Monday, December 26, 2011

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - December 27, 2011

Alabama Shakes - Alabama Shakes EP
Black Mountain - Year Zero (vinyl)
Buckinghams - Time & Charges / Portraits
Chet Atkins - Workshop (reissue)
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
Con Funk Shun - Touch / Seven / To the Max (2 CDs)
Dan Fogelberg - Twin Sons of Different Mothers / Phoenix
David Bowie - Heathen (reissue) (vinyl)
Elvis Presley - Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives (2 CDs)
Grand Funk Railroad - Mark Don & Mel 1969-71 (2 CDs)
Harper's Bizarre - Feelin' Groovy: Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition
Johnny Cash - Now Here's Johnny Cash (reissue)
Joy Division - Plus Minus (10 CDs)
Julio Iglesias - 1: Definitive Collection Deluxe (2 CDs)
Kinks - The Kinks in Mono (10-disc box set)
Low - I Could Live in Hope (reissue) (vinyl)
Merzbow - Lop Lop
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (vinyl)
Patrick Wolf - Brumalia EP
Pete Shelley - Sky Yen (reissue) (vinyl)
Philip Glass - In the Penal Colony
Ramones - 4 Albums (4-CD box set)
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes - I Don't Want to Go Home / This Time It's for Real
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (soundtrack)
Twiggy - Romantically Yours
Ventures - Another Smash! (remastered with bonus tracks)
Wham! - Final: 25th Anniversary Edition

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Sex Pistols Acetate Sells on eBay For Almost $16 Thousand!

we've been watching the Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK Original 1976 7“ 1 sided Abbey Road Swirl Acetate and this rarity was recently sold on eBay. The acetate sold for approximately US $15,952.80 on December 24th (great christmas gift for the seller!) i didn't think it would go that high.....

you can get the info at eBay


Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 12/17/2011

In 1971 you could have found any of these records in a used bin for a half-dollar. Maybe the Brute Force 45 might not have turned up so easily as it was given out, more or less, as a joke by Apple Corp employees and was never officially released. This week is an honor roll of psych holy grails, with the Mexican psychedelic band Kaleidoscope having their only release topping the list.

1. LP - The Kaleidoscope "self-titled" Orfeon - $7,200.00

2. 45 - Brute Force "King Of Fuh" / "Nobody Knows" Apple 8 - $4,374.00

3. LP - The Bachs "Out of the Bachs" Private Press - $3,888.00

4. LP - The Beatles "Yesterday & Today" Capitol T-2553 #6 Mono 2nd State Butcher Cover - $3,483.83

5. LP - Damon "Song Of A Gypsy" Private Press - $3,450.00

As always, a thank you to Norm & Jane over at Vinyl Record Talk for this enlightening data!


Watch Van Halen’s 2012 Tour Announcement


in my email box from a reader in Canada (Philip) - in a recent Mr. Music column , Jerry answered a question about a certain bug and song. Here is a video (really the audio) for the song about a weda bug! (thanks for the research Philip!)

COOLBREEZERS - Eda Weda Bug (1958)


The Stars We Lost In 2011 (from

Gerry Rafferty - the lead singer of Stealers Wheel on their 1973 hit "Stuck In The Middle With You" died after a long illness on January 4th, 2011 at the age of 63. After the band split up, he went on to a successful solo career and enjoyed five more Billboard Top 30 hits, including "Baker Street" and "Right Down The Line".

Tommy Crain - guitarist for The Charlie Daniels band on their Grammy-winning single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and more than twenty albums, died on January 13th, 2011 at the age of 59.

Don Kirshner - the songwriter, manager, publisher and music executive who helped launch the careers of Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, The Monkees, The Archies and Kansas, died of heart failure on January 17th, 2011 at the age of 76.

Gladys Horton - whose lead vocals helped The Marvelettes establish their career with such hits as "Mr. Postman", "Playboy" and "Beechwood 4-5789", died following a stroke on January 26th, 2011 at the age of 66.

Gary Moore - guitarist for the influential Irish rock band Thin Lizzy was found dead in his hotel room in Spain on February 6th, 2011 following a suspected heart attack. He was 58.

Rick Coonce - drummer for The Grass Roots on their 11 Billboard Top 40 hits, died of heart failure on February 25th, 2011 at the age of 64.

Mark Tulin - bassist for The Electric Prunes on their 1967 hit "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)", suffered a fatal heart attack on February 26th, 2011, at the age of 62.

Johnny Preston - who topped the Billboard chart in January, 1960 with "Running Bear", passed away on March 4th, 2011 at the age of 71 from lingering health problems following heart bypass surgery.

Bernard St. Clair Lee - a baritone singer and original member of the Hues Corporation, who had an early Disco hit in 1974 with "Rock the Boat", died of natural causes on March 8th, 2011. He was 66

Ronnie Hammond - lead singer of The Atlanta Rhythm Section died of heart failure on March 14th, 2011 at the age of 60.

Ferlin Husky - a Country-music entertainer who reached the Billboard Top 40 twice with "Gone" (#4 in 1957) and "Wings of a Dove" (#12 in 1960) died of heart related problems on March 17th, 2011 at the age of 85.

Terence "Jet" Harris - bass guitarist for The Shadows, died from throat cancer on March 18th, 2011. He was 71. Jet played on the hit "Apache" and, during their days as Cliff Richard's backing band, performed on the chart-topper "Living Doll". In 1962 he left the band and had solo hits with "Besame Mucho" and "The Man With The Golden Arm".

Loleatta Holloway - best known for the 1980 Disco hit "Love Sensation", died of heart failure on March 21st, 2011 at the age of 64.

Phoebe Snow - the velvet voiced singer / songwriter who reached #5 in the U.S. in 1975 with "Poetry Man", died of complications from a stroke on April 26th, 2011. She was 60.

John Walker - lead vocalist for The Walker Brothers, who enjoyed Billboard Top 20 hits with "Make It Easy On Yourself" in 1965 and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" in 1966, died of liver cancer on May 7th, 2011. He was 67.

Kathy Kirby - who had five UK Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1965, including "Dance On", "Secret Love" and "Let Me Go, Lover!" died of a suspected heart attack on May 19th, 2011 at the age of 72.

Andrew Gold - who reached #7 in the U.S. in 1977 with "Lonely Boy" and #25 a year later with "Thank You For Being A Friend", died of cancer on June 3rd, 2011. Along with his solo career, he also arranged songs for and performed on several Linda Rondstadt albums, including "Heart Like a Wheel" and did session work for James Taylor and Carly Simon.

Carl Gardner - the lead singer of The Coasters on their pioneering Rock 'n' Roll hits "Yakety Yak", "Charlie Brown", "Poison Ivy" and "Searchin'" died June 12th, 2011 at the age of 83. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's and congestive heart failure.

Clarence Clemons - the burly sax player who helped develop Bruce Springsteen's early sound, died June 18th, 2011, just six days after suffering a stroke at his Florida home. He was 69.

Rob Grill - lead singer and bassist for the 1960s rock band The Grass Roots, whose hits included "Midnight Confessions", "Temptation Eyes" and "Let's Live for Today", died July 11th, 2011 after suffering a head injury from a fall caused by a stroke. He was 67.

Dan Peek - a founding member of the Soft Rock trio America died in his sleep on July 24th, 2011 at the age of 60. The group notched eight Top 40 hits in the US charts between 1971 and 1975, including "Sister Golden Hair", "Ventura Highway", "Tin Man", "Daisy Jane" and Peek's own composition, "Lonely People".

Gene McDaniels - most often remembered for his 1961 Top Ten hits "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" and "Tower Of Strength", died at the age of 76 on July 29th, 2011 after a short illness. Gene also wrote Roberta Flack's 1974 number one smash, "Feel Like Makin' Love".

Marshall Grant - who played bass for Johnny Cash from 1954 to 1980, passed away on August 7th, 2011 at the age of 83. After his time with The Man In Black, Grant managed The Statler Brothers until they retired in 2002 and later wrote an autobiography entitled I Was There When It Happened.

Jerry Leiber - a songwriting legend whose credits include "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Yakety Yak", "Poison Ivy" and "Love Potion No. 9", died August 23rd, 2011 at the age of 78. Leiber and his songwriting partner Mike Stoller were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years later.

Marv Tarplin - the guitarist whose riffs and melodies helped form the sound of one of Motown's most successful acts, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, died September 30th, 2011, at the age of 70.

Andrea True - Disco star and actress who had Top 40 hits with "More, More, More" (1976) and "N.Y. You Got Me Dancing" (1977), died on November 7th, 2011 at the age of 68.

Dobi Gray - Soul singer who reached #13 in 1965 with "The In Crowd" and #5 in 1973 with "Drift Away", died December 6th, 2011 at the age of 71 from complications following cancer surgery.


and in music history for december 26th:

In 1955, Bill Haley And His Comets' version of the Bobby Charles tune "See You Later Alligator" is released by Decca Records. It will reach #6 on the US Pop chart and become Haley's third and final million-selling single.

Jay & the Americans recorded "She Cried" in 1961.

In 1963, Capitol Records, the EMI-affiliated company which rejected the US rights to every Beatles record that they were offered until then, finally releases "I Want to Hold Your Hand" backed with "I Saw Her Standing There". The song was currently topping the UK chart with "This Boy" on the flip side. Within five weeks the record will rise to number one in the US, where it would stay for seven weeks. The song was recorded the previous October and the hit version was take number 17.

In 1964, the Rolling Stones, whose long hair had helped set the new standard for teenagers, took out an advertisement in the music newspaper New Musical Express wishing starving UK hairdressers and their families a "Happy Christmas."

In 1966, John Lennon made his third visit to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's BBC-TV comedy show "Not Only… But Also." Lennon had previously appeared in the series' pilot in late 1964 and returned in early 1965. For this 1966 "Christmas Special" Lennon played a men's room attendant.

Also in 1966, in London, Jimi Hendrix wrote the lyrics to a new song called "Purple Haze" while backstage following an afternoon show at the Uppercut Club.

In 1967, the Beatles movie, 'The Magical Mystery Tour' was shown in black and white by BBC-TV on Boxing Day. The concept was to load the band into a bus, drive around for a while and see what happened. Unfortunately, nothing did. Audiences were mystified, critics were either disappointed or contemptuous, and the Beatles suffered their first flop. The negative reaction was so strong that a US television deal for broadcasting the movie was cancelled. A Daily Express critic wrote that he had never seen "such blatant rubbish."

The Monkees recorded "Valleri" in 1967

In 1968, at the Auditorium Arena in Denver, Led Zeppelin began their first U.S. tour, opening for Vanilla Fudge.

In 1970, George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" becomes the first Beatles solo single to top the Billboard Hot 100. Five years later, a New York state judge would find Harrison guilty of copyright infringement for plagiarizing the Chiffon's 1963 hit, "He's So Fine."

In 1979, the concerts for the people of Kampuchea began in London with performances by Queen, the Clash, Elvis Costello, the Pretenders, the Who, Wings and others.

In 1999, soul singer/songwriter/producer Curtis Mayfield died of diabetes at age 57. He had been paralyzed from the waist down due to an accident on stage in 1990.

In 2010, singer/songwriter/musician Teena Marie, known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul," died at the age of 54.

Also in 2010, singer Bernie Wilson, a founding member of Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, died from complications of a stroke and heart attack at 64.

birthdays today include (among others): Phil Spector (72), Bob Carpenter (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) (65), Henning Schmitz (Kraftwerk) (58), James Kottak (Scorpions) (49), Lars Ulrich (Metallica) (48), Peter Klett (Candlebox) (42), James Mercer (Shins) (41), Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) (40) and Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) (32)