Musical Notes – July 13

This week on Musical Notes it’s a case of mistaken identity, a 90th birthday statue presentation, a new reality show, boxed sets, and texting fans.

Musical Notes

Johnnie Johnson:
Pianist Johnnie Johnson is best known for playing with Chuck Berry; but before performing with Berry, Johnson was a Marine and a World War II veteran.

Joining the US Marine Corps in 142, Johnson was one of the first men of colour to join the Corps. He was a member of the 24,000 troops who trained at Camp Montford Point. The base was closed in 1949 when the Marines desegregated.

For his military service, Johnson is being awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal – one of the highest civilian awards presented in the United States. Johnson died in 2005.

While serving in the Marines, Johnson was a part of the Bobby Troup Jazz Orchestra. He also played with Muddy Waters and Little Walter before forming his own group – the Sir John Trio.

Tony Bennett:
For the past several decades crooner Tony Bennett has been entertaining crowds singing on how he has left his heart in San Francisco.

On August 3 Bennett will celebrate his 90th birthday and the city of San Francisco is erecting an eight foot statue of the singer.

The statue of Bennett is set to be erected on August 19 at Nob Hill at the Fairmont.

Funded by private contributions, sculptor Bruce Wolfe has been working on the statue all year.

A bevy of Who’s Who in San Francisco will be present for the dedication including current San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, former Mayor Willie l. Brown Jr, CEO of the San Francisco Giants baseball team Larry Baer, the Regional Vice President and General Manager of Fairmont San Francisco Paul Tormey, Charlotte Mailliard Shultz the Chief of Protocol for the City and County of San Francisco and the State of California, the Boys Chorus and Girls Chorus of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Jazz High School All Stars Combo.

After the unveiling, Bennett will be honoured at the San Francisco Giants game against the New York Mets at AT&T Park. Bennett will also perform his signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.

On August 20, Bennett will perform at the San Francisco Fairmont Venetian Room, the same place where Bennett gave his first San Francisco performance.

Lance Bass:
Known best as a member of the boy band N’Sync, singer Lance Bass will be hosting a new reality series – “Finding Prince Charming”.

Debuting on the LGBT focused network LOGO, the show will feature 13 guys as they pursue a suitor while they live in the same house.

LOGO and “Finding Prince Charming” have yet to reveal the pursuee and the pursuers; but have promised that the object of the men’s affections will be “one of the nation’s most eligible gay heartthrobs”.

Bad Boy Entertainment:
The Hip-Hop Record label Bad Boy Entertainment is releasing a boxed set of “20 years of Hip Hop ingenuity” that will feature the label’s artists including Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, Faith Evans, Total, Carl Thomas, mase, 112, The Lox, Cassie, Janelle Monae, Danity Kane, Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana.

Speaking on the upcoming release, which is set for an August 12 release, Bad Boy Records founder Puff Daddy said, Bad Boy helped make Hip Hop what it is today – and this collection highlights all the music, history and vision that made Bad Boy number one. We wanted to thank our fans, celebrate the music, the people, and the Bad Boy lifestyle that have defined the past two decades. We’ve always made music that makes the people dance; this collection does all that and more, and it is a celebration of all things Bad Boy.”

The package will also include a 64 page book on Bad Boy’s history.

Recently music fans have been seeing music stars strike back against those fans who spend big bucks to attend a concert only to spend the entire time with their face in their phones.

Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor is the latest of these music artists to lash out at texting and recording fans.

Taylor is still recovering from neck surgery – he has been performing wearing a neck brace – has told fans to “stay home” if they want to spend the entire show staring at their mobile phones.

Recently Taylor saw such a fan in the front row of a Slipknot concert. His answer to the issue was to walk over and pluck the phone from the fan’s hands.

When a fan tweeted to Taylor that a fan may have urgent issues to deal with and need to text; Taylor responded by saying, “Okay, but it doesn’t mean that I, with a broken neck and still playing a show, can’t get pissed that someone’s ignoring it (the show).”

Red Hot Chili Peppers:
Every celebrity has had to deal with a case of mistaken identity at one time or another; but recently the Red Hot Chili Peppers experienced a big case of mistaken identity.

Going through customs at any airport can be a harrowing experience; especially if one of those customs officials decides to detain a traveler.

While traveling through Belarus the members of Red Hot Chili Peppers were detained and taken into an airport office. Once there the customs officials presented band members with CDs and photos to autograph. Problem is the memorabilia was that of heavy rockers Metallica.

Bass man Flea explains, “we were called into a custom official’s office at an airport in Belarus and they asked us to sign a bunch of Metallica CDs and photos. We tried to explain to them that we weren’t Metallica, but they insisted that we sign anyway. They had the power. Well I did play ‘Fight Fire With Fire’ with Metallica once. I love Metallica anyways, but I’m no Robert Trujillo.”

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