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Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger who is 71 today. The Rolling Stones front man was born Michael Phillip Jagger on July 26, 1943 in Dartford, Kent.
Jagger has just finished the European leg of the Rolling Stones’ “14 On Fire” tour and will be in Australia to play re-scheduled gigs in October. Ahead of that, Jagger is keeping himself busy promoting the James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” which he co-produced. He’s also producing an HBO rock ‘n’ roll series, directed by Martin Scorsese, and an Elvis biopic titled “Last Train to Memphis”.
We celebrate Mick’s birthday with seven great tracks spanning 1964 to 2012.
“It’s All Over Now” (1964) – The Rolling Stones
“Gimme Shelter” (1969) – The Rolling Stones
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969) – The Rolling Stones
“Angie” (1973) – The Rolling Stones
“Start Me Up” (1981) – The Rolling Stones
“Love is Strong” – The Rolling Stones
“Doom and Gloom” – The Rolling Stones
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The Brian Wilson biopic, “Love & Mercy,” will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The movie, directed by Bill Pohlad and co-produced by Brian Wilson, follows Wilson’s life from the mid-1960s through to the early-1990s. Paul Dano and John Cusack play the young and older Brian Wilson, respectively, and Elizabeth Banks stars as Wilson’s second wife, Melinda. Paul Giamatti plays Wilson’s controversial therapist, Dr. Eugene Landy.
A Wilson biopic titled “Love & Mercy” was first proposed in the 1980s and finally formally announced in June 2011. It was filmed over six weeks last summer.
In October of 2013, Brian Wilson told Billboard:
It’s quite a thrill to have a movie made of my life. I’m very sentimental about it, and it’s very, very good. It was a trip to see. The actors and actresses portrayed everybody really well.
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Billy Joel will become the sixth recipient of the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a ceremony in November.
The award, named after songwriting brothers George and Ira Gershwin, recognises “a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.”
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Chuck Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go” is Song of the Week on Classic Pop Icons.
“No Particular Place to Go” was released on single in May 1964, backed with “You Two,” and appeared on the album “St. Louis to Liverpool” (Chess LP-1488) in November 1964.
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“CSNY 1974,” the long awaited boxed set from the historic 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young arena tour, has topped the Billboard Folk Album Chart, and debuted at #17 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.
The set features 40 previously unreleased tracks from the 1974 tour, a 188-page booklet, and a bonus DVD of previously unreleased concert footage. It is available in 3 CD/DVD and Blu-ray audio/DVD editions. There is also a single-CD standard edition featuring highlights from the set.
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