Rock n Roll Birthdays, History and ZEW Music News (JJ Cale, Freddie Mercury) July 29, 2013

J.J Cale Passes on his Birthday

jj-cale_playingOn Friday, the world lost JJ Cale, singer/songrwriter credited as the originator of the Tulsa, OK sound. Cale’s songs were covered by many artists including Eric Clapton’s (“Cocaine” and “After Midnight.”), Widespread Panic (“Travelin’ Light”) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Call Me the Breeze”).  Cale died at the age of 74 from a heart attack.  According to his website, there are no immediate plans for funeral services. Ironically, Cale died on his 74th birthday.


Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson Duets Will Be Released to the Public

Michael Jackson and Queen singer Freddie Mercury got together in a studio and recorded a number of duets back in 1983. Queen guitarist Brian May says those tracks will be released for the first time ever in two months, according to The Times. The duets didn’t originally come out because the pair couldn’t find more time to get in the studio and record more.The collaborations include only three tunes. Michael-Jackson-and-Freddie-Mercury

Jim “Miami” Beach, a lawyer who became Queen’s manager, told the paper that Michael and Freddie actually had a falling out after Jackson brought a llama to the studio.  Beach explained, “Mercury rang me and said, ‘Miami, dear, can you get over here?  You’ve got to get me out of here, I’m recording with a llama.’”


Geddy Lee (musician) is 60 – Singer of Rush

Patti Scialfa (musician) is 60 – Guitarist for the E Street Band and Bruce’s wife

Chris Gorman (musician) is 46 – Drummer for Belly

Wil Wheaton (actor) is 41 “Gordie” in Stand By Me

Wanya Morris (musician) is 40 – Member of the classic singing group Boyz II Men

Danger Mouse (musician) is 36 – famed producer/musician who’s worked with Jack White, James Mercer of the Shins (Broken Bells), Cee Lo (Gnarls Barkley), One half of Gnarls Barkley and most notably one of the founders of Gorillaz

Rock History

1961 – Bob Dylan performed at New York’s Riverside Church as part of a 12-hour radio broadcast.

1966 – Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle in Woodstock, New York. The incident immediately passed into myth, with many wondering if Dylan was hurt at all or simply used the accident to disappear from public life. Middletown Hospital admitted him with a concussion and broken neck vertebrae. Dylan continued to suffer from paralysis and mild amnesia for the next month.

1973…The takings from two Led Zeppelin concerts were stolen from their New York hotel. The thieves were said to have gotten away with over 180-thousand dollars in cash.

1974…“Mama” Cass Elliot died of a heart attack in London at age 32. A coroner mistakenly said she died of choking on a ham sandwich.

1976…Eric Clapton began his first English tour in five years at Hempstead’s Pavilion Theatre.

1980…David Bowie opened on stage in Denver in the title role of Elephant Man to critical acclaim.


Conan O’Brien (TBS 11:00 PM ET) Eric McCormack, Mitchie Brusco and Franz Ferdinand

David Letterman (CBS 11:35 PM ET) Denzel Washington and James McCartney

Jay Leno (NBC 11:35 PM ET) Kristen Bell and Phillip Phillips

Jimmy Kimmel (ABC 11:35 PM ET) Neil Patrick Harris, Clayton Kershaw and Pepper

Craig Ferguson (CBS 12:35 AM ET) Courtney Love

Jimmy Fallon (CBS 12:35 AM ET) Mark Wahlberg, Poppy Montgomery, The Virgins and J. Mascis


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