Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Blink-182 Reveal Album Art

The album cover artwork for Blink-182's 'Neighborhoods' - which will be the band's sixth studio album and their first new LP since 2003- has has been revealed. The black and white cover depicts the band logo set against a bird's eye illustration of a neighborhood. The LP is due out on September 27

They have yet to reveal its tracklist, however, lead vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge has been quoted in a Sun Chronicle interview as saying that the music in the much-anticipated Neighborhoods will "mix the familiar and the new."


striking album cover art:

GOTTHARD To Release 'Homegrown - Alive In Lugano' In September

Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD will release a live album entitled "Homegrown - Alive In Lugano" on September 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. On September 2, a previously unreleased track entitled "The Train", featuring the band's late singer Steve Lee on vocals, will be made available.

"Homegrown - Alive In Lugano" contains a live recording of GOTTHARD's July 17, 2010 concert in Lugano, which turned out to be one of the band's last performances with Lee.

Steve was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada. Due to Lee's sudden passing, the CD's release was postponed — until now.

Read more at Blabbermouth  


Hull Announces New Album

New York's Hull has recently revealed the band's latest album 'Beyond The Lightless Sky.' The effort will be released on October 11th, 2011 via The End Records.


1. Earth From Water
2. Just A Trace of Early Dawn
3. Beyond The Lightless Sky
4. Curling Winds
5. Fire Vein
6. Wake The Heavens, Reveal The Sun
7. False Priest
8. A Light That Shone From Aside The Sea
9. In Death, Truth


My Morning Jacket to Release Live Box Set?

Bryan Wawzenek

Earlier this year, My Morning Jacket played their first five studio albums in concert – performing one each night at New York City’s Terminal 5. Now, following the release of their new album, Circuital, the Kentucky band is considering releasing recordings from those shows. They might collect the performances in a vinyl box set or out them out in a digital format.



Jack White, Bob Dylan Record ‘Lost’ Hank Williams Songs

Russell Hall

Bob Dylan and Jack White are among the A-list artists who’ve contributed to a collection of previously unheard songs by country legend Hank Williams. The set, titled The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, also features Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Levon Helm and Jakob Dylan, among others.

As the album’s title implies, the songs on the disc were crafted from notes found in a leather briefcase that had belonged to Williams, following the country star’s death. Song ideas and lyrics found in the briefcase have been fleshed out by the 13 artists featured on the new album.

Read more and get the tracklist at


cool cover art!

Steve Hackett New Album Details

InsideOut Music have scheduled a September 27th release date for Steve Hackett's new album called 'Beyond the Shrouded Horizon.'

This eagerly awaited new album follows hot on the heels of the tremendous success of his previous opus 'Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth' which until now has been heralded as his strongest work.

'Beyond The Shrouded Horizon' is a deeply profound and mystical, yet heartfelt and spellbinding, progressive rock record which will seduce the listener. It marks another step on the enthralling journey we are taking with Hackett as he makes sense of his life through music.

Available as: 2 CD set with six previously unreleased tracks / 180g vinyl gatefold LP (including digital download) / digital album


1. Loch Lomond
2. The Phoenix Flown
3. Wanderlust
4. Til These Eyes
5. Prairie Angel
6. A Place Called Freedom
7. Between The Sunset And The Coconut Palms
8. Waking To Life
9. Two Faces Of Cairo
10. Looking For Fantasy
11. Summer's Breath
12. Catwalk
13. Turn This Island Earth

Bonus CD (Limited Special Edition only)
1. Four Winds: North
2. Four Winds: South
3. Four Winds: East
4. Four Winds: West
5. Pieds En L'Air
6. She Said Maybe
7. Enter The Night
8. Eruption: Tommy
9. Reconditioned Nightmare





When you start a label you’re responsible for the hopes and dreams of the artists you sign…we are here to help our artists create great music and navigate the treacherous waters of the music business…”    --- Adam Duritz, founder-Tyrannosaurus Records, Counting Crows

“Not pure hip-hop, nor rap-rock, but a musical cornucopia of the aforementioned along with elements of funk and radio-friendly pop hooks, the debut EP from NOTAR is the first indication that what we're hearing isn't just another EP, but the groundwork for what just may become one of the biggest cross-over success stories of 2011.”  --- Kik Axe Music

“Being a rapper in the game today is challenging for any newcomer… The only thing that separates predator from prey is skills, and New York based lyrical alchemist, NOTAR, has a surplus big enough to fill an aircraft hangar.”  --- Unrated NYC

Tyrannosaurus Records’ artist, NOTAR, a rapper, musician and producer whose talent defies description, has announced the release date of his eagerly awaited debut full-length CD, Devil’s Playground, as September 13, 2011. Devil’s Playground follows NOTAR’s self-titled 2010 EP, which garnered much attention from press and fans alike. Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz who discovered and signed NOTAR to his label, Tyrannosaurus Records, found NOTAR’s “words so clear, so lucid, and so brilliant” that he knew he had no choice but to work with the gritty genre defying performer.

Last year’s self-titled EP received rave reviews from the press. Revolt Media Magazine claimed, “Variety can be a strong suit of any artist, and NOTAR shows precise mastery of this on his EP,” while The Cutting Edge Culture stated, “NOTAR pushes boundaries with a refreshing, honest sound.” Says Duritz, “My favorite thing about the EP is that we left some of his best tracks off. NOTAR has enough good songs in him that we left some of my favorites off the EP and it was still great. Think of it as a ‘virtual Side 1.’ With Devil’s Playground, you’ll hear Side 2.”

On Devil’s Playground, NOTAR pushes the boundaries of hip-hop music, unafraid to blend rock, funk, and pop, with his roots in jazz and formal training as a trumpet player. NOTAR adds, “ When your father, who has sat in with legends like Maynard Ferguson and Chicago, is listening to Earth Wind & Fire in one room and your older sister to Slick Rick in another room, I realized that music comes in all different form and sounds, so I was inspired to combine as many as I could into my interpretation of music.” His music inhabits a spot where the gutter meets the church choir, where harsh, raw beats settle nicely behind gritty hook-driven rock melodies. And above all, his instinct for emotionally honest lyricism and diverse flows radiates throughout the album. “I like cutting up a beat eight different ways so it doesn’t become boring,” says NOTAR.

During the summer of 2010, NOTAR joined Counting Crows and Augustana, among other artists, on the “The Traveling Circus and Medicine Show,” performing for hundreds of thousands of fans during the 25-city tour. Rather than a traditional show format, the Traveling Circus took a communal approach with all of the musicians onstage together at the very beginning of the show, performing covers such as Van Morrison’s “Caravan,” Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman,” or The Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia.” With a revolving potpourri of musicians taking turns playing original songs and joined by the other featured artists, Duritz served as the ‘ringmaster’ of the evening. NOTAR dominated the stage with his unmatched energy, and as Duritz told an interviewer, “I can’t keep guys off the stage when he’s playing.

"Everybody wants to play with him.”

Devil’s Playground was produced by NOTAR, Grammy winner, Ken Lewis (Kayne West, Beastie Boys, Usher), hip-hop producer MGeezy (Wyclef Jean, T-Pain), and Kevin Augsburg, an up and comer out of Brooklyn, New York. The album consists of 13 songs, written and performed by NOTAR and features such talent as Young Cash, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Adam Duritz. Tour plans will be announced at a later date.


"U2's Daring Descent Into Darkness" -Robert Hilburn, LA Times


Anniversary Edition - Previously Unreleased Songs and New Documentary

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty years ago, Bono described Achtung Baby as "the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree" while Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote that "stripped-down and defying its old formulas, U2 has given itself a fighting chance for the 1990's." The album won a Grammy® Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the nineties and of U2's career.

To mark twenty years since its 1991 release, an anniversary edition of U2's Achtung Baby is due on November 1, 2011, in the United States (internationally, October 31, 2011).

Recorded over six months at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Achtung Baby is U2's seventh studio album. Produced by longtime U2 collaborators, Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno with Steve Lillywhite, Achtung Baby was engineered by Flood and led by "The Fly." The album spawned four other singles: "Mysterious Ways," "One," "Even Better Than The Real Thing" and "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses."

The Achtung Baby archives have unearthed some previously unreleased songs from the recording sessions. With a raft of unreleased material, video, remixes, b-sides and documentary footage discovered, a full album of demo and early versions of the final 1991 tracklisting has also been revealed. Five physical editions including vinyl, CD, DVD and digital options will be made available. Full details of all formats are at

Earlier this year U2 returned to Hansa Studio in Berlin to discuss Achtung Baby in From The Sky Down, directed by Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth). The film has been selected to open the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8 and will be included in the anniversary edition.

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises



SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, together with Universal Republic today announced a sweeping partnership on the soundtrack to the highly anticipated Lionsgate motion picture event THE HUNGER GAMES, which will be in theaters everywhere on March 23, 2012.

Unlike typical soundtracks, this collection will not only include music being recorded by major artists for inclusion in the film, but a series of companion recordings that will feature new songs directly influenced by the themes and subject matter of THE HUNGER GAMES, all recorded by some of music's most successful and acclaimed artists.

Said Lionsgate's Head of Music Tracy McKnight, "We are absolutely thrilled to be joining forces with Universal Republic. There is a tremendous opportunity for us to draw from so many different musical genres with this soundtrack. The setting for THE HUNGER GAMES ranges from what could be perceived as the rural Southern part of the U.S. all the way to the most advanced metropolis imaginable, and it all takes place in a vividly imagined future. The list of artists that could participate, and the opportunities for them to write and record, are really unlimited."

The film's Executive Music Producer and co-composer T Bone Burnett will produce many of these recordings, and will oversee all production. It was previously announced that Burnett will be collaborating with composer Danny Elfman on the film's score, which will also be released by Universal Republic.

"THE HUNGER GAMES is a highly imaginative and thrilling narrative that combines edginess, raw emotion and themes of freedom," stated Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic Records. "And these are the same qualities we will be considering as we start building this innovative new music collection. We are not only looking for great music, but a diverse array of music that speaks to the universal themes of the movie."

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Lenny Wohl, EVP Music Business Affairs, and by Universal Republic's head of Business Affairs Michael Seltzer.

About The Hunger Games

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, which has over 3 million copies in print in the United States alone, is the first in a trilogy of novels which have developed a global following.

The film will be released on March 23, 2012.

About Universal Republic Records

A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Universal Republic is home to a diverse array of superstar artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, 3 Doors Down, Colbie Caillat, Eddie Vedder, Godsmack, Hinder, Owl City, The Rolling Stones, The Voice (Javier Colon, Dia Frampton), among many others.

It is also comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures such as Republic Nashville Records (The Band Perry), and is in partnerships with Aware Records (Mat Kearney), Big Machine(Taylor Swift), Brushfire(Jack Johnson, G Love), Cash Money(Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj) Lava Records(Jesse J, Black Veil Brides), SRC(Akon, Melanie Fiona, Shontelle), Tuff Gong(Damien Marley, Stephen Marley) among others.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution and new channel platforms. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as "Mad Men", "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie" along with the comedy "Blue Mountain State, " the upcoming drama "Boss" and the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House Of Payne", its spinoff "Meet The Browns", the upcoming "For Better or Worse," "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Are We There Yet?".

Its feature film business has generated more than half a billion dollars at the North American box office in the past year, fueled by such successes as THE LINCOLN LAWYER, TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, THE EXPENDABLES, which was #1 at the North American box office for two weeks, THE LAST EXORCISM, TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?, KICK ASS and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards®. The Company's home entertainment business has grown to more than 8% market share and is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

SOURCE Lionsgate


for those who have these devices, here's a new app, although nothing beats holding a cardboard album cover!

Rdio Launches Highly Anticipated iPad App

Social music service reaffirms its commitment to music everywhere by bringing their unique, intuitive and sleek design to Apple's groundbreaking device

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rdio, the unlimited, on-demand social music service from the creators of Skype, today announced the availability of Rdio for iPad. Like the company's popular iPhone app, Rdio for iPad lets users discover music through friends and other influencers as well as search for and instantly play any song, artist, album or playlist from a growing catalog of over 10 million songs. The new app fully utilizes the iPad's expansive screen and intuitive touch interface, turning listening to music into a highly visual, social and interactive experience. This uniquely designed iPad app joins a growing collection of Rdio supported devices and platforms that let users sync music seamlessly across devices and easily pick up their listening experience wherever they've left off.

"With Rdio for iPad you can sit back and casually thumb through the world's collection of music to explore new and old favorites in a stunning and sleek manner," said Malthe Sigurdsson, VP of Product Design at Rdio. "Rdio is focused on design and access across platforms and we were meticulous with every aspect of our iPad app as it is our most requested and anticipated platform to date. Albums flip over to reveal track listings, transitions between portrait and landscape orientations are gorgeously animated, and controls and lists are cleverly laid out to show off album art in high definition."

Rdio for iPad takes advantage of the device's glossy widescreen, bringing album cover art to life in both display modes, with a clean layout and intuitive user experience. The app includes all the features of Rdio's widely praised iPhone app in a format designed specifically for the iPad, including:

•Activity - Follow the recent activity of other Rdio users, including friends, recording artists, and influencers whose music taste you appreciate

•Offline access – Sync your music collection including songs, albums and playlists to your mobile devices for listening while you're not connected to a 3G or wireless network

•User profiles – Discover new music through other Rdio users by exploring their music collections, playlists, listening history and more

•Top charts and heavy rotation – Just want to know what's new and buzzing in music? Check out top charts to see what's popular on Rdio and what's in heavy rotation among the people you follow

•New Releases – Be the first to listen to new albums and singles on the day they are released

•Artist Radio and Recommendations – Play a stream of continuous music similar to an artist or receive recommendations based on your listening history

•And much, much more – Listen to and collaborate on playlists, find and follow friends and influencers, access your web queue, listening history and more


Rdio for iPad is a free download from the iTunes App Store. After a 7-day free trial, users can subscribe to Rdio Unlimited for $9.99/month at or $14.99/month if subscribed through Apple's in-app purchasing system. Rdio Unlimited includes access via Web, Mac/Windows desktop clients, Roku, Sonos, Pioneer AppRadio, iPad and all major mobile platforms plus the ability to sync for offline listening. Rdio Web is also available for $4.99/month (Web & Mac/Windows desktop clients). Rdio for iPad is available now from the App Store or at

About Rdio

Rdio is an unlimited, on-demand social music service that brings music alive by letting subscribers listen to as many songs as they want, anytime, anywhere, and discover and share new music with friends.

Rdio subscribers build and share their online music collections from a catalogue of over 10 million songs and can check out the listening activity, collections and playlists of other users and influencers as well as see what's in heavy rotation in their network, top charts, and newly released albums. Subscribers can access Rdio on a variety of platforms including web, Mac and Windows desktop clients, mobile phone applications for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7, iPad, in-home devices like Sonos and Roku and in the car on Pioneer AppRadio. Rdio was founded by Janus Friis, one of the founders of Skype and is funded by Atomico, Janus Friis through his investment entities, Mangrove Capital Partners and Skype. For more information please visit



GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/25 - 7/31, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
2. Diarrhea Planet - Yama-Uba 7"
3. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
4. Wilco - I Might 7"
5. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
6. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
7. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
8. Polvo - Heavy Detour 7"
9. The Strokes - Taken For A Fool 7"
10. Mellowhype - Blackenedwhite
11. Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs
12. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
13. Radiohead - Supercollider 12"
14. The National - Boxer
15. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
16. Radiohead - OK Computer
17. Radiohead - King Of Limbs
18. Pentagram - First Daze Here
19. JEFF The Brotherhood - We Are The Champions
20. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
21. The Ettes - No Home 7"
22. The Features - Rambo 7"
23. Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age
24. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
25. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme


and in music history for August 4th:

In 1956, the Platters score their third US top ten hit when "My Prayer" went to #1. The song was originally a French tune written by Georges Boulanger called "Avant de Mourir" that had English lyrics added in 1939.

In 1957, the Everly Brothers made their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and introduced their upcoming single, "Wake Up Little Susie" and the song "Bye Bye Love."

In 1958, Billboard Magazine introduced its "Hot 100" chart, which was part popularity and a barometer of the movement of potential hits. The first number one song was Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool."

In 1963, the Beatles appear on the US record charts for the first time as "From Me To You" debuts at #116.

In 1966, John Lennon's comment that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ" was re-printed in an American teen magazine called Datebook and was widely reported in North America. The statement, made to London Evening Standard journalist Maureen Cleave several months earlier, caused a public outcry in the US and led to mass destruction of Beatle records. Thirty five radio stations banned all Beatles songs and even the Ku Klux Klan made threats against the group. What Lennon actually said was "Christianity will go. It will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that, I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus Christ 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."

In 1967, a female Monkees fan stowed away on the bands plane between shows in Minneapolis and St Louis. The girl's father threatened to bring charges for transporting a minor across state lines.

Louis Armstrong, singer, bandleader, trumpeter died on July 6th, 1971 (born in 1901).

In 1973, Maureen McGovern started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the insipid “The Morning After.”

Paul Simon's "Love Me Like A Rock" was released in 1974.

In 1975, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and his wife were both badly injured when the hired car he was driving spun off the road and crashed on the Greek island of Rhodes. Plant smashed both his ankle and his elbow, and was not fully fit for the best part of two years. A forthcoming North American Led Zeppelin tour had to be cancelled.

In 1980, after a five year hiatus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording their album "Double Fantasy" at New York's Hit Factory Studio. The LP would go to number one in the US after its release in November, less than a month before Lennon was gunned down outside his New York apartment. "Double Fantasy" received the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

The soundtrack "Dirty Dancing" was released in 1987.

Prince started a 24-week run at the top of the US album charts with Purple Rain in 1984. It went on to sell more than 10 million copies.

Mariah Carey's started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1990 with "Vision Of Love," which was her debut release.

In 2002, Bruce Springsteen scored his fifth US #1 album with 'The Rising' (which also hit #1 in the UK).

In 2005, American blues singer and guitarist Little Milton died. Milton had suffered a brain aneurysm on 25th July 2005 and had lapsed into a coma. He signed to Sun records in 1953 and had the 1965 US #25 single "We're Gonna Make It."

Also in 2005 - The iTunes Music Store in Japan officially opened with one million songs available.

In 2007, singer-songwriter Lee Hazlewood died of cancer, in his home near Las Vegas at age 78. Hazlewood wrote and produced many of Nancy Sinatra’s most famous hits, including “These Boots Were

Made for Walkin’,” “Jackson” and “Did You Ever?” He also produced Duane Eddy and Gram Parsons as well as “Something Stupid” – the duet Nancy recorded with her father Frank in 1967.

Born on this day in 1940, Larry Knechtel of the soft-rock group Bread. He died on Dec 24, 2009.

The iTunes Music Store was officially launched in Mexico in 2009.

birthday wishes to (among others): Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream (1947), Sam Yaffa from Hanoi Rocks (1963) and Max Cavalera of Sepultura (1969)

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: A satellite station played “Open the Door, Richard,” first by Dusty Fletcher then by several other artists. Each one was a little different.

How many different versions are there? I am confident you can solve this mystery.
—Diane in Milwaukee

DEAR DIANE: There is no mystery here, it's just a matter of research. Lots of research.

Originally scripted in the 1920s by Clinton “Dusty” Fletcher for an Amos & Andy style vaudeville routine, this novelty first made its way to phonograph records in January 1947.

Yes, every “Open the Door, Richard” differs from all the others. Most feature a jive-talk narrative about a fellow who, after too much time at the saloon, arrives home only to find he forgot his door key.

No problem, he thinks, he'll just stand outside and call out to his roommate, Richard, to open the door! This is where the shenanigans begin.

The first three versions came out in January:

1. “Open the Door, Richard! - Parts 1 & 2” By the Originator, “Dusty” Fletcher with Jimmy Jones and His Band (National 4012).

National must have anticipated cover versions, as they added “By the Originator” to the credit line.

Fletcher's is one of the few extended versions. His yarn runs for six minutes and is split into two parts.

2. Jack McVea and His All Stars (Black & White 792). This is the track heard in the 1997 “Lolita” film soundtrack.

In just two weeks, McVea and Fletcher both ranked on Billboard's Top 5 Most-Played Juke Box Race Records.

Seemingly overnight, “open the door, Richard” became a social and media catch phrase. The press even called it “Richardmania.”

Riding the “Richard” wave, Jack McVea immediately changed his band's name from All Stars to His Door Openers.

Even with “Richard” still high on the charts, Black & White announced McVea's two sequels: “The Key's in the Mailbox” and “Richard Gets Hitched,” both sides of B&W 828.

Routines referencing “Open the Door, Richard” appeared on more radio comedy skits than any song ever!

“Open the Door, Richard” is shattering all records for number of plugs on top commercial radio programs. Richard has opened the door to innumerable script conferences and has wound up as a gag bit in programs such as: Jack Benny; Fred Allen; Fibber McGee & Molly; Phil Harris; Henry Morgan; and Bing Crosby. As of January 29th, more than 500,000 copies had been shipped,” reported Billboard on February 1.

A month later, they updated the figures: “McVea's “Open the Door, Richard” [alone] is reportedly past the 500,000 mark and still going strong. “The Key's in the Mailbox” is expected to boost sales beyond 200,000, according to B&W.”

Comedian Steppin Fetchit countered with a sequel of his own, “Richard's Answer, Parts 1 and 2” (Apollo 1042), as did Gay Crosse: “The Door Is Wide Open” (Mercury 8034).

Two others came out in January:
3. Bill Samuels and the Cats 'n Jammer Three (Vocal By Sylvester Hickman) (Mercury 8029).
4. Dick Peterson and the Vocal Yokels (Enterprise 253).

During February, 11 more versions joined the horde:
5. Columbia: Charioteers (37240).
6. Columbia: Three Flames (Vocal by “Tiger” Haynes with guitar, bass and piano acc.) (37268).
7. RCA Victor: Count Basie and His Orchestra (Vocal Refrain by Harry Edison & Bill Johnson) (20-2127).
8. Decca: Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five (23841).
9. Capitol: Pied Pipers (Capitol 369).
10. Majestic: Merry Macs (With Orchestra Directed by Sonny Burke) (Majestic 1112).

The Pied Pipers completely recast the narrative, replacing the jive references to whiskey and women with a more milquetoast storyline.

Also not wanting to offend lords and ladies, the Merry Macs took a different approach and eliminated nearly all of the narrative. Unlike all others, their track features a female (Marjory Garland) lead singer.

11. Continental: Bill Osborne and His Heptette (C-6042).
12. Empey: Tosh “One String Willie” and His Jivesters (103).
13. King: Hank Penny (2279).
14. Manor: Big Sid Catlett Orchestra (1058).
15. Walter Brown with Tiny Grimes Sextet (Signature 1006).

Just as Dusty Fletcher did with the original “Open the Door, Richard,” this lengthy treatise is being presented in two parts.

Next week we will hear Richard's side of the story, and analyze why one version was first banned by radio stations, and then publicaly recalled by the record company itself. See you on the flip side!

IZ ZAT SO? More than 30 years before the flood of Elvis impersonators arrived, a fellow using the stage name Jack McRae built an act around Jack McVea's “Open the Door, Richard.”

McRae foolishly billed himself as the song's “originator and author,” which led to litigation, an injunction, and eventually the door closing on his ruse.

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:

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