Monthly Archives: November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Atlantic Records has announced the release of “ATLANTIC RECORDS: TIME CAPSULE”

Nov 30, 2009 14:32 ET Atlantic Records Unearths “TIME CAPSULE”: Limited Edition, 10-Disc CD/DVD Boxed Set Celebrates Iconic Label Through Music, Images, Words, Memorabilia; 165 Tracks Span Six Decades, 1947 to 2009 NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – November 30, 2009) – Atlantic Records has announced the release of “ATLANTIC RECORDS: TIME CAPSULE,” an unprecedented boxed set celebrating the iconic label’s past and present through music, images, and words. The most comprehensive project ever devoted to the Atlantic story, this numbered, limited edition collection spans the label’s entire history, from its inception in 1947 to the present day. “TIME CAPSULE” is housed in a custom-designed metallic box featuring: — 9 CDs containing 165 tracks from 141 artists spanning more than six decades — DVD of the acclaimed PBS “American Masters” documentary, “Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built” — 140-page book featuring over 200 rare and/or previously unseen photographs from the Atlantic Archives; reflections and stories from artists and other key players in the company’s history; and a complete Atlantic timeline — Boxed set exclusive 45 rpm vinyl single reissue of Atlantic’s first hit, “Drinkin’ Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee” by “Stick” McGhee and His Buddies (1949) — Reproductions of memorabilia and vintage swag, including posters, handbills, ticket stubs, lyrics, backstage passes, and more — Individually numbered certificate of authenticity For more details, please visit: “This has been a labor of love for a passionate team of Atlantic staffers who have been devoted to this project for many months,” said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. “It is an extraordinary celebration of our company’s rich musical and cultural legacy. The history of Atlantic is unique in our industry, with an unbroken thread that runs from the label’s very beginnings to the present moment. To open this beautiful box and hear, see, read, and touch the Atlantic story is a truly moving experience. I know Ahmet would be so proud of this impressive and compelling tribute to the incredible music, groundbreaking artists, and amazing cast of characters that have given this company life for the past 62 years.” “In the spring of 2004, I showed up for work at Ahmet’s house,” said Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald. “When I looked at all the phenomenal music that he and his partners had brought to life through the years, I felt a deep responsibility to protect the logo and continue this incredible legacy in music. When we began work on the Time Capsule, we were determined that it not only be a celebration of the past, but a celebration of the lasting power and urgency of the vision that guides the label to this day. Atlantic Records was, is, and always will be a welcoming home for artists, careers, and entrepreneurs. I’d like to think that Ahmet is looking down on us, feeling proud of what we’re doing to carry on the great company he created.” “ATLANTIC RECORDS: TIME CAPSULE” is dedicated to Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun, who remained active at the company until his passing in 2006 at the age of 83. The artists Ahmet championed, the music he pioneered, and the executives he mentored led a revolution in contemporary music that reshaped and reflected the modern cultural landscape. In the label’s formative years, the groundbreaking “Atlantic Sound” was forged by the most formidable production team to ever reside at a single company — including such industry icons as Atlantic co-founder Herb Abramson, Jerry Wexler, Ahmet’s brother Nesuhi, Tom Dowd, Leiber & Stoller, Arif Mardin, and Joel Dorn. Today, led by chairmen Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald, Atlantic remains inspired by its deep roots as a company driven first and foremost by a passion for the music and a steadfast belief in its artists. “TIME CAPSULE” was created in the same spirit that infused the label’s very beginnings. Just as the company’s founders, to quote Ahmet, “wanted to make the kind of records that we would want to buy,” the team set out to assemble a collection that would tell a story that they would want to hear. From the outset, the idea was to present Atlantic Records “from the inside,” drawing on rarely seen material from the Atlantic Archives, Ahmet’s personal papers, the work of staff photographers through the years, and recollections from artists, producers, and other pivotal figures in the company’s history. As Atlantic grew from literally a one-room operation into a major international recording company, the label released an extraordinary body of recordings that have had a profound impact on the course of modern music. The music on this comprehensive collection traces Atlantic’s dramatic evolution from its R&B roots into its wide-ranging prominence in jazz, pop, soul, folk, rock’n’roll, and hip-hop. “TIME CAPSULE” is living history — a diverse mosaic of our times, given voice by an exceptional array of singers, musicians, and composers. The Package Concept & Development of “ATLANTIC RECORDS: TIME CAPSULE” was overseen by Mark Obriski, Liz Barrett, and Livia Tortella. The Compilation Producers were Liz Barrett and Bob Kaus, with Art Direction by Mark Obriski, and Design by Mark Obriski and Zachariah Mattheus. Liner Notes & Editorial Content was written, collected, and edited by Bob Kaus. The music was A&R’d by Craig Kallman, Craig Rosen, and Bob Kaus. The Executive Producer was Ahmet Ertegun. In the fall of 1947, two passionate jazz fans and obsessive record collectors — Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson — decided to start their own record label. The Istanbul-born Ertegun, son of a renowned Turkish diplomat, was an embassy-bred graduate student of philosophy. New York-born Abramson was a dental student turned record company A&R man. They shared a love of black American music, and with a $10,000 loan from Ahmet’s dentist, together they formed what would become one of the most successful, influential, and enduring companies in music industry history. A pioneer, icon, and true original, Ahmet’s eclectic tastes and boundary-crossing life set the course of Atlantic and defined its essence. “I thought that we had a small chance of survival,” Ahmet said. “I knew that we knew the music better than our competitors. We understood what made people buy records, and we knew the kind of records we wanted to make… All that really mattered was that we loved the music, and we made up the rest as we went along.” In contrast to other independent labels born in the ’40s and early ’50s, Atlantic never became irretrievably locked into one musical style. So while its foundation was built on a string of pioneering rhythm and blues recordings, before the ’50s had passed, Atlantic had branched out into groundbreaking jazz and crossed over into white pop territory. In the ’60s, the company reclaimed the black music crown with the definitive soul roster, while at the same time moving full-bore into the new rock era on both sides of the Atlantic. By the time Woodstock defined a cultural sea change in 1969, two decades after Atlantic’s formation, the label had grown into a global music powerhouse. Today, sixty years since scoring its first hit, Atlantic’s original entrepreneurial spirit remains its driving force, and unlike countless long-departed labels, it has thrived through constant evolution and determined diversity. What has mattered most to the company’s long-term survival is that it continues be run by true music people. At the end of the first decade of the new century, the “house that Ahmet built” is in the midst of a renaissance, ranking #1 in an industry in the midst of radical change. It is a testament to Atlantic’s unique place in history that it remains such a vital force six decades down the line. “ATLANTIC RECORDS: TIME CAPSULE” ARTISTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL/DISC ORDER: Joe Morris * “Stick” McGhee And His Buddies * Ruth Brown * The Clovers * Professor Longhair * Big Joe Turner * The Chords * Ray Charles * Ivory Joe Hunter * LaVern Baker * Chuck Willis * The Bobbettes * Modern Jazz Quartet * The Coasters * Bobby Darin * Charles Mingus * The Drifters * John Coltrane * Ornette Coleman * Ben E. King * Herbie Mann * Booker T. & The MG’s * Barbara Lewis * Doris Troy * Rufus Thomas * Don Covay * Solomon Burke * Otis Redding * Wilson Pickett * Sonny & Cher * The Young Rascals * Percy Sledge * Sam & Dave * Carla Thomas * Buffalo Springfield * Arthur Conley * Aretha Franklin * The Bar-Kays * Bee Gees * Vanilla Fudge * Albert King * Cream * Archie Bell & The Drells * Iron Butterfly * Crazy World Of Arthur Brown * Dusty Springfield * Led Zeppelin * Blind Faith * Thunderclap Newman * Crosby, Stills & Nash * The Allman Brothers Band * Les McCann & Eddie Harris * R.B. Greaves * Brook Benton * Clarence Carter * Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young * The Velvet Underground * King Floyd * Stephen Stills * Emerson, Lake & Palmer * Derek & The Dominos * Donny Hathaway * The Rolling Stones * Betty Wright * Yes * The Spinners * Roberta Flack * Dr. John * Bette Midler * Manu Dibango * Genesis * Blue Magic * Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners * Bad Company * J. Geils Band * Average White Band * Major Harris * Roxy Music * Hall & Oates * ABBA * The Trammps * Foreigner * Peter Gabriel * Peter Tosh * Chic * The Blues Brothers * Sister Sledge * Manhattan Transfer * Pete Townshend * Slave * Phil Collins * Stevie Nicks * Laura Branigan * Robert Plant * Shannon * Ratt * Twisted Sister * Honeydrippers * Nu Shooz * Debbie Gibson * Levert * INXS * Mike + The Mechanics * Skid Row * Rush * Alannah Myles * En Vogue * Marc Cohn * Mr. Big * Tori Amos * Stone Temple Pilots * All-4-One * Collective Soul * Hootie & The Blowfish * Everything But The Girl * Trans-Siberian Orchestra * Jewel * Matchbox Twenty * Sugar Ray * Lil’ Kim * Brandy * Aaliyah * Kid Rock * Uncle Kracker * P.O.D. * Sean Paul * Simple Plan * Rob Thomas * Staind * Death Cab For Cutie * James Blunt * Gnarls Barkley * T.I. * Panic! At The Disco * Paramore * Flo Rida * Lupe Fiasco * Estelle * Jason Mraz * Zac Brown Band * Shinedown
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Heathcotes to cater Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool

Heathcotes Outside to cater for Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool (30 November 2009 12:25) Blackpool’s Winter Gardens Events caterer Heathcotes Outside has won the contract to provide catering at this year’s Royal Variety Performance, which this year will take place at the Opera House, Blackpool. Heathcotes is to provide a three-course meal for the after-show party in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens for around 500 guests and pre-show canapés and drinks for 100 guests. The contract is estimated to be worth around £50,000. Gary Bates, Heathcotes Outside managing director, said: “This is a hugely important event for everybody concerned and is a familiar fixture on the national entertainment calendar. “To be able to play a role in its success is hugely gratifying and based on our reputation for delivering consistent catering solutions for our clients while maintaining the very highest standards of food and service.” The 81st performance is due to be hosted by Bolton’s award-winning comedian Peter Kay and returns to Blackpool for the first time since 1955. It takes place on 7 December, and acts include Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Buble.
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Beware Of This Scam…It Could Eventually Spread To Miss M (Thanks Allison)

Beware Of eBay User Name-Checking Gigwise To Sell Bon Jovi and Michael Buble Tickets Falsely claiming they write for us… Gigwise would like to notify users of eBay that a seller is using our name to sell tickets. The seller, using various profile names – including ‘time_4_tea_again’ and ‘the_stuff_u_need’ – claims he is in our employment and acquires concert tickets through us. We currently don’t have anyone writing for us called Matt Thompson, nor would we supply this person with any concert tickets including Michael Buble and Bon Jovi next summer. We would advise users of eBay that if anyone demands upfront payment for gig tickets (whether called Matt Thompson or not) and claims they acquired them through Gigwise then DO NOT buy them. We have notified eBay’s fraud team of this activity.
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Last Week To Say “Happy Birthday” To Miss M – Donate, Donate, Donate

Now say that really fast!!! LOL I’ll make this short and simple. This fundraiser is to honor and show appreciation to the finest living entertainer/philanthropist/eco-green goddess there ever has been. In order to do this, we donate our hard earned money to her beloved creation, NYRP. Why give to The New York Restoration Project? Check out all they’ve accomplished and their goals for the future. There’s enough inspiration to start one of these foundations in your own city. Click Here! Now get those checkbooks and credit cards out and follow these instructions! Love, Mister D (I’m Elatin’, I’m Elatin’ Just Keep Donatin’…) Starts: October 1, 2009 thru December 7, 2009 Minimum Donation: $10.00 then to the moon (if you can’t make the minimum, then just give what you can. It’s okay. The economy sucks….) 1. Purchase a birthday card or make your own or write a note or just send in the check. 2. Enclose your check or money order (credit card info below) 3. Important-Make the check out to NYRP. Write on the check where there’s room….”Happy Birthday Bette – BLB” to let her know it came from the BLB group so they can tally how much money we raised. Write this on the check and the back of the envelope…make sure you follow this part carefully or your donation won’t get counted nor will it make it into the box being presented to Ms. Midler. 4. Beginning on Oct 1 thru DEC. 7. Mail the check to (make sure to write Happy Birthday Bette – BLB on the back of the envelope….very important) 5. You may also use their Credit Card page. Beginning in September they will be rolling out a new design. You may choose one of the already allotted donations or ‘Other’ and make up your own. When you get to the end of the process a Comment Box should appear – just write “Happy Birthday Bette – BLB” to let them know to count your donation with the Bootleg Betty group. If you don’t see a Comment Box write and let her know to count your donation with the BLB Happy Birthday Fund…. 6. For Cards with Enclosed Checks start sending beginning Oct 1 through DEC. 7th. Keep everything positive. Please send to: Attn: Kristen Dougherty New York Restoration Project 254 West 31st Street, 10th Floor New York, NY 10001 7. Bette will be presented the birthday cards and donations in a Handmade Memory Box on her birthday or close to it. 8. Then NYRP will tally the totals. We need a lot of participants, so start saving up or raising money. The birthday card will give you a chance to express some of your feelings. So let’s make this successful and maybe make this a yearly thing. At least we tried. Pass this along to your other Bette friends and get them involved, too. 9. All donations are tax deductible! 10. Reminder – Very Important: For The Fundraiser Make sure to put HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETTE – BLB somewhere on the outside of your envelope AND on your check (like on the memo line) so that NYRP knows to put your card in the Memory Box. If you are paying by Credit Card on their site, there is a comment box where you can write HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETTE – BLB as well and it will be put in the box. If you don’t do this, it will just be counted as any old regular donation and won’t be put in the box that will be given to Ms. Midler. If you’ve already sent your card in and messed up, just contact me and I’ll try to straighten it out. Also, do not send any cards or letters unless there is a donation of some quantity. We’ll do a letter campaign another time.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Strictly Come Dancing Part II

I spoke too soon. Miss M productions wrote me back and told me Bette would be singing The Rose on the show, Strictly Come Dancing, Saturday, December 5th. I must learn patience….. Love, Mister D
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Strictly Come Dancing

According to Miss M productions, Bette will appear on Strictly Come Dancing Saturday, December 5th. When asked what number she would perform, the word was mum…nada….nothing…..quiet….zero….go to hell, we’re not telling you…. You probably will be able to see the performance online here: Click Here Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Line-up just announced for the Royal Variety Performance 2009! Sold Out! (Thank you Molly!)

Line-up just announced for the Royal Variety Performance 2009! 21.11.2009 09.15 The Opera House Theatre, in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, will host the 81st Royal Variety Performance, on Monday 7th December, 2009. The Performance, presented annually in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (the EABF), will be the first time that the Royal Variety has been staged in Blackpool since 1955. Blackpool Council has kindly agreed to display the famous Blackpool Illuminations, along the route of the Royal party, on the night of December 7th. Due to an overwhelming demand, all applications for tickets have been suspended. If you have applied for tickets, please click here for more information. Award-winning comedian, Peter Kay, will host the show which promises to be an unforgettable evening. Peter says, “It’s an honour and a privilege to be asked to host the Royal Variety, but even more of a delight to host it in Blackpool. “ . This year’s star studded Performance, looks set to be one of the best ever. Acts confirmed so far include: ALEXANDRA BURKE ANDRE RIEU BETTE MIDLER DIVERSITY JASON MANFORD KATHERINE JENKINS MICHAEL BUBLE MILEY CYRUS PATRICK McGUINNESS PAUL ZERDIN PETER KAY PILOBOLUS DANCERS SISTER ACT with WHOOPI GOLDBERG HERE COME THE GIRLS with CHAKA KHAN ANASTACIA LULU MIKA ADAM HILLS HAL CRUTTENDEN LADY GAGA FARYL SMITH THE HEAVY CAVALRY & CAMBRAI BAND MORECAMBE (aka BOB GOLDING as ERIC MORECAMBE) LES 7 DOIGHTS DE LA MAIN – acrobats Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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Hawaii’s Jake Shimabukuro To Perform Before the Queen

Honolulu Advertiser Posted on: Friday, November 27, 2009 Shimabukuro readies for royal performance Midler invites virtuoso to join her in playing for queen Jimmy Buffett and Bette Midler — now count themselves among his biggest fans. One day he’s playing a gig with Buffett in Las Vegas, and less than a week later he gets a phone call from Midler — Buffett’s friend — asking if he will go to England with her to play for Queen Elizabeth II on Dec. 7. Buffett planted the seed during a lunch meeting that the two Hawai’i acts should work together. Midler, a 1963 Radford High School grad, took it from there. Shimabukuro will now play before the queen the same night as Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Bublé, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and many other stars perform for her. All of this still hasn’t quite sunk in for Shimabukuro, a 1994 Kaimuki High School grad who has been living life at warp speed in 2009. Since January, the 33-year-old virtuoso has toured with Buffett, recorded with, among others, Yo Yo Ma and Cyndi Lauper (for a Japanese project), toured Japan for three months and completed his first tours in both Europe and Brazil. But maybe the coolest, or most indicative, move of who Shimabukuro is came when he booked his flight to join Midler in England: He leaves next Friday, performs for the queen on Dec. 7, then hops a plane back so he can perform at a Toys for Tots concert at Blaisdell Concert Hall on Dec. 9. Canceling his Tots appearance was not an option, he said, despite playing for royalty, with music royalty, a continent and two oceans away from home. He also plans to play for the Honolulu Marathon competitors and at Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber before Christmas. You’ve gotta like this guy. He’s normal, but humble despite being hugely successful. He said he was “blown away” when Buffett told him Midler was a fan of his work. She told them she loved Jake’s rendition of The Beatles’ “In My Life” and asked him to play it with her for the queen. One song, and back to Hawai’i. His biggest worry now is about protocol, which he said he’ll be briefed on upon his arrival in England. “Nothing prepares you for playing for the queen,”Shimabukuro said, laughing. “But I have been very fortunate for all the people I’ve met and touring with Jimmy. A lot of people have taken me under their wings and helped me.” That others have helped him is one reason he’s planning to make it back for the Toys for Tots concert. He is, despite all his world tours, still firmly grounded and likes to give back to his community. And he’s a Midler fan and won’t hide it. “When I told my mom I was going to play before the queen with Bette Midler, her face lit up,” he said. “I must have seen ‘Beaches‘ a hundred times, and I used to cover a lot of her songs. “I was nervous walking in her door, but she was so cool and made me feel at ease. We talked a lot. I think what stood out was that she told me to always be true to myself. I like that.” Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Another Reason Bette Should Leave Vegas – A Drunk Mayor

TMZ Vegas Mayor Rips ‘Fat and Short Bette Midler’ Posted Nov 28th 2009 12:05AM by TMZ Staff One sign Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman might be a bad auctioneer: He turned down the highest bidder … and then called her a “fat and short Bette Midler.” The Mayor let the unbelievable dis loose at a recent auction in Sin City, after a woman he repeatedly said looked like the Divine, red-haired, Vegas performer entered a bid of $2,750 for the item on the auction block. In the video — shot from a distance — Goodman says he won’t accept her money because “she’s fat and she’s short.” The other auctioneer quickly tried to steer the auction back on track … but the damage had been done. Going once, going twice … cold! To see the video and/or make comments: Click Here
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The all-time most popular musicians with Australian record buyers

The Sun Herald WHO WE ARE: The music Australia loved November 27, 2009 Lists of top selling albums and most successful performers, prepared by David Dale and last updated November 24, 2009. The all-time most popular musicians with Australian record buyers Based on each performer’s total sales of vinyl and CD albums, using estimates from the Australian Record Industry Association and music researcher David Kent’s Australian Chart Book. Performer Biggest Year Topselling Album (not necessarily from the biggest year) 1 Elton John 1973 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2 The Beatles 1968 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 3 Billy Joel 1976 Piano Man 4 Paul McCartney 1973 Band on the Run 5 Michael Jackson 1982 Thriller 6 Abba 1975 The Best of Abba 7 John Farnham 1986 Whispering Jack 8 Jimmy Barnes 1985 For The Working Class Man 9 Neil Diamond 1972 Hot August Night 10 Madonna 1990 The Immaculate Collection 11 Fleetwood Mac 1977 Rumours 12 The Rolling Stones 1971 Goat’s Head Soup 13 Rod Stewart 1975 Atlantic Crossing 14 Dire Straits 1978 Brothers in Arms 15 Led Zeppelin 1973 Led Zeppelin II 16 Pink Floyd 1973 Dark Side of the Moon 17 Eurythmics 1985 Be Yourself Tonight 18 The Carpenters 1973 Now and Then 19 Celine Dion 1996 Falling Into You 20 Delta Goodrem 2003 Innocent Eyes 21 Savage Garden 1997 Savage Garden 22 Kylie Minogue 2001 Fever 23 Cat Stevens 1971 Teaser and the Firecat 24 Joe Cocker 1971 Cocker Happy 25 Mariah Carey 1994 Music Box 26 U2 1988 Rattle and Hum 27 INXS 1990 The Swing 28 Creedence Clearwater Revival 1970 Cosmo’s Factory 29 Cold Chisel 1984 Twentieth Century 120_Peter01.jpg 30 Midnight Oil 1983 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 31 Deep Purple 1970 Deep Purple in Rock 32 Elvis Presley 2003 30 #1 Hits 33 The Seekers 1968 The Best of the Seekers 34 Crowded House 1986 Crowded House 35 Leo Sayer 1974 Just a Boy 36 Eagles 1976 Hotel California 37 Meat Loaf 1978 Bat Out of Hell 38 Split Enz 1980 True Colours 39 Australian Crawl 1981 Sirocco 40 Bette Midler 1980 Beaches 41 Lionel Richie 1983 Can’t Slow Down 42 Eminem 2002 The Eminem Show 43 David Bowie 1973 Let’s Dance 44 Police 1979 Synchronicity 45 Skyhooks 1975 Living in the 70s 46 Bob Dylan 1976 Desire 47 AC/DC 1976 Back in Black 48 The Bee Gees 1999 Saturday Night Fever 49 Queen 1976 Greatest Hits Collection 50 Van Morrison 1974 Astral Weeks
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