50 years after the Beatles‘ historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS will present The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles. The two-hour special is set to tape on January 27th – the day after the 56th Annual Grammy Awards – and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 — exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the “Fab Four’s” live U.S. debut performance. The Beatles’ Ed Sullivan Show debut was watched by over 73 million people and marked the band’s first of three consecutive weekly performances on the CBS variety show. Here they are on February 9th performing “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Remember?
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company have announced a new flavor called “Scotchy Scotch Scotch” inspired by the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman. According to a press release, “The flavor is a creamy concoction of butterscotch ice cream with ribbons of butterscotch swirl.” Ron Burgundy reacted to the honor saying, “Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch is a delicious ice cream and I hope Ben and Jerry consider my other suggestions…Malt liquor marshmallow, well liquor bourbon peanut butter, and cheap white wine sherbet.” Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will be released on December 20th.
Paul McCartney gave an unannounced Q&A session and album release party for his New album yesterday (October 9th) in New York City, according to USA Today.
The former Beatle appeared during a special “master class” at Queen’s Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
McCartney gave several shout-outs to his wife Nancy Shevell, who was with him celebrating their second wedding anniversary — and next Tuesday’s album release (October 15th) — while answering some of the kids’ questions and playing a 13-song set.
“Macca” was asked about the greatest lesson he learned over the course of career, and answered, “When I first started out, I was terrified of doing anything wrong on stage. People don’t mind. In fact, people kind of like it. It doesn’t matter as much as you think it does. You can relax a bit more.”
On where he gets his inspiration: “You get it from a lot of things. I often use the past, things that have happened to me in the past. If it’s a love song, that would be my loved ones.”
Chubby Checker turns 72 today. Here’s his biggest hit, which hit #1 in both 1960 and 1961.
Out now is the book that Beach Boys fans have waited decades for — Ian Rusten and Jon Stebbins‘ massive 407-page tome, The Beach Boys In Concert: The Ultimate History Of America’s Band On Tour And Onstage. The book features in-depth listing and descriptions of countless Beach Boys concerts between 1961 and their ill-fated blockbuster 2012 reunion tour featuring surviving co-founders Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks, and longtime member, Bruce Johnston. Over a decade in the making, the book features numerous concerts including first-hand accounts and reviews of the shows by local press outlets. Rusten and Stebbins have focused most of their attention on the shows played up through 1985, when the band unofficially ceased to be a full-time, ongoing recording outfit.
It was 38 years ago Sunday that the Supremes recorded one of my favorite songs by them, “I Hear A Symphony.” Here it is:
DESIGNER BUILDS CARBOARD LAMBORGHINI: A Seattle designer built a cardboard Lamborghini Aventador. The replica sports car took months to assemble. The piece is the latest work of Taras Lesko. He made the components for the model using computer software AfterEffects and Adobe Photoshop. Once, he had designed the different elements of the car he printed them off on a few hundred paper sheets before cutting them out using an X-Acto knife. Lesko used chip board to prevent the 24 pound model vehicle from falling down,
Paul McCartney posted a tribute to David Frost on his official website PaulMcCartney.com. Here’s an interview Paul did with David Frost in 1964.
Today marks the day in 1966 that the Beatles performed their last official concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Here they are performing “Day Tripper” at that concert.
Just wanted to take a minute to let folks know my current status. I’m coming into work and doing things every day, just not doing an airshift or commercials because of my limited ability to talk on the air. I’m still fighting some hoarseness and my ability to speak clearly is still not 100%. Phil Villescas, who’s doing a great job filling in for me during my recovery, has told me that people have been calling and wishing me a speedy recovery along with their best wishes–which I appreciate very, very much. I’m hoping (along with Phil, who after all has other things to do with his time every day) to be back as good as new very soon and back on the air as soon as I can. Thank you to everybody who’s had nice things to say and have wished me a hearty “get well soon.” I’m feeling better all the time and will be back to pulling my weight just as soon as possible. Special thanks to Mike McKay, K. C. Counts and Mike Smith (our general manager) for all their help and patience as I go through this process. See you on the radio soon!