Richard Street, Ex-Temptations Singer, Dead at 70

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LAS VEGAS— Former Motown vocalist Richard Allen Street (born October 5, 1942) a member of the Temptations from 1971 to 1993, has died. He was 70. Street’s wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Street was the first member of the Temptations to actually be a native of the city which served as Motown’s namesake and hometown; all of the previous members were born and at least partially raised in the southern United States.

Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn’t join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but Cindy Street expects services to be held sometime next week in Cypress, Calif.

She says her husband “was a really good person” who should be remembered for his work with the Temptations.

Published in: on February 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM  Leave a Comment  
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Presents Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction

CLEVELAND (February 27, 2013) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presents Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction, an exclusive exhibition from the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band,” will open on Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 24. Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction will be the Museum’s first ever major exhibition capturing the band’s legendary career spanning more than 50 years. It will include personal items and extraordinary collections that have never been seen before by the public. The exhibit will be open until March 2014.

“The Rolling Stones are the epitome of rock and roll,” said Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “This first-ever exhibit gives us an opportunity to tell the story of one of the definitive rock and roll bands. The experience should be on every music fan’s destination list this summer.”




New fan-financed album by veteran rocker
and “songwriter’s songwriter”
coming on April 30 — with or without a label!

NEW YORK, N.Y. — When Willie Nile recently sought help in underwriting his new album American Ride — out on April 30, 2013 on his own River House Records — with a fundraising campaign on, his fans turned out in huge numbers, reaching his goal amount in a mere four days and ultimately exceeding it.

Anyone who’s familiar with the New York-bred singer-songwriter’s large and impressive body of work will have no trouble understanding why he commands such devotion and loyalty from his fan base. And anyone who’s paid attention to his recent output knows that Nile is currently in the midst of a creative renaissance that’s produced some of the most compelling music he’s ever made.


Published in: on February 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM  Leave a Comment  

Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd Dies at 80–Death Confirmed


Legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd’s death has been confirmed. Although he died earlier this week, February 4 at the age of 80 , family members for an unexplained reason other were trying to keep the news of his death private.

“I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family,” wrote Bugnon.

Born in Detroit December 9, 1932, Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd is best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a pop artist.

Already an accomplished trumpeter by the time he finished high school, he later went on to play in a military band during his term in the United States Air Force, and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in music from Wayne State University and a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. His career began when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, as a replacement for Clifford Brown, in the 1950s

Moving away from the hard-bop jazz idiom, Byrd began to record jazz fusion and rhythm and blues. He teamed up with the Mizell Brothers (producer-writers Larry and Fonce) for Black Byrd in 1973. It was highly successful and became Blue Note Records’ highest-ever selling album. The title track climbed to No. 19 on Billboard′s R&B chart and reached the Hot 100 pop chart, peaking at No. 88. The Mizell brothers’ follow-up albums for Byrd, Street Lady, Places and Spaces and Stepping into Tomorrow, were also big sellers, and have subsequently provided a rich source of samples for acid jazz artists such as Us3. Most of the material for the albums was written by Larry Mizell.

In 1973, Byrd created The Blackbyrds, a fusion group consisting of his best students. They scored several major hits including “Happy Music” (No. 3 R&B, No. 19 pop), “Walking In Rhythm” (No. 4 R&B, No. 6 pop) and “Rock Creek Park”.

During his tenure at North Carolina Central University during the 1980’s, he formed a group which included students from the college called, Donald Byrd & the 125th St NYC Band. He taught at Rutgers University, the Hampton Institute, New York University, Howard University, Queens College, Oberlin College, Cornell University, North Carolina Central University and Delaware State University. In addition to his master’s from Manhattan School of Music, Byrd had two master’s degrees from Columbia University. He received a law degree in 1976, and his doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College in 1982.

According to his nephew Amoeba, Byrd was a “one of a kind trumpeter,” who was known not just for his work in jazz, but also in R&B, soul and funk music, and it was his ability to transcend time and genre and remain relevant that sets his work apart from others.

Byrd lived in Teaneck, New Jersey until his death on February 4, 2013 at the age of 80 The cause of death has yet to be released.

Published in: on February 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM  Leave a Comment  

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Highlights Cleveland’s Soul and R&B History with “Cleveland Is the City”: A Black History Month Celebration

Programming includes live interviews with Inductee Bobby Massey and Lou Ragland, panel discussion on Boddie Recording Service, and more

(February 6, 2013) – Cleveland earned its place on the rock and roll map in the early Fifties when local deejay Alan Freed was the first to call the R&B music he was playing on his nightly radio show “rock and roll.” From the 1950s to the 1970s, Clevelanders produced powerful soul and rhythm and blues music in a rich network of clubs, recording studios and record labels. This February, as part of Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate Cleveland’s rich musical legacy, highlighting great moments in the city’s rhythm and blues and soul music history. Fans are encouraged to share their knowledge, memories, and photos through the Rock Hall’s Facebook and Twitter page.


Published in: on February 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM  Leave a Comment  

New Video Released in Celebration of Icon Janis Joplin’s 70th Birthday

Tomorrow (Jan 19th) marks Legacy Recordings’ Artist of the Month and iconic electric blues singer Janis Joplin’s 70th birthday and to celebrate the life and music of the beloved legend a brand new lyric video is now available for her hit “Get It While You Can.” (See Below)

“Get It While You Can” (Lyric Video):

More about Artist of the Month:
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, commemorates the life and music of Janis Joplin on the occasion of the singer’s 70th birthday and celebrates the iconic electric blues singer as the label’s first Artist of the Month in January 2013.

Legacy’s Artist of the Month will provide fresh perspectives on musical legends whose sounds continue to affect people’s lives. Each month, the series will offer new fans and deep aficionados alike the opportunity to focus on an essential cornerstone catalog of pop music history.

Columbia/Legacy Recordings marked 2012 with the release of two essential new titles in the catalog of the quintessential blues-rock-country-soul singer: Janis Joplin – The Pearl Sessions, a two-disc set premiering newly discovered studio recordings produced by Paul Rothchild, was released in April, preceded by Big Brother and the Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin – Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968, an electrifying full-length concert recorded and produced for release by the legendary soundman Owsley (“Bear”) Stanley.

An historic expansion of Joplin’s final studio album, The Pearl Sessions provides fascinating new insight into Janis’ creative process through a range of rare and previously unreleased material.

The Pearl Sessions includes a new essay penned by Holly George-Warren, currently in the running for this year’s Best Album Notes Grammy Award. In her notes, George-Warren zeroes in on “A Woman Left Lonely,” one of the last songs recorded by Joplin, observing, “For Janis, though, the song’s sentiments seemed a fact of life. For us, an ultimate sacrifice that resulted in some of the best music of the 20th century: ‘They asked me, “How did you learn to sing the blues like that?”‘ Janis said, a mere three months before her death. ‘I just opened my mouth and that’s what I sounded like… you can’t make up something that you don’t feel. You give up every constant in the world except music. That’s the only thing in the world you got.'”

Born January 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, Janis Joplin possessed one of the most distinctive, influential and unconventionally beautiful voices in pop history. Pure honey sweet and soul-ravaged raw, her voice was full of power and longing and heartbreak and triumph. She sang a mixture of blues, soul, gospel, jazz, country and rock that transcended genres and connected to the core of the cosmos. Earthy yet not-of-this-world, Janis Joplin embodied the primordial “rock mama” paradigm and the blues have never sounded the same.

A self-described “misfit” in high school, she fell under the sway of Lead Belly, Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton in her teens, dabbling in folk music and painting. In 1963, she headed to San Francisco, where she met guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, her first link to the Haight-Ashbury underground music scene. By 1966, Janis had joined, and was ostensibly fronting, the psychedelic-rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was developing an extravagant persona, both on-stage and off, her passionate performances matched by an iconic sartorial splendor that’s become visually synonymous with the era. Janis and Big Brother’s increasingly high-profile shows earned them a devoted fan base and serious industry attention; they signed with Columbia Records and released their major-label debut in 1967. Joplin’s seismic presence, as evidenced by her shattering performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, was captured for posterity by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker.

Big Brother’s “Piece of My Heart,” on 1968’s Cheap Thrills LP, shot to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, the album sold a million copies in a month, and Joplin became a sensation – earning rapturous praise from Time and Vogue, appearing on The Dick Cavett Show and capturing the imagination of audiences that had never experienced such fiery intensity in a female rock singer. Her emergence as a solo star was inevitable; she put together her own outfit, the Kozmic Blues Band, and in 1969 released I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! which went gold. That year also saw her perform at the Woodstock festival.

Joplin assembled a new backup group, the Full Tilt Boogie Band, in 1970; she also joined a bill with the Grateful Dead, the Band and other artists for the “Festival Express” railroad tour through Canada. Her final studio album, the landmark Pearl, introduced signature material including Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” and her own a cappella plaint, “Mercedes Benz,” while showcasing her mastery of virtually all pop genres. The latter song was, along with a phone-message birthday greeting for John Lennon, the last thing she recorded; she died in October of 1970, and Pearl was released posthumously the following year. The quadruple-platinum set became the top-selling release of Joplin’s career and, in 2003, was ranked #122 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Janis Joplin’s recordings and filmed performances have secured her status as an enduring cultural icon, inspiring countless imitators and musical devotees. Myriad hit collections, live anthologies and other repackaged releases have kept her legend alive, as have one-woman shows such as the hit Love, Janis (which Joplin’s sister, Laura, helped create) and 2009’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe “Best Solo Performance” nominee Janis. A documentary produced by Alex Gibney, Susan Lacy and Jeff Jampol, directed by Amy Berg (“West Of Memphis”) is now in production. One Night With Janis Joplin, a critically acclaimed musical currently touring, has played to sold-out houses in Portland, Cleveland and Washington, DC, and has received nine Broadway World and two Cleveland Critic Circle Awards nominations.

In 1988, the Janis Joplin Memorial, featuring a bronze sculpture by artist Douglas Clark, was unveiled in Port Arthur.

Joplin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and posthumously given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Janis Joplin will be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.

Published in: on January 18, 2013 at 6:48 PM  Leave a Comment  

Available Today: Kevin Eubanks – “Zen Food,” On Mack Avenue Records

Album Serves as His Label Debut and

First Project Since Departing the Tonight  Show


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Neil Young’s Music Equipment, Cars Destroyed in Fire

A San Carlos warehouse filled with rock legend Neil Young’s music equipment, vintage cars and other memorabilia burned in a three-alarm blaze early Tuesday, causing an estimated $1.1 million in damage.

Workers and friends of the longtime Peninsula resident spent the day moving guitars, canisters of film, framed photos and other items that had been in the warehouse at 593 Quarry Road. Young, who lives in a home near La Honda, arrived at the site late in the day and surveyed the destruction.

Investigators have ruled out arson but didn’t say Tuesday what caused the fire.


Published in: on November 11, 2010 at 2:49 PM  Leave a Comment  

Howard Fishman to Release Trilogy of New Albums

Northeast Tour Dates Set

BROOKLYN, NY: Critically-acclaimed singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader Howard Fishman will release a trilogy of recordings on October 26, 2010. Recorded simultaneously with vastly different musical palettes, each CD is set against a specific geographical backdrop: New Orleans (BETTER GET RIGHT), Romania (NO FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS), and Brooklyn, NY (THE WORLD WILL BE DIFFERENT).

A fall/winter tour has been set, with stops throughout New England, Upstate NY and the Mid-Atlantic Region, and a three night stand in NYC’s Abrons Arts Center, where Fishman will perform each new record in its entirety, on successive evenings and with different ensembles.

For more on Howard Fishman’s Trilogy and Tour

Published in: on October 26, 2010 at 9:48 AM  Leave a Comment  

CD Release Parties Scheduled For Valparaiso-Based Band HEAD HONCHOS

Locally @The Front Porch Music November 12; @Franklin House November 24


Valparaiso– – In a time when American music is too often characterized by emasculated melodies, narcissistic lyrics, and hyped mediocrity— Head Honchos’ offer up intense body moving rhythms and emotionally-charged guitar expressions on their just-released, seven-song, self-titled CD.

Party with the Head Honchos

Published in: on October 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM  Leave a Comment