- CD Project update – I am still working on the CD jacket. I’ve finally arranged the songs on the North Louisiana Musicians Association Volume 1. To see the playlist order, click here.
- The Office Sports Bar in West Monroe is currently looking for artists and bands. Here is their post: “Open invitation to Open Mike night this Thursday at The Office (previously Backdoor Lounge) on Cypress St in West Monroe. We are booking bands for Saturdays through the summer.” (click here to contact them)
- If you have your music for sale online, I’ve added a new tab to the website called Buy Music. If you send me the link to your music site, I’ll be glad to post it. Click here to see the page.
- Check out this video by local musicians Billy O’Con.
- Today in music history
1918 – Born on this day, Eddy Arnold, US country singer, (1965 US No.6 single, ‘Make The World Go Away’).1959 – Elvis Presley scored his fourth No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight.’ His first ballad to hit No.1.1961 – Floyd Cramer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘On The Rebound.’ The US singers only UK No.1.1965 – Bob Dylan’s single ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ peaked at No.39 in the US charts, giving Dylan his first US top 40 hit. John Lennon was reported to find the song so captivating that he didn’t know how he’d be able to write a song that could compete with it.1967 – Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time, during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O’Nails nightclub in London, England. They married on March 12, 1969.
1970 – Beatles’ last LP, “Let It Be,” is released in US.
1971 – Crosby Stills Nash & Young scored their second US No.1 album with ‘4 Way Street.’ The live album featured recordings from shows at The Fillmore East, New York, and The Forum, Los Angeles.1976 – The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Black And Blue’, the group’s sixth US No.1 album. The band’s first studio album released with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor featured the hit ‘Fool To Cry’.1982 – Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory’. The song gave McCartney his 24th US No.1 as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!”. It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.1992 – Barbara Lee of the Chiffons died from a heart attack the day before her 45th birthday. Had the 1963 US No.1 single ‘He’s So Fine.’1997 – Courtney Love sold the Seattle mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain. A local family purchased the house in the salubrious Denny Blaine area for $3m.1997 – Oasis became one of the first artists to attempt to exert censorship over the Internet. The group were working with Sony to put an end to unofficial websites carrying lyrics, sound files and photographs of the band.2000 – Songwriter Geoff Goddard died aged 62. Wrote ‘Johnny Remember Me’, and played keyboards on The Tornadoes 1962 No.1 hit ‘Telstar’. Wrote songs for Heinz, Mike Berry, The Outlaws, Freddie Starr and Screaming Lord Sutch.2000 – It was reported that Britney Spears had been crowned the queen of America’s fastest growing youth movement, the teenage celibates. Spears told a German magazine that she intended to abstain from sex until her wedding night.2001 – Brian Pendleton of The Pretty Things died of cancer aged 57, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’). The bands 1974 album Silk Torpedo was the first album release on Led Zeppelin’s own label Swan Song.2003 – Country singer June Carter Cash, the second wife of Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, aged 73. She was a member of the Carter Family, and had hits with Johnny Cash, including the Grammy Award winning songs, ‘Jackson’, ‘Ring Of Fire’, (which she co-wrote about their courtship), and ‘If I Were A Carpenter.’2008 – Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album. His previous highest chart position was in 1973 when the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull peaked at No.2. At the age of 67, Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with ‘Modern Times’ released when he was 65.