Cousin Brucie’s Energy Has Always Been Infectious

My wife and I were listening to Cruisin’ With Cousin Brucie on Sirius XM Satellite Radio as we love to do on Sunday nights. The thought occurred to me why don’t I feature a music blog post about one of our all-time favorite broadcast personalities. Being that we are all cousins in this life ;), here are some sentiments about Cousin Brucie to share with you this evening.

One blog post alone can never do justice for a radio disk jockey who has the most infectious energy going on so watch for more posts about Brucie on this Website. Cousin Brucie has been a part of our lives for 50+ years. I recall listening to Cousin Brucie on AM 770 radio WABC where Bruce Morrow was an ABC All-American. I would hear him on my hand-held transistor radio that I bought with my paper route money. We loved the New York City Top 40 radio competition between the WMCA Good Guys (570 AM), WINS (1010 AM) with Murray the K and the WABC All Americans. Our music education grew enormously as the three stations battled for our listener loyalty.

Murray the K (WMCA) positioned himself as the “5th Beatle”. While Cousin Brucie got the exclusive honor of introducing The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965.

Cousin Brucie has entertained us with his natural charm and genuine love for people and the music ever since The British Invasion. He has hosted many live shows and featured radio broadcasts from Palisades Park on Saturday nights.

He hosted an oldies show on WCBS-FM for 23 years from 1983-2005. He has done the satellite radio show with infectious energy and wonderful warm enthusiasm since 2012.

Cousin Brucie has authored three books, all of which I want to get and read for my music book collection.

  • Cousin Brucie: My Life in Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio (1987)
  • Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era (published November 1, 2007)
  • Rock & Roll:…And the Beat Goes On (published October 1, 2009)

Maybe one day I can get one of his very special bobble head dolls he talks about and gives away on the show 😉

Cousin Brucie

Cousin Brucie

Cousin Brucie

We love you cousin!

Music Journalism A-Z – Gloria Stavers

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My first recollection of reading a music journalist with any regularity was Gloria Stavers, editor in chief of 16 Magazine. Stavers was credited with being one of the first women rock and roll journalists. Her vibrant personality carried across as both a fan and a knowledgeable source of information.

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I find it ironic that I also had a teeny bopper phase that helped to formulate my experience with music. It is the reason I curb my tongue when it comes to Justin Bieber. I had a paper route in those days as a Norwalk Hour news carrier. I would strap a transistor radio to the handle bars and listen to the WMCA Good Guys or the WABC All American disk jockeys on AM radio out of New York City. I always made it a point to buy the latest monthly issue of 16 Magazine at Espositos Variety in South Norwalk where I picked up my papers to deliver. I would devour that magazine cover to cover. 16 Magazine was one of the best informed sources about the British Invasion. I had that paper route two years from 1964 through 1966. So I had plenty of pocket-money to buy 16 Magazine plus lots of comic books 😉

Tony Barrow, the Press Officer to The Beatles, credits Stavers with providing “significant help” towards the task of fast-tracking the band to the top of the US charts. In the months before their first visit to the US, a real volume of the editorial space in 16 was given over to The Beatles. Paul McCartney remembered Gloria as being “very dignified, professional and totally business-like. She inspired respect from us all”.

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Tributes

I urge you to visit the Gloria Stavers Tribute Blog created by Karen Steele. You’ll find great pictures of Gloria Stavers like this one there along with other invaluable writings and memorabilia.

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The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows

 

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English: Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964 Français : Photographie de The Beatles, lors de leur arrivée à New York City en 1964 Italiano: Fotografia dei Beatles al loro arrivo a New York City nel 1964 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Experience 14 Rock Songs Recorded by The Beatles that Truly Changed the World – and Still Rock Hardest Today.

Tomorrow Never Knows LP

The Beatles present an iTunes digital exclusive new release ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ available on the iTunes Store worldwide today. The LP features 14 of The Beatles’ most powerful rock songs spanning their entire trailblazing and influential catalogue, which continues to resonate with today’s pop culture.

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters states: “If it weren’t for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It’s as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as ‘Rock and Roll.’

TRACKLISTING
1 Revolution
2 Paperback Writer
3 And Your Bird Can Sing
4 Helter Skelter
5 Savoy Truffle
6 I’m Down
7 I’ve Got A Feeling
8 Back In The USSR
9 You Can’t Do That
10 It’s All Too Much
11 She Said, She Said
12 Hey Bulldog
13 Tomorrow Never Knows
14 The End

 

Digital Publishing and The Beatles:The Ultimate Album By Album Guide

Digital publishing is readying for a justifiable volcanic explosion. The tablet device is the platform that will usher in rich, interactive digital publishing solutions. Maybe you are reading this blog post as I am on an Apple iPad 😉 Next week Apple will be hosting a major education market announcement in New York City regarding electronic textbooks. “The revolution will not be televised.” Rather it will be available to you to you in real time via the cloud. Just think no more late book shipments….

An interesting multimedia application for the Apple iPad for Beatles fans is available from Rolling Stone Magazine and Apple iTunes. The Beatles: The Ultimate Album by Album Guide. With a little help from their friends at Managing Editor Inc. MEI, an Adobe® premier development partner and a leading provider of software solutions for publisher.

MEI is playing a key role as a gold level reseller for Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite solution. It also helps that MEI supports and resells the vjoon K4™ Cross-Media Publishing Platform. The vjoon K4™ Cross-Media Publishing Platform is a versatile, powerful system that lets you deliver content to any output channel — print, online, iPad, iPhone and other digital formats. The vjoon K4™  is the major solution that is driving the digital publishing direction for leading publishers today.

I purchased The Beatles: The Ultimate Album by Album Guide for my wife, Rosemary. Rosemary is the most devout Beatles fan in the family. She is also the most avid iPad user. We looked at the app while playing The Beatles Stereo Box Set (Audio CD). The combination adds a vivid dimension to the listening context.

The track by track listings are pointed and helpful. The vital stats in the insert box provide a quick reference for each recording. I especially love the photographs that accompany each album.

My favorite section is “The Beatles Albums by the Numbers” its an infographic that is thought provoking.

I believe this technology to be the early adopter edition of how Rolling Stone Magazine will be utilized on an Apple iPad. I anticipate more innovation including interaction with digital publishing when Apple releases the iPad 3 this year. Perhaps that is when Rolling Stone Magazine will go live with their cloud subscription. Stay tuned as we all have more to discover in 2012. 😉 All together now…

Why Music Matters

The folks at Why Music Matters are conducting a survey about your music highlights for 2011. If you take their survey you could win a whole range of goodies from signed CDs and records to a very special Beatles goody bag!

http://www.whymusicmatters.org/take-the-survey

Music is the chalk to the blackboard of life. Without it everything is a blank slate – Ray Charles

The New Paul McCartney Website and More!!!!

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I love that Sir Paul McCartney is constantly reinventing himself. His latest ventures take us further into Web 3.0,with a rich multimedia experience accompanied by a vastly redesigned Website. The first hint I had of this new technology direction was an advertisement in the tour program booklet we picked up at the McCartney concert at Yankee Stadium this past summer.

The Website is powered by technology partner HP. The collaboration between HP and McCartney MPL Communications Ltd. is very exciting and stimulating for McCartney fans.

Sir Paul McCartney announced his brand new as yet untitled album yesterday in a press release on his blog 🙂 The first of his new songs that he has recorded only using his voice as an instrument is entitled, “My Valentine.” It is available as a preview for McCartney Collection Premium Account Members ($50). It is a striking recording that will reach your heart in a new musical fashion.

The premium account membership includes access to premium content, a lithograph, a plectrum, 4 button badges, membership card and letter, a t-shirt and high quality MP3 320kbs recordings of Good Evening New York City and Live at Hyde Park.

There is a lot to explore at McCartney.com. Go reacquaint yourself with your Beatle fan self. You know you want to 😉

Have a wonderful Christmas time. Gotta love that Abe on the drums with the bells and his Christmas cap 🙂

George Harrison – Living In The Material World

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Cover of Living in the Material World

The Martin Scorsese picture, George Harrison: Living In The Material World is harvesting a spiritual renewal in the life, music and teachings of George Harrison. I am grateful that Olivia Harrison trusted Martin Scorsese with the task of putting together George’s story through archive films from the Harrison estate. I can think of no other film producer more worthy of sharing George Harrison‘s legacy with the world than Scorsese.

Whenever Paul McCartney speaks of George at live concerts, he refers to him as his little brother. I find comfort in Paul’s words. George Harrison was the spiritual disciple who commanded respect by the very nature of his silent religious smile.

Olivia Harrison is also releasing a coffee table book with Abrams Books which is a companion compilation to the film.  Living In The Material World  the book features photos, diaries and other memorabilia in conjunction with the documentary.

Rolling Stone Magazine’s latest issue (September 2nd) gives us an exclusive look at this new book with many never seen before pictures, along with a cover story about George Harrison’s life by Brian Hiatt.

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Linda McCartney, Life In Photographs

I recently did a Rock Music Photographers A-Z tribute on this blog site. When I came to the letter M I  honored Linda McCartney as one of our preeminent music photographers. We’ve always felt the warmth and sincerity of Linda McCartney in our lives.

Now a new retrospective of Linda McCartney’s most iconic images has been sorted and sifted through by husband Paul McCartney and daughter’s Mary and Stella and are featured in a new book – Linda McCartney: A Life in Photographs. A selection of these photos has also gone on display in London and New York City.

The New York City exhibit LINDA MCCARTNEY : LIFE IN PHOTOGRAPHS will be on display from June 2 – July 29, 2011 at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery on 41 East 57th Street.

Sir Paul McCartney and his daughters Mary and Stella discuss talk about the new retrospective photo book and exhibition in this video.

See how many celebrities(music and otherwise…) you can recognize in the video of the London gallery première below 😉