Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I always loved Australian singer, Judith Durham, the original lead vocalist of the Seekers. 

After four years of hits (1965-1968), they disbanded, only to resurface in 1970 as the New Seekers, but, unfortunately, without Durham. 

How about some of the other "New" groups? 

For example, were the New Christy Minstrels just a newer band that evolved from an earlier group named the Christy Minstrels? 

Perhaps they were around and simply didn't become popular. 
—Lucy Vasquez, Flagstaff, Ariz. 

DEAR LUCY: Not everything old is new again. Most of the "New" groups have no connection whatsoever to previous artists with the same name, sans the "New."

Examples: The 1979 New York band named New England, has no connection to England, an English group who recorded in 1977. Same goes for New Horizons of the '80s and Horizons of 1964; New Establishment of the early '70s and Establishment from the mid-'60s; and New Dimensions of the mid-'60s and Dimensions of 1960.

Others adopted a "New" (fill in blank) moniker that is completely original, and not inspired by anyone who came before.

Examples: Remove the "New" and you'll have trouble finding earlier groups named Birth; Colony Six; Edition; Kids on the Block; Order; and Vaudeville Band.

Then we have the Seekers, who have an undeniable connection to the New Seekers. Keith Potger, one of the four original Seekers, formed the New Seekers.

Others in this category include Kingston Trio/New Kingston Trio; Marketts/New Marketts; Young Hearts/New Young Hearts; Rotary Connection/New Rotary Connection; Cactus Band/New Cactus Band; Hollywood Argyles/New Hollywood Argyles; Riders of the Purple Sage/New Riders of the Purple Sage; and Mississippi Sheiks/New Mississippi Sheiks, etc.

Then there is the New Christy Minstrels, who, without any direct lineage to the Christy Minstrels, chose to revive the name of a 100-year-old group.

Founded in 1843 by Edwin P. Christy, and including his stepson George Christy, the Minstrels' blackface music and comedy shows were wildly popular from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, in the U.S. as well as Europe.

As with most ensemble acts, Christy's personnel changed frequently, and by the time phonographs and records were invented, Edwin and George Christy were both dead.

We only know of four records made by this troupe, all recorded in 1907 for Victor Records, and all 10-inch, single-sided 78 rpms.

Unlike most singles of the past 100-plus years, with one selection on each side, these Victor Talking Machine Records often had two or more tunes on the one side.

With sequentially numbered titles, each Minstrels' label identified the specific songs or skits in a subtitle:

"The Christy Minstrels (Songs of College Life - My Kickapoo Queen)" (Victor 5097)
"The Christy Minstrels No. 2 (Yankee Doodle Negroes - San Antonio)" (Victor 5098)
"The Christy Minstrels No. 3 (Good-Bye New York Town - My Creole Saidee)" (Victor 5122)
"The Christy Minstrels No. 4" (Victor 5135)

Either Victor made far fewer of the fourth disc, or their distribution varied greatly from the first three, but "The Christy Minstrels No. 4" is so rare we have yet to identify its subtitles.

Of course this degree of rarity is reflected in the marketplace. Copies of the first three can be found in the $30 to $50 range, but "No 4" could be 10 times as much.

IZ ZAT SO? When Randy Sparks formed the New Christy Minstrels in 1961, he could not have imagined that over 250 different singers and instrumentalists would, over the next 50 years, be Minstrel members.

For many, Randy's group provided the launching pad for a successful solo career in show business.

Some of the better-known NCM alumni, by year they joined, are:

1961: Jim Yester (Lovin' Spoonful member)
1962: Dolan Ellis (Arizona's Official State Balladeer); Barry McGuire ("Eve of Destruction"); Larry Ramos (Association member)
1963: Gene Clark (Byrds member)
1965: Pat Henderson (half of Skiles and Henderson)
1966: Kim Carnes ("Betty Davis Eyes"); Kenny Rogers; Mike Settle; Terry Williams (Kenny, Mike, Terry, and Thelma Camacho formed The First Edition)
1967: Keith Barbour ("Echo Park"); Karen Black (actress); Thelma Camacho (First Edition co-founder)

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.  Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368  E-mail:   Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition. 

Copyright 2014 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission 

Music History - April 24

In 1954, Billboard magazine featured a headline that read: "Teenagers Demand Music with a Beat - Spur Rhythm and Blues." It was a sign of things to come. Within a year, R&B music by both Black and White artists caught the public's fancy.

In 1955, Perez Prado was at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White." Known as the 'King of the Mambo' the instrumental was the theme from the film 'Underwater' where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to 'Cherry Pink'.

In 1957, 16 year old Ricky Nelson releases his first record, "Teenager's Romance," with his cover of Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'" on the flip side. The disc sold nearly 60,000 copies within three days and eventually went over a million.

In 1958, in Milwaukee, Alan Freed's "Big Beat Show" concert tour played three shows at the Riverside Theatre, with performances by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Danny & the Juniors, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Diamonds, Billy & Lillie, the Chantels, Dicky Doo and the Don'ts, Jo Ann Campbell, Larry Williams, Ed Townsend, the Pastels, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

In 1958, Dion and the Belmonts released their debut single, "I Wonder Why."

In 1958, at the Decca Recording Studio in the Pythian Temple, New York City, Bobby Darin recorded his composition "Early In The Morning." When first released it was credited to the Ding Dongs, and eventually to the Rinky-Dinks, to conceal Darin's identity while he was under contract to another label. The Rinky-Dinks version peaked at #24 on Billboard, competing with Buddy Holly's rendition of the song that got as high as #32.

In 1959, Your Hit Parade, the Saturday night, Pop-music show that had been running since April 12th, 1935, has its final US radio broadcast.

In 1959, Buddy Holly was at #1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song "It Doesn't Matter Anymore." A #1 hit six weeks after Holly's death.

In 1959, the Drifters released "There Goes My Baby," co-written by lead singer Ben E. King. This was the first single by the second incarnation of the Drifters (previously known as the 5 Crowns), who assumed the group name in 1958 after manager George Treadwell fired the remaining members of the original lineup.

In 1961, Del Shannon's "Runaway" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, enabling him to finally quit his job as a carpet salesman. The song also reached the top of the chart in the UK and has since been ranked at #466 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1961, Bob Dylan appeared on Harry Belafonte's album 'The Midnight Special' playing harmonica on the track "Calypso King." Dylan was paid a $50 session fee for this his first ever recording.

On this day in 1963, "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March was the #1 song.

In 1965, Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders had the top tune on both the Billboard Hot 100 and The Cashbox Best Sellers list with "Game Of Love," a #2 hit in the UK. By the end of the year, Fontana would leave the band and would go on to some solo success in the UK, while the rest of the group would enjoy a #2 hit in the US the following year with "A Groovy Kind Of Love."

In 1965, Beatles manager Brian Epstein won the 'star prize' of an album when he had his letter published in UK music weekly 'Melody Maker' informing its readers that Paul McCartney played lead guitar on "Ticket To Ride."

In 1966, the Dave Clark Five performed "Catch Us If You Can" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1968, the Beatles new company, Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie. (Apple later signed Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, Badfinger, and Billy Preston).

In 1968, Louis Armstrong was at #1 in the UK with the single "What A Wonderful World."  At 66 years of age, it made him the oldest act ever to score a UK #1. The song stalled at #32 in the US, but Louis is also the oldest person to reach #1 on the Billboard chart, a feat he accomplished in 1964 with "Hello Dolly."

In 1968, Keith Moon of the Who drove his Lincoln into a motel swimming pool.

In 1969, the Cowsills' single "Hair" was certified Gold.

In 1970, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane was inadvertently invited to Tricia Nixon's White House party. Guards stop her escort, Chicago Seven defendant Abbie Hoffman, and both leave without incident.

In 1971, Fleetwood Mac announce that guitarist Bob Welsh will be the replacement for the departed Jeremy Spencer.

In 1971, Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to #1 on the US album chart with '4 Way Street.'

In 1972, one of John Lennon's most controversial singles, "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" was released in the US. The song actually reached #57 on Billboard's Hot 100, despite virtually every radio station in the country refusing to play it. The phrase was originally uttered by Yoko Ono during a magazine interview in 1967 and John would later explain that he was making a point that women deserved higher status in society.

On April 24, 1974, David Bowie released the album 'Diamond Dogs.'  The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque figure that was painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial, as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid's genitalia. Afraid of causing a stir, RCA Records withdrew the records and ordered the artwork to be reproduced with the canine genitalia airbrushed out. Few copies of this original cover made their way into circulation at the time of the album's release and according Goldmine price guides, these albums have been among the most expensive record collectibles of all time.  One of the album cuts "Rebel Rebel" has been featured on almost every Bowie tour since.

In 1975, 27 year old Peter Ham, singer / guitarist for Badfinger, committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his home. He was reported to be deeply depressed by financial problems the group was having and left a note blaming the group's manager for his troubles.  Ham co-wrote "Without You," with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a founder member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, were signed to the Beatles' Apple label, their first hit "Come And Get It" was written by Paul McCartney.

In 1976, Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking the Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.

In 1976, Wings' 'At The Speed Of Sound' went to #1 on the US album chart. It was Paul McCartney's fifth #1 after he left The Beatles.

In 1976, Led Zeppelin had their sixth UK #1 album when 'Presence' went to the top.

In 1977, Elvis Presley made some of his last recordings during a concert at the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Two songs from the show, "Little Darlin'" and "Unchained Melody," along with "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)," recorded in Kalamazoo, Michigan two nights later, appeared in heavily overdubbed mixes on "Moody Blue," the last Elvis Presley album released during his lifetime.

In 1977, Talking Heads begin their first European tour, supporting the Ramones.

In 1977, Joan Baez and Santana performed for the inmates at Soledad Prison.

In 1979, Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" was proclaimed the state song of Georgia. The music to the song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael who also recorded a version of the song in New York in the same year. Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album The Genius Hits the Road.

In 1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Ebony And Ivory." This was McCartney's 24th #1 as a songwriter.

In 1985, a day after its release, the 'We are the World' album was certified Gold.

In 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo album, 'Full Moon Fever.' It features contributions from members of his backing band the Heartbreakers, notably Mike Campbell, along with Roy Orbison and George Harrison - who would later join Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Bob Dylan in the Traveling Wilburys.  The album became a commercial and critical success peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 and being certified 5× platinum in the United States and 6× platinum in Canada.

In 1990, the road crew for Roger Waters discovered an unexploded World War II bomb while constructing the set for The Wall concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.

In 1992, the Cleveland Orchestra sued Michael Jackson and his production company for seven million dollars. The orchestra claimed Jackson used 67 seconds from its recording of Beethoven's "Symphony Number Nine" on his "Dangerous" album without giving the orchestra credit or compensation.

In 1992, "Elvis – The Great Performances," a collection of film and tape clips hosted from Graceland by Priscilla Presley, aired on CBS-TV.

In 1993, about 40,000 people attend Farm Aid 6 in Ames, Iowa, that features Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp and Neil Young.

In 2001, the Bee Gees released their 22nd and final studio album, 'This Is Where I Came In.' The album peaked at #6 in the UK, while the single, "This Is Where I Came In," reached #18. In the US, the album peaked at #16.

In 2001, jazz/blues singer Al Hibbler, vocalist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for eight years in the 1940s, died at the age of 85.

In 2003, the first official UK download chart was compiled after the big five record companies- EMI, Warners, Sony, BMG and Universal combined for a Digital Download day. Over 150,000 computer users had downloaded 1.1m tracks. The Net Parade Top 3: #3, Tatu, "All The Things She Said," #2, Coldplay, "Clocks" and #1 Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful."

In 2003, Sinead O'Connor wrote on her website that she was retiring from music.

In 2003, Creed were sued by four fans who accused lead singer Scott Stapp of being so intoxicated at a 2002 show in Chicago that he couldn't remember the lyrics to the songs.

In 2005, Akon went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Trouble'. Mariah Carey was at #1 on the US album chart with 'The Emancipation of Mimi.'

In 2007, the Arctic Monkeys sold 85,000 copies of their new album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' on its first day in UK shops, putting it on course to be the year's fastest-selling new release.

In 2010, all four original members of the Young Rascals reunited onstage for the first time since their 1997 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction when they appeared at the Kristen Ann Carr Fund gala in New York after an invite by the E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt. Hopes of a more permanent reunion were quickly dashed by guitarist Gene Cornish, who said "I speak on behalf of the band when I say all the money offers in the world could not entice the Rascals to reunite." They would get back together, however, for a series of concerts beginning in 2012.

In 2012, at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona, the Beach Boys began their 37-date Reunion Tour. They also unveiled a clip of "That's Why God Made The Radio," their first new song in two decades and the first single off their reunion album.

birthdays include: Barbra Streisand (72), Doug Clifford (CCR) (69), Rob Hyman (Hooters) (64), Nigel Harrison (Blondie) (63), Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) (60), Billy Gould (Faith No More) (51), Shannon Larkin (Godsmack) (47), Patty Schemel (Hole) (47) and Kelly Clarkson (32)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Live At The Greek by Jimmy Page And The Black Crowes (Triple LP On White Vinyl) 

In the Summer and Fall of 1999, one of the best live rock ‘n’ roll bands and rock’s greatest guitarist united for a tour across the States, performing the best songs from the band that virtually invented Rock! Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page joined Chris and Rich Robinson and the rest of The Black Crowes to perform “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “What Is and What Should Never Be,” “Hey Hey What Can I Do” and many more Zep favorites. The band also ripped into blues classics like “Mellow Down Easy,” “Woke Up This Morning,” the Yardbirds classic “Shapes of Things” and the early Fleetwood Mac number “Oh Well.” Now, over a decade later from the original release, this classic collaboration is available for the first time on vinyl. Spanning three discs on white vinyl, Live at the Greek is a sterling recording of a legendary concert on the nights of October 18 and 19, 1999

“The combination of Page and the Crowes… is a win-win.” – Rolling Stone 

“Page & Crowes… reinvent the Led Zeppelin canon and a round of blues ravers… the concert album of the year and the first truly indispensible rock document of the new century.” – Billboard

“I’ve always thought the Crowes were one of the finest live rock bands around, period.” – Jimmy Page in Rolling Stone

“I’m humble in the face of Jimmy and his work and all the amazing things he’s done. I knew deep down that, of any band, we’re really one of the only ones that could have pulled this off well. And when we started playing the stuff ourselves… it just became more apparent.” – Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes

LP 1
 1. Celebration Day
 2. Custard Pie
 3. Sick Again
 4. What Is and What Should Never Be
 5. Woke Up This Morning
 6. Shapes Of Things
 7. Sloppy Drunk
 8. Ten Years Gone

LP 2
 1. In My Time of Dying
 2. Your Time Is Gonna Come
 3. The Lemon Song
 4. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
 5. Heartbreaker

LP 3
 1. Hey Hey What Can I Do
 2. Mellow Down Easy
 3. Oh Well
 4. Shake Your Money Maker
 5. You Shook Me
 6. Out On the Tiles
 7. Whole Lotta Love

Triple LP On White Vinyl 

Order a copy at SoundStageDirect

This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Yellow Vinyl)
2. The Mars Volta - De-loused In The Comatorium (Black Vinyl) (Pre-Order)
3. Blind Melon (Pre-Order)
4. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
5. Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
6. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
7. Led Zeppelin II (Pre-Order)
8. Led Zeppelin I (Pre-Order)
9. Jimmy Page And The Black Crowes - Live At The Greek
10. Various Artists - The Big Lebowski (soundtrack)


from our friends at SlyVinyl (look for their feed in the left margin!)

Orca Orca – The Shallows // Limited to 200 Light Blue Vinyl 7″

Benjamin Booker – Violent Shiver // Limited to 500 Red Vinyl 7”s


Constantines Detail 'Shine a Light' Reissue


Collecting records: a venture to vinyl


John Frusciante-Featuring Soundtrack for 'The Brown Bunny' Gets Vinyl Reissue


A Record Day for vinyl music lovers Main Street features indie record store community


interesting comments from across the globe:

Column: What the re-emergence of vinyl says about our society


from the uk:

Christina Aguilera, Muse and Gorillaz among the artists whose vinyls now change hands for hundreds of pounds because so few were made in obsolete format -  Top 51 most valuable releases since 2000 compiled by Record Collector

Many popular artists' vinyl releases are included in the list -  But the most valuable release is, oddly, a Bob Dylan box set on CD-R


Stereolab plan series of remastered vinyl reissues, tease future plans


Knuckle Puck plan first “The Weight That You Buried” vinyl release


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Wolf (2LP+CD) ~ The Creator Tyler
2. Under the Skin ~ Mica Levi
3. Led Zeppelin II ~ Led Zeppelin
4. Singles ~ Future Islands
5. Led Zeppelin III ~ Led Zeppelin
6. Illmatic XX ~ Nas
7. Saudade ~ Thievery Corporation
8. Salad Days ~ Mac Demarco
9. Everyday Robots ~ Damon Albarn
10. A Night At The Village Vanguard ~ Sonny Rollins

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Frozen ~ Demi Lovato
2. Behind The Light ~ Phillip Phillips
3. Duets ~ Linda Ronstadt
4. Angels and Saints at Ephesus ~ Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles
5. Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen ~ Disney Karaoke Series
6. G I R L ~ Pharrell Williams
7. Out Among The Stars ~ Johnny Cash
8. Bluesamericana ~ Keb Mo
9. Turn Blue ~ The Black Keys
10. Lights Out ~ Ingrid Michaelson


from the folks at EasyStreetOnline


1. Screaming Trees - Last Words: The Final Recordings
2. Caspar Babypants - Bonus Beatles! 7”
3. Mystery Side By Side - Mystery Side By Side 7”
4. Flaming Lips/Devo - Gates Of Steel 7”
5. Death Cab For Cutie - Live 2012
6. Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea 7”
7. Tame Impala - Live Versions
8. The Pogues - Live With Joe Strummer
9. Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty
10. Outkast - Southernplayalistica
11. Mudhoney - On Top
12. Built To Spill - Ultimate Alternative Wavers
13. Velvet Underground - Loaded
14. Flaming Lips - 7 Skies H3-
15. Broken Bells - Holding On For Life
16. Notorious BIG - Life After Death
17. The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
18. Grateful Dead - Live At Hampton College
19. Soundgarden - Superunknown (Box)
20. Original Soundtrack - The Wizard Of Oz
21. The Cure/Dinosaur Jr. - Side By Side: Just Like Heaven 7”
22. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions…
23. Gram Parsons - 180 Gram: Alternate Versions
24. Haim - Forever
25. Joy Division - An Ideal For Living


from Grimeys

GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 4/14 - 4/20, 2014

The vinyl chart this week goes all the way to 50 and is almost exclusively populated with RSD titles which are marked with an asterisk(*). Here are the best-selling titles this past week at Grimey's: 

Vinyl Top 25:
1. NEEDTOBREATHE - Rivers In The Wasteland LP
2. Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea 7"*
3. The Flaming Lips - Skies H3 LP*
4. Neil Young - A Letter Home LP
5. Devo / The Flaming Lips - Gates Of Steel 7"*
6. Conor Oberst / Dawes - split 7"*
7. PUJOL - Circles 7"*
8. The Civil Wars - Live At Eddie's Attic LP*
9. Paramore - Ain't It Fun 7"*
10. Mystery Side-By-Side (Love b/w Rush) - 7 And 7 Is 7"*
11. The Cure / Dinosaur Jr - Just Like Heaven 7"*
12. Ray Lamontagne - Supernova 7"*
13. Notorious BIG - Life After Death LP*
14. Spoon - Love Ways LP*
15. Conor Oberst - Hundreds Of Ways 7"*
16. Mac Demarco - Salad Days LP
17. Tame Impala - Live Versions LP*
18. Gram Parsons - Alternate Takes From GP/Grievous Angel LP*
19. Ramones - Meltdown With The Ramones 10"*
20. Devo - Live At Max's Kansas City 1977 LP*
21. Black Angels - Clear Lake Forest EP*
22. Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty 12"*
23. Haim - Forever 12"*
24. Eric Church - Outsiders LP*
25. Kings Of Leon - Wait For Me 7"*
26. Velvet Underground - Loaded LP*
27. Joy Division - An Ideal For Living 12"*
28. Creedence Clearwater Revival - The '69 Singles 10"*
29. Frank Zappa - Don't Eat The Yellow Snow 7"*
30. The Apache Relay - The Apache Relay LP
31. Band Of Horses - Acoustic At The Ryman LP
32. Steve Earle - Townes: The Basics LP*
33. The Grateful Dead - Hampton '79 LP*
34. Built To Spill - Ultimate Alternative Waivers LP*
35. Majestico - When Kingdom Come LP
36. Sam Cooke - Ain't That Good News LP*
37. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions... LP*
38. Death Cab For Cutie - Live 2012 LP*
39. Pinback - Pinback LP*
40. OST - The Muppet Movie LP*
41. Various - Sun Records Curated by RSD LP*
42. Frightened Rabbit - Live From Criminal Records LP*
43. The Wild Feathers - Marie 7"*
44. Pogues w/ Joe Strummer - Live In London LP*
45. Pixies - Indie City LP*
46. Broken Bells - Holding On For Life 12"*
47. Johnny Cash - With His Hot & Blue Guitar LP*
48. Bastille - Of The Night 10"*
49. Fleetwood Mac - Dragonfly 7"*
50. One Direction - Midnight Memories 7"*


album cover art of the day:

URIAH HEEP: 'Outsider' Album Details Revealed

Music History - April 23

In 1943, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Earl "Fatha" Hines Band began a series of engagements featuring then-unknowns Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Sarah Vaughan.

In 1956, Elvis Presley, accompanied by Bill Black and Scotty Moore, made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel when he opened for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene. Despite having "Heartbreak Hotel" at the top of the charts, Elvis was not well-received by the middle-aged audience. Management of the Frontier was so unimpressed, they gave Elvis his walking papers after one week of a two-week engagement. Presley wouldn't play Las Vegas again for almost 13 years. The experience was not a total loss, however. While there, Presley witnessed a band called Freddie Bell and the Bellboys doing a raucous version of Big Mama Thornton's blues hit "Hound Dog," and he soon worked that song into his live act.

In 1960, John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared as The Nerk Twins at The Fox And Hounds pub in Caversham, Berkshire.

In 1962, a song called "My Bonnie" by Tony Sheridan and The Beatles was released in America on the Decca label. It was the first commercial release anywhere in the world to carry The Beatles name. John Lennon would later say "It's just Tony Sheridan singing with us banging in the background. They're flogging it, but I wish they'd just shut up! It's terrible! It could be anybody." The mono 45 failed to chart on Billboard or Cashbox.

In 1963, Jan & Dean recorded "Surf City," co-written by Brian Wilson and Jan Berry, with the Beach Boys providing background vocals. The instrumentation was by members of the famed group of Los Angeles studio musicians known as the "Wrecking Crew," in this case Billy Strange, Glen Campbell, Carol Kaye and Ray Pohlman on guitar, Bill Pittman on bass, and drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer. It became the first surf song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1964, the Beatles were filmed running around Thornbury Playing Fields in Middlesex, England, for their first movie, "A Hard Day's Night." The footage was combined with an earlier sequence shot at London's Gatwick Airport and became the famous "Can't Buy Me Love" scene. John Lennon was attending a luncheon to honor manager Brian Epstein at the time and not present for the film shoot. A body double was used.

In 1965, the Rolling Stones began their third North American tour with a show at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montréal, their first live performance in Canada. Over the following three nights, they did concerts in Ottawa, Toronto, and London, Ontario.

In 1965, the Four Tops released the single "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)."  Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, the song is one of the most well-known Motown tunes of the 1960s. The song reached number one on the R&B charts and was also the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two non-consecutive weeks, from June 12 to June 19 and from June 26 to July 3 in 1965.

In 1969, Herman's Hermits released a song called "My Sentimental Friend", which would become a major European hit, reaching number two on the UK pop chart. In the US however, the band was now hopelessly out of style and one of the best songs they ever recorded was ignored completely.

In 1969, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Bob Newhart, and Vicki Carr were the guest performers on CBS-TV's "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour."

In 1970, Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" was awarded a Gold record. The single sold two million copies in 1969 and 1970 and reached #3 in the US and #1 in the UK.

On April 23, 1971, the Rolling Stones released the album 'Sticky Fingers,' their 9th British and 11th American studio album. The original vinyl release had a cover – a pair of jeans, complete with working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs – designed by Andy Warhol, who was paid $15,000 for the art work. The crotch photographed for the cover was that of actor Joe Dallesandro and not Mick Jagger as widely assumed. After retailers complained that the zipper was causing damage to the vinyl (from stacked shipments of the record), the zipper was "unzipped" slightly to the middle of the record, where damage would be minimized.  In 2003, 'Sticky Fingers' was ranked #63 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

On this day in 1973, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Old Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando & Dawn was the #1 song.

In 1975, Pink Floyd played the first of five sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

In 1976, Bob Marley & the Wailers opened their Rastaman Vibration North American and European Tour in Upper Darby, PA.

On April 23, 1976, the Ramones released their eponymous debut album. The band started recording the album in February 1976 and spent an estimated US $6,400. Many recording techniques used for the album were similar to techniques used by The Beatles and orchestral recordings. The album was produced by Craig Leon. The front cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall. The photograph was taken by Roberta Bayley. The album features a number of themes including Nazism, violence, male prostitution and drug use, as well as lighter fare such as horror movies and teenage romance. The band covered the song "Let's Dance" by Chris Montez. A number of the tracks have backing vocals which were sung by Mickey Leigh (Joey Ramone's younger brother), Tommy Ramone, and engineer Rob Freeman. The album received high praise from critics, with Allmusic rewarding it with a maximum rating of five out of five stars. Robert Christgau gave the album an A, writing "For me, it blows everything else off the radio."  The album reached #111 in the US on the Billboard 200 chart and was ranked #33 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album started the Ramones' career and would eventually go on to influence artists in the hardcore punk, post-punk, heavy metal, thrash metal, indie pop, and grunge genres.

Also in 1976, the Rolling Stones released their 13th British and 15th American studio album, 'Black and Blue,' the band's first studio album with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor.

In 1977, Adam and the Ants made their debut at the Roxy Club, London.

In 1977, 18 weeks after entering the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way" made it all the way to the top spot. The song peaked at #13 in the UK.

Also in 1977, Joan Jett, with Blondie as her opening act, appeared at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles.

In 1981, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins gave a performance in Stuttgart, West Germany that was recorded and released as the album 'The Survivors.'

In 1983, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U2 kicked off a 48-date North American tour at the Carolina Concert For Children benefit.

In 1983, David Bowie started a three-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers-produced "Let’s Dance," featuring the title track which made #1 on the US and UK singles chart and “China Girl.”

In 1983, Dexys Midnight Runners went to the top of the Billboard singles chart with "Come On Eileen", the group's only US #1. The song also topped the UK chart. The band took their name from the amphetamine Dexedrine, commonly known as Dexys, and therefore the group's name is improperly spelled when a hyphen is used between the y and the s.

In 1985, the "We Are The World" album was released. In addition to the title track, the album included nine previously unreleased songs by donating artists, including Prince, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Tina Turner, among others.

In 1987, Roy Orbison celebrated his 51st birthday by re-recording some of his biggest hits. Included were "Oh Pretty Woman", "Crying", "Only the Lonely", "Dream Baby", "Running Scared" and many others. These newer recordings are nowhere near the quality of the originals, so if you're in the market, make sure you buy the original hits, available from Sony Music and specialty labels like Rhino.

Also in 1987, Carole King sues her record label for breach of contract, claiming that owner Lou Adler owes her over $400,000 in royalties. She also asks for rights to her old recordings.

In 1988, Whitney Houston breaks the record held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees of scoring seven consecutive US number one hits when "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" tops the Billboard Pop chart.

In 1988, in Los Angeles during Bruce Springsteen's concert at the Sports Arena, Roy Orbison was brought onstage so that fans could sing "Happy Birthday" to him in celebration of his 52nd birthday.

In 1991, Johnny Thunders, the guitarist who rose to fame with the New York Dolls, died at the age of 38. The cause of death appeared to be drug-related, but it has also been speculated that foul play may have been involved. 

In 1992, George Michael announced he was donating $500,000 royalties from the sale of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me,” to various British and American charities.

In 1993, Reba McEntire's "Rumor Has It" album was certified Platinum.

In 1995, the Sunday Times of London reported that a Liverpool man, Peter Hodgson, had found a tape in his attic containing 16 of the Beatles' earliest recordings made in 1959. The session included "Hello Little Girl," a Lennon-McCartney composition that the Beatles never recorded commercially and Ray Charles' "Hallelujah, I Love Her So." The tape had been made on a reel-to-reel recorder that Hodgson's father had lent to Paul McCartney.

In 1999, at the Volunteer Jam '99 concert, Charlie Daniels is joined by Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rhett Akins, Lee Roy Parnell and Johnny Neel.

In 2000, Johnny Cash was honored by the US Library of Congress with their Living Legend award.

In 2003, Bruce Springsteen defended the Dixie Chicks after the backlash from singer Natalie Maines statement about President George Bush.

In 2009, the iTunes Music Store reached 1 billion downloaded applications.

In 2010, Bret Michaels was admitted to the hospital in critical condition with a brain hemorrhage.

In 2010, Norman Wright, vocalist for the Del-Vikings on their hits "Come Go With Me," "Whispering Bells" and "Cool Shake," passed away at the age of 73.

In 2011, guitarist/songwriter/arranger Tom King, founder of the Outsiders, died of congestive heart failure at age 68.

In 2012, Thomas "Tommy" Marth, the touring and studio saxophonist for the Killers, died after shooting himself in the head at his Las Vegas home. The 33-year-old musician joined the band in 2005 and played on the live tours with Brandon Flowers and co between 2008 and 2010. Tommy also performed on 2006 release Sam's Town and 2008's Day & Age.

In 2012, rocker Ted Nugent was axed from a concert at US military base Fort Knox following the controversy over his rant against President Barack Obama when he insisted Americans had to rise up against Obama and the Democrats when America goes to the polls in November.

In 2012, Chris Ethridge, bassist and co-founder of The Flying Burrito Brothers, passed away at the age of 65.

birthdays today include (among others):  Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns) (47), Stan Frazier (Suger Ray) (46), Paul Clifford (Wonder Stuff) (46), Carlos Dengler (Interpol) (40) and Jón Þór Birgisson (Sigur Rós) (39)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Music Releases - April 22, 2014

ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits
Army Of The Pharaohs - In Death Reborn (2xLP)
Asher Roth - RetroHash
Augustana - Life Imitating Life
Bastille - All This Bad Blood (2xCD)
Benmont Tench - You Should Be So Lucky (2xLP)
Beverley Martyn - The Phoenix and the Turtle (reissue) (vinyl)
Black Bananas - Physical Emotions (7")
Black Prairie - Fortune
Carlos Cipa & Sophia Jani - Relive (vinyl)
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe (CD reissue)
Clint Mansell - Filth OST
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim - Here Lies Love (2xCD)
Death - Death III (vinyl)
DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik Reloaded
Dust Moth - Dragon Mouth (vinyl)
Dwight & Nicole - Shine On
Ed Schrader's Music Beat - Party Jail (vinyl)
Edguy - Space Police: Defenders of the Crown
Ensemble Economique - Interval Signals (vinyl)
Factory Floor - How You Say EP 2
Fear of Men - Loom
Federico Albanese - The Houseboat and the Moon (vinyl)
Fiona - Beyond the Pale
Fiona - Fiona
Fiona - Heart Like a Gun
Francesca Battistelli - If We're Honest
Future - Honest
G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar
Gale Storm - Essential Dot Recordings
Godfathers - Godfathers
Green Day - Demolicious
Hans Zimmer and the Magnificent Six - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 OST
Henry Mancini - Pink Panther (Music from the Film Score) (vinyl)
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage (vinyl)
Heterotic - Weird Drift (vinyl)
Hot Victory - Hot Victory
Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus (4 Disc Collectors Edition Amazon Exclusive)
Iggy Azalea - The New Classic
Illum Sphere - Spectre Vex (2xLP)
Jeff McIlwain and David Wingo - Joe OST
Jerry Leger - Early Riser
Joe Satriani - The Complete Studio Recordings
John Harrison - Creepshow (Original 1982 Score) (blue/green vinyl)
Justin Rutledge - Daredevil
Keb Mo - Bluesamericana
Keir Neuringer - Ceremonies Out of the Air (vinyl)
Kelis - Food (2xLP)
KISS - Psycho Circus (reissue) (vinyl)
Kode9 & The Spaceape - Memories of the Future (2xLP)
Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom Live: From Da House Of Rust
Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976
Luxembourg Signal - Distant Drive (7")
Magic Drum Orchestra - MDO
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - Sling Shot to Heaven (vinyl)
Marshall Crenshaw - Red Wine (vinyl)
Martin Harket - Brother
Microwaves - Regurgitant Phenomena (vinyl)
Modern Rivals - Cemetery Dares
Name Brand Sound - Nowadays Pressure (12")
Neon Trees - Pop Psychology
Origamibiro - Odham's Standard
Peter Stampfel - Better Than Expected
Petrels - Mima (vinyl)
Pulse Emitter - Planetary Scale Syntth Hypnosis
Purling Hiss - Dizzy Polizzy (vinyl)
Ramases - Complete Discography (6xCD)
Red Crayola - Coconut Hotel (vinyl)
Red Crayola - Singles (2xLP)
Red Krayola - Hazel (vinyl)
Ringo Deathstarr - God's Dream (12")
Screaming Females - Screaming Females Vinyl Bundle (4xLP)
Sebastian Bach - Give Em Hell
Semi Precious Weapons - Aviation
sleepmakeswaves - in today already walks tomorrow
Sonic Avenues - Mistakes (vinyl)
Sonny Rollins - A Night At The Village Vangaurd (vinyl)
SPENKING - Bad Blood, Good Blood (vinyl)
Spirit - Best of Spirit (vinyl)
Stone Roses - Stone Roses (vinyl)
Suede - Suede - CD Singles Box Set
TEEN - The Way and Color (vinyl)
The Apache Relay - Apache Relay (vinyl)
The Eels - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett (2xLP)
The Menzingers - Rented World
The Ornette Coleman Trio - At The Golden Circle Stockholm Vol. 1 (vinyl)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart  Days Of Abandon
The Shackeltons - Records
The Whigs - Modern Creation
Thought Forms | Ebsen and the Witch - Split (vinyl)
To Kill A King - Cannibals with Cutlery
Toto - Hydra (reissue)
Toto - Toto (reissue)
Toto - Turn Back (reissue)
Tourist - Patterns EP
Trudie Dawn Smith - No Pop (7")
Various Artists - Bates Motel OTS
Various Artists - Boogie Uproar - Gems from the Peacock Vaults
Various Artists - Farewell Transmission (Music of Jason Molina) (2xCD)
Various Artists - Get on the Right Track: Mod R&B Jazz & Ska
Various Artists - Pitch Perfect OST (vinyl)
Various Artists - Soul Jazz Records presents: Gipsy Rhumba (vinyl)
Various Artists - The Amazing Spiderman 2 OST (deluxe edition) (2xCD)
Various Artists - The Apt Records Story - Gangers of Love
Wanda Jackson - Rockabilly Queen (vinyl)
White Fang - Full Time Freaks (vinyl)
Winger - Better Days Comin'
Wood Ear - Electric Alone
XTC - Skylarking: Corrected Polarity Edition

Music History - April 22

In 1955, Elvis Presley appeared at the New Boston High School Football Field in Texas.

In 1957, Elvis Presley had his custom built 'Music Gates' installed at Gracelands. The gates were designed by Abe Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr, of Memphis Doors inc.

On this day in 1958, "Witch Doctor" by David Seville was the #1 song.

In 1959, Alan Freed premieres his last rock 'n' roll movie, 'Go Johnny Go,' starring Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Cavallo and the Flamingos.

In 1964, in the UK, the President of the National Federation Of Hairdressers offered a free haircut to the next group to reach the top of the Pop chart. He was quoted as saying 'The Rolling Stones are the worst, one of them looks as if he's got a feather duster on his head.'

In 1965, in Hollywood, Frank Sinatra recorded "It Was A Very Good Year."

In 1965, the Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Ticket To Ride." Taken from the film 'Help!,' it was the group's seventh UK #1.

In 1966, the career of young Bruce Springsteen got a boost when his band the Castiles was one of the three winners in a battle of the bands contest at a roller rink in Matawan, New Jersey. The prize for all three top finishing bands was the opportunity to open for the Crystals and the Ad-Libs at the following week's show.

In 1967, in the most popular Monkee poll conducted in the music paper Disc & Music Echo, Davy Jones received 63% of the votes, Mickey Dolenz 22%, Peter Tork 8% and Mike Nesmith 7%.

In 1968, trumpeter Herb Alpert sang "This Guy's In Love With You" on his CBS-TV special. The Burt Bacharach / Hal David composition would rise to the top of the US chart, where it stayed for four weeks. It reached #3 in the UK.

In 1968, Country Music Hall of Famer Steve Sholes, the prominent recording executive for RCA Victor who was responsible for recruiting Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, the Browns, Hank Locklin, Homer and Jethro, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, Pee Wee King and Elvis Presley, died after a heart attack at the age of 57.

In 1969, the Carpenters signed with A&M Records, where they will have twenty Billboard Top 40 hits.

In 1969, the Who give their first complete live performance of the rock opera 'Tommy' at a show in Dolton, England.

In 1969, John Winston Lennon legally changed his name to John Winston Ono Lennon during a short ceremony on the roof of the Apple Records building in London. John always hated his middle name, given to him by his mother in honor of Winston Churchill, but British law did not allow him to change it. He could however add Ono, and would never use Winston again, except for legal documents. 

In 1969, Fleetwood Mac kicked off a 10-date UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill, BB King, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Duster Bennett.

In 1970, "The Johnny Cash Show" on ABC-TV featured guests Lynn Anderson and Burl Ives.

In 1972, Deep Purple scored their second UK #1 album with 'Machine Head.'

In 1974, Tina Turner started filming her role as the Acid Queen in the Who's movie "Tommy."

In 1976, Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" became the first single to sell over 2 million copies.

In 1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their second appearance as the Blues Brothers and their first as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."  The band began to take on a life beyond the confines of TV, releasing an album, 'Briefcase Full of Blues,' in 1978, and then having the film, 'The Blues Brothers' in 1980.

In 1978, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica. It was Marley's first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier.

In 1979, in Oshawa, Ontario, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards played two concerts for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, an act of court-ordered community service by Richards, who had been arrested for heroin possession in Toronto two years earlier. Richards' band, the New Barbarians, featured Stones guitarist Ron Wood, bass player Stanley Clarke, Ian McLagan on keyboards and drummer Ziggy Modeliste.

In 1981, two days after being released from a St. Paul, Minnesota hospital following a month-long treatment for bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is involved in a car accident and is hospitalized in Seattle, Washington, suffering bruised ribs and a lacerated shin.

In 1983, jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines died after a heart attack at age 79.

In 1989, Guns N' Roses released "Patience."

In 1989, Madonna started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Like A Prayer," the singers seventh US #1, also a #1 in the UK.

In 1991, the Dave Matthews Band played their first ever-live show when they appeared at The Earth Day festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In 1993, the rock opera musical "The Who's Tommy," starring Michael Cerveris in his Broadway debut, opened at New York's St. James Theatre for 899 performances.

In 2003, only days after Madonna tried to strike back at illegal sharing of songs from her 'American Life' album by flooding the Internet with fake MP3s, her web site was hacked and real digital files of the songs were leaked. 

In 2003, songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer. Along with her husband Boudleaux, she wrote The Everly Brothers hits, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie." Other acts to record their songs include Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon And Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, the Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.

In 2008, it was revealed that 60's singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after Presley struck up a friendship with Steele. When the rock legend flew into London for a day, Steele apparently took him round the city, showing him famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. For more than 50 years, Presley fans had believed the only time Elvis ever set foot in the UK was during a stop-over at Prestwick Airport in Scotland in March 1960.

In 2008, Paul Davis, who placed eight songs on the Billboard Top 40 Pop chart, including "I Go Crazy" (#7 in 1977), and "65 Love Affair" (#6 in 1982), suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 60. After his Pop career was over, Davis topped the Country chart with "You're Still New to Me", a duet with Marie Osmond in 1986 and "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love" with Paul Overstreet and Tanya Tucker in 1987.

In 2013, Richie Havens, who rose to fame as the opening act at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, died following a heart attack at the age of 72. During his lengthy career he scored just one Billboard Top 40 hit, a cover of George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun", which reached #16 in 1971.

birthdays wishes to:  Glen Campbell (78), Peter Frampton (64), Paul Carrack (63)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Tim at Sundazed dropped me a note:

Just a small batch of our limited edition Record Store Day releases now available on the Sundazed site for our good friends who could not make it to a record store. 

Available only through today! 

**Note: Limit of one copy of each title per customer**

i've picked out several, stop by their site to see the full list of specials!

The Standells - Dirty Water / Twitchin'

7" single • $8.98

The Standells are one of the most successful of all garage rock bands, with their signature song "Dirty Water" having been a huge nationwide hit in the sultry summer of 1966! True fathers of punk rock, they were touring later that year to support the success of their hit record when they were professionally captured on tape opening up for the Beach Boys at a University of Michigan performance as they served up a raucous, raw live helping of their most famous record—now featured on this limited edition that puts you as close to a mid-’60s frat fuzz party as you can get! “Dirty Water” is a tireless anthem, a song for the hip-and-happening whose legacy shines in this rare recording. Also includes “Twitchin’,” a previously unissued 1963 instrumental from the group’s earliest days, predating their first record. Plus, recollections about both recordings from original member Larry Tamblyn, housed in a picture sleeve featuring rare photos that evokes the look and feel of 1966. Live and raw energy from the legendary Standells—on clear vinyl!

•Live 1966 punk in action—professionally recorded!
•Picture sleeve with rare photos and new notes by the Standells' Larry Tamblyn!
•Record Store Day 2014 limited edition on clear vinyl!

The Trashmen - Mean Woman Blues / Big Boss Man Live at the Whiskey a Go-Go

7" single • $8.98

Regularly packing regional Midwest venues with their incendiary live shows, The Trashmen's pal Mike Jann rightly concluded that these performances needed to be documented for posterity. Bringing his portable reel-to-reel tape recorder to Minneapolis’ St. Paul’s Whiskey A Go-Go, Jann captured the two previously unreleased performances in August 1966. Before a hometown crowd, The Trashmen threw down the bird dance beat with an authority born of road-hardened chops. No Pro-Tools, no Autotune, no overdubs: just real, writhing rock coming at you at a 1000 miles per hour.

The Surfaris - Wipe Out / Surfer Joe

7" single • $8.98

The Surfaris’ seminal 1963 smash “Wipe Out” with a new 1963-styled picture sleeve includies liner notes showcasing a recent interview with original rhythm guitarist Bob Berryhill. Both “Wipe Out” and the flip-side anthem “Surfer Joe” are in their original long versions, reproduced on the original Dot label and pressed in red vinyl!

The Yardbirds - Ha Ha Said The Clown b/w Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor

7" single • $8.98

"Ha Ha Said The Clown" b/w "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor" was released as a U.S. single in July 1967 prior to the Yardbirds' final studio album Little Games, which followed one month later. Produced by Mickie Most, the A-side was a cover of a Tony Hazzard song that had already been a hit for Manfred Mann. The flip side is another story altogether! "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor," a Jim McCarty-Jimmy Page original, is an explosive song with a driving, martial pace. It features a breakout performance from Page, marking his first use of a bow on a recording (listen for the unmistakable bowing solo in the bridge).

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our friends at SoundStageDirect have a sale that ends today, stop by and tell Seth I sent you over!


Record Store Day Coverage: 

while browsing the net, the vinyl revival is certainly trending right now, with vinyl record news from across the globe.  I cannot post all of them, but I have weeded out the best and hope that you enjoy them as much as I did.  Let's start with a write up from Billboard:

Record Store Day New York: Rough Trade, Generation Records, Permanent Records


Record Store Day brings rush of fans to Pittsburgh independent stores


from the great state of california:

Vinyl Record Collectors A Dying Breed In Digital Download Age: National Celebration Brings Communities Together In Cities Like Los Angeles


Record Store Day fuels vinyl comeback


from across the pond:

Scots music fans and bands including Fatherson turn out in their droves for Record Store Day


from the great state of vermont:

For the love of vinyl in Burlington


from the great state on minnesota:

No sad songs: Hymie's record store thrives on vinyl in a digital age


from the great state of west virginia:

For one day at least, records rule the East End


from the great state of south dakota:

Record Store Day brings dedicated crowds to Rapid City shops


nice story of one record collector and his memories:

Finding his groove: Aberdeen man's record collection spans many genres


fantastic look at record collectors in the uk:

The eight tribes of vinyl collector


inspiring vinyl story from the great state of wyoming:

Viva Vinyl: After a near-death experience, vinyl is off life support


another super vinyl record article, well worth the time to read:

My Vinyl Offer


Jack White makes history, releases 'fastest' single


WEEKLY WAX: Vinyl Releases For The Week Of 4/13-4/19


The official UK Charts Company has revealed the top twenty highest-selling vinyl albums of 2014 so far:

1. Arctic Monkeys - AM
2. Mogwai - Rave Tapes
3. Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
4. Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
5. Warpaint - Warpaint
6. Kylie Mingoue - Kiss Me Once
7. Temples - Sun Structures
8. Metronomy - Love Letters
9. Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long See You Tomorrow
10. Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home
11. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am That's What I Am
12. Beck - Morning Phase
13. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
14. Wild Beasts - Present Tense
15. War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
16. London Grammar - If You Wait
17. You Me At Six - Cavalier Youth
18. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
19. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
20. Real Estate - Atlas


this is a misuse of vinyl and turntables, not for the audiophile in us all, but somewhat cool none the less:

Spooky music made by abusing turntables and cutting up and reforming vinyl records - Vinyl Terror and Horror