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The Music Legacy Of The Linda Ronstadt

One of the most successful female vocalists of all time, Linda Ronstadt started having hits in the late 1960s with her band Stone Ponys. Different Drum 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 Long Time, You're No Good and When 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' American Graffiti (1974)),she was the queen with huge hits out of classics like Tracks Of My Tears, Heat Wave, It's So Easy, Ooh Baby Baby, Hurt So Bad and Get Closer.

Along 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 New 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.

If all the artists who decided to do style/genre switching albums sent Ronstadt a royalty for what she pulled off there, she could have bought LucasFilm!

A 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 Bayou 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.

We 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 respect for.

Ronstadt 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.

Thank you all for your continued support and usage of the site. As we enter our 12th years, we could not have done it without you. In speaking of music, one of our most discussed interviews follows (wanted to keep it up for a little bit longer) and have been seeing a nice increase of interesting music materials of late. Hope that is a continuing trend. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments and enjoy...

An Interview With Joe Mardin

He 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 passing.

1) 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?

I 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.

2) Your father's first big production, The Young Rascals' Good Lovin' 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?

The 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.

When 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.

3) After 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?

Credit 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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Art, Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List

'Around 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.

Friday, November 15, 2013 - The Recording Academy has selected the original version of Around the World, the rap/sung collaboration by Art featuring Ike C, for inclusion on the 56th Grammy Entry List in four categories. Around the World appears 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.

Click here to listen to a clip of Around the World.

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year recognizes the artist; the tracking, mix and mastering engineers; and the producer. Chaz Peacock tracked Around the World. Charles Constantino and Chaz Peacock mixed the song. Garrett Haines mastered the Charles Constantino production of Around the World.

The awards for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song recognize the songwriters. Steven "Art" Williams wrote the rap lyrics for Around the World. 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.

Charles Constantino Publishing--a member of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers--is the exclusive publisher of Around the World. CoreCre8, 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) and Today or Tomorrow. 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.

The original version of Around the World is available at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and other Internet retailers. The song is available in FLAC, MP3-320 and MP3 file types at CD Baby. On March 17, 2013, Around the World reached number two on the list of the bestselling MP3 songs in neo soul at Amazon.

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Click here for a PDF version of the preceding press release,

Art, Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List.”


Besides our constantly changing sidebar highlighting the best new discs available, we have a master list of key Blu-ray titles we originally updated often, but will now use as a guide to the best early releases so fans and collectors can catch up. Also, the prices are great on many of these titles now. The link to these highlights can be found at this link:


You can also put "Blu-ray" in our search engine for the latest coverage of software releases, at 2,400 titles alone (including many single texts with more than one Blu-ray release and the Blu-ray 3D format as noted above) and counting including import titles you will not hear about or read about anywhere else and likely would want to add to your collection. Keep checking in (and on our sidebar) for exclusive analysis of all the latest releases, including many that most other sites and magazines have not covered!

As we always say, we offer a rich, alternative website for Blu-ray, DVD, book and film coverage that extends to music and television; we are in our seventh year and invite you to search for anything you are interested in. Based in the United States, we search for the bets material anywhere in the world we can find it, so you can find it. At this point, you are likely to find something on just about anything you can think up.....


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The Best Film Magazine On The Market!

Though it is hard to argue the importance of film publications like American Cinematographer, Indie Slate, Cineaste or Moviemaker and what they deliver, but so much of film history and production is not being covered properly or of key films that deserve whole new audiences. If you love film, you'll love the new hit magazine Cinema Retro, which is getting bigger and bigger. You may want to see about subscribing now while supplies last on the latest issue. You can visit their site at:



Their site offers film news you cannot even find on IMDb, Variety, Deadline Hollywood, The Wrap or The Hollywood Reporter websites. Then there is their amazing magazine, one of the best of its kind on the entire market and a must for any serious film fan, so good that many issues are selling out. One of the best issues yet, ISSUE #29 includes:

  • Visiting The Great Escape German film locations - then and now - plus David McCallum attends a 50th anniversary screening of the film.

  • Exclusive interview with director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) about restoring his controversial masterpiece Sorcerer - and the hellish experiences of bringing the 1977 film to the screen.

  • Exclusive interview with actress Nancy Kwan, who discusses breaking racial barriers in Hollywood.

  • The Wicker Man 40th anniversary. A tribute to the classic British horror film and exclusive interview with director Robin Hardy.

  • From Glamor to Gore: how horror films saved the careers of aging acting legends such as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Shelly Winters. .

  • Paying tribute to the superb supporting actors of All the President's Men: Jason Robards, Martin Balsam and Jack Warden.

  • Analyzing Sam Peckinpah's crime classic Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.

  • From Rio Bravo to El Dorado: A look back at the Howard Hawks/John Wayne Western hits...

  • Lee Van Cleef in Death Rides a Horse and Sabata: the new Blu-ray European special editions.

  • Memories of legendary 007 cinematographer Alec Mills. .

  • The Oakmont Story series continues with the company's little-seen WWII flick The Last Escape starring Stuart Whitman.

  • The joy of collecting movie memorabilia

  • Raymond Benson's ten best films of 1988

  • Darren Allison reviews the latest soundtrack CDs

Plus the latest DVD and film book reviews.

Contact the producers of this amazing publication and get any issue (still in print, that is, as they sell out quickly) to see for yourself. By the way, back issues are running out as the magazine expands and does so worldwide.

They also have an amazing one-shot limited edition issue on Dr. No, the underrated thriller Kelly's Heroes is available while supplies last (their amazing issue on Where Eagles Dare already sold out, but a new expanded edition is in the works) and an equally terrific second edition on the Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood "Man With No Name" Trilogy (A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad & The Ugly, being reissued on Blu-ray again with upgrades) with all kinds of rare stills, text and other items that make them serious collector's items, so be sure to check things out over there if you love movies.

In the meantime, FulvueDrive-in.com continues to be about providing the most direct, expert, detailed (without ruining anything for first time viewers and listeners, as we are not into spoilers), informative, fun, bold, vital information we can come up with. That fun, yet College-level and all accessible way in which we cover material here benefit all our readers. Some of them are getting the hang of our technical section, but others are starting to catch on. We are doing our best to stay on top of the latest releases and what is happening or being released that you may not have heard about. If it is something you know about, we will likely have information and observations you will get nowhere else.

Now for some other sites worth checking out...

High Def Disc News is an Ultra HD and Blu-ray-only website with reviews and more run by Justin Sluss and loaded with a large number of reviews and a long stream of news items. They are one of the best and most uncompromising independent sources. See more at http://www.highdefdiscnews.com/

Our writer Dante Ciampaglia's Crazy From The Heat blog is always worth checking out for comments on film, media and the world at large. You can read him up at:


Daniel Johnson also has a solid movie blog. He is a fine writer and implores "For amazing movie articles, crazy cinematic lists, and riveting reviews go to Film Babble Blog!" The link is:


Continuing their winning ways is DVDBeaver, a site that covers Blu-rays, DVDs and films from all over the world like no other, and is one of the only other sites besides ours to do so. Their link is:


We believe that we are one of the few sites that manage to cover both the technical parts of filmmaking, as well as the content and form of the films themselves more thoroughly than you would usually find on other sites or in print. They have reviews as well, but our favorite section is their ever-growing Blu-ray/DVD Comparisons section, which features very technical details on several versions of a given film. Often, they are even from different DVD Regions and Blu-ray regions, but they are always accompanied by still images from each DVD covered. Gary W. Tooze's site is everything the net is supposed to deliver and we will be adding anything we can to contribute to their efforts as they do ours.

www.cinegeek.com is run by Stephen Lackey and has its own love of anything Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy or Cult. The web needs more alternative sites like this, so be sure to visit them.

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