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Music History Monday: April 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 1, 2013 04:01pm | Post a Comment

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Remembering "The Prince Of Motown," Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr. in Washington DC) - April 2, 1939 - April 1, 1984.
 


Born on this day: April 1, 1948 - Reggae music icon Jimmy Cliff (born James Chambers in Somerton District, St. James, Jamaica). Happy 65th Birthday, Jimmy!
 


Born on this day: April 1, 1949 - Singer/songwriter/author and poet Gil Scott-Heron (born Gilbert Scott-Heron in Chicago, IL). Happy Birthday to Gil on what would have been his 64th Birthday.

 


On this day in music history: April 1, 1978 - "The Closer I Get To You" by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for two weeks, also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on May 13th. Written by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, it is the second chart topper for the R&B vocal duo. Originally written as a solo for Roberta Flack, her manager David Franklin will suggest making the song a duo, calling on her old friend singer and musician Donny Hathaway to duet with her.  The song will be the first collaboration between Flack and Hathaway since their Grammy winning duet "Where Is The Love" nearly six years earlier. Hathaway is actually hospitalized at the time (being treated for severe depression and often unpredictable mood swings) and must receive special permission to leave the facility and record his vocals. Released as the second single from Flack's album Blue Lights In The Basement, it is an immediate smash on both the R&B and pop singles charts. "The Closer I Get To You" will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, also driving the accompanying album to Gold status. The song will be revived by Luther Vandross and Beyonce Knowles in 2003, being included on their albums' Dance With My Father and Dangerously In Love. Their version of the duet will win them a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2004.
 

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Bangles' Founding Member Susanna Hoffs Performs at LA’s Grammy Museum, 7/16

Posted by Amoebite, June 27, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment
On July 16th, the day before her latest release Someday hits stores, join us as we welcomeSusanna Hoffs singer, songwriter, musician, and founding member of the Bangles Susanna Hoffs to The Clive Davis Theater at LA’s Grammy Museum.

Hear Hoffs speak about the creation of the new album, as well as reflect on her impressive body of work. After the interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, Hoffs will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs accompanied by a band led by Someday producer Mitchell Froom. She will also sign copies of the release.

More info HERE!


Acetates, Test Pressings & Promos

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 5, 2009 02:30pm | Post a Comment
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k disc masteringkendun recorderskeel manufacturing corporation test pressing label
united artists records inc. reference recordwallachs musci city promo sleevestudio recordings incorporated acetate
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texas baptist radio center acetatetorchlite test acetate labelua blue test pressing label

FEMALE DRUMMERS: AMOEBITE KAITLIN INTERVIEW

Posted by Billyjam, September 17, 2009 05:30pm | Post a Comment
Kaitlin

One of the many highlights of the recent Amoebapalooza North 2009 at the Mezzanine club in San Francisco (August 2nd) was the power-duo-- the $helbyville $helbyvilllains' all too short set in which talented San Francisco Amoebites Josh Pollock (guitar/vocals) and Kaitlin Layher (drums, above) effortlessly channeled the White Stripes. Even more impressive was the fact I later learned: that Kaitlin had only been playing the drums for a relatively short time and that this was the first time that she had ever played drums out in public. I recently caught up with Kaitlin to ask her about her personal Moe Tuckerexperiences as a drummer, as well as about female drummers in general as part of the long running In Celebration of the Drum Amoeblog series.

Amoeblog: Who are among your favorite female drummers and why?

Kaitlin: My favorite female drummer currently drumming is Adrienne Davies of Earth. I love watching her controlled, deliberate movements.  She's hypnotizing. Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground was amazing as well as Karen Carpenter. And, of course, I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Meg White of The White Stripes. But you can't forget the all-girl groups, too! The Bangles and The Runaways were simply solid bands with solid drummers.

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"Eternal Flame"

Posted by Miss Ess, October 2, 2008 05:33pm | Post a Comment
The Bangles' "Eternal Flame" is so sugar-sweet it practically rots my teeth...but just like candy, I come back for more over and over again...

Actually, it is one of the many songs that intermittently play on repeat in my head. Seriously though, that song's been up there for years on a loop! Considering the title, the irony is not lost on me! "Eternal Flame" always comes back around somehow, and it's not like I am sitting around listening to Bangles records! Where does it come from?!


I'm really not quite sure why I still find it a moving song, why it stays up there in my brain, but in a way it is sort of comforting to know that when I hear the actual tune (or even just the version in my head), it has the the banglessame effect on me as it did when I was small. I never owned a Bangles album as a child and I haven't heard any of their other music probably since the 80s, but this song has just always stayed with me.

Now that I am fully revisiting it, I especially love how it gets all epic at the end with strings and the building vocals...the fact that the video includes fireworks is just too perfect (and 80s). Susanna Hoffs' vocals cannot be denied! Too bad the ladies didn't write this one themselves, but it's still a winner in my heart.

It will always remind me of being enveloped by a disco ball's mirrored reflections as I was roller skating at this tragically 80s rink and also playing in the basement at my cousins' house.

Oh...I guess I've carried it with me so I can conjure up that simpler time at any given moment in my constantly shifting adult life. Maybe I should go find myself a Bangles record after all...