Mavis Staples was the musical guest on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! for Martin Luther King Day. Watch the legendary singer perform an emotional live version of “Build a Bridge.” Continue reading →
1952 – Ahmet Ertegun begins recording his newest signing, 21-year-old Ray Charles, at Atlantic Records on West 56th St in New York City. Ertegun had purchased the singer’s contract from the Swingtime label for $2,500.
The frontman of Philly’s Low Cut Connie, Adam Weiner, is a massive Prince fan; so much so that the band included an amazing cover of “Controversy” on their latest album, Dirty Pictures, Pt. 1.
When the track was first released back in May, the cover held the title of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, so we like it quite a bunch around here. More recently, Diffuser has premiered a colorfully weird video as the tune’s visual counterpart. Continue reading →
1969 – The Grateful Dead release Aoxomoxoa.
1967 – The Beatles record “Magical Mystery Tour.”
On the first anniversary of his death, Prince is being remembered around the world and in a variety of ways. For Low Cut Connie, the tribute is a cover of the late musician’s 1981 hit “Controversy,” released today and and appearing on the local band’s forthcoming Dirty Pictures (part 1) LP. The album is due on May 19th, midway through a national tour that leads into a hometown date at Union Transfer on September 8th.
1967 – The Beatles complete the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road studios in London. The final recordings are of gibberish and noise which would follow “A Day in the Life” in the run-out groove. They record assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cuts up and randomly reassembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also add a high-pitch whistle audible only by dogs. These are omitted from the American version of the album.
“I believe Deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing, I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many”- George Ian Boxill – Producer & Engineer for Prince
Friday marks the one year anniversary of Prince‘s death. It’s also the day a posthumous EP called Deliverance will be released. It features six previously-unheard recordings by Prince, including the title track, which you can listen to below. Continue reading →