March 2017

Tommy Page Singer and Billboard Publisher Dead at 46

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada
Courtesy of Billboard Magazine

Singer-songwriter and music industry executive Tommy Page, best known for his No. 1 single “I’ll Be Your Everything," was found dead Friday, March 3, 2017. The cause of death was unclear at press time, but according to reports from several friends, it was an apparent suicide. He was 46.

Page started his career as a recording artist for Sire Records -- as he told it, he was working as a coat-checker at the New York nightclub Nell's and gave his demo to label head Seymour Stein -- and topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his single, "I'll Be Your Everything" in April 1990. The song was written by Page, along with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of Page's tourmates New Kids on the Block. The group's Donnie Wahlberg, along with Knight, also had a hand in producing the track.

Page later returned to NYU's Stern School of Business to pursue his career as a music executive. He recorded nine studio albums and continued to tour throughout his career.

"My whole life I dreamed of having a No. 1 record, ever since I could remember getting into music. I wanted to be on top of the Billboard charts," Page remembered in 2011.

Page later joined Warner Bros./Reprise Records, where he served as an A&R executive and vice president of top 40 promotion. During that time, he helped shape the careers of many successful artists, including Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, David Foster and Green Day.

Rare Tommy Banks & Big Miller Recording To Be Released as Fundraiser for the Edmonton Jazz Society

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The Edmonton Jazz Society and the Yardbird Suite are pleased to host the official release of a new duet album featuring the late and legendary jazz singer, Clarence “Big” Miller and Canadian jazz icon, Tommy Banks on piano.

The new release, Legacy, was produced by Edmonton native George Blondheim. Blondheim is recognized internationally as a multi-award winning composer, producer and pianist.

The nine never-before heard songs were originally recorded in August 1989 at Edmonton’s Beta Sound Recorders. With Big’s untimely passing in 1992, the recordings remained stored away on a hard drive. Now, almost 30 years later, Legacy is being released by Chronograph Records in conjunction with the Yardbird Suite’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, with proceeds in support of the educational programs of the Edmonton Jazz Society and Yardbird Suite.

Those who remember Big will now be able to hear that terrific voice, warm personality and unique delivery once again. A new audience of jazz lovers will appreciate his beautiful tone and timeless style. Big and Tommy began working together in the 1970s and travelled across Canada performing in many musical settings including duo concerts and CBC broadcasts. This rare moment in studio was intended as a demo session working toward an album, but fate intervened and Big and Tommy were never able to make the final recording Blondheim envisioned.

Merle Haggard Singin’ Him Back Home

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April 6th. Merle Haggard’s date of birth in 1937, date of his death in 2016 and in 2017 the date of a Nashville tribute concert honoring the country music legend.

Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard is set to take place on April 6 at 7 pm at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena; April 6 also would have been Haggard’s 80th birthday. The star studded event is being put together by Haggard’s family, Blackbird Presents and Willie Nelson, and Don Was, Ben Haggard and Buddy Cannon are serving as its musical directors. The tribute show will be taped for multi-platform distribution and some of the proceeds will benefit the TJ Martell Foundation.

“I am so very thankful for this tribute to my late husband, Merle Haggard,” Theresa Haggard says in a recent press release. “Please come join me and my family at this fantastic show that Merle would be so proud of.”

The concert will feature Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesneyas well as performances from John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., the Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, Ben Haggard, John Anderson, Connie Smith and Bobby Bare. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.