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    1.S.O.S.2.Fernando3.Mama Mia4.Dancing Queen5.Take a chance on me6.Honey,Honey7.Winner takes it all8.Happy new year 9.Watterloo 10.Does your mother know
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    Once again, it's not easy limiting to 10, but I was able to do 15: 1. Waterloo 2. Dancing Queen 3. Does Your Mother Know 4. Hey, Hey Helen 5. Winner Takes It All 6. Mama Mia 7. Knowing Me Knowing You 8. Why Did It Have To Be Me 9. When All Is Said And Done 10. S.O.S. 11. He Is Your Brother 12. Our Last Summer 13. The Name Of The Game 14. Thank You For The Music 15. Another Town, Another Train
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    Is this what we'd call a guilty pleasure? ABBA had such a perfect pop formula for the time for al the reasons you said. You couldn't avoid them on the radio. And you didn't necessarily change the station (thought with some songs, you couldn't help it...). Still, I love the first three singles below, and I like the next few, and mind the last few: 1. Dancing Queen. As ebullient of a pop song as there ever was. 2. Waterloo. I guess I could say the same about this earlier single. 3. Fernando. A cool international vibe. 4. I Do, I Do, I Do... The actual title has at least two more "I Dos." Kind of a cool pop tune, also with an international appeal. 5. Take a Chance on Me. Love the a cappella opening and bouncy melody. 6. SOS. Sort of a classical feel during the intro, then... pop heaven. 7. Knowing Me Knowing You. Catchy chorus lifts this one. 8 Name of the Game... although it's nowhere near the Wally Bryson (Fotomaker) song of the same name. 9. One of Us. 10. Chiquitita As for clunkers I tended to turn off, I'd say "Mama Mia" and "Super Trouper" and a few others didn't last long when I'd hear 'em come on. All this said, I don't know much ABBA beyond the hits (of which they had plenty!).
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    I saw Eric blow The Sweet off the stage at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on this tour. Afterwards, Chicago Tribune reporter Aaron Gold predicted superstardom for Eric.
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    I started watching wrestling when I was 5 years old and Sometimes I still watch the old wrestlers that I used to watch From 1985-2012
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    There has never been another voice as easy to listen to as Karen Carpenter. 1. Rainy Days And Mondays 2. Close To You 3. I Won't Last A Day Without You 4. Hurting Each Other 5. Yesterday Once More 6. Only Yesterday 7. Superstar 8. Goodbye To Love 9. We've Only Just Begun 10. Let Me Be The One 11. Sing 12. I Believe You 13. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song 14. All My Life 15. This Masquerade
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    Happy Birthday Eric! Hope you get what you want!! Thanks for the music and the memories
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    James, I agree that Ayn Rand should be on the list as well as Emerson and Thoreau. The list is a good starter library, but needs to be embellished. It's ok to like Hemingway. He writes in a way that most fellas like, plain and to the point. I just feel that he lacks the finesse of Joyce and Fitzgerald. In Raspberries terms, Hemingway is a Wally song; it's good and well executed. But, Fitzgerald is like an EC masterpiece, full of delightful nuance, beauty and surprise. 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀📗📗📗
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    I felt the same way as James for a long time. At some point in the late 70's, Elton changed and I couldn't accept it. I kept waiting and waiting for him to return to the Elton of old. It never happened. At some point I was able to separate Elton Part 1 from Elton Part 2. I looked at the 80's Elton as if he were a different artist in a way. When I did this, I was able to enjoy him again. There also came an Elton Part 3 which I also embraced. As a result, I like quite a few of his newer albums. He did have several that I never warmed up to too. Anyhow.... my first four are easy. But I'm going to have to sort out the rest. 1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2. Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player 3. Captain Fantastic 4. Honky Chateau I would challenge anyone to give me three consecutive records that equal Elton's Don't Shoot Me and double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. And by the way, Captain Fantastic might rank at least close to being in my top 5 albums of all time. to be continued.....
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    1.Maneater2.Out of touch 3.Method of modern love4.Jingle bell rock5.Rich girl6.She's gone7.Sarah smile 8.Private eyes 9.I can't go for that 10.Say it isn't so11.Adult education
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    .....´s top 10. Another group I recently purchased a box set of their studio albums, so I have a lot to explore. I know ABBA isn´t so popular in the cool crowd, but those 2 guys wrote and produced at a sky high level for 10 years or so, and the girls could sing and perform their songs perfectly. Just a great pure pop group. Sometimes when you see the 2 dudes interviewed more recently, they kinda seem ashamed of ABBA. I see that with some other artists, actors etc. when they look back on some of their popular work, movies etc.....for some reason I don´t like when artists do that. Anyway, for now my list: 1. Winner takes it all....one of the best lead vocal jobs of all time, for me 2. Summer Night City....they actually rock hard on this one while not losing their tradition of great melodies 3. The name of the game....haunting harmonies if you listen closely 4. Does your mother know......this song couldn´t be released in today´s hyper uptight environment 5. Knowing Me, Knowing You 6. Dancing Queen 7. Fernando 8. Thank you for the music 9. S.O.S. 10.Waterloo
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    I'm one of those who fell in love with the band in high school with the release of the first single and kept following when Eric went solo. I remember trying to win a Raspberries concert for my school-we lost- and finally getting to see them live when they came to town. Have to see if I can dig up the pictures
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    The band should make the name cool, no matter how goofy the name is. We forget how dumb some names are, ie: Beatles, KIss etc.....we forget because the bands have made those names cool by being attached to those names. I actually like Raspberries as a name, and will suspicion it did not hold their commercial success back. Just like the name "James" used to be considered nerdy when it was associated with dudes like James Bond, Jesse James, The James Gang etc. But when I rolled around, the name for some reason garnered a cool aura attached to it. Ok, please carry-on. : ) James
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    Good job with the Wally highlights LC! Pretty comprehensive, in and out of Raspberries. Here's my Wally top 10 (in no particular order): 1. Come Around And See Me 2. Don't Wanna Say Goodbye 3. With You In My Life 4. Might As Well 5. Last Dance 6. Party's Over 7. When Is Your Dream 8. Rock n' Roll Kids 9. Name Of The Game 10. Come Back
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    To date, the song (S.O.S) is the only Hot 100 single (or #1 single in Australia[20]) in which both the title and the credited act (and also the musical genre) are palindromes.[21]
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    Rolling Stones top 10 (in no particular order): 1.Gimme Shelter 2. Honky Tonk Woman (am I the only one to put this in the top 10?) 3. Brown Sugar 4. Satisfaction 5. Angie 6. Beast of Burden 7. Tumbling Dice 8. You Can't Always Get What You Want 9. Jumpin' Jack Flash 10. It's Only Rock and Roll
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    Tony Burrows was sort of a rent-a-singer in the 1960s and '70s—it's his voice you hear on "Love Grows (Where My Rosemaray Goes)" by Edison Lighthouse, "Beach Baby" by First Class, "United We Stand" by Brotherhood of Man, and "Gimme Dat Ding" by The Pipkins, among others. He also fronted a group called Magic, which covered "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" in 1976. Check it out in this video. I think it's a vintage production made to appear even more vintage—like a sort of '60s-era story-in-a-video thing, very British-looking. I'm not sure if that's Tony in the video — he looks different in every picture — but I don't think it is. I'm not sure if I like the cover, either. It pulls the song more into a bubblegum direction, when I'd rather hear it go the opposite way.
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    It´s ok Kirk, it´s the California in you. Fortunately we midwesterners have a work ethic, so you guys out west are covered. : )
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    HDN and HELP are definitely two different types of films. HDN is a mockumentary filmed very much in the French New Wave style. I adore this film! HELP is appropriately named. It features tour worn Beatles who are almost phoning in their lines. While still an excellent film, you can see that worldwide fame has taken its toll on our heroes. HELP lacks the energy and innocence of HDN, but that being said, it is a perfect documentation/snapshot of where the Beatles were at that point in their career.
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    I ♥️ movies. Film studies were part of my independent study college major. So many good ones out there, and depending on my mood, my list changes. I do like a good # of foreign films, too. Algiers Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Bonnie and Clyde Private Benjamin Bringing Up Baby Arsenic and Old Lace North By Northwest Bell, Book & Candle Dogma Breakfast At Tiffany's Philadelphia Story Elizabeth & sequel Golden Age The Bishop's Wife (original) Ferris Bueller's Day Off The Joy Luck Club The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover The Bicycle Thief Life Is Beautiful The Kid (Chaplin) Safety Last Last of the Mohicans Benny and Joon Das Boot Blues Brothers Moonstruck Wayne's World A Fish Called Wanda To Catch A Thief To Kill A Mockingbird Kill Bill l & ll Top Hat Herbie the Beetle movies Any classic Universal monster movie. Any OLD Our Gang (Hal Roach not MGM) 📽️🎥🎬🎞️
  24. 2 points
    Another father/daughter duet that gives the Sinatra’s a run for their money...
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    Shoot, how´d we forget the 2 great duets by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in Grease?...."Summer Lovin" and "You´re the one that I want". Both superb! And Shirley Jones singing "If I loved you" with Gordon McRae (I think that´s his name) in Carousel might be the greatest of them all ! James
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    LC, you never over write.....we appreciate you putting the thought you do into your posts, and we love reading them. "Caddyshack" was great because of Ted Knight and Rodney. It maybe should have made my top 10. I saw "Enter the Dragon" and the other Bruce Lee movies back in the 70s, only because my best friend was a Bruce Lee freak back then, he had the nuun-chucks (sp?) and got good at them. Though I would not have gone to a Bruce Lee movie on my own volition, I actually loved those movies, got my intro to Chuck Norris from one of them. Another movie I recently watched was Samson & Deliliah with Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature. The movie was good, but Hedy Lamarr´s performance as Delilah makes it great, for me. She and some of those actresses from her day are a huge treat to watch on the screen. Lot of beauty, strong character and a lot of class...and they celebrate being a woman. Ok, please carry-on..
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    Not trying to start anything again, but... Eric Carmen Better Than Sweet in This Show View the Full Page Search the Largest Online Newspaper Archive Show article text (OCR)
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    Wow, "When you hear "If You Change Your Mind," you just hear a songwriter's > calculated craftsmanship. " Eric's vocal is completely from the heart and magnificent. Gets me every time, 10.000 listens later. Clearly this guy has never tried to play IYCYM on the guitar or piano because the chords early follow a common progression, but have some incredible changes later on. Nothing about this song is calculated. A masterpiece that should have been a massive AM single.
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    Lew, you're going to share this review on the Sweet message board, right? LOL!
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    "Yesterday's Songs" (from 1981 "On The Way To The Sky") was my late mom's favorite Neil song!!
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    The song "Let's Pretend" by The Raspberries lands at # 36 on Rolling Stone magazine's "Top 75 Greatest Boy Group Songs" https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/boy-band-songs-greatest-1033317/
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    The Founding Father of Wrestling schtick, and boxing schtick for that matter, as Mohamed Ali credits Gorgeous George as being the inspiration for his schtick. Get at the beginning his valet/assistant is "decontaminating" the ring prior to Señor Gorgeous entering. Lol. I recently bought some dvds of pro wrestling from the classic period. Love this classic stuff:
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    You are right about the kid wrestler...He has a wiki page ...His name was Dan Quirk a.k.a. Spider...Real nice kid who was very small for a pro wrestler (under 200 lbs)but made up for it in desire...A real fan favorite who always signed autographs and shook hands with the fans... One of the most daring and athletic wrestlers I have ever worked with, Dan took a lot of chances...I used to tell him that for $25, he was nuts for trying some of the dangerous Maneuvers and stunts that he was known for...He was gonna get hurt...He would laugh and say, “Aw, Lew”... Eventually, he graduated from the small little independent leagues located in Connecticut(NAWF and CCW) to a wider base throughout New England... I remember one event where we had a show at a prison in Ct.and he got a warning from authorities because, after the show, he was exchanging email addresses and befriending some of the inmates which we were prohibited from doing...Just a nice kid... .I always felt an affinity for him because he was the same age as my kids...The details of his death are noted on his wiki page and was just a freak thing...His death sent shockwaves through the industry and Percy Pringle(later known as Paul Bearer) was Instrumental in some changes on the independent circuit...I.e. mats covering the entire outside ring area, fences between fans and wrestlers, etc. if I could dig up some more video of him, I’ll post it here...
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    Lew, tell us about the kid....I enjoyed watching him in your video. He had something special as a pro wrestler...a likeability. He´s actually has a wiki page where you can read about his career and tragic death. It said Percy Pringle was pissed as he felt independent associations don´t have safety standards to the degree they should. P.S. I watched a little wrestling when I live in Texas in the 80s. Percy was by far the funniest (and my favorite) character of all the Texas region "players". He was a manager, but a hoot was he.
  36. 2 points
    Old school wrestling is more fun to watch than newer matches and I've so many good old ones including this one with Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 3
  37. 2 points
    Used to watch wrestling in the 60’s. Freddy Blassie (“Pencil-necked geeks“), Bo Bo Brazil (with his coco butts), and the like. Super corny but entertaining.
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    It's soooo fake, but hilarious to watch, although I can only take so much.
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    This was a local Independent professional organization of wrestlers(NAWF)that were either on their way up/ down in their career... When it was the night of the wrestling card, you would go into the dressing area and there would be a large poster pasted on the wall with the matches for the evening... Next to the combatants name for each match would be the name of the referee for that bout...The wrestler’s name that the promoter wanted to win the match would be circled... My job was to get the two wrestlers together and they would figure out how they would end the match...All the other stuff except for the ending is usually ad-libbed... During the match, you can see/hear the wrestlers talking(whispering) to each other about what they were gonna do next...For instance, one guy would be in some type of clinch against the ropes with the other guy and someone would tell the other what to do next.”.ThroW me off ropes and come back with a head butt”, etc...That type of stuff... The combatants were usually told, by the promoter, how many minutes each match should last...At some point, someone at the announcers table would yell to me or the wrestlers to “take it home” and they knew it was time to go into their pre-established ending... As a ref, I had to make sure that the match didn’t end too early, so I couldn’t fall for any other ending but the “established” one...(nothing worse than counting “ one, two, three” and the match wasn’t actually ending yet...) And I listened to the wrestlers as they communicated to each other, so I pretty much knew where to position myself not to become an obstacle to their performance, not to “see” foreign objects being used, or unable to see a wrestlers leg on the rope using it as additional “leverage” illegally... Lot’s of things can and do go haywire... The kid “Spider” who was shown in action on the above video, was accidentally killed In a match a couple of years after this Bout took place... I wasn’t refereeing that night, but it broke my heart...I’ll explain what happened later on tonight when I get more time...
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    I have been a huge wrestling fan forever(except now)...I, actually, refereed professional wrestling matches for a few years, 20 or so years ago... I am the gray haired ref, with the glasses outside the ring...It was a ladder match and refs were kept outside to maintain non interference...
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    I think they are strictly sticking to Beatles songs. It may be Come Together?
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    "& Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene"!! Dire Straits "Sultains Of Swing" (from their 1978 debut album)
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    Bands come and go, as none of them have the ability to stay relevant or keep playing music forever (unless you’re the Rolling Stones.) While some bands may have created more of an impact or are more successful and popular than others, they all have one thing in common: They all have their first show and they all have their last show. While sometimes bands know that it’s going to be their last show, other times, they don’t. So, learn about the last shows of these iconic bands and keep on praying for a reunion... Johnny Cash On July 15, 2003, country singer Johnny Cash or The Man In Black gave his last live performances in a series of surprise shows in rural Virginia. Many of the songs were dedicated to his wife, June Carter, who had recently passed away. He stated that “The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her […] We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.” He, in turn, passed away on September 12. The Talking Heads Although the Talking Heads officially broke up in 1991, they hadn’t toured together as a group since their Stop Making Sense tour in 1983. Things became tricky when the group reformed as the Heads without David Byrne in 1996 for the album No Talking. This upset Byrne and even led him to threaten to sue the group. Yet, against all odds, the Talking Heads reunited in 2002 after they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Byrne agreed to play a three-song set with the band and the group played one last . Creedence Clearwater Revival While guitarist Tom Fogerty left the original Creedence Clearwater Revival lineup in 1971, the band continued on as a three-piece group up until calling it quits in 1972. Yet, around 11 years later, the band came together once again (except for Tom Fogerty) and played under the name of the Blue Velvets at their 20th-year high school reunion. They played the reunion once again five years later this time with only John Fogerty and the drummer Doug Clifford. This was the last time that Creedence Clearwater Revival ever played together as a “band.” They played the reunion once again five years later this time with only John Fogerty and the drummer Doug Clifford. This was the last time that Creedence Clearwater Revival ever played together as a “band.” The Police Although there were rumors that Sting was going to reunite with the Police, the band had officially broken up at their height in 1984. Yet, the group realized that a reunion tour would make them enough money to be comfortable in their later years, so they decided to get back together. The trio then toured the world numerous times between 2007 and 2008, with their final show being on August 7, 2008 at Madison Square Garden. R.E.M. The original lineup of R.E.M., which included Bill Berry, last played together at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Then, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills played a full concert in Mexico City in November of 2008, telling the crowd that it was the band’s last time playing together for “a long time.” Anna Krajec/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Yet, in March, the group came together once again at a tribute for the band at Carnegie Hall where they played along with Patti Smith. This was the band’s final time playing on stage with one another Led Zeppelin In 2007, after a year of hype and anticipation, the group did a “reunion concert.” However, this was essentially just one big tease with the band only having one performance and refusing to play any other shows. Fans had a long wait to see a recording of the show. Celebration Day wasn’t released until 2012. As far as the future, it sounds like Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are willing to go on tour again, yet Robert Plant has been hard to convince. Pink Floyd It’s no secret that Pink Floyd has the ability to sell out tickets of every concert they decide to play, even without keyboardists Richard Wright. However, David Gilmour doesn’t have plans to do that anytime soon. This leaves Roger Waters to tour solo, playing Pink Floyd’s own songs. However, the band did reunite at Live 8 in 2005 and once again in London in 2011. At the show, David Gilmour performed “Comfortably Numb” and “Outside the Wall” with Nick Mason joining the band for the song. Jimi Hendrix Unfortunately, the last show that Jimi Hendrix ever played was on September 6, 1970, on the Isle of Fehmarn in West Germany. The concert was for the German Love and Peace Festival, which has since grown into legend being Hendrix’s final performance. Only a few videos of the show survived, although they’ve been edited together to capture most of the concert. This was Hendrix’s last time on stage, as he passed away less than 2 weeks later on September 18, 1970. Chris Cornell On May 18, 2017, Chris Cornell played his final show with Soundgarden in downtown Detroit at the Fox Theater. Unfortunately, later that night, he was discovered by his bodyguard dead in his hotel room with the cause of death appears to have been suicide by hanging. According to his widow, Vicky Karayiannis, “When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.” RIP. Black Sabbath Black Sabbath, credited as the godfather of heavy metal, hasn’t released a studio album with their original lineup since Never Say Die! in 1978. However, they continued touring, particularly with Ozzfest from 1997 through 2005. Their final live performance was on February 4, 2017, in their home town of Birmingham, UK. They came back together when they were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame two months later where they performed their song “Paranoid.” The group hasn’t played together on stage since. The Beatles The Beatles went out in style on January 20, 1969, when they gave one of the most memorable final performances of any band. They performed on the roof of the Apple office building at 3 Savile Row in London. The concert was announced and surprised pedestrians and the people working in the surrounding office buildings. Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images The whole performance lasted for 42 minutes before it was shut down by the police. Luckily, it was filmed, with some of the footage being used in the Let It Be documentary. Jim Morrison Towards the end of the band’s career, The Doors’ performances had the reputation of being less-than-good with Jim Morrison being almost completely out of his mind. That was the case for their last show on December 12, 1970, at the Warehouse in New Orleans. K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns Jim Morrison was particularly out of control that night, messing up even the simplest song and deliberately ruining other songs. However, three months after the release on L.A. Woman in the spring of 1971, he was found dead in his bathtub in Paris from what appeared to be an overdose on alcohol and heroin. Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock and roll outfit Lynyrd Skynyrd played their final show with the band’s original members on October 19, 1977, at South Carolina’s Greenville Memorial Auditorium. The concert was set two days after their album Street Survivors. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Tragically, the day after the concert, the band suffered a major loss when their plane crashed, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines. After taking some time to grieve, the band reunited in 1987 with Ed King and Johnny Van Zant taking his brother’s place. The Band After being at the top of the music industry, the Band decided to call it quits on November 25, 1976. However, they wanted to make their last show one to remember and decided that they would host it on Thanksgiving at the Winterland in San Francisco. RB/Redferns They invited many of the members’ close friends including other musicians such as Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, and more. The concert was also recorded and filmed by Martin Scorcese and was released in 1983 as The Last Waltz. Nirvana While most people claim that Unplugged for MTV was the band’s last performance, that’s not the case. In reality, on March 1, 1994, the band unknowingly played their last concert at Terminal 1 in Munich, Germany. Paul Bergen/Redferns During that time, Cobain was diagnosed with bronchitis and laryngitis and urged him to take a long break, but he ignored their advice and continued to perform. Yet, that was the last show the band ever played, as Cobain’s body was found in his house in Seattle on April 8, 1994, even though it was estimated that he took his own life on April 5. John Lennon Technically, John Lennon’s last live concert was on November 28, 1974, where he appeared as a special guest during an Elton John concert in Madison Square Garden. However, his last time playing in front of an audience was for a television special for the entertainment company Lew Grade. Ron Howard/Redferns Not long after, he retired from music after the birth of his son, Sean. Years later, he released his comeback album Double Fantasy. Yet, he was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. Motörhead Just two and a half weeks before Lemmy Kilmister’s death, Kilmister was still playing his heart out on stage. The band’s final gig was on December 11, 2015, in Berlin. The show was expected to be one of the last for Motörhead’s 40th-anniversary tour, who would return to Europe for more shows in January. Fin Costello/Redferns However, Kilmister’s cancer was getting more severe until he eventually succumbed to his various illnesses on December 28, 2015. Even though his diagnosis was terminal, he refused to stop touring or recording with the band. Otis Redding One of the great masters of soul, Otis Redding has been labeled as one of the greatest singers in American popular music for being way ahead of his time regarding his musical style. Many soul artists both during and after his time were highly influenced by his accomplishments which still resonate today. Bob Buchanan/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images His last performance, however, was Decemberember 9, 1967, in Celeveland, Ohio. There, he performed a rendition of the track “Respect” for an episode of the regional music show. Unfortunately, he died four days later in a plane crash that also took four members of his backing band, The Bar-Keys. Elvis Presley It’s no secret that the King of Rock and Roll made contributions to music that shaped what we know today. One of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he continued to make and perform music for the better part of his career. Bettmann/Getty Images Yet, his final performance was on June 26, 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Only a few months later, he was found dead in his bathroom on August 16, 1977, after years of prescription drug abuse. He was scheduled for another round of tours not long before his death. Sid Vicious Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, was the bassist and a vocalist for the iconic punk rock band Sex Pistols. A known heroin addict, he was accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen on October 12, 1978. Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images Ten days after her death, Vicious attempted suicide by slitting his wrists with a shattered light bulb and once again when he attempted to jump out of a hospital window. He was arrested and charged with assault on December 9, 1978, and after making bail, was found dead of a heroin overdose on February 1, 1979. His last show had been on January 14, 1978 in San Francisco. Freddie Mercury There’s no doubt that Queen, and especially Freddie Mercury, is one of the most influential bands of all time. Touring all around the world in the 1980s, Mercury was eventually diagnosed with AIDS and the group was forced to stop touring. Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty Images Yet, his last performance in front of a live audience was on August 9, 1986, in Knebworth, England. There was a crowd of over 120,000 people at Cricket stadium with the performance being considered one of the bands greatest Frank Sinatra A singer, actor, and producer, Frank Sinatra is hailed as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Selling more than 150 million records worldwide, he has also garnered the title as one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He released numerous albums over his career and even had a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where he played many of his shows. GAB Archive/Redferns At 70 years old, his final concerts were at the Fukuoka Dome in Japan in December 1994. However, his final show was on February 25, 1995, in Palm Springs at the Desert Classic golf tournament. He died in May 1998. George Harrison George Harrison is best-known as the lead guitarist of the Beatles and earned the nickname of the “Quiet Beatle” both during and after his time in the group. While he wasn’t the primary songwriter for the Beatles, he is credited for writing songs such as “Taxman,” “Within Without You,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and more. Michael Putland/Getty Images He had a successful solo career after the Beatles disbanded with his last show being on January 23, 1998, in Jackson, Tennessee. There, he performed “Your True Love” at the memorial service for Carl Perkins, with his performance being recorded. Michael Jackson While Elvis Presley may be the King of Rock, Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, and is arguably just as influential as Presley himself. Beginning his career at a young age in the Jackson 5, he grew to become a global figure and one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Kevin Mazur/WireImage Unfortunately, his last show was on June 23, 2009 in Los Angeles in which he was filmed performing for his This Is It tour in London, He died just two days later although his final performance was used in a film released after his death. Glenn Frey With The Eagles The founders of the classic rock group included Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner They eventually became one of the most successful groups of the 1970s and are now ranked No. 75 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Bands of All Time. GAB Archive/Redferns Although the Eagles still tour today, their last show with original founding member Glenn Frey was on July 29, 2015, the last show of a tour. Frey died unexpectedly on January 18, 2016, at the age of 67. Stevie Ray Vaughn Stevie Ray Vaughn was a guitarist who was influential in the revitalization of blues in the 1980s. He’s commonly referred to as one of the greatest if not the best guitarists of all time. Unfortunately, his life was cut short by a horrible accident. Paul Natkin/Getty Images On the evening of August 27, 1990, Vaughn performed with his band Double Trouble as special guests at the Alpine Valley Musical Theater in Wisconsin along with Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and Vaughn’s brother. After the show, Vaughn and some others boarded a helicopter back to Chicago which crashed and killed Vaughn.
  44. 2 points
    I think a lot of male singers lack the gift of EC's vocal range, and because of that, their voices strain on the high notes. Some women in the soprano range lack the ability to hit the lower range with grace. This woman has a full and rich voice in the registers that she needs to sing and do justice to this lovely EC composition. Nicely done. Thank you for posting, Kirk! 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶
  45. 2 points
    Eric Carmen´s version is one of the best songs of his catalog, it´s so great. Oki, don´t tar and feather me, but this version rates up there with his. Her big voice is perfect for this song, and unlike so many big voice singers, she stays within herself and within the song´s melody, and so makes it that much better and powerful. Great find Kirk!!
  46. 2 points
    What the heck. I decided to list what I consider my Top 30 favorites artist. These are the artists that I still listen to faithfully. There are many more that I like, that on any other given day may have made the list. But today...these are Top 30. 1. Beatles 2. Elton John 3. ELO 4. Billy Joel 5. Eagles 6. Paul McCartney/Wings 7. The Moody Blues 8. The Guess Who 9. America 10. UFO 11. Eric Carmen 12. Raspberries 13. Survivor 14. Foreigner 15. Barry Manilow 16. Journey 17. REO Speedwagon 18. Hall & Oates 19. Styx 20. Partridge Family 21. Chicago 22. Collective Soul 23. John Waite 24. Bread 25. Bob Seger 26. The Clarks 27. Led Zeppelin 28. Badfinger 29. Alice Cooper 30. Toto Honorable Mention: Poco, Ricky Nelson, Glen Campbell, Bee Gees, Icehouse, Steely Dan, Uriah Heep, Cheap Trick...and the list goes on
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    1. Take It Easy 2. Ole 55 3. Desperado 4. The Last Resort 5. Hotel California 6. New Kid in Town 7. Try and Love Again 8. Already Gone 9. Tequila Sunrise 10. Best of My Love
  48. 2 points
    Here is an older post that I just updated...It’s been 20 years, this past June, since Sugarbabi7 passed on and we dedicate this post to her memory and the others that were pivotal in making EC.com the pantheon of musical website forums...This year, we place a permanent seat at the Roundtable to Lisa(Beatle Jay’s wife) who was a vibrant member of our community, who passed away a few months ago... I PRESENT TO YOU....................A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION IN HEAVEN................... Recently, there was a round table discussion in heaven, orchestrated/moderated by four of our dearly departed posters...Sugarbabi7, Don Krider, wickedgail and Lisa...They gathered some of the top minds in the afterlife to give their reasons why Raspberries were not bigger than they actually were... Here is a transcript of the proceedings: SUGARBABI7-First, I would like to thank you all for coming...Albert Einstein(genius), Johnny Cochran(lawyer), Ludwig Von Beethoven(musician), Isaac Newton(scientist) and Robert Merton(sociologist) ..I am seated with three of my fellow esteemed posters, critic Don Krider, Raspberries/John Waite fan wickedgail and our newest member, Lisa....I have asked you all to prepare your reasons as to one of earth's greatest mysteries...Why were Raspberries not bigger than they actually were... Albert...you are up first... AE-Thank you SB7...I have given the matter some serious thought and it just re-inforces my theory of E=MC2...Eric = mis-calculations( twice.)..It seems, that Eric cultivated a wonderful combination of musical ideology with his unique combination of British Invasion and Beach Boy stylings but it was a gross miscalculation...With all things being relative, and I am big on relativity theories, the time was past for that type of musical fodder...and when he finally had his solo opportunities, he miscalculated tastes again...His first two singles, although superb, All By Myself and Never Gonna Fall In Love Again, were another gross miscalculation on the current trends of the time...He, unfortunately, pigeonholed himself musically into an unappreciative musical genre and no matter how he tried to revamp to a harder edged style, in both cases, initial impressions are too difficult to overcome... SB7-How do you feel about this Johnny Cochrane? JOHNNY COCHRANE-I agree with Al...Your first impression is what sticks...Look, the defense had everything on OJ but a video of him committing the murder, but the jurors saw a football player and not a murderer...Eric...I'll tell you the same thing.that I told the court and I paraphrase..."If you have a hit, you must stick with the same shit"...But to be fair, I never even heard this dudes music...Can I hear something by him...Ludwig, bang out a little EC music...LUDWIG...LUDWIG!!!... SB7-He's deaf, remember... JC-Ok,,,Let me see a lyric sheet to one of his songs...I WANNA HEAR IT FROM YOUR LIPS... I axe you...What kind of jive is this?...He needed to change the words to a more contemporary meaning if he wanted street cred...Something like this... "I'm doin 5 to 10... For takin out some creep... Doin time, for a crime and I'm proud That I listened to my peep... You see,someone robbed my cell phone... From my gin, I took two sips, Then I shot that( n-word) through the lips... SB7-Any comments? Isaac Newton? ISAAC NEWTON-While I find that very entertaining JC, I dont think that's it...It was the whole RASPBERRIES thing itself...The name was all wrong...It should have been The APPLES...APPLES APPLES APPLES...Would I have discovered gravity if a raspberry had fallen from a tree?...NO...It had to be an apple...I wouldnt even had seen a raspberry if it fell...Would Johnny have had the same impact on history if he was Johnny Raspberry instead of Johnny Appleseed?...The Beatles recorded on APPLE records... An apple a day keeps the doctor away...Could you imagine saying to someone..."You're the raspberry of my eye"..And how about that poor bastard?...Would he have survived if William Tell shot a raspberry off his head? ...Just to reinforce my point, why doesnt someone go get Adam...He's in room 222 and ask him if he would have listened to Eve when she flashed some cleavage and said "Try a raspberry...They are delicious"...I could go on and on people...Do they roast a pig with a raspberry in his mouth?... ROBERT MERTON- If I can interject something...Gentlemen and ladies, in 1948, I wrote about a theory I had which is the self-fulfilling prophecy...Raspberries/Eric Carmen were doomed in a self-induced sabatoge state with their song titles alone..."Going Nowhere Tonite, Boats Against The Current, Foolin Myself, etc...They needed some uplifting themes and messages...Why couldnt they come up with some positive re-inforcement titles like, "Ecstacy" or aggressive assertiveness like "Tonight You're Mine"...Titles like that would have given them a strong positive approach... SB7-They did Mr. Merton...And that's what's confounding...Well, that about wraps it up here...As you can see, we dont have any answers, either...So we turn this discussion back to EC.com and see if you guys have any theories... LEW BUNDLES...Bye Gail, Don and Cherie and Lisa...We miss you guys...
  49. 2 points
    When someone corrects my Spanish down here (usually when I am making up Spanish words on purpose)....I tell them: "How did the Spanish language get to where it is today?.....by Spanish speakers advancing the language forward. I am doing the same, just that I´m doing it a little better." : )
  50. 2 points
    Coming in late on this....sorry.... I am torn on this, since I have had the pleasure to back Joey almost a dozen times over the last four years. I think Nilsson commercialized it into the #1 hit is was...he made the feeling of loss more dramatic and effective. But I'm with Eric...Badfinger's version is better for me, personally. Joey usually introduces the song as "kinda bluesy" before counting it off. He always tells the story of how they needed one more song to complete the No Dice LP. Under manager Bill Collins' advice - 'Peter had a couple o' verses, Tommy had a chorus...Bill told them to try putting them together. I added a little solo, and it shows the kind of magic that can happen in the studio when you work together as a team'. The song itself, as written, is just perfect. And I'm the one who gets to do the organ motif at the end! I get shivers every time! Also, I'm proud to be on stage with Joey, when he gives full credit to Pete Ham "who wrote most of the hits', and credit to Tommy for 'Without You' and his half of 'Money/Flying'.