domingo, 26 de febrero de 2012

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash 80 years "Man in Black"


80 years "Man in Black"

With songs like "Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison" and "Hurt" Johnny Cash influenced several generations. He struggled with his drug addiction - and came back. Despite pain and respiratory problems took cash shortly before his death in 2003, to new songs on - today, he would have turned 80 years old.

By Julia Hummelsiep, HR radio studio in Washington

Johnny Cash on stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo: Reuters)Enlarge the imageThe "man in black" - Johnny Cash at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. (Undated picture)"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash" - that was his trademark greeting. From his first appearance until the last, this was always the first thing that stopped him from his fans. She was exactly like his trademark black clothes only at his concerts.

1955 started the story of the legendary Johnny Cash, he told himself on one of his last concerts. It is a story of musical success and personal crash. Cash was a drug addict in the 1960s - clean it later.And he witnessed as a 62-year-old musically impressive comeback.

With the guitar in the living room of the producer

"It has been just like in the 1950s, this excitement. I had freedom to make music just as I wanted," Johnny Cash said in an interview with Dutch television.That was in 1996, two years after the release of their first album in the series "American Recordings".

The young hip-hop and metal producer Rick Rubin got cash to his label. "We do what you want. I want to get the best out of you," Rubin said to have said at the time of cash. Then they made the deal. "I sat with my guitar with him in the living room and my list of 200 songs was played down. And we have taken," said Cash. From the first album was Cash's legacy. The six-part series "American Recordings" presents his own songs, but also numerous cover versions - such as U2, Tom Petty and Depeche Mode.

"Hurt" - the best music video ever

Johnny Cash (photo: picture alliance / united archive)Enlarge the imageCash managed an impressive comeback"I have taken so many songs from different genres, and have made ​​it my own songs," Cash said. Sun 2002, he covered the song "Hurt," originally played by the industrial rock band "Nine Inch Nails". For the accompanying music video in 2004 there was a Grammy last year and has named it the British music magazine "New Musical Express" even the best video of all time.

Diabetes, respiratory problems, brittle voice

That did not live to Johnny Cash. He died on 12 September 2003 to the consequences of his diabetes. In his recent interview with MTV presenter Kurt Loder Cash said when asked if he was afraid of death: "I think my life is almost over I am 71 years old.." That was three weeks before his death.

Until recently he took for his "American Recordings" - although he carried his illness for many years suffered from respiratory problems, such as Cash told in a 2002 interview with U.S. talk show host Larry King. Previously he had made the sound more right away, it was different now, so cash. He now had to work hard on the recordings. His unique voice was failing in his last years, but still he sang till the end. Also his, as Cash himself said, the biggest hit, "Walk the Line."

Johnny Cash (Photo: picture-alliance / dpa)Enlarge the imageJohnny Cash (1932 - 2003)_

lunes, 6 de febrero de 2012

January 31st: On this Day In Music History

1953, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes'. The American singer and television personalities first hit - Como was a seventh son of a seventh son.
1957, Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, 'Rock Around The Clock' had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10inch 78's.
1963, Two former Shadows members, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan were at No.1 on the UK single charts with 'Diamonds'.
1964, The first night of a UK Package Tour kicked off at The Public Hall in Preston Lancashire with John Leyton, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Rolling Stones, Jet Harris and Mike Sarne.
1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming John Lennon bought a 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey which provided him with most the lyrics for The Beatles song 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite'.
1968, Love Affair were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Everlasting Love'. Singer Steve Ellis was the only band member to perform on the recording.
1970, The Jackson Five went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Want You Back'. The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & The Pips and was the first of four No.1's for the group. It made No.2 in the UK.
1976, Abba knocked Queen from the UK No.1 position on the UK singles chart with 'Mamma Mia.' Queen's single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' had enjoyed a nine week run at the top of the charts, by coincidence, Queen's single contains the famous "mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go" line.
1976, Alan Price, Sailor, Roy Wood and Chris Spedding all appeared on UK television pop show Supersonic.
1976, UK Music weekly Sounds readers Poll Winners included; best album 'A Night At The Opera', by Queen, best single 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Queen, best band Queen, musician Mike Oldfield, female singer Maddy Prior, Steeleye, Span, new band Rainbow, bore of the year The Bay City Rollers.
1976, 'The Best Of Roy Orbison' went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
1976, The Ohio Players went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Rollercoaster' the group's second US No.1.
1978, Talking Heads made their UK TV debut on the 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'
1981, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles hart with 'The Tide Is High', the group's third US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.
1983, The Maisonettes had the No. 1 UK indie single with 'Heartache Avenue'.
1987, Paul Simon went back to No. 1 on the UK album chart with 'Graceland', the album stayed on the chart for 101 weeks.
1988, Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared at The Mean Fiddler, London, England.
1988, Janet Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Together Again'.
1990, The Stone Roses were granted conditional bail by Wolverhampton Magistrates court after the band had trashed their record company's offices.
1998, Usher went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Make Me Wanna'. The US hip-hop vocalist and actor was 18 at the time.
1999, US dance music producer Armand Van Helden went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Don't Know Me'. Helden also had a No.1 with the remix of the Tori Amos track 'Professional Widow'.
2000, The Strokes played their first ever UK show when they appeared at The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth.
2003, Robbie Williams topped a chart based on UK album sales from the past 5 years. The ex Take That singer had sold 9.7 million albums in Britain, an average of more than 5,000 every day. The Corrs were in second place with 5.8m sales, Westlife in third with 5.1, Madonna in fourth with 5m and The Beatles in fifth with 4.7m.
2006, Notorious Big, feat P Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Nasty Girl'. This posthumous hit had contributions from a selection of US Urban Soul and Hip Hop performers.
2007, Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. 'Woman in the Window', a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign.
2008, Natasha Bedingfield entered the US chart at number three with her album Pocketful of Sunshine, equaling the record set by soul singer Sade in having the highest-ever US chart debut for a UK-signed female. The British singer sold 50,000 copies of the record in its first week of release.
January 31st: Born on this day
1946, Born on this day, Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single with 'If You Leave Me Now'). Kath accidentally shot himself dead on January 23rd 1978. Kath's last words were "Don't worry it's not loaded" as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly.
1951, Born on this day, Harry Wayne Casey, KC and the Sunshine Band, (1975 US No.1 single 'That's The Way, I Like It', 1983 UK No.1 single 'Give It Up').
1951, Born on this day, Phil Manzanera, guitar, Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single 'Virginia Plain' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1952, Born on this day, Curley Smith, drums, Jo Jo Gunne, (1972 UK No.6 & US No. 27 single 'Run Run Run.)'
1954, Born on this day, Adrian Vandenburg, guitar, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Here I Go Again').
1956, Born on this day, John Lydon, (Johnny Rotten,) singer, Sex Pistols, (1977 UK No.2 single 'God Save The Queen' and 1977 UK No.1 album 'Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols'). Public Image Ltd, (1983 UK No.5 single 'This Is Not A Love Song').
1961, Born on this day, Lloyd Cole, vocals, guitar, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, (1985 UK No.19 single 'Brand New Friend', solo, 1995 UK No.24 'Like Lovers Do').
1964, Born on this day, Jeff Hanneman, guitar, Slayer, (1995 UK No.50 single 'Serenity In Murder').
1966, Born on this day, Al Jaworski, bass, Jesus Jones, (1991 UK No.7 single 'International Bright Young Thing').
1967, Born on this day, Chad Channing, Nirvana's first drummer, left the band in 1990. Has since worked with The Methodists, East of the Equator and Redband
1970, Born on this day, Minnie Driver, actress, singer, songwriter, 2004 album 'Everything I've Got In My Pocket', was once a member of UK band Puff, Rocks and Brown who were signed to Island records.
1981, Born on this day, Justin Timberlake, singer, *NSYNC, (2000 US No.1 single 'It's Gonna Be Me', 1999 UK No.5 single 'I Want You Back'). Solo, (2003 UK No.2 & US No.3 single 'Cry Me A River'). His second solo album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' was released in 2006 with the U.S. number-one hit singles 'SexyBack', 'My Love' and 'What Goes Around... Comes Around.' With his first two albums, Timberlake has sold over fourteen million albums worldwide. Has his own record label called Tennman Records.
Died on this day
1970, American blues musician Slim Harpo died of a heart attack while recording in London aged 46. Had the 1966 US No.16 single 'Baby Scratch My Back'. The Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds and Them all covered his songs.
1978, Greg Herbert saxophone player with Blood Sweat & Tears died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam, Holland aged 30. 1969 Blood, Sweat & Tears won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

January 30th: On this Day In Music History


1956, Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA's New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version of the Carl Perkins song 'Blue Suede Shoes'.
1958, on the first night of a six date Australian tour, Buddy Holly, Paul Anka, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jodie Sands and Johnny O'Keefe all appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales.
1959, Elvis Presley had his third UK No.1 single 'One Night / I Got Stung' a double A side, (originally written and recorded under the title 'One Night of Sin)' a revival of the Smiley Lewis's R&B hit. Presley was in the army by the time this song reached No.1.
1961, The Shirelles became the first girl group to have the number one song on the US chart when 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' reached the top. The song peaked at No.4 in the UK.
1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Sonny Bono song 'Needles And Pins'. The group's second UK No.1 had originally been recorded by Jackie DeShannon.
1967, The Beatles went to Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, for the first day of filming for the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, (UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white).
1969, The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live.
1970, Marc Bolan married June Child at Kensington registry office, they divorced in 1975.
1970, Edison Lighthouse were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes).' The group's only Top 40 hit spent five weeks at the top of the charts. In February 1970, Tony Burrows became the first (and still the only) person to appear on BBC Television's Top Of The Pops fronting three different acts in one show: Edison Lighthouse (who were number one that week), White Plains, and Brotherhood of Man.
1972, Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers.
1973, after recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York.
1973, Kiss appeared at The Popcorn, Queens, New York.
1975, The Bee Gees begin recording 'Jive Talkin', which became their second US chart topper and No.5 UK hit. Barry Gibb's inspiration for the song came when his wife commented on the sound their car made while crossing a bridge over Biscayne Bay into Miami. She noted, "It's our drive talkin'."
1978, The Police appeared at the Vortex Club, Wardour Street, London, England.
1981, Toyah appeared at the newly opened Rock City in Nottingham, England. Forthcoming acts included, Alex Harvey, Bad Manners, The Stranglers, After The Fire, Gillan and Frankie Valli.
1982, Barbra Streisand started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the 'Love Songs LP'.
1982, Hall and Oates went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can Go For That, (No Can Do)' the duo's fourth US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
1982, Paul McCartney guested on BBC radios Desert Island Discs his selections include, Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel', Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen', John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy 'and Little Richards 'Tutti Frutti'.
1988, during a court case involving Holly Johnson and ZTT Records it was revealed that Frankie Goes To Hollywood had not played on their hits 'Relax' and 'Two Tribes'. The court was told that top session musicians were used to make the records.
1988, INXS had their first US No.1 hit single with 'Need You Tonight'.
1988, Terence Trent D'arby went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for an 8 week run with Introducing 'The Hardline To Terence Trent D'arby'.
1988, Tiffany was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Think We're Alone Now', the singers only UK No.1 single. The song was a hit for Tommy James & The Shondells in 1967.
1990, unhappy with the re-issue of the bands early single 'Sally Cinnaman' The Stone Roses trashed their former record company Revolver FM's offices and threw paint over cars. The band were arrested and charged with criminal damage.
1991, 22 years to the day that The Beatles played live on the roof of their London offices, Manchester band James played a live set on the roof of Manchester's Piccadilly radio station attracting several thousand on-lookers.
1992, touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the The Barton Theater in Adelaide.
1994, Dina Carroll went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'So Close'.
1999, After spending 11 weeks on the chart Britney Spears started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '...Baby One More Time.' Britney's debut album also went to No.1 on the US chart on the same day.
1999, in the NME readers poll results the winner of 'The pop personality that you would like as your doctor' was won by singer Natalie Imbruglia.
2000, Gabrielle went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rise'. The song used a sample from Bob Dylan's 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' giving Dylan his third UK No.1 as a writer, the other two being The Byrds version of 'Mr Tambourine Man' and Manfred Mann's 'The Mighty Quinn'.
2005, The Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Push The Button', the duo's fourth UK No.1 album. The Game had the US No.1 album with 'The Documentary.'
2010, Neil Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his "influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work". A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crowe performed his songs as he was honoured by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
January 30th: Born on this day
1928, Born on this day, Ruth Brown, US singer, (1957 US No.25 single, 'Lucky Lips'), Atlantic Records top selling artist of the 50's.
1936, Born on this day, Horst Jankowski, German pianist, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.12 single 'A Walk In The Black Forrest'). He died of cancer on 29th June 1998.
1941, Born on this day, Joe Terranova, Danny and the Juniors, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'At The Hop').
1942, Born on this day, Martyn Balin, vocals, Jefferson Airplane, (1967 US No.18 single 'White Rabbit').
1943, Born on this day, Sandy Deane, Jay and the Americans, (1969 US No.6 single 'This Magic Moment' plus nine other US Top 30 hits).
1947, Born on this day, Steve Marriott, guitarist and singer/songwriter. He was a major influence on many UK bands. Marriott was a member of Small Faces, (1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single with 'Itchycoo Park' plus the 1968 No.1 UK album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake') and Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single with 'Natural Born Bugie'). He died in a house fire on April 20th 1991.
1949, Born on this day, William King, trumpet, The Commodores, (1978 UK & US No.1 single 'Three Times A Lady').
1951, Born on this day, Phil Collins, drums, piano, vocals, Genesis, (1986 US No.1 'Invisible Touch', 1992 UK No.7 single 'I Can't Dance' plus six UK No.1 albums). Solo, (1988 UK & US No.1 single 'A Groovy Kind Of Love' plus six other US No.1's and four UK No.1 solo albums). Acting roles include Oliver, Buster and Miami Vice, also worked with Brand X.
1959, Born on this day, Mark Eitzel, guitarist, singer, songwriter, American Music Club, (1993 album 'Mercury').
1961, Born on this day, Jody Watley, vocals, Shalamar, (1980 US No. 8 single 'The Second Time Around', 1982 UK No.5 single 'A Night To Remember'). Solo (1987 UK No.13 single, 'Looking For A New Love', 1989 US No.2 single, 'Real Love'). Destiny's Child covered the Watley penned song 'Sweet Sixteen.'
1964, Born on this day, Angie Stone, singer, songwriter, Vertical Hold, solo. Written hits for Mary J. Blige & D'Angelo.
Died on this day
1982, American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin Hopkins died of cancer aged 70. Influenced Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. R.E.M. recorded a song named after him on their Document album.