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Quincy Jones

by on Mar.14, 2012, under music

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933. He is a man of many talents and accomplishments – music conductor, record producer, arranger, film score composer, and trumpeter.

He has been active for more than five decades in the entertainment industry and Jones has earned 27 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He’s worked with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin. He worked closely and was good friends with Sinatra. Their last project together was 1984’s “L.A. Is My Lady.” He produced Michael Jackson’s album Thriller and “We Are the World,” and the film The Color Purple.

Happy Birthday, Q!

For more on Quincy’s contributions to the music industry visit: http://www.quincyjonesmusic.com

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ELO

by on Feb.17, 2012, under music

ELO (the brainchild of Roy Wood) was formed to accommodate Roy’s burning desire to create pop songs with heavily classical overtones. The band’s direction for most of their existence was by Jeff Lynne who, after the band’s debut record, wrote all of the group’s original compositions and produced every album.

Here they are with Evil Woman:

The group also scored twenty Top 20 UK hit singles, as well as fifteen Top 20 appearances in the US Billboard charts. The band also hold the record for having the most Billboard Top 40 hits of any band in US chart history without ever having a #1 single.

Here are the band members (past and present)

* Roy Wood – vocals, cello, bass guitar, guitar, woodwind
* Jeff Lynne – vocals, lead guitar, piano, bass guitar
* Bev Bevan – drums, percussion
* Wilfred Gibson – violin
* Richard Tandy – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards
* Mike Edwards – cello
* Bill Hunt – keyboards, French horn
* Hugh McDowell – cello
* Andy Craig – cello
* Trevor Smith – (occasional cello)

In 1980, Jeff Lynne was asked to write for the soundtrack of the musical film Xanadu, with the other half written by John Farrar and performed by the film’s star Olivia Newton-John. The movie performed poorly at the box office, but the soundtrack did exceptionally well, eventually going double platinum. The album spawned hit singles from both Newton-John (“Magic,” #1 in the United States, and “Suddenly” with Cliff Richard) and ELO (“I’m Alive,” which went gold, “All Over The World” and “Don’t Walk Away”). Xanadu, performed by both Newton-John and ELO, is ELO’s only song to top the singles chart in the UK.

Xanadu

Don’t Bring Me Down

Telephone Line

Turn To Stone

Mr. Blue Sky

Hold On Tight

Strange Music

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Happy Birthday, Dolly!

by on Jan.19, 2012, under music

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born January 19, 1946, in Sevierville, Tennessee. She is a Grammy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated, Tony Award-nominated, and Emmy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, author, actress, and philanthropist. Mostly, she is the Queen of Country!

She remains one of the most successful female artists in the history of country music, with 25 Number One singles and 41 Top Ten country albums. Dolly has the distinction of having performed on a Top Five country hit in each of the last five decades and is the only artist to score a Number One country single in each of the past four decades.

Visit Dolly’s official site: DollyPartonMusic.net

Sing it, Dolly!

Jolene

Shinola

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Come on everybody, swivel your hips!

by on Jan.08, 2012, under music

Come On Everybody

A Little Less Conversation

Devil in Disguise

Burning Love

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Gonna Fly Now!

by on Nov.21, 2011, under music

Rocky was released on this date in 1976. The Rocky movies have not only been a source for inspiration for athletes, but have had great music, including “Eye of the Tiger,” to accompany the victories and defeats of the “Italian Stallion.”

In honor of all the Rocky flicks, let’s watch videos of some of those inspiring tunes and movie moments.

The Rocky IV soundtrack is one of my favorite soundtracks, and it includes “Living in America,” “No Easy Way Out,” “Burning Heart,” and “Hearts on Fire

And here’s the inspiring scene from Rocky II.

Even after 35 years, Rocky’s triumph is still cool!

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Tom Wopat: Consider It Swung

by on Aug.10, 2011, under music


Tony-nominated actor Tom Wopat, currently on Broadway in the musical “Catch Me If You Can,” has released a new jazz album. “Consider It Swung” is a wide-ranging fourteen-song collection. It’s got a little bit of everything: standards, Broadway tunes, and covers of songs from Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Bobbie Gentry and Blood, Sweat and Tears. There’s also one original song by Wopat entitled “Thailand Sea,” a lovely tune about tropical romance inspired by the singer’s experiences. Wopat’s raspy baritone is engaging and, as a actor, he has the ability to capture the songs’ stories with eloquence and ease.

Wopat has gathered stellar jazz musicians to make this a wonderful set from beginning to end. Tedd Firth plays the piano and was the arranger on most of the songs on this album. Peter Grant plays drums and Bob Malach plays the saxophone, while the bassist, David Finck, served as producer. Wopat served as associate producer. Additional musicians include: John Fedchock and Birch Johnson on trombone, and Barry Danielian, Robert Milliken and Brian Preschi on trumpet.

“Consider It Swung,” Wopat’s first album in six years, opens with the standard made famous by Sinatra, “That’s Life.” It’s a good rendition and a classy way to kick things off. Next, Wopat swings into the classic rock song “Spinning Wheel” by Blood, Sweat and Tears. Like all albums of standards, there’s a Gershwin tune. In this case, Wopat chose George and Ira’s “But Not For Me.” This listener really liked, and almost didn’t recognize, his interpretation of “42nd Street”; this version sounds more like a ballad than a show tune.

Wopat’s skills go way beyond the American songbook and Broadway, where he’s spent the greater part of the last two decades. In fact, he’s really wonderful at interpreting mainstream material. It is these songs that stand out most on this album. Bobbie Gentry’s classic “Ode To Billie Joe” receives an original interpretation. He makes the sad tale a little easier to listen to. And while this listener considers Steely Dan among the greatest, and thinks no one could do them justice, she really enjoyed Wopat’s version of Steely’s masterpiece “Deacon Blues.” He cut it to a little over six minutes compared to the original seven and half, and that was a good idea. He really shines on Joni Mitchell’s “Two Grey Rooms,” and Walach’s sax adds the magic touch.

Tom Wopat is a talented singer on Broadway and in the studio. He has a wide range of tastes in music and it shows in his song selection. He spreads his musical wings on “Consider It Swung.” It’s a winner!

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Enrico Caruso

by on Aug.02, 2011, under music

Enrico Caruso, the Italian tenor, was born on February 25, 1873, and died on this date (August 2) in 1921. He sang at the major opera houses of Europe and North and South America. Caruso made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920.

Santa Lucia

O Sole Mio

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Happy Birthday, Martina McBride

by on Jul.29, 2011, under Uncategorized

Anyway

How Far

Independence Day

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On June 12th

by on Jun.12, 2011, under Uncategorized

1935 – At age 17, Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first songs: “Love and Kisses” and “I’ll Chase the Blues Away.”

1977 – The Supremes performed for the last time together at Drury Lane Theatre in London and officially disbanded.

1990 – Mariah Carey’s self-titled debut album was released. Her biggest hit from that album was Vision of Love.

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#1 on May 30th…

by on May.30, 2011, under music

1989: Rock On by Michael Damian

1988: One More Try by George Michael

1987: With or Without You by U2

1986: Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston

1985: Everything She Wants by Wham!

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