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Rest In Peace [10 Jun 2008|03:53pm]

Bo Knows Music
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Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye! [06 Jun 2008|01:41am]

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Please Sign this petition to get Roky Erickson inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. He deserves it!
Roky Erikson Petition

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RIP AL WILSON [29 Apr 2008|11:27am]

Wilson was born in Meridian, Mississippi. He showed little interest in education but performed in school plays, sung in talent shows and won first prize in a local art contest. Wilson began his career at the age of 12 leading his own spiritual quartet and singing in the church choir, even performing covers of country and western hits as circumstances dictated. While he was in high school, Wilson and his family relocated to San Bernardino, California[1], where he worked odd jobs as a mail carrier, a janitor, and an office clerk, in addition to teaching himself to play drums; after graduation he spent four years touring with Johnny Harris and the Statesmen before joining the U.S. Navy and singing with an enlisted men's chorus.

After a two-year military stint, Wilson settled in Los Angeles, touring the local nightclub circuit before joining the R&B vocal group the Jewels; from there he landed with the Rollers, followed by a stint with the instrumental combo the Souls. In 1966, Wilson signed with manager Marc Gordon, who quickly scored his client an a cappella audition for Johnny Rivers — the "Secret Agent Man" singer not only signed Wilson to his Soul City imprint, but also agreed to produce the sessions that yielded the 1968 R&B smash "The Snake" (U.S. #27),which has been very popular on the Northern Soul music circuit in the UK; it also provided Wilson with his only British chart hit, reaching number 41 in 1975. The minor hit "Do What You Gotta Do" appeared that same year. In 1969, Wilson charted with his cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lodi" (U.S. #67), and Rivers' own "Poor Side Of Town" (U.S. #75).

Wilson largely disappeared from sight until 1973, when he issued the platinum-selling Weighing In — the album's success was spurred by the shimmering "Show and Tell," a Johnny Mathis castoff that sold well over a million copies.

1974's "The La La Peace Song" proved another major hit, and two years later, "I've Got a Feeling We'll Be Seeing Each Other Again" cracked the R&B Top Three. With 1979's "Count the Days" Wilson scored his final chart hit, however, and he spent the next two decades touring clubs and lounges; in 2001 he re-recorded his classic hits for the album Spice of Life.

In 2007 many of his original master tapes were lost to a fire at his home recording studio

Wilson's recording of "The Snake" is currently being featured in a Lambrini advert on British TV

Wilson died April 21, 2008 of kidney failure, in Fontana, California at the age of 68.

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get well soon [18 Apr 2008|10:00am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Nathaniel Mayer in hospital after stroke

To all Nathaniel Mayer's fans and friends:

This past Sunday, Nathaniel Mayer suffered a stroke. He is being treated at a Detroit hospital. We don't yet know the full extent of the damage caused by the stroke. We are in touch with Nate's family and will keep you updated on his condition.


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Wilson Pickett....backed by Jimi Hendrix [02 Jan 2008|11:03pm]

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Help Lance [18 Oct 2007|02:20pm]

Al Quint posted this originally. I'm just gonna quote it. I met Lance maybe once or twice at shows. Wouldn't say I know the dude personally but I've read some stuff he's written and I've been listening to the mans music since I was in Jr High School:

"I'm passing along this message. I've only met/corresponded with Lance a bit but he definitely impresses me as a great guy. A talented songwriter and he also has written some great pieces on UK anarcho punk for Maximum Rock 'n Roll.

He's been in ill health for quite some time and has recently taken a turn for the worse. I'm going to follow the message with a way you can help him.

Don't know if you all have heard, or if you know Lance Hahn (from J Church), but here is some sad news that's been passed around: Dear everyone, Lance is in the ICU. He collapsed during dialysis Friday afternoon, was administered CPR for fifteen or twenty minutes, and sent to the ER. He is now comatose, and fighting off an infection. The only thing the doctors say is that it's wait and see at this point. I really apologize for the impersonal nature of this message, he has so many good friends that I'm not sure what else to do, and I would like to get back to the hospital asap. I will try to contact you again when there is any update. Please pass on this information to other close friends, as you can imagine there is really no way for me to get in touch with all of the people that I would like to. Please keep him in your best wishes.

here's a link if you want to help him out. Lance doesn't have health insurance. One of over 40 million Americans who lack access to something that should be available for everyone. But we don't want to have SOCIALISM, now do we.

I'll get off the soapbox. Click here for more info about helping Lance"
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For fans of the Runaways (re-post) [12 Oct 2007|08:07am]

OK folks... You may remember the debacle over the voting for The Runaways' induction into the 'fake' Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame on MySpace a while back.

Well, this time it's for real, so we're asking you to do it all over again - but it's being done properly and we're going to petition the Real Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame, and we're gonna do it right!

Mia from The Runaways Rock (http://www.myspace.com/therunawaysrock) is spearheading the campaign. Thankyou,
PS Don't forget to re-post this bulletin. Cheers.
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thanks tim [16 Sep 2007|04:38pm]

I was just reminded that today was the day T-Rex leader Marc Bolan was killed 30 years ago today in one of those classic rock 'n' roll car crashes that probably explains why I haven't owned a car in nearly 20 years. His music was the very essence of rock 'n' roll, and his whimsically poetic lyrics were as English as beans on toast and dropped h's and r's. The first song I learned on guitar was "Bang A Gong." There are some who would argue I'm STILL playing "Bang A Gong," no matter what song I'm playing. I love this man and his music. If you haven't become acquainted, please do yourself the favor. He's amazing.
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Help George Tabb [22 Aug 2007|01:56pm]

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: George Tabb
Date: Aug 22, 2007 1:38 PM


Please donate what you can, Please! Also, please pass this on by reposting it as much as you can, and everywhere you can. On Myspace, on blogs, wherever! After you watch the video, you'll understand why. I need huge youtube hits so that the MAJOR MEDIA finally wakes the fuck up and pays attention. Also, please leave comments on the video on you tube Here!

Again, please, do what you can and pass this along to as many people as possible. If you know how to get in touch with people like Michael Moore, or someone like that, please send it to them too. This is not only a matter of Life and Death for me, but for many others. Especially cops and firefighters, the heroes of September 11th, 2001, who are having their pensions taken away for talking about this.

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Got Soul? [22 Jun 2007|10:36am]

Please repost this bulletin. Thanks all!

Just wanted to let everyone know that TODAY, June 22nd, is Blues Legend & Texas Tenor Sax Giant VERNON "SPOT" BARNETT'S Birthday!

Stop by his MySpace page & leave him a B-Day greeting if you like:


And if you're not yet on his friends list, please send a friend request!

Y'all com!

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Spin His Records [17 May 2007|01:04pm]

[ mood | sad ]

TIM SEZ: If I even have to explain Bo Diddley and his importance, you simply have no reason to be my friend. Let's hope Diddley, one of the last surviving architects of rock 'n' roll, has a safe and speedy recovery. From Yahoo News....

1 hour, 28 minutes ago

DES MOINES, Iowa - Bo Diddley is in intensive care after suffering a stroke in western Iowa, a publicist said Wednesday.

The 78-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was listed in guarded condition at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., said Susan Clary, a publicist for the musician's management team.

Diddley, who has a history of hypertension and diabetes, was hospitalized Sunday following a concert in Council Bluffs in which he acted disoriented, she said.

Tests indicated that the stroke affected the left side of his brain, impairing his speech and speech recognition, Clary said.

Clary said she has no other details on Diddley's condition or how long he would be in intensive care.

Diddley, with his black glasses and low-slung guitar, has been an icon in the music industry since he topped the R&B charts with "Bo Diddley" in 1955. His other hits include "Who Do You Love," "Before You Accuse Me," "Mona" and "I'm a Man."

Diddley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and was given a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1998

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RIP Bobby "Boris" Pickett [27 Apr 2007|02:22am]

[ mood | surprised ]

He does the "Mash" no more.

Bobby "Boris" Pickett, whose dead-on Boris Karloff impression propelled the Halloween anthem "Monster Mash" to the top of the charts while cementing his place as one of pop music's most enduring one-hit wonders, has died of leukemia. He was 69.

Pickett, dubbed "The Guy Lombardo of Halloween" for his impossibly catchy No. 1 song, passed away Wednesday night at the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, said his longtime manager, Stuart Hersh. His daughter, Nancy, and his sister, Lynda, were at Pickett's bedside.

Pickett's multimillion selling single hit the charts three separate times: when it debuted in 1962, again in August 1970 and for a third time in May 1973. The resurrections were appropriate for a song where Pickett gravely intoned the forever-stuck-in-your-head chorus: "He did the monster mash. ... It was a graveyard smash."

The novelty hit's fans included Bob Dylan, who sang Pickett's praises before playing the single on his XM Satellite Radio program last October. "Our next artist is considered a one-hit wonder, but his one hit comes back year after year," Dylan noted before mentioning that "Monster Mash" reached No. 1 on Oct. 20, 1962.

The hit single insured Pickett's place in the pantheon of pop music obscurities, said syndicated radio host Dr. Demento, whose long-running program celebrates offbeat tunes.

"It's certainly the biggest Halloween song of all time," said Demento, who interviewed Pickett last year. The DJ said Pickett maintained a sense of humor about his singular success: "As he loved to say at oldies shows, 'And now I'm going to do a medley of my hit.' "

Pickett's Karloff impression was forged in Somerville, Mass., where 9-year-old Bobby watched horror films in a theater managed by his father. When Pickett launched a Hollywood nightclub act in 1959, it inevitably featured his Karloff impersonation.

Pickett also did the voice when performing with his band the Cordials, particularly during the spoken part of the '50s hit by the Diamonds, "Little Darling." Bandmate Lenny Capizzi convinced Pickett they needed to do a song featuring his impression of the horror impresario, and "Monster Mash" was born — "written in about a half-hour," said Dr. Demento.

The song was recorded in another two hours, featuring a then-unknown piano player named Leon Russell and a backing band christened The Crypt-Kickers. It was rejected by four major labels before Gary Paxton, lead singer on the Hollywood Argyles' hit "Alley Oop," released "Monster Mash" on his own.

The instant smash became a Halloween perennial — a sort-of Christmas carol for the pumpkin and ghoul set. In a 1996 interview with People magazine, Pickett said he never grew tired of his biggest hit: "When I hear it, I hear a cash register ringing."

While Pickett never again recreated the success of "Monster Mash," he continued
performing through his final gig in November 2006. He remained in demand for Halloween performances, including a memorable 1973 show where his bus broke down outside Frankenstein, Mo.

Although considered a one-hit wonder, Pickett actually cracked the charts on two other occasions: "Monster's Holiday," a Christmas follow-up to his Halloween hit, reached No. 30 in early 1963. "Graduation Day" peaked at No. 88 in 1963.

Beside his daughter and sister, Pickett is survived by two grandchildren, Olivia and
Jordan. There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements.

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Musician Huey Long turns 103, party Wed (or mail him a card) [24 Apr 2007|04:04pm]

[ mood | quixotic ]


Huey Long is turning 103. He wasn't an original member of the Ink Spots but he was in the band in the 1940s and is the last of the Decca Ink Spots, and had a hand in "If I Didn't Care".

He'll be celebrating with the public at

Gallery M2
325 W. 19th (in the Heights in Houston, between Shepherd and Yale)
Wed April 25th beginning at 6:30PM

Last year he played keyboards and sang briefly at his birthday party.

You can send him a card (even a postcard would do) at the address

Huey Long
c/o Gallery M2
325 W. 19th
Houston, TX 77008

Some people are working on a documentary about him, I hope they are getting his stories down. In the 1930s, he was in a band with Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Earl Fatha Hines.


Would say that Huey's career began in 1925 playing banjo for Frank Davis' Louisiana Jazz Band in the Houston area. He had to change to guitar by 1933 with Texas Guinan's Cuban Orchestra in Chicago. By 1933 he was with Jesse Stone, the composer of "Shake, Rattle & Roll."

In 1935 I find him doing studio work with Richard M. Jones and his Jazz Wizards with four Decca cuts- "Bring It On Home To Grandma, Blue Reefer (Tin Roof) Blues, Muggin' The Blues, and I'm Gonna Run You Down." Still in Chicago in 1936, he joined Lil Armstrong for studio work that produced "Or Leave Me Alone, My Hi-De-Ho Man, Brown Gal, Doin' The Suzie Q, Just For A Thrill, and It's Murder" on the Decca label.

The Ink Spots recorded two of these tunes later, incidentally. He was the assistant arranger and conductor for Zilner Randolph with the WPA Concert and Swing Band in the late 30's. Randolph actually was the composer of at least one tune from the Lil Armstrong session.

In 1939, he joined Fletcher Henderson at the Sunset Cafe in Chicago replacing John Collins. Soon after, Fletcher brought him to New York. Unfortunately, Fletcher had to disband that group about 1940/41 after which Huey worked with Johnny Long's gig band. He then joined "Father" Hines to play with such notables as Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, old Dizzy Gillespie and others. This band was eventually taken over by Mr. B. Musicians of the Swing Era tend to move around, and by 1944 Huey had formed his first trio that "lived" at the Three Deuces Cafe on 52nd Street in the city.

While playing at the Three Deuces Cafe in March of 1945, Huey was approached by Bill Kenny to join the Ink Spots. Regular guitarist Charlie Fuqua was in the Army, and Bill wanted Huey to replace Bernie Mackey who was filling in for Charlie. Huey told me that he and Herb Kenny joined at the same time and first appeared at the Paradise Theater in Detroit (the Ink Spots appeared there 29Mar-5Apr/45). He also said that Bill Kenny only wanted him to comp, not do the opening vamp, and add vocal support to the group. The Spots had not recorded anything since February of 45, and the new line up turned out "I'm Gonna Turn Off The Teardrops and I'll Lose A Friend Tomorrow" on 10/2, "The Sweetest Dream and Just For Me" on 10/3. They also did "Keep On The Sunny Side" which was never released, but a test pressing survives. Fuqua returned unexpectedly one night (on 26 Oct/45 at Glenn's Rendevous, Newport, KY) to take over his spot, which ousted Huey.

Bebop was catching on in 1946 and Huey did 2 studio sessions with Fats Navarro, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Al Haig, Gene Ramey and Denzil Best. Quite a change from the mellow "comping" with the Ink Spots, but Huey was a versatile artist who could do what they wanted for this style.

We find him in the Snub Mosley Band in England, 1952 entertaining the armed forces, and in Korea & Japan, 1953 with the Huey Long Trio on USO tours. Somewhere along the way he did some studio work with the Ravens. By the mid 50's he went to Los Angeles City College majoring in music with aspirations toward teaching, but only stayed for a few semesters. before he returned to New York.

After the ultimate break up of the original Ink Spots where Charlie Fuqua formed his own group, and Bill Kenny continued for a while with substitutes before doing a solo act, there suddenly sprouted many groups performing and recording as the Ink Spots. Deek Watson was responsible for some of these "spin-offs" that contained many artists with no connection to the original group. Huey was in one of these groups along with Orlando Roberson of fame with the Claude Hopkins Orchestra, Adriel Mac Donald who actually replaced Herb Kenny in the original group, and Walter Springer. They went into the Brookbound Lodge in CA on a handshake, and remained there for 2 years or so. Needless to say, they must have had quite a following in order to stay in one location for so long.

Huey can also be seen some weekends lounging at Venus Hair Salon...


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Rock and Roll Band [10 Mar 2007|02:39pm]

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Brad Delp, the lead singer of the 1970s and '80s rock band Boston was found dead at his home in southern New Hampshire on Friday, local police said.

Delp, 55, apparently was home alone and there was no indication of foul play, Atkinson, New Hampshire, police said.

With Delp's big, high-register voice, Boston scored hits with "More Than a Feeling," "Long Time," and "Peace of Mind."

The band's popularity peaked in the late 1970s, but it remained active off and on, producing its last album "Corporate America" in 2002.

Delp was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and bought his first guitar at age 13 after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, according to his Web site. Since 1994, he spent his spare time working in a tribute band called Beatle Juice, the band's Web site said.

The band's Web site carried a statement, "We've just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll."

This is from Wikipedia:

"Longtime lead singer Brad Delp passed away on March 9th, 2007 at his home in Atkinson, New Hampshire, in the southern part of that state. Police responded to a call for help and found Delp dead. Police Lt. William Baldwin called the death "untimely" and that no foul play was indicated. Delp apparently was alone at the time of his death, according to the police report. According to a New Hampshire TV website, Delp was preparing for a summer tour and marriage.

A few hours after Delp passed away, Boston's official web site was taken down and replaced with a simple sentence in white text, centered on a black background: "We've just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll." Outside of the brief sentence on the band's web site, there has not been an official press release yet from the band.

Prior to Delp's death, it was widely known that there was a new Boston album in the works, although no release date had been given by the band. Scholz in particular sounded enthusiastic about the new project commenting, "some of it sounds more like old Boston, some sounds more like later albums, all of it has me excited. There were also rumors of a spring or summer tour in 2007, and the band confirmed that it was in the planning stages.

Due to Delp's recent death, there has been no official information on the status of the band.

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Brent Liles original bassist of Social Distortion & Agent Orange alumnus dead [23 Jan 2007|10:34am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

The Orange County Register

PLACENTIA – Officials on Saturday identified Brent Liles of Fullerton, former bass guitarist in one of the region's most influential punk rock bands, Social Distortion, as the bicyclist killed by a big rig on Thursday.

Liles played bass on the group's groundbreaking "Mommy's Little Monster" recording in 1983 and went on to play with other well-known Orange County punk acts such as the group Agent Orange. He was 43.

"Brent was a fun-loving guy who approached his bass playing with a lot of enthusiasm and that made him a lot of fun to be around," said Frank Agnew, a fellow musician and friend.

Liles, wearing casual clothing, was riding a small dirt bicycle westbound on Orangethorpe Avenue just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday, California Highway Patrol officials said.

As he entered the crosswalk at the Orange (57) Freeway, a big rig carrying a trailer turned right onto the on-ramp and accelerated, hitting Liles. He was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The driver, Javier Lopez of Rancho Cucamonga, was turning on a green light. He was not immediately cited, CHP officials said. The crash is still being investigated.

Liles joined Social Distortion in 1981 after a tumultuous beginning for the band, whose original members came from Fullerton and Huntington Beach.

He was recruited to play bass on "Mommy's Little Monster," which quickly brought the band national acclaim for its hard-driving music, raw vocals and themes of suburban alienation.

Orange County Register pop music critic Ben Wener called the album a "fundamental work" that set the groundwork for the West Coast punk rock scene.

Liles was featured in the limited-release film "Another State of Mind," which documented the band's early struggles on the road touring the United States and Canada in a pieced-together tour van.

Fed up with the band's internal turmoil, Liles abruptly left Social Distortion with drummer Derek O'Brien during a legendary New Year's Eve gig in 1983. The band soldiered on and garnered more widespread fame and even some pop-radio success under original frontman Mike Ness.

Ness did not return a phone call to his management company seeking comment.

Fans of Social Distortion said Liles was an important part of the band's history and he'll be sadly missed. The band's guitarist Dennis Dannell, who played with Liles, died of a brain aneurism in February 2000. The band continues on with a new lineup.

"I think most people think of Social D. and they think of Mike Ness. But they never could be what they are without some great supporting characters like Brent," said Sara Pendergast, 41, a longtime fan of the band.

"For people who love their music, it's like losing a member of the extended family."

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Since I'm The Only One That Posts In This Community Anyway [08 Jan 2007|12:33pm]

[ mood | silly ]


THE BIG "60"

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Sandy West, drummer for the influential 70s band The Runaways, has died after a long battle with lung cancer.
She left an indelible mark on rock music as a founding member of The Runaways, which featured fellow rockers
Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, and as a leading inspiration for a number of notable musicians, both male
and female. Many young musicians can trace their inspiration directly to the first time they heard "Cherry Bomb."
She will be remembered by more than one generation of fans as a strong part of their musical landscape. But Sandy's
impact was felt far outside of the music industry as a loyal friend, loving confidante and strong defender of those she
loved most. Her strength as a player, passion as a person, and dedication as a friend will be remembered always by
friends, fans and fellow musicians alike.

Runaways vocalist and life-long friend, Cherie Currie
had this to say, "Sandy West was by far, the greatest
female drummer in the history of rock and roll. No one
could compete or even come close to her, but the most
important was her heart. Sandy West loved her fans,
her friends and family almost to a fault. She would do
absolutely anything for the people she loved. It will
never be the same for me again to step on a stage,
because Sandy West was the best and I will miss her forever."

More info @
Rocket City records
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RIP [11 Jul 2006|01:57pm]

[ mood | uncomfortable ]

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer
2 minutes ago

LONDON - Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who
co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in
reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the
band said Tuesday. He was 60.

The spokeswoman who declined to give her name until
the band made an official announcement confirmed
media reports that he had died. She said Barrett died
several days ago, but she did not disclose the cause
of death. Barrett had suffered from diabetes for many

Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with
David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, and
wrote many of the band's early songs. The group's
jazz-infused rock made them darlings of the London
psychedelic scene, and the 1967 album "The Piper at
the Gates of Dawn" largely written by Barrett, who
also played guitar was a commercial and critical

However, Barrett suffered from mental instability,
exacerbated by his use of LSD. His behavior grew
increasingly erratic, and he left the group in 1968
five years before the release of Pink Floyd's most
popular album, "Dark Side of the Moon." He was
replaced by David Gilmour.

Barrett released two solo albums "The Madcap Laughs"
and "Barrett" but soon withdrew from the music
business altogether.

He spent much of the rest of his life living quietly
in his hometown of Cambridge, England, where he was a
familiar figure, often seen cycling or walking to the
corner store.

Despite his brief career, Barrett's fragile, wistful
songs influenced many musicians, from David
Bowie who covered the Barrett track "See Emily Play"
to the other members of Pink Floyd, who recorded the
album "Wish You Were Here" as a tribute to their
troubled bandmate.

The band spokeswoman said a small, private funeral
would be held.

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Keep On Swervin' [21 Nov 2005|08:06am]

[ mood | cold ]

Link Wray (May 2, 1929 – November 18, 2005) was a rock and roll guitar player most noted for the early feedback and distortion experimentation on his major hit, the 1958 instrumental "Rumble", by Link Wray and his Wray men. Its menacing sound (and title) led to a ban on several radio stations, a rare fate for a song with no lyrics.

Wray was born in Dunn, North Carolina, but grew up in Arizona, where he first heard slide guitar at age 8 from a black player named "Hambone". His family later moved to Accokeek, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.. He lived his last years in Denmark with his wife, Olive. He was buried from the Christians Church in Copenhagen in November 2005.

Wray was a veteran of the Korean war, where he contracted tuberculosis that ultimately cost him a lung. Despite this, on his rare vocals he displays a range equivalent to Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

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RIP [21 Oct 2005|08:58am]

[ mood | tired ]

Therman "Sonny" Fisher, a rockabilly artist in Houston during the '50s, died Oct. 8. He was 73. Fisher only made a few recordings with Starday Records in Houston during the mid-'50s, most notably Rockin' Daddy and Hold Me Baby, but he left a lasting impact in Europe.

With his trademark jaw-length sideburns and slick pompadour, Fisher embodied the spirit of Texas rockabilly during its infancy to his many European fans.

"For Europeans, it was the first time they heard people like him," said Jacky Chalard, of Big Beat Records in Paris. "Nobody in Europe had seen a man like Sonny. That was magic for people in Europe."

Drawn to music
Fisher was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Chandler. His family later relocated to Tacoma, Wash., but Fisher moved back to Texas, settling in Houston.

He was drawn to music by his father, who played guitar and sang cowboy songs. Fisher eventually would start his own band, playing hillbilly music.

Later, he would say, the band became influenced by Joe Turner, Fats Domino and B.B. King. He also became an early fan of Elvis Presley and saw him at the Texas Korral in Houston.

Fisher was signed by Jack Starnes of Starday Records, who saw him perform at the Cosy Corner in Houston. Starnes was a business partner of H.W. "Pappy" Daily, who later recorded the Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson and George Jones.

His first recording session was in early January 1955 at Bill Quinn's Goldstar Studio in Houston.

Nicknamed the "Wild Man From Texas" Fisher was an original rockabilly, Chalard said.

Fisher never achieved great fame in the U.S., Chalard said, because he was never able to move beyond a regional recording label. But his career was revived in the 1980s when he was invited by rockabilly fans in England and then France.

"For a man never going on stage since the '50s, he was great," Chalard said. "Everybody said to me the voice of the chap is like a kid of 21 years old."

Fisher would later record an album with Sleepy LaBeef in Spain in 1993 with the Spanish group, Los Solitarios.

While in France during the early '80s, Chalard said Fisher stayed at his home and appeared on French television.

Chalard produced an album, Texas Rockabilly Period by Fisher at his Davoust Studios in Paris.

Last encounter

Chalard last saw Fisher in 1982 or 1983 when they parted at an airport in Paris. He said Fisher planned to return to France because he believed he still had a lot to offer there.

"He said, 'I'll telephone you,' and never heard from him again,"
Chalard said. "We shaked hands and he called me, 'son.' "

Chalard said he repeatedly tried to track down Fisher. Concert promoters in France were eager to book him. But he was never able to reach him and assumed he had died in the more than 20 years since their last encounter.

"In one week (after he left) we don't have any more news. I tried to contact people in America," Chalard said. "Sonny is like a gypsy man, he changed his house all the time. It was impossible to contact him."

Survivors include three daughters, Vickie Daigle; Kimberlerly Eason; and Felisha Evans; four sons, Gary Bennett Fisher; Tony Wayne Fisher; Gordon B. Fisher; and Wendell C. Fisher; a sister, Judy Webber; and two brothers, Charles Frieley; and Carl Frieley; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Services were Thursday at Brookside Funeral Home. Burial was at Brookside Memorial Park.

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The Rebirth of Skaterock? Did it ever even die? [08 Oct 2005|02:38pm]

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Thirteen years after the release of the last installment of Skate Rock, seminal skateboarding magazine Thrasher has resurrected the long-running skate comp. series. The new edition, titled Skate Rock Volume 12: Eat the Flag will be released on November 8th, 2005 and will break away from the cassette-format of previous releases and instead be issued as a DualDisc.

The audio side will contain new songs from Alkaline Trio, Millencolin, Only Crime, Turbonegro, and Riverboat Gamblers, The Heartaches (feat. Kristian Svitak), Gnarkill (feat. Bam Margera), U.S.S.R (feat. Tony Trujillo) and Die Hunns (feat. Duane Peters).

The DVD side will feature a documentary that captures the what, when, and how skateboarding became so important to rock and vice versa along with interviews from Duane Peters, Tony Trujillo, and Steve Caballero. Also included are 3 songs from Turbonegro’s performance at the 2004 Thrasher Magazine Skater Of The Year Awards.

Thrasher Presents SkateRock Vol. 12 – Music

1. Alkaline Trio: “Prevent This Tragedy” live
2. Dirty and the Donuts: “Killing It”
3. Die Hunns: “Do You Want the Truth” (feat. Duane Peters)
4. 5 Days Dirty: “Still I See”
5. Gnarkill: “Pantyhose Pornshop” (feat. Bam Margera)
6. The Heartaches: “Built For Speed” (feat. Kristian Svitak)
7. Hightower: “P.M.O.”
8. Leviathan: “The Third Blind Wound”
9. McRad: “Sticker” (feat. Tommy Guerrero & Chuck Treece)
10. Millencolin: “Rat Boy’s Master Plan”
11. Only Crime: “Another Lie”
12. Only Crime: “To The Nines”
13. Planes Mistaken For Stars: “Earning Ire”
14. Riverboat Gamblers: “Smoking Crack With L.A. Reid”
15. Navarrette Message
16. Shed: “Tortured Cadavers” (feat. Darren Navarrette, Aaron Scott & Sam Hitz)
17. Sing the Body Electric: “Wet From It” (feat. Ragdoll)
18. S.T.R.E.E.T.S.: “Stop The Violence”
19. 30 Years War: “Divergence”
20. U.S.S.R.: “Doom Tomb” live (feat. Tony Trujillo)

Thrasher Presents SkateRock Vol. 12 – Movie

1. Turbonegro Live at the THRASHER Skater of the Year party 2004
2. SkateRock Editorial Archive
3. "Do You Want the Truth" Die Hunns Music Video
4. Super!Alright! Presents: Channel Flippin'
5. Keg Killer trailer
6. Chichagof Trailer
7. Cooperative Programming Commercial

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JUKEBOX HEROES. [18 Aug 2005|01:09pm]


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