Dec 04 2013

U2, Chicago, Neil Young, George Harrison and Creedence Clearwater Revival: Among 2014 Grammy Hall of Fame Selections

Chicago, Neil Young, George Harrison and Creedence Clearwater Revival head the list of 2014 additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Among the best-known selections: 

After the Goldrush: Neil Young's iconic solo album features "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and "Southern Man."

All Things Must Pass: George Harrison's landmark solo debut -- a triple album that instantly elevated his image from The Quiet Beatle to rock and roll A-lister -- includes "My Sweet Lord," "What Is Life" and "Isn't It a Pity".

Cosmo's Factory: Creedence Clearwater Revival's chart-topping LP features "Up Around the Bend," "Travelin' Band" and "Who'll Stop the Rain."
The Joshua Tree: U2 focuses on its love-hate relationship with the U.S. through such songs as "With or Without You," "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

Woodstock Soundtrack: The Festival of Festivals boasts one-of-a-kind performances from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Jimi

Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone.

The roster also includes these singles:
   "Honky Tonk Women" - The Rolling Stones
    "Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    "Low Rider" - War
    "Walk This Way" - Run-DMC
    "Under the Boardwalk" - The Drifters
    "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" - B.J. Thomas
    "Get Up -- I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine" - James Brown
    "Jolene" - Dolly Parton
    "Wonderful World" - Sam Cooke
    "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - Gil Scott-Heron
    "Rapper's Delight" - The Sugarhill Gang

Dec 04 2013

Paul McCartney, David Bowie & Elton John, the best albums of 2013.

Who says artists in their 60s and 70s need to retire? Rolling Stone has just come out with their list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013 and four classic rock acts have scored slots in the Top 25.

Paul McCartney's New did the best at number-four followed by John Fogerty's Wrote a Song for Everyone at number-10. David Bowie's The Next Day came in at 16 and Elton John's The Diving Board is at number-25.

As for the magazine's pick for the best album of the year, that honor went to Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City.

Oct 30 2013

Stevie Wonder to Play 'Songs in the Key of Life' in Full

Stevie Wonder will perform his landmark 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety for the first time ever as part of his annual House Full of Toys benefit concert at L.A. Live on December 21st. The singer announced his plan today at a press conference for the charity, which helps children in need during the holiday season. Wonder then performed one of the album's hits, "Sir Duke," which several attendees caught on video.

For the past few years, the music icon has performed at the benefit concert. In 2011, the performer oversaw a four-hour marathon that included appearances by Justin Bieber, Drake and host Steve Harvey. It lasted so long, that the singer offered to pay the overtime fees himself, as he went on to play songs like "Higher Ground," "Sir Duke" and "What Christmas Means to Me." And last year, despite a sore throat, Wonder dressed in a Santa suit and performed a set that included "Superstition" and "Living in the City," as well as a cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On."

He also used his time at the event to advocate for tighter gun laws, following the school shooting last December in Newtown, Connecticut. "I think people can't think like they're living in the wild, wild west going into 2013," he said. "With guns and their accessibilities, there have to be stronger and stricter gun laws."
At the time, he hinted that he had some new projects in the work. He told Rolling Stone in June that he was working on an album called When the World Began that would find him accompanied by an orchestra. He's also working on a spiritual record, Gospel Inspired by Lula, in tribute to his mother, as well as another album he's calling Ten Billion Hearts