John William Oates is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, singer and record producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates. Although Oates's main role in the duo was guitarist, he co-wrote many of the top 10 songs that they recorded, including: "Sara Smile", "She's Gone", "Out of Touch", as well as: "You Make My Dreams", "I Can't Go for That", "Maneater", "Adult Education", he sang lead vocals on several more singles in the Hot 100, such as "How Does It Feel to Be Back", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", on which Oates shared lead vocals with Hall, "Possession Obsession". In the duo's 1970s output, the songwriting on the albums was very evenly divided, with Oates writing many of the tracks on his own along with many co-written songs, and on "Daryl Hall & John Oates" - released in 1975 and the duo's first top-20 album - most of the songs were co-written, along with two songs by Oates and one by Hall, making it the only album where Oates is credited on more songs than Hall.
In 1986, Oates contributed the song " Shape of Things to Come" on the soundtrack to the 1986 film, About Last Night. Oates co-wrote and sang backup on the song "Electric Blue", recorded by the Australian band Icehouse, a Billboard top 10 hit, he co-wrote and sang duet with the Canadian group The Parachute Club on the 1987 song "Love is Fire", a top 30 hit in Canada. Oates played the character "Dirty D" in episode two of series one of the eponymously named comedy TV series Garfunkel and Oates. Oates was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004, in 2014, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Hall & Oates, his memoir, Change of Seasons, was published in 2017. Oates was born in New York City, his mother, Ann De Palma, was an Italian immigrant from Salerno. His father, Al Oates, was born to an English father and Gibraltarian mother, who claimed ancient Moorish heritage, he was raised in Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. In 1966, he recorded his first single, "I Need Your Love," with The Masters for Philadelphia-based Crimson Records.
After graduating from North Penn High School in 1966, John enrolled in Temple University in Philadelphia, where he met Daryl Hall, a senior at Temple, a professional musician. The two were involved in several college bands formed the duo Hall & Oates, by 1972, they had signed with Atlantic Records. Hall & Oates went on to record 21 albums, which have sold over 80 million units worldwide, making them arguably the most successful duo in pop–rock history, they have scored ten number-one records and over 20 Top 40 hits and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the original Live Aid concert and the charity single "We Are the World", both in 1985, established them further as artists, their influence on modern American pop music and considerable contributions have been acknowledged by numerous contemporary bands, including Gym Class Heroes and The Killers. In 1983, Oates was asked, he replied. Despite 30 years as a chart-topping performer and sought-after producer, Oates did not release a solo album until 2002's Phunk Shui.
Oates took part, along with Jamie Cullum, in the song "Greatest Mistake" by Handsome Boy Modeling School. The song appears on the 2004 album White People. Oates's second solo album, 1000 Miles of Life, was released on August 23, 2008; as reported by Billboard, Oates will be starring in an animated series called J. Stache, created by Evan Duby at Primary Wave Music Publishing. In March 2010, Oates played with the Bee as a surprise guest; the show was the Bee songs, as well as classic Hall & Oates. The performance was dedicated to H&O bassist T-Bone Wolk who died on February 27, 2010. On October 1, 2011, Margo Rey charted at #24 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks with the song "Let the Rain", co-written by John Oates. On March 11, 2013, Oates released a new single, "Stand Strong". "Stand Strong" is part of Oates's newest project, "Good Road To Follow", a set of original songs that will be released as digital singles, one after the other. In 2015, Oates released Another Good Road, a DVD and Live CD combination via PS Records / Warner Elektra, which debuted as a television special on Palladia music channel.
The DVD was shot live in a recording studio in Nashville and features rare footage of his home in Woody Creek, Colorado. His memoir, Change of Seasons, was published on March 2017 by St. Martin's Press. John Oates has used many instruments and effects throughout his musical career and endorses several manufactures and brands; some of the companies endorsed by John Oates include, Taylor guitars, Voyage-Air guitars, Neunaber Audio, LR Baggs, Fishman. Oates has been married twice, his first wife was a former model. He and his second wife Aimee Oates have a son, born in 1996, they reside in Colorado as well as Nashville, Tennessee. Phunk Shui 1000 Miles of Life Mississippi Mile Good Road to Follow Arkansas John Oates: Live at the Historic Wheeler Opera House John Oates Solo – The Album, The Concert The Bluesville Sessions Official John Oates website Official website of Hall & Oates J
TriStar Pictures, Inc. is an American film studio, a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group and part of Sony Pictures, owned by Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony Corporation. The concept for TriStar Pictures was the brainchild of Victor Kaufman, a senior executive of Columbia Pictures, who convinced the studio, HBO, CBS to pool resources and split the ever-growing costs of making movies, creating a new joint venture in 1982. On May 16, 1983, it was given the name Tri-Star Pictures, it was the first new major Hollywood studio to be established since RKO Pictures was founded in 1928. The studio's first produced film in 1984 was The Natural starring Robert Redford, their first release however, was the film, Where the Boys Are'84. During this venture, many of Tri-Star's releases were released on VHS by either RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, CBS/Fox Video and HBO/Cannon Video. In addition, HBO would gain exclusive cable distribution rights to these films, broadcast television licenses would go to CBS.
CBS dropped out of the venture in 1985, though they still distributed some of TriStar's films on home video until at least 1992. In 1986, HBO dropped out of the Tri-Star venture as well and sold half of its shares to Columbia Pictures; the same year, Tri-Star entered into the television business as Tri-Star Television. It was formed when the studio joined forces with Stephen J. Cannell Productions and Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions and created a television distribution company called TeleVentures. On December 21, 1987, Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. was renamed to Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. when Coke sold its entertainment business to Tri-Star for $3.1 billion. Both studios continued to distribute films under their separate names. On April 13, 1988, CPE spun off Tri-Star Pictures, Inc. as a reformed company of the Tri-Star studio. In 1989, Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. was acquired by Sony Corporation of Japan, who merged Columbia and Tri-Star, but continued to use the separate labels.
On July 11, 1990, Tri-Star Pictures dissolved and sold its venture in TeleVentures to Stephen J. Cannell Productions and TeleVentures became Cannell Distribution Co. Most of the series and the Tri-Star film packages that were distributed by TeleVentures were transferred to Columbia Pictures Television Distribution; the Tri-Star film packages were transferred to Columbia Pictures Television Distribution. Sony Pictures Entertainment revived TriStar Television as a television production banner in 1991 and merged with its sister television studio Columbia Pictures Television to form Columbia TriStar Television on February 21, 1994. Both studios continued to operate separately until TriStar folded in 1999 and CPT in 2001. In addition to its own slate, TriStar was the theatrical distributor for many films produced by Carolco Pictures. TriStar theatrically distributed some FilmDistrict movies. Around summer 1998, SPE merged Columbia and TriStar to form the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, but just like Columbia Pictures Entertainment, both divisions continued producing and distributing films under their own names.
TriStar was relaunched on May 13, 2004 as a marketing and acquisitions unit that had a "particular emphasis on genre films". Screen Gems' executive vice president Valerie Van Galder was tapped to run the revived studio after being dormant. However, the release of its 2013 film Elysium represents the label's first big-budget release since The Mask of Zorro in 1998; the same year, former 20th Century Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman joined Sony Pictures and created TriStar Productions as a joint venture with existing Sony Pictures executives. The new TriStar will develop and produce up to four films per year, as well as television programming and acquisitions, starting on September 1. Sony's TriStar Pictures unit will be retained for "other product, including titles from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions", will distribute product from the new TriStar. TriStar's logo of Pegasus, introduced in 1984, has become something of a cultural icon; the idea came about his family's interest in riding horses.
The original logo was created with the assistance of Sydney Pollack, an adviser at Tri-Star. The horse in that logo was the same one used in Pollack's film The Electric Horseman; the horse in that film was dark, so Pollack had the image altered it to look white in the logo. The second logo was painted by Alan Reingold and debuted in 1992, along with sister studio Columbia Pictures, with both logos sharing a background of clouds; the theatrical version was animated by Intralink Creative in 1993. The white stallion was shot in a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, The wings were done by combining real white feathers and computer-generated-imagery merged with Pegasus by computer morphing; the background is nighttime blue. The clouds were shot from the Haleakala Crater on Maui. In 2015, a new TriStar Pictures logo was debuted in The Walk; this time it was animated by JAMM VFX. The clouds are white in this new logo
Edward M. Zwick is an American filmmaker and Academy Award-winning film and television producer, he has worked in the comedy-drama and epic historical film genres, including About Last Night, Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai. Zwick was born into a Jewish family in Chicago, the son of Ruth Ellen and Allen Zwick, he attended New Trier High School, received an A. B. at Harvard in 1974, attended the AFI Conservatory, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1975. His films include Glory, Legends of the Fall, The Siege, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance. Along with Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick runs a film production company called The Bedford Falls Company; this company has produced such notable films as Traffic and Shakespeare in Love and the TV shows thirtysomething, Relativity and Again, My So-Called Life. He was one of the recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture for Shakespeare in Love. Despite sharing a surname and profession, Edward is unrelated to fellow director Joel Zwick.
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Michael Henderson is an American bass guitarist and vocalist best known for his bass playing with Miles Davis in the early 1970s, on early fusion albums such as Jack Johnson, Live-Evil, Agharta, as well as series of R&B/soul hits the Norman Connors produced hit, You Are My Starship in 1976 and other songs in the mid to late 1970s. He was one of the first notable bass guitarists of the fusion era as well as being one of the most influential jazz and soul musicians of the past 40 years. In addition to Davis, he has played and recorded with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Dramatics, Doctor John, among many others. Henderson was one of the bass guitarists based in Detroit, along with Bob Babbitt and his primary influence, James Jamerson. Before working with Davis, Henderson had been touring with Stevie Wonder, whom he met at the Regal Theater in Chicago while warming up for a gig. Davis saw the young Henderson performing at the Copacabana in New York City in early 1970 and said to Wonder "I’m taking your fucking bassist."
After seven years with Davis, Henderson focused on songwriting and singing in a solo career that produced many hit songs and albums for Buddah Records until his retirement in 1986. Although known for ballads, he was an influential funk player whose riffs and songs have been covered, his solo recordings have sold well over one million albums. A track titled "Wide Receiver" on an album of the same name is favored by breakdancers; the album, along with others, was reissued in 2015. He is known for his ballad vocalizing on several Norman Connors hit recordings, including "You Are My Starship" and "Valentine Love", performed with Jean Carn. Many of his bass riffs have been imitated by players seeking the fat, deep grooves of the Motown sound, his bass riffs, from such hits as "Valentine Love" and "You Are My Starship", have been sampled by the likes of Snoop Dogg and L. L. Cool J, his songs have been sampled and/or covered by Jay-Z, projects by Notorious BIG, Rick James, Wayman Tisdale and Sugar Ray, among others.
He lives in the US and plays shows intermittently, performing his solo material as well as that of other Motown and soul musicians. He has played reunion concerts with other former members of the Davis electric bands. 1976: Solid 1977: Goin' Places 1978: In The Night Time 1979: Do It All 1980: Wide Receiver 1981: Slingshot 1983: Fickle 1986: Bedtime Stores The Cellar Door Sessions A Tribute to Jack Johnson Live-Evil On the Corner In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall Big Fun Get Up with It Agharta Pangaea Dark Magus Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 Funk: United States
David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, film director and author. He won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for his plays Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow, he first gained critical acclaim for a trio of off-Broadway 70s plays: The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo. His plays Race and The Penitent opened on Broadway in 2009 and previewed off-Broadway in 2017. Feature films that Mamet both wrote and directed include House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner and Redbelt, his screenwriting credits include The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, Wag the Dog, Hannibal. Mamet himself wrote the screenplay for the 1992 adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross, wrote and directed the 1994 adaptation of his play Oleanna, he was the executive producer and frequent writer for the TV show The Unit. Mamet's books include: a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank. Mamet was born in 1947 in Chicago to Lenore June, a teacher, Bernard Morris Mamet, a labor attorney.
Mamet's father was the son of Polish Ashkenazi immigrants. One of his earliest jobs was as a busboy at The Second City, he worked as an actor, editor for Oui magazine and as a cab-driver. He was educated at the progressive Francis W. Parker School and at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. At the Chicago Public Library Foundation 20th anniversary fundraiser in 2006, Mamet announced "My alma mater is the Chicago Public Library. I got what little educational foundation I got in the third-floor reading room, under the tutelage of a Coca-Cola sign". After a move to Chicago's North Side neighborhood, Mamet encountered theater director Robert Sickinger, began to work at Sickinger's Hull House Theatre; this represented the beginning of Mamet's lifelong involvement with the theater. Mamet is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for Glengarry Glen Ross, which received its first Broadway revival in the summer of 2005. His play Race, which opened on Broadway on December 6, 2009 and featured James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, Richard Thomas in the cast, received mixed reviews.
His play The Anarchist, starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, in her Broadway debut, opened on Broadway on November 13, 2012 in previews and was scheduled to close on December 16, 2012. His 2017 play The Penitent previewed off-Broadway on February 8, 2017. In 2002, Mamet was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. Mamet received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for Grand Master of American Theater in 2010. In 2017, Mamet released an online class for writers entitled, it was announced in 2019 that David Mamet will return to the London West End with his new play Bitter Wheat starring John Malkovich. Mamet first film work was as a screenwriter directing his own scripts. Mamet's first produced screenplay was the 1981 production of The Postman Always Rings Twice, based on James M. Cain's novel, he received an Academy Award nomination one year for The Verdict, written in the late 1970s. He wrote the screenplay for The Untouchables, The Edge, Wag the Dog and Hannibal.
In 1987, Mamet made his film directing debut with his screenplay House of Games, which won Best Film and Best Screenplay awards at the 1987 Venice Film Festival and the Film of the Year in 1989 from the London Film Critics' Circle Awards. The film starred his then-wife, Lindsay Crouse, many longtime stage associates and friends, including fellow Goddard College graduates. Mamet was quoted as saying, "It was my first film as a director and I needed support, so I stacked the deck." After House of Games, Mamet wrote and directed two more films focusing on the world of con artists, The Spanish Prisoner and Heist. Other films that Mamet both wrote and directed include: Things Change, Oleanna, The Winslow Boy and Main, Spartan and the 2013 bio-pic TV movie Phil Spector. A feature-length film, a thriller titled Blackbird, was intended for release in 2015, but is still in development; when Mamet adapted his play for the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross, he wrote an additional part for Alec Baldwin. Mamet continues to work with an informal repertory company for his films, including Crouse, William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna, Rebecca Pidgeon, as well as the aforementioned school friends.
Mamet did a rewrite of the script for Ronin under the pseudonym "Richard Weisz" and turned in an early version of a script for Malcolm X, rejected by director Spike Lee. In 2000, Mamet directed a film version of Catastrophe, a one-act