Music Diary – 28th December

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Freddie King (3rd September 1934 – 28th December 1976)

Freddie King (3rd September 1934 – 28th December 1976)

On the 28th December 1976, Blues guitarist Freddie King died at the age of 42. Heart trouble and ulcers caused the death of the outstanding musician, who is often mentioned as one of the „Three Kings“ of Blues – beside Albert and B.B. King.


Already at the age of six years, Freddie was taught guitar lessons by his Mother Ella Mae and his uncle. In 1949 King moved with his family to Chicago, where he later get in touch with other great Blues musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin‘ Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson. Freddie King’s first band was called „The Every Hour Blues Boys“, featuring Jimmie Lee Robinson on guitar and Frank „Sonny“ Scott on drums. Also in the fifties he played with many other Blues legends – Jimmy Rogers, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Eddie Taylor, Hound Dog Taylor, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim and Little Walter.

In 1960, Freddie King was signed to the label Federal Records and on the 26th August his debut single „Have You Ever Loved a Woman“ backed with „You’ve Got to Love Her with a Feeling“ was released. Also during these sessions, the instrumental „Hide Away“ was recorded, which reached one year later No. 5 on the R&B Charts and No. 29 on the Pop Singles Charts in the USA.


During that time, Freddie toured with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and James Brown. The two LPs for Atlantic Records „Freddie King Is a Blues Master“ (1969) and „My Feeling for the Blues“ (1970) hit the stores, before Freddie King recorded the classic song „Goin‘ Down“ (1971), which was written by Leon Russell and Don Nix.


The LP „Burglar“ (1974) features guest appearances of Eric Clapton, George Terry, drummer Jamie Oldaker and bassist Carl Radle. After the release of „Larger Than Life“ (1975), King began suffering stomack ulcers. Complications from that sickness and an acute pancreatitis led to death. Freddie King died on the 28th December 1976 at the age of only 42 years.

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Music Diary – 10th December

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Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

Otis Redding (9th September 1941 – 10th December 1967)

On the 10th December 1967 the American soul singer Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash. The airplane (carrying the musician and his whole band) crashed at 3.28 pm into the Lake Monomo near Madison, Wisconsin. Beside Redding (born on 9th September 1941) the members of the Band „The Bar-Kays“ – Jimmy King (guitar), Ronnie Caldwell (organ), Phalon Jones (saxophone) and Carl Cunningham (drums) – died also. The only survivor was trumpet player Ben Cauley. Redding and his band were booked that day for a show at the Factory nightclub, which was located next to the University of Wisconsin. This tragedy happened just three days after Otis Redding recorded „(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”. This song should become Redding’s biggest hit.

 

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Music Diary – 23rd November

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Chinese Democracy

On the 23rd November 2008, the very long anticipated album „Chinese Democracy“ by the rest of Guns N‘ Roses (Axl Rose and Dizzy Reed plus various musicians) was released. It has been 15 long years after the last album by the Gunners. The release date was always postponed until the follow-up of „The Spaghetti Incident?“ (1993) hit finally the stores in 2008. Also a lot of money by Geffen Records was necessary, to complete the album.


„Chinese Democracy“
was not really the big seller for Guns N‘ Roses – although it received generally favorable reviews and achieved international chart success, it has sold only approximately one million copies in Europe. For comparision: The LPs „Use Your Illusion I“ and „Use Your Illusion II“ (both 1991) have been sold in Germany alone over two million copies.

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Music Diary – 17th October

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Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Slim Shady)

Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Slim Shady)

Happy birthday to Mr. Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Eminem, who was born on the 17th October 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri!

The American rapper is also well known under his alter ego and stage name „Slim Shady“. Eminem had his worldwide breakthrough with his third album „The Marhsall Mathers LP“ (2000). Over 29 million copies were sold until today.

With his school friend Mike Ruby he began rapping at the age of 14. The duo performed under the moniker „M&M“ which changed later into Eminem. They attended open-mic contests at a Hip-Hop Shop located on West 7 Mile in Detroit.Then Eminem joined the New Jacks and Soul Intent before founding D12 featuring the rappers Eminem, Bizarre, Kuniva, Swifty McVay and Fuzz Scoota.

In the Nineties, Eminem was signed to FBT Productions and his debut album „Infinite“ (1996) was released. After that the rapper invented his character „Slim Shady“ and in 1997 the „Slim Shady EP“ was recorded. Producer Dr. Dre got a copy and he recalled: „In my entire career in the music industry, I have never found anything from a demo tape or a CD“, said the star producer in an interview with Rolling Stone. Eminem was signed to Dr. Dre’s label Aftermath Entertainment and in 1999 the second longplayer followed: „The Slim Shady LP„. This one was a commercial success (triple platinum) and the rapper earned his first Grammy in the category „Grammy Award for Best Rap Album„. With „The Marhsall Mathers LP“ Eminem recorded a real milestone. Released in May 2000 the album sold almost 30 millions copies worldwide. Also all Single outtakes like „The Real Slim Shady„, „The Way I Am“ and „Stan“ charted all over the world.


In 2002 the next LP hit the stores: „The Eminem Show“ (featuring the hit single „Without Me„). This was also a huge success – over 1.3 million copies were sold in its first full week of sales.


On 8th November 2002 the movie „8 Mile“ was released, an American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver and directed by Curtis Hanson. It’s the story of a young white rapper named Jimmy „B-Rabbit“ Smith Jr. (starred by Eminem) who is living in Detroit and his attempt to launch a career as a a rapper. Beside Eminem the actors Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger are featured in the film.


Then in 2004 the album „Encore“ topped also the charts and by the end of 2005 rumours circulated that Eminem is thinking about to finish his career as a rapper. The best of doulbe album „Curtain Call: The Hits“ was for many people the swan song, but on the release date, the singer denied officially that he is retiring. „I’m at a point in my life right now where I feel like I don’t know where my career is going … This is the reason that we called it ‚Curtain Call‘, because this could be the final thing. We don’t know“, so Eminem via the WKQI’s „Mojo in the Morning“ radio show.

In March 2009 Eminem announced in a press release that two new albums will be coming up. „Relapse“ was released on 19th May and sold more than five million copies worldwide. Instead of a brandnew LP, „Relapse: Refill“ hit the stores in December, which contains seven bonus tracks.On 18th June 2010, Eminem’s seventh studio album called „Recovery“ came out. Also he started collaborating with Royce da 5’9″ on their first EP as Bad Meets Evil and also on their next single, „Lighters“ (2011). In May 2012 Eminem announced that he is working on a new LP which should be released in 2013. And on the 5th November  the very anticipated album „The Marshall Mathers LP 2″  was finally released and went straight to No. 1 on the US and UK charts.

On the 28th November 2014, the 2-CD-Set „Shady XV“ was released. One disc is featuring the greatest hits while the other contains new music from Eminem and Shady Records artist like  D12, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, and Yelawolf with guest appearances from other artists.

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Music Diary – 16th October

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CCROn the 16th October 1972 one of the most popular bands of that time called it a day: The American rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival aka CCR announced the break up. John Fogerty (lead vocalist, lead guitarist and primary songwriter), rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty (John’s brother), bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford founded the band undet the moniker The Blue Velvets in 1960. After signed to Fantasy Records they changed the name firstly into The Golliwogs and in December 1967 the quartet called itself Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR).

One year later the self titled debut album was released which features the two covers
I put a Spell on you“ (written by Screamin‘ Jay Hawkins) and „Susie Q“ (by Dale Hawkins). In 1969 three studio LPs followed: The first one was „Bayou Country„. The Single „Proud Mary“ reached the second place on the charts and with the heavy rotation on the US radios the fanbase became bigger and bigger. Then „Green River“ with the Single outtakes „Lodi“ and „Bad Moon Rising“ entered the charts worldwide. And finally „Willy and the Poor Boys“ hit the market before 1970 get started. And two more hit Singles follwed: „Fortunate Son“ and „Down on the Corner„.


In April 1970 the first Europe tour happened followed by the fifth CCR studio album „Cosmo’s Factory„, which features more hits like „Run through the Jungle„, „Who’ll stop the Rain“ and the cover version of „I heard it throught the Grapevine„. In December the next LP was released: „Pendulum„. The Single „Have you ever seen the Rain“ charted also worldwide and became No. 1 in Canada. Afer the recording sessions, Tom Fogerty left the band. This was the beginning of the end: On the 11th April 1972 the last studio album „Mardi Gras“ featuring „Sweet Hitch-Hiker“ was released by CCR. The LP received only poor reception and after a two-month tour through the USA, Fantasy Records and Creedence Clearwater Revival officially announced the disbanding of the band on the 16th October 1972.


The Fogerty brothers started their solo careers while Stu Cook and Doug Clifford played with the Don Harrison Band. In 1995 Cook and Clifford started as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

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Music Diary – 13th October

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Paul Simon

On the 13th October 1941 Mr. Paul Frederic Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey. In 1952 he met his future music partner Art Garfunkel for the first time. The duo performed in a procuction of „Alice in Wonderland“ and two years later, Simon (Guitar and Vocals) and Garfunkel (Vocals) began singing together. One of the first tunes they wrote and played together was „The Girl of me“ which became a hit in their close neighborhood. At the Library of Congress this historic piece of paper with all the chords and words is exhibited. In 1957 the duo performed under the moniker Tom & Jerry and their song „Hey, Schoolgirl“ was released by Big Records. The single crawled until to No. 49 on the pop charts.

In 1964 Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel performed as Simon & Garfunkel. Many singles charted all around the world like the classics „The Sound of Silence„, „Mrs. Robinson“ and „Bridge Over Troubled Water„. At the height popularity the duo split in 1970 and both started their successful solo careers. In 1981 Simon & Garfunkel reunited again for the famous „Concert in Central Park„, but parted again very soon after.


In 2003 they toured  together again under the banner „Old Friends“.

Paul Simon’s slef-titled second solo album went in 1972 on No. 4 in the US. „There Goes Rhymin‘ Simon“ reached one year later the second place in the charts and „Still Crazy After All These Years“ was the first No. 1 album position for Paul Simon as a solo artist. With „Graceland“ (1986) the American musician recorded a real milestone in pop history. The album won the „1987 Grammy Award“ for „Album of the Year“ and the title song received one year later the „1988 Grammy Award“ for „Record of the Year„.


All in all Paul Simon received 12 „Grammys“ for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Music Diary – 7th October

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Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (1995)

On the 7th October 1995 the album „Jagged Little Pill“ by Alanis Morissette topped the US charts. This LP became a huge success for Alanis and the best sellig album every by a female artist – over 30 millions were sold worldwide.

It’s the third album by the Canadian singer and the first which was released internationally. All the 12 songs were co-written with producer Glen Ballard and after the release on the 13th June 1995 six singles were outtaken. „You oughta know„, „Hand in my Pocket„, „Ironic„, „You learn„, „Head over Feet“ and „All I really want“ charted also. Five of them went No. 1 in the Canadian Single charts.


The „Rolling Stone“ magazine ranked „Jagged Little Pill“ in 2003 on number 327 list of the „500 greatest albums of all time„.

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