Image Courtesy of Ewbank's AuctioneersAn eight-millimeter film of The Beatles at the ABC theater in Blackpool, England, that's considered to be the earliest known color footage of the band is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction scheduled for this Thursday in Surrey, U.K. Shot in 1963, the silent three-and-a-half-minute film shows the Fab Four performing on stage and clowning around and socializing backstage at the venue.
The footage was shot by Chas McDevitt, the leader of a popular skiffle group who was on the bill at that evening's show. The lot also includes a DVD copy of the flick, a letter from McDevitt and a copyright letter from the film's current owner. It's estimated to sell for between 7,000 and 9,000 pounds, or between about $10,500 and $13,500. You can watch a brief clip of the footage at the official Ewbank's Fine Art Auctions YouTube channel.
Also going on the block is a collection of 109 black-and-white negatives of previously unreleased photos of The Beatles taken during their first trip to the U.S. in 1964. The images, which were taken by the photographer Eve Bowen, include pics of the band on The Ed Sullivan Show, on a train headed to New York City, performing in Washington, D.C., and rehearsing in Miami. The negatives, which will be sold with full copyright, are estimated to bring in between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds, or between about $12,000 and $18,000.
Other collectibles being sold at the auction include items related to The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eric Clapton, The Who, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and more. To see the complete list of memorabilia up for bid, visit EwbankAuctions.co.uk.
Capitol Nashville/UMeGlen Campbell's music made its biggest impact on the country charts, but many of his songs also became major pop hits. The singer/guitarist's biggest crossover success came in 1975, when he topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the title track to his Rhinestone Cowboy album. Now, an expanded version of the album is scheduled to be released on March 31 in celebration of the record's 40th anniversary.
The CD and digital versions of the reissue will feature five bonus tracks, including a remixes of "Rhinestone Cowboy" and the #11 pop hit "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)" that previously were only available on Campbell's 2009 Greatest Hits collection. The other extra songs are the studio outtake "Quits"; "Record Collector's Dream," the B-side of the "Rhinestone Cowboy" single; and the studio version of "Coming Home," a song released as a single in Japan in 1975.
The Rhinestone Cowboy album peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200, while topping the Country Albums chart. As for the song, it was the second-best-selling 1975 single in the U.S., and was honored as Single of the Year at the ACM Awards, and also won People's Choice Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Single and Favorite Country Single.
A remastered, high-quality vinyl version of the Rhinestone Cowboy album, featuring the original track list, also will be available on March 31.
Here's the track list for the Rhinestone Cowboy: 40th Anniversary Edition CD and digital download:
"Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)" "Comeback" "Count on Me" "I Miss You Tonight" "My Girl" "Rhinestone Cowboy" "I'd Build a Bridge" "Pencils for Sale" "Marie" "We're Over"
Bonus Tracks "Record Collector's Dream" "Coming Home" "Quits" "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)" (Remix) "Rhinestone Cowboy" (Remix)
Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsAn official trailer for the recently announced Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 concert film that's scheduled to be screened in theaters across the U.S. on February 26 has premiered online. The minute-long clip features a montage of exciting footage from the rock legends' performance at the U.K.'s massive Download Festival, which took place last June.
The video includes segments of performances of such Aerosmith classics as "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Walk This Way" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)."
As previously reported, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be shown in more than 300 U.S. theaters, and is the first in a monthly run of cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series." The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. local time. You can buy tickets and find out more information at FathomEvents.com.
In other news, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been officially confirmed as part of the lineup for Rolling Stone magazine's pre-Super Bowl party this Saturday at 9 p.m. local time at The Venue Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Those attending the bash will enjoy performances by Tyler and U.K. pop star Charli XCX, an open bar, themed activities, surprise guest appearances and more. This year's event will be the fourth annual pre-Super Bowl party hosted by the magazine.
The game itself, Super Bowl 49, takes place Sunday, February 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel has announced a bunch of new concert dates for 2015.
The Piano Man will make his return to Fenway Park in Boston on July 16, becoming the first artist to perform at the ballpark in two consecutive years. In addition, on July 25, Joel will play at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It'll be his first show in the city in nearly four decades.
Billy also has a slew of new shows lined up through the fall. On September 16, he'll be playing at the Pepsi Center in Denver; on November 6, he'll perform at the Toyota Center in Houston; and on December 5, he'll do a show at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Additionally, on December 17, Joel will be playing the record-breaking 24th show of his ongoing residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Tickets for all these new dates go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 6, at 10 a.m. local time.
Image Courtesy of ABCZZ Top will team up with modern rockers Weezer next week for the first installment of a new Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment called "Mash Up Mondays," that will feature unlikely one-off collaborative performances by two popular music acts. The Texas trio and Weezer will join forces to form "Wee-Z Top" -- a name coined by host Jimmy Kimmel -- on this Monday's episode of the late night show, which airs on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
The showcase, which will take place each Monday in February -- also will feature funk great Morris Day performing with pop-rock sister act HAIM as "Morris Day and the HAIM" on February 9, and soul star Aloe Blacc collaborating with R&B group Blackstreet as "Aloe Blaccstreet" on February 16. The artists who will perform on the February 23 edition of "Mash-Up Monday" haven't been revealed.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, ZZ Top visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! this past Monday, January 26, and performed three tunes -- the band's recent song "Gotsta Get Paid" and the classics "Tush" and "La Grange." You can watch video of the performances online at the Jimmy Kimmel Live!official site and YouTube channel.
Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has announced his first 2015 dates of his ongoing Out There tour, a four-show visit to Japan that will take place in April. The concerts are scheduled for April 21 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka and April 23, 25 and 27 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo.
Last May, Sir Paul was forced to cancel a series of shows in Japan when he was taken ill with a virus, and he's excited to return to the country this year.
"I cannot wait to get back to Japan and have some more great rocking rolling nights together," McCartney says in a new video message. "It was lovely to be there in two-thousand-and-13 and we had some fun. It was also very disappointing not to be able to perform there last year, but I want to thank all you lovely people for the great messages you sent me. It was very kind. Thank you so much. So listen, we're coming back and we're gonna rock, we're gonna roll, we're gonna do it together. Let's have some fun! Saiko! [Awesome]."
As usual, Paul will be accompanied by his longtime backing band at the shows, which will feature a mix of Beatles classics, solo hits and songs from McCartney's most recent studio album, 2013's NEW.
Tickets for the Japanese concerts go on sale February 28 at 10 a.m. local time.
Credit: Eddie WolflThe lineup for the upcoming TV special Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute continues to expand.
Pop stars Lady Gaga, John Legend and Ariana Grande, as well as country group The Band Perry, are the latest additions to the bill, which already includes Willie Nelson, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Janelle Monáe, Ed Sheeran and Usher. As previously reported, the special will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder by featuring current acts performing songs from the Motown legend's catalog. Wonder is the only artist ever to win Album of the Year at the Grammys three out of four consecutive years.
The show will be recorded February 10 in Los Angeles, two days after this year's Grammy Awards, and will air February 16 on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT. LL Cool J, who is hosting the Grammy ceremony, will host the salute as well.
In conjunction with the Wonder celebration, Stevie's platinum-selling 2002 hits compilation, The Definitive Collection, has been remastered for iTunes. The 21-track set features a selection of memorable tunes spanning from Wonder's chart-topping debut single, 1963's "Fingertips (Part 2)," through his most recent solo #1 hit, 1985's "Part Time Lover."
Capitol RecordsBrian Wilson has unveiled full details about his latest solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be released on April 7. The record sees the founding Beach Boys mastermind teaming up with a variety of guest artists, including former band mates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as acclaimed trumpet player Mark Isham.
Wilson also tapped the talents of a variety of younger music artists whom he's inspired, among them fun. frontman Nate Ruess, country singer Kacey Musgraves, indie-pop duo She & Him's Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian. In addition, a number of well-known studio musicians were brought in to play on the album, including bassist/producer Don Was, guitarist Dean Parks and drummers Jim Keltner and Kenny Aronoff, as well as several members of Brian's touring group, his former band mate Jeffrey Foskett and Jardine's son Matt.
One surprising omission from the list of collaborators is rock guitar legend Jeff Beck, whose previously reported contributions to the No Pier Pressure sessions apparently did not make the final cut.
Brian initially had envisioned the new album as a follow-up to The Beach Boys' 2012 reunion project That's Why God Made the Radio, but when that plan fell through he decided to call on a variety of contemporary artists to take part in the recording.
No Pier Pressure will be available as a standard CD and digital download featuring 13 songs, a deluxe edition CD and download with three bonus tracks, and a 180-gram two-LP vinyl set featuring the same 16 tunes as the deluxe version of the album.
Here is the track list for the deluxe version of No Pier Pressure:
"This Beautiful Day" "Runaway Dancer" (featuring Sebu Simonian) "What Ever Happened" (featuring Al Jardine and David Marks) "On the Island" (featuring She & Him) "Our Special Love" (featuring Peter Hollens) "The Right Time" (featuring Al Jardine and David Marks) "Guess You Had to Be There" (featuring Kacey Musgraves) *"Don't Worry" *"Somewhere Quiet" *"I'm Feeling Sad" "Tell Me Why" (featuring Al Jardine) "Sail Away" (featuring Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine) "One Kind of Love" "Saturday Night" (featuring Nate Ruess) "The Last Song" "Half Moon Bay"
Credit: Jim SheaThe Doobie Brothers have launched a new fan club that will give their biggest fans access to premium seats and special packages, as well as being treated to a variety of cool themed merchandise and collectibles. For an annual fee of $39.99, the "Takin' It to the Streets Concert Club" offers participants priority access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages to select shows, while members also receive a Doobie Brothers guitar-pick set, blanket and limited-edition lithograph, as well as the chance to enter special contests and giveaways.
"Music has changed a lot during our career, but one thing hasn't: fans want the best concert-going experience possible," says Doobies singer/guitarist Tom Johnston. "We want to make sure our super fans have access to the best seats, our newest merch and also get rewarded for their loyalty."
Among the VIP experiences that can be purchased for the band's 2015 tour dates is the VIP Front Row Meet & Greet Package, which includes a reserved seat in the first row, an in-person meeting and photo with members of the group, plus a Doobie Brothers belt buckle, tote bag, ear buds and laminate.
To join The Doobies' Takin' It to the Streets Concert Club and check out the band's current tour itinerary, visit FanClub.DoobieBros.com.
Credit: Sam JonesEarlier this week, it was announced that Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of "Stay with Me," the Grammy-nominated hit by British pop star Sam Smith, because of its supposed similarity to Petty and Lynne's 1989 hit composition, "I Won't Back Down." Now, Petty has issued statement about that decision, saying there's no bad blood between himself and Smith.
"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam," Petty writes on his website. "All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by."
Here, Petty is apparently referring to the fact that sometimes, songwriters are unaware that what they're working on is similar to an existing song.
Petty then continues, "Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less."
Petty concludes, "In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."
When the news of the credit addendum came to life, Sam's rep issued a statement saying that the publishers of "I Won't Back Down" had contacted the publishers of "Stay with Me" about the "similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions." The statement went on to say that Sam and his co-writers were not "previously familiar with" Petty's hit, but they "acknowledged the similarity."
That statement concluded, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."
The Recording Academy later clarified that if "Stay with Me" wins the Song of the Year Grammy, Petty and Lynne will not receive trophies, because they didn't do any "new writing" on the song.
Credit: Rob ShanahanRingoStarr hits the road again in two weeks for about a month's worth of dates, but he'll be back home in time for the release of his new album, Postcards from Paradise, set to drop March 31.
Ringo's 18th studio album sees him backed by his current All Starr Band players: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette. Postcards from Paradise is also Ringo's first studio album to include a song written and recorded by them. It'll also feature contributions from guests including Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, Richard Marx, singer Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, bassist and vocalist Nathan East, and Glen Ballard.
Postcards from Paradise's release also sets the stage for Ringo's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 18, when he'll receive the Award for Musical Excellence. He is, of course, already in the Hall as a member of The Beatles.
Here's the track listing for Postcards from Paradise:
"Rory and the Hurricanes" "You Bring the Party Down" "Bridges" "Postcards from Paradise" "Right Side of the Road" "Not Looking Back" "Bamboula" "Island in the Sun" "Touch and Go" "Confirmation" "Let Love Lead"
Credit: Lee MillwardEarlier this month, the 2014 Genesis documentary Sum of the Parts, which premiered in the U.S. on Showtime in October, was released on DVD and Blu-ray. The film featured brand-new interviews with all five members of the band's classic early 1970s lineup, including guitarist Steve Hackett. The doc focused on the group's history as well as each member's solo career, but Hackett tells ABC News Radio that he wasn't very happy about the amount of coverage his own work outside of the group was given.
"I got on board believing, naively perhaps, that we would all be equally represented," he says. "But the short of it is, I did two hours to camera on my own and two hours with the band sitting 'round, but it was heavily butchered in the cutting room stage…And I think something that was presented initially as an idea of something completely democratic ended up being something other than that."
Hackett says he was much happier with the 2014 companion compilation, R-Kive, on which the band members collaborated in conjunction with the documentary.
"I perhaps mistakenly thought that because of the album that we were all working on together that we were all Genesis and we were all equals once more, but sadly it's not to be," he laments.
He adds that the experience he had with the film project makes him doubt that the band members will be able to come together for any type of reunion.
"When people ask me…is there gonna be a reformation, I say, '[L]ook at the documentary and you'll get an idea of the priorities that come across," says Hackett, "and I think it's probably extremely unlikely."
Having said that, the guitar virtuoso tells ABC News Radio that he still would be open to playing with his ex-band mates if by some chance they all agreed to a reunion.
"I think that I've always been up for that," he admits. "It's been decades I've been saying, 'Call me if you need me.' So, my door's open to that, certainly."
As for Hackett's upcoming plans, he will be bringing his Genesis Extended tribute tour to South America in March. Then, on April 7, he will release a new solo album titled Wolflight. Visit HackettSongs.com for all the latest news on Steve.
Credit: Mike HoughThe first taste of Heavy Blues, the upcoming studio album by Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman's new group, Bachman, has made its way online. A clip featuring the audio of the record's entire title track, boasting a guest appearance by Peter Frampton, has been posted on YouTube.
The song lives up to its name, with Bachman and Frampton delivering dueling blues-y guitar riffs accompanied by a bludgeoning rhythm section reminiscent of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
As previously reported, Bachman the band is comprised of Randy, bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon. Heavy Blues features guest appearances by such respected guitarists as Frampton, Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey.
The album will be released on April 14; it's currently available for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon and LinusEntertainment.com.
LAMedia Collection/Sunshine/RetnaThe Who has announced that 180-gram vinyl reissues of all 11 of its studio albums, along with a double-LP vinyl version of its 2014 The Who Hits 50! compilation, will be released on March 24 in conjunction with the band's 50th anniversary celebrations. In addition, on April 7, The Who will release a seven-inch blue-vinyl single of its latest song, "Be Lucky," as well as the first of a series of four vinyl box sets gathering together the group's earlier singles.
The British rockers' reissued studio albums, spanning from their 1965 debut My Generation through 2006's Endless Wire, will feature remastered sound and will replicate the original artwork and inserts. For example, 1969's Tommy will feature a six-panel fold-out sleeve and 12-page booklet; 1973's Quadrophenia will include a 44-page booklet; and 1981's Face Dances will come with a 24-by-24-inch poster.
As for the blue-vinyl "Be Lucky" single, it will be backed by The Who's very first single, 1965's "I Can't Explain." "Be Lucky" was first released in 2014, and appeared on The Who Hits 50! compilation. It was the first new music the band had put out since 2006.
The aforementioned vinyl box set is titled The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966, and features replica versions of all seven singles The Who released on the Brunswick label at the beginning of its career. The package also includes a bonus disc featuring "Zoot Suit" and "I'm the Face," the two songs the band released under the name The High Numbers in 1964, and a color booklet with liner notes about the singles penned by Who biographer Mark Blake. Each of the three other singles box sets that will be arrive later in 2015 will feature singles issued by the band's later record labels Reaction, Track and Polydor.
The Who will launch the first of two scheduled 2015 North American tour legs marking the band's 50th anniversary on April 15 in Tampa, Florida. Visit TheWho.com to check out the band's full itinerary.
Here is the list of remastered albums The Who will release on vinyl on March 24:
My Generation (1965) A Quick One (1966) The Who Sell Out (1967) Tommy (double) (1969) Who's Next (1971) Quadrophenia (double) (1973) The Who by Numbers (1975) Who Are You (1978) Face Dances (1981) It's Hard (1982) Endless Wire (double) (2006) The Who Hits 50! (double) (2014)
Here is the track list for The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966 box set:
"I Can't Explain" b/w "Bald Headed Woman" (1965) "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" b/w "Daddy Rolling Stone" (1965) "My Generation" b/w "Shout and Shimmy" (1965) "Circles" b/w "Instant Party Mixture" (unreleased at the time) "A Legal Matter" b/w "Instant Party" (1966) "The Kids Are Alright" b/w "The Ox" (1966) "La-La-La Lies" b/w "The Good's Gone" (1966) Bonus Disc (The High Numbers) "Zoot Suit" b/w "I'm the Face" (1964)
Sly Stone, 1975 (Credit: Herb Greene)Sly Stone, frontman of the pioneering funk band Sly and the Family Stone, has been awarded a $5 million settlement in a lawsuit he brought against his former manager and lawyer over unpaid royalties. The verdict was announced Tuesday following two days of jury deliberations.
Variety reports that in the lawsuit, which was filed in 2010, the singer claimed that manager Gerald Goldstein and attorney Glenn Stone convinced him to sign an agreement with a company called Even Street Productions in 1989 that gave his business associates access to his music royalties, which he claimed they used for their own financial gain.
"It was a classic case of Hollywood accounting, but I guess it would have to be called record industry accounting," said Sly's lead attorney, Nick Hornberger. He added that the jury "sent a very clear message."
The defendant's lawyer Gregory Bodell said in response to the lawsuit's outcome, "We are disappointed in the finding and believe it will be changed by further proceedings."
During the trial, Sly maintained that he hadn't been paid any royalties between 1989 and 2000. However, lawyers for Goldstein and Glenn Stone claimed that the singer had received millions of dollars, and said he violated his agreement by not recording new music. The defendants also argued that Sly was aware of the terms of the agreement he signed, which they say he renewed dozens of times between the years 1994 and 2006.
Sly Stone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his famous band in 1993. The singer has battled drug problems for decades and has performed only sporadically in recent years.
Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsIf rumors are to be believed, Paul McCartney will be taking the stage with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammy Awards next month to perform their new collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds."
"Paul McCartney's a Grammys regular and it will give Rihanna serious kudos to have a Beatle backing her on stage," a source told U.K. newspaper The Sun. "It is going to be a huge Grammys moment."
McCartney plays on the track, while Rihanna and West share vocals. "FourFiveSeconds" debuted this past Saturday, and marks the second collaboration featuring Sir Paul and Kanye that's been released in 2015. McCartney plays keyboard on and co-wrote West's single "Only One," which premiered on New Year's Day.
If McCartney does team up with Rihanna and Kanye to perform at this year's Grammys, it stands to be quite different from Sir Paul's 2014 appearance on the awards show. Last year, he and his former Beatles band mate Ringo Starr collaborated on a rendition of his new solo song "Queenie Eye." The 57th Annual Grammy Awards take place on February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Kwaku Alston/Verve Music GroupGladys Knight will headline the 16th annual NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, taking place this Friday, January 30, in Phoenix, Arizona.
The legendary pop-soul singer will be joined by Anthony Hamilton, Dave Hollister, Tamela Mann, Mali Music, Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin. The show also will include unannounced special tributes and surprise performances. Actress Holly Robinson Peete and retired NFL star Rodney Peete will co-host the event, which also will see the NFL Players Choir hitting the stage.
A portion of the proceeds from the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will be donated to national and local charities. The event takes place two days before the big game on February 1 in Glendale, Arizona.
Tickets for the concert are currently available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com.
Marco Grob; Mike OwenContinuing the recent Grammy Awards trend of pairing artists from different genres and eras for special performances, Tom Jones and ex-Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox have been tapped to take part in separate onstage collaborations with younger stars at this year's ceremony.
Jones will team up with U.K. pop/R&B star Jessie J, while Lennox will duet with Irish singer/songwriter Hozier.
Lennox, Hozier and Jessie J all received nominations for various honors at this year's Grammys, while Jones took home a 1965 Grammy for Artist of the Year. Lennox also has several Grammy trophies on her mantelpiece.
Other just-announced Grammy collaborations include Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga, and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine with fellow The Voice coach Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. Interestingly, Jones and Jessie J both have served as coaches on the U.K. version of The Voice.
"Musical collaborations have become a GRAMMY staple, and the best part is that artists now suggest many of these duets themselves," says Grammy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement. "I'm very excited about this year's special segments, and believe they'll be talked about for a long time to come."
Previously-announced performers at this year's Grammys include Madonna, AC/DC, John Legend with Common, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Miranda Lambert, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and Ariana Grande. The ceremony airs February 8 on CBS.
The exhibit also will feature the original painting that appears on the cover of Clapton's classic 1970 Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Love Songs. The piece, which has never before been displayed in the U.S., usually hangs in Boyd's house in the U.K. Pattie, of course, was inspiration for Eric's song "Layla," as well as several other famous tunes, including "Wonderful Tonight" and Harrison's chart-topping Beatles hit "Something."
A reception celebrating the opening of Boyd's exhibit will be held at the gallery on February 14, Valentine's Day. The exhibition will remain open until March 10.
USA for AfricaThirty years ago today, dozens of top musicians came together to record "We Are the World," the successful charity single that raised money for hunger victims in Africa.
The song, which was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, came on the heels of the British charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" It was recorded in Hollywood after the 1985 American Music Awards, and featured a who's who of popular artists from that time. The artists recorded under the name USA for Africa.
In addition to Richie and Jackson, the song also featured Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles.
The all-star chorus included Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Sheila E., Bob Geldof, Bette Midler, Waylon Jennings, John Oates, Jeffrey Osborne, The Pointer Sisters, Smokey Robinson, and Michael Jackson's siblings, Jackie, La Toya, Marlon, Randy, and Tito.
Richie tells USA Today that he and Jackson listened to various national anthems in order to get into their minds into writing a "world anthem." "We didn't want a normal-sounding song," recalls Richie. "We wanted bombastic, the biggest thing you got."
Billy Joel told ABC News Radio in 2005 that when he first heard the track, he wasn't impressed at all. "I wasn't that crazy about the song. I think that was my main memory of that," he recalled. "It was, 'Oh, this is the song?'...It sounded like a Pepsi commercial!"
Dionne Warwick tells ABC News Radio the experience remains difficult to describe. "I've been asked this question several times -- 'How did it feel, how was it,' and that. You can't put it in words," she says. "It's one of those, 'You had to be there.' You know, the magnitude of talent that was in that room, my god! It was like the who's who and who is not, even, of show business and the recorded world. It was amazing. Amazing."
The recording session on January 28, 1985 at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood began at 9 p.m. and lasted 12 hours. The artists were greeted by a sign that read, "Check your egos at the door."
Quincy Jones, who produced the track, recalls that the sign wasn't necessary. "Here you had 46 of the biggest recording stars in the entire world in one room, to help people in a far-off place who were in desperate need," Jones tells USA Today.
Warwick agrees: "There are many times that you might need to say that, in close quarters," she says, laughing. "But not that evening. That evening is still, still sparkles. It was an enormously incredible evening."
"I don't think that night, that experience, will ever truly be duplicated again," says Jones. "I know and believe in the power of music to bring people together for the betterment of mankind, and there may be no better example of this than the collective that was 'We Are the World.'"
Following its release in March 7, 1985, "We Are the World" sold more than 20 million copies and raised more than 60 million dollars for famine relief in Africa. It went on to win three Grammy Awards.
An updated version of the song was recorded in 2010 to help victims of the Haiti earthquake. It featured Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Kanye West, among others.