Constantly is an album by John Gary, released in 1975.
John Gary (born John Gary Strader; November 29, 1932 – January 4, 1998) was an American singer, recording artist, television host, and performer on the musical stage.
After signing with RCA Victor, Gary was nominated for a 1964 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. He was a favorite singer of fellow RCA Victor artist Elvis Presley. Gary sang in movies, on Broadway, had his own prime time network television variety series and appeared at Carnegie Hall. He appeared thirty times as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, Steve Allen and Johnny Carson.
A decorated Marine Corps veteran (Korea), an inventor who held several patents, a world-record scuba diver, and a happily married man with two daughters, he died after a long battle with cancer in 1997, aged 65.
Violator is the seventh studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released in 1990.
Hit singles include "Personal Jesus", "Enjoy the Silence", "Policy of Truth", and "World in My Eyes".
Martin called the track "World in My Eyes" a very positive song. "It's saying that love and sex and pleasure are positive things." The song "Blue Dress", which Gore called "pervy", is simply about "watching a girl dress and realizing that this is 'what makes the world turn.'"
The closing track, "Clean", was inspired by Pink Floyd's song "One of These Days", from their 1971 album Meddle.
Regarding the album's title, Martin said, "We called it Violator as a joke. We wanted to come up with the most extreme, ridiculously Heavy Metal title that we could. I'll be surprised if people will get the joke."
The album is number 342 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Depeche Mode was announced today as an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Best of The Doobies is the first greatest hits album by The Doobie Brothers, released in 1976.
The album has material from Toulouse Street through Takin' It to the Streets.
"Long Train Runnin'"
"Takin' It to the Streets"
"Listen to the Music"
"Rockin' Down the Highway"
"Jesus Is Just Alright"
"It Keeps You Runnin'"
"South City Midnight Lady"
"Take Me in Your Arms"
Featuring 11 of the group's best-known songs from 1971-1976, Best of the Doobie Brothers contains the boogie rock band's very best songs, including the big hits "Listen to the Music," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove," "Black Water," and "Takin' It to the Streets."
For most casual fans, The Best of the Doobie Brothers is the perfect summation of the group's early career, before they turned into a slick, jazzy blue-eyed soul band in the late '70s.
The Doobie Brothers were announced today as an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Autographed in 2002 by:
Patrick Simmons - guitars, backng and lead vocals (1970–1982, 1987–current)
Tom Johnston – guitars, lead and backing vocals, harmonica (1970–1975, 1987–current)
Whitney Houston is the debut studio album by American contemporary R&B and pop singer Whitney Houston, released in 1985.
It topped the Billboard 200 for 14 weeks in 1986, generating three number-one singles — "Saving All My Love for You", "How Will I Know" and "Greatest Love of All" (a cover of "The Greatest Love of All", originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson), which made it both the first debut album and the first album by a solo female artist to produce three number-one singles.
It is one of the top 100 best-selling albums of all time in the United States.
Don Shewey of Rolling Stone described her as "one of the most exciting new voices in years" and stated that: "Because she has a technically polished voice like Patti Austin's" and "Whitney Houston is obviously headed for stardom, and if nothing else, her album is an exciting preview of coming attractions."
At the 28th Grammy Awards in 1986, Whitney Houston won Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.
On February 11, 2012 Houston was found unconscious at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. The Los Angeles County coroner's office reported the cause of Houston's death was drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use".
Rolling Stone: "She had been a model and a nightclub singer when she cut this smooth R&B debut. Her vocal gifts and technique are astounding; even slick tracks such as "Greatest Love of All" stick. Best song: "How Will I Know," perky synth funk evoking Houston's family friend Aretha Franklin."
The album is number 257 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Autographed by Whitney.
Today it was announced that Whitney Houston will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
The Downward Spiral is the second studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released in 1994.
It is a concept album detailing the destruction of a man, from the beginning of his "downward spiral" to his attempt at suicide. The Downward Spiral features elements of industrial rock, techno, and heavy metal, in contrast to the synthpop-influenced Pretty Hate Machine.
Co-produced by Trent Reznor and Flood (known for engineering and producing U2 and Depeche Mode), The Downward Spiral was conceived after the Lollapalooza 1991 festival tour as a pivot for Reznor's personal issues and the "negative vibe" felt by the band. Reznor moved to 10050 Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, California. The property is referred to as the "Tate House" since Sharon Tate was murdered by members of the Manson Family in 1969. Reznor named the studio "Le Pig" after the message that was scrawled on the front door with Tate's blood by her murderers.
Reznor said, "While I was working on Downward Spiral, I was living in the house where Sharon Tate was killed. Then one day I met her sister [Patti Tate]. It was a random thing, just a brief encounter. And she said: 'Are you exploiting my sister's death by living in her house?' For the first time, the whole thing kind of slapped me in the face. I said, 'No, it's just sort of my own interest in American folklore. I'm in this place where a weird part of history occurred.' I guess it never really struck me before, but it did then. I went home and cried that night. It made me see there's another side to things, you know?"
The album was influenced by late 1970s rock music albums, David Bowie's Low and Pink Floyd's The Wall in particular, and focused on texture and space, avoiding explicit usage of guitars or synthesizers. It has been regarded by music critics and audiences as one of the most important albums of the 1990s.
Released in 1995, "Hurt" clearly includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction. Johnny Cash covered the song for American IV: The Man Comes Around. Its accompanying music video, featuring images from Cash's life and also directed by Mark Romanek, was named the best video of all time by NME.
The Downward Spiral is number 201 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Today it was announced that NIN will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Life After Death is the second studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released in 1997.
It was released posthumously following his death on March 9, 1997. It features collaborations with guest artists such as Jay-Z, Lil' Kim, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, D.M.C. of Run-D.M.C., R. Kelly, and Puff Daddy. The album acts as a sequel to his debut Ready to Die and picks up where the last song "Suicidal Thoughts" ends.
On March 7, 1997 Christopher George Latore Wallace (better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G, Biggie, or Biggie Smalls) presented an award to Toni Braxton at the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles and was booed by some of the audience. The following evening, Wallace attended an after party in Los Angeles. Wallace left in a GMC Suburban SUV, the streets were crowded with people leaving the event. Wallace's SUV stopped at a red light, 50 yards from the event. A dark colored Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside Wallace's SUV. The driver of the Impala, a black male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9mm blue-steel pistol and fired at the SUV. Four bullets hit Wallace. His entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy, but he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.
The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1998, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for its first single "Hypnotize", and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for its second single "Mo Money Mo Problems".
Life After Death has been considered by music writers as one of the seminal mafioso rap albums, as well as a landmark in hip hop music.
Rolling Stone: Released less than a month after Biggie's murder, the prophetic Life After Death is two CDs of humor and bravado, no filler at all, as he tops himself in "Mo Money Mo Problems" and "#!*@ You Tonight."
The album is number 476 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Today it was announced that The Notorious B.I.G. will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Electric Warrior is the sixth studio album by English glam rock act T. Rex (being the second album under the name "T. Rex", with the first four billed as "Tyrannosaurus Rex"), released in 1971.
The album reached #1 on the charts, displacing Led Zeppelin IV.
The album marks a turning point in the band's sound, dispensing with the folk-oriented music of the group's previous albums and pioneering a new style of rock known as glam rock. The album also drew attention to the band in the United States with the top 10 hit "Bang A Gong (Get It On)". This would prove to be the band's only successful single in America, deeming the band a "one-hit wonder".
In the United States, "Get It On"'s title was originally changed to "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" to distinguish it from Chase's song "Get It On", which was also released in late 1971. The printing of the song title "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" on the back cover of original Reprise Records North American pressings of Electric Warrior is in a different typeface from the surrounding text, with the song's original title retained on the lyric sheet.
"Get It On" was a hit cover single for rock supergroup The Power Station in 1985. Morrissey has also covered "Cosmic Dancer" live in concert, both solo and with David Bowie.
The album is number 160 on Rolling Stone magazine's Top 500 Albums of All Time.
Original UK Fly cover with "Get It On" instead of "Bang a Gong".
Today it was announced that T. Rex will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
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The Grand Moghul Suite - Part 1 is an album by Korla Pandit, released in 1971.
The opening track is "The Magnetic Theme" which was also the theme to his television show.
Korla Pandit (September 16, 1921 – October 2, 1998), born John Roland Redd, was an American musician, composer, pianist, organist, and television pioneer of national notability.
John Roland Redd was born in 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri as one of seven children. His father was an African-American Baptist pastor. Redd's mother had French and African ancestry. Both parents were descended from African-American enslaved persons. Redd had light skin and straight hair. Given the Jim Crow restrictions in the state, Redd and his siblings attended racially segregated public schools for children of color.
In the 1940s, Redd moved to Los Angeles. He used the name "Juan Rolando" to gain a job playing the organ on a Los Angeles radio station. Passing as a Mexican allowed him to join the Musicians Union (which was not open to African-Americans) and opened up additional opportunities for studio and club work.
Redd fell in love with his sister's roommate, Beryl June DeBeeson, a Disney artist and former dancer. They married in Tijuana, Mexico, as interracial marriages were then prohibited in California.
His wife thought Redd could have exotic appeal by passing as an Indian because most Americans did not know much about people from India. Beryl designed the makeup and clothing Redd used, and Redd took the name "Korla Pandit". He developed an elaborate history and continued to add to it during his career. He stated that he had been born in New Delhi, India, to a French opera singer and an Indian Brahmin government official. Supposedly raised in an upper-class Indian household, Redd claimed to have studied music in England as a child, arrived in the United States at age 12, and studied at the University of Chicago.
Television pioneer Klaus Landsberg offered Redd a television show. Korla Pandit's Adventures In Music was first telecast on Los Angeles station KTLA in February 1949; it was the first all-music program on television. Viewers soon became familiar with the musical opening, "The Magnetic Theme." Landsberg insisted that Redd refrain from speaking and gaze into the camera as he played the Hammond organ and Steinway grand piano, often simultaneously. "Not once in 900 performances did he speak on camera, preferring instead to communicate with viewers via that hypnotic gaze."
Korla Pandit became an overnight star and one of early television's pioneering musical artists.
Redd kept in touch with his family of origin, but he wore his turban. According to Redd's nephew, Ernest Redd, "'Among the family we knew what he was doing and very little was said about it."
In 1967, Redd and his family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to prevent his sons from being drafted in the Vietnam War. After moving to Canada, Redd returned regularly to the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas for work. In the 1970s, as his television popularity waned, he supplemented his income with a variety of increased personal appearances at supper clubs, supermarket openings, car agencies, music and department stores, pizza restaurants, lectures, music seminars, private lessons, and the theater organ circuit. He made a cameo appearance as Korla Pandit in Tim Burton's biographical film about the director Ed Wood (1994), which drew renewed attention to him.
Redd maintained the Korla Pandit persona—both in public and in private—until the end of his life. Redd died in Petaluma, California, of a myocardial infarction.
Two years after his death, R.J. Smith published an article revealing Redd's true ancestry. Redd's sons had heard rumors about their father's background, but were only told of their African-American heritage after his death. Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of history at Stanford University, wrote A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life (2014).
Piano Mover is a jazz album by Dave McKenna, released in 1981.
AllMusic Review: Pianist Dave McKenna teams up with bassist Bob Maize, drummer Jake Hanna and what is called "the Dick Johnson reed section" for a set of standards both fresh and obscure. Johnson, switching between clarinet, alto and flute, works well with McKenna on this small-group swing set; highlights include "Cottontail," "Star Eyes" and Clare Fischer's "Morning."
Dave McKenna (May 30, 1930 – 18 October 18, 2008) was an American jazz pianist known primarily as a solo pianist and for his "three-handed" swing style. He was a significant figure in the evolution of jazz piano.
His renditions usually began with a spare, open statement of the melody; or, on ballads, a freely played, richly harmonized one. He then often stated the theme a second time, gradually bringing in more harmony or a stronger pulse.
His improvisation then began in earnest on three simultaneous levels: a walking bassline, mid-range chords, and an improvised melody. The bassline, for which McKenna frequently employed the rarely used lowest regions of the piano, was often played non-legato to simulate a double bassist's phrasing. The chords were played with the thumb and forefinger of the right hand or of both hands combined, if the bass was not too low to make the stretch unfeasible. Sometimes he also added a guide-tone line consisting of thirds and sevenths on top of the bass, played by the thumb of the left hand. With his right hand's remaining fingers, he then played the melody, weaving it into improvised lines featuring colorful chromaticism, blues licks and mainstream-jazz ideas. The result was the sound of a three-piece band under one person's creative control.
McKenna had a unique ability to reproduce, on his own, the sound of a small group.
One of the top swing-based pianists of the past 25 years, Dave McKenna's hard-driving basslines give momentum to uptempo pieces, and his vast knowledge of superior songs from the 1930s has resulted in many rewarding albums of traditional but fresh music. Although talented from the start, McKenna did not achieve that much recognition until he was already in his forties. In the mid-'90s Dave McKenna was at the top of his field.
McKenna died of lung cancer in 2008.
Autographed by Dave McKenna, "For Dick and Maddie"...
Dick and Maddie Gibson hosted an annual jazz party for some 30 years, starting in 1963, usually during Labor Day weekend. Each year, they invited musicians he liked to towns in Colorado, including Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs, and Denver, along with critics and fans, and for three days different formations of musicians played.
Those events pulled together musicians who had not seen one another in years, and the spontaneous nature of the festivities created a casual sort of brilliance, where the musicians were playing for themselves and friends. The parties were also important because they were held during a period in which jazz had fallen out of favor in American culture. While Mr. Gibson strove to break even, bringing in up to 500 paying guests at a time, they were in a sense underground events, where the overlooked idiom of mainstream jazz had its yearly reunion in front of its fans. And out of each party inevitably came other parties, along with recording and club dates.
Mr. Gibson worked as an investment banker, wrote fiction, and made a fortune by forming the Water Pik company, which he sold in 1967. Gibson died in 1998, at the age of 72.
A Musical Self-Portrait is a box-set collection by Beverly Sills, released in 1979.
Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007) was an American operatic soprano. Sills was born Belle Miriam Silverman in Brooklyn, New York City. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Odessa, Ukraine (then part of Russia) and Bucharest, Romania. As a child, she spoke Yiddish, Russian, Romanian, French and English. At the age of three, Sills won a "Miss Beautiful Baby" contest, in which she sang "The Wedding of Jack and Jill". Beginning at age four, she performed professionally on the Saturday morning radio program, "Rainbow House", as "Bubbles" Silverman. Sills began taking singing lessons with Estelle Liebling at the age of seven and a year later sang in a short film. In 1939, she sang for CBS Radio's Major Bowes' Amateur Hour, and won at the age of 10. In 1945, Sills made her professional stage debut with a Gilbert and Sullivan touring company.
In 1947, she made her operatic stage debut in Carmen with the Philadelphia Civic Grand Opera Company. She toured North America with the Charles Wagner Opera Company, in the fall of 1951 singing Violetta in La traviata and, in the fall of 1952, singing Micaëla in Carmen. In 1953, she made her debut with the San Francisco Opera as Helen of Troy. In 1954, she performed the title role of Aida in Salt Lake City. And in 1955, she first appeared with the New York City Opera.
The New York Times noted, "In her prime her technique was exemplary. She could dispatch coloratura roulades and embellishments, capped by radiant high Ds and E-flats, with seemingly effortless agility. She sang with scrupulous musicianship, rhythmic incisiveness and a vivid sense of text." NPR commented, her voice was "Capable of spinning a seemingly endless legato line, or bursting with crystalline perfection into waves of dazzling fiorature and thrilling high notes."
She married in 1956 and had two children. Muffy was profoundly deaf and had multiple sclerosis; Peter, Jr. is severely mentally disabled. Sills restricted her performing schedule to care for her children.
In 1975, Sills made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in The Siege of Corinth, receiving an eighteen-minute ovation.
After retiring from singing in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City Opera. In 1994, she became the chairwoman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera, stepping down in 2005. Sills lent her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects.
Sills's husband died in 2006, at the age of 89, shortly before their 50th wedding anniversary. Later in 2006, she co-hosted The View for Best Friends Week, as Barbara Walters' best friend.
Beverly Sills succumbed to cancer on July 2, 2007, at the age of 78.