Other upcoming Johnny Cash titles for 2002 (more details coming soon)
FEBRUARY 12 JOHNNY CASH - "The Essential Johnny Cash"
(Columbia/Legacy/Razor & Tie)
This 2-CD set will be the cornerstone for Columbia/Legacy's year-long celebration of Cash's 70th birthday. The set includes 36 tracks drawn from Cash's tenure at Sun, Columbia, and Mercury. Also included is his 1993 collaboration with U2, "The Wanderer."
MARCH 12 FIVE NEW CASH TITLES IN THE "AMERICAN MILESTONES" SERIES: None of these titles have been previously on CD in the U.S. All will be expanded editions featuring bonus tracks, new liner notes, and classic archival photography.
"The Fabulous Johnny Cash" 1958
"Hymns By Johnny Cash" 1959
"Johnny Cash - Ride This Train" 1960
"Carryin' On With Johnny Cash and June Carter" 1967
"Johnny Cash - Orange Blossom Special" 1965
Also coming up in the American Milestones series:
MARCH 19 - JOHNNY PAYCHECK - "The Soul & Edges: The Best of Johnny Paycheck" (Epic/Legacy) Tracks include working man's country classics like "Take This Job and Shove It," "She's All I Got," "Mr. Lovemaker" and "Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets."
Orbison's estate sued Sony Music Entertainment in 1998 seeking $12 million in royalties for use of his recordings. That lawsuit is still pending in federal district court. Barbara Orbison also went to court last year against Napster, claiming more than one million copyright violations involving Orbison's songs.
Welsh Success. Born in Cardiff's Ely area in March 1948, Shaky became one of Wales's top pop exports in the 1980s, racking up four number ones and a dozen hit albums. One of his finest moments was the oft-repeated seasonal tune Merry Christmas Everyone. In 1999, he resurrected his career to undertake a tour of the US and Europe before performing at a concert to mark the inception of the Welsh Assembly in May that year. At the dawn of the new millennium, he headlined an open-air concert in his home city, performing live to an audience of over 100,000 people.
A spokesperson for his Manchester-based agents Kennedy Street Enterprises did not confirm the arrest when contacted. "I have just come back from a holiday and have not heard anything," she said.
Brumbach called in some estimable sidemen for the weekend's festivities. In addition to ably manning the electric keyboards himself and recruiting his brother John to head a improvisatory three-piece sax section, Brumbach recruited two fine guitarists - ex-Eddy Clearwater axeman Mark Wydra and tasteful Milwaukeean Billy Flynn - and impeccable drummer Bob Carter to join in the fun. Veteran Chicago blues harpist Little Arthur and dazzlingly attired ex-Paul Butterfield Band timekeeper Sam Lay were also on hand to provide a few guest vocals, Lay eschewing the traps to concentrate on singing a combination of tough blues and '50s rock and roll ("Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On," "Roll Over Beethoven") while Arthur animatedly took things in earthier, more downhome directions with equal impact.
But it was Lucas the sizable Friday evening crowd came to see (it was his first Chicago visit since 1983), and he certainly didn't disappoint. Displaying the energy and stamina of a man half his age, he engagingly mixed blues, rockabilly, country, and soul influences into a tasty stew as singular as the man himself. Now based in Florida, the Memphis-born singer fittingly lit into Chuck Berry's "Memphis" utilizing Johnny Rivers' basic arrangement as well as some timeless Jimmy Reed blues. Best of all, Lucas climbed up to man the drum kit while delivering the last few numbers of the evening, pounding out a torrid "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" with a socking backbeat. He counted off his relentless 1963 smash "I'm Movin' On" to close out the night, Wydra uncorking a barrage of slashing slide licks. Hopefully it won't be another 18 years - or even 18 months - before Matt Lucas ventures this way again.
Les Brown, 88. His Band of Renown scored a No. 1 hit with "Sentimental Journey" during America's big band era of the 1930s and '40s. Jan. 4.
Luis Floriano Bonfa, 78. Brazilian guitarist and composer who helped found Bossa Nova music. Jan. 12.
Gregory Corso, 70. One of the circle of Beat poets that included Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, known for the 1958 poem "Bomb." Jan. 17.
O. Winston Link, 86. His dramatic nighttime photographs of smoke-puffing steam engines documented a vanished era of railroads and became valued as art. Jan. 30.
Jean-Pierre Aumont, 90. French actor who brought continental charm to romantic roles on stage and in film. Jan. 30.
Hal Blair, 85. He co-wrote songs such as Hank Lockliln's "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" and Lorne Greene's "Ringo." Feb. 2.
Freddy Wittop, 89. Tony Award-winning costume designer for "Hello, Dolly!" Feb. 2.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 94. The wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh, who became his co-pilot and wrote extensively about their adventures in flight. Feb. 7.
Dale Evans, 88. Singer-actress who teamed with husband Roy Rogers in Westerns and wrote their theme song, "Happy Trails to You." Feb. 7.
Lewis Arquette, 65. Actor who played J.D. Pickett on "The Waltons"; son of Cliff Arquette and father of Rosanna. Feb. 10.
Balthus, 92. French painter, one of the 20th century's greatest realist artists known for his erotic portrayal of adolescent beauties. Feb. 18.
Charles Trenet, 87. French singer and songwriter whose fanciful ballads and poetic love songs captured the hearts of his countrymen for more than six decades. Feb. 18.
Stanley Kramer, 87. Producer and-or director of some of Hollywood's most celebrated "message" films including "High Noon," "The Defiant Ones" and "Judgment at Nuremberg." Feb. 19.
Malcolm Yelvington, 82, died Feb 21, 2001 - A great Sun legend and a great man
Ted McMichael, 92. A founder of the popular 1940s quartet the Merry Macs, which had the novelty hit "Mairzy Doats." Feb. 27.
Ann Sothern, 92. Blond beauty who starred as the movies' wisecracking "Maisie" and as the busybody Susie McNamara in the 1950s TV series "Private Secretary." March 15.
Norma Macmillan, 79. The voice of television's Casper the Friendly Ghost and Gumby. March 16.
John Phillips, 65. Co-founder of the '60s pop group the Mamas and the Papas and writer of its biggest hits, including "California Dreamin'" and "Monday Monday." March 18.
William Hanna, 90. Animator who with partner Joseph Barbera created such cartoon characters as Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear and Tom and Jerry. March 22.
Toby Wing, 85. Striking actress who appeared in 1930s films such as Eddie Cantor's "The Kid From Spain" and the musical "42nd Street." March 23.
John Lewis, 80. Pianist who masterminded one of the most famous ensembles in jazz, the Modern Jazz Quartet. March 29.
Paul Peek passed away Tuesday, April 3, at 4:30 pm at a hospital in Atlanta. Paul was with Gene Vincent's Blue Caps and had a fine solo career.
Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, 69. His fantastic car creations helped define the California hot rod culture of the 1950s and '60s. April 4.
Joey Ramone, 49. Punk rock icon whose signature yelp melded with the Ramones' three-chord thrash. April 15. Lymphoma.
Jack Haley Jr., 67. Son of the man who played the Tin Woodman in "The Wizard of Oz," he produced several Academy Awards shows and documentaries about Hollywood such as "That's Entertainment." April 21.
Al Hibbler, 85. Jazz singer with Duke Ellington and later as a solo, known for his rich baritone and exaggerated phrasing. April 24.
Ken Hughes, 79. He wrote or directed dozens of films, including the children's movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." April 28.
Jerry Lee Merritt died of heart failure Friday, May 4, 2001. He was 67. Besides Jerry's own fine music career, he spent time songwriting and touring with Gene Vincent in the late '50.
James Myers, 81. His tune "Rock Around the Clock," recorded by Bill Haley & His Comets, became the granddaddy of all rock 'n' roll songs. May 9.
Deborah Walley, 57. Actress in such quintessential 1960s teen movies as "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" and "Beach Blanket Bingo." May 10. Cancer.
Perry Como, 88. The mellow baritone famous for his relaxed vocals on hits such as "Catch a Falling Star," who entertained TV audiences in the 1950s on "The Perry Como Show." May 12.
Willie Foster, 79. Harmonica-playing bluesman who teamed with Muddy Waters and other greats. May 20.
Whitman Mayo, 70. He played junk dealer Fred Sanford's sidekick, Grady Wilson, on the 1970s television series "Sanford and Son." May 22.
Arlene Francis, 93. Witty actress and television personality who was a panelist on the long-running game show "What's My Line?" May 31.
Hank Ketcham, 81. Comic strip artist whose lovable scamp, "Dennis the Menace," tormented cranky Mr. Wilson and amused readers for five decades. June 1.
Imogene Coca, 92. Elfin actress-comedian who co-starred with Sid Caesar on television's classic "Your Show of Shows" in the 1950s. June 2.
Anthony Quinn, 86. The barrel-chested Oscar winner remembered for his roles as the earthy hero of "Zorba the Greek" and the fierce Bedouin leader in "Lawrence of Arabia." June 3.
John Hartford, 63. Versatile actor and musician who wrote the standard "Gentle on My Mind." June 4. Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery, 88. Longtime banjo picker for the seminal Western swing band the Light Crust Doughboys. June 6.
Carroll O'Connor, 76. Actor whose gruff charm as the cranky bigot Archie Bunker on "All in the Family" pioneered a new era of frankness in TV comedy. June 21.
John Lee Hooker, 80. Bluesman whose rich, sonorous voice, coupled with a brooding rhythmic guitar, inspired countless musicians. June 21.
Chico O'Farrill, 79. Afro-Cuban jazz artist who composed ballads and fiery, big band be-bop for such greats as Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and Dizzy Gillespie. June 27.
Jack Lemmon, 76. Actor who brought a jittery intensity to his roles as finicky Felix Unger n "The Odd Couple," the boastful Ensign Pulver in "Mr. Roberts" and a cross-dressing musician in "Some Like It Hot." June 27.
Joe Henderson, 64. Four-time Grammy winning tenor saxophonist, considered one of jazz insiders' best-kept secrets. June 30.
Chet Atkins, 77. Guitarist and music executive who played on hundreds of hit records, influenced a generation of rock musicians and developed country music's lush Nashville Sound. June 30
Arnold Peyser, 80. Half of the husband-wife team that scripted such TV shows as "The Brady Bunch" and "My Three Sons." July 1.
Johnny Russell, 61. Grand Ole Opry star whose song "Act Naturally" was recorded by Buck Owens and the Beatles. July 3.
Maceo Anderson, 90. Founding member of the tap-dancing Four Step Brothers. July 4.
Ernie K-Doe, 65. Flamboyant New Orleans rhythm and blues singer who had a No. 1 hit with "Mother-In-Law." July 5.
Fred Neil, 64. Folk singer who wrote "Everybody's Talking," a hit for Harry Nilsson. July 7.
Frances R. Horwich, 94. Her 1950s show "Ding Dong School" helped change children's television and led the way for shows like "Sesame Street" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." July 22.
Leon Wilkeson, 49. Bass guitarist who was one of the founding members of legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. July 27. Emphysema.
Ron Townson, 68. Centerpiece singer for the Grammy-winning pop group The 5th Dimension, who had a string of hits in the 1960s such as "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" and "Up, Up and Away." Aug. 2.
Christopher Hewett, 80. British-born stage actor who played television's endearing English butler, "Mr. Belvedere." Aug. 3.
Lorenzo Music, 64. Writer and voice actor who provided the distinctive voices of "Garfield" the cartoon cat and Carlton the doorman on "Rhoda." Aug. 4.
Alan Rafkin, 73. Emmy-winning director whose credits include four decades of TV's most popular comedies, including "The Andy Griffith Show" and "M-A-S-H." Aug. 6.
Larry Adler, 87. The harmonica virtuoso who charmed kings and commoners with an instrument once disparaged as a toy. Aug. 7.
Betty Cavanna, 92. She wrote children's books such as "Going on Sixteen" that appealed to generations of teen girls. Aug. 13.
Betty Everett, 61. Soul singer whose record "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" was a top 10 hit in 1964. Aug. 19.
Kim Stanley, 76. Acclaimed as one of the theater's finest actresses in the 1950s in plays like "Bus Stop," "A Touch of the Poet" and "Picnic." Aug. 20.
Troy Donahue, 65. Heartthrob actor of the 1950s and '60s who starred in teen romances like "A Summer Place" and "Parrish." Sept. 2.
Jay Migliori, 70. Jazz saxophonist who worked with singers ranging from Frank Zappa to Frank Sinatra and a founding member of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax. Sept. 2.
Justin Wilson, 87. Cajun chef whose down-home humor, gumbo-thick accent and "ga-ron-tee" of authentic cuisine delighted television audiences. Sept. 5.
Fred De Cordova, 90. Producer of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" - and butt of Carson's jokes - for 22 years and director of Ronald Reagan's "Bedtime for Bonzo." Sept. 15.
Samuel Z. Arkoff, 83. His American International Pictures exploited the youth market with pinch-penny movies that bore such bizarre titles as "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" and "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini." Sept. 16.
Dougie Millings, 88. The London tailor who helped create the Beatles' famous collarless suit. Sept. 20.
Isaac Stern, 81. The master violinist who saved Carnegie Hall from the wrecking ball and helped advance the careers of generations of musicians who followed. Sept. 22.
Jimmie Logsdon, popular country and rockabilly singer songwriter and radio/TV personality in the '50s and '60s, died Sunday, Oct. 7th at his daughter's home in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dagmar, 79. She parlayed her dumb blonde act into television fame in the early 1950s on the late-night variety show "Broadway Open House." Oct. 9.
Etta Jones, 72. Prolific jazz vocalist whose soulful, blues-influenced recordings over more than a half-century won her acclaim and two Grammy nominations. Oct. 16.
Jay Livingston, 86. Oscar-winning composer and lyricist whose collaboration with Ray Evans led to such hits as "Silver Bells," "Que Sera, Sera" and "Mona Lisa." Oct. 17.
Russell "Rusty" Kershaw, 63. A guitarist who performed with such greats as Neil Young, Chet Atkins, Charlie Daniels and his older brother, Doug. Oct. 23.
Eugene Jackson, 84. Actor who appeared as "Pineapple" in several "Our Gang" comedies in the 1920s and was Diahann Carroll's Uncle Lou on TV's "Julia." Oct. 26.
Robert Linville of The Roses passed away Saturday, November 3, 2001 of heart failure.
David "Panama" Francis, 82. Drummer whose work was featured both in top Harlem nightclubs and rock songs such as Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash." Nov. 13.
Tommy Flanagan, 71. Jazz pianist who worked with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald. Nov. 16.
Jerry Jerome, 89. Tenor sax player who was a soloist with the bands of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. Nov. 17.
O.C. Smith, 65. He had a Grammy-winning hit in 1968 with "Little Green Apples." Nov. 23.
Kal Mann, 84. He wrote lighthearted lyrics for rock hits such as Elvis Presley's "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" and the Dovells' "Bristol Stomp." Nov. 28.
George Harrison, 58. The "quiet Beatle" who added rock 'n' roll flash and a touch of the mystic to the band's timeless magic. Nov. 29. Cancer.
Thomas D. Tannenbaum, 69. Longtime television producer who had a hand in such hits as "Love, American Style," "The Brady Bunch" and "Kojak." Dec. 1.
Guitarist Grady Martin, one of country music's most acclaimed sidemen, died Monday night (Dec. 3)
Pauline Moore, 87. Actress in such 1930s films as "Heidi," "Young Mr. Lincoln" and "Charlie Chan at Treasure Island." Dec. 7.
Faith Hubley, 77. An animation artist and filmmaker whose work, featuring abstract images and jazz accompaniment, won three Academy Awards. Dec. 7.
Musician Rufus Thomas, whose "Bear Cat" helped Sun Records get its start and whose "Funky Chicken" gave a boost to the Stax Label, died Saturday, Dec. 15th.
"I was behind thrilled when I got the call," Lee commented from Nashville, "It was for one of the few times in my life I was speechless! Then I cried. This is such an unbelievable honor." Ironically, the announcement came just two days after Lee's December 11th birthday. She just turned 57, a fact that will make hepcat "boomers" perhaps feel just a tad grayer. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Charles "Ronnie" Shacklett since 1963, Brenda and her manager husband are the proud parents of two grown daughters and the grandparents of two granddaughters. Brenda continues to perform a regular touring schedule of concerts, casinos, and performing acts center across the U.S. and Canada, as well as internationally.
Making her March 2002 induction all the sweeter will be the release that same month of her long awaited autobiography, "Little Miss Dynamite: The Life And Times Of Brenda Lee." Published by Hyperion Books, the 320 pages reveal the never before told stories of the "behind the scenes" rise of one of America's premiere rock pioneers. The book was written as a collaboration of Lee, noted music historian, and personal friend, Robert K. Oermann, (a regular commentator on A&E and VH-1) and Lee's oldest daughter, Julie Clay, a publisher author and former Nashville director of NARAS. Noted Brenda in commenting on the book: "I always knew that my story had the potential of perhaps hurting some people who were close to me. Quite honestly, I really had to reach into my soul and actually face a lot of things about my life for first time when I finally saw these things committed to paper the writing of the book has been a remarkable two year journey for me."
Brenda Lee is long credited as being the definitive female voice of rock music in the '60's. Her classic 1960 million seller "I'm Sorry," began what was destined to become a string of signature songs for the then sixteen-year-old young rocker. Her international stardom grew out of a childhood marked by dire poverty in the Deep South. Her rise from sharing rockabilly root influences with Elvis Presley in the '50's, led Brenda Lee not only to become a true rock music idol of the '60's but to become a true classic American success story of "rags to riches." She's toured more than fifty countries on five continents and has recorded in several languages specific to her internationals markets. Her albums continue to mature into gold and platinum status around the world from the strength of her catalogue and the legions of young fans daily being born into her music and to the appreciation of the musical icon that is Brenda Lee.
In 1997, Brenda was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville,
the country cousin of Cleveland's rock shrine. Only a handful of artists have
managed to achieve this dual tribute - a visible homage to the amazing sweep of
influence from rockabilly to rock to country that Brenda Lee has had on America's
musical landscape. She has been credited as a major career influence by female
artists as diverse as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Barbara Mandrell, Trisha Yearwood,
England's '60's rocker, LuLu, and Ann Wilson (of "Heart").
Expectation is to exceed the 83 artist and industry related booths at the 2001 premiere event last June. Music industry workshops will again be a free feature of IMF. Performing artists will be selected to showcase. What better place could there be to hold such a diverse musical event than right here in Nashville - "Music City"? While it has long been noted for its country music, in the last two decades Nashville has opened its arms to every kind of music heard today and is recognized as the recording capitol of the world. Join us in Nashville as IMF continues to bring great music, family fun, and commerce to our unique city. Together we can give our nation and the world one more reason to come back again and again to Nashville.
Pick up the brand-new paperback edition of It Came >From Memphis (Pocket Books) and listen to the music that inspired the stories Vol.2 of the companion cd was just released on Birdman Records, and is available at fine book and music stores everywhere. Here's what last Friday's New York Times had to say about it: "IT CAME FROM MEMPHIS, VOL. 2" (Birdman). As Mark Twain might have put it, you don't know about this music without you have read a book by the name of "It Came From Memphis" (Pocket Books), but that ain't no matter. That book was by Robert Gordon, and he told the truth, mainly, though it is unapologetically a guide to the self-styled eccentric's Memphis, with its prominent heroes ‹ the producer and keyboardist Jim Dickinson, the clarinetist Robert Palmer (a former New York Times critic), and the guitarist Tav Falco ‹ rather than the ones you might expect (Elvis, Sam Phillips, et al.). The eccentrics' music lies herein; it's raw and funny and powerful. - BEN RATLIFF
And come celebrate the city that spawned it all at Robert Gordon's It Came From Memphis Holiday Bazaaroe on Saturday, December 22, 2001. The party will get started at 8:30 PM sharp, at Earnestine and Hazel's (84 EG Patterson, 901.523.9754) in downtown Memphis. Music will be provided by Jim Dickinson, B.B. ³Let It All Hang Out² Cunningham, the Reigning Sound, the Bo-Keys, and the Bluff City Backsliders. Special guests include Sid Selvidge, Jimmy Crosthwait's puppets, a phone-in from Jerry ³The King² Lawler, and many more surprises. Artists including Charlie Miller, Dan Zarnstorff, Jimmy Crosthwait, and John McIntire will be selling holiday crafts upstairs. Hours of rare Memphis videos will be shown in the back room. $10 at the door don't miss the last great party of 2001!
"He was a very talented writer," Appell said, speaking from his own home in Pompano Beach. "He had his finger on the pulse of what was going on in those days. Very simple lyrics, about romancing and dancing. ... And the teenagers dug it at the time." Clark, whose long-running program showcased many of the songs Mann co-wrote, remembered the lyricist as "a very prolific, imaginative guy. ... He was very, very commercial in his treatment of music. Though he was much older than the audience he was writing for, he was very contemporary."
A Philadelphia native, Mann began his show business career in the 1940s and '50s as a comedy writer for Danny Thomas, Red Buttons and Jack Leonard. In the late 1950s, friend and songwriter Bernie Lowe convinced Mann that if he could write comic parodies he could write lyrics, proving his point when the two collaborated on "Teddy Bear (Let Me Be Your)," which became a hit for Presley.
Lowe and Mann went on to co-found Cameo/Parkway Records, the Philadelphia-based music label that launched the careers of "Twist" king Chubby Checker, teen idol Bobby Rydell and groups like the Orlons and the Dovells. The artists owed much of their success to the label's close links with Clark's "American Bandstand," which gave them instant national TV exposure
Also on Sunday December 30th 2001, Bob Ancheta, the host of "The Sunday Night Blues Show"on Adult Rock Radio Station KINK 101.9 FM in Portland, OR, is currently putting together a "Top 50 Blues Tunes Of All-Time" special for broadcast on that day. We invite BO DIDDLEY fans around the world to submit your choice of your 5 favorite blues tunes at the following link: http://www.kink.fm/programs/snb.asp This special will be broadcast between 7.00pm and midnight local time on KINK 101.9 FM in Portland, OR on Sunday December 30th 2001.
"Fantastic....", "Wowie zowie, Bo knows rock & roll...." and "I have seen all the great rockers now, and he blows them all away...." are just a few of the many comments that we received in the Guestbook from some of BO DIDDLEY's many fans in Europe, following his week-long tour there last month. We have some great new photos and a review sent in by fans from his recent gigs in Basel, Switzerland and the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, England that can now be found on the Gallery pages of the website, along with reviews of both his Liverpool and his London, England shows on the Hot News page of the site.
Just a reminder that our good friend Mike Marti on his "Night Train" Show on Public Alternative Radio Station WWUH 91.3 FM in Hartford, CT is due to broadcast the next in his all-BO DIDDLEY record specials on Friday December 14th 2001, between midnight and 3.00am local time. We are very pleased to have provided Mike over the past couple of years with various BO DIDDLEY-related items of news and information for these great biannual BO DIDDLEY music program specials that he puts together in the months of June and December each year. His "Night Train" Shows, broadcast between midnight and 3.00am local time Fridays (5.00am-8.00am GMT/UTC Fridays), can also be heard on the Internet via WWUH-FM's website at http://www.wwuh.org/
Finally, it just remains for us to wish you all a happy and above all a very peaceful holiday season. Our thoughts at this time of the year especially, remain with all those people in the USA as well as those around the world, who have been touched in any way by the unspeakable events of September 11th and their aftermath.
David Blakey, Webmaster
Lynn Cameron-Blakey, Technical Support
BO DIDDLEY-The Originator
A Celebration of his unique contribution to Popular Music.
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Our first CD, 'Let's Take It On Home!', was welcomed by Elvis fans, as it contained quite a few rarities that had never been released before in any form. In fact, several fanclubs have since 'borrowed' tracks from that CD for their own releases. Despite the success of 'Let's Take It One Home!', we decided to take our time for its follow-up, since we wanted it to be at least as good as its predecessor. And it's been worth the wait, because we have succeeded in assembling an amazing collection of rarities.
Some of the recordings on this release have never appeared on CD before, while others are ultra-rare. We have even succeeded in finding more unreleased Elvis dialogue from the extremely rare ELVIS ON TOUR interview, with Presley saying a.o.: "People wonder how I do it night after night. I'm perfectly at home out there. I might lose four or five pounds a show usually, but I don't mind it". Another stunning find that even longtime collectors didn't know existed is a monologue from 1961, in which Elvis talks about his new 'Blue Hawaii' film. "It's a story about a boy who just got out of the Army, and he's in love with this girl, this Hawaiian girl, and his parents don't go for it because they are high class. But it's all in colour, and there's about 11 songs in it. We're doing 'Hawaiian Wedding Song', 'Hawaiian Sunset' and 'Blue Hawaii'", he says.
Further highlights include an amateur interview recorded in Munich (München), Germany on June 19, 1959. This charming recording is yet another example of Elvis' respect and consideration for his fans. He is aware of the fact that the interviewers' english is rather limited, and he answers her questions very slowly and clearly, and even asks her twice whether she understands his answers. A wonderful piece of 'Presleyana'. The same can be said about an unreleased soundboard recording from April 1975, where Elvis pays tribute to his friend and childhood hero, the great J.D. Sumner.
Many fans believe that Elvis never endorsed any product, but that is not correct. During our search for the rarities on this CD, we even found an amazing 1956 commercial in which he promotes RCA's Elvis Presley Autograph Model Record Players ("Hurry while this great offer lasts, friends"). Quite a scoop! Some of the remaining tracks include:
This 75-minute CD is packaged in a beautiful full colour cover with rare pix and extensive liner notes with all the necessary details about all the tracks. This CD actually represents a "first" in the Elvis world, in that the disc itself has been pressed in a bright purple colour! This is one of the latest new techniques in the music industry, and the look of the disc is just amazing!
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Ervin gave a very good show, I do agree with you Didier! These are a few points I'd like to add.
The songs. Vincent's Blues, Lavender Blue... It's unusual to hear such numbers! Most of Ervin's playlist includes the 1958-1964 material. "Be Bop A Lula" was the 1962 version. Only a few 1956 tunes were played (Blue Jean Bop...). The band performed two sets, maybe 15 songs each one. Ervin could sing some 1966, 1969 and 1970 songs. He sings so good.
The stage act. As Didier writes, Ervin is sincere and sings with the heart. "This is for you, Mr Gene Vincent", he says sometimes between 2 songs. You close your eyes and you hear Gégène. The man is thin and tall, with brown hair - he could wear his hair a little bit longer, with a ducktail... He's got a good look: black leather trouser and a black western jacket like the white one Gene wears on the Blue Jean Bop LP and on stage in St Paul (USA) in the late 50's. (You can find these jackets on the net: http://www.daddyos.com/retro/jackets.html.
Ervin plays with the mike stand: up and down... He even put his leg over it one time. Great! A little difference with Gene: he doesn't sing much looking at the roof; he sometimes closes his eyes and sometimes look at the audience; he often sings on his knees like he was praying.
The musicians. A good lead guitarist (with three guitars: Fender stratocaster and Telecaster and an Epiphone hollow body), a drummer, a electric-bassman, a guy who plays piano and acoustic rhythm! Both pianist and drummer sings the backing vocals.
The audience. There were several tables with fans and rockers - maybe 30 people - who came to celebrate 30th Gene's Passing date. Some other customers joined us, appreciating the music. I was with Dennis, ex Sprites drummer, who enjoyed the gig very much! We clapped our hands and screamed as we could! I was glad to met Didier.
Dear Gene Vincent's fans, don't miss the next Ervin Travis show!
Ronnie Spector, the original bad girl who redefined and helped shape the look and sound
of rock & roll has truly become a champion of artist's rights. She joined the Recording
Artists Coalition to help oppose a law that amends the Copyright Act, making sound
recordings work for hire and impossible for artists to reclaim as their own in the future.
This past year, Ronnie Spector has also put her energy back into the studio to record
music for a much-anticipated album. She is currently negotiating a new recording deal.
The following special guests will be at the event -- Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Vic Godard of Subway Sect, Beatles expert Keith Badman, and Chris Welch. A unique rock poster exhibition will also take place at the event, courtesy of Soho Music. Hard Rock Cafe with their book and memorabilia from their museum. Last minute guests booked for signings on the MOJO Collections stand Steve Diggle (Buzzcocks) and John Foxx.
The fair takes place in Exhibition Hall Three that is bigger than Wembley Arena, and crammed full of music dealers that are travelling from ALL OVER EUROPE, USA, Brazil, Australia and even Croatia just to trade at this annual extravaganza. In addition, independent dealers from all over the UK will be in attendance. The Wembley show has developed into a massive music retail show for the discerning music fan! Visitors will be able to grab CD's at bargain prices, browse through the biggest selection of rare and deleted vinyl, buy out of print books, videos and posters, pick up autographs and memorabilia on their favourite bands along with concert programmes, badges, tour shirts - the list is endless!
This year's fair is the biggest yet, offering a feast of exhibitors selling everything from
Presley to Indie, Beatles to Rave music, Fat Boy Slim to Progressive, Queen to Brit Pop, Kylie to
Northern Soul, Rolling Stones to Reggae, Led Zep to Glam Rock, Oasis to Rock & Roll, The
Manics to Heavy Metal, Robbie Williams to Punk, Madonna to Surf - the whole spectrum of
popular music is at the event - AND IT'S ALL FOR SALE!.
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And to the delight of his legion of Canadian fans, Jack and his band will travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, for a Nov. 10 show at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre. Jack enjoys playing at T-Bonz because it brings him full circle back to his roots. In the mid-1950s, he began his career performing at Bill's Barn, which was just a quarter-mile down the road from T-Bonz. At T-Bonz, Jack frequently reaches back and selects songs that date back to the Bill's Barn days, and often even takes audience requests. Jack's previous three shows at T-Bonz have all been sellouts.
Jack Scott - born Giovanni Scafone Jr. - was the first rock 'n' roller from metro Detroit
to gain nationwide recognition. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he grew up in the Detroit
suburb of Hazel Park. Greatly influenced by country music, he learned to play guitar and
formed a band as a teenager. In 1957, he had two regional hits and then stormed the national
charts in 1958 with "Leroy" and the number 3 smash, "My True Love." Solid follow-ups
included "With Your Love" later in 1958 and the Top 10 hit "Goodbye Baby" in the winter
of '58-'59. "I Never Felt Like This," "The Way I Walk" and "There Comes A Time" all
entered the charts during 1959. Although Jack's career was interrupted by a brief stint
in the Army, he came back stronger than ever in 1960 with the million-selling "What In The
World's Come Over You" and the equally-popular "Burning Bridges." All told, he had 19
chart hits in a 41-month span - with nine reaching the Top 40 and four of those in the Top 10.
Jack Scott's website is jackscott.rudysden.com.
-NEWS CONTACT: S.R. Boland, 313-882-7448
WHO: JACK SCOTT, the Godfather of Detroit Rock 'N' Roll
WHAT: Concert/show, cover charge of $10; reserved seating at $15
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
WHERE: T-Bonz, 1711 E. Auburn Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan; call 248-293-9000 for reservations
LINDA GAIL LEWIS and brother Jerry Lee grew up in Ferriday, Louisiana along with cousins Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley . Linda has had an interesting recording career, on Sun, Smash and Mercury with Jerry (highlight being the 1969 Together lp on Smash, (great rockin' Roll Over Beethoven duet) and in 2000 she teamed up with the legendary Van Morrison and recorded the album 'You Win Again². Her recent solo career deserves far more attention than given here. She's a great solo live performer doing the incomparable Lewis Boogie in the Lewis way.
The new album (and others) can be obtained from
"I'd live this life again, with the exception of a few mistakes," Berry said. "But you can't live without the negatives, and the positives have outweighed the negatives." One of rock 'n' roll's most important architects, Berry pioneered a musical revolution that began decades ago when couples bopped to his guitar-driven hits like "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Rock and Roll Music" and "No Particular Place To Go." He helped inspire Elvis and the Beatles, was inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame and last year got one of the nation's highest awards as a Kennedy Center Honor recipient.
"I think he's enduring," says Little Richard, who with Berry was among the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986. "I think he's a great songwriter, great entertainer and one of the greatest businessmen - black or white - in the business. He knows what he's doing." Berry learned to play guitar in his teens. Even Little Richard can't believe he's turning 75. "I didn't know he was that old. I was really shocked," the 68-year-old says. "But I'm glad to see him make that age and still be energized to do what he's doing, still doing the split and all that stuff. That's a blessin' and a lesson."
Together, Berry and sideman Johnnie Johnson - another St. Louisan and the inspiration for "Johnny B. Goode" - blended blues, boogie and country to help shape rock music in the early 1960s. Johnson composed the music on piano, and Berry converted it to guitar and wrote the lyrics.
Along the path to fame, Berry hit some sour notes. At 18, he spent time in prison for armed robbery. More prison time followed in the 1960s after he illegally took a 14-year-old girl across state lines. In 1979, he was sentenced to a few months behind bars for tax evasion. In the past dozen years, Berry pleaded guilty to harassment and paid a small fine after being accused of punching a woman in New York; the woman sued him for $5 million. Another lawsuit alleged Berry secretly videotaped women using a restroom in his one-time St. Louis-area eatery. Lately, he's been fending off a federal lawsuit by Johnson, who says Berry took sole copyright for some songs they co-wrote, depriving Johnson of royalties. To Berry, such matters are among the "negatives" he doesn't care to revisit. "Even the Kennedys had difficulties," he says. "I'm not an angel."
Berry hasn't made an album in nearly two decades, but he still draws crowds. On the road,
he plays hour-long gigs in venues ranging from ballparks to casinos, amphitheaters to armories.
"I'm glad to be anywhere," says Berry, who has four children and six grandchildren. "I'll
be doing the same thing as long as it doesn't hurt anybody, especially if it brings
He isn't worried about his legacy, and casts himself only as a man "trying to do my best."
"I have very little concern for sure about time and age," he says. "If I feel 14, I act
like it. If I feel old, I'll lay down."
"My grandfather smoked a pipe when they found him lying deceased in his bedroom.
I'm hoping I'll have just finished a practice in my room, with a guitar in my arms.
That's the way I want to go."
Touring endlessly, the pioneer of on and off-stage wild antics, he managed to pack in another three hit singles, including the smash "Lotta Lovin'", and appearances in two Hollywood films, including star-packed "The Girl Can' t Help It" in 1957, before fading from the public eye in his home country, as record companies promoted insipid records by teenage heart-throbs. His career underwent a dramatic revival, however, in 1959, when he was brought over to the UK for stage and TV appearances. In 1960, when friend Eddie Cochran was brought over to join his tour, they were involved in a tragic car accident that killed Cochran. Vincent never really recovered from the trauma of losing his closest confidante and fellow hell-raiser. Contracts with promoter Don Arden ensured that the rock 'n' roll life had to go on, and Vincent caused a sensation throughout Europe with his unique, wild, black leather clad stage persona. Further singles recorded in the UK, where he had taken up residence, entered the best selling charts, and until the explosion in fame of The Beatles, on whom he was an early influence, Vincent was the biggest live draw in Europe, packing them in whether he had a hit single or not. He also made appearances in two British films, "It's Trad Dad" and the Joe Meeks vehicle "Live It Up".
In the mid 1960s, he returned to the USA, recording in Hollywood, and hanging out in bars with Jim Morrison, singer of The Doors, who adopted the leather clad image of his idol. The recordings met with little success. He returned to Europe in 1967, previewing his new material to sold-out clubs and bars, but personal and legal matters prevented him from visiting the UK. After recording an album for John Peel's Dandelion label (its biggest selling LP) in Hollywood with producer Kim Fowley, Vincent did return in 1969 for a brief tour, including headlining at the London Palladium. The early days of the tour were filmed by the BBC and became "The Rock 'N' Roll Singer" documentary, aired with little or no publicity on late night television. The film all too clearly revealed a man in decline and in financial straits. Vincent cut another couple of albums in California with American producer Tom Ayres, released in the USA and Europe, but they failed to sell. He continued to appear in small clubs and bars with pick-up bands until he died of a bleeding ulcer, shortly after telephoning his mother. Vincent was belatedly inducted into the Cleveland Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame in the 1990s by Creedance Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty. His continued influence and popularity can be gauged by a number of tribute records, and the steady stream of record releases, including newly discovered material, ever since his demise. All of his back catalogue of hundreds of recordings encompassing rock 'n' roll, country, blues, ballads and doo wop, is currently available on CD.
©Derek Henderson 2001
Spent Brothers Productions
Also see: Gene Vincent Special Tribute
Col. Parker's influences are proudly derivative of no-nonsense rock 'n' roll that seems to have been replaced on the charts by angry young groups with rapping vocalists, turntables and members in masks. Clarke and Phantom, longtime pals on the Hollywood club circuit, formed the nucleus of Col. Parker about two years ago. It started as a covers band whose fluid lineup allowed celeb chums like Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Axl Rose to make impromptu performances during the group's Thursday night gigs at Phantom's tiny Cat Club bar on the Sunset Strip.
Michael Lustig, a friend of Phantom who runs Gibson's Icon Records, signed them to a deal. Icon usually releases soundtracks, but Gibson allows Lustig to sign one act annually. The members of Col. Parker have yet to have direct contact with Gibson or with Richard Branson, the British billionaire whose V2 Records label is distributing the album. The initial idea was to make a covers record with various guests, but Clarke and Phantom then focused on original material and the project became more serious. Bass player Muddy Stardust (L.A. Guns) came aboard to share vocal duties, while Teddy Andreadis (Slash's Snakepit) played keyboards.
Chastened by their experiences with their former bands, Clarke and Phantom said the main idea was to keep the process fun, simple and democratic. "No blond guys who sing," said Phantom, jokingly referring to his friend and former Stray Cats colleague Brian Setzer. "They're right out! The two of us have both been on the opposite end of it, like dealing with the lead singer dynamic of the business, and we both know that that's not kinda what we want."
Phantom (born Jim McDonnell), 40, found stardom in the early 1980s with rockabilly
trio the Stray Cats, whose hits included "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut."
After the group broke up, Phantom and Stray Cats bass player Lee Rocker rebounded in
1985 with Phantom, Rocker & Slick, a short-lived combo with veteran session guitarist Earl
Slick. Setzer reinvented himself as a swing revivalist at the helm of the Grammy-winning
Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Brenda Lee's career, birthed in the rockabilly era, has had significant impact in the multiple genres of music--pop, rock and country music - an accomplishment unique to only a handful of artists. She was elected to the prestigious Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1997, given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rockabilly Music Foundation in 2001, and is again this year nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
The recent subject of a television profile by A&E "Biography," LEE maintains an active schedule of concert touring - nationally as well as internationally. Her highly anticipated autobiography, written with top musicologist and music historian Robert K. Oermann, is due out in the spring of 2002. A major multi-city media/book tour is being planned to support the Brenda Lee release.
The disc will be in record stores soon, including the record shop at Graceland and in Shop Elvis here on Elvis.com. All RCA's proceeds from the sale of this disc will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Graceland/EPE is honored to cooperate fully with this effort, and has donated the video clip and waived all artist and music publishing royalties it would normally receive from an Elvis record or video release. Graceland/EPE will also donate to the Red Cross all its own retail proceeds from its sales of the disc.
"In his lifetime, Elvis always responded to people in need. We know he would rush now to give his voice and spirit to the aching hearts and shattered families left behind in this tragedy. If his music can bring even a moment of shelter from the pain and resources to the recovery, then his legacy will have all the meaning he could ever have hoped for." - Jack Soden, CEO - Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Just as Eric von Stroheim embodied the stereotype of the demanding motion picture director for decades after he had actually quit directing, Colonel Tom Parker lives on in the public's mind as the archetypal show biz manager; puffing on a cigar, a bit uncouth and more than a bit underhanded; always looking for an angle.
Although Parker's story (at least so far as it was known) has been covered to varying degrees in numerous biographies of Elvis Presley before now, he's always come across as something of a sphinx; shrouded in a certain amount of mystery and, ultimately, unknowable.
Which is almost certainly how Parker preferred things to remain. To this day, Parker's origins are shrouded in mystery. It is now generally believed that he was actually born Andreas van Kuijk in Holland in 1909 (something not widely known until after Presley's death), entering the U.S. illegally in the late '20's or early '30's.
But even this might not be accurate. Author James L. Dickerson favors another theory: Parker was actually born a Russian Jew who moved to Holland in his teens and then to the U.S. Dickerson's reasons for believing this are unclear, other than the fact that Parker tended to gravitate towards Jews during his life.
Dickerson, author of "Goin' Back to Memphis," has dug deep and comes a bit closer to unraveling Parker's story than most. And the results may strike some as more than a little sensationalistic, with accounts of ties to organized crime and segregationist groups, a gambling addiction, and hints (though never more than that) of possible latent homosexuality. That said, Parker never claimed to be - and was certainly never mistaken for - a choirboy.
Though Dickerson's case for a gay Colonel Parker is as thin as his argument for Parker's origins as a Russian Jew, Dickerson appears to be on solid ground with other discoveries. Court records support the assertion that Parker's gambling losses during the late '50's and '60's were astronomical, perhaps accounting for the preposterously high percentage of Presley's income that the Colonel took for his services.
Though Dickerson is a little vague on this point, as well, it appears likely that Presley's 1967 contract with the Colonel - which raised Parker's take of Presley's income to 50 percent - was directly linked to Parker's gambling losses; that he had either outstripped his ability to pay his debts or had gambled and lost some or all of his original 25 percent cut of Presley's income in an ill-advised bet.
A thread in Parker's personality that Dickerson returns to throughout the book is his hatred of weakness in others; a common symptom of those with serious addictions themselves, as Dickerson points out. Still, Parker was not without his fans. Many in the entertainment industry had great affection for the man, and Parker seems to have been capable of surprising acts of generosity.
The full truth behind Parker - who he really was, the full extent of his links with the
mob and the nature of his private life - will almost certainly never be fully known. Though
some of Dickerson's assertions about Parker are extremely speculative - perhaps too much so
without more evidence - "Colonel Tom Parker" gives a rare look into the behind-the-scenes
machinations of a man who was perhaps the 20th century's most notorious show business figures.
Just don't be surprised if you feel like you need a long hot shower afterwards.
- Jon Johnson
COHASSET, MA. - It was a pleasantly cool late summer evening on the Massachusetts south shore when two of the greatest rock 'n' roll acts of the late '50's shared the stage again. Both the Everly Brothers and Crickets have continued to inspire and impress over the years since the hits stopped coming; the Crickets having worked with the likes of Paul McCartney and, most recently, Nanci Griffith.
And though the Everlys no longer record (due primarily to the brothers' inability to agree on a musical direction), they're still regarded as the torch bearers for a long line of sibling harmony groups that has included the Delmores, the Wilburns, and the Louvins; not to mention Simon & Garfunkel, who got their start as a blatantly Everlys-inspired duo called Tom and Jerry.
And it's worth remembering that both groups, taken together, were easily two of the biggest influences on The Beatles, who took from the Crickets both an insect-inspired monicker and the concept of a self-contained group that wrote their own material. And from the Everlys came the tight, complex harmonies that both acts excelled at.
Backed by the classic Holly-era rhythm section of drummer Jerry Allison and bassist Joe Mauldin, amiable guitarist/vocalist Sonny Curtis was and still is the best of the various frontmen The Crickets have had since Holly's death in 1959. Though Curtis had left the band shortly before the group hit it big with 1957's "That'll Be the Day," he had nonetheless played on most of their early recordings, including his own "Rock Around With Ollie Vee" (oddly enough not performed this night) and has been an extremely successful songwriter over the years, writing such hits as the Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought the Law" and Keith Whitley's "I'm No Stranger to the Rain," as well as "Love Is All Around" (the theme to "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"; also a college radio hit in the mid-'80's for Hüsker Dü), all of which were performed this evening.
But as one would expect it was the Buddy Holly-era material that the audience reacted most favorably towards. Opening with the one-two punch of "Oh Boy" and "Maybe Baby," the Crickets were in fine form from the start, with Allison's playful, propulsive drumming anchoring the group on "Peggy Sue" and other hits; also taking lead vocals on a cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" (though "Real Wild Child," a minor hit for Allison in 1958, might have suited better). And though Mauldin was never as flashy as contemporaries like Bill Black and Marshall Lytle, his playing suits the Crickets' style admirably.
Also worth mentioning is the rendition of Floyd Cramer's 1960 hit "Last Date," featuring some terrific piano work from former Elvis Presley/Emmylou Harris pianist Glen D. Hardin, who did a superb job in augmenting the Crickets' traditional trio lineup, making his presence particularly felt on quieter numbers such as "Everyday" and "True Love Ways."
Judging by the audience's reaction, The Crickets' 45-minute set was regarded as all too brief. A canny booker at the Music Circus would do well to keep them in mind next summer as headliners.
If, as reports suggest, this is the Everly Brothers' final tour, they're going out on a high note. Though rumors persist that the brothers don't get along all that well, rarely interacting offstage, the impression left from the performance is that the Everlys still have as much fun and energy onstage as acts half their age.
Opening with a medley of songs about their home state of Kentucky (including 1967's magnificent "Bowling Green," their final top 40 hit), the brothers fronted a white-hot band of ringers, including guitarist/mandolinist Jamie Hartford (son of the late John Hartford; also singing lead on a spirited rendition of George Jones' "White Lightning") and steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons, plus veterans of their triumphant 1983 Royal Albert Hall comeback show.
More so than The Crickets' set - only half of which was made up of Holly-era material - the Everlys relied primarily on their long string of hits, with the likes of "Bye Bye Love," "Cathy's Clown," "When Will I Be Loved," "All I Have to Do is Dream" and "Love Hurts" making their expected appearances.
That's not to say that the performances were identical to the original recordings. The brothers played around with their phrasing considerably, Don Everly in particular going for a more blues-influenced approach that he would never have dreamed of in his youth. And a high-energy rendition of "Wake Up Little Susie" owed as much to mid-'60's Who as anything else. It says much of the depth of the Everlys catalog that audience favorites such as "Take a Message to Mary," "Bird Dog," "I'm Just Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail," "Poor Jenny" and Paul McCartney's "On the Wings of a Nightingale" (a mid-'80's near-hit) were left off the evening's setlist, with no perceptible grumbling from the audience. Most endearing, perhaps, was a mini-acoustic segment featuring the Everlys on guitars and Hartford on mandolin. "Long Time Gone," from 1958's classic "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us," led into a cover of the Delmore Brothers' "Blues Stay Away From Me," on which the Everlys and Hartford were rejoined by their band halfway through the song. Leaving the stage after a rave-up rendition of Jimmie Rodgers' "T For Texas" (from 1968's underrated "Roots") and "Walk Right Back" (another chestnut from the Sonny Curtis songbook), one couldn't help but be saddened by the brothers' retirement from studio work. Given better material than what was usually available on their hit-and-miss '80's recordings for Mercury, it's hard to imagine that there isn't still a place in the world for the Everly Brothers.
More Everly Brothers news below.
The brothers didn't make any similar pronouncements at the South Shore Music Circus this weekend. But if they are going out, they're doing so in style. Now well into their 60s, Don and Phil Everly still sound impossibly youthful, having lost very little vocal range over the years. They still don't seem especially close personally: Don does all the talking, and they hardly ever interact. But their harmonies remain some of the most striking that rock 'n' roll has ever produced. And when they lock into a ballad like "Devoted to You" or Carole King's sublime "Crying in the Rain," it takes a hard heart to resist.
Not much has changed since the brothers got back together, after a 10 year estrangement, in
1983. Their band is still anchored by the British musicians who played that year's reunion
show at the Royal Albert Hall, with the more recent additions of steel guitar master Buddy
Emmons and, just added this year, the late John Hartford's son Jamie on lead guitar (replacing
the great English guitarist Albert Lee). Though he seemed about half the age of anyone
else onstage, Hartford fit in comfortably, even joining the brothers on vocals during "T
What song rates as the definitive tune of the entire World War II experience? No doubt a difficult choice. There were so many popular and memorable songs in the years 1941-1945. Bold rhythmic numbers like "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive," which served to embolden the individual listener while never specifically mentioning the Allied effort, were sharing radio and jukebox time with sentimental songs like "Amor" and "Long Ago (And Far Away)."
"Green Eyes," both sentimental and inspiring with the added kick of a rhumba beat, shared
airtime with swing ("Jukebox Saturday Night"), boogie-woogie ("Cow-Cow Boogie") and
inspirationally derived music ("Straighten Up And Fly Right," reportedly started as a
sermon by Nat Cole's father). Other rhythms were being incorporated into pop music such as
polka ("Strip Polka") and calypso ("Rum And Coca-Cola").
"Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition," a phrase supposedly uttered by U.S. Navy Chaplain
William Maguire during the attack on Pearl Harbor, became the first hit song directly
associated with the war. By 1945 the "coming home" song became the order of the day
("Sentimental Journey" and "Waitin' For The Train To Come In"). All manner of forces
were at work in this music, as stated by the CD's essay writer, music historian Will Friedwald.
This collection comes as WWII nostalgia is again in the forefront of popular
culture with the summer hit movie "Pearl Harbor" (Touchstone), HBO's upcoming fall
mini-series "Band Of Brothers" and the 60th anniversary of the actual Pearl Harbor
attack on December 7 (also the tentative release date for the "Pearl Harbor" DVD/VHS).
"Those Were Our Songs: Music of World War II"
Tracklisting: DISC 1
Artists & Tracks:
1. Andrews Sisters - I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time
2. Helen O'Connell - Green Eyes
3. Kay Kyser & His Orchestra - Who Wouldn't Love You
4. Benny Goodman & His Orchestra - Jersey Bounce
5. Freddie Slack/Ella Mae Morse - Cow-Cow Boogie
6. Harry James & His Music Makers - A Sleepy Lagoon
7. Johnny Mercer - Strip Polka
8. Helen Forrest - I Had The Craziest Dream 9. Tex Beneke & The Modernaires - Jukebox Saturday Night
10. Kay Kyser & His Orchestra - Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition
11. Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
12. Harry James & His Music Makers - I've Heard That Song Before
13. Ella Mae Morse - Shoo-Shoo Baby
14. Andy Russell - Amor
15. Nat King Cole - Straighten Up And Fly Right
16. Jo Stafford - Long Ago (And Far Away)
17. Johnny Mercer - G.I. Jive
18. Martha Tilton - I'll Walk Alone
19. Betty Hutton - It Had To Be You
20. Pied Pipers - The Trolley Song
Artists & Tracks:
1. Andrews Sisters - Rum And Coca-Cola
2. Johnny Mercer - Candy
3. Les Brown & His Band Of Renown - Sentimental Journey
4. Pied Pipers - Dream
5. Ray Anthony - Chattanooga Choo Choo
6. Spike Jones & City Slickers - Chloe (Song Of The Swamp)
7. Johnny Mercer - On The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
8. Stan Kenton & His Orchestra - Tampico
9. Peggy Lee - Waitin' For The Train To Come In
10. Harry James & His Music Makers - It's Been A Long, Long Time
11. Betty Hutton - Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
12. Kay Kyser - Jingle, Jangle, Jingle
13. Freddy Martin & His Orchestra - The Hut-Sut Song
14. Freddy Slack & His Orchestra - Mr. Five-By-Five
15. Nat King Cole - It's Only A Paper Moon
16. Stan Kenton & His Orchestra - Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me
17. Jo Stafford - I Love You
18. Pied Pipers - Mairzy Doats
19. Dick Haymes - It Might As Well Be Spring
20. Johnny Mercer - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
Born in Flint Hill, N.C., he took up the banjo as a child, and had forged his own style by the time he was a teenager. When Scruggs joined Flatt in Monroe's band in 1945, the combination - including fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Cedric Rainwater - was so potent that it spawned imitators and launched the bluegrass movement.
Flatt and Scruggs broke away from Monroe in 1948 to form Flatt & Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. That group was also popular and influential, with Flatt & Scruggs featured periodically on the TV sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" as well as scoring a hit with the show's theme song. The group rode the folk music revival in the 1960s, scoring another hit when "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" was featured in the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde."
Flatt and Scruggs broke up in 1969, with Flatt sticking with bluegrass until his death in 1979.
Scruggs went into country-rock with his sons, with the act lasting until he retired from
touring in 1980 because of back problems. In 1996, Scruggs suffered a heart attack in the recovery
room of a hospital shortly after hip-replacement surgery.