Charles Edward Anderson Berry was an American singer and songwriter, one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Rock and Roll Music" and "Johnny B. Goode", Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music. Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947. After his release, Berry worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker, Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio.
His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records. With Chess, he recorded "Maybellene"—Berry's adaptation of the country song "Ida Red"—which sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine's rhythm and blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star, with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career, he had established his own St. Louis nightclub, Berry's Club Bandstand. However, he was sentenced to three years in prison in January 1962 for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines. After his release in 1963, Berry had several more hits, including "No Particular Place to Go", "You Never Can Tell", "Nadine", but these did not achieve the same success, or lasting impact, of his 1950s songs, by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality.
However, in 1972 he reached a new level of achievement when a rendition of "My Ding-a-Ling" became his only record to top the charts. His insistence on being paid in cash led in 1979 to a four-month jail sentence and community service, for tax evasion. Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986. Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine's "greatest of all time" lists; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry's: "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Rock and Roll Music". Berry's "Johnny B. Goode". Born in St. Louis, Berry was the fourth child in a family of six, he grew up in the north St. Louis neighborhood known as the Ville, an area where many middle-class people lived, his father, Henry William Berry, was a deacon of a nearby Baptist church. Berry's upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age, he gave his first public performance in 1941 while still a student at Sumner High School.
Berry's account in his autobiography is that his car broke down and he flagged down a passing car and stole it at gunpoint with a nonfunctional pistol. He was convicted and sent to the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men at Algoa, near Jefferson City, where he formed a singing quartet and did some boxing; the singing group became competent enough that the authorities allowed it to perform outside the detention facility. Berry was released from the reformatory on his 21st birthday in 1947. On October 28, 1948, Berry married Themetta "Toddy" Suggs, who gave birth to Darlin Ingrid Berry on October 3, 1950. Berry supported his family by taking various jobs in St. Louis, working as a factory worker at two automobile assembly plants and as a janitor in the apartment building where he and his wife lived. Afterwards he trained as a beautician at the Poro College of Cosmetology, founded by Annie Turnbo Malone, he was doing well enough by 1950 to buy a "small three room brick cottage with a bath" on Whittier Street, now listed as the Chuck Berry House on the National Register of Historic Places.
By the early 1950s, Berry was working with local bands in clubs in St. Louis as an extra source of income, he had been playing blues since his teens, he borrowed both guitar riffs and showmanship techniques from the blues musician T-Bone Walker. He took guitar lessons from his friend Ira Harris, which laid the foundation for his guitar style. By early 1953 Berry was performing with Johnnie Johnson's trio, starting a long-time collaboration with the pianist; the band played blues and ballads, but the most popular music among whites in the area was country. Berry wrote, "Curiosity provoked me to lay a lot of our country stuff on our predominantly black audience and some of our black audience began whispering'who is that black hillbilly at the Cosmo?' After they laughed at me a few times they began requesting the hillbilly stuff and enjoyed dancing to it."Berry's calculated showmanship, along with a mix of country tunes and R&B tunes, sung in the style of Nat King Cole set to the music of Muddy Waters, brought in a wider
Bang! (Thunder album)
Bang! is the ninth studio album by English hard rock band Thunder. Recorded at Walton Castle in Clevedon, North Somerset, it was produced by the band's lead guitarist Luke Morley; the album was released in the UK by STC Recordings on 3 November 2008, in Europe by Frontiers Records and in Japan by Victor Entertainment. The album was released alongside the extended play The Joy of Six, containing six unreleased tracks. Bang! debuted at number 62 on the UK Albums Chart and number 2 on the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart. No singles were released from the album, although "On the Radio" was issued as a promotional release. Following the album's release, Thunder completed a short concert tour in the UK before announcing that they were due to disband for a second time in August 2009, with the final run of shows dubbed "20 Years & Out: The Farewell Tour". Prior to working on their ninth album, Thunder recorded and released two extended plays of new tracks and live recordings – Six of One... and... Half a Dozen of the Other – which were released on 8 October 2007 and 7 April 2008, respectively.
A third EP, The Joy of Six, was issued on the same day as Bang! and came in a box designed to house both previous EPs. Sessions for Bang! began in February 2008, with the band working at Walton Castle in Clevedon, North Somerset. Ben Matthews recalls. Taking our Pro Tools rig and a big box of microphones, we turned one castle turret into a control room and another turret into a recording studio. Linking them with a long cable, I had to climb up and run it along the top of the castle walls." Matthews likened the production process to that of Deep Purple's 1972 album Machine Head, recorded at the Grand Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Bang! was released in the UK by STC Recordings on 3 November 2008, following a launch party on 27 October at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester featuring an acoustic set from the band. The album was released in Europe by Frontiers Records and in Japan by Victor Entertainment, the latter of which featured two bonus tracks, it debuted at number 62 on the UK Albums Chart, number 2 on the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart, number 73 on the Scottish Albums Chart.
Outside of the UK, it reached number 99 on the Oricon Albums Chart in Japan. The album's opening track. Bang! was promoted on a short eight-date tour of the UK from 21 to 30 November 2008, before the band announced in January 2009 that they were due to break up after a farewell tour running until August. All tracks written except where noted. Danny Bowes – vocals Luke Morley – guitar, backing vocals, production Ben Matthews – guitar, engineering, mixing Chris Childs – bass Gary "Harry" James – drums, percussion McIver, Giving the Game Away: The Thunder Story, England: Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-1785581373 Bang! on Thunder's official website Bang! at Discogs
This article is about the American television series. For other uses, see Full House. Full House is an American television sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC; the show chronicles the events of widowed father Danny Tanner who enlists his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone to help raise his three daughters, oldest D. J. middle child Stephanie and youngest Michelle in his San Francisco home. It aired from September 1987 to May 23, 1995, broadcasting eight seasons and 192 episodes. While never a critical favorite, the series was in the Nielsen Top 30 and gained more popularity in syndicated reruns and aired internationally, it has had tie-in merchandise marketed, such as a series of paperback books. A sequel series, Fuller House, premiered on Netflix on February 26, 2016. After the death of his wife Pam, sports anchor Danny Tanner recruits his brother-in-law Jesse, a rock musician. Over time, the three men, as well as the children and become closer to one another. In season two, Danny is re-assigned from his duties as sports anchor by his television station to become co-host of a new local breakfast TV show, Wake Up, San Francisco, is teamed up with Nebraska native Rebecca Donaldson.
Jesse and Becky fall in love and get married in season four. In season five, Becky gives birth to twin sons and Alex. John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis Bob Saget as Danny Tanner Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone Candace Cameron as D. J. Tanner Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as Michelle Tanner Lori Loughlin as Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler Scott Weinger as Steve Hale Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit as Nicky and Alex Katsopolis The producers' first choice to play the character of Danny Tanner was Bob Saget. Saget was not available to appear in the pilot due to his commitment as an on-air contributor to CBS's The Morning Program; the producers instead cast actor John Posey to play Danny. Posey only appeared in the unaired pilot. John Stamos's character was named Jesse Cochran. To comply with child labor laws, twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were cast to alternate in the role of Michelle during tapings; the girls were jointly credited as "Mary Kate Ashley Olsen" in seasons two through seven because the producers did not want audiences to know that the Michelle character was played by twins.
All six of the original cast members remained with the show through its entire eight-year run, with five characters added to the main cast along the way. D. J.'s best friend Kimmy was a recurring character in seasons one through four, upgraded to a regular in season five. Rebecca appeared for six episodes in season two. After marrying Jesse, they have twins Alex, who make their debut in season five; as babies, the children were played by Daniel and Kevin Renteria, in season six, the roles of the twins were succeeded by Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit. The last main character added was Steve Hale, D. J.'s boyfriend in seasons seven. He was played by Scott Weinger; the series was created by Jeff Franklin and executive produced by Franklin, along with Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett; the series was produced by Jeff Franklin Productions and Miller-Boyett Productions, in association with Lorimar-Telepictures, Lorimar Television, by Warner Bros. Television after Lorimar was folded into Warner Bros.'s existing television production division.
Although the series was set in San Francisco, the sitcom itself was taped at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. Outside of certain excerpts in the opening title sequences, including Alamo Square Park's Painted Ladies, the only episode to have been taped in San Francisco was the first episode of season eight, "Comet's Excellent Adventure". There were a few episodes which were filmed on-location elsewhere, most notably Hawaii in the season three premiere "Tanner's Island", at Walt Disney World for the two-part sixth-season finale "The House Meets the Mouse"; the series experienced heavy turnover with its writing staff throughout its run, the first season in particular had at least three writing staff changes with Lenny Ripps and Russell Marcus being the only writers surviving the changes through the entire season. Show creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin was the only writer to remain with the series throughout its entire eight-season run. Marc Warren and Dennis Rinsler joined the series' writing staff in the second season as producers and remained with the show until its 1995 cancellation.
The show's theme song, "Everywhere You Look", was performed by Jesse Frederick, who co-wrote the song with writing partner Bennett Salvay and series creator Jeff Franklin. Various instrumental version
Have Mercy (album)
Have Mercy is an album by rock band The Mooney Suzuki. After the band finished touring for Alive and Amplified, they had some troubles. Founder guitarist Graham Tyler's father died, a strong supporter of the band from its early days, Graham left to tend to his family; the rhythm section dropped out. Sammy James Jr. guitarist and singer, wrote many of these songs during the troubled time. When he got around to recording them, Graham had rejoined, along with original drummer Will Rockwell-Scott. Current bass player Reno Bo and ex-bass player Michael Bangs are both credited with backing vocals in the liner notes. Neither of them plays bass, Sammy James Jr. covers that. After all of this, the band eyed an August 2006 release. However, their label V2 Records instead changed it to January 2007 for a better publicity push. V2 folded, the band spent 5 months looking for a way to release the album, it came out in June 2007 with bonus tracks on Elixiia Records/Templar Label Group. The cover art resembles Soft Machine's album Third.
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Mercy, Mercy (Don Covay song)
"Mercy, Mercy" is a soul song first recorded by American singer/songwriter Don Covay in 1964. It established Covay's recording career and influenced vocal and guitar styles; the songwriting is credited to Covay and Ron Alonzo Miller, although other co-writers' names have appeared on various releases. In late 1964, the song became a hit, reaching number one on the Cash Box R&B chart and number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Several artists have recorded "Mercy, Mercy", including a well-known version by the Rolling Stones in 1965. More Covay's original version has received attention as one of Jimi Hendrix's first recordings as a sideman. In 1964, after years of writing and recording songs for several record labels, Don Covay was again in search of a record deal. A recording session was arranged for May 13, 1964, at the A1 Recording Studio in New York City, operated by Atlantic Records co-founder Herb Abramson. New York radio station WWRL disc jockey Nathaniel "Magnificent" Montague provided financing for the session.
Covay has given differing accounts about the recording. In one, "Mercy, Mercy" was recorded the day following a well-received performance by Covay and his band the Goodtimers the previous night. For the session, various members of the Goodtimers have been mentioned, including guitarist Ronald Alonzo Miller, backup singer George "King" Clemons, bassist Horace "Ace" Hall, drummer Bernard Purdie, guitarist Bob Bushnell, guitarist Jimmy Johnson, a young Jimi Hendrix. Music critic Richie Unterberger describes "Mercy, Mercy" as a "soul tune with a gospel overlay in the pleading tone of the lyrics", it opens with the refrain, sung by Covay with a higher-register harmony: Covay's vocal is described as "impassioned" and "assured". Music historian Peter Guralnick notes that the guitar part "established a new guitar dominated soul sound", it plays a prominent role, beginning with the chorded lead-in, which music writer Keith Shadwick describes as "rhythmic patterns that are tasteful modifications of the motifs favored by Curtis Mayfield and Jimmy Johnson – and there have been suggestions that it is Johnson himself on the record".
Covay recalled that the song was recorded in one or two takes and additional single-note fills at the fade-out suggest a second guitarist or an overdub. Rosemart Records released "Mercy, Mercy", with the artist name "Don Covay and the Goodtimers", as a single by in August 1964. Producer Abramson's former label Atlantic picked up the distribution and it entered the Billboard Hot 100 on September 5, 1964; the single reached number 35 during a stay of ten weeks on the chart. It was a best seller in the R&B market, reaching number one on the Cash Box R&B chart. An original pressing of the Rosemart single lists the composers as "Covay-Miller"; the performing rights organization BMI shows the writers as "Donald Covay" and "Ronald Alonzo Miller". However, different releases list "Covay-Ott", including Covay's Mercy! Album and the Atlantic UK single. Additionally, Miller is sometimes identified as "Ronald Norman Miller", a Motown composer, "Ronald Dean Miller", a R&B songwriter. BMI does not list "Mercy" among Ott's or the other Miller's songwriting credits.
Beginning in 2002, it has become accepted that Jimi Hendrix contributed a guitar part to "Mercy, Mercy". According to backup singer Clemons: Curtis Knight, I all used to live in the same apartment building – around 81st Street... Don Covay came around shopping for a record deal, he used to go down to the Harlem clubs looking for somebody to use... on songs he was looking to sell to Atlantic. He'd say,'I got this tune I want you to help me with... come on down to the studio... Can you sing this part? Can you play this part?' Covay has sometimes identified Hendrix on others does not mention him. According to Hendrix biographer Steven Roby, Hendrix "arrived at A1 Studio was asked to play a simple Curtis Mayfield-like R&B riff and not overstep his boundaries at the song's dramatic pause". However, Shadwick feels the song's guitarist "certainly enjoys a prominent role – and this does suggest a regular band-member performing a well-learned routine rather than a last minute substitution". Music writer David Malvinni describes Hendrix's performance: "Hendrix deftly combines chords with a melodic line in a style that will come to full development in his classic'Little Wing'".
According to Clemons, Hendrix performed "Mercy, Mercy" at several small clubs before Covay's single was released. Booker T. & the M. G.'s guitarist Steve Cropper recalled meeting Hendrix at the Stax Records studio in Memphis in 1964, when Hendrix mentioned that he had played on Covay's "Mercy, Mercy": That about knocked me to my knees... because, one of my favorite records at the time. I hadn't worked with Don yet. Jimi started playing that sucker upside down. I laughed and told him,'I can't learn that lick by looking at it that way'. Cropper's recollection is supported by a 1968 Rolling Stone interview with Hendrix: "He showed me how to play lots of things and I showed him how I played'Have Mercy' or something like that". Cropper recorded an instrumental version of the song with Booker T. & the M. G.'s for their 1965 Soul Dressing album. Hendrix performed "Mercy, Mercy" with Curtis Knight and the Squires in 1965. A live version with Knight on vocals
Robert Weston Smith, known as Wolfman Jack, was an American disc jockey. Famous for his gravelly voice, he credited it for his success, saying, "It's kept meat and potatoes on the table for years for Wolfman and Wolfwoman. A couple of shots of whiskey helps it. I've got that nice raspy sound." Smith was born in Brooklyn on January 21, 1938, the younger of two children of Anson Weston Smith, an Episcopal Sunday school teacher, writer and executive vice president of the Financial World, his wife Rosamond Small. They lived on 4th Avenue in the Park Slope section, his parents divorced. To help keep him out of trouble, his father bought him a large Trans-Oceanic radio, Smith became an avid fan of R&B music and the disc jockeys who played it, including "Jocko" Henderson of Philadelphia, New York's "Dr. Jive", the "Moon Dog" from Cleveland, Alan Freed, Nashville's "John R." Richbourg, who became his mentor. After selling encyclopedias and Fuller brushes door-to-door, Smith attended the National Academy of Broadcasting in Washington, D.
C. After he graduated in 1960, he began working as "Daddy Jules" at WYOU in Virginia; when the station format changed to "beautiful music", Smith became known as "Roger Gordon and Music in Good Taste". In 1962, he moved to country music station KCIJ/1050 in Shreveport, Louisiana, as the station manager and morning disc jockey, "Big Smith with the Records", he married Lucy "Lou" Lamb in 1961, they had two children. Disc jockey Alan Freed had played a role in the transformation of black rhythm and blues into rock and roll music, called himself the "Moon Dog" after New York City street musician Moondog. Freed both adopted this name and used a recorded howl to give his early broadcasts a unique character. Smith's adaptation of the Moondog theme was to call himself Wolfman Jack and add his own sound effects; the character was based in part on the style of bluesman Howlin' Wolf. It was at KCIJ in Shreveport, Louisiana that he first began to develop his famous alter ego Wolfman Jack. According to author Philip A. Lieberman, Smith's "Wolfman" persona "derived from Smith's love of horror films and his shenanigans as a'wolfman' with his two young nephews.
The'Jack' was added as a part of the'hipster' lingo of the 1950s, as in'Take a page from my book, Jack,' or the more popular,'Hit the road, Jack.'"In 1963, Smith took his act to the border when the Inter-American Radio Advertising's Ramon Bosquez hired him and sent him to the studio and transmitter site of XERF-AM at Ciudad Acuña in Mexico, a station whose high-powered border blaster signal could be picked up across much of the United States. In an interview with writer Tom Miller, Smith described the reach of the XERF signal: "We had the most powerful signal in North America. Birds dropped dead. A car driving from New York to L. A. would never lose the station." Most of the border stations broadcast at 250,000 watts, five times the U. S. limit, meaning that their signals were picked up all over North America, at night as far away as Europe and the Soviet Union. It was at XERF; the border stations made money by renting time to Pentecostal preachers and psychics, by taking 50 percent of the profit from anything sold by mail order.
The Wolfman did pitches for dog food, weight-loss pills, weight-gain pills, rose bushes, baby chicks. There was a pill called Florex, supposed to enhance one's sex drive. "Some zing for your ling nuts," the Wolfman would say. That sales pitch was typical of Wolfman Jack's exuberant on-air style. In the spirit of his character name, he would punctuate his banter with howls, while urging his listeners to "get naked" or "lay your hands on the radio and squeeze my knobs". Part of the persona was his nocturnal anonymity. XERB was the original call sign for the border blaster station in Rosarito Beach, branded as The Mighty 1090 in Hollywood, California; the station boasted "50,000 watts of Boss Soul Power". That station continues to broadcast today with the call sign XEPRS-AM. XERB had an office in the rear of a small strip mall on Third Avenue in Chula Vista, California, it was not unlike the small broadcast studio depicted in the film American Graffiti. It was located only ten minutes from the Tijuana–San Diego border crossing.
It was rumored that the Wolfman broadcast from this location during the early-to-mid-1960s. Smith left Mexico after eight months and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to run station KUXL. Though Smith was managing a Minneapolis radio station, he was still broadcasting as Wolfman Jack on XERF via taped shows that he sent to the station. Missing the excitement, however, he returned to border radio to run XERB, opened an office on Sunset Boulevard in the Los Angeles area in January 1966; the Wolfman recorded his shows in Los Angeles and shipped his tapes across the border into Mexico, where they would be beamed across the U. S, it was during his time broadcasting on XERB that Smith met Don Kelley, who became his personal manager and business partner for more than 20 years. It was Kelley. Kelley started to work on a strategy to transform Smith from a cult figure to a mainstream entertainer in film and television, he promoted Smith to the major media and formed enduring relationships wi
Curtis Santiago is a Canadian dance-rock musician from Sherwood Park, now based in Toronto, Ontario. He was signed to Finger Lickin' Records. In the late 1990s, he was a member of the Edmonton group a soul-oriented band, he left the city and the band in 2002 and moved to Vancouver to develop a solo career, worked as a club MC. In 2003, he won a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at NewMusicWest, he founded the group Vendetta Republic. In early 2007 he began working with guitarist Mikey Schlosser; the duo moved their production headquarters to Toronto in 2008. The Curtis Santiago Have Mercy mixtape was released in April 2009; the majority of the mixtape was produced by SkullKrushers and was presented by DJ Mick Boogie and Gakcity.com. 2002: Portrait of an Artist 2007: TKO 2009: Have Mercy 2012: Alien Tentacle Sex Curtis Santiago official site Curtis Santiago at CBC Radio 3