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Music History Monday: June 8

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 8, 2015 10:19am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 8, 1940 - Singer and actress Nancy Sinatra (born Nancy Sandra Sinatra in Jersey City, NJ). Happy 75th Birthday, Nancy!
 


On this day in music history: June 8, 1968 - "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #8 on May 25, 1968. Written and produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, it is the third R&B chart-topper for Marvin Gaye and the first for Tammi Terrell. The song will be the first chart hit produced by the husband and wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson. Hired by Motown as staff songwriters the previous year, they have to lobby for the right to produce their own compositions, as Johnny Bristol had produced the first Gaye and Terrell album United. The basic track will be recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit on July 22, 1967 with The Funk Brothers, and further sessions for the vocals and strings taking place on August 8September 29, and October 5 and 6 of 1967. Both Ashford & Simpson and Bristol will produce versions of "Ain't Nothing But The Real Thing," but Nick and Valerie's version will be the one that is unanimously chosen in Motown's Quality Control meeting when it is up for release consideration. Issued as the first single from the their second album, You're All I Need, on March 28, 1968, "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" is the first of two chart-topping singles taken from the set, selling over a million copies in the US.
 

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Kurt Cobain Cover of The Beatles' 'And I Love Her' Surfaces in New Doc

Posted by Billy Gil, April 21, 2015 01:50pm | Post a Comment

kurt cobainA long-lost cover by Kurt Cobain of the classic Beatles song "And I Love Her" will appear in the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

The film will have its L.A. premiere this week at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets are available now, but you can also score free tickets to the April 25 screening at 8 p.m. followed by a Q&A with director Brett Morgen and former Soundgarden manager Jeff Suhy by coming to Amoeba Hollywood starting on April 22 and asking at the Info Counter (one ticket per customer, available while supplies last). Read more about it here.

Morgen found the cover among the hundreds of hours of unheard Cobain tapes he was given access to by Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, for the documentary, according to Rolling Stone. It's especially notable given than the late Nirvana frontman was wont to say that he loved the Beatles but hated Paul McCartney. ("And I Love Her" is a McCartney tune off their third album, A Hard Day's Night.) The film's score will include this song plus numerous others Morgen unearthed.

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Music History Monday: April 20

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 20, 2015 10:42am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: April 20, 1923 - Latin jazz and Salsa icon Tito Puente (born Ernesto Antonio Puente in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this latin music icon on what would have been his 92nd Birthday. We love you, Tito!
 


Born on this day: April 20, 1951 - Legendary R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Luther Vandross (born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this R&B music icon on what would have been his 64th Birthday.


Remembering the brilliant William "Benny" Benjamin (July 25, 1925 – April 20, 1969), drummer for the Motown Records' studio band The Funk Brothers

On this day in music history: April 20, 1970McCartney, the solo debut album by Paul McCartney, is released (UK release date is on April 17, 1970). Produced by Paul McCartney, it is recorded at 7 Cavendish Avenue and Abbey Road Studios in London, and Morgan Studios in Willesden, UK from late 1969 - March 1970. Following the recording of The Beatles' Abbey Road, Paul McCartney will work on his first solo release while The Beatles are in the process of breaking up. He books studio time under an assumed name and also records at home on a Studer 4-track recorder set up in his living room. The home recordings will be done without the benefit of a mixing board, with McCartney literally plugging microphones directly into the back of the tape machine Though no singles are issued from it, the album will be very successful with the track "Maybe I'm Amazed" becoming a major airplay hit. Eight days prior to the album's UK release, advance copies of the album will be received by the press. Inserted into the album is a short Q&A written by McCartney that in effect announces the break up of The Beatles publicly declares his departure from the band the next day on April 10, 1970. In June of 2011, a remastered version of the original album is reissued, including  a 2CD + 1 DVD archival boxed set, featuring previously unreleased material from the recording sessions. McCartney will spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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12 Exclusive Releases to Look for on Record Store Day, Plus Highlights From the Rest

Posted by Billy Gil, March 18, 2015 09:40am | Post a Comment

12 Record Store Day Releases to Look For

Record Store Day 2015 is upon us, taking place Saturday, April 18. The list of limited edition releases coming out exclusively on Record Store Day is up now (download the full list here). While there’s tons of great stuff to choose from (while supplies last, of course), here are 12 highlights to look for. 

neko case fox confessor brings the flood lp record store day

Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Neko Case released her best album in 2006, a perfect distillation of her country-meets-indie-rock style, featuring the ethereal and confessional “Hold On, Hold On,” ’50s-style ballad “That Teenage Feeling” and Biblically inspired “John Saw That Number.” The long-out-of-print LP comes on red vinyl with a Record Store Day slipmat.
 

 

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Johnny Cash – Koncert v Praze (In Prague Live)

MC Macca's Meat Free Monday Rap

Posted by Billyjam, September 21, 2014 08:27pm | Post a Comment
         

Billed as "Sir Paul McCartney Raps for Meat Free Monday - video" the Guardian UK today uploaded the above video to their website (around same time it was published to YouTube) although Paul McCartney technically only barely "raps" in the final 15 minutes of the video clip (I was hoping for a real rap freestyle).

This is latest in a string of videos and public statements promoting Meat Free Mondays by the Beatle who has been a champion of this cause since 2009, when with his two daughters he first launched the campaign and its accompanying website, that is interrelated with the issue of global warming. By promoting the notion of going meatless on Mondays it in turn would help reduce peoples' collective carbon footprint. A while back McCartney even recorded the song the song Meat Free Mondays.

As McCartney said in a statement two years ago, when also addressing the cause that he is clearly most passionate about,  that if people erase meat from their diet just one day of the week that it will help  "cut down the billions of animals that are slaughtered for our consumption."  In the latest public address by Macca on the topic he urges people to simply log onto the MeatFreeMondays Pledge page online. Once there visitors will see a notice that in a couple of days on Tuesday (Sept 23rd 2014) global leaders – from government, finance, business, and civil society – will meet at the UN headquarters in New York to discuss climate change and urging all to "show them our commitment to reducing global emissions by making one small and easy change – skipping meat for one day a week" - which McCartney said is a lot more realistic than trying to get people to become 100% vegetarian. In a related story, also geared towards Tuesday's UN gathering, earlier today in NYC close to half  a million people gathered for the People's Climate March to protest global warming.
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