Watch: The Trailer for The Rolling Stones Documentary Crossfire Hurricane
On October 18, the documentary on the career of the Rolling Stones, Crossfire Hurricane, will premier at the London Film Festival and seen around the world in cinemas. A month later, on November 15, it will premier on HBO.
The 2-1/2 hour movie was directed by Brett Morgen and includes historical footage, including much that has been previously unreleased, along with commentary from all the current members and an interview with the late-Brian Jones.
Master crooner Tony Bennett debuts his Latin duets album with Marc Anthony.
Bennett is the king of the croon, and has a lock on the superstar duets album concept. The next one is Viva Duets, featuring Latin superstars like Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan, Thalía, Chayanne and Vicente Fernández, and he recently released a snippet of his song with Brazilian singer Maria Gadú.
The first official single from the album is a version of ‘For Once In My Life’ with Marc Anthony and he’s put together a video for it.
Watch the legends go head-to-head below. The sixteen-track Latin Duets will be released on Monday 22 October through Columbia.
Woohoo! All you punters that thought you were gonna miss out on Blondie cos' you weren't planning on trecking to Homebake in Syders, get excited because they're coming to a town near you in December.
I will now (in tribute to Blondie and to raise a bird at the ever irritatingly bad press releases I receive for international touring bands) summarise the Blondie Tour of Oz in December using their own lyrics..... here goes.
Picture this - a day in December, meet meet, meet me at the turnstyle. Oh, you know her, she moves like she don't care, you've gotta see her, smooth as silk, cool as air. Atomic lightning Crash! Crash! Crash! Hurry up, hurry up, get your tickets to Blondie now! Obviously the words dressed in red are not Blondie lyrics but I had to wind it up ..... " I think all the time how I'm going to perpetrate love without you in the flesh " didn't seem like the best way to finish it off.
Okay, so Blondie are touring nationally this December. You have to (at least once in your life) see them, they are absolutely, resolutely one of the most amazing bands you will allow to pleasure your aural senses. I can't gush enough... Even better they'll be playing with the original punks "The Saints" and the U.K punk band whose stickers have adorned many a teenage guitar case for going on 38 years "The Stranglers". If you miss this, no one can help you.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday 9th October at 9:00am.
Saturday December 01 Derwent Entertainment Centre, Tasmania Ticketmaster 136 100
Monday December 03 Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Arts Centre Melbourne Ticketmaster 136 100
Tuesday December 04 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre Ticketek 132 849
* Thursday December 06 Enmore Theatre, Sydney Ticketek 132 849
Monday December 10 Townsville Entertainment Centre TECC 4771 4000
Thursday December 13 Brisbane Riverstage Ticketmaster 136 100
* The Saints will not be appearing at The Enmore Theatre show in NSW, support will come from The Stranglers and Machinations
Graham Parker and The Rumour have reunited for the first time since 1981 for a US tour.
The Rumour featured on Parker’s most venomous album ‘The Parkarilla’ and had a 70s hit with ‘Hey Lord Don’t Ask Me Questions’.
As well as backing Parker, The Rumour were also a standalone band, touring and recording just as The Rumour as well as sometimes with Parker.
The tour will also mark the release of a new Graham Parker and the Rumour album ‘Three Chords Good’. When the last Graham Parker album was released, Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States.
Nov. 24 – Tarrytown, N.Y., The Tarrytown Music Hall
Nov. 25 – Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Bardavon, 1869 Opera House
Nov. 27 – Alexandria, Va., Birchmere
Nov. 28 – Annapolis, Md., Rams Head On Stage
Nov. 30 – Philadelphia, Pa., Theatre Of The Living Arts
Dec. 1 – New York, N.Y., The Concert Hall At The New York Society for Ethical Culture
Dec. 2 – Huntington, N.Y., The Paramount
Dec. 6 – Boston, Mass., Wilbur Theatre
Dec. 7 – Newton, N.J., The Newton Theatre
Dec. 8 – Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun
Dec. 11 – Los Angeles, TBA
Dec. 15 – Santa Cruz, Calif., The Catalyst
Dec. 16 – San Francisco, Calif., The Fillmore
Dec. 18 – Chicago, Ill., Park West
Dec. 19 – Saint Paul, Minn., Fitzgerald Theater
Motown Writer and Producer Frank Wilson Dies at 71
One of Motown's bright lights behind the scenes in the 1960's, writer and producer Frank Wilson, passed away on Thursday from prostate cancer. He was 71.
As a writer and producer, Wilson worked with most of the Motown elite before branching off to other labels during the 70's. His writing credits include You Made Me So Very Happy (Brenda Holloway and Blood Sweat and Tears), Love Child, Up the Ladder to the Roof, Keep On Truckin', Still Water (Love) and Boogie Down.
When Motown expanded to Los Angeles in 1965, Wilson became one of the first people to come on board. The west coast's first single, Stevie by Patrice Holloway, was a Wilson composition and he went on to work on Stevie Wonder's Castles in the Sand and the Ikettes I'm So Thankful.
Wilson also tried his hand as a singer, releasing one single on the Soul label of his song Do I Love You (Indeed I Do). It didn't go on to become a hit but made a lasting impression in the U.K. where it has become a classic of Northern Soul. At this point, only two copies are known to still exist.
Over the next ten years, Wilson wrote and/or produced music for Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, the Isley Brothers and many others.
Wilson left Motown in 1976 and worked with the likes of Freda Payne, Lenny Williams and Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. before becoming a born again Christian and entering the ministry. He also became an author including the books The Master Degree-Majoring in Your Marriage and Unmasking the Lone Ranger. In 2006, he returned to producing, working with John Legend on Each Day Gets Better.
Andy Williams, whose laid-back crooning style seemed to cut across the generation gap, passed away on Tuesday night at his home in Branson, MO from bladder cancer. He was 84.
Unlike other singers from the genre who first broke through in the early days of rock and roll, Williams was able to transcend trends and continue to have hits into the 70's. Much of his success could be attributed to his long running NBC variety show which ran from 1962 to 1971 and kept him in the public eye.
Williams first started singing professionally in 1938 when he and his three older brothers, Bob, Don and Dick, formed the Williams Brothers. The quartet performed on a variety of mid-west radio stations before moving on to recording in support of other artists (they can be heard on Bing Crosby's Swinging on a Star) and appearing in films. From 1947 to 1951, they did nightclub work with Kay Thompson with whom they also recorded (Jubilee Time, Louisiana Purchase).
Andy began a solo career in 1953 on the X label (owned by RCA) but none were hits. The next year, he became a regular on Tonight Starring Steve Allen which gave him the exposure he needed to get signed to the Cadence label.
In 1956, he nudged onto the charts with Walk Hand in Hand (#54) before scoring his first big song, a vocal version of Canadian Sunset which reached number 7. Two releases later, he had his only Billboard number 1 record with a cover of Charlie Gracie's Butterfly and went on to have a series of top ten hits throughout the rest of the 50's with I Like Your Kind of Love (1957/#8), Are You Sincere? (1958/#3), Lonely Street (1959/#5) and The Village of St. Bernadette (1959/#7).
In 1961, Williams moved to Columbia Records where he had less success with singles but would have twelve top ten albums. It was here that he would record some of his most famous tracks including his signature song, Moon River from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. Based on airplay and people's memories, it was a huge hit, but it was never released as a single. Others that are part of the Williams canon that were not big Hot 100 hits but scored on the Adult Contemporary chart include Days of Wine and Roses (1963/#26), Charade (1964/#100), Almost There (1964/#67) and Dear Heart (1964/#24).
Williams did have two major Hot 100 hits after 1960. In 1963, his Can't Get Used to Losing You made it to number 2 while, in 1970, he got up to number 9 with (Where Do I Begin) Love Story.
The Andy Williams Show began as a CBS summer replacement series in 1959 and moved to full time status on NBC starting in 1962. It was a regular part of the schedule through 1967, being revived twice from 1969 to 1971 (NBC) and 1976 to 1977 (syndication).
The show was a mix of music and comedy (sketches, Cookie Bear) and regulars at times during the run included Ray Stevens, Jonathan Winters, Bobby Darin, Claudine Longet (Williams' first wife) and the young harmony group The Osmond Brothers.
Williams was also a business man, acquiring not only his own master tapes from Cadence but also those of artists like the Everly Brothers, Lenny Welch, the Chordettes and Johnny Tillotson. He formed Barnaby Records, releasing the Cadence material along with hits from Ray Stevens and the debut album from Jimmy Buffett.
Andy also holds the record for hosting the most Grammy Awards shows (7) and was an outspoken defender of John Lennon when the United States tried to deny his visa. He hosted the annual Andy Williams San Diego Open for the PGA from 1968 to 1988.
On May 1, 1992, Williams opened the Moon River Theater in Branson, MO which would be his performing home for the rest of his life.
Williams was married twice, to Claudine Longet and Debbie Meyer. He had three children with Longet.
Williams' Top 20 Singles:
Canadian Sunset (1956/#7)
I Like Your Kind of Love (1957/#8)
Lips of Wine (1957/#17)
Are You Sincere? (1958/#3)
Promise Me, Love (1958/#17)
The Hawaiian Wedding Song (1958/#11)
Lonely Street (1959/#5)
The Village of St. Bernadette (1959/#7)
Can't Get Used to Losing You (1963/#2)
A Fool Never Learns (1964/#13)
(Where Do I Begin) Love Story (1971/#9)
Additional Williams' Singles That Made the Adult Contemporary Top 10
Stranger on the Shore (1962)
Days of Wine & Roses (1963)
On the Street Where You Live (1964)
Dear Heart (1964)
...And Roses and Roses (1965)
In the Arms of Love (1966)
Music to Watch Girls By (1967)
More and More (1967)
Sweet Memories (1968)
Happy Heart (1969)
A Woman's Way (1969)
One Day of Your Live (1970)
Home Lovin' Man (1970)
Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From the Godfather) (1972)
Williams' Top 10 Albums
Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes (1962/#3)
Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests (1963/#1)
The Wonderful World of Andy Williams (1964/#9)
The Academy-Award Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs From the Movies (1964/#5)
The Great Songs From "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits (1964/#5)
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