Category 1941

Happy Birthday Otis Redding

Happy Birthday Otis Redding

67. Otis Redding September 9,1941-December 10,1967 soul singer

Otis Redding was the 67th performer I blogged about, and even through you may not see it yet, I’ve done 112 performers now and I think that’s fantastic.

Anyone that I type about, I’ll also celebrate their birthdays, for me entertainers are more important than politicians and we celebrate them all the time, theirs a few I have no respect for, like the last democrat president we had. I’m not typing his name, because I don’t swear. I’m not typing that I’m not a democrat, but if we ever get someone like him again, I’ll never vote democrat again.

I can type anything on my website, because I don’t know if anyone is reading or visiting since I was told to get rid of my iTunes (not by iTunes but they been go...

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The Talented Peter Tork Part Three

The Talented Peter Tork Part Three

Cancer

On March 3, 2009, Tork reported on his website that he had been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare, slow-growing form of head and neck cancer. A preliminary biopsy discovered that the cancer had not spread beyond the initial site. “It’s a bad news / good news situation,” explained Tork. “It’s so rare a combination (on the tongue) that there isn’t a lot of experience among the medical community about this particular combination. On the other hand, the type of cancer it is, never mind the location, is somewhat well known, and the prognosis, I’m told, is good.” Tork underwent radiation treatment to prevent the cancer from returning.
On March 4, 2009, Tork underwent extensive surgery in New York City, which was successful.
On June 11, 2009...

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Happy Birthday Paul Anka

Happy Birthday Paul Anka

It was today on July 301941, that Paul Anka was born, and for that reason, I’m going to get out my vinyl LP’s and my vinyl 45’splay them all day with the windows open and my two Beat Pill full blast and welcome the neighbors in and have a party. Like last year, the party lasted all night, for that’s how many my vinyl Lp’s my vinyl 45’s, my CD’s, and now my iTunes will hold up for.

I maybe alone on my website, but tonight I’ll be in a crowd, with people that may not know who he is, and what the party is for, but if they complain about Paul Anka’s music, then out they go.

I’m not saying that I’m a huge fan of Paul Anka, and I know that he doesn’t know me, but I love good music, and  I want to celebrate, those that in one way or another, has something to do with my li...

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The Talented Peter Tork Part One

The Talented Peter Tork Part One

Peter Tork (born Peter Halsten Thorkelson, February 13, 1942) is an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees.
Peter Tork

Tork performing at Family Gras in Metairie, Louisiana in January 2016.
Background information
Birth name
Peter Halsten Thorkelson
Born
February 13, 1942 (age 75)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Genres
* Folk Blues Rock pop rock psychedelic rock experimental rock rock and roll pop
Occupations
* Singer-songwriter musician artist multi-instrumentalist activist
Instruments
* Bass guitar vocals keyboards
Years active
1964–present
Labels
* Colgems RCA Bell Arista Rhino Sire
Associated acts
* The Monkees Shoe Suede Blues George Harrison James Lee Stanley Release Cottonmouth The Peter Tork Project
We...

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The Talented Paul Simon Part Six

The Talented Paul Simon Part Six

Philanthropy

Simon is a proponent of music education for children. In 1970, after recording his “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, at the invitation of the NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Simon held auditions for a young songwriter’s workshop. Advertised in the Village Voice, the auditions brought hundreds of hopefuls to perform for Simon. Among the six teenage songwriters Simon selected for tutelage were Melissa Manchester, Tommy Mandel and rock/beat poet Joe Linus, with Maggie and Terre Roche (the Roche Sisters), who later sang back-up for Simon, joining the workshop in progress through an impromptu appearance.
Simon invited the six teens to experience recording at Columbia studios with engineer Roy Halee...

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The Talented Pete Best Part Five

The Talented Pete Best Part Five

The Pete Best Band

In 1988, after twenty years of turning down all requests to play drums in public, Best finally relented, appearing at a Beatles convention in Liverpool. He and his brother Roag performed, and afterwards his wife and mother both told him, “You don’t know it, but you’re going to go back into show business”. Best now regularly tours the world with the Pete Best Band, sharing the drumming with his younger brother Roag. The Pete Best Band’s album Haymans Green, made entirely from original material, was released on 16 September 2008 in the US, 24 October 2008 worldwide excluding the UK and 27 October 2008 in the UK.

Honours

On 6 July 2007, Best was inducted into the All You Need Is Liverpool Music Hall of Fame as the debut Charter Member...

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The Talented Paul Simon Part Five

The Talented Paul Simon Part Five

2014–present

In February 2014, Simon embarked on a joint concert tour titled On Stage Together with English musician Sting, playing 21 concerts in North America. The tour continued in early 2015, with ten shows in Australia and New Zealand, and 23 concerts in Europe, ending on 18 April 2015.
On August 4, 2015, Simon performed “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”, “Homeward Bound”, and “Late in the Evening” alongside Billy Joel at the final concert of Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York. On September 11, 2015, Simon appeared during the premiere week of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert...

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The Talented Pete Best Part Four

The Talented Pete Best Part Four

Difficulties between Mona Best and others

Before Brian Epstein took the Beatles on, Mona Best had been handling most of the management and promotional work. According to promoter and manager Joe Flannery, Mona had done a great deal for the band by arranging a number of important early gigs and lending them a badly needed helping hand when they returned from Hamburg the first time, but this came at the cost of having to contend with her overbearing nature...

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The Talented Helen Reddy Part Four

The Talented Helen Reddy Part Four

Family

Reddy is an enthusiastic genealogist; she has researched her family’s history extensively and founded the Tasmanian Genealogical Society. “Genealogy is addictive; it begins as an interest, becomes a hobby, then a passion, and finally an obsession. Not only with each generation uncovered does the number of people to investigate double but so too does the desire to understand the forces that shaped them,” she writes in her autobiography.
Reddy was once asked in an interview once whether her name had any connection to the Reddy caste from India. Her response was: “I have done some research on my father’s side; most of my research has been done on my mother’s side...

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The Talented Paul Simon Part Four

The Talented Paul Simon Part Four

1993–1998

After Unplugged, Simon’s place in the forefront of popular music dropped notably. A Simon & Garfunkel reunion took place in September 1993, and in another attempt to capitalize on the occasion, Columbia released Paul Simon 1964/1993 in September, a three-disc compilation that received a reduced version on the two-disc album The Paul Simon Anthology one month later. In 1995 he made news for appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he performed the song “Ten Years,” which he composed specially for the tenth anniversary of the show. Also that year, he was featured on the Annie Lennox version of his 1973 song “Something So Right,” which appeared briefly on the UK Top 50 once it was released as a single in November.
Since the early stages of the n...

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