Etta James hospitalized in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES - Etta James was in stable condition Thursday after being hospitalized for complications from abdominal surgery she had last month, her manager said.
The 69-year-old blues singer was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
"Her condition is stabilized" but she had to cancel upcoming tour dates with B.B. King and Al Green, her manager, Lupe De Leon, said in an e-mail.
De Leon did not indicate when James was admitted but said the hospitalization was caused by "post-op complications" from her mid-June surgery. The complications and the nature of the surgery were not specified.
The Grammy Award-winning singer was ... continue reading
Added : 28/7/2007
Writer of `Fraulein' hit dies at 85
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lawton Williams, who wrote the 1957 hit "Fraulein" recorded by Bobby Helms, has died in Fort Worth, Texas. He had just turned 85.
Williams also wrote "Geisha Girl," recorded by Hank Locklin in 1957, and "Color of the Blues," recorded by George Jones in 1958.
He recorded himself in the early 1960s for Mercury and RCA. His "Anywhere There's People" was a hit in 1961.
"He was always very, very nice and a real talent," Jones told The Tennessean on Friday.
Williams was a native of Troy, Tenn. He died Thursday of respiratory failure.
"He would just get an idea about something and then write a song around the ... continue reading
Added : 28/7/2007
Cruise Inn (looking for bands who want to play in Amsterdam)
The Cruise Inn....the one and only 1950's Rock and Roll cafe in Holland (since 1982).
We are looking for bands who want to play for the 15th of September or another date for this year. Bands can contact us through:
www.myspace.com/cruiseinn or email@example.com
Please give us your website so we can listen to your songs.
Please forward this message to everybody you know and if you want to...send The Cruise Inn a friend request.
Added : 26/7/2007
Sad news: cd release party, without.... cd's!
we're sad to let you know that due to some problems with the company the cd will not be available at the Car and Rockabilly RoundUp in Gemert (NL).
BUT!!! With or without cd, we will play there and have a hell of a party!
AND!!! Our fans will be able to pre-order their copy at the festival. We will send it to them by mail as soon as possible.
We hope to see you there anyway.
PS1: For those who want spend some money anyhow, there will be brand new t-shirts available!!! ;-)
PS2: There will be a new CD Release Party at Muziekcafé in Helmond (NL) on september ... continue reading
Added : 26/7/2007
The Mississippi Mudsharks @ Den Bromfiets 22 july 2007-07
Last Sunday at Den Bromfiets it was time again for another great gig: The Mississippi Mudsharks. They have been one of San Diego's hottest bands since the mid-Nineties, combining elements of the delta, rockabilly, punk, and even country, with an "in-your-face" attitude. Scottie Blinn plays a mean guitar, with a raw energy and passion that drives these grooves along. It definnatly was one of the best blues bands i saw ( well i must admit i don’t see much blues bands at all), but this was excellent. They played 2 sets consisting of their own songs and a few covers, “ Train Rolls on”, “ Lakeside Redneck”, “ Boom Papa Boom”, “ Devil’s Road”.
If ... continue reading
Added : 24/7/2007
Elvis license plate meets pre-order goal
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Some fans wanting a state-issued Elvis Presley license plate are getting a free ride thanks to an anonymous donor in New Jersey who covered the $35 specialty fee.
The state requires 1,000 people to pre-order and pay the fees for new specialty license plates before production begins. If a plate fails to garner the needed pre-order amount by a certain date, it will not be produced.
The Elvis plate, which benefits the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, was about 100 buyers shy of meeting the benchmark, even after receiving an extension on its deadline.
The New Jersey fan ... continue reading
Added : 20/7/2007
RHUMBA KINGS NEWS UP DATE !!!
Howdy All :°)
Well ..... Thought I'd better check-in with you all and let you know what the hell's going-on with the new album 'Bad World Big Shot' and it's highly-awaited release!!
As you all know by now, the album was completed and ready for manufacture back in April and should by now have been available at all of our gigs for several weeks...
You will all also by now know that due to various reasons the guitarist for the band for the past 12 months - Thierry Limelette flipped his wig and disappeared without a trace leaving the band in a bit of a dilemma.........
Well.......The change has been a refreshment ... continue reading
Added : 20/7/2007
Runnin Wild & Joe's B-day, Ace Cafe Rumst 15 july 2007
Sundaynight at the Ace Cafe, another great rockabilly band was brought in to lighten up the pub.
A special that night was Joe’s birthday, once again, happy birthday mate from all of us at BillybopHQ.
The band on stage was Runnin Wild, a well know name, once again they suprised us, by bringing along some dude to play steelguitar, guitar and even sing a couple of songs. Sorry forgot the dude’s name but i can say, he did an excellent job.
Even tough there were a few technical problems at the beginnning of the set, once they were fixed the band gave it all they got. With songs like “ Killertacostomp”, “ Burger Bop”, “ Beer Cat” they made ... continue reading
Added : 17/7/2007
Elvis co-stars mark 30 years since death
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - His movies weren't exactly works of art, but for the fans there was something magical about Elvis Presley on the big screen, dancing and flirting with one starlet after another.
Presley has been dead nearly 30 years, but many of his on-screen girlfriends are still around — and they're still ready for their close-ups.
Suzanna Leigh, who played Presley's love interest in "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" in 1966, has organized an event next month to offer Elvis fans a rare chance to rub shoulders with up to two dozen of his movie-set buddies.
"It's sort of an Elvis reunion," Leigh said. "I'm bringing in a lot of co-stars, ... continue reading
Added : 11/7/2007
Concert review: Sjock 32, 7 & 8th july
Once again it was time for Sjock, as always this festival is held in Gierle.
For us the festival started at 19.oo, but apperantly the drinking had been going on for quite sometime by then.
First band at the Titty Twister; The big Bayou Bandits, as always they treated the audience with their own special blend of Cajun, Tex Mex and Rockabilly. After a long wait, well of course there’s something going on at the main stage, but that’s not really my idea of music.
So 40 minutes later it was time for the Truly Lover Trio and special guest Dawn Shipley. A 50`s/60`s Rock n Roll trio from the USA, who can best be described as, "something ... continue reading
Added : 9/7/2007