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Johnny Cash and 7 Other Hitmakers After Death

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayJohnny Cash‘s newly released CD Out Among the Stars debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. That might seem like a pretty impressive performance, especially considering that the artist himself passed away back in 2003. But Cash is just the latest in a string of deceased performers who’ve released hot-selling records after their demise. Here are a few: Buddy Holly, The Buddy Holly Story (1959). Released just a month after …

The Man Who Helped Bring the Beatles to America

Posted on 08/22/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyRemember Beatlemania? For that transcendent moment in boomer history, we owe thanks to concert promoter Sid Bernstein, who died on Aug. 21 at age 95 in New York City. In March 1963, Bernstein — then a lowly $200-a-week booker for General Artists Corp. — read of the hysteria that ensued at the Beatles’ shows in Great Britain. Even though British music stars had seldom made much of a splash in the U.S. market, Bernstein had a hunch about the Fab Four. He called …

‘Springsteen & I’: A Love Letter to The Boss

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentI suppose it goes without saying that your level of enjoyment of the new documentary Springsteen & I, which premiered Monday night in movie theaters and screens again in select cities on July 30, will be in direct correlation to your proximity to New Jersey and/or your ability to recite all the lyrics to “Rosalita.” As I fall into that category of fist-pumping fans who have attended dozens of Bruce Springsteen concerts, I had a great time watching it. But it …

Would You Want to Live in a Rock Legend’s Childhood Home?

Posted on 07/19/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayWould you buy a house that a rock superstar is rumored to have lived in as a child? That’s a question that prospective home buyers will have a chance to ponder, now that a real estate agent has listed a four-bedroom, three-bath Cape Cod-style home in Arlington, Va., for $949,900. Aside from the covered front porch, hardwood floors and remodeled eat-in kitchen, there’s an additional selling point: The listing describes it as the “childhood home” of Jim Morrison, lead singer …

Ray Manzarek: 5 Facts About the Doors’ Keyboardist

Posted on 05/21/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyOne day in August 1965, UCLA film graduate Ray Manzarek was walking along Venice Beach in Los Angeles when he had a chance meeting with an old college acquaintance named Jim Morrison. In a moment that would later be enshrined in the mythology of rock music, Manzarek asked Morrison what he’d been up to since he’d dropped out of school. Morrison told him that he’d been writing songs. Manzarek was intrigued. “Let’s hear ‘em,” he said. Morrison responded by kneeling, …

Reg Presley: 10 Facts About the Rocker Who Gave Us ‘Wild Thing’

Posted on 02/5/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyYou may not know Reg Presley’s name, or that of his rock band, the Troggs. But if you grew up in the mid-1960s and had an AM radio, you instantly would recognize the distinctive growl of his peculiarly half-spoken, half-singing vocal: Wild thing You make my heart sing You make everything Groovy “Wild Thing” — an earthy, thumping three-chord guitar ode to youthful lust, punctuated by an oddly erotic ocarina solo — soared to the very top of the Billboard …