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OLDIES NEWS DECEMBER 28 2016

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ELO DRUMMER WANTS TO MAKE PEACE WITH GROUP’S FRONTMAN
The Electric Light Orchestra’s founding drummer, Bev Bevan, hopes that the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next April will put an end to his 30-year rift with frontman Jeff Lynne. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bevan admitted, “I hope we shake hands. I definitely do hope that happens. I think I’m certainly at an age now where I don’t want to bear grudges or have enemies. I just want to make friends. I’d be pleased to do it.”

Bevan and Lynne argued over the legal rights to the band’s moniker after Lynne initially broke up the group. Though the two reached an agreement, Bevan reveals that while he plans to attend the ceremony, he isn’t sure if Lynne will allow him to perform with ELO. He said, “It would be nice. Even if I just got up and played one song or played tambourine or something, I don’t care.”

Other inductees of the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Journey, Yes, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, with Chic’s Nile Rodgers tapped for the Award for Musical Excellence.
The induction ceremony will be held on April 7th at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center, with a truncated version of the evening’s events airing on HBO later this spring.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 27 2016

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STATUS QUO’S RICK PARFITT DIES
On Saturday, December 24th, Status Quo member Rick Parfitt died in Spain at the age of 68. He suffered a infection from a pre-existing soldier injury. The group’s frontman, Francis Rossi, said in a released statement, “I was not ready for this . . . Rick Parfitt had been a part of my story for fifty years. Without doubt the longest relationship of my life, this was also the most satisfying, frustrating, creative and fluid . . . From those early days, we worked together to create the QUO sound, look and hits. We spent years on the road, on the stage and in the studio, rarely far from each other, honing what we did. We were a team, a double act, a partnership and yet also two very different people, handling the pressures of growing older, constant touring, dealing with success and keeping the creative flame burning in different ways . . . He developed his own sound, his own style, casually inspiring a generation of players.”
MORE DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT GEORGE MICHAEL’S DEATH

Former Wham! member and pop superstar George Michael died in his sleep on Christmas Day at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom. The singer’s body was found by his long time boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, during the early morning hours. On Monday, December 26th, Fawaz took to Twitter to share his grief. He tweeted, “ITs a xmas i will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning.”

  • The celebrity hairstylist later changed his Twitter bio to include a photo of him and Michael kissing with the caption,  “I will never stop missing you xxx.”
  • The couple had been together since 2009 when Michael broke up with Texas art dealer Kenny Gross.
  • No official cause of death has been listed but the singer’s manager, Michael Lippman, said the cause of death was heart failure. In a September 14th photo of Michael going out to dinner in Oxfordshire, he was almost unrecognizable as the pop star appeared to be heavy and bloated in the face. Michael was 53.
  • Following his death, streams of Michael’s music have skyrocketed 3,158 percent according to Spotify. The Top Five streamed songs by Michael and Wham! are “Last Christmas,” “Careless Whisper,” “Faith,” “Freedom! ’90,” and “Wake Me up Before You Go-Go.”
  • In addition to his success, Michael has been a great philanthropist. He’s donated millions to AIDS charities, Ethiopian famine, children’s charities and individuals in need.

BACKGROUND
George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25th, 1963 in East Finchley, London. He met Andrew Ridgeley at Bushey Meads School and the duo formed Wham! in 1981. The group released three albums: 1983’s Fantastic, 1984’s Make It Big and 1986’s Music from the Edge of Heaven.

  • Michael released his debut solo album, Faith, in 1987. The set would win the 1989 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.  Michael went on to release five more albums: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 in 1990, Older in 1996, 1999’s Songs From Last Century, 2004’s Patience and 2014’s Symphonica.
  • In April of 1998, Michael was arrested in Beverly Hills for engaging in a lewd act. In 2006, he was accused again of attempting to engage in anonymous public sex. The singer was also arrested multiple times over the years for drug possession and operating a vehicle under the influence. At one point, Michael admitted to smoking 25 joints a day.  Last year, Michael checked himself the Swiss rehab clinic Kusnacht Practice.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 23 2016

JOHN FOGERTY CREEPING OUT INITIAL 2017 DATES

John Fogerty has announced his initial 2017 dates with a handful of U.S. shows now on the books. Fogerty kicks off the New Year on February 13th at San Antonio Texas’ AT&T Center, with two more shows set for Stateside — February 15th in Port Chester, New York’s Capitol Theatre and February 16th at Mashantucket, Connecticut’s Grand Theater. Additional dates are expected to be announced soon — including a new Las Vegas run.

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OLDIES NEWS REPORT DEC 22 2016

  • ’80s hitmaker Richard Marx, along with fellow passengers, jumped into action to restrain an out of control passenger during a recent Korean Air flight when he began attacking the crew. Marx’s wife, Daisy Fuentes posted on Instagram: “On our flight from Hanoi to Seoul a guy sitting in the next row from us got crazy & started attacking the flight attendants & passengers. When he started pushing the female staff and pulling them by the hair (Richard) was the first to help subdue him. This went on for FOUR hrs. I feel horrible for the abuse the staff had to endure but no one was prepared for this. They never fully got control of him. They didn’t know how to use the taser & they didn’t know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their rope restraints 3 times).”
  • Marx later posted: “Daisy and I are home safe and sound. No big ‘hero’ move at all. Just did what I would hope anyone would do in same situation. Tnx 4 concern”
    • According to The Associated Press: “Yonhap News Agency reported that the passenger was a 34-year-old South Korean man who became drunk after having two and a half glasses of hard liquor on the flight. Incheon police officials could not be reached for comment.”
       
  • Bad Company will be featured on the January 5th episode of PBS’ Soundstage. Joining the band for the taping was Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, who subbed during the band’s summer North American dates for co-founder Mick Ralphs. Other artists set for the new season of Soundstage include Kenny Loggins and Blondie (Ultimate Classic Rock)
     
  • James Taylor canceled his February concert in Manila in light of reports of executions of alleged drug offenders prior to fair trials. Taylor apologized to fans and offered full refunds for the canceled February 25th concert at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena. Taylor posted, in part, “For a sovereign nation to prosecute and punish, under the law, those responsible for illegal trade in drugs is, of course, understandable, even commendable. But recent reports from the Philippines of summary executions of suspected offenders without trial or judicial process are deeply concerning and unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law.” (The Associated Press)
     
  • Peter Frampton announced via Facebook that he and longtime songwriting partner Gordon Kennedy wrote and recorded a new song, called “I Saved A Bird Today.” The track will begin streaming/downloading in early 2017.
     
  • Bee Gees fans Down Under are clean out of luck after Barry Gibb canceled his 2017 tour — including a headline spot at the Bluesfest open-air concert. Although Live Nation blamed “a change in international commitments” for the cancelation, the usually reliable Noise11.com posted that it was actually due to poor ticket sales.

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OLDIES NEWS DECEMBER 21 2016

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2017 ROCK HALL INDUCTEES INCLUDE JOURNEY, YES, PEARL JAM, ELO, AND MORE!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 inductees — Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, with Chic‘s Nile Rodgers tapped for the Award for Musical Excellence. The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 7th at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center, with a truncated version of the evening’s events airing on HBO later this spring.

The Rock Hall has also made it clear from the word go, who in each band’s lineup will be inducted into the Hall:

  • JOURNEY: Jonathan Cain, Aynsley Dunbar, Steve Perry, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, and Ross Valory.
     
  • YES: Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, and Alan White.
     
  • ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: Bev Bevan, Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, and Roy Wood.
     
  • PEARL JAM: Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Dave Krusen, Mike McCready, and Eddie Vedder.

Joan Baez said in a statement: “I never considered myself to be a rock and roll artist but as part of the folk music boom which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the Sixties, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon. I very much appreciate this honor and acknowledgement by the Hall of Fame.”

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry posted on fanasylum.com/steveperry: “I am truly grateful that Journey is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain tweeted: “Thanks to our fans and the members of Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame for giving us the nod! We will rock it at Barclay’s in Brooklyn next April!”

Journey co-founder, keyboardist Gregg Rolie tweeted: “Very proud to be part of the RRHOF inductions 2017. “

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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY


Events

1960: On the same day his movie Flaming Star opens, Elvis Presley is inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council. (The movie dealt with US-Indian relations.)
1964: Ode To A High-Flying Bird, a book written and illustrated by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, is published. The book is an ode to jazz legend Charlie Parker, whose nickname was “Bird.”
1967: The Beatles throw a party at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel in order to celebrate the BBC airing of Magical Mystery Tour.
1968: Crosby, Stills, and Nash perform together on stage for the first time.
1968: Janis Joplin makes her solo stage debut in Memphis, TN, at a Stax/Volt Christmas party that also features label artists such as Eddie Floyd and Booker T. and the MGs.
1969: On CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show, Diana Ross appears with the Supremes for the last time.
1970: Elvis Presley makes a visit to the White House in order to volunteer his services to President Nixon in fighting the war on drugs. Presley, who loved official badges, had been trying to get a BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) badge for himself, and when calling the Bureau failed, Nixon himself stepped in and ordered his deputy counsel to arrange a meeting. Presley presented the President with a chrome-plated Colt .45 gun, and the next day, Presley received his badge.
1971: Martha and the Vandellas officially disband.
1979: Linda Ronstadt hosts a benefit show for her paramour, Governor of California and Presidential candidate Jerry Brown, at the San Diego Sports Arena. The singer performs, as do Chicago and the Eagles.
1989: Carlos Santana and wife Debbie become the proud parents of daughter Angelica Faith.
1996: En route to a White House dinner with the Clintons, Tony Bennett suffers a ruptured hernia and is rushed to the hospital.

Releases

1967: The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request
1974: The Doobie Brothers, “Black Water”

Recording

1955: LaVern Baker, “Jim Dandy”
1966: The Beatles: “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Strawberry Fields Forever”

Certifications

1966: The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” single as well as their Little Deuce Coupe and Shut Down, Vol. 2. albums are all certified gold
1970: Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die, Judy Collins’ In My Life, and the original British cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar are all certified gold

Charts

1963: The Ronettes’ “Baby I Love You” enters the pop charts
1965: The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” enters the pop charts
1968: The Traffic album enters the charts
1974: Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” hits #1

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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.

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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

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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

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