Posts Tagged ‘Harley Payette’
Harley Payette pays tribute to the legendary Brenda Lee, who celebrated her 68th birthday on December 11.
|On the surface, Brenda Lee might be considered one of the lucky ones. Every year, from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas, Lee is one of the handful of ’50s and early ’60s rock ‘n’ roll artists still consistently heard in the mainstream. Her “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is one of the true Christmas staples, ranking in popularity with “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song” or any other standard you’d want to name. What’s more, unlike many of the Christmas standards, no version of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” has even approached Lee’s in popularity.|
Tags: Brenda Lee, Brenda Lee - Coming On Strong, Brenda Lee - Dynamite, Brenda Lee - I'm Sorry, Brenda Lee - Is It True, Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Harley Payette
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New York City was an exciting place to be for rock ‘n’ roll fans in June 1972, with Dion and the Belmonts coming together for a highly-anticipated reunion at Madison Square Garden on June 2, and Elvis Presley performing four sold-out shows at the same venue the following weekend. Forty years on, Harley Payette takes a look at the legendary gigs and the musical context in which they took place.
Tags: Dion, Dion and the Belmonts, Dion and the Belmonts reunion, Dion DiMucci, Elvis An Afternoon in the Garden, Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden, Elvis Presley, Gus Gossert, Harley Payette, Reunion: Live at Madison Square Garden 1972 - Dion and the Belmonts, Richard Nader
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|Harley Payette reviews the recent five-CD Ray Charles collection – “Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles.”|
ABC-Paramount Records almost gave up the store when they signed Ray Charles to a long term deal in late 1959. The contract the singer received was unprecedented in the industry. After recording and promotional expenses had been recouped, the singer would receive a royalty rate of 75 percent. Generally artists received a rate between one (on the really disreputable labels) and five percent. There was also a $50,000 annual guarantee whether Charles’ records were profitable or not. On top of that, after five years of exclusive use by ABC-Paramount, ownership rights of Charles recordings made at the label would revert to the singer. This is a consideration rare even in today’s more artist friendly industry. What made the deal all the more remarkable was the fact that Brother Ray had only placed one record in the Pop Top Twenty to that point, the same year’s breakthrough masterpiece “What’d I Say.” The fledgling corporate owned label, though, was eager to make the signing because they felt Charles’ name would encourage other artists in the lucrative R&B, jazz and rock and roll fields to see ABC-Paramount as a potential home.
Tags: Harley Payette, Ray Charles, Ray Charles box set, Ray Charles singles, Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles
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|As the world says goodbye to Whitney Houston, Harley Payette discusses her musical legacy and reminds us why she was one of the most important singers of the last 25 years.|
Tags: Harley Payette, Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston death, Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston Saving All My Love For You, Whitney Houston The Greatest Love of All
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|Following the recent release of the Legacy Edition of Elvis Presley’s “I’m 10,000 Years Old: Elvis Country,” Harley Payette explains why he thinks that the album “tells us as much about the man who created it as anything he ever did.”|
Tags: Elvis Country Legacy Edition, Elvis Presley, Harley Payette, I'm 10000 Years Old: Elvis Country
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