World Underground, Where Are You Now?
was from Williamsburg and signed to Restless. Somewhere in
there they were a duo living in the U.K. who wound up with
a cool tune in a Polaroid ad on television here in the USA.
they moved to LA from Toronto and recorded their debut full
length album at Elgonix Labs with producer/composer Michael
Andrews (Elgin Park, Donnie Darko, Gary Jules, DJ Greyboy)
was recorded in two months. The band dug into the vintage
analog, Mike fueled their fire, and engineer Eddie
Miller caught it all on tape. The result is the debut
album by Metric, described by a friend on the inside as sounding
like "The Cars fronted by a female Jean-Paul Sartre."
To Win A Signed Guitar, Baseball, Or Bat here!
fan knows how Bernie
Williams plays. The superstar New York Yankees
center fielder has consistently flashed grace, passion, disciplined
focus and a remarkably fluid sense of rhythm in feats both
at the plate and in the field that have made him truly the
heir in his role to no less than Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio
and Mickey Mantle.
fans will know the same qualities. The Journey Within, Williams'
debut album, spotlights his impressive gifts as a guitarist
and composer. Due July 15th from renowned GRP Records, it's
a set of shimmering instrumentals - seven original Williams
compositions plus versions of Billy Joel's "And So It
Goes," Kansas' "Dust in the Wind" and Brazilian
legend Baden Powell's "Samba Novo."
Battles The Pink Robots
Flaming Lips (Warner Brothers) have signed a new futures
deal with Universal for the world ex-North America. One of
the most innovative bands of modern times, their last two
albums The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
have consistently appeared in critics\' end of year Top 10's.
Lips' Wayne Coyne said, "Like a giant spaceship, we (The
Flaming Lips) are once again encouraged to explore new and
unknown artistic dimensions. We thank Paul Connolly for his
goodwill, for it has made us more determined and self-assured."
Southern Africa's finest vocalists and instrumentalists, along
with contemporary jazz icons from America, have come together
on this ambitious collaboration. Under the guidance of Heads
Up President Dave Love, Smooth
Africa II: Exploring the Soul features such all-stars
as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jimmy Dludlu, Spyro Gyra, Andy
Narell, Prince Kupi, Gloria Bosman, Joe McBride, and 2003
South African Music Award winners; Shaluza Max and Moses Khumalo.
to South Africa in 1998 with keyboardist McBride (the first
American to ever perform at Cape Town's annual Jazzathon)
provided Love with the initial inspiration to debut Smooth
Africa. "I had fallen in love with the entire country,
its people, its culture," says Love. "But mostly
I was amazed by the talented local musicians who played with
Joe, and felt they needed to be heard outside of South Africa."
new album by Grammy and Emmy winning trumpet virtuoso Arturo
Sandoval offers 19 tracks chosen personally by Sandoval
in tribute to some of his favorite trumpet players - from
early jazz pioneers such as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong,
to his own mentor Dizzy Gillespie, Mexican composer Rafael
Mendez, and classical players Timofei Dokschizer and Maurice
Andre. Sandoval enlisted executive producer Quincy Jones
to help steer the project, and he re-created each tune
with the blessing of the original artists or their surviving
. . . My philosophy has always been that I love music. Period.
I don't want to be remembered as a jazz trumpeter. I'd like
to be remembered as a man who loved music. Because I like
to play piano, I like to compose. I like to do all those things
as much as I like to play the trumpet," says Sandoval.
information please contact Matt
Hanks at Shore Fire Media
The new release by the Afropean Hip Hop/R&B duo Les
shares a connected feeling with people in Jamaica, Egypt,
Cameroon, Chad, London and their native Paris.
their '99 U.S. debut Princesses Nubiennes became the most
successful French-language album in more than a decade of
Forward was recorded in Jamaica, Cameroon, London and at home
in Paris, where sisters and band mates Helene and Celia were
joined by African Jazz legend Manu Dibango, pianist Ray Lema,
Classical musician Benjamin Biolay, dancehall Reggae stars
Morgan Heritage, UK Electronica wizard I.G. Culture, Mounir
Belkhir, the poetic producer of the US hit track Makeda
and more. For Les Nubians, these diverse sessions were a chance
to work with some of their biggest influences, while bringing
together the music of a wide range of cultures and generations.
for the so-called "losers" in every junior high
and high school across America, the ones who are shunned and
mocked for their appearance or their foreign background or
their lack of money. Benji and Joel of Good
befriended-some of those kids, and now have given them what
Benji calls "a song that would help them get through
the day. It's a song that could help them say, 'hey, bring
it on-it won't bother me because I don't wanna be like you.'"
last release, The Young and The Hopeless was recorded between
Feb and May 2002. Good Charlotte worked with Eric Valentine
(Third Eye Blind, Smashmouth, the Dwarves, and Queens of the
Stone Age), who produced the album at his own Barefoot Studio
in Hollywood, CA with a little help from friend/mixer/engineer
Romance and Comedy
Alex Proyas' film brings a mind bending cool vision to the
world of music. From Fox Searchlight Pictures
Opens In select cities July 18
Days - 1 hr. 45 min. A coming-of-age comedy about a young
Sydney band trying to get a foothold in the competitive world
of rock n' roll. After the band's first gig is a colossal
failure, the lead singer takes it upon himself to go out and
pursue the most successful rock manager in the country. Meanwhile
the other members of the band continue to deal with the kind
of every day life issues that can ultimately tear a band apart.
It may be the dawn of a new millennium but it's still a long
way to the top if you want to rock n' roll...
Exclusive engagements started last Friday at: Santa Monica
Laemmles Monica (310) 394-9741; West Hollywood Laemmles Sunset
5 (323) 848-3500); Costa Mesa - Edwards South and Pasadena
UA Marketplace. Call
Theatre For Showtimes
found inspiration for this album in the story of Lance Armstrong
- a world-class athlete nearly struck down by cancer, only
to recover and win the Tour
de France in 1999.
studying jazz with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee
College of Music, where he majored in arranging and composition.
Meadows perfected his craft studying with Joe Henderson, Dave
Liebman and Eddie Daniels. "Not long after I finished
school, (well-known jazz drummer) Norman Connors recorded
my song 'Invitation' and then asked me to join his band. I
later produced his Passion album with him. Things just fell
real magic for me happens in the studio when I put on those
headphones and begin to play. That's where the ideas just
start to flow. Everything else in my musical life comes out
of that moment," says Meadows.
Old World Underground,
Where Are You Now?
The Journey Within GRP[Enhanced
Release date 7/15/2003
Exploring The Soul
Release Date: 5/6/03
Label : Epic
Release Date : 07/08/2003
At Select Theaters
Next To You
Poetry On Canvas
Bernie Taupin and Elton John have enjoyed one of the most
fruitful writing partnerships in pop music history. Taupin
has been a major behind-the-scenes force known for his contribution
on timeless hits, including: "Your Song," "Daniel,"
and "Candle in the Wind."
Fast forward 2003 and meet Taupin, the artist. This time he
puts poetry on canvas. The simple yet universal ideas one
can embrace and the passion conveyed in his works remain unchanged.
studioexpresso is pleased to bring you Taupin Art.
Sunday in Atlantis; Bernie Taupin with American Burka
Bernie Taupin's artwork can be viewed through many different
lenses: be they clear, colored or cracked . . .At first one
might be attracted by the sheer beauty or aesthetic of the
piece . . Upon closer inspection one might sense the social
and political commentary that lies beneath the layers of oil
and acrylics. While he would be considered an Abstract Expressionist
he is also exploring his own uncharted territory by creating
mixed media pieces that include a variety of eclectic materials
from barb wire, mannequins, 2 x 4's, bits of clothing to Wyoming
license plates, padlocks and chicken wire. Using oil and acrylic
to explore his heart and soul, Taupin paints as he writes,
of evocative dreams and provocative nightmares, of love lost
and love found.
or Moondance Fine Arts Gallery in Los Angeles which solely
features over 40 pieces of Bernie Taupin's artwork.
By appointment only please - call Wendi Mirabella 310/287-2329
for further info
Release of a live album and launch of his new label
years of reporting to major labels for his solo and Tony!
Toni! Tone! albums, Raphael
Saadiq is going to do things his way and start a new chapter
in his musical life by opening the doors to his own company,
be releasing his first-ever live album in October (exact date
TBA) on his Pookie Entertainment record label and is currently
in negotiations with a major distributor. It will be the first
official Pookie Entertainment indie release since the critically
acclaimed and Grammy® nominated self-titled album by Lucy
Pearl (Raphael's post-TTT project with Dawn Robinson from
En Vogue and Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest),
which came out May 2000 and was distributed by BMG.
special live performances of Raphael and his 12-piece band,
along with many surprise guests, will be taped in front of
fans and radio contest winners July 2 in San Diego at the
Belly Up Tavern, July 3 in Los Angeles at the House of Blues
and July 4 in Las Vegas at the House of Blues.
The performances will also be filmed for a forthcoming DVD,
which will be released sometime next year via Pookie Entertainment.
Meanwhile, Raphael will release his second solo studio album
in February 2004, which will be recorded at his Blakeslee
Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA.
All this excitement follows his "Best R&B Song"
Grammy® Award win this past February for Erykah Badu's
"Love Of My Life (Ode To Hip Hop)" from the "Brown
Sugar" soundtrack. He racked up a total of five nominations,
including "Best R&B Album" for the critically-acclaimed
Instant Vintage, which was released May 21, 2002 on Universal
Raphael was actually the first artist in Grammy® history
to be nominated without having a major record label deal.
He amicably parted ways with Universal in December 2002.
Since Raphael concluded promotion of the album in February,
he's been keeping busy producing songs for upcoming albums
by D'Angelo, Kelis, Nikka Costa, Snoop Dogg and many others.
news, Raphael's venturing into the A&R world of the music
industry and is looking for soul, hip-hop and rap artists
for his label. Copyrighted material only can be sent to: Pookie
Entertainment, 4850 Vineland Ave., #241, North Hollywood,
Announces New Venture with Tommy Mottola
Motown Records to Distribute Casablanca Label
Music Group, the worlds leading music company, has entered
into an exclusive venture with Thomas D. Mottola to launch
Casablanca Records. The announcement was made on July 8th
by Doug Morris, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group,
Mel Lewitner, Chairman & CEO of Universal Motown Records
Group, and Mr. Mottola.
are delighted to be in business with Tommy and his dynamic
team at Casablanca," stated Mr. Morris. "For over
a decade, he was the heart and soul of Sonys creative
success. Tommy brings to the company the same innovation and
creativity that have been the hallmarks of everything hes
done in his storied career."
could not ask for a better partner than Doug; our close friendship
began over twenty years ago, and I am thrilled to be working
with him now. I am also looking forward to working with Mel,
whom I respect greatly, and the entire Universal Motown Records
team to grow Casablanca into a worldwide success," said
is a remarkably creative talent in his own right, who possesses
the intuitive ability to build, strengthen and transform artists
into powerful global brands," added Mr. Lewinter. "And
under his leadership, we are confident that Casablanca will
provide the kind of organic environment needed for artists
to develop, while at the same time benefiting from Universal
Motowns unique support system."
of the most highly regarded and influential executives in
the worldwide entertainment business, Mr. Mottola most recently
served as Chairman and CEO Sony Music Entertainment. During
his tenure, he transformed Sony into one of the most successful
global music companies in history, expanding its businesses
in over 60 countries, while creating one of the strongest
management teams in the industry. Along the way, he developed
and nurtured many of contemporary musics top icons,
from Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Billy
Joel, Gloria Estefan and Aerosmith, to Destinys Child,
Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Nas,
the Dixie Chicks, Shakira and Marc Anthony, among many others.
trendsetter, Mottola has also been at the forefront of driving
popular culture, creating a number of highly successful strategic
co-branding initiatives, including superstar Celine Dions
marketing partnership with Chrysler and an unprecedented and
multifaceted global marketing
campaign with Pepsi. Moreover, he revitalized Sony Musics
publishing division by securing the much sought after acquisition
of Sony Tree and enabled Sony to become the first major music
company to make available commercial digital downloads.
joined Sony (then CBS Records) in 1988 at age 37 as President
of CBS Records, making him the youngest President in CBS history.
A year later, after a restructuring of the company, he was
named President of Sony Music. And in 1993, he was named Chairman
and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Prior to joining CBS,
Mr. Mottola was one of musics most prominent artist
managers, who successfully launched the careers of such chart-toppers
as Hall & Oates, Carly Simon and John Mellencamp.
Mr. Mottola branched out into television production when leading
music channel VH-1 approached him about developing a reality
based television program centered around his unprecedented
track record for discovering, nurturing and transforming female
artists into worldwide superstar divas. Serving as Executive
Producer, Mr. Mottola and VH-1 debuted Born to Diva earlier
this year and enjoyed immediate success. Detailing an intercontinental
musical search for the next diva, the program quickly garnered
critical acclaim and launched its own dedicated following
of fans through thousands of pieces of mail and hundreds of
web sites from around the world.
also for his many philanthropic activities, Mottola serves
on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children, the Police Athletic League, T.J. Martell
Foundation for Cancer, Leukemia and AIDS Research, the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum, and the Federal
Law Enforcement Foundation.
Music Group is the worlds leading music company with
wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries
around the world. Its businesses also include Universal Music
Publishing Group, one of the industry\'s largest global music
publishing operations. Universal Music Group consists of record
labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope
Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, MCA Nashville,
MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor,
Universal Records and Verve Music Group, as well as a multitude
of record labels owned or distributed by its record company
subsidiaries around the world. Universal Music Group owns
the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which
is marketedthrough two distinct divisions, Universal Music
Enterprises (in the US) and UM3 (outside the US). Universal
Music Group also includes eLabs, its division dedicated to
strategy, business development, and management of new businesses
in the online and advanced technology space. Universal Music
Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications
was once run by the late Neil Bogart and included such artists
as Kiss, Donna Summer and the Village People.
March, violinist Eric
Gorfain and his string quartet the Section visited New
York City, to accompany pop princess Christina Aguilera while
she performed her hit single "Beautiful" on Saturday
Night Live. A few weeks later, the Section performed at a
benefit concert in Los Angeles, the group's home base. The
quartet again accompanied a chart-topping singer-in this case,
pensive pianist Fiona Apple-and also performed a set that
drew on its own repertoire: string arrangements of songs by
the theatrical hard-rock band Kiss and art-rockers Radiohead,
plus an orchestral arrangement of the classic-rock staple
"Sunshine of Your Love.".
more in the current issue of Strings Magazine...
Office Publishes Regulations for Soundexchange
Washington - July 10, 2003 - The Copyright Office has announced
the final regulations that will govern Soundexchange, an unincorporated
division of the Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA), when it functions as the designated agent for royalty
payments and statements of accounts from nonexempt subscription
digital-transmission services that make digital transmissions
of sound recordings under a statutory license.
regulations are applicable to the initial license period beginning
Nov. 1, 1995, through Dec. 31, 2001. The regulations take
effect on July 18, 2003.
view the Federal Register announcement, visit
Ladies at Royaltone
Pictured at the Neve console
(L-R) are Tyler Stewart, Steven Page, Jim Creeggan, Design
FX general manager Michael May, Royaltone president Jane Scobie,
Kevin Hearn, and Ed Robertson.
by David Goggin
The Barenaked Ladies booked LA's Royaltone Studios for their
new album. Vintage outboard gear provided by Design FX Rentals
supplementing the studios' sizable collection.
Gets Two Tec Award Nominations
Studios has just been nominated for two 2003 TEC Awards
for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Record Production
/ Album category as the studio where Sheryl Crow's C'mon C'mon
(engineered by Trina Shoemaker) and Diana Krall's Live in
Paris (engineered by Al
Schmitt) were recorded. Winners will be announced at the
19th Annual TEC Awards ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October
11, 2003 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York
Joseph Puig (Producer / Engineer), Tino Passante, John Mayer
recently acquired another Pro Tools HD3 system by Digidesign
with 40 inputs and 56 outputs at 192kHz. It has dual LCD monitors,
and is loaded with plug-ins.
buzz at Avatar: Elliot
Scheiner was in with producer Rob Mounsey tracking
for new Universal / Verve artist SISSEL. Brian Montgomery
assisted. Elvis Costello's latest record was tracked entirely
in studios A with Kevin Killen. Jive artist Bowling For Soup
and Rick Fante on Virgin Records were recorded at Avatar.
Telarc Records and producer Russ Titelman completed a new
John Pizzarelli recording. Me'Shell Ndegocello produced project
which included Joshua Redman and Jack DeJohnette. Producer
/ composer Stephen Endelman and producer Peter Asher were
in recording the music for a Cole Porter Tribute Film. Dave
Holland latest big band record, done at Avatar, won a Grammy
earlier this year. Columbia Jazz VP/ producer Yves Beauvais
was in with James Carter tracking for a new record. Cassandra
Wilson finished mixing her latest record
miss Avatar's Super Summer Recording Special
Save up to 50% off on studio time when you book a session
between now and August 31, 2003. (Note: must use Avatar staff
engineer as part of package; limited room availability;
limited time slots at deepest rate discounts; discount varies
by amount of time booked, days & hours; based on nature
of session; discount applies to studio time only).
studio manager for further details.
Jan Folkson Partners with Sound On Sound Recording in Studio
Jan Folkson has partnered with Sound On Sound Recording to
open Studio E, a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD-based editing and
mixing environment manned by Folkson. A MIDI programmer, mixer
and Pro Tools engineer, Folkson has worked with some of musics
greatest artists, musicians and engineers, as well as such
notable producers as Phil Ramone, Nile Rodgers, Peter Asher
and Joel Moss. Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Elton
John, Steely Dan, Vanessa Williams, Audra McDonald.
Bill Cosby pictured with
his drummer (left) and guitarist (right)
during a recent session at Sound On Sound
control room and ISO booth, Studio E is set up for both stereo
and surround mixing with monitors by Quested, Genelec and
Yamaha. At its core is a Pro Tools|HD4 48 in/24 out with numerous
plug ins and a Control 24 console designed jointly by Digidesign
and Focusrite housed in an Argosy enclosure. Like Sound on
Sounds Studio D, a preproduction/overdub suite with
Pro Tools|HD4 system, Folksons Studio E was designed
by Lawrence P. Swist Designs.
many clients last month, Bill Cosby paid a visit to Sound
On Sound, tracking a project for Nickelodeon in Studio A with
producer Don Braden and engineer Richard Furch.
On Sounds Studios D and E complement Studios A and B,
both outfitted wtih SSL
9000J consoles, and Studio C, which features a Sony Oxford
board. For more information on Sound On Sound Recording, contact
Chris Bubacz at 212-757-5300.
an Mbox signed by Linkin Park
Digidesign has teamed up with Linkin Park and Guitar World
for a Stone Free contest, offering everyone eligible the chance
to win one-of-a-kind Linkin Park items and a Mbox autographed
by the band members.
parties may visit Guitar World, click
on the Win This button and then click the
Linkin Park link to enter to win:
Mbox, autographed by Linkin Park
A personalized Hybrid Theory plaque
An autographed Meteora standup
Meteora on vinyl
ends July 20, 2003. For information on Mbox, visit Digidesign.
& Records Convention
Music, Wine & Whine?!
Convention this past month, held at Merv Griffins world-famous
Beverly Hilton hotel, attendees were treated to three days
(6/19-21) of solid learning sessions and topflight entertainment
at the industrys largest gathering of radio and record
With the music industry in a deep trough, nearly every session
at the convention touched on the various issues that plague
the business these days. One
of the sponsor billboards read: "20 million people will
download MP3 music this month. But, who's counting?"
Mood was lighter at the "Rate-A-Record," "Rate-A-Wine"
session sponsored by Verve Records. Do I need to explain?
Broadcast Architecture provided the groovy electronic rating
boxes. The panelists (comprised of A&R and DJ's) and the
audience voted for their fave song and wine. Our pick: Artesa
Vineyards, Napa Valley.
Def Jam and Island sponsored the alternative/rock gathering
at the Roxy to discuss issues concerning the state of the
two fomrats under the "Wine & Whine" title.
The buzz was HD Radio from the folks at IBiquity
digital who claim:
AM digital will have FM-like audio quality
FM digital will have CD-like audio quality
Static-free and crystal clear reception
Wireless data services to include on-demand audio
IBiquity has licensed over 35 Broadcast Groups for Digital
AM/FM Conversion across US. LA's public radio station KUSC
91.5 FM is one of many stations who has gone digital with
For the first time, this year Latin radio and record execs
were represented. Warner Music Latina presented a one-on-one
interview with Julio Iglesias Jr.
R&R Industry Achievement Award ceremonies were held on
Friday Eve and performances by Eve 6, Rumblefish, White Light
Motorcade, Cauterize followed at the Roxy.
Last but not least, America's Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani was
the keynote speaker. A determined leader who brought remarkable
strength and stability at a time of great uncertainty in NY...offered
the same passion and understanding to the R&R participants.
the Cause for Peace
Shocked and Wilb
Shocked (Campfire Girl Series) and Columnist/Emcee/Activist
Wil b after they perfomed together on the remix of Wil's controversial
"Dear Mr Bush" song.
A book by Maureen Droney
the book here!
Engineers Reveal Their Secrets For Success, from Berklee Press,
offers a very candid and behind the scenes look into the world
of the unsung hero of the recording studio: the recording
engineer. Author Droney, who has enjoyed an extensive 20-year
career as recording engineer on high-profile album projects
ranging from artists Santana to Tower of Power, asks all the
right and pertinent questions---ones not usually posed by
less technically qualified writers.
are 27 interviews here of engineering greats like Don Murray,
Al Schmitt, Mick Guzauski, Geoff Emerick and Elliot Scheiner
to name a few. These engineers reveal many of the recording
secrets used in albums by Aaliyah, Nine Inch Nails, Brian
Eno, Coolio, Faith Hill, The Beatles, Babyface, Santana, The
Rolling Stones and many more.
a very candid and behind the scenes look into the world of
the unsung hero of the recording studio. Author Droney asks
all the right and pertinent questions. Mix Masters is an all-around
great read for anyone interested in the magic that can happen
during a recording session." -
File sharing Again!
S.L., provider of popular peer-to-peer program Blubster,
announced the launch of Blubster 2.5 in the wake of the latest
litigious efforts by the RIAA and MPAA to erode consumer privacy
and monopolize control of the P2P entertainment market. As
Verizon has been handed a court decision forcing the company
to reveal the identity of Internet subscribers accused of
music piracy, Blubster has re-launched with a new secure,
decentralized, self-assembling network that provides users
with private, anonymous accounts.
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Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Fogel - Fig, Glendale, CA
Ladanyi - Tidal Wave Sound, Studio City, CA
Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Parr - Hear No Evil, UK
Riker - New
C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Scheiner - Presense studios, CT NEW!
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Sardina - Abbey Road, UK
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Water Storage Over Radioactiv Threat
Children from Al Wadiyah
carry home clean water barrels which Greenpeace activists
exchanged for radioactive ones.
According to Greenpeace,
locals in Iraq gathered radioactive barrels for water storage
and despite Greenpeace efforts to collect the hazardous containers
they've realized that "for many the immediate need for
water storage over rides the unseen threat of radioactivity,"
said Mike Townsley of Greenpeace. Two
members of the Greenpeace team are maintaining a weblog diary
of their mission to Iraq. You can review a history of the
expedition to date and monitor
live developments here
to an Icon
September 12, 1944 - July 4, 2003
wasn't just a seduction artist with a deep voice. Given the
balancing act he pulled off, he was one of the great contortionists
of modern times. As a singer, White evoked utter sincerity
in wantin' your love B-A-D bad, baby, uh huh. But as an icon,
he was also able to laugh at himself.
turned up in lots of odd places, serving as a romantic oracle
to be channeled by aspiring Lotharios on everything from "The
Simpsons" to "Ally McBeal." The MTV cartoon
duo "Beavis & Butt-head" dubbed White "the
horniest dude of all time." There was also the now-legendary
"Late Night With David Letterman," appearance where
White intoned a top-10 list of "Words That Are Romantic
When Spoken by Barry White" - a list that included the
words "Oprah," "gingivitis" and "Giuliani."
generosity of spirit extended to his activism on the south
centeral LA streets where he grew up.
pioneered the role of the plus-sized R&B balladeer, men
who live large and love larger. While Luther Vandross, Gerald
Levert and new "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard
fit that mold, too, they're just a shadow of the originator.
And none of the rest can touch White's musical virtuosity.
a massive run of success during the '70s, White struggled
through the '80s before coming back with a vengeance in the
'90s. His double-platinum 1994 album "The Icon Is Love"
was one of the biggest hits of his career, triggering a critical
reassessment that earned him a modicum of grudging respect.
Recent years have brought further honors, including his belated
first-ever Grammy Awards - for the aptly titled 1999 album
White himself is gone, his music won't be disappearing anytime
soon. In fact, there's a brilliant bootleg called "The
Theme I Love" at
Soundhog a mashup that puts Eminem's staccato rap from
"The Way I Am" over the swelling strings of White's
1973 instrumental "Love's Theme" (a song that launched
a thousand golf tournament telecasts, and countless more romantic
an old saying that goes, if you ain't getting bootlegged,
you ain't happenin'. Barry White was, is and always will be
Hello Baby Michael Banks The Third!
Juyl 2, 2003 10:39am UK time
Congrats to proud parents and dear friends Elaine & Mike
of Record Production
nice smile and ears...enjoying the sweet dream!
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the "I'm feeling lucky" button. Then pay close attention...!