Of fame and shame, of Beyonce and Ted Nugent

Beyonce KnowlesHallo Music-Lovers,

You know it’s a slow news day in the music world when People Magazine’s choice of ‘Most Beautiful Woman’ gets all the coverage.  But wait— Beyonce is a music-biz person!  So Music-Lovers’ ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Thank Yous’ are very much in order to Beyonce for winning an ‘open’ award for the Music Biz, no?  That said, these days we have a bevy of lovely young lasses adorning the Music Biz, specially those in the Country Music genre, and I wonder if some jealous claws aren’t being unsheathed . . . .

Looks like we’re doing unusual news today so let’s continue on that track, going from fame to shame.  The exact, full story is too convoluted to go into here but suffice it to say that conservative (fundamentalist?) rocker Ted Nugent has pled guilty on a misdemeanour count, the wrongful acts being to have wounded one black bear in Alaska and then shot another.  He has been slapped with no less than five penalties, albeit all of them minor, ranging from (two) fines to a public service announcement.  I think Nugent and Lady Gaga would make for a *very* good couple . . . .

Do you like lost concerts or lost recordings?  Do you like The Beatles or Carole King?  Both?  Okay, ladies first.

Turns out that Carole King was a fantastic singer waaay before she proved it in 1971.  Some of King’s unreleased sessions were remastered and released recently and the thumbs all seem to be up.  ‘Legendary Demos’ ranges from 60s pop hits like ‘Take Good Care of My Baby’ and ‘Crying in the Rain’ to originals, and from piano-comp tracks to full-band numbers.  Definitely sounds like a buy for Carole King fans.

Just as much a must-see for Beatles fans will be ‘The Beatles: The Lost Concert’.  Some film reels were found of the band’s first U.S. concert in Washington D.C. and, considering that ‘Twist and Shout’ was found on the reels, this is *exciting* news.  This heretofore lost concert was made into a movie, set to premiere in twelve days.  Those who have seen “A Hard Day’s Night” will not miss this, that’s for sure.

Have a Good Day and Fun Night,

Shane

Of The Beatles, Ringo, and ringtones

Howdy folks,

Can scarcely believe it’s Friday already!  Been a busy week in MusicLand.

The news today has to do with The Beatles and a Beatle.  The Beatles used electric, amplified guitars but their music was not synthesized; what went on tape was not too different from what you heard.  This week, both The Beatles and a Beatle have entered the synthesizer era.  All of The Beatles 27 U.S. and U.K. chart-toppers are now on sale on Apple’s iTunes Store in the form of half-minute ringtones.  After protracted negotiations, the likes of I Want to Hold Your Hand and Ballad of John and Yoko are now synthesized and ready for your iPhone or other ‘iDevice’.  The news sure makes me ‘feel fine’!

And from ring-tones to Ring-O, our ‘a’ beatle.  Drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr was the first during the band-members’ post-Beatle solo careers to score a surprise hit with You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful, You’re Mine.  Since then he has released several albums and now makes his maiden foray into solo production on his album Ringo 2012.  Far removed from the days with John, George, and Paul, with George Martin in the studios, Ringo’s modus operandi now is to lay down bass and chord patterns using a synthesizer and turn it over for formalization – tempo, changes, and such.  It’s only after that’s complete that Ringo gets on the skins and adds the drums.  And then, later, melody instrument tracks are ad-libbed and added.

Yesterday (‘Yesterday’?!) I mentioned Les Paul & Mary Ford and Kay Starr.  Today, MetroLyrics has tweeted a lyric from Come On Eileen by 80s pop group Dexy’s Midnight Runners – and it’s about the ‘Prince of Wails’, Johnnie Ray, who smashed Billboard chart records with his superhit Cry.  Are the 50s set for a mini-revival?

For today, Let it Be,

Shane