Tag Archives: the 70s

Yoko Ono Covers Imagine For John Lennon’s Birthday

The BBC reports: John Lennon’s Imagine – the third greatest song of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine – has been given a reworking today for what would’ve been the former Beatle’s 78th birthday. So who better then to deliver this musical gift, other than the track’s co-writer Yoko Ono? The Japanese artist, who married Lennon in 1969, was ...

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Special JMG Music Giveaway: For Discos Only

Courtesy of Concord Music, tonight we have a special JMG giveaway of the new classic early disco remix compilation, For Discos Only, now available on Amazon, streaming, and download services. Craft Recordings is excited to announce the release of For Discos Only: Indie Dance Music From Fantasy & Vanguard Records (1976-1981), a comprehensive collection of the music that lit up ...

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Cher Releases First Single From ABBA Covers Album

Rolling Stone reports: Cher has debuted “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” the first single off her forth ABBA cover album Dancing Queen. Produced by her longtime collaborator Mark Taylor — who was behind her massive hit “Believe” — the track sees the diva meshing her penchant for Nineties-esque house with plenty of faithfulness to the original material. She ...

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Jackson Family Patriarch Joe Jackson Dies At 89

People Magazine reports: Joe Jackson, the music manager and father of 11, died early Wednesday morning, TMZ reports. He was 89. The Jackson family patriarch had been battling terminal pancreatic cancer and was “not doing well” as of late, a source previously told PEOPLE. In 1963, Joe noticed his children’s musical talents after he discovered son Tito’s guitar talents. Soon ...

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Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine Shuts Down

The New York Post reports: Interview magazine, the culture and arts publication founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, has folded, The Post has learned. The glossy periodical owned by billionaire Peter Brant — which lately has been mired in legal spats with former employees, as well as a dispute with its former landlord — has filed for a Chapter 7 ...

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Superman Actress Margot Kidder Dies At Age 69

NBC News reports: Margot Kidder, the actress perhaps best known as the colleague and love interest of mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent in the “Superman” movies of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died. She was 69. Born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Canada, her breakout role was the hard-nosed reporter Lois Lane in 1978’s “Superman,” alongside Christopher Reeve as ...

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Coming Trump Biopic Will Dramatize Rise To Power Under Influence Of Late Homocon Roy Cohn [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter: Donald Trump is getting the big-screen treatment in a film called The Apprentice that will dramatize his rise to power, focusing on his early influences like attorney Roy Cohn. Gabriel Sherman, special correspondent to Vanity Fair, who also authored a book about late Fox News founder Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room, has been ...

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ABBA To Release First New Songs In 35 Years

The Guardian reports: ABBA have announced that they have written and recorded their first new songs since they split in 1982. The Swedish four-piece, who had nine No 1 hits in the UK between 1974 and 1980, and who have sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide, announced on Instagram that they had recorded two new songs for a project ...

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MASH’s David Ogden Stiers Dies At Age 75

Variety reports: David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as the arrogant surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on “MASH,” died Saturday. He was 75. His agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs, tweeted that he died of bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Ore. For his work on “MASH,” Stiers was twice Emmy nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a ...

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Elton John Announces Farewell Tour [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: At an emotional New York press conference Wednesday, Elton John announced that he will retire from the road after a lengthy farewell tour. “I’m not going to be touring anymore,” he told moderator Anderson Cooper at New York’s Gotham Hall. “I’m not going to be touring and traveling the world. My priorities have changed. I have young ...

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Donna Summer Musical Set For Broadway Bow

From the Hollywood Reporter: Broadway’s gotta have some “Hot Stuff” next spring. Producers Tommy Mottola and The Dodgers confirmed Tuesday that Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will begin previews March 28 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre ahead of an April 23 opening. The bio-musical tracing the life and career of the singer, who teamed with music producer Giorgio Moroder and Casablanca ...

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Emmy Winning Actor Robert Guillaume Dies At 89

Variety reports: Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume, best known as the title character in the TV sitcom “Benson,” died Tuesday. He was 89. His wife Donna Brown Guillaume told the Associated Press he died at their Los Angeles home of complications of prostate cancer. Guillaume often played acerbic, dry-witted, but ultimately lovable characters like the butler Benson Du Bois, which ...

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Game Show Host Monty Hall Dies At Age 96

The New York Times reports: Monty Hall, the genial host and co-creator of “Let’s Make a Deal,” the game show on which contestants in outlandish costumes shriek and leap at the chance to see if they will win the big prize or the booby prize behind door No. 3, died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday. He ...

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Husker Du’s Grant Hart Dies Of Cancer At Age 56

Rolling Stone reports: Grant Hart, drummer and singer of the seminal alternative rock band Hüsker Dü, has died at 56 after being diagnosed with cancer. The news was confirmed by his bandmate Bob Mould in a lengthy Facebook post. The St. Paul, Minnesota-born Hart formed Hüsker Dü – Danish for “Do you remember?” – in the late Seventies along with ...

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Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Dies At Age 67

Rolling Stone reports: Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Steely Dan, died Sunday at the age of 67. Becker’s official site announced the death; no cause of death or other details were provided. “Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard ...

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Rocker Gregg Allman Dies At Age 69

From the Hollywood Reporter: Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock ‘n’ blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed such classics as “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and the epic concert jam “Whipping Post,” has died at age 69. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. ...

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Happy Days Star Erin Moran Dies At Age 56

NBC News reports: Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the hit TV series “Happy Days” has died in Indiana at the age of 56, police said. TMZ first reported the death. The Harrison County, Indiana, sheriff’s office told NBC News that dispatchers got a 911 call for an unresponsive female at 4:07 p.m. Saturday and first responders ...

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Pentatonix – Bohemian Rhapsody [VIDEO]

Robert Philpot reviews: Although there were music videos before 1975, Queen’s clip that year for its now-classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is seen as groundbreaking. That was before MTV, way before YouTube, and certainly before any of the five members of Pentatonix was born. But the Arlington-founded a cappella group — which released its latest EP, “PTX Vol. 4 — Classics” — ...

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SO YOU’RE BACK FROM OUTER SPACE: Gloria Gaynor To Perform At Library Of Congress Tribute To Disco

The Washington Post reports: Last year, Gloria Gaynor’s disco anthem “I Will Survive” became one of 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry, a collection of sound recordings considered “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States” and kept at the Library of Congress. The wide-ranging registry includes Thomas Edison’s early cylinders, Martin ...

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Gong Show Creator Chuck Barris Dies At Age 87

Variety reports: Chuck Barris, who hosted “The Gong Show” and created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N.Y., his publicist confirmed. He was 87. His autobiography, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” was made into a film directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris. In the book (subtitled “An Unauthorized ...

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