1967 Pianist and singer Reginald Dwight (Elton John) and his future songwriting partner, lyricist Bernie Taupin, sign on to DJM publishing. Their parents have to witness the boys’ signatures, because they’re both under 21. It’s the start of a legendary partnership. Taupin and John go on to collaborate on more than 30 albums.
Both John and Taupin had answered an ad for musicians and lyricists placed in the magazine “New Musical Express.” Although neither one of them passed the audition for Liberty Records, the label’s Artists and Repertoire agent recognized their potential, and introduced the boys.
For years, the two have an unusual songwriting style. Rather than creating songs together, Taupin would write the lyric and then pass it on to John, who would set it to music. Their — Read more
Born in Waco, Texas in 1884, Miss Guinan would move to New York in 1904. Her fine voice and witty Wild West patter make her a hit in Vaudeville. In 1917, she stars in a silent movie called “The Wildcat,” where she becomes American film’s first movie cowgirl. She’s known to the public as the “Queen of the West.”
Texas Guinan is also a smart businesswoman. Like many others, she sees prohibition as an opportunity, and opens a speakeasy called the 300 Club in 1920. The place quickly becomes a hangout for the rich and famous—Pola Negri, Al Jolson, Clara Bow, Irving Berlin, and Rudolph Valentino, to name a few. George Gershwin plays there regularly. Texas greets her guests with “Hello, suckers!” and ends the risque stage acts with “Give the little ladies a great big hand.” She’s credited — Read more
The marquis of the Geyer Performing Art Center (as seen on Geyerpac.com)
A small community theater in western Pennsylvania is seeing a big improvement in its productions - and even its bottom line – after a local sound production company installed BEHRINGER sound equipment.
Geyer Performing Art Center in Scottsdale, PA, southeast of Pittsburgh, was built in 1900 as an opera house that later served as a movie theater, — Read more
1963 The Beatles play the Royal Command Performance, also called the Royal Variety Performance; the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret are in attendance. The Beatles are 7th on the 19-act bill, but they’re arguably the most anticipated.
The Fab Four plays “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” and “Till There Was You.” Then John Lennon makes a cheeky announcement that would be in the headlines the next day:
“For our last number I’d like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewelry. We’d like to sing a song called “Twist And — Read more
1985 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to demands made by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), headed by Tipper Gore, Susan Baker, Pam Howar, and Sally Nevius (aka the Washington Wives).
As a result, the RIAA agrees to slap offending albums with the now-famous “Parental Advisory” labels. Some mainstream stores like Wal-Mart refuse to sell albums that carry the label, but overall, record sales remain the same.
Other PMRC actions include forcing record stores to stock albums with explicit covers under the counter, and pressuring TV stations not to broadcast explicit songs or videos.
The PMRC had brought their concerns before the senate in August, producing examples of explicit songs. Their — Read more
“Beatles Rock Band” is the third major release in the Rock Band Series, but it’s a stand-alone game, not an expansion pack. The gameplay is a little different from other Rock Band titles, including the new element of 3-part vocal harmonies.
The church calls itself “Vintage,” but is so new that it hasn’t even held a service yet. The Vintage Church in Harker Heights, Texas is scheduled to open in early 2014, however members of the launch team, who have been meeting for months are sure of one thing – BEHRINGER audio products will be installed to handle everything from sermons to church social events. From day one, BEHRINGER has figured prominently in their plans, mostly because of positive personal experience.
Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) has been around for four decades, so there’s not a lot the band “needs” in terms of tools to tweak their sound. But the band members say life has been easier, and their performances better, since they started using BEHRINGER POWERPLAY P16 personal monitors.
“They [P16s] have changed the way they play,” says the band’s Front of House Engineer, Terry Jackson. “They play together more because they can hear better.”
Photo by Seon Mi Hwang of her X32 mixer made of LEGO bricks
Seon Mi Hwang of Incheon, South Korea (located 17 miles west of Seoul across the Han River), says she was intrigued by a tiny LEGO piece she thought looked a lot like the faders commonly found on audio mixers. Once struck by inspiration, she started searching online.
“Soon, I found an image that looked very cool!” she said via email. “Later, I found out — Read more