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On January 10, 2016, the music world was surprised and saddened to learn one of the biggest rock and roll icons of the last four decades had died. Due to his desire for privacy, the public was unaware that David Bowie had been diagnosed with liver cancer 18 months prior, and two days after his 69th birthday – and the release of his final studio album – he died of the disease at his New York home. A special episode of the Documenting Popular Music podcast traces Bowie’s career. The podcast is available on iTunes (click here)
Reggae’s first international global superstar, Jimmy Cliff delivers dancehall euphoria with his new video from his single “Life.“ The song is from his upcoming 2017 winter release album SOMERTON, named after a district in Jamaica where he was born and raised.
The new episode of Documenting Popular Music features an interview with jazz musician Ron Aprea, who talks about recording with John Lennon on the 1974 album Walls and Bridges. A preview of that interview, which includes behind the scenes stories, is presented below. The full interview is available on the Documenting Popular Music podcast.
Legacy Recordings is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Rosanne Cash‘s King’s Record Shop with commemorative 12″ 180gram vinyl (and digital) editions on Friday, July 7. The album generated four #1 hits on the Billboard Country charts: her covers of father, Johnny Cash’s “Tennessee Flat Top Box,” John Hiatt’s “The Way We Make a Broken Heart,” and John Stewart’s “Runaway Train” as well as “If You Change Your Mind,”
Happy Birthday Ringo Starr. The former Beatle celebrated his birthday at Capitol Records with family, friends and fans in a noon “Peace & Love” salute. Ringo also revealed details of his 19th solo album, Give More Love, which will be released by UMe on digital and CD formats on September 15, 2017, with vinyl to follow on September 22, 2017. (more info on the Music News page.)
On July 1, 1972, Neil Diamond hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with the single “Song Sung Blue.” The song, the lead single from the critically acclaimed ‘Moods” album, was Diamond’s second #1 hit as a singer and his third #1 as a writer. In 1970, Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rosie” had hit #1, and in 1966 the Monkees had taken his song “I’m a Believer” to #1.
Singer-songwriter, legendary vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, mandolin player, producer, Grammy winner Steve Winwood will release ‘Winwood: Greatest Hits Live,‘ his first-ever live album as a solo artist on Friday, September 1st. It will be available as a 2CD/4LP collection; the vinyl set includes one digital download card. Here’s a preview (and a look at the album artwork).
The great Herb Alpert‘s new album, Music Vol. 1, will be released July 28th. Here’s a preview, a cover of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.”
The American Popular Song Goes On and On…
In an original, six-minute feature, the O&F Studios has created a sweeping, retrospective collage that showcases music and artists from America’s popular songbook of the 70s and 80s. This feature is built on the tune “The American Popular Song,” written by Tom Hensley and sung by Neil Diamond.
As a bonus, the feature has been turned into a fast-paced, music video, available on the O&F Studios’ Facebook page, with more than 100 photographs that accent a soundtrack that will take you back in time.
The American Popular Song Medley (6:17)
Musician Brings Jazz, Funk and Rock Together
When you first listen to musician Scott McDavid’s music, the Steely Dan influence isn’t hard to miss. Fans of that group will instantly be drawn to McDavid’s soulful sound, which features salient vocal harmonies layered on delicately arranged instrumentations. He is not only a master of the keyboard, but also of writing and producing songs with a smooth, melodic mix of jazz, funk and rock.
In this interview with the O&F Studios, McDavid talks about his musical influences as well as his desire to create the type of songs that nobody else is doing. He discusses how several of his songs were put together, including a new take on the Elvis Presley classic “Don’t Be Cruel,” which could be parenthetically entitled “Steely Dan Meets the King.”
Song clips included in the interview come from two of McDavid’s albums, The View from Here and T.I.M.E. Guys. You can learn more about him at www.ScottMcDavid.com.
Interview with Scott McDavid, Part I (10:45)
Interview with Scott McDavid, Part II (11:39)
Extra: Song “When Your Number Comes Up” from the album The View from Here
Extra: Song “Penelope Carson” from the album T.I.M.E Guys
Extra: Song “Sounds of Love” [not featured in the interview] from the album The View from Here
above three songs: Music by Scott McDavid, Words by Mike Bruce and Scott McDavid
The Ginger Gilmour Interview, Part I
Ginger Gilmour is an artist, a former model and an author, but the rock and roll world probably knows her best as the first wife of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. She joined Robert Neil for a four-part conversation about her biography, Memoirs of the Bright Side of the Moon, in which she recalls her life with David and the Floyd as well as her revelations about beauty — in all of its many forms — and positive energy.