All posts by Jack Brenn

  • Neil Diamond’s “America”

    “ America ” came out on The Jazz Singer soundtrack in 1980 as a tribute to American Immigration. It starred Neil Diamond as a young Jewish man who must defy his father to follow his dreams of...

    • Posted July 4, 2018
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  • Ray Charles, “What’d I Say” Backstory

    “What’d I Say” is Ray Charles’s first Top 10 pop single and the greatest improvised song in rock & roll history. After playing every song he knew and still having 12 minutes to fill, Ray Charles composed...

    • Posted June 24, 2018
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  • Breaking The Band w/ Van Halen

    The Reelz Channel has a new series out and this Sunday it profiles Van Halen. Check your local channel listings and set your DVRs. About Breaking the Band  Sold out tours, chart-topping hits, and runaway world domination can...

    • Posted June 15, 2018
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  • John Lennon and The Number 9

    Mysteries related to the Beatles and John Lennon’s use of the number 9 Before discovering numerology, John Lennon had been aware of the strong presence of the number 9 in his life but hindsight allows an examination...

    • Posted October 20, 2017
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  • CHARLES BRADLEY Soul of America

     Feed Your Soul w/ Charles Bradley   On this 4th of July weekend, instead of watching Tom Cruise battling in Vietnam or battling mummies, try Soul of America, a documentary by Poull Brien charting the extraordinary rise of then...

    • Posted July 3, 2017
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  • Billy Squier’s Career Killing Video

    Billy Squier spent the early ’80s playing big arenas and burning up the Billboard charts. He released two multi-platinum Top 5 albums (1981’s Don’t Say No and 1982’s Emotions in Motion) during a two-year span and introduced...

    • Posted June 18, 2017
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  • Legendary Comic Don Rickles Dies at 90.

    #RIP Don Rickles Dies at 90.  Don Rickles was an equal opportunity comic offender. He became famous for his politically incorrect jokes, and for insulting his audience. The New Yorker described him as a tough Jew in 2004,...

    • Posted April 6, 2017
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  • CHRIS STAPLETON ’S ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW

    CHRIS STAPLETON ADDS SEVEN NEW DATES, ON SALE FRIDAY Chris Stapleton’s highly anticipated new album, From A Room: Volume 1, will be released May 5 on Mercury Records Nashville and is now available for pre-order digitally and...

    • Posted April 6, 2017
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  • Chuck Barris Final Curtain Call RIP

    Chuck Barris, the producer and host of The Gong Show took his final curtain call this week.  Chuck Barris was born on June 3, 1929, in Philadelphia. Having previously worked as an assistant to Dick Clark, Barris...

    • Posted March 22, 2017
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  • Black Mirror Soundtrack: Irma Thomas

    Black Mirror is Charlie Brooker’s disturbing British science fiction anthology series about a dark, narcissistic, and dystopian world in the near future. The plots focus on technology and require the audience to consider whether technology is something...

    • Posted February 23, 2017
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