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Re:Chas's Music Column - Week in Review 21 Jan 10 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Sorry team I took a week off and unfortunately missed a week, oh well always next year to catch up lol

Week In Review
December 03, 2009
Deep Purple Gets Inspired … Floyd's Pig Flies … Rock 'n' Roll Tragedies Galore …

This is the week that was in matters musical…

1842, formed by a group of local musicians, the New York Philharmonic gives its first concert …

1877, the world's first record-and-playback machine is completed …designed by Thomas Alva Edison, the phonograph picks up sound through a mouthpiece connected to a diaphragm and a stylus that etches the vibrations onto a tin foil-covered cylinder that is hand-cranked …playback is achieved by placing the stylus at the beginning of the cylinder where it reproduces the etchings into vibrations via the diaphragm and out through the mouthpiece …Edison's first recording is a recitation of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" …the inventor files for a patent on Christmas Eve …12 years later the first commercial recordings go on sale …

1929, EMI Group purchases a nine-bedroom house in St. John's Wood, London, for £16,500 to build new recording studios …the address for what will be officially called EMI Studios is 3 Abbey Road …

1956, an impromptu jam results when Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins all descend on Sun Records Studios in Memphis …the studio originally had been booked for Perkins, who planned to cut some tracks with his brothers …when the other luminaries drop by, a party atmosphere prevails and the event turns into a day-long music jamboree, much of which is captured on tape as the participants have a rollicking good time with country, gospel, and rockabilly tunes …due to contractual issues the tapes remain in the can until 1981 when Charly Records in England puts out an LP with session highlights, crediting it to The Million Dollar Quartet, a name coined by a Memphis newsman who covered the original get-together …though Cash is pictured on the cover, he is not audible on any of the tracks …word has it Mrs. Cash showed up during the session and insisted Johnny go shopping with her …

1964, in a single session, John Coltrane records the immaculate A Love Supreme album with his quartet …

1965, the infamous blue flame strikes down Keith Richards in Sacramento when he grabs an ungrounded mic …the indestructible Stone is on his feet and performing again inside of seven minutes …

1967, Jim Morrison, famous for legal troubles over dropped trousers, is arrested for breach of peace while onstage in New Haven, Conn. …Morrison, hacked at getting maced earlier for mouthing off to a policeman, goes into a rant about the incident in the middle of "Back Door Man" …the cops grab him right off the stage and a riot ensues …Morrison will years later reference the event in the Doors song "Peace Frog" …

1968, Elvis' "comeback" TV special, titled simply Elvis, airs on NBC …Colonel Tom Parker wanted Elvis to do the usual smaltzy cornball Christmas special, but Elvis, who could see his musical legacy slipping away, wanted to let fans know he was still raw and vital, and he delivers …leather-suited and sweaty on a small stage in front of adoring fans, Elvis shows everyone he's still the …well, you know …unhappy with plans to record an all-Dylan album, Graham Nash quits the Hollies …three days later he announces the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash …

1969, this week sees the infamous Altamont Speedway concert with The Rolling Stones; Jefferson Airplane; Santana; and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young on the playbill …violence erupts and four people are killed, at least two in deliberate, bloody assaults …one of those killed is Meredith Hunter …he is stabbed and beaten to death by Hell's Angels, who had unwisely been hired as security for the show …many consider the concert the end of the Summer of Love …

1970, a gold record goes to Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, and Steve Stills for Supersession, a July 1968 rock-blues album they expressly recorded as studio jam sessions ……the documentary film Gimme Shelter, chronicling the 1969 Stones tour and the Altamont debacle, is released on the occasion of the concert's one-year anniversary …one scene shows a somber Mick Jagger watching the film of Meredith Hunter's stabbing …

1971, the Montreux Casino in Geneva, Switzerland, catches fire during a show by the Mothers of Invention, inspiring Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" …the proto-metal band watches the fire from their hotel across Lake Geneva, hence the song's title …its crunching riff, harmonized in parallel fourths by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, becomes one of the most cherished figures in all of rock riffdom with garage rockers everywhere laying it down endlessly …

1976, during a Battersea Power Station photo shoot for the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals, a 40-foot helium-filled pig breaks loose from its moorings and floats up to an estimated 18,000 feet before finally touching down in Kent …Bob Marley and the Wailers are rehearsing at Marley's house in Kingston, Jamaica, when seven gunmen appear and shower the house with a hail of gunfire …Marley, wife Rita, and manager Don Taylor are all hit but miraculously nobody is seriously injured …the band plays a gig two nights later …

1978, The Blues Brothers release their version of Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" …

1979, 11 fans are trampled to death at a Who show in Cincinnati …

1980, the irreplaceable John Lennon is gunned down outside his New York apartment by a crazed fan and is DOA at Roosevelt Hospital …millions of mourners around the world pay tribute to the fallen Beatle in the days following, including a moment of silence at Yoko Ono's request and massive gatherings in Liverpool and New York …Lennon is just 40 years old at the time of his murder …

1991, Rita Marley is finally awarded Bob Marley's contested estate after years of legal wrangling …as a result of the verdict, famous Marley son Ziggy names his daughter Justice …

1993, revered rock weirdo, musical wizard, and spokesman for lyrical freedom Frank Zappa meets his demise from pancreatic cancer at the age of 53 …Guns N' Roses announce they will keep the Charles Manson-penned song "Look At Your Game, Girl" on their album The Spaghetti Incident? …the band decides to leave the song on the album when they learn the royalties will go to the son of one of Manson's victims …

1995, following the death of Jerry Garcia in August, The Grateful Dead officially disband …

1998, Cuban-born jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval becomes a naturalized citizen of the United States after a six-year struggle with the Immigration and Naturalization Service …Frank Sinatra's FBI file is released to the public by the bureau …it contains 2,403 pages documenting assorted sordid Sinatra facts like his close connections with organized crime and well-hidden arrest records …

2000, Metallica sues Neiman-Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Guerlain, Inc. for trademark infringement …the three companies are selling a perfume branded Metallica …

2003, Ozzy Osbourne is crushed under the all-terrain vehicle he is riding at his country estate in Buckinghamshire, England …the accident puts him in the hospital for nearly a month recovering from injuries that include a fractured collarbone, eight fractured ribs, and crushed neck vertebrae …he awakens from a coma-like condition with no sense of smell or taste, convinced he has been in a bomb blast in Wales while touring with his band …

2004, ex-Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell is shot to death at a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub …his current band, Damageplan, has just started their show when a man runs onstage and shoots Dimebag …the shooter then kills a band roadie and two fans …a hostage situation is ended when a police officer enters the backstage area and kills the gunman, a deranged Pantera fan who blamed Dimebag for breaking up the group …

2005, in an unlikely coupling, Mary J. Blige's new album Reminisce features the hip-hopper singing a duet with U2's Bono …the pair had gone public with the U2 song "One" during a New York show by the band in October …Brian May is presented with the insignia of the Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II …

2006, the handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" fetch $192,000 at auction in New York …Christie's also gets $168,000 for a former Hendrix Strat while a collection of memorabilia belonging to former Dylan girlfriend Suze Rotolo garners $116,640 …Oklahoma City honors the Flaming Lips by naming an alley after the homegrown alt band …Flaming Lips Alley is in Bricktown, the city's entertainment district …previous recipients of the honor include Vince Gill and Charlie Christian …America's Oldest Teenager, Dick Clark, puts up a lifetime's worth of memorabilia for auction …the huge collection includes the mouth harp Dylan blew in The Last Waltz, a beaded white glove worn by Michael Jackson, and the mic Clark used when his American Bandstand TV show launched in 1956 …

2007, in the wake of his departure from Interscope, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor launches the website remix.nin.com where fans can mash up songs from the NIN catalog and post their creations online …an Australian strip club agrees to take down a picture from its window of a Kylie Minogue look-alike in a wet top …the pop singer's lawyers claim the club owner downloaded the picture from the internet thinking it was the singer herself …the club owner denies this, asking, "What would a nice girl like Kylie be doing in a wet top like that?" …

…and that was the week that was.


Arrivals:

December 3: D.J. William "Hoss" Allen (1922), pop crooner Andy Williams (1930), Ralph McTell (1944), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), "Buffalo" Bruce Barlow of Commander Cody (1948), Mickey Thomas of Starship (1949), Molly Hatchet's Duane Roland (1952), Steve Forbert (1955), Montell Jordan (1971)

December 4: film singer Deanna Durbin (1922), New Orleans R&B singer Lee Dorsey (1924), jazz drummer Denis Charles (1933), jazz bassist Art Davis (1934), blues guitarist Larry Davis (1936), Freddy Cannon aka Anthony Picariello (1940), Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers (1942), Bob Mosley of Moby Grape (1942), Beach Boy Dennis Wilson (1944), John Lyon, better known as Southside Johnny (1948), Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd (1951), Bob Griffin of The BoDeans (1959), Vinnie Dombroskie of Sponge (1962), hip-hop artist and mogul Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter (1969)

December 5: blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II, born Aleck Ford Miller and aka Rice Miller (1899), New Orleans sax man Alvin "Red" Tyler (1925), gospel singer-arranger-composer Reverend James Cleveland (1931), Little Richard (1935), J.J. Cale born Jean Jacques Cale (1938), Canadian pop singer Andy Kim (1946), Jim Messina (1947), Canadian pop singer-songwriter Andy Kim, born Andrew Youakim (1952), Great White's Jack Russell (1960), Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls (1965)

December 6: Broadway lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896), R&B/pop producer Hugo Peretti (1916), Dave Brubeck (1920), Len Barry of The Dovells (1942), Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five (1943), Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown (1947), Joe X. Dube of Looking Glass (1950), Jam's Rick Buckler (1955), Peter Buck of R.E.M. (1956), Randy Rhoads (1956), Dave Lovering of The Pixies (1961), Ben Watt of Everything but the Girl (1962), Ace of Base's Ulf Ekberg (1970)

December 7: Harry Chapin (1942), Tom Waits (1949), L.A. session drummer Carlos Vega (1957), Tim Butler of The Psychedelic Furs (1958), Barbara Weathers of Atlantic Starr (1963), All Saints' Nicole Appleton (1974), Aaron Carter (1987)

December 8: Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865), Sammy Davis Jr. (1925), master of the B3 Jimmy Smith (1925), soul singer Jerry Butler (1939), flutist James Galway (1939), The Hollies' Bobby Elliot (1942), Jim Morrison (1943), Gregg Allman (1947), Warren Cuccurullo of Duran Duran (1956), Phil Collen of Def Leppard (1957), Paul Rutherford of Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1959), Marty Friedman of Megadeth (1962), Sinead O'Connor (1966), Bushwick Bill of The Geto Boys (1966), Ryan Newell of Sister Hazel (1972)

December 9: blues singer-harpist Junior Wells (1934), Rick Danko of The Band (1943), Shirley Brickley of The Orlons (1944), Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (1944), The Commodores' Walter Orange (1946), Candy Givens of Zephyr (1946), Joan Armatrading (1950), Randy Murray of BTO (1955), Donny Osmond (1957), Crowded House's Nick Seymour (1958), Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan (1970), Geoff Barrow of Portishead (1971), Green Day's Tre Cool (1972), rapper Canibus (1974)
Departures:

December 3: Whisky A Go Go founder Elmer Valentine (2008), jazz pianist Mal Waldron (2002), songwriter Phil Medley (1997)

December 4: Cuban percussionist Carlos "Patato" Valdez (2007), Texas rapper Pimp C, born Chad Butler (2007), Wall of Voodoo percussionist Joe Nanini (2000), MC5 fret man and husband of Patti Smith, Fred "Sonic" Smith (1994), Frank Zappa (1993), Deep Purple's Tommy Bolin (1976)

December 5: avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (2007), tenor saxist Bob Berg (2002), Douglas Hopkins of The Gin Blossoms (1993), New Orleans session sax man David Lastie (1987), multi-instrumentalist jazz behemoth Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1977)

December 6: Memphis bass man Busta Jones (1995), Roy Orbison (1988), folk-blues singer Lead Belly, born Huddie William Ledbetter (1949)

December 7: Jerry Scoggins of the Cass County Boys (2004), Kenny Baker (1999), composer John Addison (1998), songwriter Carol Joyner Gourley (1997), Dee Clark (1990), Manhattans singer Richard Taylor (1987), New Riders bassist Dave Torbert (1982), The Germs lead singer Darby Crash (1980)

December 8: Dimebag Darrell Abbott (2004), Antonio Carlos Jobim (1994), jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton (1991), Herbert "Toubo" Rhoad of The Persuasions (1988), Howlin' Wolf drummer Willie Williams (1988), blues guitarist Hollywood Fats born Michael Mann (1986), Marty Robbins (1982), harp maestro Walter "Shakey" Horton (1981), John Lennon (1980), Gary Thain of Uriah Heep (1975)

December 9: drummer Freddie Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers (2006), pop singer Georgia Gibbs (2006), Mike Botts of Bread (2005), Mary Hansen of Stereolab (2002), Waitresses singer Patti Donahue (1996), Orioles vocalist Sonny Til (1981)
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Re:Chas's Music Column - Week in Review 10 Dec 09 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
Week In Review
December 10, 2009
Harrison Deported … Cooke Killed …
Sex Pistols Blocked At Border …

This is the week that was in matters musical…

1944, a plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller vanishes over the English Channel … the fate of the aircraft and its passengers remains a mystery …

1952, "Stormy Weather" by The Five Sharps is issued this week … it has become known as the rarest of all R&B records and only three 78rpm copies are known to exist … at auction the record is worth an estimated $20,000 … no 45rpm copies are known to exist…

1957, Jerry Lee Lewis weds Myra Gale Brown…she is his third wife, his third cousin, and 13 years old … this same week, Al Priddy, a disc jockey at station KEX in Portland, Oregon, is fired for playing Elvis Presley's version of "White Christmas" … the station had instituted a ban of the song due to a behind–the–scenes deal with original song composer Irving Berlin, who detested The King’s version of his tune … KEX management states the song is "not in the spirit we associate with Christmas" whatever that means …

1960, German authorities deport 17–year–old George Harrison as he’s too young to perform with the Beatles in the raucous Hamburg nightclubs that host the band in its early days …

1961, The Beatles sign with manager Brian Epstein …

1964, Sam Cooke is shot and beaten to death by a motel manager in Los Angeles … Cooke was apparently running amok wearing only a sport coat and shoes … he was chasing a young woman who had fled his room with his clothes after he had assaulted her … in pursuit, Cooke broke open the door to the manager’s office, resulting in her shooting him three times and then beating the singer for good measure … he is dead when police arrive … original blue–eyed soul singers The Righteous Brothers release the Phil Spector–produced mega–hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin’" … besides being deliriously catchy with an instantly memorable melody, the song records several firsts … it is the first four–minute single to hit number one in the U.S. and the first tune produced by Spector to top the charts in England … Spector refuses to cut the song to the under three-minute time required for radio … instead, the last two digits of the running time are reversed to appear as 3:05 … it takes programming directors weeks to discover why shows are suddenly running long … the trick works, though, as "Lovin’ Feelin’" is already a hit and in demand …

1965, Bill Graham promotes his first concert at the Fillmore Auditorium as a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe … Graham rents the venue from leaseholder Charles Sullivan, an African–American man who, during the 1950s and 1960s, is the largest promoter of black music west of the Mississippi … Graham will later take over all shows at the venue and the Fillmore will become a Mecca for psychedelic bands and their patchouli–scented fans …

1967, Otis Redding is killed when his tour plane crashes into Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin…the "Love Man" is 26 … killed with Redding are the pilot and four members of his backup group, the Bar–Kays … The scheduled warm–up band for Redding’s show that evening is a group called The Grim Reaper … The Beach Boys are given transcendental meditation instruction by the guru to the Beatles, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi …

1968, The Rolling Stones film Rock & Roll Circus is shot in front of a live audience in London … the circus performers include The Rolling Stones, The Who, Marianne Faithful, Jethro Tull, and temporary rock supergroup Dirty Mac, consisting of John Lennon, Mitch Mitchell, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards … Yoko Ono makes an appearance on one Dirty Mac tune … the rock–concert extravaganza was intended for broadcast as a television special but never makes it … the film will not see release until 1996 …

1971, Frank Zappa is pushed off the stage at the Rainbow Theatre in London … he gets the shove from the jealous boyfriend of an ardent young fan … Frank suffers a broken leg, broken ankle, fractured skull, and crushed larynx, but it’s the damage to his spine that keeps him in a wheelchair for most of the year …

1977, The Sex Pistols are denied U.S. visas two days before the band is to appear on Saturday Night Live …

1982, actress–choreographer–one–hit–wonder Toni Basil hits number one on the BillBoard pop chart with "Mickey"…

1984, various popular artists, who are part of Bob Geldof’s Band–Aid rock charity, release the well–intentioned but campy single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" …

1988, James Brown draws a prison sentence of six years for fleeing cops during an interstate car chase … he is paroled in February 1991 …

1998, Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs is injured in a brawl outside the Liberty Lunch nightclub…the band has just finished a show inside the Austin, Texas, club when the singer gets into a fight with one of the club's security guards … Dulli ends up in the hospital with a fractured skull …

1999, rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s second posthumous album, Born Again, sells nearly half a million copies in its first week … it bumps Celine Dion out of the top spot with national retailers … in announcing that he’ll run for mayor of London, former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren enumerates the novel planks of his political platform: legalize boozing in public libraries, legalize pot, legalize all–night pubs, and last but not least, install brothels outside the houses of Parliament … he drops out of the race a couple of months later …

2004, James Brown announces that he will be operated on for prostate cancer …

2005, singer Nellie McKay is dropped by Columbia Records following a protracted squabble over her sophomore release…she wants to release a 23–track version of the album while the label wants to pare it down to 16 … referring to her breakup with the label she invokes fellow Columbia artist Bob Dylan’s lyric: "I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more" …

2006, daredevil Evel Knievel files suit against Kanye West charging trademark infringement over the rapper’s "Touch the Sky" video in which West, using the alter–ego "Evel Kanyevel" attempts to jump a canyon on a motorcycle … apparently not a West fan, Knievel terms the video, "… the most worthless piece of crap I’ve ever seen in my life."…

2007, Led Zep reunites for a one–off show at London’s O2 arena as a part of a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun who died a year earlier … the two–hour set includes many of the band’s biggest hits and represented Zep’s first full–length show since drummer John Bonham died in 1980 … filling in on drums is John’s son, Jason who acquits himself well … rumors swirl about a reunion tour … also this week, a half dozen tracks posted online by garage rockers Foxboro Hot Tubs get heightened attention when word leaks that the songs are actually the work of pop punksters Green Day … a full–length album, Stop Drop and Roll, containing the singles will be released the following April …
…and that was the week that was.



Arrivals:

December 10: jazz bandleader Jerry Blaine (1910), Guitar Slim, born Eddie Jones (1926), Ralph Tavares of Tavares (1948), J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., born Joseph Donald Mascis (1965), Timothy Christian Riley of Tony! Toni! Tone! (1966), Scot Alexander of Dishwalla (1971), Meg White of The White Stripes (1974)

December 11: Yodeling Slim Clark (1917), Big Mama Thornton aka Willie Mae Thornton (1926), Buddy Ace aka the Root Doctor (1936), David Gates of Bread (1940), Booker T. Jones of Booker T and The MGs (1944), Brenda Lee (1944), Jermaine Jackson (1954), Mike Mesaros of The Smithereens (1958), Nikki Sixx (1958), Justin Curie of Del Amitri (1964)

December 12: Frank Sinatra (1915), big–band singer Joe Williams (1918), Sun Records founder Sam Phillips (1923), jazz guitarist Jim Hall (1930), Connie Francis (1938), Dionne Warwick (1941), Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers (1943), Motor City 5 singer Rob Tyner (1944), Clive Bunker of Jethro Tull (1946), Martin Stone of Savoy Brown (1946), George Brown of Kool & The Gang (1949), Chris Stein of Blondie (1950), Don Baird of The Georgia Satellites (1953), Cy Curnin of The Fixx (1957), Sheila E. (1959), Eric Schenkman of Spin Doctors (1963), Grant Young of Soul Asylum (1964), Kate Schellenbach of Luscious Jackson (1965), Nick Dimichino of Nine Days (1967), Danny Boy of House Of Pain (1968), Marilyn Manson (1969), Dino Meneghin of The Calling (1977)

December 13: Wayne "Duster" Bennett (1932), Robert Covington (1941), Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (1948), Ted Nugent (1948), Randy Owen of Alabama (1949), Television's Tom Verlaine (1949), country star John Anderson (1954), Berton Averre of The Knack (1954), Tom DeLonge of blink–182 (1975)

December 14: Spike Jones (1911), country star Charlie Rich (1932), Warren Ryanes of The Monotones (1937), Don Addrisi (1938), surf music producer Gary Usher (1938), Joyce Vincent Wilson of Dawn (1946), Patty Duke (1946), Cliff Williams of AC/DC (1949), singer Tamara Daanz (1952), The Waterboys' Mike Scott (1958), Peter Stacy of The Pogues (1958), Brian Dalyrimple of Soul for Real (1975)

December 15: guitarist Oscar Moore of the Nat "King" Cole Trio (1912), Max Yasgur whose dairy farm was the site of Woodstock (1919), DJ Alan Freed (1922), country singer–songwriter Ernie Ashworth (1928), R&B balladeer Jesse Belvin (1933), Johnny Moore of The Drifters (1934), Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes (1939), Dave Clark of the Dave Clark 5 (1942), Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge (1946), Harry Ray of The Moments (1946), Paul Simonon of The Clash (1955)

December 16: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770), Ernie Freeman (1922), New Orleans saxman Clarence Ford (1922), Tony Hicks of The Hollies (1943), John Abercrombie (1944), Benny Andersson of ABBA (1946), Harry Ray of Ray, Goodman, & Brown (1946), ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons (1950), guitarist Robben Ford (1951), Steve Lundy of Force M.D.’s (1965), Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon (1968), Michael McCary of Boyz II Men (1971)

Departures:

December 10: fingerpickin’ Delta blues legend Jerry Ricks (2007), Rick Danko of The Band (1999), lyricist Buddy Feyne (1998), Jake Carey, bass singer with The Flamingos (1997), country singer Faron Young (1996), rapper Darren Robinson of The Fat Boys (1995), Willie Harris of the Clovers (1988), Otis Redding, Bar–Kays guitarist Jimmy King, Bar–Kays sax player Phalin Jones, Bar–Kays drummer Carl Cunningham, Bar–Kays organ player Ronnie Caldwell (all 1967)

December 11: Snot member Lynn Strait (1998), Sam Cooke (1964)

December 12: Elvis impersonator Orion (1998), king of zydeco accordion Clifton Chenier (1987), session pianist and founding member of The Rolling Stones Ian Stewart (1985)

December 13: slide guitarist "Homesick" James Williamson (2006), children's composer Larry Troxel (1998)

December 14: legendary record label honcho Ahmet Ertegun (2006), Zal Yanovsky of the Lovin' Spoonful (2002), jazz trumpeter Conte Condoli (2001), Kurt Winter of The Guess Who? (1997), Pattie Santos of It’s A Beautiful Day (1989), Dinah Washington (1963)

December 15: Rufus "Walkin’ The Dog" Thomas (2001), Bianca Halstead of Betty Blowtorch (2001), music industry executive Nat Tarnopol (1987), Will Shatter of Flipper (1983), R&B shouter Jackie Brenston (1979), Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain (1975), Glenn Miller (1944), Fats Waller (1943)

December 16: country singer Gary Stewart (2003), Stuart Adamson of Big Country (2001), Nicolette Larson (1997), androgynous disco star Sylvester James (1988)
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Re:Chas's Music Column - Week in Review 17 Dec 09 4 Years, 9 Months ago  
Week In Review
December 17, 2009
Bing Bags a Hit … Berry Busted Again …
Bennett Busts a Gut …

This is the week that was in matters musical…

1930, underappreciated guitarist Auburn “Pat” Hare is born … an impassioned blues player with a fiery temper and guitar style to match, he worked with some of the biggest names including Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf … one of his records, “Gonna Murder My Baby,” proved prophetic … Hare died in prison while doing a life sentence for murdering his girlfriend and a policeman …

1942, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” tops the Billboard pop chart … the song is re–released during ensuing holiday seasons and nails the top spot again in 1945 and 1947, and ultimately becomes one of the biggest singles ever …

1955, Carl Perkins writes “Blue Suede Shoes” and records the song less than 48 hours later … Elvis covers the tune later that year cementing its position in the rockabilly canon …

1958, ooh–wee baby … Frankie Ford’s rocking “Sea Cruise” is released this week …it will eventually rise to #3 on the pop chart and become a staple of the Crescent City R&B sound … the tune, originally recorded by Huey “Piano” Smith with Bobby Marchan on vocals, is re–recorded with Ford dubbing his singing over that funky backing track … thanks to his gritty reading of the song, most listeners assume Ford is black … in reality he’s a pompadoured white boy who could easily play the role of a teen idol …

1959, Chuck Berry is arrested for transporting a minor across state lines for an immoral purpose … Berry had invited a young Native American woman he met in El Paso to come work as a hat check girl in his Club Bandstand in Missouri … the young woman is fired two weeks later and hustles at a local hotel for a few days before calling police for help getting back home … the call leads to Berry’s trial and a conviction that is later overturned because the judge made racist remarks …

1960, Elvis Presley is inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council … the ceremony coincides with the opening of his movie Flaming Star in which the singer plays a half–breed …

1964, following a flight from L.A. to Houston during which Brian Wilson suffered a mental collapse, the Beach Boy gives up touring … he is replaced on tour by studio musician Glen Campbell …

1967, Grateful Dead soundman and pharmacist to the Love Generation, Owsley Stanley, is busted with 350,000 doses of LSD … in his defense, Stanley maintains the psychedelics were for his personal use … the judge thinks he’s tripping and Stanley gets three years in the slammer …

1969, Elton John and Bernie Taupin form one of the most successful songwriting teams of the 20th century …

1975, Ike and Tina Turner are robbed of a suitcase filled with concert receipts totaling $86,000 …

1977, Cat Stevens converts to Islam and changes his name to Yusuf Islam …

1978, Rod Stewart releases “Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?” … apparently someone does, because the song quickly soars to No. 1 on the pop chart … this same week the Who's drummer slot, recently and tragically vacated by Keith Moon, is amply filled by Kenny Jones …

1985, Minutemen guitarist Dennis Boon dies when the tour van piloted by his girlfriend veers off a road in Arizona … the vehicle had previously been owned by the Meat Puppets …

1992, guitarist Eddie Hazel dies after years of alcohol and drug abuse … influenced by Jimi Hendix, Hazel was part of the funk band Parliament–Funkadelic … his blazing 10–minute guitar solo on “Maggot Brain” in which his amp’s speaker can be heard self–destructing is revered by psychedelic guitarists and was played at Hazel’s funeral …

1996, crooner Tony Bennett has just arrived at the White House for a holiday dinner with the Clintons when he suffers an erupted hernia and is rushed to a hospital where he undergoes emergency surgery …

1998, two of Charlie Daniels’ backup players demonstrate an extraordinary work ethic when they schedule surgeries to coincide with their boss’s appointment for knee surgery … all three go under the knife on the same day in the same hospital in order to minimize show cancellations … bassist Jerry Charlie Hayward has a tonsillectomy while drummer Jack Gavin has shoulder surgery …

1999, former singing cowboy Rex Allen is killed when his caregiver accidentally runs him over in the driveway of his Tucson home … meanwhile in Sicily, the Goo Goo Dolls nearly bite the big one when the military transport they’re flying in skids off a runway damaging its landing gear and a wing, obliging the Goo Goos to beat a hasty retreat via an emergency chute …

2000, the British music journal Melody Maker prints its final issue after continuous publication since 1926 …

2004, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan sue the Applebee’s restaurant chain over an ad which modified lyrics to their 1967 hit “Happy Together" … in the ad, the words “Imagine me and you, I do/I think about you day and night, it's only right” become “Imagine steak and shrimp, or shrimp and steak/Imagine both of these on just one plate” … according to papers filed in Los Angeles federal court, the pair argue the changes transformed “a sweet love song [in]to a crass paean to shrimp and steak combination plates" …

2005, U2 wraps a 118–date world tour with a show in Portland, OR … rated among the band’s best tours ever by fans, the shows brought in $260 million, a sum only exceeded by the Rolling Stones … Evanescence (you remember them, right?) lead singer Amy Lee files suit against her ex–manager Dennis Rider charging he sexually assaulted and swindled her … her suit also claims conflict of interest since Rider also represents her former bandmate and paramour, Ben Moody … in other news, Microsoft and MTV announce they are joining forces to launch Urge, a new online music store intended to compete with Apple’s iTunes … the service will not be compatible with iPods … the partners pull the plug in 2007 when the service fails to gain traction and MTV affiliates with the Rhapsody digital download store …

2006, The Complete Motown Singles – Vol. 6: 1966 is released … included are two tracks cut by The Mynah Birds, an unsung R&B outfit with the unlikely combination of Rick James on vocals and future Buffalo Springfield members Neil Young and Bruce Palmer providing backing … the tunes were originally shelved following James’ bust for going AWOL from the navy … David Gilmour releases a three–song EP as a tribute to recently deceased former Pink Floyd bandmate Syd Barrett … two interpretations of Barrett’s “Arnold Layne” are included …

2007, Willie Nelson appears in an anti–dogfighting TV spot … the ad runs just as Atlanta Falcons football star Michael Vick is about to be sentenced on dogfighting–related charges … Willie also appears this same month on the cover of High Times magazine fondling a hank of his favorite herb … this just eight months after Willie’s pot–possession bust in Louisiana …

2008, put Slipknot’s Corey Taylor down as a confirmed Coldplay hater … the masked metal man, commenting on the British band’s album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, calls it “one of the most self–celebratory pieces of s**t I've ever f***ing heard in my entire f***ing life” … c’mon Corey, tell us how you really feel …

…and that was the week that was.



Arrivals:

December 17: Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler (1894), pop singer Tommy Steele (1936), New Orleans singer–keyboardist Art Neville (1938), New Orleans R&B pianist James Booker (1939), Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations (1939), Chicago harp player Paul Butterfield (1942), Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers (1949), drummer Carlton Barrett of The Wailers (1950), Wanda Hutchinson of The Emotions (1951), Mike Mills of R.E.M. (1956), Bob Stinson of The Replacements (1959), Sarah Dallin of Bananarama (1961), Craig “DJ Homicide” Bullock of Sugar Ray (1972)

December 18: swing bandleader Fletcher Henderson (1897), blues guitarist Pee Wee Crayton (1914), Jimi Hendrix manager Chas Chandler (1938), Keith Richards (1943), Elliot Easton of The Cars (1953), Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth (1954), DMX (1970), DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit (1972), Christina Aguilera (1980)

December 19: Edith Piaf (1915), alto sax man and singer Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (1917), New Orleans piano pioneer Professor Longhair aka Henry Roeland (Roy) Byrd (1918), activist–folkie Phil Ochs (1940), Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White (1941), blues–rock guitarist Alvin Lee (1944), The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Zal Yanofsky (1944), John McEuen of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1945), Doug Johnson of Loverboy (1957), Australian bassist Tracy Pew (1957), Kajagoogoo’s Limahl (1958), Charles “Mercury” Nelson of Force M.D.s (1964), Kevin Shepard of Zoo Story (1968)

December 20: New Orleans pianist Cousin Joe (1907), blues guitarist Auburn “Pat” Hare (1930), Blood, Sweat and Tears drummer Bobby Colomby (1944), Peter Criss of Kiss (1947), Easybeats singer Stevie Wright (1948), British punk–protest singer Billy Bragg (1957), Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes (1966), R&B singer JoJo (1990)

December 21: seminal bluesman Peetie Wheatstraw born William Bunch (1902), jazz and R&B saxophonist Hank Crawford (1934), Frank Zappa (1940), Ray Hildebrand of the ’60s vocal duo Paul and Paula (1940), Brit fingerpicking guitar hero Albert Lee (1943), Beach Boy Carl Wilson (1946), The Rumour’s Martin Belmont (1948), singer–songwriter Nick Gilder (1951), Jellybean Benitez (1951), cleanup woman Betty Wright (1953), Gabriel Glaser of Luscious Jackson (1965), Brett Scallions of Fuel (1971)

December 22: composer Giacomo Puccini (1858), Austin bluesman T.D. Bell AKA Little T–Bone (1922), bluesman Alvin “Shine” Robinson (1937), Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew (1941), The Animals’ Barry Jenkins (1944), Maurice and Robin Gibb (1949), Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilsen (1954), bass player John Patitucci (1959)

December 23: country singer Harold Dorman (1926), R&B singer Esther Phillips (1935), Eugene Record of The Chi–Lites (1940), Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (1940), singer–songwriter Tim Hardin (1941), Harry Shearer aka Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap (1943), Spooky Tooth’s Luther Grosvenor (1949), Adrian Belew of King Crimson (1949), Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray (1958), Will Sin of The Shamen (1960), Slash (1965), Eddie Vedder (1966)

Departures:

December 17: pianist Oscar Peterson (2007), Atlantic Records producer Joel Dorn (2007), opera diva Martha Moedl (2001), singer Bianca Halstead of Betty Blowtorch (2001), smoove saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. (1999), producer Andy Wiswell (1999), singing cowboy Rex Allen Sr. (1999), Irish singer Ruby Murray (1996), Pilot keyboardist Billy Lyall (1989), Delta bluesman Big Joe Williams (1982), master of the slide–guitar boogie Theodore “Hound Dog” Taylor (1975)

December 18: English singer–songwriter Clifford T. Ward (2001), folk and pop singer Kirsty MacColl (2000), reggae singer and Bob Marley mentor Joe Higgs (1999), long–time James Brown guitarist Jimmy “Chank” Nolen (1983), New Colony Six bassist Les Kummel (1978), The Manhattans’ George “Smitty” Smith (1970), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1929), master luthier Antonio Stradivari (1737)

December 19: Roebuck “Pops” Staples (2000), jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton (2000), 10,000 Maniacs guitarist Robert Buck (2000), Sony founder Masaru Ibuka (1997), Muddy Waters sideman Jimmy Rogers (1997), The Byrds’ Michael Clarke (1993)

December 20: Tejano singing star Lydia Mendoza (2007), The Dave Clark Five’s sax and harmonica player Denny Payton (2006), bluesman Son Seals (2004), Spanish singer Carlos Cano (2000), country singer Hank Snow (1999), drummer Nicky Hammerhead (1992), pop singer Bobby Darin (1973), Charlie Burse of the Memphis Jug Band (1965)

December 21: British country singer Karl Denver (1998), jazz trumpeter Johnny Coles (1997), bassist Charlie Tumahai of Be–Bop Deluxe (1995), blues–guitar master Albert King (1992), Paul Jeffries of Cockney Rebel (1988), original No Doubt vocalist John Spence (1987), blues pianist Peetie Wheatstraw (1941)

December 22: country singer Dave Dudley (2003), Lawrence Berk, founder of Berklee College of Music (1995), Dennis Boon of The Minutemen (1985), classic blues diva Ma Rainey born Gertrude Melissa Nix Pridgett (1939)

December 23: composer and classical guitarist John Duarte (2004), Jackie Landry of The Chantels (1997), singer Carl Hogan of the Valentines (1997), British jazz musician and club owner Ronnie Scott (1996), studio guitarist Dan Hamilton (1994), songwriter Jimmy Silva (1994), Eddie Hazel of Parliament–Funkadelic (1992)
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Week In Review

December 22, 2009

Woodstock Test Fest … Stardust Memories … Mayer Non-Gratis …

This is the week that was in matters musical …

1906, the first radio broadcast of a music program is carried out by Reginald Fessenden…

1918, German composer Franz Gruber pens the music for "Silent Night"… the words have been written by Josef Mohr…it is performed for the first time the next day—Christmas day—at Oberndorff, Austria in the Church of St. Nikolaus…

1954, musical boy wonder Johnny Ace offs himself… Ace is backstage at a Houston concert playing Russian roulette…he first points and clicks the gun harmlessly at two others backstage… but when he points it at his own head the folly of this pastime is brought home instantly and irrevocably…

1955, the Lennon Sisters make their debut as regulars on ABC-TV's musical variety program The Lawrence Welk Show…

1959, an 18-year-old Richard Starkey gets his first drum kit as a Christmas present… the kit will take him far…

1962, pop songbird Brenda Lee narrowly escapes the flames while dashing into her burning Nashville home in an attempt to rescue her poodle Cee Cee… Lee is slightly injured, Cee Cee dies from smoke inhalation, and the home is destroyed… British band The Tornadoes score a #1 Billboard hit with their instrumental "Telstar" named for the first communications satellite… they'll go down in pop history as the first Brits to have a #1 hit in the U.S. …

1963, The Beatles begin an annual tradition of sorts when they hold their first "Beatles Christmas Show" at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London… . the show features hits and comedy skits by the Beatles and other musical acts including Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Cilla Black, and Rolf Harris…

1965, Rubber Soul goes gold after just two weeks on sale… a cover version of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" by The Wonder Who tops out at #12 on Christmas Day… it doesn't take but a few seconds of hearing it to identify the lead singer as Franki Valli… because of its nom-de-disc, the group qualifies for one-hit-wonder status… the recording is part of Dylan tribute album that was never finished… reportedly Valli couldn't nail the vocal to his satisfaction but the Philips label though it had enough goofy charm to be released…

1967, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, which Tom Wolfe will later claim is inspired by the travels of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, premieres on BBC-TV… shot in color, it airs in black and white… it creates plenty of mystery in its own right when audiences try to figure out what the Liverpudlian novice filmmakers could possibly have been thinking…

1968, Led Zeppelin gives its debut U.S. performance in Denver supporting Vanilla Fudge and The MC5 … the second Miami Pop Festival, a two-day event provides some valuable experience for promoter Michael Lang who staged the Woodstock festival the following year … 100,000 music fans pay six or seven dollars to see performances covering a wide range of genres and styles: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Procol Harum, The Turtles, Country Joe & The Fish, The Grass Roots, Three Dog Night, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Amboy Dukes, Iron Butterfly, The Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, Buffy St. Marie, Joe Tex, Marvin Gaye, Flatt & Scruggs, Richie Havens, Ian & Sylvia, Steppenwolf, Junior Walker & The All-Stars, Jose Feliciano, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Sweetwater, Hugh Masakela, Joni Mitchell, and Chuck Berry …

1969, Led Zeppelin II is #1 on the US album charts… for months to come, this disc and Crosby, Stills & Nash are played at just about every party across the land…

1970, George Harrison hits the post-Beatles' charts with the three-disc set All Things Must Pass… Harrison had demo'd several of the songs to The Beatles while they were recording "The White Album" but the tunes were met with what could be described as aggressive indifference…

1972, local residents raise hell about all the noise coming from a Manfred Mann concert in Miami… authorities pull the plug mid-concert and the crowd goes berserk… destruction results… Pretty Dumb Move bu authorities really, Chas

1973, just two weeks before his band's release of What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers goes down for reefer possession…

1974, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, and Joni Mitchell take to the streets of Los Angeles singing Christmas carols…

1975, a whacked-out fan levels a loaded .44 at super-hunter Ted Nugent but is brought down without incident by a combined force of security guards and fans…

1976, proving that they scored big when they got Joe Walsh on board, the Eagles check into platinum sales status and an eight-week residence at #1 with Hotel California… in London, The Sex Pistols record "God Save The Queen"…

1977, The Sex Pistols tour of the U.S. is held up by immigration officials who refuse entry visas until questions about band members' criminal records are answered… the four members have wracked up rap sheets for drug possession, burglary, theft, and assault… after some scrutiny, they get their papers the next day…

1978, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Falkstad (both of ABBA) announce their separation and that they plan to divorce…

1979, Elvis Costello performs in London at a Christmas Day concert with Paul McCartney & Wings, and Rockpile… Emerson, Lake & Palmer announce their breakup…

1980, Depeche Mode announce that Vince Clarke is leaving the band to become a solo artist…

1981, singer-songwriter-bandleader and occasional movie actor Hoagy Carmichael dies at age 82… he composed many standards including the music for "Georgia On My Mind," ‘Stardust," "Up A Lazy River," and "Heart and Soul"… his most memorable film roles were as—what else?—a piano player in the Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall classic "To Have And Have Not" and "The Best Years Of Our Lives"… he wrote "Stardust" in 1927 on an old upright piano at the Book Nook, across the street from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana where Carmichael earned his law degree…

1982, the unlikely duo of David Bowie and Bing Crosby score a #1 hit in the UK with "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth," the performance was broadcast five years earlier on a TV special… Simon Gallup leaves The Cure with Robert Smith and Laurence Tolhurst remaining on board…

1988, Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" begins a three-week stint at #1 on the U.S. singles chart… meanwhile Nirvana records their first album Bleach using $600 borrowed from a school friend… .

1989, a former cook in the restaurant owned by Chuck Berry takes her erstwhile boss to court for allegedly placing a camera in the ladies' room…

1992, Harry Connick Jr. is busted at Kennedy Airport trying to smuggle a 9mm pistol onto a plane…

1993, country-pop queen Shania Twain marries her producer and co-songwriter Robert John "Mutt" Lange… in 2008, they separate…

1994, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes pleads guilty to an arson charge for destroying the million-dollar Atlanta mansion of her boyfriend, Atlanta Falcon Andre Rison… Lopes is sentenced to five years probation and a $10,000 fine… she and Rison will get back together several times following the incident… Pearl Jam's Vitalogy is #1 on the U.S. album charts…

1999, George Harrison and wife Olivia manage to subdue a home invader… Harrison is stabbed several times but will recover… the intruder is later arrested by police…

2004, Pollstar reports that Prince was the top concert draw in 2004 with $87.4 million in ticket sales… English singer-songwriter Seal and German supermodel Heidi Klum are engaged atop a glacier in Whistler, Canada… Grammy Award-winner John Mayer returns to his Connecticut alma mater to be inducted into its Hall of Fame—and wound up in the headmaster's office… the 27-year-old guitarist and singer, a 1995 graduate of Fairfield Warde High School, decided to attend the induction ceremony but was barred due to school officials' concerns about security… "We were not ready for John Mayer," said Jim Conley, chairman of the school's hall of fame committee…Mayer says he was taken to the headmaster's office, where officials stalled him until the ceremony was under way and then walked him to his car… 2005, singer Tom Jones is knighted and thus joins the ranks of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, and Sir Mick Jagger…

2006, R&B singer Brandy is involved in a four-vehicle freeway crash in L.A. when her 2007 Land Rover plows into a Honda at an estimated 65 mph… one of the drivers involved is killed while Brandy emerges unscathed… the California Highway Patrol says alcohol and drugs are not involved and is continuing an investigation… the following month she is sued for wrongful death by the family of the deceased and the CHP recommends that she be charged with vehicular manslaughter…

2008, T.J. Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana warm up a chilly audience Nassau Coliseum in Long Island "Holiday Bash 2008" and that was the week that was in matters musical.



Arrivals:

December 24: New Orleans R&B titan Dave Bartholomew (1920), New Orleans R&B singer Lee Dorsey (1924), MGM Records president Mike Curb (1944), Lemmy AKA Ian Kilminster of Motorhead (1945), Jan Akkerman of Focus (1946), Human League's Ian Burden (1955), Mary Ramsey of 10,000 Maniacs (1963), Latino start Ricky Martin (1971)

December 25: Tampa Red born Hudson Whittaker (1900), bandleader Cab Calloway (1907), R&B guitarist Oscar Moore (1912), Tony Martin (1913), R&B singer Chris Kenner (1929), soul-gospel singer McKinley Mitchell (1934), O'Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers (1937), Fairport Convention's Trevor Lucas (1943), Canned Heat's Henry Vestine (1944), Noel Redding of The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1945), Jimmy Buffett (1946), Barbara Mandrell (1948), UB40's Robin Campbell (1954), Annie Lennox (1954), guitarist Steve Wariner (1940), The Pogues' Shane MacGowan (1957), Noel Hogan of The Cranberries (1971), Dido (1972)

December 26: Steve Allen (1921), Abdul "Duke" Fakir of The Four Tops (1935), Phil Spector (1940), Lars Ulrich of Metallica (1963), J. Yuenger of White Zombie (1967), Peter Klett of Candlebox (1969)

December 27: actress, singer, and entertainer, Marlene Dietrich (1901), pianist-composer Oscar Levant (1906), John "Buddy" Bailey of The Clovers (1931), guitarist Scotty Moore (1931), Leslie McGuire of Gerry and the Pacemakers (1941), Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues (1941), The Animals' Dave Rowberry (1943), Mick Jones of Foreigner (1944), vocalist Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth (1947), Larry Byrom of Steppenwolf (1948), drummer Terry Bozzio of Missing Persons (1950), David Knopfler of Dire Straits (1952), singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff (1952)

December 28: jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines (1903), gospel/R&B singer Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914), Leonard "Chick" Carbo, leader of the '50s New Orleans doo-wop group The Spiders (1927), R&B bandleader Johnny Otis (1928), rockabilly bass player Dorsey Burnette (1932), Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers (1938), Edgar Winter (1946)

December 29: Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues (1942), singer and ex-Jagger girlfriend Marianne Faithfull (1946), drummer Cozy Powell (1947), singer Yvonne Elliman (1951)

December 30: Bo Diddley (1928), session guitarist Red Rhodes (1930), country crossover artist Skeeter Davis, born Mary Francis Pennick (1931), singer-songwriter John Hartford (1937), Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary (1937), Del Shannon born Charles Weedon Westover (1939), Felix Pappalardi, bassist with Mountain and producer of Cream (1939), Bon Jovi producer Bruce Fairbairn (1949), Michael Nesmith of the Monkees (1942), Davy Jones of the Monkees (1945), Jeff Lynne of ELO and The Traveling Wilburys (1947), Alex Chilton of The Box Tops and Big Star (1950), Jay Kay of Jamiroquai (1969), Tyrese (1978)

Departures:

December 24: Nick Massi of The Four Seasons (2000), Zeke Carey of The Flamingos (1999), Buddy Ace AKA The Root Doctor (1994), Bobby LaKind of The Doobie Brothers (1992), film composer Bernard Hermann (1975), Johnny Ace (1954)

December 25: sultry "Santa Baby" singer Eartha Kitt (2008), blues singer-guitarist Robert Ward (2008), James Brown, the hardest working man in show business (2006), jazz guitarist Derek Bailey (2005), Love's Bryan MacLean (1998), jazz vocalist Damita Jo (1998), Dean Martin (1995), Intruders vocalist Eugene "Bird" Daughtry (1994), blues guitarist Eddie Taylor (1981), Clayton Perkins—Carl Perkins' brother and bass player (1973)

December 26: Armand Zildjian, head of Zildjian Cymbal Co. (2002), rock photographer Herb Ritz (2002), Curtis Mayfield (1999), Lowman Pauling of The "5" Royales (1973)

December 27: singer-songwriter-producer Delaney Bramlett (2008), legendary country, rock, and jazz guitarist Hank Garland (2004), music mogul and founder of Chance Records, Ewart G. Abner (1997), Walter Scott, vocalist for Bob Kuban and the In Men (1983), Hoagy Carmichael (1981), 1950s rockabilly artist Bob Luman (1978)

December 28: Barry Cowsill (2005), Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson (1983), Chris Bell of The Box Tops (1978), Texas blues guitarist Freddy King (1976)

December 29: jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (2008), conductor Takashi Asahina (2001), French singer-songwriter Mireille (1996), Marion Keisker assistant to Sam Phillips at Sun Records (1989), Steve Torbert, bassist for New Riders of the Purple Sage (1982), folk singer-songwriter Tim Hardin (1980)

December 30: blues singer "Weepin': Willie Robinson (2007), bandleader Artie Shaw (2004), Hong Kong pop singer Anna Mui (2003), singer with The Drifters, Johnny Moore (1998), Clarence G. Satchell, horn player for The Ohio Players (1995), lyricist Mack David, older brother of Hal David who also collaborated with Burt Bacharach (1993), lead singer of The Dubs, Richard Blandon (1991), Broadway composer Richard Rodgers (1979), Delta bluesman Willie Brown, who traveled with Robert Johnson and is mentioned in Johnson's "Crossroad Blues" (1952)
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Great read again Chas thanks for doing this.
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Great read again Chas thanks for doing this.

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Week In Review

December 31, 2009

Sun Rises … Domino Walks … Rock Jocks …

This is the week that was in matters musical…


1936, Billboard magazine, which began publishing news about circuses in 1894, publishes the first record sales chart … Joe Venuti's jazz number "Stop! Look! Listen!" is the first record to occupy the #1 slot …

1950, Sam Phillips opens the recording facility in Memphis that will later be named Sun Studio … considered by many to be the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, the studio will be the site of sessions by Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, and dozens of other rock and blues luminaries …

1957, Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show … his swiveling hips almost get him banned from further appearances until it's agreed he would only be shown from the waist up while performing … Forrest Gump has a lot to answer for lol Fats Domino records "I'm Walkin" in New Orleans … the song will chart on both the pop and R&B charts, at #4 and #1 respectively …

1958, Gibson obtains a patent for its Flying V guitar … with a futuristic design ahead of its time, the instrument doesn't sell well at first and is discontinued … revived in later years, it becomes associated with many great blues and rock players including Albert King …

1959, Coral Records issues Buddy Holly's single, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" … it's the last release by the bespectacled rocker before his death, and unlike most of his self-penned hits, it's written by Paul Anka … "C'mon Everybody" by Eddie Cochran enters the singles chart at #35 … it becomes a bigger hit in Britain, where it reaches #6 …

1960, Johnny Cash plays the first of many free shows he will perform at San Quentin Prison … in the audience is a convict by the name of Merle Haggard … Merle credits the concert with helping him turn his life around … upon his release from prison, Haggard dedicates his life to music instead of crime …

1961, what's in a name? … at a New Year's Eve memorial concert for Ritchie Valens in Long Beach, California, a band previously known as Kenny and the Cadets, The Pendletons, and Carl and the Passions, settles on the name The Beach Boys … apparently the name sticks …

1964, British singer Cleo Sylvestre covers the 1958 Teddy Bears' hit "To Know Him is to Love Him" penned by Phil Spector … though the record sinks without a trace at the time, it has come to be highly collectible in recent years … the backing band is an unruly outfit called The Rolling Stones … the same Rolling Stones who embark on their first British tour as headliners … the opening act is the American girl group, The Ronettes …

1965, Leo Fender announces he is selling Fender Guitars to CBS for $13 million … he will continue as a consultant to CBS for several years before going on to form Music Man and G&L …

1966, While goofing around in the studio the Beach Boys cut a raucous, practically acapella version of "Barbara Ann," a minor hit for the Regents in 1961 … oddly enough, the lead is sung by Dean Torrance of Jan and Dean … The Beatles enter the studio to re-record "I Feel Fine" and "Help!" for the documentary The Beatles Live at Shea Stadium … the original live recordings are practically inaudible due to shrieking fans …

1967, The Doors self-titled debut album nails the #2 spot on the album chart, while its most notable song, "Light My Fire," sits atop the singles chart … in a mere eight months the band will issue its follow-up smash LP, Strange Days … The Doors will remain the most popular band among high school students for generations to come, as evidenced by a nationwide poll held in 1992 …

1969, A shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album Two Virgins is seized by authorities in New Jersey because the jacket sports a picture of the pair in the buff, proving that regardless of talent and fame, some people just shouldn't be allowed to go naked …

1971, The Beatles officially announce their breakup … Paul McCartney files in the London High Court for dissolution of The Beatles Co. partnership …

1973, Pink Floyd finishes recording Dark Side of the Moon at Abbey Road Studios in London … the influential album began as a musical piece "Eclipse: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics" with its first live performance nearly a year earlier in Brighton, U.K… .

1974, Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" goes gold … it's Croce's second gold record since his death in a plane crash months earlier … more posthumous hits will follow, including "Operator," "I Got a Name," "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song," and "Workin' At The Car Wash Blues" …

1975, 1,000 ticket-seeking Led Zeppelin fans who have camped out overnight in the lobby of the Boston Garden go on a rampage causing $30,000 in damage … Boston mayor Kevin White promptly pulls the plug on the show …

1977, the Roxy opens on this first day of the year in London's Covent Garden with The Clash as headliners, going against a general club ban on punk music … it will soon be the place for punk …

1978, Bruce Springsteen plays Cleveland on New Year's Eve and gets his cheek torn open when someone, obviously not a big fan, throws a firecracker at the stage …

1982, Steve Van Zandt marries Maureen Santora in Asbury Park, NJ … Bruce Springsteen is the best man and Percy Sledge and Little Richard sing a duet of "When a Man Loves a Woman" at the reception …

1984, Rick Allen takes a knocking and keeps on rocking … in an auto accident in England, the indomitable drummer for Def Leppard loses his left arm … his admirable and loyal bandmates refuse to replace their injured comrade … upon recovery, in an inspiring display of determination and will, Allen adapts his kit and later rejoins the band …

1985, rock music suffers another loss at the hands of aviation, when a plane crash takes the lives of former teen idol Rick Nelson and the members of his Stone Canyon Band … Andy Chapin, bassist from a later incarnation of Steppenwolf is also lost in the crash …

1992, Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" enters the charts, marking the 23rd consecutive year in which he enjoys a Top 40 hit … a milestone only equaled by Elvis …

1993, bassist Bill Wyman announces his split with The Rolling Stones …

1994, Rod Stewart performs for three million fans at Rio's Copacabana Beach … it's a world record …

1997, while vacationing at his mother's home at Molokai, Hawaii, rock guitarist Randy Wolfe, better known as Randy California, is lost in the ocean after heroically rescuing his son … according to witnesses, California was swimming with his 12-year-old son, Quinn, when they were caught in a riptide … California shoved his son into a wave that propelled the boy safely to shore before being dragged in himself … moving to New York at age 15 from California, the talented guitarist found himself a gig in a band called Jimmy James and the Blue Flames … the Jimmy James in question was none other than Jimi Hendrix, who gave California his stage name as means of differentiating him from another Randy in the band (dubbed Randy Texas by Hendrix) … his parents, unwilling to let him travel to England with Hendrix and Chas Chandler, caused Randy to miss out on being part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience … together with his stepfather, jazz drummer Ed "Cass" Cassidy, he founded the influential band Spirit in 1967 and wrote their two biggest hits, "I Got a Line on You" and "Nature's Way" …

2000, George Harrison is released from the hospital where he was recovering from stab wounds inflicted by a crazed intruder at his home two days earlier … country music legend Kitty Wells, along with her husband Johnny Wright, perform a farewell show before a capacity crowd at the Nashville Night Life Club … Wells is 81, Wright 86 … in the house are such Nashville notables as Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, and Marty Stuart …

2004, Britney Spears marries childhood friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas' Little White Wedding Chapel after a weekend of courtship … 55 hours later the marriage is annulled … Quantegy, the last U.S. company to make magnetic recording tape, shuts down operations … in the wake of the announcement, eBay lists a sudden spate of tape offerings … panicky producers start hoarding the stuff …

2005, reissue labels have a field day when European copyrights expire on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier … titles include Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" and "Only You" by The Platters … Beatles guitarist George Harrison is added to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Britain's definitive record of the great and the good … and by great and good, they mean the very rich … while driving in the Detroit area, rapper Obie Trice is shot in the head … his injury isn't serious and he is treated and released from hospital … Ray Davies of The Kinks is shot in the thigh after he gives chase to a pair of muggers who snatched his female companion's purse while they strolled on a quiet New Orleans street (well, up until recently quiet) … some media report on the story with the headline "You Really Shot Me" …

2006, Kid Rock gets to play DJ at Jet in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve … commenting on the gig, he chortles, "It was $200,000 to act crazy and go out of my f***ing mind." …



Arrivals:

December 31: composer Jule Styne (1905), folk singer Odetta Holmes (1930), Andy Summers of The Police (1942), John Denver (1943), Pete Quaife of The Kinks (1943), Patti Smith (1946), Burton Cummings of The Guess Who (1947), disco queen Donna Summer, born LaDonna Gaines (1948), Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith (1951), George Thorogood (1952), innovative guitarist Michael Hedges (1953), Scott Ian of Anthrax (1963), Joe McIntyre of New Kids on the Block (1972)

January 1: country blues guitarist Frank Stokes (1888), bandleader Xavier Cugat (1900), Al McKibbon, bassist with Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing, Monk, and Miles (1919), Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish (1942), Grandmaster Flash (1956), R&B singer Shareefa, born Sharieefah Faradah Cooper (1984)

January 2: baritone jazz and R&B crooner Arthur Prysock (1929), country singer Roger Miller, whose "King of the Road" was a big crossover hit (1936), Chick Churchill of Ten Years After (1949), Glenn Goins, guitarist and vocalist with George Clinton (1954), Douglas Robb of Hoobastank (1975), Little Drummer Boy of Immature (1981)

January 3: Beatles producer George Martin (1926), Chess Records singer and guitarist Danny Overbea (1926), Carl McVoy, pianist with The Bill Black Combo (1931), composer-producer-singer-actor Van Dyke Parks (1941), Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (1945), Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones (1946), Rob Arnold, lead guitarist for metal band Chimaira (1980)

January 4: Don Arden, born Harry Levy, manager of Small Faces, ELO, Black Sabbath, and father of Sharon Osbourne (1926), Nino Tempo, member of session giants, The Wrecking Crew, and half of the duo Nino Tempo and April Stevens (1935), fusion guitarist John McLaughlin (1942), songwriter Brandon Chase (1943), Stax soul singer Arthur Conley (1946), Bernard Sumner of New Order (1956), country music singer Patty Loveless (1956), Michael Stipe of R.E.M. (1960), Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins (1962), David Glasper of Breathe (1965), Beth Gibbons of Portishead (1965), country music artist Deana Carter (1966), The Used bassist Jeff Howard (1979)

January 5: opera singer Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones AKA "Black Patti" (1869), smooth-voiced New Orleans R&B singer Johnny Adams (1932), Marilyn Manson born Brian Hugh Warner (1969)

January 6: banjo master Earl Scruggs (1924), singer-pianist-guitarist-harmonica player Wilbert Harrison (1929), Paul Wilson of The Flamingos (1935), session player Van McCoy of "The Hustle" fame (1944), Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, born Roger Keith Barrett (1946), vocalist Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention (1947), Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds (1951), AD/DC guitarist Malcolm Young (1953), Kathie Sledge of Sister Sledge (1959), Jazzie B of Soul II Soul (1963), Mark O'Toole of Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1964)

Departures:

December 31: manager of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Gerry Tolman (2005), guitarist Eddie Shaver (2000), Nashville pianist Floyd Cramer (1997), teen pop star Rick Nelson (1985), Patrick Woodward, Rick Intveld, and Bobby Neal of Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band (1985), bassist Andy Chapin (1985), bluesman Robert Pete Williams (1980), R&B writer-producer Bert Berns (1967)

January 1: House of Freaks singer-guitarist Bryan Harvey (2006), singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt (1997), singer-songwriter Ted Hawkins (1995), Buck Ram, R&B manager, composer, and producer who worked with The Platters (1991), Brit blues pioneer Alexis Korner (1984), honky-tonk piano player Moon Mullican (1967), country music legend Hank Williams (1953)

January 2: Juan Garcia Esquivel, creator of space-age bachelor-pad music (2002), jazz trumpeter Nat Adderly, who worked in the shadow of his older brother alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (2000), Capitol Records producer Nik Venet (1998), guitarist Randy California of Spirit (1997), songwriter Mort Shuman (1991) David Lynch of The Platters (1981), '50s R&B singer Larry Williams (1980), singing cowboy Tex Ritter (1974)

January 3: Al Duncan, house drummer for Chess Records (1995), pianist Carl McVoy of The Bill Black Combo – died on his birthday – (1992), Felton Jarvis, producer of Elvis Presley (1981), pianist Amos Milburn, West Coast bluesman who was largely responsible for transforming jump blues into R&B (1980), Beatles roadie Mal Evans (1976)

January 4: balladeer John Gary (1998), Phil Lynott, bassist and lead vocalist with Thin Lizzy (1984)

January 5: blues musician Sam "Bluzman" Taylor (2009), Sonny Bono of Sonny & Cher (1998), "Finian's Rainbow" composer Burton Lane (1997), jazz composer-bassist Charles Mingus (1979)

January 6: gospel music singer Claude Jeter (2009), Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton (2009), country producer and talent scout Ken Nelson (2008), "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, pedal steel guitarist with the Flying Burrito Brothers (2007), Laura Webb Childers of The Bobettes, first all-girl rock group to score a Top Ten hit (2001), French jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani (1999), renowned country fiddler Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise (1996), Hal Lucas, lead vocalist of The Clovers (1994), Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter-bandleader-singer-composer (1993), King Tubby, born Osbourne Ruddock, developer of dub-style reggae and DJ mixing boards (1989), tenor saxman Bobby Fields (1981), Georgeanna Tillman of the Marvelettes (1980), Johnny Moore, leader of the pioneering R&B band The Blazers [not to be confused with Johnny Moore of The Drifters] (1969)
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Re:Chas's Music Column - Week in Review 7 Jan 2010 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
Week In Review
January 7, 2010
The King Is Born … Dylan Wins Presidency …
The ’Nuge Carves Up A Fan …

This is the week that was in matters musical…

1935, the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley, is born in Tupelo, Mississippi …

1954, Muddy Waters records "I’m Your Hootchie–Cootchie Man" at Chess Records in Chicago …

1955, Etta James releases her first hit, "Wallflower" …

1956, Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel" in a two–day session at a converted church in Nashville, Tennessee … in addition to bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore, RCA producer Steve Sholes hires drummer DJ Fontana, guitarist Chet Atkins, piano player Floyd Cramer, and a gospel vocal trio … because Elvis is jumping around so much, Sholes places three microphones around the singer to make sure his vocal is captured …

1958, The Five Royales’ "Dedicated to the One I Love" is released … three years later the Shirelles will take it to #3 … in 1967 The Mamas & The Papas revive the tune one more time scoring a #2 hit …

1959, Berry Gordy borrows the staggering sum of $800 for the purpose of starting Motown records, which will become one of the most successful and influential labels of the 20th century …

1962, "The Twist" by Chubby Checker tops the charts … the song was written and first recorded by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters …

1963, Bob Dylan performs in a radio play aired by the BBC called The Madhouse of Castle Street … yielding to typecasting, he plays a folk singer … Gary "U.S." Bonds brings a $100,000 suit against Chubby Checker, claiming Checker plagiarized "Quarter to Three" and turned it into "Dancin’ Party" … the case is settled out of court …

1964, Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire becomes the first country LP to top the Billboard pop chart …

1965, the musical–variety show Hullabaloo premiers on the NBC network … each week the show is hosted by a revolving cast including Sammy Davis Jr. and Frankie Avalon … recording sessions begin at Columbia studios in New York City for Bob Dylan’s fifth album, Bringing It All Back Home … the album will feature one side of acoustic songs and one side with (yikes!) a band … the album includes Dylan’s first charting single, "Subterranean Homesick Blues" …

1966, the last episode of ABC–TV’s Shindig! airs featuring The Kinks and The Who … the show was among the first prime–time programs to feature rock acts …

1967, the first Be–In takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park … the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Timothy Leary, and poet Allen Ginsburg entertain and inform … the gatherings of the incense–and–sandals set go on to become a Bay–Area fixture …

1968, underground San Francisco station KMPX holds a "grass ballot" election in which listeners vote for national officeholders … Bob Dylan is named president, Paul Butterfield gets the nod as VP, George Harrison is voted U.N. ambassador, the Jefferson Airplane are named Secretary of Transportation, and the Grateful Dead are voted the new attorney general … London’s Daily Mirror reports that Jimi Hendrix has moved into a townhouse where Handel was said to have composed the Messiah … the guitar master tells a reporter he plans to do his own composing there and "not let the tradition down" …

1969, while shooting the TV show Get Back, George Harrison announces that he is leaving The Beatles … commenting on this turn of events, Ringo says, "George had to leave because he thought that Paul was dominating him. Well, he was." … many think that Yoko Ono’s often–intrusive presence plays a role in the "quiet Beatles’" decision …

1970, Max Yasgur, whose farm was the site of the Woodstock Festival, is sued for $35,000 by neighbors charging property damage …

1973, due to a 1969 drug charge, Mick Jagger is refused a Japanese visa, upsetting the Stones’ plans to tour Asia … queried about his drug use by a reporter, Jagger says, "I don’t take drugs. I don’t approve of drugs and I don’t approve of people taking drugs, unless they’re very careful" …

1977, Keith Richards wins one … he is acquitted of possession of LSD charges … he also loses one, being found guilty of cocaine possession … charges stem from the discovery of the illegal substance in a car he wrecked on May 19, 1976 … The Ramones release their second album, Leave Home …

1978, at the request of a fan, rocker Ted Nugent inscribes his autograph in the man’s arm using a Bowie knife …

1981, Eagles Live goes platinum … the double LP proves to be the band’s final release until their 1994 comeback album Hell Freezes Over … John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s LP Double Fantasy goes platinum just over a month after Lennon’s murder …

1990, Mr. Blackwell gives top dishonors to Sinead O’Connor as the worst–dressed woman on his annual diss list … he refers to the Irish singer as "the bald–headed banshee of MTV" …

1992, Paul Simon is the first international star to perform in South Africa following the end of the U.N.’s cultural boycott … in the 1980s the singer–songwriter had been subjected to criticism for going to South Africa to record his groundbreaking record Graceland during the apartheid era …

1993, the U.S. Postal Service releases a first–class stamp bearing the likeness of the 1950s–era Elvis … the USPS had asked the public to choose between that image and a portrait of an older, plumper King … the younger, svelter version won hands down …

1994, Nirvana play their last U.S. show at Center Arena in Seattle …

2000, the renowned Chicago club Lounge Axe goes out in a blaze of glory with a surprise appearance by Wilco … the alt–country quartet plays a two–and–a–half–hour set before a standing–room–only crowd … fans queue up for over seven hours to catch the band …

2003, as part of a sting on users of an Internet child porn site, Pete Townshend is arrested at his home and his computer is seized … the irony is that Townshend is an activist against child pornography and foolishly used his credit card to access the site as part of his research for a book on child abuse … no child porn is found on Townshend’s computer or in his house … he is given a reprimand and released …

2005, the Liverpool orphanage commemorated in the 1967 Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" closes as a children’s center … John Lennon played on the grounds of the Salvation Army facility during his childhood … reports surface that Rita Marley plans to exhume her late husband Bob’s remains and relocate them to his "spiritual resting place" in Ethiopia … the Marley Foundation later clarifies that while Bob loved Ethiopia and Rita would someday love to see him laid to rest there, her words had been "twisted" and there are no plans to relocate his remains …

2007, the home of ?, singer with legendary ’60s garage band ? and the Mysterians, suffers the loss of his Clio, Michigan home when it burns to the ground … more than four decades’ worth of memorabilia is destroyed … Queen Elizabeth gives Bono an honorary knighthood for his humanitarian efforts joining the ranks of other rock peerage including Sirs Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney and Commanders Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart …

2008, Ron Wood undergoes surgery to repair a hernia he suffered in 2007 on the Bigger Bang tour … Eddie Vedder wins a Golden Globe award for "Guaranteed," a song he wrote for Sean Penn’s film Into the Wild
…and that was the week that was.


Arrivals:

January 7: flutist Jean–Pierre Rampal (1922), Lefty Baker of Spanky and Our Gang (1942), Paul Revere Dick of Paul Revere and the Raiders (1942), Kenny Loggins (1948), Kathy Valentine of The Go–Gos (1959)

January 8: guitarist Luther Perkins of Johnny Cash’s Tennessee Three (1928), legendary rock concert promoter Bill Graham (1931), Elvis Presley (1935), pop singer Shirley Bassey (1937), R&B/soul singer Little Anthony (1940), Marcus Hutson of The Whispers (1943), Robbie Krieger of The Doors (1946), David Bowie (1947), Terry Sylvester of The Hollies (1947), Mike Reno of Loverboy (1955), Wall of Voodoo guitarist Marc Moreland (1958), R. Kelly (1967), Jeff Abercrombie of Fuel (1969), dancehall musician Sean Paul (1975)

January 9: Mississippi Delta bluesman Ishmon Bracey (1901), Al Silver, owner of New York doo–wop and R&B labels Herald and Ember (1914), Joan Baez (1941), singer Roy Head (1943), The Manhattan’s Kenneth Kelly (1943), Jimmy Page (1944), Steeleye Span’s Tim Hart (1948), Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd (1948), David Johansen of The New York Dolls (1950), sountry songstress Crystal Gayle (1951), Eric Erlandson of Hole (1963), Carl Bell of Fuel (1967), Dave Matthews (1967), Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth (1967), A.J. McLean of The Backstreet Boys (1978)

January 10: jazz/blues pianist Buddy Johnson (1915), Aretha Franklin producer Jerry Wexler (1918), masterful be–bop drummer Max Roach (1924), pop crooner Johnnie Ray (1927), Domenico Modungo of "Volare" fame (1928), swamp rocker Ronnie Hawkins (1935), Scott McKenzie aka Philip Blondheim (1939), Jim Croce (1943), Rod Stewart (1945), legendary rock drummer Aynsley Dunbar (1946), Donald Fagen of Steely Dan (1948), Pat Benatar (1953), rock–guitar god Michael Schenker (1955), Shawn Colvin (1956), Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies (1964), Aerle Taree of Arrested Development (1973), Chris Smith aka Kris Kross (1979)

January 11: Texas Playboys vocalist Tommy Duncan (1911), Chuck Barksdale of The Dells (1935), country/pop singer–songwriter Bobby Goldsboro (1941), singer Don Cherry (1924), bluesman Slim Harpo born James Moore (1924), E Street Band saxophonist "The Big Man" Clarence Clemons (1942), Janice Pought of The Bobettes (1945), Naomi Judd (1946), "Captain Fingers" Lee Ritenour (1952), Vicki Peterson of The Bangles (1960), guitarist Tom Dumont of No Doubt (1968), Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands (1971), Mary J. Blige (1971)

January 12: bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904), country singer Tex Ritter born Woodward Maurice Ritter (1905), country/western singer Ray Price (1926), folk singer Glenn Yarbrough (1930), Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden (1939), British bluesman Long John Baldry, who launched the career of Rod Stewart (1941), Sly & The Family Stone trumpeter Cynthia Robinson (1946), Chris Bell of Big Star (1951), Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows (1960), Rob Zombie (1966), Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan (1968), Melanie Chisholm aka Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls (1974)

January 13: singer/actress Sophie Tucker (1884), Modern Records founder Lester Sill (1918), British music publisher David Platz (1929), singer Bobby Lester of The Moonglows (1932), The Dells’ original lead singer Johnny Funches (1935), Trevor Rabin of Yes (1954), Earth, Wind, and Fire drummer Fred White (1955), guitarist Tim Kelly of Slaughter (1963), Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine (1970)

Departures:

January 7: Bernice Petkere, "Queen of Tin Pan Alley" (2000), legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley (1998), lead singer/songwriter for The Rivingtons Carl White (1980), pioneering British blues harp player Cyril Davies (1964)

January 8: Allman Brothers guitar tech/Grinderswitch bassist Joe Dan Petty (2000), Louisiana bluesman Silas Hogan (1994), Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark (1991), New Orleans pianist Archibald born Leon T. Gross (1973)

January 9: British pop/rock singer Dave Dee (2009), smooth–voiced soul/jazz singer Lou Rawls (2006), Lynne Denicker of The Aquatones (2001), Howie Johnson, original drummer for The Ventures (1998)

January 10: Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden (2005), guitarist Bryan Gregory of The Cramps (2001), Creation singer Kenny Pickett (1997), Beach Blanket Bingo lyricist Guy Bonson Hemric (1993), Addie (Micki) McFadden of the Shirelles (1982), Howlin’ Wolf (1976), organist Earl Grant (1970)

January 11: psychobilly drummer Andy DeMize (2009), Jimmy Griffin, co–founder of Bread (2005), percussionist and former T. Rex sideman Mickey Finn (2003), Sean McDonald, singer and guitar player with Surgery (1995), Barry Kramer, founder of Creem magazine (1981)

January 12: harpist/keyboardist Alice Coltrane (2007), singer Randy VanWarmer (2004), Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees (2003), Brazilian composer–guitarist Luis Bonfa (2001), Robert Peterson, Grateful Dead songwriter (1987)

January 13: saxophonist Michael Brecker (2007), Brian Keenan, drummer with the Chambers Brothers Band (1985), soul singer–songwriter Donny Hathaway (1979), Stephen Foster, "Father of American Music" (1864)
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Re:Chas's Music Column - Week in Review 16 Jan 2010 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
Week In Review
January 16, 2010

Osbourne Bites Bat …
Newton Celebrates His 25,000th …
Metallica Sues Victoria …


This is the week that was in matters musical…

1944, jazz comes to the Met for the first time when Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge, and Jack Teagarden take the stage and show ’em how it’s done …

1957, this week marks the opening of the Cavern Club in an old wine cellar on Matthew Street in Liverpool … the club becomes world famous thanks to the happy choice of The Beatles as its house band in 1961 and '62 … it remains in business to this day … on this side of the pond, Johnny Cash hits network TV for the first time as a guest on the Jackie Gleason Show …

1963, drummer Charlie Watts debuts with The Rolling Stones at The Flamingo in Soho, London …

1966, British popster David Jones becomes David Bowie in an effort to avoid confusion with The Monkees’ Davy Jones …

1967, as clouds of incense and pot smoke waft across San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Janis Joplin with Big Bother and the Holding Company together with The Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead perform at the first Human Be–In, a celebration of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll …

1970, in a bizarre latter–day bubble of Victorian flatulence, Scotland Yard confiscates eight prints from John Lennon's exhibit of erotic lithographs … an accountant who has strayed into the Bag One gallery complains to the police, "They were exaggerated distorted caricatures depicting intimate sexual relationships of a repulsive and disgusting nature" … the raiding policeman, Detective Inspector Frederick Luff, says, "Many toilet walls depict works of similar merit. It is perhaps charitable to suggest that they are the work of a sick mind … The only danger to a successful prosecution is the argument that they are so pathetic as to be incapable of influencing anyone" … the gallery is closed and its owners prosecuted for violating obscenity laws … a London magistrate finally dismisses the charges and returns the lithos to the gallery, where they had been on sale for $58 each … What would they be worth now???

1972, Memphis’ Highway 51 South is renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard … within a few years the street goes unmarked because the street signs are stolen as quickly as they can be replaced …

1973, Jerry Lee Lewis is invited to play the Grand Ole Opry with the proviso that he neither perform rock ’n’ roll tunes nor utter profanities … The Killer proceeds to belt out "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On," and "Good Golly Miss Molly" and then announces that he’s a "rock and rolling, country and western, rhythm and blues singin’ motherf****r" … Pink Floyd hits the studio to start laying down tracks for one of the most successful albums ever—Dark Side of the Moon …

1974, in a move that jumps the gun on rapper antics by two decades, singer Dino Martin (son of Dean) of the pop trio Dino, Desi, and Billy, is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns …

1978, The Sex Pistols play their swan–song show at San Francisco’s Winterland …

1980, Paul McCartney goes down in Japan for a big bag of reefer … he spends 10 days in the slam then gets the ignominious boot … Macca later reported that he spent his time singing Beatles songs with fellow inmates. Ruefully, he recalled, "I knew I wouldn't be able to get anything to smoke over there. This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I'd take it with me." …

1981, Plasmatics singer and former erotic dancer/porn actress Wendy O. Williams is arrested in Milwaukee for becoming too intimate with a sledgehammer on stage … Ms. Williams–who typically performs adorned only in a G string and two tiny strips of electrician’s tape–resists arrest valiantly and receives a 12–stitch head wound for her efforts …

1982, a highly–soused Ozzy Osbourne gnaws the head off a bat that has been tossed onstage by a fan … Ozzy later says he thought it was a fake rubber model … legend has it that he is obliged to go through a course of rabies shots just to be safe … Not sure the rabies shots worked!!

1991, the crowd rushes the stage at an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City, crushing three people to death …

1993, the U.S. Supreme Court decides Tom Waits can keep the $2.6 million judgment awarded him in a lawsuit against Frito Lay … the snack food company had asked to use Waits' song "Step Right Up" in an advertisement, but he declined the offer … in a moment of overwhelming stupidity, Frito Lay hired a Tom Waits soundalike to record a song strikingly similar to "Step Right Up" and used it in the commercial … ironically, Waits wrote and recorded the song as "an indictment of advertising" and it contains the lyric "What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away" …

1996, a milestone of sorts is achieved when Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th Las Vegas show … also this week, Lisa Marie Presley shocks the world by filing for a divorce from the King of Pop after 20 months of matrimonial bliss … "Do we have sex?" Presley volunteers during an earlier interview with the couple, whereupon she and Jacko both adamantly answer her own question "Yes, yes, yes!" … they do not specify with whom …

1999, claiming that Victoria’s Secret’s Metallica lip pencils constitute trademark infringement, the band Metallica files suit against the lingerie company …

2001, bassman Jason Newsted splits with Metallica … the breakup will figure large in Some Kind of Monster, the 2003 documentary film in which the band members are seen trying to get in touch with their inner children …

2003, Phil Spector is arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend Lana Clarkson … meanwhile across the Atlantic, cops stage raids in England and the Netherlands in which nearly 500 original Beatles studio tapes recorded during the Let It Be sessions are recovered … the tapes had been the source of countless bootlegs over the years …

2005, indie band Camper Van Beethoven is robbed again … just three months after having their equipment stolen in Montreal, their gear disappears again, this time from a hotel parking lot in Dallas … the trailer was backed up against a parking deck wall so the doors would not open … the thieves cut through the side of the trailer and helped themselves … the band had even hired a security guard … a $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the recovery of the gear … in the good news category this week, a horde of comedy and musical heavyweights show up to help Tenacious D raise cash for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami...a benefit show is held at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and features Will Ferrell, Eddie Vedder, Beck, Chris Rock, Dave Grohl, and Josh Homme all performing with Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D…

2006, in Rio, The Rolling Stones give Brazilian fans a treat by playing a free concert at Copacabana Beach … 1.2 million turn out to see the aging Brit rockers perform on a seven–story–high stage erected for the event and connected by a walkway to The Stones' hotel … the turnout fails to set a record … that distinction belongs to Rod Stewart who sang to three million in the same setting on New Year's Eve in 1994 …

2007, proving that Americans have an unquenchable thirst for seeing people make idiots of themselves, Fox airs a series of American Idol audition shows drawing 32 million viewers each and trouncing other shows in their time slots … meanwhile on the political front, Ted Nugent helps his buddy Texas Governor Rick Perry celebrate at his inaugural ball by appearing onstage with a cutoff tee, sporting the Confederate flag, and rambling on about people who don't speak English …

2008, it's announced that Suze Rotolo who was Bob Dylan's main squeeze circa 1961–1964 will publish a memoir titled A Freewheelin' Time in which she recounts her life with Bobby Z in Greenwich Village and the illegal abortion she underwent when she became pregnant by the singer–songwriter …
…and that was the week that was.


Arrivals:

January 14: big band vocalist Russ Columbo (1908), doo–wop/R&B record label owner Al Silver (1914), soul man Clarence Carter (1936), songwriter–producer Alain Toussaint (1938), Contours’ singer Hubert Johnson (1941), soul singer Linda Jones (1944), Allman Brothers bassist Lamar Williams (1949), Jim Croce guitarist Maury Muehlelsen (1949), jazz guitarist/trumpeter Mark Egan (1951), Geoff Tate of Queensryche (1959), Chas Smash, born Cathal Joseph Patrick Smyth of Madness (1959), Patricia Morrison of Sisters of Mercy (1962), LL Cool J, born James Todd Smith (1968), Dave Grohl (1969)

January 15: Gene Krupa (1909), folk music activist Alan Lomax (1915), Earl Hooker (1930), Jack Jones (1938), Don Van Vliet AKA Captain Beefheart (1941), Edward Bivins of The Manhattans (1942), Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd (1949), Martha Davis of the Motels (1951), ELO bassist Melvyn Gale (1952), Lisa Velez of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam (1967)

January 16: Broadway diva Ethel Merman (1908), operatic diva Marilyn Horne (1934), Bob Bogle of The Ventures (1937), William Francis of Dr. Hook (1942), Raymond Philips of The Nashville Teens (1942), Ronnie Milsap (1943), Sade – born Helen Folasade Abu (1959), Paul Webb of Talk Talk (1962) Maxine Jones of En Vogue (1966), Aalliyah (1979)

January 17: Eartha Kitt (1927), blues singer Bobby Bland (1930), "British Elvis" Billy Fury (1941), Chris Montez (1943), Mick Taylor (1948), Steve Earle (1955), Paul Young (1956), Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles (1957), dancehall artist Shabba Ranks (1966), Robert James Ritchie AKA Kid Rock (1971)

January 18: producer Bobby Herne (1938), Bobby Goldsboro (1941), David Ruffin of The Temptations (1941), "Legs" Larry Smith of The Bonzo Dog Band (1944), Tom Bailey of The Thompson Twins (1956), influential grunge rocker Andrew Wood (1966), DJ Quik (1970), Jonathan Davis of Korn (1971), Irish popette Samantha Mumba (1983)

January 19: Don Lang of The Frantic Five (1925), Australia’s first rock star, Johnny O’Keefe (1935), Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers (1939), Janis Joplin (1943), Rod Evans of Deep Purple (1945), Dolly Parton (1946), eclectic Brit vocalist Robert Palmer (1949), Dewey Bunnell of America (1952), Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul (1963)

January 20: folk and blues singer Lead Belly born Huddie William Ledbetter (1889), R&B singer Paul Gayten (1920), country singer Slim Whitman (1924), composer David Tudor (1926), Earl Grant (1933), R&B blues guitarist–singer Luther Tucker (1936), William Powell of The O'Jays (1942), George Grantham of Poco (1947), Paul Stanley of Kiss (1952), guitarist John Campbell (1952), Ian Hill of Judas Priest (1952), Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon (1979)

Departures:

January 14: Jerry Nolan, drummer, New York Dolls (1992), bluesman Rube Lacey (1969)

January 15: Junior Wells (1998), Grand Ole Opry performer Vic Willis (1995), Harry Nillsson (1994), Sammy Cahn (1993), Elton John drummer Dee Murray, born David Oates (1992)

January 16: Pookie Hudson (2007), former Peter Frampton drummer John Siomos (2004), Will Jones of the Coasters (2000), Sollie McElroy, lead singer of the Flamingos (1995), Paul Beaver of Beaver and Krause (1975), Ross Bagdasarian AKA David Seville, creator of The Chipmunks (1972), Arturo Toscanini (1957)

January 17: multi–instrumentalist Norris Turney (2001), Texas blues guitarist T.D. Bell AKA Little T–Bone (1999), bluesman David "Junior" Kimbrough (1998), blues drummer Robert Covington (1996), Tony Duhig, leader of prog–rock band Jade Warrior (1991), commie rocker Dean Reed (1986), R&B singer Billy "Fat Boy" Stewart (1970), Norman P. Rich, William Cathey, and Rico Hightower of Stewart's band, The Soul Kings (1970)

January 18: Brent Liles of Social Distortion (2007), producer–songwriter Keith Diamond (1997), singer Adriana Caselotti (1997), (Mel)anie Appleby of Mel & Kim (1990), Chicago soul–blues vocalist McKinley Mitchell (1986)

January 19: Denny Doherty of The Mamas and The Papas (2007), Wilson Pickett (2006), Josh Clayton–Felt of School of Fish (2000), rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins (1998), Joe Stubbs of The Falcons (1998), singer–guitarist Buster Benton (1996), leader and sax player for the Mar–Keys Packy Axton (1974)

January 20: Hugh O’Neill Jr. of The Queers (1999), drummer Bill Albaugh (1999), Ron Holden of "Love You So" fame (1997), Stan Szelest of The Hawks who became The Band (1991), DJ Alan Freed (1965)
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January 21, 2010

Aretha Feels It … Young Declares Peace … Ringo Walks …

This is the week that was in matters musical…

1956, Buddy Holly records his first Decca singles at a session in Nashville …

1959, armed with just an acoustic guitar and tape recorder, Buddy Holly holes up in his New York City apartment to lay down the last tracks he will record … tunes include "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" and "Peggy Sue Got Married" … Coral Records will mix in backing instrumentation later and release the songs posthumously …

1966, Nancy Sinatra, the most famous fruit of Frank's loins, enters the Hot 100 for the second time with the timeless cheek and brassy cool of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" …

1967, Aretha Franklin lays down her first tracks for Atlantic at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, including the steaming ballad "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" … the Muscle Shoals sessions are the first to fully exploit Franklin's soulful vocal skills … at her former label, Columbia, she had been given syrupy, string-laden ballads to sing …

1970, Dr. Robert Moog introduces the Minimoog …

1971, China, the daughter of Jefferson Airplane bandmates Grace Slick and Paul Kantner, is born at French Hospital in San Francisco … a joke Slick makes at a nurse's expense spawns a decades-long urban myth that the baby was named God … the little girl appears on the cover of the 1972 Slick/Kantner album Sunfighter, which includes a song about her, creatively titled "China" …

1974, Neil Young halts a New York performance to read a message handed to him on stage … "Peace has come," he announces, referring to the signing of the Paris Peace Accords signifying the formal end of the Vietnam War … the crowd spontaneously celebrates with bouts of hugging and kissing as Young fires up a particularly incendiary version of "Southern Man" …

1980, Saturday Night Live comedian John Belushi busts out his rawest Blues Brothers chops in a post-birthday jam with The Dead Boys at The Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles …

1982, as record collectors everywhere drool, the University of Mississippi receives the entire record collection of bluesman and ex-disc jockey B.B. King … the veritable audio treasure trove is B.B.'s effort to enrich the university's Center for the Study of Southern Culture and includes about 20,000 blues records …

1984, Michael Jackson's hair is ignited by pyrotechnics while filming a commercial for Pepsi … he suffers scalp and neck burns requiring hospitalization … Jackson will recover and the commercial will eventually air sans footage of Michael in flames … the event is later parodied in Neil Young's video, "This Note's for You" and in Eminem's clip "Just Lose It" …

1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame holds its first induction ceremony in New York City … started just three years prior, it will be nine more years before the Hall has a proper building …

1995, Courtney Love is tried on charges of abusing a flight attendant on a Qantas flight after she is asked to remove her feet from a cabin wall … Love is sentenced to a month's good behavior … apparently Australian courts have no concept of cruel and unusual punishment … Alan Jackson's single "Gone Country" settles in at the top of the Billboard country chart 23 weeks after it entered the countdown … it's the longest stretch any hit has taken on its way to the top slot …

2005, New York hip-hop station Hot 97 fires producer Rick Delgado for creating and airing a parody of the 1985 single "We Are the World" named "The Tsunami Song" … peppered with racially charged lyrics and trivializing the Asian disaster, the song is aired by radio personality Todd Lynn who is also fired while host Miss Jones and two staff members are suspended for two weeks … the station's corporate parent company announces that it will donate $1 million to tsunami relief …

2007, Jimi Hendrix fans react with indignation to the launch of a canned beverage dubbed Liquid Experience bearing a likeness of the guitar master … this isn't the first time his image has been used to peddle non-music products … it's turned up on baby clothes, an air freshener, lava lamp, and even a Christmas ornament … Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea who sports a prominent Jimi tatoo is especially contemptuous: "To see his image and the beautiful feelings it has created during my lifetime cheapened by base advertising … is very disappointing to me" … in Chicago, Buddy Guy's blues club, Legends, loses its lease and the bluesman, who opened the night spot in 1989 ruefully observes, "They don't get any good until they turn 60. The club is just now getting a little successful, and now I gotta move it" …

2008, Ringo Starr walks off the set of TV's Live With Regis and Kelly, rather than cut short a song he was scheduled to play … the snafu results from miscommunication between the show's producers and Starr's people … Starr offers to cut short his chat time with the hosts to accommodate the four-minute song, but when the producers insist the performance be cut to two-and-a-half minutes, the drummer takes a hike … in London, bad-girl singer Amy Winehouse enters rehab after a string of arrests and confrontations involving drugs and drink …

2009, the musician formerly known as Cat Stevens releases a song to benefit the children of Gaza … Yusuf Islam's rendition of the George Harrison song "The Day the World Gets Round" features German bassist and former Beatles collaborator Klaus Voorman … all proceeds from the song will be donated to the U.N. agency in charge of Palestinian refugees … this same week, director John Landis sues Michael Jackson charging that he is still owed his share of the profits from the "Thriller" video Landis directed …
…and that was the week that was.



Arrivals:

January 21: Wolfman Jack (1939), Richie Havens (1941), opera tenor Placido Domingo (1941), singer Billy Ocean born Leslie Sebastian Charles (1950), Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC (1965)

January 22: Sam Cooke (1931), The Shirelles' Addie Harris (1941), Nolan Strong of The Diablos (1934), punk impresario Malcolm McLaren (1946), Meat Loaf aka Marvin Lee Aday (1946), Steve Perry of Journey (1949), Michael Hutchence of INXS (1960), Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses (1965), DJ Jazzy Jeff (1965), songwriter-producer Willa Ford (1981)

January 23: jukebox builder David Rockola (1897), gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910), Eugene Church of The Clovers (1938), Jerry Lawson of The Persuasions (1944), Anita Pointer of The Pointer Sisters (1948), Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers (1950), Danny Federici of the E Street Band (1950), Bill Cunningham of The Box Tops (1950), Robin Zander of Cheap Trick (1953), Anita Baker (1958), UB40's Earl Falconer (1959), Neil Hogan (dunno year yet)

January 24: Gene Mumford, lead singer of Billy Ward & The Dominos (1925), Doug Kershaw (1936), novelty country singer Ray Stevens (1939), Aaron Neville (1941), Neil Diamond (1941), Warren Zevon (1947), Jools Holland (1958)

January 25: blues guitarist Dan Sane (1904), Scottish folk revivalist Ewan McColl (1915), ABBA manager Stig Andersson (1931), Bill Justis Band guitarist Sidney Manker (1932), singer-dancer Chita Rivera (1933), Etta James (1938), Malcolm Green of Split Enz (1953), Richard Finch of KC & the Sunshine Band (1954), Terry Chimes of The Clash (1955), Andy Cox of Fine Young Cannibals and English Beat (1956), Roxy Music's Gary Tibbs (1958), Iggy Pop bassist Craig Pike (1963), Alicia Keys (1981)

January 26: jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli (1908), record executive Nat Tarnopol (1931), New Orleans keyboardist Huey "Piano" Smith (1934), The Teddy Bears' Marshall Lieb (1939), Derek Holt of the Climax Blues Band (1949), David Briggs of Little River Band (1951), Andy Hummell of Big Star (1951), Lucinda Williams (1953), Edward Van Halen (1957), Norman Hassan of UB40 (1958), Wham's Andrew Ridgley (1963), Soul II Soul's Jazzie B. (1963), gospel star Kirk Franklin (1970)

January 27: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756), composer Jerome Kern (1885), blues legend Elmore James (1918), Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., AKA David Seville, creator of The Chipmunks (1919), Nick Mason of Pink Floyd (1945), Seth Justman of The J. Geils Band (1951), Brian Downey of Thin Lizzy (1951), Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins (1961), New Order's Gillian Gilbert (1961), Faith No More's Mike Patton (1968)

Departures:

January 21: glam-rock star Les Gray (2004), Peggy Lee (2002), blues pianist and singer Charles Brown (1999), Elvis manager "Colonel" Tom Parker (1997), bluesman Champion Jack Dupree (1992), mid-'80s rapper Mitch McDowell (1992), Steve Wahrer of The Trashmen (1989), soul singer Jackie Wilson (1984)

January 22: bandleader Billy May (2004), songwriter Irwin Levine of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" fame (1997), Billy MacKenzie of The Associates (1997), Wally Whyton of The Vipers (1997), Riot's Rhett Forrester (1994), Tommy Tucker of "High Heel Sneakers" fame (1982)

January 23: Johnny Funches of The Dells (1998), "Louie Louie" composer Richard Berry (1997), gospel songwriter Thomas A. Dorsey (1993), blues guitarist James "Thunderbird" Davis (1992), Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins (1990), Carl Feaster of The Chords (1981), Terry Kath of Chicago (1978), Vic Ames of the Ames Brothers (1978), jazz trombonist Edward "Kid" Ory (1973), blues songstress Big Maybelle Smith (1972),

January 24: James "Shep" Sheppard of Shep & the Limelites (1997), The Association founder Brian Cole (1995), producer and half of C&C Music Factory David Cole (1994), film composer Ken Darby (1992), Bill Horton of The Silhouettes (1955)

January 25: pop singer Ray Peterson (2005), choral conductor Robert Shaw (1999), New Orleans guitarist and singer Alvin "Shine" Robinson (1989), Lamar Williams of The Allman Brothers (1983), R&B singer Chris Kenner (1976)

January 26: blues drummer S. P. Leary (1998), jukebox mogul David Rockola (1993), disco warbler Karen Young (1991), New Orleans singer Donnie Elbert (1989)

January 27: Tin Pan Alley composer Gerald Marks (1997), vocalist Candy Givens of Zephyr (1984), gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (1972)
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Re:Chas's Music Column - Week in Review 28Jan 2010 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
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January 28, 2010
P.J.'s Pants On The Ground … Fans Mourn The Other M. Jackson … Iron Maiden Goes Posh …

This is the week that was in matters musical…

1945, The Andrews Sisters' "Rum & Coca Cola" is the #1 pop hit and will become the biggest seller of the year …

1956, Elvis Presley makes his national television debut on The Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show singing "Heartbreak Hotel"… The Coasters are signed to Atlantic Records … the doo-wop act goes on to score 19 hits in the ensuing 15 years including such novelty smashes as "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy" …

1958, The Champs release "Tequila" which will become one of the more successful one-word songs … Little Richard announces that he is retiring from music at the peak of his popularity to become a minister … the pomaded rocker will flip-flop between his sacred and profane predilections in the coming years …

1959, the world of pop music takes a big hit when a small plane crashes into an Iowa cornfield killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson … the three pop stars, who were in the midst of a tour dubbed the Winter Dance Party, had chartered the plane to get to their next gig in Fargo, North Dakota, as an alternative to making the long haul in their tour bus with its defective heater … spared in the tragedy was bassist Waylon Jennings who gave up his seat on the plane …

1961, Bob Dylan cuts his first record, "San Francisco Bay Blues" …

1965, Brit rocker P.J. Proby splits his pants during a London show … the incident gets a big reaction from the crowd and Proby makes the ripping riff a permanent part of his act …

1967, British pop producer Joe Meek, who developed many innovative recording techniques, fatally shotguns his landlady following an argument, then turns the gun on himself with equally deadly results … while browsing in a London antique shop, John Lennon comes across a 19th-century circus poster that incorporates most of what will become the lyrics of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" …

1969, The Beatles, with Billy Preston joining them on organ, perform in public as a group for the last time on the roof of the Apple Studios building … the filmed rooftop concert ends after four songs when police show up on a noise complaint from the neighbors …

1972, more than 40,000 mourners file past Mahalia Jackson's coffin to pay final respects to the renowned gospel singer who died four days earlier … at her funeral the next day, Sammy Davis Jr. reads a letter from President Nixon and Aretha Franklin sings "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" …

1973, keyboardist Keith Emerson's hands are injured when a piano that's been rigged with pyrotechnics explodes prematurely during an Emerson, Lake and Palmer concert in San Francisco … Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" goes to #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart … it's the singer's first visit to the top of the U.S. chart … NBC debuts TV's first rock concert series, Midnight Special … the show's announcer is gravel-throated DJ Wolfman Jack and each episode features a guest host … the show will air through 1981 … KISS performs their first show at the Coventry Club in Queens … they have yet to develop their trademark look … Paul Stanley will later characterize the band's appearance as a New York Dolls look …

1977, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green is dispatched to the funny farm following an incident in which he attacked an accountant attempting to deliver a royalty check for $30,000 … turns out Green didn't want the green …

1980, commemorating the first anniversary of Sid Vicious' death, 1,000 punks stage a march in London … the dead Sex Pistol's mother, Ann Beverly, had been slated to head the parade, but she's in hospital recovering from a drug overdose …

1985, the single "We Are The World" is recorded in L.A. by 46 rock stars led by Michael Jackson to raise money for charity …

1988, The Cars reach the end of the road …

1991, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor is nominated in four Grammy categories and announces that she won't accept any awards saying the show reflects "false and destructive, materialistic values" …

1993, graphic artist Reid Miles dies at 65 … he designed iconic album covers for Blue Note Records in the '50s and '60s and his style has been copped by many others …

2004, James Brown is arrested on charges of domestic violence for pushing his wife to the floor during an argument … he later pleads no contest…

2006, a letter written by Don Law, the producer of Robert Johnson's 1936 and 1937 San Antonio recording sessions is unearthed providing and confirming valuable details of the enigmatic blues pioneer's sessions … the management firm representing singer Avril Lavigne provides defense money for an Arlington, TX man who has been sued by the recording industry for sharing downloaded music …among the songs involved is Lavigne's own "Sk8er Boi" …

2009, Metal band Iron Maiden is going soft … that is, if you go by the hotel in London they're financing … the posh Sanctum Soho features a 24-hour bar, a rooftop hot tub, and mini-bars built inside amp stacks … trashing of rooms by naughty rockers is neither encouraged nor discouraged …
…and that was the week that was in matters musical.



Arrivals:

January 28: piano virtuoso Arthur Rubinstein (1887), songwriter Irving Gordon (1915), British jazzman and club owner Ronnie Scott (1927), clarinetist Mr. Acker Bilk (1929), bluesman David "Junior" Kimbrough (1930), dub producer King Tubby (1941), Brian Keenan of the Chambers Brothers (1944), Dick Taylor of The Pretty Things (1944), Nedra Talley of The Ronettes (1946), Rick Allen of The Box Tops (1946), Mountain's Corky Laing (1948), The Alarm's Dave Sharp (1959), Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan (1968), rapper Rakim (1968), Cypress Hill's Muggs (1968), Joey Fatone of *NSYNC (1977), Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys (1980)

January 29: Huddie Ledbetter AKA Lead Belly (1889), Chicago bluesman Eddie Taylor (1923), masterful Motown bassist James Jamerson (1936), jazz pianist Bobby Scott (1937), Peter Cowap of Herman's Hermits (1944), David Byron of Uriah Heep (1947), Tommy Ramone of the Ramones (1949), Louie Perez of Los Lobos (1953), rapper Mitch McDowell of General Kane (1954), Eddie Jackson of Queensryche (1961)

January 30: R&B singer Ruth Brown (1928), Mississippi bluesman Big Jack Johnson (1940), Joe Terry of Danny & the Juniors (1941), Marty Balin of The Jefferson Airplane (1942), Sandy Yaguda of Jay & the Americans (1943), Steve Marriott of Small Faces and Humble Pie (1947), William King of the Commodores (1949), Mary Ross of Quarterflash (1951), Steve Bartek of OingoBoingo (1952), Shalamar's Jody Watley (1959), Jonny Lang (1981)

January 31: Franz Schubert (1979), vaudeville favorite Eddie Cantor (1892), ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax (1915), singer Mario Lanza (1921), Broadway star Carol Channing (1923), Chuck Willis, R&B and rock singer-songwriter (1928), composer Phillip Glass (1937), harpmeister Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Chicago's Terry Kath (1946), Harry Wayne Casey of K.C. & The Sunshine Band (1951), Phil Collins (1951), Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music (1951), harp player Paul deLay (1952), Johnny Lyden aka Johnny Rotten (1956), Slayer's Jeff Hanneman (1964), Al Jaworski of Jesus Jones (1966), Jason Cooper of The Cure (1967), Justin Timberlake (1981)

February 1: rock music critic Lillian Roxon (1932), Bob Shane of The Kingston Trio (1934), Don Everly of The Everly Brothers (1937), Dr. Hook's Ray Sawyer (1937), Jimmy Carl Black of The Mothers of Invention (1938), Rick James (1952), Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1954), Lisa Marie Presley (1968), Patrick Wilson of Weezer (1969), Outkast's Big Boi (1975)

February 2: bluesman Walter Vinson (1901), saxophonist Red Prysock (1926), Stan Getz (1927), Skip Battin of The Byrds (1934), Clarence Quick of the Dell Vikings (1937), Graham Nash (1942), Ronnie Goodson of Ronnie and the Hi-Lites (1945), Howard Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers (1946), Peter Lucia of Tommy James and The Shondells (1947), Alan McKay of Earth, Wind & Fire (1948), Journey's Ross Valory (1949), jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson (1951), Jeff Healy Band drummer Tom Stephen (1955), Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots (1966), Ben Mize of Counting Crows (1971), Shakira (1977)

February 3: romantic-era composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809), jazz saxophonist John Handy (1933), Apollo Theater regular Varetta Dillard (1933), Johnny "Guitar" Watson (1935), David Lerchey of the Dell-Vikings (1937), Angelo D'Aleo of Dion & The Belmonts (1940), Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart (1941), Eric Haydock of the Hollies (1943), Dennis Edwards of The Temptations (1943), Johnny Cymbal (1945), Dave Davies of The Kinks (1947), pop singer Melanie Safka (1947), Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth (1956), Tony Butler of Big Country (1957), Lol Tolhurst of The Cure (1959)

Departures:

January 28: Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi (2005), recording pioneer John Mosley (1996), D.O.A. drummer Ken Jensen (1995), Uriah Heep's David Byron (1985), "British Elvis" Billy Fury (1983)

January 29: guitarist-singer-songwriter John Martyn (2009), jazz/R&B sax man Hank Crawford (2009), founder of The Quarry Men Eric Griffiths (2005), David Lerchey of The Dell-Vikings (2005), seminal blues bassist and songwriter Willie Dixon (1992), Herman "Sunny" Chaney of The Jaguars (1989), Sir Edward Lewis (1980), one-man-band Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller (1976)

January 30: songwriter Julius Dixon (2004), jazz producer Bob Thiele (1996), bluesman Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1982), influential New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair, born Henry Roeland Byrd (1980), rockabilly singer Warren Smith (1980), songster Mance Lipscomb (1976)

January 31: Barbara Cowsill, mother of The Cowsills (1985), saxophonist Gregory Herbert, member of the 1978 incarnation of Blood, Sweat & Tears (1978), R&B singer-songwriter Buster Brown (1976), swamp bluesman Slim Harpo (1970)

February 1: singer Molly Bee (2009), songwriter John Jarrad (2001), Julius Wechter of Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass and The Baja Marimba Band (1999), Delta slide-guitarist Johnny Littlejohn (1994), Paul Robi, baritone singer with The Platters (1989), music publisher Dick James (1986), Ulysses "Ronnie" Hicks of The Five Keys (1955)

February 2: country harmonica player Terry McMillan (2007), Billy Henderson of the Spinners (2007), singer Eric von Schmidt, who influenced Bob Dylan (2007), Joe Hunter, pianist with The Funk Brothers, Motown's in-house studio band (2007), James Blackwood, the "Frank Sinatra of Gospel," (2002), songwriter Hal Blair (2001), David McComb of The Triffids (1999), jazz drummer and bandleader Mel Lewis (1990), Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion (1987), bluesman Sam Chatmon (1983), Sex Pistol Sid Vicious (1979)

February 3: pedal steel guitarist Tom Brumley (2009), saxman Cornelius Bumpus (2004), jazz trombonist James Louis "J.J." Johnson (2001), R&B legend and dancer Gwen Guthrie (1999), session guitarist "Wild" Jimmy Spruill (1996), Max Yasgur, the dairy farmer who hosted the Woodstock festival (1973), Scottish rock singer Alex Harvey (1982), British pop producer Joe Meek (1967), Buddy Holly (1959), Ritchie Valens (1959), J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson (1959)
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Thanks for posting all of this , Chas, I always enjoy reading about these events.

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It's always a pleasure to read your column, Chas. Great stuff. Thanks
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Bill and Marc,

As long as it keeps getting read i'll keep posting it.

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Week In Review
February 4, 2010

Rumours Spreading … Billy's Idle … Getting' Ziggy Wit It …

This is the week that was in matters musical…


1958, 14-year-old George Harrison demonstrates his guitar prowess by playing the Bill Justus instrumental "Raunchy" for an impressed John Lennon and Paul McCartney while the three are riding a Liverpool bus … he's invited to join their group, The Quarry Men, thus forming the front line of what will become The Beatles … 30 years later to the day, Harrison's last American chart single "When We Was Fab," a remembrance of the Beatles era, enters the Top 100 …

1960, "Money (That's What I Want)" recorded by Barrett Strong for the Tamla label, enters the Billboard charts and ultimately rises to #23 … the song was written by Tamla founder Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford, becoming the first hit record for Gordy's Motown enterprise … the song will be covered by a plethora of artists including The Beatles, John Lennon during his solo career, Buddy Guy, The Trashmen, Dave Matthews Band, The Kingsmen, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Ike & Tina Turner, Bern Elliott and the Fenmen, Pearl Jam, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Flying Lizards, Shonen Knife, The Pretenders, Scissor Sisters, Secret Machines, The Sonics, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hanson, The B-52's, Cheap Trick, Josie and the Pussycats, Great White, RC Succession, The Blues Brothers, The Avengers; plus Motown label mates The Supremes, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, The Miracles, Etta James, Jimmy Barnes, Waylon Jennings and Boyz II Men … the song will also featured in the movie Animal House, performed by John Belushi …

1964, Beatlemania reaches a feverish pitch when The Fab Four deplane in New York and are greeted by thousands of screaming teenyboppers … that same day Baskin-Robbins unveils its newest flavor: Beatle-Nut … The Beatles make their live American TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, reaching the eyes and ears of over 70-million viewers, the largest television audience ever recorded at the time … the show receives over 50,000 requests for tickets …

1969, George Harrison's tonsils are removed at University College Hospital in London … it is reported that they have been destroyed to prevent the glands from turning up in the memorabilia market …

1969, former Cream members Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, together with ex-Traffic singer-keyboardist Stevie Winwood, announce auditions for a bass player to join them in a new quartet … with Rick Grech recruited, the band becomes the short-lived supergroup, Blind Faith …

1972, former Beatle Paul McCartney's new band Wings, featuring his wife Linda and former Moody Blues singer Denny Laine, plays its first concert at Nottingham University in the UK …

1977, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is released … the LP races to the #1 slot on the album chart where it remains for 31 weeks … it ultimately moves over 17-million platters … ABC-TV's American Bandstand celebrates its 25th birthday with a TV special hosted by perennial teenager Dick Clark … an eclectic all-star band that includes Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman, Johnny Rivers, Donald Byrd, Chuck Mangione, Seals & Crofts, Junior Walker, The Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels, Doc Severenson, Les McCann, and three-quarters of Booker T and the MGs, plays "Roll Over Beethoven" …

1979, Stephen Stills is the first rock act to record on digital gear at L.A.'s Record Plant but the tracks are never released … guitarist Ry Cooder's rockabilly-inflected album Bop 'Til You Drop becomes the first ones-and-zeroes pop record …

1981, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau inducts Joni Mitchell into the Juneau Hall of Fame …

1990, Billy Idol fractures an arm and leg in a Hollywood motorcycle wreck … the mishap dashes his plans to play a major role in Oliver Stone's film, The Doors …

1995, Bob Marley's backup singing group, The I-Threes, which includes his widow Rita, stages a 50th birthday concert for the late reggae star at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica … son Ziggy Marley also performs …

1999, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and his music publisher sue movie distribution outfit Miramax for unauthorized use of the Fighters' hit "Big Me" in the trailer for the film Rounders …

2000, ABBA rejects an offer of nearly $1 billion to reunite for a world tour after being apart for 17 years … it's the largest rejection in history … apparently Frank Zappa was only in it for the money; ABBA is all about the art …

2005, Courtney Love, the woman who put the "court" in Courtney, pleads no contest to charges of assaulting musician Kristin King … she is ordered by a Los Angeles court to take anger-management classes, pay a $1,000 fine, and perform 100 hours of community service … Love then travels across town to a Beverly Hills court where a judge reduces her two felony charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs to one misdemeanor … she is ordered to continue a rehab program she is already enrolled in and avoid alcohol and drugs …

2006, Israel Ramirez, a Busta Rhymes bodyguard, is shot dead outside a Brooklyn studio where his boss is recording a video … word on the street is that the shooting resulted from rapper Tony Yayo being ejected from the session for being disruptive … this brings new meaning to the judgment "does not work and play well with others" …

2007, Van Halen announces they'll be touring with David Lee Roth's tonsils aboard for the first time since 1984 … Prince keeps his costume intact while delivering a well-received halftime show at the Super Bowl … a Los Angeles court grants producer Phil Spector a $900,000 judgment against a former assistant whom he claimed had embezzled the money from his pension fund … Spector will need all that money and more to defend against murder charges involving the death of starlet Lana Clarkson … in a convoluted deal between Apple (formerly Apple Computer Inc.) and The Beatles' Apple Corps, the Mac-maker acquires rights to all Apple logos used by both companies and will license the green apple logo back to Apple Corps … country singer Keith Urban files suit against New Jersey painter Keith D. Urban, claiming that the latter's website, keithurban.net, misleads people into believing the site is related to the performer … the suit does not specify any monetary damages and asks the court to transfer the URL to the country star … the painter countersues … Apple chief Steve Jobs calls on record companies to quit building anti-piracy features into digital music … SoundScan reports that January 2007 was the worst month for record sales since it began tracking sales in 1991 … with only 34.1 million records sold, the industry is down 40% compared to a decade earlier …

2008, Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong plays a five-date mini-tour with his side project, Pinhead Gunpowder … at the Troubador club in West L.A., Armstrong is faced with an arsenal of fans pointing their cell-phone cameras at him … he tells the crowd to put the cameras away saying, "YouTube can't own everything. There's also something called memories." … hours after a Velvet Revolver show in L.A., vocalist Scott Weiland checks himself into rehab … it's reported that AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" has become one of the most requested funeral songs in Australia …

2009, Death Cab For Cutie organizes a mock-political campaign against Auto Tune abuse in music …
…and that was the week that was in matters musical.



Arrivals:

Feb 4: Bernie West of The Five Keys (1930), The Animals' John Steel (1941), Florence LaRue of the Fifth Dimension (1944), saxophonist John Stubblefield (1945), Alice Cooper aka Vincent Furnier (1948), Phil Ehart of Kansas (1951), Humble Pie's Jerry Shirley (1952), country singer Clint Black (1962), singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia (1975), Rick Burch of Jimmy Eat World (1975), rapper-actor Cam'ron, AKA Killa Cam (1976)

Feb 5: rural blues harmonica player Will Shade (1898), Samie "Sticks" Evans, session drummer with Ray Charles and James Brown (1923), Louisiana rockabilly star Jackie Lee Cochran (1934), Alex Harvey, Scottish jazz and blues bandleader (1935), soul singer-songwriter Barrett Strong (1941), country singer Henson Cargill (1942), Cory Wells of Three Dog Night (1942), Chuck Winfield of Blood, Sweat & Tears (1943), Al Kooper, founder of Blood, Sweat & Tears (1943), J.R. Cobb of Atlanta Rhythm Section (1944), Steve Miller Band's Dave Denny (1948), Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson (1949), Steppenwolf bassist Andy Chapin (1952), Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver (1964), Chris Barron of Spin Doctors (1968), Bobby Brown of New Edition (1969)

Feb 6: songwriter-musician Leon Rene (1902), teen idol Fabiano Forte AKA Fabian (1943), funk and soul keyboardist-singer-songwriter Wilson "Willie Tee" Turbinton (1944), reggae pioneer Bob Marley (1945), Richie Hayward, drummer with Little Feat (1946), Canadian folksinger Kate McGarrigle (1946), singer-songwriter-performer Natalie Cole (1950), Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses, born William Bruce Rose (1962), pop singer Rick Astley, famous for unwittingly Rickrolling unsuspecting YouTube viewers (1966)

Feb 7: pianist Eubie Blake (1883), bluegrass singer Wilma Lee Cooper (1921), Warren Smith, rockabilly artist discovered by Roy Orbison (1932), king of soul sax, King Curtis, born Curtis Ousley (1934), the first lady of bluegrass mandolin, Donna Stoneman (1934), Earl King, major New Orleans singer, guitarist, and songwriter (1934), Walter Scott, lead vocalist for Bob Kuban and the In Men (1943), country singer-songwriter Sammy Johns (1946), Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night (1948), Alan Lancaster of Status Quo (1949), Brian Travers of UB40 (1959), Steve Bronski of Bronski Beat (1960), keyboardist David Bryan of Bon Jovi (1962), country music artist Garth Brooks (1962)

Feb 8: composer John Williams (1932), rockabilly artist Donnie Owens (1932), folk singer Tom Rush (1941), Creed Bratton II of the Grass Roots (1943), Jim Capaldi of Traffic (1944), Adolfo "Fito" De La Parra of Canned Heat (1946), Vince Neil of Motley Crue (1961), Sam Llanas of The BoDeans (1961), Collective Soul's Will Turpin (1971), Darren "Phoenix" Farrell of Linkin Park (1977)

Feb 9: country music pioneer Ernest Tubb (1914), Chicago soul singer Johnny Sayles (1932), prolific Canadian folk singer "Stompin" Tom Connors (1936), singer-songwriter Carole King, born Carole Klein (1942), Dennis Thomas of Kool & the Gang (1951), country artist Travis Tritt (1963)

Feb 10: singer Jimmy Durante (1893), zydeco accordionist Rockin' Dopsie, born Alton Jay Rubin (1932), Don Wilson of The Ventures (1933), singer-songwriter Roberta Flack (1939), James Merchant of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers (1940), noted Elvis impersonator Ral Donner (1943), folk singer-songwriter Donovan, born Donovan Phillip Leitch (1946), folksinger-songwriter Tom Jans (1949), pop singer Robbie Nevil (1961), Cliff Burton of Metallica (1962)

Departures:

Feb 4: Cramps founder and punk pioneer Lux Interior (2009), pioneering black singer-actress Barbara McNair (2007), composer Iannis Xenakis, pioneer of stochastic music (2001), mandolinist Jethro Burns of Homer and Jethro (1989), Vincent Crane, leader of Atomic Rooster (1989), Australian singer-songwriter Trevor Lucas (1989), flamboyant pianist Liberace (1987), Paul Gardiner, bassist with Gary Numan's The Tubeway Army (1984), singer-drummer Karen Carpenter of The Carpenters (1983), alto sax-playing singer and band leader Louis Jordan (1975), saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax (1894), singer-pianist Cecil Gant (1951)

Feb 5: Tim Kelly, guitarist for metal rockers Slaughter (1998), Rudy Pompilli, sax player and bandleader of Bill Haley's Comets (1976)

Feb 6: Mutsumi Fukuhara of Super Junky Monkey (1999), Carl Wilson, founding member of the Beach Boys (1998), Australian techno-pop star Falco (1998), composer-conductor Hugo Montenegro (1981), R&B balladeer Jesse Belvin (1960)

Feb 7: jazz singer and pianist Blossom Dearie, born Marguerite Blossom Dearie (2009), big-voiced crooner and balladeer Frankie Laine (2007), Real Kids bassist Allen "Alpo" Paulino (2006), Elton Dean, British sax man with Soft Machine and Elton John (2006), "Ring of Fire" co-writer Merle Kilgore (2005), singer-songwriter Dale Evans, born Lucille Wood Smith (2001), Dave Peverett of Foghat (2000), songwriter Bobby Troup (1999), smooth British crooner Matt Monro (1985), Al Smith, Chicago blues producer and bassist (1974), New Orleans blues guitarist Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones (1959)

Feb 8: Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin (2009), Keith Knudsen of The Doobie Brothers (2005), pioneering jazz organist Jimmy Smith (2005), pop singer Del Shannon, born Charles Weedon Westover (1990)

Feb 9: guitarist-songwriter-producer Scott Turner (2009), Cuban bassist Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez (2009), soul singer Tyrone Davis (2005), Billy Jones, guitarist with The Outlaws (1995), The Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, gospel singer, arranger, and composer (1991), Bill Haley of Bill Haley & His Comets (1981), jump blues bandleader Buddy Johnson who wrote "Since I Fell For You" (1977)

Feb 10: rock 'n' roll singer Freddie Bell (2008), '60s NY folkie and Dylan mentor Dave Van Ronk (2002), saxophonist Buddy Tate (2001), Brian Connolly of Sweet (1997), British music promoter Tony Secunda (1995), Stooges bassist Dave Alexander (1975)
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Re:Chas's Music Column - Week in Review 4 Feb 2010 4 Years, 7 Months ago  
It is quite amazing that MOney (That'swhat I want) was played by so many artists. Pretty deceived by Led Zeppelin 's version.

Thnaks for the info Chas

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my oh my - now that is alot of work

and great information

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One more for you Chas;


Ringo Starr gets a STAR....


news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100209/ap_on_en_mu/us_starr_walk_of_fame


afterwards, Pete Best was heard to say, "I am really f@#&?^g happy for him".




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I really love this.... but this thread is going to be pages and pages long. Would it be alright with the "powers that be" that you start a new thread each week? You just need your own category !!! What a phenomenal walk down memory lane this is.....
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izzyhara wrote:
I really love this.... but this thread is going to be pages and pages long. Would it be alright with the "powers that be" that you start a new thread each week? You just need your own category !!! What a phenomenal walk down memory lane this is.....

If it had its own category it would certainly be easier to post and less need for me to go back and Edit titles etc, also easier for members to find. The site is to be overhauled I understand and the forum is to be tidied up. Matt asked me a while back to compile a list of 'new' Categories , this wasn't one of them but what you say maybe has merits.
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