Sunday, January 8, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

this vinyl record story out of the uk:

Vinyl records are top of the pops once more as shop celebrates anniversary

Hull Daily Mail

THE elaborate picture sleeves and crackle as the needle scores the grooves and are just a couple of the reasons why the iPod generation is going crazy for new and second-hand records.

Vinyl is enjoying a huge surge in popularity and one Hull shop is celebrating its 20th year in business by ordering its third batch of new LPs in a month.

Next Saturday will also see the first record fair in Hull in almost two years at the Mercure Hull Royal Hotel in Ferensway.

Spin-it Records in Trinity Market stocks about 8,000 LPs and 4,000 singles as well as rock and pop memorabilia.

It also now sells budget record players and is home to a Hull Wall Of Fame, featuring 160 famous people who have links with the city.

Steve Mathie, 50, who runs the shop, says he now has interest from people across the country and even the likes of David Essex and Suede have paid a visit.

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sad but enlightening story of a record store:

Webster Records Shutters After 58 Years

By Diana Benanti

After 58 years of slinging wax and compact discs, Webster Records is closing its doors on January 31.

Owner Jennifer Graves Bellm has been the proprietor for five years, and she said the current climate of the music industry is the impetus for closing the small shop that's been operating at 117 West Lockwood since 1953. The lease is up at the end of the month and she's looking to pursue other opportunities. "I grew up in Memphis and fell in love with the classic record store there -- Poplar Tunes. Webster Records had the same vibe and I wanted to keep that alive as long as I could," said Bellm. She added that it was one of the oldest continuously operating record stores west of the Mississippi.

Bill Wondracek has been behind the counter for the last ten years and says he'll miss the clientele most of all.

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i agree with most of the selections (by the way, super list and commentary), interestingly, i have all these on their original vinyl....the 70's had some great rock and roll...

Best live albums of the '70s

If you heard these 12, you'd want to see them, too: A classic collection

By Tom Szaroleta

Here’s how you can tell if a live album is really great: It had to have been first issued on 8-track tape.

That’s not to say that there haven’t been any noteworthy live albums issued since the advent of cassettes, CDs and MP3s. But the real Golden Age of the Live Album clearly was the 1970s, when artists would put out a live record to show fans just how good they sounded on stage. They were typically double albums, on vinyl, that fans could open up to study the trippy artwork while listening.



and in music history for today, january 8th:

and i would be silly not to recognize one of rock and roll's most prolific voices without saying something about the King's birthday. i liked the rockin' stuff but never liked some of the crooners. for a white man, he could really sing the blues. every now and then i pull out some of his old vinyl and celebrate his music. this is the true king of rock and roll.....

In 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was born at his parent's home, a two-room house that was built by his father at 306 Old Saltillo Road, East Tupelo, Mississippi. A twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley is stillborn.

Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954, working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was one of the originators of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage the singer for over two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", released in January 1956, was a number one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of gs, many from African American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender.

Conscripted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special that led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973 Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii, seen by approximately 1.5 billion viewers. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 from cardiac arrest at the age of 42.

Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

not much more can be added to this wikipedia description.....take it away elvis

In 1945, Elvis Presley receives his first guitar for his tenth birthday. The plain brown, acoustic model cost $12.95 from the Tupelo Hardware Store.

In 1957, Elvis took the US Army pre-induction exam on his 22nd birthday.

In 1957, Bill Haley & His Comets started the first ever 'rock & roll tour' of Australia, playing two sold out nights in Sydney.

In 1958, the Everly Brothers kicked off a 17 date North American tour at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Buddy Holly, the Rays, Royal Teens, Shepherd Sisters, Paul Anka, Margie Rayburn and Danny & The Juniors.

Born on this day in 1959, Paul Hester, drums, Crowded House. Hester died on 26th March 2005 aged 46, after he "attempted suicide" and died from strangulation after being found hanged in a park in Melbourne, Australia.

In 1960, while stationed in Germany on his 25th birthday, Elvis Presley did a telephone interview with Dick Clark for ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1960, in Hollywood at his last recording session, Eddie Cochran recorded "Three Steps To Heaven."

In 1961, singer Robert Goulet made his American TV debut on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show," singing "If Ever I Would Leave You." He had already been a successful television presence in Canada where he appeared on various CBC shows throughout the 1950s, including the Canadian version of "Howdy Doody" in which he starred opposite William Shatner.

In 1963, the Beatles appeared live on Scottish TV's Round Up, transmitted live from The Theatre Royal, Glasgow. They mimed to "Please Please Me."

The TV dance show "Hullabaloo" debuted on NBC in 1965.

In 1966, the Beatles started a six week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Rubber Soul' the group's seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. i think that the tracklist speaks for of the best LPs the four ever put out, in my humble opinion

Side one
1. "Drive My Car"
2. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"
3. "You Won't See Me"
4. "Nowhere Man"
5. "Think for Yourself" (George Harrison)
6. "The Word"
7. "Michelle"

Side two
1. "What Goes On"
2. "Girl"
3. "I'm Looking Through You"
4. "In My Life"
5. "Wait"
6. "If I Needed Someone" (Harrison)
7. "Run for Your Life

In 1966, Lou Christie recorded his original version of "Rhapsody In The Rain." After many U.S. radio stations banned the record for its lyric content, a "sanitized" single was issued.

Born on this day in 1966, Andrew Patrick Wood, American musician best known as the lead singer for grunge bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone, cited as "founding fathers" of the Seattle's grunge movement. Wood died on March 19th 1990

Also in 1966, the final episode of "Shindig!" was broadcast on ABC-TV. The show featured the Kinks and the Who.

In 1969, Mike Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing "op art" pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru after refusing to change clothes.

In 1972, the New Seekers were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, (in Perfect Harmony'). The song started as a Coca Cola TV ad. It originally included the line, 'I'd like to buy the world a Coke.'

In 1973, Yoko Ono released "Approximately Infinite University" as a two record set.

In 1973, Elvis Presley sued Priscilla Presley for a divorce.

Also in 1973, Carly Simon's single, "You're So Vain" was certified Gold.

In 1974, Casablanca Records signed KISS to a recording contract soon after catching their act in New York, along with Blue Oyster Cult and Iggy Pop. The band's first album would be released a few weeks later and would climb to number 87 on the US album chart.

In 1975, three Led Zeppelin concerts and Madison Square Garden sold out in a record four hours.

In 1977, Queen went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Day At The Races.'

In 1977, taking time out from their group 5th Dimension Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis went to #1 on the US singles chart with "You Don't Have To Be A Star," a #7 hit in the UK.

In 1979, Rush was named the Canada's official "Ambassadors of Music" by the Canadian government.

In 1991, Steve Clark guitarist with Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs. The autopsy revealed he had died from an overdose of codeine and had Valium, morphine and a blood alcohol level of .30, three times the British legal driving limit. In 2007 Clark was ranked No.11 on Classic Rock Magazine's "100 Wildest Guitar Heroes".

In 1993, the U.S. Postal Service released the stamp that won their controversial "thin Elvis" versus "fat Elvis" contest. The 29-cent stamp garnering the most consumer votes showed the likeness of the 1950s era Elvis, and remains the best-selling stamp of all time with more than 500 million sold.

In 1994, singer/actor (The Gene Autry Show, Green Acres, Back To The Future III, The Gatling Gun, Roustabout, Sergeant Dead Head, Wild in the Country, Twilight of Honor, Blue Canadian Rockies, Wagon Team, Barbed Wire, Apache Country, Night Stage to Galveston, The Old West, Valley of Fire, Riders in the Sky, The Strawberry Roan)/cartoon voicist (Garfield and Friends, The Fox and the Hound, The AristoCats, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Rescuers, A Goofy Movie, Robin Hood) Pat Buttram died of kidney failure at the age of 78.   i loved mr haney,  :O)

In 1996, in a Los Angeles courtroom, Robert Hoskins was found guilty on five counts of stalking, assault and making terrorist threats to Madonna. Hoskins twice scaled the walls of the singer's estate and threatened to slash her throat.

In 2000, Christina Aguilera started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'What A Girl Wants.' She ended Santana's 12- week run at #1 with 'Smooth.'

In 2001, a woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N’ Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house.

In 2001, Laura Webb of The Bobbettes died of cancer at the age of 57. The R&B quintet scored a Billboard number six hit with "Mr. Lee" in 1957. That song was written about one of their high school teachers that they actually dis-liked and the girls were forced to revise the original lyrics before Atlantic Records would record the song.

In 2004, the estate of George Harrison started a $10 million (£5.8 million) legal action against Dr Gilbert Lederman of Staten Island University Hospital, claiming the doctor coerced Harrison to sign souvenirs. The main allegations of the legal action was that Dr Lederman got an extremely sick Harrison to sign his son’s guitar and autographs for his two daughters.

In 2010, Jimmy Page launched a new set of stamps in the UK which featured classic album covers from the last 40 years including Led Zeppelin IV, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, The Division Bell by Pink Floyd, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay, Power, Corruption And Lies, New Order, Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones, London Calling, The Clash, Screamadelica, Primal Scream, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie and Parklife by Blur.

In 2010, law enforcement officials in Los Angeles revealed plans to seek an indictment against Michael Jackson's doctor on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The L.A. coroner ruled Jackson's death at age 50 a homicide with his passing caused by acute intoxication of the powerful anesthetic propofol with other sedatives a contributing factor.

birthdays today include (among others): Anthony Gourdine - Little Anthony and The Imperials (1941), Terry Sylvester - Swinging Blue Jeans (1945), Robert Krieger - Doors (1946) and the immortal David Jones (David Bowie) (1947)