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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

This Day in Music: June 28th

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Born on this day:
1943, Bobby Harrison, drums, Procol Harum
1948, John Martyn, singer, songwriter, guitarist
1959, Clint Boon, keyboards, Inspiral Carpets
1977, Mark Stoermer, bass guitarist, The Killers

1959, Bobby Darin was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Dream Lover.” It was the American singer’s first #1 and the song featured Neil Sedaka on piano.

1966, The Small Faces appeared live at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London. Admission cost 7s & 6d, ($1.05).

1969, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Nice, John Mayall, Ten Years After, Taste, Liverpool Scene and Chicken Shack all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues in England, the DJ was John Peel. Tickets cost 18/6. For more on this, see This Day in Music Spotlight.

1975, the Eagles started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with One Of These Nights.

1975, American singer songwriter Tim Buckley completed the last show of a tour in Dallas, Texas, playing to a sold-out crowd of 1,800 people. This was Buckley’s last ever show, he died the following day of a heroin and morphine overdose aged 28.

1977, Elton John achieved a life long ambition when he became the Chairman of Watford Football Club.

1980, Paul McCartney’s “Coming Up” became one of the few ‘live’ recordings to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record.

1985, Sister Sledge were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Frankie,” the sisters only UK #1. Nile Rodgers from Chic produced the hit for the soul trio from Philadelphia.

1986, Wham! were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with their fourth and final U.K. #1 “The Edge Of Heaven.” Also on this day Wham! played their farewell concert in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London.

1997, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans started a three-week run at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “I’ll Be Missing You.” Released in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Notorious B.I.G. who was murdered on March 9, 1997. The song sampled the melody of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” 1983 hit.

1997, the classic Pink Floyd album “Dark Side of the Moon” spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. It was rumoured at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie’s intro, very interesting connections could be made between the two.

Fight Club Writer to Work on Trent Reznor Miniseries

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Trent Reznor is currently working on a miniseries (to air on HBO and the BBC), based on the Nine Inch Nails album, Year Zero. The 2007 concept record presented a dark vision of the year 2022, and was highly critical of the United States government.

Screenwriter Jim Uhls is working on a script for the science-fiction miniseries, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Uhls has previously worked on the screenplays for Fight Club and Jumper.

Reznor’s been heavily involved in the TV/movie world as of late. In addition to Year Zero, he won an Academy Award with Atticus Ross for their score for The Social Network earlier this year. He and Ross also have been working on the score for the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Coen Brothers to Make Movie About Music Legend

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oscar-winning filmmakers the Coen Brothers are reportedly working on a movie about New York folk singer and Bob Dylan pal, Dave Von Ronk.

The Los Angeles Times reports a source as saying that, while unable to speak officially for the filmmakers, they are working on a story about the legendary folkie. The same source said that Joel and Ethan Coen are basing their script on Van Ronk’s own memoirs, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. Van Ronk died in 2006.

The Coens, known for films like The Big Lebowski and True Grit, have successfully utilized music in their movies before, notably O Brother, Where Art Thou.

NME reports that last month Joel Coen told a Lincoln Center audience, “We’re working on a movie now that has music in it [that’s] pretty much all performed live, single instrument.”

Deep Purple’s Steve Morse Talks Ritchie Blackmore

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse recently spoke to Joe Bosso about becoming the longest-running guitarist for the band. Morse also discussed if he’s ever heard anything from Deep Purple’s founding guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore.

“I’ve had no contact with him, but he has made some comments which I thought were remarkably… restrained. He’s certainly had perfect opportunities to say whatever he wants, negative or otherwise,” Morse said. “But I’m really relieved that he hasn’t said anything harsh about me. The most he ever said, and I’m paraphrasing, is something like, ‘This guy plays very well and does a lot of different things. I’m not sure if he’s right for Deep Purple…’”

Morse said he would understand if he was a target for Blackmore or Deep Purple purists.

“But you know, how can anybody replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple?You can’t,” he said. “All you can do is come in, do what you do and change the band here and there. You can’t be a clone… and you shouldn’t.”

Michael Jackson Didn’t Sing on The Simpsons?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It was not Michael Jackson’s voice that sang “Happy Birthday Lisa” on The Simpsons TV show in 1991. In the episode, “Stark Raving Dad,” Jackson voiced a character who was a mental patient, but was not allowed to sing his own song.

According to, Jackson had written the song especially for the show, but was blocked by his record company, Sony, from actually singing it.

The singing voice belonged to Jackson impersonator Kipp Lennon, who also voiced Jackson in the TV series The Jacksons: An American Dream.

Ozzy’s Health Advice Coming to Book Stores

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The book of Ozzy Osbourne’s popular healthcare advice column from theSunday Times in London (and reprinted in Rolling Stone) has been given an October release date.

Like the regular newspaper and magazine columns, the book, called Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy – Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor, sees Ozzy share his hard-won wisdom on a wide variety of topics. The book will also offer memoir-style survival stories never before published.

Ozzy’s advice is generally given in the form of an anecdote about misadventures in his younger days, but the columns also have included insight on how he coped when wife Sharon was diagnosed with cancer, and warnings against the risk of cocaine: “[it] puts a lot of stress on that little wotsit that hangs down at the back of your throat – the epiglottis, or the ‘clack,’ as I’ve always called it. In the mid-1970s, I was taking so much coke, I tore my clack in half.”

Ozzy told The Pulse of Radio in 2010 that the column would be written in collaboration with Chris Ayers, who co-wrote Ozzy’s I Am Ozzyautobiography. “He brings me the column things and I just joke about it, you know,” Ozzy said, “’Cause if you believe me, you’ll end up in the lunatic asylum.”

Roger Daltrey: I’d Rather Tour with The Who

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Roger Daltrey is preparing to be on the road this summer, performing The Who’s legendary 1969 album Tommy in its entirety. But, he said, if he had it his way, he’d rather be trekking around with The Who.

“Pete [Townshend] is having terrible hearing problems at the moment,” Daltrey told Rolling Stone. “I’ve also had a voice scare. There’s nobody I’d rather be on stage with than Pete. But equally, I don’t want to be on stage with him destroying the last bit of his hearing. That would be completely foolish. He’s a composer.”

While Daltrey’s out there performing Tommy as a solo artist, Townshend will be working on his forthcoming autobiography, Who He? The Who frontman said he’s not sure what to expect from the memoir.

“I’m not particularly looking forward to it,” Daltrey said and then laughed. “When I look back to some of his interviews, he’s said some weird things. I wonder, who’s writing this book? But anyway, all I know is that whatever happens on the public stage, behind the scenes we’re the best of friends. We’re like brothers. Not to say we get on with each other all the time, but if we were ever in trouble, you know that we’d both be there for each other. That’s all that matters.”

Sonisphere to Honor Late Slipknot Member

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In July, Slipknot will play their first U.K. show since the death of bassist Paul Gray, at the Sonisphere festival. As such, the festival is planning to honor Gray’s memory in two ways, according to
On July 10, the same day Slipknot headlines the Apollo Arena stage, the festival will hold a two-minute moment of silence for Gray, taking place across all of the stages at Knebworth. In addition, fans who want to share a personal memory of the late bass player, can sign a tribute book. A giant, leather-bound book will be in the Metal Hammer tent from midday to midnight each day of the festival. Fans are being encouraged to leave their thoughts, memories or drawings in the book.
Slipknot have already performed at multiple Sonisphere festivals in Europe this summer. At each stop, Gray’s bass, mask and jumpsuit have been on stage with the band. Fill-in bassist Donnie Steele has played out of the view of the crowds.
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