February 2012

Davy Jones of the Monkees Dead from Heart Failure

Davey Jones Then.jpg

Davy Jones the lead singer of the Monkees has passed away. On the morning of 29 February 2012, Jones was found dead at his Indiantown, Florida home at the age of 66. His publicist announced that Jones had suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and 4 daughters Anabel, Talia, Sarah and Jessica.  from previous marriages. He was 66-years-old. Jones was married to Jessica Pacheco -- his 3rd wife.

Jones joined The Monkees in 1965 along with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork ... and together they churned out a bunch of hugely popular songs including 3 number 1 hits -- "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."

Because of his popularity with The Monkees another singer named David Jones was forced to change his name to David Bowie. 

Davy Jones was born in Leamington Street, Openshaw, Manchester, England, on 30 December 1945. At the age of 11, he began his acting career, and appeared on the British television soap opera Coronation Street as Ena Sharples's grandson, Colin Lomax in 1961. He also appeared in the BBC police series Z-Cars. However, after the death of his mother from emphysema when he was 14 years old, he left acting and trained as a jockey with Basil Foster.

Robert Graham: Storm In A Teacup



This album’s sunny disposition makes for a nice fit with the Spring-ish weather currently in fashion. On this debut outing, singing piano man Graham, a transplanted Aussie now based in rural Ontario offers up 10 doses of tight, incisive pop rock, with some on the sunny side, some on the bittersweet.

Well schooled in narrative song writing as befitting a man who’s scored an Honourable Mention in the 2010 Billboard world song contest, Graham’s crafty about making his points without sticking them in your eye. He avoids sounding like generic pop by not so much bending the elements of the formula as blending them into catchy combinations.

That card’s dropped right off the top by opening the album with Gershwin’s melancholy ‘Blue Lullaby’, suggesting late late night’s slow drift into the jaunty early morning brightness of ‘Reaching You’

No great vocal heights scaled but the pipes do have the immense likeability of a fun loving pal or well-worn sweater. Graham makes a bigger impact when he goes a little harder, especially when the piece throws electric guitar into the attack. On that front, he gets stellar contribution from Teddy Kumpel, Dan Charbonneau and Eric ‘Da Doctah’ Schenkman, who collectively set fire to the funkalicious ‘In Love with a Girl’ and the fiery  ‘Living in a Coma’.

Pierre Juneau Namesake of the Juno Awards Passes On


Story: Sandy Graham

One of the great defenders of Canadian culture has died. Pierre Juneau passed away at the age of 89.

Born in Montreal in 1922, Juneau began his career at the National Film Board of Canada, where he played a significant role in the development of French-language filmmaking at the federally funded film studio. He was at the NFB from 1949 to 1966, holding various managerial positions related to distribution and production, including developing co-productions with France and Italy.

When an independent French-language production unit was set up at the NFB in 1964, he was the first director of the studio.

In 1960, he co-founded Quebec's first film festival, the Montreal International Film Festival. When he left the NFB in 1966, he was named vicechairman of the Bureau of Broadcast Governors, which became, in 1968, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the country's broadcast regulator.

Juneau became the first chairman of the CRTC in 1968 and it was under his guidance that the CRTC brought in Canadian-content regulations for television and radio, a move that most see as a key catalyst for the development of viable TV and music industries in this country. The rules forced the TV networks to fill 60 per cent of their schedule with Canadian fare while the radio stations had to air 30 per cent Canadian music.

Scott Woods Band – Fiddle Legend Tour


Scott's dad Merv started playing old time music in 1944 as a youngster. His very first performance was a fundraiser for the local school house just outside of Fergus, Ontario. By 1950, he had formed his own band known as The Merv Woods Orchestra. They soon became very busy playing for dances, socials, garden parties, weddings, anniversaries and many more fundraisers.

In 1956, a young lady named Carolyn Dyer joined the band as the pianist. The Dyer family was very musical and had for many generations been playing Old Time Fiddle Music. In 1960, Carolyn & Merv were married and went on to have 4 children, Elizabeth, Kendra, Bruce and Scott.

All of the children studied classical violin and piano and were already performing with the band by the time they were 8 years old. From large stages and theatres to community halls, school houses, barns and even a raft in the Elora Quarry.

Pagliaro Des Tonnes de Flashs

Cover, Feb 24, 2012

Par Marc Durand

[Click For English Version]

Quand je pense à Pagliaro, j’ai des tonnes de flash!!

Flash 1:Tout jeune, j’ai acheté les 45 tours de ‘A t’aimer’ et ‘Pour toi, pour toi’’.... c’était en 1969, les années ‘Flower Power’

Flash 2: J’ai aussi acheté ‘Rain Showers’ (bien sur j’ai toujours ces vieux vinyles)

Flash 3: le 31 décembre 1970 j’assiste à un concert de Pag et des Wackers au Palais du Commerce  (une performance qui m’a marqué, j’avais 14 ans)

Flash 4: Pagliaro et le ‘Nuit Magique’ dans le Vieux Montréal

Flash 5: Je fais une entrevue en roulant dans son ‘Grand Prix’ pour le compte de Québec Rock (1978)

Flash 6: Pagliaro revient de France et Alert Records, que je dirige avec Tom  Berry signe l’album ‘Sous peine d’amour’ qui contient le hit ‘L’Espion’ (super clip en passant...)

Flash 7: Depuis 1988, bien qu’il se produise en concerts, pas une nouvelle chanson de Pag n’est lancée... puis en 2011 ‘Tonnes de flashs’ avec un album collection contenant l’intégrale de 13 albums.

Flash 8: Je refais un article sur Michel Pagliaro...25 ans plus tard  WOW!!

Ce ne sont que certains des ‘flashs’ de Pag qu’y m’amènent à parler de Michel Pagliaro aujourd‘hui.