R&B Singer John Carter, The Dells, dies at 75
CHICAGO (WBBM) -- Singer John Carter, a double inductee into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame as lead tenor of two Chicago-based rhythm and blues groups, died Friday in Harvey following a battle with lung cancer.
Carter was 75.
He was a founding member of the Flamingos, who were inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall in 2000. The group recorded for Chicago-based Chess Records and was best known for the hits "Golden Teardrops" and a soulful rendition of the standard "I Only Have Eyes for You."
Carter moved in 1960 to the Dells, who had formed in 1952 as a doo-wop group at Thornton Township High School, in Harvey. He replaced ... continue reading
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Added : 30/8/2009
Guitarist James Burton fails to set world record
SHREVEPORT, La. – Pioneering rockabilly guitarist James Burton led an ensemble of about 800 guitar players Saturday in a celebration of his 70th birthday, but failed in his attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records.
At the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, roughly 30 miles west of his hometown of Minden, Burton led a battalion of pickers through the Elvis Presley hits "That's All Right, Mama" and "Hound Dog."
Guinness lists the world's largest guitar ensemble as 1,802 participants led by Andreas Vockrodt in Germany in 2007.
Burton, who is known for working with the Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson bands, ... continue reading
Added : 30/8/2009
Guitar player of Johnny & the Jailbirds murdered
Ritchie Ball is the guitar player of 70s/80s UK rockabilly band Johnny & the
Jailbirds, best known for their 1980 Charly LP "Out On Bail". Johnny & the Jailbirds
reunited in 2000 and released 2 new cds, "Rockin' My Blues Away" and "Who Taught You
Police investigating the death of Northamptonshire entertainer Richie Ball have said they are now treating it as murder.
Mr Ball was attacked outside the Sands Hotel in Sandown on the Isle of Wight on July 25 and was taken to hospital where he died on Monday.
A post-mortem examination, which was conducted on Tuesday on the island, has found the cause of death ... continue reading
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Added : 21/8/2009
Hank Williams Biopic in the Works
Nashville-based 821 Entertainment Group and Strike Entertainment have teamed to turn the life of country music icon Hank Williams into a feature film, report the trades. Marc Abraham, a Strike Entertainment partner, will pen the screenplay.
Williams ranks high among the most influential country music singer-songwriters, and he lived a life as hard as any character in a country song. After growing up dirt poor in Alabama during the Depression, Williams skyrocketed to fame with 11 No. 1 hits, including classics “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
Williams also suffered from spina bifida, ... continue reading
Added : 19/8/2009
Hepcats weekend, Weston Super Mare, 3 till 5 july 2009
Everyone who’s a rock’n’roll enthusiast should at least been to a festival in England once. The atmosphere there is still like in the fifties.
Let’s not forget that while r’nr was past it’s peak in America, it still lingered on in England. Proof of that are the late successes of “ The Everly Brothers”, “Roy Orbison”, … . And because England is an island and must more preservative then the rest of Europe. The devaluation of the pond to the euro makes it very interesting to visit England. Another great thing is that every rocker will find something there to please him. There are festival for teddyboys, rockabillies, hepcats, … .
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Added : 16/8/2009
Les Paul, 1915 - 2009
NEW YORK -- Les Paul is plowing through the last of his chicken supper at Fat Tuesday's, the tiny basement jazz club in Manhattan where he has performed two shows on Monday nights for the last eight years. It's 15 minutes or so before the start of the first set, and the tables ringing the stage are already filled. As usual, the 76-year-old guitarist and inventor, whose pioneering designs for the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording continue to reverberate throughout the music industry, has forsaken the privacy of a dressing room, preferring to devour his pre-show dinner in full view of the fans.
Les Paul wouldn't have ... continue reading
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Added : 14/8/2009
Only memories left of site of last No. 1 Elvis hit
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Elvis Presley fans flocking to Memphis this weekend to remember the day he died are being encouraged to also celebrate the 40th anniversary of his final No. 1 hit single, "Suspicious Minds."
While they can tour Graceland, the estate where he died 32 years ago, or Sun Studio, which helped make him the King of Rock 'n' Roll, the Elvis faithful can't see the place where that hit record was made. There's nothing left, not even a historical marker, to remind people of the sessions that produced the "From Elvis in Memphis" album.
American Sound Studio folded in 1972 and the building was later torn down. In its place ... continue reading
Added : 14/8/2009
Billy Lee Riley, RIP
Guitars at half mast, please. Billy Lee Riley, the Sun Studio rockabilly artist who recorded atomic age classics such as "Flying Saucers Rock and Roll" and "Red Hot" is dead. It was recently reported that Riley, who had been in poor health since taking a bad fall in 2005, was suffering from the final stages of terminal cancer.
On August 30th, there will be a memorial show in Newport, Arkansas featuring Sonny Burgess and the Pacers, WS Holland and his band, Travis Wammack, Carl Mann, Smoochy Smith, Ace Cannon and his band, Jr. Rogers, Warren Crow, J.M. VanEaton, Dale Hawkins, C.W. Gattin, and the Blues Brothers Band.
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Added : 3/8/2009
THE BELLHOPS HELP SUN ROCKER BILLY LEE RILEY WITH A TRIBUTE FESTIVAL @ THE RAMBLER, EINDHOVEN
As many of you already know, The Bellhops recorded a new album last
year with Billy Lee Riley, “Still Got My Mojo”, for Rhythm Bomb Records.
We heard some rumours that Billy had bone cancer, we couldn’t believe it
and called Billy the same day. This is what he told us:
“It was good to speak with you, I wish I could have told you that the
rumours were lies but that is not the case. We were just shocked when the
surgeon told us what he had found”. Billy said that America isn’t the
best country to get sick, and he has problems with all the medical bills
for his radiation and chemo. We offered him to do a benefit ... continue reading
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Added : 3/8/2009
Wanda Jackson says renamed alley fits her
Trailblazing singer Wanda Jackson has made her way through a 55-year musical career spanning three genres.
She finds it fitting that the Oklahoma City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to name a Bricktown alley Wanda Jackson Way.
"I like that very much. Whoever thought that up was great,” Jackson said with a laugh by phone Tuesday afternoon.
Known as the Queen of Rockabilly, Jackson, 71, is widely regarded as the first woman to sing rock ’n’ roll. She tried the new style in 1956 at the urging of up-and-coming singer Elvis Presley, whom she toured with and dated. Her hits included "Let’s Have a Party” and "Fujiyama Mama.”
She ... continue reading
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Added : 3/8/2009