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Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios Sept. 2

The Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders visited KVPI studios to record special cheers during football season. Here they are surrounding KVPI DJ Emily O . They are:Kaitlyn Roddy, Regan Carraway, Paige Whittington, Payton Whittington, Sammy Fusilier, Malene Guillory, Shelbi Rials, Sara Vidrine, Taylor Olson, Tori Johnson, Madison Welch, Bailee Deville, Blaire Fontenot and Kasey Roddy.


The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders Visit the KVPI Studios

 

 

Boom! The Sacred Heart Trojan Cheerleaders were in the house today recording cheers for our high school football action. Pictured below with Steph are Laura Manuel, Megan Morein, Olivia Vollman, Logan Shipp, Baylee Veillon, Eve Fontenot, Caroline Duplechin, Dori Monier (Mascot), Olivia Brignac, Mallory Fontenot, Kaylie McCoy, Sara Reilly, Joanie Dupre', Madison Jordan, Caroline LaHaye and Hallie Daire. Thanks for coming in girls!

 

 

 

                 


KVPI AM FM Staff 2015

KVPI Staff August 13, 2015: John Lafleur, Annona Balfa, Becky Vidrine, Emily Oliver, Carly  Chaumont, Stephanie Ware, Cheryl DeBaillon, Jim Soileau, Charlie Manuel, Josh Godwin, Gene Swabby Soileau and Micah Chatman. Seated: Bonnie Fontenot and Mark Layne.


Classic Hits 92.5 salutes Elvis Presley Thursday

It's Elvis Day on Spotlight Thursday as we remember The King of Rock and Roll who died this week in 1977 at his home in Graceland. Hear 50's Elvis, Movie Elvis from the 1960's and his great live recordings from the 1970's all day Thursday and on Party Time Thursday night.


Dixie Youth World Series Action Live from South Carolina on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Tune in to our live coverage of the Dixie Youth World Series from Lexington, South Carolina this week as KVPI Sports covers our Ville Platte Dixie Majors team competing in the tournament. Sports Announcer Chris Bordelon will be doing the play by play each night. Thanks to our KVPI Sponsors.


Plenty of Baseball Action Right Now On KVPI AM and FM

KVPI Sports will be bringing you live play by play action live from Ponchatoula as we cover Dixie Youth Regional Tournament Action this weekend. KVPI Sports Announcer Tracy Jagneaux will be covering our Ville Platte Dixie Majors 12 year old all stars while Sports Announcer Thomas Scully will be covering the Ville Platte Super Ten All Stars. Also we are covering the Ville Platte 8 year old All Star girls competing in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Highland, Texas with James Shiver and Gene Swabby Soileau.


Summer is here! Be listening for the cue to call on Classic Hits 92.5

Register your Father registered today!

Every Friday for the next five weeks we will be giving you a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Blue Bayou/Dixie Landing in Baton Rouge. To qualify for the weekly drawing, just call us at 506-2444 when you hear the cue to call, the Blue Bayou water slide spash. You must be 18 or older and one qualifer per family. Good luck from your friends at Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI.


Snap Snap Snap! Get your pics in or come by and we'll snap it for you!

Keep listening as we will be giving you the chance to win sheets of tickets for the Cajun Heartland State Fair on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI!!


Be sure to tune in Thursday, May 7 @ 8 pm (CT) on GAC for a very special feature on


Congratulations to KVPI's Jennifer Meylian-Ville Platte's Co-Woman of the Year 2015

 

Congratulations to KVPI's Program Director Jennifer Meylian named as 2015 Co-Ville Platte Woman of the Year along with Linda Lebsack. Shown next to Jennifer is her daughter, Lindsey.


Win Crawfish Festival Tickets This Week on Classic Hits 92.5

 

Be sure to tune in all this week as we give you a chance to win free passes to this weekend's Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival!!


KVPI FM Sponsors Radio Thon Friday


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network


KVPI Fan Appreciation Night Saturday Night to Benefit Evangeline Community Autism Network


Congratulations to our winners in our Jazz Fest Ticket Contest

The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is about to kick off and Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI gave you a chance to win tickets to attend!
Monday, we started taking text messages with the word “JAZZ” in them… we received A LOT! Close to 300!
Today… we have our winners!
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Melanie Courville! She won TWO weekend passes good for either weekend of the Jazz Fest!
And Congratulations to our Runner Up, Brenda Vidrine! She won TWO one day passes good for either weekend as well!
We hope you both have a great time… take pictures and sing your hearts out! It’s going to be an awesome Jazz Festival this year!
Thank you to all that sent us those text messag


We have Disney on Ice Prize Packs for that Little Princess in your life!


DORA THE EXPLORER AT THE ZOO OF ACADIANA & Classic Hits 92.5 is giving you a chance to win tickets!


Congratulations to our two Grand Prize winners in our "Bud and Boilin" Contest

Congratulations to our two grand prize winners: Louis Muse in the left and Tammy Johnson in the right photo. Both of our winners are greeted by Rodney Moras with Southwest Beverage Budweiser and KVPI Program Director Jennifer Meylian. Happy Easter!!


Congratulations to our Easter Contest Winner

Congratulations to our Easter Egg Contest Winner, Lori Guillory, for finding our golden egg in the Teen Room in the Evangeline Parish Library based on the clues we gave. KVPI's Stephanie Ware is congratulating our winner. Lori wins a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card.


KVPI FM-2015 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year

Members of our staff accepting the award: Cheryl DeBaillon, Ville Platte Broadcasting President Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, Bonnie Fontenot, Mark Layne, Becky Vidrine, Stephanie Ware, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Executive Director Polly Johnson and Jennifer Meylian.


KVPI Staff

New photo of part of the KVPI Staff: From left in the front, Bonnie Fontenot, Jenn Meylian, Becky Vidrine and Mark Layne. In the second row, from left, Emily O, Annona Balfa, Josh Godwin, "Swabby" Soileau and Stephanie Ware. Be  looking for more of these new photos on our website and Facebook pages compliments of Emily Rose Photography.


Happy New Year From All of Us at KVPI AM/FM


Fox News Radio comes to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI Beginning December 15


Join the legendary Scott Shannon hosting the new "America's Greatest Hits" Sundays 2-6pm on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you subscribed to The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' on YouTube?

                                 

  The 2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' with

Jenn & Steph on YouTube!

 

           https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0wXudspNZLOSJYzgTsKO8g


Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA!

 

Candice Bennatt, Miss Ville Platte USA, joined Jenn & Steph in the

2 Non-Blonde's Cafe' this morning.  Her interview will be posted on their YouTube page soon so be sure to check it out!  

Thank you for stopping by, Candice!  

You are making Ville Platte proud!

 

 

 


Nina Blackwood's "Absolutely 80's Spotlight" is Coming to Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI

Join original MTV Host Nina Blackwood as she spotlights a certain 1980's song weekday mornings at 11:30am on the 2 Non Blonde's Cafe on Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI beginning Sept. 22.


Pine Prairie High Cheerleaders record Cheers at KVPI Studios

Classic Hits 92.5's Jenn Meylian welcomes members of the Pine Prairie High School Cheerleading Squad as they record special cheers we will air throughout football season.


American Top 40-The 80's will be heard on Classic Hits 92.5 Sundays at 10:00am


The Basile High Cheerleaders Visit KVPI Studios

KVPI DJ's Josh and Micah welcome the Basile High Cheerleaders who came to our studios to record special cheers that our listeners will be hearing throughout football season.


Check out our NEW t-shirts! Classic Hits 92.5 FM and The Legend 1050 AM KVPI


The McNeese State University Women's Volleyball Team visited Jenn & Steph in the Cafe' this morning!

These young women volunteered their time to help with the 

Boys & Girls Club in Ville Platte.

Pictured above...

Members of the Women's Volleyball Team, Coaches, t

heir Trainer, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Jacob "Timbo" Fontenot 

along with Jenn & Steph.

Thank you all for coming in to visit!

Best of luck to you in the upcoming Volleyball Season!


KVPI AM/FM is looking to hire Sales Account Representative

We are growing!  

 

Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of legacy stations KVPI AM/FM, is now seeking a sales account executive to join our sales team. We offer solutions to our business clients through local radio, web and live events. KVPI radio has been serving the Acadiana  area for more than 60 years in providing news, weather, sports and music programing .

 

We are looking for an experienced, outgoing, organized, responsible creative outside  advertising sales person .Your primary duty will be to develop new business by being the primary client contact in the Eunice, Opelousas, Crowley areas of our listening area.

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following: outside sales experience, good communication skills and a strong work ethic, dependable transportation and an eagerness to work hard and be part of a growing sales team dedicated for success.

 

Benefits include a monthly base salary plus a generous commission based on sales. You will have the opportunity to work for a great company who treats its employees as members of their family. Most of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Please apply in person with General Manager Mark Layne at 809 West Lasalle in Ville Platte, phone 337-363-2124 or email your resumes to kvpiamfm@gmail.com.  KVPI AM/FM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


KVPI will cover the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Tournament

KVPI Sports will follow the Ville Platte 8u girls All Stars in the National Pony League Softball Tournament in Youngsville. The team includes:Carlee Soileau, Aubrey Vidrine, Harlie Arnaud, Gracie McCauley, Lyndsey Vallet, Emily Stagg, Kaisyln Lafleur, Victoria Chaddrick, Peyton Guillory, Lilly Fontenot, Madison Monier and Sophia Scully. Manager is Lance Vidrine and Coaches are Chad Arnaud, Nasen Soileau and Walter Mire. The team's overall record on the summer is 20-4. Best of luck to our all stars in this tournament!


Arrest has been made in fatal shooting that took place on Monday, July 28 in Ville Platte.

 

 

Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.

 

The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide.  Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.

 

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation. Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area.  Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office  assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 29, 2014.  

 

With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department.  “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.”  “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”

 

 

Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte.  Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder.  Anderson is currently being held without bond.


KVPI Sports is covering the Mamou 8 Year old All Stars in the State Dixie Youth Tournament

KVPI Sports will be in Pineville covering the Mamou 8 Year Old in the State Dixie Youth Pitching Machine Tournament. Best of luck to our All Stars!


KVPI Sports will cover the Ville Platte Super Ten's in District Tournament Play


James Dupre Visits KVPI Studios

Country Entertainer James Dupre visited KVPI studios today just before his performance at the 2014 Smoked Meat Festival. He was interviewed by our own Stephanie Ware.


Ugliest Tie Father's Day Contest

 

Congratulations to our winners: Grand Prize-Mike Cloud, winner of the $400 recliner from Cester Youngs Furniture; Second Place-Junior Perrodin, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Ace Hardware and Third Place- Ernest Anderson, winner of the $50 gift certificate from Ace Hardware. Happy Father's Day from Classic Hits 92.5!!


KVPI-FM Named 2014 Radio Station of the Year

 

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM the prestigious “Radio Station of the Year” award on Wednesday during their Prestige Awards luncheon held in Baton Rouge. KVPI-FM, Oldies 92.5, was recognized for its dedication to community service programming to Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish and all of South Central Louisiana.

     In 2013, KVPI-FM aired 53 “Let’s Talk about It” community service interview shows of 15 minutes or more. The shows ranged from the 4-H Livestock Show with County Agent Todd Fontenot in January to a special interview show featuring local ministers airing on Christmas Day.

     KVPI-FM was involved with many community events in 2013. Among the live remotes we covered include: 4-H Livestock Show in January, Swamp Pop Museum and the Mamou Mardi Gras in February; Boggy Bayou Festival, Autism Walk and the Folk Roots Festival in April; Election Returns and Senior Day remote in May; Live all day radio auction for Dixie Youth, Smoked Meat Festival  and the French Showcase in Chataignier in June; Mamou Cajun Music Festival in September; Cotton Festival, High School Career Day and the St. Edmunds Radio Auction in October; Swine Festival in Basile in November and the Food for Families Food Drive in December.

    The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters also noted that KVPI-FM continues its tradition of local Cajun French language programming including local newscasts, La Tasse De Café live call-in shows and the Tradio program all conducted in French.

    KVPI-FM continues to promote and support our unique form of South Louisiana rock and roll known as “Swamp Pop”. We program Swamp Pop music all day on Fridays. Every year, we co-sponsor a Swamp Pop dance for the benefit of the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum located in Ville Platte.

    During 2013, KVPI Sports was very busy covering local sports. We covered more than 175 local sporting events in 2013 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Dixie Youth baseball and Pony softball. Our coverage also included LSU football, baseball and basketball. Travel wise, KVPI-FM was again all over the state and the country. We followed the LSU Eunice softball team to Mississippi and Texas, LSU Eunice baseball team to Oklahoma and the Mamou and Ville Platte Pony softball teams to Texas. KVPI-FM followed the Fairview Lady Panthers basketball team to the state tournament where they won another state championship

 

  • Joe Perry Says New "Aerosmith Rocks Donington" Video Shows "What the Band's About"

    Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith's latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, gets its release today, September 4.  The film captures the band playing a headlining set to a massive and enthusiastic audience in June of last year at the U.K.'s annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park in Derby, England.

    "I'm excited about it getting out there and having people see it," guitarist Joe Perry tells ABC Radio.  He adds that because the concert was filmed in high-definition, as well as being "lit specifically for video and having the sound mixed equally as well," he considers the flick "a good piece of showing what the band's about."

    Perry also says he's pleased that the concert turned out to be a solid performance for Aerosmith, because the band only had plans to film that specific gig, so the pressure was on.

    "It's always a roll of the dice when you go in and you're gonna film one show," he maintains.  "[It] was like, 'Let's just put all our eggs in one basket and go for it,' and as it turned out, it came up sevens.  And the fans were there for us, and it was just a really good show."

    Aerosmith played the 2014 Donington show while promoting its latest studio album, Music from Another Dimension.  The band's 20-song set included a few selections from the 2012 record, classic hits like "Dream On," "Walk This Way," "Sweet Emotion" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," and some fan-favorite deeper cuts such as "Eat the Rich" and "Mama Kin."

    Perry says Aerosmith has played several noteworthy concerts at Donington over the years, and he's happy that one finally was documented for posterity.

    "I think we've done four or five gigs there and we've had some amazing things happen," Joe tells ABC Radio recalling that one year, "Jimmy Page came up and played with us…Just some really, really memorable shows.  And this is one of 'em, and I'm glad we got it on tape."

    Perry admits that he can't really pick out a specific favorite highlight from the concert, but says he was just glad that "the gig came off with a lot of energy and I didn't break anything."

    In addition to the dynamic high-res performance footage, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 also features a fun pre-show segment in which the cameras visit all five band members -- Perry, singer Steven Tyler, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer -- in their dressing rooms.  The release comes packaged with an 18-page booklet featuring color photos from the event, and an essay penned by veteran Rolling Stone writer David Wild.

    Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is available for purchase as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/three-LP vinyl package and a Blu-ray/two-CD release, as well as a digital download.

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  • Keith Richards Says He's No Fan of Rock, Heavy Metal or Rap Music

    Credit: Mark SeligerKeith RichardsOn his latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, Keith Richards pays tribute to some of the genres that have influenced his own music throughout the years, including blues, country, soul and reggae.  However, in a new interview with the New York Daily News, the famed Rolling Stones guitarist reveals he has no love for such musical genres as rock, heavy metal and hip-hop.

    "It sounds like a dull thud to me," says Richards of rock music.  "For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them.  It's endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation."

    With regard to heavy metal, Keith declares, "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath.  I just thought they were great jokes."

    Richards also has some pointed opinions about one of today's most popular genres, rap.  "So many words, so little said," the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells the newspaper with a laugh.  "What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there…All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy.  There's an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another."

    Meanwhile, Richards admits that he hadn't really been interested in making a new solo album when he began work on Crosseyed Heart, but he'd gotten frustrated that The Rolling Stones were making no effort to get their own new record together.

    "I always thought, 'I'm a Stones man.  None shall leave!'" he explains.  "At the same time, we had years of spare time and I wanted to work."

    Crosseyed Heart started coming together more than four years ago, when drummer/producer Steve Jordan, who'd collaborated with Richards on his previous two solo albums, convinced the guitar great to begin working on a new project with him even though Keith hadn't been writing new songs at the time.

    "Steve said to me, 'I'm a drummer…Why don't we go into this studio, just the two of us, and see what happens?'" Richards recalls.  He adds that he and Jordan soon started writing tunes together and "the damn thing started to blossom under me."

    As for the status of his often contentious relationship with his Rolling Stones songwriting partner Mick Jagger, Keith describes it as a "painful democracy," while admitting that tensions still exist between the singer and him.

    "He's a control freak.  He likes to know everything that's going on.  He lost himself a bit in the details," Richards tells the Daily News.  Having said that, Keith goes on to praise Jagger as "a hell of a frontman," and points out, "I still love him dearly," while adding "your friends don't have to be perfect."

    Crosseyed Heart will be released on September 18.

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  • Roger Waters, Pink Floyd Land in Top 10 of Newly Launched U.K. Progressive Albums Chart

    Legacy RecordingsMany music fans would argue that progressive rock enjoyed its heyday about 40 or so years ago, but only now is the genre getting its own official albums chart -- at least in the United Kingdom.  The U.K.'s Official Charts Company, in partnership with Prog magazine, has just introduced the Official Progressive Albums Chart, and Roger Waters and Pink Floyd are among the artists whose records have landed in the first installment's top 10.

    Waters' recently reissued 1992 solo album, Amused to Death, was #3, while Pink Floyd's 2014 release, The Endless River, took the #8 slot.  Topping the tally was a younger act, Australia's Tame Impala, with its 2015 album Currents.

    The launch of the Official Progressive Albums Chart coincides with the 2015 edition of the Prog magazine-organized Progressive Music Awards, which take place today in London.

    "Prog artists have always pushed the boundaries of musical convention, and by doing so, many have gone on to be some of the best-selling and most influential artists of all time, but prog didn't stop in the 1970s," says Prog editor Jerry Ewing.  "[T]here are many people out there who are into prog artists and just don't seem to know it!...You look at some of the best-selling and acclaimed artists of the modern era like Muse, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tame Impala -- what they do is incredible, they are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation, and the Official Progressive Albums Chart is the platform in which this will be recognized."

    Adds Official Charts Company executive Martin Talbot, "We are delighted to be working with the progressive music experts at Prog magazine to create this exciting new chart -- and look forward to giving the most inventive artists working today a new showcase of their own, every month."

    In honor of the launch of the new tally, the Official Charts Company has compiled a list of the top 30 best-selling prog-rock albums of the 21st century.  At #2 is Pink Floyd's landmark 1973 release The Dark Side of the Moon, which sold 3.8 million copies in the U.K. since 2000.  Further down on the tally are Genesis' Selling England by the Pound at #9, Rush's 2112 at #11, Yes' Close to the Edge at #12, Electric Light Orchestra's Out of the Blue at #13, Jethro Tull's Aqualung at #14, Peter Gabriel's So at #16, Roxy Music's Avalon at #17, The Moody Blues' On the Threshold of a Dream at #19, David Gilmour's On an Island at #20, and Supertramp's Breakfast in America at #24.  Topping the list was modern-rock act Muse's 2006 album Black Holes & Revelations, which has sold 4.4 million copies.

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  • Earth, Wind & Fire and '80s Artists Are the Subjects of Two Upcoming Holiday Compilations

    Legacy RecordingsSeparate holiday compilations featuring the music of Earth, Wind & Fire and tunes by various 1980s stars will be released on October 2 as part of Legacy Recordings' The Classic Christmas Album series.

    Earth, Wind & Fire's The Classic Christmas Album installment features 18 tracks, including 13 tunes that appeared on the acclaimed funk/soul group's 2014 yuletide collection, Holiday.  Among the songs from Holiday are renditions of classics such as "Joy to the World," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "The First Noël," "Winter Wonderland," "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Jingle Bell Rock," and two originals based on well-known tunes by the band -- "Happy Seasons" and "December," which are reworked versions of "Happy Feelin'" and "December," respectively.

    Earth, Wind & Fire's The Classic Christmas Album comp also includes four other holiday songs from earlier in the group's career, as well as "I Asked for a Miracle (God Gave Me You)," which lead singer Philip Bailey recorded with the band Full Force back in 1991.

    As for the other aforementioned compilation, The Classic Christmas '80s Album contains 15 seasonal songs from some of that decade's biggest pop, rock, soul and rap stars.  The anthology includes Daryl Hall & John Oates' version of "Jingle Bell Rock," The Pointer Sisters' rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Whitney Houston's take on "Do You Hear What I Hear?," Dave Edmunds' version of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and The Bangles' cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter."  It also features such original holiday tunes as The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping," Wham!'s "Last Christmas," Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas in Hollis," Billy Squier's "Christmas Is the Time to Say 'I Love You'" and Ray Parker Jr.'s "Christmas Time Is Here."

    In addition, The Classic Christmas Album compilations featuring the music of Sarah McLachlan and Celtic Thunder will be released on October 2.

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  • KC and the Sunshine Band Score First "Billboard" Chart Hit in 31 Years with "I Love You More"

    Image Courtesy of Webster PRDisco-era legends KC and the Sunshine Band's latest single, "I Love You More," has reached #30 on the latest Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, giving the group its first chart hit in 31 years.  The techno-inspired tune was written by frontman Harry Wayne Casey, and the track features a radio mix by Tony Moran and Mike Lorello.

    Speaking with ABC Radio recently, Casey said he was excited about how well the single was being received, while expressing hope that the tune would become a crossover hit.  "I Love You More" likely will appear on the upcoming KC and the Sunshine Band studio album, which the singer says be coming out soon and will be made up mainly of original songs.  Casey reported that he has amassed so much material that he may end up having enough for two new albums.

    "In 2013 I woke up out of some sort of musical coma.  And started writing again with the energy I had 40 years ago," Casey says in a statement.  "'I Love You More' is a result of this new energy and path that I am currently on.  The song is about having so much love for someone that each day it continues to grow."

    "I Love You More" was released shortly after KC and the Sunshine Band put out their latest studio album, Feeling You! The '60s, a collection of classic cover songs from the decade that influenced Casey or reflected aspects of his life story.  Interestingly, the new single broke into the Dance Club Songs chart 40 years to the day that "Get Down Tonight" topped the Billboard Hot 100.

    KC and the Sunshine Band have a handful of U.S. shows on their 2015 tour schedule.  Check them out:

    9/19 -- Ontario, CA, Ontario Town Square Amphitheatre
    10/3 -- Buffalo, NY, University of Buffalo Stadium
    11/13 -- Marksville, LA, Paragon Casino
    11/20 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino
    11/21 -- Newkirk, OK, First Council Casino

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  • New Documentary About Joe Strummer's Post-Clash Adventures in Spain to Be Released on DVD Next Month

    MVD Entertainment GroupA new documentary about Joe Strummer's time spent in Spain during the mid-1980s following the breakup of The Clash will be released on DVD in the U.S. on October 16.  I Need a Dodge!: Joe Strummer on the Run tells the tale of what's described as the late singer's "self-imposed exile" in Granada, Spain, in 1985 and '86, a period during which he worked with a number of local acts while trying to cope with the disintegration of his influential band.

    Part of the film focuses on Strummer's quest to find a Dodge to drive while he was in Spain, and what became of the car after Joe abandoned it to return home to the United Kingdom for the birth of his second daughter.  Director Nick Hall traveled to Spain to interview some of the people who spent time with Strummer during his visit, in an attempt to discover the fate of the vehicle and gain some insight into what the punk legend was like at that volatile time in his life.

    "This is Joe Strummer at a crossroads in his professional and personal life," says Hall.  "Initially his trips to Spain seemed to be little more than an anecdote but this story says so much about Joe coming to terms with life after The Clash."

    I Need a Dodge! also features appearances by Strummer's first wife Gaby, late-era Clash members Pete Howard and Nick Sheppard, and Richard Dudanski, the drummer of Joe's pre-Clash group The 101ers.

    The DVD comes packaged with a cassette featuring a Spanish radio interview with Strummer, a sticker, a poster and a pin.

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  • Concert Video Featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd Playing Its First Two Albums to Be Released in October

    Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn early April of this year, Lynyrd Skynyrd played a pair of special hometown concerts in Jacksonville, Florida, at which the band gave full performances of their first two albums -- 1973's Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd and 1974's Second Helping.  The shows were recorded for a new live video that will be released October 23 in multiple formats.

    Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping -- Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download at a wide variety of retail outlets and online stores.  In addition, an exclusive DVD/two-CD set will be sold only at Walmart stores and Walmart.com.

    The concerts, which took place April 2 and 3, marked the first time the Southern rock legends had ever performed the albums in their entirety live.  Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd features such Lynyrd Skynyrd classics as "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird."  Second Helping includes the band's biggest hit and signature tune, "Sweet Home Alabama," as well as such memorable songs as "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" and the group's rendtion of J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze."  Meanwhile, a number of the lesser-known tunes from the albums had rarely, if ever, been played live by Lynyrd Skynyrd prior to the Jacksonville shows.

    The home video also offers a specially created behind-the-scenes feature on the band.  You can check out a clip from the video of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing "Gimme Three Steps" at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.

    In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd has plenty of upcoming U.S. shows on their 2015 tour schedule.  The band's next concert takes place on Thursday, September 3, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is plotted out through a December 5 gig in Mescalero, New Mexico.

    Here is the track list of Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping -- Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre:

    Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd
    "I Ain't the One"
    "Tuesday's Gone"
    "Gimme Three Steps"
    "Simple Man"
    "Things Goin' On"
    "Mississippi Kid"
    "Poison Whiskey"
    "Free Bird"

    Second Helping
    "Sweet Home Alabama"
    "I Need You"
    "Don't Ask Me No Questions"
    "Workin' for MCA"
    "The Ballad of Curtis Loew"
    "Swamp Music"
    "Needle and the Spoon"
    "Call Me the Breeze

    And here is Lynyrd Skynrd's upcoming tour schedule:

    9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
    9/4 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater
    9/5 -- New Lenox, IL, Village of New Lenox
    9/6 -- Wauseon, OH, Fulton County Fair
    9/11 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
    9/12 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino
    9/15 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
    9/17 -- Jackson, CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
    9/18 -- Pomona, CA, L.A. County Fairgrounds
    9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
    9/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
    9/25 -- Lewisville, TX, 2015 Western Days
    9/26 -- Houston, TX, Sam Houston Race Park
    10/1 -- Sevierville, TN, Smokes Stadium
    10/2 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
    10/3 -- Muncie, IN, Emens Auditorium
    10/4 -- Louisville, KY, Louder Than Life Music Festival
    11/7 -- Montgomery, AL, Alabama National Fair
    12/5 -- Mescalero, NM, Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino

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  • Progressive Music Awards Honor Late Yes Bassist Chris Squire by Renaming Virtuoso Award After Him

    Credit: Rob ShanahanThis year's Progressive Music Awards will pay tribute to late Yes bassist Chris Squire by renaming one of its most prestigious honors after him.  The Team Rock website reports that the event's Virtuoso Award, which salutes the finest instrumentalists, has now been rechristened the Chris Squire Virtuoso Award.

    Two members of Yes' current lineup, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes, have both expressed their approval of the award being renamed after Squire, who died of a rare form of leukemia on June 27 at age 67.

    "Chris did so much to share the way the bass is played these days.  His impact was incalculable," says White.  "All of us who were privileged to know him will miss him hugely.  But the music he did so much to help create is timeless -- and this honor will ensure his name will never be forgotten."

    Adds Downes, "We all want Chris to be remembered in the best possible way, and naming an award after him is a great honor, not just for Chris but for the band as well…I think it's very fitting.  As a pioneer of bass guitar, there's probably no one who could match him on what he achieved with the instrument."

    Yes has been paying tribute to Squire throughout its current North American summer tour with Toto.  The trek is scheduled through a September 12 show near Vancouver, Canada.

    The 2015 edition of the Progressive Music Awards, which are organized by Prog magazine, takes place Thursday, September 3 at the Underglobe venue in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.  Among this year's nominees are Pink Floyd, Moody Blues bassist John Lodge and ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett.

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  • Phil Collins Unveils Details of "Take a Look at Me Now" Reissue Campaign; First Two Albums Due Out in November

    Atlantic RecordsNew details have unveiled about Phil Collins' recently announced solo album reissue campaign, which will launch with the November 6 release of remastered and expanded versions of the famed Genesis singer/drummer's 1981 debut, Face Value, and his popular 1993 record, Both Sides.

    The concept behind the initiative, which has been dubbed the "Take a Look at Me Now" campaign, is that each deluxe release will feature bonus live versions of some of the original tracks to show how those songs evolved and were transformed in a concert setting.  To a lesser extent, the deluxe editions also will include demos and B-sides from Phil's various solo album sessions.

    "I've always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections," explains Collins, who is personally curating the reissue campaign.  "Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated."

    Each reissue also will feature updated cover art showing an updated photo of Phil posing the same way he did on the album's original cover.  The albums are being remastered by Nick Davis, who's worked on all of Genesis' retrospective reissues an received a Best Surround Sound Album Grammy nomination for the Genesis 1970-1975 box set.

    Face Value features Collins enduring solo hit "In the Air Tonight," as well as another top 20 single, "I Missed Again," and has sold more than five million copies in the U.S.  The deluxe edition includes live versions of "In the Air Tonight," "I Missed Again," the Genesis hit "Misunderstanding" and more.  It also contains demos of "Misunderstanding" and "Against All Odds," the latter of which wound up topping the charts as the theme to the 1984 film of the same name.

    Both Sides features two top-40 hits, "Both Sides of the Story" and "Everyday," and went on to sell more than a million copies.  The deluxe edition includes live renditions of those songs and several others from the album's original track list, as well as a demo version of "Hero," a tune Collins co-wrote with David Crosby.

    The deluxe edition of each reissue will be available as a two-CD set and digital download, while a 180-gram vinyl version of each album featuring just the original track list also will be sold.

    Here are the full track lists for the expanded versions of Face Value and Both Sides:

    Face Value: Deluxe Edition

    Disc One: Original Album Remastered
    "In the Air Tonight"
    "This Must Be Love"
    "Behind the Lines"
    "The Roof Is Leaking"
    "Droned"
    "Hand in Hand"
    "I Missed Again"
    "You Know What I Mean"
    "Thunder and Lightning"
    "I'm Not Moving"
    "If Leaving Me Is Easy"
    "Tomorrow Never Knows"

    Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
    "Misunderstanding" (Live)
    "If Leaving Me Is Easy" (Live)*
    "In the Air Tonight" (Live)*
    "Behind the Lines" (Live)*
    "The Roof Is Leaking" (Demo)*
    "Hand in Hand" (Live)*
    "I Missed Again" (Live)*
    "...And So to F" (Live)*
    "This Must Be Love" (Demo)*
    "Please Don't Ask" (Demo)*
    "Misunderstanding" (Demo)*
    "Against All Odds" (Demo)

    Both Sides: Deluxe Edition

    Disc One: Original Album Remastered
    "Both Sides of the Story"
    "Can't Turn Back the Years"
    "Everyday"
    "I've Forgotten Everything"
    "We're Sons of Our Fathers"
    "Can't Find My Way"
    "Survivors"
    "We Fly So Close"
    "There's a Place for Us"
    "We Wait and We Wonder"
    "Please Come Out Tonight"

    Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
    "Take Me with You"
    "Both Sides of the Story" (Live)*
    "Can't Turn Back the Years" (Live)*
    "Survivors" (Live)*
    "Everyday" (Live)*
    "We Wait and We Wonder" (Live)*
    "Can't Find My Way" (Demo)*
    "I've Been Trying"
    "Both Sides of the Story"
    "Hero" (Demo)

    * = previously unreleased on CD.

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  • Graham Nash, Steve Miller and Paul Shaffer to Receive Awards at 2015 Little Kids Rock Benefit

    Eleanor Stills; Kim MillerGraham Nash, Steve Miller and Late Show with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer will be honored with special awards at the 2015 edition of the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit gala, which will be held on October 20 at the Manhattan Center in New York City.

    Nash will be presented with the Humanitarian Award, Miller will receive the Rocker of the Year honor and Shaffer will be saluted with the Big Man of the Year prize.  The Big Man of the Year award initially was created in 2009 to honor E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons for his charitable work with the Little Kids Rock organization.  Since then, it has been handed out annually to an artist who exemplifies Clemons' spirit and the ideals of Little Kids Rock.

    This year's benefit will be hosted by Maureen Van Zandt, wife of E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt.  The initial lineup of performers for the gala includes Darlene Love and a group of Little Kids Rock students, with a variety of other special guests expected to be announced soon.  Love is a previous Big Man of the Year Award winner and has appeared at several previous Little Kids Rock benefits.  Will Lee, longtime bassist in the Late Show house band, will serve as musical director for this year's event.

    Founded in 2002, Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization that provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools across the U.S.  For more information about the 2015 benefit, visit LittleKidsRock.org.

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  • TORI SPELLING IS SUING BENIHANA

    Tori Spelling is going after Benihana over an accident last April that left her with burns.

    According to People, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star is claiming that she suffered wage loss, hospital and medicine expenses, general damage and loss of earning capacity after slipping and falling onto one of their grills. Tori apparently had deep second and third degree burns which required hospitalization and surgery.

    • It is unclear how much money she is asking for.
    • A source told the magazine back in April, Tori hadn't even started to eat, when she slipped and fell. Not thinking, she grabbed onto the side of the hot grill and burned her arm. At the time, it didn't seem as bad as the doctors told her it was the next day."

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  • ANNE HATHAWAY SPEAKS ON COMPETITION AMONG YOUNG ACTRESSES

    Anne Hathaway admits that she lucked out with her film career because she feels there is a lot of competition among young actresses for roles.

    She explains in the new issue of Glamour U.K., "I hate to admit it, but it's true -- there are fewer roles and the competition is just as fierce as ever. I look around at my peers and I'm so blown away by their talent and their beauty and their cool style, as well as their ability to be an actress and be a movie star and be good at it. I mean, they're so good and we're all trying to get the same parts."

    • Anne also discusses the age issue in Hollywood saying, "I can't complain about it because I benefited from it. When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them. And now I'm in my early thirties and I'm like, 'Why did that 24-year-old get that part?' I was that 24-year-old once, I can't be upset about it, it's the way things are. All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you and if people go to see them you'll be allowed to make more."

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  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    TOM HARDY IS GOING TO BE A DAD AGAIN: Tom Hardy is going to be a dad again. His wife, Charlotte Riley, showed off her baby bump on the red carpet of his latest film, Legend, on Thursday (September 3rd.) This is their first child together but Tom is also a father to seven-year-old son, Louis Thomas, from a previous relationship.

    EMILY RATAJKOWSKI HATES THE VIDEO FOR 'BLURRED LINES': Emily Ratajkowski may have gotten her big break appearing in the music video for "Blurred Lines" but she does not have fond memories about the experience. She explains in the October issue of British InStyle, "I wasn't into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. Now, it's the bane of my existence. When anyone comes up to me about "Blurred Lines," I'm like, are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?" Emily currently appears in the film We Are Your Friends which had one of the worst opening weekends of all time.

    CANDIS CAYNE WALKED OUT OF AN AUDITION FOR 'CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM': Transgender actress Candis Cayne auditioned for a role on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm but took herself out of the running over the material. She recently told The Hollywood Reporter, "The part was for a trans woman who had to go to the bathroom really bad and decided she was going to go in the men's line because it was quicker. I said, 'Thank you for writing a trans part, but I can't audition because a trans woman wouldn't do this. I have to honor my community,' and I walked out of the audition." She also revealed that Transparent actress Alexandra Billings reacted the same way and the joke never actually made it into the show.

    ALI FEDOTOWSKY IS ENGAGED: Former Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky is engaged. She revealed on Instagram on Thursday (August 3rd) that her boyfriend, Kevin Manno, popped the question. She also posted about the engagement on her blog writing, "So excited to share that Kevin asked me to be his wife and I said YES!!! No actually, I screamed yes. Ha! He proposed yesterday and we had the most beautiful, magical day with our closest friends and can't wait to celebrate with family back home. Love, the future Mrs. Manno." Ali has been dating Kevin since April of 2013.

    WES BENTLEY OPENS UP ABOUT HIS DRUG USE: American Horror Story actor Wes Bentley recently sat down with Larry King where he opened up about his struggles with drugs which started back in 2006. He revealed, "The drugs got harder and I got deeper in it, and I started considering things like selling drugs and DJing for a living instead of acting. Some people have one bottom, I had 10 or 12 bottoms: a friend who passed away; I had no money; I lost contact with my family. I finally met somebody who I loved and that kind of turned around. And then I met somebody who was sober and I wanted what he had. And then I worked really hard. I still work really hard." Wes also addressed the death of his best friend, Heath Ledger, back in 2008 saying, "He was like a brother to me. We were close friends. We worked on Four Feathers together in 2000 and since then we had become very, very close. We had good times and bad times...his death is the biggest loss of my life. Yeah."

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  • AMY DUGGAR IS READY FOR A NAME CHANGE

    One of the biggest perks to getting married for Amy Duggar is the name change. The cousin of Josh Duggar recently chatted with People magazine about her wedding to Dillon King which will be taking place over Labor Day weekend and the challenges she faces sharing a last name with the famously pious former reality stars.

    Amy explains, "I can't wait to change my name!" she says. "It's going to be a great day when Dillon signs that marriage license and my last name changes. You have no idea! People have always called me the 'Rebel Duggar,' but I definitely have morals and standards." She added, "Despite all the crap going on in my family, a few days from now will be an awesome moment."

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  • AMERICA LOVES OLIVIA BENSON

    Mariska Hargitay's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit character Olivia Benson is America's sweetheart. According to a new survey from entertainment marketing agency, Trailer Park, the character was voted as America's favorite female TV character.

    Olivia took 21% of the votes from the 1,200 males and females polled. Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon earned second place with 8% of the votes. Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen, Jessica Lange's American Horror Story roles, and Ellen Pompeo's Dr. Meredith Grey rounded out the top five.

    • The survey focused on the 17 highest-rated dramas that passed the Bechdel test --meaning that the show has at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than men.
    • Mariska has played Olivia on SVU since 1999.
    • The character landed in second place to Daenerys Targaryen among the 18 to 24 demographic.

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  • BRYAN CRANSTON COMPARES FAME TO BEING A PREGNANT WOMAN

    Bryan Cranston may never know what it's like to be pregnant but apparently being famous is a similar experience.

    The Breaking Bad star recently told The Hollywood Reporter, "Being famous is almost like being a pregnant woman. People think they can just put their hand on your belly and tell you, 'Oh, you're going to have a boy!' It's like having a complete stranger fondling you. And they have this sensibility where they feel comfortable coming up to you and saying, 'You know that thing you did? I didn't like that movie.'" He added, "They'll go, 'I didn't like your character's arc.' But I'm open to all of it. The only failure in art is when you move someone to no emotion whatsoever. I'd rather have people fiercely angry with me so long as they're moved to some emotion. Even if the emotion was off-target -- even if I was trying to move the audience one place and they go another. You missed, but at least they felt something."

    • Bryan also spoke about his success and paychecks saying, "I tell my agency, 'Do the best you can.' They say, 'We want to tell you about the deal.' I say, 'Are you happy?' 'I think we could get a little more.' 'All right, try.' I don't want to appear smug, but I don't need a job. I've been really poor, foreclose-on-your-house poor. And I've been rich. Rich is better. But I'm just now starting to get used to the hour of fame. I haven't been able to let the dust settle yet."

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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    SIENNA MILLER'S ROLE CUT FROM 'BLACK MASS': Black Mass director Scott Cooper has confirmed that Sienna Miller's role as Whitey Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine Greig, has been cut from the film. He explained to the Boston Globe, "It came down to narrative choices." Scott went on to say that the movie focuses on the gangster's life before leaving Boston and his time as a fugitive but the scenes with Sienna seemed "less dramatic." Black Mass opens on September 18th.

    ALLY WALKER JOINS 'COLONY': Former Sons of Anarchy alum, Ally Walker, has signed on to the USA alien invasion drama Colony. She will have a recurring role as Helena -- a powerful figure in occupied L.A. The show also stars Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies. Colony premieres in January.

    NICKELODEON IS REBOOTING OLD SHOWS: Nickelodeon has revealed plans to revive some of their old shows. Content and development president Russell Hicks told Variety, "We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way. We are getting ready to bring back some of the ones they've told us multiple times they want to have brought back." He did not reveal which shows they are considering rebooting.

    'LUKE CAGE' ADDS 'HUNGER GAMES' ACTOR: Hunger Games: Mockingjay actor Mahershala Ali has been added to the cast of Marvel's Luke Cage as the villain known as Cottonmouth. Mike Colter plays the role of Luke. The series is one of four projects that Marvel is developing at Netflix.

    NBC PICKS UP 'THE WATCHER': NBC is developing a series called The Watcher based on the viral news story back in June about a New Jersey family who bought a house and started getting creepy letters about the property from an anonymous sender. The pilot will be written by Alex Cary who previously worked on Homeland. According to Deadline, the show is "a psychological thriller based on real events surrounding a young couple and their two children who move into their dream home in a small town, only to be terrorized by anonymous letters and sinister threats, and trapped in the web of a dangerous mystery." This is the first project as part of a development deal that Alex signed with NBC back in May.

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This day in music history: Monday August 31st

 

1987, The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson's ‘Bad’ album were shipped to record stores in the US. The LP followed the Jackson album, ‘Thriller’, the biggest Jackson-seller of all time (over 35 million copies sold). ‘Bad’ went on to sell over 13 million copies.


This day in music history: Tuesday September 1st

 

1984, After a 25-year career, Tina Turner had her first solo No.1 single in the US with 'What's Love Got To Do With It'. This song was originally written for Cliff Richard, however the song was rejected. It was then offered to Donna Summer, who has stated she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.


This day in music history: Wednesday September 2nd

 

1972, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Wear It Well', the singers second UK No.1 was taken from his album 'Never A Dull Moment.'


This day in music history: Thursday September 3rd

 

1977, The month after his death, Elvis Presley had 27 albums and 9 singles in the Top 100 charts in the UK. 'Moody Blue' was the No.1 album while 'Way Down' was No.1 on the singles chart, (putting him equal with the Beatles, each amassing 17 No.1 hits).


This day in music history: Friday September 4th

 

1976, The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Should Be Dancing', the group's third US No.1, a No.5 hit n the UK. It was this song that launched the trio into Disco stardom and is the first chart-topper in which Barry Gibb used his now-trademark falsetto.

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