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Happy Birthday Ms Holliday

 

 

 

Biography

 

” The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. More than a half-century after her death, it’s difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing. Billie Holiday‘s highly stylized reading of this blues tradition revolutionized traditional pop, ripping the decades-long tradition of song plugging in two by refusing to compromise her artistry for either the song or the band. She made clear her debts to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong (in her autobiography she admitted, “I always wanted Bessie‘s big sound and Pops‘ feeling”), but in truth her style was virtually her own, quite a shock in an age of interchangeable crooners and band singers.

  With her spirit shining through on every recording, Holiday‘s technical expertise also excelled in comparison to the great majority of her contemporaries. Often bored by the tired old Tin Pan Alley songs she was forced to record early in her career, Holiday fooled around with the beat and the melody, phrasing behind the beat and often rejuvenating the standard melody with harmonies borrowed from her favorite horn players, Armstrong and Lester Young. (She often said she tried to sing like a horn.) Her notorious private life — a series of abusive relationships, substance addictions, and periods of depression — undoubtedly assisted her legendary status, but Holiday‘s best performances (“Lover Man,” “Don’t Explain,” “Strange Fruit,” her own composition “God Bless the Child”) remain among the most sensitive and accomplished vocal performances ever recorded. More than technical ability, more than purity of voice, what made Billie Holiday one of the best vocalists of the century — easily the equal of Ella Fitzgerald or Frank Sinatra — was her relentlessly individualist temperament, a quality that colored every one of her endlessly nuanced performances.

  Billie Holiday‘s chaotic life reportedly began in Baltimore on April 7, 1915 (a few reports say 1912) when she was born Eleanora Fagan Gough. Her father, Clarence Holiday, was a teenaged jazz guitarist and banjo player later to play in Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra. He never married her mother, Sadie Fagan, and left while his daughter was still a baby. (She would later run into him in New York, and though she contracted many guitarists for her sessions before his death in 1937, she always avoided using him.) Holiday‘s mother was also a young teenager at the time, and whether because of inexperience or neglect, often left her daughter with uncaring relatives. Holiday was sentenced to Catholic reform school at the age of ten, reportedly after she admitted being raped. Though sentenced to stay until she became an adult, a family friend helped get her released after just two years. With her mother, she moved in 1927, first to New Jersey and soon after to Brooklyn.” Continue Reading

 

 

 

 

 

Discography

 

New Orleans
1947 New Orleans Jazz Crusade  
(6)
 
  Billie Holiday, Vol. 2 1950 Billie Holiday, Vol. 2    
(3)
 
 
Billie Holiday Sings
1950 Billie Holiday Sings Mercury  
(20)
 
 
An Evening with Billie Holiday
1953 An Evening with Billie Holiday Decca / Verve  
(6)
 
  Billie Holiday, Vol. 3 1954 Billie Holiday, Vol. 3 Jolly Roger Records  
(2)
 
  Music for Torching 1955 Music for Torching Clef Records  
(6)
 
  A Recital by Billie Holiday 1956 A Recital by Billie Holiday Clef Records  
(1)
 
  Jazz Recital 1956 Jazz Recital Clef Records  
(0)
 
  Velvet Moods 1956 Velvet Moods Clef Records  
(1)
 
 
Lady Sings the Blues
1956 Lady Sings the Blues album review Verve  
(213)
 
 
Songs for Distingué Lovers
1957 Songs for Distingué Lovers album review Verve / PolyGram  
(217)
 
 
Body & Soul [Verve]
1957 Body & Soul [Verve] album review Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab  
(26)
 
 
Lady in Satin
1958 Lady in Satin album review Columbia  
(129)
 
  Blues Are Brewin' 1958 Blues Are Brewin’ Universal/Decca  
(0)
 
 
Stay with Me
1959 Stay with Me album review Verve  
(11)
 
  Comes Love   Comes Love Dazzling Dames  
(0)
 
  Lady in Satin: The Centennial   Lady in Satin: The Centennial    
(0)
 
  Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra   Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra Jazz Portraits  
(0)
 
 
Dove Collection
  Dove Collection Prism Leisure Corporation (UK)  
(1)
 
  100 Years of Lady Day   100 Years of Lady Day Documents  
(0)
 
  Magic   Magic Must Have Records  
(0)

 

 

 

 

More videos

 

Jazz legend Billie Holiday enjoys revival at 100

Billie Holiday’s 10 essential recordings in celebration of 100th anniversary of jazz great’s birth

Billie Holiday – About the Singer – American Masters

Remembering Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday at 100

For Billie Holiday’s 100th Birthday, Tributes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday Billie , we love you .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Gary

 

 

 

Early Life And Career

” Moore started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. He got his first quality guitar at the age of 14, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. He moved to Dublin in 1968 at the age of 16. His early musical influences were artists such as Albert KingElvis PresleyThe Shadows and The Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would be the dominant form of his career in music.

Moore’s greatest influence in the early days was guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin. Green’s continued influence on Moore was later repaid as a tribute to Green on his 1995 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Green compositions. On this tribute album, Moore played Green’s 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar which Green had lent to Moore after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Moore ultimately purchased the guitar, at Green’s request, so that “it would have a good home”.

While less popular in the US, Moore’s work “brought substantial acclaim and commercial success in most other parts of the world – especially in Europe”. Throughout his career, Moore was recognised as an influence by many notable guitarists including Vivian Campbell, Patrick Rondat, John NorumPaul Gilbert, Gus GSlashOrianthiJoe BonamassaAdrian SmithDoug AldrichZakk Wylde, Randy RhoadsJohn Sykes and Kirk Hammett.

He collaborated with a broad range of artists including Phil LynottGeorge Harrison,Trilok GurtuDr. Strangely StrangeColosseum IITravelling WilburysAlbert Collins,Jimmy NailMo FosterGinger BakerJack BruceJim CapaldiB.B. KingBob Dylan,Vicki BrownCozy PowellRod Argentthe Beach BoysOzzy OsbournePaul RodgersKeith EmersonRoger DaltreyAlbert King and together with Colosseum II with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the composer’sVariations album in 1978. He experimented with many musical genres, including rock, jazzbluescountryelectric blueshard rock and heavy metal.

In 1968, aged 16, Moore moved to Dublin to join the group Skid Row with Noel Bridgeman and Brendan “Brush” Shiels. It was with this group that he earned a reputation in the music industry, and his association with Phil Lynott began.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allmusic:

” Skid Row would go on to issue several singles and albums (including 1970’s Skid and 1971’s 34 Hours), and although the group mounted a few tours of Europe and the U.S., it failed to obtain breakthrough commercial success, leading to Moore‘s exit from the group in 1972.Moore then formed his own outfit, the Gary Moore Band (along with members drummer Pearse Kelly and bassist John Curtis), for which the guitarist also served as vocalist. But after the trio’s debut album, 1973’s Grinding Stone, sunk without a trace, Moore hooked up once more with ex-bandmate Lynott in Thin LizzyMoore‘s initial tenure in Lizzy proved to be short-lived, however, as his fiery playing was featured on only a handful of tracks. Moore then set his sights on studio work (appearing on Eddie Howell‘s 1975 release, Gramaphone Record), before joining up with a prog rock/fusion outfit, Colosseum II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” But once more, Moore‘s tenure in his latest outfit was fleeting; he appeared on only three recordings (1976’s Strange New Flesh, plus a pair in 1977, Electric Savage and War Dance), as Moore accepted an invitation by his old buddy Lynott to fill in for a Thin Lizzy U.S. tour, playing arenas opening for Queen.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Gary Moore

” Moore proved to be quite busy in 1978, as the guitarist appeared on three other artists’ recordings — Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Variations, Rod Argent’s Moving Home, and Gary Boyle’s Electric Glide. The same year, Moore issued his second solo release (almost five years after his solo debut), Back on the Streets, which spawned a surprise Top Ten U.K. hit in May of 1979, the bluesy ballad “Parisienne Walkways,” and featured vocal contributions by Lynott. Moore joined forces with his Lizzy mates once more in 1979, appearing on arguably the finest studio album of their career, Black Rose, which proved to be a huge hit in the U.K. (for a fine example of Moore’s exceptional guitar skills, check out the album’s epic title track). But predictably, Moore ultimately exited the group once more (this time right in the middle of a U.S. tour), as a rift had developed between Moore and Lynott. Undeterred, Moore lent some guitar work to drummer Cozy Powell’s solo release, Over the Top, in addition to forming a new outfit, G Force, which would only remain together for a lone self-titled release in 1980.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Irish Rockers

” In the 1980s Gary established his reputation as one of the top guitarists on the heavy metal scene with a series of rock albums that showcased his skill. Kirk Hammett of Metallica, who cites Gary as one of his top 5 influences, sums up Gary’s style of playing very well: “Gary’s technique was very modern, but his guitar style was very blues-based. His phrasing was very, very blues-based. He played long, sustained notes coupled with really super fast-picked notes and he had a great legato style“.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In 1990, Moore returned to his blues roots with ‘Still Got the Blues’, with contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. The album was well received by fans and was his biggest seller. He stayed with the blues format until 1997, when he decided to experiment with modern dance beats on Dark Days in Paradise; this left many fans, as well as the music press, confused. With Back to the Blues, Moore return to his tried and tested blues format in 2001. In 2002 he got back to more of a hard rocking style with the album Scars. He also returned to playing some of his metal-period material in the 2003 Monsters of Rock Tour. Then he continued on with the blues rock style on Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close As You Get (2007) and Bad For You Baby (2008).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Moore Official Website

 

” The, Back To The Blues’ (2001) album saw him revisit The Blues with renewed vigour and determination, after the more experimental ‘Dark Days In Paradise’ (1997) and ‘A Different Beat’ (1999) albums. A ten-track collection that mixed excellent Moore originals, with gritty and intense covers of standards. But, in the tradition of keeping his fans and critics guessing, 2002 saw Gary Moore crashing back onto the music scene with what had to be his heaviest collection of songs since the late 1980’s, once again forcing people to reassess any opinions and preconceptions they might have had of him.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” That time round though, Moore had decided to share the limelight, joining forces with ex-Skunk Anansie bassist Cass Lewis and Primal Scream drummer Darrin Mooney to form ‘Scars’, a true power trio in every respect. The ‘Scars’ album was completed in early 2002 and that line-up, then went on to record the ‘Live at the Monsters of Rock’ (2003) live CD and DVD, which featured the band’s set as performed on two separate nights on the UK Tour in May 2003. That live set encompassed a diverse range of material, from across Gary’s playing career.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” 2004 saw possibly the rawest album yet, with ‘Power of the Blues’. The 10-track set, recorded mostly live in the studio, ranged from the hard rock/blues of the title track, via the upbeat swing of “Can’t find my baby”, to the haunting “Torn Inside”.

 

 

 

” Taking time out in August 2005, for a brief reunion with former Thin Lizzy band members, for a one off concert in Dublin, to mark the occasion of Phil Lynott’s birth. The evening was filmed for the 2006 DVD release, ‘Gary Moore and Friends, One Night in Dublin, A Tribute to Phil Lynott’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” With his 2007 studio album ‘Close As You Get’, Gary continued in a direction not too dissimilar from ‘Old, New, Ballads, Blues’, released in 2006. Mixing original tunes with some interesting Blues covers that Gary had rediscovered, whilst researching for his award winning radio series, “Blues Power”, on Planet Rock (UK based digital/internet “radio” station). September 2008 saw the release of what would turn out to be Gary’s last studio album, “Bad for you Baby”. Again, a powerful collection of tracks, of original material and selected blues covers. After being on the road for most of 2008 and into 2010 with the “Blues” line up of the touring band. Gary returned from a tour of Russia and the Far East, and decided to reunite with his old sparring partner from the rock line up’s of the 1980’s, Neil Carter. The plan was to put together a “Rock” line up and dust off a selection of tracks from the mid to late 1980’s.”

 

 

 

“Adding Jon Noyce, (ex Jethro Tull/Sessions) on bass, some one who was also part of the, “One Night in Dublin” Tribute DVD in 2005, and Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream/Sessions) on drums, who was no stranger to the touring and recording line during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. This line up, hit the road in May of 2010, performing a live set based around a selection of tracks from the “Rock Years” of the 1980’s. This proved to be a real treat for fans, old & new, as many would have not heard Gary play these songs live, either for a very long time, or in many cases, at all. In addition to the older tunes, a number of new “Celtic Rock” style tracks were included in the show, which went down very well with the live audiences. Tracks, which Gary was planning to record and embellish, on his next studio project. A project that was ready to start when Gary returned from a short holiday break.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Unfortunately, that was not to be, as Gary passed away in his sleep in the early hours of February 6th, 2011, in Estepona, Spain. After being such a “force of nature” in the guitar-playing firmament, for many years, as part of a professional career that began when he was only 16. He leaves behind a huge hole for many, not just his close family and friends, but guitar fans around the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Of all the many tributes paid since Gary’s passing, maybe this one, from Gary’s friend and musical collaborator, Don Airey, might sum up the best of most people’s thoughts of Gary: “At the 1984 Donington Festival during the long solo in “Empty Rooms” the previously restive crowd went so quiet, you could hear a pin drop – everyone back and behind stage stopped whatever they were doing and just stood to listen open-mouthed. His artistry touched thousands of people over the years, not least those of us lucky enough to have shared a stage or a recording studio with him. Sleep tight old mate, you’ll be sorely missed.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Moore


RIP


1952 – 2011

 

 

 

Discography

Albums

Grinding Stone

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

P.I. Records 1973

Gary Boyle Featuring: Gary MooreRobert Awhai*, Kenny Shaw* – Electric Glide ‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Gull 1978

Back On The Streets

‎ ◄ (14 versions)

MCA RecordsMCA RecordsMCA Records 1978

Corridors Of Power

‎ ◄ (18 versions)

Virgin 1982

Rockin’ Every Night – Live In Japan

‎ ◄ (10 versions)

Virgin 1983

Victims Of The Future

‎ ◄ (15 versions)

Virgin 1983

Live

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Jet Records 1983

We Want Moore!

‎ ◄ (9 versions)

10 Records 1984

Dirty Fingers

‎ ◄ (13 versions)

Castle Classics 1984

We Want Moore!

‎ (LP, Album + 12″)

10 Records 1984

Run For Cover

‎ ◄ (12 versions)

10 Records 1985

G-Force (19) & Gary Moore – G-Force ‎ ◄ (7 versions)

VictoriaJet Records 1987

Live At The Marquee

‎ ◄ (10 versions)

Raw Power 1987

Wild Frontier

‎ ◄ (20 versions)

10 Records 1987

Phil CollinsGary MooreRod Argent – Wild Connections ‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Tring International PLC 1987

Don Airey Featuring: Gary MooreCozy PowellChris Thompson & Colin Blunstone – K2 (Tales Of Triumph & Tragedy) ‎ ◄ (4 versions)

MCA Records 1988

After The War

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

VirginVirgin 1989

Still Got The Blues

‎ ◄ (20 versions)

VirginVirgin 1990

Skid Row (2) Feat. Gary Moore – 34 Hours ‎ (CD, Album, RE)

Repertoire Records 1990

After Hours

‎ ◄ (11 versions)

VirginVirgin 1992

Blues Alive

‎ ◄ (9 versions)

VirginVirgin 1993

Blues For Greeny

‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Virgin 1995

Greg Lake Feat. Gary Moore – King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Greg Lake In Concert ‎ (CD)

King Biscuit Flower Hour Records 1995

Dark Days In Paradise

‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Virgin 1997

A Different Beat

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Raw Power 1999

Corridors Of Power / Run For Cover – The Back To Back Collection

‎ (2xCD, Album, RM, RE, Dig)

Axe Killer Records 2000

Back To The Blues

‎ (CD, Album)

Sanctuary Records 2001

Scars

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Sanctuary Records 2002

Live At Monsters Of Rock

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Sanctuary Records 2003

Power Of The Blues

‎ (CD, Album)

Sanctuary Records 2004

Old New Ballads Blues

‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Eagle Records 2006

Close As You Get

‎ ◄ (3 versions)

Eagle RecordsEagle Records 2007

Bad For You Baby

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Eagle Records 2008

Essential Montreux

‎ (5xCD, Box)

Eagle RecordsEagle Records 2009

Live At Montreux 2010

‎ (CD, Album)

Eagle RecordsEagle Records 2011

Blues For Jimi

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Eagle Records 2012

Gary Boyle Featuring: Gary MooreRobert Awhai*, Kenny Shaw* – Electric Glide ‎ (CD, Album, RE, RM)

Esoteric Recordings 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert Videos

Gary Moore – Live Blues (1993) Special guest B. B. King FULL CONCERT

Gary Moore – Avo Session

Gary Moore – Blues for greeny. complete

BBM (Bruce, Baker, Moore) – Live At Germany (1993)

[Complete] Gary Moore – Live At Monsters Of Rock (Sheffield Arena 2003)

GBD- Gary Moore Wild Frontier Tour 1987 (Isstadion Stockholm)

Gary Moore & The Midnight Blues Band – Live at Montreux 1990

Gary Moore playing for the last time – Guitarist Magazine

 

 

Interviews

Gary Moore – Interview 2004

Gary Moore interview by Tomi Lindblom (2004) / Finland

Gary Moore Interview – Re-released

Gary Moore VH 1 Interview 1994

 

 

 

Links, Fan Pages , Etc…

last.fm

Gary Moore | Facebook

The Lord Of The Strings – World Wide Gary Moore Fanclub

Gary Moore – Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Guitarist Gary Moore

Gary Moore | Vintage Guitar® magazine

Gary Moore – Listen to Free Music by Gary Moore on Pandora …

iTunes – Music – Gary Moore – Apple

Gary Moore music – Listen Free on Jango || Pictures, Videos …

Gary Moore – Artist Details – Eagle Rock

GARY MOORE music discography with reviews and MP3

nolifetilmetal.com

gary-moore.net

 

 

 

 

Obituaries

Gary Moore – Telegraph – Telegraph.co.uk 

Gary Moore Obituary – London, England – Tributes.com

Gary Moore, former Thin Lizzy guitarist, dies aged 58 | Music …

Thin Lizzy Guitarist Gary Moore Dead at 58

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2002 ZZ TOP & GARY MOORE LIVE

 

 

 

 

 

Robert William Gary Moore

April 4th, 1952 – February 6th, 2011

Remembered today and everyday……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Happy Birthday Muddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Life

 

” Although in his later years Muddy usually said that he was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi in 1915, he was actually born at Jug’s Corner in neighboring Issaquena County in 1913. Recent research has uncovered documentation showing that in the 1930s and 1940s he reported his birth year as 1913 on both his marriage license and musicians’ union card. A 1955 interview in the Chicago Defender is the earliest claim of 1915 as his year of birth, which he continued to use in interviews from that point onward. The 1920 census lists him as five years old as of March 6, 1920, suggesting that his birth year may have been 1914. The Social Security Death Index, relying on the Social Security card application submitted after his move to Chicago in the mid-1940s, lists him as being born April 4, 1913. Muddy’s gravestone gives his birth year as 1915.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Muddy’s grandmother, Della Grant, raised him after his mother died shortly following his birth. Della gave the boy the nickname “Muddy” at an early age because he loved to play in the muddy water of nearby Deer Creek. Muddy later changed it to “Muddy Water” and finally “Muddy Waters”.

The shack where Muddy Waters lived in his youth on Stovall Plantation is now located at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He started out on harmonica, but by age seventeen he was playing the guitar at parties, emulating two blues artists who were extremely popular in the south, Son House and Robert Johnson.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” On November 20, 1932, Muddy married Mabel Berry; Robert Nighthawk played guitar at the wedding, and the party reportedly got so wild the floor fell in. Mabel left Muddy three years later when Muddy’s first child was born; the child’s mother was Leola Spain, sixteen years old (Leola later used her maiden name Brown), “married to a man named Steven” and “going with a guy named Tucker”. Leola was the only one of his girlfriends with whom Muddy would stay in touch throughout his life; they never married. By the time he finally cut out for Chicago in 1943, there was another Mrs. Morganfield left behind, a girl called Sallie Ann.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muddy Waters Official Website

 

“Growing to manhood there, in the very heart of the region that had spawned this magnificent music, Waters was drawn early to its stark, telling, expressive power. He had been working as a farm laborer for several years when at thirteen he took up the harmonica, the instrument on which many blues performers first master the music’s rudiments. Four years later he made the switch to guitar. “You see, I was digging Son House and Robert Johnson.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The two were the undisputed masters of the region’s characteristic “bottleneck” style of guitar accompaniment. With this technique the Delta bluesman could utilize the guitar as a perfect extension of his voice, the sliding bottleneck matching the dips, slurs, sliding notes and all the tonal ambiguity of the voice as it is used in singing the blues.Within a year, Waters recalled, he had mastered the bottleneck style and the jagged, pulsating rhythms of Delta guitar. He had learned to sing powerfully and expressively in the tightly constricted, pain-filled manner that characterized the best Delta singers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” By the time a team of Library of Congress field collectors headed by Alan Lomax visited and recorded Waters for the Library’s folksong archives in 1941 (they were looking for Robert Johnson at the time, unaware of his death three years earlier), returning to record him further the following year, he had had several years’ local performing experience behind him.Providing the musical impetus for dancers at rough-and-tumble back country dances, in juke joints, and at picnics, houseparties and other rural entertainments had sharpened the young bluesman’s vocal and instrumental abilities to a keen edge. The recordings show the strikingly distinctive power of the young Waters, both as singer and master of Delta bottleneck guitar.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Britannica

” In 1943 Waters—like millions of other African Americans in the South who moved to cities in the North and West during the Great Migration from 1916 to 1970—relocated to Chicago. There he began playing clubs and bars on the city’s South and West sides while earning a living working in a paper mill and later driving a truck. In 1944 he bought his first electric guitar, which cut more easily through the noise of crowded bars. He soon broke with country blues by playing electric guitar in a shimmering slide style. In 1946 pianist Sunnyland Slim, another Delta native, helped Waters land a contract with Aristocrat Records, for which he made several unremarkable recordings. By 1948 Aristocrat had become Chess Records (taking its name from Leonard and Phil Chess, the Polish immigrant brothers who owned and operated it), and Waters was recording a string of hits for it that began with “I Feel Like Going Home” and “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” His early, aggressive, electrically amplified band—including pianist Otis Spann, guitarist Jimmie Rodgers, and harmonica virtuoso Little Walter—created closely integrated support for his passionate singing, which featured dramatic shouts, swoops, and falsetto moans. His repertoire, much of which he composed, included lyrics that were mournful (“Blow Wind Blow,” “Trouble No More”), boastful (“Got My Mojo Working,” “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”), and frankly sensual (the unusual 15-bar blues “Rock Me”). In the process Waters became the foremost exponent of modern Chicago blues.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Tours of clubs in the South and Midwest in the 1940s and ’50s gave way after 1958 to concert tours of the United States and Europe, including frequent dates at jazz, folk, and blues festivals. Over the years, some of Chicago’s premier blues musicians did stints in Waters’s band, including harmonica players James Cotton and Junior Wells, as well as guitarist Buddy Guy. Toward the end of his career, Waters concentrated on singing and played guitar only occasionally. A major influence on a variety of rock musicians—most notably the Rolling Stones (who took their name from his song “Rollin’ Stone” and made a pilgrimage to Chess to record)—Waters was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allmusic

 

” By the end of the ’50s, while Waters was still making fine music, his career was going into a slump. The rise of rock & roll had taken the spotlight away from more traditional blues acts in favor of younger and rowdier acts (ironically, Waters had headlined some of Alan Freed‘s early “Moondog” package shows), and Waters‘ first tour of England in 1958 was poorly received by many U.K. blues fans, who were expecting an acoustic set and were startled by the ferocity of Waters‘ electric guitar. Waters began playing more acoustic music informed by his Mississippi Delta heritage in the years that followed, even issuing an album titled Muddy Waters: Folk Singer in 1964. However, the jolly irony was that British blues fans would soon rekindle interest in Waters and electric Chicago blues; as the rise of the British Invasion made the world aware of the U.K. rock scene, the nascent British blues scene soon followed, and a number of Waters‘ U.K. acolytes became international stars, such as Eric Clapton,John MayallAlexis Korner, and a modestly successful London act who named themselves after Muddy‘s 1950 hit “Rollin’ Stone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” While Waters was still leading a fine band that delivered live (and included the likes of Pinetop Perkins on piano and James Cotton on harmonica), Chess Records was moving more toward the rock, soul, and R&B marketplace, and seemed eager to market him to white rock fans, a notion that reached its nadir in 1968 with Electric Mud, in which Waters was paired up with a psychedelic rock band (featuring guitarists Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch) for rambling and aimless jams on Waters‘ blues classics. 1969’s Fathers and Sons was a more inspired variation on this theme, with Waters playing alongside reverential white blues rockers such as Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield; 1971’s The London Muddy Waters Sessions was less impressive, featuring fine guitar work from Rory Gallagher but uninspired contributions from Steve WinwoodRick Grech, and Georgie Fame.”

 

 

 

 

 

” Curiously, while Chess Records helped Waters make some of the finest blues records of the ’50s and ‘60s, it was the label’s demise that led to his creative rebirth. In 1969, the Chess Brothers sold the label to General Recorded Tape, and the label went through a long, slow commercial decline, finally folding in 1975. (Waters would become one of several Chess artists who sued the label for unpaid royalties in its later years.) Johnny Winter, a longtime Waters fan, heard the blues legend was without a record deal, and was instrumental in getting Waters signed to Blue Sky Records, a CBS-distributed label that had become his recording home.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ” Winter produced the sessions for Waters‘ first Blue Sky release, and sat in with a band comprised of members of Waters‘ road band (including Bob Margolin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith) along with James Cotton on harp and Pinetop Perkins on piano. 1977’s Hard Again was a triumph, sounding as raw and forceful as Waters‘ classic Chess sides, with a couple extra decades of experience informing his performances, and it was rightly hailed as one of the finest albums Waters ever made while sparking new interest in his music. (It also earned him a Grammy award for Best Traditional or Ethnic Folk Recording.) “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Hall Of Fame

 

” Waters also capitalized on the folk-music craze of the late Fifties and early Sixties with a series of albums that found him assaying acoustic blues on such albums as Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill (a tribute to rural bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, released in 1960), Muddy Waters, Folk Singer (1964) and The Real Folk Blues (1966). Less successful were attempts to contemporize his sound with such ill-advised efforts as “Muddy Waters Twist” (a 1962 single) and Electric Mud (an album of psychedelic blues from 1968). More satisfying by far were a couple of albums – Fathers and Sons (1969) and The London Muddy Waters Sessions (1972) – that found Waters accompanied by such vanguard rock musicians as Mike Bloomfield and Eric Clapton. His thirty-year tenure with Chess Records ended in 1975 with the release of The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album. From here, he moved to the Blue Sky label (a Columbia subsidiary). “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Waters’ audience grew exponentially following his electrifying performance in The Last Waltz, a film documentary (produced by Martin Scorsese) of The Band’s farewell concert. Staged at San Francisco’s Winterland ballroom, the Thanksgiving 1976 event was a star-studded affair. Water’s scalding rendition of “Mannish Boy” – on which he was accompanied by The Band and Paul Butterfield on harmonica – was an unforgettable highlight. Subsequent to that, he kept the momentum going with a series of uncompromising albums for Blue Sky that were produced by longtime fan Johnny Winter. These included Hard Again (1977), I’m Ready (1978), Muddy Mississippi Waters Live (1979) and King Bee (1981). All were critical and popular successes. “

 

 

 

 

 

” In addition to his musical legacy, Waters helped cultivate a great respect for the blues as one of its most commanding and articulate figureheads. Drummer Levon Helm of The Band, who worked with him on The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album and at The Last Waltz, had this to say about him in a Goldmine magazine interview: “Muddy taught us to take things in context, to be respectful, and to be serious about our music, as he was. He showed us music is a sacred thing.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Waters, who remained active till the end, died of a heart attack in 1983. He was 68 years old. In the years since his death, the one-room cedar shack in which he lived on the Stovall Plantation has been preserved as a memorial to Waters’ humble origins”

 

 

 

 

Discography

 

Muddy Waters At Newport 1960

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Chess 1960

Muddy Waters Sings “Big Bill”

‎ ◄ (7 versions)

Chess 1960

Folk Singer

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Pye International 1964

Down On Stovall’s Plantation

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Testament Records 1966

Muddy, Brass & The Blues

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1966

More Real Folk Blues

‎ ◄ (7 versions)

Chess 1967

Bo DiddleyLittle WalterMuddy Waters – Super Blues ‎ ◄ (10 versions)

Checker 1967

Howlin’ WolfMuddy Waters & Bo Diddley – The Super Super Blues Band ‎ ◄ (8 versions)

CheckerChess 1967

Electric Mud

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Cadet Concept Records 1968

After The Rain

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Cadet Concept Records 1969

The Real Folk Blues

‎ ◄ (7 versions)

Chess 1969

Muddy Waters / Otis Spann / Michael Bloomfield* / Paul Butterfield / Donald “Duck” Dunn / Sam Lay – Fathers And Sons‎ ◄ (18 versions)

Chess 1969

Bo DiddleyLittle WalterMuddy Waters – Super Blues ‎ (LP, Album)

Bellaphon 1969

“Live” (At Mr. Kelly’s)

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Chess 1971

“Live” (At Mr. Kelly’s)

‎ (LP)

Chess 1971

Back In The Early Days Volumes 1 And 2

‎ (2xLP)

Syndicate Chapter 1971

Rare Live Recordings Vol. 2

‎ (LP)

Python 1972

The London Muddy Waters Sessions

‎ ◄ (11 versions)

Chess 1973

Mud In Your Ear

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Muse Records 1973

Can’t Get No Grindin’

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1973

Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf – London Revisited ‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Chess 1974

“Unk” In Funk

‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Chess 1974

The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album

‎ ◄ (6 versions)

Chess 1975

Hard Again

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Blue Sky 1977

I’m Ready

‎ ◄ (13 versions)

Blue Sky 1978

Muddy “Mississippi” Waters Live

‎ ◄ (16 versions)

Blue Sky 1979

Mississippi

‎ (LP, Album)

Cleo 1980

King Bee

‎ ◄ (15 versions)

Blue Sky 1981

Rolling Stone

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Chess 1982

Hoochie Coochie Man

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Blue Sky 1983

B.B. King & Big Mama Thornton & Muddy Waters – Live At Newport ‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Blue Moon 1984

I Can’t Be Satisfied

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Showcase 1985

Live In Paris, 1968

‎ (LP)

France’s Concert 1988

Live In Antibes, 1974

‎ (LP, Album)

France’s Concert 1988

Live

‎ (CD)

Roots (6) 1990

Live

‎ (LP)

Roots (6) 1990

Goin’ Home (Live In Paris 1970)

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Last Call Records 1992

Chicago Blues

‎ ◄ (4 versions)

Orbis 1994

Otis Spann With Muddy Waters & His Band* – Live The Life ‎ (CD, Album)

Testament Records 1997

Live In Chicago, 1979

‎ (CD, Album)

Altaya 1997

Champion Jack Dupree / Muddy Waters – Me And My Mule ‎ (CD, Album)

TKO Collectors 1999

Country Blues

‎ (LP)

Past Perfect Silver Line 2000

The Lost Tapes

‎ (LP, 180)

Blind Pig Records 2008

Live / Fillmore Auditorium – San Francisco 11/04-06/1966

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Chess 2009

Stepping Stone

‎ (CD, Mud + 2xCD, Rol + 3xCD, I’m + 4xCD, The + 5xDV)

Proper Records Ltd. 2009

Blow Blues Blow

‎ (CD, Album, Dig)

Music Avenue 2010

The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Muddy Waters: Country Blues

‎ (LP, Ltd, RM, 180)

World Music Network 2011

Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones, The – Checkerboard Lounge, Live Chicago 1981 ‎ ◄ (5 versions)

Eagle Vision 2012

Down On Stovall’s Plantation

‎ (LP)

Doxy 2013

Hard Again

‎ (LP, Album)

Epic Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert Videos

I Hear The Blues-Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson-Granada TV

Blues and Gospel Train – 1964 – Muddy Waters, Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny & Brownie, Cousin Joe Pleasants

Muddy Waters – Live At The Chicago Fest 1981

Messin’ With The Blues [live ’74]

Johnny Winter & Muddy Waters Soundstage 1974

Muddy Waters Blues Summit in Chicago

Muddy.Waters.Live.68.-.78

 

 

 

Interviews

Muddy Waters Interview

 

 

Links , Fan Pages Etc…

Muddy Waters – Listen to Free Music by Muddy Waters on …

Muddy Waters Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story – …

iTunes – Music – Muddy Waters – Apple

Muddy Waters | Bio, Pictures, Videos | Rolling Stone

Muddy Waters – Profile of Chicago Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Free Music Online – Internet Radio – Jango

Muddy Waters – New World Encyclopedia

Trail of the Hellhound: Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters – wolfgangsvault.com

Muddy Waters, a Mississippi musician – Mississippi writers …

Muddy Waters | Facebook

Muddy Waters Historical Exhibit & Blues Tribute Website

Muddy Waters – NNDB: Tracking the entire world

Muddy Waters : NPR

Muddy Waters – Always Victorian

Muddy Waters – All About Jazz

LivinBlues- Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters Biography | Bluescentric – Blues t-shirts | delta …

Muddy Waters | Legacy Recordings

 

 

 

Obituaries

Muddy Waters, Blues Performer, Dies – The New York Times …

Meet McKinley Morganfield – Hattiesburg American | Hattiesburg …

Legends & Legacies | Notable Obituaries and Deaths in the News …

Rhythm and Blues 60s Oldies Man: News Obituaries

Muddy Waters Changed Music Forever With His Trip Up the Blues …

Blues Foundation Honors Muddy Waters With Blues Trail Marker …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest In Peace Muddy Waters 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Happy Birthday Eric 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Life

 

” Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, the son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (b. 7 January 1929 d. March 1999) and Edward Walter Fryer (21 March1920 – 15 May 1985), a 25-year-old soldier from Montreal, Quebec. Fryer shipped off to war prior to Clapton’s birth and then returned to Canada. Clapton grew up with his grandmother, Rose, and her second husband, Jack Clapp, who was stepfather to Patricia Clapton and her brother Adrian, believing they were his parents and that his mother was actually his older sister. The similarity in surnames gave rise to the erroneous belief that Clapton’s real surname is Clapp (Reginald Cecil Clapton was the name of Rose’s first husband, Eric Clapton’s maternal grandfather). Years later, his mother married another Canadian soldier and moved to Germany, leaving young Eric with his grandparents in Surrey.

  Clapton received an acoustic Hoyer guitar, made in Germany, for his thirteenth birthday, but the inexpensive steel-stringed instrument was difficult to play and he briefly lost interest. Two years later Clapton picked it up again and started playing consistently. Clapton was influenced by the blues from an early age, and practised long hours to learn the chords of blues music by playing along to the records.He preserved his practice sessions using his portable Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder, listening to them over and over until he felt he’d got it right.

  After leaving Hollyfield School, in Surbiton, in 1961, Clapton studied at the Kingston College of Art but was dismissed at the end of the academic year because his focus remained on music rather than art. His guitar playing was so advanced that by the age of 16 he was getting noticed. Around this time Clapton began busking around KingstonRichmond, and the West End.In 1962, Clapton started performing as a duo with fellow blues enthusiast David Brock in pubs around Surrey. When he was seventeen years old Clapton joined his first band, an early British R&B group, “The Roosters”, whose other guitarist was Tom McGuinness. He stayed with this band from January through August 1963.In October of that year, Clapton did a seven-gig stint with Casey Jones & The Engineers. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further On Up The Road

” By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world’s major rock stars due to his group affiliations — the YardbirdsJohn Mayall’s BluesbreakersCream, and Blind Faith — which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature. And his debut album, though it spawned the Top 40 hit “After Midnight,” was typical of his self-effacing approach: it was, in effect, an album by the group he had lately been featured in, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Not surprisingly, before his solo debut had even been released, Clapton had retreated from his solo stance, assembling from the D&B&F ranks the personnel for a group, Derek & the Dominos, with whom he played for most of 1970 and recorded the landmark album Layla and Other Assorted Love SongsClapton was largely inactive in 1971 and 1972, due to heroin addiction, but he performed a comeback concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London on January 13, 1973, resulting in the album Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert (September 1973). But Clapton did not launch a sustained solo career until July 1974, when he released 461 Ocean Boulevard, which topped the charts and spawned the number one single “I Shot the Sheriff.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Hall Of Fame Bio

 

” A January 1973 comeback concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre re-introduced him to public performing, but his solo career really commenced in earnest a year later with 461 Ocean Boulevard. Recorded in Miami, it was influenced by the mellower likes of J.J. Cale and Bob Marley. Striking a chord with the public, 461 Ocean Boulevard topped the album charts in 1974. Meanwhile, Clapton’s cover of “I Shot the Sheriff,” originally by Bob Marley and the Wailers, helped introduced reggae to a mass audience. Working with a steady band that included guitarist George Terry, Clapton pursued a mellow, song-oriented course that accentuated his husky, laid-back vocals. His Seventies output, including such albums as There’s One in Every Crowd (1975) and No Reason to Cry (1976) has been largely underrated and is ripe for rediscovery. Clapton again struck commercial paydirt in 1977 with Slowhand, a strong set that included Clapton’s definitive version of J.J. Cale’s “Cocaine” and the #3 hit “Lay Down Sally.”

  Clapton remained a prolific artist throughout the Eighties, releasing a live double album that reached #2 (Just One Night), cutting two albums (Behind the Sun and August) with Phil Collins as producer, and launching his own label, Duck Records, in 1983, with one of his stronger studio efforts, Money and Cigarettes. In January 1987, he undertook the first of what would become an annual series of multi-night stands at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In 1992, his career received a major boost from his appearance on MTV’s Unplugged series. Returning to his roots on the heels of that acoustic folk-blues set, Clapton next cut a long-promised blues album, From the Cradle (1994). Throughout the Nineties, he continued to amass hits–no mean feat, given the shifting musical climate–including “Tears in Heaven,” a memorable elegy for his late son Conor; “Change the World,” a beatbox-driven collaboration with R&B artist/producer Babyface that won a Grammy for Record of the Year; and “My Father’s Eyes,” a ballad from his 1998 album Pilgrim.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

last.fm

 

“ Tears in Heaven” was written after his son’s tragic death. It was co-written with Russ Titelman and acknowledged with a Grammy in 1993.


Most recently, Eric Clapton has organized a benefit concert in honor of Hubert Sumlin, the great bluesman, to take place at the Apollo Theater in New York on February 24, 2012. He will be joined by Jeff Beck, Keb Mo, Levon Helm, and Derek Trucks among others. Clapton is known to sponsor an array of charitable events and concerts. He has also established a rehabilitation clinic in Monserrat to help those with substance abuse problems.

‘ Clapton’ was released on September 27, 2010 by Reprise.

  A live album titled Play The Blues Live At Lincoln Center performed with Wynton Marsalis was released on September 13, 2011 by Reprise.

  Early 2013 saw the release of ‘Old Sock’, an album of 10 cover songs and two new originals, which was met with mixed reviews, some saying that it was lazy and unnecessary (“little commitment to the music here and even less enthusiasm”) whilst others appreciated the mastery he still exhibits over his craft (“winding down a legendary career with his typical class, reverence to the past and master’s touch”).

  Eric Clapton is highly regarded as a premier musician, and continues to remain a force in music today.”

 

 

 

 

ERIC CLAPTON DISCOGRAPHY

 

 
 
 
 

 Concert Videos

 

Happy Birthday Eric . Thank You

 

Further Reading

 

Eric Clapton- NPR

MTV

Eric Clapton – IMDb

Eric Clapton on Yahoo! Music

Where’s Eric | The Eric Clapton Fan Club Magazine

Eric-Clapton – The Unofficial Website

Eric Clapton |  Rolling Stone

Eric Clapton –  on Pandora 

Rock On The Net: Eric Clapton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Sassy 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittanica :

 

” Sarah Vaughan, in full Sarah Lois Vaughan, byname Sassy or the Divine One   (born March 27, 1924, Newark, N.J., U.S.—died April 3, 1990, Hidden Hills, Calif.), American jazz vocalist and pianist known for her rich voice, with an unusually wide range, and for the inventiveness and virtuosity of her improvisations.

Vaughan was the daughter of amateur musicians. She began studying piano and organ at age seven and sang in the church choir. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre in 1942, she was hired as a singer and second pianist by the Earl Hines Orchestra. A year later she joined the singer Billy Eckstines band, where she met Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Vaughan’s singing style was influenced by their instruments—“I always wanted to imitate the horns.” Gillespie, Parker, and Vaughan recorded “Lover Man” together in 1945.”

 

 

PBS Jazz – A Film By Ken Burns :

 

” During the five-year contract with Columbia that marked her rise to stardom (1949-54), she recorded often with studio orchestras and only once in a jazz context (with Miles Davis in 1950). A new contract with Mercury (1954-9) allowed her to pursue a dual career: for Mercury she made commercial discs, including her hit Broken-Hearted Melody (1958), while for EmArcy, Mercury’s jazz subsidiary, she recorded with Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, the sidemen of Count Basie‘s orchestra, and other jazz musicians. She combined these activities under later contracts with Roulette, Mercury, and Columbia (1960-67). In 1971, after a five-year absence from recording, she began once again to make popular albums, occasionally employing a jazz-flavored accompaniment, as on her album with Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Louie Bellson in 1978. In public performances Vaughan is accompanied by a trio of piano, double bass, and drums, either alone or as the nucleus of a big band or symphony orchestra. Among the distinguished members of her group have been Jimmy Jones (1947-52; 1954-8), Roy Haynes (1953-4), Richard Davis (late 1950s-early 1960s), Roland Hanna (early 1960s), Bob James (1965-8), Jan Hammer(1970-71), Jimmy Cobb(1970-78), Andy Simpkins (from 1979), and Harold Jones (from 1980). From 1978 to 1980 the trio became a quartet under the leadership of Vaughan’s then manager, conductor, and husband, Waymon Reed. In 1987, Vaughan recorded an album of Latin-jazz songs. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

All About Jazz :

 

” In 1958, Vaughan was earning a yearly income of $230,000. In July of the following year, she scored her first million-selling hit, “Broken Hearted Melody,” with the Ray Ellis Orchestra. A hit with both black and white audiences, “Broken Hearted Melody,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award, reached number five on the pop R&B charts.

When Vaughan’s contract with Mercury ended in the fall of 1959, she signed with Roulette Records and became, over the next few years, one the label’s biggest stars. Her 1960 sessions for Roulette included “The Divine One,” arranged by Jimmy Jones and a session with Count Basie Band featuring such talents as trumpeters Thad Jones and Joe Newman and saxophonists Frank Foster and Billy Mitchell. Featured in duet numbers with singer Joe Williams, the Basie Band session produced the sides, “If I Were a Bell” and “Teach Me Tonight.” “

 

 

 

 

 

Trivia

 

” Ranked #50 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.

Was an Honorary Memeber of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 854-856. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.

She is nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

She was interred at Glendale Cemetery (Crestwood Section, Lot 2 Grave 3) in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

She was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was a lifelong Democrat and during the Lyndon Johnson Administration was a frequent guest singer at The White House.

She & Clyde B. Atkins adopted a daughter in 1961, whom they named Deborah Lois (now Paris Vaughan).

She was close friends with crooner Billy Eckstine.”

 

 

 

Discography:

Sarah Vaughan
Studio albums
Live albums
Compilation albums
Other album appearances
Extended plays
Songs
Related topics

 

 

 

 

 

*A Tribute To
starSarah Vaughan

” Her voice, which has four octaves and out-classes that of most operatic sopranos, came in unequal parts, a rich middle section, a little-girl high register, and a sometimes vulgar, echoing bottom range. She uses it like a horn . . . ” wrote Whitney Balliett, in New Yorker Magazine, July, 1977. (Balliett is a writer of America’s unique art form, jazz. His criticism is esteemed by fans and colleagues wherever music is performed.)”

Happy Birthday Divine One 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch The Plunge From This New 325-Foot Roller Coaster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” While most of the country is shivering in the cold, a theme park wants you to shiver with excitement at what it calls the world’s tallest and fastest “giga” coaster expected to make its debut later this month.

  Carowinds, one of 11 amusement parks operated by Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair LP (NYSE: FUN), made the first test run Wednesday of its 325-foot-tall Fury 325 earlier this week. Its first passenger was a video camera, but when it opens March 27, 32 visitors in each open-air train car will be able to experience the climb to the top of the hill, a 81-degree drop and speeds of up to 95 miles an hour.

  A giga coaster, a term coined by Cedar Fair’s first park, Cedar Point, has a drop from 300 to 399 feet. The next class is a “strata” coaster with a height of more than 400 feet.

  In comparison, the Statue of Liberty stands 305 feet, 1 inch from the ground to the tip of the torch, according to the National Park Service.

  When the Fury 325 opens, it will be among the five tallest roller coasters in the world, coming in at No. 3 or No. 5 depending on whether you’re including shuttle roller coasters, according to UltimateRollercoaster.com and EntertainmentDesigner.com. Steel-track shuttle coasters don’t travel a complete circuit.”

 

Read more at USAToday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York City Drone Film Festival – March 7, 2015 NYC

 

 

 

” New York City Drone Film Festival is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography.  The festival provides a platform for aerial filmmakers to showcase their work (shot anywhere in the world), emphasizing innovative flight technique, aesthetic beauty, and more.  Director, landscape photographer, and aerial cinematographer Randy Scott Slavin founded the festival in 2014 with a desire to change the perceptions of drones. “I’m tired of drones being synonymous with questionable legality and FAA regulation. I want to celebrate the art of aerial cinematography”

Submissions for the 2015 festival are closed. 

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Te 2015 New York City Drone Film Festival Will Take Place:

March 7, 2015 @ 6:30 pm 

The Directors Guild of America Theater

110 West 57th street, NYC

The Official After Party Is At 10:30PM @ FC Gotham 409 W 13TH ST, New York, NY 10014

On Sunday March 8th, The NYCDFF, New York City Drone Users Group And The AMA 

will host an official fly-in. Bring your drones and come fly with the NYC drone scene. 

1:00 PM Sunday March 8th at
Sea View Rotary RC Club Calvert Vaux Park
Entrance on Shore Parkway Service Road Gravesend Bay, Shore Parkway service road, Bay 44-Bay 49 Streets
Brooklyn, NY “

    Among the videos on view will be film clips from drone artists such asYeah Drones , Roberto Serrini , Corridor Digital , Jos Stiglingh , Jacob Southard , Gabriel Ng , Per Von Koch and Davey Orgill .

   At the present time tickets are sold out but due to the high demand the producers are considering adding a second screening . You can show your interest and perhaps gain potential tickets by signing up to their mailing list here .

   Below are the film categories to receive awards :

 

 

” The festival jury will present awards to films in various categories including:

 

    -Narrative

    -Landscape/Travel

    -Reel

    -FPV/Proximity/Technical Flying

    -Architecture

    -X-Factor

    -Most epic Dronie

    -Best In Show

    -Audience choice award “

 

 

    Fellow drone fans and pilots that , like ourselves , were not lucky enough to land tickets for this cool show can at least salve their wounded feelings with one of the cool T-shirts or the poster available from the on-line gift shop . one example of which is displayed below :

 

 

NYCDFF SPENCER Mockups.jpg

 

 

 

   Of course if you are in the NY city area on the 7th , drive by the theater , who knows maybe there will be some scalpers to provide you with a ticket to his sold-out show .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weasel On Woodpecker: ‘How I Snapped The Photo’ BBC News

 

 

 

From BBC News

” The amateur photographer who took a picture of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker mid-flight says it is “almost a dream”.

  Martin Le-May took it while walking with his wife in Hornchurch Country Park in east London. He said “It’s almost a dream that you take a photograph that lots and lots of people not only look at but like”. “

    Watching the video and hearing Mr Le-May explain the circumstances of the tiny weasel attempting to take down prey nearly twice it’s size immediately brought to mind this old Merry Melodies cartoon :

      Like the weasel , this tiny chickenhawk had the “cojones” to tackle prey many times his size , namely Foghorn Leghorn … LOL

Exclusive Drone Video Shows A Frozen Niagara Falls

 

 

 

 

   From NBC News: ” The bitter cold temperatures have turned Niagara Falls into a beautiful series of frozen falls.”

Viral Video Ice Sled Ice Machine Still Works, Old Engine Saw Blade Wheel Reworked

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Feb 20, 2015

” This Viral video of an ice sled used for transportation across ice utilizes a John Boat and metal pipe runners. The old gas engine has a centrifigal clutch that engages the large saw blade that bites into the ice and gives it forward momentum. Forrunner to snowmobile.

  Angling for Free Fishing Videos? Here is a video on Fishing Tips and Tricks, I do video on many species such as Catfish, Walleye, Muskie, Northern, Panfish, Salmon to include most freshwater and some saltwater fish. Information good from Fishing Pro to Novice angler will like this instruction where you can Discover Fishing when you are on the hunt for big fish. I will be talking about Fish, Fishing, Outdoors, lures, boats, motors, rods, reels, Bass, Boating, and wildlife.”

 

HT/Wide Open Spaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly Frozen Waves Captured On Camera By Nantucket Photographer

 

(Photo credit: Jonathan Nimerfroh  - Instagram: @jdnphotography)

(Photo credit: Jonathan Nimerfroh – Instagram: @jdnphotography)

 

 

” The record-setting winter of 2015 has left us with all kinds of remarkable images, most of them of snow and ice. But a photographer on Nantucket found something most of us have never seen – nearly frozen waves.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Jonathan Nimerfroh was walking along a beach on the island recently when he saw these waves rolling in like slush. “ It looks like a big Slurpee rolling ashore,” Fisher said. “

 

Thanks to CBS Boston and Jonathan Nimerfroh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoPro: Majestic Wingsuit Flight In Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Feb 16, 2015

” Brandon Mikesell gracefully navigates his wingsuit through the vibrant mountains in Walenstadt, Switzerland.

Shot 100% on the HERO3+® camera from http://GoPro.com.

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Link to buy: http://goo.gl/OGRz4m “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird’s Eye View Of Aircraft ‘Graveyard’ Outside Moscow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Feb 23, 2015

” Drone footage gave a rare bird’s-eye-view of one of Russia’s many plane graveyards earlier in February, capturing amazing shots of the Central Air Force Museum located just 40 kilometres (24.

  You can use the footage in all types of projects including commercial. Don’t forget to write/link our channel’s name in the description where video material .”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Reels In 1,058-Pound Blue Marlin Off Kona Coast

 

 

 

 

 

” It was certainly the catch of the day for a New York City teenager when he “caught the fish of a lifetime,” a 1,058-pound blue marlin, off the Kona coast on Wednesday.

” I would imagine that there’s not very many more things as exhilarating than catching a ‘grander’ in Kona,” said 16-year-old Kai Rizzuto.”

 

 

 

 

” The gargantuan marlin measured 11 feet from its jaw to tail and took Kai 30 minutes to reel in. “It was a 30-minute fight. I’ll tell you it was the hardest 30 minutes I’ve ever fought a fish,” said Rizzuto. “When I saw that fish at the end of line I was just thinking, don’t break off. Do not break off.” “

 

Hawaii News Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrasports Custom Boats Unveils Their Suenos 53′

 

 

 

 

” HydraSports Custom is unveiling 53’ Sueños, the world’s largest, outboard powered, center console at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2015.”

 

 

 

 

 

” The most common question has been, “Why such a large boat?”  The answer is simple according to Elias De La Torre III, CEO of HydraSports Custom boats, “We’ve sold 140 of the 42’ center consoles and our boat owners have requested a larger boat to move into.”  After extensive market research and input from current HydraSports boat owners it seemed the market was finally ready. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

” As with all HydraSports Custom boats, 53’ Sueños, will have very limited production.  The plan is to build no more than 12 of these boats per year for world-wide distribution via a network of factory direct test centers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This boat features Advanced Combat Craft Construction leveraging two million dollars of US Navy funded research for their Advanced Combatant Craft.  Developed by Structural Composites this technology has won numerous awards including three Congressional Medals of Merit.”

 

 

 

 

The specs are just as impressive as the photos …

 

 

 

” LENGTH  52′ 11″
BEAM  13′ 
DEADRISE  TBD
WEIGHT  28,323 LBS DRY W/ QUAD SEVEN MARINE 557
HORSEPOWER RATING  NO MAX
FUEL CAPACITY  1,000 STANDARD
FRESHWATER CAPACITY  100 GALLONS
LIVEWELL CAPACITY  2 @ 60 GALS EACH
DRAFT – ENGINES UP  TBD
BRIDGE CLEARANCE WITH THE TOP  TBD
OUTRIGGERS FOLDED ADD  TBD “
   We are particularly impressed with the “No Max Horsepower Rating” , meaning that as of now there is no combination of outboards manufactured that this boat cannot accommodate . Wow . Thousand gallon fuel capacity … Wow 
   This boat sets a new gold standard in center console fishing machines , from the flatscreen TV to the granite countertops the interior is not something one would expect on your normal fishing boat . Go to Hydrasports’ page for much more info and picture of this ground-breaking center console yacht . 

    Additional info on this massive open ride can be found at the following links:

 

The World’s Largest Center Console: Hydra-Sports 53 Suenos

Hydrasports Custom Announces The 53’ Sueños

Innovation, Opulence Highlight South Florida Boat Show

HydraSports Custom To Unveil 53′ Suenos

Hydrasports’ Fishing Boat Receives MIL-TOUGH Rating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corgis Are Now A ‘Vulnerable’ Breed In Britain

 

 

 

 

” Corgis are now listed as a “vulnerable” breed in the United Kingdom, only a week after the Sunday Express newspaper reported Queen Elizabeth would no longer introduce more of the dogs in the royal household.

” Pembroke Welsh Corgis” are joining their cousins, the “Cardigan Welsh Corgis,” and 28 other breeds on the list, which is updated each year by the Kennel Club, a British organization promoting the health and welfare of dogs.

  Last year, registration numbers for Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies were at 274, falling under the 300 threshold needed to stay off the list. They had been on a watch list for the past four years when the number fell under 450. While overall numbers of Corgis are estimated between 4,000 and 5,000 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Caroline Kisko from the Kennel Club told ABC News there had been a 16 percent drop since 2013.

  Why are the numbers declining? Because celebrities aren’t buying Corgis, Kisko said. “It makes sense when you look at the increased popularity of exotic breeds: French bulldogs registrations have gone up from 350 in 2004 to 9,000 last year.”

“ People are daft,” Kisko said, “because celebrity isn’t a good reason to buy a dog. Corgis are for everyone. They are fun, intelligent and active. We want people to do their research before buying a dog.”

  Not everyone believes in the celebrity factor. Diana King, chairwoman of the Welsh Corgi League, told ABC News she believes the decline is due to a 2007 ban on tail-docking (the practice of cutting off the animal’s tail) in the U.K.”

 

More on the fall from favor of the quintessential British dog at ABC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Japanese Army Troops Have Built A Giant “Star Wars” Snow Sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

” More than 200 snow and ice sculptures have been erected for the Sapporo Snow Festival, which opens Feb. 5. Among the main attractions this year in the city that hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics is a gigantic Disney-sponsored tribute to the classic sci-fi movie Star Wars , a marketing spectacle in advance of the next installment in the series, set to be released this coming December. “

” The design, approved by Lucasfilms, features the villainous Darth Vader wielding an icy lightsaber, flanked by a posse of three Stormtroopers. Following the festival’s tradition, Japanese army troops built Snow Star Wars, as it’s called. 

  With a squadron of bulldozers, the Hokkaido-based 11th Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force worked on the project for almost a month. “

   While Darth and crew have stolen the show the video below gives the readers a taste of some of the the other fabulous happenings taking place at the Festival.

    Click through to see a series of photos documenting the construction of Darth and his stormtroopers …

RC Millennium Falcon Drone Created By Hobbyist

 

 

 

” Star Wars fans are sure to want to make of get their hands on this awesome Millennium Falcon drone that has been created by hobbyist and drone master builder and YouTube member, Oliver C, who’s next project is going to be a Tie Fighter.

  The Millennium Falcon drone custom skin is constructed from lightweight foam and fits snuggle onto the original chassis of the drone. You can see it being tested as a prototype and flown outside in the videos below.”

 

Geeky-Gadgets has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch This Expert Backhoe Handling From Malik Tajamul Hayat Khan

 

 

 

 Who needs a trailer with a operator as skilled as this ?

Drone Video Tours Frozen Shore Of Lake Michigan

 

 

 

 

“Michigan teenager shared stunning footage of a partially frozen Lake Michigan he shot using a drone-mounted GoPro camera.

  Tommy Sadler, a student at Byron Center High School in Grand Haven, posted a video to YouTube Sunday showing the frozen shore of the second largest of the Great Lakes at the Rosy Mound Natural Area in Grand Haven. “

 

UPI News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yosemite Climbers Expect To Reach Top Of El Capitan On Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

” Two climbers trying to become the first to scale a 3,000-foot (900-meter) face of the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California without bolts or climbing tools believe they will reach the top on Wednesday, representatives said.

  Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, who began their latest attempt to conquer El Capitan on Dec. 27, started climbing the final 11 “pitches” of the so-called Dawn Wall on Tuesday, spokeswoman Jess Clayton said.

  The Dawn Wall of El Capitan is divided into 32 climbing pitches, which are varying lengths of rock that the climbers are trying to master with only their hands and feet. The wall has been scaled before, first by legendary climber Warren Harding in 1970, but never before without climbing tools.”

 

Toronto Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Brothers Create Amazing Sea Turtle Snow Sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

” A trio of Minnesota brothers is upping their snow sculpture game. For the past four years the Bartz brothers of New Brighton, Minnesota have used their front lawn, and snow from Mother Nature, to create amazing works of art.

  Their past creations include a walrus, shark, and puffer fish. This year the brothers created a giant sea turtle sculpture out of snow.”

 

 

     Just over a year ago we featured these brothers for their creation of the “Snow Shark” . This year’s creation comes to us thanks to WHOTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harbin International Ice And Snow Sculpture Festival

 

 

 

 

 

” The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Lantern Festival or simply called Harbin Ice Festival, mainly consists of four theme parks:Harbin Ice and Snow World, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley, and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.”

 

 

 

 

” The festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution but had been resumed by 1985. Along with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is listed as the top 4 ice and snow festivals in the world.”

 

 

 

” Traditionally, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival open in mid-December and last to the late February. But its official opening ceremony usually held on January 5th each year. And the time is usually considered as the official date of the formal beginning of the festival. The festival includes many interesting activities and events, such as ice and snow carnival, international ice sculptures competitions, ice lantern show, sliding, ice-sailing, sledging, ice hockey, ice football, speed skating, cross-field skiing and Alpine skiing competitions, fishing, swimming, ice and snow film art show, painting exhibition, calligraphy display, photo exhibition, folk song and dance performances, wedding ceremonies on ice, trade talks, trade fairs and all kinds of national or international sports events etc.”

 

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Flying Frenchies And Parrot To Shoot Extreme Sports Thanks To Bebop Drone

 

 

 

 

 

” Globally known for their famous base jump with a human catapult from the highest cliff in the world and for having walked on a rope between two hot-air balloons, the Flying Frenchies now provide a new point of view of their exploits thanks to their drone.

  Controlled by its Skycontroller, the Parrot Bebop Drone shot the latest stunt of the Flying Frenchies: the first base jump from a trapeze. A world premiere! “

 

Thanks to Parrot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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