Friday, June 30, 2017

Today's Featured Artist..June 30, 2017...Odyssey (band) (video + blog + links)

Odyssey (band)

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Odyssey is originally a New York, United States-based singing group, best known for their 1977 hit "Native New Yorker," and a series of other mainly dance and soul hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Now based in the UK, the band is led and fronted by Steven Collazo and continues to perform and record.
The group began as the Connecticut-born "Lopez Sisters" group, featuring Steven's mother, Lillian (Lillian Lopez Collazo Jackson; November 16, 1935 – September 4, 2012),[4] Louise Lopez (February 22, 1933 – January 28, 2015),[5] and Carmen Lopez (born July 12, 1934), the latter having left the group before Odyssey, as the act would come to be known after her departure, was conceived.


Filipino bassist and singer Tony Reynolds joined the group soon after "Native New Yorker" reached no. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, no. 5 in the UK Singles Chart and was later covered by Frankie Valli. A string of albums and singles followed and the group managed another R&B chart hit, "Inside Out", written by Jesse Rae, produced by Jimmy Douglass and featuring music performed by session musicians. It peaked on the US charts at no. 12 and in the UK went to no. 3 in 1982.[6] Reynolds, for unknown reasons, left after the first album and was replaced by Fayetteville, North Carolina native William "Bill" McEachern, who remained with the group throughout the remainder of its RCA Records output. During that time, Brooklyn-born Steven Collazo joined the group as keyboardist, vocalist and musical director. Tony Reynolds died on February 2, 2010 in Jamaica, Queens, New York.
In the United Kingdom, the band, with its diverse musical style had more chart success, totalling five Top Ten hits between 1977 and 1982.[7] One of them, "Use It Up and Wear It Out", reached number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in 1980. The UK follow-up single, "If You're Lookin' for a Way Out" had Lillian Lopez on lead vocals; the single reaching no. 6 in 1980 and spending a total of fifteen weeks in the UK chart.[7] Odyssey thus became the third US act of the year (after Fern Kinney and M.A.S.H.) to reach number one in the UK despite not charting in their home country.[8] Their later hit "Going Back to My Roots" was written and originally recorded by Lamont Dozier.[9]
After leaving RCA, Odyssey, composed of lead vocalist Lillian Lopez, Al Jackson and Steven Collazo, continued touring, performing, and making television appearances throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. Lillian Lopez and Jackson married in 2000, and retired from the music industry in 2003. Lillian died on September 4, 2012 of cancer.[4][10]


Odyssey's "If You're Looking For a Way Out" was covered by Tindersticks on their 1999 album, Simple Pleasure. "Inside Out" was covered by Electribe 101 on their 1990 album Electribal Memories and subsequently released as a single. Other covers of Odyssey's material include "Don't Tell Me Tell Her" by Phyllis Hyman and "Native New Yorker" by Esther Phillips amongst others. The band, now led by Steven Collazo, featured vocalist twins Annis and Anne Peters and released the album Legacy in June 2011 on ISM Records. The twins left the group in January 2013, replaced by world-travelled song stylist Jerdene Wilson and recording artist Romina Johnson. Johnson is known for her vocals and collaboration with producer Artful Dodger on the 2000 hit song "Movin' Too Fast". In 2014–15, Odyssey released their Together EP via ISM records.

More Music History for June 30, 2017 (with links)

 1956 -

June 30
Police are called to deal with a series of fights that broke out at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey during a show by Bill Haley And His Comets. City council will later vote to ban all Rock 'n' Roll concerts.

1957 -

June 30
Buddy Holly records "Peggy Sue", which will go on to reach #3 on the Billboard chart and #6 in the UK. In real life, she was Peggy Sue Gerron, the girlfriend of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. The song was initially titled "Cindy Lou" after Buddy's niece, but Allison convinced Buddy to change the title just before the recording session. Allison and Gerron were later married.

1962 -

June 30
Pat Boone's "Speedy Gonzales" enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will reach #6. It was a song that Pat had to plead with his producer Randy Wood to let him record after he had first heard it in The Philippines. The tune would prove to be Boone's last Top 40 entry after a run of 7 years and 37 other hit singles.

1966 -

June 30
The Beatles appear at the first of three concerts at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Amateur recordings of the performance quickly became available as a bootleg album known as "Three Nights in Tokyo".

1971 -

June 30
Paul Revere And The Raiders receive a Gold record for their only US #1 hit, "Indian Reservation". The song, written by John D. Loudermilk, had been a US #20 hit and had reached #3 in the UK for Don Fardon in 1968.

1973 -

June 30
George Harrison's "Give Me Love" knocks Paul McCartney's "My Love" out of the number one spot on both the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Sellers list. George's song reached #8 in the UK.

1975 -

June 30
The Jackson 5 announce that they will be leaving Motown Records for Epic Records. They are forced to change their name to The Jacksons since Motown owns the other name.

1976 -

June 30
Police raid Neil Diamond's house, looking for drugs while claiming that they are responding to a burglary call. After a three hour search, they found nothing. Some of the officers involved left with an autograph.

1977 -

June 30
Marvel Comics issues the first of two comic books based on the costumed characters of the group KISS. The popular rumor of the day was that red ink was mixed with small amounts of blood from each group member. This however, turned out to be a hoax.

1979 -

June 30
One of the first records to use a synthesized drum track, "Ring My Bell", reaches number one in the US for Anita Ward. It also topped the charts in the UK.

June 30
Donna Summer held the number two and number three positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls". She was the first solo entertainer to hold two of the top three positions simultaneously.

1981 -

June 30
Forty-five year old Jerry Lee Lewis was rushed to a Memphis hospital, suffering from a hemorrhaging stomach ulcer. After two operations, he would slowly recover and was back in the studio recording an album for MCA Records four months later.

1983 -

June 30
After a ten year split, The Everly Brothers announced that they would be reuniting. The pair had parted company after Phil smashed his guitar and walked off the stage during a 1973 performance.

1989 -

June 30
26 year old Paula Abdul was the featured performer of the Club MTV: Live show in Miami. Her debut album "Forever Your Girl" was also climbing towards the top of the Billboard chart.

June 30
Great Balls Of Fire!, a biographical film about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis, debuts in theatres across America. The movie would fizzle at the box office, but critics gave it mostly positive reviews. Jerry Lee was unhappy with the bumpkin-like portrayal of himself by actor Dennis Quaid and later said, "They really fouled it up, the way they did it."

2001 -

June 30
Chet Atkins, the legendary session guitarist, died of cancer at the age of 77.

2002 -

June 30
Al Jardine sued the remaining members of The Beach Boys for $4 million, alleging that they were excluding him from playing in the band. The suit would prove unsuccessful and Jardine was later prevented from touring as Beach Boy's Family and Friends.

2012 -

June 30
One of Paul McCartney's iconic violin shaped Hofner bass guitars sold for more than $64,000 US at a fundraiser for music charity Nordoff Robbins. Exactly which one of Macca's guitars it was is unclear, as he has been known to have acquired several copies of the Hofner 500/1 over the years.

2015 -

June 30
Deen Castronovo, drummer for Journey, was jailed after being charged with having sexual intercourse "by forcible compulsion" between June 8 and June 14. He faced felony charges of assault, sexual abuse and unlawful use of a dangerous weapon.

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Music History: June 30

2009 Spinal Tap start (and end) their One Night Only World Tour at Wembley Arena in London.

2006 US president George W. Bush and Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi visit Graceland in Memphis.

2006 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey divorce after three years of marriage.

2001 Chet Atkins, a country guitarist and forerunner of the burgeoning Nashville sound of the '50s, dies of cancer at age 77.

2001 The Rockabilly Hall of Fame opens in Jackson, Tennessee.

1995 Phyllis Hyman commits suicide by drug overdose at age 45. Known for the 1979 hit single "You Know How to Love Me," among others.

1993 Six days after falling off a 10-foot platform during rehearsal for a game show, 31-year-old Wong Ka Kui (lead singer of Beyond) dies of his head injuries.

1992 One of stoner metal's all-time classic albums, Kyuss' Blues for the Red Sun, is released via Dali Records, and produced by the band and Chris Goss.

1984 Fantasia Barrino, an R&B singer who will win the third season of American Idol, is born in High Point, North Carolina.

1976 Police raid Neil Diamond's house and find less than an ounce of marijuana. The arrest is struck from his record when he agrees to attend a drug aversion program.

1975 The Jackson 5 announce they will be leaving Motown Records for Epic Records (and changing their name to The Jacksons, because Motown owns the other name).

1973 "It was a hot afternoon, the last day of June," Bobby Goldsboro sings in "Summer (The First Time)."

1973 George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" dislodges Paul McCartney and Wings' "My Love" from the #1 spot on the US singles charts.

1971 San Francisco's Fillmore West concert hall closes.

1969 Tom Drummond (bass guitarist for Better Than Ezra) is born in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1956 Philip Adrian Wright (first Director of Visuals, then keyboardist for The Human League) is born in Wakefield, England.

1953 Hal Lindes (guitarist for Dire Straits from 1980-1985) is born in Monterey, California.

1951 Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1949 Andy Scott (lead guitarist for Sweet) is born in Wrexham, Wales.

1944 Glenn Shorrock (former vocalist for Little River Band) is born in Chatham, Kent, England.

1943 Florence Ballard (of The Supremes) is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1940 Larry Hall, known for the one-hit-wonder song "Sandy" (1959), is born in Hamlett, Ohio.

1934 Adolf Hitler begins Operation Hummingbird, the Röhm Putsch, or the Night of the Long Knives which culminates in the murder of Ernst Röhm on July 2. Al Stewart later writes a song about it called "The Last Day Of June 1934."

1917 Lena Horne is born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York.

1792 Classical era composer Antonio Rosetti dies at age 42.

Kiss Put Blood, Sweat And Tears (Or At Least Blood) Into Their Comic

1977Marvel Comics publishes a Kiss comic book with a vial of their blood mixed into the ink.
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2004 Dave Davies of The Kinks suffers a massive stroke while walking out of a BBC building in London. Completely incapacitated for a few days, he gradually recovers, re-learning how to walk and play guitar over the next few years.

2000 During a Pearl Jam concert at Denmark's Roskilde Festival, nine people are crushed to death as the crowd rushes the stage. Several people fall and can't get up, and in addition, crowdsurfers are falling into the open area. Pearl Jam stops the show and asks people to back up, but it is too late.

Investigations conclude that the events were an accident, and many European venues ban crowdsurfing. The Pearl Jam song "Love Boat Captain" refers to the events with the line "Lost nine friends we'll never know... two years ago today."

1984 Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" reaches its chart peak of #2 on the Hot 100. The song spends four weeks at runner-up, held off the last three by Prince's "When Doves Cry." Springsteen never does reach #1 (except as a writer: Manfred Mann's Earth Band took "Blinded by the Light" to #1 in 1977), but the next six singles from his Born In The U.S.A. album all hit the Top 10.

1975 Cher marries Gregg Allman. Their union produces a son (Elijah Blue Allman) and an album, but ends for good in 1979.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Today's Featured Artist..June 29, 2017...L.T.D. (band) (video + blog + links)

L.T.D. (band)

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L.T.D. is an American R&B/funk band best known for their 1977 hit single, "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" and "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)", as well as their many ballads, such as "Love Ballad", "We Both Deserve Each Other's Love", and "Where Did We Go Wrong?".


L.T.D. (which stands for Love, Togetherness, and Devotion), was formed in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1968, when Arthur "Lorenzo" Carnegie (alto and tenor saxes, flute, guitar), Jake Riley (trombone) Carle Wayne Vickers (trumpet, flute, soprano sax) and Abraham "Onion" Miller (tenor sax, vocals), who had been working as members of the 15 piece "Fantastic Soul Men Orchestra" backing the ever popular duo of Sam & Dave, along with Jimmy "J.D." Davis (keyboards, vocals), formed their own band named Love Men Ltd. They then drove to New York City, in a car that they purchased together (a 1956 Chevy), and lived in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem on 149th and Broadway, where Toby Wynn (baritone sax) joined them. While performing on a gig in Providence, Rhode Island, Jeffrey Osborne (drums, lead vocals) was recruited by them.
After two years in New York, they drove two cars and a trailer to Los Angeles, California, where Jeffrey's brother, Billy Osborne (organ, drums, keyboards, co-lead vocals), Celeste Cole (vocals), Henry E. Davis (bass, vocals) and Robert Santiel (congas, percussion) joined them. 1974 found them signing with A&M Records as L.T.D. (Love Togetherness & Devotion). In 1976, Johnny McGhee (guitar) joined the band. Jeffrey was moved out front as the lead vocalist, with Melvin Webb taking over on drums in 1977. Webb was replaced by Alvino Bennett in late 1978.
The group then went on to produce songs such as "Love Ballad", "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again", "Concentrate On You", "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)", and many others. Soon after the band's 1980 album Shine On, Jeffrey and Billy Osborne departed to start solo careers. Andre Ray and Leslie Wilson (formerly of New Birth) were then chosen as lead vocalists for their next album Love Magic which produced two more hits, "April Love", and "Kicking Back". Leslie Wilson left to continue his solo career and L.T.D. stayed busy in the music industry by recording for small independent record labels, and doing their own personal music projects.
In 1999, a L.T.D. copycat band lost a federal court battle with the current three original members of L.T.D. retaining the rights, and ownership of the name L.T.D. The three original members, Arthur "Lorenzo" Carnegie (saxes, flute, guitar, vocals), Carle Wayne Vickers (trumpet, flute, saxes,vocals), Johnny McGhee (guitar, vocals), along with new members, Tresure (Mark Vincent Brown), (lead vocals, keys), Aya Iwata, (keys, vocals),Herbert Lee Woods (keys,vocals),Steve Toussaint (bass, vocals) and Tefere Hazy (drums, vocals) have been touring all over the U.S. since 1999.
Jake Riley (original trombonist), died in 2000, and James "JD" Davis (keyboards, vocals), died on May 22, 2008. Henry E. Davis died January 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.

More Music History for June 29, 2017 (with links)

 1957 -

June 29
Police in Iran close all dance halls and prosecute their owners after laws are passed that rule Rock and Roll dancing as "harmful to health."

1959 -

June 29
Dick Clark announces his first Caravan of Stars tour, which would feature The Skyliners, who were still riding high on their hit "Since I Don't Have You". Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Buddy Holly, Annette Funicello and Bo Diddley also toured with the Caravan.

1962 -

June 29
The U.S. Army grants Jimi Hendrix an honorable discharge on the basis of unsuitability. A month earlier his platoon sergeant filed a report that said: "He has no interest whatsoever in the Army.... It is my opinion that Private Hendrix will never come up to the standards required of a soldier. I feel that the military service will benefit if he is discharged as soon as possible." Hendrix would later falsely claim that he had received a medical discharge after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump.

1963 -

June 29
Del Shannon's cover version of the Beatles' "From Me To You" became the first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to appear on the American charts, where it would stay for four weeks, reaching #77. The Beatles' rendition climbed only to #116. The title of the song was inspired from a letters column called From You To Us that ran in the popular British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.

1964 -

June 29
At Brian Epstein's insistence, The Beatles reluctantly record German versions of "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in Rue de Seures, Paris, under the direction of George Martin.

1967 -

June 29
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones were found guilty in London, England on drug possession charges resulting from arrests in February. Jagger was sentenced to three months in jail and Richards to a year. The sentences were suspended after an appeal.

1968 -

June 29
Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" enters the Billboard chart, where it will reach #5. The song featured former Yardbirds guitarist, Jeff Beck.

1969 -

June 29
29-year-old American Soul singer Shorty Long drowned after his boat capsized on the Detroit River. A year earlier, Shorty, whose real name was Frederick Earl Long, enjoyed a Billboard #8 single with the novelty song "Here Comes The Judge". He also served as an MC for many of the Motown Revue shows and tours.

June 29
The Status Quo achieve their only hit record in America when "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" enters the Billboard Top 40, where it will top out at #12. Guitarist Francis Rossi said he wrote most of the song while sitting in a toilet, trying to get away from his wife and mother-in-law. Shortly after the song became a hit, the band dropped "The" from their name.

1973 -

June 29
Ian Gillan quits Deep Purple at the conclusion of their show in Osaka, Japan. Graham Bonnet will briefly take his place before David Coverdale comes on board.

1974 -

June 29
Canada's Gordon Lightfoot scores his first US number one single with "Sundown". His best previous outing had been "If You Could Read My Mind" which reached number 5 in 1971.

1978 -

June 29
Peter Frampton is involved in an auto accident in The Bahamas. He suffers a broken arm and cracked ribs and will be laid up for several months.

1979 -

June 29
Lowell George, the slide guitarist who left The Mothers of Invention to form Little Feat, died of a massive heart attack at the age of 34.

1984 -

June 29
Bruce Springsteen kicks off his Born In The USA tour in St. Paul, Minnesota with Nils Lofgren replacing the newly departed Steve Van Zandt on guitar. Van Zandt would return to the E Street Band when it was reformed briefly in 1995, and on an ongoing occasional basis in 1999. During his absence, Van Zandt took one of the core roles in The Sopranos, playing level-headed but deadly mob consigliore and strip club owner, Silvio Dante.

1985 -

June 29
The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, a part of the Smithsonian Institute, auctions off John Lennon's psychedelic-painted 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V at Sotheby's in New York. The car, which Lennon donated to the museum in 1977, was sold to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum for a then record price of $2,299,000. When John had the car painted from its original black in April, 1967, it drew some public outrage. An old woman in London's downtown attacked the car using her umbrella and yelling: "You swine, you swine! How dare you do this to a Rolls-Royce!"

1988 -

June 29
Brenda Richie, the wife of Pop star Lionel Richie, was arrested in Beverly Hills, California after allegedly hitting the singer and a young woman after she found them together. She was released on $5,000 bail and charges against her were eventually dropped.

1998 -

June 29
George Harrison announces that he had been receiving radiation treatment for throat cancer caused by smoking. Harrison says he has been given a clean bill of health by saying, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." That sad event would take place on November 29th, 2001.

June 29
German pianist Horst Jankowski, who reached #12 in the US and #3 in the UK with "A Walk In The Black Forrest" in 1965, died of lung cancer at the age of 62.

1999 -

June 29
Gene Simmons of KISS films a music video in downtown Los Angeles that featured a cast of porn stars.

2000 -

June 29
Vandals desecrate the graves of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Van Zant's casket was exposed, but not opened, while some of Gaines' ashes was spilled.

2002 -

June 29
Billy Joel checked out of Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Connecticut, that he had entered earlier in the month for treatment.

2007 -

June 29
George McCorkle, the rhythm guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band, died of cancer at the age of 60. He penned many MTB songs, including the band's first Country Top 40 hit, "Fire on the Mountain".

June 29
Canada Post issued the limited edition Anne Murray stamp. She was recognized along with three other iconic Canadian recording artists: Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.

2016 -

June 29
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie filed for divorce from her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood, just months after the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last January. Lisa Marie had previously been wed to Danny Keough from 1988 until 1994, Michael Jackson from 1994 to 1999 and to actor Nicolas Cage from 2002 to 2004.

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Music History: June 29

2007 George McCorkle (guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band) dies shortly after a cancer diagnosis at age 59.

2004 Rush release their 18th studio album, Feedback, comprised of eight cover songs selected from tunes that influenced each band member in their younger years.

2002 Rosemary Clooney dies of lung cancer at age 74.

2001 Dream A Little Dream: The Almost-True Story of the Mamas & the Papas, a stage musical penned by former Papas member Denny Doherty, premieres in Toronto.

1999 Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett is arrested in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine.

1998 German pianist Horst Jankowski dies of lung cancer at age 62.

1995 Ringo Starr's first-ever TV commercial, for Pizza Hut, debuts in the US, as does a similar spot by the newly re-formed Monkees.

1994 Barbra Streisand sets a new record after grossing $16 million for a series of Madison Square Garden comeback shows.

1991 De La Soul's second album, De La Soul Is Dead, debuts at #24 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

1988 Lionel Richie's wife Brenda is arrested for assault after allegedly striking her husband after finding him in bed with another woman. She is later released on $5,000 bail.

1987 Meeting at a London pub, a group of record label executives decide to use the term "World Music" to promote their international artists. This new designation becomes a section in many record stores and makes it much easier to classify artists that don't fit traditional genres.

1985 Mick Jagger and David Bowie record "Dancing in the Street" at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London for the Live Aid charity. They shoot the video the same day.

1985 New York's Cooper-Hewitt museum fetches a record $2,299,000 for John Lennon's "Roller," a 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V painted groovy psychedelic colors by Apple associates The Fool.

1979 Lowell George (frontman for Little Feat) dies of a heart attack at age 34.

1978 Nicole Scherzinger (of The Pussycat Dolls) is born Nicole Prascovia Elikolani Valiente in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1978 Peter Frampton gets in a bad car accident in the Bahamas, breaking his arm and suffering internal injuries. On the bright side, he gets to miss the premiere of the film he starred in, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is derided by critics and anyone unfortunate enough to see it.

1976 The Memphis City Council votes to change Elvis' home street, Highway 51 South, to "Elvis Presley Boulevard."

1975 Elton John appears onstage with The Doobie Brothers in Oakland, California, for an impromptu duet on the Doobies hit "Listen To The Music."

1975 Rocker Tim Buckley dies of a drug overdose at age 28.

1974 Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" hits #1.

1973 Deep Purple "Mark II," the most famous incarnation of the band, comes to an end after a show in Osaka, Japan, with lead singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover abruptly quitting the group.

1970 NBC-TV presents the Liza Minnelli special Liza, also starring songwriters Anthony Newley, Jimmy Webb, and Randy Newman.

1969 Soul singer Shorty Long, known for the 1968 hit "Here Comes The Judge," age 29, drowns along with his friend when their boat capsizes on the Detroit River in Michigan.

1969 Jimi Hendrix's Experience band play their last gig together at the Denver Pop Festival and then breaks up. Noel Redding announces he has quit the band.

1968 Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" enters the charts.

1968 Pink Floyd release their second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets.

1967 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones are both found guilty on drug charges and sentenced in a London court; Richards gets one year, Jagger 3 months. Neither serve any time as an appeals court throws out the Richards conviction and reduces Jagger's sentence to probation.

1967 While on tour with The Hollies, Graham Nash writes a song called "Marrakesh Express" which will later find a home (and a hit) with his new band, Crosby Stills and Nash.

1966 Neil Diamond plays American Bandstand for the first time, performing his hit "Cherry, Cherry."

1966 Elvis Presley records "Double Trouble," "I Love Only One Girl," "It Won't Be Long," and "Long Legged Girl."

1964 Stedman Pearson (of Five Star) is born in Islington, North London, England.

1963 Elvis Presley releases "(You're The) Devil In Disguise."

1962 The Contours release "Do You Love Me."

1960 Disco singer Evelyn "Champagne" King is born in The Bronx, New York City.

1959 Dick Clark announces his first series of four "Caravan of Stars" concerts over the course of the next year, with his first being headlined by The Skyliners of "Since I Don't Have You" fame.

1959 Elvis Presley releases "A Big Hunk O' Love."

1957 The government of Iran officially bans rock and roll after declaring rock dancing "harmful to health." The ban would stay in place until the 1990s.

1956 Johnnie Ray records "Just Walkin' In The Rain."

1953 Colin Hay (lead vocalist of Men at Work) is born in Kilwinning, Scotland.

1951 Billy Hinsche (of Dino, Desi & Billy) is born in Manila, Philippines. After moving to Beverly Hills, he'll meet future bandmates Desi Arnaz Jr. and Dean Paul Martin.

1948 Ian Paice, Deep Purple's drummer and founding member, is born in Nottingham, England.

1948 Twin brothers Derv and Lincoln Gordon (of The Equals) are born in Jamaica.

1943 Pop singer Little Eva is born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina.

1943 Roger Spear (multi-instrumentalist of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) is born in Hammersmith, London, England.

1942 Brazilian musician and songwriter Gilberto Gil is born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

1940 L. Russell Brown, a lyricist and composer known for Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" and "Knock Three Times," is born in Newark, New Jersey.

1938 Billy Storm (of The Valiants, The Alley Cats) is born in Dayton, Ohio. With The Valiants, he released the first version of "Good Golly Miss Molly."

1935 Leonard Lee (of Shirley & Lee) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1922 Jazz drummer Elmer J. "Mousey" Alexander, who would accompany Benny Goodman on a tour of the Far East, is born in Gary, Indiana.

1922 Ralph Burns, pianist and composer who arranged the string orchestra for Ray Charles' "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Georgia On My Mind," is born in Newton, Massachusetts.

1911 Bernard Herrmann, a film composer who often collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock, is born Max Herman in New York City.

1910 "Baby It's Cold Outside" songwriter Frank Loesser is born in New York City.

1901 Nelson Eddy, a singer and actor known for his collaborations with Jeannette MacDonald, is born in Providence, Rhode Island.

Springsteen Dances (In The Dark) With Courteney Cox

1984After a failed attempt shooting a studio video for "Dancing In The Dark," Bruce Springsteen does it live at his concert in St. Paul, Minnesota. During Clarence Clemons' sax solo, he brings a doe-eyed, 19-year-old Courteney Cox on stage to dance with him.
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2007 Apple's new device, the iPhone, is released, integrating music into a phone for the first time.More

2000 The casket holding Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt is stolen from its mausoleum in Jacksonville, Florida, but left after vandals are unable to open it. The ashes of Steve Gaines, the band's guitarist who died in the same plane crash that killed Van Zandt, are spilled from his urn, which is also stolen.

1998 George Harrison announces that he is undergoing chemotherapy for throat cancer, with assurances that, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." He succumbs to the disease three years later.

1974 Neil Peart replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush.

1928 The Winterland Ballroom opens in San Francisco, California. It's an ice-skating rink that can be converted into a general entertainment venue for opera, boxing, and other events, costing a whopping (for 1928) $1 million to build. It will go on to become a concert location for many famous acts, including The Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Today's Featured Artist..June 28, 2017...New Order (band) (video + blog + links)

New Order (band)

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New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980, currently comprising Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman. The band was formed in 1980 by Sumner, Morris, and Peter Hook, who were the remaining members of post-punk group Joy Division following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis. They added Gilbert (keyboards and guitars) later that year.
By combining post-punk with an increasing influence from electronic and dance music, New Order became one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s.[1] Though the band's early years were shadowed by the legacy of Joy Division, their experience of the early 1980s New York City club scene saw them incorporate elements of dance rhythms and instrumentation into their work. The band's 1983 hit "Blue Monday", the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, is one example of how their sound became increasingly uptempo and electronic.[2]
New Order were the flagship band for Manchester-based independent record label Factory Records. Their unlabelled album sleeves and "non-image" (the band rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores) reflected the label's aesthetic of doing whatever the relevant parties wanted to do, including an aversion to including singles as album tracks until 1984. Throughout their career, the band's records were art-directed by designer Peter Saville.
The group disbanded in 1993 to work on individual projects, and reunited in 1998. In 2001, Cunningham (guitars, keyboards and synthesisers) replaced Gilbert, who took a sabbatical from the band because of family commitments. In 2007, Hook left the band over personal conflicts.[3] After Hook's departure, Sumner, Cunningham, and Morris worked on Bad Lieutenant and the band reunited in 2011 without Hook, with Gilbert returning and Chapman replacing Hook on bass.[4] The band members have been involved in several solo projects, such as Sumner's Electronic and Bad Lieutenant; Hook's Monaco and Revenge and Gilbert and Morris' The Other Two.
In September 2015, the band released their tenth studio album, Music Complete.


Origins and formation: 1977–1980

Between 1977 and 1980, Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, and Bernard Sumner were members of the post-punk band Joy Division, often featuring heavy production input from producer Martin Hannett.[5] Curtis committed suicide on 18 May 1980, the day before Joy Division were scheduled to depart for their first American tour, and prior to release of the band's second album, Closer. The rest of the band decided soon after Curtis's death that they would carry on.[6] Prior to his death, the members of Joy Division had agreed not to continue under the Joy Division name should any one member leave. On 29 July 1980, the still unnamed trio debuted live at Manchester's Beach Club.[7][8][9] Rob Gretton, the band's manager for over twenty years, is credited for having found the name "New Order" in an article in The Guardian entitled "The People's New Order of Kampuchea". The band adopted this name, despite its previous use for former Stooge Ron Asheton's band The New Order. The group states that the name New Order (as was also the case with "Joy Division") does not draw a direct line to Nazism or Fascism.[10]
The band rehearsed with each member taking turns on vocals. Sumner ultimately took the role, as he could sing when he wasn't playing his guitar. They wanted to complete the line-up with someone they knew well and whose musical skill and style was compatible with their own. Gretton suggested[10] Morris's girlfriend Gillian Gilbert, and she was invited to join the band in early October 1980, as keyboardist and guitarist. Her first live performance with the band occurred at The Squat in Manchester on 25 October 1980.[11][12]

Movement: 1981–1982

The initial release as New Order was the single "Ceremony", backed with "In a Lonely Place". These two songs were written in the weeks before Curtis took his own life.[10] With the release of Movement in November 1981, New Order initially started on a similar route as their previous incarnation, performing dark, melodic songs, albeit with an increased use of synthesisers. The band viewed the period as a low point, as they were still reeling from Curtis' death. Hook commented that the only positive thing to come out of the Movement sessions was that producer Martin Hannett had showed the band how to use a mixing board, which allowed them to produce records by themselves from then on.[13] More recently, Hook indicated a change of heart: "I think Movement gets a raw deal in general really – for me, when you consider the circumstances in which it was written, it is a fantastic record."[14]
New Order visited New York City again in 1981, where the band were introduced to post-disco, freestyle and electro.[15] The band had taken to listening to Italian disco to cheer themselves up, while Morris taught himself drum programming.[16] The singles that followed, "Everything's Gone Green" and "Temptation", saw a change in direction toward dance music.
The Haçienda, Factory Records' own nightclub (largely funded by New Order) opened in May 1982 in Manchester and was even issued a Factory catalogue number: FAC51. The opening of UK's first ever superclub was marked by a nearly 23-minute instrumental piece originally entitled "Prime 5 8 6",[17] but released 15 years later as "Video 5 8 6".[18] Composed primarily by Sumner and Morris, "Prime 5 8 6"/"Video 5 8 6" was an early version of "5 8 6" that contained rhythm elements that would later surface on "Blue Monday" and "Ultraviolence".[17]

Power, Corruption & Lies: 1983–1984

Power, Corruption & Lies, released in May 1983, was a synthesiser-based outing and a dramatic change in sound from Joy Division and the preceding album, although the band had been hinting at the increased use of technology during the music-making process for a number of years then, including their work as Joy Division. Starting from what earlier singles had hinted, this was where the band had found their footing, mixing early techno music with their earlier guitar-based sound and showing the strong influence of acts like Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder. Even further in this direction was the electronically sequenced, four-on-the-floor single "Blue Monday". Inspired by Klein & MBO's "Dirty Talk" and Sylvester's disco classic, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)",[19] "Blue Monday" became the best-selling independent 12" single of all time in the UK; however, (much to the chagrin of the buying public) it was not on the track list of Power, Corruption & Lies. This resulted in a sticker being applied to unsold copies of Power, Corruption & Lies album saying, "DOES NOT CONTAIN BLUE MONDAY".[citation needed] (It was included on the cassette format in some countries, such as Australia and New Zealand and on the original North American CD release of the album, alongside its B-side, "The Beach".) "Blue Monday" is now included on the 2008 collector's edition of Power, Corruption & Lies.
The 1983 single "Confusion" firmly established the group as a dance music force, inspiring many musicians in subsequent years. In 1984 they followed the largely synthesised single "Thieves Like Us" with the heavy guitar-drum-bass rumble of "Murder", a not-too-distant cousin of "Ecstasy" from the Power, Corruption & Lies album.

Low-Life, Brotherhood, and Substance: 1985–1987

1985's Low-Life refined and sometimes mixed the two styles, brandishing "The Perfect Kiss"—the video for which was filmed by Jonathan Demme—and "Sub-culture". In February 1986, the soundtrack album to Pretty in Pink featuring "Shellshock" was released on A&M Records. An instrumental version of "Thieves Like Us" and the instrumental "Elegia" appeared in the film but were not on the soundtrack album. Later that summer, New Order headlined a line-up that included the Smiths, the Fall, and A Certain Ratio during the Festival of the Tenth Summer at Manchester's G-Mex.[20]
Brotherhood (1986) divided the two approaches onto separate album sides.[citation needed] The album notably featured "Bizarre Love Triangle" and "Angel Dust" (of which a remixed instrumental version is available on the UK "True Faith" CD video single, under the title "Evil Dust"), a track which marries a synth break beat with Low-Life-era guitar effects. While New Order toured North America with friends Echo & the Bunnymen, the summer of 1987 saw the release of the compilation Substance, which featured the new single "True Faith". Substance was an important album in collecting the group's 12-inch singles onto CD for the first time and featured new versions of "Temptation" and "Confusion"—referred to as "Temptation '87" and "Confusion '87". A second disc featured several of the B-sides from the singles on the first disc, as well as additional A-sides "Procession" and "Murder". The single, "True Faith", with its surreal video, became a hit on MTV and the band's first American top 40 hit. The single's B-side, "1963"—originally planned on being the A-side until the group's label convinced them to release "True Faith" instead—would later be released as a single in its own right several years later, with two new versions.
In December 1987, the band released a further single, "Touched by the Hand of God", with a Kathryn Bigelow-directed video parodying glam-metal. The single reached number 20 on the UK Singles Chart and number 1 in the UK Independent Singles chart, but would not appear on an album until the 1994 compilation The Best of New Order.

Technique, Republic and first break-up: 1988–1993

By this time, the group was heavily influenced by the Balearic sounds of Ibiza, which were making their way into the Haçienda. Partly recorded at Mediterranean Sound studios on Ibiza, Technique was released in February 1989. The album entered the charts at number one in the UK and contained a mix of acid house influence (as on opening track "Fine Time") and a more traditional rock sound (as on the single "Run 2"). The album is a blend of upbeat, accessible music coupled with blunt, poignant lyrics. During the summer of 1989, New Order supported Technique by touring with Public Image Ltd, Throwing Muses and The Sugarcubes across the United States and Canada in what the press dubbed the "Monsters of Alternative Rock" tour.[21] Around this time, band members also began side projects including Electronic (Sumner with Johnny Marr) and Revenge (Hook with Davyth Hicks). Morris and Gilbert began to work together on outside TV theme production work.
In 1990, New Order recorded the official song of the England national football team's 1990 World Cup campaign, "World in Motion", under the ad-hoc band name EnglandNewOrder. The song, co-written with comedian Keith Allen, was the band's sole number one UK hit.[22] The song was originally planned to be titled "E for England", however the Football Association vetoed the title upon realising that this was a reference to ecstasy; a drug heavily associated with the Haçienda. (Allen claimed that his original draft lyrics included "E is for England, England starts with E / We'll all be smiling when we're in Italy."[23]) The song also featured chanting from members of the England team and Allen, and a guest rap from left winger John Barnes. It was again produced by Stephen Hague, who the band chose to produce their next album.
The band's next album Republic was shadowed by the collapse of their longtime label Factory Records. The label had been ailing due to financial difficulties, and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1992.[24] New Order never had a formal contract with Factory. Although unusual for a major group, this was Factory's standard practice until the mid-1980s. Because of this, the band, rather than Factory Records, legally owned all of their recordings. This has been cited by Wilson himself[25] as the main reason London Records' 1992 offer to buy the ailing label fell through. Following Factory's collapse, New Order signed with London, as did Morris and Gilbert separately for their side project The Other Two, whose debut album was originally intended for release on Factory. Republic, released around the world in 1993, spawned the singles "Regret"—New Order's highest-charting single in the US—"Ruined in a Day", "World", and "Spooky".
Following the release and promotion of Republic, the band put New Order on hold while focusing on side projects; with The Other Two's debut album released in 1993. In 1994, a second singles collection was released, entitled The Best of New Order. It featured all of the band's singles since Substance as well as a few extra tracks: "Vanishing Point" (from 1989's Technique), "The Perfect Kiss", "Thieves Like Us", "Shellshock", and new recordings of "True Faith", "Bizarre Love Triangle", "1963", and "Round & Round". The new versions of "True Faith" and "1963" (the latter as a more guitar-oriented version produced by Arthur Baker) were released as singles to promote the album. In the US, the track listing was altered to set it apart from Substance as well as the UK release of The Best of New Order which had been available months prior. This collection was followed by a remix album, The Rest of New Order, featuring a selection of existing and newly commissioned mixes of classic New Order tracks. Some versions contained an extra disc or cassette composed entirely of remixes of "Blue Monday". "Blue Monday" was released as a single for a third time to promote the collection.

Reformation and Get Ready: 1998–2003

The group reconvened in 1998 at the suggestion of Rob Gretton. Nearly five years had passed since they had last seen each other. Sumner said, "We decided before we agreed to doing any gig, to have a meeting, and if anyone had any grudges to bear, to iron them out."[26] By the second meeting everyone agreed to continue playing, scheduling their reunion gig for the Phoenix Festival that same year. In addition to rarer songs, New Order also decided to begin playing Joy Division songs again.[27] When the Phoenix Festival was cancelled due to low ticket sales, New Order instead played the last night of that year's Reading Festival.[28]
Their 2001 release Get Ready largely departed from their more electronic style and focused on more guitar oriented music. According to Sumner, "Get Ready was guitar-heavy simply because we felt that we'd left that instrument alone for a long time."[29] Longtime fan Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins played guitar and sang back-up on the track "Turn My Way," and in 2001 toured with the band on dates in the UK, US, and Japan for a short period of time. Phil Cunningham (formerly of Marion) joined the band in a live capacity, deputising for Gilbert who declined to tour in favour of caring for her and Morris' children. Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie provided vocals on the track "Rock the Shack". Singles from the album included Crystal, 60 Miles an Hour and Someone Like You.
In 2002, Q featured New Order on their list of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die",[30] although this was as part of a sub-list of "5 Bands That Could Go Either Way". Both New Order and Joy Division were portrayed in the Michael Winterbottom film 24 Hour Party People, depicting the rise and fall of Factory Records as seen through the eyes of label founder Tony Wilson. Cameos by Wilson himself, along with Mark E. Smith of The Fall and former members of Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets, lent a degree of legitimacy to the proceedings. The film touched on some of Factory's other artists, including Happy Mondays and The Durutti Column. The soundtrack featured the new track Here to Stay, produced by the Chemical Brothers, which was released as a single. The single's music video highlighted scenes taken from the film.

Waiting for the Sirens' Call, Singles and second break-up: 2004–2007

The band released a new album on 27 March 2005, titled Waiting for the Sirens' Call, their first with new member Phil Cunningham. Cunningham replaced Gilbert (now married to Morris) so she could look after their children. Singles from this album were "Krafty", "Jetstream" (which features guest vocals by Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters), and the title track. At the 2005 NME Awards, New Order and Joy Division received the award for "Godlike Geniuses" (for lifetime achievement). Previous winners include Ozzy Osbourne, The Clash, and Happy Mondays. In 2006 the album track "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Dance Recording.
In the autumn of 2005, the group released another greatest hits compilation, in the form of Singles. The two-disc release was an updated version of the Substance collection and contained every single released from their 1981 debut all the way through to "Waiting for the Sirens' Call". However, unlike Substance, which focused almost exclusively on the 12" versions of the group's singles, Singles collected the 7" versions, many of which (like "Ceremony", "Temptation" and "Confusion") had never been released on CD. The album was accompanied by a two-disc DVD set, titled Item, that collected the extended UK version of NewOrderStory with a DVD of all New Order music videos as well as two newly commissioned videos for "Temptation '87" and "Ceremony".
The New Order: Live in Glasgow DVD was recorded at the Glasgow Academy in 2006 and features 18 tracks, including 4 Joy Division songs.[31] Next to that, the release also contains a bonus disc of footage from the band's personal archive including 1980s footage from Glastonbury, Rome, Cork, Rotterdam and Toronto.
In 2006, the band played several one-off live dates as well as short tours in the UK, Brazil and Argentina. After their Buenos Aires show in November 2006, Peter Hook suggested that the band should stop touring.[32] In early May 2007, Hook was interviewed by British radio station XFM – originally to talk about his contribution to the debut album of Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell's new band Satellite Party – and stated that "Me and Bernard aren't working together." Further complicating the news, NewOrderOnline, a website with support from New Order management, reported that according to "a source close to the band", "The news about the split is false... New Order still exists despite what [Hook] said … Peter Hook can leave the band, but this doesn't mean the end of New Order."[33] However, Sumner revealed in 2009 that he no longer wished to make music as New Order.[34]

Reunion with new line-up, Lost Sirens and Music Complete: 2011–present

In September 2011, the band announced that they would perform for the first time since 2006, at the Ancienne Belgique, Brussels on 17 October and at the Bataclan, Paris on 18 October.[35] The band's line-up included keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, who returned to the band after a ten-year break, and Bad Lieutenant bassist Tom Chapman in place of Peter Hook.[36] They played subsequent shows in London and South America in December.[37]
In December 2011, New Order released Live at the London Troxy, a live album from their performance of 10 December 2011 at The Troxy in London. This release featured the new lineup and their first show in London in over five years.
They continued to tour throughout 2012, including a short tour of New Zealand and Australia in February/March. They played at the 'T in the Park' festival in Scotland on 3 and 4 July 2012 and at the EXIT Festival in Novi Sad Serbia on 13 July 2012. New Order performed at Hyde Park with Blur and The Specials to celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.[38]
In December 2012 it was announced that Lost Sirens[39] would be released in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2013. Lost Sirens is an eight-track album of tracks left out of Waiting for the Sirens' Call. The album was discussed by Gillian Gilbert in a Brazilian interview to promote the band’s appearance in São Paulo. She acknowledged issues with former member Peter Hook, and stated there was "a lot going on behind the scenes on the copyright" delaying the release.[40]
The band debuted their first newly-written song since the Waiting for the Sirens' Call sessions, titled "Singularity", during Lollapalooza Chile in March 2014.[41] In July, the group toured North America,[42][43] where they debuted the song "Plastic".[44] On 2 September it was announced that the band decided to release their new album through Mute Records. The New Order catalogue remains with Warner Music.[45][46]
On 22 September 2015 the band released a new album, Music Complete, their first without Peter Hook. The album was produced mostly by the band themselves, except "Singularity" and "Unlearn This Hatred", both produced by Tom Rowlands, while "Superheated" features additional production by Stuart Price.[47] The album was released on CD, regular and limited-edition double clear LP, and an 8-piece deluxe vinyl box set, containing the double clear LP as well as extended versions of the 11 tracks on 6 different coloured vinyl. All formats were available as of the initial release date, except the box set, which was released on 20 November 2015. The extended versions of all tracks, originally exclusive to the deluxe vinyl box set, were compiled into a new version of the album titled Complete Music. Complete Music was released on CD and digital formats on 13 May 2016.[48]
In November 2015, Peter Hook sued Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert. In an objection, he claimed that they set up a new company behind his back and it has generated an income of £7.8 million in four years while he received only a fraction of that. The three members insisted they had treated Mr. Hook fairly and that his stake in the band's royalties was reasonable. The judge ruled that there was "at least a reasonable prospect" of Mr. Hook proving that he was not getting a fair share of royalties and other income. He was willing to hear the case but urged the parties to come to an agreement rather than suffer legal costs of around £900,000.[49]