Sonny Geraci, the Cleveland-born pop singer who scored national hits as lead singer of The Outsiders in the 1960s and Climax in the 1970s passed away on February 5, 2017. He was 69, and had been in ill health since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2012.
Geraci, a graduate of John Adams High School, became lead singer of The Starfires in 1964. The band, founded by guitarist and songwriter Tom King soon changed its name to The Outsiders and put four singles on the U.S. pop charts during the late 1960s, including "Time Won't Let Me," "Girl in Love," "Help Me Girl" and "Respectable (What Kind of Girl Is This)," a remake of the Isley Brothers tune.
Geraci left the band in 1970, striking out on his own and eventually forming the band Climax with Walter Nims, who had been a member of both the Starfires and The Outsiders. That group later scored a Top 3 single with "Precious and Few," written by Nims. Climax disbanded in 1975.
Geraci left the music business in the early 1980s, but tried a comeback, under the pseudonym Peter Emmett, in 1983, releasing an unsuccessful album on MCA.
Later, he played the oldies circuit, performed for a time with the Grass Roots and toured from 2007-2012 as Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders.
The new video for the album's second single "Ten Thousand Floors" is premiering today via the band's Facebook page. The video is led by a strong narrative with the story told through the eyes of the video's protagonist and chronicles her struggle with escaping addiction. The band describes the video in terms of the human struggle, " Ten Thousand Floors is about the way we respond to being pushed and pulled by the things in our lives. This video is a story about the way we fall, and the way we pick ourselves up. " Shot at the legendary Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg and directed and edited by band bassist Patrick Hansen, the video was entirely self-produced by the band with support from Manitoba Film & Music.
Produced by award-winning producer Rob Wells (Ariana Grande, Tyler Shaw, Justin Bieber), Modernaires showcases their catchy alt-rock tracks filled with a mix of strong melodies and anthemic harmonies. Since its summer release, debut single " Wherever You Go " has been featured on radio stations across the country and climbed to #3 on the Sirius XM's Grocery List Top 10. The accompanying lyric video was created with thousands of light painted photographs from artists around the globe and have more than 20,000 views on YouTube.
Canada’s Prestigious Music Business Awards, The Junos announced this year’s nominees. The 46th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Michael Bublé will also return as this year’s host.
2017 Juno Awards Nominees are:
Indigenous Music Album of the Year Crystal Shawanda Fish Out Of Water Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie Round Dance & Beats (Powwow) Quantum Tangle Tiny Hands Silla + Rise Debut William Prince Earthly Days
JUNO Fan Choice Award Hedley Justin Bieber Drake Shawn Mendes Alessia Cara Belly Ruth B The Weeknd Tory Lanez The Strumbellas
Single of the Year Shawn Mendes "Treat You Better" Drake "One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla" Alessia Cara "Wild Things" The Weeknd "Starboy "ft. Daft Punk The Strumbellas "Spirits"
International Album of the Year Sia This is Acting Rihanna ANTI One Direction Made in the A.M. Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman
Steve Lang bassist for Canada’s April Wine passed away June 4, 2017 at the age of 67.
Lang joined AW in 1976 replacing the late Jimmy Clench. He was with the band from 1976 to 1984, some of their most productive years. Myles Goodwyn, April Wine founder, posted a YouTube of the song ‘Hot On The Wheels of Love’ with this note praising his band mate’s ability “This is a song written by Steve Lang and myself. I brought the tune, with lyrics, to an AW rehearsal for the making of the FIRST GLANCE album. As we arranged the song, Steve`s bass part was so creative and fantastic and helped define the energy in the song to such an extent, that I decided to give him a writing credit. It was deserved.” In another Facebook statement Goodwyn said “My dear friend Steve Lang passed away this weekend. Steve played bass with AW for years and his musicianship was exceptional. Steve was a very intelligent guy that used his smarts to do well in the music industry as a player/writer, and later, in the world of finance. He was a nice man, a real gentleman. The last conversation I had with Steve was wonderful. I`m so happy that we had the chance to have had it....My condolences go out to his family. He will sadly be missed by his friends and by fans everywhere.”
Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate love, is around the corner. It’s time to talk about love songs. “ I heard it in a love song, can’t be wrong.” Thus spoke the Marshall Tucker Band. Jim Croce said “Everytime I try to tell you the words just come out wrong. So I’ll have to say I love you in a song.” And Paul McCartney said “You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs I look around me and I see it isn't so. Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs, what's wrong with that I'd like to know.” Well Sir Paul, nothing! Nothing is wrong with that.
Love songs have been around forever and are in every society in some form or other. Heck, even birds sing each other love songs. Love songs go back to the early troubadours singing airs to their romantic interests. Scottish poet and songwriter Robbie Burns sang of his love being like a red, red rose. The cowboys sang of love in The Red River Valley or Cowboy Love Song. Legend has it that sitting around the fire at night as they strummed guitars and sang after a hard day on the range, the cowboys would sing what they knew of the song and make up new verses that would be passed on at the next roundup. As the song moved from year to year and camp to camp more verses were added. I once heard it said there were over a hundred verses to the song.