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OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 25 2016

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SINGER BOBBY VEE DEAD AT 73

Famed ’60s crooner Bobby Vee died yesterday (October 24th) at age 73 from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, according to Vintage Vinyl News. Vee was born Robert Velline on April 30th, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota with his big break coming on February 4th, 1959, when at only age 15, he and his band the Shadows, filled in during the Winter Dance Party show in Moorehead, North Dakota, following the fatal plane crash of three of the tour’s headliners, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson The “Big Bopper”.

Vee will forever be known for his string of 14 Top 40 hits in the 1960’s — including the 1961 chart-topper “Take Good Care Of My Baby”; “Run To Him” (#2); “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” (#3); “Come Back When You Grow Up” (#3); “Devil Or Angel” (#6); and “Rubber Ball” (#6);

  • Following his hitmaking years, Vee continued to perform on the oldies circuit in both North America and Europe. He retired in 2011 upon learning of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and in 2014 released The Adobe Sessions, which was recorded in his garage with his family.
  • Bobby Vee is survived by his four children. His wife of 50 years, Karen, died in 2015.
DEAD OR ALIVE FRONTMAN PETE BURNS DEAD AT 57

Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns, best known for the band’s 1985 Number 11 hit, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” has died at age 57. Pollstar reported that the androgynous Burns — who was the son of an Austrian refugee and a Liverpudlian mother, died of a heart attack. Burns’ death was announced by his management via twitter, with the statement, “All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.”

OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 24 2015

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ROLLING STONE BILL WYMAN TURNS 80 TODAY!!! 

Happy Birthday to former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, who turns 80 today (October 24th). Wyman, who quit the Stones in 1991, was on hand for the band’s 2012 London shows as part of their 50 & Counting Tour. Both Wyman and longtime fans were disappointed that he was relegated to only two songs during the shows, sitting with the band during “It’s Only Rock N’ Roll” and “Honky Tonk Women.”

On Friday night (October 28th), Wyman will perform at the “Bill Wyman 80th Birthday Gala” at London’s Indigo at The O2. Among those confirmed for the show are Robert Plant, Bob Geldof, Mark Knopfler, Imelda May, and Simply Red / Faces frontman Mick Hucknall — with more artists still to be announced.

Back in March, Wyman revealed he was battling prostate cancer. The Stones’ publicist issued a statement on saying, quote, “Bill Wyman, former member of the Rolling Stones, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is undergoing treatment and is expected to make a full recovery as it was caught in the early stages. The Wyman family has asked for their privacy during this time. No further comment will be made at this point.”

In June 2015, Bill Wyman released his latest solo album, Back To Basics.

OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 21 2016

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JOHN LENNON ENDS RETIREMENT AND RELEASES ‘(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER’ 

It was 36 years ago Sunday (October 23rd, 1980) that John Lennon‘s “comeback” single “(Just Like) Starting Over” was released, breaking Lennon’s then-five year hiatus from recording. Lennon had devoted himself to becoming a self proclaimed “house husband” following the birth of his and Yoko Ono‘s son Sean in 1975. “(Just Like) Starting Over” was a teaser for the forthcoming joint album between him and Yoko called Double Fantasy, which was released on November 17th. It was the last song completed for the album, using portions of Lennon’s unfinished songs “My Life” and “The Worst Is Over.”

  • “(Just Like) Starting Over” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 9th, 1980 — the 14th anniversary of John and Yoko’s first meeting — and eventually hit Number One on December 27th. “(Just Like) Starting Over” held the top spot for a total of five weeks and stayed in the Hot 100 for 22 weeks.
  • “(Just Like) Starting Over” was the second chart-topper by a solo Beatle in the 1980’s, with Paul McCartney & Wings having scored a Number One hit the previous summer with “Coming Up (Live In Glasgow).”
  • “(Just Like) Starting Over” marked only Lennon’s second solo Number One, following 1974’s “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” and stands as the 12th U.S. chart-topper by a solo Beatle.

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OUR ROD STEWART IN LAS VEGAS WINNER

Matt chats with Mary Quinn our winner of the Rod Stewart Las Vegas Trip.

 

BEARS/VIKINGS GAME WINNER

Matt congratulates Bob Ebert of Demotte on winning the tickets to the Bears/Vikings game.

OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 20 2016

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CHESS RECORDS CO-FOUNDER PHIL CHESS DEAD AT 95

Phil Chess, the co-founder of the legendary Chicago record label, Chess, has died at age 95 in Tucson, Arizona, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Chess will forever be tied — alongside the great Memphis label Sun and New York’s Atlantic — as being among the most important imprints to birth rock n’ roll. The Chess roster boasted at one time such legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, and Muddy Waters, among other. In 1951, Phil Chess produced, and the label released, what many consider the first rock n’ roll record — “Rocket ’88,” by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats — which included Ike Turner.

Phil’s brother, and Chess co-founder, Leonard Chess died at age 52 in 1969, just a few months after he sold the company. Leonard’s son, Marshall Chess, became the founding president of Rolling Stones records in 1970 and held the position through 1977.

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OLDIES NEWS OCTOBER 19 2016

YES, JOURNEY, PEARL JAM, ELO, & JANET JACKSON LEAD 2016 ROCK HALL NOMS

Yes, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, and the Cars lead the 2017 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the others vying for induction are the J. Geils Band, the MC5, Chaka Khan, Chic, Janet Jackson, Jane’s Addiction, Steppenwolf, the Zombies, Joan Baez, Kratfwerk, Depeche Mode, Joe Tex, Bad Brains, and Tupac Shakur. Inductees will be announced in December with the induction ceremony set for next April at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. An edited version of the event will later be broadcast on HBO.

Ultimate Classic Rock posted yesterday: “Fans will again be able to help determine who goes in by voting at the Rock Hall’s website; those polls open today and then close at 11:59 pm ET on December 5th. Their votes are combined into a single ballot that joins hundreds of others submitted by artists, historians and music industry insiders — including every living Rock Hall inductee. Chicago claimed the fan vote last time around. Voting is limited to one ballot per day.”

Perhaps in response to Paul Stanley‘s recent issues with the Hall about which members of Kiss were inducted, for the first time, the Rock Hall has announced the individual members of each band being nominated, with Rolling Stone posting the particulars:

  • Yes will include Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Alan White, Tony Kaye, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, and Chris Squire.
  • Along with Jeff LynneElectric Light Orchestra will only include co-founders Roy Wood and Bev Bevan along with longtime keyboardist Richard Tandy.
  • Journey will feature both its legendary former members Steve Perry and Gregg Rolie.
  • In addition to the founding and current members of Pearl Jam, only current drummer Matt Cameron and founding member Dave Krusen will be inducted if voted in.
  • Depeche Mode will also include original keyboardist Vince Clarke.

OLDIES NEWS REPORT OCT 18 2016

‘THE FATHER OF ROCK N’ ROLL’ CHUCK BERRY TURNS 90 TODAY!!!

Happy Birthday to Chuck Berry, the “Father Of Rock N’ Roll,” who turns 90-years-old today (October 18th)!!! Berry, who pioneered the rock genre with his unique storytelling and clever use of poetics, will undoubtedly be remembered for his signature two-note, guitar-bending lick, variations of which opened up his classic ’50s hits “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Little Queenie,” “Carol,” and many more.

Berry’s music bridged the gap between rockabilly and blues on songs like “Maybellene,” and broke the color barrier on classics such as “You Never Can Tell” and “School Days,” which had more to do with the problems of white American teens than those of segregated blacks living in the South.

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THE BESTUS OF FESTUS

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OLDIES NEWS OCT 14 AND 17 2016

‘DESERT TRIP’ WRAPS WITH MORE SURPRISES 

The second and final weekend of “Desert Trip” in Indio, California, once again saw the “Mount Rushmore” of rock bring its A-game. Bob Dylan, whose Nobel Prize for Literature was the main story in the rock world last week, played virtually the same set on Friday (October 14th) as he had the previous week, with NME noting the one exception of strapping on a guitar for the first time in four years to perform the Blood On The Tracks classic, “Simple Twist Of Fate.”

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