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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

 

CHUCK BERRY REMEMBERED - THE ROCK MUSICIANS

 

Bruce Springsteen calls Chuck Berry ``rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived.'' Berry died Saturday outside St. Louis at the age of 90. Mick Jagger says Berry ``lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers.''

Keith Richards says, ``One of my big lights has gone out!'' Slash tweets that Berry ``was indisputably the king.'' Lenny Kravitz says to Berry, ``None of us would have been here without you.'' Joan Jett calls Berry ``Original Pure Rock n Roll,'' while Sammy Hagar tweets, ``Thank God for his rock and roll presence on this planet!'' 

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CHUCK BERRY REMEMBERED - RAP AND R-AND-B MUSICIANS

 

The way Questlove pays tribute to Chuck Berry is this: ``Thou Shall Have No Other Rock Gods Before Him.'' Berry died Saturday outside St. Louis at the age of 90. Q-Tip wishes eternal peace to ``the father of rock and roll - the genius Chuck Berry.''

Chuck D posted his artistic rendering of Berry online with the caption, ``R-I-P King of Rock and Roll.'' Cee Lo Green tweets, ``May the great Chuck Berry rest in peace and may his legacy live on forever more.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY REMEMBERED - THE COUNTRY MUSICIANS

 

Keith Urban thanks Chuck Berry ``for the poetry, the passion and the potency.'' Berry died Saturday outside St. Louis at the age of 90. Charlie Daniels calls Berry ``the greatest rock and roll lyricist ever.'' The Band Perry calls Berry a ``legend''

and an ``icon.'' Kristian Bush of Sugarland thanks Berry for ``your big idea'' and adds, ``It changed the way my heart feels the beat.''

Kenny Rogers writes on Facebook that he met Berry a few times and he was ``always incredibly nice to me, which made me feel important.'' 

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ERIC CARMEN - CHUCK BERRY'S INFLUENCE -- AND ATTITUDE

 

Chuck Berry rarely had a permanent backing band because he was aware nearly every rock band knows how to play his songs, so he'd hire local musicians to back him because it was cheaper. Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller, The Average White Band and The Raspberries were among the acts who backed Berry in their early days. Eric Carmen of The Raspberries recalls it as was one of his worst gigs ever. He said in an April 2000 Associated Press interview Berry showed up five minutes before showtime and would not say what key he was playing in or even what song. Carmen says Berry caught him watching Berry's fretwork and purposely turned away. Carmen's response was to turn up his amp. Berry's response was to wave to the crowd and walk off. Carmen says he thought the audience was going to lynch The Raspberries but ``we got out with our lives.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY - DUCK WALK

 

If you're going to imitate Chuck Berry's style of playing, the duck walk is a must. Berry came up with that as a child. He did it so he could slip under tables. Berry did it during a concert and a journalist called it the ``duck walk.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY - ``JOHNNY B. GOODE''

 

If Chuck Berry had not changed one word of one of his songs, it may not have become the rock-and-roll standard that it is today. In the song ``Johnny B. Goode,'' Berry originally sang ``coloured boy'' instead of ``country boy.'' Radio stations probably would not have played it with the original wording. It also broadened the appeal of the song to musicians who wanted to be like Johnny. The song was partly inspired by Berry's longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, who collaborated with him on many hits.

Then again, if Berry had been more successful at his day job, he may not have pursued music to supplement his income. Berry had trained as a hairdresser. 

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CHUCK BERRY - ONLY ONE NUMBER-ONE

 

Can you name Chuck Berry's only song to hit number one? No, not ``Johnny B. Goode.'' No, not ``Rock and Roll Music,''

or ``Memphis,'' or ``Maybellene,'' or ``Roll Over Beethoven.'' It was ``My Ding-A-Ling,'' in 1972. The surprising part is that it didn't get a lot of radio play because of the double-entendre lyrics. ``My Ding-A-Ling'' was recorded live at the Lanchester Arts Festival in the U-K with Onnie McIntyre and Robbie McIntosh of Average White Band in Berry's backing band. The closest Berry ever got to the top spot otherwise was ``Sweet Little Sixteen,'' which hit number two in 1958. 

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CHUCK BERRY - TROUBLE

 

Chuck Berry may have been an architect of rock and roll, but he was also had a fair number of brushes with the law.

Berry served three years in prison in the mid-1940s for a crime spree involving armed robberies and car theft. He served another a year and a half in prison and nearly derailed his career in the early 1960s for violating the Mann Act, which barred transporting a minor across state lines for ``immoral purposes.'' Berry ran into tax trouble in 1979 in part because of his insistence on being paid in cash. Berry settled a case for 1.3-million in 1994 in which some of his female employees accused him of videotaping them in the bathroom of his restaurant. Berry also was sued in 2000 by his longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, who accused Berry of failing to pay him royalties. The case was dismissed two years later. 

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CHUCK BERRY - THE BEACH BOYS

 

The first number-one song for the Beach Boys was a rip-off of a Chuck Berry hit. ``Surfin' U-S-A'' has the same melody as Berry's song ``Sweet Little Sixteen.'' Beach Boy Mike Love writes in his book, ``Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy,'' Berry's publishing company immediately accused The Beach Boys of stealing the song. The Beach Boys settled, and Berry was given writing credit. Love writes that he doubts Berry knew much about it because he was in jail at the time for violating the Mann Act. However, he says he met Berry on a plane years later and Berry said, ``I like what you did with 'Sixteen.''' Love writes on Facebook ``Fun Fun Fun'' and ``Be True To Your School'' were also ``born of as a result of my 'going to school' at Chuck Berry University.'' Beach Boy Brian Wilson says, ``I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing - a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock 'n Roll.'' 

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``HAIL! HAIL! ROCK N ROLL'' MOVIE DIRECTOR - CHUCK BERRY

 

The director of ``Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock n Roll'' remembers him as ``more difficult than any movie star I've ever worked with.'' Taylor Hackford writes in The Hollywood Reporter that Berry was ``diabolical'' but ``at the same time, I totally loved him.'' He says Berry was asked to report at 7 a-m the first day. He showed up at 3 p-m and only after he was paid 25-hundred dollars in cash in a brown paper bag. Hackford describes Berry as ``charming'' but he could ``turn on a dime and be as dark as it gets.'' He says he loved Berry but ``every day was a negotiation.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY - NEW ALBUM

 

Chuck Berry is gone but we still have new music from him on the horizon. Berry had announced on his 90th birthday in October he was working on an album called ``Chuck'' _ featuring mostly new songs. It's his first new album in 38 years. A release date was not given, and the status of the album is unclear. 

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ASTRONAUTS - CHUCK BERRY

 

Even NASA is a little sad about the death of Chuck Berry. Astronaut Scott Kelly tweets his condolences and says, ``Your music rocketed on Earth. Then it went interstellar.'' In 1977, Berry's song ``Johnny B. Goode'' was the only rock song included on the gold-plated record sent with Voyager 1 that was meant to communicate earth culture to any extraterrestrials the spaceship would encounter. Berry's music was sometimes used as the wake-up call for astronauts on board the Space Shuttle.

 

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GLEN CAMPBELL' - NO LONGER PLAYS MUSIC

 

Glen Campbell is no longer able to play guitar.

His wife, Kim Campbell, tells The Nashville Tennessean her husband's Alzheimer's disease has progressed so that he can't talk and he doesn't understand much. She says Campbell sometimes plays air guitar and he enjoys his daughter Ashley playing songs on her guitar, especially ``You Are My Sunshine.'' Kim Campbell says her husband sometimes tries to tell jokes but they come out as gibberish. She says, ``He still has his essence.'' 

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BLUESMAN JAMES COTTON - OBIT

 

Blues singer and harmonica player James Cotton has died of pneumonia. His label, Alligator Records, says Cotton died Thursday at a hospital in Austin, Texas, as the age of 81. Cotton played blues harp with Howlin' Wolf in the 1950s, then moved on to play in Muddy Waters' band. His harmonica is heard on the Muddy Waters ``At Newport'' and ``Hard Again'' albums. He released nearly 30 albums on his own and toured with Janis Joplin.

He also worked with B.B. King, Todd Rundgren, Keith Richards, Taj Mahal and Johnny Winter. 

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(The Associated Press)

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Tom Petty Tribute Show Coming to Dauphin in early February!

Sunday, 17 December 2017 12:01
Tom Petty Tribute Show Coming to Dauphin in early February!

Don't miss out on another fantastic local tribute show featuring local artists performing Tom Petty's biggest and best hits! This show is scheduled for early February at the Watson Art Center in Dauphin! More Details coming, check out www.watsonartcentre.com

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017 08:32
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

 

 

RUSSELL SIMMONS - RAPE ALLEGATIONS

 

Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons says he will defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct.

Simmons writes on Instagram he will prove without any doubt he is innocent of all rape charges. The New York Times published a story earlier this week in which three women claimed Simmons raped them in the 1980s and '90s. Two other women have said Simmons had sex with them against their will. Simmons used the hashtag ``NotMe,'' which he says is not trying to diminish the ``MeToo'' movement, but to hold his accusers accountable.

 

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SZA - HABITS

 

Giving SZA a compliment is liable to send her into overdrive. SZA says she feels she has to do that compliment a service and she'll keep thinking about one more component that will make her worthy. She acknowledges she's a little nervous and awkward, which may be because she's a creature of habit.

She says the same four people who live with her are the people who helped make her ``Ctrl'' (control) album. SZA says it was only recent she came out of what she calls her ``four year cave.''

 

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ZAC BROWN BAND - ANTHEM PERFORMANCE

 

 Zac Brown Band will perform the national anthem before the college football national championship. They will be accompanied by a gospel choir and 12-year-old Carly Ortega, a student at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf who will sign the anthem.

 

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MISSY ELLIOTT - ESSENCE MAGAZINE

 

  Missy Elliott will be the guest of honour at the ``Black Women in Music'' event put on by Essence magazine next year.

Essence calls Elliott ``a consummate visionary whose creativity knows no limits.'' The event will be held in New York on Jan. 25th, three days before the Grammys.

 

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BEBE REXHA - ``A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE''

 

Bebe Rexha will perform a new song called ``Count on Christmas'' to open the live musical version of ``A Christmas Story'' that will run on Fox on Sunday. Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the song specifically for the live show.

They also wrote the musical. 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST

 

Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Portugal. The Man and Hailee Steinfeld have been added to the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C on Dec. 31st. They join Ontario home grown stars Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara , along with Zedd, G-Eazy, Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Fitz and The Tantrums, Khalid, Marshmello and Charlie Puth.

The East Coast party will feature Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland in New York's Times Square. Imagine Dragons and Walk The Moon will headline the Central Time Zone party from New Orleans.

(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:30
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017

 

NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

 

A vintage 1970s guitar owned by Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn's politically charged lyric books are on display as part of a new exhibition at Calgary's National Music Centre.

Organizers of the space, which is part of Studio Bell, say they've launched a tribute to Canadian musicians who recently received honours for their contributions to music. The showcase features personal items and instruments from the latest inductees to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. The National Music Centre says the exhibit continues until fall 2018. 

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TICKET SALES LAW

 

Ticket resale site StubHub says capping ticket resale prices artificially controls a global market and will lead to unintended consequences. The statement is in response to Ontario's Ticket Sales Act -- a bill passed yesterday to protect ticket buyers. The legislation bans tickets from being resold at more than

50 per cent of the face value and makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by scalper bots. It also includes a ban on scalper bots, which buy a large number of tickets online for an event then resell them at a large profit. Ticketmaster has also warned that the legislation puts companies that are playing by the rules at a disadvantage.  

 

PAT DINIZIO - REMEMBERED

 

  Julian Lennon says he recently thought about reaching out to Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens for a collaboration, but ``it just wasn't meant to be.'' DiNizio died Tuesday at the age of 62, but details of his death were not given. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray says DiNizio ``could craft an effortless, classic pop song.'' Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin says he'll never forget the great nights hanging with DiNizio and playing guitars. R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills says he always enjoyed speaking with DiNizio and hearing him play. 

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JON BON JOVI - ROCK HALL INDUCTION

 

 Bon Jovi fans may see guitarist Richie Sambora reunited with the band for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Singer Jon Bon Jovi says Sambora is ``absolutely invited'' to participate in every aspect of Bon Jovi's induction.

Sambora says he'd be happy to accept. Sambora left the band in 2013 but he says he has no malice toward anyone. Bon Jovi says if he's interested, the band also is happy to welcome back bassist Alec John Such, who left in 1994. Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues says their induction is a victory for their fans, because it ``has now validated the music they so love.'' Next year's inductees also include The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted as an early influence. The inductions will be April 14th in Cleveland.

 

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WALK THE MOON - DON'T SAVE THE PINATAS

 

One of the most amazing gifts Walk The Moon ever got from a fan was a pinata. Singer Nicholas Petricca says it was full of notes of appreciation from fans of the band. That spurred other fans to send pinatas to Walk The Moon. Petricca says he put one in his mom's basement and forgot about it -- until he realized it was filled with candy, not notes.

The basement became infested with rats. Petricca says a trail of wrappers led to the couch, and under it was a treasure trove of wrappers and rat droppings. As he puts it, ``Sorry, Mom.'' 

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ALICE COOPER - RECORDS HIS FIRST SONG

 

Alice Cooper has dug way back for material to record. Cooper's new single is called ``The Sound of A,'' and it's the first song he wrote entirely on his own, in 1967. Original Alice Cooper Band bassist Dennis Dunaway rediscovered it. It will be released as a single on Feb. 23rd, but Cooper released a video for it this week. 

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BJORN ULVAEUS - NO TO ABBA REUNION

 

Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA says they will never reunite for concerts because it would be a ``hassle'' and enormous pressure. He says doing ABBA concerts would be like robbing himself of two or three years of his life, when he could be paddling his surf ski off the coast of Stockholm instead. Ulvaeus made his comments at the opening of a new London exhibition about ABBA. 

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DYLAN SCOTT - BABY

 

Dylan Scott is a dad, as of Tuesday night. He posted a photo on Instagram of his wife, Blair, holding their newborn son. They've named him Beckett Scott Robinson. He's their first child. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:42
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017

 

 

JOHN ONDRASIK - CHRISTMAS EVE BABY

 

Christmas holds a special place in the heart of John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. His son, Johnny, was born on Christmas Eve. Ondrasik says he and his wife started a tradition of wrapping Johnny and putting him under the tree as their little Christmas present. Ondrasik says it was great when he was a baby, and even a toddler. Ondrasik says, ``To his credit, at 17, he still lets us wrap him up and put him under the Christmas tree.'' 

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GAYLA PEEVEY - OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - HIPPO

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo has welcomed a hippo with the help of the singer of ``I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.'' Gayla Peevey was on hand as a 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus named Francesca made its debut at the Oklahoma Zoo on Saturday. Francesca had been at the San Diego Zoo. Saturday was also Gayla Peevey Day in Oklahoma City. In 1953, after Peevey's song became a hit, children in Oklahoma donated dimes to buy Peevey a hippo named Mathilda, which she donated to the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

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CHRISTINA PERRI - MARRIED

 

Christina Perri says she got married four years to the day after meeting Hollywood Reporter on-air personality Paul Costabile. Perri posted a black-and-white photo of herself with Costabile on social media yesterday that says, ``Today we got married!'' Perri is wearing a black dress and shoes and holding a small bouquet of flowers while Costabile holds her stomach. She is pregnant with the couple's first child. 

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HANSON - ``STAR WARS'' VERSION OF ``MMMBOP''

 

Hanson says the ``Star Wars'' remix of ``MmmBop'' is ``the best cover of 'MmmBop' ever!'' They write on Instagram, ``Who knew we had a hit in a galaxy far, far away!'' The remix edits together characters from the ``Star Wars'' movie so they appear to be singing the song. It ran Monday on ``The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'' 

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``NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE'' - WEST COAST ENTERTAINMENT

 

Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and Kane Brown will join the West Coast party for ``New Year's Rockin' Eve'' on A-B-C. Fitz and the Tantrums, Marshmello, Ontario native Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Korean pop group B-T-S also are part of the lineup. Ciara will host the West Coast party. Ryan Seacrest hosts from New York's Times Square, where Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland will perform. 

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HERB ALPERT - A&M ARTISTS

 

Herb Alpert thought Joan Armatrading would have been bigger. Alpert, who was the ``A'' in A&M Records with business partner Jerry Moss, says that's the one artist A&M signed that he figured would have resonated with listeners more than she did.

Alpert also admits he did not care for another infamous A&M artist, the Sex Pistols. They were on his label for all of a week in 1977 before A&M broke their contract to get rid of them. Alpert says the Sex Pistols had ``negative energy,'' and he's all about ``positive energy.'' 

 

(The Associated Press)