Quick Takes on Led Zeppelin, Elvis, Paul McCartney, Tommy James, and The Animals
Monday, January 14, 2013
Quick Takes on Led Zeppelin, Elvis, Paul McCartney, Tommy James, and The Animals
Led Zeppelin is making in-roads into granting an online subscription service exclusive rights to stream the band's catalogue. Among the companies in the running to stream Zeppelin's music are Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, and Deezer. A spokesperson for the band's label, Warner Music Group, said in a prepared statement: "We're excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Led Zeppelin to activate streaming rights for their catalog. We're supportive of the band's discussions with W.M.G.'s streaming service partners to create a window of exclusivity to maximize the impact of this launch." (
Elvis Presley's longtime touring guitarist John Wilkinson died of cancer at his Springfield, Missouri home on January 11th at age 67. Wilkinson was hand-picked by Elvis to be part of part of "The King's" legendary TCB Band in July 1969 and played over 1,200 shows with Elvis up until his final concert on June 26th, 1977 in Indianapolis. Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley said in statement: "John and the beautiful music he made with Elvis will live forever in our hearts." (
Paul and Linda McCartney's son James McCartney has just announced string of East Coast club dates for this spring. The 35-year-old singer-songwriter will play New Haven, Connecticut; Philadelphia; Vienna, Virginia; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
James McCartney tour dates (subject to change):
May 21 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine 
May 22 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live 
May 25 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java 
May 29 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
Tommy James has received BMI Awards for 22 million plays of his songs. James received five BMI Million-Air Awards, which recognized that "five of James' songs which have had, in total, more than 22 million airing on U.S. radio stations over the years." The songs which earned James the honors were his hits with the Shondells -- "Crimson And Clover," "Crystal Blue Persuasion," and "Mony, Mony," along with his solo single "Draggin' The Line" and Alive N Kickin's hit "Tighter, Tighter," which James wrote and produced for the group. (Vintage Vinyl News)
The Animals' Eric Burdon will release his latest solo album called, Til Your River Runs Dry on January 29th. Burdon, who wrote most of the songs himself, will promote the set tomorrow night (Tuesday, January 15th), performing live with the Roots on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

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