The Animals — Videos

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Animals – House Of The Rising Sun (1964)

The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun (The best video top 10 of all time)

The Animals – The Animals (US Album – 1964) Full Album

The Animals – The Animals (Full Album)

“The House of the Rising Sun” (Traditional, arranged Alan Price) – 0:00 “Blue Feeling” (Jimmy Henshaw) – 4:25 “I Ain’t Got You” (Calvin Carter)  – 7:00 “I’ve Been Around” (Domino, Antoine) – 9:30 “Let the Good Times Roll” (Shirley and Lee) – 11:05 “For Miss Caulker” (Burdon, Eric) – 13:00 “Roadrunner” (Holland–Dozier–Holland) – 16:55 “Bring It On Home to Me” (Cooke, Sam) – 19:49 “Mess Around” (Ertegün, Ahmet) – 22:25 “How You’ve Changed (?) – 24:44 “Dimples” ( Bracken,James – Hooker, John Lee) – 27:55 “I Believe to My Soul (Charles, Ray) – 31:10 “The Girl Can’t Help It” (Troup, Bobby) – 34:36 “Roberta” (Smith, Balinrobbins) – 37:00 “Club-A-GoGo” (Price, Alan-Burdon, Eric) – 39:05 “Worried Life Blues” (Estes, Sleepy John) – 41:23 “I Can’t Believe It” (Burdon, Eric) – 45:34 “I’m in Love Again” (Holland–Dozier–Holland) – 49:04 “I’m Going to Change the World” (Burdon, Eric) 52:05 Memphis, Tennessee (Berry, Chuck) 55:40 The Right Time (Sykes, Roosevelt) 58:48 Gonna Send You Back to Walker (Matthews – Hammond, John Jr.) 1:02:33 I’m Crying (Price, Alan-Burdon, Eric) – 1:05:00 Talkin’ ‘bout You (Charles, Ray) – 1:07:50 We Gotta Get Out of This Place (Mann – Weil) – 1:09:42

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place-The Animals-(Live)-1965

Eric Burdon – The Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

The Animals – It’s My Life (Live, 1965) ♫♥50 YEARS

The Animals (NME-1965) Don’t let me be misunderstood

The Animals – Boom Boom (1965)

The Animals live Compilation video 1965 HD

The Animals Live Paris Olympia 1966

ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS – Live Berlin German TV

Sky Pilot – Eric Burdon and The Animals [Video original]

The Animals – It’s My Life

Goin’ Down Slow – The Animals

The Animals “don’t let me be misunderstood”

THE ANIMALS – “PRETTY THING”

The Animals – Bring It On Home To Me (clip, 1965) ♫♥50 YEARS

The Animals – Bring It On Home To Me (1965) ♫♥50 YEARS

The Animals – Bring It On Home To Me (Live, 1965) UPGRADE ♫♥50 YEARS

Eric Burdon – Hold On I’m Coming (Live, 1966)

THE ANIMALS – DON´T BRING ME DOWN

Eric Burdon & The Animals : San Franciscan Nights (Live 1967)

Eric Burdon & The Animals – When I Was Young (1967)

Eric Burdon and The Animals – When I Was Young (1967) HQ

Eric Burdon & Animals – See see rider 1967

Eric Burdon & The Animals – Hey Gyp (1967) HQ

Tabacco Road – Eric Burdon and the Animals

Eric Burdon & The Animals – To Love Somebody – 1968

To love somebody Eric Burdon & Animals lyrics

Eric Burdon & War – Love Is All Around, Copenhagen 1971

The Animals (Part 1 of 3)

The Animals (Part 2 of 3)

The Animals (Part 3 of 3)

The Animals ~ Tribute {Pictures}

The Animals – Meltdown (Live, 1983 reunion)

The Animals – Bring It On Home To Me (Live, 1983 reunion) HD ♫♥50 YEARS

The Animals – Trying To Get To You (Live, 1983 reunion) HD

The Animals – The Animals (Full Album)

The Animals – Bring it on home to me (Live, 1983, NY – Reunion)

The Animals – It’s Too Late (Live, 1983 reunion) HD

Eric Burdon – Gas Tank (1983)

Eric Burdon sings 3 songs, Live 1986 ♫♥50 YEARS

Eric Burdon – House of the Rising Sun (Live, 1998) ♥♫50 YEARS

Eric Burdon and The Animals – Berlin Live 2015

Eric Burdon – Bring It On Home To Me (Live at Lugano, 2006) ♫♥50 YEARS

Eric Burdon – Sky Pilot (Live at Lugano, 2006)

Eric Burdon – House of the Rising Sun (Live at Lugano, 2006)

Eric Burdon – Mardi Gras in New Orleans – (Live Lugano 2006)

Eric Burdon Spill The Wine Live at Lugano, 2006 YouTube

Eric Burdon – I Put A Spell On You (Live at Lugano, 2006)

Eric Burdon & The Animals – House of the Rising Sun (Live, 2011) HD ♥♫ 50 YEARS & counting

Eric Burdon & The Animals – House Of The Rising Sun (Kombank Arena, Beograd, 15.07.2013.)

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Eric Burdon Interview

Eric Burdon & The Animals on “The MIke Douglas Show” 1967 (2 songs + interview)

Eric Burdon & The Animals – River Deep Mountain High + interview (Live, 1968)

Eric Burdon & War on The Della Reese Show (Live, circa 1969)

Eric Burdon & War – Spirit/Love Is All Around/Train Train (Live, 1971)

Eric Burdon – Water (Official Lyric Video)

Eric Burdon – Interview-(1982)

Eric Burdon – Interview with Jools Holland (2002) -HD-

Eric Burdon 2002 Interview in Tacoma

Eric Burdon & Lonnie Jordan – Interview with Jools Holland (2008) -HD-

Eric Burdon – Interview 2010

Eric Burdon Interview

Eric Burdon at SXSW 2013

Eric Burdon – The Animals and Beyond

Interview with Eric Burdon (The Animals)

The Pace Report: “Burdon-nistic Warrior” The Eric Burdon Interview

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DIGITAL IMAGE /F Kitchener, Ontario - Saturday Aug 11, 2007 - Eric Burdon and the Animals perform for a large Saturday night crowd on the Main Stage at Civic Squart, part of the Kitchener Blues Festival. Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn, Record Staff. - Story by... - Request #17415 • Blues • 8:39:32 PM • 11/08/07 • Kitchener Bl

Eric-Burdon

The Animals

“…The Animals were an English music group of the 1960s known in the United States as part of the British Invasion. Known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature songs “The House of the Rising Sun”, “Sky Pilot” and “We Gotta Get out of This Place”, the band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm and blues-oriented album material. The Animals underwent numerous personnel changes and emerged as an exponent of psychedelic rock before dissolving at the end of the decade. They had a comeback in 1983 and started a world tour. In early 1984 the band disbanded. There have been several reunions of the original group and in recent times Burdon and original drummer John Steel have been touring with new versions of the Animals as Eric Burdon & the Animals and Animals & Friends respectively. …”

“…Legacy

The original Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Their influence can be heard in artists as varied as The Doors, The White Stripes, Joe Cocker, The Cult, Frijid Pink, The Chocolate Watchband, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Janis Joplin, David Johansen, and Fine Young Cannibals. In 2003, the band’s version of “House of the Rising Sun” ranked number 122 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Their 1965 hit single “We Gotta Get out of This Place” was ranked number 233 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list that was compiled in 2004. Both songs are included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Animals

 

Eric Victor Burdon

Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941) is an English singer-songwriter best known as a member and vocalist of rock band the Animals and the funk band War[2]and for his aggressive stage performance. He was ranked 57th in Rolling Stone‘s list The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[3]

Career

The Animals

Burdon was lead singer of the Animals, formed during 1962 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The original band was the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which formed in 1958;[4] they became The Animals shortly after Burdon joined the band. The Animals combined electric blues with rock and in the USA were one of the leading bands of the British Invasion.[5] Along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, and the Kinks, the group introduced British music and fashion. Burdon’s powerful voice can be heard on the Animals’ singles “The House of the Rising Sun“, “Sky Pilot“, “Monterey“, “I’m Crying“, “Boom Boom“, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood“, “Bring It On Home to Me“, “Baby Let Me Take You Home“, “It’s My Life“, “We Gotta Get out of This Place“, “Don’t Bring Me Down“, and “See See Rider“.

Eric Burdon and the Animals

By late 1966, the other original members, including keyboardist Alan Price, had left.[6] Burdon has often attributed the disintegration of the band to conflict with Price, specifically that Price had claimed sole rights and ownership to “House of the Rising Sun.”[7] Burdon and drummer Barry Jenkins reformed the group as Eric Burdon and The Animals. This morepsychedelic incarnation featured future Family member John Weider and was sometimes called Eric Burdon and the New Animals. Keyboardist Zoot Money joined during 1968 until they split up in 1969.[8] This group’s hits included the ballad “San Franciscan Nights“, the grungeheavy metal-pioneering “When I Was Young“, “Monterey“, the anti-Vietnam anthemSky Pilot“, and the progressive cover of “Ring of Fire“.

In 1975, the original Animals reunited and recorded an album called Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted, released in 1977[9] and overlooked due to the dawning of punk. In May 1983, The Animals reunited with their original line-up and released the album Ark on 16 June 1983, along with the singles “The Night” and “Love Is For All Time”. A world tour followed, and the concert at Wembley Arena, London, recorded on 31 December 1983, was released in 1984 as Rip it to Shreds. Their concert at the Royal Oak Theatre in April 1984 was released in 2008 as Last Live Show; the band members were augmented by Zoot Money, Nippy Noya, Steve Gregory, and Steve Grant. The original Animals broke up for the last time at the end of 1984.

Although the band Burdon formed in the late 1960s was sometimes called Eric Burdon and the New Animals, it wasn’t until 1998 that the name Eric Burdon and the New Animals was officially adopted. The 1998 band had bassist Dave Meros, guitarist Dean Restum, drummer Aynsley Dunbar and keyboard guitarist Neal Morse. They recordedLive at the Coach House on 17 October 1998, released on video and DVD in December that year. In 1999 they released The Official Live Bootleg No. 2 and in August 2000The Official Live Bootleg 2000, with Martin Gerschwitz on keyboards.

In June 2003, he formed another Eric Burdon and the Animals, with keyboardist Martin Gerschwitz, bassist Dave Meros, guitarist Dean Restum, and drummer Bernie Pershey. They disbanded in 2005. During 2008 Burdon toured again as Eric Burdon and the Animals with a variable line-up of backing musicians.[10]

On 13 December 2008, Burdon lost a three-year legal battle to win the name “The Animals” in the UK. Since then drummer John Steel owned the rights in the UK only. Burdon still tours as Eric Burdon and the Animals, but was prevented from using the name “The Animals” in Britain while the case was under appeal. Steel was a member in its heyday and left before the band split up in 1966. Steel later played in various reunion versions of the band with Burdon.[11] On 9 September 2013 Burdon’s appeal was allowed.[12] Eric Burdon is now entitled to use the name “The Animals” in the UK.

2008 Reunion flyer

War]

During 1969, while living in San Francisco, Burdon joined forces with Californian funk rock band War. In April 1970, the resulting album created as a result of this association was entitled Eric Burdon Declares “War” which produced the singles “Spill the Wine” and “Tobacco Road“. A two-disc set entitled The Black-Man’s Burdon, was released later in September 1970. The singles from the double album, “Paint It, Black” and “They Can’t Take Away Our Music“, had moderate success during 1971. During this time Burdon collapsed on the stage during a concert, caused by an asthma attack, and War continued the tour without him.

In 1976, a compilation album, Love Is All Around, released by ABC Records, included recordings of Eric Burdon with War doing a live version of “Paint it, Black” and a cover ofThe Beatles song “A Day in the Life.” The band also featured ex-NFL star Deacon Jones who coined the term “quarterback sack” and sang on the band’s 1975 song “Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Eric Burdon and War were reunited for the first time in 37 years, to perform an Eric Burdon & War reunion at the concert at the Royal Albert Hall London on 21 April 2008. The concert coincided with a major reissue campaign by Rhino Records (UK), which released all the War albums including Eric Burdon Declares “War” and The Black-Man’s Burdon.

Eric Burdon at the Daffodil Festival in Pierce County, Washington, in 2008

Solo career

Burdon began a solo career in 1971 with the Eric Burdon Band, continuing with a hard rockheavy metal–funk style. In August 1971, he recorded the album Guilty! which featured the blues shouter Jimmy Witherspoon, and also Ike White of the San Quentin Prison Band. In 1973, the band performed at the Reading Festival and in 1974 they travelled to New York City. At the end of 1974, the band released the album Sun Secrets and this was followed by the album Stop in 1975. Burdon moved to Germany in 1977 and recorded the album Survivor with a line-up including guitarist Alexis Korner and keyboardist Zoot Money; the album also had a line-up of four guitarists and three keyboard players and is known for its interesting album cover, which depicts Burdon screaming. The album was produced by former Animal’s bassist Chas Chandler. The original release included a booklet of illustrated lyrics done in ink by Burdon himself.

In May 1978, he recorded the album Darkness Darkness at the Roundwood House in County Laois, Republic of Ireland, using Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio and featuring guitarist and vocalist Bobby Tench from the Jeff Beck Group, who had left Streetwalkers a few months before. The album was eventually released in 1980.[13] During January 1979, Burdon changed his band for a tour taking in Hamburg, Germany, and the Netherlands.

On 28 August 1982, “The Eric Burdon Band” including Red Young (keyboards) performed at the Rockpalast Open Air Concert in Lorelei, Germany. Following this Burdon toured heavily with his solo project from March 1984 to March 1985, taking in UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Canada and Australia. In 1986, Burdon published his autobiography entitled I Used To Be An Animal, But I’m Alright Now.

In March 1979, he played a concert in Cologne and changed the band’s name to “Eric Burdon’s Fire Department”,[14] whose line-up included backing vocalist Jackie Carter of Silver Convention, Bertram Engel of Udo Lindenberg‘s “Panik Orchester” and Jean-Jaques Kravetz. In mid 1980, they recorded the album The Last Drive. “Eric Burdon’s Fire Department” toured Europe with this line-up and Paul Millins and Louisiana Redmade special appearances in Spain and Italy. By December 1980, the band had broken up.

In April 1981, Christine Buschmann began to film Comeback with Burdon as the star. They created a new “Eric Burdon Band” whose line-up included Louisiana Red, Tony Braunagle, John Sterling and Snuffy Walden. This band recorded live tracks in Los Angeles. They also recorded in Berlin with another line-up, the only remaining member being John Sterling. In September 1981, the final scenes of Comeback were shot in the Berlin Metropole and Burdon and his band continued to tour through Australia and North America. A studio album titled Comeback was released in 1982. The 1983 album Power Company also included songs recorded during the Comeback project.

In 1988, he put together a band with 15 musicians including Andrew Giddings – keyboards, Steve Stroud – bass, Adrian Sheppard – drums, Jamie Moses – guitar and four backing vocalists to record the album I Used To Be An Animal in Malibu, in the United States. In 1990, Eric Burdon’s cover version of “Sixteen Tons” was used for the film Joe Versus the Volcano. The song, which played at the beginning of the film, was also released as a single. He also recorded the singles “We Gotta Get out of this Place” with Katrina & The Waves and “No Man’s Land” with Tony Carey and Anne Haigis. Later in 1990, he had a small line-up of anEric Burdon Band featuring Jimmy Zavala (sax and harmonica), Dave Meros(bass), Jeff Naideau (keyboards), Thom Mooney (drums) and John Sterling (guitar) before he began a tour with The Doors guitaristRobby Krieger and they appeared at a concert from Ventura Beach, California, which was released as a DVD on 20 June 2008.

On 13 April 2004, he released a “comeback” album, My Secret Life, which was his first album with new recordings for 16 years. When John Lee Hooker died in 2001, Burdon had written the song “Can’t Kill the Boogieman” the co-writers of the songs, on the album, were Tony Braunagel and Marcelo Nova. In 2005, they released a live album, Athens Traffic Live, with special DVD bonus material and a bonus studio track and disbanded in November 2005. He began a short touring as “The Blues Knights”.

On 27 January 2006, he released his blues–R&B album Soul of a Man. This album was dedicated to Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. The cover of the album was a picture which was sent to Burdon a few years before. Burdon then formed a new band, with the following members: Red Young (keyboards), Paula O’Rourke (bass), Eric McFadden (guitar), Carl Carlton (guitar), and Wally Ingram (drums). They also performed at the Lugano Festival and in 2007 he toured as the headlining act of the “Hippiefest” line-up, produced and hosted by Country Joe McDonald.

Burdon, at 71, recorded an E.P. with Cincinnati garage band the Greenhornes called, simply, Eric Burdon & the Greenhornes. The album was recorded at an all-analogue recording studio,[15] and released on 23 November 2012 as part of Record Store Day‘s “Black Friday.”

In 2013, Eric Burdon came out with a new album called, Til Your River Runs Dry. The lead single off the album was called, “Water” and was inspired by a conversation he had with former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev.[16]

Other associations

In 1991, Burdon and Brian Auger formed the “Eric Burdon – Brian Auger Band” with the following line-up: Eric Burdon – vocals, Brian Auger – keyboards, vocals, Dave Meros – bass, vocals, Don Kirkpatrick – guitar, vocals, and Paul Crowder – drums, vocals. By 1992, Larry Wilkins replaced Kirkpatrick and Karma Auger (Brian’s son) replaced Crowder and in 1993 they added Richard Reguria (percussion). The live album Access All Areas was then released. In 1994 the “Eric Burdon – Brian Auger Band” disbanded. Burdon then formed the “Eric Burdon’s i Band”. The line-up included Larry Wilkins, Dean Restum (guitar), Dave Meros (bass) and Mark Craney (drums).

In 1995, Burdon made a guest appearance with Bon Jovi, singing “It’s My Life“/”We Gotta Get out of This Place” medley at the Hall of Fame. He also released the album Lost Within the Halls of Fame, with past tracks and re-recordings of some songs from I Used to be an Animal. In October 1996, Aynsley Dunbar replaced Craney on drums. The Official Live Bootleg was recorded in 1997 and in May that year Larry Wilkins died of cancer. He also released the compilations Soldier of Fortune and I’m Ready which featured recordings from the 1970s and 1980s.

In 2000, he recorded the song “Power to the People” together with Ringo Starr and Billy Preston for the motion picture Steal This Movie!. On 11 May 2001, the Animals were inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame on Burdon’s 60th birthday. On 3 March 2002, the live album Live in Seattle was recorded. Ex-War member Lee Oskar made a guest appearance on the album. In 2003 he made a guest appearance on the albumJoyous in the City of Fools by the Greek rock band Pyx Lax, singing lead vocal on “Someone Wrote ‘Save me’ On a Wall”.

In 2001, his second critically acclaimed memoir, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” written with author/filmmaker J. Marshall Craig, was released in the US, followed by editions in Greece, Germany and Australia; it covers the British Invasion, moving to Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and various anecdotes about Rock and Roll stardom.[17]

On 7 June 2008, Burdon performed at the memorial service of Bo Diddley in Gainesville, Florida.[18] During July and August 2008, Burdon appeared as the headline act of the “Hippiefest”. He also recorded the single “For What It’s Worth” with Carl Carlton and Max Buskohl.

On 12 November 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Eric Burdon No. 57 on the list of the 100 Greatest Singers of all Time. On 22 January 2009 he first performed with his new band, including keyboardist Red Young, guitarist Rick Hirsch, bass player Jack Bryant and drummer Ed Friedland. For a few months he was sick and did not perform except in the United States. On 26 June, he began his European tour. The band includes Red Young (keyboards), Billy Watts (guitar), Terry Wilson (bass), Brannen Temple (drums) and Georgia Dagaki (cretan lyra). On 7 August, the tour ended.

On Monday 28 January 2013, Eric Burdon made a rare appearance performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, backed by the Roots. Fallon hyped Burdon’s current album, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry.

On Tuesday 23 July 2013, he guested on stage with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band at Cardiff Millennium Stadium, performing “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”

In August 2013, he toured with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.

Influence

The sound of The Animals influenced many Britpop, alternative rock and power pop groups as well as the bands Deep Purple, The Black Crowes, The Hives, Grand Funk Railroad, MC5, The White Stripes[19] and his voice has been highly respected by many singers such as Jim Morrison, Robert Plant, Tom Petty, David Johansen, Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen,[20] Ian Hunter, Ryan Adams, Julian Thome, Jack White, John Mellencamp and Dan Zanes.[21]

Film career

Burdon wanted to act in the film Blowup (1966). Director Michelangelo Antonioni wanted to use him as a musician in a club scene, but Burdon turned the role down because he had acted in films before in which he sang songs. He disbanded The Animals and went to California, where he met Jim Morrison and came to the realisation that his real inspiration was acting.

Later, he turned down major roles in Zabriskie Point and Performance (both 1970).

In 1973, he formed the Eric Burdon Band and recorded the soundtrack for his own film project, Mirage. He spent much money to make this film, produced as a film for Atlantic. The film and the soundtrack were to be released in July 1974, but somehow they never were. The soundtrack was released in 2008.[22]

In 1979, he acted in the TV film The 11th Victim, then in the German film Gibbi – Westgermany (1980). In 1982, he starred in another German film, Comeback, again as a singer.

In 1991, he had a cameo appearance in The Doors.[23]

In 1998, he acted as himself in the Greek film My Brother and I,[24] followed by a bigger role in the German film Snow on New Year’s Eve (1999).

In the following years, he was credited in many documentaries and in an independent film called Fabulous Shiksa in Distress (2003), along with Ned Romero and Ted Markland.

In 2007, he performed the traditionalSometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” in the drama festival film The Blue Hour and in a documentary about Joshua Tree, called Nowhere Now (2008).

Discography

Filmography

  • 1980: Gibbi (West German)
  • 1982: Comeback
  • 1991: The Doors
  • 1999: Snow on New Year’s Eve
  • 2001: Plaster Caster
  • 2001: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me
  • 2003: Fabulous Shiksa in Distress
  • 2003: Yes, You Can Go Home
  • 2007: The Blue Hour
  • 2008: Nowhere Now: The Ballad of Joshua Tree
  • 2010: Remembering Nigel

References

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  3. Jump up^ “100 Greatest Singers”. Rolling Stone. 2008-11-27. Retrieved2014-04-24.
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  6. Jump up^ Johnson, Pete. “POPULAR RECORDS.” Los Angeles Times 04 Sep 1966. ProQuest. Print.
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  8. Jump up^ Johnson, Pete. “One More Shift for the Animals.” Los Angeles Times 13 May 1968. ProQuest. Print.
  9. Jump up^ “Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted by The Animals”. MTV. 1977-08-01. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  10. Jump up^ Eric Burdon vocals and percussion, Red Young keyboards and vocals, Hilton Valentine guitar and vocals, Paula O’Rourke bass and vocals, Billy Watts guitar, Steve Conte lead guitar, Tony Braunagel drums, Herman Matthews drums, Steve Murphy drums, Bobby Furgo violin
  11. Jump up^ Daniel Boffey, Eric Burdon loses battle to be the only Animal, The Daily Mail, 14 December 2008.
  12. Jump up^ “You can’t Steel this name: Burdon of proof satisfied”, with a link to the decision in the matter of Burdon’s opposition to the trademark application by John Steel.
  13. Jump up^ “Darkness Darkness – Eric Burdon | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards”. AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  14. Jump up^ “Career Timeline”. Ericburdon.com. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
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  17. Jump up^ Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. Thunder’s Mouth Press. 2001.ISBN 978-1560253303.
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  22. Jump up^ Dave Thompson (2008-02-27). “Mirage – Eric Burdon | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards”. AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
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  24. Jump up^ “O adelfos mou ki ego (1998) – IMDb”. M.imdb.com. 1998-01-09. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  25. Jump up^ “Eric Burdon, Actor” by Ken Stoddard. Rolling Stone Vol.1 No.2, 23 November 1967

Further reading

  • Burdon, Eric (1986). I Used to Be an Animal, but I’m All Right Now. Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-13492-0.
  • Kent, Jeff (1989). The Last Poet: The Story of Eric Burdon. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9508981-2-0.
  • Egan, Sean (2012). Animal Tracks – Updated and Expanded: The Story of The Animals, Newcastle’s Rising Sons. Askill Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9545750-4-5.
  • Burdon, Eric (with Craig, J. Marshall) (2001). Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Memoir. Thunder’s Mouth Press. ISBN 1-56025-330-4.
  • Carroll, Sherry (2013). Even Rock and Roll has Fairy Tales: The Flight of the Shiny Happy Sherry Fairy. Booktango. ISBN 978-1-46892-637-8.

External links

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Posted on November 12, 2013. Filed under: Art, Communications, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Jim Croce

James Joseph “Jim” Croce (/ˈkri/; January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle” were both number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Early life

Croce was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 1943, to James Albert and Flora Mary (Babucci) Croce, Italian Americans.[2] Croce took a strong interest in music at a young age. At five, he learned to play his first song on the accordion, “Lady of Spain.”

Croce attended Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1960, he studied at Malvern Preparatory School for a year before enrolling at Villanova University, where he majored in psychology and minored inGerman.[3][4] He graduated with a Bachelor degree in 1965. Croce was zxcvsafdgtfawerga member of the Villanova Singers and the Villanova Spires. When the Spires performed off-campus or made recordings, they were known as The Coventry Lads.[5] Croce was also a student disc jockey at WKVU (which has since become WXVU).[6][7][8]

Career

Early career

Croce did not take music seriously until he studied at Villanova, where he formed bands and performed at fraternity parties, coffee houses, and universities around Philadelphia, playing “anything that the people wanted to hear: blues, rock, a cappella, railroad music… anything.” Croce’s band was chosen for a foreign exchange tour of AfricaMiddle East, and Yugoslavia. He later said, “we just ate what the people ate, lived in the woods, and played our songs. Of course they didn’t speak English over there but if you mean what you’re singing, people understand.” Croce met his future wife Ingrid Jacobson at a hootenanny at Philadelphia Convention Hall, where he was judging a contest.

Croce released his first album, Facets, in 1966, with 500 copies pressed. The album had been financed with a $500 wedding gift from Croce’s parents, who set a condition that the money must be spent to make an album. They hoped that he would give up music after the album failed, and use his college education to pursue a “respectable” profession.[9] However, the album proved a success, with every copy sold.

1960s

From the mid-1960s to early 1970s, Croce performed with his wife as a duo. At first, their performances included songs by artists such as Ian and SylviaGordon LightfootJoan Baez, and Woody Guthrie, but in time they began writing their own music. During this time, Croce got his first long-term gig at a rural bar and steak house in Lima, Pennsylvania, called The Riddle Paddock. His set list covered several genres, including blues, country, rock and roll, and folk.

Croce married his wife Ingrid in 1966, and converted to Judaism, as his wife was Jewish, though he became non-practicing and was generally anti-organized religion. He and Ingrid were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony.[10] He enlisted in the Army National Guard that same year to avoid being drafted and deployed to Vietnam, and served on active duty for four months, leaving for duty a week after his honeymoon.[11] Croce, who was not good with authority, had to go through basic training twice.[12] He said he would be prepared if “there’s ever a war where we have to defend ourselves with mops”.

In 1968, the Croces were encouraged by record producer Tommy West to move to New York City. The couple spent time in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx and recorded their first album with Capitol Records. During the next two years, they drove more than 300,000 miles,[13] playing small clubs and concerts on the college concert circuit promoting their album Jim & Ingrid Croce.

Becoming disillusioned by the music business and New York City, they sold all but one guitar to pay the rent and returned to the Pennsylvania countryside, settling in an old farm in Lyndell, where Croce got a job driving trucks and doing construction work to pay the bills while continuing to write songs, often about the characters he would meet at the local bars and truck stops and his experiences at work; these provided the material for such songs as “Big Wheels” and “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues“.

1970s

The couple returned to Philadelphia and Croce decided to be “serious” about becoming a productive member of society. “I’d worked construction crews, and I’d been a welder while I was in college. But I’d rather do other things than get burned,” he later said. His determination to be “serious” led to a job at a Philadelphia R&B AM radio station, WHAT, where he translated commercials into “soul”. “I’d sell airtime to Bronco’s Poolroom and then write the spot: “You wanna be cool, and you wanna shoot pool… dig it.”

In 1970, Croce met the classically trained pianist-guitarist and singer-songwriter Maury Muehleisen from Trenton, New Jersey through producer Joe Salviuolo. Salviuolo had been friends with Croce when they attended Villanova University together, and Salviuolo later discovered Muehleisen when he was teaching at Glassboro State College in New Jersey. Salviuolo brought the Croce and Muehleisen duo together at the production office of Tommy West and Terry Cashman in New York City. Initially, Croce backed Muehleisen on guitar at his gigs but in time their roles reversed, with Muehleisen adding lead guitar to Croce’s music.

In 1972, Croce signed to a three-record deal with ABC Records and released two albums, You Don’t Mess Around with Jim and Life and Times. The singles “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim“, “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)“, and “Time in a Bottle” (written for his then-unborn son, A. J. Croce) all received airplay. Croce’s biggest single, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown“, hit No. 1 on the American charts in July 1973. That year, the Croces relocated to San DiegoCalifornia.

As his career picked up, Croce began touring the United States with Muehleisen, performing live, including in large coffee houses, on college campuses, and at folk festivals. However, Croce’s financial situation was still dire. The record company had fronted him the money to record the album, and much of the money the album earned went back to pay the advance. In February 1973, Croce and Muehleisen traveled to Europe to promote the album, visiting LondonParis, and Amsterdam, and getting positive reviews. Croce also began appearing on television, including onDon Kirshner’s Rock Concert and The Midnight Special, which he co-hosted. In July 1973, Croce and Muehleisen again visited London and performed on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Croce finished recording the album I Got a Name one week before his death. During his tours, Croce grew increasingly homesick, and decided to take a break from music and settle down with his wife and infant son after his Life and Times tour was completed.[14][15] In a letter to his wife which arrived after his death, Croce stated his intention to quit music and stick to writing short stories and movie scripts as a career, and withdraw from public life.[16][17]

Death

On Thursday, September 20, 1973, during Croce’s Life and Times tour and the day before his ABC single “I Got a Name” was released, Croce, Muehleisen, and four others were killed when the chartered Beechcraft E18S he was traveling in crashed while taking off from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Others who died in the crash were charter pilot Robert N. Elliott, comedian George Stevens, manager and booking agent Kenneth D. Cortose, and road manager Dennis Rast.[18][19] Croce had just completed a concert at Northwestern State University‘s Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches and was flying to Sherman, Texas, for a concert at Austin College. The plane crashed an hour after the end of the concert.

An investigation showed that the plane crashed on take off after clipping a pecan tree at the end of the runway. The plane failed to gain enough altitude to clear the tree and did not maneuver to avoid it, even though it was the only tree for hundreds of yards. It was reported as dark, but with clear sky, calm winds, and over five miles of visibility with haze. The report from the NTSB[20] listed the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to see and avoid obstructions due to pilot physical impairment and fog obstructing vision. The 57-year-old charter pilot suffered from severe coronary artery disease and had run three miles to the airport from a motel. He had an ATP Certificate, 14,290 hours total flight time and 2,190 hours in the Beech 18 type.[20] A later investigation placed sole blame for the accident on pilot error due to his downwind takeoff into a “black hole”.[21]

Jim Croce was buried at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer, Pennsylvania.[22]

Legacy

The album I Got a Name was released on December 1, 1973.[23] The posthumous release included three hits: “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues“, “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song“, and the title song, which had been used as the theme to the film The Last American Hero which was released two months prior to his death. The album reached No. 2 and “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” reached No. 9 on the singles chart.

The song “Time in a Bottle” had been featured over the opening and closing credits and during a scene in which Desi Arnaz Jr. is opening the You Don’t Mess Around With Jim album in the ABC made-for-television movie She Lives!, which aired on September 12, 1973.[24] That appearance had generated significant interest in Croce and his music in the week just prior to the plane crash. That, combined with the news of the death of the singer, sparked a renewed interest in Croce’s previous albums. Consequently, three months later, “Time in a Bottle”, originally released on Croce’s first album the year before, hit number one on December 29, 1973, the third posthumous chart-topping song of the rock era following Otis Redding‘s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” and Janis Joplin‘s recording of “Me and Bobby McGee“.

greatest hits package entitled Photographs & Memories was released in 1974. Later posthumous releases have included Home Recordings: AmericanaFacetsJim Croce: Classic HitsDown the Highway, and DVD and CD releases of Croce’s television performances, Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live. In 1990, Croce was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[25]

The Croces’ son Adrian James (born September 28, 1971) is a singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist, and he owns and operates his own record label, Seedling Records.[26]

From 1985 to 2013 Ingrid Croce owned and managed Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar—a project she and Croce had jokingly discussed a decade earlier—in the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego.[27] On July 3, 2012, she published a memoir about her husband, entitled I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story.[28]

Discography

Main article: Jim Croce discography

Croce had recorded a total of five studio albums and eleven singles by the time of his death.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Croce

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Bob Seger–Videos

Posted on May 1, 2011. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Every now and then you’ll nail one that’s really, really special. And that’s what you live for.

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“I write a lot of songs people don’t hear. I really just enjoy the process. I finish ’em all. I don’t think there’s a whole lot of difference between the bad ones and the good ones.”

 

 

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Bob Seger

“…Robert Clarke Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as The Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s. By the early 1970s, he had dropped the “System” from his recordings, and he continued to strive for national success with other various bands. In 1973 he put together “The Silver Bullet Band,” an evolving group of Detroit-area musicians, with whom he became most successful. In 1976, he achieved national fame with two albums, the live record Live Bullet, and the studio record Night Moves. On his studio albums he also worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, appearing on several of Seger’s best selling singles and albums.

A roots rocker with a classic raspy, shouting voice, Seger was first inspired by Little Richard and Elvis Presley, along with James Brown.[1] He wrote and recorded songs that dealt with blue-collar themes. Seger has recorded many rock and roll hits, including “Night Moves”, “Turn the Page”, and “Like a Rock”, and also co-wrote the Eagles number one hit “Heartache Tonight”. His iconic signature song “Old Time Rock and Roll” was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. With a career spanning five decades, Seger continues to perform and record today.

“Old Time Rock & Roll” charted #2 as most played Jukebox Singles of all Time, second only to Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”.

Seger’s songs have been covered by many artists including Thin Lizzy and Metallica.

Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. …”

“…Recent Works & 2011 Tour

In October 2009, Yessian Music reported on its social networking sites that Seger was re-recording his albums Smokin’ O.P.’s and Seven. On October 25, 2009 it was revealed that Seger indeed had done some re-recording of older songs for an upcoming compilation album entitled Early Seger Vol. 1,[11] a collection of out of print songs and also previously unreleased material. The album was released on November 24, 2009, initially exclusively available for purchase at Meijer. A week later it was available for download at BobSeger.com.[12]

Seger lives mainly at his home in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He frequents many local events including West Bloomfield High School football games to watch his son who is in the nationally-ranked marching band. Seger also has a vacation house near Good Hart, Michigan.

Seger made an announcement on 26 March during an interview with Dick Purtan on Detroit’s WOMC-FM that he plans to tour in late 2010. These concerts will be Seger’s first since 2007’s 50-stop US tour which followed the release of his last album Face the Promise.

Seger contributed piano and vocals on Kid Rock’s 2010 album Born Free. Alongside Seger, the album also featured Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown Band, and Martina Mcbride among others.

On January 25th and 26th, videos were uploaded to Seger’s official Facebook page (and later on his official website) and teased older Seger songs while lying under a blurred screen, a map of the U.S. with 5 noted states highlighted, and a message at the end saying “Stay Tuned to BobSeger.com.” On January 27th, Seger made an announcement on his official website of a 2011 Tour subjected to kick off in March 2011. In a Rolling Stone article, additional information was added saying that Seger had 20-30 dates already booked and was expected to tour again in the Fall. In other news, the same article noted that Seger had been recording non-stop since the end of the Face the Promise tour and that a new album was currently in the works, and Seger was satisfied with over half of it already. It was also stated that Seger would be sampling a few songs from the forthcoming record during the first leg of the tour in hopes of having the album released shortly before, during, or after the tour, hinting at a Summer 2011 release.

On March 2, 2011, Seger released the first single from his forthcoming album, Downtown Train, a Tom Waits cover. …”

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Bob Seger Biography

“…Seger’s first new album in 11 years, titled Face the Promise, was released in 2006. In its first 45 days, the album sold more than 400,000 copies. The album has sold over 1 million copies to date and stayed on the Billboard chart for months. His supporting tour was also eagerly anticipated, with many shows selling out within minutes. Showing that Seger’s legendary appeal in Michigan had not diminished, all 15,000 tickets available for his first show at Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena sold out in under five minutes; three additional shows were subsequently added, each of which also sold out. …”

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Neil Sedaka

“…Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter. His career has spanned over 50 years, during which time he has written many songs for himself and others, often working with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.

Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Mac Sedaka, a taxi driver, was the son of Turkish Jewish immigrants (“Sedaka” is a variant of tzedaka — Hebrew for charity); his mother, Eleanor (Appel) Sedaka, was of Polish-Russian Jewish descent. He grew up in an apartment in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.[1] He is the cousin of singer Eydie Gorme. [citation needed]

He demonstrated musical aptitude in his second-grade choral class, and when his teacher sent a note home suggesting he take piano lessons, his mother took a part-time job in an Abraham & Straus department store for six months to pay for a second-hand upright. He took to the instrument immediately. In 1947, he auditioned successfully for a piano scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music’s Preparatory Division for Children, which he attended on Saturdays. He also maintained an interest in popular music, and when he was 13, a neighbor heard him playing and introduced him to her 16-year-old son, Howard Greenfield, an aspiring poet and lyricist. The two began writing together.

The best-known Billboard Hot 100 hits of his early career are “The Diary” (#14, 1958), a song that he offered to Little Anthony and the Imperials; “Oh! Carol” (#9, 1959); “You Mean Everything to Me” (#17, 1960); “Calendar Girl” (#4, 1960); “Stairway to Heaven” (#9, 1960); “Run Samson Run” (top 30, 1960); “Little Devil” (#11, 1961); “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” (#6, 1961); “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” (#1, 1962); and “Next Door to an Angel” (#5, 1962). “Oh! Carol” refers to Sedaka’s Brill Building compatriot and former girlfriend Carole King. King responded with her answer song, “Oh, Neil” and, by using the same chord progression, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. A Scopitone exists for “Calendar Girl”.

A similar sharing came earlier with Sedaka and singer Connie Francis. As Francis explains at her concerts, she began searching for a new hit after her 1958 single “Who’s Sorry Now?”. She was introduced to Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, who played every ballad they had written for her. Francis began writing her diary while the two played the last of their songs. After they finished, Francis told them they wrote beautiful ballads but that they were too intellectual for the young generation. Sedaka suggested to Greenfield a song they had written that morning for a girl group. Greenfield protested because the song had been promised to the girl group, but Sedaka insisted on playing “Stupid Cupid”. Francis told them they had just played her new hit. Francis’ song reached #14 on the Billboard charts.

While Francis was in writing her diary, Sedaka asked her if he could read what she had written. After she refused, Sedaka was inspired to write “The Diary”, his first hit single. Sedaka and Greenfield wrote many of Connie Francis’ hits such as “Fallin'” and “Where the Boys Are”.

In 1961, Sedaka began to record some of his hits in Italian. At first he published “Esagerata” and “Un Giorno Inutile”, local versions of “Little Devil” and “I Must Be Dreaming”. Other recordings were to follow, such as “Tu Non Lo Sai” (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”), “Il Re Dei Pagliacci” (“King of Clowns”), “I Tuoi Capricci” (“Look Inside Your Heart”), and “La Terza Luna” (“Waiting For Never”) to name only a few. Sedaka also recorded in Spanish, German, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Japanese.

Between 1960 and 1962, Sedaka had eight Top 40 hits, but he was one of many American performers of the era whose popularity declined due to the British Invasion and the evolution of the Rock and Pop genres of music. His commercial success declined rapidly after 1964: he scored only two minor hits in 1965, and none of his 1966 singles charted. His RCA contract was not renewed when it ended in 1967, and he was left without a record label.

Although Sedaka’s stature as a recording artist was at a low ebb in the late 1960s, he was able to maintain his career through songwriting. Thanks to the fact that his publisher, Aldon Music, was acquired by Screen Gems, two of his songs were recorded by The Monkees, and other hits in this period written by Sedaka included The Cyrkle’s version of “We Had a Good Thing Goin'” and “Workin’ on a Groovy Thing”, a Top 40 R&B hit for Patti Drew in 1968 and a US Top 20 hit for The 5th Dimension in 1969. Also, “Make the Music Play” was included on Frankie Valli’s charting album Timeless.

On an episode of the quiz show I’ve Got a Secret in 1965, Sedaka’s secret was that he was to represent the United States in classical piano at the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, and he played “Fantasie Impromptu” on the show. Panelist Henry Morgan made a point that the Russians, at least older ones, hated rock and roll. Sedaka’s participation in the competition, which Van Cliburn had won in 1958, was canceled by the USSR because of Sedaka’s rock and roll connection.[original research?]

Sedaka also made an appearance in the 1968 movie “Playgirl Killer”, with a scene of him performing a song called “The Waterbug” …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Sedaka

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Johnny Mathis–Videos

Posted on February 16, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“I really, really enjoy music and that’s why I do what I do.”

Last Dance – Johnny Mathis

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtWZyA1I1qo

Johnny Mathis ~ All I Ask Of You ~ Phantom of the Opera

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRJ_zGXanRw

Johnny Mathis – Life is What You Make It

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83r_zat6RP4

“My favorite singer to this day is Nat King Cole. I’ve tried to emulate his phrasing. It is so absolutely beautiful to listen to his lovely voice.”

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Johnny Mathis

“…Johnny Mathis (born John Royce Mathis, September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music.

One of the last in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the 1960s, Mathis concentrated on romantic jazz and pop standards for the adult contemporary audience through to the 1980s. Starting his career with a flurry of singles of standards, Mathis became more popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status, and over 60 making the Billboard charts.[1] According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Mathis has sales of over 17 million certified units in the United States.[2] According to British recordings chart historian and music writer Paul Gambaccini, Mathis has recorded over 130 albums and sold more than 180 million records worldwide.[3]

Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas, the fourth of seven children to Clem Mathis and his wife, Mildred Boyd, and is of both African-American and Caucasian ancestry.[4] The family moved when he was young to San Francisco, California on Post Street, in the famous Fillmore district where he was raised. His father worked for a time in vaudeville, and when he saw the budding talent in his son, the elder Mathis bought an old upright piano for US$25 to encourage his efforts. From his father, Mathis began learning songs and routines–his first song being “My Blue Heaven.”[5] Mathis started out singing and dancing for visitors at home, and later publicly, at school and church events.[6]

At thirteen, Mathis was taken to Connie Cox, a San Francisco Bay Area voice teacher, who accepted him as a student in exchange for work he would do around her house.[7] He studied with Cox for six years, learning vocal scales and exercises, voice production, classical and operatic skills. He remains one of the few popular singers who has received years of professional voice training that included opera. The first band that Mathis would sing with as a young 13-year-old was formed by fellow San Francisco resident, Merl Saunders, whom Mathis eulogized in October, 2007 at his funeral to thank for giving him his first break as a singer.

At George Washington High School, Mathis was well known not only for his singing abilities, but also as a star athlete. On the track and field team, he was a high jumper and hurdler, and on the basketball team, he earned four athletic letters. In 1954, Mathis enrolled at San Francisco State University on a scholarship with the intention of becoming an English and physical education teacher.[7]

He was spotted at a jam session by Helen Noga, former head cocktail waitress and co-owner of The Black Hawk Club at 200 Hyde Street in San Francisco and The DownBeat Club along with her husband John, and Guido Caccienti. She became his manager. The clubs attracted the world’s finest jazz musicians, including Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday. John Noga and Guido Caccienti had opened the Black Hawk in the fall of 1949 for $10,000. In September 1955, after Noga landed Mathis a job singing weekends at Ann Dee’s 440 Club, she ruthlessly pursued jazz producer George Avakian, who she found out was on vacation in the Bay Area. Avakian came to see him sing, and sent the now famous telegram to Columbia Records: Have found phenomenal 19-year old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts.[6]

Mathis now had to decide whether to go to the Olympic tryouts, to which he had been invited, or to keep an appointment in New York to make his first recordings, which were subsequently released in 1956. With his father’s advice, Mathis opted for a recording career and the rest is history. He has never completely abandoned his enthusiasm for sports and today is an avid golfer who has achieved six holes-in-one, and has hosted several Johnny Mathis Golf Tournaments in the USA and the United Kingdom. Since 1985 he has been hosting a charity golf tournament in Belfast sponsored by Shell corporation, and the annual Johnny Mathis Invitational Track & Field Meet has continued at San Francisco State College since it started in 1982.

His first album Johnny Mathis: A New Sound In Popular Song was a slow-selling jazz album, but Mathis stayed in New York to play the clubs. His second album was produced by Columbia records vice-president and producer Mitch Miller, who defined the Mathis sound – he preferred him to sing soft, romantic ballads, initially pairing him with arranger/conductor Ray Conniff, and later, Ray Ellis, Glenn Osser and Robert Mersey. In late 1956, Mathis recorded two of his most popular songs – “Wonderful! Wonderful!” and “It’s Not For Me To Say.” That year MGM signed Mathis to sing the latter song in the 1957 film Lizzie, and shortly afterward he made his second film appearance for 20th Century Fox singing the song “A Certain Smile” in the film of the same name. He had small acting roles in both movies as a bar singer. This early cinematic visibility in two successful movies gave him mass exposure. Next was his appearance on the very popular Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 and this helped to seal his stardom. Critics called him the velvet voice.[5]

In summer of 1958, Mathis left San Francisco with the Nogas, who sold their interest in the Black Hawk club that year to Max Weiss, secretary-treasurer of San Francisco’s avant-garde Fantasy Records, and moved to Beverly Hills where the Nogas purchased a home in which Mathis lived with them, their daughter Beverly, and their granddaughter, at 806 North Elm Drive at the corner of Elm and Sunset Boulevard, built in 1931 by the Max Factor family and later owned by Mabel C. Birdwell and Lillian and Ben Young, for about $99,500, which the Nogas later sold to singer Dionne Warwick in the summer of 1973 for around $359,500. Helen Noga, looking to expand her operations into production, financing, and publishing, also founded and funded Philles Records in 1961 with Phil Spector, with Lester Sills handling the business side of sales and promotion, which launched the Crystals in September 1961. Using money from Liberty Records, Noga was bought out by Spector in 1962 for around $60,000. Mathis had two of his biggest hits in the years 1962 and 1963, with “Gina” (#6) and “What Will Mary Say” (#9). In October 1964, Mathis sued Noga to void the management arrangement, which Noga fought with a counterclaim in December 1964. Mathis purchased a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, that was originally built by billionaire Howard Hughes in 1946, and later owned by hotel owner Hyatt R. Von Dehn and Oilman Robert Calhoun, and where he still maintains a residence.

After splitting from Noga, Mathis established Jon Mat Records, Inc., incorporated in California May 11, 1967 to produce his recordings, and Rojon Productions, Inc., incorporated in California September 30, 1964 to handle all of his concert, theater, showroom and television appearances, and all promotional and charitable activities. His new manager and business partner was Ray Haughn, who helped guide his career until his death in September 1984. Since that time, Mathis has taken sole responsibility for his career, operating from office suites at 1612 W Olive Avenue in Burbank. With the exception of a four-year break with Mercury Records in the mid-1960s, he has been with Columbia Records throughout his recording career.

Pieces of music from numerous Mathis albums continue to be used throughout motion pictures and television with great effect to impart nostalgia or mood themes, for example Chances Are memorably used during an alien visit in the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and various numbers currently in the hit TV series Mad Men.

Although he is frequently described as a romantic singer, his vast discography includes jazz, traditional pop, Brazilian and Spanish music, Soul, R&B, soft rock, Broadway, Tin Pan Alley standards, some blues and country songs, and even a few disco tunes for his album Mathis Magic (1979). In 1980/81 Mathis recorded an album with Chic’s Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, I Love My Lady, which remains unreleased. Mathis also remains highly associated with holiday music, having recorded nine Christmas albums. Mathis has the distinction of having the longest stay of any recording artist on the Columbia Record label, having been with the label from 1956 to 1963 and from 1968 to the present.

In 1958, Johnny’s Greatest Hits was released and was the first ever Greatest Hits album in the music industry. It began the Greatest Hits tradition copied by every record company. Johnny’s Greatest Hits spent an unprecedented 490 consecutive weeks (nine and a half years) on the Billboard album chart, a feat earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and not broken until the 1980s by Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. He has had five of his albums on the Billboard charts simultaneously, an achievement equaled by only two other singers, Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow. He released 200 singles and had 71 songs charted around the world.

He has received three Grammy awards. In 1979, his hit duet “The Last Time I Felt Like This” from the film Same Time, Next Year was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Mathis and Jane Olivor sang the song at the Oscar ceremony. This was his second performance at the Academy Awards. He has taped twelve of his own television specials and made over 300 television guest appearances with 33 of them being on The Tonight Show. Through the years his songs (or parts of them) have been heard in 100 plus television shows and films around the globe. His appearance on the Live by Request broadcast in May 1998 on the A&E Network had the largest television viewing audience of the series. Also in 1989, Johnny sang the opening theme for the ABC daytime soap opera Loving.

Mathis continues to perform but from 2000 onwards has limited his concert engagements to fifty to sixty appearances per year. In 2006, his schedule included a UK tour that included his annual Scottish golf vacation and attendance at the 2006 Ryder Cup, two stints at his favourite Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. He still records and his 2005 album Isn’t It Romantic: The Standards Album has been enthusiastically received by critics and music buyers. Tonight Show host Johnny Carson, who heard over 2000 singers on his show, said: “Johnny Mathis is the best ballad singer in the world.” He appeared on the NBC Tonight Show with Jay Leno[8] as a guest on March 29, 2007 performing the classic “The Shadow of Your Smile” with saxophonist Dave Koz. Mathis returned to the UK Top 20 album chart in 2007 with the Sony BMG release “The Very Best of Johnny Mathis” and again in 2008 with the Columbia CD “A Night to Remember”. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Mathis

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The Kinks–Videos

Posted on February 16, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Working with the Kinks, there always seemed to be some kind of automatic process at work. Ray and I had this telepathy happening for a long time, where one of us always knew what the other could do with something.”

~ Dave Davies

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“Ray is very secretive about his ideas – why not, the times that the Kinks have been ripped off, especially in the early years, it makes you a little bit cautious about telling anybody what you’re doing. And that’s understandable.”

~ Dave Davies

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The Kinks

“… The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. Categorized in the United States as a British Invasion band, The Kinks are recognized as one of the most important and influential rock acts of the era.[1][2] Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk, and country. The group initially consisted of Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals), Pete Quaife (bass guitar, backup vocals), and Mick Avory (drums and percussion). The Davies brothers remained members throughout the group’s 32-year run. Avory left in 1984, the result of a dispute with Dave Davies, and was replaced on drums by Bob Henrit. John Dalton played bass for part of 1966 after Quaife was injured in a car accident, and joined as a full-time member when Quaife left to set up his own band in 1969. Dalton remained until the late 1970s, when he was replaced by Jim Rodford. From 1965 to 1968, keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied The Kinks during studio sessions. Several keyboardists were later members of the band, most notably John Gosling (1970–1978) and Ian Gibbons (1979–1989, 1992–1996).[1]

The Kinks first came to prominence in 1964 with their third single, “You Really Got Me”, written by Ray Davies.[2][3] It became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States.[3][4] Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of commercially and critically successful singles and LPs, and gained a reputation for songs and concept albums reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies’ observational writing style.[2] Albums such as Face to Face, Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, and Muswell Hillbillies, along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period.[1][3][5] The subsequent theatrical concept albums met with less success, but the band experienced a revival during the New Wave era—groups such as The Jam, The Knack, and The Pretenders covered their songs, helping to boost The Kinks’ record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence.[1] The Kinks broke up in 1996, a result of the commercial failures of their last few albums and creative tension between the Davies brothers.[6]

The Kinks had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40.[7] In the UK, the group had seventeen Top 20 singles on the British chart along with five Top 10 albums.[8] Among numerous honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music”.[9] In 1990, their first year of eligibility, the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.[2][3] …”

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The Kinks’ Ray and Dave Davies to reunite?

Ray Davies also set to work with Bruce Springsteen

December 14, 2009

“…Ray Davies also set to work with Bruce Springsteen

The Kinks’ Ray Davies has said he wants to work on new material with his brother Dave.

If Davies‘ plans come into fruition, it will be the first time the duo have worked together since 1996, when The Kinks split. Ray said the two have already spoken about reuniting, though he told News Of The World that it may depend on how well his brother – who suffered a stroke in 2004 – can play.

“I suggested he do some low-key shows to see how well he can play. If we’re going to play together again, we can’t hit the road straight away with a big-time announcement,” Ray explained.

“But, if Dave feels good about it and there’s good new material that we can write, it’ll happen.”

Ray also revealed that he is planning to release an album of duets in 2010. Although he kept details to a minimum, he admitted that “Bruce Springsteen has expressed an interest” in the project. …”

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Led Zeppelin–Videos

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Yes, there are two paths you can go by But in the long run There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

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“So tonight you better stop and rebuild all your ruins, because peace and trust can win the day despite all your losing.”

~Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin

“…Combining the visceral power and intensity of hard rock with the finesse and delicacy of British folk music, Led Zeppelin redefined rock in the Seventies and for all time. They were as influential in that decade as the Beatles were in the prior one. Their impact extends to classic and alternative rockers alike. Then and now, Led Zeppelin looms larger than life on the rock landscape as a band for the ages with an almost mystical power to evoke primal passions. The combination of Jimmy Page’s powerful, layered guitar work, Robert Plant’s keening, upper-timbre vocals, John Paul Jones’ melodic bass playing and keyboard work, and John Bonham’s thunderous drumming made for a band whose alchemy proved enchanting and irresistible. “The motto of the group is definitely, ‘Ever onward,’” Page said in 1977, perfectly summing up Led Zeppelin’s forward-thinking philosophy.

The group formed in 1968 from the ashes of the Yardbirds, for which guitarist Jimmy Page had served as lead guitarist after Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. Page’s stint in the Yardbirds (1966-1968) followed a period of years as one of Britain’s most in-demand session guitarists. As a generally anonymous hired gun, Page performed on mid-Sixties British Invasion records by the likes of Donovan (“Hurdy Gurdy Man”), Them (“Gloria”), the Kinks (“You Really Got Me”), the Who (“I Can’t Explain”) and hundreds of others. Page assembled a “New Yardbirds” in order to fulfill contractual obligations that, once served, allowed him to move on to his blues-based dream band, Led Zeppelin. …”

“…Meanwhile, the Led Zeppelin legend endures and grows long after their demise, much like that of the Doors and Elvis Presley. The lingering appeal of Led Zeppelin is perhaps best summed up by guitarist Page: “Passion is the word….It was a very passionate band, and that’s really what comes through.” At the dawn of the new millennium, Led Zeppelin placed second only to the Beatles in terms of record sales, having sold 84 million units. Led Zeppelin IV is the fourth best-selling album in history, having sold more than 22 million copies, and four other albums by the band – Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin II, Houses of the Holy and Led Zeppelin – also rank among the all-time top 100 best-sellers. Fittingly, Led Zeppelin is tied with the Beatles (five apiece) for the most albums on that esteemed list – a mark of both bands’ impact. In their ceaseless determination to move music forward, Led Zeppelin carved out an indelible place in rock history. …”

http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/led-zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

“…Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in 1968 by Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin), and John Bonham (drums). With their heavy, guitar-driven sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal[1] and hard rock music.[2][3] However, the band’s individualistic style drew from many sources and transcends any one genre.[4] Led Zeppelin did not release the popular songs from their albums as singles in the UK, as they preferred to develop the concept of “album-oriented rock”.[5]

Close to 30 years after disbanding following Bonham’s death in 1980, the band continues to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success, and broad influence. The band has sold over 200 million albums worldwide,[6] including 111.5 million certified units in the United States[7] and they have had all of their original studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the U.S., with six reaching the number one spot.[8] Led Zeppelin are ranked #1 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[9] Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all time”, “the biggest band of the ’70s” and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history.”[1][10] Similarly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes Led Zeppelin being “as influential in that decade (70s) as the Beatles were in the prior one.”[11]

In 2007, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited (along with deceased drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason) for the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London.

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Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In other words, musicians know that going back to the Spoonful, what we were doing was not copying.

~John Sebastian

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I think that my past stands me in good stead in that it does have a certain strength for musicians.

~John Sebastian

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The Lovin’ Spoonful

“…The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American pop rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. When asked about his band, leader John Sebastian said it sounded like a combination of “Mississippi John Hurt and Chuck Berry.”

Formation and early years (1964-1965)

The band had its roots in the folk music scene based in the Greenwich Village section of lower Manhattan during the early 1960s. Sebastian, who grew up in contact with music and musicians, was the son of a much-recorded and highly technically accomplished classical harmonica player. He had reached maturity toward the end of the American folk music revival that spanned from the 1950s to the early ’60s. Sebastian was joined in the Spoonful by guitarist Zal Yanovsky from a bohemian folk group called The Mugwumps, playing local coffee houses and small clubs (two other members, Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty, would later form half of the Mamas & the Papas.)[1] Drummer-vocalist Joe Butler and bassist Steve Boone rounded out the group.

The group first recorded four tracks for Elektra Records in early 1965, but elected to sign with Kama Sutra Records that same year. The Elektra tracks were released on the 1966 various artists compliation LP What’s Shakin’ after the band’s success on Kama Sutra.

Pop success (1965-1966)

Working with producer Erik Jacobsen, the band released their first single, the Sebastian-penned “Do You Believe in Magic, in August of 1965. Unlike many pop groups of the day (the early Beatles being a notable and influential exception), The Lovin’ Spoonful played all the instruments on their records, with the exceptions of the orchestral instruments heard on their soundtrack album You’re A Big Boy Now and some later singles. Additionally, aside from a few covers (mostly on their first album) they wrote all their own material.[2][3]

“Do You Believe In Magic” became a Top Ten hit in the US, and the band followed it up with a series of hit singles and albums throughout 1965 and 1966, all produced by Jacobsen. The Lovin’ Spoonful became known for such folk-flavored pop hits as “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”, and “Daydream”, which went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.”[2] [4] Arguably the most successful pop/rock group to have jug band roots, nearly half the songs on their first album were modernized versions of jug band standards. Their popularity revived interest in the form, and many subsequent jug bands cite them as an inspiration. The rest of their albums featured mostly original songs, but their jug band roots showed up again and again, particularly in their big hit “Daydream” and the lesser-known “Money”, which featured a typewriter as percussion. They even had a crossover hit, as “Nashville Cats”, a number eight pop hit, reached the country charts. Other hits were “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind” (another #2 hit), and “Younger Girl”. Their only song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was the harder-edged “Summer in the City”, an indelible part of the soundtrack for the summer of 1966.

Early in their recording and airwave career, Lovin’ Spoonful members termed their approach “good-time music”. In the liner notes of “Do You Believe in Magic”, Zal Yanovsky said he “became a convert to Reddy Kilowatt because it’s loud, and people dance to it, and it’s loud”. Soon-to-be-members of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead were part of the West Coast acoustic folk music scene when The Lovin’ Spoonful came to town while on tour. They credited The Lovin’ Spoonful concert as a fateful experience, after which they decided to leave the folk scene and “go electric.”[citation needed]

At the peak of its success the band was originally selected to perform on the television show that became “The Monkees”,[citation needed] and also gained an added bit of publicity when Butler replaced Jim Rado in the role of Claude for a sold-out four-month run with the Broadway production of the rock musical Hair. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s song “Pow!” was used as the opening theme of Woody Allen’s first feature film, What’s Up, Tiger Lily. John Sebastian composed the music for Francis Ford Coppola’s second film, You’re a Big Boy Now, and The Lovin’ Spoonful played the music for the soundtrack, which included yet another hit, “Darlin’ Be Home Soon”. Both films were released in 1966.

Personnel changes (1967)

In early 1967, the band broke with their producer Erik Jacobsen, turning to Joe Wissert to produce the single “Six O’Clock”, which would hit #18 US.

Yanovsky left the band after the soundtrack album You’re a Big Boy Now was released in May 1967, primarily due to a drug bust in San Francisco, in which he was arrested for possession of marijuana and pressured by police to name his supplier. As a Canadian citizen and fearing he would be barred from re-entering the U.S., he complied.[5] He would later open a restaurant in Canada, the immensely popular Chez Piggy in Kingston, Ontario. The restaurant is now owned and run by his daughter.[6]

Yanovsky’s replacement was Jerry Yester, formerly of the Modern Folk Quartet. Around this time, perhaps coincidentally, the band’s sound became more pop-oriented.

This new line up of The Lovin’ Spoonful would record two moderately successful Wissert-produced singles (“She Is Still A Mystery” and “Money”), as well as the 1967 album Everything Playing. Sebastian then left the group by early 1968 to go solo.[5]

The final years (1968-1969)

The group was now offically a trio, and drummer Butler (who had previously sung lead on a few album tracks) became the group’s new lead vocalist. Up to this point Sebastian had written (or co-written) and sung every one of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s hits; the band now turned to outside writers for their singles, and used a variety of outside producers. The band’s last two Hot 100 entries (“Never Going Back” and “Me About You”) were sung by Butler, and written by professional songsmiths. In addition, “Never Going Back” only featured Yester and Butler’s playing — the other musical parts were played by session musicians, a first for the group.

With commercial success waning, The Lovin’ Spoonful lasted only until early 1969. They split up following the release of their album “Revelation: Revolution ’69”. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lovin’_Spoonful

John Sebastian

“…John Sebastian (born John Benson Sebastian, Jr. on March 17, 1944, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. He is best known as a founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful, a band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.[1] His tie-dyed denim jacket is prominently displayed there.

Sebastian’s father, John Benson Sr., was a noted classical harmonica player and his mother was a radio script writer. He is the godson of Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz of I Love Lucy). He grew up surrounded by music and musicians, including Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie and hearing such players as Leadbelly and Mississippi John Hurt in his own neighborhood.[2][3]

One of his first recording gigs was playing guitar and harmonica for Billy Faier’s 1964 album The Beast of Billy Faier[4]. He also recorded with Fred Neil on the Bleecker & MacDougal album in 1965. He came up through the Even Dozen Jug Band and The Mugwumps, which split to form the Lovin’ Spoonful and The Mamas & the Papas. Sebastian was joined by Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler in the Spoonful, which was named after a Mississippi John Hurt song. Sebastian also played autoharp on occasion.

The Lovin’ Spoonful became part of the American response to the British Invasion and was noted for such folk-flavored hits as “Jug Band Music,” “Do You Believe in Magic”, “Summer in the City”, “Daydream,” “Nashville Cats,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind,” “Six O’Clock,” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” and “Younger Girl.”[1] The band, however, began to implode after a 1967 marijuana bust in San Francisco involving Yanovsky, a Canadian citizen. Facing deportation, he gave up the name of his dealer, which caused a fan backlash and internal strife. Neither John Sebastian nor Joe Butler was involved in the matter; they weren’t even in San Francisco at the time. Yanovsky subsequently left the band and was replaced by Jerry Yester. [5]

Sebastian left the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1968 although he and the original band reunited briefly to appear in the film One Trick Pony starring Paul Simon and Blair Brown.[1] In December of 1968, a musical he composed the music and lyrics for, Jimmy Shine, opened on Broadway with Dustin Hoffman in the title role.[6]

He embarked on a moderately successful solo career after leaving the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1968. Sebastian was popular among the rock festival circuits. He had a memorable, albeit unscheduled appearance at Woodstock, appearing after Country Joe McDonald’s set, playing songs such as “I Had A Dream,” “Rainbows All Over Your Blues,” “Darling Be Home Soon” and “Younger Generation,” which he dedicated to a newborn baby at the festival. Documentary remarks by festival organizers revealed that Sebastian was under the influence at the time, hence his spontaneity and casual, unplanned set. Sebastian also returned for Woodstock ’94, playing harmonica for Crosby, Stills and Nash. Sebastian released his eponymous LP John B. Sebastian in 1970, which featured him accompanied by various L.A. musicians.

Sebastian played harmonica with The Doors on the song Roadhouse Blues under the pseudonym G. Puglese to avoid problems with his contract, which was featured on Morrison Hotel album.[7] He also played on “Little Red Rooster” on the live album Alive, She Cried and on seven songs on Live In Detroit.[8][9] He is also credited with playing harmonica on Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s “Déjà Vu” from the album of the same name.

In 1976, Sebastian had a number one single with, “Welcome Back”, the theme song to the Welcome Back, Kotter television show[2], which found new life decades later when a sample from it became the hook for rapper Mase’s 2004 hit “Welcome Back”. Recently, he has played with John Sebastian and the J-Band, a jug band including Fritz Richmond from the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Yank Rachell, an original jug-band leader, and Geoff Muldaur.

Several modern musicians cite him as a large influence, including renowned blues harmonica player, Mike Tetrault. As a songwriter, Sebastian’s songs have been covered by Elvis Costello (“The Room Nobody Lives In”), Dolly Parton, Del McCoury, Helen Reddy, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, Slade, Joe Cocker and Jimmy Buffett (“Stories We Could Tell”). …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sebastian

Lovin’ Spoonful

“…”The good-time sounds of the Lovin’ Spoonful made the quartet a fixture during the golden age of Top Forty radio. Over a period of two years in the mid-Sixties, the New York-based group charted a string of ten Top Forty hits, seven of which placed inside the Top Ten at a time when the competition included Motown, the Beatles and countless British Invasion bands. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s tuneful, poppy singles have stood the test of time and at least one of them, “Do You Believe in Magic,” remains a defining rock and roll anthem.

The four original members–singer/guitarist John Sebastian, guitarist Zal Yanovsky, bassist Steve Boone and drummer Joe Butler–came together in Greenwich Village. The folk-music scene was in full swing, but the electrified sounds of the Beatles and the other pop bands of the day had also caught their attention. Retaining their folkie roots while exploring new directions, the Lovin’ Spoonful adapted folk-style fingerpicking to electric instruments. Their folk-rock hybrid was particularly evident in the unusual combination of autoharp and electric guitar on “Do You Believe in Magic.” What really set the Lovin’ Spoonful apart from the mid-Sixties pack of one-hit wonders was their daring eclecticism. No two singles were written in the same style. Between 1965 and 1968, they tackled jug-band music (“Good Time Music”), ragtime (“Daydream”), country (“Nashville Cats”), folk-pop (“You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”), hard rock (“Summer in the City”) and orchestrated pop (“She Is Still a Mystery”). …”

http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/lovin-spoonful

Lovin Spoonful

“…The core of The Lovin’ Spoonful were John Sebastian, who was born on March 17th, 1944 in New York, and Zalman Yanovsky, who was born on 19th December 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They first met as guests invited to Cass Elliot’s house to watch the Beatles’ U.S. TV debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. They played guitar together through the night and discussed the possibility of forming a rock group. At the time, Sebastian was a Greenwich Village folkie and sometime member of the Even Dozen Jug Band and Yanovsky was a guitarist with the Nova Scotia folk group, The Halifax Three. When they disbanded in June 1964, Yanovsky was briefly involved in the Mugwumps (with Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot and James Hendricks). This was a short-lived and unsuccessful venture, which soon disbanded, and, of course Doherty and Elliot went on to form one half of The Mamas and The Papas

With Yanovsky at loose ends again, the seeds for a rock group with John Sebastian were sewn in January 1965. Joe Butler (drums) and Steve Boone (bass) were recruited to fill out the ensemble. They decided on the name, “Lovin’ Spoonful”, which was taken from a phrase in Mississippi John Hurt’s song, “Coffee Blues”.

It wasn’t long until the band had won a residency at the Night Owl in Greenwich Village and their producer Erik Jacobsen got them a recording deal with the newly formed Kama Sutra Records. Playing their own brand of folk-rock/good-time music, they enjoyed immediate commercial success. Their first 45, “Do You Believe In Magic”, reached number 9 in the U.S. and their debut album of the same name peaked at number 32. The follow-up, “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” peaked at number 10 and “Daydream”, their lazy, laid back celebration of love on a summer’s day, was even bigger, reaching number 2 in the U.S. and UK, becoming a million seller. Their second album reached number 10 in the U.S. and number 8 in the UK. They also had four cuts included on the Elektra compilation “What’s Shakin'”, including one called “Good Time Music”.

Their next 45, “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” peaked at number 2, but this was soon surpassed by what was arguably their finest moment, “Summer ln The City”. Notable for its atmospheric streetnoise sound effects, the record topped the U.S. charts for three weeks and made number 8 in the UK. It became their second million seller.

The Lovin’ Spoonful went on to appear on the soundtrack of the cult movie “What’s Up Tiger Lily” (No. 126 in the US) and their third album, “Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful”, peaked at number 14. “Nashville Cats” would be their last U.S. Top Ten hit, peaking at number 8, while in the UK, it climbed to number 26. They followed this with the heavily orchestrated “Darlin’ Be Home Soon”, which reached number 15 in the U.S. and number 44 in the UK. It would prove to be their last UK Hit. In March 1967, a greatest hits LP called “The Best Of The Lovin’ Spoonful” climbed to number 3 on the U.S. album charts. Their follow-up, “You’re A Big Boy Now”, their second soundtrack album, was their first taste of failure, peaking at No. 160.

http://www.classicbands.com/spoonful.html

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Little Richard–Videos

Posted on January 25, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

It was a way out of poverty. It was a way to success. It was a way to education. And it was a way to a brighter day for me.

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But I’m a rock ‘n’ roll singer; that’s my livelihood, my occupation.

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Little Richard

Little Richard

“…Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and recording artist, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame web site entry on Richard states that:

“More than any other performer – save, perhaps, Elvis Presley, Little Richard blew the lid off the Fifties, laying the foundation for rock and roll with his explosive music and charismatic persona. On record, he made spine-tingling rock and roll. His frantically charged piano playing and raspy, shouted vocals on such classics as “Tutti Frutti”, “Long Tall Sally” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” defined the dynamic sound of rock and roll.”[1]

Richard began his recording career in 1951 by imitating the gospel-influenced style of late-1940s jump blues artist Billy Wright,[2] but did not achieve commercial success until 1955, when, under the guidance of Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, he began recording in a style he had been performing onstage for years,[3] featuring varied rhythm, a heavy backbeat, funky saxophone grooves, over-the-top Gospel-style singing, moans, screams, and other emotive inflections, accompanied by a combination of boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues music. This new music,[4] which included an original injection of funk into the rock and roll beat,[1] inspired James Brown,[5] Elvis Presley,[6] and generations of other rhythm & blues, rock and soul music artists.[7] He was subsequently among the seven initial inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and was one of only four of these honorees (along with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Fats Domino) to also receive the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award.

In October 1957, while at the height of stardom, Penniman abruptly quit rock and roll music and became a born-again Christian.[8] In January 1958, he enrolled in and attended Bible college[9] to become a preacher and evangelist and began recording and performing only gospel music for a number of years. He then moved back and forth from rock and roll to the ministry, until he was able to reconcile the two roles in later life.[10]

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Richard

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It could be my British need for discipline that makes me admire the American appetite for freedom and passion.

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And also there hasn’t been much footage of Traffic either. There is very little in existence and since Traffic is a very enigmatic and unusual band, we thought that now was the time to put this out and give people a taste of what Traffic was really about.

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Steve Winwood

Stephen Lawrence “Steve” Winwood (born 12 May, 1948) is an English singer-songwriter who performs and writes rock, blues-rock, and jazz. He sings with a tenor voice and is a multi-instrumentalist who plays Hammond organ, guitar, bass, and other string instruments. In addition to his solo career, he was a member of the bands the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and Go. He has won multiple Grammy Awards. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Winwood #33 in its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[1]

In his teens, Winwood played Hammond B-3 organ and guitar in ‘pick-up’ bands that backed up well-known US blues performers. He formed Blind Faith in 1969 with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech. His first solo album was in 1977. In 1986, he topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Higher Love”, and with this earned the year’s Grammy Award for Record of the Year and another for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 1994, Capaldi and Winwood reunited Traffic for a new album, Far From Home. …”

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Rock Legend Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood Speaks to the Berklee Class of 2008

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