Blues History: Seven Easy Pieces

The CDs that go along with the PBS series The Blues

Valley Advokate

Dec 25 / 2003

By Art Tipaldi

Martin Scorsese's PBS series The Blues Begin is great news for music fans. In addition to the seven films, which were filled with archival film footage of many performances, there are plenty of recordings guaranteed to satisfy long-time fans as well as newcomers to the blues. In the cutthroat world of the music business, two industry giants, Sony and Universal, have demonstrated a peaceful cooperation to ensure that the best of the blues will get into the homes of fans.

These seven discs capture the complete music of each individual show, each with 17 to 22 songs used in the films and recorded by the more than 75 artists. Though there are many classic blues tunes -- songs already in the collections of casual blues fans -- there is a treasury of new music available no place else.

The deepest CD of the seven may be Scorsese's Feel Like Going Home . Film and recording attempt to connect the raw energy of first generation Delta giants Charley Patton, Son House, and Robert Johnson, the fife and drum traditions of the North Mississippi hill country blues of Otha Turner, and the Lomax field recordings of Muddy Waters in 1941 in Clarkesdale, Miss., with the West African music being recorded today by Ali Farka Toure and Salif Keita. The crossover from John Lee Hooker's stripped-bare one-chord blues with the intricate Malian music traditions of Toure speaks to the circular character, though separated by time and place, of African musical traditions.

One of the finest examples of today's Delta blues is Willie King's "Terrorized," recorded live in 2003 at a juke joint in Friar's Point, Miss. The CD ends by bringing together three generations of the blues. Recorded in 2001, Otha Turner, who was 92 at the time, is joined by Corey Harris, a "son" to blues elders, and Turner's 11-year-old granddaughter Sharde Thomas. Turner's fife, Harris' slide and the child's drums and vocals on the blues classic "My Babe" display blues music's embrace of the old and young.

When the blues left the Delta, its first stop along Highway 61 was Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. With saloons named "The Palace of Missing Men," Beale fascinated those on the way to Chicago. When WDIA, the nation's first black-owned radio station, hit the airwaves and Sam Phillips began to record the blues and R&B at his Sun Studios, music history was being made. The Road To Memphis collection captures those early days of Memphis' electric blues and also pays homage to the chitlin' circuit artists who are active today in and around the city. Classics like B.B. King's "Three O'clock Blues" and Howlin' Wolf's "Moanin' At Midnight," both recorded in 1951, Junior Parker's "Mystery Train" and Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88," a song many feel is the first rock 'n' roll tune, will transform your CD player into a late-night radio from the past. There are two songs by Bobby Rush, a star of the chitlin' circuit. Rush entertains a primarily black crowd with a live song, "Hoochie Man." The raucous audience response to "If my wife's gonna be a hoochie mama, then I can be a hoochie man" simply shares down-home blues fun.

When blacks arrived in Chicago, their final stop in the migration north, the blues came too. Godfathers and Sons is the CD that captures the raw power when Delta rhythms met electricity. The disc boasts songs by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, and Koko Taylor, but also shines a light on 2003 with live cuts by Otis Rush, Lonnie Brooks, and Magic Slim. The downside is that instead of a broader look into today's exuberant young Chicago blues stars like Ronnie Baker Brooks, Carl Weathersby, Melvin Taylor, and Lil' Ed Williams, the disc opts to tie blues to rap. So there are songs by Public Enemy, Common, and the Electric Mud band, featuring Chuck D. and Common. Electric Mud , Marshall Chess' idea in 1968 to turn Muddy Waters into a psychedelic heavyweight, was a bad idea then, and turning this CD and film into some vindication of Electric Mud 30 years later is also a bad idea. When Godfathers and Sons turns the spotlight on Chess and Electric Mud and a flashlight on the real Chicago blues, it somehow misses the compelling soul that is the essence of the modern blues of this city.

German filmmaker Wim Wenders' film Soul of a Man produced the most interesting and eclectic CD. Instead of focusing on the old scratchy recordings of Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, and J.B. Lenoir, Wenders handed out their songs to a diverse group of musicians. So we get Beck, Garland Jeffreys, Lou Reed, Cassandra Wilson, Los Lobos, Nick Cave, and Lucinda Williams alongside blues voices like Bonnie Raitt, Shemekia Copeland, John Mayall, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Some of these updates are as edgy and effective as the originals. Some, like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's cover of a Skip James tune or Marc Ribot's ponderous and meandering instrumental cover of Blind Willie Johnson's haunting spiritual "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground," can't seem to live up to the startling quality of the originals, recorded 70 years ago.

Red, White, and Blues is a compilation of British blues. The focus here is on five songs by "blues men" Tom Jones and Lulu. There are cuts by Jeff Beck, Cream, and Fleetwood Mac, but missing are the blues songs recorded by the young Rolling Stones, the Animals, Van Morrison, and others from the British Invasion that turned white American kids on to the blues. The CD for Warming By The Devil's Fire offers no new material as it is mostly a compilation of past blues chestnuts recorded by Son House, Charley Patton, Ma Rainey, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, et al.

Clint Eastwood's Piano Blues is really a study in blues and jazz piano. Eastwood, himself a piano player, starts in 1939 and has assembled the early piano blues of men like Jimmy Yancey and the Boogie Woogie Boys, both recorded in 1939. Mixed in are tunes by jazz giants Count Basie and Charles Brown that illustrate the blues piano's smooth, jazzy style. Songs by Fats Domino and Professor Longhair flaunt the New Orleans' R&B piano.

A little Ray Charles for soul and Otis Spann for Chicago blues and it is obvious there are many ways to play blues on 88 keys. Unfortunately, Eastwood's look fails to include Leroy Carr, Pinetop Smith, or early Henry Townsend. Sadly too, Pinetop Perkins, the living, 90-year-old dean of the blues piano, only chimes in with his duet with Marcia Ball.

There are enough fine moments, however, within these seven recordings to satisfy a seasoned blues fan or whet the appetite of a newcomer to the genre.

Bo Diddley's 75th birthday party

Bo Diddley - The Originator

Nov 23 / 2003

By David Blakey

We are delighted to be able to announce the details of Bo Diddley's forthcoming 75th birthday party!

One of the undisputed legends of rock & roll and a true original, Bo Diddley will be celebrating his 75th birthday live on-stage next month at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside in Portland, OR. Joining him on-stage for the party will be the cream of the local blues music scene, the Portland Blues All-Stars.

McMenamins, Portland's classic rock station KGON 92.3FM and The Cascade Blues Association will proudly present Bo Diddley's 75th birthday party live at Portland's historic Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday December 30th 2003 beginning at 7.00pm, (21 and over). Further details can be obtained by calling the Box Office Line on 503-225-0047 or the Info. Line on 503-225-5555 ext. 8811.

The following evening, New Year's Eve, Bo Diddley will be performing live at Vibes Main One, One West Main St. in Medford, OR and on Friday January 2nd he will be at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave. in Seattle, WA along with the popular Seattle-based indie/grunge rock band Mudhoney. Further details of this gig can be obtained by calling the Info. Line on 206-628-3151.

If you can't make it to any of the above shows, you can still send Bo Diddley your special 75th birthday greetings and messages. There are now several ways that you can do this:

By signing the Bo Bo Diddley's Turnup Root official website's Guestbook which is located at:

By signing the BO DIDDLEY-The Originator authorized website's Guestbook which is located at:

Or by e-mailing your greetings directly to Bo Diddley himself at (remove "GOBODIDDLEY").

Whichever way you choose to do it, you can rest assured that Bo Diddley will get to see each and every one of your messages.

Also, be sure to check out your favorite syndicated, local and online blues and rock & roll radio shows during the month of December 2003, as we know that many DJs and presenters are currently planning special tribute programs to celebrate Bo Diddley's birthday.

Finally, just a reminder that Bo Diddley 2004 wall calendars are now available for a limited time only. Produced to celebrate the forthcoming 50th anniversary of rock & roll and to honor one of its founding fathers, these high quality, one page 2004 wall calendars feature an exclusive "Bo Diddley - 50 Years of Rock & Roll" design and are printed on glossy, 10 point paper measuring 11" x 17".

Located in the "Cards, Prints and More!" section of Bo Diddley's Online Store powered by which is located at these official and exclusive Bo Diddley 2004 wall calendars are priced at just $6.95, plus shipping.

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Righteous Brothers' Bobby Hatfield dies

CBS 2 - Chicago

Nov 6 / 2003

By Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) Bobby Hatfield, whose soaring tenor blended with partner Bill Medley's silken baritone to create the "blue-eyed soul" of the Righteous Brothers, died in a Kalamazoo hotel, his manager said. He was 63.

Hatfield's body was discovered in bed Wednesday evening, 30 minutes before the duo was to perform at Miller Auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus, manager David Cohen said.

The duo, whose 42-year career featured pop standbys like "Unchained Melody," "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," were in Kalamazoo to kick off four days of performances in Michigan and Ohio.

"It's a shock, a real shock," Cohen said in a telephone interview. Medley, he said, was "broken up. He's not even coherent."

The cause of death was unknown. Hatfield's body was taken to Lansing, where an autopsy was to be performed, Joe Hakim, an executive with the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, told the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The duo's signature 1965 single, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," has been cited by numerous sources as the most-programmed song in American radio history. The inclusion of their songs in films such as "Top Gun," "Ghost" and "Dirty Dancing" repeatedly re-established the Righteous brand.

Earlier this year, singer Billy Joel inducted Hatfield and Medley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Sometimes people with blue eyes transcended the limitations of what their color and culture can actually be," Joel said. "Sometimes white people can actually be soulful. This was a life-changing idea. It changed my life."

Speaking to reporters in March, Hatfield recalled that the "blue-eyed soul" label came from disc jockeys, not him or Medley.

"It's kind of goofy," Hatfield said.

Robert Lee Hatfield was born Aug. 10, 1940, in Beaver Dam, Wis. His family moved to Anaheim, Calif., when he was 4. Hatfield organized singing and instrumental groups in high school while helping his parents with their dry cleaning business.

An avid athlete, Hatfield considered a career in professional baseball, but found his true calling in music - a love he pursued while attending Long Beach State University, where he formed a band and performed at bars and proms.

Hatfield teamed up with Medley in 1962 as part of a five-piece group called The Paramours. According to the Righteous Brothers Web site, a black Marine called out during one of their performances, "That was righteous, brothers!"

They renamed themselves the Righteous Brothers before the release of their first album in 1963.

"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," produced by Phil Spector in his trademark "wall-of-sound" fashion, was released months after British rock 'n' roll was beginning to dominate U.S. record charts and airwaves.

"We had no idea if it would be a hit," Medley once said. "It was too slow, too long and right in the middle of the Beatles and the British Invasion."

The performing rights organization BMI, however, has tallied about 8 million radio plays of the song.

After splitting up in 1968, the duo reunited in 1974 and returned to the top of the charts with "Rock and Roll Heaven." They performed sporadically, then went through another career revival in 1982.

Hatfield and Medley in later years routinely went on the road for 60 to 80 shows a year in addition to 12-week stints in Las Vegas, where they had found work as a lounge act during the dawn of their careers in 1962.

Selina Bishop murderer admits she's guilty

Point Reyes Light

Aug 7 / 2003

By Ivan Gale

A woman accused of slaying ex-Woodacre resident Selina Bishop along with four others, pled guilty last week in Contra Costa Superior Court. In exchange for a reduced sentence Dawn Godman, 29, of Concord, must "truthfully" testify against co-defendants Glenn Taylor Helzer, 32, and Justin Helzer, 30, both of Concord. The trial date for the Helzer brothers is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27, in Martinez, Contra Costa County.

In the summer of 2000, Bishop, her mother Jenny Villarin, and a friend of Villarin, James Gamble, were murdered as part of an elaborate scheme to extort $100,000 from elderly Concord residents Ivan and Annette Stineman. The scheme originally included using 22-year-old Bishop, daughter of Forest Knolls rock guitarist Elvin Bishop. Glenn Helzer allegedly told Bishop that he was receiving a sizable inheritance and would pay her to help him handle the money. Bishop, who was allegedly dating Helzer at the time of the crime, was to deposit money from Helzer in her bank account. Villarin, a bartender at the Papermill Creek Saloon in Forest Knolls, and Gamble were found shot to death on Aug. 3, 2000, in Bishop’s Woodacre apartment. Several days later, authorities found the dismembered remains of Bishop and the Stinemans in numerous duffel bags that had been dumped into the Sacramento River Delta. The Helzers and former housemate Godman were arrested shortly thereafter. Witnesses have quoted Taylor Helzer describing himself as a "warlock" (male witch), and saying he believed Satan got a "bad rap." Helzer also allegedly said he is legally crazy and if caught would never be held responsible for his actions.

Deputy District Attorney Hal Jewett said there is evidence that the trio abducted the Stinemans and forced them to liquidate funds to finance elaborate drug-dealing and prostitution ventures. In return for testifying against the Helzers, Godman is now faced with a 37-year-eight-months-to-life sentence for five counts of murder, two counts of robbery, two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of conspiracy, extortion, burglary, and possession of ecstasy, a controlled substance. Prior to negotiating a plea, Godman faced charges of kidnapping with "intent to extort," which might have gotten her life in prison without chance of parole.

B.B. King and György Ligeti winners of the Polar Music Prize for 2004

The Royal Swedish Academy of Music

Oct 15 / 2003

By the press stab

The winners of the Polar Music Prize, The Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, for 2004 were unveiled on Wednesday the 15th of October 2003 at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm. The Chairman of the Board and Award Committee, Mr. Åke Holmquist, read the Award Committee’s citations.


"The Polar Music Prize for 2004 is being awarded to the American composer, singer and performer Riley B. King for his significant contributions to the blues. King’s total dedication to his music, a rich recording history and tireless touring lasting more than half a century have made him one of the most prominent figures within the blues. Through his achievements in spreading the blues throughout the world, he has, as a leading proponent of his music, proved of fundamental importance to the development of modern popular music."


"The Polar Music Prize for 2004 is being awarded to the Hungarian-born composer György Ligeti for stretching the boundaries of the musically conceivable, from mind-expanding sounds to new astounding processes, in a thoroughly personal style that embodies both inquisitiveness and imagination."

During the announcement at the Academy, a short film with live performances of B.B. King was shown and pianist Mr. Fredrik Ullén played Ligeti’s "Etudes no. 13, L´escalier du diable".

The prizewinners will receive the prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a gala ceremony in Stockholm to be followed by a celebratory banquet at Grand Hôtel on Monday the 24th of May. Her Majesty Queen Silvia and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria will be amongst the many other dignitaries attending.

As from 2004, the prizegiving ceremony will be held at the Stockholm Concert Hall, which is also where the Nobel Prize ceremony takes place.

The event, which is broadcast on national television (TV4), attracts international media, members of the international music business, celebrities, artists, musicians, government ministers, politicians and other leading members of society and industry.

On Saturday the 22nd of May, B.B. King will, together with the eight members of his band, perform at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

It is the intention to continue with the successful collaboration with the Stockholm Cultural Centre (Kulturhuset) in organising a "Polar Music Prize Week" of activities culminating in the prizegiving. This project has now been enhanced with the participation of NGO for assisting in the development and economic growth of Greater Stockholm, "Sydväxt".

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson who was one of the true greats in the music industry. As the publisher, lyricist and manager of ABBA, he played a key role in their enormous success.

Stig Anderson made a generous donation to The Royal Swedish Academy of Music with the aim of creating what was to become known as the Polar Music Prize. This is also why the prize is administered within the Academy. It is an international music prize and awarded to individuals, groups or institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music. The prize breaks down musical boundaries by bringing together people from all the different worlds of music. It is completely independent of commercial interests, thereby guaranteeing its integrity.

Sir Paul McCartney, Dizzy Gillespie, Witold Lutoslawski, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Quincy Jones, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Sir Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Pierre Boulez, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Ericson, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Iannis Xenakis, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Isaac Stern, Burt Bacharach, Robert Moog, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Miriam Makeba and Keith Jarrett are the individuals who have been bestowed with the prize since its inception in 1992. In 1992, the Baltic states were also awarded the prize to encourage them in their work for protection of copyright.

The prize is now in its thirteenth year and is awarded in the amount of one million Swedish Crowns (approximately equivalent to US$ 125.000 or € 110.000) to each prizewinner.

Court not Fun Fun Fun for Beach Boy
Al Jardine loses name appeal

E! Online

Oct 7 / 2003

By Sarah Hall

Ex-Beach Boy Al Jardine got nothing but bad vibrations from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.

The guitarist and backup vocalist, a founding member of the seminal surf band, was fighting a court order prohibiting him from using the term "Beach Boys" when he tours. The High Court justices refused to hear his appeal.

The Beach Boys name is owned by Brother Records, the corporation formed to hold the band's trademark, and jointly held by Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson and the estate of Carl Wilson.

Though Jardine owns a quarter of the corporation, he is not licensed to perform as a Beach Boy--that honor is reserved for Love, who continues as frontman of today's Beach Boys--which contains not a single Wilson.

Brother Records denied Jardine use of the name, claiming he "did not agree to abide by terms of a proposed license."

In 1998, Jardine began touring as "Beach Boys Family and Friends," with Brian Wilson's daughters Wendy and Carnie (formerly of Wilson Phillips), after claiming that Love refused to tour with him. But on January 28, 2003, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco barred Jardine from using the term.

When the Beach Boys got their start in the 1960s, they epitomized the laid-back, feel-good tendencies of the era, with songs such as "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Help Me Rhonda" and "Fun Fun Fun." Brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson had cousin Love and buddy Jardine over to their garage for jam sessions, and the Hawaiian shirt-wearing band was born. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Today, Brian Wilson, the most talented, yet most reclusive Beach Boy, has a solo career, but his brothers, guitarist Carl and drummer Dennis, have both passed away. Carl died of of cancer in 1998 and Dennis Wilson drowned in 1983.

Singer Robert Palmer dies

BBC News

Sep 26 / 2003

By the press stab

Singer Robert Palmer has died of a heart attack in Paris aged 54. The British star is best known for his hits Addicted to Love, Some Guys Have All the Luck and Didn't Mean to Turn You On.

He had been in the French capital on a two-day break with partner Mary Ambrose, after recording a TV appearance in the UK.

His manager said he suffered the heart attack in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Yorkshire-born singer had recently been on tour of Europe to promote his latest album Drive.

Palmer had been performing since the early 1970s, playing in bands including Mandrake Paddle Steamer and Dada, featuring Elkie Brooks.

He then went on to front Vinegar Joe, also with Brooks, releasing three albums with the band before launching his solo career.

Brooks said she was "devastated" at the news and had reconciled with Palmer after several "differences of opinion" over the years.

"Robert was a star - he was a great writer, a fabulous musician and a great singer," she said. "And he was stunning looking."

He had a strong influence over other musicians - especially visually, with his ground-breaking videos, she said.

"Robert was always one that wanted to be different, wanted to be trendy - from the way he looked to the music. He wanted to be a step ahead," she said.

He was also a member of 1980s supergroup Power Station, which also included members of Duran Duran.

In a statement, Duran Duran said: "He was a very dear friend and a great artist. This is a tragic loss to the British music industry."

It was it was during the 1980s that Palmer achieved mainstream solo recognition.

Known for his sharp dress sense, his solo album Riptide produced the top five hit Addicted to Love, which was backed with one of rock music's most famous videos.

It featured Palmer backed by a band featuring identically-dressed woman, who were also made up to look the same.

But after scoring hits with She Makes My Day and Mercy Mercy Me he turned he returned to his rhythm and blues roots.

His Ridin' High album in 1992 was a mix of genres from Tin Pan Alley and cabaret classics.

A greatest hits album was released in 1995 and reached number four in the UK charts.

Although born in Batley, West Yorkshire, he spent much of his childhood in Malta before moving back to the UK at the age of 19 where his family settled in Scarborough.

Later on he spent time living in New York, the Bahamas and Switzerland, but also stayed close to his roots.

Rock journalist Paul Lester, from Uncut magazine, said Palmer rose from northern clubs to become "elegant and sophisticated" and the master of several styles.

"He was kind of a pioneer of blue-eyed soul, which is white men doing black music and R&B pretty well. He had two or three careers," Lester told BBC News Online.

Palmer filmed his parts for a regional TV show, My Kinda People, about his musical influences, for Yorkshire TV on Wednesday.

"At the moment, no decision has been made regarding the future of this programme as everyone's thoughts are with Robert's family and friends," a spokesman said.

Suzanne Parkes, who worked as Palmer's publicist for Power Station's Living in Fear album in 1996, told BBC News Online: "He was something really rare in the music industry. His offstage persona was even nicer than that onstage, he was an absolute gent.

"I'm really sad, but I remember the times with Robert as just so much fun.

"I remember going with him to this secret karaoke club in Soho once - and he actually got up on stage and did karaoke to his own songs, to Addicted to Love, just for a laugh".

Important notice about the special request of the Everly Brothers Management

EB International

Sep 24 / 2003

By Martial F. Bekkers

In case you are visiting EBI's Everly.Net just now you'll have noticed that we have deleted all reference to the Simon and Garfunkel Tour for the time being.

It's because the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel have decided to make the Everly Brothers appearance a surprise with no billing.

The Everlys will sing on all North American concerts. . . No worries. Schedule at

God bless.

Best regards and take care.

Martial F. Bekkers
International EBI Co-ordinator
Kentucky Colonel

European Tour of Paul Delicato and Erica Brooke

Kwekel Evenementen

Dec 6th / 2002

By George Kwekel

The following is for your consideration and review regarding the upcoming 2003 European Tour of ZYX Music Artist, singer/musician - PAUL DELICATO and ZYX Music's young & refreshing NEW Pop-Country singer, ERICA BROOKE. PLUS; special Guest, musician / drummer, and long time friend, BILL LYNN, who worked with Elvis in many of his movies (1963-1970), and a few of his recordings.

These three artists will be on promotional tour in Europe in January/February 2003. If you are interested in interviewing Mr. Lynn and his affiliation and friendship with Elvis Presley, please contact us so we may include you in his itinerary.

Rosie Flores, the Queen of Honky Tonk, will visit Europe early April. Since the mid-1980s Rosie Flores has been a key figure on the alternative country scene. During that time she has released four solo albums and three country music videos, and has continually toured the U.S. and Europe. Rosie's unsurpassed talent as a singer, songwriter, and guitar player has earned her the respect and love of her colleagues and adoring fans the world over.

MAGIC DAVE (Dave 'Fire Fingers' Mellaart) is – in spite of he’s only 19 years old- considered by insiders, as the new rock 'n roll sensation of the Netherlands. (according to the RTL4 Television, Telegraaf, Rotterdams Nieuwsblad and Haagse Courant). Some people call him the new JERRY LEE LEWIS, others call him THE KILLER, we call him 'FIRE FINGERS MAGIC DAVE'!

This summer singer/songwriter Teresa (US) will be on tour in Europe. Teresa's current album "The Playground" is co-produced by legendary queen of song Linda Ronstadt and Nashville Record producer/songwriter Adam Mitchell. The record will also feature Linda on background vocals and was released on Teresa’s independent record label, BNM Records.

Tribute To Hank Williams


Dec 1th / 2002

The Grand Ole Opry is staging a special show January 4 honoring Hank Williams on the 50th anniversary of his death.

"It was a year ago that I made my first performance on the Grand Ole Opry in over 17 years. And boy, it was a sad night as I honored my brother, Waylon Jennings," Hank Williams Jr. said. "This time I will be honoring my father and who better to be performing with but my own son, Shelton (Hank III)". This will be the first time Hank Jr. and Hank III have performed together.

Williams Sr. died at age 29 on New Year's Day in 1953 while en route to a concert. Although his career was a scant four years long, he is considered a legend in the country world. He charted 11 No. 1 singles during that time and became famous for songs including "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Lovesick Blues," and "Cold, Cold Heart".

Hank Sr. made his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1949 and was so well-received he was brought back to perform six encores. However, things soon soured for him and in 1952, the Opry fired him for his alcohol problems. Williams was continually intoxicated and often performed drunk, if he actually made it to the gig.

Williams fans who can't make it to Nashville can catch the show on "Grand Ole Opry Live" airing on CMT.

Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan remembered at funeral

BBC News

Nov 14th / 2002

Friends and musicians have paid their last respects to skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan at his funeral in Peterborough. The performer, credited with helping transform British popular music in the era before the Beatles, died last week aged 71, half-way through a UK tour. Singer Joe Brown, one of his close friends and contemporaries, said after the service: "It was a great tribute to a great artist." Other musicians in the congregation included Chas and Dave, guitarist Albert Lee and jazzman Kenny Ball. Floral tributes were sent by a host of friends with whom the chart pioneer had performed over the years.

Among the many floral tributes were wreaths from Sir Elton John, Queen's Brian May, Des O'Connor and the Rolling Stones. Mourners at Peterborough Crematorium sang one of Donegan's songs, Over In The Glory Land, during the service and a jazz band played his coffin in. Tributes were paid by Brown as well as Donal Gallagher, brother of Rory Gallagher. Donegan's sons David, 13, and Peter, 19, also spoke about their father. A native American blessing was read at the end of the service, which was attended by four of the singer's children as well as his wife, Sharon. A memorial service for the singer is being planned for January, according to Donegan's spokesman, Mike Stevens.

"It will be a much bigger affair, a real who's who," he said. One of the most successful recording artists of the pre-Beatles era, Donegan had three UK number one hits and numerous top 10 entries in the 1950s and 60s. His last performance was in Nottingham - the first city he played when he became a star in 1957.

Bo Diddley Declares "We Ain't Scared"

Bo Bo Diddley's Turnup Root

Nov 14th / 2002

By David Blakey

Rock legend Bo Diddley and the funk/soul band Munkeez Strikin' Matchiz have recently recorded and are set to release a brand new, hard-hitting song titled "We Ain't Scared". Written to capture the feelings of patriotism that Bo Diddley has felt from the audiences at his US concerts since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, the song's lyrics throw out a stark and direct challenge to America's enemies.

To listen to an audio sample of "We Ain't Scared", to read the transcript of a no punches pulled interview with Bo Diddley on the occasion of the recent broadcast debut of the song, or to e-mail him directly with their comments about this new song, Bo Diddley's many fans around the world are currently being invited to visit his new "Bo Bo Diddley's Turnup Root" website at

A deservedly early inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, plaudits bestowed upon Bo Diddley in recent years have included Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and from the Recording Academy, a Pioneer in Entertainment Award from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and in May of this year an inaugural Icon Award from the performing rights organization BMI. That award is inscribed with the following few simple words that succinctly validate Bo Diddley's contribution to popular music: "In recognition of your unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers".

In conjunction with his new website, Bo Diddley is also currently shaping up to release CDs of brand new recordings as well as a series of exciting limited edition collectors' CDs of previously unreleased archive material recorded in his various home studios during the past 40 years. Additionally, and in response to his fans' many requests at concerts for T-shirts, stickers and other official merchandise, in conjunction with the launch of his new website Bo Diddley is currently inviting visitors to view and purchase a range of exclusive, limited edition Bo Diddley authorised designs available from the new Bo Diddley's Online Store powered by

Bas Siewertsen putting together a 60's tour

Ewerly Brothers International

Nov 12th / 2002

By Bas Siewertsen

Due to a very busy time schedule I won't be able to update Everly.Net on a regular basis for a while. In reality this will mean that the site will only be updated when important news reaches our shores (like Warner CD info for example).

The forthcoming months will see me busy putting together a tour with legendary groups from the 60's: The Fortunes (You've Got Your Troubles), The Tremeloes (Silence Is Golden) and The Buffoons (Tomorrow Is Another Day). Of course we can use all the support we can get so please let as many people as you can know about this little tour through Holland!

Thanks for your patience and understanding and please by all means visit my other website ( for more information regarding the tour.

Take care, Bas Siewertsen
Webmaster Everly Brothers International (EBI)

Bo Diddley launches new website and online store

The Originator - newsletter

Oct 30th / 2002

By David Blakey

ARCHER, FL, USA - Bo Diddley, one of the founding fathers of rock & roll and the popularizer of the world-famous "Bo Diddley beat", announced today that he will be launching his new website and online store this coming Thanksgiving. The website, which with typical idiosyncrasy he has named "Bo Bo Diddley's Turnup Root", is located at "".

"Bo Bo Diddley's Turnup Root" promises to offer its visitors a unique insight into a quite extraordinary man.

With rock & roll now fast gearing itself up in readiness to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it is perhaps fitting that one of the musicians who was there at the very beginning should finally be receiving some of the plaudits that are his due. Rock & roll, rhythm & blues, British Invasion, garage, rock, funk, punk, new wave, hip hop, rap, metal and break beat, all have been immeasurably shaped and influenced by the man with the cool-looking trademark oblong-shaped guitars and the black Stetson hats; the one and only Bo Diddley.

"Back in the '50s I had the first ever rap record to hit the charts, a song called "Say Man", states Bo Diddley, "Now I'm all set to release new records for a whole new generation of kids, just like I released records for some of their grandparents before them!"

It has been said that if rock & roll were a pair of underpants, Bo Diddley's songs would be the very elastic that holds them up: "Bo Diddley", "I'm A Man", "Diddley Daddy", "Crackin' Up", "Say Man", "Road Runner", "You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover", "Pretty Thing", "Who Do You Love" and many other classic songs have been recorded over the past half-century in more than a thousand different cover versions by artists ranging from Connie Francis to the Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly to the Doors, Carlos Santana to Sir Paul McCartney. Even best-selling fiction writer and Bo Diddley fan Stephen King couldn't resist the urge to join in the fun a couple of years back, and record his own version of the song "Bo Diddley" in musical homage to his hero.

"I'm gonna show people a whole new side to Bo Diddley. In fact, I think I'm probably gonna shock a few people! I gave the record companies a lot of my material over the years, but I kept the best stuff! I'm currently fixin' to release recordings of me playing classical music, for instance. I also have a brand new song comin' out titled "We Ain't Scared", that I just know is all set to get people talkin'!"

A deservedly early inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, plaudits bestowed upon Bo Diddley in recent years have included Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and from the Recording Academy, a Pioneer in Entertainment Award from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and in May of this year an inaugural Icon Award from the performing rights organization BMI. That award is inscribed with the following few simple words that succinctly validify Bo Diddley's contribution to popular music: "In recognition of your unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers".

"Thanksgiving is an appropriate time for me to be launching my new website and online store", says Bo Diddley. "It was at Thanksgiving in the year of 1955 that I made my first ever TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show singing my big hit song "Bo Diddley".

In conjunction with his new website, Bo Diddley is currently also shaping up to release CDs of both brand new recordings as well as a series of exciting limited edition collectors' CDs of previously unreleased archive material recorded in his various home studios during the past 40 years. Right now, visitors to his website can shop online at Bo Diddley's Online Store powered by and purchase a range of cool-looking and exclusive limited edition items including T-shirts, sweatshirts, BBQ aprons and vehicle license plate frames that will make perfect gifts for the forthcoming holiday season.

For further information, please visit:
Bo Bo Diddley's Turnup Root at "".

Media contacts: David Blakey, Lynn Cameron

Changes are in store for Post-Dispatch online readers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Oct 23th / 2002

By Kurt Greenbaum

To the loyal readers of the Post-Dispatch online:

I wanted to update you on some things we're doing to improve our web site.

But first, an apology. Some of you have noticed a decrease in the depth and breadth of information you've come to expect on I'm sorry for the inconvenience and the interruptions to your routine.

We're in the midst of a transition in our online publications, a transition that will affect what you can find here. We expect it to be complete in the middle of November.

Consolidating sites, expanding service

In addition to this site, the Post-Dispatch also publishes, the leading online source of local news and information in the St. Louis area. At, you'll find up-to-date news and information, forums on current events, entertainment and sports, our latest columns and more.

During this transition, I hope you'll start turning to to find everything we have to offer. Besides local news, business, sports and entertainment information, you can find our popular columnists, for example, by clicking the "columns" link on the News, Sports or Entertainment pages of

Once the transition is complete, also will be the place to go for the entire contents of each day's Post-Dispatch, in the appropriate section. News stories, for example, will be in the news channel of This site,, will disappear in mid-November as we merge its contents with

Changes coming Nov. 18

Here are some of the improvements you'll see in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's web site.

New home page: For starters, we'll be launching a redesigned home page on The new home page will provide a lot more news and information about the St. Louis metropolitan area. You'll also see the St. Louis Post-Dispatch brand more prominently, making it clear that is the web site of our newspaper. Watch for more on this.

One site, better organized: As I mentioned, we'll also be closing and consolidating that information with Everything you're used to finding here will be available on

More breaking news: We've already begun aggressively updating our site. We'll be able to provide easier access to the most current news and sports information of the day with the relaunch of the home page.

More prominence for our columnists: We'll feature a half-dozen columns every day on our home page at They'll be easier to find and easier to read.

Please bear with us during this transition. We're working hard to minimize the inconvenience, and I hope you'll agree that the changes we're making will be an overall improvement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's web site,

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to send me an email.

Regards, Kurt Greenbaum
Online news director