14/11/2017

James V. "J.Y." Young

Happy birthday James V. "J.Y." Young (born November 14, 1949) a guitarist, singer and songwriter who is best known for playing lead guitar in the American rock band, Styx. Young began playing keyboard and piano at the age of five. He attended Calumet High in Chicago and learned to play clarinet and guitar during those years.
In 1970, Young joined the band TW4 while a student at Illinois Institute of Technology, from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. That band later became the first incarnation of Styx.
After Styx's initial breakup in 1983, Young released the solo albums City Slicker (1985 with Jan Hammer), Out on a Day Pass (1988), and Raised by Wolves (1995 with James Young Group). He was the only original member left in the Styx's lineup and has appeared on all Styx albums. Tommy Shaw is touring with Styx again, as is Chuck Panozzo as a guest bass guitarist for most concerts. Young tends to write the more hard rock pieces for Styx. He is best known for "Miss America" and "Snowblind". Young managed the Chicago, Illinois -based rock band 7th Heaven in 1998 along with Alec John Such of the band Bon Jovi.

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Alexander "Alec" John Such

Happy birthday Alexander "Alec" John Such (born November 14, 1951) a retired American musician.
He is the former bass guitarist for the rock band Bon Jovi. He was dismissed from the band in 1994 shortly after the release of Cross Road. The remaining band members agreed that they would not officially replace Such, and he has since been replaced unofficially by Hugh McDonald, who had already played bass on "Runaway" on Bon Jovi's debut. Due to his unofficial status, McDonald does not appear on album artwork or publicity shots, with the exception of the 1999 single Real Life
After being fired from Bon Jovi, Such has managed a couple of local New Jersey bands, and also owns a motorcycle shop in New York City. Such managed the Chicago-based rock band 7th Heaven in 1998 along with James Young of the band Styx.

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Steven Bishop

November 14th 1951, Born on this day, Steven Bishop, US singer, songwriter, 1976 album 'Careless', sang the theme for the film 'Tootsie', 1977 US No.11 single 'On And On'.

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Paul McCartney

November 14th 2013, Paul McCartney posted a letter on his website calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 30 Greenpeace activists whom Russian authorities arrested during a protest over Arctic oil drilling in September. All the activists involved had their charges dropped in late December of this year.

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The Police

November 14th 1981, The Police had their fourth UK No.1 single with 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic', a No.3 hit in the US.

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13/11/2017

Leon Russell

Today we remember the passing of the great Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) was an American musician and songwriter who was involved with numerous bestselling pop music records over the course of his 60-year career. His genres included pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel and surf records. He was awarded six gold records.
His collaborations rank as some of the most successful in music history, and as a touring musician he performed with hundreds of notable artists. He recorded 33 albums and at least 430 songs. He wrote "Delta Lady", recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized and performed with Cocker's "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour in 1970. His "A Song for You" has been recorded by more than 200 artists, and his "This Masquerade" by more than 75.
As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. On his first album, Leon Russell, in 1970, the musicians included Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John said Russell was a "mentor" and "inspiration". They recorded their album The Union in 2010, which earned them a Grammy nomination.
Russell produced and played in recording sessions for Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike & Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, and others. He wrote and recorded the hits "Tight Rope" and "Lady Blue". He performed at the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 along with Harrison, Dylan and Eric Clapton. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Russell was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. He began playing the piano at the age of four. He attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also at Will Rogers High School were Anita Bryant, who was two years older, and in the same 1959 class, David Gates. Russell and Gates played and recorded together as the Fencemen. Another student at Will Rogers at the time was Elvin Bishop. During this time Russell was already performing at Tulsa nightclubs. He took the name Leon from a friend who lent him a fake ID to get into clubs he was legally too young to perform in.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1958, Russell became a session musician, working as a pianist on the recordings of many notable 1960s musical artists. By the late 1960s, he had diversified, becoming successful as an arranger and songwriter. By 1970, he had become a solo recording artist, but he never relinquished his other roles in the music industry. After performing country music under the name Hank Wilson in the 1970s and 1980s, he largely faded into obscurity.
Leon passed away on November 13, 2016 in Nashville, TN in his sleep.

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Bill Gibson, Huey Lewis and the News

November 13th 1951, Born on this day, Bill Gibson, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'The Power Of Love').

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Timmy Thomas

November 13th 1934, Born on this day, Timmy Thomas, US singer, (1972 US No.3 & 1973 UK No.12 single 'Why Can't We Live Together').

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Men At Work

November 13th 1982, Men At Work started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their debut album 'Business As Usual', which went on to sell over five million copies in the US.

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U2

November 13th 1981, U2 kicked off a 23 date North American 'October' tour at JB Scott's in Albany, New York

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12/11/2017

Neil Young.

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Long May You Run

Neil Young - Born on 12th Nov 1945.

Having survived the rocky path from a struggling songsmith to superstardom, Neil Young is one of few performers to have achieved eminence yet at the same time maintained his credibility, eternally moving forward regardless of fashion or the demands of his record labels.

One of a handful of durable stars to have emerged from the relative obscurity of Canada, Young heads a cast list that includes peers like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, The Band and, more recently, Arcade Fire and Rufus Wainwright.

Having already made his name alongside longstanding musical ally Stephen Stills in Buffalo Springfield, Young staked his claim to superstardom in July 1969 by appearing with Davis Crosby, Stills and Graham Nash for the first time at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out on live dates only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years. Little did any of the four know what a life and career changing moment this would be.

Growing up, Young idolised Elvis Presley and strived to be just like him and around the age of 10 he began to play music himself on a plastic ukulele. Other early musical influences included Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Chantels, The Monotones, The Fleetwoods and UK instrumental group The Shadows.

Raised by his mother in Fort Rouge, Winnipeg, Young was a shy, dry-humoured youth who enrolled at Earl Grey Junior High School where he formed his first band, The Jades and then, later, The Squires. In 1965 Young toured Canada as a solo artist and, while in Toronto, joined the Rick James-fronted Mynah Birds. The band secured a record deal with the Motown label but, as their first album was being recorded, James was arrested for being AWOL from the Naval Reserve. After the Mynah Birds disbanded, Young and bass player Bruce Palmer relocated to Los Angeles, travelling in Young's converted hearse, a 1948 Buick Roadmaster.

Young had met and hung out with Stephen Stills in Toronto, and when Stills recognised the distinctive hearse, he realised his friend was in town. Young and Palmer hooked up with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Dewey Martin to form the folk, country, psychedelic group Buffalo Springfield. Their first release - Buffalo Springfield (1966) sold well after Stills' topical song, 'For What It's Worth', became a hit. A protest song about the kids on Sunset Street being clubbed into submission by LA's finest, its progress was aided by Young's melodic harmonics played on electric guitar.

After the breakup of Buffalo Springfield, Young signed a solo deal with Reprise Records (home of his colleague and friend Joni Mitchell), releasing his first album Neil Young in 1968. For his next album, Young recruited three young musicians from a band called The Rockets: Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina. These three took the name Crazy Horse, after the historical Native American figure of the same name.

This signaled a new beginning for Young, which can be heard on the 1969 album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (which is one of this writer's all time favorite albums. If you've never heard it, I highly recommend it!).

Stephen Stills wanted a fourth member for his three-piece group, and it was Atlantic label head Ahmet Ertegün who suggested Young as the fourth member. His joining Crosby, Stills & Nash made them the first rock supergroup, the 1969 Woodstock festival their first major appearance.

With four great songwriters in one group, it was always going to be difficult. Between September 1970 and May 1971, each of the quartet released high-profile solo albums (Crosby's - If I Could Only Remember My Name, Stills' - Stephen Stills, Nash's - Songs for Beginners, and Young's - After the Gold Rush).

After the Gold Rush was just the beginning of a spectacular solo career for Young, who has outshone his fellow group members ever since.

He's always been his own man, releasing over 40 albums; he's had his experimental years, and he's directed a number of films (using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey). Young is an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded Farm Aid in 1985.

Young has only ever achieved one US #1 hit single, 'Heart Of Gold' - maybe because of this Young has never had to face the pressures being a 'pop star'. But he couldn't be a pop star, never was.

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Sun Records

Today we take a look at the famous Sun Records...which is an American independent record label founded in Memphis, Tennessee, starting operations on March 27, 1952.
Founded by Sam Phillips, Sun Records was notable for discovering and first recording such influential musicians as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. (Presley's recording contract was sold to RCA Victor Records for $35,000 in 1955 to relieve financial difficulties which Sun was going through.) Prior to those records, Sun Records had concentrated on recording African-American musicians, because Phillips loved rhythm and blues and wanted to bring black music to a white audience. It was Sun record producer and engineer, Jack Clement, who discovered and recorded Jerry Lee Lewis, while owner Sam Phillips was away on a trip to Florida. The original Sun Records logo was designed by John Gale Parker, Jr., a resident of Memphis and high school classmate of Phillips.
Sun was founded with the financial aid of Jim Bulliet, one of many record executives for whom Sam had scouted artists before 1952.
The music of many Sun Records musicians helped lay part of the foundation of late 20th century rock and roll and influenced many younger musicians including the Beatles. In 2001, Paul McCartney appeared on a tribute compilation album titled Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy Of Sun Records. The 2010 tribute Million Dollar Quartet is based on the famous photograph of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis grouped round Elvis Presley at the piano, the night when the four joined in an impromptu jam at Sun Record's one-room sound studio, the "Million Dollar Quartet" of 4 December 1956.
In 1969, Mercury Records label producer Shelby Singleton purchased the Sun label from Phillips. Singleton merged his operations into Sun International Corporation, which re-released and re-packaged compilations of Sun's early artists in the early 1970s. It would later introduce rockabilly tribute singer Jimmy "Orion" Ellis in 1980 as Orion taking on the persona of Elvis Presley. The company remains in business today as Sun Entertainment Corporation, which currently licenses its brand and classic hit recordings (many of which have appeared in CD boxed sets and other compilations) to independent reissue labels. Sun Entertainment also includes SSS International Records, Plantation Records, Amazon Records, Red Bird Records, Blue Cat Records among other labels the company acquired over the years.Its website sells collectible items as well as compact discs bearing the original 1950s Sun logo.
Having been mainly a re-issue label since the 1970s, Sun Records signed Julie Roberts to a recording contract in 2013.
Some of the notable recording artists at Sun were Johnny Cash, Roscoe Gordon, Rufus Thomas, who recorded solo and with his daughter Carla Thomas, Little Milton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and Conway Twitty (who at that time recorded under his real name of Harold Jenkins). In the Lovin' Spoonful song "Nashville Cats", John Sebastian erroneously referred to "Yellow Sun Records from Nashville".

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Donald Brian Roeser

Happy birthday Donald Brian Roeser, also known by the stage name Buck Dharma (born November 12, 1947), an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being a member of Blue Öyster Cult since the group's formation in 1967. He wrote and sang the lead vocal on many of the band's best-known hits, including "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla", and "Burnin' for You" (the last originally intended for Roeser's solo album).
Roeser was born on Long Island, New York. His father was an accomplished jazz saxophonist, and Roeser spent a lot of time listening to jazz music as a result. Because of this, Roeser developed an interest in the melodic arts at a very early age. He even played the accordion for a brief period of time.
Roeser was influenced greatly by the British Invasion of 1964, and he decided to pursue rock n' roll music. He first started out playing the drums, but had to stop temporarily after breaking his wrist while playing basketball. While recovering, Roeser learned to play guitar, and found that he enjoyed it more than the drums.
During his high school years, Roeser played guitar in various cover bands. At this time, he started to develop his own signature sound by imitating his favorite guitarists and combining their sounds with his own style. Roeser attended Clarkson University in New York, and joined a band that included later bandmate Albert Bouchard. The two played together on and off during the rest of their college career. At the end, both musicians abandoned potential degrees (Roeser's in Chemical Engineering), and decided to pursue music full-time. They moved in to a band house near Stony Brook University and started their careers.
Roeser and Bouchard started the band Les Vegas in 1968. Members included keyboardist Allen Lanier, singer Les Braunstein, bassist Andrew Winters and former music critic Sandy Pearlman (their producer). In 1968, they were signed by Elektra Records after the company's president Jac Holzman saw them perform. The newly named Soft White Underbelly dropped Braunstein and added new singer Eric Bloom to their lineup. The band recorded under the name Stalk Forrest Group (after a bad gig forced them to change their name) in 1970. Elektra dropped the band because of problems with the personnel, and the album was shelved (it was eventually released in 2001 under the name St. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings).
Roeser, along with Bouchard, Lanier, Pearlman, Bloom, and new member bassist Joe Bouchard (younger brother of Albert Bouchard) reformed with the name Blue Öyster Cult. They signed with Columbia Records in 1971, and released four albums between 1972 and 1975. Roeser's abilities on lead guitar were praised during this period. He did not write many songs during this time period, however, and was hardly featured on vocals (his most notable work at the time was "Then Came the Last Days of May", featuring him as both vocalist and songwriter).
By Blue Öyster Cult's fifth album Agents of Fortune in 1976, Roeser proved himself as a songwriter and vocalist with the band's signature song "Don't Fear the Reaper". As a result, Roeser's songwriting and vocals were more prevalent on the follow-up albums Spectres, Mirrors, Cultosaurus Erectus and Fire of Unknown Origin. Most significantly, he penned and sang on the tracks "Godzilla" and "Burnin' For You", which are staple songs of the band.
In 1982, Roeser recorded and released Flat Out during his spare time. This is his first and only solo album to this date. The tracks were all composed by Roeser (some co-written with Richard Meltzer, Neal Smith and Roeser's wife Sandy), with the exception of "Come Softly to Me", a track originally recorded by The Fleetwoods. These are songs that Roeser wanted to record, but they were perceived as too poppy by the other members of Blue Öyster Cult, and therefore not recorded by the band. The singles released off the album were "Born to Rock" and "Your Loving Heart", both of which had music videos made and did not chart.The video for the former song was part of a MTV promo along with Blotto's Metalhead clip, which Buck made a cameo appearance in the video as well as play the guitar on the song. Two other notable tracks are "Cold Wind" and "Anwar's Theme".
Roeser and Blue Öyster Cult subsequently recorded three more albums (two studio and one live) that all flopped commercially, but contained a decent amount of Roeser's compositions and many tracks with Roeser on lead vocals. This, along with the loss of original members Albert Bouchard (1982) and Allen Lanier (1985), prompted Blue Öyster Cult to break up in mid 1986.
In 1985, Roeser and Bloom participated in Hear 'n Aid. This was a project created by Ronnie James Dio to raise money for famine relief in Africa. It included many famous heavy metal musicians. Hear n' Aid recorded the song "Stars", which includes a lead guitar solo by Roeser. Hear n' Aid also released a compilation album which included "Stars", as well as live outtakes from the participating artists.
In 1988 the band released the album Imaginos, which was recorded between 1982 to 1988. This was a concept album based on Sandy Pearlman's poetry that was planned to be a trilogy of double solo albums by Albert Bouchard. At the insistence of Columbia Records, it was shortened to one album released under the group name. Due to poor production and a disorganized storyline (shortened and rearranged from its original form), the album suffered, and the band was dropped by Columbia. This was the last album featuring all of the original members, as the Bouchards left at the end of production.
In 1988, Roeser formed The Red and the Black with John Rogers on bass and Ron Riddle on drums. The band recorded demos, but was never signed by a record company and it never released an album. As a result, the band split quickly. In 1989, Roeser contributed the instrumental "Gamera is Missing" to the album Guitar's Practicing Musicians Volume 3 (later included on the CD re-release of Flat Out).
After releasing Imaginos, Roeser, Bloom and Lanier continued to tour as Blue Öyster Cult, with various musicians on bass and drums. In 1992, the band wrote the score for Bad Channels and composed two original songs for its soundtrack. In 1994, Blue Öyster Cult released Cult Classic, an album containing remakes of their greatest hits.
In the late 1990s, Blue Öyster Cult signed with Sanctuary Records, and released two studio albums and one live album between 1998 and 2002. These albums featured Roeser as both a lead vocalist and songwriter. The band was dropped by Sanctuary Records in 2002. Roeser continues to tour extensively with the band, and in December 2012 he reunited for a final time with all of the original members for the band's 40th Anniversary Concert.
On January 1, 2015, Roeser released "Fight", an original song, on his Soundcloud account. It is his first newly released material since 2001, and quite possibly hints at an upcoming solo album.

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Sex Pistols

12th Nov 1977, The Sex Pistols went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols'. the punk group's only No.1 album. The album was met by a hail of controversy upon its release. The first problems involved the allegedly 'obscene' name of the album, resulting in the prosecution of the manager of the Nottingham Virgin record shop for having displayed it in a window. More outrage was sparked by the lyrics of the songs 'God Save the Queen' and 'Anarchy in the UK.'

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Booker T. Jones.

November 12th 1944, Born on this day, Booker T. Jones. Booker T and the MG's, (1962 US No. 3 single 'Green Onions', 1969 UK No.4 single 'Time Is Tight').

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Screaming Lord Sutch

November 12th 1940, Born on this day, Screaming Lord Sutch, singer, politician and leader of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party. He was the first long-haired pop star - boasting hair over 18 inches long. His early records included Jack The Ripper and I'm A Hog For You Baby, he died on June 16th 1999. The self-styled lord - real name David Sutch - was Britain's longest-serving political leader, standing in nearly 40 elections.

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11/11/2017

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Vince Martell

November 11th 1945, Born on this day, Vince Martell, guitar, vocals, Vanilla Fudge, (1968 US No.6 single 'You Keep Me Hangin' On').

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Donna Summer

11th Nov 1978, Donna Summer started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of Jimmy Webb's 'MacArther Park', also a hit for actor Richard Harris in 1968, (made No.5 in the UK). Also on this day Summer went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Live And More'.

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Chuck Mosley

Chuck Mosley, former lead singer of Faith No More, dies at 57 

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