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Lynyrd Skynyrd is a Band, Not A Band Member

Those who were born after the 80s may have heard of Lynyrd Skynyrd or at least the songs Lynyrd Skynyrd is known for such as Free Bird or Sweet Home Alabama. But how many of these ‘youngsters’ realize Lynyrd Skynyrd is not a person in the band but the name of a band? And yet the name did come from a real person, Leonard Skinner the band member’s gym teacher who was known for strictly enforcing a high school’s policy against boys having long hair.

Lynyrd Skynard’s band members first came together in the summer of 1964 as a group of friends Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and Gary Rossington, decided to start playing together. Biographies written about the band state that their early influences ranged from the Southern blues common in north Florida to the country standards Ronnie Van Zant said he heard on runs up the Atlantic seaboard in his father’s eighteen-wheeler. Ronnie claimed later that the band really modeled themselves after the first waves of the British rock invasion, “If you ask me, we’re closer to the classic British rock groups like Free than anything else.”

Originally calling themselves “The Noble Five”, in 1965, early practice sessions occurred in the carport of drummer Bob Burns’ parents. The band practiced where ever and whenever one of their mothers let them. The constant practice soon turned into a “learn as you earn” policy that resulted in the Noble Five’s first gig that December.

Slowly, the young group developed their musical talents and the gigs increased. With the increase of talent came more band name changes including the Wildcats, the Sons of Satan, Conqueror Worm, and the Pretty Ones. Van Zant said they used to change their name for the heck of it because nobody knew who they were. The longest lasting pre- Lynyrd Skynyrd name was One Percent.

As the band struggled in their early years, members continued to be influenced by upcoming British bands, even to the point where band members grew their hair long, something few did in the 60s. At the time, school dress code forbid boys hair to even touch their eyebrows or ears. The boys gym coach, Leonard Skinner, from Robert E Lee High School, was the biggest enforcer of this dress code. Van Zant and other band members who attended the high school would use Vasoline before school to slick back their hair to keep it out of their eyes and off their shoulders. Many of the teachers thought they had short hair, except Skinner. Band member Gary Rossington recalled, “All the teachers thought we had short hair, but then at gym you had to take a shower – it was mandatory.” Rossington said Skinner always came through the showers and if he caught you with your hair down touching year ears, he would kick you out or send you to the principal’s office. After having this occur dozens of times, Rossington said he quit school.

With this influence, later on the band would rename itself Leonard Skinner, which grew into Lynard Skynard, and then finally, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Lynyrd Skynrd grew to be a household name by the 70s, especially after opening for The Who in 1973. In 1974 they featured their most popular single Sweet Home Alabama.

Following success, tragic events began to unfold. Both Collins and Rossington had serious car accidents over Labor Day weekend in 1976, forcing the band to cancel some concert dates. The accident inspired the song “That Smell”. The lyrics talk about the oak tree Rossington crashed into and Prince Charming is himself, drunk and stoned on Quaaludes.

Later, the most tragic of all events occurred. On October 20, 1977, when Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered plane ran out of fuel near the end of their flight from Greenville, South Carolina, pilots attempted an emergency landing on a small airstrip. The plane crashed in a forest in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray were all killed on impact; the other band members suffered serious injuries.

Lynyrd Skynyrd disbanded after the tragedy, reuniting just once to perform an instrumental version of “Free Bird” at Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam in January 1979. Collins, Rossington, Powell and Pyle performed the song with Charlie Daniels and members of his band.

In 1987, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited for a full-scale tour with crash survivors Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson and Artimus Pyle and former guitarist Ed King.

The band Skynyrd went on with various replacement members and still perform today.

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.

The Many Faces of Chris Cornell

Whether you have listened to Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden or Audioslave, it is possible you have heard the voice of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell. While Cornell has performed in other bands he is primarily known for the above.

Chris Cornell had been performing, singing and writing music for many years but didn’t come to the forefront of the music industry until he started the band Soundgarden in 1984. Along with Alice in Chains, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam, Soundgarden became one of the most successful bands from Seattle’s emerging grunge scene in the early 1990s.

After leaving Soundgarden, Cornell joined the rock band Rage Against the Machine, a band that originally formed in 1991. Rage Against the Machine was known for its political lyrics. Labeled alternative rock to heavy metal, the band successfully continued until 2000. When the band broke up and recreated itself under the name Audioslave, minus band member Zack del la Rocha, Cornell became lead vocalist. Audioslave released their debut album in November of 2002 with hits such as Cochise, Like A Stone and Show Me How To Live.

While Rage Against the Machine lyrics were focused on being political, Cornell tried to tone it down when it came to writing for Audioslave. Cornell stated he did not want to become the new singer of Rage Against the Machine or any political band, but he would play benefits the other band members wanted to play. Despite his comment, Audioslave’s song Set It Off—was inspired by 1999′s WTO riots or better known as the Battle of Seattle. Cornell also wrote the anti-war song Sound of a Gun, and later Wide Awake, a song that was meant to be an attack on the Bush administration’s failure to act over the consequences of Hurricane Katrina.

The band was openly anti-Bush and against the Iraq War from the beginning; on March 17, 2003, only hours after President Bush announced plans to invade Iraq, the band performed live in Hollywood with messages reading “How many Iraqis per gallon?” and “Somewhere in Texas, a Village is Missing an Idiot”, scrolled across the stage. The music video for “Doesn’t Remind Me” was also critical of the Iraq war.

In 2002, Audioslave’s second album, Out of Exile, was released and debuted at number one on the U.S. charts. The album went on to achieve platinum status. It featured the singles “Out of Exile”, “Be Yourself”, “Your Time Has Come”, and “Doesn’t Remind Me”. Cornell admitted that the songs on the album were were the most personal songs he had ever written, emphasizing the positive changes in his life. Critics say the sound of the second album leaned less on guitar riffs than the first giving it more of a Soundgarden slash Rage Against the Machine flavor. Cornell’s voice stood out more in the album, possibly due to having quit smoking and drinking.

Audioslave later made history by performing in Havana, Cuba on May 6, 2005, becoming the first American rock group to perform in Cuba. The 26-song set concert was the longest the band had ever played.

Cornell continued writing and performing with the band, helping them release another album in early 2006 with the album Revelations. Cornell integrated 60s and 70s music as well as 70s funk and R&B to produce Revelations. Two of the songs, Shape of Things to Come and Wide Awake were featured in the 2006 film Miami Vice. Cornell followed this with another theme song You Know My Name, for the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale.

On February 15, 2007, Cornell officially announced his departure from Audioslave, stating, “Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors.” Audioslave was officially disbanded.

Cornell continues to tour around the world with his eclectic and experimental lyrics and music.

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.

Part of the Club

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E This is a familiar tune for a lot of young adults ranging in age from their early 20s to early 30s. It is the anthem from the Mickey Mouse Club, a show that we grew up watching, singing, and dancing along with. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry have made their start on the Disney television show. There are a lot of very successful actors and musicians that wouldn’t be where they are today without the help of the big eared, talking mouse that is an International icon, Mickey Mouse. Here are some modern pop star icons that got their big break being a member of the new club.

The Mickey Mouse Club television show first made its debut in the mid 1950s with Annette Funicello as its starring club member. Walt Disney started the series as a way to earn money for the construction of his magical theme park. The show lasted for a few years that went off the air. The show was rereleased in the 1980s and was known as the All New Mickey Mouse Club and MMC in the 1990s.

One club member that is on every tabloid and magazine cover, not to mention has a lot of number one singles, is Britney Spears. Britney was on the show from ages 11 to 13. Soon after her run on the Mickey Mouse Club, she released her first album called “Baby One More Time.” She instantly launched her career into stardom, and a lot of fans from the Club supported her solo career. She has continued to remain on top of the Billboard charts, despite a period of time in which she went through a lot of personal issues.

Another female pop icon, and perhaps Britney Spears’ biggest competition, who made her start to fame is Christina Aguilera. She and Britney were on the same seasons of the Club. Disney asked her to record the song “Reflection” for the soundtrack Mulan which gave her the solidarity to obtain a record contract. She recorded the single soon after her career on the Mickey Mouse Club. Christina beat out Britney for the coveted award of best new artist. She is an international star and has sold almost 45 million records throughout the world.

Two guys that not only started out on the Mickey Mouse Club but also were a part of the sensation N’ Sync are JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake. Both guys were on the same season of the Mickey Mouse Club as Britney and Christina. N’Sync was a boy band that over took the world with their harmonic voices and incredible dance moves. Both Justin and JC both launched solo careers after their time with the band.

The Mickey Mouse Club is a common connection for all of these stars. It is where they all launched their careers and first met each other. Years after the show, Britney and Justin dated, JC and Justin were in a band together, and Christina went on tour with the band that Justin and JC were a part of.

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.

Justin Timberlake is a Triple Threat

A triple threat isn’t just a football player who is great and passing, running, and kicking. A triple threat can cross over into any industry including the music one. A triple threat in the entertainment world is someone who can sing, act, and dance. You may have noticed a recent trend in which actors are releasing albums or musicians acting in movies or in television shows. An even more popular trend is when we see some of these actors or singers performing on dancing shows. When you combine all three elements on entertainment such as these you will come out with a triple threat. A modern triple threat that has taken over the music charts, is an awesome dancer, and who has appeared in both movies and television is Justin Timberlake.

Justin Timberlake’s career has come a long way since his debut on Star Search and his early stardom beginning on the Mickey Mouse Club. He was a part of the world renowned band ‘N Sync, broke off to be a chart topping solo artists, and has acted in movies as well as hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) several times during his career so far. The man is unstoppable! His dance moves have also been compared to the legendary Michael Jackson, a compliment any artist would be humbled by. He has won numerous awards and recognitions for his amazing talent.

He does more than sing, dance, and act. He also writes and produces songs, owns restaurants, owns a clothing line, is the face of products such as cologne and clothing and, always finds time to donate to charitable organizations. In 2009, he was named the most charitable star of the year. It is very noble of him to share his success to help people and organizations around the world that are less fortunate.

He collaborated and released albums with the group ‘N Sync, but has also released two albums as a solo artists that topped the music charts. “Justified” and “Future Sex/Love Sounds” included a lot of number one hit songs such as “Cry me a River” and “Sexy Back.” He released these albums under the label Jive Records.

In addition to releasing albums, he also appeared on television shows such as SNL and Touched by an Angel. He is the only person who has hosted and performed on SNL simultaneously three times so far. That is more than any other artist. Usually SNL has an actor to host and a musician to do a live performance. He has appeared in movies and has even had a voice role in the Shrek movies. In 2009, he was in the movie Open Road. So far in 2010, he has two movies that he is acting in.

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.

Trans Siberian Orchestra on Tour in Austin, TX

Trans Siberian Orchestra, or commonly referred to as TSO, is currently on tour selling out live concerts all over the nation. The TSO winter tour of 2009/2010 made a stop in Austin, TX and Matt and Krystle were lucky enough to have been there. Here are some things that they have said about the concert.

The concert was amazing! They had the best set, the best musicians, and the best singers at the concert. They even showcased songs from their most current album, Night Castle. The concert had the most incredible lights, lasers, and pyrotechnics which made the concert unique and outstanding. The light show went along with the songs they were playing and were synchronized perfectly. When a guitarist would play and use the whammy bar, laser streams would light up the stage. Also, when the entire orchestra, guitarists, and main violinists would rock out the stage would light up and fire would be blasted from the stage. Without these effects the concert still would’ve been good, but the use of such effects made it even more incredible.

The guitarists couldn’t have been any better. They all had long hair which was always being used for head banging and flaring around. They would rock out with their guitars and moved and ran around the stage. Some of the best musicians tour with TSO and make up the band. One of the lead guitarists produced amazing rock bands such as Aerosmith. The guitarists had amazing stage presence and got the crowd involved with cheering and clapping. Angus was always pointing and smiling at Matt and Krystle.

There were two crazy and incredible violinists. They would play madly and wildly, run around the stage and the concert venue, and flare the hair around while rocking out on their violins. They had very interesting violins that must have been made specifically for the genre they play which is rock and roll mixed classical music. The violins were hollow. At one point during the concert Matt noticed that the girl violinist’s hair got stuck. Krystle also noticed that she was playing so hard that some of the strings broke on the violin.

The singers’ voices were beautiful. The girls could carry out any tune. One man who had a lot of solos throughout the concert, has toured and sung with Journey during his career. His voice was so strong and loud and represented the essence of rock and roll. He also had long hair that was never short of a hair flip or some type of head banging.

TSO is such an awesome rock band that transforms classical Christmas music for their concerts. Matt and Krystle would recommend anyone to go to one of their concerts and support their music. Not only are they a great band, but they are also very charitable. TSO donates proceeds from every concert to a local organization or school from every city they tour in.

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.

What’s the deal with Emo music?

Emo music has recently hit the charts, with its confessional lyrics and expressive melodies. But what is emo music, and why has it become so popular?

Emo, is a rock style of music that started as a branch of hard punk music in the late 1980’s. First originated to describe the Washington D.C. music scene in the early 80‘s, emo is now marketed and accepted worldwide. Defined as ‘emotional hardcore’, or ‘emocore’, rock bands immediately took a liking to this new style. With the new indie movement gaining popularity, some bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate have blended their own rock/punk with indie to create a version of emo. After the initial breeding of emo/indie and emocore the Midwest took the idea by storm, signing several labels of the new style.

Now, into the 2000’s, emo has moved into the mainstream music scene with bands such as Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World. Fall Out Boy has become more than popular with their own version of emo.

Emo, now, is not only about a new type of music, but has also influenced the fashion world. After the Nirvana grunge explosion, bands wanted to take the idea further. In the teenage world, emo, is all about the skinny jeans, tight-fitting ratted t-shirts and studded jewelry. Mixing overly bright clothes with black has thrown gender-specific clothing out the window. Young men are now proudly wearing eye liner, and women are wearing men’s chained jeans, to make an impact.

Some emo bands, such as Jawbreaker have taken emo to their extreme, writing lyrics about being sad a night, expressing bodily harm and unspoken phobias. Jimmy Eat World’s song ’The Middle’ took number one on the Billboards Modern Rock Tracks. This song, expressing a girl who feels saddened and left-out, and will, ’be alright’.

It has been said that sadness has already been lyricized by early rock bands such as Poison, screaming at relationship issues and heartache. But marketers believe that emo, takes that very idea to a new level. Corporations such as Coca-Cola and Microsoft have already sponsored a great deal of the newer emo bands, leading the soda drinking and internet worlds to quickly catch on.

Heavy emotion has not been an easy concept to turn into music. Most of the population turn their car radios on to be uplifted after a hard day’s work. Bands have recognized this, and Emo has been expanded to not also provide the population with songs of extreme happiness; although, this is not the norm. Bands like Texas Is the Reason and Fugazi were the first to initiate this swing in definition.

Emo has just begun to tear through the United States, Australia and England, although not so surprisingly, Amsterdam is one of emo’s largest selling cities. Adding electric riffs and dance influence, the emo style is adapting to what people like to hear on the radio. Emo is ambiguous. and it seems it will be, until further contributors begin to use similar elements. Although, metaphorically, emo’s gloomy roots still remain.

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.

Michael Jackson: The Legend

This King of Pop is known as one of the most influential American Pop musicians/dancers of all time. Creating musical hits, and videos to match, this phenomenal artist continually wowed audiences from all backgrounds. As the single most popular artist since Elvis, Jackson was seen as unstoppable. The Daily Herald called Jackson an, “extremely important figure in the history of popular culture”.

Born in Gary, Indiana, this artist started his career in 1964. Jackson was one of ten children, all of which have touched the music world in some way. As a part of The Jackson Five, Michael sang and danced alongside his brothers, becoming very successful in mainstream music. In 1971, Michael Jackson took his talents solo, releasing his first album in 1982 (Thriller). Thriller is, to date, the single best-selling album of all time, doubling its sales after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009. Thriller remained on the Billboard 200 top ten for eighty weeks, consecutively, at first release. Of those eighty weeks, thirty-seven had Thriller at number one.

Along with hit albums like Off the Wall and Bad, Michael Jackson make a stand in his dance career. Developing the ‘moonwalk’, the ’anti-gravity lean’ and the ‘robot’, his choreography was just as credited as his vocal talent.

Michael has earned several awards for his numerous talents, including TWO inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, fifteen Grammy Awards, twenty-six American Music Awards, and several Guinness World Records. His most esteemed Guinness World Record was that of “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”.

This musician also chose to use his star celebrity as a humanitarian, raising funds for over thirty charities. His donations and fundraising has been estimated around three hundred million dollars, including the start and support of his own charity, the Heal the World Foundation.

In March of 1988 Michael Jackson purchased land in California to build his seventeen million dollar Neverland Ranch. Building movie theatres, roller coasters and a ferris wheel. The 2,700 acre amazement was valued at over 100 million dollars. This was just a few dollars out of Jackson’s wallet, as he estimated earnings of 1989 alone, at over 125 million dollars.

In 2009 Jackson reportedly collapsed in his rented mansion located in Los Angeles. His memorial took place in July of 2009. Over thirty-one million fans worldwide watched the burial and service for Michael Jackson, which was comparable to the amount of individuals who watched the 1997 funeral of Princess Diana (33 million) and the 2004 burial of Ronald Reagan (35 million). Several of Jackson’s fans performed at the event, including: Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Mariah Carey. Maya Angelou even wrote a poem for the service, entitled ‘We had him’.

Michael Jackson is still sorely missed by millions, proven by the increased sales in his albums even after his passing. His fashionable persona, including the glitter glove, tuxedo pants and bright white socks will always be remembered. Jackson transformed the music of his time, and will continue to live on. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame still remains, since its placement in 1984, reminding audiences of his unparalleled existence.

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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