Boyce and Hart
Sidney Thomas "Tommy" Boyce and Bobby Hart were a prolific songwriting duo, best known for the songs they wrote for The Monkees. Hart's father was he himself served in the Army after leaving high school. Upon discharge, he travelled to Los Angeles seeking a career as a singer. Boyce was separately pursuing a career as a singer. After being rejected numerous times, Boyce took his father's suggestion to write a song called "Be My Guest" for rock and roll star Fats Domino, he waited six hours at Domino's hotel room to present him with the demo, got Domino to promise to listen to the song. The song hit #8 in the US and #11 in the UK, becoming Domino's biggest hit there in several years, sold over a million copies. Boyce met Hart in 1959, the following year played guitar on Hart's single "Girl in the Window", which flopped, but marked the first time he used the name Bobby Hart, since his manager shortened it to fit the label, their partnership made a breakthrough with a song recorded by Chubby Checker, "Lazy Elsie Molly", in 1964.
They went on to write hits for Jay & the Americans, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Leaves. The latter two songs provided the Monkees with hit B-sides in 1967; the duo wrote the theme song of the daytime soap Days of Our Lives. At one point in this period, Hart co-wrote "Hurt So Bad" for Little Anthony & the Imperials with Teddy Randazzo and his regular songwriting partner, Bobby Weinstein. In late 1965, they wrote and performed the soundtrack of the pilot for The Monkees, including singing lead vocals. In 1966, despite some conflicts with Don Kirshner, the show's musical supervisor, they were retained in the same role, it was Boyce and Hart who wrote and recorded, accompanied by their backing band, the Candy Store Prophets, backing tracks for a large portion of the first season of The Monkees, the band's accompanying debut album. The Monkees themselves re-recorded their vocals over Boyce and Hart's when it came time to release the songs, including both " The Monkees" and "Last Train to Clarksville", the latter being a huge hit.
Kirshner relieved Boyce and Hart as producers, by claiming they were using studio time booked for Monkees songs to record tracks for their own solo project. After their departure from the Monkees, the negative publicity that erupted when word got out that the band hadn't played the instruments on their early records and Hart were unsure how the Monkees felt about them personally. Attending one of their concerts, the duo were spotted in the audience, singer Davy Jones invited them onstage to introduce them: "These are the fellows who wrote our great hits — Tommy and Bobby!" Every original Monkees album included Hart songs. While working with The Monkees and Hart embarked on a successful career as recording artists in their own right, releasing three albums on A&M Records: Test Patterns, I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight, It's All Happening on the Inside; the duo had five charting singles. It sold over one million copies, was awarded a gold disc. "Out and About" and "Alice Long" were their other Top 40 hits.
The duo performed "I'll Blow You a Kiss in the Wind" on the television show Bewitched in one of several TV series appearances that included guest spots on The Flying Nun and I Dream of Jeannie ("Jeannie the Hip Hippie", all of these shows were produced by Screen Gems, the television subsidiary of Columbia Pictures. In each of the three sitcom guest appearances, their music was featured including two covers they did on The Flying Nun. Boyce and Hart had filmed video promos for their songs "Out and About" and "Alice Long". Boyce and Hart were involved in producing music for Columbia Pictures' motion pictures during the mid-late 1960s, including two Matt Helm movies, Winter A-Go-Go and Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, they provided the music score for a TV movie called Three's a Crowd starring Larry Hagman and Jessica Walter. Boyce and Hart did promos for the U. S. Army Reserve and Coca-Cola; this included the creation of two Coca-Cola commercial jingles, one being a powerful psychedelic song, "Wake Up Girl", while the other was their single "Smilin'" with different lyrics.
In 1971 a sitcom named Getting Together appeared on ABC-TV, starring Bobby Sherman and Wes Stern as two struggling songwriters, who were friends of The Partridge Family. The series was based loosely on Boyce and Hart's partnership. At this point, they decided to work on various solo projects. In the mid-1970s, Boyce and Hart reunited with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, performing the songs Boyce and Hart had written for The Monkees a decade before. Prohibited from using the Monkees name, they called themselves Dolenz, Boyce & Hart; the group toured amusement parks and other venues throughout America and other locations from July 4, 1975, to early 1977 becoming the first American band to play in Thailand. Signed to Capitol Records by Al Coury, the group released an album of new material in 1976; the tours coincided with the syndication of the Monkees TV series, helped boost sales o
Cleveland is a major city in the U. S. state of Ohio, the county seat of Cuyahoga County. The city proper has a population of 385,525, making it the 51st-largest city in the United States, the second-largest city in Ohio. Greater Cleveland is ranked as the 32nd-largest metropolitan area in the U. S. with 2,055,612 people in 2016. The city anchors the Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 3,515,646 in 2010 and is ranked 15th in the United States; the city is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie 60 miles west of the Ohio-Pennsylvania state border. It was founded in 1796 near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, it became a manufacturing center due to its location on both the river and the lake shore, as well as being connected to numerous canals and railroad lines. Cleveland's economy relies on diversified sectors such as manufacturing, financial services and biomedicals. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland residents are called "Clevelanders".
The city has many nicknames, the oldest of which in contemporary use being "The Forest City". Cleveland was named on July 22, 1796, when surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company laid out Connecticut's Western Reserve into townships and a capital city, they named it "Cleaveland" after General Moses Cleaveland. Cleaveland oversaw design of the plan for what would become the modern downtown area, centered on Public Square, before returning home, never again to visit Ohio; the first settler in Cleaveland was Lorenzo Carter, who built a cabin on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The Village of Cleaveland was incorporated on December 23, 1814. In spite of the nearby swampy lowlands and harsh winters, its waterfront location proved to be an advantage, giving access to Great Lakes trade; the area began rapid growth after the 1832 completion of the Erie Canal. This key link between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes connected the city to the Atlantic Ocean via the Erie Canal and Hudson River, via the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Its products could reach markets on the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River. Growth continued with added railroad links. Cleveland incorporated as a city in 1836. In 1836, the city located only on the eastern banks of the Cuyahoga River, nearly erupted into open warfare with neighboring Ohio City over a bridge connecting the two. Ohio City remained an independent municipality until its annexation by Cleveland in 1854; the city's prime geographic location as a transportation hub on the Great Lakes has played an important role in its development as a commercial center. Cleveland serves as a destination for iron ore shipped from Minnesota, along with coal transported by rail. In 1870, John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in Cleveland. In 1885, he moved its headquarters to New York City, which had become a center of finance and business. Cleveland emerged in the early 20th century as an important American manufacturing center, its businesses included automotive companies such as Peerless, People's, Jordan and Winton, maker of the first car driven across the U.
S. Other manufacturers located in Cleveland produced steam-powered cars, which included White and Gaeth, as well as the electric car company Baker; because of its significant growth, Cleveland was known as the "Sixth City" of the US during this period. By 1920, due in large part to the city's economic prosperity, Cleveland became the nation's fifth-largest city; the city counted Progressive Era politicians such as the populist Mayor Tom L. Johnson among its leaders, its industrial jobs had attracted waves of European immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, as well as both black and white migrants from the rural South. In commemoration of the centennial of Cleveland's incorporation as a city, the Great Lakes Exposition debuted in June 1936 along the Lake Erie shore north of downtown. Conceived as a way to energize the city after the Great Depression, it drew four million visitors in its first season, seven million by the end of its second and final season in September 1937; the exposition was housed on grounds that are now used by the Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Burke Lakefront Airport, among others.
Following World War II, Cleveland continued to enjoy a prosperous economy. In sports, the Indians won the 1948 World Series, the hockey team, the Barons, became champions of the American Hockey League, the Browns dominated professional football in the 1950s; as a result, along with track and boxing champions produced, Cleveland was dubbed "City of Champions" in sports at this time. Businesses proclaimed that Cleveland was the "best location in the nation". In 1940, non-Hispanic whites represented 90.2% of Cleveland's population. Wealthy patrons supported development of the city's cultural institutions, such as the art museum and orchestra; the city's population reached its peak of 914,808, in 1949 Cleveland was named an All-America City for the first time. By the 1960s, the economy slowed, residents sought new housing in the suburbs, reflecting the national trends of suburban growth following the subsidized highways. In the 1950s and 1960s, African Americans worked in numerous cities to gain constitutional rights and relief from racial discrimination.
As change lagged despite federal laws to enforce rights and racial unrest occurred in Cleveland and numerous other industrial cities. In Cleveland, the Hough Riots erupted from July 18 to 23, 1966; the Glenville Shootout took place from July 23 to 25, 1968. In November 1967, Cleveland became the first major American city to elect a black mayor, Carl Stokes. Industrial restructuring in the railroad and steel industries, resulted in the loss of numerous
Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label and production company founded in 1978. It is the catalog division for Warner Music Group, its current CEO is Mark Pinkus. Founded in 1978, Rhino was a novelty and reissue label during the 1970s and 1980s, it released compilation albums of pop, rock & roll, rhythm & blues successes from the 1950s through the 1980s, as well as novelty-song LPs and retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Richard Pryor, Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, Spike Jones. Rhino started as a record shop on Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, in 1973, run by Richard Foos, became a record distributor five years thanks to the effort of then-store manager Harold Bronson, their early releases were novelty records. The difficulties involved in getting airplay and distribution for such material caused Foos and Bronson to take the label in other directions. One of Rhino's early artists was The Twisters, whose Los Angeles popularity far exceeded their album sales.
Rhino's mail-order catalogs and early LP labels featured the company's mascot character, a cartoon Elvis Presley rhinoceros wearing a black leather jacket named "Rocky", designed by bootleg cover artist William Stout, cartoonist Scott Shaw!. Some of the label's earliest successes with reissues were achieved by acquiring the rights to the White Whale Records catalog that included the Turtles. By the mid-1980s, most of Rhino's releases were reissues of released recordings licensed from other companies. For superior sound quality, audio mastering of the original tapes was done under the direction of Bill Inglot, the label's creative packaging made Rhino one of the most respected reissue record labels, receiving rave reviews from music collectors and historians. Rhino was quick to get into the compact disc market, releasing dozens of oldies CDs at the dawn of the CD age in 1984, their retrospective compact disc releases, such as those in the Billboard Top Hits series, are remastered to restore or improve upon the releases' original analog audio quality.
In the late 1980s, Rhino transitioned into a complete entertainment company specializing in home video reissues of television programs such as The Monkees, The Lone Ranger, The Transformers, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Ed Sullivan's Rock'n' Roll Classics collection, as well as compact disc releases of select artists and movie soundtracks. Through the 1980s and 1990s, the company continued to sign artists and release new music, on the main Rhino label and on subsidiary labels such as RNA and Forward. However, the company's artists tended to generate more critical acclaim than public interest. One exception was the success of "At This Moment" by Billy Vera & the Beaters, a 1981 song that went to the top of the U. S. Billboard charts in late 1986 after being featured in an episode of the hit NBC TV series Family Ties. In 1985, Rhino signed a six-year distribution agreement with Capitol Records. During 1989 Rhino and Capitol’s parent EMI made a deal to jointly acquire Roulette Records; when the distribution deal with Capitol ended in 1992, Rhino signed a new distribution deal with Atlantic Records, in turn Time Warner bought a 50 per cent stake in the record company.
In 1998, Time Warner bought the other half of Rhino. The Rhino Records retail store, part of the 50% sale in 1992 but which reverted to Foos after Time Warner bought out the remainder, closed in 2005, it is through this merger that the label has reissued material from such artists as the Monkees, Eric Burdon, Dannii Minogue, the Ramones, the Grateful Dead, Lake & Palmer, the Beach Boys, the Doobie Brothers, the Cars, Tom Paxton, Third Eye Blind, the Doors, Spirit of the West and most the Bee Gees. Rhino's soundtrack releases include Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade, North by Northwest, King Kong, Doctor Zhivago and Finian's Rainbow; the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. film soundtrack libraries are managed by Warner Bros.' in-house label subsidiary, WaterTower Music. In 1999, Rhino started the'Rhino Handmade' division of limited-edition releases available from their website. All Handmade deluxe editions were limited to about 3,000 copies or less, once sold out were not re-pressed.
In 2003, co-founders and longtime executives Richard Foos and Harold Bronson left Rhino due to frustration with the challenges of an competitive market. In fact, Time Warner's final vesting of its 100 percent ownership of the label, its subsequent'reorganization' of label staff, which did not stop at the former owners, were the major factors in their exits. Soon after, Foos inaugurated a new label, Shout! Factory, which began releasing dozens of CDs and videos mirroring the original early-1990s Rhino philosophy. In 2004, Time Warner spun off its music divisions and today Rhino is part of the newly organized Warner Music Gr
The Incredible Shrinking Dickies
The Incredible Shrinking Dickies was the 1978 first album by the California punk band The Dickies. The album included the group's notable cover of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", which reached No. 45 in the UK charts in July 1979. It was pressed on four different colors of vinyl and was produced by John Hewlett, who in the late 1960s was a member of the UK garagepunk quartet John's Children. "Give It Back" – 1:41 "Poodle Party" – 1:09 "Paranoid" – 2:04 "She" – 1:36 "Shadow Man" – 2:04 "Mental Ward" – 1:49 "Eve Of Destruction" – 1:57 "You Drive Me Ape" – 1:50 "Waterslide" – 2:32 "Walk Like An Egg" – 2:21 "Curb Job" – 2:36 "Shake & Bake" – 1:56 "Rondo" – 3:12 "I'm Ok, You're Ok" – 2:10 "Silent Night" – 2:17 "Sounds of Silence" – 1:35 "Banana Splits" – 1:54 "Hideous" – 1:13 "Got It at the Store" – 1:41 Leonard Graves Phillips – Lead Vocals, Synthesizer, Organ Stan Lee – Guitars, Vocals Chuck Wagon – Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals Billy Club – Bass, Vocals Karlos Kaballero – Drums, No VocalsProduction: Produced by John Hewlett Engineered by Cisco de Luna, Earle Mankey & Gerry Kitchenham Mastered by Frank de Luna
Carole Bayer Sager
Carole Bayer Sager is an American lyricist, songwriter and New York Times best-selling author. Bayer Sager was born in Manhattan to Anita Nathan Eli Bayer, her family was Jewish. She graduated from New York University, where she majored in English, dramatic arts, speech, she had written her first pop hit, "A Groovy Kind of Love", with Toni Wine, while still a student at New York City's High School of Music and Art. It was recorded by the British invasion band The Mindbenders, whose version was a worldwide hit, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100; this song was recorded by Sonny & Cher, Petula Clark, Phil Collins, the latter whose rendition for the film Buster reached number one in 1988. She had a career as a singer, including her 1977 Australian number one single "You're Moving Out Today", which reached number 6 in the UK singles chart in June 1977. Bayer Sager's first recording as a singer was the 1977 album Carole Bayer Sager, which included "You're Moving Out Today", a song which she co-wrote with Bette Midler and Bruce Roberts.
Paul Buckmaster provided string arrangements for the album. The album went platinum in Japan and the United Kingdom, it was followed by... Too in 1978, a third and last album, co-produced by Burt Bacharach, entitled Sometimes Late at Night, which included the single "Stronger Than Before" recorded by Dionne Warwick and Chaka Khan. Bayer Sager had many hits during the 1970s. With Marvin Hamlisch and Neil Simon, she wrote the lyrics for the stage musical They're Playing Our Song, loosely based on her relationship with Hamlisch; the musical ran for over three years on Broadway. Many of Bayer Sager's 1980s songs were co-written with her former husband, the composer Burt Bacharach, she executive-produced the eponymous solo album for June Pointer, of The Pointer Sisters, in 1989. Bayer Sager has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987. Bayer Sager won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1982 for "Arthur's Theme", the theme song of the movie Arthur.
Bayer Sager received the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1987 for the song "That's What Friends Are For", which she co-wrote with Bacharach. This song was written for the movie Night Shift, it was recorded for this movie by Rod Stewart; the song was popularized in a 1986 cover version by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John. Her song with David Foster, "The Prayer" recorded by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, won the Golden Globe, is one of few songs to be sung at weddings and funerals alike, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bayer Sager received the New York University Steinhardt Distinguished Alumni award in 2006, she is to receive the 2019 "Johnny Mercer Award" from the Songwriters Hall of Fame during their 50th anniversary induction ceremony. Along with Bruce Roberts and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Bayer Sager helped write the song, "Stronger Together", sung by Jessica Sanchez; the song was played after Hillary Clinton's speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
The song's title is named after the slogan that the Clinton campaign used as a show of uniting behind the Democratic nominee. The song was well received, was praised by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian. In 2018, she co-wrote the song "Living In The Moment" for the film Book Club, recorded by Katherine McPhee, as well as two songs on Barbra Streisand's album Walls: "Better Angels" and "What's On My Mind", she contributed lyrics to "GhostTown" on Kanye West's album Ye. Bayer Sager paints, her first solo art show was in March 2011 at the L. A. Arthouse in Los Angeles, her second show ran for two months at the William Turner Gallery in Bergamot Station, Los Angeles, in 2012. Her third show, New Works, ran from September to November at William Turner Gallery in Los Angeles. Bayer Sager has served for the last seven years as a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, she serves on the advisory board of DonorsChoose, which she and her husband Bob Daly brought to Los Angeles. She created a series of public service announcements to promote the organization, with animations voiced by Bette Midler, Claire Danes, Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman.
She married record-producer Andrew Sager in 1970, they divorced in 1978. Bayer Sager was involved in a romantic relationship with composer Marvin Hamlisch in the late 1970s. On April 3, 1982, she married composer and pianist Burt Bacharach after over a year's co-habitation: in December 1985 the couple adopted an infant son, whom they named Cristopher Elton Bacharach. Bacharach and Sager divorced in 1991. Since June 1996, Bayer Sager has been married to Robert Daly, former chairman of Warner Brothers and former chairman / CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, chairman of the American Film Institute, Bayer Sager and her husband live in Los Angeles. In October 2016, Bayer Sager published her memoir, she narrated the audiobook version. Carole Bayer Sager... Too Sometimes Late At Night Anyone At All -- Carole King Arthur -- Arthur's Theme, from Arthur -- Christopher Cross'Better Off Alone -- Shirley Bassey "Better Angels" Walls --- Barbra Streisand Crazy -- Neil Diamond Don't Cry Out Loud -- Melissa Manchester Don't Say You Love Me -- The Corrs Ever Changing Times -- Aretha Franklin Eve
George Michael Dolenz Jr. is an American actor, television director, radio personality and theater director, best known as a vocalist and drummer of the 1960s pop/rock band the Monkees. Dolenz was born at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, in Los Angeles, the son of actors George Dolenz and Janelle Johnson, he has three younger sisters, Gemma Marie and Kathleen. Gemma's nickname, Coco, is a shortened form of "Coco Sunshine", a nickname given to her as a child by Micky. Coco was a frequent guest on the set of The Monkees TV show and sometimes a guest performer on records by The Monkees, singing background vocals or duetting with Micky, she performs as a member of Micky's backing band during his concerts. Dolenz began his show-business career in 1956 when he starred in a children's TV show called Circus Boy under the name Mickey Braddock, he played Corky, an orphaned water boy for the elephants in a one-ring circus at the start of the 20th century. The program ran for two seasons, after which Dolenz made sporadic appearances on network television shows and pursued his education.
Dolenz went to Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen, Los Angeles and graduated in 1962. In 1964, he was cast as Ed in the episode "Born of Kings and Angels" of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus as an idealistic Los Angeles teacher. Dolenz was attending college in Los Angeles when he was hired for the "drummer" role in NBC's The Monkees. Dolenz had his own rock group called "Micky and the One-Nighters" in the early- to mid-1960s with himself as lead singer, he had penned two tunes of his own at the time. According to Dolenz, his band's live stage act included rock songs, cover songs, some R&B, one of his favorite songs to sing being Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode". "Johnny B. Goode" was the song, he cut two 45s in 1965 that went unreleased until The Monkees' success in 1967. Those two 45s came out on the Challenge label and the songs were "Don't Do It"/"Plastic Symphony III" and "Huff Puff"/"Fate". In 1965, Dolenz was cast in the television sitcom The Monkees and became the drummer and a lead vocalist in the band created for the show.
He was not a drummer and needed lessons to be able to mime credibly, but was taught how to play properly. By the time The Monkees went on tour in late 1966, Dolenz was competent enough to play the drums himself, he learned to play right-handed and left-footed because of a leg disease called Perthes making his right leg weak. Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, writers of many of The Monkees' songs, observed that when brought into the studio together, the four actors would try to make each other laugh; because of this, the writers brought in each singer individually. The antics escalated. According to Mike Nesmith, Dolenz's voice made The Monkees' sound distinctive, during tension-filled times and Peter Tork voluntarily turned over lead vocal duties to Dolenz on their own compositions. Dolenz wrote a few of the band's self-penned songs, most prominent being "Randy Scouse Git" from the album Headquarters, he provided the lead vocals for such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "I'm a Believer".
Dolenz directed and co-wrote the show's final episode. Dolenz purchased the third 25 Moog synthesizer commercially sold, his performance on The Monkees song "Daily Nightly" from the LP Pisces, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. was one of the first uses of the synthesizer on a rock recording. He sold his instrument to Bobby Sherman, he is one of two surviving members of The Monkees. He is the only surviving member of The Monkees, with the band continuously since its inception, the only member with contemporary recordings of his vocals on all studio albums; the Moog synthesizer that Dolenz had bought proved vital when he composed a song entitled "Easy On You" in 1971 and began recording it in his home studio, with him playing acoustic guitar and for a keyboard, his early Moog. With that song completed, he next invited former Monkee Peter Tork over to help with more recordings. A fortuitous street encounter led to former Monkee stand-in David Price joining, as well, with his contributing a rock song he had written called "Oh Someone".
With Dolenz on drums and vocals, Tork on bass, Price on rhythm guitar, the song was completed in only two hours. J. Jones came in two days and added lead guitar. With these two songs recorded, Dolenz contacted Mike Curb the head of MGM Records, after playing the songs for Curb, was signed to MGM. Dolenz released songs for MGM for about three years. After the first year, Dolenz's friend Harry Nilsson contributed his song "Daybreak" and arranged and produced the recording, as well, it included Keith Allison on guitar, former Monkees producer Chip Douglas on bass, steel-guitarist Orville "Red" Rhodes. By early 1974, with no chart successes to date, Dolenz headed to England, there with Tony Scotti cut four songs for MGM, two rock classics "Splish Splash" and "Purple People Eater", as well as "I Hate Rock And Roll" and a new song "Wing Walker". Meanwhile, the chief at MGM Records, M