On this day (April 3rd) in 1959, BBC Radio actually banned the Coasters’ hit “Charlie Brown” from its airwaves. Do you know why?
A) The lyrics talked about smoking.
B) The lyrics used offensive slang.
C) The lyrics talked about spitballs
Find the answer below:
Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon have released a video singing a reworked duet of West Side Story’s “Tonight” to make fun of all the rumors that Jimmy will be taking Jay’s job.
Billy Joel says his two upcoming festival appearances will tell him whether or not his touring days are done. Billy, who delivered a world class set at last year’s 12-12-12 benefit concert in New York City, will next play on April 21st at Sydney, Australia’s Stone Music Festival and on April 27th hit the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Earlier this year he told Rolling Stone that following his double hip replacement surgeries a few years back, he’s not as good as he was during his live heyday.
Billy spoke to ABC News and admitted that next month’s shows will prove to him whether or not he has what it takes to head back on the road: “I want to see if it’s time for me to get off the stage. There’s a time when an athlete says I can’t swing the bat anymore. So I get to feel it out. . . this will be a big test for me. I don’t want to be that guy; I don’t want to be Spinal Tap.”
Newly released on DVD is Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band 2012: Ringo At The Ryman. The disc features Ringo Starr‘s entire concert in Nashville this past July 7th on his 72nd birthday. Ringo’s 2012/2013 All Starr Band includes returning All Starrs Todd Rundgren, saxophonist Mark Rivera, Mr. Mister‘s Richard Page, and drummer Gregg Bissonette. New to Ringo’s band are Santana and Journey co-founding keyboardist Gregg Rollie, and Toto‘s co-founding guitarist Steve Lukather. Original All Starr — and Ringo’s brother-in-law — Joe Walsh made a special guest appearance to play “Rocky Mountain Way.”
In addition to his All Starr Band, the notables on hand for the show closing “With A Little Help From My Friends” were Walsh’s daughter Lucy, former All Starrs Richard Marx and Felix Cavaliere, pop rocker Brendan Benson, frequent Ringo collaborator Gary Burr, and country stars Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn.
Nicki Minaj has revealed that she almost walked away from being a judge on American Idol, because she felt that America may think that she was too mean. When asked how she felt about people who love her honest critiquing of the contestants, she said, “You know what, God is good. I feel like my entire career and life I’ve been judge by people who really did not know me. I definitely think that they probably were right to assume what they had assumed about me because there was such little to go on out there. You know, if you only see videos and me being crazy and hearing things here and there, then obviously, you’re not going to have any idea about who I am. I’m just happy that Idol producers gave me a shot on the show, for me to be able to show who I really was. Because I feel like I’m every single woman.