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A Brief History of John Lennon

As most of us associate John Lennon with The Beatles, very few recognize Lennon’s solo career and additional accomplishments. This witty man, known for his rebellious nature and gentle spirit made a name, not only as a member of a band, but also as an activist, songwriter, peace activist and author. Even out of the spotlight, Lennon created a family/home life and took time to be a human of average nature.

John Winston Ono Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool. Lennon only lived with his parents for a short amount of time, then spent the rest of his younger years living with his aunt and uncle in Woolton. Lennon formed The Beatles in 1957, at the young age of sixteen. The band, still recognized today as a historic moment in musical history, hit the charts almost immediately.

Even with The Beatles’ growing success, Lennon decided to detach himself from the band in September of 1969, to release his debut solo album. The album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, was released in 1970, even through the media’s outrage to his leaving, The Beatles. In 1971 Lennon became extremely involved with the anti-war movement, releasing, the timeless, “Imagine“. He attended several protests, where he would speak out and sing songs of peace and humanity.

In August of 1971 John Lennon, and his wife Yoko Ono, moved to New York, where they collaboratively released, Happy Xmas (War is Over). John projected his feminist side, creating songs with Ono about women’s rights and race issues. Lennon followed this album with several other songs about equal rights and peace, as well as several television performances to make his music and message understood.

John Lennon had two children: Sean and Julian. Although Sean and Lennon’s relationship was strained due to his fallouts with Ono, Lennon devoted much time with him after his retirement from the music business. Julian was much more into music, and got along better with his father. Julian was even asked to play drums on “Ya Ya”, a song from Lennon’s 1974 album Walls and Bridges.

In the late 1970’s John Lennon and Yoko Ono took a hiatus from the world, living an extremely introverted lifestyle in Dakota, New York. On December 8, 1980 Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman, after autographing a copy of Double Fantasy. Ono made a statement at the time of Lennon’s death, “There is no funeral for John. John Loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him.”

Following the murder, “Imagine” topped the charts for an estimated eight weeks. Lennon and Ono’s art installations were viewed more than ever, and his comic strip and caricatures were publicly released. Also, after Lennon’s death, Skywriting by Word of Mouth and Japan Through John Lennon’s Eyes: A Personal Sketchbook, were also released. Some could say that Lennon’s popularity rose to highest levels after his traumatic passing. Today, aside from John Lennon’s music, over ten artistic monuments around the world have been created for the beloved artist.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Melissa Etheridge’s New Album and New Breakup

The life of a rocker can be long and hard due to drugs and alcohol or, just from life itself. Being in the limelight brings with it a lot of scrutiny as well as expectations. Now, with the lesbian rocker’s recent album release along with the breakup with her second wife, Etheridge is attracting even more attention.

Etheridge started her career as a musician while in college. While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, she and Lauren Pasrelli, performed in many local establishments, gaining the following of a select few. Wanting to break into the music business, Etheridge moved to Los Angeles, California. Etheridge found work at local lesbian bars until her demo tape was given to a man named Bill Leopold, who was in the music business. Leopold was so impressed with her voice, he offered to represent her immediately.

Etheridge started off as a staff songwriter for A&M records. Many of her songs were recorded by mainstream artists. In 1985, Olivia Records rejected Etheridge, a rejection letter Etheridge had framed. In 1986, Island Records signed Etheridge and debuted her first self-titled debut album in 1988. The album went platinum.

Etheridge followed this album with “Yes I Am” in 1993 and “Your Little Secret” in 1995. These albums along with the album “Melissa Etheridge” went multi-platinum. Her other two albums went platinum and two more were gold.

Etheridge was on top of the world. She married partner Julie Cypher in which the couple had two children from sperm donor David Crosby. By 2000, Cypher and Etheridge announced they were separating. In 2001, Etheridge documented their breakup in her book “The Truth Is…My Life in Love and Music.” The book talks about Etheridge’s childhood and Cypher’s affair with singer k.d. Lang.

Three years later, in October of 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer. During the 2005 Grammy Awards, Etheridge performed bald from chemotherapy, singing Janis Joplin’s song “Piece of My Heart.” Etheridge then took some time to raise support for victims of Hurricane Katrina through the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and America’s Second Harvest.

In 2005 she appeared on the Tonight Show to perform and speak about her breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she also appeared on Dateline NBC and spoke about the value of using medical marijuana. The following year, in 2006, Etheridge announced she was marrying girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels. That year, the couple also announced Michaels was pregnant with twins via an anonymous sperm donor. Michaels gave birth to twins – a son, Miller Steven and a daughter Johnnie Rose.

Etheridge continued to write songs for various organizations or documentaries, including “An Inconvenient Truth.” Her song “I Need To Wake Up” won Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006. The song was released on the enhanced version of her greatest hits album “The Road Less Traveled.”

In 2009, Etheridge started working on her album “Songs of Love and Fear”. According to Etheridge, “Everything is either fear or love,”…”as I started writing, the working title of the album was Songs of Love and Fear because each song had an ingredient of love and fear, and the battle between the two.” Etheridge adds that her four kids were also influences on the album. When trying to name the album, her daughter said the title was too long. After brainstorming, it was decided to call it “Fearless Love”. The album will be released April 27, 2010. On April 15, 2010, Etheridge also announced she and Tammy Lynn Michaels were separating.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Internet radio at Work

Listening to music has proven to make productivity increase. It also has the effect to influence our moods and emotions. An example of this is having music in movies. Soundtracks are used to enhance a movie and make the performance and experience of watching it even better. Upbeat songs can put us in a good mood and love songs can put us in a romantic mood for example. Music can make us more productive because we are in a better mood and want to be at work instead of dreading it. Studies have shown that productivity levels increase. Here are some advantages of listening to Internet radio while at work instead of traditional radio.

At work, there always seems to be a space issue. Cubicles are small and desk space is always limited. A traditional radio can take up a lot of space especially if you have your computer or laptop or a printer on your desk. You may also have a lot of pictures on your desk that are more pleasing to look at than a radio. Listening to music on your computer is a much better solution that bringing in a radio. If you already have to be on your computer for work, you may as well save the space and take advantage of radio channels online.

Another advantage of listening to music from the Internet is that you can use headphones and not disturb anyone. You may be at a job or work space that is very quiet. Some offices have rules about music or movies while at work. You can control the volume from your computer or plug headphones into your laptop. You won’t have to worry about bringing an MP3 player that could get lost or stolen. Other people will not be distracted from your radio.

One of the best advantages of Internet Radio while at work is that it is less distracting than a traditional radio show. Most radio channels on the Internet have little to no commercials like traditional radio programs do that are annoying and distracting. You can find the music you want to listen to easily and not worry about finding an AM or FM station you can tune into without static. Internet radio channels can be streamed from anywhere in the world and you can find a station with a click of a button instead of turning a tuning button.

Listening to music while you work will not also make you more productive but it will also make your day go by faster. You can listen to some great tunes while you are hard at work. Finding music that you really enjoy listening to will put you in a better mood and you will not mind being at work. Listening to music on the Internet will keep your mind off the clock and counting down the minutes until the end of the day.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Tegan and Sara

This musical group, headed by identical twins, Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Kiersten Quin has gained an intense fan base and equal popularity in the indie/indie-rock genres. Now playing on television soundtracks, and touring, these young musicians have grown accustomed to working with such artists as: The Pretenders, Neil Young, Cake and The Killers.

Both women were born in Calgary and started their musical careers at the ripe age of fifteen. They utilized their school’s recording studio in 1997 to drop the tracks on their first demo, which then led to an album. In 1999 the twins released this first album, entitled, Under Feet Like Ours. At the time of this album release, the band was known as Sara and Tegan, but was later re-released as Tegan and Sara as it was easier to pronounce. The album was then re-released again in 2001 with the bonus track “Frozen”. The album was made available again in 2006 via Tegan and Sara’s online store at Maple Music.

Later, the sisters were signed by Neil Young’s manager to Young’s Vapor Records label. The album “This Business of Art” was released in 2000.

In 2002, the sisters released their third album If It Was You. Singles from the album include “Time Running”, “Living Room,” “I Hear Noises”, and “Monday Monday Monday”.

Staying with their success, a fourth album came out in 2004, So Jealous. The album contributed highly to the girl’s success. The single “Walking With A Ghost” was covered by “The White Stripes” who released it on their album “Walking with a Ghost.”

While making albums, Tegan and Sara toured, performing in festivals nationwide. In 1999 the group took part in Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair, and in 2005 the group was then invited to play at Lollapalooza. Cyndi Lauper recruited the duo in 2008 for her True Colors Tour, and Holly Miranda has already taken interest in including them in an upcoming show.

In 2007, they released The Con. Guest performers on the album included Jason McGerr of Death Cab For Cutie, Matt Sharp of The Rentals and formerly of Weezer, Hunter Burgan of AFI, and Kaki King.

On October 27, 2009, Tegan and Sara released their sixth album Sainthood, as well as a three-volume book set titled ON, IN, AT. The book is a three-book set that chronicles different time periods over a year in the girl’s lives with writing and photographs: the 2008 US national tour, a joint writing session in New Orleans for the new album in the fall of 2008 and the 2009 Australian headlining tour.

In 2009, the band released their album Sainthood. The lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s 1976 song, “Came So Far For Beauty,” became the inspiration behind the album. The album revolves around relationships but as reviewers have stated, they tend to go deeper than typical relationship drama and that the struggle, grief and bitterness bleed and breathe throughout the album.

While recording Sainthood, Tegan and Sara spent some time writing songs together in New Orleans. The song “Paperback Head” appeared on the album, making it the first song on any Tegan and Sara album that they wrote together. Spin Magazine gave Sainthood four out of five stars and wrote, “Tegan and Sara’s music may no longer be the stuff of teens, but its strength remains in how much it feels like two people talking.

Tegan and Sarah have expanded their musical talent to perform with television shows and movies in: North America, Canada and Europe. Tegan and Sara were proud to perform on the movie soundtracks of: Monster-In-Law and Sweet November. The two also placed musical backdrops to such popular television series’ as: Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills, The L Word, Melrose Place, 90210, One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Kellie Pickler Releasing New Single

“Pick Pickler” was American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler’s slogan. The then 19-year old is now on her own, still making music and still gaining notoriety. During an MTV interview, Pickler said she is working on a new album right now that will be her third, to be released this Fall. And this album, she claims, will be very country, as in the past, fans complained her music was too pop for their taste. Pickler says she is going back to her roots and the album will reflect this.

Kellie Pickler was born June 28, 1986 in Albemarle, North Carolina. Pickler’s mother left her and her father when Kellie was 2. She returned for custody but then the court returned the daughter to her grandparents when she was 12. With her father in and out of jail, Pickler was raised by her grandparents. Pickler still attributes her life’s influences to her grandparents, especially her grandfather, Clyde Raymond Pickler Sr.

When Pickler’s grandmother died in 2002, she continued to live with her grandfather and younger sibling Eric until she became a contestant on American Idol. Prior to being on Idol, Pickler graduated from high school and worked as a waitress at a Sonic Drive-In. She participated in the Miss America circuit and won the “Miss Stanly County” pageant at age 17. She also competed for Miss North Carolina in 2004.

In 2005 she auditioned for American Idol in Greensboro, North Carolina. She sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing”. The judges sent her to Hollywood and she slowly reached the Top 12. Pickler became popular due to her quirky personality and southern charm. Audiences loved her naiveté and compared her to Jessica Simpson.

After finishing sixth on American Idol, she made appearances on numerous television shows. In May of 2006 she returned to Albemarle, North Carolina for a parade and reunion with her father. The mayor proclaimed the day as Kellie Pickler Day.

Pickler wanted to continue pursuing her career and decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee. On July 17, 2006 she signed with 19 Records/BNA Records as a recording artist. She released her debut album “Small Town Girl” in 2006. It sold over 800,000 copies and was certified gold by the RIAA. It also was nominated for the CMT Video Awards as “Breakthrough Video of the Year”. The debut album topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums. The album produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Song charts. They included “Red High Heels” at #15, “I Wonder” at #14 and “Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind” at #16.

In addition to her album’s success, Pickler was nominated for “Top New Female Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music.

Pickler continued to perform and release singles. The single “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” was released to radio in June 2008 and was a Top 25 hit, peaking at #21. Her second album “Kellie Pickler” was finally released on September 30, 2008. The album debuted at the top of the country chart as well as #9 on the Billboard 200, selling over 43,000 copies in its first week.

In 2009, Pickler accompanied Taylor Swift on the first leg of her Fearless Tour. Pickler also re-recorded the single “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” from her first album. The song debuted at #55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became her fifth Top 20 hit, peaking at #14 in February 2010.

Pickler now looks forward to the release of her third album and hopes it receives as much of a welcome as her other two albums, or even a better one at that.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Internet radio and Other Music Awards

Singers and bands have loyal fans that stick with them through the thick and thin of their music careers. Annual music awards are a time for the fans to vote for their favorite musicians and give praise for their musical talents. Singers and bands not only get recognition and some type of fancy award, but their careers are usually increased in ratings. There are genre specific music awards, general music awards, and online music awards. Here is a look at an Internet radio awards and some other music awards.

Perhaps the most well known music awards are the Grammy Awards show. It is an annual award given to musicians that are the best in the business. They receive a golden gramophone statuette that solidifies their place in the entertainment industry and their outstanding achievements. The Grammy Award is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The categories you can win an award for are: best new artist, album of the year, song of the year, and record of the year. These categories are also handed out awards for certain genres.

There are other music awards that take place every year that are genre specific. They are less prestigious than the Grammy’s but can still boost a musician’s career and get just as much hype and audience attention. Other annual awards are the County Music Awards, the MTV Video Music awards, Texas Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, and the Brit Awards for example. These music awards recognize achievements for musicians who make music in their genre such as country, hip hop, or alternative music.

Internet Radio is just as influential as traditional radio for promoting a band or singer. Annually, there are the Internet Radio Awards that are held online. You can vote for your favorite Internet radio station, and they will win an award for best program online. If you have a radio station online you can either nominate yourself or one of your listeners can nominate for an award. It is a great way to see what stations there are around the world and to recognize the hard work that your favorite Internet station does day to day to provide you with great music to listen to.

If you want to discover music from around the world, or nominate an Independent musician for their work, you can vote for them at the International Online Music Awards. They are held every year, and you can vote for your favorite Independent band or singer to win an award. A lot of popular mainstream artists have been discovered by their online music. The Internet is very powerful for boosting someone’s career.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Stone Temple Pilots Release New Album

Very few bands survive after a hiatus. The Stone Temple Pilots may be an exception. The band is expected to release its sixth studio album, Stone Temple Pilots on May 25, 2010.

The Stone Temple Pilots, also called STP, is a band that found immediate success with their 1992 album “Core”. The album became platinum, 8x and sent STP into becoming one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s.

STP, made up of band members Scott Weiland, brothers Robert DeLeo and Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz was one of the top selling bands of the 90s, selling nearly 40 million records worldwide. During the 90s, the band had 16 top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts, six of which peaked at #`1. They also won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song “Plush”.

What caused the band to fade a bit off the scene? Mostly Weilands continual drug offenses and multiple concert cancellations. This in turn caused band members to separate and launch new careers. The band formally separated in 2003 and didn’t reunite until April of 2008 whereupon they went on a 71-date tour.

So how did this band of two brothers and a couple of guys get together and become so successful in the first place? As they tell it, their story dates back to a concert in California in 1986 where Weiland and Robert DeLeo were sitting around chatting about their girlfriend. It wasn’t long that both realized they were dating the same woman. While in any other situation a fight might have broke out, with these two, a friendship ensued instead. Each broke it off with the girl, moved into the girl’s vacated apartment and before long formed a band. In the beginning the band included friends Corey Hicock and David Allen. Once Allen left, drummer Eric Kretz joined. Then came Robert’s brother Dean DeLeo, who decided to play guitar in the band, replacing Hicock. At the time, the four called themselves Mighty Joe Young. The band recorded their first demo tape in 1990.

Later, an attorney advised the group that there already was a blues man who sang under the name Mighty Joe Young and to change their name. For a while they called themselves Shirley Temples Pussy but then changed the name again. Liking the initials STP, they settled on Stone Temple Pilots, this was in 1992.

Despite their success, the band received a lot of slack by critics. In a poll by the Rolling Stone magazine people voted them Best New Band and Worst New Band. The group went on to win Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist at the American Music Awards. In 1994 they also won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with the song “Plush.”

The group pushed forward with more albums and hit singles including the single “Interstate Love Song”, “Vasoline”, and “Big Empty”, which appeared on their second album “Purple.” Whether it was the success, pressure or criticisms that got to Weiland, the lead singer began diving deeper into his addiction to the point of being arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine, facing up to three years in prison in 1995.

Weiland’s drug addiction continued to get in the way of the band with show cancellations and his inability to appear at rehearsals. Weiland was ordered into drug rehabilitation in 1996 due to his arrest. Trying to continue to record was not easy as Weiland continued to face problems. Although the band released another album “No. 4” in 1999, Weiland was again sentenced to a year in a Los Angeles county jail for violating probation.

In 2003, the Stone Temple Pilots finally separated and band members went on to form new bands. Despite the split, by 2007 the band somehow found a way to get back together. Shortly after, Stone Temple Pilots announced a 65-date North American tour. In 2008 the group headlined the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore as well as the annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, giving one of their most successful performances since reforming.

Now the group is to release their next album “Stone Temple Pilots”. The band wrote 18 songs, twelve of which were planned to be released on the album.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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