Ron Miller

Posted by Whitmore, July 28, 2007 08:50pm | Post a Comment

This week legendary Motown songwriter Ron Miller died at age 74.

The Associated Press obituary:

Songwriter Ron Miller, whose tunes included pop classics "Touch Me in the Morning" and "For Once in My Life," has died. Miller died Monday of cardiac arrest at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after a long battle with emphysema and cancer, he was 74.

Miller got his professional start in the music business in the 1960s, when Motown founder Berry Gordy saw him perform at a piano bar and invited him to Detroit as one of the label's first songwriters and record producers. His songs have been recorded by many leading artists, including Judy Garland, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Ray Charles. "For Once in My Life," written with Orlando Murden, is one of the most recorded songs in history, with more than 270 versions, according to All Music Guide. A rendition by Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder won a Grammy award this year. In 2005, Charles' and Gladys Knight's version of Miller's "Heaven Help Us All" picked up the best gospel performance Grammy.

Born in Chicago, Miller was a die-hard Cubs fan, who wrote his first sad song as a child about his beloved but hapless team, his daughter said. Before meeting Gordy at the piano bar, Miller made ends meet by selling washing machines and taking odd jobs. He served in the Marines, as well, and was stationed all over the world. Throughout the 1970s, Miller wrote the book and lyrics to many musicals, including "Daddy Goodness" and "Cherry," based on William Inge's "Bus Stop." Barbra Streisand recorded "I've Never Been A Woman Before," from the musical, for her "The Way We Were" album.

"My father will be reborn every time someone sings one of his songs," Lisa Dawn Miller said. "When they feel joy or sadness or any emotion, that will be my dad and his words." Miller is survived by his wife, Aurora Miller, and six children. Here is a list of some of his songs:

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They Live @ The New Beverly Midnight Tonight

Posted by phil blankenship, July 28, 2007 11:52am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and Phil Blankenship present:

Saturday July 28

Rowdy Roddy Piper in

John Carpenter's They Live

New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-4038
Midnight, $7


reposting for the New Bev:

The New Bev Is Back!!!

PLEASE please please come support the New Bev, we need your attendance and promotional help more than ever right now!!!

Help honor Sherman's memory by watching some quality films at his theater!!!

Friday and Saturday its 3D YES 3D 70's porn!!!!!

THE WILDCAT WOMEN & THE PLAYMATES both in 3D so everything they got is comin' at ya!! Playing at 7:30 both nights as well as at 4:30 on Saturday.

Also Saturday night, we have an Amoeba midnight show with John Carpenter's


at midnight. Yes, the one with Roddy Piper. Smile

And all you 80's fans will be in heaven on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with

Jeremy Blake Presumed Dead

Posted by Miss Ess, July 27, 2007 01:14pm | Post a Comment
jeremy blake

I am extremely saddened to say that artist Jeremy Blake is presumed dead. 
[Update: his body was found & identified July 22.]

jeremy blake

He disappeared over a week ago, last seen walking into the ocean at Rockaway Beach.  An apparent suicide note, along with his shirt and wallet were found under the nearby boardwalk.

jeremy blakeAmong other places, like the Whitney Museum, Blake's work is featured on Beck's 4 different album covers for Sea Change.  It's also part of the film Punch Drunk Love.  Remember those hazy, colorful dissolves throughout that film and its titles?  That's Jeremy Blake's art. 

A couple of years ago I went to see an exhibition of his work at the San Francisco Modern Museum of Art.  I can't remember ever before making a point of going to see an exhibition by a contemporary artist.  I'm a big fan.  His pieces are very visceral and moving.

It is extremely tragic that he is gone, and so suddenly.  The backstory is truly bizarre:

A week or so before his assumed suicide, his girlfriend of 12 years took her life in their NYC apartment.  The article I read in the LA Times says that the couple's behavior had become erratic and that they were increasingly paranoid that Scientologists were stalking them. ( ! )

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July 27th

Posted by Whitmore, July 27, 2007 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Here is an odd assortment of events that happened on this day in history, July 27th.

Charlotte Corday, the assassin of Jean-Paul Marat 1768, is born as is the great Leo Durocher, 1906, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.

Vocalist, producer and songwriter, Harvey Fuqua is born 1929, Doc Pomus in 1925 and Bobbie Gentry in 1944.

In 1586 Sir Walter Raleigh brings the first tobacco to England from Virginia, of course 30 years later his last reported words before being beheaded were "Strike man, strike!", I always thought he was trying to light a match. In 1977 John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in the good ol’ US of A. In 1990 Zsa Zsa Gabor begins her 3 day jail sentence for slapping a cop after he stopped her for a traffic violation. In 1991 TV Guide publishes it's 2000th edition. If you hurry, there’s a copy on Ebay right now available for a $1.50! And also in 1991 Warrant lead singer Jani Lane marries model Bobbie Brown in Los Angeles, oh that cherry pie! In 2001, tenor saxophonist, educator, and local jazz icon, Harold Land, dies after a stroke at the age of 73 in Los Angeles. And in 2002 The Who's bassist John Entwistle, 57 years of age, is found dead in his Las Vegas hotel room. He had cocaine in his system, and the death is ruled accidental.


Posted by Billyjam, July 27, 2007 06:42am | Post a Comment

Another recent victim of visa problems entering the US to perform, UK based and Sri Lankan singer/rapper and designer M.I.A. has apparently overcome her American immigration issues this time around and will be performing all scheduled shows, including a highly recommended free instore at Amoeba Music, Berkeley this Saturday at 2pm!

Yes, the scheduled Saturday afternoon show with the artist often associated with Diplo is due to kick off at 2PM, but, as regulars to Amoeba Berkeley already know, space is somewhat limited when it comes to instores at the East Bay location, so get there early if you want to secure a good vantage point -- especially for this artist, who will most likely attract a large turnout.

The performance will be followed by a meet-and-greet/signing session with the artist, who just celebrated her 30th birthday last week. No doubt she will be performing tracks from her last album, the critically acclaimed 2005 Arular, which launched her unique blend of hip-hop, ragga, grime, and baile-funk Stateside and probably also some tracks from her soon-to-drop new album Kala (due out August 21st), featuring the song "Boyz." (Check out the colorful, mutli-cultural music video for this new single below.

Good word has it that if you buy either the vinyl 12" or CD version of the new M.I.A. single at Amoeba Berkeley on Saturday, you will receive a certificate good for two bucks off Kala when it drops in August, plus a limited edition bandana designed by the musician/designer herself (while supplies last). For full details/restrictions, click here

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