16/11/2017

Diana Krall

Happy birthday Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC (born November 16, 1964) a Canadian jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. She has sold more than 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide. On December 11, 2009, Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade, establishing her as one of the best-selling artists of her time.
Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. To date, she has won five Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards. She has also earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums.
Krall was born on November 16, 1964, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of Adella A. (née Wende), an elementary school teacher, and Stephen James "Jim" Krall, an accountant. Her father played piano at home and her mother sang in a community choir. She was playing piano herself at the age of four and playing jazz in a local restaurant at 15. She went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship before going to Los Angeles to play jazz. She returned to Canada to release her first album in 1993.
Krall's mother died of multiple myeloma in 2002, within months of the pianist's mentors Ray Brown and Rosemary Clooney. Diana's only sibling, Michelle, is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Krall and British musician Elvis Costello were married on December 6, 2003, at Elton John's estate outside London. Their twin sons, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James, were born December 6, 2006, in New York City.
In 2000, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia. In 2003 she was given an honorary Ph.D. (Fine Arts) from the University of Victoria. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2005, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 2008, Nanaimo Harbourfront Plaza was renamed Diana Krall Plaza.
She is an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Krall has been selected as a Steinway & Sons Artist and performs exclusively with Steinway pianos in recording sessions, concerts, and public appearances.

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Troy Harold Seals

Happy birthday Troy Harold Seals (born November 16, 1938 in Bighill, Madison County, Kentucky) an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
He is a member of the prominent Seals family of musicians that includes, Jim Seals (of Seals and Crofts) and Dan Seals (of England Dan & John Ford Coley) and Brady Seals (Little Texas and Hot Apple Pie). During the 1970s, Seals recorded with Lonnie Mack and Doug Kershaw and although he made two albums of his own, he is best known as a songwriter. His compositions have been recorded by artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams Jr., Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Levon Helm, and Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," that Troy co-wrote with Max D. Barnes.
Seals has played guitar on numerous sessions for recording stars and has collaborated on compositions with Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Will Jennings and others. He has had three co-written compositions nominated for the Country Music Association "Song of the Year" award: "Seven Spanish Angels" (1985), "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" (1986), and "If You Ever Have Forever In Mind" (1999).
In recognition of his successful career, Seals was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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David "Dave" Kushner

Happy birthday David "Dave" Kushner (born November 16, 1966) an American musician perhaps best known as the rhythm guitarist for the hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver. Kushner has also been a member of Wasted Youth, Electric Love Hogs, Loaded, Danzig, Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro's solo band, Sugartooth, Zilch while he has also recorded with Infectious Grooves, Cyco Miko and more recently collaborated with Scars on Broadway guitarist Franky Perez releasing songs under the pseudonym of DKFXP, a combination of the initials of Perez and Kushner, as well as working with Indian singer and actress Shruti Haasan.
Kushner has also been writing and composing music for films and television, most notable the theme for FX series Sons of Anarchy, titled "This Life", where he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2009 while in 2010 he received an ASCAP Award for the theme. He collaborated with composer John O'Brien on the music for the movies Four Christmases, Couples Retreat and the ABC drama series Detroit 1-8-7 while he was also asked to develop a spin-off of How I Met Your Mother entitled "The Bro Code" by Fox creative director Dave Warren and The Simpsons segment director Ralph Sosa.
In 2009, Kushner was named "One of The 50 Greatest Unsung Guitar Heroes Ever" by Total Guitar magazine.

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The Beatles

November 16th 2010, The Beatles back catalogue was finally made available on iTunes, after years of negotiations. For the first time consumers would now be able to purchase some of the Fab Four's most popular songs via the store. Apple and record label EMI had been in talks for years about getting the catalogue online. Apple chief executive and Beatles fan Steve Jobs said it had "been a long and winding road to get here. We love the Beatles and are honoured and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes."

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Queen

November 16th 2006, Queen's ‘Greatest Hits’ album was declared the Best Selling UK album of all time by The Official UK Charts Company. The chart which was made up of sales figures from the last fifty years showed their Greatest Hits compilation had sold 5,407,587 copies. The Beatles occupied second place with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.

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The Beatles

November 16th 1996, The Beatles 'Anthology 3' went to No.1 on the UK album chart. The album included rarities and alternative tracks from the final two years of the band's career, ranging from the initial sessions for The Beatles (also known as The White Album) to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in later 1969 and early 1970.

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Frank Zappa

November 16th 1971, Frank Zappa appeared on this week's UK TV music show the 'Old Grey Whistle Test', playing live and showing clips from his '200 Motels' film.

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The Beatles

November 16th 1962, The Beatles recorded their second appearance on Radio Luxembourg, for the program The Friday Spectacular. The Beatles were interviewed and then they played in front of a live audience both sides of their latest single, 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You'.

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15/11/2017

The Beatles.

Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Session Player!

 

On 17th November 2000, it was reported that Andy White, who played drums on The Beatles track "Love Me Do" which was featured on the new Beatles Greatest Hits album, would not earn enough from it to buy his own copy. White would get no more than his original session fee of £7. That must be a bummer.

The story is, when you are asked to play on a session, you are (or you were in the '60s) given the option of being paid a fee for the day's work or taking a small percentage of future sales. Now, when you’re a struggling musician a bit of cash on the day would be very tempting; you need to pay the rent, right? And have a drink, so of course you would take the cash. The song will never be a hit anyway.

 

It’s a hard life for some being a session musician. But for others, it set them up for life. Both Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin were in-demand session players, so much so that by the time Page formed Zeppelin he had enough cash in the bank to pay for the studio time for recording the band's debut.

Another guy who did well was American drummer and session musician Hal Blaine, most known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California. Blaine played on numerous hits by Elvis Presley, John Denver, The Ronettes, Simon and Garfunkel ("Bridge Over Trouble Water"), The Carpenters, The Beach Boys, Nancy Sinatra, and The 5th Dimension. Blaine played on over 35 U.S. No.1 hits. Wow! Can you imagine, sitting in a bar, some guy puts walks over to the jukebox, picks a track… yes, I’m on it! That’s me. Another drink over here, barman.

Ever heard of Tommy Tedesco? No, I hadn’t. He was an American session guitarist. Described by Guitar Player magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history, he recorded with The Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra.

Glen Campbell is another unsung session player. As well as having his own hits, including “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, and “Rhinestone Cowboy”, he worked with Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Velvet Underground, Frankie Laine, The Association, Jan and Dean, and The Mamas and the Papas. His guitar playing can be heard on “Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra, “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'” by The Righteous Brothers, and “I'm a Believer” by The Monkees.

 

Poor American guitarist Danny Cedrone, best known for his work with Bill Haley and His Comets. He played the lead guitar break on “Rock Around The Clock” with Bill Haley and His Comets, and in doing so, secured himself a place in music history. It’s a great little guitar break. He died on 17 June 1954, ten days after the session, of a broken neck after falling down a staircase. He was paid $21 for his work on the session, as at that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for his group. Shit.

American drummer Jim Gordon was one of the most requested session drummers in the late 1960s and 1970s. Gordon co-wrote “Layla” with Eric Clapton, worked with The Everly Brothers, The Monkees, The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds), The Byrds, George Harrison, (All Things Must Pass), John Lennon ("Imagine"), The Carpenters, Traffic, Glen Campbell ("Wichita Lineman"), Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Frank Zappa, and many others. A diagnosed schizophrenic, Gordon murdered his mother in 1983 by pounding her head with a hammer. He was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison in 1984.

Then we had The Funk Brothers, session plays who played on many Tamla Motown hits including The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder. Check out the film Standing In The Shadows Of Motown.

Anyway, back to Andy White and his tale. It was producer George Martin who insisted that session drummer took Ringo Starr's place when The Beatles returned to EMI Studios in London for a third attempt at recording their first single. “Love Me Do” was selected to be The Beatles' first A-side, with "P.S. I Love You" on the flip side (a reversal of the original plan). The single that was released on October 5 featured a version of “Love Me Do” with Ringo on drums, but the album Please Please Me included a version with Andy White on drums.   

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Heart Steve Fossen

Happy birthday Heart Steve Fossen, ( born Nov.15,1949)  a founding member and original bassist for Heart. His work on the albums “Dreamboat Annie,” “Little Queen,” “Magazine,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Bebe le Strange,” as well as several greatest hits and compilations, has been a staple of radio since their releases, selling tens of millions of copies.

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Petula Sally Olwen Clark

Happy birthday Petula Sally Olwen Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932) an English singer, actress and composer whose career has spanned seven decades.
Clark was born to a Welsh mother, Doris (Phillips) Clark, and an English father, Leslie Norman Clark, both of whom were nurses at Long Grove Hospital in Epsom, Surrey, England. Her father invented her first name and joked it was a combination of the names of two former girlfriends, Pet and Ulla.
As a child Clark sang in the chapel choir and showed a talent for mimicry, impersonating Vera Lynn, Carmen Miranda and Sophie Tucker for her family and friends. Her father introduced her to theatre when he took her to see Flora Robson in a 1938 production of Mary Tudor; she later recalled that after the performance "I made up my mind then and there I was going to be an actress. ... I wanted to be Ingrid Bergman more than anything else in the world." However, her first public performances were as a singer, performing with an orchestra in the entrance hall of Bentall's Department Store in Kingston upon Thames for a tin of toffee and a gold wristwatch, in 1939.
Clark's professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II. During the 1950s she started recording in French and having international success in both French and English, with such songs as "The Little Shoemaker", "Baby Lover", "With All My Heart" and "Prends Mon Cœur". During the 1960s she became known globally for her popular upbeat hits, including "Downtown", "I Know a Place", "My Love", "A Sign of the Times", "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love", "Colour My World", "This Is My Song" and "Don't Sleep in the Subway". The timing and popularity of these songs caused Clark to be dubbed the First Lady of the British Invasion. She has sold more than 68 million records throughout her career.

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Frida Lyngstad

Happy birthday Anni-Frid Synni, Princess Reuss of Plauen (German: Anni-Frid Synni, Prinzessin Reuss von Plauen; born Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad, Norwegian: [ˈɑnːɪˈfriːd ˈlʏŋstɑ]; Swedish: [ˈanːɪˈfriːdˈlʏŋstɑːd], 15 November 1945), widely known as Frida Lyngstad or by just the mononym Frida (Norwegian: [ˈfriːˈdɑ]; Swedish: [ˈfriːˈda]), is a Norwegian-born Swedish pop and jazz singer. Born in Norway to a Norwegian mother and a German father, she grew up in Sweden and was a member of the Swedish group ABBA between 1972 and 1982. After the break-up of ABBA, she continued an international solo singing career with mixed success. In 1997, Frida recorded her final album before 'retiring' from music. She now focuses on environmental issues.
On 15 November 2005, to celebrate Lyngstad's 60th birthday, Universal Records released the box set Frida, consisting of all the solo albums she recorded for Polar Music, all digitally remastered and including a set of bonus tracks. Also included was Frida - The DVD, a 3½ hour documentary where Lyngstad talks about her entire career in the music business. Filmed in the Swiss Alps, she talks about her singing technique and about her career both before and after Abba and explains how songs were performed and recorded. In collaboration with Swedish TV, SVT, the film included many rare TV clips from her early performances, like her first TV performance with "En Ledig Dag", ("A Day Off"). Also included are TV-documentaries about the making and recordings of Something's Going On and Djupa andetag (Deep Breaths).
In September 2010, a new album by musician Georg Wadenius titled "Reconnection" was released. Frida and George had discussed working together for many years, as they had long been good friends. The album opens with her rendition of the traditional tune Morning Has Broken popularized by Cat Stevens. This song by Cat Stevens, is a favourite for Frida and the song was also on the playlist in the church for Frida and Prince Ruzzo's wedding on August 26, 1992.
On 16 February 2011 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a 45-minute play featuring Frida and the play's writer, long term fan and performer Christopher Green. The play, Like An Angel Passing Through My Room, was billed as 'a story about love. The unconditional love of a devoted fan ... about a real and an imagined intimacy.' It was a project several years in the making; what started as an upbeat reflection on fame and the notion of being a fan, developed into a meditation on the communication between two people and coping with the blows life deals. In an interview with Frida she and Green talked about her long recovery from the death of her husband in 1999. The play is reflective but with a comic sensibility. Frida stated in 2004 that she never intended to return to the music industry although this was short lived and future studio albums were discussed in 2010. Nothing ever came of them and Frida has never returned to recording music since. After the death of her friend Jon Lord, in 2013, Frida has almost become almost a recluse, rarely seen in the public eye.
In 2013, Frida helped organise the opening of the ABBA Museum in Stockholm stated she wanted to 'let ABBA rest'. The Long awaited ABBA reunion was expected to happen in 2014 to celebrate their win at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, some 40 years prior, but this never happened, disappointing fans.
Frida met with fellow ABBA member Agnetha Faltskog in Majorca, where the pair talked about singing together but no information regarding this has been released.
In 2015 Frida, along with Dan Daniell, released the single "1865" about the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

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Johnny and the Moondogs

15th Nov 1959, Johnny and the Moondogs, (The Beatles) played in the final heat of the 'TV Star Search' competition at The Hippodrome Theatre, Manchester, England. Judging was done by the volume of applause each group received when it is called back onto stage at the end of the night. Since the Moondogs had no money to stay overnight in Manchester, they were forced to head back to Liverpool before they were called back onto stage. 

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Chad Kroeger

November 15th 1974, Born on this day, Chad Kroeger, guitar, Nickelback, who had the 2002 US No.1 & UK No. 4 single 'How To Remind You', 2001 US No.2 & 2002 UK No.2 album 'Silver Side Up.' 2002 UK No.4 single with Josey Scott from Saliva, 'Hero'.

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Rick Kemp

November 15th 1941, Born on this day, Rick Kemp, bass, Steeleye Span, (1975 UK No.5 single 'All Around My Hat').

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Dire Straits

November 15th 1987, Dire Straits became the first act to sell over three million copies of an album in the UK. Brothers in Arms contained five, top 40 singles: ‘Money for Nothing,’ ‘So Far Away,’ ‘Walk of Life,’ ‘Brothers in Arms’ and ‘Your Latest Trick.’ The album is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history.

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Janis Joplin

15th Nov 1969, Janis Joplin was arrested during a gig in Tampa, Florida, after badmouthing a policeman and using vulgar and indecent language. Joplin became upset after police moved into the hall forcing fans to move back to their seats. As the singer left the stage she confronted a detective calling him 'a son of a bitch' and told him she would kick his face in. She was released on $504 bail

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The Doors

15th Nov 1966, The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to produce seven albums. The band also reluctantly agreed to release ‘Break On Through’ as their first single. The lyric "She gets high/she gets high/she gets high" was changed to ‘She gets/she gets/she gets" in order to secure radio play.

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14/11/2017

Pink Floyd

14th Nov 1967, Pink Floyd were added to a 16-date UK tour with Jimi Hendrix, The Move, The Nice, Amen Corner, The Outer Limits and The Eire Apparent. It kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The headlining Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes; The Move, who preceded him onstage, had just half an hour, and Pink Floyd, who appeared between after The Outer Limits, were allowed between 15 and 20 minutes per show.

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Frankie Banali

Happy birthday Frankie Banali (born November 14, 1951) an American rock drummer, best known for his work with multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot. He has been the band's manager since 1994. He played drums in the heavy metal band W.A.S.P., as well as with Billy Idol. Banali was briefly a touring drummer for Faster Pussycat and Steppenwolf.
Frankie Banali was born on November 14, 1951, in Queens, New York City, New York, to Italian immigrants, Jack and Martha Banali. In 1975, he moved to Los Angeles, where he spent four years playing drums with various bands, including Steppenwolf with Nick St. Nicholas and Goldy McJohn. In 1980, he joined forces with Kevin DuBrow and formed DuBrow with a revolving door of musicians, before settling with guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Chuck Wright. After Rudy Sarzo replaced Wright, DuBrow changed its name to Quiet Riot. After signing with Pasha Records in September 1982, Banali and the band found success with Metal Health, which was released six months after signing their deal. Eight months after its release, Metal Health hit #1 on the Billboard charts, making it the first heavy metal album to go #1.
By the time Condition Critical was released in July 1984, tensions began to slowly break Quiet Riot apart, but Banali held on, through lineup changes and a diminishing fan base (mostly caused by Kevin DuBrow's erratic behavior). By 1989, Quiet Riot disbanded after touring in support of their self-titled album, which was released in October 1988.
Around the time of recording their self-titled album, he also played drums for W.A.S.P.'s The Headless Children album. After Quiet Riot disbanded, he rejoined W.A.S.P. to tour in support of the album. In 1990, Banali was called in by Faster Pussycat to replace the fired Mark Michals, during their tour in support of their 1989 album Wake Me When It's Over.
After his mother's death in November 1990, Banali regrouped and formed a band called Heavy Bones with guitarist Gary Hoey. They released only one album in 1992, before disbanding. In 1993, Banali rejoined Quiet Riot after Bobby Rondinelli left the band to join Black Sabbath. In 1994, he also took over as the band's manager, overseeing the band's business decisions. After three albums and more lineup changes (including the reunion of the classic Metal Health lineup from 1997 onwards), Quiet Riot disbanded in 2003. Banali and DuBrow reformed Quiet Riot in October 2004 with bassist Chuck Wright and new guitarist Alex Grossi. They released one album with the lineup, Rehab in 2006, before the untimely death of DuBrow in November 2007. Banali announced the dissolving of Quiet Riot on January 14, 2008.
It wouldn't be until September 2010 that Banali (with the blessing of Kevin DuBrow's family) reformed Quiet Riot with Wright and Grossi. They originally hired Mark Huff, but was let go in January 2012. While Keith St. John went in to fulfill the tour dates, they hired Scott Vokoun in March 2012. In November 2013, Vokoun left and was replaced by Jizzy Pearl. And in June 2014, Quiet Riot released 10, their first album in eight years.
In mid-2010, Banali had an online fundraiser via Kickstarter with his fiance Regina Russell for the production of a documentary about the band, titled Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back, a film she both produced and directed. The final amount raised was nearly $24,000,
Frankie Banali's main influences include John Bonham (rock drumming), Buddy Rich, (traditional Jazz drumming), Simon Phillips, Dennis Chambers, and Vinnie Colaiuta.

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