Monday, June 29, 2009

Classic Rock Videos

As far as ongoing coverage of the Michael Jackson death, I am choosing to focus on the positive aspects of his life- the music. There are many other sites on the Internet where you can find the latest autopsy results, the fued over his children and estate and the tabloid fodder that has followed this amazing musician. That said, here is an old video, enjoy....


Music News & Notes

The Flaming Lips' New Album Features Yeah Yeah Yeahs And MGMT

MGMT and Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O both appear on the new album by The Flaming Lips.

The double-LP entitled, 'Embryonic', is due to be released in the UK this September.

Frontman Wayne Coyne told Sterogum that releasing "a double record offers more room to be strange."


McCartney Appearance

Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance at Neil Young’s concert at London’s Hyde Park on June 27th, running out onstage to sing his “A Day in the Life” verse after Young launched into the epic Sgt. Pepper closer. He stuck around for the rest of the song, which Young has frequently used to end concerts in recent years, then the duo wrapped the concert with an impromptu vibraphone solo before exiting the stage.

Sky Saxon of the Seed Passes Away

Sky Saxon, the founder of the garage band the Seeds, passed away Thrusday morning in Austin, Texas. He had been hospitalized since Monday with an internal infection. Saxon's age is not officially known as he listed his birthday with various years.

Saxon started his career in the early-60's under the name of Little Richie Marsh (his real name was Richard Marsh) singing Doo Wop. By the middle of the decade, he had experimented with a number of rock bands and finally settled into the Seeds with guitarist Jan Savage, keyboardist Daryl Hooper and drummer Rick Aldridge.

The group signed with GNP Crescendo in late-1966 and, the next year, placed four singles into the top 100 with Pushin' Too Hard going highest to number 36. The singles were garage rock but the associated albums added more psychedelia and blues.

By their third album, Future (1967), they went total psychedelia and tried their hand at a concept album. The effort gave them their best charting album, reaching number 87. After the release of a live album and an LP credited to the Sky Saxon Blues Band (A Full Spoon of Seedy Blues), the band broke up.

Saxon tried to form a number of new bands during the 70's and 80's along with resurrecting the Seeds with different members and doing a stint with the Chesterfield Kings. His last show was on Saturday, June 20 at Antone's in Austin and he was scheduled to go out on the California '66 Revue tour with the Electric Prunes and Love.


Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales

Week Ending 06/13/2009

1. LP - The Beatles "Let It Be" box set UK - $5,258.88

2. LP - Leonid Kogan "Plays Lalo & Tchaikovsky" Columbia SAX 2329 - $3,150.00

3. LP - Lee Morgan "Volume 3" Blue Note 1557 - $3,000.00

4. 78 - The Quarrymen "That'll Be The Day" / "In Spite Of The Danger" acetate (possible reproduction) - $2,950.00

5. 45 - Frankie Beverly & The Butlers "Because Of My Heart" / "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" Fairmount DJ copy - $2,312.00

Week Ending 06/20/2009

1. 78 - Grace Brim "Man Around My Door" / "Hospitality Blues" J.O.B. Records - $3,650.00

2. LP - Trio De France "Plays Faure & Ravel" Pretoria France - $3,616.00

3. LP - Leonid Kogan "Beethoven Violin Concerto" Columbia SAX 2386 blue & silver label - $3,368.00

4. 45 - The Beatles "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why" VJ 498 (spelled with two T's) - $2,501.00

5. LP - David Bowie "self titled" New Zealand - $2,181.95

As always, a hearty thank you to Norm at for this insightful data.

This Date In Music History-June 29


Carlo Santanna - Paper Lace (1947)

Derv and Lincoln Gordon - Equals (1948)

Ian Paice - Deep Purple (1948)

Colin Hay - Men at Work (1953)

Don Dokken – Dokken (1953)

Evelyn "Champagne" King (1960)

Tim McCord – Evanescence (1979)

They Are Missed:

Nelson Eddy (June 29, 1901 - March 6, 1967)

Shorty Long drowned in 1969 after his boat capsized on the Detroit River (age 29). Had the 1968 #8 single “Here Comes The Judge.” He also acted as an MC for many of the Motown Revue shows and tours.

Little Feat's Lowell George died of a heart attack in 1979.

The babysitter for Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Little Eva, was born today in 1945. They asked her to record a little song they had written, the 1962 #1 hit “The Loco-Motion.” She died on April 10, 2003.

In 1975, American singer songwriter Tim Buckley died of an overdose of heroin and morphine (age 28).

Legendary singer Rosemary Clooney died of lung cancer in 2002.


In 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on Steve Allen's TV show to sing "Hound Dog"- to an actual basset hound.

Buddy Holly recorded the epic "Peggy Sue" in 1957.

In 1959, Dick Clark formed a new partnership with aging promoter Irvin Feld. The two announced four rock 'n' roll package tours over the next year, all called Dick Clark Caravans.

The first song written by Lennon/McCartney made it to the Hot 100 in 1963. It's "From Me to You" by Del Shannon.

The Beatles performed in Tokyo, Japan in 1966 before a sold-out crowd. Over 500 police were called in to get the crowd under control.

Pink Floyd's second album “A Saucerful of Secrets” was released in 1968.

In 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its last concert together on the final day of the three-day Denver Pop Festival.

Singer Ian Gillan quit Deep Purple in 1973. He did return.

Gordon Lightfoot scored his only #1 hit in 1974 with “Sundown.”

Drummer Neal Peart replaced original Rush drummer John Rustey in 1974.

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his “Born in the USA Tour” with a three-night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen played a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles.

Also in 1984, it was reported that Motown shipped out 2 million copies of the Jacksons' Victory album.

In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit “Dancing In The Street'' for the forthcoming 'Live Aid' fundraising event. The single went on to become a #1 UK hit (#7 in US)

Also in 1985, John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385, at a Sotheby's auction in New York.

Mall-lover Tiffany released her self-titled debut album in 1987.

In 1988, The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CD's would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shock-waves through the music industry.

Skid Row entered the US album chart at #1 in 1991 with “Slave To The Grind.”

It was reported in 1996 that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry. Yeah, that’ll happen….

Flash-in-the-pan Leif Garrett was arrested for drug possession in Los Angeles in 1999.

In 1999, Michael Jackson suffered severe bruising after falling over 50 feet when a bridge collapsed during a concert at Munich's Olympic stadium.

Eight men were trampled to death in 2000 during Pearl Jam's performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen. Police said the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage.

Tragedy struck the Rolling Stones European Tour in Madrid, Spain in 2007. Two workers are killed while breaking down the stage following the group's performance the previous night. The accident occurs when three stagehands plunge from a 33-foot metal structure and land on a fourth crew member. "(The Stones') heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the injured and their profound sympathies to the deceased," says a representative for the group.