Charles "Chuck" Negron II is an American singer-songwriter, best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the rock band Three Dog Night, which he helped to form in 1968. Chuck Negron was born on June 8, 1942, in Manhattan to Elizabeth Rooke; when Negron was five years old, his father, a nightclub singer, his mother divorced. Negron and his twin sister, were placed in an orphanage by their mother but she took them back two years later. Negron grew up in The Bronx, where he sang in local doo-wop groups and played basketball both in schoolyard pick-up games and at William Howard Taft High School; the latter talent led to his being recruited to play basketball at Allan Hancock College, a small community college in Santa Maria, California. In 1967, singer Danny Hutton invited Negron to join him and Cory Wells to found the band Three Dog Night; the group became one of the most successful bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, selling 60 million records and earning gold records for such songs as "One", "Easy to be Hard", "Joy to the World".
The rock and roll lifestyle took its toll on Negron, by the time Three Dog Night disbanded in 1976, Negron had a serious heroin addiction which began in the early 1970s. In July 1975, the British music magazine, NME, reported that Negron had been arrested for cocaine possession in Kentucky, he overcame his addiction in September 1991 and embarked on a solo career, recording the albums: Am I Still In Your Heart? Joy to the World, a Christmas CD Long Road Back Chuck Negron – Live In Concert, a double CD set, recorded at Southern Methodist University and released on Sindrome Records, with sidemen Richard Campbell on bass guitar, Danny Mishkit on guitar and saxophone, Frank Reina on drums and Terence Elliott on lead guitar Live and In Concert The Chuck Negron Story Negron Generations He wrote his autobiography, Three Dog Nightmare, in which he attributes his recovery from heroin addiction to his turning to God in desperation, after dropping out from more than 30 drug treatment facilities. A revised version with several new chapters was released in 2018.
In 2006, Negron was featured in an episode of the A&E reality show, about his son Chuckie and grandson, Noah Negron. Negron has been married three times, he was married to Paula Louise Ann Goetten from 1970-73. They had Shaunti Negron-Levick. In 1976, he married the former wife of The Doors drummer John Densmore, they were married for twelve years, with Chuck stepping into the role of step dad for her son, Berry Duane Oakley, Jr. They had a son, Charles Negron III; the couple divorced in 1985. In 1993, Negron married Robin Silna, they had a daughter, Charlotte Rose Negron, they divorced in 2001. Negron has a daughter, Annabelle Negron, with actress Kate Vernon. Taylor Negron was Negron's cousin. Negron, Chuck. Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story. Renaissance Books. 158063155X. Official website Chuck Negron at AllMusic Chuck Negron discography at Discogs
Valley Stream, New York
Valley Stream is a village in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population in the Village of Valley Stream was 37,511 at the 2010 census; the incorporated Village of Valley Stream is inside the southwest part of the town of Hempstead, along the border with Queens. The village is served by the Long Island Rail Road at the Valley Stream station, located at Sunrise Highway and Franklin Avenue, it is served by the Gibson station at Gibson and Munro boulevards, but only along the Far Rockaway Branch. Money Magazine ranked Valley Stream as" the best place to live in New York" for 2017. Valley Stream is located at 40°39′53″N 73°42′12″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.5 square miles, of which 3.4 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles, or 0.86%, is water. Communities bordering Valley Stream are Elmont, Malverne, Franklin Square, Hewlett and Rosedale. There are many different sections of Valley Stream: Valley Stream North Valley Stream North Woodmere South Valley Stream Gibson Mill Brook Winslow Estates Westwood In the year 1640, 14 years after the arrival of Dutch colonists in Manhattan, the area, now Valley Stream was purchased by the Dutch West India Company from Rockaway Native Americans.
With populations concentrated to the west, this woodland area was not developed for the next two centuries. The census of 1840 list about 20 families. At that time, the northwest section was called "Fosters Meadow". What is now the business section on Rockaway Avenue was called "Rum Junction", because of its taverns; the racy northern section was known as "Cookie Hill", the section of the northeast that housed the local fertilizer plant was called "Skunks Misery". Hungry Harbor, a section that has retained its name, was home to a squatters' community. Robert Pagan was born in Scotland on December 3, 1796. In or about the late 1830s, his wife Ellen, their children emigrated from Scotland. On the journey to the United States, one of their children was buried at sea; the 1840 U. S. Census for Queens County lists Pagan's occupation as a farmer. Two children were born to Ellen Pagan after they settled in the Town of Hempstead. At this time, the community did not have a post office, so residents had to pick up their mail in the village of Hempstead.
After Pagan petitioned authorities for a post office, he was appointed postmaster and it was based in his farmhouse, now known as the Pagan-Fletcher House. He was advised. Pagan chose "Valley Stream" based on the topographical appearance of the area. In 1843, the U. S. Post Office formally accepted the name of Valley Stream; as a consequence, Pagan is credited with naming the community. Pagan died on March 25, 1870, his wife Ellen Pagan played a significant role in early village history. Tired of traveling to Lynnbrook for religious services, she began holding services in her home. A Methodist minister was hired for periodic stops at the Pagan home, the first congregation in Valley Stream was founded. In 1853, Hempstead Turnpike was the only road that connected Valley Stream to Jamaica and New York City; the main streets in Valley Stream that connected the small village to the turnpike were Mill Road in the west, Sand Street in the south, Dutch Broadway in the north. That year Merrick Road, a planked, one-lane road, was constructed through Valley Stream, connecting the village to Merrick in the east and Jamaica to the west.
With the new thoroughfare in the area, Valley Stream residents and industry began to move southward. In 1869, the South Side Railroad began stopping in Valley Stream and a branch of the railroad was constructed to connect the main line with the Rockaways; the new branch is now called the Far Rockaway Branch of the Long Island Railroad. The new railroad, combined with the emergence of Merrick Road as a major artery, stimulated growth in Valley Stream, it became a substantial community. Around the start of the 20th century, Hendrickson Park was a prime vacationing destination for people from Brooklyn and Queens; the Valley Stream Hotel opened at the beginning of the 20th century. Many tourists who came to visit wound up moving to Valley Stream; the Village of Valley Stream was incorporated in 1925 as a result of its growth. In 1922, developer William R. Gibson came to Valley Stream after building more than 2,500 houses in Queens, he bought 500 acres of land on Roosevelt Avenue and built homes on Avondale, Cambridge and Elmwood streets.
Many descendants of immigrants moved into the area. Five years he expanded his development to Cochran Place and Dartmouth Street. Realizing that his development was designed for white-collar commuters, he petitioned the Long Island Railroad for a stop; the LIRR agreed to stop in the area. On May 29, 1929, the Gibson station was opened. Gibson station, as it became known, retains the name of its founder; as of the census of 2010, there were 37,511 people, 12,484 households, 9,600 families residing in the village. The population density was 10,569.5 people per square mile. There were 12,688 housing units at an average density of 3,687.5 per square mile. The racial make up of the village is 57.25% White, 18.57% African American, 0.3% Native American, 11.38% Asian, 8.97% from other races and 3.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino were 22.24% of the population. The med
Feed My Frankenstein
"Feed My Frankenstein" is a 1991 song by Alice Cooper on his 19th solo studio album Hey Stoopid released as a single in 1992. Its highest chart position as a single was number 27 in the UK, which helped Hey Stoopid to reach a UK number 4 chart position; the song was co-written with Mark Manning, whose band, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, recorded the original version in their 1991 album Hoodlum Thunder. The song was featured in the 1992 film Wayne's World, in which Cooper performs the song at a concert, was featured on the film's soundtrack; the double entendre lyric "fur tea cup" may reference a work by Méret Oppenheim, "Le Déjeuner en fourrure," in the MoMA collection. Guest appearances on the track include Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Nikki Sixx, Elvira. Alice Cooper - vocals Mickey Curry - drums Robert Bailey - keyboards Joe Satriani - guitar Steve Vai - guitar Nikki Sixx - bass Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Alan Parsons is an English audio engineer, songwriter and record producer. He was involved with the production of several significant albums, including the Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be, the art rock band Ambrosia's debut album Ambrosia as well as Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon for which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons' own group, the Alan Parsons Project, as well as his subsequent solo recordings, have been successful commercially. In October 1967, at the age of 18, Parsons went to work as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios, where he earned his first credit on the LP Abbey Road, he became a regular there, engineering such projects as Wings' Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, five albums by the Hollies, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, for which he received his first Grammy Award nomination. He was known for doing more than what would be considered the scope of a recording engineer's duties, he considered himself to be a recording director, likening his contribution to recordings to what Stanley Kubrick contributed to film.
This is apparent in his work with Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat", where Parsons added the saxophone part and transformed the original folk concept into the jazz-influenced ballad that put Stewart onto the charts. It is heard in Parsons' influence on the Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and "The Air That I Breathe", sharp departures from their popular 1960s hits "Stay", "Just One Look", "Stop! Stop! Stop!" or "Bus Stop". Parsons was known to have swapped shifts during the engineering of Dark Side of the Moon so he could work on the project. Parsons produced three albums by Pilot, a Scottish pop rock band consisting of Ian Bairnson on guitar, Stuart Tosh on drums, David Paton on lead vocals, guitars and William Lyall, on piano and keys, their hits included "January" and "Magic". He mixed the debut album by the American band Ambrosia and produced their second album Somewhere I've Never Travelled. Parsons was nominated for a Grammy Award for both of these albums. In 1975, he declined Pink Floyd's invitation to work on the follow-up for Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, instead initiated the Alan Parsons Project with producer and occasional singer Eric Woolfson, whom he had met at Abbey Road.
The Project consisted of a revolving group of studio musicians and vocalists, most notably the members of Pilot and the members of Ambrosia. Unlike most rock groups, the Alan Parsons Project never performed live during its heyday, although it did release several music videos, its only live performance during its original incarnation was in 1990. It released ten albums, the last in 1987; the Project terminated in 1990 after Parsons and Woolfson split, with the Project's intended 11th album released that year as a Woolfson solo album. Parsons continued to release work in collaboration with other musicians. Parsons and his band toured many parts of the world. Although an accomplished vocalist, bassist and flautist, Parsons only sang infrequent and incidental parts on his albums, such as the background vocals on "Time". While his keyboard playing was audible on the Alan Parsons Project albums few recordings feature his flute, he returned to run Abbey Road Studios in its entirety. Parsons continued with his selective production work for other bands.
Of all his collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson worked with Parsons the longest, including Parsons' post-Project albums, Try Anything Once, On Air, The Time Machine. In 1998, Parsons became Vice-President of EMI Studios Group, including the Abbey Road Studios, he soon left the post. Parsons remained as a associate producer for the group; as well as receiving gold and platinum awards from many nations, Parsons has received ten Grammy Award nominations for engineering and production. In 2007 he received a nomination for Best Surround Sound Album for A Valid Path. Beginning in 2001 and extending for four years, Parsons conceived and led a Beatles tribute show called A Walk Down Abbey Road featuring a group of headlining performers such as Todd Rundgren, Ann Wilson of Heart, John Entwistle of the Who, Jack Bruce of Cream; the show structure included a first set where all musicians assembled to perform each other's hits, a second set featuring all Beatles songs. Since 1999 he has toured under the Alan Parsons Live Project.
The band features lead singer P. J. Olsson, guitarist Jeff Kollman, drummer Danny Thompson, keyboardist Tom Brooks, bass guitarist Guy Erez and saxophonist Todd Cooper and vocalist Dan Tracey, along with Parsons on rhythm guitar and vocals; this band performed live in Medellín, Colombia in 2013 as Alan Parsons Symphonic Project in a performance recorded for Colombian television and released on CD and DVD. In May 2005, Parsons appeared at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, to mix front-of-house sound for Southern California-based Pink Floyd tribute band Which One's Pink? and their performance of The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. In 2010, Parsons released his single "All Our Yesterdays" through Authentik Artists. Parsons launched a DVD educational series in 2010 titled The Art and Science of Sound Recording on music production and the complete audio recording process; the single "All Our Yesterdays" was written and recorded during the making of ASSR. The series, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton, gives detailed tutorials on every aspect of the sound recording process.
During 2010, several media reports, one of which included a
Dokken is an American metal band formed in 1979. It reformed four years later; the band have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. The live album Beast from the East was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1989; the classic Dokken line-up consisted of founder Don Dokken on vocals, George Lynch on lead guitar, Mick Brown on drums and Jeff Pilson, who replaced the Ratt-bound Juan Croucier in 1983, on bass. After several personnel changes on guitar, Dokken's attorney Jon Levin stepped in to fill the role in 2004. In 2001, Barry Sparks replaced Pilson on bass. In 2009, Sean McNabb replaced him, was replaced by Chris McCarvill in 2015. Don Dokken's first band formed in 1976, named Airborn, he played shows including the Starwood on Sunset Strip. Airborn included Bobby Blotzer on drums and Juan Croucier on bass, but Blotzer and Croucier left the band in 1978 to form FireFoxx. Don Dokken was unable to keep the Airborn name because another band named Airborn had acquired a record deal.
Bringing in Greg Pecka on drums and Steven R. Barry on bass, Dokken recorded a 7" single, "Hard Rock Woman" b/w "Broken Heart", released in 1979 under the band name Dokken, produced by Drake Levin, best known as the guitarist for Paul Revere & the Raiders. A Dokken line-up consisting of Don, guitarist Greg Leon, drummer Gary Holland, bassist Gary Link toured Germany in 1979 where the band met an up-and-coming producer by the name of Michael Wagener the live sound engineer for Accept, who would follow Don back to Los Angeles for a short vacation, a move that became permanent shortly thereafter. The'79 touring line-up fell apart with Leon taking over Randy Rhoads' spot in Quiet Riot and Holland joining Dante Fox known as Great White. A Michael Wagener-produced Hamburg recording of the'79 line-up surfaced in 1989 under the title Back in the Streets, released by the German label Repertoire Records without the band's consent. Dokken toured Germany again in this time with Croucier back on bass. In early 1981, Don Dokken returned to Germany trying to get a record deal with a new band in tow, guitarist George Lynch and drummer Mick Brown, playing in a band called Xciter at the time, with Croucier remaining on bass.
After recording demos with Wagener and with the help of Accept's manager, Gaby Hauke, a deal was secured with Carrere Records. Recorded between July and September 1981 at Studio Stommeln with Wagener and Dieter Dierks, Breaking the Chains was released under the name "Don Dokken" before it was changed to Dokken on subsequent pressings. While in Germany, Don would demo songs with the Scorpions for their Blackout album as the band's vocalist Klaus Meine was forced to undergo surgery on his vocal cords and his return was uncertain for a time. Dokken did perform backing vocals on the album. Meanwhile, Lynch and Croucier ended up working as studio musicians for German singer Udo Lindenberg on his 1982 album Keule, playing on four songs: "Urmensch", "Ratten", "Zwischen Rhein Und Aufruhr", "Gesetz". Promotional activities for the European release of Breaking the Chains included a German TV appearance as Dokken performed a 40-minute live set on the Beat-Club as part of a Musikladen Extra which aired on January 4, 1982.
Back in the United States, Dokken were now managed by Cliff Bernstein who got the band signed to Elektra Records for a stateside release of Breaking The Chains, remixed for the American market. The band did an arena tour in the U. S. supporting Blue Öyster Cult in 1983, but when the tour was over the band was left with little money and was nearly dropped from the label due to the album's lack of success. While the band was popular in Europe during this time they had not yet made commercial progress in the United States. Magazines such as Kerrang! Publicized Dokken in the UK. Juan Croucier left Dokken in 1983 just prior to the release of the "Breaking the Chains" video to join Ratt, he was replaced by Jeff Pilson. The album Tooth and Nail was released on September 13, 1984; the album contained several hit songs including "Just Got Lucky", "Alone Again", "Into the Fire", sold over one million copies in the US alone, peaking at No. 49, while selling another estimated one million copies worldwide. On November 9, 1985, the band's third album Under Key was released.
It sold over one million copies with the singles "In My Dreams", "The Hunter" and "It's Not Love". During this time in the 1980s, Dokken opened for such bands as Judas Priest, AC/DC, Aerosmith and Kiss, among others. In 1986, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a documentary about concert goers before a Dokken and Judas Priest concert, was filmed and released. Following a successful tour with Scorpions, Dokken returned to the studio in December 1986 to record "Dream Warriors", a song for the movie soundtrack A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors; the track brought the band to the attention of many UK hard rock fans. The song was released as a single on February 10, 1987. After this release, the band took nearly 6 months off before recording Back for the Attack; the album was released on November 27, 1987, with the singles "Burning Like a Flame", "Heaven Sent" and "Prisoner" making the album the ba
Movin' Out (musical)
Movin' Out is a 2002 jukebox musical featuring the songs of Billy Joel. Conceived by Twyla Tharp, the musical tells the story of a generation of American youth growing up on Long Island during the 1960s and their experiences with the Vietnam War; the principal characters are drawn from those who appeared in various Joel tunes: high school sweethearts Brenda and Eddie, James and Tony. The show is unusual in that, unlike the traditional musical, it is a series of dances linked by a thin plot, none of the dancers sing. All the vocals are performed by a pianist and band suspended on a platform above the stage while the dancers act out the songs' lyrics, making the show, in essence, a rock ballet; the show started in pre-Broadway try-outs at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago from June 25, 2002 through September 1, 2002. It premiered on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 24, 2002 and closed on December 11, 2005 after 1,303 performances and 28 previews. Directed and choreographed by Tharp, the cast included Michael Cavanaugh, Darren Holden, Wade Preston, Elizabeth Parkinson, John Selya, Keith Roberts, Henry Haid, Ashley Tuttle, Benjamin Bowman, Scott Wise.
The first national tour of Movin' Out ran for three years, opening on January 27, 2004 and ending on January 21, 2007 after 1,111 performances. The tour played to excellent reviews and full houses in 82 U. S. cities, ran in Canada in December 2005. It featured numerous dancers from the original Broadway production, who rotated in and out as schedules allowed. Darren Holden was the primary lead Piano Man and star for the entire run of the tour, understudied by Matt Wilson, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, James Fox and Matthew Friedman. Holly Cruikshank, in the role of Brenda, won the 2005 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production; the West End production opened on April 10, 2006, at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre where, despite receiving solid reviews, it ran for less than two months, closing on May 2, 2006. James Fox and Darren Reeves were the leads; the show played Tokyo, Japan in the summer of 2006, with many of the first national tour's performers including Darren Holden in the lead role.
A second national tour opened in Atlantic City on June 14, 2007 with Matthew Friedman and Kyle Martin in the lead role of Piano Man. A third National Tour opened in La Crosse, Wisconsin on November 4, 2008 with Matthew Friedman, Kyle Martin, Jon Abrams in the lead role of Piano Man. On October 15, 2002, a live cast recording was released featuring the 2002 original Broadway cast, it was a single CD featuring 30 tracks. Movin' Out at the Internet Broadway Database "'Movin' Out' plot and production at guidetomusicaltheatre.com
Tommy James and the Shondells
Tommy James and the Shondells are an American rock band, formed in Niles, Michigan in 1964. They had two No. 1 singles in the U. S. "Hanky Panky" and "Crimson and Clover", charted twelve other Top 40 hits, including five in the Hot 100's top ten: "I Think We're Alone Now", "Mirage", "Mony Mony", "Sweet Cherry Wine", "Crystal Blue Persuasion". The band The Echoes formed in 1959 in Niles, Michigan evolved into Tom and the Tornadoes, with 12-year-old Tommy James as lead singer. While attending Niles Public High School in Niles MI the group released its first single, "Long Pony Tail", in 1962. In 1964 James renamed the band the Shondells because the name "sounded good" and in honor of singer Troy Shondell, famous for his 1961 release "This Time." At this time, the band included Tommy James, Larry Coverdale, Larry Wright, Craig Villeneuve and Jim Payne. In February 1964 the band recorded the Jeff Barry–Ellie Greenwich song "Hanky Panky". Although he could be found at playing at Niles High School events, his popularity locally continued to grow.
Released Records, a local label, James's version sold respectably in Michigan and Illinois, but Snap Records had no national distribution. The band toured the eastern Midwest; the single failed to chart nationally and the Shondells disbanded in 1965 after its members graduated from high school. After first considering taking a job outside of music, James decided to form a new band, the Koachmen, with Shondells guitarist Larry Coverdale and members of a rival group called the Spinners; the Koachmen played a circuit of clubs in the Midwest through the summer and fall of 1965 but returned to Niles in February 1966, after the gigs dried up, to plot their next move. Meanwhile, in 1965, Pittsburgh dance promoter Bob Mack had unearthed the forgotten single "Hanky Panky", playing it at various dance parties, radio stations there touted it as an "exclusive". Listener response encouraged regular play, demand soared. Bootleggers responded by printing 80,000 black market copies of the recording, which were sold in Pennsylvania stores.
James first learned of all this activity in April 1966 after getting a telephone call from Pittsburgh disc jockey "Mad Mike" Metro to come and perform the song. James attempted to contact other members of the Shondells, but they had all moved away, joined the service or gotten married and left the music business altogether. In April 1966, James went by himself to make promotional appearances for the Pittsburgh radio station in nightclubs and on local television, he recruited a quintet out of Pennsylvania. At the Thunderbird Lounge in Greensburg called the Raconteurs – Joe Kessler, Ron Rosman, George Magura, Mike Vale, Johnnie Hogg – as the new Shondells. "I had no group, I had to put one together fast," recalled James. "I was in a Greensburg, P. A. club one night, I walked up to a group, playing that I thought was pretty good and asked them if they wanted to be the Shondells. They said yes, off we went."With a touring group to promote the single, James went to New York City, where he sold the master of "Hanky Panky" to Roulette Records, at which time he changed his last name to James.
With national promotion, the single became a No. 1 hit in July 1966. Before long and Hogg were forced to leave after a dispute when planned monies were not paid to them by Roulette, a label associated with organized crime, whose head, Morris Levy, was the inspiration for the Herman "Hesh" Rabkin character on The Sopranos, they were replaced by Peter Lucia. At first, Tommy James and His Shondells played straightforward rock and roll, but soon became involved in the budding bubblegum music movement. In early 1967 songwriter Ritchie Cordell gave them the No. 4 hit "I Think We're Alone Now" and the No. 10 hit "Mirage". In 1968, James had a No. 3 hit with "Mony Mony". Co-written by James, Cordell's writing partner Bo Gentry, Bobby Bloom, "Mony Mony" reached No. 3 in the US and was a British No. 1 in 1968. The title was inspired by a flashing sign for Mutual Of New York visible from James's apartment balcony in New York, he followed it with the song "Do Something to Me". However, James was labeled as a bubblegum pop artist.
Therefore, he changed his style to psychedelic rock. From late 1968, the group began writing their own songs, with James and Lucia penning the psychedelic tinged classic "Crimson and Clover"; the song was recorded and mixed by Bruce Staple, with James tackling vocal duties and playing many of the instruments himself, featured the creative use of studio effects such as delay and tremolo. The group had toured with Vice President Hubert Humphrey during his presidential campaign. Humphrey showed his appreciation by writing the liner notes for the Clover album. Further hits included "Sweet Cherry Wine", "Crystal Blue Persuasion", "Ball of Fire", all from 1969, they produced "Sugar on Sunday" covered by the Clique. As the band embraced the sounds of psychedelia, they were invited to perform at the Woodstock concert but declined; the group continued until 1970. At a concert in Birmingham, Alabama in March of that year, an exhausted James collapsed after coming off stage from a reaction to drugs and was pronounced dead.
He recovered and decided to move to the country to rest and recuperate, left the band. His four bandmates carried on for a short while under the name of "Hog Heaven", releasin