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Ray Price, already suffering from pancreatic cancer, had beaten back a near-fatal sepsis infection that trashed his kidneys forcing him into dialysis. Nonetheless, he arrived back at his Texas home just before Thanksgiving, still communicating with friends as best he could.
Amid the divergent views on Carrie Underwood's performance on NBC's "The Sound Of Music Live," I'll bring it down to these points.
On February 4, 2014, Legacy Recordings will release Michael Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands: An Audio-Visual Scrapbook, a 3-CD, 1 DVD box set covering the too-brief and troubled career of Bloomfield, the pioneer blues guitarist (1943-1981) who emerged from a wealthy Chicago family (the family company manufactured commercial restaurant equipment) to become one of America's first guitar heroes of the post-Link Wray/Duane Eddy/Dick Dale era.
This week's "Believe Your Ears" PG Music podcast reviews It's A Scream How Levine DoesThe Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Connection 1940's-1980's.
This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast reviews Shaver's Jewels, a compilation of classic material by country singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, born in Lefty Frizzell's hometown of Corsicana, Texas. Shaver turned 74 this year.
This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast reviews a reissue of Classified: Remixed and Expanded by the late New Orleans R&B keyboard player and singer James Booker. Recorded in 1982 in New Orleans, it became the highly regarded musician's final album before he died in November 1983 of kidney failure at age 43.
The George Jones biography I'm writing obviously has an ending, but the coda to his life came into focus this week. I knew the simple gravestone there after he died April 26 would be replaced by something more elaborate, but just how elaborate became clear Monday, when his widow Nancy unveiled the George Jones gravesite at Nashville's Woodlawn Cemetery. The Associated Press photo above, taken at the ceremony, shows her seated at the memorial.
Jimmy Dean (1928-2010) was one of America's best known country singers in 1963. Four years earlier, his single "Big Bad John," part song and part recitiation had been one of the year's biggest country and pop singles. Dean, who hosted a morning show on CBS, now hosted the prime-time Jimmy Dean Show on ABC, presenting mainstream showbiz and country stars with equal class, as Johnny Cash with his ABC show a few years later
The 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination has brought forth a plethora of memories, revelations and so forth from various individuals, in the PG and elsewhere, with reflections on where everyone was on November 22nd (If it matters, I was in Larry Young's history class at Greensburg-Salem Junior High school).
The tragedy brought forth music, but not right away. Here are five select examples of early tunes on the subject: three rock, two folk, one country.
This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast examines the just-released The Beatles: On Air-Live At the BBC Volume 2, available on CD and vinyl on Apple, and in download format via iTunes. Also, Scott Mervis talks to Ethan Winograd of the band Charles Wallace,