Five-time Grammy award winner B.J. Thomas died today at home in Arlington, Texas at the age of 78 from complications due to stage four lung cancer...read more
Claudia Lennear (Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Don Nix, Freddie King, Humble Pie, Stephen Stills and David Bowie, etc.) shared her condolences relating to the recent transition of Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins with Jungleroom.com: “I am deeply touched by the passing of Roger Hawkins a few days ago. His musicianship is an imprint on the spirit of people who grew up loving Rhythm and Blues starting from the late sixties. Chances are you would meet someone as special as Roger maybe once in a lifetime if you were lucky. But it compels me to share the fact that I was present in Muscle Shoals when The Swampers were given that nickname by Denny Cordell. There was always an example of simplicity in Roger's drumming style. It was no nonsense, straight to the point, funky, and in 4/4 time. May you Rest In Peace soul brother!"
Aerosmith guitarist and songwriter Joe Perry has contributed five songs to the Brad Furman-directed 'City of Lies' film...read more
Johnny Lydon (the Sex Pistols, PIL, etc.) shopped for "Elvis attire" at Lansky's in the Peabody Hotel during his recent Memphis visit. Lydon told jungleroom.com that he was "bitterly disapointed about not working with Michelle Williams" after the cancelation of Andrew Llyod Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" arena tour...
Valerie June is conquering the world and Bob Dylan notices...
Andy Black and David Beaver have released Can You Feel It?, their new album utilizing the finest musicians in Memphis. The unmatched skills of Joel Williams, Josh Haynes, Greg Reading, Evan Leake, Jimmy Tarbutton, Gene Ninez and Jaime Roberts are featured...read more
Peter Frampton was amazing in concert and gracious offstage at the Orpheum theater in Memphis. Frampton Forgets the Words, the new studio album by The Peter Frampton Band, will be released April 23 via UMe. The album features instrumental tributes to some of Frampton's favorite songs and is the follow up to his 2007 Grammy Award-winning instrumental album, Fingerprints.
Shania Twain announces 14 new dates for her Vegas residency show: "Let's Go!"...read more
Roger Daltrey visited The Royal Mint (the original maker of UK coins) to strike one of the very first collectable coins celebrating the iconic British band – The Who... read more
Blues music aficionados Linda Arcello Earl and her husband Roger Earl (the drummer/founding member of Foghat) enjoyed some great Memphis music at Earenstine and Hazel's...
Don McLean ('American Pie', etc.) made a rare Memphis appearance at the Graceland Soundstage. Before the concert, McLean told Jungleroom.com that "I will be at Graceland for a Fathers Day concert and I will sing 'And I Love You So,' a song I wrote which Elvis sang during the last year of his life. It also appears on his album, Today, released in 1975." McLean recently joined Van Morrison, Roger Daltrey, Paul Stanley, Ed Sheeran and others for a private concert and live auction to raise funds for Teen Cancer America (TCA) and UCLA Health's Autism program...read more>
What an amazing party courtesy of Deborah Cox at the Hallorean center after her performance in "The Bodyguard" musical. She has the most alluring, smooth and very Canadian voice and it was heartwarming to share a few stories about David Gest (her one-time fiancee) and Danny Capes (former agent for Peabo Bryson).
World-class guitarist Pat Thrall (Beyonce, Meat Loaf, Chaka Khan, Asia, Pat Travers, etc.) reminisces with Jungleroom.com about working on Tina Turner's song "The Best" for producer Dan Hartman in 1989...read more
The Royal Mint has announced a special charity auction in conjunction with Elton John to raise money for the Elton John UK Charitable Foundation...read more
Lost treasures of rock 'n roll legend Eddie Cochran found ...read more
B.J. Thomas revealed that his doctors have diagnosed him as having stage four lung cancer. Thomas is receiving treatment in a local health care facility in Texas, and is hopeful for a complete recovery.
The Rock Trenches- Journal of a Music Industry Executive is the memoir of a Memphis-born music promoter Phillip Rauls, who worked with some of the top rock 'n' roll recording artists of the 1960's thru 1990's. Artists that Phillip worked with and photographed during this period includes Robert Palmer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, YES, the Eagles, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Led Zeppelin...read more
Freda Payne (remember her song "Band of Gold"?) was a part of the concert celebrating the launching of the David Gest foundation in London. Ms.Payne told Jungleroom.com: "I remember the times I spent at David's home overlooking the Mississippi in Memphis ...David and I had many good times as I was his best friend." Recently, producer Rodrigo Rios had the idea for Freda to cover "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and to sing it as a duet with Johnny Mathis. 0nce Mathis accepted, Rios turned to Grammy-winner Gordon Goodwin to pen the arrangement and bring in his Big Phat Band to accompany them.
Not only has Italy given the world neapolitan pizza and the realist painting of Caravaggio, but the advent of the discotheque allowed Italian hipster Giorgio Moroder to share the voice of Donna Summer with the musical universe. The subtle tape drag effect that opens "Dim All The Lights" is the best introduction of a pop song in the history of recorded music and Summer's sixteen second vocal segue is wonderful. Moroder perfectly mixed Paul Jackson Jr.'s flanged guitar tone underneath creating the biggest opening hook captured on tape in 1979. Paul Jackson Jr explains to jungleroom.com that "it was a Les Paul, a Rivera modified Fender Deluxe amp, and an ADA flanger" that he used to created the timbre for the guitar part that he composed himself, adding that "Donna was there, which made it more fun. There was a really good chord chart, and I made up the guitar part based on the song."
Keep your eyes on amazing new guitarist Wil Bart. His band Johnny in the Basement finished recording their forthcoming EP "I'll Have What He's Having" with producer/musician Luther Dickinson at Zebra Ranch Studios...
Friends from the recording industry and music business gathered at newly re-christened Power Station at BerkleeNYC, where Berklee presented its American Master Award to Tony Bongiovi, founder of the original Power Station Studios. He was recognized for his lifetime of work in the industry as a record producer and studio engineer, and for his groundbreaking studio design. Grammy-winning musician Nile Rodgers, comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling, and bassist with the house band on the Late Show with David Letterman Will Lee spoke in Bongiovi's honor...read more
Brian May spoke to Jungleroom.com about his contribution to Going Down: the songs of Don Nix: "Oh yes, I'd completely forgotten. I played on this track many months ago. It was a "quickie"-i've always liked the song and of course, Jeff Beck made it his own, and still enjoys playing it. The whole Don Nix track (in fact, the whole album) is recorded very real and live and informal, so I was pleased to be invited to have a blast on it and help."
Native Memphian Beau Davidson writes and performs music reminiscent of the soulful inflections of "the Memphis sound" in a cross genre capacity... read more
Steve Fossen, the original bassist in Heart shares some insight into the early days of the band with Jungleroom.com. "Heart started out as The Army in 1967 (October 1968 we became Whiteheart ... October 1969 we shortened the name to Heart). Roger (Fisher) and I met Ann in August of of 1971 ... we all played in a band called Hocus Pocus until December 1971. On April 21, 1972, we changed our band name back to Heart. Nancy joined us in 1974. "Dreamboat Annie" was recorded in 1975 released in America February 1976.
I asked Bob Tait if he remembered playing at Peaches Records with a group named Wyzard. "You are the you the first person I've heard mention that band in years," he said. "Wyzard was Debra Preston (who later became Debra Dejean) on vocals, Delmar Preston on guitar, myself on bass and Chuck Bratton on drums. We opened for Meatloaf at the Ritz on Madison avenue the first time he appeared in Memphis on the "Bat out of Hell" tour. We opened for alot of bands coming thru memphis and bigger bands from here. Today, Bob plays bass in 5 O'Clock Shadow with Gary Hagar and Bill Parsley.
Ever wonder how hit songs get written? Billy Seidman did and he's sharing it all in his new book, "The Elements of Song Craft."...read more
Musician/songwriter Bruce Sudano (he has crafted songs for Brooklyn Dreams, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and his late wife Donna Summer) visited with Sirius XM Elvis Radio jock Doc Walker after conducting a songwriting masterclass for students at the Stax Academy...
Roxanne Fontana tells jungleroom.com about her book American Girl and recording "Time Won't Wait" (her tribute to John Lennon) with Jack Douglas...read more
Congatulations to actress/writer Densie Nicholas ("Room 222", "In the Heat of the Night", "Let's Do It Again", etc.): her play "Freedom Summer" will premier with the Crossroads Theatre Company of New Brunswick, NJ in 2020! Ms.Nicholas shared a "Memphis memory" with jungleroom.com: "My Memphis memory: en route to attend writers conference at Morgan Freeman and Myrna Colley's estate in Mississippi a few years ago and stopped in Memphis.. visited STAX Museum, sat down to view Otis Redding concert film. It was so powerful, so raw & so deep & soulful, I slid off my chair onto the floor! Music sees me through many of life's more challenging episodes!!
Sartoris Literary Group announces the release of Chips Moman: The Record Producer Whose Genius Changed American Music, available wherever fine books are sold. It will also be available online in various eBook editions. "I think the Chips Moman story has provided me with the best book I have written since Colonel Tom Parker, which was purchased by Warner Bros. for its Elvis film starring Tom Hanks," says author James L. Dickerson. "I anticipate great interest in a movie based on Moman's story. Small wonder. He has been called the "Steve McQueen of the music business."
Jim Peterik, the keyboardist/songwriter for Survivor (he wrote "Eye of the Tiger", "Burning Heart", "I Can't Hold Back" and "High On You" for Survivor, "Vehicle" for the Ides of March and other hits for Sammy Hagar, 38 Special, etc.) was a smash with the "Jam for Jimi Jamison Tribute" at the Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis...