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Posted on May 11, 2016 3:02:49 PM PDT
Hinch says:
"The singer of "House of the Rising Sun" and founder of the band The Animals is considered one of the greatest white blues performer ever. Following his 75th birthday, Eric Burdon will once again go on tour."

http://www.dw.com/en/blues-drugs-and-rock-n-roll-eric-burdon-turns-75/a-19247892

Posted on May 1, 2016 6:40:41 PM PDT
Hinch says:
Madonna "Lucky Star"

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ThHz9wlBeLU

Animotion "Obsession"

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hIs5StN8J-0

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2016 10:37:29 AM PDT
Mikal says:
@Hinch: "I've never been a huge Madonna fan"- I've heard that a lot from people I know here in Australia & a lot worse too! lol I wish I had seen Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition Tour Live- that tour covers most of music from "The Immaculate Collection" & she was a lot younger & hotter then!

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2016 10:22:25 AM PDT
Hinch says:
I've never been a huge Madonna fan. I wouldn't have minded seeing her live. I own a couple of her concerts on vhs. They're pretty good.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2016 10:01:51 AM PDT
Mikal says:
"Hinch says: I only own her first two albums and a cd compilation Immaculate Collection."

@Hinch: Honestly for the average fan you only need "The Immaculate Collection" (that covers her 'imperial phase' well, in remastered form too)- add to that "Ray Of Light" &/or "GHV2" & you're sorted!

Posted on Apr 30, 2016 9:10:28 AM PDT
Hinch says:
~ Born April 30 ~

REVEREND GARY DAVIS, aka Blind Gary Davis, (April 30, 1896 - May 5, 1972) A blind African American blues and gospel singer and guitarist, who was also proficient on the banjo guitar and harmonica. His finger-picking guitar style influenced many other artists and his students include Stefan Grossman, David Bromberg, Roy Book Binder, Larry Johnson, Nick Katzman, Dave Van Ronk, Rory Block, Ernie Hawkins, Larry Campbell, Bob Weir, Woody Mann, and Tom Winslow.

He has influenced Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Wizz Jones, Jorma Kaukonen, Keb' Mo', Ollabelle, Resurrection Band, and John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful.

He was the only one of eight children his mother bore who survived to adulthood. He became blind as an infant. Davis reported that his father was killed in Birmingham, Alabama, when Davis was ten. Davis later said that he had been told that his father had been shot by the Birmingham High Sheriff. He recalled being poorly treated by his mother and that before his death his father had given him into the care of his paternal grandmother.

He took to the guitar and assumed a unique multi-voice style produced solely with his thumb and index finger, playing not only gospel, ragtime and blues tunes, but also traditional and original tunes in four-part harmony.

The folk revival of the 1960s re-invigorated Davis' career and included a performance at the Newport Folk Festival and having Peter, Paul and Mary record his version of "Samson and Delilah", also known as "If I Had My Way" which is originally a Blind Willie Johnson song that Davis had popularized. "Samson and Delilah" was also covered and credited to Davis on the Grateful Dead's "Terrapin Station" album. Eric Von Schmidt credits Rev. Davis with three-quarters of Schmidt's Baby, Let Me Follow You Down which Bob Dylan covered on his debut album for Columbia. Blues Hall of Fame singer and harmonica player Darrell Mansfield has also recorded several of Rev. Davis' songs.

JOHNNY HORTON (April 30, 1925 - November 5, 1960) An American country music and rockabilly singer most famous for his semi-folk, so-called "saga songs" which began the "historical ballad" craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major successes, most notably in 1959 with the song "The Battle of New Orleans" (written by Jimmy Driftwood), which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. The song was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 ranked No. 333 of the Recording Industry Association of America's "Songs of the Century". His first hit, a #1 song in 1959, was "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)". During 1960, Horton had two other successes with "North to Alaska" for John Wayne's movie, North to Alaska and "Sink the Bismarck".

Johnny Horton died at the age of 35 when his car was struck by a drunk driver near Milano, Texas on the way from a concert in Austin, Texas to Shreveport, Louisiana. The concert was at the same venue Hank Williams performed his final concert.

Horton is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

JOHNNY FARINA (1941) Half of Santo & Johnny, an Italian-American rock and roll music duo, comprising brothers Santo and Johnny Farina.

They are known best for their instrumental melody "Sleep Walk", one of the biggest hits of the golden age of rock 'n' roll, which became a regional success and eventually scored the top of the Billboard pop chart when it was released nationally during 1959.

BOBBY VEE (1943) An American pop singer who was a teen idol in the early 1960s. According to Billboard magazine, Vee has had 38 Hot 100 chart hits, 10 of which hit the Top 20.

His first single with "Suzie Baby", an original song penned by Vee that nodded towards Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" for the Minneapolis-based Soma Records in 1959; it drew enough attention and chart action to be purchased by Liberty Records, which signed him to their label later that year. His follow-up single, a cover of Adam Faith's UK number 1 "What Do You Want?", charted in the lower reaches of Billboard in early 1960; however, it was his fourth release, a revival of the Clovers' doo-wop ballad "Devil or Angel", that brought him into the big time with U.S. buyers. His next single, "Rubber Ball", was the record that made him an international star.

Vee's 1961 summer release "Take Good Care of My Baby" went to No.1 on the Billboard U.S. listings and number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. Known primarily as a performer of Brill Building pop material, he went on to record a string of international hits in the 1960s, including "Devil or Angel" (U.S. #6), "Rubber Ball" (1961, U.S. #6), (1961 Australia #1), "More Than I Can Say" (1961, U.K. #4), "Run to Him" (1961, U.S. #2), "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" (1963, U.S. #3), and "Come Back When You Grow Up" (U.S. #3). When Vee recorded "Come Back When You Grow Up" in 1967, he was joined by a band called "the Strangers".

Early in Vee's career, a musician named Elston Gunnn briefly toured with the band. "Gunnn", whose birth name was Robert Allen Zimmerman, later went on to fame as Bob Dylan.

In Dylan's autobiography, Chronicles, Volume One, he makes special mention of Vee and shares significant and complimentary details about their friendship, both professional and personal.

In a concert at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 10, 2013, Dylan said he had been on the stage with many stars but that none of them were as meaningful as Bobby Vee. He said Bobby Vee was in the audience and then Dylan then played Bobby Vee's hit "Suzie Baby" with emotion. From a concert audio recording, Dylan said,

"Thank you everyone, thank you friends. I left here a while back, and since that time, I've played all over the world, with all kinds of people. And uh, everybody from Mick Jagger to Madonna. And uh, everybody in there in between. I've been on the stage with most of those people. But the most meaningful person I've ever been on the stage with, was a man who is here tonight, who used to sing a song called "Suzie Baby". I want to say that Bobby Vee is actually here tonight. Maybe you can show your appreciation with just a round of applause. So, we're gonna try to do this song, like I've done it with him before once or twice."

On April 29, 2012, Bobby Vee announced on his website that, he had been diagnosed with suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, and that he would withdraw from the music business.

MIMI FARINA (April 30, 1945 - July 18, 2001) A singer-songwriter and activist, the youngest of three daughters to a Scottish mother and a Mexican-American physicist, Albert Baez. She was the younger sister of the singer and activist Joan Baez.

In 1974, Fariña founded Bread and Roses, a nonprofit co-operative organization, designed to bring free music and entertainment to institutions: jails, hospitals, juvenile facilities, nursing homes, and prisons. Initially it was active in the San Francisco Bay area, but later, nationally. It still remains in operation, producing 500 shows per year. The organization's name came from a 1911 poem by James Oppenheim, "Bread and Roses", which is commonly associated with a 1912 garment workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Fariña died of neuroendocrine cancer, at age 56.

WAYNE KRAMER (1948) An American guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and film and television composer.

Kramer came to prominence as a teenager in 1967 as a co-founder of the Detroit rock group MC5 (Motor City 5), a group known for their powerful live performances and radical left-wing political stance. The MC5 broke up amid personality conflicts, drug abuse, and personal problems, which, for Kramer, led to several fallow years, as he battled drug addiction before returning to an active recording and performing schedule in the 1990s.

Rolling Stone ranked him number ninety-two on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time"

MERRILL OSMOND (1953) The lead singer and bassist of the 1970s music group The Osmonds. He continues to perform with his brothers and also without them as a solo act. He is releasing a new album, 'A Tribute to Classic Rock', and tours worldwide.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 5:15:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2016 5:18:58 AM PDT
Hinch says:
~ Born April 29 ~

DUKE ELLINGTON (April 29, 1899 - May 24, 1974) An American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years.

Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward, and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the 1930s, his orchestra toured in Europe. Though widely considered to have been a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington embraced the phrase "beyond category" as a "liberating principle", and referred to his music as part of the more general category of "American Music", rather than to a musical genre such as "jazz". He claimed there were only two types of music, 'good' and 'bad'.

Often collaborating with others, Ellington wrote more than one thousand compositions; his extensive body of work is the largest recorded personal jazz legacy, with many of his extant works having become standards. Ellington also recorded songs written by his bandsmen, for example Juan Tizol's "Caravan", and "Perdido", which brought a Spanish tinge to big-band jazz.

After 1941, Ellington collaborated with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn, whom he called his "writing and arranging companion". With Strayhorn, he composed many extended compositions, or "suites", as well as additional short pieces. Following an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island, in July 1956, Ellington and his orchestra enjoyed a major career revival and embarked on world tours. Ellington recorded for most American record companies of his era; performed in several films, scoring several; and composed stage musicals.

Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and thanks to his eloquence and charisma, Ellington is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other traditional musical genres. His reputation continued to rise after his death, and he was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999.

DANNY DAVIS (May 29, 1925 - June 12, 2008) A country music band leader, trumpet player, vocalist and producer, best known as the founder and leader of the Nashville Brass. Danny Davis and The Nashville Brass released almost 30 albums, many of which charted in the top 40 of the US Country charts.

CARL GARDNER (April 29, 1928 - June 12, 2011) An American singer, best known as the foremost member and founder of The Coasters. Known for the 1958 song "Yakety Yak", which spent a week as number one on the Hot 100 pop list, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

As a singer, his first major career success came with The Robins, a rhythm and blues group that had a big hit in 1955, "Smokey Joe's Café".

After leaving that group, in 1956 Gardner formed the Coasters with the Robins' bass singer Bobby Nunn, Leon Hughes and Billy Guy, at the behest of the songwriting/producing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and had a two-sided hit in 1957, "Youngblood" (on which Gardner sang lead) and "Searchin'". With new members Cornel Gunter and Will "Dub" Jones, the Coasters went on to produce several enduring classics of 1950s rock and roll music including "Yakety Yak", "Charlie Brown", and "Poison Ivy".

LONNIE DONEGAN (29 April 1931 - 3 November 2002) A British singer, songwriter and musician, referred to as the King of Skiffle, who influenced 1960s British pop musicians. The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums lists him as "Britain's most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles". He had 31 UK Top 30 single hits, 24 being successive and three at number one. He was the first British male singer with two US Top 10 hits. Donegan received an Ivor Novello lifetime achievement award in 1997 and in 2000 he was made an MBE.

ROD MCKUEN (April 29, 1933 - January 29, 2015) An American singer-songwriter, musician and poet. He was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 1960s. Throughout his career, McKuen produced a wide range of recordings, which included popular music, spoken word poetry, film soundtracks and classical music. He earned two Academy Award nominations and one Pulitzer nomination for his music compositions. McKuen's translations and adaptations of the songs of Jacques Brel were instrumental in bringing the Belgian songwriter to prominence in the English-speaking world. His poetry deals with themes of love, the natural world and spirituality. McKuen's songs sold over 100 million recordings worldwide, and 60 million books of his poetry were sold as well, according to the Associated Press.

WILLIE NELSON (1933) An American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album 'Shotgun Willie' (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of 'Red Headed Stranger' (1975) and 'Stardust' (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Nelson's discography includes 70 studio albums, 10 live albums, 37 compilations, the soundtracks of 'The Electric Horseman' and 'Honeysuckle Rose' as well as 27 collaborations.

His albums have been successful in many countries, especially New Zealand, Australia and some European countries. Nelson has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States alone.

OTIS RUSH (1935) A former blues musician, singer and guitarist. His distinctive guitar style features a slow burning sound and long bent notes. With similar qualities to Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and was an influence on many musicians including Michael Bloomfield, Peter Green and Eric Clapton.

Rush is left-handed and, unlike many other left-handed guitarists, plays a left-handed instrument strung upside-down with the low E string at the bottom. He played often with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributes to his distinctive sound. He has a wide-ranging, powerful tenor voice.

He suffered a stroke in 2004 which has kept him from performing since.

APRIL STEVENS (1936) An American singer.

She has recorded since she was 15 years old. Her most popular solo recording was her RCA Victor recording of "I'm in Love Again". It peaked at #6 on the pop chart in 1951.

Stevens returned to the U.S. chart in 1959 with the song "Teach Me Tiger", which caused a minor uproar for its sexual suggestiveness and consequently did not receive airplay on many radio stations. The song peaked at #86 on the Hot 100. Stevens' recording of this song is often erroneously accredited to Marilyn Monroe. The tune was featured in the 2006 film Blind Dating and the 2011 Flemish film drama North Sea Texas.

She is best known for her 1963 Atco Records recording of "Deep Purple" with her brother Antonino LoTempio (under the stage name Nino Tempo). It reached #1 on the Hot 100 in November 1963, and #17 in the British charts. The song won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

They also enjoyed a 1964 follow-up hit in the U.S. with the standard song "Whispering" which reached #11 on the Hot 100 singles chart. They also had chart success with "All Strung Out", which reached #26 on the American Hot 100 in 1966. A solo single by Stevens was issued in December 1967, a double-sided single of "Wanting You" with "Falling in Love Again". "Wanting You" became a Northern soul classic.

KLAUS VOORMANN (1938) A German artist, musician, and record producer. He designed artwork for many bands including the Beatles, the Bee Gees, Wet Wet Wet and Turbonegro. His most notable work as a producer was his work with the band Trio, including their worldwide hit "Da Da Da". As a musician, Voormann is best known for being the bassist for Manfred Mann from 1966 to 1969, and for performing as a session musician on a host of recordings, including many by former members of the Beatles.

His association with the Beatles dated back to their time in Hamburg in the early 1960s. He lived in the band's London flat with George Harrison and Ringo Starr after John Lennon and Paul McCartney moved out to live with their respective partners, and designed the cover of their album Revolver, for which he won a Grammy. Following the band's split, rumours circulated of the formation of a group named the Ladders, consisting of Lennon, Harrison, Starr and Voormann. This failed to materialise, outside of all four Ladders (plus Billy Preston) performing on the Ringo Starr track "I'm the Greatest", although Voormann did play on albums by Lennon, Harrison and Starr, and was for a time a member of the Plastic Ono Band. In the 1990s, he designed the artwork for the Beatles Anthology albums.

In 2009, he released his debut solo album A Sideman's Journey, which featured many notable musicians, including the two surviving members of the Beatles, performing as "Voormann and Friends".

DUANE ALLEN (1943) The lead singer for the Oak Ridge Boys, and is heard on the majority of their most successful songs. He had formal training in both operatic and quartet singing before becoming a member of The Oak Ridge Boys in 1966. He was inducted in the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The rest of The Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban, were inducted as Honorary Members.

TAMI TERRELL (April 29, 1945 - March 16, 1970) An American recording artist, best known as a star singer for Motown Records during the 1960s, most notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye.

Terrell's career began as a teenager, first recording for Scepter/Wand Records, before spending nearly two years as a member of James Brown's Revue, recording for Brown's Try Me label. After a period attending college, Terrell recorded briefly for Checker Records, before signing with Motown in 1965.

With Gaye, Terrell scored seven Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need to Get By". Terrell's career was interrupted when she collapsed into Gaye's arms as the two performed at a concert at Hampden-Sydney College on October 14, 1967, with Terrell later being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had eight unsuccessful operations before succumbing to the illness on March 16, 1970 at the age of 24.

TOMMY JAMES (1947) An American pop-rock musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, widely known as leader of the 1960s rock band Tommy James and the Shondells.

Tommy James and the Shondells had two #1 singles in the U.S., "Hanky Panky" (1966) and "Crimson and Clover" (1969), and also charted twelve other Top 40 hits, including five in the Hot 100's top ten: "I Think We're Alone Now", "Mirage", "Mony Mony", "Sweet Cherry Wine", and "Crystal Blue Persuasion". Only "Hanky Panky" was RIAA Certified Gold.

James went solo and had two further Billboard Hot 100 top 20 chart hits. "Draggin' the Line" reached #4 in 1971) and "Three Times in Love" reached #19 in 1980. He also eleven much smaller Hot 100 hits. James has had twenty-three gold singles, and nine gold and platinum albums. He also wrote and produced the million-selling 1970 hit "Tighter, Tighter" for the group Alive 'N Kickin' (co-written by Bob King). In 1972, James spent time in Nashville and recorded an album there with top Nashville musicians, 'My Head, My Bed and My Red Guitar'. He left Roulette Records in 1974. To date, over 300 musicians have recorded versions of his music.

In October 2008, Tommy James and the three surviving members of the original Shondells reunited in a New Jersey studio to record once again. After not playing together for 37 years, the group recorded an album, 'I Love Christmas'.

JOEY LAVINE (1947) An American singer, songwriter and record producer of pop music, who has been active since 1966.

He sang lead vocals on several charted Top 40 singles, including "Run Run Run" by The Third Rail (1966), "Yummy Yummy Yummy" and three others by The Ohio Express (1968-1969), "Quick Joey Small" by Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus (1968), and the record that best showcased his rapid speech delivery, "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" by Reunion (1974). He specialized in bubblegum pop.

Levine produced records for Super K Productions, run by Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffrey Katz, who released many singles in the late 1960s by The Ohio Express, The 1910 Fruitgum Company, and The Music Explosion. Levine sang lead for various groups of studio musicians, whose songs were released under the name of actual groups of musicians, or sometimes the groups did not exist at all outside the studio.

Starting in the early 1970s, Levine began working on jingles for television commercials, as well as singing on them, with one of his most well-remembered jingles being "Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut" for Mounds and Almond Joy chocolate bars.

Levine founded Crushing Enterprises in New York City in 1969, and continues to write music for commercials and television.

MARK KENDALL (1957) A lead guitarist, best known for being the founding member and lead guitar player of the blues-based hard rock band Dante Fox, which later became Great White.

EVE PLUMB (1958) An American actress and painter. She is best known for her portrayal of Jan Brady in the iconic television sitcom The Brady Bunch.

CARNIE WILSON (1968) An American singer and television host, perhaps best known as a member of the pop music group Wilson Phillips.

The daughter of American 1960s pop icon Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, and his first wife, former singer Marilyn Rovell of The Honeys, she co-founded Wilson Phillips with her younger sister Wendy, and childhood friend Chynna Phillips when they were in their teens. They released two albums, 'Wilson Phillips' and 'Shadows and Light', sold 12 million albums, and charted three #1 singles and six top 20 hits before breaking up in 1993.

Carnie & Wendy continued to record together, releasing the Christmas album 'Hey Santa!' in 1993, and with their father, the 1997 album, 'The Wilsons'.

Reunited in 2004, Wilson Phillips released a third album, named 'California', which appeared on Sony Music's record label. The album featured cover songs primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, and specifically highlights the musical glory days of their parents' California-based musical groups: The Mamas & the Papas and the Beach Boys.

In 2006, Carnie released an album of lullabies, 'A Mother's Gift: Lullabies from the Heart', created shortly after the birth of her daughter Lola. She released her second solo effort in October 2007, a Christmas album entitled 'Christmas with Carnie'.

In October 2010, Wilson Phillips released a new Christmas album, 'Christmas in Harmony', and in 2012 release 'Dedicated', a new studio album made up of covers, which peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Mike Hogan (1973) Bass guitarist of The Cranberries (1989-2003, 2009-present).

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 9:36:31 AM PDT
Hinch says:
~ Born April 27 ~

CONNIE KAY (27 April 1927 - 30 November 1994) An American jazz drummer. He was best known for his long membership in the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ).

He was self-taught, and began his career playing with saxophonist Lester Young's quintet from 1949 to 1955, and also with Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and others.
Kay did R&B sessions for Atlantic Records in the early to mid-1950s, and featured on hit records such as Big Joe Turner's 'Shake, Rattle and Roll'.

Kay joined the MJQ in 1955, replacing original drummer Kenny Clarke, and stayed until the group's dissolution in 1974 and occasional reunions into the 1990s. He also played drums on several of Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison's most important albums: Astral Weeks, one song on "Saint Dominic's Preview" and four songs on Tupelo Honey.

MAXINE BROWN (1932) An American country music singer. Encouraged by her parents, she began singing and performing at local venues. Brown signed a recording contract in 1954 with RCA Records as half of a duo with younger brother Jim Ed Brown. They earned national recognition and a guest spot on Ernest Tubb's radio show for their humorous song "Looking Back to See," which hit the top ten and stayed on the charts through the summer of 1954.

Their younger sister Bonnie Brown joined them in 1955. In 1959, The Browns scored their biggest hit when their folk-pop single "The Three Bells" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop and country charts. They became members of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee in 1965, and disbanded in 1967.

Brown had a brief solo career during the late 1960s, releasing a single and an album for Chart Records titled Sugar Cane County.

CASEY KASEM (April 27, 1932 - June 15, 2014) An American disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, voice actor, and actor, known for being the host of several music radio countdown programs, most notably American Top 40, from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of "Shaggy" Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.

Kasem co-founded the American Top 40 franchise in 1970, hosting it from its inception to 1988, and again from 1998 to 2004. Between January 1989 and early 1998, he was the host of Casey's Top 40, Casey's Hot 20, and Casey's Countdown. From 1998 to 2009, Kasem also hosted two adult contemporary spin-offs of American Top 40: American Top 20 and American Top 10.

In addition to his radio shows, Kasem provided the voice of many commercials, performed many voices for Sesame Street, provided the character voice of Peter Cottontail in the Rankin/Bass production of Here Comes Peter Cottontail, was "the voice of NBC", and helped out with the annual Jerry Lewis telethon. He provided the cartoon voices of Robin in Super Friends, Mark on Battle of the Planets, and a number of characters for the Transformers cartoon series of the 1980s. In 2008, he was the voice of Out of Sight Retro Night which aired on WGN America, but was replaced by rival Rick Dees. After 40 years, Kasem retired from his role of voicing Shaggy in 2009, although he did voice Shaggy's father in the 2010 TV series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

JUDY CARNE (27 April 1939 - 3 September 2015) An English actress best remembered for the phrase "Sock it to me!" on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Carne was on the series for the first two seasons (1968-1969), but made occasional appearances during the 1969-1970 season.

Carne made British television appearances in series including Danger Man (1961). She moved to the United States in the early 1960s. Her first regular role was in the sitcom Fair Exchange, in which she played an English teenager who goes to the U.S. to live with an American family whose daughter (played by Lynn Loring) has gone to live in England. That was followed by The Baileys of Balboa (1964) and then she had an assisting role to Pete Duel in Love on a Rooftop (1966). She made appearances in the TV shows The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 12 O'Clock High, I Dream of Jeannie, Bonanza, The Big Valley, and the TV adaptation of QB VII in 1974. Her movie roles included 'A Pair of Briefs' (1962), 'The Americanization of Emily' (1964), 'All the Right Noises' (1971), and in the 1993 film 'What About Me'.

She died from pneumonia at age 76.

JIM KELTNER (1942) An American drummer and percussionist known primarily for his session work; he also played the ukulele. He has contributed to the work of many well-known artists. Keltner is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was characterized as "the leading session drummer in America" by Bob Dylan biographer Howard Sounes.

It was his work with Leon Russell playing on Delaney & Bonnie's 'Accept No Substitute' that attracted the attention of Joe Cocker, who recruited Russell and everyone else he could out of the Delaney & Bonnie band for his album 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen'. Playing with Joe Cocker led to work in 1970 and 1971, on records by Carly Simon (Anticipation), Barbra Streisand (Barbra Joan Streisand), Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & Priscilla), George Harrison (The Concert for Bangladesh), and John Lennon (Imagine).

Keltner is best known for his session work on solo recordings by three of The Beatles, working often with George Harrison, John Lennon (including Lennon solo albums, as well as albums released both by the Plastic Ono Band and Yoko Ono), and Ringo Starr.

Keltner's relationship with the former Beatles was such that his name was used to parody McCartney on albums released by Harrison and Starr in 1973. Early that year, Paul McCartney, the only Beatle not to have worked with Keltner, included a note on the back cover of his Red Rose Speedway album, encouraging fans to join the "Wings Fun Club" by sending a "stamped addressed envelope" to an address in London. Later that year, both Harrison's 'Living in the Material World' and Starr's 'Ringo' contained a similar note encouraging fans to join the "Jim Keltner Fan Club" by sending a "stamped undressed elephant" to an address in Hollywood.

In 1987, Keltner, along with guitarist Ry Cooder, and bassist Nick Lowe played on John Hiatt's 'Bring the Family'. Four years later the four musicians reunited as the band Little Village, recording an eponymous album.
In the early '90s, in the wake of a series of sessions that he played for John Hiatt, Keltner became part of the supergroup Little Village, with Hiatt, Ry Cooder, and Nick Lowe.

In 1989, Keltner toured with Starr's All-Starr Band. He also played drums on both albums released by the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, playing under the pseudonym Buster Sidebury.

In the 1990s, Jim recorded with the London Metropolitan Orchestra, played with Booker T. & the M.G.'s at Bob Dylan's The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, and toured with Neil Young & Booker T. & the M.G.'s.

Since 2000, he toured with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and T-Bone Burnett. He has appeared on albums by Jerry Lee Lewis', Ry Cooder. Lucinda Williams, The Pretenders, Todd Snider, Eric Clapton, and others

HERB PEDERSEN (1944) An American musician, guitarist, banjo player, and singer-songwriter who has played a variety of musical styles over the past forty years including country, bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, folk, folk rock, country rock, and has worked with numerous musicians in many different bands.

Pedersen often performs with Chris Hillman, and both were once members of the Desert Rose Band. Pedersen also fronted his own band called the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. Besides this, Pedersen has also worked with the following musicians and groups: Pine Valley Boys, Michael Martin Murphey, Earl Scruggs, The Dillards, Smokey Grass Boys, The New Kentucky Colonels, Old And In The Way, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Skip Battin, Tony Rice, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Jackson Browne, John Denver, John Jorgenson, and Leland Sklar, among others.

GORDON HASKELL (1946) A pop, rock and blues music vocalist, songwriter, and bassist. He first gained recognition as a member of the British band Les Fleur de Lys. He sang on one of the songs of King Crimson's second album, then played bass and sang on their third album. After departing from King Crimson, he continued his musical career as a solo musician and gained international recognition in 2001 with his hit song How Wonderful You Are.

A school friend of King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp, the two first worked together in an amateur version of Fripp's group the League of Gentlemen in the mid-1960s. Since that time Gordon Haskell has been on the fringes of the English music scene. For a brief period he shared a London flat with Jimi Hendrix. While playing bass in the psychedelic pop band the Fleur De Lys he recorded a few singles with the group to minimal success. Haskell's debut solo album Sail in My Boat was recorded for the U.K. division of CBS Records in 1969. The album did not chart and today remains a rare collectible.

PETER HAM (27 April 1947 - 24 April 1975) A Welsh singer, songwriter and guitarist, primarily recognized for having been the lead singer/composer of the '70s rock group Badfinger's hit songs, "No Matter What", "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue." He also co-wrote (with Badfinger bandmate Tom Evans) the ballad "Without You", a worldwide #1 hit for Harry Nilsson and it has become a standard song as covered by hundreds of artists consistently throughout the years since. Ham was granted two Ivor Novello Awards related to the song in 1973.

During the Warner Bros. Records era from 1973-75, Badfinger became embroiled in many internal, financial, and managerial problems and their music was stifled. By 1975, with no income and the band's business manager uncommunicative, Ham became despondent and he hanged himself in the garage of his Surrey home. Ham was aged 27 at the time; his suicide fell just three days shy of his 28th birthday. He left behind a pregnant girlfriend, who gave birth to their daughter one month after his death. His suicide note had the statement, "I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better." It also included an accusatory blast toward Badfinger's business manager, Stan Polley: "P.S. Stan Polley is a soulless ba---rd. I will take him with me." News of Ham's death was not widely disseminated at the time, as no public comment was made by The Beatles, Apple Corps Ltd, or Warner Bros. Records.

Ham is often credited as being one of the earliest purveyors of the power pop genre.

ANN PEEBLES (1947) An African-American singer and songwriter who gained celebrity for her Memphis soul albums of the 1970s for Hi Records. Two of her most popular songs are "I Can't Stand the Rain", which she wrote with her husband Don Bryant and radio broadcaster Bernie Miller, and "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down".

KATE PIERSON (1948) is an American vocalist, lyricist, and one of the lead singers and founding members of The B-52's. A multi-instrumentalists, she played guitar, bass and various keyboard instruments. In the B-52s, she has performed alongside Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland.

In February 2015, Pierson released her first solo album, Guitars and Microphones, featuring material co-written by Sia Furler.

ACE FREHLEY (1951) An American musician best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss. He took on the persona of the "Spaceman" or "Space Ace", and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996 for a highly successful reunion tour.

His second tenure with Kiss lasted until 2002, when he left at the conclusion of what was purported to be the band's Farewell Tour. His most recent album Space Invader, was released on August 19, 2014. Guitar World magazine ranked him 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time. Frehley is also credited as the inventor of many whimsical guitars, some of which includes Gibson Les Paul guitars which emit smoke from the middle humbucker pickup, produce 360 degrees spinning pyrotechnics as well as a custom Les Paul that can emit light depending on the tempo of the song being played. He plays with a unique 'wailing' sound that is hailed to have influenced many other guitarists to start learning the proper usage of the vibrato on the guitar.

SHEENA EASTON (1959) A Scottish international recording artist and stage and TV/film actress. Easton first came into the public eye as the focus of an episode in the first British reality television programme The Big Time: Pop Singer, which recorded her attempts to gain a record contract and her eventual signing with EMI Records.

Easton's 1980 debut singles, "Modern Girl" and "9 to 5"," entered into the UK top ten, making her the first UK female artist to appear twice in the same top ten since (Ruby Murray). In 1981, "9 to 5", topped the US Hot 100, making her the third UK female solo artist to achieve this, following Petula Clark and Lulu and is one of the most successful British female performers to date.

A six-time Grammy nominee in the US, Easton is a two-time Grammy Award winner, winning Best New Artist in 1981 and Best Mexican-American Performance in 1985, for her duet with Luis Miguel on the song "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres". She has received 5 U.S. Gold albums and 1 U.S. Platinum album. She has recorded 16 studio albums, released 45 singles, and had 15 Top 40 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 between 1981 and 1991. She also had 25 top 40 hits in international territories around the world. In Canada, Easton scored 3 gold and 2 platinum albums. She has sold over 25 million albums and singles worldwide.

Easton became the first and only artist in history to have a top 5 hit on five different Billboard charts consecutively, with Morning Train (9 to 5) (Pop & Adult Contemporary), "We've Got Tonight" with Kenny Rogers (Country), "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)" (Dance), and "Sugar Walls" (R&B).

Easton's other hits include the James Bond theme "For Your Eyes Only", "Strut", "U Got the Look" and "The Arms of Orion" with Prince, "The Lover in Me" and "What Comes Naturally". She has worked with prominent vocalists and producers, such as Prince, Christopher Neil, Kenny Rogers, David Foster, Luis Miguel, L.A. Reid, Babyface, Patrice Rushen and Nile Rodgers.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 3:52:06 PM PDT
I hope she gets a good price!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 12:42:32 PM PDT
Budas Root says:
I'm sure she cares. She could buy and sell you a thousand times over. She take orders from the mirror, not hippie posters. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 12:40:12 PM PDT
She's kind of a stoop shouldered old hag now, who wobbles in stilettos.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 11:44:53 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
That album is kind of a downer though. She was Penned-out.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 11:41:41 AM PDT
Hinch says:
That's one of my favorite Madonna songs.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 11:40:12 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
Like a Prayer

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 11:38:01 AM PDT
Hinch says:
I only own her first two albums and a cd compilation Immaculate Collection.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 11:30:38 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
1990, I think that was. It was the album with Cherish on it. Love that song!

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 11:29:01 AM PDT
Hinch says:
I didn't know Prince recorded with Madonna.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 11:19:29 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
It's true, if you touch the young they live on after you and continue your legacy.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 11:18:51 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
Prince kinda stole that song. He out-charms/out-cutes her. Not too hard at that point because she was heavily steeped in Sean Penn, then.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 11:18:26 AM PDT
Mikal says:
"Budas Root says: Of course, MJ had a different strategy for having a long lasting influence and legacy - touching young people"

@Budas Root: Ha, Ha! If you're ever feeling suicidal post that remark on the dedicated MJ Forum! ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2016 11:16:11 AM PDT
Mikal says:
"Budas Root says: The Mad One and Prince made one song together. He does a cute falsetto gasp when she belts out the f-word. It's on Like a Prayer"

You're right. Prince & Madonna made a duet together called "Love Song"- I like it but most people I know loathe it, it wasn't a single release. He also played guitar on the closing track "Act of Contrition".

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 11:11:15 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
Of course, MJ had a different strategy for having a long lasting influence and legacy - touching young people.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 11:09:54 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
The Mad One and Prince made one song together. He does a cute falsetto gasp when she belts out the f-word. It's on Like a Prayer.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 11:09:04 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
"Last word" exercising! lol

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 11:08:18 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
Oh I would have bet money on Madonna - remember how diesel she got in the late 90s? Girlfriend has HUGE biceps. She started exercising 4 life if you know what I mean.
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