Music Diary – 29th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 29th September!

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

On the 29th September 1935 Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis aka „The Killer“ was born in the town of Ferriday, Louisiana (USA). The singer and pianist is considered as one of the greatest Rock’n’Roll musicians in history. At the age of 21, Jerry Lee Lewis traveled for an audition to the legendary Sun Records studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Jack Clement recorded the cover version of „Crazy Arms“ (formerly recorded by Ray Price) and Lewis‘ own composition „End of the Road“. One month later, in December 1956, Lewis started his solo career and became also a sessions musician for Sun Records. His unique piano playing can be heard on many recordings for artits like Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

On the 4th December 1956 the historic jam session featuring Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins,  Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis happened. Label owner Sam Phillips recorded it. 25 year later is was available titled as „Million Dollar Quartet„.

In 1957 Lewis recorded his first hit „Whole Lotta Shakin‘ Going On„. And more chartbreaker followed like „Great Balls of Fire„, „Breathless“ and „High School Confidential„. After his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra in the same year, his popularity was quickly gone due to this scandal. He still recorded all over the years and especially his wild live performances in the sixties became legendary. The live album „Live at the Star Club, Hamburg“ (1964) proves this: „‚Live at the Star Club‘ is extraordinary, the purest, hardest rock & roll ever committed to record“, so music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine (Allmusic).

In 1989 the biographical movie „Great Balls of Fire!“ directed by Jim McBride with Dennis Quaid starring as „The Killer“ and Winona Ryder as Myra was released. For the soundtrack Jerry Lee Lewis re-recorded his songs.


After the induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986), Lewis toured again in 1998 with the two Rock’n’Roll legends Chuck Berry and Little Richard. In 2006 the album „Last Man Standing “ was released. Three years later the record „Mean Old Man“ hit the stores. For the 18 new songs he worked together with people like Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Kid Rock, Slash, Ringo Starr, Robbie Robertson and Ronnie Wood – just to name a few.

Shop for Jerry Lee Lewis (Germany/Europe):           Shop for Jerry Lee Lewis (USA):Jerry Lee Lewis Shop                                    Jerry Lee Lewis Shop

Music Diary – 17th September

Welcome back to my Music Diary – today for the 17th September!

UseyourillusionOn the 17th September 1991 the Guns N‘ Roses double albums „Use Your Illusion I“ and „Use Your Illusion II“ were simultaneously released for retail sale. This marked the largest ship-out in music history in the US.

„Use Your Illusion I“ reached only in Canada the number one in the charts. „Use Your Illusion II“ topped the charts in USA, Australia, New Zealand and in the UK.

On „Use Your Illusion I“ are legendary tracks like „Don’t Cry (Original)„, „November Rain“ and the Wings cover „Live and let die“ (written by Paul McCartney).

Beside the Bob Dylan cover „Knockin‘ on Heaven’s Door„, the songs „Civil War„, „You could be mine“ (which is also featured in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie „Terminator 2: Judgment Day„) and „Don’t Cry (Alt. Lyrics)“ can be found on „UseYour Illusion II“.


The Estonian-American artist Mark Kostabi did the cover art, which is based on Raphael’s frescoes The School of Athens. Originally painted between 1509 and 1510 in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Raphael - The School of Athens (Detail)

Raphael – The School of Athens (Detail)

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Get your copies and more Guns N‘ Roses Merchandising here (Germany/Europe):
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I (1991)                                                                Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II (1991)

Guns N' Roses Shop

Get your copies and more Guns N‘ Roses Merchandising here (USA):
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I (1991)                                                                Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II (1991)

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Music Diary – 16th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 16th September!

Riley B. King aka B.B. King (born 16th September 1925)

Riley B. King aka B.B. King (born 16th September 1925)

In 1925 Mr. Riley B. King aka B.B. („Blues Boy“) King was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA. King is one of the most outstanding Blues musicians of all time. In 2011 the magzine Rolling Stone ranked him at number six on its year list of the „100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time„. Eight years before B.B. King was ranked on the third position of this poll.

King’s own description: „When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing my guitar Lucille.“


Jon Brewer directed the documentary film „The Life of Riley“ on the life of B.B. King which features the 88 years old „King of Blues“ and othere legends like Bill Wyman, Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Willis, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, George Benson, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Mick Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood and Slash – just to name a few 😉


Buy recommendations (Europe/Germany):

B.B. King - Live at the Regal (1965) B.B. King - Lucille (1968) B.B. King: The Life of Riley (OmU)(2013)

Buy recommendations (USA):

B.B. King - Live at the Regal (1965) B.B. King - Lucille (1968) B.B. King: The Life of Riley (OmU)(2013)

 

 

Murder By Death – Don’t Cry (Guns n‘ Roses Cover)

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This is the B-Side of the vinyl single release „Brother“ (2006) – enjoy!

Music Diary – 18th June

Hey Musicaddicts all around the world!

Today, on the 18th June, I am remembering two breathtaking performances:

Back in the year 2000 I attended one of the best shows I’ve ever seen: Pearl Jam played an outstanding open air gig in Salzburg at the wonderful Residenzplatz. And when the sun set down the full moon came up and brightened up the old city in a perfect light. Luckily this concert was recorded and released as a 2-CD-Set.

Ten years later me and my friend headbanged in Paris at the Stade de France with AC/DC. Before Angus & Co. gave us an overdose of Rock’n’Roll, Mr. Saul Hudson (better known as Slash), kicked our ass!

Pictures, videos, setlist etc. about the mentioned shows you can find here (just scroll down to the date of 18/06):
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-june/

By the way:
Mr. Dizzy Reed, who plays still with Guns n‘ Roses, has his birthday today – happy bday!!! Also all the best to Paul McCartney, who turned 71 today 😉

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

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My library

Hey people!

I deliver you an insight into my library (from Charles Bukowski to William S. Burroughs and tons of music books) – so here we go:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.488434541187861.118812.100000639577123&type=3

Cheers & Enjoy!

Alex Melomane

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UPDATE: Section „Concerts May“ is finished!

Dear Music Lovers and Sound Addicts around the world!

I’ve just finished the section „Concerts May“ on my homepage:
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-may

Enjoy my reviews, pictures, videos and setlists feat. AC/DC, Woven Hand, Murder By Death, Rory Gallagher, Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Helldorado, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Guns N‘ Roses, Soundgarden, Faith No More, K’s Choice, The Wedding Present, Judas Priest and Die Ärzte!

If you want to contribute in some way (sending pictures, video links, setlists etc.) – please drop me a line!

Cheers & spread the word!

Alex Melomane