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Prince Makes Debut This Day in History

This day in Rock History

In 1980 – Prince made his TV debut on the US show American Bandstand.

In 1977 – Patti Smith falls off stage whilst opening for Bob Seger in Tampa, Fla., injuring her vertebrae and requiring 22 stitches to her head.

In 1966 – The Animals’ Eric Burdon sings lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a London concert.

In 1977 – Peter Green, one of Fleetwood Mac’s founding guitarists, is committed to an English mental institution. Cause? He fired a pistol at a messenger who was trying to deliver a check for his portion of song royalties. In his heyday, Green was one of the all-time great guitarists of British blues, on par with (some would even say better than) Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck.


 

June 1st: On This Day

On this day in 1985, Prince & The Revolution started a three-week run at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with Around The World In A Day. The album was Prince’s seventh studio album, and the second to feature The Revolution.

The record was the second number-one album on the chart for Prince & The Revolution and also went Double Platinum. Two top singles were produced by the album, “Raspberry Beret” and “Pop Life”.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Presenters For Journey and ELO

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on April 7th, and the Hall has revealed more of the presenters and performers set to appear at the induction ceremony in Brooklyn.

Rolling Stone reports that Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) will be inducted by Dhani Harrison. This comes from the long-time friendship and collaboration between Dhani’s father, George Harrison, and ELO’s Jeff Lynne.

Pat Monahan, frontman of Train, will be on hand to induct Journey.

The Rock Hall’s most recent announcements come after earlier word that Neil Young, Rush, and Jackson Browne would be on hand as presenters. Young will be inducting his buddies Pearl Jam, Rush welcomes Yes to the Hall, and Browne will be brought to the stage to induct Baez.

 

Also on tap for the night, is a special Rock Hall tribute to Prince, performed by Lenny Kravitz. It is assumed that the tribute will include some of Kravitz’s favorite Prince songs. “Not to be dramatic or overly sensitive, but I really feel like a piece of me died,” Kravitz wrote after Prince’s death last year. “He was a mentor and then someone I got to know as a friend and play with. So when he left, a part of me really went too.”

 

Streaming Services Readding Prince Music This Weekend

According to reports, Prince’s music will return to the majority of streaming services this weekend.

In 2015, Prince had pulled all of his music from streaming services, except for Tidal.

But the Financial Times say that the albums he created while signed to Warner Bros will return to streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer and iHeartRadio from this coming Sunday.

Those include Purple Rain, 1999, Sign ‘O’ The Times, Lovesexy, Batman and Diamonds And Pearls.

Prince’s estate is said to be auctioning off material the late star recorded after he split with Warner in 1996.

Speaking recently with Billboard, Prince’s estate advisers Charles Koppelman and Londell McMillan said there had been a great deal of interest from companies looking to honor Prince’s legacy.

Koppelman said: “There’s tremendous interest in doing things with his legacy, whether it’s a motion picture, documentaries, Broadway, Cirque de Soleil. All of those are opportunities that I think are in the future for Londell and me and the estate to work on.”

McMillan added: “What I am most thrilled about is taking this great body of work and working with the family and others in the industry to determine how it will be re-introduced to generation Y and Z and continue that legacy.

“Prince has amazing content beyond the music. There are filmed recordings of the most amazing performances that we haven’t even begun to discuss.”

Prince passed away in April of last year, at the age of 57, following an accidental fentanyl overdose.

February 1st: On This Day

On this day in 1969, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with “Crimson And Clover”, the group’s second and last #1. The single has sold 5 million copies, making it Tommy James and the Shondells’ best-selling song.

It has been covered by many artists, most notably, Joan Jett and Prince.

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Collaborating With Former New Power Generation Member

Founding Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson is launching a new side project with Liv Warfield, a former member of Prince’s backing group New Power Generation. The project will be called Roadcase.

Wilson’s posted on her Facebook page, three other Heart members — drummer Ben Smith, bassist Dan Rothchild and keyboardist Chris Joyner, will be part of the project.

Wilson and Warfield both posted a photo of them together, along with the note, “Brand new year. New friends. New music… #Roadcase.”

 

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