Music Legacy Of The Linda Ronstadt
of the most successful female vocalists of all time, Linda Ronstadt
started having hits in the late 1960s with her band Stone Ponys.
was written by Monkees' member Michael Nesmith and was enough of a
hit that she decided to go solo the next year. Staying at Capitol
Records, she had two more hits with Long
Will I Be Loved,
but soon moved to Asylum records where her career really took off.
In an era of remakes (marked by 1950s nostalgia and George Lucas'
(1974)),she was the queen with huge hits out of classics like Tracks
Of My Tears,
with Olivia Newton-John, Helen Reddy, Diana Ross, Donna Summer,
Carole King, Roberta Flack and Barbra Streisand, she was one of the
1970s top singers, continuing in the 1980s with new arrivals like
Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston and so many others. By then
she was doing movie themes, duets and two ambitious albums that were
critical and commercial hits: the Trio
album with Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris and What's
album, where she teamed with the great Nelson Riddle to do covers of
Cole Porter classics. The latter is now one of the most imitated
albums of the last 40 years.
all the artists who decided to do style/genre switching albums sent
Ronstadt a royalty for what she pulled off there, she could have
stickler for sonic fidelity, her music sounds as fresh as when she
first recorded it and usually made the songs her own, or at least
came up with remakes that made sense and made the songs popular all
over again. But it was her all out vocal effort and clever phrasing
(think how amazing her work on Blue
really is) that made her such a huge success. She loved music, had
the voice and always gave it her best efforts and then some when
cutting her music.
recently found out that due to the awful illness known as Parkinson's
Disease, she will soon no longer be able to sing. We have seen bad
health hurt many performers (Kris Kristofferson and Glen Campbell
dealing with Alzheimer's Disease among the many
should-have-been-cured-by-now illnesses hurting us all) and yet, it
is always a shock when the next person is hit with it, especially a
well known name of someone we love, grew up with and have such huge
could have only had a few hits, but people just loved her, loved her
work and she kept coming back again and again in ways that were
always great. It is sad what is happening to her and it is also
great she has such strong support from her friends and loved ones in
and out of an industry that is not as supportive of its artists as it
used to be. She is an American Original who by loving and backing
Americana and its music became a permanent part of it and that is why
we'll all always love her and her work.
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one of our most discussed interviews follows (wanted to keep it up
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Interview With Joe Mardin
is a music producer, Grammy nominated filmmaker and the son of
legendary music producer, composer, arranger, musician, conductor and
genius, Arif Mardin. Joe Mardin not only continues music in the
tradition and to the high standards his father set for the industry
internationally, but has completed a remarkable documentary biography
on his father entitled The
Greatest Ears In Town,
which we recently covered and is easily one of the best music
releases of the year. Now we get a chance to talk to him about
music, family, industry, legacy, his late father Arif and completing
a massive album his father was in progress on working on up to his
Thank you for joining us. Most of these questions will only scratch
the surface of your father Arif Mardin's work and legacy in making
unforgettable, enduing, lasting music, but it is important for our
readers to understand the massive extent of his success and what a
giant in music he really was. I wanted to start with his arrival at
Atlantic Records, where he at first joined in a bureaucratic
capacity in 1963 until record label co- founder Ahmet Ertegun found
out what a music talent he was. This led to the pairing of your
father Arif Mardin and groundbreaking producer/engineer Tom Dowd
becoming this dynamite team of music makers, often joined by or
joining Jerry Wexler. When were you first aware of this teaming and
its groundbreaking nature?
was aware from a very young age but it was not Ahmet but Nesuhi
Ertegun who hired my father and it was Jerry Wexler who eventually
added Arif to the team of Wexler and Tom Dowd.
Your father's first big production, The Young Rascals' Good
in 1966 was a big #1 hit across the board and put him and the group
in the map, while keeping Atlantic Records one of the most important
records labels around. Any interesting untold stories about the
song and its success you can share with us?
only thing that comes to mind immediately is that when the Young
Rascals signed to Atlantic, they insisted their contract stipulate
that they would self-produce.
Tom Dowd and my father were brought in to work with them, even though
they were acting as producers, if you look on the records, they are
credited with supervision.
years at Columbia Records, Aretha Franklin moved to Atlantic hoping
for success that had eluded her, then she met Mr. Wexler & your
father, started to work with them and her reign as The Queen Of Soul
began in what become more landmark music and some of the most
important music this country ever produced, including socially and
politically. This included an amazing combination of talent and
chemistry. Why do you think this worked so brilliantly?
must first go to Mr. Wexler. He had the vision and really, the
chutzpah to think he and Atlantic could provide more success for
Aretha than she had managed to achieve with the great John Hammond
[who discovered Miss Franklin and...
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Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List
the World' appears on the 56th Grammy Entry List in the categories of
Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration,
and Best Rap Song.
November 15, 2013 - The
has selected the original version of Around
the rap/sung collaboration by Art featuring Ike C, for inclusion on
the 56th Grammy Entry List in four categories. Around
in the entry categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best
Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap Song. Members of the Recording
Academy vote from the 56th Grammy Entry List for the nominees for the
2014 Grammy Awards.
here to listen to a clip of Around the World.
Grammy Award for Record of the Year recognizes the artist; the
tracking, mix and mastering engineers; and the producer. Chaz
Peacock tracked Around
Charles Constantino and Chaz Peacock mixed the song. Garrett Haines
mastered the Charles Constantino production of Around
awards for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song recognize the
songwriters. Steven "Art" Williams wrote the rap lyrics
Isaac "Ike C" Cummings and Charles Constantino wrote the
sung lyrics. Charles Constantino wrote the music for the song. The
Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration recognizes the artists.
member of ASCAP,
the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers--is the
exclusive publisher of Around
a division of Core Media House L.L.C., released the song.
Core Media House cofounder and chief creative officer Charles
Constantino produced and co-wrote the Somerhill recordings of Free
Your Mind (Tara Na)
Both of the Somerhill recordings appeared on the 52nd Grammy Entry
List in the categories of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group
with Vocals and Best Rock Song.
original version of Around
is available at Amazon,
and other Internet retailers. The song is available in FLAC, MP3-320
and MP3 file types at CD
On March 17, 2013, Around
reached number two on the list of the bestselling MP3 songs in neo
soul at Amazon.
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here for a PDF version of the preceding press release,
Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List.”
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