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New York recording industry and music business heavies gathered at newly re-christened Power Station at Berklee NYC, where Berklee presented it's "American Master Award" to Tony Bongiovi, founder of the original Power Station Studios. Bongiovi was recognized for his lifetime of work in the industry as a record producer and studio engineer, and for his groundbreaking studio design. BerkleeNYC Executive Director Stephen Webber and Grammy-winning musician/producer Nile Rodgers spoke in Bongiovi's honor.

Memphis, Tn March 25, 2019

John Ford Coley was presented with the "Top 10 Artist for All Time" Award in recognition of his worldwide success at the "Rock Justice Awards" concert in red-carpet events at the legendary Village Studios in Los Angeles on Mrch 25th, 2019. Coley and "England" Dan Seals crafted a string of ten hits from 1976-82 including Top 10 singles and four Number One Adult Contemporary Hits. The Nashville duo laid groundwork for the New Country format. Coley's career shined even brighter in Asia with #1 hits in Japan and Israel. He is a particular phenomenon in the Philippines, with no less than 31 tours under his belt.

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 explains that she will always "remember the times spent at David's home overlooking the Mississippi river in Memphis."

' Candice Night spoke with about her amazing vocal contibution on 'Don't Kill The Whale' for the "A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute" more >

Don McLean joined Ed Sheeran, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, Paul Stanley and John Fogerty for charity fundraiser in Los Angeles; performs his classic "Vincent" with Sheeran. LA Lakers head coach Luke Walton, "Sugar" Ray Leonard and more joined forces for live concert & auction raising over $3.5M for UCLA Health and Teen Cancer more >

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Steve Fossen (the original bassist in HEART) was gracious to speak with clarifing events/band history that lead to the recording of the classic rock masterpiece "Dreamboat Annie" more >

The "Dave Mason and Steve Cropper Rock and Soul Revue" featuring Gretchen Rhodes headlined the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas following with two sold out shows at City Winery in Nashville...

Guns N' Roses' bassist Duff McKagen releases "Chip Away" and announces May 31st release for new solo album Tenderness (produced by Grammy winner Shooter Jennings). North American tour kicks off May 30th in Philadelphia, with McKagen backed by Jennings' band. more >

Retired music business executive returned to Memphis to promote his new book "The Rock Trenches: Journal of a Music Industry Executive" more >

Yet another Rick Dees sighting at the Racquet Club in East Memphis?

Rick Wakeman was extremely gracious to speak with on the launch of the "An Evening of YES Music and More!" twenty-nine city American tour. Not content to rest on past glory, Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman are working on new songs, which are currently being recorded... read more >

World-class songwriter Bruce Sudano (Brooklyn Dreams, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and his late wife, Donna Summer) visited with ElvisRadio Sirius XM's Doc Walker at Graceland. Paul Jackson Jr explains to that "it was a Les Paul, a Rivera modified Fender Deluxe amp, and an ADA flanger" that he used to create the timbre for the guitar part that he composed himself for Donna Summer's 1979 hit "Dim All The Lights" more >

Claudia Lennear has been extremely busy since the release of the "Twenty Feet From Stardom" documentary film, attending it's premiere at the Barcelona Film Festival in Spain. "I was invited to Barcelona to promote the film," she explains, "sang two songs...and after the screening, answered questions from the audience. This is La Sagrada Familia in the background--the very famous cathedral by Antonio Gaudi. The Spanish people are very warm and friendly!"

Denise Nicholas (Room 222, In the Heat of the Night, etc.) is busy working with a University of Missouri play development project ...

Deborah Allen adds two new million-air awards to her list of honors Janie Fricke and John Conlee Songs, written by Allen, surpasses 1 million airplay more >

Brain May spoke with about his contribution to the Don Nix & Friends album: "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."

Beau Davidson writes and performs music reminiscent of the soulful inflections of "the Memphis sound", in a cross-genre capacity. Citing Elvis as a main source of inspiration, Beau has always been fascinated by the musical boundaries that Elvis transcended while also balancing a career on screen. Inspired by that talent, Beau is a member of the ensemble cast of the feature film, "The Ultimate Legacy," playing opposite Lee Meriwether, Raquel Welch and Brian more >

Former WHBQ-AM nightime disc jockey Sheila Mayhew is now writing under the pen name of Sheila York. Check out her work at

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 with the Memphis Hurricanes, and on and off with Chuck Bratton in the Killer Minks.

Kenny G suprised Delta Air Lines employees at "DELTA JET DRAG" fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society. The annual event raised over $2.25 Million for cancer more >

Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine's Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone's Top 5 Drummers of All Time! Terry Bozzio has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Allan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness' Munetaka Higuchi "X" Japan's Hide, as well as Film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham and Patrick O' more >

Randy Travis announces long awaited memoir: Forever and Ever, Amen. "As the candle burns, it is time to share the history that made me who I am, tell the backstory to some of my songs, give insight to the challenges I faced, and reflect on the blessings through it all." more >

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  • Deborah Cox was amazing!

    starring with Judson Mills in seven performances of "The Bodyguard" musical at the Orpheum theater in Memphis...

  • Foghat drummer Roger Earl and his wife Linda

    enjoyed listening to blues at Earnestine & Hazel's during their visit to Memphis...

  • Tyrannosaurus Chicken

    rocked the Cove on Broad street...