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donderdag 17 september 2009

Mary Travers

NEW YORK (ANP) - Folkzangeres Mary Travers is woensdag op 72-jarige leeftijd in het ziekenhuis overleden aan de gevolgen van leukemie. Travers was vooral bekend als lid van de in de jaren '60 populaire groep Peter, Paul and Mary.

De groep bestormde destijds de hitlijsten met nummers als If I had a Hammer en Puff, the Magic Dragon. Travers was nooit van plan professioneel zangeres te worden, omdat ze zichzelf te verlegen vond. Ze zag haar werk naar eigen zeggen meer als een hobby.

Blowin in the wind.
Mischien we de mooist Bob Dylan cover ooit..

If i had a hammer

Mary R.I.P

dinsdag 15 september 2009

a tribute to Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons (Ingram Cecil Connor III, 5 november 1946 Winter Haven,Florida - 19 september 1973) Joshua Tree, Californië, was een Amerikaanse countryzanger.De naam Parsons kwam van Gram's stiefvader. Hij wordt wel de grondlegger van Twang (alternatieve country) en de countryrock genoemd. Zijn bijdragen in The International Submarine Band, The Byrds en The Flying Burrito Brothers vormden de basis voor twee (officiële) soloalbums die in menig lijstje hoog in de top tien eindigt. Deze twee soloalbums G.P. uit 1973 en - postuum - Grievous Angel uit 1974 vormden tevens de introductie van Emmylou Harris, een door Parsons ontdekte folkzangeres. Na de dood van Parsons in 1973 volgde de uitgave van vele (vaak illegale) opnamen. Gram's familie had een historie van zelfmoorden en verslaving. Ook Parsons was al vroeg verslaafd aan heroïne en alcohol.

Gram Parsons All-Star Tribute
Sessions At West 54th
Sony Music Studios
New York City
Sept. 19, 1999

Grievous Angel Ryan Adams & Emmylou Harris
High Fasion Queen Chris Hillman & Steve Earl
Mooie live opnames met Bernie Leadon ,Gillian Welch,David Rawlings,Buddy Miller,Greg Leisz, Paul Wickens en Ethan John

zondag 13 september 2009

Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999)

Hoe kom ik nu opeen op Hank Snow? Eigenlijk door het Eilen Jewell concert van afgelopen donderdag(zie blog)Ook deze dame speelt met haar band veel nummers in de traditie van deze mijnheer.Hoewel country muziek in mijn jeugd eigenlijk niet kon(te conservatief)kwam daar in de jaren 70 verandering in door o.a Flying Burrito Brothers,Byrds,Eagles,Dillards en natuurlijk Neil Young.In de loop der jaren ben ik deze muziek steeds meer gaan waarderen.Steve Earl,Gillian Welch,Johnny Cash,Wilie Nelson,Emmylou Harris ,Alison Krauss en vele ,vele andere zijn allemaal schatplichtig
aan deze grote artiest.
Daarom Hank Snow.......

Clarence Eugene Snow (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999), better known as Hank Snow, was a Canadian-American country music artist. He charted more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. This total includes the number 1 hits "I'm Movin' On," "The Golden Rocket," "I Don't Hurt Anymore," "Let Me Go, Lover!," "I've Been Everywhere," and "Hello Love" as well as other top ten hits.

I,ve been Everywhere
Snow was born in Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia, Canada. He ran away from home to escape a brutal stepfather when he was 12 years old and joined a fishing boat as a cabin boy. [1] When he was 14, he ordered his first guitar from an Eaton's department store catalogue for $5.95, and played his first show in a church basement in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia at age 16. He then sang in local clubs and bars in nearby Halifax, where he married Minnie Blanche Aalders in 1935 and had one son, Rev. Jimmy Rodgers Snow.
A successful appearance on a local radio station led to Snow's audition with RCA Victor in Montreal, Quebec. In 1936, he signed with the label, staying for more than 45 years. A weekly CBC radio show brought him national recognition, and he began touring Canada until the late 1940s when American country music stations began playing his records.

Black Daimond
Snow moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1945, and "Hank Snow, the Singing Ranger" (modified from his nickname, the Yodeling Ranger given him before his voice changed to a baritone), was invited to play at the Grand Ole Opry in 1950. That same year he released his hit, "I'm Movin' On." The first of seven number 1 hits on the country charts, "I'm Movin' On" stayed at the top for 22 weeks, setting the all-time record for most weeks at number 1.

Along with this hit, his other "signature song" was "I've Been Everywhere," in which he portrayed himself as a hitchhiker bragging about all the towns he'd been through. This song was originally written and performed in Australia by Geoff Mack, and its re-write incorporated North American place names. Rattling off a well-rhymed series of city names at an auctioneer's pace has long made the song a challenge for any country music singer.

Rumbha Boogie

A regular at the Grand Ole Opry, in 1954 Snow persuaded the directors to allow a young Elvis Presley to appear on stage. Snow used Presley as his opening act and introduced him to Colonel Tom Parker. In August 1955, Snow and Parker formed the management team, Hank Snow Attractions. This partnership signed a management contract with Presley but before long, Snow was out and Parker had full control over the rock singer's career.

Antonio Rose

Performing in lavish and colourful sequin-studded suits, Snow had a career covering six decades during which he sold more than 80 million albums. Although he became a American naturalized citizen in 1958, he still maintained friendships in Canada and remembered his roots with the 1968 album, My Nova Scotia Home. That same year he performed at campaign stops on behalf of U.S. presidential candidate George Wallace.

Despite his lack of schooling, Snow was a gifted songwriter and in 1978 was elected to Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In Canada, he was ten times voted that country's top country music performer. In 1979, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.

His autobiography, The Hank Snow Story, was published in 1994, and later The Hank Snow Country Music Centre opened near his ancestral home in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. A victim of an child abuse, he established the Hank Snow International Foundation For Prevention Of Child Abuse.

I,m Movin on
Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Ashley MacIsaac, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris, among others, have covered his music.

One of his last top hits, "Hello Love," was sung by Garrison Keillor to open each broadcast of his Prairie Home Companion radio show. The song became Snow's seventh and final number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in April 1974. At 59 years and 11 months, Snow became the oldest artist to have a top song on the chart. It was an accomplishment he held for more than 26 years, until Kenny Rogers's hit record in May 2000 (at 61 years and nine months), "Buy Me a Rose." (Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson subsequently reached the top of the chart at older ages as secondary duet partners on records fronted by other artists.)

In Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville, Henry Gibson played a self-obsessed country star loosely based on Hank Snow. He was also mentioned in the film "Smokey and the Bandit". When Cletus Snow, making a collect call, gives his name, the operator's response is not heard, but Cletus replies "No, I'm not related to Hank Snow."

Hello Love
Snow died in 1999 at his Rainbow Ranch in Madison, Tennessee and was interred in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville. Minnie died in 2003.