected claims made by Polygram Records and Legacy Entertainment in releasing recordings Williams made for the “Mother’s Best Flour Show“, a program that originally aired on WSM-AM. The recordings, which Legacy Entertainment acquired in 1997, include live versions of Williams’ hits and his cover version of other songs. Polygram contended that Williams’ contract with MGM Records, which Polygram now owns, gave them rights to release the radio recordings.


      • 2003 — CMT – Ranked #2 of the 40 greatest men in country music
      • 1990 — TNN/Music City News – Video of the Year
      • 1990 — TNN/Music City News – Vocal Collaboration of the Year
      • 1989 — Academy of Country Music – Video of the Year
      • 1989 — CMA – Vocal Event of the Year
      • 1989 — CMA – Music Video of the Year
      • 1989 — Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Hank Williams, Music | Leave a comment

      Jett Williams

      • I Can’t Help It if I am Still in Love With you

      Jett Williams (born January 6, 1953) is an American country music performer.

      Jett is the daughter of country music icon Hank Williams, Sr., the product of a brief relationship between him and a woman named Bobbie Jett which occurred between his two marriages. She is a posthumous child; her birth in Montgomery, Alabama occurred five days after her father’s still-controversial death. She was legally adopted by Hank Williams’ mother Lillian in December 1954. Lillian had already named her Cathy Yvonne Williams. Lillian died in 1955 and the young Cathy was made a ward of the state of Alabama and subsequently adopted by new parents.

      Jett knew she was adopted but it was not until the early 1980s that she learned who her biological parents were. She was forced to go to extreme lengths to prove the relationship and be recognized as Williams’ daughter, despite a very strong physical resemblance to her father. She was reportedly very slow to be accepted as kin by her half-brother, country music icon Hank Williams, Jr..

      In 1985 the Alabama State Court ruled that she was the daughter of Hank Williams, and in 1987 the Supreme Court of Alabama ruled that she was entitled to her half-share in the Williams estate, as she had been the victim of fraud and judicial error.

      Jett has also been slow to be recognized for having considerable musical talent in her own right; she has never become one of the top-tier country entertainers. Detractors suggest that she would have never been heard of if not for her famous father while her supporters say that her drive to claim her legacy may well have hurt her career in other ways and that she would have been able to make a good living, perhaps a better one, based on her talent alone. Williams tours with the current touring version of the Drifting Cowboys led by original band member Don Helms.

      In 1990 she published her autobiography Ain’t Nothin’ as Sweet as my Baby.

      In February 2005 the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling stating that Hank Williams’ heirs — son Hank Williams Jr. and daughter Jett Williams — have the sole rights to sell his old recordings made for a Nashville radio station in the early ’50s. The court rejected claims made by Polygram Records and Legacy Entertainment in releasing recordings Williams made for the “Mother’s Best Flour Show”, a program that originally aired on WSM-AM. The recordings, which Legacy Entertainment acquired in 1997, include live versions of Williams’ hits and his cover version of other songs. Polygram contended that Williams’ contract with MGM Records, which Polygram now owns, gave them rights to release the radio recordings.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Jett Williams, Music | Leave a comment

      Milli Vanilli

      Milli Vanilli
      Country Germany
      Years active 1988–1990
      Genres Dance, Pop
      Labels Hansa Records, BMG, Arista Records
      Members Fab Morvan, Rob Pilatus

      Milli Vanilli was a pop and dance music ensemble formed by Frank Farian in Germany in 1988 and fronted by Fab Morvan (b. May 14, 1966) and Rob Pilatus (June 8, 1965 – April 2, 1998). The group’s debut album achieved high sales internationally and garnered them a Grammy award for Best New Artist in 1989. However, their success turned to infamy when the award was revoked after it was revealed that the purported singers did not actually sing on the record.


      Farian chose Pilatus and Morvan to front a studio project featuring the vocal talents of Charles Shaw, John Davis, and Brad Howell. Farian felt that those musicians were talented but unmarketable. The first Milli Vanilli album was All or Nothing (see 1988 in music). Despite critical pans, Milli Vanilli’s fame continued to grow worldwide. All Or Nothing was repackaged, remixed and retitled Girl You Know It’s True for its U.S. release, and spun four hit singles: the title track, and the group’s three #1 hits, “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You,” “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” and “Blame It On The Rain.” Milli Vanilli won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist on February 22, 1990 for Girl You Know It’s True (1990 in music).

      The duo were a frequent target of jokes by late-night television host Arsenio Hall, whose lambasting of the group only increased as rumors and allegations of on-stage lip-synching and studio trickery circulated amongst the music media. Charles Shaw told a reporter the truth about Milli Vanilli, but he later retracted his statement after Farian paid him off.[citation needed] Pilatus was ridiculed in the press for comparing himself to Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan; he also developed a cocaine problem.

      Public backlash

      In July 1989, during a live performance recorded by MTV at the Lake Compounce theme park in Connecticut, the recording of the song “Girl You Know It’s True” jammed and began to skip, repeating the line “Girl, you know it’s-” over and over. This was not unusual, as many popular artists used the same technique. The fame of this event may have been amplified by the fact that the word “true” was poetically omitted by the whim of the playback device. This was a prime example of the kind of happenstances that could make Milli Vanilli poster boys for the entire range of misrepresentation in the music industry.

      Unlike the international release of All or Nothing, the inserts for the American version clearly attributed the voices on the album to Morvan and Pilatus, “brothers of soul”. Due to rising public questions regarding the source of talent in the group, as well as the insistence of Morvan and Pilatus to Farian that they be allowed to sing on the next album, Farian confirmed to reporters on November 15, 1990, that Morvan and Pilatus did not sing on the records. As a result of American media pressure, Milli Vanilli’s Grammy was withdrawn four days later (however, their three American Music Awards were never withdrawn due to the fact the organizers felt the awards were given to them by music consumers[1]), and Arista Records dropped the act from its roster and deleted their album and its masters from their catalog, making Girl You Know It’s True the largest-selling album to ever be taken out of print. (Record stores were also not allowed to return copies of the albums to Arista, and many used stores completely refused to buy copies of the album from others.)

      After the details emerged, at least 26 different lawsuits[2] were filed under various U.S. consumer fraud protection laws against Pilatus, Morvan and Arista Records. One such filing occurred on November 22, 1990 in Ohio, where lawyers there filed a class action lawsuit asking for refunds for at least 1,000 local citizens who had bought Girl You Know It’s True.[3] On August 12, 1991, a proposed settlement to a refund lawsuit in Chicago, Illinois was rejected. This settlement would have refunded buyers of a Milli Vanilli CD $3.00 (USD), a cassette or L.P. $2.00 (USD), and a single $1.00 (USD). However, the refunds would only be given as a credit for a future Arista release.[2] On August 28, a new settlement was approved. The same pricing structure was approved, along with a $2.50 (USD) refund to be given for concerts. A proof of purchase or ticket stub was required to take advantage of the refunds.

      A Detroit radio station offered to give the first 1000 people who showed up with a copy of the album a shirt saying “Screw Milli Vanilli”.

      Follow-up albums

      Keep On Running (Second Album)

      Keep On Running (Second Album)

      The material for Milli Vanilli’s second album had been recorded and finalized in spring 1990. In the autumn, the first single, “Keep On Running”, was released for radio play, shortly before Farian revealed the truth about Milli Vanilli.

      Farian was forced to reveal his secret because Morvan and Pilatus would not go on promoting the second album.[citation needed] The public had received the single with enthusiam, and it would have been another hit for the group, as indicated by unusually high chart entries in countries like Germany. At the last minute, Farian had the artwork to the second Milli Vanilli album changed to depict the actual singers instead of Morvan and Pilatus, changed the album’s title from Keep on Running (the name had been meant to correspond with the first single), and changed the artist name to The Real Milli Vanilli. However, the graphic artist who performed the change forgot to update the album cover’s spine, so anyone with the second album still has the original artist and album name on the spine (“Milli Vanilli – Keep On Running”).

      The resulting album, released in Europe in early 1991, was renamed The Moment of Truth and spawned three singles, “Keep On Running,” “Nice ‘n Easy” and “Too Late (True Love).” A Morvan / Pilatus lookalike named Ray Horton was depicted on the cover and provided vocals on four tracks. In addition, the album featured rappers Icy Bro on “Hard As Hell” and Tammy T on “Too Late (True Love).” A Diane Warren-penned song, “When I Die,” has been covered by several other artists, including Farian’s No Mercy.

      Rob & Fab

      Rob & Fab

      For the American market, Farian chose to avoid any association to Milli Vanilli and had the tracks re-recorded with Ray Horton on the majority of lead vocals. In 1992, RCA signed on to release the album as the debut of the newly created group Try ‘N’ B. The self-titled release included three additional tracks not on The Real Milli Vanilli release: “Ding Dong,” “Who Do You Love”, and a remake of Dr. Hook’s “Sexy Eyes.” Due to significantly better sales under the name Try ‘N’ B in America, a slightly modified Try ‘N’ B debut album was released globally.

      Meanwhile, Morvan and Pilatus moved to Los Angeles and signed to the Joss Entertainment Group, where they recorded their follow-up album under the name Rob & Fab. Almost all the songs on the album were written by Kenny Taylor and Fabrice Morvan. Morvan provides the lead vocals, while Pilatus presents self-written rap punch-ins. Morvan’s voice was considered by critics to be overly nasal and whiney. Due to financial constraints, Joss were only able to release the album in the U.S., the most critical of all markets to Milli Vanilli. A single, “We Can Get It On”, was made available for radio play shortly before the album’s release.

      Attempted comeback

      In order to restore their career and prominence after a series of failures, Farian agreed in 1997 to produce a new Milli Vanilli album with Morvan and Pilatus on lead vocals. On Farian’s tab, the performers took extensive vocal training to enhance their singing voice and went to elocution experts to improve their English pronunciation. This all led up to the recording of the 1998 Milli Vanilli comeback album Back and in Attack.[4] Even some of the original studio singers backed the performers in their attempt to bring back some of the fame that had been shed so quickly.

      However, Pilatus encountered a number of mental roadblocks during the production of the new album. He turned again to drugs and a life of crime, committing a series of robberies and ultimately serving three months in jail in California. Farian paid for Pilatus to attend six months of drug rehabilitation and plane tickets for him to fly back to Germany. On the eve of the new album’s promotional tour on April 2, 1998, Pilatus was found dead of a drug overdose in a Frankfurt hotel at the age of 32. The record was never released.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Milli Vanilli, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

      Boney M



      Genre(s) Disco, pop
      Years active 1975–present

      Boney M was a Eurodance, pop, and disco group, comprised four West Indian singers and dancers and masterminded by German record producer Frank Farian, and who were successful during the 1970s.

      Boney M, with their bubble gum infectious tunes, became one of the few Western groups at that time to become well-known outside of the West, including Africa, Arab countries, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. To this day, along with Swedish pop group ABBA, they are among the most widely known 1970s western music acts in these regions.

      Frank Farian recorded the single “Baby Do You Wanna Bump?” in 1975, performing the sparse vocals of the song himself. Released under the name Boney M, it became a hit in the Netherlands and Belgium. It was then that Farian decided to hire a team of dancers and vocalists to ‘front’ the group, so it was created thereafter, and made up of four West Indian artists working in London, Germany and the Netherlands: singers Marcia Barrett and Liz Mitchell, model Maizie Williams, and DJ Bobby Farrell.

      The line-up of the group went through numerous changes, Maizie Williams being the only original member that remained. Not satisfied with merely miming to Farian’s songs, one of the members, Claudja Barry, left on short notice in February 1976 – days before the group was scheduled to appear on a local television gig in Saarbrücken. Liz Mitchell, then an unemployed singer and formerly a member of the Les Humphries Singers, was brought in as a temporary replacement for the gig, under the recommendation of Marcia Barrett. Farian was impressed with her performance, and she went on to record Boney M’s first LP, Take The Heat Off Me, along with Marcia Barrett, who had already recorded some songs with Farian for the album; these were the title track, and “Lovin’ Or Leavin'”.

      The commercial response to the album was lukewarm. However, the group rigorously toured discos, clubs and even country fairs, to earn a reputation for themselves. The group’s big break came when, at the end of that summer, music-TV-producer Michael ‘Mike’ Leckebusch of Radio Bremen, requested the group for his show Musikladen. Boney M appeared on the live music show on 18 September 1976, after 10pm, in their now trademark daring costumes; by the end of the following week, “Daddy Cool” became Germany’s #1 single in the charts. The album was to follow the success of the single.

      In 1977, Boney M released their second album Love For Sale, and this contained further hits “Ma Baker” and “Belfast”. Neither Love For Sale nor Take The Heat Off Me did very well in the UK Album Charts, due to their rather risqué covers. In 1978, Boney M had their biggest year: they released a new single, “Rivers of Babylon”, which became a massive selling single all over Europe and #1 in the UK Singles Chart. (It also became their closest attempt to a hit in the United States, reaching number 30 on the U.S. pop singles chart). Next came their biggest-selling album, Nightflight to Venus, which spawned a further single “Rasputin”. Continuing with their success, they released “Mary’s Boy Child”, which was the 1978 Christmas number one single in the UK. Also during 1978, Boney M became the first Western pop group to tour the Soviet Union.

      1979 saw Boney M release their fourth album, Oceans Of Fantasy, containing two hit singles – “El Lute”/”Gotta Go Home” and “I’m Born Again”/”Bahama Mama”. The track “No More Chain Gang”, one of a number of black freedom songs the group recorded, exemplified Boney M’s mix of white and black music – the producer Farian is white, and the singers are black. They also released another hit single, “Hooray! Hooray! It’s A Holi-Holiday”. In 1980, Boney M released a greatest hits album, The Magic Of Boney M, which also contained two new songs, “My Friend Jack” and “I See A Boat On The River”. This album made the #1 spot in the UK, and was their last big UK-seller until “Boney M Megamix” in 1992. American-born singer Madeleine Davis, who was one of the group’s recording backing vocalist, replaced Liz Mitchell for live concerts, due to the fact that Liz wished to promote her solo career, rather than join Maizie, Marica and Bobby on stage. She appeared in the video, “The Summer Mega Mix” and became a member of Marcia / Maizie and Bobby’s Boney M for the single release “Everybody Wants To Dance Like Josephine Baker”.

      Despite his success with Boney M, controversy followed the group’s founder, Frank Farian, in what was to foreshadow his fakery involvement with Milli Vanilli. Bobby Farrell – the male face of the group – and Maizie Williams contributed to studio recordings, but for reasons only known to Farian, were apparently left off the final mixes, while their numerous and highly competent live performances from 1977 onwards were never in any doubt. Almost all of the male vocals, along with some of the choir sections in songs such as “Dancing In The Streets” and “Bye Bye Bluebird”, were performed by Farian himself. Farrell, as Farian had finally admitted on German television in 2003, had been chosen for his personality and innovative dancing. However, in Germany, it was considered acceptable that ‘producer music’ just works this way.

      As of 2006, Liz Mitchell is currently touring the world with her line-up of Boney M, which is the only official line-up supported by Farian, as well as releasing solo albums. Marcia Barrett has released two solo albums, and Maizie and Bobby are touring with their own Boney M groups which is not what Farian wants as he only allowed Liz Mitchell to use the name Boney M. Madeleine Davis is currently working on a solo jazz CD to be released in 2007.

      A musical based on the music of Boney M, Daddy Cool, is now open in London.

      In a sign of their continued popularity in South Asia, a concert by Boney M is a featured attraction at the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which begins November 23, 2006 in Panaji, the state capital of Goa, India.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Music, Rock | Leave a comment

      Village People

      Background information
      Origin New York City, USA
      Genre(s) Disco
      New Wave
      Dance music
      Years active 1977 – present
      Label(s) Casablanca Records
      Scorpio Music
      Website www.officialvillagepeople.com
      G. Jeff Olsen
      Eric Anzalone
      Ray Simpson
      Felipe Rose
      Alex Briley
      David “Scar” Hodo
      Former members
      Randy Jones
      Glenn Hughes
      Victor Willis

      Background information
      Origin New York City, USA
      Genre(s) Disco
      New Wave
      Dance music
      Years active 1977 – present
      Label(s) Casablanca Records
      Scorpio Music
      Website http://www.officialvillagepeople.com
      G. Jeff Olsen
      Eric Anzalone
      Ray Simpson
      Felipe Rose
      Alex Briley
      David “Scar” Hodo
      Former members
      Randy Jones
      Glenn Hughes
      Victor Willis

      Village People is a novelty disco band of the late 1970s. The group is as well known for its outrageous on-stage costumes as for its catchy tunes and suggestive lyrics. The members each dress as a police officer, an American Indian chief, a construction worker, a member of the military, a leatherman (biker), and a cowboy. Depending on the era, the member of the military could be an enlisted member of the Army, an enlisted member of the Navy, or a Navy officer. Each of the members were basically dressed as forms of masculinity to emphasize their song lyrics that hid homosexually charged innuendo. Many of the gay stereotypes originally appear in erotic art by Tom of Finland.

      The band was assembled (in 1977) By two French musicians, Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo (see picture), specifically to showcase and perform their disco music creations. Much like Frank Farian’s Boney M or The Spice Girls, the group was manufactured. Despite the French songwriters, the songs were all in English.

      The band’s name references New York City’s Greenwich Village, at the time known for having a substantial gay population. Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo got the inspiration for creating an assembly of American man archetypes based on the gay men of The Village who frequently dressed in various fantasy ways.

      The United States Navy considered using the Village People hit “In the Navy” in a recruiting advertising campaign on television and radio. They contacted Belolo, who decided to give the rights for free on the condition that the Navy help them shoot the music video. Less than a month later, Village People arrived at the San Diego Naval base. The Navy provided them with a war ship, several aircraft, and hundreds of Navy men. When the video started showing and the Navy started the planned ad campaign, some newspapers protested using taxpayers’ money to fund music videos (especially for a group considered by some to be “morally dubious”). The Navy quickly cancelled the campaign. The scandal tremendously boosted the popularity of the song.

      Other hits include their trademark “Macho Man”, “Go West”, the classic club medley of San Francisco (You’ve got me) / In Hollywood (Everybody is a star) and “YMCA”. Almost thirty years later, a dance that involves forming the latter four letters with the dancer’s arms is still popular at summer camps, office functions, wedding receptions, school dances, sporting events and B’nai Mitzvah. At the end of the fifth inning of each baseball game at Yankee Stadium, the grounds crew take an on-field break from grooming the infield to dance as “YMCA” is played, typically to enthusiastic cheers from the fans.

      The group also appeared in its 1980 feature film Can’t Stop the Music, directed by Nancy Walker, written by Allan Carr and Bronte Woodard, music and lyrics by Jacques Morali and starring Steve Guttenberg, Valerie Perrine, Bruce Jenner, and the Village People. The movie “won” the Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay prizes at the 1980 Golden Raspberry Awards in March 1981 and was nominated in almost all the other categories. The soundtrack also featured the talents of “David London,” who under his real name Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen went on to become the future lead singer of Toto and one of the main contributors to the Village People’s next album.

      In 1981, with the popularity of disco waning and New Wave music on the rise, Village People replaced its on-stage costumes with a new look inspired by the New Romantic movement, and released the New Wave album Renaissance; it was not a commercial success.

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      The Osmonds are an American family pop group who achieved enormous worldwide success as teenybopper idols in the 1970s.

      The group originally comprised brothers Alan Ralph Osmond (born June 22, 1949), Melvin Wayne Osmond (known as Wayne Osmond) (born August 28, 1951), Merrill Davis Osmond (born April 30, 1953), and Jay Wesley Osmond (born March 2, 1955).

      The Osmonds’ career started with a big break at Disneyland, followed quickly by regular appearances on The Andy Williams Show in the early 1960s. In the mid-60s they performed with Sweden’s most popular singer Lars Lönndahl, and gained a lot of popularity in Sweden. However, their most successful period was the early 1970s, when they achieved a string of chart hits.

      They were joined for a time by younger brothers Donny Osmond (born December 9, 1957) and subsequently ‘Little’ Jimmy Osmond (born April 16, 1963). They had a self-titled Rankin/Bass-produced Saturday morning cartoon series on ABC-TV from 1972 to 1973. Donny, and to a lesser extent Jimmy, both achieved success as solo artists, as did their one sister, (Olive) Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959). Marie’s signature hit was the country song “Paper Roses” (hence the recurring theme on their variety show where Marie sang, “I’m a little bit country,” and Donny responded by singing “and I’m a little bit rock and roll”). Jimmy achieved particular success in the UK and Japan (most notably for his single “I’m a Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool”), while Donny and Marie’s success was nearly worldwide. Donny and Marie also performed as a duo, and hosted their own variety show, Donny & Marie, on ABC from 1976 to 1979.

      The family members are well-known as devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      The Osmonds are of English descent on both their paternal and maternal sides

      The Osmonds’ breakthrough US hit, “One Bad Apple”, featuring lead vocals by Merrill and Donny, bore an uncanny similarity to the ‘bubblegum soul’ sound of their contemporaries, The Jackson 5. The song spent five weeks at No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1971, and even hit #6 on the R&B chart. The single and the accompanying debut album (also called “One Bad Apple”) were recorded at Muscle Shoals by the legendary R&B producer Rick Hall.

      The follow-up to “One Bad Apple”, “Double Lovin'” stalled at #14, but the mildly psychedelic “Yo-Yo” climbed all the way to #3 in late 1971. “Yo-Yo” marks the point where the brothers began recording as a self-contained rock and roll band (instead of relying on session musicians.) In spite of their squeaky clean image, the Osmonds had a soulful, sometimes raucous sound which was a precursor of the power pop of later years. (For a time in the mid-1970s, they were the one of the few rock acts on TV, since the entire Osmond family appeared on a variety show which was mostly devoted to Donny and Marie, but where the Brothers were given a segment or two each week to rock out.)

      Their first single release of 1972, “Down By The Lazy River”, headed to #4 and finally broke the group in the UK, where it peaked at #40. Their British fanbase exploded overnight. All members of the Osmond family, counting group and solo recordings, charted an astonishing thirteen singles in the UK charts during 1973.


      The front and back covers of their 1972 LP


      The front and back covers of their 1972 LP

      Their 1972 LP Crazy Horses and its title track were met with mixed critical reaction. The album attempted a more rock-oriented sound and image, its lead track, “Hold Her Tight” bearing a marked similarity to Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song with its churning bass line and wailing guitar breaks. The album, however, was a real testament to the brother’s ability to write and play (they played all the instruments on the album) and featured some serious songwriting, singing and playing chops.

      Following quickly on its heels was the ambitious 1973 release, The Plan, perhaps best described as a Mormon concept album with prog rock aspirations. These albums were followed with gentler, more sentimental songs such as “Let Me In” and “Love Me For A Reason”. This music, combined with the brothers’ good looks and clean image, greatly appealed to the teenybopper market. Like the word ‘Beatlemania’, a new word, ‘Osmania’, was coined to describe the phenomenon.

      The Osmonds today

      Wayne, Jay, and Merrill continue to perform as The Osmond Brothers, with frequent appearances in Branson, Missouri, as well as the UK, both as a quartet with Jimmy. Merrill also performs as a solo artist. Alan no longer performs except on very rare occasions, as he suffers from multiple sclerosis (although his typically positive Osmond motto is ‘I may have MS… but, MS does not have me!’). Today, their sound is more country & western, with a bit of rock, and adult contemporary thrown in.

      Jimmy performs in Branson and the UK, as well, and has become a successful businessman. He recently appeared in the UK series I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

      Marie has been a radio host and makes and sells dolls.

      Donny maintains a successful touring and recording pop career in the UK, and occasionally the US. He was a theatrical hit, starring for a time in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

      All of the brothers are married with some of them having large families themselves. Alan’s eight sons sometimes perform as “The Osmonds – Second Generation” or “2ndG”. Due to a resurgence of interest, they are to tour the UK in February and March of 2006.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Music, Osmonds, Rock | Leave a comment

      Kelly Clarkson

      Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer and actress who has enjoyed success in the pop and rock music genres. Clarkson made her debut under RCA Records after she won the highly-publicized first season of the television series American Idol in 2002. She was originally marketed as a pop musician with her debut album Thankful (2003). With the release of her multi-platinum sophomore album Breakaway (2004), Clarkson moved to a more rock-oriented style of music.

      Kelly Clarkson
      Background information
      Birth name Kelly Brianne Clarkson
      Born April 24, 1982 (age 24)
      Fort Worth, Texas
      United States
      Genre(s) Pop, Pop/Rock
      Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
      Years active 2002—present
      Label(s) RCA Records (2002—present)
      Website KellyClarkson.com

      Early life

      Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in the small town of Burleson, Texas. She is the third and youngest child of Jeanne Ann Rose, a first grade teacher who is of Greek and Irish descent, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, a former engineer who is of Welsh extraction. Clarkson’s siblings include her brother Jason, and her sister Alyssa. When Clarkson was six years old, her parents split up after seventeen years of marriage; her brother went to live with her father, her sister went to live with an aunt, and Clarkson remained with her mother. Clarkson frequently moved around Texas while her mother managed several professions in order to support the family. Clarkson has since stated that, being six years old at the time, she did not understand why her family had been constantly moving. Eventually, the family settled in Burleson, where Clarkson’s mother married her second husband, Jimmy Taylor.

      Clarkson attended Pauline Hughes Middle School when she reached seventh grade. She had originally wanted to become a marine biologist, but during the same school year, a teacher overheard her singing in a hallway and asked her to audition for the school choir. Clarkson told the teacher that she had never received professional vocal training before. Following middle school, she attended Burleson High School and performed in musicals such as Brigadoon.

      Upon graduation in 2000, Clarkson worked several occupations to finance her demo CD that she had been hoping to market toward record labels. She received few responses though, and eventually decided to move to Hollywood to seek out other opportunities in music, one of which was a mentorship under songwriter Gerry Goffin. However, Goffin fell ill, and to make ends meet, Clarkson appeared as an extra on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and That ’80s Show among others, as well as played a small role in the film Issues 101, which was released in 2002. Following four months in Hollywood, Clarkson was discouraged when her apartment burnt down and returned to Texas, where she worked at a cinema, and as a cocktail waitress, Six Flags performer, telemarketer, Kirby Vacuum saleperson, and a Red Bull promoter.

      American Idol

      Once Clarkson returned to Burleson, several of her friends encouraged her to audition for the 2002 debut of the reality television program American Idol. She entered the competition with 10,000 others, and the judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson were impressed with her voice. She earned a position in the Top 30 finalists and week-by-week performed a song on live television to North America. When American Idol concluded each week, the viewers would vote based on the performance they enjoyed the most. Clarkson sang a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” which garnered her a top ten position. Other songs Clarkson performed on American Idol include Carole King’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, Badfinger’s “Without You”, and Céline Dion’s “I Surrender”.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Kelly Clarkson, Music, Rock | Leave a comment


      • Must Be Love

      Though their name might lead you to believe that Lonestar was formed in Texas, the quintet actually hails from Tennessee. Originally called Texassee, the band features Richie McDonald (lead vocals, guitar), John Rich (lead vocals, bass), Michael Britt (lead guitar, background vocals), Dean Sams (keyboard, background vocals), and Keech Rainwater (drums). All the members are in fact Texas natives — they just formed in Tennessee in 1992.

      In 1993, Lonestar played their first concert at Backstage Pass in Nashville in January of 1993. A booking agent happened to hear the show. Impressed, he added the group to his roster, and the group headed out on the road. Over the next two years, they played nearly 500 shows. In 1994, the group landed a record contract with BNA Records. The following year they released their eponymous debut, which spawned the Top Ten hit “Tequila Talkin’.” Crazy Nights followed in 1997, and two years later Lonestar returned with Lonely Grill, which featured the hit “Amazed.” Their seasonal effort This Christmas Time followed in fall 2000, and I’m Already There appeared the next spring. They released three more records after their 2003 greatest-hits compilation From There to Here: 2004’s Let’s Be Us Again, 2005’s Coming Home, and 2006’s Mountains. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine,

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Lonestar, Music | Leave a comment

      Moe Bandy

      Moe Bandy (born in 1944, Meridian, Mississippi, but raised in Texas since the age of six) is a country musicsinger, currently performing primarily in Branson, Missouri at the Moe Bandy Theater. He was most popular during the 1970’s, when he had several hits, both alone and with his partner Joe Stampley.Born 1944, Meridian, Mississippi
      Genre(s) Country
      Occupation(s) country singer
      Instrument(s) singing, guitar
      Years active 1964 to present.
      Label(s) Satin, GRC, MCA/Curb
      Website http://www.moebandy.com

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Joe Stampley, Moe Bandy, Music | Leave a comment

      Duran Duran

      Duran Duran in 2006
      Duran Duran in 2006
      Origin England Birmingham, England
      Genre(s) RockEngland
      New Wave
      New Romantic
      Years active 1978–present
      Label(s) EMI / Capitol Records
      Hollywood Records
      Epic Records
      Website Duran Duran Official Website Duran Duran Official Fan Community

      Duran Duran are an English New Wave band notable for a long series of catchy, synthesizer-driven hit singles and vivid music videos. They were a leading band in the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the United States, and the most commercially successful of the New Romantic bands. They are still often identified as an “Eighties band” despite continuous recording and chart success over their twenty-eight year history.

      The band has sold well over 70 million records worldwide, and has had eighteen singles in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and thirty in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, including “Rio”, “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Is There Something I Should Know?”, “The Reflex” and the James Bond theme “A View to a Kill” in the 1980s, “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone” in the early-1990s, and “Sunrise” and “What Happens Tomorrow” in the 2000s.[1]

      Duran Duran was created by Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and John Taylor (bass), with the later addition of Roger Taylor (drums), Andy Taylor (guitar), and Simon Le Bon (lead vocals); none of the Taylors are related. Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo was also a member of the band from 1989 to 2001, and drummer Sterling Campbell was a member from 1989 to 1991.

      Although the group never disbanded, it went through several line-up changes over the years. The reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among music media and the band’s fans. Duran Duran released Astronaut from the reunited line-up in 2004. Andy Taylor dropped out of the band in October 2006, but the band has continued recording their next album, which is expected to be released in mid-2007.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Duran Duran, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

      Four Jacks And A Jill

      Four Jacks & A Jill is one of few South African groups to score a Stateside hit. Their folksy tale “Master Jack,” made the Top 20, nesting at #18, June 8, 1968. The members were Glenys Lynne (Jill), Clive Harding (bass), Till Hanamann (guitar), Bruce Barks (guitar), and Tony Hughes (drums). Glenys sung lead and had a voice that was undeniably folksy, rather she tried to sing that style or not, everything came out that way. Their second single “Mr. Nico” made the States chart too, but barely, entering the Pop 100 and immediately stalling at #98. The four guys sans Jill originally formed in 1964 and went through two name changes before adding Glenys and becoming Four Jacks & A Jill. Out-the-box they scored a South African hit entitled “Timothy.” Unfortunately, they never graced the charts in the States after “Mr. Nico,” but remained viable and quite popular in South Africa.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Four Jacks And A Jill, Music, OLDIES, Rock | 1 Comment

      Janis Joplin

      Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter with a highly distinctive voice. Joplin released four albums as the frontwoman for several bands from 1967 to a posthumous release in 1971.

      Background information
      Birth name Janis Lyn Joplin
      Born January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas, USA
      Died October 4, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA
      Genre(s) Blues-rock
      Hard rock
      Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, arranger
      Instrument(s) Guitar
      Label(s) Columbia
      Big Brother & the Holding Company


      Janis Joplin was born at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas, the daughter of Seth Ward Joplin and Dorothy Bonita East.[1] Her father was an engineer at Texaco. Janis had two younger siblings, Michael and Laura. As a teenager, she befriended a group of outcasts, including Jim Langdon and Grant Lyons, the latter of whom played her the blues for the first time. She began listening to musicians such as Leadbelly, Bessie Smith, Odetta, and Big Mama Thornton and singing in the local choir. While at Thomas Jefferson High School, she was mostly shunned. Among her high school classmates was another individual destined for stardom: future college and NFL coach Jimmy Johnson. In a 1992 Sports Illustrated profile of his career, Johnson claimed that he gave Janis the high school nickname of “beat weeds.” Primarily a painter, it was in high school that she first began singing blues and folk music with friends. Joplin graduated from high school in 1960 and attended the University of Texas in Austin, though she never attained a degree. One persistent story is of her being nominated in a Fraternity contest “The Ugliest Man on Campus.” She lived in a building commonly refered to as “The Ghetto” which was located at 2812 1/2 Nueces Street. The building has since been torn down and replaced with new apartment buildings. The rent was a mere $40 a month when she lived there.

      Cultivating a rebellious manner that could be viewed as “liberated” — the women’s liberation movement was still in its infancy at this time — Joplin styled herself in part after her female blues heroines, and in part after the beat poets. She left Texas for San Francisco in 1963, lived in North Beach and in Haight-Ashbury as well as Corte Madera. On 25 June 1964 Janis and Jefferson Airplane guitar player Jorma Kaukonen recorded a number of blues standards at Jorma’s Mother’s House in San Jose, CA , further accompanied by Margaretta Kaukonen on typewriter (as percussion instrument). These lo-fi sessions included seven tracks: “Typewriter Talk”, “Trouble In Mind”, “Kansas City Blues”, “Hesitation Blues”, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy” and “Long Black Train Blues”, and were later released as the Bootleg Album The Typewriter Tape.

      Around this time her drug use began to increase, and she acquired a reputation as a “speed freak” and occasional heroin user. She also used other intoxicants. She was a heavy drinker throughout her career, and her trademark beverage was Southern Comfort.

      Like many other female singers of the era, Joplin’s feisty public image was at odds with her real personality. The book Love, Janis, written by her sister, has done much to further the reassessment of her life and work and reveals the private Joplin to have been a highly intelligent, articulate, shy and sensitive woman who was devoted to her family.

      Big Brother and the Holding Company

      Joplin again moved to San Francisco in 1966, where her bluesy vocal style saw her join Big Brother and The Holding Company, a band that was gaining some renown among the nascent hippie community in Haight-Ashbury. The band signed a deal with independent Mainstream Records and recorded an eponymously titled album in 1967. However, the lack of success of their early singles led to the album being withheld until after their subsequent success.

      The band’s big break came with their performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, which included a version of Big Mama Thornton’s “Ball and Chain” and featured a barnstorming vocal by Joplin. (The D.A. Pennebaker documentary Monterey Pop captured Cass Elliot in the crowd silently mouthing “Wow, that’s really heavy” during Joplin’s performance.) Their 1968 album Cheap Thrills featured more raw emotional performances and together with the Monterey performance, it made Joplin into one of the leading musical stars of the late Sixties. It also produced Joplin’s breakthrough hit single, “Piece of My Heart”, whose chorus would be borrowed two years later by Alive N Kickin”s one-hit wonder “Tighter, Tighter”. Cheap Thrills sold over one million copies in its first month of release. Live at Winterland ’68, recorded at the Winterland Ballroom on April 12 and 13, 1968 shows Janis and Big Brother and the Holding Company at the height of their mutual career working through an inspired selection of tracks from their studio albums.

      Solo career and Woodstock

      After splitting from Big Brother in December of 1968, she formed a new backup group, modelled on the classic soul revue bands, named the Kozmic Blues Band, which backed her on I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969: the year she played at Woodstock). The band contained a horn section and many reviewers felt the horns competed with her. The album was certified gold later that year but was a more modest success than Cheap Thrills. The group was indifferently received and soon broke up after a year, and Joplin then formed The Full Tilt Boogie Band. The result was the posthumously released Pearl (1971). It became the biggest selling album of her short career and featured her biggest hit single, the definitive version of Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee”, as well as the wry social commentary of the a cappella “Mercedes Benz”, written by Joplin and beat poet Michael McClure.

      Among her last public appearances were two broadcasts of The Dick Cavett Show on June 25 and August 3, 1970. On the June 25 show she announced that she would attend her ten-year high school Class reunion, although she admitted that when in high school she had been “laughed out of class, out of school, out of town, out of the state”. She made it there, but it would be one of the last decisions of her life and it reportedly proved to be a rather unhappy experience for her.


      During the fall 1970 recording sessions for the Pearl album with The Doors and Phil Ochs producer Paul A. Rothchild, Joplin died, aged 27. Her death was caused by an overdose of heroin on October 4, 1970. The last recordings she completed were “Mercedes Benz” and a birthday greeting for John Lennon on October 1, 1970; Lennon later told Dick Cavett that her taped greeting arrived at his New York home after her death.

      She was cremated in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, and her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. The album Pearl, released six weeks after her death, included a version of Nick Gravenites’ song “Buried Alive In The Blues”, which was left as an instrumental because Joplin had died before she was able to record her vocal over the backing track.


      Joplin is now remembered best for her powerful, and distinctive voice — her rasping, overtone-rich sound was significantly divergent from the soft folk and jazz-influenced styles that were common among many white artists at the time — as well as for her lyrical themes of pain and loss. To many, she personified that period of the Sixties when the San Francisco sound, along with (then considered) outlandish dress and life style jolted the country. Many Joplin fans remember her appearance on the Dick Cavett show with an obviously delighted Dick Cavett. She is mentioned in the book, “Small Steps”, a sequel to the hit novel, “Holes”. [1] The genuineness of her personality always came across in press interviews, for better or worse.

      Joplin’s contributions to the rock idiom were long overlooked[citation needed], but her importance is now becoming more widely appreciated, thanks in part to the recent release of the long-unreleased documentary film Festival Express, which captured her at her very best. Janis’s vocal style, her flamboyant dress, her outspokenness and sense of humour, her liberated stance (politically and sexually) and her strident, hard-living “one of the boys” image all combined to create an entirely new kind of female persona in rock.

      It can be argued that, prior to Joplin, there was a tendency for solo, white female pop performers to be pigeonholed in to a few broadly defined roles — the gentle, guitar-strumming ‘folkie’ (e.g. Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell), the virginal ‘pop goddess’ (e.g. Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney) or the cool, elegantly dressed chanteuse (e.g. Dusty Springfield)[citation needed] who, in fact, included a version of “Piece Of My Heart” on her 1968 album “Dusty…Definitely”, released within a few months of Joplin’s studio version. As one of the first women to front a fully-fledged rock band, Joplin followed the precedent set by her white, male counterparts in adopting the image, repertoire and performance style of African American blues and rhythm and blues artists, both male and female. In so doing, Joplin was pivotal in redefining what was possible for white female singers in mainstream American popular music.

      Not recognized by her hometown during her life, she was remembered much later. In 1988, her life and achievements were showcased and recognized in Port Arthur by the dedication of the Janis Joplin Memorial, with an original bronze, multi-image sculpture of Joplin by Douglas Clark.

      Alongside Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, she pioneered an entirely new range of expression for white women in the previously male-dominated world of post-Beatles rock. It is also notable that, in a very short time, she transcended the role of “chick singer” fronting an all-male band, to being an internationally famous solo star in her own right.

      Joplin is also notable as one of the few female performers of her day to regularly wear pants (or slacks), rather than skirts or dresses.[citation needed] Her body decoration with a wristlet and a small heart on her left breast, by the San Francisco tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle, is taken as a seminal moment in the tattoo revolution and was an early moment in the popular culture’s acceptance of tattoos as art.[2]. Another trademark was her flamboyant hair styles, often including colored streaks and accessories such as scarves, beads and feathers, a style strikingly at odds with the ‘regulation’ perms or wigs sported by most female singers of the day.[citation needed] It is especially notable that she is probably the only major female pop-rock star of the period who never wore makeup — something that was very striking at a time when the wearing of makeup was de rigueur for female performers.

      People have drawn comparisons between Joplin and her close contemporary Jimi Hendrix (with whom it was rumored that she had a tryst in a bathroom stall)[citation needed], who similarly was catapulted to fame by his appearance at Monterey, had a brief, successful career, and who also died from drug-related causes within weeks of Joplin, also at the age of twenty-seven.

      Joplin also has been compared with Jim Morrison, another contemporary who died at twenty-seven after a successful and drug-fueled career. She and Morrison also reportedly had an affair.

      The 1979 film The Rose was loosely based on Joplin’s life. The lead role earned Bette Midler an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress (Joplin had gone to see Midler perform several times at the Continental Baths at the Ansonia Hotel in New York, when Midler was first starting out). In the late 1990s, a musical based on “Love, Janis,” was launched, with an aim to take it to Off-Broadway. Opening there in the summer of 2001 and scheduled for only a few weeks of performances, the show won acclaim and packed houses and was held over several times, the demanding role of the singing Janis attracting rock vocalists from relative unknowns to pop stars Laura Branigan and Beth Hart. A national tour followed. Gospel According to Janis, a biographical film starring Zooey Deschanel as Joplin as currently in production and scheduled for a 2008 release.

      Contemporary singer P!nk has cited Janis Joplin as one of her first idols. During her 2004 Try This Tour, P!nk performed a three song acoustic medley of: Summertime/Me and Bobby McGee/Piece of My Heart

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Janis Joplin, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

      Sananda Maitreya

      Sananda Maitreya (formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby and born Terence Trent Howard on March 15, 1962) is an American-born singer-songwriter currently living in Milan, Italy. He is recognizable through his trademark voice resembling that of Sam Cooke, and the fact that, like such artists as Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren and Prince before him, he produces his own albums and plays most of the instruments.
      A graduate of DeLand High School, Terence Trent Howard was born in Manhattan, New York and joined the army after leaving college, serving in Elvis Presley’s old regiment in Germany. He was formally discharged by the army in 1985 after going absent without leave. While in Germany, he also worked with the band The Touch , releasing an album of material called Love On Time (1984). It was later re-issued in 1989 as Early Works after Maitreya’s world-wide success as a solo artist. In 1986 he left Germany for London, where he briefly joined the band The Bojangels, after which he signed a solo recording deal.

      As Terence Trent D’Arby
      His debut solo album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby, released in 1987, is his best-known and, in commercial terms, most successful work. The album, which produced such hits as “If You Let Me Stay,” “Wishing Well,” “Dance Little Sister,” and “Sign Your Name,” sold over a million copies in the first three days of its release, and its sales currently total over 12 million. The album also earned Maitreya a Grammy Award in March 1988 in the category Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male. In that same year, he earned a Soul Train Award nomination for Best New Artist.
      Maitreya’s follow-up was the somewhat more experimental and serious Neither Fish Nor Flesh: A Soundtrack of Love, Faith, Hope & Destruction (1989). It gathered generally hostile reviews from the critics, and was not commercially as successful as its predecessor. Nevertheless, it sold over 2 million copies.
      It took four more years and a move to Los Angeles until his next project, Symphony or Damn: Exploring the Tension Inside the Sweetness (1993) was released. The record touched many of the issues that had been raised also in Neither Fish Nor Flesh, but was musically more straightforward and rock-influenced than its predecessors. It gathered favourable reviews and gained much airplay in major music stations.
      In 1995 Maitreya released Vibrator, which largely followed Symphony or Damn in its musical direction. It was well received, but like the previous album, failed to return the artist back to the public status that he had enjoyed at the time of his first release.
      During the 1990s the relations between the artist and his record label Columbia Records became strained, eventually leading to the artist’s departure in 1996. This was followed by a four-year spell on Java Records, during which he recorded Terence Trent D’Arby’s Solar Return, which was not released. In 2000, he bought the rights to his unreleased album and left the record company as well as his then-management-team Lippman Entertainment.
      In 1999, Maitreya was briefly hired by INXS to replace his friend, late vocalist Michael Hutchence, so the band could play at the opening of facilities for the Sydney Olympics.

      As Sananda Maitreya
      Following a series of dreams, the artist adopted the name Sananda Maitreya. His name was legally changed to that on October 4, 2001.
      2001 also saw Maitreya moving back to Europe and Germany, as he resettled in Munich and started his own independent record label, Sananda Records. The year also marked his first album release in six years, as the unreleased Terence Trent D’Arby’s Soular Return was revamped into Wildcard. The album, which received a warm critical welcome, was at first available for free through his website, and later gained also a commercial release through a one-album distribution deal with Universal Music.
      In 2002 Maitreya moved to Milan, Italy, and began working on his next project, Angels & Vampires – Volume I. Rough demo versions of the songs were initially released through Weedshare, allowing the fans to get a glimpse of the work as it evolved. In July 29, 2005, the fully mastered album was finally released through his webshop utilizing the mp3 format.
      In July 2005 Maitreya started working on Angels & Vampires – Volume II, he released chapter after chapter online as soon he finished recording the songs. On April 29, 2006 he released the fully finished and mastered album in his webshop.

      Film career
      Maitreya has appeared in two films, as well the TV series Shake, Rattle And Roll where he played the part of Jackie Wilson. His music has also been included on several movie soundtracks, most notably as the theme song of 1991’s Frankie and Johnny.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Terence Trent/Sananda Maitreya | Leave a comment

      Marty Robbins

      Marty Robbins, (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), was an American Country & Western Hall of Fame musician. He was one of the most popular and successful country singers of his era. For most of his nearly four-decade career, Robbins was rarely far from the country music charts. Several of his songs became pop hits, as well.

      Born Martin David Robinson near Glendale, Arizona, Robbins served in the United States Navy as an LCT coxswain during World War II. To pass the time during the war, he learned to play the guitar, started writing songs, and grew to love Hawaiian music.

      After his discharge from the military in 1945, he started playing at local venues in Phoenix, then moved on to host his own radio station show, on KTYL, and ended up with his own television (TV) show on KPHO in Phoenix. After Little Jimmy Dickens made a guest appearance on Robbins’ TV show, Dickens got Robbins a record deal with Columbia. He went on to become an immensely popular singing star of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

      Marty Robbins

      Marty Robbins

      His musical accomplishments include the first Grammy Award ever awarded for a country song, for his 1959 hit and signature song “El Paso”. “El Paso” was also the first song to hit #1 on the pop chart in the 1960s. It was taken from his album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. He won the Grammy Award for the Best Country & Western Recording 1961, for the follow-up album More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, and was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1970, for “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife.” Robbins was named “Artist of the Decade” (1960-69) by the Academy of Country Music, was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982, and was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998 for his song “El Paso”.

      Marty Robbins was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975. For his contribution to the recording industry, Marty Robbins has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6666 Hollywood Blvd.

      Between recording songs and touring, Marty Robbins was an avid race car driver, competing in NASCAR with the best stock car drivers in the world, including at the Daytona 500. In 1967, Robbins starred in Hell on Wheels, a car racing film; Robbins played himself in the film.[1]

      Marty Robbins died in Nashville on December 8, 1982, at the age of 57, due to surgical complications. He was interred in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Marty Robbins, Music | Leave a comment

      George Thorogood

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      George Thorogood (born December 31, 1951) is a blues-rock and rock performer from Wilmington, Delaware. He was raised on Clearview Avenue in Naamans Gardens, a suburb of Wilmington, Delaware. During this time he went to Brandywine High School.

      Thorogood cut his debut album titled Better Than the Rest in 1974, and released it that same year. In the autumn of 1976 he recorded his second album, the eponymous George Thorogood with his band, The Destroyers (sometimes also known as The Delaware Destroyers or simply GT and D) and issued the album in 1977. Thorogood released his next album titled Move It On Over in the autumn of 1978 with The Destroyers, which included the hit “Move It On Over” in 1978. “Please Set A Date” and “Who Do You Love” both followed in 1979.

      During the 1980s, and 1990s, Thorogood recorded some of his most well known works, Bad to the Bone (used to great effect during the bar scene in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and in the opening scene of John Carpenter’s Christine) and in the movie Major Payne, “I Drink Alone” (from his Maverick album), “You Talk Too Much”, and “If You Don’t Start Drinking, I’m Gonna Leave”.

      Thorogood is best known for his animated stage presence and loud, raucous electric slide guitar playing. He is also known as “Lonesome George”.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | George Thorogood, Music, Rock | Leave a comment

      Gloria Estefan


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      Gloria Estefan (born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer and songwriter.

      Estefan began her career as lead vocalist for the Hispanic dance music band, Miami Sound Machine, in 1975. They crossed over to mainstream popular success with English-speaking audiences with the international hit singles, “Dr. Beat” (1984) and “Conga” (1986).

      Known as the “Queen of Latin Pop,” Estefan is one of the world’s most recognized popular music artists. With over 70 million albums sold worldwide, she is the single most successful crossover performer in Latin music history.

      Fleeing Cuba
      Cuban-born, Gloria’s family moved to Miami, Florida when she was 16 months old, following the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Gloria’s father José Fajardo, who in the 1950s was a personal bodyguard to then Cuban president Fulgencio Batista’s wife, was captured in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion that attempted to overthrow the new communist government established by Fidel Castro. Gloria’s father was held as a prisoner until an exchange was arranged by President John F. Kennedy

      Gloria’s father served as an officer in the United States Army in Vietnam, where he is suspected of having been exposed to Agent Orange, a defoliant used extensively during the Vietnam war to clear combat areas. He subsequently contracted multiple sclerosis, and was nursed by a young Estefan for many years. He died in 1980.
      Gloria’s mother, Gloria García Pérez de Fajardo, now living in Miami, ran a school in Cuba in the 1950s for kindergarten students.
      University of Miami
      Gloria was raised primarily in Miami (though she accompanied her mother, father and younger sister, Becky, to several military bases in the 1960s during her father’s military service). She attended the University of Miami. As a student there, she also worked as a Spanish and French translator at Miami International Airport’s Customs Department.
      Gloria graduated from the University of Miami in 1978 with a degree in communications and psychology (with a minor in French). Since graduating, she has been a prominent advocate for the university and a member of its Board of Trustees. She has appeared in national television advertisements for the university and is one of several highly prominent University of Miami alumni.

      Miami Sound Machine
      Estefan’s first public musical performance was at a large Cuban wedding when her future husband, Emilio Estefan, Jr., asked her to join Miami Sound Machine in singing.
      Her appearance was well-received and, a few weeks later, she became the lead singer for Miami Sound Machine, which performed and recorded in Spanish in the early years of its existence. The Miami Sound Machine soon gained a large fan base and released an LP in 1977. It was the first all-Spanish album from CBS International.
      With Estefan on vocals, The Miami Sound Machine had its first English-language hit with “Dr. Beat,” which topped the dance charts across Europe and went Top 5 in the UK and Australia, from the album Eyes of Innocence, in 1984. Primitive Love was released in 1986; The single “Conga” broke MSM into the American pop market. “Bad Boy”, and “Words Get in the Way” became follow up hits in the US and around the world; “Words Get In The Way” reached #1 in the US Adult Contemporary chart, establishing that the group could do pop ballads equally as well as dance tunes. The song “Hot Summer Nights” was also released that year and was part of the blockbuster movie Top Gun.
      Estefan’s next album, 1988’s Let It Loose, went multi-platinum, with six million copies sold alone in the US and featured the following hits: “Anything For You” (#1 Pop), “1,2,3” (#3 Pop), “Betcha Say That” (#36 Pop), “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” (#5 Pop), and “Can’t Stay Away From You” (#6 Pop). “Can’t Stay Away From You,” “Anything For You” and “1-2-3” were all #1 Adult Contemporary hits as well.
      In 1988, Estefan took top billing as the band’s name changed to Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine. Beginning in 1989, the group’s name was dropped altogether and Estefan was credited as a solo artist, though the ever-changing line-up of Miami Sound Machine has continued to be her backing band to this day.
      In 1989, after the worldwide chart success of single “Anything For You”, their Let It Loose album was repackaged as Anything For You. It became the band’s first UK #1 album, selling over a million copies. It was the biggest selling album of the year in Holland, staying at #1 for 22 weeks. The album also took top honors in Australia and Canada launching Estefan to superstar status.
      In 1989, she released her best-selling album to date, Cuts Both Ways, the title of which refers to Estefan’s desire to appeal to both English and Spanish-speaking fans. Hits included “Don’t Wanna Lose You” (a USA #1 hit), “Oye mi Canto (Hear my Voice)”, “Here We Are”, “Cuts Both Ways” (#1 in Australia and on the US AC chart), and “Get on Your Feet” .
      Cuts Both Ways sold over 1 million copies and went platinum within its first month of release in the US. The success followed in the UK, where it debuted at #1, with Gloria being the first act in 10 years to have two # 1 albums on the UK charts in one calendar year. Cuts Both Ways then shot to # 1 in Australia, Holland, Belgium, Japan and more, selling over ten million copies worldwide.

      Marriage and children
      Gloria Fajardo became romantically involved with the Miami Sound Machine’s band leader, Emilio Estefan, in 1976. She and Emilio married on September 2, 1978. They have a son, Nayib (born September 2, 1980), and a daughter, Emily Marie (born December 5, 1994).

      Tour bus crash
      While touring in support of Cuts Both Ways on March 20, 1990, near Scranton, Pennsylvania, Estefan was critically injured and her back broken when a tractor trailer crashed into her tour bus. She was flown by helicopter to New York City, where surgeons permanently implanted two titanium rods to stabilize her spinal column. Her grueling rehabilitation required almost a year of intensive physical therapy but she sustained a fairly complete recovery.

      Estefan returned to the charts with a concept album, Into the Light in 1991. “Coming Out of the Dark” was performed publicly for the first time on the American Music Awards in January 1991, and reached #1 in the US as a single a few months later. The Into the Light World Tour covered 100 cities in nine countries and was seen by more than 10 million people worldwide. She followed up Into the Light with her first greatest-hits album in 1992, which included the minor US hit ballads “Always Tomorrow” and “I See Your Smile” and the international hit dance track “Go Away.” Also in 1992, Estefan helped contribute to the mainstream success of fellow Cuban-American singer-songwriter Jon Secada, including singing backup on his breakthrough hit, “Just Another Day.” Estefan spent much of the latter half of the year in Miami, helping with relief from the devastation of Hurricane Andrew.
      1993’s Mi Tierra saw Estefan return to her Cuban roots with a Spanish-language album, for which she won a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. Mi Tierra was a successful album worldwide, with over eight million copies sold. In Spain, Mi Tierra became the country’s best selling international album ever.
      Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, a cover album of some of Estefan’s favorite 1960s and 1970s songs (including the title song, the Classics IV’s “Traces,” and Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” among others), was released in 1994. “Turn the Beat Around”, the first single and a remake of Vicki Sue Robinson’s 1976 disco classic, became another international hit, certified gold in the US and also featured in the Sharon Stone movie The Specialist. “Everlasting Love” (the 1967 Robert Knight and 1974 Carl Carlton classic) was a successful club and pop hit, and a third single, a remake of Carole King’s signature song “It’s Too Late,” did well on Adult Contemporary radio.
      1995’s Spanish-language album Abriendo Puertas earned Estefan her second Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album. It spun off two #1 Dance hits, “Abriendo Puertas” and “Tres Deseos,” and two #1 Latin singles, “Abriendo Puertas” and “Mas Allá.” The Miami Herald called Abriendo Puertas “a danceable pan-Latin American fusion, brilliantly built on improbable instrumental combinations and layers of styles and rhythms.”
      In 1995, Estefan sang the Billboard Latin #1 song “Mas Allá” for Pope John Paul II as part of the celebration of his 50th anniversary in the priesthood. She was the first pop star invited to perform for the Pope. At their meeting, Estefan, an anti-communist, asked the Pope to pray for a free Cuba. She has been an active opponent of Fidel Castro’s government, and after some ambiguous statements supported the unsuccessful effort to keep young Elián González in the United States.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Gloria Estefan, Music, Rock | 1 Comment

      Toni Basil

      Toni Basil (born Antonia Christina Basilotta on September 22, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a musician, video artist, actress, and choreographer.

      Her recording career began in 1966 with a rare one-off single for A&M Records, the title song from the film Breakaway. Although she appeared three times as musical guest during the first season of Saturday Night Live in 1975–76, it wasn’t until 1982 that she released a follow-up, the international smash “Mickey”. This song is, in fact, a cover of “Kitty”, a 1979 release by UK band Racey, written by British hitmakers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. “Mickey” itself would be covered in a parody by “Weird Al” Yankovic as “Ricky”. Furthermore, “Mickey” was actually recorded in 1979, and when her record label wanted to release the song in 1982, Basil was reluctant, believing the song already sounded “dated”. But the label persevered, and pop-music history was made.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Music, OLDIES, Rock, Toni Basil | Leave a comment

      Gatlin Brothers

      Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. This is one of their compilation albums, Super Hits.Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. This is one of their compilation albums, Super Hits.

      Larry Gatlin (born May 2, 1948 in Seminole, Texas) is a Country Music singer best known for his string of countrypolitan hits in the 1970s and 80s. In 1979, he teamed up with his brothers to create Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. Larry Gatlin had his greatest success with his brothers in this band. He is also known for his tenor voice.

      Larry Gatlin might best be known for his string of glitzy-styled Country Music songs he recorded during the 70s and 80s. During this time, country music trended toward the edge of Pop music. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers became famous during this period. They became one of the most successful artists in this genre.

      Larry Gatlin was born in Seminole, Texas in 1948. He was the son of an oil field worker, the oldest of three children. He and his brothers began performing at family and church gatherings. He was football star in high school. After graduating he studied at the University of Houston on a football scholarship.

      While in college, Gatlin began performing locally, which eventually led to a chance meeting with Dottie West, a reknowned Country singer during the 60s. West was impressed by Gatlin’s songwriting talents and, in addition to recording a couple of his compositions herself, talked Gatlin into moving to Nashville. West sent him a plane ticket for the trip. He would landed a record deal with Monument Records

      In 1974, Larry released his first album on Monument called The Pilgrim. His brothers, Steve and Rudy appeared on this album. This album led to his first Top Twenty Country single called “Delta Dirt”. The song also reached the Pop charts, peaking at #84.

      He had more success following the release of his first album. Hits such as “Broken Lady”, “Anything But Leavin'”, “I Don’t Wanna Cry” and “Love Is Just a Game” are all notable hits from 70s. In 1976, he became part of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1977, Larry Gatlin won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song for his composition of “Broken Lady” and in 1979 he was voted the “Top Male Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music.

      Larry Gatlin is also well known for his partnership with his younger brothers Steven and Rudy Gatlin in the Gatlin Brothers Band on Monument Records, and later Columbia Records. The Gatlins first hit No. 1 in 1978 with “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” a year before their most famous hit, “All the Gold in California”. Their only other No. 1 hit was 1983’s “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”.


      Other well-known hits by the Gatlins include “Love is Just a Game” (1977); “Take Me to Your Lovin’ Place” (1980); “Denver” (1984); and “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby” (1986).

      In 1985, Larry Gatlin wrote the song “Indian Summer” with Barry Gibb, which he recorded as a duet with Roy Orbison.

      Decline & Comeback

      After more than a decade of singing together, in December 1992 the Gatlin Brothers embarked on a farewell tour before retiring to their own theater in [[Myrtle Beach, South Carolina]. Larry Gatlin went on to star in the Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies.

      Larry Gatlin wrote a memoir called All the Gold in California that was published in 1998.

      The Gatlin Brothers are the subject of a well-known country-music inside joke: They’re mentioned as the collective nemesis of Kenny Rogers in his hit song “Coward of the County”. In the movie inspired by this song, the brothers’ names were changed to “Jimmy, Paul and Luke Gatlin.”

      In the 1990s, Larry Gatlin built his own entertainment career in Branson, Missouri.

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      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Gatlin Brothers, Music | Leave a comment

      Jeff Bates

      Jeff Bates was only 17 when he entered a honky tonk in his hometown of Bunker Hill, MS. He wasn’t there for the smoking, drinking, or rabble-rousing; he was there to audition, hoping to land a show or two. The audience went wild for his voice — a mix of Barry White, Elvis Presley, and Otis Redding — and before he knew it, Bates was offered a six-nights-a-week gig. Everything pointed to Nashville, but before he would get there, Bates had to battle a crippling methamphetamine addiction that eventually landed him in jail. He had a spiritual awakening while locked up and emerged from jail not only clean and sober but also driven and ambitious in a way he never was before. Moving to Nashville and working extra hard, Bates caught the ear of the RCA label and landed a deal in 2002. The label issued his debut, Rainbow Man, in 2003 and his sophomore effort, Good People, in 2005. He kicked off the promotional campaign for his 2006 release Leave the Light On by performing the album’s single, “One Second Chance,” live at the Grand Old Opry

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Jeff Bates, Music | Leave a comment

      Poverty Neck Hillbillies


      Photo Courtesy of Bo Streeter

      Chris Abbondanza – Vocals/Guitar

      Ryan Lucotch – Drums
      Dave Cramer – Keyboard/Vocals
      Bob Crafton – Steel Guitar
      Chris Higbee – Fiddle
      David Guthrie – Electric Guitar
      Jeff Volek – Bass/Accordion/Guitar/Vocals

      “We did things backwards,” PovertyNeck Hillbillies lead singer Abby proudly declares.

      What Abby means is that, in this day of style’s triumph over substance, he and his bandmates – fiddler Chris Higbee, keyboardist Dave Cramer, guitarist David “Junior” Guthrie, pedal steel guitarist Bob “Crafty” Crafton, bass player Jeff Volek and drummer Ryan Lucotch – started with the music, not the marketing. The Hillbillies built a fervent fan base in their home state of Pennsylvania based on their wild, charismatic live shows, their muscular, melodic playing, and their catchy, crowd-pleasing songs – and they’re now expanding that rapidly growing audience nationwide.

      “It was grassroots, word-of-mouth stuff,” says Abby. “That’s how we did it. We kept throwing out pebbles, and the ripples went out a little further each time.”

      And so by the time the PovertyNeck Hillbillies set foot on a Nashville stage for the first time, they had already sold tens of thousands of CDs and boasted a fan club larger than many acts in the mainstream country Top 10. The Hillbillies are poised to make a play for that mainstream themselves – and make no mistake, the 10 tracks on The PovertyNeck Hillbillies, their debut album, are as radio-ready and instantly accessible as they are honest, heartfelt and fresh.

      The Hillbillies’ music is as direct and down-home as their striking moniker, which comes from a sign that founding member Chris Higbee discovered on his grandfather’s farm on Poverty Neck Lane in Southwestern Pennsylvania. “It’s typical farmland,” says Higbee of the area that he and his bandmates – country boys, outdoorsmen, hunters and fishermen – all call their homeland.

      The Hillbillies began playing there together in 2000. “We were originally just a bunch of friends getting together,” remembers Higbee. “We all lived around each other. We just heard about this guy through that guy and started playing music very naturally.” Their upbringings had been similar, but their tastes in music were varied. “There’s seven different personalities in the band, and seven different musical backgrounds,” explains Abby. “Two of the guys grew up playing polka, Chris Higbee grew up listening to rock, Dave Cramer liked ’80s music, “Crafty” listened to Southern rock, and Junior and I always liked old country. When we get together though, it all blends together.”

      When they took their act to the clubs in the state’s rock stronghold of Pittsburgh, the group quickly began amassing a following for their rootsy, hard-hitting country music. Their blistering live shows and relentless determination have gotten them where they are today. “We’re all goal-driven so we took things into our own hands and did it,” recalls Abby. “For us there was no question about getting things done because we love what we do and have the best fans a group could ask for. We are first and foremost musicians but we are also entertainers. So our goal is to give the fans what they want – great music and an even greater live show.”

      After a while it was so long day jobs, hello music-making. “Everybody gave up everything in their lives to do this 100 percent,” adds Higbee. “The little goals were what kept us going.”

      Little goals turned into big accolades. The Country Music Association named the Hillbillies one of 2005’s top independent artists, and they were declared the official band of the Pittsburgh Steelers – quite an honor indeed for these diehard pigskin fans.

      “We started out by doing the national anthem at a Steelers game, then the halftime show,” says Abby of the band’s association with the 2005 Superbowl champs. “We were asked to do some private functions, then we got asked to do the pep rally at Heinz field four days before they left to go to the Superbowl. We played in front of 40,000 people, then Art Rooney, the owner of the Steelers, came up onstage and said, ‘I’d like to welcome and thank the new official band of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the PovertyNeck Hillbillies.’ We had no warning. If you’d have taken a picture of our faces ? It is such an honor.” (Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger guest stars in the group’s “Mr. Right Now” video, shot at Heinz Field.)

      Just as thrilling was the moment the Hillbillies hooked up with Bob Corbin, who had enjoyed country success with the Corbin/Hanner Band and gone on to a successful songwriting and production career. Corbin began writing with primary group tunesmith Abby, and finally wound up producing The PovertyNeck Hillbillies. Most of the album’s tracks come with a pedigree, having been tested on the rowdy, rabid audiences at the group’s live shows. “The crowd helps to decide whether we record a song,” explains Abby. “Usually you know it’s a keeper if you see people catching on to the chorus by the end of the song.”

      The biggest challenge the Hillbillies faced was capturing the infectious, uncontainable energy of those concerts on record. “We’ve always said that if we can play in front of you live, you’ll at some point in the show become a fan,” says Abby. “We’re not a sit-down-and-watch band and people across the country appreciate that. With seven members it’s hard not to be high energy and give it everything we got every time we go on stage.” Abby’s vocals blend a deep, country twang with a hint of rock-n-roll gravel, and are backed by powerful harmonies in songs such as, “She Rides Wild Horses” and “Mr. Right Now.” The six-piece band provides the full, articulate sound that makes The PovertyNeck Hillbillies unique in their genre.

      Finally, the group decided it was time to take on Nashville, signing with Rust Records in February 2006. To their surprise, this organic, homegrown phenomenon has already found a place in Music City.

      “We’re glad they’re accepting us with open arms, because that was a fear of ours,” admits Abby. “We’re not the typical Nashville band.”

      The Hillbillies released their self-titled debut album nationally in June 2006, throwing in a two-hour DVD so newcomers to the band’s trademark sound can get a glimpse of their live shows and behind-the-scenes personalities. “We wanted you to get face-to-face with the music,” says Abby. “It gives you a better idea of what we’re about.”

      What this band is about is a fresh, varied and wide-ranging approach to country music, held together by boundless energy and a fierce commitment to the songs, the audience and one another. The PovertyNeck Hillbillies might have gotten to where they are backward, but the only direction they’re moving in now is straight up.

      December 10, 2006 Posted by | Country, Music, Poverty Neck Hillbillies, Rock | 1 Comment

      Peter Paul & Mary

      The trio Peter, Paul and Mary (often PP&M) is an American musical group that was one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. The trio comprises Peter Yarrow, Noel “Paul” Stookey, and Mary Travers.

      The group was created and managed by Albert Grossman, who sought to create a folk “supergroup” by bringing together “a tall blonde (Travers), a funny guy (Stookey), and a good looking guy (Yarrow).” He launched the group in 1961, booking them into the The Bitter End, a coffee house and popular folk venue in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

      Peter, Paul and Mary's debut album

      Peter, Paul and Mary’s debut album

      The group recorded their first album, Peter, Paul and Mary, the following year. It included “500 Miles,” “Lemon Tree”,”Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and the hit Pete Seeger tune “If I Had a Hammer,” (“The Hammer Song”). The album was listed on Billboard Magazine Top Ten list for ten months and in the Top One Hundred for over three years.

      By 1963, they had recorded three albums, released “Puff the Magic Dragon”, which Yarrow and fellow Cornell student Leonard Lipton had written in 1959, and performed “If I Had a Hammer” at the 1963 March on Washington, best remembered for Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Their biggest single hit was the Bob Dylan song, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” an international #1 and the fastest selling single ever cut by Warner Brothers Records. For many years after, the group was at the forefront of the civil rights movement and other causes promoting social justice. “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” which in December 1969 became their only #1 (as well as their final Top 40) hit, was written by the then-unknown John Denver and first appeared on their Album 1700 in 1967. “Day Is Done,” a #21 hit in June 1969, was the last Hot 100 hit the trio recorded.

      On March 26, 1970, Peter Yarrow pled guilty to taking indecent liberties with a 14-year old girl in an August 31, 1969, incident at the Shoreham Hotel prior to a Washington, D.C., concert. Beginning September 1970 he served 3 months in prison. He was pardoned by President Jimmy Carter in 1981.[1]

      The trio broke up in 1970 to pursue solo careers, but found little of the success they did as a group, although Stookey’s “The Wedding Song (There Is Love)” (written for Yarrow’s marriage to Marybeth McCarthy, the niece of senator Eugene McCarthy) was a hit and has become a wedding standard since its 1971 release.

      In 1978, they reunited for a concert to protest nuclear energy, and have recorded albums together and toured since. They currently play around 25 shows a year.[1]

      The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.

      In 2004, Travers was diagnosed with leukemia, leading to the cancellation of the remaining tour dates for that year. She received a bone marrow transplant and is recovering successfully. She and the rest of the trio resumed their concert tour on December 9, 2005 with a holiday performance at Carnegie Hall and are scheduled for several additional concerts in 2006.

      Peter, Paul and Mary received in 2006 the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from Songwriters Hall of Fame.

      The trio sang at in Mitchell, South Dakota George and Eleanor McGovern Library and Center for Leadership dedication concert on October 5, 2006.

      December 9, 2006 Posted by | Music, OLDIES, Peter Paul and Mary, Rock | 1 Comment

      Ivory Joe Hunter

      Ivory Joe Hunter


      Ivory Joe Hunter made his network television debut on You Asked for It in April, 1951.


      Ivory Joe Hunter made his network television debut on You Asked for It in April, 1951.

      Ivory Joe Hunter (born October 10, 1914 in Kirbyville, Texas – died November 8, 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee) was an African American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist, best known for his hit recording, “Since I Met You, Baby” (1956). Billed as “The Baron of the Boogie,” he was also known as “The “Happiest Man Alive.” He is sometimes confused with Motown producer-songwriter Ivy Joe Hunter.

      In Kirbyville, Texas, he was christened Ivory Joe as an infant. Developing an early interest in music from his father, Dave Hunter, who played guitar, and his gospel singing mother, he was a talented pianist by the age of 13. As a teenager, Hunter made his first recording in Texas for Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress in 1933. [1]

      December 9, 2006 Posted by | Ivory Joe Hunter, Music, OLDIES, Rock | Leave a comment

      Lenny Kravitz

      Leonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is a American rock singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist whose retro-style amalgam of rock, pop, funk, and even techno is inspired by such music icons as Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.

      Kravitz plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, saxophone, trumpet and sitar. He usually plays all the instruments on each recorded track.

      Early life

      Kravitz was born in New York City, and is the son of Russian-Jewish American film producer Sy Kravitz and Bahamian American actress Roxie Roker, best known as Helen Willis, a regular character on The Jeffersons. Kravitz was named after his uncle, Pfc. Leonard Kravitz, who was killed in action in Korea while suppressing a Chinese attack and saving most of his platoon; he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

      His parents moved to California. Having taught himself bass, piano, guitar, and drums at an early age and developed his singing voice in the California Boys Choir and the Metropolitan Opera, he attended Beverly Hills High School and performed under the artist name, Romeo Blue. At that stage, he was heavily influenced by Prince. His parents were friends with jazz greats Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short, and Miles Davis so he grew up in a musical household although he would pursue a career in rock rather than jazz.

      In the late 1980s, Kravitz returned to New York to pursue a musical career. He ended up sharing a house with Lisa Bonet of The Cosby Show. The two would fall in love and marry on November 16, 1987, Lisa’s 20th birthday; they divorced in 1993 and have a daughter, Zoe Isabella Kravitz, together. Kravitz would broaden his influences beyond Prince to artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and Bob Marley. He signed a contract with Virgin Records.

      Early career


      Let Love Rule album cover


      Let Love Rule album cover

      His 1989 debut album Let Love Rule was a moderate success, reaching #61 on the US Billboard album charts. The title track would reach #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the modern rock charts. The second single, “I Build This Garden For Us” reached #25 on the modern rock charts.

      Kravitz gained greater recognition when Madonna reached number one with a cover version of his song, “Justify My Love” on her 1990 Immaculate Collection album. Kravitz’s marriage to Lisa Bonet ended in the same year. He also briefly dated Madonna at this time.[1]

      The following year, his second album, Mama Said reached the top 40 of the Billboard album charts and songs on the album were influenced by his divorce from Bonet. It contained the hit single “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the Billboard R&B charts. “Always On The Run” featured Slash of Guns N’ Roses and reached #8 on the modern rock charts and #40 on the mainstream rock charts. “Stand By My Woman” would scrape the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #76, while “What Goes Around Comes Around” reached the top 40 of the Billboard R&B chart. The album would also feature a contribution by Sean Lennon.

      In 1993, Are You Gonna Go My Way was released, reaching #12 on the Billboard 200 and Kravitz earned a Brit Award for best international male artist in 1994. The title track won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video for the video produced by Mark Romanek, in which Kravitz slung his dreadlocks and wore high-heeled platform boots. The single would reach #1 on the Australian and Billboard mainstream rock charts and #2 on the modern rock charts. Several singles from the album would follow including:

      • “Believe” #60 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on the mainstream rock charts and #10 on the modern rock charts;
      • “Is There Any Love In Your Heart” would reach #19 on the mainstream rock charts; and
      • “Heaven Help/Spinning Around Over You” reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Heaven Help” reached #92 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles charts.

      Kravitz covered the KISS song “Deuce” for a tribute album, with the track reaching #15 on the Billboard rock chart. He released the Circus album in 1995, which reached number 10 on the Billboard chart on the back of his past achievement. However, it only had two singles: “Rock And Roll Is Dead” peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the mainstream rock chart and #10 on the modern rock charts. “Can’t Get You Off My Mind” reached #62 on the Billboard chart and #36 on the US adult chart.

      Later career

      With 5 (1999), Kravitz embraced digital technology such as synthesizers and tape loops for the first time. 5 introduced his music to an even wider audience, particularly in Europe, thanks to the hit single “Fly Away” being featured prominently in both car manufacturer and airline commercials. 5 would reach #28 on the Billboard 200, with “Fly Away” reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998 and ,,Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance|Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance]] at the Grammy Awards of 1999. Other hits from the album included:

      • “If You Can’t Say No” reached the top 40 on the Billboard mainstream rock chart in 1999 – dance producer Brian Transeau would remix the track; and
      • “I Belong to You” would reach #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on the Billboard adult chart in 2000.

      His cover version of The Guess Who’s hit “American Woman” won him another Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 2000 and helped The Guess Who find a new audience. The song originally came from the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and was added to the 5 album as a bonus track in 1999. The song would reach #49 on the Billboard 100, #3 on the Billboard modern rock chart and #7 on the Billboard mainstream rock chart.

      Kravitz released a Greatest Hits compilation in 2000. It proved to be his most successful album, reaching #2 on the Billboard 200 and Canadian album charts and achieve triple platinum status. The single “Again” reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on a world adult composite chart (based on the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France and Australia) and US adult chart. The track would also earn him his third consecutive Grammy for the Best Male Rock Vocal in the Grammy Awards of 2001.


      Lenny album cover


      album cover

      Kravitz released his sixth album Lenny in October 2001. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on the Canadian charts. The first single from the album “Dig In” reached #31 on the Billboard 100 and went top ten in the world adult and US adult charts. It also reached #1 in Argentina, went top 5 in Portugal and top 10 in Italy. He won his fourth consecutive Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal at the Grammy Awards of 2002. Subsequent singles included:

      • “Stillness of Heart” went top 10 in Italy, top 20 in the US and world adult charts and Argentina and top 40 in Canada and the UK;
      • “Believe in Me” reached #1 in Portugal, went top 10 in the Netherlands, top 20 in Italy and Germany and reached the top 100 world sales and airplay charts; and
      • “If I Could Fall In Love” reached the US adult top 40.

      Jay-Z invited Kravitz to appear on the track “Guns and Roses” on his 2002 Blueprint 2: the Gift and the Curse. Kravitz would also join P. Diddy, Pharrell Williams and Loon on the track “Show Me Your Soul” from the Bad Boys 2 soundtrack. In 2004, he would appear on a track on N.E.R.D’s album Fly or Die. Jay-Z would appear on the track “Storm” on Kravitz’s 2004 Baptism album.

      In early 2003, Kravitz released the track “We Want Peace” as a download-only track as a protest against the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The track reached #1 on the world internet download charts and MP3.com download chart. Kravitz also appeared on Unity, the official album of the 2004 Athens Olympics.

      Also in 2003, Kravitz worked with Michael Jackson on a song titled “Another Day”. Kravitz said of the experience, “working with Michael Jackson was probably the best recording experience of my life. He was totally cool, absolutely professional and a beautiful, beautiful guy. And let’s not forget, Michael is a musical genius.”

      Kravitz’s seventh album Baptism was released in May 2004. On his website, Kravitz says that he chose the title because “I’ve made my first record all over again. That’s how it feels, as pure as the beginning.” Baptism would debut at number 14 on the US album charts, in the top 50 of the Australian album charts and in the top 75 of the UK album charts. The first single, “Where Are We Running,” reached #69 on the Billboard Hot 100, top 25 on a composite European chart and top 20 on Internet charts, Argentina, Italy and the world and US top 20 as of the end of May 2004. “Storm,” featuring Jay-Z, reached the top 100 of the Billboard Hot 100 and the top 50 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. However, “Lady” became the album’s surprise hit, making the US Top 30 and propelling “Baptism” to gold status. From March 2005, Lenny toured all over the world with the tour Electric Church, which ended at the Brixton Academy, London in July 2005. Kravitz is currently serving as the opening act for Aerosmith on their fall 2005 tour.

      Kravitz’s latest project is a charity single for Hurricane Katrina victims. The single titled “From The Bottom Of My Heart” is a song written and composed by Michael Jackson. Kravitz traveled to London, along with other recording artists, to record the song. The single was anticipated to be released towards the end of 2005 but has been delayed to 2006.

      On January 2006 Kravitz participated in absoluttracks a project of the vodka brand Absolut. He was given total freedom to realize a track that reflected his vision of the product, the result was the track “Breathe”. Later on this song was re-mixed by other ten musical producers from the eight most important markets of the vodka brand, the traks were only available via internet, in the sites http://www.absolutkravitz.com and http://www.absoluttracks.com, where also were wallpapers and videos relating to the subject.

      Lately Kravitz has co-founded an interior design firm named Kravitz Design. He designed a chandelier for the Swarovsky Crystal Palace Collection named “Casino Royale”.

      December 9, 2006 Posted by | Lenny Kravitz, Music, Rock | 1 Comment

      Petula Clark

      Petula Clark, CBE (born November 15, 1932), is an English singer, actress and composer, best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. With nearly 70 million recordings sold worldwide, she is the most successful British female solo recording artist to date. She also holds the distinction of having the longest span on the international pop charts of any artist—51 years—from 1954, when “The Little Shoemaker” made the UK Top Twenty, through 2005, when her CD “L’essentiel – 20 Succès Inoubliables” charted in Belgium.

      Early years

      She was christened Petula Sally Olwen Clark in Epsom, Surrey. Her father, Leslie Clark, coined her first name, jokingly alleging it was a combination of the names of two former girlfriends, Pet and Ulla. As a child, she sang in the church choir; her first public performances were in a department store in suburban London, where she sang with an orchestra in the entrance hall for sweets and a gold wristwatch. In October 1942, she made her radio debut while attending a BBC broadcast with her father, hoping to send a message to an uncle stationed overseas. During an air raid, the producer requested that someone perform to settle the jittery audience, and Clark volunteered a rendition of “Mighty Lak a Rose” to an enthusiastic response in the theatre. She then repeated her performance for the broadcast audience, launching a series of some 500 appearances in programmes designed to entertain the troops. In addition to her radio work, Clark frequently toured the UK with fellow child performer Julie Andrews. She became known as “Britain’s Shirley Temple” and was considered a mascot by both the RAF and the United States Army, whose troops plastered her photos on their tanks for good luck as they advanced into battle. [1]

      With Sid Field in the film London Town, 1946

      With Sid Field in the film London Town, 1946

      In 1944, while performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Clark was discovered by film director Maurice Elvey, who cast her as an orphaned waif in his weepy war drama Medal for the General. In quick succession, she starred in Strawberry Roan, I Know Where I’m Going, London Town, and Here Come the Huggetts, the first in a series of Huggett Family films similar to the Andy Hardy movies popular in the States. Although most of the films she made in the UK during the 1940s and ’50s were grade-B, she did have the opportunity to work with Anthony Newley in Vice Versa (directed by Peter Ustinov) and Alec Guinness in The Card, considered by many to be a minor classic of British cinema.

      In 1946, she launched her television career with an appearance on a BBC variety show, Cabaret Cartoons, which led to her being signed to host her own afternoon series, titled simply Petula Clark. A second, Pet’s Parlour, followed in 1949. In later years, she would star in This is Petula Clark (1966) and The Sound of Petula (1972-74).

      In 1949, Clark branched into recording with her first release, a cover of Teresa Brewer’s “Music! Music! Music!,” in Australia. Her father, whose own theatrical ambitions had been thwarted by his parents, teamed with Alan A. Freeman to form their own label, Polygon Records, in order to better control her singing career. She scored a number of major hits in the UK during the 1950s, including “The Little Shoemaker” (1954), “Majorca” (1955), “Suddenly There’s a Valley” (1955) and “With All My Heart” (1956). Although Clark released singles in the US as early as 1951 (the first was “Tell Me Truly” b/w “Song Of The Mermaid” on the Coral label), it would take thirteen years before the American record-buying public would discover her.

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      Waylon Jennings

      Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was one of the most respected and influential American country music singers and guitarists of all time. Jennings was born in Littlefield, Texas.

      He taught himself to play guitar at age eight, and formed his first band two years later. He worked as a DJ throughout his teen years, dropping out of high school to pursue a career in music. During his time working as a DJ, he met and befriended Buddy Holly. When he was 21, Jennings was tapped by Holly to play bass in Holly’s new band on a tour through the Midwest in early 1959. Holly also hired guitarist Tommy Allsup and drummer Carl “Goose” Bunch for the “Winter Dance Party” tour. [1]

      On the night of February 3, 1959, the airplane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) crashed outside of Mason City, Iowa, killing all passengers. Jennings had given his seat to Richardson, who had the flu and desperately needed rest. In his 1996 autobiography, Jennings admitted for the first time that in the years afterward, he felt severe guilt and responsibility for the crash. After Jennings gave up his seat, Holly had jokingly told him “I hope your ole bus freezes up!” Jennings replied, with equal jocularity, “I hope your damn plane crashes!”; these words would haunt him for years.

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      Waffle House

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      Dr Hook

      • Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. The original lineup consisted Ray Sawyer, Dennis Locorriere, Bill Francis, Jay David, and George Cummings, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jon Wolters, Bob “Willard” Henke, and Rod Smarr. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. When told by a club owner that they needed a name to put out on the marquee, George made up a sign saying “Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show – Tonic for the soul.” The band name was a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan, but the Captain was missing a hand rather than an eye. Nevertheless, the name stuck.The band hooked up with songwriter Shel Silverstein, and manager, Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine hired the band to record, “The Last Morning,” which was the theme song for the movie. Haffkine also became their manager and got the band a record deal. He would also be their producer and song publisher; a combination fraught with peril, as the band later found out. Silverstein composed all of the songs on their first three albums.”Sylvia’s Mother,” a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and “Cover of the Rolling Stone” from the follow up album, “Sloppy Seconds” attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. Another big hit of theirs (1976) was the classic “A Little Bit More” from the album with the same name. Other hit singles included “Only 16,” “Sharing the Night Together,” “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman,” and “Sexy Eyes.”

        The band toured constantly but never managed to turn their success with singles into album sales, and when the smoke cleared after 15 years on the road, their managers had become millionaires, and the band owed them money. They had shortened the band’s name to “Dr. Hook” after going bankrupt and getting released from their contract with CBS Records, and their fourth album, this one on Capitol Records, was aptly titled “Bankrupt”.

        Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as “Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer” after doing a few country records under his own name. Locorriere spent several years working as a songwriter in Nashville, and in 1989 performed a one-man show at Lincoln Center, “The Devil and Billy Markham”, written by Shel Silverstein. He currently lives in England, has recorded several solo albums, and tours, promoting himself as “the voice of Dr. Hook.”

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      Good Charlotte

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      Marylin Manson

      • Sweet Dreams mp3
      • Marilyn Manson is an industrial rock and alternative metal band based in Los Angeles, California, in the United States. Frequently termed “shock rock”, the group’s sound contains influences from heavy metal, industrial music, and glam. As a whole, Marilyn Manson is highly difficult to categorize as each album has a distinct and individual image and sound. Formed in 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, the band’s uniquely theatrical performances gathered a local cult following that has, over seventeen years, developed into a worldwide fanbase.

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      Simple PLan

        Simple Plan is a pop-punk band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada—all five members are French-Canadians who were born in the province of Quebec. The band has released two original albums: No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls (2002) and Still Not Getting Any… (2004); as well as two live CDs: Live In Japan and ‘MTV Hard Rock Live (2005).


        Simple Plan is a pop-punk band that came about in stages that began with the formation of the Canadian band Reset, in 1995, by high-school friends Pierre Bouvier, Charles-André (Chuck) Comeau and Adrien White. Reset toured around Canada with bands such as MxPx, Ten Foot Pole, and Face to Face, but only managed to gain modest popularity. The debut album was released in 1997. Comeau soon left to go to college, but two years later he hooked up with Jean-François (Jeff) Stinco and Sébastien Lefebvre, and again started making music. It was coincidence that brought Comeau and Bouvier back together at a Sugar Ray concert in late 1999, and Bouvier soon left Reset and joined his old friends. David Desrosiers replaced Bouvier in Reset, but when asked to join the foursome, he too left the band and joined the four friends.

        The origin of the band’s name is obscure. Band members have given various responses on this point, including a liking for the movie A Simple Plan; that the band was their simple plan to avoid getting a “real” job; and that the name was only intended to be temporary, but they never thought of anything better, and with shows coming up for the new band, they needed a name.

        In 2003, the band played as a headliner on the Vans Warped Tour. The same year, they opened for Avril Lavigne on her “Try To Shut Me Up” Tour. [1]. In addition to several headlining tours, they have also opened for such bands as Green Day and Good Charlotte.

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        Toby Kieth

        Toby Keith was born with the name Toby Keith Covel on July 8, 1961, in Clinton, Okla. The family moved to Oklahoma City when Keith was young, and it was there he became interested in the musicians who worked in his grandmother’s supper club. He got his first guitar at age 8, but it would be years before Keith would pursue music as a career. At 6-feet-4 inches, Keith worked in the oil industry and played defensive end with the Oklahoma City Drillers United States Football League (USFL) team.

        In 1984, he turned to music full time, playing the honky-tonk circuit in Oklahoma and Texas with the band Easy Money. A demo tape made the rounds in Nashville, but there were no takers. After catching a show in Oklahoma, Mercury Records President Harold Shedd signed him to Mercury Records. His 1993 debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” went to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart, and his self-titled debut album was certified platinum.

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        Hayseed Dixie

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        Goombay Dance Band

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        La Bouche

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        Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra

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        Gladys Knight & The Pips

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        Eve 6

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        Neal McCoy

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        Elkie Brooks

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        Emerson Drive

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        Edward Bear

        Edward Bear was a folk-rock group from Canada formed originally in 1966 by Larry Evoy and Craig Hemming. The band signed with Capitol Records in 1969. Most of their chart successes were in the early ’70s before disbanding in 1974. Their band name is derived from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, whose ‘proper’ name is Edward Bear. Their top singles include “You, Me & Mexico”, “Last Song”, and “Close Your Eyes”, all three of which were top five in Canada and charted well in the United States.

        The band charted its biggest hit in 1972. “Last Song” charted No. 1 in Canada and peaked at No. 3 in the US. By then, the original band had split up. Evoy rebuilt the band twice, but it finally was disbanded in 1974 after a disastrous tour of high school gigs and small club venues.

        Evoy, who embraced Scientology in 1973, went on to a semi-successful solo career but is currently retired. Danny Marks has continued a very successful career as a blues guitar veteran; Weldon performs with a jazz combo and teaches at Seneca College in Toronto; Loop resides in South Western Ontario and plays locally with various session musicians. He also teaches guitar.


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        Hank Locklin

        Hank Locklin album


        Hank Locklin album


        Hank Locklin (born February 15, 1918 in McLellan, Florida) is an American country music singer and songwriter.

        Born Lawrence Hankins Locklin in the Florida Panhandle, he is one of country musics’ Honky Tonk singers. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Locklin’s biggest hits include Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On, Geisha Girl, and Please Help Me I’m Falling, the latter a song that went to No.8 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music charts. Billboard Magazine’s 100th Anniversary issue also listed it as the second most successful country single of the Rock and Roll era.

        Hank Locklin has a huge fanclub in Langeli, Bjerkreim, Norway.

        Locklin had a strong following in Europe, and in Ireland his popularity was such that in 1963 he recorded an album called Irish Songs Country Style.

        Other hits for Hank include, “Happy Journey”(1961), “Happy Birthday To Me”(1962), and “The Country Hall Of Fame”(1968).

        As of 2006, he is the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 88.

        Also in 2006, he appeared on the PBS special, Country Pop Legends in which he performed “Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On” and “Please Help Me I’m Falling”.

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        Elan Michaels

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        Leanne Rhymes

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        Wayne Wonder

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        Crystal Gayle

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        Dance Factory

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        Jim Reeves

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        Ferlin Husky

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        Dusty Springfield

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        Gary Numan

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        Donna Delory

        Best known as a background singer and dancer for Madonna

        Donna De Lory is a singer, dancer and songwriter. Part of a musical family, De Lory has been performing since a very young age. Her voice can be heard on albums by Carly Simon, Ray Parker, Jr., Kim Carnes, Santana, and Madonna, the latter with whom De Lory accompanied on every single concert since the “Who’s that Girl” tour in the late 1980s.

        De Lory’s latest venture is The Lover & The Beloved, a Sanskrit & English CD released on Ajna Music, a record label emerging as a leader in the metro-spiritual music genre. While a collection of ancient Indian mantras set to modern beats may seem like a departure, for De Lory, this seamless blend of east and west, devotion and pop, is just the next bold step in her continuing musical evolution.

        “In English, I write about relationships, but when I sing in Sanskrit it’s more about spirit and what is beyond words,” she explains. “It’s great to not have to follow a certain form, like you do in pop. There are no rules for this type of music.” After traveling the globe in support of her self-titled MCA debut, Donna’s pop and world influences took root in her collaboration with cellist, Cameron Stone. Together they formed a beautiful musical hybrid and began creating albums such as Bliss and In the Glow. De Lory was surprised to find fans of her new sound in unusual places, including yoga centers.

        “It felt really free,” she said. “When you play in a space like that, the people are so into the music. They want to be taken away. They’re closing their eyes. They’re letting go and really listening.” These performances, coupled with De Lory’s burgeoning yoga practice, led her further in the direction of devotional music. Soon she found herself adding Sanskrit chants to her songs and performance repertoire, hence, the inception of The Lover & The Beloved. “Playing music helps me get away from my personality and my mind and allows me to just be,” said De Lory.

        “I realize that being able to do this is a gift. If I can inspire people or help with their healing, if I can help them appreciate the people they love more or get in touch with their own bliss, then I’ve done what I’m here to do.”

        The DeLory family is well-known in the music business: Donna is the daughter of musician/producer/arranger Al DeLory, who was responsible, among other things, for Glenn Campbell’s three-album “golden era” on Capitol records.

        Donna performs Elise’s theme, “My Destiny”, in the 2006 game

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        Don Henley

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        Don McClean

        Don McLean
        Background information
        Birth name Don McLean
        Born 2 October 1945
        Genre(s) singer-songwriter
        Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, musician
        Instrument(s) guitar
        Years active 1970 – present
        Website http://www.don-mclean.com/


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        Eva Cassidy

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        Escape Club

        The band was made of lead singer Trevor Steel, guitarist John Holliday, bassist Johnnie Christo and drummer Milan Zekavica.

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        George Strait

        George Strait at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in 2005

        George Strait at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in 2005

        Background information
        Birth name George Harvey Strait
        Also known as King George
        Born [May 18]], 1952
        Origin Poteet, TX, USA
        Genre(s) Country Music
        Occupation(s) Country music artist
        Years active 1981 – Present
        Label(s) MCA Nashville Records
        (1981 – Present)
        Website www.georgestrait.com
        Country Music Hall of Fame
        Former members
        Ace in the Hole Band
        Rambling Country


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        Kentucky Headhunters

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        Eddie Murphy

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        Gretchen Wilson

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        Great White

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        Everly Brothers

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      • The Everly Brothers are a pair of brothers who were top-selling country-influenced rock and roll performers, best known for their acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing, who had their greatest success in the 1950s.

        Don Everly was born Isaac Donald Everly February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Phil Everly was born Philip Everly January 19, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. The sons of two Kentucky country musicians, Ike and Margaret Embry Everly, the Everly Brothers grew up performing with their parents on live radio and in small-market live shows.

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        Will Young

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        Van Halen

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        Background information
        Origin England London, England
        Genre(s) Rock
        Hard rock
        Years active Live: 1964–83, 1988-90,
        1996 – present
        Studio: 1964 – 1982,
        2002 – present
        Label(s) Brunswick, Decca, MCA, Warner Brothers, Track, Polydor, Universal Republic
        Pete Townshend
        Roger Daltrey
        Former members
        John Entwistle (deceased)
        Keith Moon (deceased)
        Kenney Jones

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        Wilson Pickett

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