Saving Nashville’s RCA Studio A and Music Row

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Submitted by Don Graham

The iconic RCA Studio A on Music Row in Nashville is being sold and word leaked out, thankfully, of the developer’s  plan to demolish the building and build condos. Studio B is safe from the wrecking ball as it was donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame and is used for Mike Curb Belmont University course.

The plan to level this landmark brought outrage from the community who see the history of this structure as a huge part of what Nashville is today. The current tenant, Ben Folds, who has been there for a dozen years or so,  appealed directly to Bravo Development’s  Tim Reynolds to stop the plan.

"I moved into the historic RCA Studio A in 2003 for the express purpose of making my own records. I was not interested in making it into a business - my record budgets covered all costs. We started with a few mics in this huge recording space and each time I produced or recorded a new record we added equipment. I've made and mixed all my records since 2003 in this studio along with a handful of other projects from William Shatner's "Has Been" to Amanda Palmer's "Who Killed Amanda Palmer."

The Checkers Band Receives Canada's Recording Legacy Award


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Mel Shaw, president of Canada's Recording Legacy is pleased to announce that The Checkers of Lethbridge received an award of recognition for their career in music dating back to the late fifties and sixties -  a career that took them on national tour dates before the Guess Who or Stampeders.

Presenting the award to the Checkers was the multi-award winning promoter, Ron Sakamoto. Also in attendance was the Mayor to  receive a duplicate award to hang at City Hall. It was held at the University of Lethbridge and the Dean of the University also received a duplicate award to hang in the University recording studio.

Mel Shaw of CRL comments,  "Ron is one of Canada's premier music industry participants and a friend of mine for fifty years dating back to the days of the Stampeders who went east and established themselves as a multi hit making group". Mel Shaw was Personal Manager and Record Producer for the Stampeders from 1965 thru 1979.

The two surviving members of the original Checkers will be receiving the award from Ron - guitarists Jerry Arnold and Dennis Gioshmon. The other original members have both passed away -  drummer, Garry Fabbi, and bass player, Wes Kucheron.

Gerry Goffin We Will Still Love You Tomorrow

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Gerry Goffin, lyricist , has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. His wife, Michelle Goffin, says he died of natural causes.

It used to be when you picked up a “record” there was the song title in a large font and right underneath in smaller print and in parenthesis the songwriter or songwriters. In the 60’s under the title of some of your favourites you would see ( Goffin /King). The King was Carole King the Goffin - Gerry Goffin.  This pair wrote some the classics that are woven into the tapestry of the American songbook of the 60’s.  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Up On The Roof, Chains covered by the Beatles, (You Make Me Feel  Like) A Natural Woman.

Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939 and met King at Queens College.  The two were married in 1959 while they were in their teens. Goffin and King wrote more than 50 Top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Crying in the Rain by The Everly Brothers, Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee and  the classic You've Got a Friend by James Taylor. They also wrote Locomotion and Halfway To Paradise.

"She was interested in writing rock 'n' roll, and I was interested in writing this Broadway play," Goffin said  in 2001. "So we had an agreement where she would write the music to the play if I would write the lyrics to some of her rock 'n' roll melodies. And eventually it came to be a boy-and-girl relationship. Eventually I began to lose heart in my play, and we stuck to writing rock 'n' roll."


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Photo: Carly Rae Jepsen and writers of 'Call Me Maybe'

The Annual SOCAN Awards Gala took place on June 16, 2014 in Toronto at the prestigious Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. The SOCAN Awards Gala is a celebration of the music industry’s most important music creators who are  honoured for their Canadian songwriting achievements. The Award presentations include Pop/Rock, Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, and Film & Television.

ole CEO Robert Ott ole songwriters Johnny Reid, Marty Dodson, and Alan Frew SOCAN’s Peter Fera & Karen Richards ole VP Gilles Godard.ole CEO Robert Ott ole songwriters Johnny Reid, Marty Dodson, and Alan Frew SOCAN’s Peter Fera & Karen Richards ole VP Gilles Godard.The 2014 Major achievement recipients are:
Drake  Global Inspiration Award

Kevin Walters Mourned in the Music & Entertainment Community

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A well-known music promoter is being remembered now as an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and an advocate for his own city, Winnipeg.

Kevin Walters passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kevin Walters had long been a prominent festival and event organizer for Culture Days, the Manitoba Homecoming 2012, the BBQ & Blues Festival, the Red River Ex and the Junos earlier this year.

Across the country through social media, Walters was being mourned as a staunch supporter of music, film and art in the city. He played an instrumental part in bringing the Juno Awards back to Winnipeg just this March in 2014.

A tweet from the official Juno Awards Twitter account Monday was one of many pouring in from around Canada.

“We are saddened by the passing of Kevin Walters. We will miss you. From Winnipeg, MB and beyond, your legacy remains,” the tweet read.

Rick Fenton, who worked alongside Walters in running the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues festival, called Walters one of his best friends.

“Kevin got me involved and certainly professionally was important to the community and to me, and very selflessly introduced me,” Fenton said. “Throughout his career with everyone, he was always so engaged. He could talk to the premier, he could talk to the mayor, and at the same time be helping a young artist and they all walked away feeling like they had a connection. “Coupled with ability and a great mind, he was a very rare person.”

10 Must-See Concerts At The TD Toronto Jazz Festival

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Take a tip from jazz pro and Artistic Director, Josh Grossman, as he recommends his Top 10 must-see concerts at this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival, which kicks off its 28th anniversary later this week. It can help you navigate your way through the impressive list of Grammy and Juno Award Winners, musical geniuses, virtuosos and ground breaking artists who are changing the face of jazz.

1. Keith Jarrett – A piano master performing in a rare solo show
Wednesday, June 25 - Roy Thomson Hall, 8pm

2. Bobby McFerrin – A legendary voice artist in an intimate setting
Friday, June 27 - Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm (Soul Nannies opens)

3. Mehliana – Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana are two of the jazz world’s most exciting artists (with Stanley Clarke closing the show)
Saturday, June 28 - Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm

4. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – An important band on the international jazz scene, this band features fantastic writing and great musicians
Sunday, June 22 - Music Gallery, 8pm

5. Roy Hargrove Quintet – Inspiration to an entire generation of trumpet players
Friday, June 27 - Jane Mallett Theatre, St Lawrence Centre, 8pm

6. Toronto Mass Choir – This free show has high energy, great sound, inspiring music
Sunday, June 22 - Nathan Phillips Square, 12:30pm

The Quebec City Summer Festival 2014: Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, Bryan Adams, Soundgarden and more!

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Submitted by Bill King
Author of Bill King’s “In Concert!” Essays, Images and Interviews

Quebec City is a sumptuous treat for anyone with a camera. Built on the slopes and sides of the Laurentian Mountains and fitted with cobblestone streets, narrow alcoves and long pathways – the eye needs to pause and examine the possibilities. Restaurants facing the main streets are fitted with decorative hanging pots colored with seasonal flowers which become more visual against the light shaded Trenton limestone building carved from rock formed during the Ordovician Period, some 427 million years back. Every capture tells a story.

Quebec City is also a city of year-round festivals drawing tourists from every region of the planet.

The Festival d'été  de Quebec or Quebec City Summer Festival has been taking place annually since 1968. With 150,000 passes sold and over 1.5 million festival-goers year after year, 2014 looks to be another landmark celebration of rock music, punk, classical, hip-hop, francophone, world and electronic music.

I spoke with the director of programming – Louis Bellavance and he offered a few insights into the festival’s design, goals and long term planning.

Goddo to Perform Live on June 28, 2014 at Oshawa Music Hall


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Goddo will be performing live at Oshawa Music Hall (formally The Marquee) on Saturday June 28th, with original members; vocalist Greg Godovitz, guitarist Gino Scarpelli and drummer Doug Inglis. Local special guests Tri-Pod & Justin Cooper will be opening the night’s performance.  General admission tickets for their Saturday June 28th performance are tiered, meaning prices increase the longer you wait.

Goddo, a Canadian band from Scarborough, Ontario, formed in 1975 and released the single Louie Louie on A&M Records Canada.  In 1977, the band was signed to Polydor Records and its self-titled debut album was released later that year.  The group followed up their debut release with ‘If Indeed It’s Lonely At The Top... Who Cares... It’s Lonely At The Bottom Too’ in 1978, ‘An Act of Goddo’ in 1979 and their chart-topping ‘Pretty Bad Boys’ in 1981. Goddo is currently signed to Bullseye Records of Canada and continue to celebrate over 30 years in the business.

Concert Info:
Date: Saturday June 28th, 2014
Doors open at 9:00PM
Event: 19+  
Venue: Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, ON

Advance tickets are available in person at Wilson & Lee Music Store (87 Simcoe St N, Oshawa).  For more info or E-tickets, visit:

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Casey Kasem 1932-2014 ‘Simply the Best’

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Submitted Courtesy of  Rob Durkee
Author, "American Top 40: The Countdown Of The Century"

There's only ONE way to salute radio pioneer extraordinaire Casey Kasem……with a Long Distance Dedication.

It goes out not just to Casey, but to his fans...millions of listeners covering at least two generations....people who experienced the enjoyment, the honor and the sheer thrill of hearing perhaps radio's greatest voice ever. With his friendly voice, his human interest stories, trivia and chart pieces, Casey educated us about pop music even though we hardly realized it. He was heard world-wide in over 75 foreign countries.

If Elvis Presley was the King of Rock and Roll and Michael Jackson the King of Pop, then surely Casey was the King of the Countdowns. To paraphrase Carly Simon, nobody did it better. And for nearly 40 years from 1970 to 2009, when he played about 10,000 records and read some 4000 dedication letters.

Casey Kasem wasn't just a one-in-a-million air talent. One-in-a-Centillion was more like it...a talent you'd be fortunate to hear in your lifetime. And his legacy lives to this day...because "American Top 40," now hosted by Ryan Seacrest, is heard on over 400 radio stations worldwide.

Vera Lynn New Release at Age 97

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Vera Lynn, the Forces Sweetheart, has a new album that was released in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. The CD, ‘National Treasure’ consists of 40 songs including ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ and entered the charts at # 13.  Entering the # 20 at the age of 97 makes her the oldest living artist to figure so high up in the album chart. Her last major musical feat was five years ago when she became the oldest person to top the album chart, at the age of 92.

When told she was sharing and even out charting Pharrel and 50 Cent who’s albums missed the Top 20, Dame Vera said: ‘I am delighted, of course. It is wonderful to hear these songs again that were at the top of the charts so long ago, and it’s warming to think that everyone else is listening to them too.’

An early version of’ We'll Meet Again’ was played at the Royal Albert Hall last week, in a "duet" with singer Katherine Jenkins. Dame Vera appeared on screen in black-and-white footage, with her daughter watching on from the audience.

The veteran singer made her professional debut at the age of seven, and was also the first British artist to top the US charts with Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart in 1952.

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