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Bobbie Gentry Girl From Chickasaw County

Bobbie Gentry – The Girl From Chickasaw County

Bobbie Gentry might not be a household name these days, but in 1967 she took the world by storm. Her debut release of Ode To Billie Joe on Capitol Records topped the Billboard Top 100 for four weeks. It was the start of an illustrious career, with six solo studio albums and her own BBC television series. In the 70’s she had success with her own Las Vegas show, but slowly retreated from the music business. She made her final public appearance at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 30, 1982. She was 40 years old at this

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The Blues Brothers 4K UHD Cover Artwork

The Blue Brothers – 4K UHD Review

Universal Pictures recently released a 4K UHD of The Blues Brothers to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. This beloved and classic comedy, directed by John Landis, first came to cinemas in 1980. It told the story of ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Akroyd), on a mission from God. Both characters, and their backing band, started their lives on TV’s Saturday Night Live comedy sketch show. The Blues Brothers first appeared on SNL in 1978, and had subsequently released their debut album Briefcase Full Of Blues. They had also built up a huge live following too, having

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David Ward Maclean The Wreckers CD

David Ward Maclean – The Wreckers

Very few albums these days inspire me to write about them, at least with any degree of enthusiasm. However David Ward Maclean’s The Wreckers stands out from the crowd in such a bold way. It just seems the obvious thing to do. Having been lucky enough to hear many of the eleven songs featured here in a live environment prior to it’s release, and also fragments of them in the creative and embryonic process, I was definitely looking forward to hearing the album with a great deal of anticipation. It didn’t disappoint, but it has taken me until now to

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Albums Of The Deacde Sunshine Playroom

Poll: Which Is Your Favourite Sunrise?

With world events on a seemingly inevitable path to world war, it’s time for a distraction. Let’s take our minds off things with some great music. I Like The Sunrise was written by Duke Ellington for his Liberian Suite in 1947. Commissioned for the Liberian centennial by the African nation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding by freed American slaves, Ellington recorded it with vocalist Al Hibbler, and released it on the Columbia label. It’s a beautifully evocative piece of music, and very uplifting in it’s message and lyrics. As such it has been an obvious choice for

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Capitol Records Logo

Happy 70th Birthday to Capitol Records!

70 years ago today in 1942, Capitol Records opened it’s first office in a second floor room, just south of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Founded by songwriters Johnny Mercer and Buddy DeSylva, along with record store owner Glenn Wallichs. Within a few weeks of this humble start it had released it’s first single Cow Cow Boogie. The recording by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra featured vocals by Ella Mae Morse. It quickly became their first number one single, and the first of many to sell a million copies. The rest as they often say, is history… Humble Beginnings Mercer

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Record Store Day Logo

Record Store Day – Let’s Aim Higher

Saturday 21st April saw the latest annual Record Store Day celebrated here in the UK, and around the world. A raft of special limited edition vinyl and cd releases (and some tapes!) released especially for the event and available exclusively through participating independent stores. It’s now the busiest day of the year for those shops involved. Read on to see if it was a success this year, and to read my suggestions on how to improve it. Since it’s beginnings in the US in 2007, this annual event increases in scale and popularity each year. This year saw over 400

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