Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Karaoke is a typical form of entertainment for Japanese business people; they drop into a bar with colleagues after work, have a drink, and enjoy singing popular songs to the accompaniment of karaoke. Karaoke has been entertaining people ever since its invention 20 years ago, and has become firmly established in Japanese society, going far beyond just a temporary boom.
Usually, a recorded popular song consists of vocals and accompaniment. Music tapes in which only the accompaniment is recorded were named "karaoke."
It is now widely recognized that the use of karaoke started at a snack bar in Kobe City. It is said that when a strolling guitarist could not come to perform at the bar due to illness or other reasons, the owner of the bar prepared tapes of accompaniment recordings, and vocalists enjoyed singing to the tapes. Even though it is only legend, this might have been the beginning of karaoke, and since then, karaoke has been commercialized and has become popular all over.
Using technological innovations such as the video disk, laser disk, and CD graphics, karaoke has grown to be a major entertainment industry. Family-use karaoke sets have also become popular, making the amusement formerly limited to night spots possible in the home.
Karaoke Jockeys now offer complete services to bars, taverns, clubs, parties and other social events.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Arista Records decided to release this as a duet to radio stations. Carrie and Randy performed it live for the very first time on American Idol, March 18th. The original version on her "Carnival Ride" CD does not include the duet vocals. Randy had a number one of the song in 1988, and it is also the title of his newest "hits" package being released this Spring.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Jimmy Boyd, a singer best known for recording the Christmas novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in 1952 when he was 13, died Saturday. He was 70.
Mr. Boyd, who also was a child actor, died of cancer at a Santa Monica convalescent hospital, said Eleanor Pillsbury, his longtime friend.
Three weeks after the yuletide kiss-and-tell was released, the song was No. 1 on the Billboard charts, selling 2 million records in fewer than 10 weeks. Tens of millions of copies of the much-covered song written by Tommie Connors have been sold over the decades, according to the Allmusic Internet database.
It has been interpreted by artists including the Jackson Five, John Mellencamp and Amy Winehouse. Molly Bee was also 13 when she had a hit warbling about the unlikely pair kissing "underneath the mistletoe last night." Bee died last month at 69.
Although it came to be regarded as a holiday classic, the ditty about a child who can't understand why Mommy is cheating on Daddy with Santa Claus caused controversy in some quarters when the original featuring Mr. Boyd's childish treble was released.
The Catholic Church condemned the song for implying even a tenuous link between sex and the religious holiday, and record stations in several markets banned it. The ban was lifted only after the 13-year-old Boyd appeared before church leaders to talk about the lyrics.
Recorded at the urging of Columbia record executive Mitch Miller, the tune made "something of an overnight national musical figure" of the vocalist, a "freckle-patch" who lived in Van Nuys, Time magazine reported in 1952.
Lyrics such as "She didn't see me creep/ Down the stairs to have a peep" weren't "quite up to the title-line," the magazine had huffed. Even the young singer was surprised by the song's success.
"I like it personally," Mr. Boyd told Time, "but I didn't think anyone would buy it."
He was born dirt poor in a shack in McComb, Miss., on Jan. 9, 1939. His father, Leslie, was a carpenter from a big musical family - Mr. Boyd's grandfather was known in Mississippi as Fiddler Bill and had 21 children, Pillsbury confirmed.
At 4, Mr. Boyd started playing the guitar while growing up in Riverside. While at a country-western dance in a barn, the 7-year-old was called onstage to sing with Texas Jim Lewis' troupe. Mr. Boyd soon was appearing regularly with the band in shows that were broadcast on the radio.
After winning a local TV talent contest, Mr. Boyd appeared on "The Frank Sinatra Show" and was signed to a recording contract with Columbia. His first recording success was with a country song, "(The Angels Are Lighting) God's Little Candles."
His recording career would last until 1967 and encompass hits including "Dennis the Menace," sung with Rosemary Clooney, and several duets with Frankie Laine, including "The Little Boy and the Old Man," "Poor Little Piggy Bank" and "Tell Me a Story."
On television, Mr. Boyd made several appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the early 1950s and moved into acting. From 1958 to 1961, he portrayed Howard Meechim, the high school boyfriend on "Bachelor Father," a sitcom that starred John Forsythe and Noreen Corcoran. He also played the teenage nephew of Betty White's character on "Date With the Angels," a late 1950s sitcom.
In 1960, Mr. Boyd appeared as a biology student in "Inherit the Wind" with Spencer Tracy and married Yvonne Craig, an actress he met while making the Bing Crosby film "High Time." Craig would go on to play Batgirl in the late 1960s TV series "Batman," but their marriage ended after two years.
Soon after marrying, Mr. Boyd was drafted into the Army and later performed in two USO shows in Vietnam.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
He was 91 years old.
and had recently released his 65th album, By the Grace of God.Mr. Locklin's greatest hits included "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On", "Jealous Heart" and "Please Help Me I'm Falling."
His style was a lynchpin of the much-vaunted "Nashille Sound,"
and he was an international ambassador for country music.
He was also a beloved figure both onstage and backstage at the Grand Ole Opry: His voice was an audience favorite,
and his humor and good-will backstage was a comfort to many performers.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Upcoming theme weeks for "American Idol" will include Michael Jackson week, Motown week and Grand Ole Opry week, according to the Idol blog votefortheworst.com.
Grand Ole Opry week includes only artists that are a member of the Grand Ole Opry (natch!) and the site says it has obtained a list of artists' songs that the contestants will choose from. The artists include Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and more.
"American Idol" is about to get a double dose of star power: Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson.
The Grammy winners will share the stage as performers during Wednesday's elimination show.
West, making his first appearance on the top-rated Fox series, will perform his hit song "Heartless" from his latest album "808s & Heartbreak."
Clarkson, the original "American Idol," will sing her chart-topper "My Life Would Suck Without You," off her new album that drops Tuesday.
The show — a ratings juggernaut since it debuted in 2002 — has attracted numerous top artists as mentors and performers in recent seasons. Among them: Mariah Carey, Prince, Gwen Stefani, Dolly Parton and Jennifer Lopez.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
1. Alan Jackson, "Good Time"
2. Zac Brown Band, "Chicken Fried"
3. Kid Rock, "All Summer Long"
4. Matt Stillwell, "Shine"
5. Toby Keith, "She's A Hottie"
6. Lady Antebellum, "Love Don't Live Here"
7. Sugarland, "All I Wanna Do"
8. James Otto, "Just Got Started Lovin' You"
9. Adam Gregory, "Crazy Days"
10. Craig Morgan, "International Harvester"
Anybody wanna dance???
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
- Slippery Elm Throat Lozenges by Thayers
- Shot of 1 part vodka, 1 part blackcurrent cordial
- Licorice tea
- Lemon/lime juice with seltzer
- Citcus & Vitamin C drops
- Ice cold WATER!!