Archive for September, 2011

Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison film ‘Living in the Material World’ to premiere in Liverpool

September 30, 2011

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Martin Scorsese’s new George Harrison TV documentary, titled George Harrison: Living in the Material World, is set to receive its UK premiere in Liverpool.

It will be launched at Liverpool’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) on 2 October 2011.

The film, made in collaboration with Harrison’s widow Olivia, documents the Beatles guitarist’s rise to fame and his life as a member of the Fab Four. It features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

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Queen fans’ favourite lyric revealed

September 30, 2011

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A line from ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ has been voted as Queen’s best ever lyric.

A survey conducted by Island Records and music retailer HMV has found that “Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball” is Queen fans’ favourite line.

Written by Freddie Mercury, and featured as the twelfth track on the band’s 1978 album Jazz, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ was released as a single on 26 January 1979. It reached No. 9 on the UK singles chart.

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Frankie Laine brings back 1950s memories

September 23, 2011

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Sony Music is marking the 60th anniversary of Frankie Laine signing to Columbia Records by releasing a 26-track collection of his best-known songs.

Laine, who died in 2007 at the age of 93, was the most successful artist in Britain in the 1950s.

Frankie Laine: Hits includes his 1953 single ‘I Believe’ (which topped the UK chart for a record 18 weeks), plus nostalgic classics like ‘Rawhide’, ‘Champion the Wonder Horse’, ‘Jezebel’, ‘Jealousy’, ‘High Noon’, ‘Answer Me’, and ‘Sixteen Tons’.

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Elton John life story to be told as Hollywood film called ‘Rocketman’

September 23, 2011

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Sir Elton John, 64, is teaming up with Billy Elliot author Lee Hall to turn his illustrious life and musical career into a major Hollywood film called Rocketman.

The film is being described as a biographical musical fantasy and a “radically different kind of biopic”. It will be co-produced by Sir Elton’s partner David Furnish and film producer Steve Hamilton Shaw.

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REM decide to split after more than 30 years

September 22, 2011

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REM, one of the most memorable bands of their generation, have decided to “call it a day” after more than 30 years together.

In a statement on their website, the band said: “We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

The announcement comes just weeks before the release of their new Greatest Hits retrospective album on 14 November.

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Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse ‘Body and Soul’ duet released as a charity single

September 15, 2011

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A recording of the 1930s jazz standard  ‘Body and Soul’, featuring Amy Winehouse and jazz legend Tony Bennett, is being released as a charity single.

Proceeds from sales of the record will go toward a foundation and rehab centre for young people being set up in the late singer’s honour by her father, Mitch Winehouse.

Bennett, who celebrated his 85th birthday on 3 August, recorded the duet with Amy at London’s Abbey Road Studios in March for his new album, Duets II, which will be released on September 20.

The track was one of Amy Winehouse’s last recordings prior to her death on 23 July at the age of 27.

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Glen Campbell to say goodbye to fans with 2011 UK tour

September 10, 2011

Glen Campbell, who recently revealed he is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and plans to retire, is to say goodbye to his UK fans with a 15-date UK tour this autumn.

Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour will open on Friday 21 October at the Lowry in Salford and will end with the 75-year-old singer’s last-ever UK concert at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Sunday 6 November.

Supported by his two daughters and his son’s band, he will perform many of his classic hits – including ‘Gentle on My Mind’, ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘Galveston’ and ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’.

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