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Hal Blaine May He Rest Forever On the 2 and the 4

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Submitted by Don Graham

Hal Blaine, the drummer for The Wrecking Crew, has passed away at the age of 90. Blaine was one of the most recorded studio drummers in the history of the music industry, having played on an estimated 35,000 sessions, 6,000 singles and on 40 number 1 hits.

Hal Blaine was actually the driving beat behind the soundtrack of our lives From the early days of Phil Spector and The Ronettes to The Byrds and The Beach Boys Hal Blaine’s creative style shaped the sound of pop music The opening drum hits on The Ronettes ‘Be My Baby’ made the song instantly recognizable. Pop legend Andy Kim said on his Facebook page “Listening to the explosive intro of ‘Be My Baby’ by The Ronettes made my transistor radio shake, and started me dreaming of what my world would be like living inside that radio. Thank you, Hal Blaine.” Blaine even played at his own 90th birthday bash.

Hal was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts and started playing drums at the age of eight and moved to California with his family in 1943. Gene Krupa’s teacher Roy Knapp was Hal’s instructor from ’49 to ’52 and that readied him for the live circuit working the Chicago clubs. He was part of Count Basie’s big band and toured with Patti Paige.

Grunge: Rise of A Generation

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a general term of disparagement for someone or something repugnant or odious, unpleasant or dull, "grunge" finds its way into music lingo by the 1960s to describe the unfavorably fuzzy or unclean sounds which might've otherwise undercut cheaply or poorly made records.

This etymology is forever changed in 1987 when Seattle record label Sub Pop introduces a catalogue of "ultra-loose grunge" locals including the likes of Soundgarden, Nirvana and Mudhoney, thus giving namesake to a region’s budding sub-cultural movement that would soon thereafter sweep the globe up in its angst-ridden embrace. Three decades later, Morrison Hotel Gallery is pleased to reclaim the term once more with 'Grunge: Rise of A Generation', shining retrospective light on a teenage riot's coming-of-age at all three gallery locations that run from March 8th-March 31st, 2019.

Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, George Strait & More to Perform at ACM Awards

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

The Academy of Country Music® announced today the first group of performers for the 54th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and George Strait will take the stage for can’t-miss live performances at Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The awards telecast, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 8:00 PM ET / delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

As previously announced, ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award winner Jason Aldean will perform on the telecast. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the ceremony are available for purchase now at www.axs.com. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit ACMcountry.com. Ultimate ACM Awards® VIP Experience and the Ultimate ACM Awards VIP Travel Packages are available from CID Entertainment. You can also like the Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram for more immediate updates.

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Cashbox Magazine (USA & Canada) and Record World (USA) Announces the Second Round Artists for Official MIDEM Showcase at Morrisons

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Submitted by Sandy Graham
Photo at right: Barry Stagg

Cashbox Magazine (Canada & USA) and Record World Magazine have announced the second round of Artists for the Official MIDEM Showcase at Morrison’s in Cannes, France! June 4-7, 2019. We will officially be hosting global talent in the beautiful south of France.

Legendary former VJ Michael Williams will be hosting our stage along with country singer/songwriter Don Graham who will also be performing as well as kicking of an inaugural MIDEM Showcase of singer/songwriters who will be setting the stage for more of these performances at Morrisons.

We have now confirmed Barry Stagg (Canada and USA) Emergency Tiara (USA) and Franky Selector (Quebec, Canada).

BARRY STAGG

TD Toronto Jazz Festival Announces Headliners

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An all-star cast of musicians will headline the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, June 21 – June 30, 2019. One of music’s most iconic singers, Diana Ross, will perform, as well as multi-GRAMMY winner, singer-songwriter Norah Jones, Cuba’s grand dame Omara Portuondo, heavy hitters Tower of Power, jazz darlings Cécile McLorin Salvant and Emilie-Claire Barlow, and an exciting double bill with Rinsethealgorithm and Ghost-Note! Tickets are on sale now at www.torontojazz.com.

The Sony Centre transforms when two of music’s most recognizable voices take centre stage this June. As one of the most successful recording artists and entertainers of all time, the Queen of Motown’s influence is still as pervasive as the early days when she led The Supremes. Fresh off the heels of her 75th birthday performance at the GRAMMY’s earlier this month, the legendary Diana Ross performs Monday, June 24. On Wednesday, June 26, nine-time GRAMMY Award winner Norah Jones takes the stage. She first burst onto the scene in 2002 with the release of Come Away With Me. Selling over 47 million albums worldwide, Jones proves why she’s this era’s quintessential American artist, weaving together country, folk, rock, soul and jazz.

Peter Tork More Than Just a Monkee

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Peter Halsten Thorkelson better known as Peter Tork, was an American musician, composer and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees. Peter Tork was the loveable wise guy of the Monkees, the popular television rock group that rocketed to stardom in the 1960s. But Peter Tork was a serious musician who pushed for the Monkees to create their own music instead of the outside musicians and songwriters the producers used when the show started. Tork wrote the song “For Pete’s Sake,” which was used for the closing credits during the Monkees second season. He continued to record and perform folk and blues music after the Monkees, releasing his latest album with his band Shoe Suede Blues in 2018.

The History of The Rolling Stones and the Announcement of the No Filter Tour Dates

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When the Rolling Stones began playing gigs around London in 1962, the notion that a rock & roll band would last five years, let alone fifty, was an absurdity. After all, what could possibly be more ephemeral than rock & roll, the latest teenage fad? Besides, other factors made it unlikely that such a momentous occasion would ever come to pass. “I didn’t expect to last until fifty myself, let alone with the Stones,” Keith Richards says with a laugh. “It’s incredible, really. In that sense, we’re still living on borrowed time.”

“You have to put yourself back into that time,” Mick Jagger says about those early days when he and Keith and guitarist Brian Jones roomed together and were hustling gigs wherever they could find one. “Popular music wasn’t talked about on any kind of intellectual level. There was no such term as ‘popular culture.’ None of those things existed.”

“But suddenly popular music became bigger than it had ever been before. It became important, perhaps the most important, art form of the period, after not at all being regarded as an art form before.”

International Women’s Day @ Hugh’s Room March 8, 2019

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Right now is a great and important time in history to do everything possible to help forge a more gender-balanced world. Women have come a long way, yet there’s still more to be achieved.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. As the world heads toward International Women’s Day 2019, planning is underway by organizations across the globe to celebrate women’s achievements and tenaciously challenge bias.

This year, Hugh’s Room Live has invited five of our favourite female artists to showcase their outstanding contributions to the musical landscape of our country and the world at large. We’re inviting everyone to participate in an evening of exceptional music and join a larger conversation about how each of us can help to accelerate the pursuit of gender parity. Artists confirmed for the evening include~Laila Biali, Eliana Cuevas, Miss Emily, Joni Nehrita and Suzie Vinnick. Read on to hear their amazing stories below.

Grammy Awards 2019: Full List of Winners

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America’s Night Where the Stars Shone. Here are the winners for 2019.

Album of the Year
H.E.R. — H.E.R.
Brandie Carlile — By the Way, I Forgive You
Drake — Scorpion
Various Artists — Black Panther: The Album
** WINNER: Kacey Musgraves — Golden Hour
Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys
Cardi B — Invasion of Privacy
Janelle Monáe — Dirty Computer

Record of the Year
Cardi B — I Like It
Brandi Carlile — The Joke
** WINNER: Childish Gambino — This Is America
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper — Shallow
Drake — God’s Plan
Kendrick Lamar and SZA — All the Stars
Post Malone and 21 Savage — Rockstar
Zedd and Maren Morris — The Middle

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar and SZA — All the Stars
Ella Mai — Boo’d Up
Drake — God’s Plan
Shawn Mendes — In My Blood
Brandy Carlile — The Joke
Zedd and Maren Morris — The Middle
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper — Shallow
** WINNER: Childish Gambino — This Is America

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