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Paul McCartney talks about writing songs with Michael Jackson

October 14, 2015

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

To pave the way for a remixed, deluxe edition of his classic album Pipes of Peace, Paul McCartney has released a remix of his 1983 hit with Michael Jackson, ‘Say, Say, Say’, which was originally produced by George Martin. The song became Jackson’s seventh Top 10 hit in a year.

In the video below, McCartney talks to Manic Street Preachers’ frontman James Dean Bradfield about what it was like to write songs such as ‘Say, Say, Say’ with Michael Jackson.

McCartney reveals that the song was written quickly, with Jackson and himself face-to-face around a piano in the former Beatle’s London office.

“It came very easily because I was excited to be writing with him and he was excited to write with me,” said McCartney. “We just popped off each other.”

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New Caffrey Morrison Thompson album ‘Sleepless Nights’ should be a hit with fans of Journey, Asia, Survivor and Paul Carrack

May 14, 2013

SLEEPLESS NIGHTSIf you’re a fan of the rock musical Rock of Ages, and you’re into the melodic rock of classic 1980s bands like Journey, Asia and Survivor, you’ll love this new album, Sleepless Nights, by Caffrey Morrison Thompson – a highly experienced three-piece band from the North East of England.

Sleepless Nights features a superb collection of 15 pop-rock and melodic blues-driven tracks. The songs provide an excellent vehicle for the band’s soulful vocals which also carry strong echoes of Paul Carrack, Paul Rodgers and Free.

Caffrey Morrison Thompson comprises singer-songwriters Phil Caffrey and Tommy Morrison, and songwriter-producer Steve Thompson.

Phil Caffrey was a member of 1970s band Arbre who were signed to DJM Records alongside Elton John. Phil’s distinctive Paul Rodgers-sounding voice has been much in demand for many years, including backing vocals on a Saxon album and Jimmy Nail’s 1994 hit ‘Crocodile Shoes’.

As a solo artist, Tommy Morrison’s first album, titled Place Your Bets, was co-produced by Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company. Tommy’s second album, Cry To The Sky, was produced by Ed Stasium who is best-known for his work with The Ramones, Talking Heads and The Smithereens.

Steve Thompson has written songs for international stars such as Celine Dion, Sara Brightman, Sheena Easton, Elaine Page and Elkie Brooks. He has also enjoyed chart success with his songs ‘Hurry Home’ by Wavelength, ‘I Don’t Want To Be The One’ by The Searchers, and The Tygers Of Pan Tang’s ‘Paris By Air’. He was at the heart of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, producing bands such as The Tygers of Pan Tang, Venom and Raven.

Sleepless Nights includes versions of two Steve Thompson songs which were recorded by Elkie Brooks – the hit single ‘The Last Teardrop’, and ‘One of A Kind’ which was featured on her album Close To The Edge.

You can hear Elkie’s version of ‘The Last Teardrop’ HERE…

Caffrey Morrison Thompson’s Sleepless Nights album can be downloaded at www.sleeplessnights.org.uk. It is also possible to purchase individual tracks.

FULL TRACK LISTING:

1. Sleepless Nights (Tommy Morrison)

2. I Feel The Same (Phil Caffrey/Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

3. Sleepin’ Train (Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

4. Lovin’ Arms (Steve Thompson)

5. What To Say (Phil Caffrey/Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

6. Go Free (Tommy Morrison)

7. Your Finest Hour (Steve Thompson)

8. Never Say Die (Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

9. You Call The Tune (Tommy Morrison)

10. One Of A Kind (Tommy Morrison/Steve Thompson)

11. Easy Street (Tommy Morrison)

12. The Last Teardrop (Steve Thompson)

13. Let Me Hold You (Steve Thompson)

14. Friday (Phil Caffrey/Steve Thompson)

15. We Don’t All Get To Go To Heaven (Tommy Morrison)

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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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Queen to release Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets

December 13, 2011

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Two previously unheard Queen tracks featuring vocals by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson are set to be released next year, it has been revealed.

The tracks are understood to have been recorded at Michael Jackson’s home studio in the 1980s after he and Freddie became friends. The recordings have reportedly been approved for release by the Jackson estate and will appear under the Queen name.

“Michael used to come and see us when we were on tour in the States,” Queen guitarist Brian May told the Evening Standard. “He and Freddie became close friends, close enough to record a couple of tracks together at Michael’s house – tracks which have never seen the light of day.”

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Duran Duran played by supermodels in new video

November 10, 2011

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Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon play members of Duran Duran in a new nine-minute promotional video for the song ‘Girl Panic!’ from the band’s latest album, All We Need Now.

Cindy Crawford plays the part of bassist John Taylor, Helena Christensen sits in for drummer Roger Taylor, Eva Herzigova is Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon’s wife Yasmin plays a guitarist, and Naomi Campbell is upfront as lead singer Le Bon. They are seen playing instruments and wearing the band’s trademark suits.

The real members of Duran Duran have cameo roles as bellhops, waiters, chauffeurs and paparazzi.

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Madness frontman Suggs to publish autobiography + New Madness box set released

October 13, 2011

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Madness singer Suggs, aka Graham McPherson, has announced he is working on a memoir of his life and his 35-year career in music.

The as-yet-untitled autobiography is due to be published by Quercus in autumn 2012.

“I hope it will amuse, entertain and be a bestseller in 2012,” said Suggs, who plans to reveal all about his 30 years of Madness.

Meanwhile, a new Madness box set, titled A Guided Tour Of Madness, is now available from Union Square Music. It features 70 classic singles, tracks from all of the band’s albums, and a DVD of their legendary reunion at Madstock ’92.

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Queen’s last five studio albums to be re-issued in September

August 27, 2011

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Remastered editions of Queen’s last five studio albums – The Works, A Kind Of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo and Made In Heaven – will be re-issued on 5 September 2011 to coincide with what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday.

Recorded between 1984 and 1995, the albums include classic tracks such as ‘Radio Gaga’, ‘I Want To Break Free’, ‘One Vision’, ‘A Kind of Magic’, ‘I Want It All’, ‘The Miracle’ and ‘These Are The Days of Our Lives’.

Also released on the same day is Queen: Deep Cuts 3.

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Oldies music magazine launched for over-50s baby boomers

July 9, 2011

Titled SH-BOOM! after the 1950s doo-wop hit, the new oldies magazine is FREE and will focus on music and stars from the Fifties to the Eighties.

You’re reading the Sh-Boom! blog, but a sample of the new magazine can be read at www.sh-boommagazine.com.

As well as being the UK’s first-ever music magazine created for lovers of Fifties, Sixties, Seventies and Eighties music, SH-BOOM! is also different because it’s an interactive digital magazine.

It looks like a printed magazine but it is read on your computer.

As an interactive magazine, SH-BOOM! aims to help readers keep up to date with their favourite artists in a fun and involving way. Stories are brought to life by animation, music videos, music tracks and video interviews.

The London-based publisher, Sh-Boom Media Limited, decided to launch the magazine in a digital format because of baby boomers’ increasing appetite for the internet, and their growing interest in digital reading.

SH-BOOM! is completely FREE.

Oldies music fans simply have to register at the digital magazine’s website (www.sh-boommagazine.com) in order to receive free copies by email.

Readers can also join a free online music community for lovers of the music and artists of the late-1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

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George Michael adds extra UK dates to Symphonica tour

June 12, 2011

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George Michael, who quit touring in 2008, is set to return to live performing in August. A major tour of Europe will kick off in Prague in the Czech Republic on 22 August, with the 47-year-old singer backed by a full symphony orchestra.

   Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour will now include 19 concerts in the UK in October, November and December – with six extra UK dates having been added in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and London.

   A special charity performance will be held at the Royal Opera House on 6 November in aid of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Aids foundation.

   During the Symphonica tour, Michael is expected to perform a “carefully chosen selection” of his old songs, as well as some of his favourite songs by other artists.

   “I think musically this tour and album will be surprising because I’m being far more true to myself,” said the former Wham star. “I feel very re-energised after my recent troubles.”

   He added: “The idea of singing with symphonic orchestras around the world is because I heard Tony Bennett had done it recently, and I thought, ‘What a nice idea’. Singing with this kind of backing has been very attractive to me for a long time.”

UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES:

October 25 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 26 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 28 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 29 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

November 1 – DUBLIN, 02 Arena

November 6 – LONDON, Royal Opera House

November 26 – CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

November 27 – CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

November 30 – LIVERPOOL, Echo Arena

December 2 – SHEFFIELD, Motorpoint Arena

December 3 – NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena

December 6 – GLASGOW, SECC

December 7 – GLASGOW, SECC

December 9 – BIRMINGHAM, LG Arena

December 10 – BIRMINGHAM, LG Arena

December 12 – MANCHESTER, MEN Arena

December 13 – MANCHESTER, MEN Arena

December 16 – LONDON, Earl’s Court

December 17 – LONDON, Earl’s Court

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ZZ Top recording first new album for eight years

June 5, 2011

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ZZ Top are reportedly recording their first new album since Mescalero in 2003. Plans to record their 15th studio album in 2006 and again in 2008 failed to materialise, but guitarist Billy Gibbons insists the new album will be available “by the end of the year”.

   Gibbons has also confirmed that work has begun on a ZZ Top tribute album, with artists such as Foo Fighters and Nickelback performing the band’s classic hits.

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