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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 20 2016

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SLY STONE & THE VELVET UNDERGROUND TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT GRAMMY

Sly Stone, the Velvet Underground, and Nina Simone are among those named as recipients of the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Awards. Others being tapped for this year’s honor are Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal — with Philly soul legend Thom Bell, Warner Brothers Records head Mo Ostin and country music pioneer Ralph Peer all named as Trustees Award honorees. Alan Dower Blumlein — the inventor of stereophonic sound — will receive the posthumous Technical Grammy Award. The 2017 honorees will be saluted next month at the A Grammy Salute to Music Legends event in Los Angeles.

CHRISTINE McVIE SAYS FLEETWOOD MAC TOUR IS ON FOR NEXT SUMMER

Although Stevie Nicks has gone on record regarding her doubts about a new Fleetwood Mac album — Christine McVie couldn’t be more excited. McVie, who returned to the band in 2014, spoke to TheArtsDesk.com and revealed that the Mac is halfway done with a new collection and already eying a 2017 tour, saying, “I love every single track we’ve done, bar none. This is something to me that is really special. Stevie hasn’t come in on it yet because she’s been busy doing something else. Last year, I was in there with Mick (Fleetwood) and Lindsey (Buckingham) and John (McVie) . . . and nearly completed seven tracks and they’re magic. Seriously, no padding!”

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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1957:Elvis Presley picks up his draft notice.
1962:The Osmond Brothers (later the Osmonds) make their debut on NBC’s Andy Williams Show.
1967:The band Jethro Tull, named after the 18th-century inventor of the seed drill, is formed.
1975:Former James Gang guitarist/vocalist and solo artist Joe Walsh joins the Eagles, replacing Bernie Leadon, who left after the band decided to pursue a more “rock” sound.
1994:Beach Boys lead vocalist Mike Love publicly drops his lawsuit against the group. Love had claimed he was due partial royalties on 35 Beach Boys classics; the suit was settled out-of-court.

Releases

1968:The Beatles, The Beatles’ Sixth Christmas Record

Recording

1932:Al Jolson, “April Showers”
1966:The Beatles, “When I’m Sixty-Four”
1971:The Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool”

Charts

1952:Jimmy Boyd’s “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” hits #1
1969:Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” hits #1
1975:Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” enters the pop charts

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FOOD DRIVE AT FOWLER IGA DEC 16 2016

Marvelous Matt was out and about at Fowler IGA for the Benton County Co-op food drive.

Bob Burt from our sister station WLQI stopped by to run the studio.

A slight technical glitch on the first link up, but that was quickly resolved.

OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 16 2016

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FLASHBACK: ‘SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER’ OPENS 

It was 39 years ago today (December 16th, 1977) that Saturday Night Fever opened nationally. The film, which turned actor John Travolta into a global superstar, told the story of Tony Manero, a 19-year-old from Brooklyn going nowhere fast, whose only bright spot is as the weekend king of the disco floor. Saturday Night Fever — which was so successful at the time that it was eventually released in both “R” and “PG” versions — showcases Manero’s troubled and often comical personal life, highlighted by his Friday and Saturday nights dancing at Bay Ridge’s 2001 Odyssey disco, which define his and his friends’ otherwise empty lives.

The soundtrack album, featuring music by the Bee Gees, Yvonne Elliman, KC & The Sunshine Band, Tavares, MFSB, and the Trammps, went on to become the biggest-selling soundtrack of all time, selling over 15 million copies to date. The album scored four Number One hits: “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive,” and “Night Fever,” by the Bee Gees, and Yvonne Elliman‘s “If I Can’t Have You.” All four hits were actually written by the Bee Gees — Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAUL RODGERS!

Happy Birthday to the legendary Paul Rodgers, who celebrates his 67th birthday on Saturday (December 17th)!!! Over the decades Paul Rodgers has remained one of rock’s most beloved voices fronting such legendary bands as Free, Bad Company, the Firm, and Queen + Paul Rodgers

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KEITH RICHARDS!

Happy Birthday to Rolling Stones co-founder Keith Richards, who turns 73-yearsold on Sunday (December 18th)!!! Richards, a man who due to his previous penchant for hard street drugs wasn’t expected to see 30 — let alone 70 — has often infamously topped numerous “Most Likely To Die Lists” over the years. The Stones are currently back in the Top 10 with their latest studio set, the blues covers album, Blue & Lonesome, sitting at Number Four on the Billboard 200.

BOB DYLAN’S ‘BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND’ LYRICS SELL FOR $324,000

PAUL McCARTNEY RELEASING DELUXE EXPANDED VERSION OF ‘FLOWERS IN THE DIRT’

GENESIS GUITARIST STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, NORTH AMERICAN RUN

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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events
1956:
Elvis Presley leaves the Louisiana Hayride after 50 appearances on the radio show. Broadcast from KWKH in Shreveport, LA, the weekly broadcast made country music stars of several unknowns.
1969:
As part of their new campaign against the war in Vietnam, John Lennon and Yoko Ono place stark black-and-white billboards in eleven international cities proclaiming “WAR IS OVER!” and then, in smaller type, “If You Want It. Happy Christmas From John And Yoko.”
1973:
Stephen Stills is found to be the father of a child, Justin Stills, birthed by a Mill Valley, CA, resident Harriet B. Tunis. The US documentary series Trauma: Life in the ER devotes an episode to Justin after he is seriously injured in a 1997 snowboarding accident.
1974:
Guitarist Mick Taylor, who replaced Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones before his death in 1969, announces he’s leaving the group. A little over a year later, he’ll be replaced by former Faces guitarist Ron Wood.
1974:
Glam legends Mott The Hoople disband.
1981:
Ray Charles is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Blvd.
1983:
The Who officially break up — for the first time.
1991:
Chubby Checker sues McDonald’s for $14 million after the restaurant megachain allegedly uses a soundalike voice in a Canadian commercial for french fries.
1993:
St. Louis radio station KEZK becomes the first to ban Michael Jackson records from its playlist after recent allegations of child sexual abuse.

Releases

1966:
Jimi Hendrix, “Hey Joe”
1967:
The Lemon Pipers, “Green Tambourine”
1972:
Paul McCartney, “Hi, Hi, Hi”
1974:
John Lennon, “#9 Dream”

Recording

1954:
Bill Hayes, “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett”
1965:
Peter and Gordon, “Woman”

Charts

1950:
Patti Page’s “The Tennessee Waltz” hits #1
1972:
Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” hits #1

Certifications

1970:
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Down On The Corner,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Bad Moon Rising,” and “Up Around The Bend,” as well as the LPs Cosmo’s Factory, Willy And The Poor Boys, Green River, Bayou Country, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, are all certified gold
1971:
Melanie’s “Brand New Key” is certified gold
1975:
The Bay City Rollers’ “Saturday Night” is certified gold
1977:
The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” is certified gold

OLDIES NEWS REPORT DECEMBER 15 2016

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FLASHBACK: JOHN & YOKO, GEORGE HARRISON, ERIC CLAPTON & KEITH MOON JAM FOR UNICEF

It was 47 years ago tonight (December 15th, 1969) that John Lennon and Yoko Ono assembled their legendary Plastic Ono Supergroup for a historic performance at London’s Lyceum Ballroom. The event was part of UNICEF’s Peace For Christmas concert, which featured a number of other performers including the Hot Chocolate Band, Jimmy Cliff, and the Rascals, among others.

Lennon’s backing band featured George Harrison — marking the final time the pair ever shared a stage together — Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, bassist Klaus Voormann, Lennon’s primary drummer at the time — and future Yes sticksman Alan White, Billy Preston, Delaney & Bonnie and their backing band — which included drummer Jim Gordon, keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, and bassist Carl Radle — who the next year would for Derek & The Dominoes with Clapton — and horn players Jim Price and Bobby Keys who would soon move on to greener pastures as part of the Rolling Stones‘ touring band.

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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1957:
Mitch Miller and Sammy Davis Jr. blast rock and roll in a syndicated radio talk show hosted by Davis. However, MGM label president Arnold Maxim disagrees, stating he sees no end to the fad in the near future.
1958:
Billboard’s year-end review declares Domenico Modugno’s “Volare” 1958’s biggest-selling pop song, and gives R&B honors to Chuck Willis’ “Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes,” LP honors to the My Fair Lady original cast recording, and EP honors to Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock.
1967:
In Paris, the members of the Beach Boys have their own audience with guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1968:
The Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick appears on CBS’ Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in blackface, mimicking the recent Olympic scandal by holding up a “black power” salute at the end of the band’s song “Crown of Creation.” The network is not amused.

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THIS GAME WAS BROADCAST ON DECEMBER 13 2016

OLDIES NEWS FOR DECEMBER 14 2016

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ELTON JOHN LAUNCHES COMPETITION TO CREATE VIDEOS FOR PAST CLASSICS

How would you like to create your own official video for a classic Elton John song??? In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Elton and Bernie Taupin’s songwriting partnership, the pair — supported by YouTube — has launched “Elton John: The Cut,” and is giving undiscovered creative talent from all over the world the chance to create official music videos for three iconic songs: “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Bennie And The Jets.” The songs were specifically chosen from the early-’70s — a good decade before music videos were the norm for new singles.

According to the press release, “Music video entries for each of the songs will feature different artistic elements: submissions for ‘Rocket Man’ will feature animation, ‘Tiny Dancer’ will be live-action, and ‘Bennie And The Jets’ will feature choreography. . . Together with a panel of YouTube creators and celebrated music and industry judges, Elton John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin will select three winners, and those winning entries will premiere on YouTube in the summer of 2017.”

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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


EVENTS

1966: Elvis Presley’s film Spinout premieres in Los Angeles.
1966: Chad and Jeremy appear as special guest stars on today’s episode of ABC’s Batman show.
1967:: Dick Clark announces that he’s filming a movie about hippies, The Love Children, starring Jack Nicholson and Dean Stockwell and featuring the music of Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their “Bagism” project, arriving at London’s Hyde Park inside a white bag located in a white Rolls Royce, and then giving a protest speech — from inside the bag — on behalf of executed prisoner James Hanratty.
(The idea was that the press and skeptics would have to listen to their words without being distracted by celebrity.)
1971: Radical John Sinclair is released from prison.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 13 2016

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THE DOORS RELEASE CLASSIC PRE-FAME CLUB GIG

Newly released is the latest archival Doors collection, titled, London Fog 1966. The band was the house band at the Sunset Strip venue from February 21st until May 7th, 1966. The set is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 18,000 copies and sell for $49.98. According to the collection’s press release, London Fog 1966 will be “presented in a lift-top package designed to look like a vintage storage box, the set features seven songs on both CD and a 10-inch record that’s made to resemble a test pressing. Noted Doors engineer Bruce Botnick recently mastered the audio for this collection.”

The package includes a reproduction of a London Fog concert poster, a copy of drummer John Densmore‘s handwritten setlist, a program for the Royce Hall UCLA student film screening, plus a London Fog coaster. Among those contributing to the liner notes is Nettie Pena, who recorded the band on a quarter reel-to-reel recorder and photographed the band — with several of her prints included in the set.

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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1960:
Elvis Presley’s latest UK single, “It’s Now Or Never,” breaks all records by selling one million copies in six weeks.
1961:
The Beatles perform their regular show at the Cavern Club, unaware that Decca representative Mike Smith is in the audience, there to sign the group.
1963:
Frankie Avalon appears as “Max” on tonight’s “Who Killed Cynthia Royal?” episode of ABC-TV’s Burke’s Law.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 12 2016

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DIONNE WARWICK!!!

Happy Birthday to Dionne Warwick, who celebrates her 76th birthday today (December 12th). In 2014 Warwick released her latest duets album, called Feels So Good, with such special guests asStevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green, and Ziggy Marley.

In 2011, Warwick wrote her autobiography called, My Life As I See It, which was co-written by David Freedman Wooley and published by Simon & Schuster. Warwick’s maternal aunt is legendary gospel singer Cissy Houston — the mother of the late Whitney Houston.

Warwick will always be best known for her classic 1960’s hits written by Burt Bacharach and the late-Hal David, including “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Walk On By”, “Alfie,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “(Theme From) The Valley Of The Dolls,” “Do You Know The Way To San Jose,” “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” and many others.

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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1901: Guglielmo Marconi recieves the first trans-Atlantic wireless radio signal.
1957: DJ Al Priddy is fired from radio station KEX, Portland, OR, for playing Elvis Presley’s version of “White Christmas” on air.
1961: Mike Douglas begins his TV variety/talk show in Cleveland, OH.
1963: The LP John Fitzgerald Kennedy – A Memorial Album becomes the fastest-selling album in history, selling four million copies in six days. The tribute was recorded the day of Kennedy’s assassination.
1966: Pink Floyd performs their first concert, for the Oxfam Benefit at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1967: A London Appeals Court commutes the nine-month prison sentence of the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, citing psychiatric testimony that he could not handle prison.Jones had been busted for marijuana possession.

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