Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: We just finished watching the excellent 12-hour series, "Titanic: Blood and Steel."

Since one of the girls in the Italian family is named Violetta, I was thinking they might figure a way to include all or part of "Violetta," a popular song in the early 1960s, but they didn't.

That's the only other time I've ever heard this lovely name.

There could be many reasons they missed the opportunity to tie-in with this tune, such as they didn't even know it existed.

Do you know "Violetta"?
—Melanie Goodrich, Portsmouth, N.H.

David Whitfield
DEAR MELANIE: I do, both Violetta Silvestri, beautifully played by Valentina Corti in "Titanic: Blood and Steel," and "Hear My Song, Violetta," the recording by David Whitfield (1960: Decca 7036) and Ray Adams (1962: Laurie 3118).

Neither version did well in the U.S., though both were huge hits in many other countries, from Norway to Australia.

Big sales means more copies in circulation, so either disc is likely to be found on eBay, and probably for under ten bucks.

Even if the producers knew of "Violetta," they would not knowingly have a record from the 1960s playing when the Titanic was under construction, circa-1910. That would be known in filmese as a flub.

DEAR JERRY: There is one line in Brenda Lee's "One Step at a Time" that has me befuddled.

As with some of her earlier songs, she uses an occasional hiccupping delivery, a bit like Buddy Holly does at the beginning of "Rave On," and that's the problem with this mysterious verse.

All I know is it has something to do with a hound dog.
—Sean Callahan, Patterson, N.J.

DEAR SEAN: Music is my life, but dogs and hiccups are among my other areas of expertise.

When "One Step at a Time" came out, in early 1957, Brenda was just 12, and obviously influenced by hiccupping rockabilly artists.

The befuddling verse is "every old hound dog once was a pup."

DEAR JERRY: Long ago my grandfather worked for a local record distributor, one having an association with the Gennett company.

Handed down from him to my father, then to me, is a collection of Gennett 78s, all still in their paper sleeves.

A few of the songs are familiar, but I don't recognize any of the musicians, and I do not have a phonograph.

I once tried to get them appraised on the Antiques Roadshow, but they said there were too many for them to deal with.

Can you help me determine if I have anything of value?
—Orville Sigler, Richmond, Ind.

DEAR ORVILLE: You don't say how many Gennetts you have, other than enough for the Roadshow to lose interest.

I do know that the more you own the better your chance of having some of the big ticket items. Also, those authentic Gennett Records company sleeves will make your stash even more attractive to buyers.

Gennett set up shop in Richmond in the early 1920s, and remains one of the more desirable record labels.

Take a look and see if you have any of these sought-after artists, grouped in Gennett's three main categories: Jazz, Blues, and Country.

Even though these folks all recorded for Gennett in the 1920s and '30s, I'm thinking you will at least spot two or three names you recognize:

Jazz and Big Band:
Bix Beiderbecke (a.k.a., Bix and His Rhythm Jugglers)
Hoagy Carmichael
Deppe's Serenaders (with Earl Hines)
Duke Ellington
Fletcher Henderson
Jelly Roll Morton
New Orleans Rhythm Kings
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band (with Louis Armstrong)
Andy Preer and the Cotton Club Orchestra
Red Onion Jazz Babies
Johnny Silvester and His Playmates
Sioux City Six, Featuring Bix (Beiderbecke)
State Street Ramblers
Alphonse Trent
Frank Trumbauer
Wolverine Orchestra
Zach Whyte and His Chocolate Beau Brummels

Black Birds of Paradise
Big Boy Cleveland
Jaybird Coleman
Sam Collins
Jesse C. Crump
Tiny Franklin
Georgia Tom (Thomas A. Dorsey)
Daddy Moon Hayes
Henry Johnson and His Boys
Horace Smith
Lizzie Washington

Gene Autry
Blue Ridge Mountaineers
Vernon Dalhart
Bradley Kincaid
Fiddlin' Doc Roberts
Rutherford and Foster
Ernest Stoneman
Virginia Mountain Boomers (with Ernest Stoneman)

IZ ZAT SO? For interested collectors who would like some recent sales prices on records by a few of the above named artists, here are just 10 that fetched four figures. Keep in mind that with 78s, rarely are they found anywhere close to near-mint condition:

$7,656: Daddy Moon Hayes and His Boys - "Two Little Tommie Blues" / "Gang of Brown Skin Women" (Gennett 6122)
$4,500: Black Birds of Paradise - "Muddy Water" / "Sugar" (Gennett 6211)
$2,551: Rutherford and Foster - "She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage" / "There's No One Like the Old Folks" (Gennett 6777)
$1,902: Blue Ridge Mountaineers - "Old Flannigan" / "Old Voile" (Gennett 6870)
$1,652: Jesse C. Crump - "Mister Crump Rag" / "Golden West Blues" (No Gennett number used)
$1,593: Jaybird Coleman - "Man Trouble Blues" / "Trunk Busted, Suitcase Full of Holes" (Gennett 6245)
$1,358: Black Birds of Paradise - "Bugahoma Blues" / "Tishomingo Blues" (Gennett 6210)
$1,250: Horace Smith and the Patent Leather Kids - "Going Away and Leave My Baby" / "Clickity Clack Blues" (Gennett 7056)
$1,136: Henry Johnson and His Boys - "Hawaiian Harmony Blues" / "Blue Hawaii" (Gennett 6156)
$1,136: Georgia Tom - "Six Shooter Blues" / "Second Hand Woman" (Gennett 7130)

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.  Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368  E-mail:   Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition. 

Copyright 2014 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission 

Music History - July 31

In 1845, the French Army introduced the saxophone to its military band. The musical instrument was the invention of Adolphe Sax of Belgium.

In 1942, Harry James & His Orchestra, featuring singer Helen Forrest, recorded "I've Heard that Song Before."

In 1955, Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinee and 1 evening). A full scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong crowd, "Girls, I'll see you backstage." Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room tearing off his clothes and shoes. Other acts who appeared here include Tom Jones, The Animals, James Brown, Buddy Holly, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and the Doors.

In 1957, Richard Starkey (later known as Ringo Starr) is thought to have made his debut at the Cavern Club, playing drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. John Lennon made his first appearance at the club a week later with The Quarry Men Skiffle Group. Paul McCartney made his first appearance in January 1958 with The Quarry Men.

In 1959, Cliff Richard And the Drifters had their first British #1 when "Living Doll" started a six week run at the top of the UK singles chart. The record would eventually sell over 500,000 copies. After the song peaked at #30 on the Hot 100, the Drifters would change their name to the Shadows to avoid a conflict with the American group of the same name.

In 1959, at RCA Victor Studio A in New York City, Neil Sedaka recorded "Oh! Carol," a song he co-wrote about his then-girlfriend, Carole Klein, who later re-named herself Carole King.  The song reached #9 in the American charts in 1959.

In 1964, country singer Jim Reeves was killed in a plane crash when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog. After Reaves' death, his widow continued to release his material well into the 1980s.

In 1964, Martha & The Vandellas released the single "Dancing In The Street." It is one of Motown's signature songs and is the group's premier signature song. The cut peaked at #2 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. On April 12, 2006, it was announced that Martha and the Vandellas' version of "Dancing in the Street" would be one of 50 sound recordings preserved by the Library of Congress to the National Recording Registry.

In 1964, a Rolling Stones show in Belfast, Ireland is ended after twelve minutes due to violence in the audience.

In 1965, after arriving in Britain for their first tour, Sonny & Cher were turned away from the London Hilton, reportedly because of their appearance. It was later revealed to have been a publicity stunt.

In 1966, in Phoenix, the Doors performed at the Fifth Estate.

In 1966, Beatles records were burned in Birmingham, AL after John Lennon stated that the Beatles were "bigger than Jesus."

In 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones appealed their sentences on drug charges laid by British police after they were arrested in February. Richards' conviction was overturned while Jagger's three-month jail sentence was reduced to a conditional discharge.

In 1968, the Beatles laid down the bed tracks for "Hey Jude" during the first of a two day session in London. The song was completed on August 1 with additional overdubs, including a 36-piece orchestra for the song's long coda, scored by George Martin.

In 1968, Tommy James and The Shondells were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Mony Mony." Also a hit for Billy Idol in 1987.

In 1969, a Moscow police chief reported that thousands of Moscow telephone booths had been made inoperable by thieves who had stolen phone parts in order to convert their acoustic guitars to electric.

Also in 1969, Elvis Presley kicked off a four-week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel (his first live show since 1961). He reportedly netted $1.5 million for the shows. The menus included an Elvis special – polk salad with corn muffins and honey.

In 1971, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds had the top tune on the Cashbox Best Sellers list with "Don't Pull Your Love". Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and Tom Reynolds enjoyed their first taste of success in 1965 with a group called The T-Bones when they scored the Top Ten hit "No Matter What Shape" that was used in Alka Seltzer commercials.

In 1971, a 22 year-old security guard was stabbed to death by an ex-convict at Forest Hills Stadium in New York just before a show by The Who. The ex-con, Kerry Flaherty, had allegedly been denied admission to the concert.

In 1972, in Houston, the Eagles played Hofheinz Auditorium.

In 1972, Chicago receives a Gold record for their first number one album, 'Chicago V.' A single from the LP, "Saturday in the Park," would reach #3 in September.

In 1973, Stevie Wonder released the single "Higher Ground." The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the US Hot R&B Singles chart.. Wonder wrote and recorded the song in a three-hour burst of creativity in May 1973 and using overdubs, Wonder played all instruments on the track. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song #265 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1976, Blue Oyster Cult's epic cut "Don't Fear The Reaper" was released (from their 1976 album, 'Agents of Fortune') The song reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of November 6 and November 13, 1976. The song remained on the charts for 20 weeks. It was written and sung by the band's lead guitarist, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser and it is built around Dharma's guitar riff that opens the song and repeats throughout. A cowbell is used in the background, although there are differing accounts as to who played it.

In 1976, George Benson started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with 'Breezin.'

In 1977, the Starland Vocal Band, who scored a number one smash with "Afternoon Delight" around this time last year, debut in their own Summer replacement TV show. Writer/comedy performer David Letterman got his first national TV exposure as a regular on the show. Satirist Mark Russell was also in the cast.

In 1978, violinist/bandleader/recording engineer/record label head Enoch Light, known for exploiting new recording technology to the fullest, creating albums that used the full sonic spectrum of stereo, died at 70.

In 1979, in New York's Central Park, James Taylor gave a free concert to help the city's campaign to restore the park's Sheep Meadow.

In 1979, as part of their If You Want Blood Tour, AC/DC played the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In 1980, Jon Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was apprehended by FBI narcotics agents for possession of cocaine, he was later sentenced to 250 hours Community service giving anti-drug lectures.

In 1980, during An Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, tempers boiled over between Glen Frey and Don Felder, who spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage. "Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal," Frey told Felder. The group’s next album was mixed by Frey and Felder on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn't bear to be in the same state, let alone the same studio.

In 1981, Journey released 'Escape,' their seventh studio album and eighth overall. It spawned three Top 10 singles: "Don't Stop Believin'" (which peaked at #9), "Who's Crying Now" (#4), and "Open Arms" (#2). It was a massive success, being certified nine times platinum by the RIAA and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. It is recognized by fans and critics as one of the greatest and most successful arena rock albums of the 1980s.

In 1986, jazz pianist Teddy Wilson, who played with Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Billie Holliday, Roy Eldridge, Lena Horne, Red Norvo, Helen Ward, Ben Webster, and fronted his own groups, died at age 73.

In 1992, Michael Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London after a man apparently threatened to jump from an apartment building across the street. 28 year-old Eric Herminie said that he would leap to his death if he didn't see Jackson, who was in Britain for a series of concerts. Jackson spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.

In 1995, Jamaica issued a series of postage stamps honoring reggae superstar Bob Marley. He had died of cancer in 1981 at age 36.

In 1995, Selena's 'Dreaming of You' debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart. It was her first English album. Selena became the first Latin artist to debut at #1.

In 1996, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Alanis Morissette began her first Canadian tour with a concert for 15,000 fans at GM Place. When tickets had gone on sale two months earlier, her concert sold out in less than an hour.

In 1999, Christina Aguilera scored her first US #1 single with "Genie in a Bottle," also #1 in the U.K. The song spent five weeks at #1 on the U.S. chart and helped win Aguilera the Best New Artist Grammy.

In 2003, "Crazy In Love" by Beyoncé / Jay-Z was the #1 song.

In 2006, former Culture Club singer Boy George (O'Dowd) was ordered to do community service by picking up trash on New York City streets after pleading guilty last March to false reporting of an incident. He called police with a bogus report of a burglary at his lower Manhattan apartment in October and the responding officers found cocaine inside.

In 2007, the iTunes Music Store reached 3 billion songs sold.

In 2010, record producer/Columbia Records executive/TV host (Sing Along With Mitch) Mitch Miller died at the age of 99.

In 2012, appearing at the Helsinki Olympiastadionin Finland, at the end of a European tour, Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever - 4 hours and 6 minutes.

In 2012, country music singer Robert Edward Moncrief, who performed under the name Bobby Edwards, died at the age of 86.

birthday today include: Lobo (born Roland LaVoie) (71), Gary Lewis (Gary Lewis & the Playboys) (69), Hugh McDowell (Electric Light Orchestra) (61), Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets) (57), Bill Berry (R.E.M.) (56), Malcolm Ross (Aztec Camera) (54), Jim Corr (Coors) (50), John 5 (born John Lowery) (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) (43), Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) (36) and Will Champion (Coldplay) (36)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

selected pre-orders from our friends at SoundStageDirect

MTV Unplugged, 1991 (Pre-Order) by R.E.M.

R.E.M. Unplugged, 1991 shares the band's set for MTV's "MTV Unplugged" acoustic performance. The release draws largely from 1991's Out of Time and five albums in total, as well as a cover of the Troggs' "Love Is All Around".

R.E.M. mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Throughout the '80s, they worked relentlessly, releasing records every year and touring constantly, playing both theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from the legions of jangle pop groups in the mid-'80s to scores of alternative pop groups in the '90s, who admired their slow climb to stardom.

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Onslaught VI - (Pre-Order) by Onslaught

Initially active from 1983 to 1991, Onslaught reformed in 2004. The band initially drew influence from second wave punk rock bands such as Discharge and The Exploited, and then adopted a straight forward thrash metal sound. To date, Onslaught have released five studio albums, one compilation, four singles and two live recordings: a live album and a DVD. Sixth studio album by the UK‑based Thrash Metal Legends! Mixed & mastered by Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson (Tiamat, Scar Symmetry) at the award winning ‘Panic Room’ studios Sweden. Onslaught have been on tour with bands like Anthrax, Motorhead, and Annihilator.

On Military Green Vinyl

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Bulletproof Picasso (Pre-Order) by Train

Three-time Grammy®-winning band Train will release their much anticipated 7th studio album, Bulletproof Picasso, on September 16th. Train has sold more than ten million albums worldwide, thirty million tracks worldwide, with numerous platinum/gold citations on their mantle, 3 Grammy® Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors and nominations.

The album’s first single, “Angel In Blue Jeans,” has soared to the Top 15 of Triple A and Adult Top 40 radio in only a month, joining the band’s successful arsenal of other radio-embraced singles throughout their two-decade career.  Other songs on the new album include the combustible title track, “Bulletproof Picasso,” “Cadillac, Cadillac,” “Just A Memory,” “Give It All,” and “The Bridge,” among others.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. A Picture of Nectar (Deluxe Vinyl) (Pre-Order) - Phish
2. Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale) (Pre-Order) - Led Zeppelin
3. Led Zeppelin IV (On Sale) (Pre-Order) - Led Zeppelin
4. Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale) (Pre-Order) - Led Zeppelin
5. Houses Of The Holy (On Sale) (Pre-Order) - Led Zeppelin
6. Feels Like The First Time (On Sale) - Nirvana
7. Led Zeppelin IV (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (On Sale) (Pre-Order) - Led Zeppelin
8. Houses Of The Holy (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (On Sale) - Led Zeppelin


classic vinyl available from our friends at Sundazed

The Byrds - The Columbia Singles '65-'67 2-LP Set 

When “Mr. Tambourine Man” first rumbled out of car radio speakers in 1965, it was a pivotal moment in pop history. With its jangling 12-string and epic sweep, it was the dawn of a new day: the birth of folk-rock. And the Byrds were just getting started. The next two years saw one hit after another, from the Biblical prophesies of “Turn, Turn, Turn” to the raga-rock of “Eight Miles High,” from the exotic orchestration of “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star” to the Byrds bringing it all back home with “My Back Pages.” Here they are again, 30 landmark recordings in their perfectly constructed, radio-friendly mono mixes: the forgotten rarities, withdrawn singles and, of course, all the original A and B-sides. No one has ever had a stronger run of singles than did the Byrds in their prime. No one.

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Canned Heat - Canned Heat MONO Edition LP

Of all the American rock bands that embraced the blues in the 1960s, none took their musical mission more seriously than Canned Heat. The California quintet, led by vocalists Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite and featuring the brilliant guitarist Henry Vestine, combined fiery instrumental chops with a vast knowledge of blues history. Canned Heat quickly carved out a unique niche in that heady era, making high-profile appearances at Woodstock and other notable rock festivals, and managing to break into the pop singles charts without diluting their sound.

Canned Heat’s eponymous 1967 debut LP, released shortly after their attention-getting performance at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, introduced the band’s audacious synthesis of blues tradition and electrified boogie. The 11-song album features raw, fiercely soulful interpretations of material by such blues masters as Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson, powered by Wilson and Hite’s contrasting vocal styles and Vestine’s explosive fretwork. The result is one of the most distinctive and dynamic blues-rock recordings of the ’60s, and the album that launched Canned Heat’s five-decade musical journey.

This new vinyl edition of this landmark debut effort has been sourced from the original mono masters and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and features a meticulous reproduction of the LP’s original cover art.

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Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold 

Hail to the King is their sixth studio album and was released on August 23, 2013 in New Zealand and Australia, and was released on iTunes on August 27, 2013 and in North America on the same day. The album was produced by Mike Elizondo. This marks the first album with new drummer Arin Ilejay, who joined the band as a touring drummer in 2011 before becoming an official member in 2013. This is also the first Avenged Sevenfold album without any musical contributions from the band's late drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan.

The album was a commercial and critical success, reaching #1 on the Billboard 200.

2-LP set in a gatefold jacket featuring an alternative cover artwork designed by artist Cam Rackam.

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The Stereo State - Crossing Canyons 10"

The East Coast's most genuine and promising punk rock band is back with an EP's worth of their best material to date! Produced and engineered by Jay Mass (No Trigger, Defeater), "Crossing Canyons" features 6 brand new tracks of the melodic and heartfelt punk goodness that fans of the band have come to know and love. THE STEREO STATE have truly continued to progress and evolve as a group of best friends and musicians, and that chemistry surfaces on "Crossing Canyons" like never before. Get stoked, you'll be singing along in no time.

(Red and Yellow w/ Orange Splatter)

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The Ruby Suns- The Ruby Suns Album Bundle

A bundle collecting all 3 Sub Pop-released Ruby Suns albums. These include Sea Lion, Fight Softy, and Christopher. When purchasing all 3 albums together in this bundle, you save off the price of ordering each individually!

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About A Girl - Winter Gloves

Winter Gloves began as one guy’s way of figuring out how to plug himself into life in the big city. It was a single microphone and minimal equipment gathered into Charles F’s downtown Montreal apartment to piece together all the distances he’d covered since growing up in rural Quebec. The jarring shift of such a transition seemed to peek through every chance it could, a constant inspiration as much as frustration that was drafted in the band’s self-released Let Me Drive EP of mainly demo tracks.

Today, Winter Gloves is Charles F (lead singer/songwriter/wurlitzer), Pat Sayers (drums), Vincent Chalifour (synth) and Jean-Michel Pigeon (guitar/glockenspiel). With only a handful of live shows behind them at the beginning of the 2008, Winter Gloves was already receiving invitations to join bands like Tokyo Police Club on a series of sold-out tour dates. Such well-attended shows helped spread what was becoming the wildfire of the earlier EP demo tracks that spiked on top 10 lists with record downloads after being made available on iTunes, and lead to top pick coverage at both major annual music festivals in Canada, Canadian Music Week and NXNE.

After the Canadian release of the band’s full length in the Fall of 2008, the band continued on the same foot as things had started with dates alongside Tokyo Police Club and a slot at Toronto’s Virgin Festival before hitting the road across Canada with Vancouver’s You Say Party! We Say Die! and Quebec’s Beast. Reactions to the album and these shows immediately secured showcase opportunities at International conferences, invitations for further touring and secured spots on “Best of 2008” yearend lists including “Best New Artist” from iTunes Canada.

The about a girl LP is ten songs driven by the sounds of keyboards and drums, all wrapped up in a constant buzz of bass and gritty synths. Pitchfork Media premiered the band’s recently completed video for the album’s leadoff track, “Let Me Drive”, which received an incredible 11,000 views in its first week of online posting as people tried to figure out the method behind the flipbook madness of the video!

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from our friends at SlyVinyl

Taking Back Sunday / The Used – Split // Limited to 300 Black & Dark Blue Split 10″ Vinyl LP

Girlsondrugs – Washd // Limited to 100 Clear w/ Blue Haze & 150 Hot Pink 7″


Oasis Detail Upcoming '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' Reissue


Deadbeat Launches Fundraiser to Reissue Out-of-Print Albums as 6LP Box Set


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From User to Dealer: A Vinyl Junkie Goes Pro... Sort of


The 25 Best Music Documentaries Streaming on Netflix


we can ask why, but this is kinda cool:

Smoke Signals: A Collection of Famous Album Covers Painted on Empty Gitanes Cigarette Packs


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)
2. Hypnotic Eye ~ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
3. Essential ~ N-Sync
4. Mandatory Fun ~ Weird Al Yankovic
5. The Voyager ~ Jenny Lewis
6. Led Zeppelin IV (Super Deluxe Edition) ~ Led Zeppelin
7. Houses Of The Holy (Super Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) ~ Led Zeppelin
8. CSNY 1974 (3 CD + DVD) ~ Crosby Stills Nash & Young
9. Venus and Mars (Deluxe Book) (Pre-Order) ~ Paul McCartney
10. Wings at the Speed of Sound (Deluxe Book) (Pre-Order) ~ Paul McCartney and Wings


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/21 - 7/27, 2014

Vinyl Top 25
1. Colony House - When I Was Younger
2. Widespread Panic - Space Wrangler
3. Jack White - Lazaretto
4. White Fence - For The Recently Found Innocent
5. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
6. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
7. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
8. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
9. Trampled By Turtles - Wild Animals
10. Mastodon - Once More Round The Sun
11. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
12. Various - Ghost Woman Blues
13. Ed Sheeran - X
14. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
15. Shovels & Rope - O Be Joyful
16. Madvillain - Madvillainy
17. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
18. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
19. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
20. Bleachers - Strange Desire
21. Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty
22. Duran Duran - Rio
23. Neil Young - A Letter Home
24. La Roux - Trouble In Paradise
25. Sam Cooke - Portrait Of A Legend

Music History - July 30

In 1954, Elvis Presley made his first advertised concert appearance, opening for Slim Whitman at the "Hillbilly Hoedown," held outdoors at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis. He was listed third on the bill, his name mistakenly written as "Ellis" Presley. Elvis sang both sides of his first record release, "That's All Right," and "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," plus "I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')." In the middle of the first song, he unconsciously began to duplicate a move that he usually made in the studio, shaking his leg in time with the music. The girls in the audience went wild, leaving Elvis and his band somewhat bewildered by their reaction.

In 1955, at Sun Studios in Memphis, Johnny Cash recorded his composition, "Folsom Prison Blues."  It became one of Cash's signature songs. It was the eleventh track on his debut album 'With His Hot and Blue Guitar.'

In 1956, in Nashville at her first session for Decca Records, 11-year-old singer Brenda Lee recorded Hank Williams' song, "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" and also "Bigelow 6-200," which became the A- and B-sides of her first single release.

In 1958, singer/songwriter/record producer Bob Crewe appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1959, singer Johnny Restivo was a guest on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1960, at CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City, Tony Bennett recorded "The Best Is Yet To Come."

In 1963, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles recorded "Please Mr. Postman," "It Won't Be Long," "Roll Over Beethoven," "All My Loving," and completed the "Till There Was You" track they began recording on July 18, 1963.

In 1963, Mel Carter performed on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1965, ABC-TV's "Where The Action Is" welcomed guests Sonny & Cher and Aretha Franklin.

In 1965, the Rolling Stones released the LP 'Out Of Our Heads' in the US.  The LP was a mixture of recordings made over a six-month period, including the Top 10 hit "The Last Time" and the worldwide #1 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."  In 2003 the US edition was listed as #116 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 1966, the Beatles started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Yesterday...And Today,' the group's 8th #1 album.

In 1966, the Syndicate of Sound and Ian Whitcomb appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1967, in south Florida, the Who performed at the Miami Beach Convention Hall.

In 1968, the Beatles' Apple Boutique, a psychedelic clothing store in London, closed following seven months of being poorly run and experiencing a rash of thefts. After store employees and their friends had their pick of the remaining inventory the night before, passersby on the street were invited to go in and take whatever merchandise they liked. That evening, the store was closed permanently.

In 1968, the Ventures recorded "Hawaii Five-O."

In 1968, Johnny Cash recorded the Carl Perkins composition "Daddy Sang Bass."

In 1968, Buffalo Springfield released their third and final album, 'Last Time Around.'  By the time it was completed the group had functionally disbanded: nowhere do all members appear together on any track, and even the cover photo of the group is a montage.

In 1969, the Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album 'Abbey Road,' recording overdubs on "Come Together," "Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," "You Never Give Me Your Money" and "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight." The Beatles began to assemble the "medley" that would make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney told tape operator John Kurlander to discard "Her Majesty," but Kurlander tacked it onto the end of the tape, about 20 seconds after the end of "The End." Hearing it like this, Paul decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.

In 1969, the Temptations released the single "I Can't Get Next To You."  The song was the #1 single on the Billboard Top Pop Singles chart for two weeks in 1969, from October 11 to October 25.  The single was also a #1 hit on the Billboard Top R&B Singles for five weeks, from October 4 to November 1.

In 1970, the Rolling Stones fired Allen Klein as their manager.

In 1973, John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas said at a press conference that ABC-Dunhill had stolen upwards of $60 million from every artist who recorded for the label.

In 1974, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on a double bill with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.

In 1976, "The Midnight Special" on NBC-TV featured performances by Gary Wright, Hot Chocolate, Phoebe Snow, the Sylvers, and George Benson.

In 1977, Stephen Bishop and Melissa Manchester performed on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1977, the Bee Gees younger brother Andy Gibb started a four-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything," his first of three US #1's.

In 1978, in Philadelphia, Fleetwood Mac and the Steve Miller Band performed at JFK Stadium.

In 1979, the R&B band Chic released their third studio album, 'Risqué.' The LP includes three classic Chic hits; "Good Times" (#1 Pop, #1 R&B June 23, 1979), "My Forbidden Lover" (#33 R&B, #43 Pop October 13, 1979) and "My Feet Keep Dancing" (#42 R&B, #101 Pop December 8, 1979). 'Risqué' reached #5 on the US albums chart and #2 on R&B charts.

In 1983, James Brown was the guest performer on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1986, Variety magazine reported that RCA had dropped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For." Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US.

In 1987, David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour at the Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1988, former member of the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic, Steve Winwood had the #1 song in the US this week with "Roll With It." It stayed at the top for four weeks, making it the number one song of the year. In the UK however, the record stalled at #53.

In 1991, a police officer was forced to tear up a traffic ticket given to the limousine that Axl Rose was travelling in after it made an illegal turn. Rose threatened to pull that nights Guns N' Roses gig if the ticket was issued.

In 1992, Smokey Robinson performed at Mary Wells' funeral.

In 1996, Sublime released their self-titled debut album. The album was a major commercial success, selling over 6 million copies by 2010 and etching Sublime into a permanent place among the stars of mid-90s alternative rock. The album was faithful to Sublime's ska, dub, and reggae influences, with tempos ranging from the frantic — such as "Seed," "Same in the End," and "Paddle Out" — to the slow and deliberate, such as "Pawn Shop" and "Jailhouse."

In 1997, a judge in Los Angeles ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family were not liable for losses incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special. The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform solo as expected.

In 2002, Bruce Springsteen released his 12th studio album, 'The Rising,' with songs inspired by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. It was his first studio album in seven years, and his first with the E Street Band in 18 years.  It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of over 520,000 copies. The album also garnered a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2003; although nominated for the Album of the Year award as well, it was beaten by Norah Jones' debut album 'Come Away with Me.' The title song "The Rising" was also a Grammy recipient.

In 2003, Toronto was host to the largest concert in Canada's history, hoping to prove the city was safe to visit following a recent SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak. Between 450,000 and 500,000 music fans attended the concert at Downsview Park, which featured performances by the Rolling Stones, the Guess Who, the Isley Brothers, Rush, Jann Arden, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Sam Roberts, Sass Jordan, Justin Timberlake, Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo, the Flaming Lips, and AC/DC.

In 2003, Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In the 1940s, Phillips worked as a DJ for Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WLAY. Phillips recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. He discovered Elvis Presley, worked with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ike Turner, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis. He sold Elvis' contract to RCA in November, 1955, for $40,000. Sam was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. 

In 2005, a new book published to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. "Room Full of Mirrors" by Charles Cross said army records showed Hendrix was discharged from the 101st Airborne Division aged 19 in 1962 for "homosexual tendencies."

In 2006, British gay magazine ‘Attitude’ listed the ‘Top 10 Gay Albums’ of all time. #1 was Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters, 2, Arrival – Abba, 3, Vauxhall and I – Morrissey, 4, Light Years - Kylie Minogue, 5, Older - George Michael, 6, Welcome To The Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 7, Erotica – Madonna, 8, I Am a Bird Now - Antony and the Johnsons, 9, Bad Girls - Donna Summer and No. 10 The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie.

In 2009, Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognized as co-writer of the band's hit "Whiter Shade of Pale." Law Lords ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song's organ melody, was entitled to a share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court. "[This was] never about money," insists Fisher. "This was about making sure everyone knew about my part in the authorship." Yeah, right.....

In 2009, Queen: The Unseen Archive, a collection of previously unreleased photographs taken by Peter Hince, the head of the band’s road crew in the ‘70s and ‘80s, was unveiled at London's Proud Central gallery.

In 2010, R&B singer Richard "Scar" Lopez, a founding member of Cannibal & The Headhunters, the opening act for the Beatles on their 1965 North American tour, died of lung cancer at 65.

birthdays today include (amont others): Buddy Guy (78), Paul Anka (73), David Sanborn (69), Jeffrey Hammond (Jethro Tull) (68), Hugh Nicholson (Marmalade) (65), Andy Scott (Sweet) (65), Kate Bush (56),  Sean Moore (Manic Street Preachers) (46), Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind) (43) and Ian Watkins (Lostprophets) (37)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Led Zeppelin Announces Deluxe Editions of ‘IV’ and ‘Houses of the Holy’ Details

The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to an remarkable start in June 2014 as deluxe editions of 'Led Zeppelin,' 'Led Zeppelin II' and 'Led Zeppelin III' debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The albums achieved similar international success with debuts near the top of the charts in more than a dozen territories, including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

For the second round, the band prepared the reissues of 'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'Houses Of The Holy.'  As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, 'Led Zeppelin IV.' Released in November 1971, the album—which is officially untitled—defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven," "Rock And Roll," "Black Dog," and "When The Levee Breaks." The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA. The 'Led Zeppelin IV' deluxe editions include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks, " mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven," mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.

The 11-million-selling follow up ‘Houses of the Holy,’ meanwhile, will feature seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc — including rough and working mixes for "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days," a guitar mix backing track for "Over The Hills And Far Away" and a version of "The Rain Song" without piano.

'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'Houses Of The Holy' will each be available October 28 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:

  • Single CD - Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
  • Deluxe Edition (2CD) - Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
  • Single LP - Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail.
  • Deluxe Edition Vinyl (2LP) - Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
  • Digital Download - Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
  • Super Deluxe Boxed Set - This collection includes:
  • Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve. 
  • Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art. 
  • Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
  • Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art. 
  • High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. 
  • Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.


from our friends at NewOnVinyl


House of Pain, the Irish-American Hip Hop group really blossomed on its second album, Same As It Ever Was (1994). With this album, Everlast changed his style of rapping considerably and unveiled a much more distinctive and recognizable approach. Sounding twisted, damaged, and maniacal, Everlast grabs the listener’s attention and refuses to let go on such wildly entertaining fare as “Back From The Dead”, “Over There Shit” and “Runnin’ Up On Ya”.   Release on 2014-08-18
  •  180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  •  20th Anniversary Edition
  •  First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on Irish Green vinyl
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Finally coming to vinyl. One of the greatest live concerts of Queen. Queen was on the verge breaking thru to becoming one of the best live bands ever. The two concerts that they gave in March and November of 1974 were truly legendary. The are coming out in 2 very nice variants.  
  • Limited Edition
  • LP 1: Live At The Rainbow, March ’74
  • LP 2: Highlights from Live At The Rainbow, November ’74 

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Ghost is the official soundtrack, on the Milan Records label, of the 1990 Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning film Ghost starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg (who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as "Oda Mae Brown" in this film) and Tony Goldwyn. The score was composed by Maurice Jarre. The album was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

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Deluxe Edition Reissue of Montreal, Canada's Sonic Avenues' debut full-length album! Reissued & Remastered with 2 additional bonus tracks. Out of print since 2010. Band now on Dirtnap Records. Members of The Steve Adamyk Band & more.

***PRE-ORDER for GREEN VINYL!!! (Limited to 100)

 Ships in Aug/Sept. Comes with download.

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MURMURS - Bound 

Seattle, Washington's kings of crusty pop-punk are back with their first official full-length album. Last year saw the vinyl release of the bands' debut batch of songs titled, "Fly With The Unkindness". Well, Murmurs are back and are here to kick the goddamn door in with, "Bound". Drawing from earlier pop-punk influences (ranging from the East Bay to the Northwest), the band pushes further on with their dark, urgent & poppy melodic tones. All while churning it up with a chunk of fuzzed-out grunge rock, this time around.

If you weren't a believer before, then you will be now. An outstanding effort & one of our favorite records of the year, straight up. (Members of: Snuggle, Pipsqueak, No Hi-Fives To Bullshit, Transient & more.) Comes w/download.

*PRE-ORDER FOR COLORED VINYL on Turquoise/Teal Color vinyl! 

Limited to 100! (Shipping in August!)

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Chopping Mall OST 

Available for the first time ever on vinyl

Remixed and remastered from the original master tapes

Available on 180 gram neon yellow with neon green haze vinyl, and 180 gram fluorescent pink vinyl

Housed in a heavyweight old-style tip on jacket with film laminate gloss finish

Liner notes from composer Chuck Cirino and Chopping Mall screen writer Steve Mitchell

12″X12″ art print insert included

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SUPERDRAG - Head Trip In Every Key  

Superdrag - 'Head Trip In Every Key' first pressing on vinyl ever. Clear colored vinyl. This is Superdrag's follow up to major label release, 'Regretfully Yours.' Produced by Jerry Finn (Green Day, Alkaline Trio, Blink 182). Double LP. Also available in various bundle options including addtion of demos/rarities record, 'Jokers W/ Tracers.'


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Spacemen 3 Live Album from 1989 Gets Official Vinyl Release


for shits and giggles:

All 14 Weird Al Yankovic Album Covers as a Whiteboard Video


Music History - July 29

In 1959, Frankie Ford lip-synced his hit "Sea Cruise" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1960, the Royal Teens and the Brothers Four were guest performers on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1960, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected proposals that it set up specific controls over radio and TV programs.

In 1961, at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dick Clark premiered his summer stage show, the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars, featuring Chubby Checker, Paul Anka, the Shirelles, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, the Jive Five, and Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

In 1961, Bob Dylan performed at the Hootenanny Special which was broadcast as a twelve-hour radio special.

In 1963, the Newport Folk Festival resumes after a four year layoff with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary.

In 1963, with the US charts full of hot rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote the Beach Boys latest release "Little Deuce Coupe."

In 1963, actress/singer Patty Duke appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1963, Peter, Paul & Mary released their single of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind," a song Dylan later claimed he "probably wrote in about ten minutes."  The trio's version, which was used as the title track of their third album, peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts.  The single sold a phenomenal three hundred thousand copies in the first week of release and made the song world famous.  Peter Yarrow recalled that, when he told Dylan he would make more than $5,000 (in 1963 dollars) from the publishing rights, Dylan was speechless.  Peter, Paul & Mary's version of the song also spent five weeks atop the easy listening chart.

In 1965, ABC-TV's "Where The Action Is" featured the Shangri-Las and Jimmy Clanton.

In 1965, the Beatles' second movie, "Help!," premiered in London with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance. The film had its North American premiere in New York on August 11 and went into wide release August 25. Critics didn't like the movie as much as "A Hard Day's Night" and John Lennon commented that "the best stuff is on the cutting room floor." Later the film earned first prize at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival in Brazil.

In 1966, at the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester, England, the newly formed band Cream made their stage debut. It was actually a warmup performance for their "official" live debut two days later at the Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, England.

In 1966, the Grateful Dead performed at the P.N.E. Garden Auditorium in Vancouver, British Columbia, their first show outside the US.

In 1966, ABC-TV's "Where The Action Is" featured Kim Weston, the Cyrkle, and Paul Revere And The Raiders.

In 1966, Bob Dylan received serious neck injuries when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorcycle while riding near Woodstock, New York. He had just come off a British tour using the Band as his backup group. During his nine month recovery, 'Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits' was released and the Band began work on their first album, 'Music From Big Pink,' that would be issued in the summer of 1968.

In 1966, the US teen magazine Datebook reprinted a John Lennon quote from an interview published in the London Evening Standard newspaper: "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me." The US public reaction among Christians, especially in southern states, led to the burning of Beatles' records and death threats made against the band for their upcoming American tour.

In 1967, an edited version of the Doors' "Light My Fire" reached #1 in the US. Eventually, many radio stations would start playing the full six minute and fifty second album cut, which features a longer instrumental break. Despite its American success, the record could only manage #49 on the UK chart when it was first released, but reached #7 when it was re-issued in 1991

In 1967, the Byrds guested on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1968, Gram Parsons left the Byrds on the eve of a tour of South Africa, refusing to play to segregated audiences.

In 1970, the Rolling Stones' contract with Decca Records expired and they begin talking about forming their own label. Showing their contempt for the record company and to fill a contractual obligation, the band hands over one final disc called "C***sucker Blues." They also inform their business manager, Allen Klein, that he is fired and that "neither he nor his company, ABKCO Industries, have any authority to negotiate recording contracts on their behalf."

In 1972, Barbara Mandrell joined the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1972, Sparks and Helen Reddy performed on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1972, Gilbert O'Sullivan started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Alone Again (Naturally)." O'Sullivan would later say that the song is not autobiographical, as he did not know his father and his mother was not dead at the time the song was written.

In 1972, as a follow-up to their million selling hit, "Treat Her Like a Lady," The Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose score a Cashbox number one with "Too Late To Turn Back Now." The record will rise to #2 on the Billboard chart and earn a second Gold disc for the Dania Beach, Florida trio.

In 1973, while Led Zeppelin performed on stage at New York's Madison Square Garden, $180,000 of the gate receipts from the previous night's show was stolen from a safe at their hotel, an incident later recounted in the band's 1976 concert documentary "The Song Remains The Same." The thieves were never found.

In 1974, Neil Peart replaced John Rustey as the drummer for Rush. Rustey left the band because of his health issues and aversion to touring.

In 1974, 32 year-old Cass Elliot, a one-time member of the Mamas and Papas, died in London following an appearance at the Palladium. A post-mortem the following day said that she died as a result of choking on a sandwich and from inhaling her own vomit. It's later revealed that she suffered a heart attack. She was staying at Harry Nilsson’s London flat when she died. Her biggest solo hit was "Dream a Little Dream of Me," which reached #12 and was actually backed by the rest of the Mamas and the Papas. Cass Elliot's body was cremated and her ashes were buried in Maryland.

In 1976, "Kiss And Say Goodbye" by the Manhattans was the #1 song.

In 1977, KC & the Sunshine Band hosted "The Midnight Special" on NBC-TV, with guests the Emotions, the Bay City Rollers, and Peter McCann.

In 1978, Kenny Loggins released the single "Whenever I Call You Friend," a duet with Stevie Nicks.

In 1978, "Macho Man" becomes the Village People's first Billboard chart entry. It will top out at #25.

In 1978, High Inergy lip-synced their hit "You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)" while guesting on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1980, Daryl Hall & John Oates released their ninth studio album, 'Voices,' the first album they produced themselves. It spent 100 weeks on the Billboard 200 Pop Albums Chart, peaking at #17.

In 1983, "Friday Night Videos" premiered on NBC-TV with guest host Belinda Carlisle. The show was later called "Friday Night" and "Late Friday" during its 19-year run.

In 1984, bandleader/choral music director Fred Waring, leader of Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians (and also the inventor of the Waring blender), died following a stroke at age 84.

In 1985, singer and songwriter Paul Davis, who's credits include "Sweet Life," "I Go Crazy" and " '65 Love Affair," was shot in the stomach during an attempted robbery outside a hotel in Nashville. Davis was reported in critical condition, but eventually recovered.

In 1986, Gordon Mills, the manager of Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones and Gilbert O'Sullivan, died of stomach cancer. He was 51.

In 1987, Ben & Jerry's introduced Cherry Garcia in honor of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia.

In 1988, record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. He worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and many others. He played on such hits as Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden," Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors," Bob Dylan’s "Lay Lady Lay" and Tammy Wynette’s "Stand by Your Man."

In 1990, Elton John checked into a suburban Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem. He will take over a year off from touring and recording, but when he returns he will top the US chart with a re-issue of his 1974 hit, "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me."

In 1991, in Inglewood, California, Guns n' Roses played the first of four nights at the Great Western Forum during their Use Your Illusion Tour.

In 1993, percussionist Eddie Guzman of Rare Earth died of complications from diabetes and alcoholism at age 49.

In 1993, at a London auction, a St. Louis collector, who wished to remain anonymous, paid about $270,000 for the 48,000 discs in Elton John's record collection and $60,000 for John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "I Am the Walrus."

In 1995, trumpeter/bandleader Les Elgart died of heart failure at the age of 76.

In 1998, Miramax purchased the rights to the Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night" with the intention of releasing a remastered version on the movie's 35th anniversary.

In 2005, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "All You Need is Love," gathered from his music stand after the Beatles' final television appearance in 1967, sold at an auction in London for $1 million to an anonymous bidder. 

In 2005, singer Hildegarde, one of the most popular vocalists of the 1940s on US radio, died at the age of 99.

In 2006, actress Pamela Anderson married her second husband Kid Rock. They divorced in February 2007.

In 2007, heart problems that surfaced during soundcheck forced KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley to bow out of a show at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. Paramedics stopped and restarted the 55-year-old's heart to give it a regular rhythm. The band carried on as a trio and bassist Gene Simmons turned the show into a tribute to Stanley. The following day, Stanley assured fans that his heart condition is nothing new and his doctors have known about it, as he emphasized "I AM ABSOLUTELY FINE!"

In 2011, singer/songwriter/producer Gene McDaniels died at the age of 76.

In 2013, celebrating the 50th performance of his show, Rod Stewart: The Hits at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Rod Stewart announced that he will extend his contract for two more years starting next November.

birthday wishes to (among others): Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) (68), Patty Scialfa (E-Street Band) (61), John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) (55), Martina McBride (48), and Geddy Lee (Rush) (61)