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Music History Monday: June 22

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 22, 2015 09:36am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 22, 1948 - Singer, songwriter, producer, and musician Todd Rundgren (born Todd Harry Rundgren in Upper Darby, PA). Happy 67th Birthday, Todd!
 


Born on this day: June 22, 1947 - Turtles lead singer and one half the great background vocal duo Flo & Eddie, Howard Kaylan (born Howard Kaplan in New York, NY). Happy 68th Birthday, Howard!
 


Born on this day: June 22, 1953 - Singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper (born Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper in Woodhaven, Queens, NY). Happy 62nd Birthday, Cyndi!
 


On this day in music history: June 22, 1968 - "This Guy's In Love With You" by Herb Alpert hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it is the first chart-topping single for the co-founder of A&M Records. In early 1968, musician Herb Alpert will receive an offer from CBS to host his own network television special titled The Beat Of The Brass. Looking new material to perform on the program, Alpert will contact his friend, songwriter Burt Bacharach, and ask him if he has any old songs that haven't been recorded. Bacharach will find the lyrics and music to a song he and his lyricist partner Hal David wrote titled "This Guy's In Love With You." Alpert loves it and records it immediately. When The Beat Of The Brass special airs on CBS on April 22, 1968, the song will be featured in a segment where Alpert sings the song to his then wife Sharon on the beach in Malibu, CA. The day after the special airs, the CBS switchboard is flooded with thousands of calls from viewers asking where they can buy the record. A&M Records will rush release the single the following day. Entering The Hot 100 at #72 on May 18, 1968, it then streaks to the top of the chart five weeks later. The record is the first number one pop single for both A&M Records as a label, and for songwriters Bacharach and David, becoming one of their most performed and recorded songs. The success of "This Guy's In Love With You" will send the accompanying album The Beat Of The Brass to number one on the Billboard Top 200, becoming Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass' fifth and final chart-topping album. "This Guy's In Love With You" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Joni Mitchell Found Unconscious At Her LA Home, Rushed To Hospital In "Serious" Condition

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2015 08:56pm | Post a Comment


As reported a little earlier this evening by various news outlets, with TMZ breaking the story, at approx 2:30pm this afternoon legendary Canadian born singer/songwriter and painter Joni Mitchell was found unconscious at her LA home in the Bel-Air district and rushed to the hospital with hospital officials reportedly describing her condition as "quite serious." And although no specifics of exactly what caused Mitchell to be unconscious have been publicly announced so far, the 71 year old artist, who has attributed a life long cigarette smoking habit (she began smoking at age nine) to ending her singing career five years ago, has had a life long history of health problems. The range from surviving both scarlet fever and polio as a child (she was lucky to walk again) to several years ago being diagnosed with the disease known as Morgellons which results in sufferers experiencing under their skin parasite-like biting and crawling sensations.

She addressed this rare disease in her candid memoir Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words in which she described it as being so bad that she couldn't wear clothes, had to crawl across the floor, and couldn't leave her house for years on end. Additionally Mitchell has shared that she has suffered from both acute paranoia and insomnia. I sincerely hope that Joni Mitchell, one of the greatest singer/songwriters ever, survives this hospital emergency. For updates on her status the JoniMitchell.com Twitter page tweeted earlier this evening that they are "awaiting official word on her condition and will post it here as soon as we know." 
Meantime read Joni Mitchell's full Amoeba.com bio by Oliver Hall and check out some of below of a few select live performance tracks by the artist, whose album Blue ranks in my top ten best albums of all time, below - which can be found, along with many more, at Amoeba in the Joni Mitchell section. Also immediately below is an enlightening interview with Mitchell, who doesn't do many interviews, from a couple by her native CBC television conducted by Jian Ghomeshi at her California home.

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From the Vault: Julia Holter

Posted by Billy Gil, August 29, 2013 05:18pm | Post a Comment

julia holter live at amoebaI interviewed performer Julia Holter a while back, last year when she played at Amoeba Hollywood upon the release of her album, Ekstasis. Now the CalArts-bred experimental pop artist is back with a new album, Loud City Song (available on CD or LP), and it’s one of the year’s best, combining cerebral electro-pop and neo-classical orchestration, with a piano-based, singer-songwriter heart. Read our conversation below about Joni Mitchell, TLC and the vastness of L.A. Make sure to check out Loud City Song and see photos from her performance here.

 

Me: Were you always able to sing growing up, and who were some of your singing idols?

Holter: I didn’t sing much until I was—well I sang in secret—and when I was like 15, I started listening to Joni Mitchell a lot, like her later stuff that’s really cool, not just the early, folk stuff, but the weirder stuff.

Me: Like her jazz records?

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20 Essential Records You Need on Vinyl

Posted by Billy Gil, April 10, 2013 09:21am | Post a Comment

20 Essential Records You Need on Vinyl

Use the promo code vinyl10 to get 10% off any new and used vinyl on Amoeba.com.


In honor of the upcoming Record Store Day, I decided to make a list of 20 records I think everyone should own on vinyl. Take this Record Store Day to build a nice foundation for your record collection. I picked this list based on pretty arbitrary criteria, including what critics generally think are great, what I think is great, what I think particularly sounds good on analog-warm vinyl, and what you won’t have to pay $100 for or scour for (e.g. no hard-to-find ’90s vinyl or things out of print). I also left it to one album per artist. These aren't in any particular order. Send any omissions to this list to idontcare@makeyourownlist.com. Or just leave a comment!

The Beatles Revolver

The Beatles – Revolver
 

In my mind, The White Album is the greatest Beatles album, but you can’t beat the utterly perfect one-disc punch of Revolver. It should go without saying that every Beatles album is essential and is worth owning on vinyl yadda yadda, but if you have to start somewhere, do it here. Their catalog was recently reissued on vinyl in stereo mix, so you should have no trouble finding them if you’re just starting out — and you should have no trouble finding quality replacements, if your old Beatles LPs are worn out.

Trip Down Memory Lane Via Rock Album Billboards of the 70's Along Sunset Blvd

Posted by Billyjam, February 29, 2012 09:51am | Post a Comment

Of interest to anyone into rock albums from the seventies and of particular interest to folks in LA into recent era history is the excellent collection of Billboards on Sunset Blvd 1974-5 flickr page by Larry The Frog that features photos of billboards shot in those two years of the mid 1970's along Sunset Blvd. in the  vicinity of the Hollywood Amoeba store.  The majority of these shots are ones advertising new album releases or concert dates from such acts as Poco, Loggins & Messina, Barbi Benton, Donovan, The Who, War, Joni Mitchell, Billy Preston, Neil Sedaka, Greg Allman, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mahogeny Rush, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones, George Harrison, The 5th Dimension, Steppenwolf, Rick Derringer, and many more.

These great shots were all photographed by Larry The Frog when he lived a block off the Sunset Strip back in the 70's.and were recently lovingly restored by the photographer utilizing photoshopping from scanned 35mm slides and negatives. There are over a hundred shots in this engaging collection that, like rummaging through the old 70's album dollar bins at Amoeba, will unveil a whole bygone era - only better than merely album cover art since they also capture the time and place so well. View the full collection here

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