August 2013

Music Industry Icon Kathy Hahn Joins BKCi

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Jeff Burns announced this week that music industry icon Kathy Hahn will be joining the BKCi Family.

Hahn, a well known entrepreneur, is experienced in all facets of the music industry including promotion, publicity, marketing, publishing, media, label and artist management. Her current capacity with BKCi will be overseeing A&R, Marketing & Promotions as well as social media.

BKCi, a Canadian Record Label, was founded in 2011 by influential A&R executive Jeff Burns, and is a full-service record label endeavoring to establish alliances with bands, artists and musicians in order to further their careers within the music industry. Distributed by Universal Music Group Canada, and having solid relationships with affiliates around the globe, BKCI has the necessary infrastructure, experience, connections and understanding of the modern industry necessary to assist acts in reaching their professional goalsi

An industry veteran, her early experience included working for RCA Records International Division. Mentored by Chris Blackwell, Hahn established Island Records in Canada and introduced the label’s artists to media and the public in Canada, leading the way to be one of the first promo people to successfully cross reggae music to rock radio. This led to presenting Robert Palmer with a double platinum, and Bob Marley with his first gold record in North America for ‘Exodus’, which decades later was named ‘Album of the Century’ by Time Magazine.

Cowboy Jack Clement The Cowboy Rides Away

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Submitted by Don Graham

Memphis Recording Service better known as Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee was a remarkable place between 1956 and 1959. The names that would become legendary during that time were a who’s who of music history. The artists Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison. Owner Sam Phillips and young engineer by the name of Jack Clement made up the Sun team. Who would have believed that the last man standing in the group of legends would be Jerry Lee !

Jack Clement had been given the name Cowboy during his years at Memphis State University while playing steel guitar in a local band, this despite the fact that he didn’t like horses.

Eydie Gorme Gone At 84

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada
Photo: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

Eydie Gorme, well known as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84.  Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died August 10th, six days shy of her 85th birthday, at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness.

Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen's local New York television show in 1953. She sang solos and also did duets and  skits with Lawrence, who at the time was a rising young singer who had joined the show a year earlier. When the program became NBC's "Tonight Show" in 1954, the young couple went with it.

The two were married in Las Vegas in 1957 and later performed for audiences there. Lawrence, the couple's son David and other loved ones were by her side when she died. "Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years," Lawrence said in a statement. "I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time."

Although usually recognized for her musical partnership with Lawrence, Gorme broke through on her own with the Grammy-nominated "Blame it on the Bossa Nova." The bouncy tune about a dance craze of the time was written by the Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

The Rascals Once Upon a Dream

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Submitted by Don Graham

That moment at a live theatre show when the lights go down and the announcer admonishes you about electronic devices and what you should do with them once the show starts is familiar to most of us. But how many times have you heard “If you have a cell phone or camera please leave them on. You can record, or take pictures or do whatever the F**k you want!!” Well that’s exactly how The Rascals show, Once Upon a Dream begins. It kind of set the mood and tempo for the evening. This is a rock ‘n’ roll show cleverly disguised as a play.

The Rascals new stage show, Once Upon a Dream, opened in Toronto on August 14, 2013 at The Royal Alexandra Theatre hosted by Mirvish Productions.

Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines

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Interscope

This is one whack piece of trash porn and I mean that in a bad way. To make a genuine assessment as complicated as Avril is the happenstance that the lame and grimy lyrics are often wrapped in undeniable hooky and slickly executed music.

Nothing wrong with soft porn pop; heck it’s the staple diet of a slew of hip hop and modern r’n’b performers but damn, if you’re gonna do it, dude, do it right.

"I got this for you, a little Thicke for you/ A big kiss for you... big dick for you," is about the lyrical high point here, the kind of riff that would make Justin Timberlake cringe. JT’s shadow hovers around numerous tracks here as does vintage Prince and an enitre gym bag full of modern tricks. You get yer upbeat soul tracks, yer falsetto harmonies, yer blend of real instruments and electronica and it all adds up to little of substance.

Perhaps in an attempt to put some ‘new’ on it, Thicke’s vocals do serious sound shifting at many places throughout, leaving the impression he wasn’t able or didn’t care to put a personal stamp on the material. Want proof? Check the conceptual and sonic train wreck that’s track 2 through 6, a trash-compacted mess of neo-soul and watery funk so solidly welded together it’s impossible to tell them apart.