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Music History Monday: June 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 1, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: June 1, 1963 - "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for three weeks on June 15, 1963. Written by Walter Gold, John Gluck Jr., and Herb Weiner, it is the debut single and biggest hit for the then 17-year-old pop singer from Tenafly, NJ. The song is originally recorded by British pop singer Helen Shapiro in early 1963 and producer Quincy Jones selects it out of over two hundred demo recordings he gathers for consideration for Gore's debut single. Jones will quickly assemble musicians and cut the track at Bell Sound Studios in New York City. Right about the same time, producer Phil Spector will also hear the same demo recording and is planning to record it with The Crystals. Jones will beat Spector to the punch, having acetates cut and mailed to key DJ's around the country, with the song hitting the airwaves within days of it being recorded. An immediate smash out of the box, "It's My Party" will become an instant pop classic. Entering the Hot 100 at #60 on May 11, 1963, it will rocket to the top of the chart three weeks later. "It's My Party" is the first of four consecutive top five singles that Gore has over the next eight months.
 

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Win Tickets to a Police Documentary Screening in LA or SF + Signed Andy Summers Memoir

Posted by Amoebite, March 31, 2015 12:11pm | Post a Comment

Win Tickets to a Police Documentary Screening + Signed Andy Summers Memoir

We are giving away three pairs of tickets each to San Francisco and Los Angeles screenings of Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police as well as a signed copy of the Police guitarist Andy Summers’ memoir, One Train Later, and three posters signed by Summers. 

San Francisco contest:

One grand prize winner will win a signed copy of Andy Summers’ memoir, two tickets for any screening of the film at San Francisco’s AMC Metreon 16 after it opens April 10 and a signed movie poster. Two runners up will win a signed poster and two tickets each to the any screening of the film at San Francisco’s AMC Metreon 16. Contest ends 4/7/15. Enter here for the San Francisco contest.

Los Angeles contest:

One grand prize winner will win a signed copy of Andy Summers’ memoir, two tickets to the April 4 screening of Can’t Stand Losing You at the Laemmle Royal (time TBD) with a Q&A with Summers to follow, plus a signed movie poster. Two runners up will win a signed poster and two tickets each to the April 4 screening. Contest ends 4/2/15. Enter here for the Los Angeles contest.
 

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Amoeba Presents Circa Zero at The GRAMMY Museum

Posted by Billy Gil, March 14, 2014 11:33am | Post a Comment

grammy museum the drop circa zeroAmoeba is sponsoring THE DROP with Circa Zero, featuring Andy Summers of The Police, at The GRAMMY Museum March 26 at 8 p.m. 

The event will feature an intimate discussion and performance from the duo, made up of Summers and multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles. Tickets are $25 and are available here.

circa zero circus zero lpThe event will celebrate the release of Circa Zero’s debut album, Circus Hero (preorder on LP or CD), out March 25 on 429 Records.

The band started after The Police reunion tour of 2008. Summers, who has released many solo albums and had just played on the third highest-grossing tour of all time, was looking for a new project. He saw Giles’ band The Rescues play a few years back at The Troubador and knew he’d met his new musical partner. Circus Hero features 13 tracks of high-energy pop rock, fueled by Summers’ trademark, stuttering riffs and Giles’ soaring vocals, which do bear some resemblance to those of Sting.

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100 Famous Rock Guitar Riffs Offers Concise History of Rock N' Roll

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment
      

Rock music has way too many incredibly memorable guitar riffs to limit a best of list to just one hundred, but the 100 riffs that guitarist Alex Chadwick of The Chicago Music Exchange came up with for the above video performance ain't half bad, and it is a nice informal overview of the history of rock n' roll. Sure it's a subjective selection that includes a lot of mega hits of the genre, and no doubt every rock fan could come up with their own unique list of a hundred best guitar riffs. But I like what Alex has done: from his playing to his choices of riffs, and from how he segues from song to song, to how he plays it on his 1958 Fender Strat all in chronological order. Below is that list of songs and artists in order with the artist names that are blue highlighted linking back to the Amoeba Online Store. where you can find their respective music (CDs, LPs, DVDs) including (in near all cases) the song played by Alex.

SONG/ARTIST PLAYLIST & AMOEBA SHOP LINK OF ALEX'S 100 GUITAR RIFFS (IN ORDER):


1 "Mr. Sandman"  Chet Atkins
2 "Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash
3 "Words of Love"  Buddy Holly
4 "Johnny B Goode"  Chuck Berry
5 "Rumble"  Link Wray

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Music History Monday: July 16

Posted by Jeff Harris, July 16, 2012 05:40pm | Post a Comment
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Country music icon Kitty Wells (born Ellen Muriel Deason in Nashville, TN. August 30, 1919 - July 16, 2012) has died today. Farewell to The Queen Of Country Music.



Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt (born Robert Kreiner in Pittsburgh, PA. November 26, 1937 - July 16, 2012) passed away today.For those of you who may not know this man's name or face, you will certainly know his outstanding work as a musician. Having been a part of Motown's legendary studio band The Funk Brothers from 1967 to 1972, he played on numerous hits such as Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me" and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," and other classics like Dennis Coffey's "Scorpio," The Capitols "Cool Jerk," Gladys Knight & The Pips' "If I Were Your Woman" and "Midnight Train To Georgia," The Shades Of Blue's "Oh How Happy," Edwin Starr's "Agent Double 'O Soul," The Parliaments "(I Wanna) Testify," The Spinners' "(They Just Can't Stop It) Games People Play" and "Rubberband Man," Gloria Gaynor's "Never Can Say Goodbye," The Main Ingredient's "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely," The Manhattans' "Kiss And Say Goodbye," Ray Goodman & Brown's "Special Lady," Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" and "Ready To Take A Chance Again," Deniece Williams' "Silly" and "It's Gonna Take A Miracle," and on and on. He will be missed.

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