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Trumann record label produced early rock n roll hits
Larry Donn Gillihan often wonders how his life would have turned out if he had said 'no thanks' to Arlen Vaden and not made a record that day in 1959 at KLCN in Blytheville.

But as a 17 year old from Bono, Arkansas with dreams of becoming a Rock 'n' Roll star, the allure of making a 45 record and a shot at fame was too hard to pass up.

"I should have said 'no sir. I'm going to be a doctor or a lawyer and make some money.' But I didn't," Gillihan said. "Back then we all wanted to make a record."

Gillihan's record "Honey Bun" and the flip side "That's What I Call a Ball" would go on to become a regional hit on jukeboxes  ... continue reading

more info on : http://www.democrattribune.com/story/1571333.html
Added : 22/9/2009
Deke Dickerson is going to play bass at Rockabilly Rave USA
Crazy Joe will be hitting Vegas to play the Rockabilly Rave USA this coming October with the Crazy Joe Trio consisting of Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague on drums and Deke Dickerson on bass!

Last year at Rockabilly Rave the same band, only with Jimmy Sutton on bass, was backing up Deke Dickerson. With small difference... Now "Crazy Joe is in charge and will be giving five-dollar fines (especially to Mr. Dickerson) for all missed dance steps and drink refills (and not referring to him as "Master Crazy")"- says press manager of Crazy Joe.

So if you're going to be at the Rave this year, go to see this band at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

Added : 22/9/2009
Rachel is leaving the Honeybees
In August, one-half of The Honeybees vocalduo has "flown the hive" and relocated to the much sunnier and warmer stateof Florida.

Rachel Decker has been with the Beez since 2003, and hersinging, songwriting and special presence both on stage and off stage hasplayed a vital role in bringing the band to where they are today.

While Rachel will continue doing some shows with the Honeybees in the upcoming months, the band officially looking for a new long-term, permanent Honeybee vocalist.

For more details check the Honeybees website or see our classified adds.

Added : 21/9/2009
Classmate that took star turn to perform for Class of 1959
Like other world events - the day Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 and the September day in 1955 that James Dean died in a car crash - Senior High's Class of 1959 remembers the day classmate Chan Romero's "Hippy Hippy Shake'' became a No. 1 hit.

Romero, who just turned 68, was part of the Senior High Class of 1959 and was a student at Central Catholic High School for one year, but before he could graduate from either school, he headed out to Los Angeles to make his mark in the music business. In February 1959, a plane loaded with Romero's hero, Ritchie Valens as well as the Big Bopper and Buddy Holly, crashed in a snowy Iowa field. It changed  ... continue reading

more info on : http://www.billingsgazette.com/news/local/article_fa5a4dd2-9812-11de-80bb-001cc4c002e0.html
Added : 14/9/2009
Bluesrockfestival Tegelen (NL) 5/09/2009
Last Saturday afternoon, we made our way to the bluesrock festival in Tegelen.
After quite a long drive and a sardine like feel, we arrived in this town near Venlo and found out that they had a very strange dialect there and an even weirder radio station. While we arrived we heard that the band we came this early for was already playing, well we kind of knew that already.
So we did a little sprint and we’re in front of the stage in no time.
The place a something, I don’t think we have in Belgium. It’s a theatre, so a slope with rows of seats, almost no room in front of the stage to stand. As a result of this everyone was standing  ... continue reading

Added : 7/9/2009
Drummer left mark on Cedar Valley
EVANSDALE --- Ernest Klatt Jr. knew how to entertain a Cedar Valley audience, whether he was playing the drums in one of his several bands or making speeches during one of his unsuccessful bids for mayor.

The former car salesman, professional musician and nightclub owner --- and 2000 inductee to the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame --- died Aug. 29. He was 68.

"Everybody knows Ernie," said George Clark, who began playing in bands with Klatt when the two attended Waterloo East High School. "I was telling someone at the store that my best friend died, that he was a drummer, and the woman behind me in line said, 'Ernie died?'"

Then  ... continue reading

Added : 7/9/2009
AN Elvis impersonator who kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and imprisoned her in a dungeon at his music shop was jailed for at least two and a half years yesterday.

Baby-faced Tony Boden, 23, was helped by another girlfriend to hold terrified Katie Peters, 17, captive for nearly two days in the 5ft by 4ft cell beneath a trap door behind a false wall.

He gagged her, bound her hands and feet, and disabled her mobile phone.

His bizarre crime was apparently based on a ransom plot from TV crime series CSI.

Boden had also built a wooden coffin lined with satin and equipped with rope restraints, although he never used  ... continue reading

Added : 7/9/2009
.1940s gospel legend Marie Knight dies in NYC at 84
NEW YORK – Gospel legend Marie Knight has died in New York City at age 84. She came to prominence while touring with Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the 1940s and singing hits such as "Beams of Heaven."

Her manager, Mark Carpentieri, says she died Sunday at a Harlem nursing home of complications from pneumonia.

Knight was raised in Newark, N.J. She began touring the national gospel circuit with evangelist Frances Robinson.

In 1946, she partnered with Tharpe. The two became the most popular gospel artists of the 1940s with hits including "Didn't it Rain" and "Up Above My Head." They toured throughout the 1950s.

Knight  ... continue reading

Added : 7/9/2009
Ellie Greenwich, `Chapel of Love' co-writer, dies
NEW YORK – Ellie Greenwich, who co-wrote some of pop music's most enduring songs, including "Chapel of Love," "Be My Baby" and "Leader of the Pack," died Wednesday, according to her niece. She was 68.

Greenwich died of a heart attack at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, where she had been admitted a few days earlier for treatment of pneumonia, according to her niece, Jessica Weiner.

Greenwich, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, was considered one of pop's most successful songwriters. She had a rich musical partnership with the legendary Phil Spector, whose "wall of sound" technique changed rock music. With Spector, she wrote  ... continue reading

Added : 7/9/2009
Local woman a part of rockabilly history
MANSFIELD -- Betty Nickell had no idea she was internationally famous. But a friend's recent Internet search revealed the 72-year-old Mansfield woman had been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

In July, Nickell received a certificate from the Nashville-based Hall of Fame honoring her musical achievements, along with a lifetime membership offered by Hall founder Bob Timmers.

The honor placed her name alongside those of performers such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Carl Perkins and many others who made rockabilly popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

Because of her unique sound and the way she brought audiences to their  ... continue reading

more info on : http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=/200908230700/lifestyle/908230326
Added : 30/8/2009
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