Saturday, May 21, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

this from the uk, glad to see vinyl is doing well in britian!

New record shop gets vinyl fanatics in a spin

As the internet puts music shops across the country out of business a vintage store has turned back the clock and opened a vinyl record shop upstairs.

Everything from Blondie to Bruce Willis can be found among more than 5,000 records on the first floor of Sellars Secondhand Allsorts in Lower Street, Kettering.

And the huge range collected over six months is proving a big hit with customers.

Daz Sellar, 41, who opened the vintage and retro shop two years ago, said: “It has been really good.

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music store in mississippi closing down

BeBop closing after 36 years

Cassandra Mickens

Jennifer Chesler could think of no better way to spend her day off than browsing the aisles of BeBop Record Shop.

But Wednesday as she approached the independent music store at Maywood Mart, a row of signs taped to the windows stopped her in her tracks.


"I was just floored. This is like the main CD store I come to," said Chesler, a 25-year-old drummer and budding violinist who moved to Jackson in 2007 from Atlanta. "I'm not from Mississippi, but I know this place is a staple for Mississippi."

After a 36-year run, BeBop will close its doors May 28, said co-owner Kathy Morrison, who's quick to remind people that BeBop has always been, always is and always will be about the music.

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interesting take and opinions on the vinyl revival, although how can anything be taken seriously (for me anyway) by a man who calls himself 'peanut butter wolf?

Peanut Butter Wolf on His History with 45s and Why the Vinyl Comeback Is Overhyped

By Christina Li

Bay Area native Chris Manak, aka Peanut Butter Wolf, is best known for his distinctive production style of jazz, hip-hop, and funk-soul beats. Starting out his career in the early '90s with emcee Charizma, the then-teenage duo found instant success but never chose to conform to outside pressures. Gaining notoriety without releasing an album, they seemed unstoppable, opening for artists including Nas and the Pharcyde. But with Charizma's untimely death in 1993, everything changed. Three years later, Peanut Butter Wolf decided to start Stones Throw Records......

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and in music history for today:

In 1955, Chuck Berry recorded his first single, “Maybellene,” at the Universal Recording Studios in Chicago. According to Berry’s partner, Johnnie Johnson, the song was a reworking of the traditional “Ida Red,” renamed “Maybellene” after producer Leonard Chess spotted a mascara box in the studio bearing that name. The song hit #5 on the U.S. pop charts and #1 on the R&B charts.

In 1956, during a performance at the Municipal Auditorium in Topeka, Kansas, Elvis Presley had to make a hasty exit when 2,500 fans stormed the stage. The Topeka Daily Capital reported, “With movements which would put a burlesque queen to shame, Elvis squirms out his songs. He keeps himself so breathless from the physical contortions that the pleasant timbre of his lower baritone notes can seldom be detected.”

In 1957, 16 year old Paul Anka records "Diana" at the ABC-Paramount studios in New York. The song would reach #1 in the US the following September and became the first of his 33 US Top 40 hits. It was also a chart topper in the UK.

In 1963, 13 year old Little Stevie Wonder recorded a song that would be his first number 1 hit, "Fingertips Pt. 2" at a concert in Detroit. The 7 minute song was later edited into two parts for radio play.

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a ten-day "bed-in" in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
John Lennon Merchandise

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young recorded "Ohio" in 1970.

Paul McCartney released "Ram" in 1971.

birthday wishes to Ronald Isley (Isley Brothers) (70), Leo Sayer (63) and Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) (61), just to name a few....

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