One of the founding fathers of rock & roll, the incomparable Little Richard celebrates his 80th birthday tomorrow Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
R&R Hall of Fame names new president-CEO
ED. NOTE: Terry Stewart, the man that is being replaced was a friend to both us and the artists. At heart Terry was a true rockabilly fan and attended many of our weekenders.
Marshall Lytle:"I just had a very interesting phone call, from Mark Lewis,
Founder & Editor Emeritus of Rock Over America Magazine. Their website is www.RockOverAmerica.com. He said that I was chosen to receive the Lifetime Music Achievement Award for Rock Music -
Marshall Lytle, of Bill Haley's Comets, and two members of Credence-Clearwater Revival, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook." 11/19/2102
Here's a teaser for the review of Janis Martin's "The Blanco Sessions" in Norwegian Janis Martin - The Female Elvis - was an unusually vigorous older lady. "I can not remember to have heard an elderly lady with such depth in her voice and unusual timing for rock'n'roll," reads the review of "The Blanco Sessions" in Norwegian ROCK. - Dag Bogeberg
Singer/Songwriter Joe South R.I.P., age 72
Born Joseph Alfred Souter in Atlanta, South experienced his first taste of notoriety when he wrote novelty tune "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor" in 1958, followed by two songs for Gene Vincent.
Carl Perkins' son looks back on his father's career .
The front cover and two inner pages of the extremely rare "Elvis Presly's Juke Box Favorites" song folio from November 1955. These pages belong to the first edition with white cover, not to the common second edition from mid 1956 being pink with different songs/pictures. - courtesy Dominique ANGLARES
Joe Bennett of The Sparkletones has been diagnosed with PTSD, Parkinsons, dementia, and anemia, which have all been linked to his exposure to Agent Orange in the Viet Nam War, where he served as an air traffic controller. The VA is not willing to put him at the level of disability he needs to be in order for him and his family to receive the care they need. Please consider reaching out to him in prayer and with a card to encourage him in this tough time. His address is: Joe Bennett, P. O. Box 373, Glendale, SC 29346 Posted June 27, 2012
FYI: Buddy Holly's Glasses
Buddy's heavy black frames were synonymous with his image as a rock-and roll pioneer, but ironically the style wasn't his first choice. At the time, performers didn't wear glasses on stage so he tried contact lenses, but the technology was so new, wearing them proved to be impractical. Holly quickly became frustrated and it was then that his optometrist made a pivotal suggestion: Why not wear something distinctive? Something heavy and black. While Holly's were a simple, non-branded pair found by Armistead in Mexico City, they were almost identical to the iconic 'wayfarer' style created by Ray-Ban in 1956 - now one of the best selling sunglasses designs in history.
Jerry Lee Lewis, in a statement from the publisher, says he is ready to say "a whole lot" about his life. He says, "People can read it, burn it, or never give it another thought. Either way the truth is about to be told, and Im the only man still standing who can touch it."
Hey Bo Diddley!
His debut record "Bo Diddley"/"I'm A Man" (Checker 814), widely regarded as being the most influential debut single of all-time, is to be inducted into the National Recording Registry, it was announced by the Library of Congress May 23, 2012.
Recorded at the Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, IL on March 2nd 1955, the Library notes that: "His first 45 rpm from Chess captures his insouciant vocals and gospel-inflected rhythms - and produced a #1 R&B hit."
with daugher Angela, wife Joan and fellow South Philly High graduate Peter Cotellese at the SAVOY in New Jersey (May 6th) where Charlie recieved a Lifetime Achievement Award and induction onto the Cultural Hall of Fame.
May 4th, 1956, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps recorded "Be Bop a Lula." The track was written three days before the session. The song became a 1956 US #7 and UK #16 hit single, spending 20 weeks on the US chart.
FYI: From Dominique "Imperial" ANGLARES
"I wonder if you remember The Amber Sisters? They were the famous Martha Carson, Mattie O'Neil (aka Jean Opal Chapel) and Minnie Amburgey (know as Bertha and recorded with The Carlisles) who passed away on March 2, 2012. They recorded for Capitol in the early 50's. Jean Chapel recorded/leased two sides to Sun record in 1956 before being signed by RCA. RCA had big hope on her as a singer in the Presley vein and at a time they dropped Charline Arthur. Only two singles were produced on RCA even if she got strong support in Nashville."
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October date set for Johnny Cash music festival
Organizers of the Johnny Cash Music Festival in northeast Arkansas have set a date for this year's edition.
The festival will be held Oct. 5 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
Cash spent his boyhood in Dyess, where his family had a small farm. Cash was born in Kingsland.
Bill Beard R.I.P.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 -
"I am sad to say that Bill passed away in the early hours this morning.
He had a bout of prostate cancer which I understand was all clear but it recently came back to his lymph nodes.
He died peacefully in his sleep at home and his wife said that was his wish and he did not want to go back to hospital. Bill ran the Eddie Cochran Connection Fanzine from 1998 up to 2 years ago - a total of 24 issues in all.
Bill was a great Cochran expert and visited Eddie's family in the USA and sought any and every connection with Eddie both in the US and UK." - courtesy:firstname.lastname@example.org
January 22, 1959
Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment, Buddy Holly made his last recordings, including "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," "That's What They Say," "What to Do," "Learning the Game" and "That Makes it Tough." The recordings would be overdubbed posthumously and were later released by Coral Records.
Etta James Singer's Passion, Great Range Remembered
Texas country singer Dale Watson's latest CD was recorded at SUN Studios in
Memphis and released as "Dale Watson & The Texas Two – The Sun Sessions". If
you like the Johnny Cash Sun sound check out some of the videos