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Iconic UK Singer/TV Personality Cilla Black Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2015 10:53pm | Post a Comment

Cilla Black's "Anyone Who Had Heart" (1964) is best selling UK record of all time by a female artist

While the average American may only know of Cilla Black, who died today at age 72, as a 1960's British pop star who was associated with the Beatles, in her native Britain she was a national treasure whose career as popular singer and TV personality spanned five full decades. Upon the announcement of her death today, British prime minister David Cameron joined countless others in paying tribute to the OBE recipient for her "significant contribution to public life." Just last year the beloved public figure, known for her easy going ways, constant smile, and natural manner, was the subject of a popular UK TV drama mini series entitled Cilla that focused on her early years as a singer. Those years were when the Liverpool native, born Priscilla White, started out working as a coat check attendant at her famous hometown Cavern Club that is closely associated with fellow Merseyside musicians The Beatles who she was close to.

In fact, it was John Lennon who introduced her to Brian Epstein and convinced the Beatles' manager to audition the young singer. That audition, nicely detailed in the ITV drama series in which the singer was played to perfection by Sheridan Smith, went horribly wrong but did not stop the determined young singer from her goals. The Beatles connection continued with Lennon/McCartney penning her first single "Love Of The Loved" in 1963, which was produced by George Martin. The track did well, entering the top 40, but it would be her next single, 1964's cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Anyone Who Had a Heart" (a hit in the US for Dionne Warwick), that became a number one hit single and the biggest selling record for a UK female artist of all time. The single would be the first of many Top 10 hits for Cilla Black that included "It's For You," "Alfie" (from the movie Alfie and recorded at Abbey Road Studios), and her cover of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" that went to number 2 on the UK pop charts in 1965.

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Howard Stern Presents Celebration of The Beatles with The Flaming Lips Hosted by Fred Armisen

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2015 01:30pm | Post a Comment

On his SiriusXM radio channel this Friday (April 24) evening Howard Stern will present A Celebration of The Beatles with the Flaming Lips that will be hosted by the Portlandia's Fred Armisen. The session, for which Howard Stern will surrender his SiriusXM radio studios, will feature the Flaming Lips performing songs from their Beatles tribute album; their interpreted version of the Fab Four's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album entitled With A Little Help From My Fwends (also available in LP/vinyl format). Since the show will run for an hour listeners can expect the Lips to cover some other material too during the session by the unpredictable band. The special will premiere this Friday out of the NYC studios at 11pm (8pm Pacific Time) on Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel Howard 101 heard online. The Flaming Lips album With A Little Help From My Fwends was released back in October 28th via Warner Bros. Records when the band released their own versions of each track off The Beatles' 1967 classic album with an eclectic array of guests including Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, Tegan and Sara, and many more. No mention or official word as to whether any of these contributors will perform on Friday along with the Lips but odds are that at least one of them will have to do so. Finally I leave you with What's In My Bag? video segment from last year featuring the Flaming Lips' drummer Kliph Scurlock as he goes digging in the crates at Amoeba Hollywood.

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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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Tour Inside and Record at Abbey Road Studios Right Now

Posted by Billyjam, April 15, 2015 09:57am | Post a Comment

They say that the Abbey Road zebra crosswalk, made famous by the Fab Four for their album cover of the same name, is among the top most popular sights for tourists to London, England to shoot photos of themselves as they reinact that famous Beatles Abbey Road album cover. But now, thanks to Google UK, anyone anywhere can go inside the famed Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded (and other albums too including ones by Oasis, and Adele, plus such soundtracks as for Star Wars and Harry Potter).

Note that the tour is a virtual online tour of Abbey Road; albeit a hands on, interactive one that begins by clicking on this link to Inside Abbey Road that will look like the screen still above. Then, wearing headphones as highly recommended for full effect, click on Step Inside link which will take you inside where you can choose one of the available studios to go inside and learn. For example go into the "Tape Effects" and play around with basic analog (pre-digital) type effects or you can go into the J37 where you are challenged "to master the J37" by mixing around the sole four instruments. "Innovative artists got around this by merging instruments onto one channel" - the page advises as you can make your own tracks using the hard break beat drum line laid down as your starting point before selecting a bass guitar line or a flute riff, etc. etc.

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20 Great Vinyl Reissues From 2014

Posted by Billy Gil, December 31, 2014 03:44pm | Post a Comment

Best Vinyl REISSUES 2014

Our Best Of 2014 extravaganza ain’t quite over yet. Here’s a list of 20 excellent records that were reissued on vinyl this year. (Out of stock? Add the item to your wishlist and we’ll notify you when we have it in.)

Erykah Badu - Mama’s Gun

erykah badu mama's gun lpErykah Badu’s second album is a neo-soul touchstone that represents her transition from her earlier work to her wilder 2000’s output. Features the hit “Bag Lady.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The BeatlesThe White Album

the beatles white album lpThe mother of all rock bands/albums. The Beatles’ albums (all of which are pretty much essential) were reissued on vinyl this year. You gotta own this one on mono vinyl, the way it’s meant to be heard.

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