Sunday, July 4, 2010

Music News & Notes

The Killers To Play White House 4th Of July Concert

The Killers will perform at the White House’s Salute To The Military concert in Washington DC later today. The 4th of July concert on the South Lawn will also feature appearances from Brandi Carlisle and Cedric the Entertainer.

Singer Brandon Flowers said: “We could never repay the service men and women of this country for their contributions and sacrifice.

“To perform for them and their families on America’s birthday will be our pleasure.”


FLYING LOTUS: The making of cover art for Cosmogramma

Warp Records just released a short doc­u­men­tary on how the cre­ated the album cover art of FLYING LOTUS’s lat­est release “Cosmogramma”

Check out this amazing art work

This Date In Music History - July 4


Mitch Miller (1911)

Bill Withers (1938)

French music producer and songwriter Jacques Morali (1947) Formed The Village People and produced over 65 albums.

Jeremy Spencer - Fleetwood Mac Left the band during a 1971 US tour saying he was going out to buy a newspaper. He was found two days later in LA at the Children of God headquarters with his hair shaved off (1948).

Ralph Johnson - Earth Wind and Fire (1951)

Domingo Ortiz - Widespread Panic (1952)

John Waite - Babys, Solo (1954)

Kirk Pengilly - INXS (1958)

Matt Malley - Counting Crows (1963)

Mark Slaughter - Slaughter (1964)

Andy Creeggan - Barenaked Ladies (1971)

William Goldsmith - Foo Fighters (Quit the band in 1997) (1972)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1943, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica, vocals, Canned Heat. Wilson died on September 3, 1970.

Donald McPherson, lead singer of US soul group Main Ingredient, died of leukaemia in 1971 (age 30).

Born on this day in 1940, Dave Rowberry, keyboards, The Animals. Rowberry died on June 6, 2003.

Record producer and singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy Award-winner Barry White died from Kidney failure in 2003 (age 58). Produced hits for girl group Love Unlimited and other chart hits include 1974 hit 'You're The First, The Last, My Everything', 1974 US No.1 'Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe'. Bubblegum act The Banana Splits recorded his songs and he arranged the 1963 hit 'Harlem Shuffle' for Bob & Earl.

Bill Pinkney of the original Drifters ("Money Honey") died of a heart attack in 2007.

Guitarist Drake Levin died at his San Francisco home in 2009. Levin was member of Paul Revere & The Raiders during their mid-60s hit-making prime. He was 62.

Former manager of both The Beatles and Rolling Stones, Allen B. Klein died in 2009 of Alzheimer’s at age 77. Klein, who had a ruthless reputation, managed ABKCO Records and music publishing businesses and significantly contributed to The Beatles demise.


The song "America" was sung in public for the first time at the Park Street Church in Boston, MA in 1832.

The song "America the Beautiful" was first published in 1895.

In 1958, Buddy Holly played three shows at the Buck Lake Ranch, Angola, Indiana. Frankie Avalon was also on the bill.

The Beach Boys started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1964 with "I Get Around," the group's first #1 hit.

The Rolling Stones' "Tell Me" was released in 1964.

In 1966, The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, in the Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The Beatles failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos' family, who were not informed that the Beatles had declined their invitation. The Philippine media misrepresent this as a deliberate snub and when Brian Epstein tries to make a televised statement, his comments are disrupted by static. The next day, as The Beatles make their way to the airport they were greeted by angry mobs, the Philippine government had retaliated by refusing police protection for The Beatles.

In 1968, Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women's charity, which raised $35,000.

Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia in 1969.

The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada in 1969.

Cliff Richard released his 50th single "Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" in 1970. The song peaked at #6 on the UK chart.

In 1970 - Casey Kasem hosted radio’s "American Top 40" for the first time.

Grand Funk Railroad played the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970. Capitol Records was impressed and signed the group.

The Ramones made their European debut at London’s Roundhouse in 1976.

The Clash made their live debut in 1976 supporting The Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, England.

Elton John and Kiki Dee's insipid "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was released in 1976.

In 1980 - The Beach Boys gave a free outdoor performance to an estimated 500,000 people in Washington.

Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden in 1982.

Ringo Starr sits in with the Beach Boys during their Miami concert in 1984.

In 1985 - In Philadelphia, PA, the Beach Boys were joined on stage by Mr. T on drums. (slow news day)

2 Live Crew released the single "Banned in the U.S.A." in 1990.

Sir Mix-A- Lot started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1992 with "Baby Got Back."

In 2000, a man fell 80 feet to his death during a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium, Baltimore.

In 2002, George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel CNN, defending his new single "Shoot The Dog." Americans were upset by the controversial video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair.

In 2005, U2 won their court fight for the return of items of memorabilia, including a Stetson hat which they accused a former stylist of stealing. Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin's Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items, which also include earrings, within seven days. Ms Cashman, had worked as U2's stylist during the 1980s and wrote an unauthorised book called ‘Inside the Zoo’. Judge Deery said he found Ms Cashman's version of how she had been given the items at the end of a US tour doubtful, particularly her description of Bono running around in his underpants backstage.

In 2006, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry (guitar) and Steven Tyler (vocals) perform "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing," "Dream On" and "Walk This Way" at the Boston Pops' nationally televised concert in front of an estimated audience of half a million.

The four members of ABBA reunited in 2008 for the premiere of the "Mama Mia!" movie in Stockholm.

Jonas Brothers went to #1 on the US album charts in 2009 with ‘Lines, Vines and Trying Times’, the group’s fourth album.