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New Beach Boys album ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’ to be released in June

May 10, 2012

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To mark the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary this year, the founding members of the group – Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks – have reunited to record an all-new studio album titled That’s Why God Made The Radio.

Written and produced by Brian Wilson (with Mike Love as executive producer), the new album will be released on June 5.

It is the Beach Boys’ first new studio album for over 15 years and the first album that all of the band’s surviving original members have recorded together since the early 1960s.

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The Beach Boys celebrate 50th anniversary of first live gig

December 31, 2011

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As the founding members of The Beach Boys finalise plans to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a brand new studio album and a 50-date international tour in 2012, it was exactly 50 years ago today (31 December 1961) that the band performed on stage as ‘The Beach Boys’ for the first time.

The three teenage Wilson brothers – Brian, Carl and Dennis – their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine had previously been known locally as The Pendletones. But they made their live debut under their new name as the support act to Ike & Tina Turner at a Ritchie Valens Memorial Dance at Long Beach Civic Auditorium, California.

In October 1961, The Pendletones had recorded the Brian Wilson song ‘Surfin’’ for a local label called Candix Records. A small number of 45s were pressed, but when the boys eagerly unpacked the first box of singles, they were stunned to find that the band’s name was shown on the disc as ‘The Beach Boys’. The record label’s promotion man, Russ Regan, had changed the name to help tie the group to other popular ‘surf rock’ bands of the time.

The rest, as they say, is history …  Exactly 50 years later, The Beach Boys still hold the record as the all-time top-selling American band for albums and singles. They have also scored more US Top 40 chart hits (36) than any other American group.

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The Beach Boys reuniting for 50th anniversary album and world tour in 2012

December 17, 2011

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The founding members of The Beach Boys have confirmed that they are to reunite for a series of global 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2012 – including a new Brian Wilson-produced album featuring brand new songs.

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will come together for a new studio album and a 50-date international tour which will begin in April with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Brian Wilson said: “This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.”


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Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s life story to be told in Hollywood film

August 29, 2011

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The colourful life story of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is to be turned into a major Hollywood film.

The producers say the biopic will take an ‘unconventional’ look at Wilson’s musical career and innovative creative processes, as well as his long struggle with mental health problems.

The script will be written by Oren Moverman, who created the screenplay for the unconventional Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There.


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Soul singer Solomon Burke dies aged 70

October 10, 2010

US soul singer Solomon Burke once said: “As long as I have breath to do it, I’ll sing, with God’s help”.

Sadly, the warm bass voice of this larger-than-life ‘King of Rock and Soul’ is now silent. He died early on Sunday October 10, 2010 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles. He was 70.

Solomon Burke was born to the sound of music in an upstairs room of a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 21 1940. He began his adult career as a preacher and hosted a gospel radio show. But he also played guitar and sang, and his talent and church-trained voice were soon spotted.

In 1960, he signed with Atlantic Records – home to Ray Charles. Like Charles, his songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B. His first hit record, in 1961, was a cover version of the country song ‘Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)’. This was followed in 1962 with ‘Cry To Me’ which was famously used 25 years later in the film Dirty Dancing.

In 1964, Burke wrote and recorded his most influential song, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’, which was later covered by artists such as The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett. Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi also performed the song in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler dubbed him “the best soul singer of all time”. But Solomon Burke was more than just a great soul singer. He was first and foremost a man of God. He was the bishop of Solomon’s Temple – an evangelical church with 40,000 followers and 170 missions that had been founded by his grandmother after she reportedly dreamed of his birth 12 years before the event.

It was Burke’s religious beliefs that led Atlantic Records to market him as the first ‘soul singer’ after he objected to the record label describing his music as rhythm ‘n’ blues. At that time, many black churchgoers equated R&B with the music of the Devil.

Solomon Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Grammy in 2003 for his album Don’t Give Up On Me. The album featured 11 tracks written for him by admirers such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and Elvis Costello. He recorded every song in one take.

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Elton John and Leon Russell together onstage for BBC Electric Proms in October

September 13, 2010

Sir Elton John is set to appear alongside legendary US singer-songwriter Leon Russell at the BBC Electric Proms in October.

The duo will perform live – at separate pianos – on Thursday, October 28 at London’s Roundhouse. The set will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, with highlights from the concert forming the centre piece of A Night In With Sir Elton John on BBC Two on October 30. The “night in” will also include behind-the-scenes footage from the Roundhouse gig and a new documentary about Sir Elton’s life and music.

Sir Elton – who has sold over 250 million records in a career spanning four decades – is expected to play classic tracks from his back catalogue. He will also perform new songs from his forthcoming studio album with Leon Russell, The Union, which will be released by Mercury Records on October 25.

“I’m delighted to be kicking off this year’s BBC Electric Proms,” says Sir Elton, “particularly as I’ll be joined on stage by Leon who is one of my musical heroes. The performance will feature other very special guests and some memorable moments.”

Leon Russell, now 68, collaborated with Sir Elton in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was also responsible for classic songs such as ‘Delta Lady’ (a huge hit for Joe Cocker in 1969) and The Carpenters’ Grammy-nominated hit ‘Superstar’ in 1971.

The Elton John/Leon Russell album, The Union, features guest appearances by Brian Wilson, Booker T, Don Was and Neil Young. It was produced by T-Bone Burnett and is accompanied by documentary footage shot by filmmaker Cameron Crowe.

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Brian Wilson sings Gershwin

July 22, 2010

In an unprecedented meeting of two legendary songwriters, Brian Wilson has recorded a 12-track album of classic songs by George Gershwin, titled Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin.

But it’s no ordinary collection of cover versions. Two of the tracks are rare, unfinished Gershwin songs from the 1920s which the Gershwin Estate allowed Brian Wilson to complete.

The ‘new’ songs – ‘The Like in I Love You’ and ‘Nothing But Love’ – have made history by effectively becoming unique Gershwin-Wilson collaborations … separated by 70 years!

The songs are featured on the album alongside Wilson’s Beach Boys-style vocal arrangements of standards like ‘Summertime’, ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’, ‘I’ve Got Rhythm’ and ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’. Also included is an outstanding a capella version of Gershwin’s 1924 orchestral piece ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.

The genius behind Pet Sounds says the new album is the “most spiritual” project he has ever worked on. “Along with Irving Berlin, Gershwin basically invented the popular song,” said Wilson. “But he did something more. He had a gift for melody that nobody has ever equalled, yet his music is timeless and always accessible.”

Last year, the Gershwin estate gave Wilson access to more than 100 unfinished or obscure songs and unpublished melodies left by George Gershwin when he died in 1937. Wilson narrowed these fragments down to two favourites, then created new songs blending the Wilson and Gershwin styles.

‘The Like in I Love You’ is drawn from ‘Will You Remember Me?’, a song Gershwin composed in 1924 for the musical Lady, Be Good! which never made it into the show. ‘Nothing But Love’ is based on ‘Say My Say’, a 1929 song fragment which the Gershwin brothers never fully completed.

“In every generation, music has been pushed forward by visionaries, from the Gershwin brothers to Brian Wilson,” said George Gershwin’s great-nephew Todd Gershwin. “This latest interpretation is a new opportunity to discover the magic of Gershwin music.”

Track Listing:

01 Rhapsody in Blue /Intro
02 The Like in I Love You
03 Summertime
04 I Loves You Porgy
05 I Got Plenty of Nothin’
06 It Ain’t Necessarily So
07 ‘S Wonderful
08 They Can’t Take That Away from Me
09 Our Love Is Here to Stay
10 I’ve Got a Crush on You
11 I’ve Got Rhythm
12 Someone to Watch Over Me
13 Nothing But Love
14 Rhapsody in Blue/Reprise

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