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From Phil Vier: Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) ... 15 years gone.

It's hard to believe that today marks 15 years since the passing of Carl (Dean) Wilson, of The Beach Boys. Carl was the lead guitarist of the band, and he sang lead on such hits like "God Only Knows" and "Good Vibrations." As early as 1964, Carl began adding the sounds of a Rickenbacker 12-string, to match the sounds he enjoyed from listening to Roger McGuinn of The Byrds. Photo: From Phil Vier: Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) ... 15 years gone. It's hard to believe that today marks 15 years since the passing of Carl (Dean) Wilson, of The Beach Boys. Carl was the lead guitarist of the band, and he sang lead on such hits like "God Only Knows" and "Good Vibrations." As early as 1964, Carl began adding the sounds of a Rickenbacker 12-string, to match the sounds he enjoyed from listening to Roger McGuinn of The Byrds.

From Bass Player Aaron Chesler

Legacy Records recently released the 30th anniversary 2CD legacy edition of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's "Texas Flood." The album was recorded in three days in the personal Los Angeles recording studio of what singer/songwriter? Answer correctly & share this post for the chance to win the legacy edition!

Phil Vier - Today's "On This Day in Music"

Today's "On This Day in Music" posting is dedicated to a guy who is a natural-born athlete, avid lover of good music and friends, has owned some really nice classic cars and motorcycles, etc., etc, Mr. John Fallon. So let's get started...

Musicians born on February 2nd:

1912: Burton Lane (b. Burton Levy) American composer and lyricist who is best known for his broadway musicals, :Finian's Rainbow" and "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever." Lane served as President of the American Guild of Authors and Composers for 10 years, served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and was an early pioneer in his campaign against music piracy. One can only imagine what he would have done about sites like Napster!! 1927: Stan Getz, American jazz (tenor) saxophone player who was a part of Woody Herman's Big Band, and later helped to popularize the "cool" sound of Bossa Nova playing on "The Girl From Ipanema." By the age of only 16, Getz was accepted to play with Jack Teagarden's band. Do yourself a favor, and have a listen to just how great a musician he truly was. (d. June 6, 1991) RIP. 1932: Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player who was known as "the King of Lounge music." Lyman's albums became favorite (stereo-effect-demonstration-discs) during the early days of the stereophonic sound recordings. 1940: Alan Caddy, British guitarist, arranger and producer with The Tornados ("Telstar" 1962) and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. Caddy would later go on to produce recording by The Spencer Davis Group (Steve Winwood), The Pretty Things and Dusty Springfield. 1942: Graham Nash (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.) 1946: Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers.) 1947: Peter Lucia (Tommy James and the Shondells.) 1949: Ross Valory (Journey.)

Events in Music History, on February 2nd:

1957: Fats Domino makes an early appearance on The Perry Como Show, singing his hits "Blue Monday" and "Blueberry Hill." 1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the fateful "Winter Dance Party" tour. 1963: The Beatles begin their first British tour at the Gaumont in Bradford. 1969: "Carl Perkins Day" is declared in Jackson, TN, where the singer moved with his family at 18. 1973: NBC debuts "The Midnight Special" rock variety show, which followed directly after The Tonight Show (starring, Johnny Carson.) Singer, Helen Reddy, was the show regular host, and Wolfman Jack also made guest announcer appearances. The show had it's reaular season premier telecast on, February 2, 1973. Both Richard Pryor and Andy Kaufman would make regular "comedian" appearances. 1992: Todd Rundgren and wife Michele become the proud parents of a son they named, "Rebop." 1993: Willie Nelson settles his $17 million tax debt with the IRS by paying them $9 million in cash and assets already seized.

Rcordings released on February 2nd:

1959: The Coasters, "Charlie Brown" 1959: Frankie Avalon, "Venus"

Posted by Deep Blue Bassist Aaron "Chiz" Chesler

Terry Kath was born on January 31, 1946, and would have been 67 today. The original guitarist for the band Chicago, Kath brought a heavy rock sound to the jazz-and-horns trappings of the rest of the band. Employing a Fender Strat and Gibson...See More Photo: Terry Kath was born on January 31, 1946, and would have been 67 today. The original guitarist for the band Chicago, Kath brought a heavy rock sound to the jazz-and-horns trappings of the rest of the band. Employing a Fender Strat and Gibson SG, Kath was able to deliver tough riffs like "25 Or 6 To 4" (with one of rock's greatest wah wah solos) alongside melodic runs on tracks like "Questions 67 & 68." Kath experimented with effects, the whammy bar, and feedback throughout his career, and the debut Chicago album contained a 7-minute distortion-fueled solo improvisation called "Free Form Guitar" - all at a time when few people other than Hendrix were exploring the sonic limits of the guitar. Terry was adept at rock, jazz, blues, psychedelia, pop and a host of genres, and might have been more widely revered had he not died accidentally during gunplay gone wrong at age 31.

Philip Vier Seems a little too quiet in the "virtual-village" this evening, so

let's see if we can't change that with some music history for January 29th...

1885: Leadbelly, also spelled as Lead Belly (b. Huddie William Ledbetter) American Folk and Blues musician. 1923: Ivo Robic, Croation singer/songwriter. 1929: Mr. Acker Bilk (b. Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk) British clarinettist who, in 1962, enjoyed international success with his instrumental hit "Stranger on the Shore." 1933: Sacha Distel (b. Alexandre Distel) French singer/guitarist. 1933: James Jamerson, American session musician, who was the "uncredited" bass guitar player on most of the Motown Record hits' throughout the 1960's and 70's. Motown would later begin to list their session musicians' names on the album liner notes. 1942: Claudine Longet, popular French singer/actress who was once married to American singer, Andy Williams. 1943: Mark Wynter (b. Terence Sidney Lewis) British pop singer and teen idol, who enjoyed international success with songs like "Go Away Little Girl" and "Venus in Blue Jeans." 1944: Andrew Loog Oldham, flamboyant British manager and producer of The Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1967. 1947: David Byron (Uriah Heep) 1948: Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen)

Events in music history:

1942: BBC Radio launches a new program called Desert Island Discs. 1961: Bob Dylan visits the home of a friend in East Orange, NJ, and finally is able to meet his idol, Woody Guthrie. 1962: Peter, Paul and Mary sign with Warner Brothers Records. 1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience makes their stage debut in Britain. 1969: The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour debuts on CBS-TV. 1979: Emerson, Lake and Palmer announce their first, of many breakups. 2013: Them Travelers make plans for their next live appearance.

Happy Birthday Warren Zevon!

Philip Vier Another of today's birthday celebrants, Warren Zevon (father's original Russian surname, Zivotovsky) had a remarkably gifted musical life and career. Zevon's work was praised by Dylan, Springsteen, Jackson Browne and Neil Young. By age 13, Zevon became an occasional visiter at the home of Igor Stravinsky, where he made a brief study of modern classical music. Zevon struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, and sadly, he was diagnosed with an inoperable form of cancer in 2002. He refused treatment and instead chose to record his final album, "The Wind," with the help of his son, Jordan. Zevon enjoyed a long-standing friendship and support from David Letterman. On his final appearance on the Letterman show, Zevon presented Letterman with the guitar that he always used to perform on the Late Show. Zevon passed away on September 7th, 2003. RIP.

let's see what happened today, January 23rd, in music history... by Phil Vier

Births: 1910: Django Reinhardt (world-renowned "Gypsy" jazz guitarist) 1925: Martin Louis "Marty" Paich, pianist, composer, arranger and producer who worked with the biggest names in music. 1928: Ken Errair (The Four Freshmen) 1933: Chita Rivera (West Side Story) dancer/singer/actress. 1938: Eugene Church, singer/songwriter "Pretty Girls Everywhere." 1940: Joe Dowell, singer/songwriter "Wooden Heart." 1944: Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) 1948: Anita Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) 1950: Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers) 1950: Bill Cunningham (The Box Tops) 1950: Danny Federici (The E Street Band) 1953: Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)

Events in music: 1943: Duke Ellington plays the first of his annual black-tie concerts at Carnegie Hall. 1956: Cincinnati's King label agrees to release James Brown and the Famous Flames' "Please, Please, Please." 1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, play their first "Winter Dance Party" date at Milwaukee's Million Dollar Ballroom. 1963: Twenty year old Janis Joplin hitch-hikes to San Francisco in order to become a singer there. 1965: Petula Clark becomes the first "female" British singer to hit the top of the American charts with her huge smash hit, "Downtown." 1973: While performing at Madison Square Garden, Neil Young is handed a note declaring that "an accord has been reached for peace in Vietnam." Young immediately tells the crowd, "Peace has come," and then launches into "Southern Man." 2004: Jethro Tull's longtime keyboardist, David Palmer, announces that he is now "Dee Palmer," having recently undergone sexual reassignment surgery. I suspect that after playing "Aqualung," he passed on calling himself "Cross-eyed Mary?" 2011: Ringo Starr attempts to register the word "Ringo" as a trademark in the US. I think that Bonanza actor, Lorne Greene, already had that trademark song!

Watch for our upcoming schedule!

Watch for our upcoming schedule for 2013. Lead guitarist Anthony Puglia's home and belongings were swept out to sea during Hurricane Sandy. He's just gotten re-situated in a new home and we're about ready to rock again!

Deep Blue Guitarist guest of NBC to attend 12-12-12

Barbara Gayle via Alicia Keys December 10 at 10:52am ·

Should be a tremendous night of music. Our guitarist Anthony and wife Phyllis from Deep Blue Band who lost their home and all there possessions are guests of NBC and will be picked up by limo and sitting front and center. Keith Richards if you read this please get Anthony Puglia up on stage. He's a mean guitarist!!! My Music Mogul son surprised me with a ticket. Please be generous and give to the Robin Hood Relief Fund for the victims of Sandy. 121212 Concert for Sandy Relief www.121212concert.org "12-12-12" The Concert for Sandy Relief to Benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Presented by Chase featuring Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris

Alor Cafe

Deep Blue played a dinner show at the Alor Cafe on Saturday, May 26th in Staten Island - the house was packed, and the crowd wouldn't leave! Judging from audience reaction they loved the show.

Alor Cafe confirmed, "we never had a band pack the house, and not have any patrons leave!, You're the best band we ever had, so please come back!" Alor Cafe staff.

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