Rhino wishes a happy birthday to Ozzy Osbourne, who pioneered as a lead vocalist and songwriter for Black Sabbath. Back on the road with heavy metal greats, Ozzy truly is one of rock's “iron men.”
As a tribute to one of the most important influences on Morrissey's life and music, Morrissey's impassioned live version of Lou Reed's "Satellite Of Love", recorded live in Las Vegas in 2011, is now available as a digital download. The release is a timely tribute and homage to one of the most important influences on Morrissey's life and music. Morrissey's version of the song was recorded live at The Chelsea Ballroom, the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas on 25th November, 2011.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, former Warner Bros. Records executive and industry insider Stan Cornyn ruminates on the past, present, and future of the music business.
Coming to Warner/Reprise from his first label, United Artists, Canadian Gordon Lightfoot had already become a singing heavyweight, having experienced a decade of singing his songs on the road. He had become one of Canada’s mighty song writers, like Joni Mitchell, Buffy St. Marie, and Leonard Cohen.
He’d been managed since 1964 by Al Grossman out of New York (who also managed Peter, Paul & Mary; Bob Dylan; Ian & Sylvia; that gang).
With strong management and Gordon’s major song writing talent, in the 1960s, Gordon-the-artist grew larger. He reached Hollywood/Burbank’s interest after doing nine concerts with Peter, Paul & Mary (the Hollywood Bowl, the Troubadour in 1968). In 1969, he signed with Reprise.
The year he started singing Burbank-style, his sales took off like a red hot beaver. This was the age of the “singer-songwriter,” and that co-occupation worked well for Lightfoot for his long and productive life.
What do you play during the holidays? Besides, you know, 'holiday' music. A friend posed this question a couple of days before 24 of us descended upon his Echo Park home for Thanksgiving. Woody Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" and The Last Waltz immediately came to mind; both of which have firmly secured their place in the pantheon of American Thanksgiving traditions over the past four decades. I also tend to pull out Dylan and the Band's The Basement Tapes....and lots of America's favorite Canadian import, the Northern California, ranch-living, Neil Young.
On this day in 1978, Rod Stewart's single "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" hit #1 on the UK singles chart, becoming the singer's fifth UK chart topper.
On this day the album PISCES, AQUARIUS, CAPRICORN AND JONES LTD. by The Monkees went to #1 on the US album charts. This was their fourth album to sell over a million copies. Here they are performing the album's single, "Pleasant Valley Sunday."