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Hall Of Fame members The Rascals performed with all four original members for the first time in forty years (not including their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction) at the Kristen Ann Carr benefit, Saturday April 24th at Robert DeNiro's restaurant Tribeca Grill in downtown Manhattan.

For Stevie Van Zandt, who along with his wife Maureen is being honored at the annual fundraiser, it's a lifelong dream come true and the culmination of thirty years of discussions.

"We first met around 1980 to discuss reuniting the band and have tried every five years or so," Stevie said. "Maureen suggested we give it one more shot and sure enough it took Kristen's amazing spirit to finally get it done."

"I speak on behalf of the band when I say all the money offers in the world could not entice the Rascals to reunite," said guitarist Gene Cornish, "but four phone calls from Stevie and without hesitation we enthusiastically and immediately agreed to both support this wonderful cause and honor Stevie and Maureen."

"Rehearsals have been incredible," Stevie added, "and of course my hope is they can stay together and finally show the world why they are one of Rock and Roll history's greatest bands."

"Having Stevie and Maureen as our honorees has been an amazing experience and this ices the cake! Kristen, who loved rock and soul music, would be dancing harder than anyone on the room. Thanks guys!" said Dave Marsh, Kristen's father and fund trustee.

The original Rascals lineup performing is:

Eddie Brigati (vocals),
Felix Cavaliere (keyboard, vocals),
Gene Cornish (guitar)
Dino Danelli (drums)

For more information on the Kristen Ann Carr Fun benefit, please visit: http://sarcoma.com/

The Kristen Ann Carr Fund was founded in 1993 by Bruce Springsteen’s co-manager Barbara Carr and her husband, prominent rock journalist Dave Marsh, after Sarcoma claimed the life of their daughter, 21-year-old Kristen Ann Carr. Honoring the life of this extraordinary young woman, The Fund has established a comprehensive sarcoma laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, provides sarcoma fellowships in both surgery and oncology at MSKCC and supports programs designed to help teenagers and young adults with cancer and other serious illnesses





Paul McCartney Takes Catalog Off EMI

by Paul Cashmere

EMI has lost the Paul McCartney back catalogue. McCartney has moved all of his non-Beatle album to indie label Concord for distribution through Universal.

For EMI, this will be more about losing “a jewel in the crown” rather than revenues as the McCartney catalog through EMI only sold 78,000 units in the USA last year, according to SoundScan.

McCartney has been with Concord since 2007 when he released his ‘Memory Almost Full’ album. Last year’s live album was also released through Concord.

The McCartney catalog includes the classics ‘Band On The Run’ and ‘Venus and Mars Are Alright Tonight’.

His first solo album was ‘McCartney’ in 1970. His last EMI album was ‘Chaos and Creation In The Backyard’ from 2005.


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Three full sets available in their entirety for the first time,
with digital remastering and extensive liner notes

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — In 1966, Otis Redding had emerged not only as the star of Stax Records but as one of nation’s most influential soul singers. With his version of “Satisfaction” climbing the charts in April 1966, Redding arrived in Los Angeles to play both the Hollywood Bowl (as part of a KHJ-AM listener appreciation concert that also featured Donovan, Sonny & Cher and the Mamas & the Papas) and a four-nighter at the legendary Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. According to Taj Mahal, whose ’60s band the Rising Sons opened the Whisky shows, “At that time, Otis was it.”

Live on the Sunset Strip, slated for May 18, 2010 release on Stax Records through Concord Music Group, captures Redding in the white heat of transition, when his star power was undeniable and it was still possible to catch him backed by his own road band in the tight quarters of a smoky nightclub. The 2-CD set features three full live sets that have never been previously available in their entirety. A definitive live statement from Redding, the songs are sequenced exactly as they went down, complete with an emcee and spoken introductions by Redding. The booklet features rare photographs as well as extensive liner notes by Ashley Kahn, author of music biographies and a contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition.

Live on the Sunset Strip highlights versions of Redding’s best-known songs: “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Security,” “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Satisfaction,” “Respect,” “These Arms of Mine” and “Just One More Day,” to name a few.

As Kahn points out in his notes, “In 1966, Redding was 24 and defined not only the sound but the style and look of a true soul man. Tall and lanky, he was ready to drop to his knees and tear off the thin-lapelled jacket of his sharply pressed suit when it was time to deliver the goods. His ten-piece band was his personal, traveling amen-corner, urging him to testify night after night . . . His out-of-breath stage patter was warm and downhome. ‘Ladies and gentlemens,’ he addressed his fans, ‘holler as loud as you wanna — you ain’t home!’”

The Whisky A Go Go was known for its integrated booking policy and for helping bring awareness of R&B and blues to rock audiences, who attended shows by the Doors, Love, and the Standells at the venue. On April 7-10, the club booked the Otis Redding Revue for the Easter weekend that followed the Hollywood Bowl appearance. Redding’s entourage included an emcee and a full 10-piece band (led by saxophonist Bob Holloway) along with three up-and-coming singers performing one tune apiece before the headliner hit the stage. Engineer Wally Heider, the West Coast’s leading recorder of live performances, was hired to tape the three nights.

The shows did not go unnoticed by the Los Angeles Times, which noted: “Drawn by his growing popularity, a fervid audience shoe-horned into the club . . . Redding was assured of an In Group [sic] following Thursday night when from among his spectators emerged Bob Dylan, trailed by an entourage of camp followers.” (Legend holds that Dylan offered him “Just Like a Woman” as a possible cover that night, though Redding thought the song was a little wordy.)

Redding achieved even greater heights in the months after the Whisky performances, chalking up two new hits (“Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa [Sad Song]” and “Try a Little Tenderness”). He played San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, took part in the Stax/Volt Revue through Europe in March ’67 and stole the show at the historic Monterey International Pop Festival in June of that year. The ultimate tragedy happened on December 10, 1967, when, as eloquently stated by Kahn, “his death in an airplane crash . . . dramatically froze his star forever in its perfect, meteoric apogee.”

In 1968, Stax posthumously issued the LP In Person at the Whisky A Go Go, with liner notes by Los Angeles Times critic Pete Johnson, who’d also reviewed the live show. In 1993, the CD Good to Me: Recorded Live at the Whisky, Vol. 2 expanded on a largely forgotten 1982 LP, Recorded Live. While those releases juggled selections from different shows, Live on the Sunset Strip stands out as a historically true document, offering the last three consecutive sets capturing Redding and his band in top form.

“I’m still real clear about those shows,” recalls Taj Mahal, whose Rising Sons opened them. “It was raw and unscripted. It was just the joy of music, you know. The joy of rhythm, the joy of energy. . .”



Sonny Rollins Elected Member of the
American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is one of 229 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business, and public affairs who have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, it was announced on Monday. A center for independent policy research, the Academy is among the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and celebrates the 230th anniversary of its founding this year.

A complete list of the 2010 class of new members is available at http://www.amacad.org/news/a2z10.pdf.

"It is a tremendous privilege and honor to be made a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences," says Rollins. "Not only for me, but for what I represent -- the great American music called jazz."

In the humanities and arts, other new members includeFrancis Ford Coppola, Denzel Washington, Suzanne Farrell, and Thomas Hampson. The scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders in the 2010 class include winners of the Nobel, Pulitzer, and Shaw Prizes; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellows; and Grammy, Tony, and Oscar Award winners.

Rollins was nominated for this honor by the Minneapolis-based Academy member Dr. Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, a neuroscientist, amateur saxophonist, and longtime Rollins fan. "It's a terrific tribute to a legend," says Georgopoulos, "and a jewel in the Academy's crown."

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 9, at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Since its founding in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots, the Academy has elected leading "thinkers and doers" from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.


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Joni Mitchell slammed Bob Dylan in a new interview with the L-A Times. The singer stated, “Bob is not authentic at all,” adding, “He’s a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception.” Yikes. Bob is yet to respond to the tongue lashing, but you can read more at LATimes.com.

• Bob’s real name is Robert Zimmerman (of course).

It pays to rock. England’s Sunday Times newspaper recently released their list of the richest millionaires in the music industry, and rockers are all over it. Paul McCartney holds the five spot with a fortune of 731-million dollars. Mick Jagger is at seven with 292 mil and Elton John follows him at eight with 284-million bucks. Sting comes in at nine with 277 mil, followed by Keith Richards, who has 269 million. Others in the top 20 include Ringo Starr at 15, Eric Clapton at 18 and Barry and Robin Gibb at 20. Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman tops the list with over 2.5-billion dollars. See the whole list at TimesOnline.co.uk.

The new documentary When You’re Strange tells the story of The Doors, and while the movie touches upon how some of the band’s iconic tracks came to be, it can only give so many details in its 90 minutes. That being the case, drummer John Densmore filled us in on how the group came up with the intro to their classic song “Break on Through.”

(Cut #1) “At the time, Bossa nova music was coming up from Brazil and ‘Girl From Ipanema’ was number one and I was trying to get this damn Bossa nova groove down, ‘Da da da da da’ and I did but it was sort of loop and jazzy and I knew this was a rock band so I made it stiffer. And that’s exactly what it is. It’s a stiff, Bossa nova beat for a rock band. And it turned out to be signature (laughs).”

Learn more about The Doors by checking out When You’re Strange. The documentary is in theaters now and you can learn more at WhenYoureStrangeMovie.com.

Ever wonder what your favorite classic rock hits would sound like if they were punk songs? Well now you can. On Tuesday, a new album called Punk Goes Classic Rock comes out. It features punk bands doing their versions of classics from Journey, Kiss, Queen, Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne and many others. The record is streaming now at MySpace.com/PunkGoesClassicRock.


Last week, Bruce Springsteen was honored at the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards alongside his mother, his aunts and former New Jersey Net Dikembe Mutumbo. The awards recognize the immigrants and descendents who make a major contribution to the American experience and both the rocker and the basketball player were on hand to accept theirs. While there, The Boss stated, “I am proud to be here today as another hopeful wanderer, a son of Italy, of Ireland and of Holland.” Read more at Music.Yahoo.com.

• In 1900, Springsteen’s great-grandmother, Raffaela Zerilli, passed through Ellis Island after coming to America from Italy with her five kids.

Green Day surprised fans who attended their just-opened Broadway musical American Idiot on Thursday night. According to MTV News, the trio hopped onstage for a surprise performance of “American Idiot” and their classic track “Basket Case.” Fans of Green Day can get tickets to the show at AmericanIdiotOnBroadway.com now.

Tuesday, April 27th

Peter Frampton – Thank You Mr. Churchill

Carole King – The Essential Carole King

Various Artists – Punk Goes Classic Rock


Rush are working on a new album and on June 29th, they’ll kick off their Time Machine Tour. Now, it turns out the guys may release some new material before they hit the road. Singer Geddy Lee told Rolling Stone that they have two songs they are prepping adding, “We’ll probably release one as soon as it’s ready, before the tour starts, and then probably release the second one as the tour starts.” The guys hope to road test the songs too and are still working on titles, but one is called “Caravan.” Learn more at RollingStone.com and get all the band’s dates at Rush.com. <DB>

TripAdvisor has named the Top Ten Celebrity-Owned Restaurants and Alice Cooper’s Cooperstown made the list. The shock rocker’s bar and grill in Phoenix is at number eight because of its reasonable prices and exciting bar scene. Other eateries on the list include Robert Redford’s Zoom in Park City, Utah, Michael Jordan’s One SixtyBlue in Chicago, and at number one, Robert De Niro’s Nobu in New York City. Learn more at TripAdvisor.com.

Jeff Beck’s new album, Emotion & Commotion, entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 11, the guitarist’s highest debut of his 45 year career, but it turns out that Beck wished he could change a little something on the record. While he’s happy with the emotion on the effort, he told us he wished it had a little more commotion.

(Cut #1) “No, no there wasn’t enough commotion. Commotion in terms of periodic shred, you know, that’s all I could pin up. I drew attention to those but there should’ve been another two tracks to emphasize that word but unfortunately, I had to throw them out, they weren’t good enough.”

Check out all the legendary guitarist’s dates at JeffBeck.com.

Ozzy Osbourne fans in England will get a special treat this summer – the Prince of Darkness will play a free show in London this July. Ozzy will take part in the iTunes Festival on July 3rd. It takes place at the intimate Roundhouse and the rocker revealed he’ll be recording the show too so those who can’t make it can still download it from iTunes. The only way to get tickets is to win them at Apps.Facebook.com/iTunesFestival.


A new website is paying homage to Johnny Cash in a creative way. It’s called The Johnny Cash Project and is described as a “Living Portrait” of the Man in Black. Using thousands of frames submitted by fans, the interactive site celebrates Johnny’s final studio record, American VI: Ain’t No Grave, by creating an ever-evolving music video for the title track of the album, which came out in February. Check it out now and submit your own shots at TheJohnnyCashProject.com.

If you think rock stars have a ton of money they can dig into whenever they want, think again. When accepting a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on Wednesday, Patti Smith revealed that in 1994, she relied solely on royalties to make ends meet. In ’94, Smith’s husband, punk rocker Fred “Sonic” Smith, had just died and she was raising two kids. Thanks to ASCAP, who collect royalties, she was okay. Read more at Billboard.com.


Back in 2005 when Howard Stern left CBS for satellite radio, the company brought in Van Halen singer David Lee Roth as a replacement and now, the then-executive in charge is explaining that decision. Former President of CBS Radio Rob Barnett revealed on Stern’s show this week that Roth was his “78th choice” and that they wanted Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David or Jon Stewart but settled on Roth because he was the only viable candidate with an ego large enough to think he could fill Howard’s shoes. Read more at NYDailyNews.com.

Thirty-five years ago, The Who’s Tommy premiered and next month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the anniversary by screening the flick. It’ll take place in Beverly Hills and will include a new digital cinema presentation with the original Quintophonic soundtrack, plus, after the movie is over, there will be an onstage panel discussion with writer-producer-director Ken Russell, editor Stuart Baird and other members of the film’s creative team. Learn more at Oscars.org.

Pat Travers has announced a tour. The guitarist hit the road last night in Rhode Island in support of his new album, Fidelis. He’ll trek across the country, playing dates through October. Fidelis is available digitally now and will be in stores soon. Learn more and check out all of Pat’s dates at PatTravers.com.


Fans can’t get enough of Ozzy Osbourne’s new single, “Let Me Hear You Scream,” off his upcoming album, Scream. According to Billboard.com, the track is the “Hot Shot Debut”/”Greatest Gainer” on this week’s Rock Songs chart, where it sits at number 23. This means the song has been played more on radio stations than any other rock track. You can hear the hit and everything else on Scream when the record hits shelves on June 15th.

Many people don’t know about John Hammond, but he discovered Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin and soon, everyone will know his name. That’s because producer Jerry Weintraub, the man behind the Ocean’s Eleven movies, and Wall Street screenwriter Stanley Weiser, are working on a movie about Hammond. The flick would focus on the record producer and Columbia Records scout whose influence from the ‘30s to the ‘70s also brought Pete Seeger, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Leonard Cohen and many others to a wider audience. Learn more at HollywoodReporter.com.


Want to get your hands on a portrait of a famous rocker? Well now is your chance. ABC Trust, the charity run by Jimmy Page and his wife, is selling portraits of the Led Zeppelin singer, plus one of Queen’s Brian May. Jimmy’s artwork is signed and can be yours for 385 bucks. Proceeds will help the homeless and vulnerable children in Brazil. Learn more at ABCTrust.org.uk.

On June 3rd, U2’s U2 360° At the Rose Bowl HD DVD will hit shelves. More details are coming out about the release, which will be the band’s first disc available in Blu-ray format. The DVD’s will feature a documentary titled Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360°, which includes new interviews with the Irish band.

Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam joined Conan O’Brien on stage in Seattle on Tuesday night at one of his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television shows. Vedder performed three songs, “Rise,” a cover of John Lennon’s “Oh Yoko” and their version of The Who’s “Baba O’Reily.” Footage of the performance is up on You Tube now.

Bon Jovi will re-release their first ten albums as special editions. Each reissue will boast bonus live tracks like extended songs taken from sound checks and concerts from around the world. The set will also have new packaging, reproductions of laminated tour credentials, new liner notes documenting the band’s success and new artwork. If that weren’t enough, each special edition will give fans access to the Bon Jovi Vaults, a website being created to offer exclusive virtual content like photos, memorabilia and even more live audio tracks. Bon Jovi, 7800° Fahrenheit, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Keep the Faith, These Days, Crush, Bounce, Have A Nice Day and Lost Highway will all come out as special editions on May 11th. Learn more at BonJovi.com.

This summer, Sharon Osbourne is having her breast implants removed, but she still has plans for them – she’s going to give them to her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, for him to use as paperweights. Sharon revealed the gift idea on the Today show this week, adding that she’d rather the implants be on Ozzy’s desk “than on my chest, cause they’re awful.”

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers had planned to kick off a tour on May 6th but the guys have postponed their first ten dates so that the trek better coincides with the release of their 12th studio album, Mojo, which hits shelves on June 15th. Now, the tour will begin on June 5th in Oakland, California and the rescheduled dates will be tacked on to the end of the jaunt. During the trek, Tom and company will get some impressive opening acts including ZZ Top, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Buddy Guy and possibly Joe Cocker. See when the band is coming near you and who’ll be supporting them that night by heading to TomPetty.com.

This August, the Black Crowes will release a new album called Croweology then spend the next four months touring, but once they’re done, the guys are planning an indefinite hiatus. In fact, the band is even calling their upcoming trek the Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys tour. As for how long the rockers might be gone for, singer Chris Robinson told Rolling Stone, “Two years, five years, ten years – you never know when you jump into the void.” The Crowes want to take a break while everyone is in “a good mood” and spend time with their families. Read more at RollingStone.com and check out all of the group’s tour dates at BlackCrowes.com.

On June 28th last year, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played at the Hard Rock Calling Festival at London’s Hyde Park and now, that concert is coming to DVD. Included in the 163-minutes of footage are 26 tracks of live Springsteen including hits from the Born to Run era all the way up to Working on a Dream. There is even bonus footage from the band’s June 27th set in Glastonbury, England and the music video to “Wrecking Ball,” which was filmed at their 2009 gig at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium. The double-disc set is titled London Calling: Live in Hyde Park and it hits shelves on June 22nd. Learn more at Springsteen.net.


The acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil will put on a live touring show featuring the songs of Michael Jackson late next year. According to the Associated Press, the outing will be followed by a permanent production in Las Vegas in 2012 at a property owned by MGM Mirage. Cirque, along with Jackson’s estate, will each own 50 percent of the project and share equally in the cost of putting it on. Jackson’s mother, Katherine, added in a statement, “Our family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way.” Jackson died at age 50 last June on the cusp of a series of comeback concerts.

• The Beatles and Elvis also have Cirque du Soleil shows.

It seems the Bonnaroo line-up just got tastier! The festival now has its own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, aptly named Bonnaroo Buzz. So what does Bonnaroo taste like in ice cream form? It’s described as having a taste like “light coffee and malt ice creams with whiskey caramel swirls and English toffee pieces.” Fans who head down to Tennessee for the music festival can try the ice cream there or can pick it up at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops starting on May 4th. Bonnaroo gets underway on June 10th in Manchester, Tennessee.

Builders were digging up the garden at an English home John Lennon used to own when they stumbled upon a leather bag. Inside it is what fans are calling John’s long-lost stash of LSD. The Beatle is rumored to have buried the stash before he went to India in 1967 to renounce drugs. When Lennon returned, he changed his mind about drugs and went to dig up the LSD but couldn’t find it. According to The Sun, it’s unlikely any proof of the drug will be confirmed since most of the bottles in the bag broke, compromising the stash.

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash isn’t spending his days relaxing by the beach. Even though the singer is gearing up for a tour with David Crosby and Stephen Stills next month, he’s still working his butt off. He told us how he is doing.

(Cut #2) “Insanely busy but it’s all good stuff. I’m working on like seven albums at the same time. It’s pretty intense. I’ve never worked on seven at the same time. Maybe a couple but not seven.”

Among those albums are CSN’s upcoming Rick Rubin-produced covers set, which Graham says they are halfway through, plus a massive CSNY live set that Graham expects out around the holidays. Meanwhile, Crosby, Stills and Nash hit the road on May 21st in California and you can see all their upcoming dates at CrosbyStillsNash.com.

The Web site for The Beatles: Rock Band has been nominated for a Webby Award. TheBeatlesRockBand.com is up for Best Games-Related Site at the 14th edition of the Webby Awards, which honor excellence on the Internet. The site, which introduces people to the video game, is set in the game’s style and gives detailed background info on people, places and instruments in the game. And, as a nominee, the Web page is also up for a Webby People’s Voice Award, which you can vote on at Webby.aol.com. Winners will be announced on May 4th and the awards show takes place on June 14th in New York.

“Stairway to Heaven” has been named the U-K’s favorite rock song. Digital station Absolute Classic Rock polled listeners, who decided on the Led Zeppelin classic. Zep had two other songs in the top ten with “Whole Lotta Love” at number four and “Rock N’ Roll” at seven. The Who also made the list with “Won’t Get Fooled Again” in the two spot and “Baba O’Reilly” coming in sixth. Learn more at BelfastTelegraph.co.uk.


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Hey All You Slide Fans -

Just a reminder that Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings will be doing a once a year concert at The Empress Theater in Vallejo this Friday April 23rd with our good friend and special guest Carlos Reyes. These two tend to blaze in a way that is not to be missed. A fantastic collaboration.

In addition, a return to a fav of the south bay folks - Moe's Ally on Saturday April 24th in Santa Cruz - bring your dancing shoes and let's have some fun and welcome in the beautiful spring weather!

Travel safe and hug the ones you love! XX Gaynell



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Forever Changes
Arthur Lee and the Book of Love
by John Einarson

Widely hailed as a genius, Arthur Lee was a character every bit as colorful and unique as his music. In 1966, he was Prince of the Sunset Strip, busy with his pioneering racially-mixed band Love, and accelerating the evolution of California folk-rock by infusing it with jazz and orchestral influences, a process that would climax in a timeless masterpiece, the Love album Forever Changes.

Shaped by a Memphis childhood and a South Los Angeles youth, Lee always craved fame. He would achieve his ambition with a mixture of vaulting talent and colossal chutzpah. Drug use and a reticence to tour were his Achilles heels, and he succumbed to a dissolute lifestyle just as superstardom was beckoning.

Despite endorsements from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, Lee’s subsequent career was erratic and haunted by the shadow of Forever Changes, reaching a nadir with his 1996 imprisonment for a firearms offence. Redemption followed, culminating in an astonishing post-millennial comeback that found him playing Forever Changes to adoring multi-generational fans around the world. This upswing was only interrupted by his untimely death, from leukemia, in 2006.

Writing with the full consent and cooperation of Arthur’s widow, Diane Lee, author John Einarson has meticulously researched a biography that includes lengthy extracts from the singer’s vivid, comic, and poignant memoirs, published here for the first time. Einarson has also amassed dozens of new interviews with the surviving members of Love and with many others who fell into the incomparable Arthur Lee’s flamboyant orbit.

John Einarson is the author of 13 books, including the critically-acclaimed Hot Burritos: The True Story Of The Flying Burrito Brothers (Jawbone Books, 2008), named one of the 10 best music books of 2008 by Uncut magazine, and Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life & Legacy of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books, 2005), cited among the 10 best music books of 2005 by Uncut and Record Collector. His other books include Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock (Cooper Square Press, 2001), the first detailed chronicle of the southern Californiacountry rock scene, and For What It’s Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield. He wrote the Bravo TV documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life and served as consultant for A&E/Biography Channel’s Neil Young Biography episode and CBC TV’s Life & Times of Randy Bachman based on his best-selling biography of the Canadian music icon, Takin’ Care of Business (McArthur & Co., 2000). He has written for Mojo, Goldmine, Discoveries, Record Collector, and Rock Express and is a regular contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press. John lives with his family in Winnipeg, Canada.

Return of the King

Elvis Presley's Great Comeback
by Gillian G. Gaar

Return of the King tells the story of a tumultuous period in the life of Elvis Presley. By 1967, The King Of Rock’n’Roll was all but washed-up, thanks to a string of bland movie roles and lackluster records. But within a year he had roused himself, loosened the creative shackles imposed by his grasping manager, ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, and reconnected with the rock audience through a riveting TV special. There followed a glorious but all too brief artistic flowering, in which he made some of his most enduring records, including ‘Suspicious Minds’ and ‘In The Ghetto.’ This meticulously researched and elegantly written book, based on a string of new interviews with colleagues, friends, fans, and observers of The King, sheds new light on the events of Elvis’s great comeback.

Gillian G. Gaar is the author of She’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll; Green Day: Rebels with a Cause; Nirvana: In Utero; and The Rough Guide to Nirvana. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock; Goldmine: The Beatles Digest; and The Nirvana Companion. She has also written for Mojo, Rolling Stone, Goldmine (where she wrote the column “All Things Elvis”), and the Experience Music Project museum, among others, and served as a project consultant on Nirvana’s With The Lights Out boxed set. She lives in Seattle.


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Six individual CDs including a doo-wop compilation kick off reissue program of long sought-after material

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On June 22, 2010, Collectors’ Choice Music in conjunction with ABKCO Music & Records will begin a rollout of six reissues and compilations from the legendary Cameo and Parkway Records masters. The initial six CDs, including four twofers, are Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites, Bobby Rydell Salutes The Great Ones/Rydell at the Copa, Chubby Checker’s It’s Pony Time/Let’s Twist Again, The Orlons’ The Wah-Watusi/South Street, Terry Knight And The Pack/Reflections plus the compilationRemember Me Baby: Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups Vol. 1 which features The Lydells, The Dovells, The Tymes, Lee Andrews, Billy And The Essentials and more.

For some time ABKCO had been looking for the right team with whom to delve into its vaults to create an ongoing Cameo Parkway reissue program. ABKCO found the right mix in Collectors’ Choice Music and have entered into an exclusive arrangement, ensuring that a flow of reissues and compilations will be available over the next few years. All releases will be curated by Teri Landi, ABKCO’s resident engineer and catalog archivist, and annotated by respected music journalists.

Jody Klein, CEO of ABKCO Music & Records commented, “We are delighted to have Collectors’ Choice Music onboard for these releases of great historical relevance. Their expertise in this area will ensure that the music that made Cameo-Parkway such a cultural touchstone will be enjoyed by music fans who have long awaited these collections.”

Much of the material has not been available since its original release on vinyl some 45-50 years ago. Both companies have approached these reissues with careful A&R, annotation, package design and sound engineering. Said Gordon Anderson, Sr. VP of Collectors’ Choice, “The opportunity for our company to release this material represents the culmination of a career-long dream for me, and a fervently-held dream for thousands of our Collectors’ Choice Music customers.”

Founded by Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann in December 1956, Philadelphia-based Cameo-Parkway was one of the great American indie labels during the late ’50s and ’60s. It was home to big pop-rock and R&B stars like Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker and The Orlons, as well as to all manner of styles and artists both famous and obscure. It also represents the last great, largely untapped repository of vintage pop music from the rock ’n’ roll era.

It has been argued that popular culture was forever changed by the impact of Cameo-Parkway hits. Cameo-Parkway was one of America’s leading independent labels during the era that preceded the British invasion, offering a breathtaking range of pop, soul, rock, novelty and dance records that have continued to resonate with fans over the past five decades. The label’s biggest claim to fame is the string of dance craze hits that followed in the wake of “The Twist.” These included “Mashed Potato Time,” “The Wah-Watusi,” “Bristol Stomp,” “Do the Bird,” “Hully Gully Baby,” “Pony Time,” “The 81,” “Limbo Rock” and, of course, “Let’s Twist Again.”

Beyond the dance songs — most of which originated in Philadelphia — Cameo-Parkway issued garage rock classics from the Midwest including ? And The Mysterians’ “96 Tears” as well as early tracks by Detroit’s Bob Seger, The Rationals and Terry Knight And The Pack. The label even embraced the British invasion, releasing sides by The Kinks and Screaming Lord Sutch. Soul played a significant role with singles by The Tymes, Patti LaBelle And Her Bluebells, Frankie Beverly And The Butlers, The Five Stairsteps, and Bunny Sigler. Beyond those, Cameo was the label home of Bobby Rydell, who transformed from “swingin’ pop idol” to a mature vocalist and was accepted by both teen and adult audiences with such hits as “Wild One,” “Kissin’ Time” and more adult fare such as “Volare” and “Sway.”

Collectors’ Choice’s initial rollout of six CDs includes the following:
• Bobby Rydell — Bobby Rydell Salutes The Great Ones/Rydell at the Copa. These two 1961 albums — presented here in their original stereo mixes — represented an effort by Rydell to move beyond the limitations of his teen idol persona. The title of Rydell’s Cameo LP, Bobby Rydell Salutes The Great Ones, works on two levels. It is an early tribute to the performers the young singer admired all his life, as indicated by the little caricatures of Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra in the upper corner of the LP’s cover, and the “great ones” in the title refers to songs from the Great American Songbook such as “Mammy,” “That Old Black Magic” and “All of You.” By recording a live album at the Copa, Rydell was following a well-trodden trail left by other pop male vocalists like Bobby Darin and Paul Anka. Jim Ritz contributed liner notes.

• Chubby Checker — It’s Pony Time/Let’s Twist Again: This twofer includes two albums from the height of the Chubby Checker twist phenomenon that he and Cameo-Parkway had spawned, virtually ruling the music charts in 1960 and 1961. The first album’s title track, “Pony Time,” went to #1, his only chart-topper besides “The Twist,” while Let’s Twist Again, his fourth album, hit #11, shortly followed by three Top 10 albums in a row. Also featured here are “We Like Birdland,” “The Watusi,” The Hully Gully,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Let’s Twist Again” and more. Jim Ritz penned the liner notes.

• The Orlons — The Wah-Watusi/South Street. Discovered by high school classmate and future Cameo labelmate Len Barry, The Orlons (Shirley Brickley, Marlena Davis, Rosetta Hightower and Stephen Caldwell) were one of Cameo-Parkway’s most popular vocal groups and certainly the label’s top girl group. This twofer presents their only two charting albums from 1962 and ’63 respectively, and both featuring Top 5 title tracks. Heard here in their original pristine mono with notes by Gene Sculatti that contain quotes from Caldwell (he of the ultra-low “frog” voice), this reissue contains the title hits plus “Dedicated To The One I Love,” “Tonight,” “Cement Mixer” and more.

• Terry Knight And The Pack — Terry Knight And The Pack/Reflections. Although Cameo-Parkway was best known for rock ’n’ roll, pop and R&B, these albums (originally released on Cameo’s Lucky Eleven imprint) illustrate the label’s embrace of Midwestern rock. Flint, Michigan’s Knight And The Pack were a garage band with many regional hits that never broke nationally; they might have become stars but for the fact that band members Mark Farner and Don Brewer left to form Grand Funk Railroad, with Knight producing. In his liner notes, Jeff Tamarkin tells the story of their 1966-67 fuzz-laced sounds featured in “Numbers,” “You’re a Better Man Than I,” “The Lovin’ Kind,” “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show,” “Dimestore Debutante” and others.

• Clint Eastwood — Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites: Oscar-winning actor Clint Eastwood has demonstrated a musical streak throughout his acting and directing career, and this 1963 album catches him at the beginning. Fresh from his success on the TV series Rawhide, he croons (and quite convincingly so) a collection of cowboy favorites. The set includes the 1962 single “Rowdy” b/w “Cowboy Wedding Song,” as well as “San Antonio Rose,” Bouquet of Roses,” “Along the Santa Fe Trail,” “The Last Roundup,” “Sierra, Nevada” and more. Jim Ritz contributed liner notes.

• Remember Me Baby: Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups Vol. 1: There are collectors and there are doo-wop collectors, which is why Collectors’ Choice devoted its very first compilation in the series to the vocal groups whose recordings defined Cameo-Parkway during its earliest years. Heard here are The Gainors’ “You Must Be An Angel,” Billy And The Essentials’ “Remember Me Baby,” and never before released tracks by The Dovells and The Tymes, “Short On Bread” and “Did You Ever Get My Letter?,” respectively. Also featured are rare tracks from The Anglos, The Defenders, The Exceptions, The Expressions, The Gleems, Pookie Hudson And The Spaniels, The Impacs, The Rays, Rick And The Masters, The Sequins, The Skyliners and The Turbans — 24 tracks in all. Annotated by Ed Osborne.


First published in UniVibes issue #25, April 1997
Copyright ©1997 UniVibes - All rights reserved.

On 26 April Hendrix & Co. traveled to Sacramento, California's capital, eighty miles northeast of San Francisco. The state fairgrounds just east of downtown included a large, oval racetrack with a grandstand along the straight-away on the west side. For the concert promoters erected a stage at the foot of the grandstand, facing up into the seats. About 8,000 tickets were sold.

Photos of Hendrix reveal him with the same choker and medallion 'round his neck and in the same floral vest as the night before. It is hard to tell if he has the same or a very similar dark, ruffled shirt at Cal Expo as at the Forum show the night before. The same red-white-and-blue scarf appears 'round his head. As it is somewhat unusual to see Jimi wear the same outfit two days in a row, there is a possibility that Hendrix did not sleep between the two concerts, nor even changed his clothes.

Those in charge of stage preparations had stayed up late as well. Aside from the stage construction itself, the Strongwinds promoter (whose identity eludes us) gathered a small crew of young men to create a large, painted backdrop for the stage. One young guy named Craig Chaquico (pronounced cha-kee-so) joined the crew. "I remember going through my brother's albums and finding Are You Experienced," Chaquico says today from his home near San Francisco. "I put the headphones on and, man, it changed my life. Up until then I had been listening to the Beach Boys. I didn't know this stuff existed."

As the Cal Expo date approached, artist Mark Hensen got hired to produce a promotional poster for the concert. Miniature posters served as tickets. "Hensen was also asked to paint the backdrop and asked me and other guys to help him," Chaquico recalls. "He designed it, we helped him paint it. Ourpayment would be to keep any paint and canvas we didn't use. For starving art students that was great. So the production company bought two six foot-wide rolls of canvas, forty feet long. The original backdrop was supposed to be three segments. One segment was to be an American flag. The next was to be a big, trippy peace sign. The other side was to be the English flag, because Jimi's group had American and English musicians."

photo: Larry Hulst

"I was like 14 or 15 years old, I'm getting backstage the night before. Part of my payment was also supposed to be free tickets too. We stayed up all night painting this backdrop and the American flag goes pretty well. The peace sign went pretty smooth. It's three in the morning. 'Okay, let's do the English flag. What does that look like again? Red with some crosses on it?' We couldn't remember exactly what it looked like. No one had an encyclopedia, it's three or four in the morning, we got to get this thing done, we're running out of time, it's all got to be set-up and no one knows what the damn English flag looks like, at least closely enough to paint it. Logic is maybe not our best asset at that point. Someone says, 'Let's draw the Vietcong flag. It's just a star with a blue and red background.' It made sense to us at that point, but we got so much shit. People either loved it or hated it. But it went up."

For Chaquico this proved to be only the first phase of his Hendrix adventure. "Back then things were not as well-organized as they are now so the promoter hadn't gotten enough crew to handle the stage set-up," he explains. "All of us kids with paint all over our hands and T-shirts got drafted at the last minute to help Hendrix's road crew carry the amps out of the truck and onto the stage. I got to be one of Hendrix's roadies for an afternoon!"

"I remember seeing a big road case with guitar cords, Wah-wah pedals, Fuzz-faces. I had never seen so many pieces of guitar equipment. I would save for months to buy just a guitar chord. Here everything was in this big box. I said something to a roadie like, 'Hey man, can I have one of those Wah-wah pedals?' He thought about it for a second, but said 'No way man! I can't give everybody one of Jimi Hendrix's Wah-wah pedals!'"

"At one point a bunch of kids, who didn't have tickets, were trying to get in over the fence. The promoter suddenly drafted us to become security and said, 'Make sure those kids don't jump over the fence.' So I ran over there and I'm looking at these guys on the other side of the fence and I think, 'What the fuck am I doing? I go to school with those guys! I'm not security, I'm outta here." By some estimates the gate-crashers nearly doubled the paid audience of 8,000.

It was the first time I'd ever seen him live," Chaquico recalls of his position on stage, just a few feet away from Hendrix. "After listening to his albums what impressed me was that live, everything was noisy. The amps buzzed and hummed, things were out-of-tune and scratchy... I was so used to hearing his immaculate recordings, all that stereo and double-tracking and finesse... The impression was, 'Wow! This stuff is really raw, live. I kind of dug it! It was super-loud. I remember thinking, 'It doesn't sound as tame and as clean as the records.'"

Chaquico also remembers his reaction: "I know he did a lot of my favorite songs, like 'Foxy Lady,' 'Purple Haze,' and 'Voodoo Child.' A lot of it seemed unfamiliar though. I think some of the unfamiliar songs were taking people by surprise. Half the show I was onstage. Then I went out into the audience with a guy who was a TV personality that I knew... I remember -it was either 'Foxy Lady' or 'Purple Haze'- that my friend said, 'Watch, Hendrixalways jumps up in the air at this point.' And Jimi jumped in the air. I realized, 'Hey these guys do these things every night!' I never realized that before then. I though each night was totally different and that the time I saw him was the first time he did any of that shit [laughs]. But he had a shtick. I never did get a chance to meet him. He was kind of whisked off stage."

As Chaquico recalls today: "I was still an aspiring guitarist, just a wanna-be. I didn't get to go to a lot of concerts. In fact my folks were a little strict about that kind of thing. I got to go to Cal Expo because it was close to home and took place during the day."

At that time Chaquicohad his own group, Steelwind. He would wear a fake moustache to make him look older and get him into clubs. Grace Slick heard him play and that led to gigs with her, Paul Kantner, Jerry Garcia, David Crosby and Graham Nash. First he recorded with an agglomeration of musicians dubbed The Jefferson Starship, then toured as a regular member of the band in 1974.

"When I left the Starship I noticed the acoustic guitar. My wife got pregnant and the acoustic guitar became a lot more welcome around the house," Chaquico says of his current work." I started writing songs that way, recording ideas, and ended up doing some albums." Guitar Player's Readers' Poll just named him 'Best Pop Instrumental Guitarist' ahead of Larry Carlton and Pat Metheny.

"It's still rock 'n roll," Chaquico says. "I get a lot of my ideas from listening to Hendrix. Even though I play acoustic guitar I do a lot of panning and stereo that I first learned by listening to Hendrix. He was onto something timeless. It spoke to a generation back then and it speaks to a whole new generation now.

"There's something about his music, he was tapped in. Almost supernatural sometimes. I can see why he's still popular and there's still interest in him. All you have to do is put on a record and listen to the worlds he created with his music and his guitar. You can go places and travel. He would take you on these journeys of the imagination."

"That's what got me. Up until then there were all these songs about cars, surfing, whatever. Now this guy's writing songs about 'Voodoo Child,' '1983...' It was like science fiction and fantasies - all this wild imagery set to this amazing music. I remember thinking, 'Wow! I was this close to Hendrix and one day I'll see him again. I have to see this guy again.' And then he died."

"See ya on the next world, and dont be late" -Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child


May 18, More DVDs and gift packs to follow in 2010)

On May 18, 2010 Gentle Giant will be re-releasing three albums on vinyl: In A Glass House (originally released 1973), Free Hand (1975) and The Power & The Glory (1974) via their own Alucard label through EMI Music's Label Services unit and Caroline Distribution.

Later this year, there will be a new CD, Gentle Giant at King Alfred's College, Winchester from an early Gentle Giant show; it includes songs never released on any commercial release. There will be a DVD, GG at the GG, which is a 1978 performance of Gentle Giant on the BBC. Box sets and live recordings are also being planned.

All seven of the albums are remastered from the original _ inch tapes through Hi-Resolution (24bit 96k) transfer that the band recorded at UK's Abbey Road Studios in the 1970s. Band member Ray Shulman was in charge of the mixes. Fred Kevorkian moe., Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams) handled the albums' mastering.

This progressive rock band, which was active from 1970 through 1980, was made up of multi-instrumentalists, and lived to expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular. The group's dozen albums combine a range of musical styles-jazz, pop, classical, British soul, rock, blues, medieval, pop, blues, Gentle Giant's legacy has become influential to a range of artists from the arena rock, jam band, virtuoso players, chamber pop, jazz, and-of course-progressive rock genres.

Kerry Minnear, plus Gentle Giant bandmates Ray Shulman, Gary Green, John Weathers, and Derek Shulman are available for interviews. Other promotion includes radio, print, Internet, and mobile phone outreach.

(There are many Gentle Giant facebook and myspace pages.)




The trivia question from the last MusicWire was:

Name this fiery African roots, reggae artist whose real name conjures up cigarettes and comedians.


ANSWER: Winston Rodney (aka Burning Spear)


the winners are... (in order of appearance)

Tim Bernett


I'll go with Mr. Winston Rodney, a/k/a Burning Spear.

-Tim Bernett


Of course I don't know this one, but how about:


KOOL = brand of cigarettes


Don Mennie


I was thinking Peter Tosh aka Winston MacIntosh but that doesn't quite work, does it? Gotta be Winston someone..

kaanii cleaver



After the group failed to achieve any chart success, they officially disbanded in autumn 1957. Then after a move to California and hooking up with a superstar, the boys rejoined, wrote songs for other artists, and had success for a few years. Their sound is still reverberating today. As a solo artist, the key member of the group had an untimely death a few years later.

Name the group or artist to win.


Only one answer in particular will be accepted...

If you want to be listed as a winner....INCLUDE YOUR NAME!

Give it your best shot...you may not get a yes/no response until the
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In 1964…The Beatles attended a London birthday party for Roy Orbison, who had turned 28 a few days earlier.

In 1965…Bob Dylan arrived in England for a tour that promoted his new album, Bringing It All Back Home. D.A. Pennebaker filmed his performances and acerbic exchanges with the press for the documentary Don't Look Back.

In 1965…The Rolling Stones’ concert in Ontario, Canada came to an early end when the police chief unplugged their microphones and amps.

In 1966…At Abbey Road, The Beatles recorded 32 takes of “Octopus’s Garden.”

In 1966…The New York Times reported that Ray Charles had been ordered to undergo tests at a Boston hospital to confirm that he had been weaned off drugs.

In 1970…Jimmy Page's solo appearance on the BBC's Julie Felix Show revealed an interesting change of direction for Led Zeppelin. While the band was pegged as a purveyor of blues bombast, his performance of the acoustic “White Summer/Black Mountain Side,” influenced by folk guitarist Bert Jansch, was a good indication of the gentler direction of Led Zeppelin III.

In 1977…Studio 54 opened in New York.

In 1978…Ringo Starr played the lead in an updated version on The Prince and the Pauper, with narration by George Harrison. Art Carney, Angie Dickinson and Vincent Price. Talk show host Mike Douglas also starred.

In 1982…A gunman jacked Rod Stewart of his Porsche in broad daylight on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard.

In 1986…The number one album in America was Van Halen’s 5150, their first with new vocalist Sammy Hagar.

In 1988…Mick Jagger won his copyright infringement case when a jury decided he did not steal his hit “Just Another Night” from another musician.

In 1994…In court, Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship frontwoman Grace Slick pleaded guilty to threatening police with a shotgun. In her defense, Slick said she was suffering stress after her house had burned down the previous fall.

In 1995…After being discovered slumped over the wheel of a parked car, ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was charged with heroin possession.

In 1995…Courtney Love said she turned down a million dollar offer to pose nude in Playboy.

In 2003…David Lee Roth apprehended and detained a knife-wielding man he discovered trespassing on his Southern California estate. The former Van Halen frontman kept the felon at bay with a shotgun.

In 2006…Snoop Dogg was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport after a fight broke out at a business lounge. Dogg's 30-strong entourage allegedly battled police officers after being told they could not board their flight.


Monday, April 26th

Duane Eddy (guitarist, songwriter) is 72
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994

Maurice Williams (singer, Maurice and the Zodiacs) is 72
- Born in Lancaster, South Carolina

Bobby Rydell (singer) is 68
- In the film Grease, the high school is named after him

Gary Wright (singer) is 67

- Spooky Tooth; Sang the hit “Dream Weaver”

Roger Taylor (drummer, Duran Duran) is 50
- His band has sold more than 85-million records

Chris Mars (drummer, The Replacements) is 49
- Is now a painter

Jimmy Stafford (guitarist) is 46

- Guitarist for Train




Brian Wilson---Surf's Up - 1966



Brian Wilson interview on Mike Douglas 1976



Thanks to Mike Hart


Was (Not Was) 007 I Feel Better Than James Brown & 11 MPH

(11 mph is how fast JFK's car was going in Dallas)



Was (Not Was) 002 I Blew Up The United States / Pusherman



Was (Not Was) perform "Wedding Vows in Vegas" with Frank Sinatra Jr. singing lead vocals


Bone Machine (1992) video made by Jim Jarmusch


BB King : All Over Again - 1968



George Benson Robben Ford - On Broadway


Jerry Lee Lewis and Gary Busey,Keith Richards 1983



Thanks to Kevin Walsh

The Maze: Haight/Ashbury (1967 KPIX documentary with unique Grateful Dead footage)



Thanks to Pal Joey

Sweet Jam Session w/ Trey Anastasio & Warren Haynes



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