Monday, October 27, 2014

James Brown Biopic on HBO tonight

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown

Director: Alex Gibney
Runtime: 120 minutes
Rating: TV-14
Cast: Mick Jagger, Bobby Byrd, Clyde Stubblefield


James Brown On Film: An Admiring And Unflinching Look At 'Mr. Dynamite'

Alex Gibney’s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown is an assured threading-of-the-needle, slowly working its way to the sweet spot where the man and the legend overlap. Gibney is the ideal director for a Brown documentary, with a resume including his journey into a luminary’s heart of darkness in 2013’s The Armstrong Lie as well as this year’s Finding Fela, Gibney’s portrait of Afrobeat visionary Fela Kuti, whose loving interpretation of Brown’s stage shows fostered mutual admiration and as well as a habit of both artists openly cribbing from each other.
With the blessing of Brown’s estate, Gibney was granted unprecedented access to archival performance and interview footage, and Mr. Dynamite wears that access proudly, with Gibney jamming as much performance into the film as it can hold. From its opening frames, Mr. Dynamite lets Brown make the case for himself with his plaintive vocals and rubber-limbed juking. The stage footage is the star of the show, and for good reason, as to watch the blistering performances that earned Brown his “Hardest Working Man In Show Business” moniker is to think the superlative is too faint praise.


We gathered in our seats at The Woodruff Arts Center where we watched the film via the Bronzelens Film Festival and I must say, it was EXTREMELY good! I didn’t know much about James Brown except for what I heard and I don’t think I ever got to meet him on the red carpet but I had heard so much. The film was produced by Mick Jagger his dear friend and directed by Alex Gibney. I left with so many emotions and teared up because he was a lonely man and hardly trusted anyone. I was also blown away when I found out that musician Bootsy Collins use to play for him in the band, actually him and his brother! It was very enlightening, informative, funny, sad and it kept my attention the whole time!
It chronicles the musical ascension of the hardest working man in show business who forever changed the face of American music. The documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, featuring rare never-before seen archival footage and photographs along with current interviews. You have to see this amazing film that premieres on HBO Monday, Oct 27th at 9pm.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SUNNY 103.1 FM article on Bryan Adams SUNNY cover of Bobby Hebb

Bryan Adams Returning with Covers Album, "The Tracks of My Years"

Adams says: " "Making the selection of the songs for the album took a long time," Adams says in a statement, noting that the process spanned three months of recording spread out over two years.  "We recorded all kinds of songs until the songs sort of presented themselves, or sounded different enough from the originals."

Noting the diversity of the songs on the project, Bryan explains, "Radio was king when I was a teenager.  You'd hear Paul McCartney's 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’ straight into 'Kiss and Say Goodbye' by The Manhattans.  Radio didn't discriminate back then."

Among the songs the Canadian singer covers on The Tracks of My Years: Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lady," The Beatles' "Any Time at All," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows,"The Association's "Never My Love," Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music" and the aforementioned song by The Manhattans.
The Tracks of My Years is due out this fall; the release date is not yet final, but it'll be sometime in either September or October.

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Ringo Starr in the news Plus, Our Top 10 "Sunny" by Bryan Adams hits #1 in our page views this week!

Bobby Hebb's good friend Ringo from
THE BEATLES making headlines today.

Of course, it helps if you happen to be Ringo Starr, a living part of rock and roll history and former member of that “other” band. No, not Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, as Ringo joked to the Cynthia Woods Pavilion audience on Friday night, that other, other band; the long-haired (for the time) four-piece band that changed the face of rock and roll, popular music, and pop culture in general.
Ringo isn't really on tour to make money and promote a new record. He’s more concerned with just being Ringo and sharing music and his life-long philosophy of peace and love. You've got to admire this, especially from someone who could be tuned out and relaxing on his own personal island, counting his money for the rest of his days without a care in the world.
Ringo isn't on this quest alone. He brought a group of friends along who've written their own pages of rock and roll history. Ringo Starr’s All Star Band is a revolving line-up of legendary musicians who've joined him on tour to help spread the word of peace, love, and the simple joy of music. The 2014 line-up of the All Starr Band includes Steve Lukather from Toto, Gregg Rolie, one of the founding members of Santana and Journey, legendary musician, songwriter, record producer, and recording engineer Todd Rundgren, founder and lead singer of Mr. Mister, Richard PageWarren Ham from the bands Bloodrock and AD, and Gregg Bissonette, who among others has played with David Lee Roth.

FRANKIE VALLI in the New England area

November 5 in Worcester

Peter Noone's birthday!

The first album on Valli's site

Romancing the Sixties (2007) has a new rendition of "Sunny"

Frankie's "Timeless" CD from the 60's was also re-released and has his original version of "Sunny" with different lyrics
SELECTED SOLO WORKS  The Frankie Valli Boxed Set


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Sunday, November 2
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Wednesday, November 5
 Worcester MA - Hanover Theatre


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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Bryan Adams tracks "SUNNY"


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Bryan Adams "Sunny" now up on iTunes

Published on Sep 18, 2014

The new album "Tracks Of My Years" by Bryan Adams due 

out on September 30th is available for pre-order now: 

Hear a bit of "Sunny" 1:38 in on this video

Bryan Adams - Tracks Of My Years Medley

Notice that there are 5 bonus tracks, but "Sunny" is one of the key 11 tracks, #9

Bryan Adams "Sunny" now up on iTunes

 Adams must have grown up listening to the Canadian equivalent of WAMS. He’s far from the first artist of his time to release an album of personally inspirational and/or influential songs, but “Tracks of My Years” might be one of the most musically diverse collections of its kind. Classic rock artists like the Beatles (“Any Time At All”), the Beach Boys (“God Only Knows), Creedence Clearwater Revival (and Bob Dylan (“Lay Lady Lay”) are represented, but so are more obscure (by today’s standards) acts like the aforementioned Manhattans (“Kiss and Say Goodbye”), the Association (“Never My Love”), and Bobby Hebb (“Sunny”). The deluxe edition features five additional (and even more eclectic) tracks, including covers of Muddy Waters by way of Led Zeppelin (“You Shook Me”), Jimmy Cliff (“Many Rivers to Cross”), and Eddie Cochran (“C'mon Everybody”).
“Making the selection of the songs for the album took a long time” Adams says. “We recorded all kinds of songs until the songs sort of presented themselves, or sounded different enough from the originals. We did about three months of recording, spread out over the course of two years.”