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Music History Monday: March 9

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 9, 2015 11:12am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: March 9, 1948 - Singer, songwriter and former lead singer of L.T.D., Jeffrey Osborne (born Jeffrey Linton Osborne in Providence, RI). Happy 67th Birthday, Jeffrey!
 


On this day in music history: March 9, 1959 - "Venus" by Frankie Avalon hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, also peaking at #10 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Ed Marshall, it is the biggest hit for the Philadelphia singer and actor born Francis Thomas Avallone. Frankie will first become involved with music at the age of 11 when his father buys him a trumpet from a pawn shop after seeing actor Kirk Douglas in the film Young Man With A Horn. The young Avallone will quickly master the instrument and begins playing professionally while still in his teens, even signing a recording contract to RCA subsidiary X Records in 1954 as a member of the band Rocco & The Saints. In 1957, Avallone's neighbor Bob Marcucci will start his own label Chancellor Records and sign Avallone. Angelicizing his name to Frankie Avalon, he will record two singles for Chancellor that will flop. For his third single, Marcucci and songwriter/co-producer Peter DeAngelis will write "Dede Dinah," having Avalon sing it in a nasally voice. It will quickly become a hit peaking at #7 in February of 1958, after he performs the song on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. For his sixth single, Avalon will record a song brought to him by songwriter Ed Marshall. Sure that it is a hit, the singer will call Marcucci over quickly to hear it. Three days later, they will record "Venus" at Beltone Studios in New York City in only nine takes. Released in late January of 1959, the single is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #99 on February 9, 1959, it will rocket to the top of the chart four weeks later. "Venus" will establish Frankie Avalon as one of the preeminent "teen idols" of the era, which will lead to a successful career in movies when he is paired with former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello during the '60s. Avalon's label boss Bob Marcucci's life story and the success he has with artists like Frankie Avalon and labelmate Fabian will become the basis of the 1980 film The Idolmaker. "Venus" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: March 2

Posted by Jeff Harris, March 2, 2015 10:48am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: March 2, 1950 - Singer and musician Karen Carpenter (born Karen Anne Carpenter in New Haven, CT). Happy Birthday to this pop vocal icon on what would have been her 65th Birthday.
 


On this day in music history: March 2, 1964 - The Beatles will begin work on their first film, A Hard Day's Night, with director Richard Lester at Marylebone Station in London (not Paddington Station as it is often misquoted). Produced by Walter Shenson and released through United Artists Pictures, the film is a semi-fictionalized day in the life of the band written by Alun Owen. Budgeted at a modest £200,000 ($500,000 by today's U.S. currency), the film is shot in black and white, and will break new ground in film-making with its innovative cinematography, editing, and use of music. During the six weeks of filming, other location shooting will take place in at Thornbury Playing Fields in Isleworth, Middlesex ("Can't Buy Me Love" sequence); Scala Theatre in Camden (theater performance scenes); West Ealing, London ("Ringo dropping his coat on puddles for a lady to step on" sequence); and the interiors are shot at Twickenham Studios in London. It will be a huge success, grossing over $6 million at the box office in its original theatrical run.
 

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Coachella 2015 Lineup Announced; AC/DC, Jack White, Drake Headline

Posted by Billy Gil, January 6, 2015 11:45am | Post a Comment

The lineup for Coachella 2015 has been announced, and there are some surprises in there.

First up, we've got AC/DC headlining day one (Friday April 10 and 17). (Day one gets even more "dad rock" when you notice that Steely Dan is also playing.) Jack White headlines day two (April 11 and 18) and Drake is on top day three (April 12 and 19). 

Other highlights include a recently reunited Ride and Drive Like Jehu. See the whole lineup below, and check out some Amoeba videos from the artists playing the show.

coachella 2015 lineup ac/dc drake jack white

 

Lykke Li - Live at Amoeba Hollywood, Aug. 25, 2008

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20 Dad Rock Albums To Check Out For Father's Day

Posted by Billy Gil, June 6, 2014 05:27pm | Post a Comment

20 Dad Rock Albums for Father's Day

Father’s Day is just a few days away. To celebrate, we’re gathering some of our favorite “dad rock” albums. What is “dad rock,” you might ask? We’re talking about those staples your parents owned on vinyl, the ones that weren’t cool enough for you to discover on your own—no Black Sabbath, David Bowie or The Doors here—but that nonetheless are essential albums in rock history. Listen to one of these ol’ classics this Father’s Day and think about how your dad was right all along—“Hotel California” is pretty far out. Here they are, in no particular order:

Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)

fleetwood mac rumours lpNow Fleetwood Mac are cool again, but there was a long period when they weren’t. You don’t make one of the biggest albums of all time without some backlash. But after a Smashing Pumpkins cover, a high-profile reunion special and extensive touring, the Mac came back into public favor, and you can see their influence in a huge way these days, especially in young, female-fronted rock bands like Best Coast, Haim and Beach House. Anyway, Rumours kicks ass and pretty much every baby boomer owns it.

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Music History Monday: September 23

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 23, 2013 12:35pm | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: September 23, 1926 - Jazz music icon John Coltrane (born John William Coltrane in Hamlet, NC). Happy Birthday to this jazz giant on what would have been his 87th Birthday.
 


Born on this day: September 23, 1930 - "The Genius" Ray Charles (born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, GA). Happy Birthday to this musical icon on what would have been his 83rd Birthday.
 


Born on this day: September 23, 1949 - Rock music icon Bruce Springsteen (born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen in Long Branch, NJ). Happy 64th Birthday to the Boss!
 


On this day in music history: September 23, 1967 - “The Letter” by The Box Tops hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Written by Wayne Carson Thompson, it is the debut single and biggest hit for the Memphis quintet fronted by lead singer Alex Chilton. Songwriter Thompson ("Always On My Mind") will be inspired to write "The Letter" when his father comes up with the lyric "give me a ticket for an aeroplane." Thompson will quickly write the rest of the lyrics and melody around that line. Once the song is complete, Thompson will take it to his friend, producer Chips Moman who also owns American Recording Studios in Memphis. Moman in turn will tell his songwriting partner Dan Penn about the song. Penn is working with a young rock band featuring a sixteen-year-old lead vocalist Alex Chilton. Penn will hear the song and decide that it is perfect for his young charges first release. Recorded in the spring of 1967, the band (with songwriter Thompson also playing guitar on the session) will cut the track in about eight hours, recording 30 takes to come up with the final master. For the final touch, Penn will overdub the sound of a airplane flying over toward the end of the song. When Moman objects to the addition, Penn will threaten to cut up the tape with a razor blade rather than remove the sound effect. Moman will allow it to remain on the finished record. At the time the band records the single, they do not have a name. One of the members will jokingly suggest that people “send in 50 cents and a box top” with their possible group name. From that, the band will be dubbed "The Box Tops." Released in July of 1967 on Bell Records' Mala imprint, “The Letter” will enter the Hot 100 at #85 on August 12, 1967, leaping to the top of the chart six weeks later. The song will be covered by a number of artists including The Arbors, The Ventures, and Don Fardon. Joe Cocker will have the second most successful recording of the song when his version hits #7 on the Hot 100 in June of 1970. The Box Tops' version of "The Letter" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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