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Most Grammy Awards Won: Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss, and U2

A Grammy award is a prestigious music award that is given out for various categories such as album of the year, record of the year, best new artist, and song of the year. The awards are held every year and every music artists strives to win or even be nominated to win a Grammy award. The Grammy award winner receives a gold gramophone trophy and receives recognition for having won a musical achievement. Two solo artists hold records for winning the most Grammy’s, and they are Stevie Wonder and Alison Krauss. Stevie Wonder has 22 trophies, and Alison Krauss has 26 gramophone trophies. The group that has won the most Grammy’s is U2 with 22 trophies.

Stevie Wonder is a musical legend that produces music in genres such as R&B, funk, Motown, psychedelic, and soul. He started his musical career in 1961 and still continues on strong. He records under the label Tamla-Motown. He’s had numerous number one singles such as “Fingertips,” “Superstition” and, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” to name a few. He has also had three number one albums and many other chart toppers that came in as number two and four on the charts. He won his first Grammy in 1973 and continued to win many more throughout the years.

Alison Krauss is best known for her country bluegrass music. Her musical career started in 1983 and she records under the label Rounder. Not only does she have a beautiful voice, but she also writes songs, produces music, and plays the fiddle. Her most recent endeavor is performing with the band Union Station, and they also have a bluegrass sound. You may remember one of her earlier number one hits called, “When You Say Nothing At All.” She has performed songs during the Olympics and her music has been in Hollywood hit movies such as O Brother Where Art Thou.

U2’s music can be heard throughout the world, and the group is definitely worthy of winning Grammy’s and holding the record for the group with the most coveted gold gramophone trophies. They have had numerous number one hits singles and albums. The group is made up of members Larry Mullen, Bono, Adam Clayton, and The Edge. They are all from Dublin, Ireland originally. They record under the labels Island, Mercury, and Interscope. Their latest album released this year is called, “No Line On the Horizon.” They have released other great albums such as “Achtung Baby” and “The Joshua Tree.”

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.

Halloween Songs: Get Ready to be Spooked!

October 31st, to some it’s the best night of their life. Halloween is a night filled with goblins, zombies, monsters, and witches. For children, it is also a fun holiday where they can be anything or anyone their minds can dream up. They dress up as their favorite cartoon characters, superheroes, and princesses. They go door to door collecting candy to put in their jack-o-lantern candy pails saying, “Trick or treat!”

For the parents and adults, the dark side is brought out in all of us. We get to bring our alter egos to life as we dress up in costumes. There are Halloween parties, parades, and festivals that last all night long. After the trick or treaters are tucked away in bed or safe at grandma’s house, the adults throw parties. There are common party songs that you are likely to hear at Halloween parties that will never go out of style. Here is a list of the best songs to play at your Halloween party.

The most popular song that everyone will find themselves dancing and singing to is “Monster Mash” by Bobby Picket. “He did the mash. He did the monster mash. The monster mash. It was a graveyard smash. He did the mash. It caught on in a flash. He did the mash. He did the monster mash” (Pickett, Garpax Records). The song became a hit in 1962 and has topped the list of Halloween favorites ever since.

Another popular song and music video played at parties is “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. The legendary zombie dance moves and makeup made the video a hit. The song is spooky and contains sound effects of zombies, coffins, screams, and graveyard noises. The song was released in 1982 and contained scary lyrics such as these, “It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark. Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart. You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it. You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes. You’re paralyzed” (Jackson, Epic Records).

A song sure to be played at your party is Ray Parker Jr’s “Ghostbusters.” Not only is it a great Halloween song, but it was also the theme song to the movie called Ghostbusters which came out in the early 1980s. “An invisible man sleeping in your bed. Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!” (Parker, Arista, Geffen, MCA, Indie). The song was number one for three weeks in 1984.

If you are more into rock songs, you’ll probably recognize this favorite from White Zombie called “I’m Your Boogieman.” The song is a cover that KC and The Sunshine Band originally recorded. “I’m your boogieman. That’s what I am. I’m here to do whatever I can. Be it early mornin’, late afternoon
Or at midnight, it’s never too soon.” (Zombie, Geffen Records).

What are some of your Halloween favorites?

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.

Garth Brooks: Best Selling American Artist

An American tradition that will never fade away is our love for music. It is timeless and brings our nation together. The United States of America even has their own national song which is rooted in folk/country music. When you think of country music you think of American traditions and people. Garth Brooks, a famous and very popular country music artist, is the best selling American artist of our time. He has sold almost as many records as the Beatles, but in America, he holds the record.

He has sold more than 200 million albums during his career, which is still going strong. He made his debut into the country scene in 1989 with the release of his first album that was self titled Garth Brooks. Right away his music was a success. You couldn’t tune into a country music radio station without hearing his songs being played. Even today you can hear his hit singles on Internet radio sites. His songs have won numerous awards including Grammy awards, Billboard Music awards, Academy of Country Music awards, American music awards, People’s Choice awards, a Golden Globe, and Recording Industry Association of America awards.

His unique country sound mixed with rock made him a successful crossover artist. His music charts both rock and country lists. He released hits from 1989 until 2001. He officially retired in 2004 and made a comeback in 2009. He had originally retired because he didn’t want to lose out on family life. He retired to spend more time with his family as it was rumored he and his wife were having marital problems.

In 1999, Garth Brooks took on an alter ego role as Chris Gaines. He was a fictional character that was supposed to star in a movie. The alter ego didn’t make a big impact and the movie was never made. Chris Gaines, however, did make an album which produced a number one hit. You can see the alter ego on a VH1 mockumentary and on a Saturday Night Live episode.

You can see him perform live in Las Vegas. He has a lot of shows scheduled in 2010 at the Encore Hotel and Casino. He agreed to the performances and making a comeback because he is keeping his schedule light. There are only a handful of concerts scheduled and he will get to fly back home to his family during performances.

Garth Brooks is an American legend, an unforgettable country music star, and the best selling American artist of our time.

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.

The Many Genres of Country Music

Country music, which was popularized in the Appalachian Mountains and the South, goes back as far to the 1920s. It is a blend of gospel, folk, Celtic, and old traditional music. The blends of the different sounds made it appealing to all types of people; old, young, southern, country, rock, and even Northerners liked the sound. The legendary Elvis Presley made his debut as a country singer and his fame and fortune can be accredited to not only his great voice and stage presence, but to the sounds and popularity of country music. Country music has been through many faces as would any type of music that has been around for so many years. There are a lot of different types, or genres, of country music. Which genre do you like to listen to?

County pop is perhaps the most listened to today as far as country music goes. It is a blend of country and hip hop and is the sound of many modern artists such as Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, and Shania Twain. Pop country artists are classified under this genre if their country songs cross over and make it onto the top 40 radio pop list. This genre first appeared in Nashville during the 1960s. Most songs include musical sounds from guitars (electric and acoustic), bass, drums, and amazing vocals.

During the 1940s, Bluegrass made its way onto the music scene. It is a fusion of country music, jazz, ragtime, and traditional music. Typical sounds and instruments unique to this genre are: fiddles, guitars, bass, drums, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, and vocals. If you’ve seen the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” then you’ve heard bluegrass. Dolly Parton is a popular, iconic figure that sings Bluegrass Country music.

Rockabilly, also known as hillbilly music, became popular in the 1950s. Honky tonk, swing, country, and rhythm and blues heavily influenced the sounds that are known as rockabilly. Guitar, drums, double bass, and piano are instruments you will typically find in these types of songs, and they are what make the sound unique. Elvis Presley was a major influence in making this type of music popular and was given the nickname the “Hillbilly Cat.” Buddy Holly is another name that comes to mind when you think of rockabilly.

Other types of country music or sounds that aren’t main stream are categorized as alternative country. The term was coined in the 1990s, but can be attributed to any type of country music that was played during a time when it wasn’t popular according to main stream standards. It is a vague term used to describe different genres and sounds of country music.

There are many different genres of country. Other genres are: Bakersfield Sound, Texas Country, Red Dirt, Western Swing, and country rap to name a few. You can listen to country hits as well as other genres of music on free Internet radio 977music.com.

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.

The Talent of Leonard Cohen

Anybody who has been listening to music for the last four decades has most likely heard a Leonard Cohen song as Cohen has been one of the most influential songwriters of his time. Taking on subjects such as sex, spirituality, religion, and power to just examining life issues has earned him the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Songs Cohen is most memorable for in his early years include “Suzanne,” “Sisters of Mercy,” “So Long, Marianne” and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye,” all of which were in his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967). However, the two albums that followed, Songs From a Room (1969), which includes his classic song, “Bird on the Wire,” and Songs of Love and Hate (1971), continued to demonstrate and exemplify his talent. Some say his background in literature, including published works of poetry, added to his success. Published collections of poetry include Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956) and Flowers for Hitler (1964). If that isn’t enough, he also published novels that include The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). His dual careers in music and literature fed each other over the decades, giving his songs a rare literary quality that made his works so popular around the world.

With the onset of the early 70s, Cohen developed a desire to move beyond a more folky sound to what he called European Blues. Cohen’s 1974 album, New Skin for the Old Ceremony, found him making bolder use of the orchestration, a contrast to the more stripped-down sound he had earlier preferred. This was followed by Death of a Ladies’ Man, his 1977 collaboration with Phil Spector, and constitutes his most extreme experiment. 

In the 80s, Leonard Cohen began to rise in popularity once again. Those that had grown up with him had reached an age oof which they wanted to re-examine the music of their past, along with a new generation of artists and fansm discovered him. They were attracted by the dignity, ambition and sheer quality of his songs. During this time, Cohen released two consecutive albums, I’m Your Man (1988) and The Future (1992). Exploring issues such as AIDS with songs like “Ain’t No Cure for Love,” “I’m Your Man” and, most explicitly, “Everybody Knows” (“Everybody knows that the Plague is coming/Everybody knows that it’s moving fast/Everybody knows that the naked man and woman – just a shining artifact of the past”) allowed Cohen to boldly talk about contemporary problems with a new perspective and insight.

Since that time, Cohen has released the albums Ten New Songs (2001) which includes the songs “Boogie Nights” and “In My Secret Life”, and Dear Heather (2004), as well as Blue Alert (2006), a collaboration on which Cohen produced and co-wrote songs with his former background singer Anjani Thomas, who provides the vocals. All three albums solidified his place in the pantheon of contemporary songwriters. 

Collectively, Cohen has published 12 books the most recent 2006′s Book of Longing, a collection of poetry, prose and drawings.  Book of Longing reached #1 on the Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Books in Canada, as compiled by Maclean’s Magazine, being the first book of poetry ever to reach the top of the bestsellers’ lists in Canada. If that isn’t enough, in 2008, “Hallelujah” became a record-setting UK chart phenomenon when a version performed by Alexandra Burke, winner of the massively popular television talent competition “X Factor,” rocketed to the #1 slot on the UK singles chart, becoming the fastest-selling single by a female artist in UK chart history.  So much interest in the song was generated that Jeff Buckley’s rendition bulleted to #2 while Cohen’s original version entered the singles chart at #34, bringing the artist his first-ever British Top 40 single.  With versions of the song holding down three Top 40 UK Singles Chart positions simultaneously, “Hallelujah” became the fastest-selling digital single in European history.  RIAA, CRIA, ARIA and IFPI statistics alone show that, prior to late 2008, more than five million copies of “Hallelujah” sold in CD format.

What’s next for Leonard Cohen? Who knows, but those who have followed him for the last four decades are surely anxious to find out.

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.

ACL and other Big US Music Festivals

A few weeks ago, the Austin City Limits Music Festival took place in Austin, TX drawing in crowds of more than 65,000 people a day for the three day festival. The lineup included more than 130 bands that played nonstop for three days on eight different stages. The bands range from hip hop, to folk, to rock, to other types of music genres. It is a three day festival where music lovers meet up to enjoy the sounds of up and coming stars as well as classic bands. This year at ACL, Pearl Jam was the headlining band and they brought together people of all ages to rock out and enjoy the sounds of amazing music. Free Internet radio 977music.com was lucky to have had a presence at the festival and gave live Twitter updates and accounts from the day with micro blogging. Besides ACL, there are other big music festivals in the U.S. such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. The music festivals promote good music and showcase bands that have proven to be worthy of radio hits or have produced hits that have made them key players in the music industry.

Bonnaroo takes place every year in Manchester, TN at the 700 acre Great Stage Park. Similar to ACL, the festival has food and drink vendors, retailers, and other attractions at the festival. Bonnaroo first took place in 2002 to feature jam bands and has since expanded their horizons to include bands from all types of music genres. The festival can last between four and five days and goes nonstop. They have tents set up with bands and even comedy acts to entertain the crowd all day and night.

Lollapalooza is another annual music festival. The three day festival takes place in Chicago at Grant Park and features rock bands. What makes this festival different from others is that it acts as a platform for political and non-profit groups. Originally Lollapalooza was supposed to be a farewell tour for the band Jane’s Addiction until the lead singer Perry Farrell partnered with C3 to start a music festival. The festival almost didn’t make it and has had some ups and down. It was an annual festival from 1991 until 1997 and then didn’t start back up again until 2003. Lollapalooza was down for two years and then restarted as an annual festival in 2005 and has continued to go on strong every year. This festival features rock bands and caters more towards that music genre.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, another annual festival, takes place in California at the Empire Polo Fields located in Indio. Besides being a musical influence, the festival also showcases art. Coachella features all types of music genres but focuses on bands with alternative, hip hop, and electronic influences. What makes this festival unique is that it offers an area for attendees to camp out during the weekend. Like ACL, it has one main stage for headlining bands and a number of other stages for bands to perform on.

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.

ACL Day 3: Mud and Pearl Jam

The festival grounds at Austin City Limits Music Festival were completely destroyed by the rain on day 2 and the massive amounts of traffic walking through the park. The park looked like a giant mud pit. It was hard to walk, the smell from the fertilizer was gross, and the mud got all over the fans’ clothes and shoes. I’ve never seen anything like it before. You can see videos of the mud pit on 977music’s YouTube channel. Zilker Park is being forced to close for a month to try to repair the damages and allow the grass to grow back.

Despite the mud, the music was amazing! Pearl Jam was incredible live. Krystle said that seeing Pearl Jam was one of the best experiences of her life. Everyone at the festival crowded in to watch Pearl Jam give an amazing performance. It was great how they interacted with their fans and showed support to the American troops, police officers, and firefighters. The crowed cheered loudly in support of our nation’s helping forces. Pearl Jam was the only band playing during their time slot at ACL because they were the headliner of the entire weekend. So many people were cheering, singing along, and dancing with excitement. Pearl Jam brought people together of all ages.

Other bands that played live on the Livestrong stage that day were: The Dodos, Clutch, the Toadies, and The Dead Weather. All of the bands performing at ACL were great! If they didn’t have a big fan base before this weekend, playing at ACL will grow their fan base tenfold.

 
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