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- Phil Spector, legendary producer-turned-convicted murderer, dies at 81by ABC Audio on January 17, 2021 at 4:50 pm
Al Seib-Pool/Getty ImagesPhil Spector, the famed music producer who was later convicted of murder, has died, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed. He was 81.Officials said he died of natural causes Saturday at an outside hospital.Back in 2003, Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson. In 2009, he was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.Dubbed "The First Tycoon of Teen," Spector's pioneering and legendary "Wall of Sound" production method helped shape pop music in the 1960s and remains influential to this day. He was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Among his productions: the Beatles' Let It Be, George Harrison's The Concert for Bangladesh, and countless chart hits, including The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost that Loving Feelin,'" and girl-group classics by the Ronettes and the Crystals, including "Be My Baby" and "He's a Rebel." By Andrea Tuccillo and Andrea DresdaleCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Badfinger teams up with Rick Springfield for new version of band's 1979 tune "Love Is Gonna Come at Last"by ABC Audio on January 16, 2021 at 12:00 am
Cleopatra RecordsRick Springfield lends his talents to the latest in a series of digital singles pairing Badfinger guitarist Joe Molland with various pop and rock musicians on new versions of songs by the famed U.K. power-pop band. The new track, which is available now, is an updated rendition of "Love Is Gonna Come at Last," a Molland-penned tune from Badfinger's 1979 album Airwaves. Springfield sings lead and plays guitar on the tune, while Molland contributes backing vocals and bass. "Badfinger has always been one of my all-time favorite bands," says Springfield in a statement. "In fact, I am often asked by journalists, 'What is the one song you had wished you had written?' and my answer is [Badfinger's 1972 hit] 'Baby Blue.' What a perfect song! Their music was and is immortal." You can check out the track now on YouTube. A full-length album featuring "Love Is Gonna Come at Last" with Springfield, as well as other updated Badfinger songs boasting such special guests as Todd Rundgren, ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, power-pop artist Matthew Sweet, blues guitarist Sonny Landreth and more is due out later in 2021. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- ZZ Top released its debut album 50 years ago this Saturdayby ABC Audio on January 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm
Warner MusicFifty years ago this Saturday, January 16, rock fans got their first taste of that little ol' band from Texas, ZZ Top, when the trio -- singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist/singer Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard -- released its debut album. The record, which was aptly titled ZZ Top's First Album, was produced by the band's manager, Bill Ham, and recorded at Robin Hood Studios in Tyler, Texas, outside of Dallas. Ham went on to produce the group's first 10 albums. The album failed to chart on the Billboard 200, and yielded one, albeit unsuccessful, single, "(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree," but it established the trio's trademark musical mix of blues boogie, hard rock and Southern rock with lyrics packed with attitude and humor. Reflecting on the album in a 2013 interview with MusicRadar, Gibbons said, "We were three guys, we had three chords, and the future was wide open. We called the record ZZ Top's First Album because we wanted everyone to know that there would be more. We weren't certain if we'd get another chance in the studio, but we had high hopes." Gibbons wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs on the album, with Ham contributing to five of the tunes, Hill to three and Beard to one. Here's the ZZ Top's First Album track list: "(Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree""Brown Sugar""Squank""Goin' Down to Mexico""Old Man""Neighbor, Neighbor""Certified Blues""Bedroom Thang""Just Got Back from Baby's""Backdoor Love Affair" By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Alice in Chains members reflect on Chris Cornell memorial concert: "That was a hard night"by ABC Audio on January 15, 2021 at 10:00 pm
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThis Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of the star-studded Chris Cornell tribute show. The epic concert, which took place January 16, 2019, honored the late Soundgarden frontman with performances by everyone from Foo Fighters and Metallica to Miley Cyrus and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. That range of performers is one of the things that sticks out to Alice in Chains vocalist William DuVall, who joined Cornell's Temple of the Dog band mates for a rendition of Soundgarden's "Hunted Down" during the show. "Greatness is greatness, and everyone recognized Cornell's greatness," DuVall tells ABC Audio. "I mean, you had pop stars showing up to that thing." More than the performances, though, DuVall and Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez mainly recall the emotion of that night. "That was a hard night, that night, though, man," Inez says. DuVall adds that the whole experience felt "surreal." "You're glad to be a part of it from the standpoint of getting to pay your respects, " DuVall explains. "But every time you really remember why you're there, it was sort of crushing." Still, the concert was filled with instantly legendary renditions of some of Cornell's most beloved songs, including Cyrus' take on Temple of the Dog's "Say Hello 2 Heaven," and an all-star version of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," featuring Brandi Carlile and Peter Frampton. "It would've been one of the greatest nights ever if Chris was there," Inez says. "He was the only one missing, you know?" By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Archival Neil Young & Crazy Horse live album and film, 'Way Down in the Rust Bucket,' due out in Februaryby ABC Audio on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm
Reprise RecordsMore than a year after first mentioning the project on his Neil Young Archives website, Neil Young has announced full official plans to release an archival concert album and video called Way Down in the Rust Bucket on February 26. The previously unreleased album and film document a November 1990 show Young played with Crazy Horse at the Santa Cruz, California, club The Catalyst. The concert featured Neil and his famous backing group playing three sets, and included eight of the 10 tunes from their then-new album Ragged Glory, which was released two months earlier. The performance also included classics such as "Cinnamon Girl," "Like a Hurricane" and "Cortez the Killer," as well as several deep cuts. Young played his 1975 song "Danger Bird" and his 1981 tune "Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze" live for the first time at the gig. Way Down in the Rust Bucket will be available as a two-CD set, a four-LP package and a deluxe box set containing the CDs, the LPs and a DVD featuring footage of the full show, including a 13-minute version of "Cowgirl in the Sand" that doesn't appear on the audio versions. The album also will be available in multiple digital formats.Fans who pre-order Way Down in the Rust Bucket will receive an instant free download of a live, nine-minute version of the Ragged Glory tune "Country Home." The song also is available for streaming now, including at Neil's official YouTube channel, while a video of the performance has been posted at NeilYoungArchives.com.Here's the Way Down in the Rust Bucket track listing: "Country Home""Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze""Love to Burn""Days That Used to Be""Bite the Bullet""Cinnamon Girl""Farmer John""Cowgirl in the Sand"*"Over and Over""Danger Bird""Don't Cry No Tears""Sedan Delivery""Roll Another Number (For the Road)""F***in' Up""T-Bone""Homegrown""Mansion on the Hill""Like a Hurricane""Love and Only Love""Cortez the Killer"* = exclusive to the DVD. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
- Yoko Ono settles lawsuit with John Lennon's former assistantby ABC Audio on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesYoko Ono has informed a federal judge in New York that she has reached a settlement with her late husband John Lennon's former personal assistant that would end her lawsuit that alleged copyright infringement. The deal ends 20 years of litigation and requires Frederic Seaman to pay $5000 and stop speaking about Lennon. "Seaman is precluded from making any statements to a third party concerning or relating to John Lennon individually or as a member of the Beatles, Yoko Ono Lennon or Sean Lennon other than an attorney-client discussion," the settlement agreement said. In February 1979, Seaman was hired as an employee of the Lennon household helping to care for their son Sean, running errands for the Lennon family, and accompanying Lennon, Mrs. Lennon and their son in many of their travels, court records said. "That Seaman is a miscreant and self-promoter is incontrovertible: his first instinct after the horrific murder of John Lennon was to rob the Lennon Family for the purpose of gaining fame and fortune from exploiting a 'self-created' celebrity status," according to Ono's lawsuit that accused him of stealing personal items and defaming her. "He would not only profit financially from Lennon's death, but he would also defame Mrs. Lennon and falsely attempt to portray himself as Lennon's only true confidante by falsely enhancing his status as a gofer," the lawsuit said. By Aaron KaterskyCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.