Archive for February, 2013

‘Wild Thing’ singer Reg Presley of The Troggs dies aged 71

February 5, 2013

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Reg Presley, lead singer with The Troggs, died at his home in Hampshire, England on 4 February 2013. He was 71.

In January 2012, he announced his retirement from the band, revealing he had been diagnosed with lung cancer after falling ill during a show in Germany.

The Troggs catapulted into the UK and US charts in July 1966 with their iconic version of Chip Taylor’s song ‘Wild Thing’. Classic Troggs hits written by Presley included ‘With a Girl Like You’ (1966) and ‘Love Is All Around’ (1967).

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Motown musical moves Hitsville to Broadway

February 3, 2013

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A new stage musical telling the story of the legendary Motown label is to open on Broadway in April 2013. Titled Motown: The Musical, it will feature Brandon Victor Dixon who plays the label’s founder Berry Gordy Jnr, and Valisia LeKae taking the part of Diana Ross.

Gordy himself is one of the producers of the show, so it is expected to include plenty of classic Motown songs from its heyday in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

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New Jimi Hendrix album, ‘People, Hell and Angels’, to be released in March

February 3, 2013

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A new Jimi Hendrix album, People, Hell and Angels, is to be released in March. It will feature 12 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1968 and 1969.

It is believed Hendrix originally planned to include the tracks on First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the planned double-album follow-up to Electric Ladyland which he was working on when he died.

The tracks are said to show he was developing “new, experimental directions” and exploring fresh diversions from his legendary guitarwork.

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Lenny Kravitz to star in Marvin Gaye biopic

February 3, 2013

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Lenny Kravitz is reportedly set to portray Marvin Gaye in a new film about the Motown legend’s final years, focusing on his European period when he lived in London and Ostend, Belgium in the early 1980s.

The movie will be directed by Julien Temple who was responsible for the musical Absolute Beginners and biographical films about The Sex Pistols, Joe Strummer and The Kinks’ Ray Davies.

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Black Sabbath reveal title of new album, ’13’

February 3, 2013

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Black Sabbath have announced that the title of their new album will be ‘13’. Original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.

‘13’ is their first studio album together since 1978’s Never Say Die!. It will be released in June and marks the band’s return to their original label Vertigo.

Black Sabbath were recently crowned the most influential British hard rock act of all time in a survey of 3,600 hard rock fans. Nearly half the fans (45%) voted for the Birmingham heavy metal pioneers, while Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin came second (both with 20%).

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