NEW Five Star LPs from Chuck Berry and Glen Campbell
Fans of original rock and roll are fortunate to be given this last album, the first studio album in thirty years by the Father of Rock and Roll. It was recorded last year, prior to Chuck Berry’s untimely death
Is it Chuck in his prime? No, but sometimes it sounds pretty close. It’s the final album of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century. I like it more every time I listen to it. All of Chuck’s quirky touches are in there. If you’re a fan, you’ll have to have it.
Currently in the final stages of Alzheimers, legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell graces us with yet another five star album on the heals of ‘Ghost On The Canvas’ (2012), which we thought would be his last. Adios is likely compiled from ‘leftovers’ from Ghost and other odds and ends since Campbell is no longer playing and singing professionally, these days. Yet, the album is far from a throwaway, as is often the case with final efforts from others.
I was expecting Glen Campbell to sound a bit washed up with age, as seems to often be the case for final albums. That was not the case. This album has the same level of quality and the same easy listening, classic country sound that Glen Campbell has always shown. This is the kind of country music that I grew up listening to, when the genre was at its best, and I am glad that I purchased it. Adios is essentially a goodbye album, as its title implies, and is the perfect, moving cap on Glen Campbell’s musical career. If you are a fan of his music, you will not be disappointed.
If you did not know the life context of this CD / download and if you did not know this is his last official recording ever, you would still think this is a stunningly beautiful work by one of the all-time greats. From the opening to the coda, the production and arrangements are clean and so amazingly easy to listen to. Those who accompany him (including his daughter, Ashley) are stellar, Glen sounds like he’s at the top of his game, and the choice of songs (and song writers — George Jones, Jimmy Webb, Roger Miller, Bob Dylan, to name a few) grabs you right in the heart because each song relates so deeply to what we all experience in our lives. Then, when you consider current Glen’s life context and that this really is “adios” for him, this finale overcomes you with the feels. I bought the CD from Amazon and got the “Auto-Rip,” download that comes with the purchase. You should, too. One of the best purchases you will ever make! God bless you, Glen. May your singing and music continue to enrich many, many lives for years to come!
Six years ago it was a health scare – Chuck Berry had fainted from exhaustion. This time it was final. What many say was the most important figure in the development of rock and roll passed away today, unresponsive to paramedics called on the scene.
Berry was in the process of recording his first studio album in 30 years at the time of his passing. Beneficiaries of Berry’s work are already noting Berry’s importance including JOHN FOGERTY and KEITH RICHARDS, who produced an album, HAIL HAIL ROCK AND ROLL with Berry in tribute to the man.
Earlier today Chuck Berry’s representatives issued a terse statement on Chuck’s condition:
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Due to exhaustion, Mr. Berry was unable to complete his scheduled performance in Chicago at the Congress Theatre January 1, 2011. However, he is fine and has returned to his home near St. Louis.
That’s the entire statement! Chuck had played B.B King’s Club in New York the night before, but from the git go had trouble with his band in Chicago the next night. Chuck’s next gig is scheduled for the 19th of this month at a club in his hometown of St. Louis where he regularly performs. As of now, that date is still on.
All we can do is hope it was just exhaustion and send our prayers and good thoughts his way.
courtesy KOOL 94.5 FM RADIO
Chuck Berry In Concert – January 1, 2011
CHICAGO – JANUARY 01: Chuck Berry returns to the stage after collapsing at the Congress Theater on January 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
Chuck Berry returns home after
We hate to see it take a health issue to bring perhaps the leading living legend of Rock & Roll back to the public eye, but 84-year-young Chuck Berry started off the year with a bang. Reports have him slumping over his piano, reportedly due to exhaustion, then having to cancel the concert and return home January 1.
By JIM SALTER , 01.03.11, 12:27 PM EST
ST. LOUIS — Chuck Berry, who fell ill with exhaustion and was escorted from stage during a Chicago concert this weekend, has returned home to suburban St. Louis, a close friend of the rock-and-roll legend said Monday.
The 84-year-old performer did not require hospitalization and Berry’s friend, Joe Edwards, said he appeared to have fully recovered.
“I think it was just exhaustion,” Edwards said, noting that Berry played two shows in New York on New Year’s Eve, then flew to Chicago where he played at the Congress Theater on Saturday night.
“I think by the time the concert in Chicago got near the end he just got tired,” he said.
Berry’s agent, Dick Alen, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the singer “feels tired but good.”
Edwards said Berry returned to his home in Wentzville, Mo., on Sunday afternoon, and that he is feeling well enough to prepare for a Jan. 19 concert at Blueberry Hill in University City, Mo. Berry has performed monthly concerts at the popular bar and restaurant that Edwards owns since 1996.
Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In terms of performance, song-writing, and guitar playing, Berry is considered one of, if not the greatest of the pioneer rock-and-roll artists. His catalog of early rock hits includes some of the most iconic
Former American Bandstand dancer Tommy “Crazy Legs” Davis leaned in to examine the enlarged pictures on the walls in Studio B, looking for himself in the photos that captured the Philadelphia heyday of the rock-and-roll dance party hosted by Dick Clark.
Back then, Davis was a thin, 129-pound teenager from Roxborough with curly blond hair.
On Saturday, he was an older version of himself with less hair and a few more pounds but the same love for the TV show and Clark, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles at 82.
“My biggest thrill was dancing with Patti Page,” said Davis, 70, of Jenkintown, who was a regular on the show from 1955 to 1957. “Dick pulled me down from the bleachers.”
Davis was among the hundreds of formerAmerican Bandstand dancers and fans who flooded Studio B at the former WFIL-TV station – the original home of the dance program – to bop, stroll, and twist in Clark’s memory.
The building at 4548 Market St. now houses the Enterprise Center, a nonprofit group that helps minority and disadvantaged entrepreneurs start their own businesses. Studio B is rented out for events such as parties and wedding receptions.
The center opened for public tours Saturday because officials had received so many requests to visit the building since Clark’s death, said Della Clark (no relation), who is president of the center.
From the speakers, the sounds of Chubby Checker, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and the Beatles provided music with good beats that were easy to dance to.
Arnold Jones, a retired bus driver from North Philadelphia, twirled Grace Short, who works in food service.
Jones, 69, danced on the show twice in the late 1950s. Short, 64, of West Philadelphia, was a regular in 1960 and 1961.
“I saw a few black dancers who I watched [on TV], so I figured the show was for anybody who wanted to come,” Short said.
At the show, she saw James Brown perform in person, and even danced with a white partner.
The first-floor studio is lined with plaques, posters, and other Bandstand memorabilia that the center obtained when Clark auctioned off some of his possessions in 2006.
The building, one of the first to be built as a television station, was the home of American Bandstand until the show moved to Los Angeles in 1964. It later housed WHYY Studios, but fell into disrepair when the public-TV station moved in 1979. MORE
‘American Bandstand’ studios reopen for tours in Wake of Dick Clark’s Passing
April 20, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CDT
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PHILADELPHIA _ For seven years it was a hot spot of teenage American pop culture.
From 1957 until 1964, Dick Clark hosted “American Bandstand” at the West Philadelphia studios of WFIL-TV, where thousands of teens dreamed of appearing on the hit show.
But few actually got the chance to dance inside the nondescript building in the shadow of the Market-Frankford El at 46th and Market streets.
If you were one of those teens who yearned for your “Bandstand” moment, here’s your chance.
On Saturday between noon and 3 p.m. the current owners will open the former Studio B for three hours of tours, reminiscing, and perhaps, one last Twist on the dance floor.
“We’ll put on some music and let people have their moment,” said Jeff Wicklund of the Enterprise Center, a nonprofit business incubator which purchased the building in 1995. “We’re just trying to be good stewards of the ‘Bandstand’ legacy.”
Fans of the show have flocked to the building, dropping off flowers and cards since Clark’s death on Wednesday, Wicklund said.
“There have been a lot of people coming through asking to take a few pictures in studio,” he said. “It’s fairly well preserved with photos, mementos and a mural on the wall.”
When the Enterprise Center bought the structure, it had been abandoned for almost 20 years. It’s now on the National Register of Historic Places. Wicklund said the Center has established an endowment to maintain the “Bandstand” studios, which now play host to private parties, high school proms, weddings and fashion shows.
To fund the endowment, the Center is asking for a $20 contribution for admission on Saturday.
“If you can help us out it would be great,” Wicklund said. “But we’re not going to turn anybody away who can’t afford it.”
See original American Bandstand Dancers get together a few years back to reminisce about their days on American Bandstand in the fifties and sixies. This was before the passing Dick Clark. would be good to get them back and share their thoughts and memories of Clark…
Here we have a 30 Year Tribute to Bandstand (1982), featuring a montage of artists, one for each year beginning about 1958 including great videos of Paul Anka, Rick Nelson, Neil Sedaka,Leslie Gore, Supremes, Petula clark, Mommas and Papas, Aretha Franklin, SimonThree Dog Night etc…
Hard to believe the self-proclaimed ‘world’s oldest teenager’ is gone…
and so is another piece of our youth…but his spirit and extensive catalog of great video, music and memories live on and continue to bring great pleasure to millions…
One of Clark’s many performers on ‘Bandstand,’ Johnny Burnette may have ‘Kept The Train a ‘Rollin’ but Dick Clark kept The Rock ‘a Rollin’ long after they said it would never last… Play one more for me Mr. DJ, Dick Clark!
“Dick Clark was a pioneer, entrepreneur, showman, icon, legend. The first to truly integrate music and TV. We will march on with his vision.”
Dick Clark’s death Wednesday is prompting near-instantaneous tributes from two television venues where his influence was strongly felt: “American Idol” and the Game Show Network.”Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, Clark’s heir apparent, who co-hosted the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” specials for the past few years, announced on Twitter on Thursday that the upcoming “Idol” show would contain a tribute to Clark.”We’re putting together a tribute for Dick Clark on @AmericanIdol tonight…just talked to @dizzyfeet [“Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe],” Seacrest wrote.A visibly emotional Seacrest made brief mention of Clark’s passing on Wednesday night’s “Idol” by noting, “Without Dick, a show like this would not exist.”Meanwhile, some of Clark’s greatest nonmusical moments will be replayed over the weekend on Game Show Network, where original remembrances of the man also known as the host of “The $25,000 Pyramid” will be played during reruns of the game show on Friday at 3 a.m., 10 a.m. and during a 10-episode run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Additionally, two more episodes will air Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Clark began hosting the show, then called “The $10,000 Pyramid,” in 1973 on ABC. The title was changed to “The $20,000 Pyramid” in 1976. It was canceled in 1980 but returned in 1982 on CBS with a higher top prize, “The $25,000 Pyramid.” Clark hosted until 1988.
In the wake of news that Dick Clark, 82, passed away on Wednesday, legions of stars and fans expressed their condolences and shared their fondest memories of the iconic American television personality.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life,” tweeted Ryan Seacrest, who worked closely with Clark for “New Years Rockin’ Eve.” “My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was also prompt in expressing his gratitude toward Clark for making Times Square the prime destination to ring in the New Year.
“Times Square is considered the crossroads of the world in no small part because Dick Clark’s New Years Eve celebrations there were beamed across the globe,” he said in a statement. “I remember one New Years Eve, he and I stood in Times Square marveling about how much the area – and the City – had improved over the years. But Dick Clark never had to change – he was a great entertainer who stood the test of time. Generations of Americans grew up with Dick, and yet he seemed forever young. His spirit will always live on in Times Square, and in hearts of millions of New Yorkers.”
Debbie Gibson, a former guest on “American Bandstand,” referred to Clark as a “gentleman,” and tweeted that things “won’t be the same without him.” Fellow bandstand alum Sheila E offered “prayers to (her) friend Dick Clark.”
“Dick Clark to sensor Sheila E’s wardrobe for American Bandstand. He told the network to let me do my thing… I loved him from that day!” she added.
Marie Osmond went on to tweet that “In 1974, my first time on BandStand, I thought Dick Clark was the most handsome man in show business,” and Joan Rivers tweeted: “Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!”
Janet Jackson also took to twitter to convey her thoughts and prayers.
“Dick Clark changed the face of musical television,” she wrote. “He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless.”
Roseanne Barr tweeted a “RIP,” adding “he was always nice to me,” famed baseball player and manager Tommy Lasorda noted that he was “always a gentleman” on the occasions they met, Blake Shelton tweeted: “so proud I had the chance to shake hands with Dick Clark in my lifetime… Great man,” while Scott Baio tweeted that he “had the pleasure of meeting him. What a huge loss.”
And according to Larry King, Clark was a man of many talents.
“Dick Clark was a great friend, true legend, & a master journalist. Nobody did what he did better,” he tweeted. “It was a pleasure to be in his company.”
A slew of stars also credited Clark for inspiring themto pursue careers in entertainment and praised him for his vast contributions to show business.
“REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir,” said rapper Snoop Dogg, as Loni Love thanked him “for helping black artists to get the exposure they needed so we could ALL enjoy their music!”
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, stated that “Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career.”
“Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment,” Portnow continued. “He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever.”
Others remembered Clark for more than just his youthful love of music and fanfare.
“You may remember Dick Clark as the world’s oldest living teenager,” wrote Danny Bonaduce. “I’ll remember him as the man who beat me in a pushup contest – he was 74.”
Dick Clark, New Years Eve, American Bandstand and even Ryan Seacrest all became top trending topics on Twitter as news of his death circulated, with hundreds of thousands of fans joining celebrities in sharing their favorite Clark-related moments. But for some, the most fitting way to pay tribute was by retweeting one of his most memorable quotes.
“If you want to stay young-looking, pick your parents very carefully,” thousands tweeted on Wednesday.