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‘Mixtape’ Series Lets Rock Legends Relate Their Personal Favorite Songs Via Axs TV

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‘Mixtape’ Series Lets Rock Legends Relate Their Personal Favorite Songs Via Axs TV
Exclusive: Don McLean, Mick Jones, Kevin Cronin and Robby Krieger are among the rock legends who will share their personal mixtape playlists of music that shaped their lives and influenced their careers in a new Axs TV series.

Mixtape premieres Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8:30 Et/5:30 Pt, spotlighting a different rock icon for each week of the eight-episode series. The show will feature unplugged performances of songs the interviewees love, and some additional guest starring appearances. The show was filmed at the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Hollywood.

In addition to TV, the show will be available as a Spotify podcast that will provide additional commentary and the guest’s complete music playlist. Both Axs TV and Spotlify will promote the series, podcast and playlists.

The first episode features Foreigner founder, songwriter and guitarist Mick Jones, who shares anecdotes about spending time with The Beatles in France just before the band
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The First Time: Steven Van Zandt

The First Time: Steven Van Zandt
Steven Van Zandt reflects on his early days as a musician, the first time he met and performed with Bruce Springsteen and portraying his beloved character Silvio Dante on the Sopranos in the latest installment of “The First Time.”

Van Zandt traces the first time he played guitar to 1963, when his grandfather showed him a song from his village in Calabria, Italy. He notes this was a year before the Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. “So I got a little bit of a jump on everybody,
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William F. Brown Dies: ‘The Wiz’ Librettist Was 91

William F. Brown, whose libretto for Broadway’s The Wiz earned him a Tony Award nomination, died yesterday in Westport, Ct, according to his wife and collaborator Tina Tippit. Brown was 91.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 16, 1928, Brown attended Princeton University, wrote for Look Magazine, served a year in the U.S. Army, and, from 1952-54 was a TV producer for the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborne (Bbdo), all before launching the freelance writing career that would include contributing comedy sketches and lyrics to nine of cabaret producer Julius Monk’s revues in New York and Chicago through the 1950s and ’60s.

Brown’s Broadway debut came when his play The Girl in the Freudian Slip opened at the Booth Theatre on May 18, 1967. The contemporary comedy about a married psychiatrist who finds himself attracted to a patient ran only four performances but is remembered as the first
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Emmy spotlight: The real marvel of ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is its subtle but substantial hint of 21st century feminism

Emmy spotlight: The real marvel of ‘Mrs. Maisel’ is its subtle but substantial hint of 21st century feminism
As a Baby Boomer kid, I found it hard to resist the premise of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” especially that it revolved around a clandestine female comedian. Rachel Brosnahan‘s rapid-fire delivery reminded me of those funny ladies who would frequent variety and talk shows back in the ’50s and ‘60s when TV was still in its youth. There was the holy trinity of Totie Fields, Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. Much of their jokes were self-deprecating pokes at their own appearance and failure to be perfect wives. But just by daring to crack wise just like the guys was considered a revolutionary act back then.

These women are represented by Mrs. Maisel’s sometimes rival, Sophie Lennon, who is played by Jane Lynch. She wears frumpy clothes that make her look dumpy and overweight as she demeans her own looks and goes for yuks about her husband. But it
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Film Review: ‘Echo in the Canyon’

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Arguably the most sturdily crafted and entertainingly anecdotal documentary of its kind since Denny Tedesco’s “The Wrecking Crew,” a similarly nostalgic celebration of artists who generously contributed to the soundtrack of the baby boomer generation, Andrew Slater’s “Echo in the Canyon” offers a richly evocative and star-studded overview of the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene.

Audiences old enough to have many of the epochal LPs referenced here stashed in their closets will know they’re in good hands right from the start, as the iconic first chords of the Byrds’ “Turn! Turn! Turn!” resound during the darkness of the film’s opening moments. But wait, there’s more: The songs of Buffalo Springfield, the Mamas and the Papas, the Beach Boys and other L.A.-based hitmakers of the era are also featured in a doc that shows how music that defined the California Sound of a half-century
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Watch Bts Serenade ‘Colbert’ Audience With ‘Make It Right’

After Bts recreated the Beatles’ memorable 1964 U.S. television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Wednesday, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert shared a bonus performance of the K-pop stars delivering their Ed Sheeran-penned track “Make It Right” Friday.

While sitting on stools, the seven members of the K-pop group serenaded an audience with the delicate, downtempo cut from their latest album Map of the Soul: Persona, which was released in April. The performance was more relaxed than their set earlier in the week as the group danced
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Bts Channels Beatles' 'Ed Sullivan' Performance in Colbert Appearance

Bts on Wednesday night made an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where the South Korean superstars channeled The Beatles while performing their latest hit, "Boy With Luv."

Widely considered today's biggest international boy band, Bts is often compared to the legendary British band who incited similar pandemonium among their legions of fans when they touched down in America in the 1960s. 

More than 55 years after The Beatles made their U.S. television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, Bts paid homage to their predecessors from the very same venue, the Ed Sullivan Theater, where ...
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Watch K-Pop Band Bts Appear as the Beatles on ‘Colbert’

K-Pop band Bts recreated The Beatles iconic 1964 U.S. television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Dressed and styled as the Beatles, the band performed in the Ed Sullivan Theater as it looked in February 1964, with Colbert himself getting in on the fun by pretending to be Sullivan. The group played their hit “Boy With Luv” in black and white, and also sat down with Colbert to discuss their recent success.

The late night show even taped a cold open
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Bts Channels The Beatles for Their Debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Bts Channels The Beatles for Their Debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
It's The Late Show time machine! K-pop sensation Bts threw it back to 1964 as they channeled The Beatles during their Late Show With Stephen Colbert debut on Wednesday night. Stephen Colbert himself went all in with the nostalgic vibes and likened Bts' performance tonight to that of The Beatles' debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964—screaming fans included. In fact, Colbert records his show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan, so it's extra fitting. Colbert dressed up like Sullivan (mannerisms and all) and introduced Bts in a black-and-white video where they all shared their names and a personalized message. "And now, on the same stage 50 years...
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Beatlemania 2.0: The Making of ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’

Beatlemania 2.0: The Making of ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’
In February of 1964, you could see it everywhere you looked — in high school hallways, diners and malt shops, your local record store (definitely in your local record store). It started with a cold sweats and clammy palms; later symptoms also included screaming, swooning, heart palpitations, a burning desire to sing about not wanting to dance with another (wooo) and the inability to control your bladder. It was called Beatlemania, and when the boys from Liverpool with their funny haircuts touched down at JFK airport, the epidemic was just about to hit its zenith.
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‘The Dirt’ Review: Too Fast for Love — and Facts, Fans, Fun

‘The Dirt’ Review: Too Fast for Love — and Facts, Fans, Fun
Are you fucking kidding me?!

You probably uttered this statement in awe at least a few times, dear readers of The Dirt, when you picked up Motley Crue’s 2001 memoir about their life and times as world-class degenerates. Less a biography than a police rap sheet in book form, it’s the sort of glorious backstage tell-all that makes you feel like you can’t turn the pages fast enough; only Hammer of the Gods can compete with it as the ultimate tale of rock stars outdoing Roman emperors in terms of debauchery.
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Surf Guitar Virtuoso Dick Dale Dies at 81

Tony Sokol Mar 18, 2019

The King of the Surf Guitar knew his axe from the bottom up. Dick Dale elevated the instrument.

Rock and roll pioneer guitarist Dick Dale, "King of the surf guitar," died at the age of 81, according to Variety. The news was confirmed by drummer Dusty Watson. The cause and location of Dale's death have not been released.

Dick Dale was one of the original shredders of rock music. He was fast and loud enough to be called the father of Heavy Metal and he told Fender how to give their amps juice. But his aggressive staccato shredded strings and picks, just ripped through them during performance. He didn't do it out of rage, he loved his guitar, which he called The Beast, and wanted to be everywhere on it at all times when he was plugged in. He learned the instrument from the bottom up. Dale, born
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King of Surf Guitar Dick Dale Dead at 81

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King of Surf Guitar Dick Dale Dead at 81
Dick Dale -- one of the most influential guitarists and rock and roll artists of all time -- has died ... TMZ has learned. Dick passed away Saturday, according to Sam Bolle, Dick's live bassist. Sam tells TMZ, "He was an original, he always did things the way he wanted to do them ... his own way. Long before punk rock, he was doing that." A pioneer in music who was known as the "King of Surf Guitar,
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Kaye Ballard Dies: TV, Film & Stage Veteran Who Starred In ‘The Mothers-In-Law’ Was 93

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Kaye Ballard Dies: TV, Film & Stage Veteran Who Starred In ‘The Mothers-In-Law’ Was 93
Kaye Ballard, a comic actress and singer who was a regular presence on TV for decades and starred in the late-’60s NBC comedy The Mothers-in-Law, has died. Palm Springs-area paper The Desert Sun reported that the star also known for The Girl Most Likely and a half-dozen Broadway musicals died Monday at her home in Rancho Mirage.

Ballard had appeared on a couple of TV programs when she was cast as Marge opposite Jane Powell and Cliff Robertson in the 1958 big-screen musical comedy remake of The Girl Most Likely. She would appear in a handful of movies in the ensuing decades, but TV was her go-to medium.

In 1967 she starred with Eve Arden in The Mothers-in-Law, playing half of an unconventional couple, the Buells, who was best friends with their very-straight suburban neighbors the Hubbards (Arden and Herbert Rudley). The series struggled to lure viewers in its 8:30 Sunday
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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93

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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93
Singer-comedienne Kaye Ballard, who starred alongside Eve Arden in the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was among the stars of the 1976 feature based on Terrence McNally’s farce “The Ritz,” died Monday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 93.

She had recently attended a screening of a documentary about her life, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festival, according to the Desert Sun, and became ill soon after.

Ballard’s career spanned stage and screen, and she was a star on Broadway when she was paired with Arden as neighbors whose kids get married on “The Mothers-in-Law,” which ran on NBC from 1967-69 and later in syndication.

On the show Ballard played Katherine “Kaye” Josephina Buell, the overly emotional wife of Roger Buell (played by Roger C. Carmel) and overprotective mother of Jerry Buell (Jerry Fogel). She was an unenthusiastic housewife, frequently spoke in Italian, and
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Christine McGuire Dies: Pop Singer, Radio & TV Star Of McGuire Sisters Was 92

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Christine McGuire Dies: Pop Singer, Radio & TV Star Of McGuire Sisters Was 92
Christine McGuire, whose pop hits propelled her and her singing sisters to many radio and television appearances, died Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, where she lived. She was 92 and her family confirmed the death, but did not provide a cause.

Christine was the oldest of her singing sisters, Dorothy and Phyllis. They began singing in church in their hometown of Miamisburg, Ohio, but avoided secular music until their late teens, finally adding some pop tunes to their repertoire. They were discovered by local bandleaders and radio stations in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, and became well-known for their three-part harmony.

In 1952, the sisters traveled to New York in hopes of auditioning for Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, a TV show that was akin to the American Idol of its time. Godfrey wasn’t around, but singer Kate Smith was, and she booked them for a two-month engagement on her national radio broadcast.
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Morecambe & Wise in America review – Eric and Ern are back! What a joy

It’s a true Christmas treat, witnessing magical footage of the comedy nonpareils, seen for the first time in the UK. May our hearts bubble over with helpless laughter

This has been, I think we can all agree, a hard year. Perhaps even harder than 2016 and 2017, which themselves … weren’t great. And last night I went for dinner with a friend, who pointed out that this is not even the end but barely the beginning – let alone the beginning of the end – for either Trump or Brexit. And that both, in fact, are the opening salvoes in a war that will dog us until the climate change it has led us to ignore kills us all.

But! It doesn’t matter! No, really. Because of one thing and one thing only: new footage, never before seen (in the UK), of Eric and Ernie – the greatest, the nonpareils, of everything good,
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Blake Shelton to Host All-Star Tribute to Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special

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NBC will mark the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 1968 “Comeback Special” with “Elvis All-Star Tribute Special,” to air on Sunday, Feb. 17. Participating artists have not yet been announced, other than host Blake Shelton.

The original “Singer Presents…. Elvis” special aired on Dec. 3, 1968 and was sponsored by the sewing machine company. Later known as the “’68 Comeback Special,” the appearance marked Presley’s first live television performance since 1961 and featured the iconic artist, dressed in a black leather jumpsuit, accompanied by his band in the famed, intimate “boxing ring without ropes.” It was shot in front of a studio audience, in-the-round 360-degree style.

“I’ve always wanted to do a tribute to these shows, and the 50th anniversary marks the perfect occasion,” says veteran Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, who also has upcoming specials including “Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones” and “Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night) in addition
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Ken Berry, Star of ‘Mayberry, Rfd’ and ‘Mama’s Family,’ Dies at 85

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Ken Berry, Star of ‘Mayberry, Rfd’ and ‘Mama’s Family,’ Dies at 85
Ken Berry, the veteran comic actor who starred in such 1960s, ’70s and ’80s sitcoms as “F-Troop,” “Mayberry, Rfd” and the “Carol Burnett Show” spinoff “Mama’s Family,” died Saturday at the age of 85.

His ex-wife Jackie Joseph-Lawrence reported the news, “with very deep sorrow,” on her Facebook page. “F-Troop” co-star Larry Storch also shared the news on his own Facebook page, adding, “Goodnight Captain. We miss you already.”

The Illinois native known for his aw-shucks charm also made memorable appearances in Disney films such as “Herbie Rides Again” and “The Cat From Outer Space.”

Also Read: Carol Burnett Disses Modern Broadcast TV: 'There Are Just Too Many Cooks Now'

After serving in the U.S. Army under Sgt. Leonard Nimoy, mostly entertaining the troops, Berry landed a spot on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He became a contract player for Universal Studios, appearing predominantly in musical films, and then transitioned to TV.
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Roy Clark Dies: ‘Hee Haw’ And Country Music Star Was 85

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Roy Clark Dies: ‘Hee Haw’ And Country Music Star Was 85
Roy Clark, the popular country music singer-guitarist who co-hosted the long-running sketch/variety series Hee Haw with Buck Owens, died today of pneumonia complications at his home in Tulsa, Ok. He was 85.

CBS launched Hee Haw in summer 1969 as country music’s answer to Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Weaving performances by the genre’s top stars with surprise cameos and down-home comedy skits loaded with catchphrases, it lasted three seasons on the network — finishing in the primetime ratings top 20 in each of its first two — before moving to first-run syndication in 1971 — where it aired for 22 more years.

Among the many series regulars over the years were Louis “Grandpa” Jones, Minnie Pearl — she of the $1.98 pricetag hanging from her flowered hat — Barbi Benton, Roy Acuff, Harry Cole and that animated donkey who punctuated the punchlines with the shows titular laugh. Clark’s longtime co-host Owens died in 2006.

As a musician,
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