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Steffi Sidney-Splaver, co-star to James Dean, passes away
by ROY JACOBSON
South Whidbey Record Reporter
Mar 02 2010, 4:10 PM · UPDATED



Steffi Sidney-Splaver never flaunted her inside Hollywood connections, not even a film role with the legendary James Dean.

“She knew all the really top stars of that era when she was a child,” her husband, Rick Splaver of Langley, said Monday.

“Major, major stars came to her house,” Splaver said. “She just grew up with them. Leonard Bernstein played the piano in her living room.”

“She was never a snob about this stuff,” he added. “She liked to reminisce, but she never looked down on people.”

Sidney-Splaver,  ... continue reading

Added : 7/3/2010
Surf Rocker Richard Delvy Dead at 67
Surf-rock drummer turned publisher Richard Delvy -- who played in one of the genre's first bands, the Bel-Airs -- has died. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Delvy, 67, passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, at a California hospital after a prolonged sickness.

Delvy first got his start as a drummer and producer but his business acumen was equally impressive during his music career. Originally from Bridgeport, Conn., he moved to California at 20 years old and began playing with the Bel-Airs. That group had a regional 1962 hit with 'Mr. Moto' -- later covered by the Ventures and Dick Dale and His Del-Tones -- but Delvy soon moved on, forming  ... continue reading

Added : 3/3/2010
Johnny Cash Eyes Top 10 Bow On Billboard 200
The highest debut on the Billboard 200 next week will likely come from Johnny Cash's "American VI: Ain't No Grave," the late legend's final installment in his successful American Recordings series with producer Rick Rubin. Industry prognosticators suggest the effort could sell in the range of 30,000 to 35,000 by week's end on Sunday, Feb. 28. That first-week sum could earn it a top 10 bow next week.

Cash's previous American set, "American V: A Hundred Highways," debuted at No. 1 with 88,000 in its first week back in July of 2006. It was Cash's second topper and first since the iconic live set "Johnny Cash at San Quentin" spent four weeks  ... continue reading

Added : 1/3/2010
Dale Hawkins RIP
Dale Hawkins, best known for his 1957 hit "Suzie Q" (also known as "Suzy-Q"), has died in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 73, of complications from colon cancer.
He had been undergoing treatment at the Arkansas Hospice Center at St. Vincent's Doctors Hospital in Little Rock.

Born August 23, 1936 in Goldmine, Louisiana, Hawkins was a singer, guitarist, and songwriter called "the archictect of 'Swamp Rock Boogie.'"
From his website: ""His swamp rock classic, 'Susie Q,' crackles with the manic energy of that restless time, and conjures instant images of steamy Southern nights. It features a 15-year-old James Burton on guitar,  ... continue reading

Added : 17/2/2010
Geest van Elvis leeft verder in café Presley’s Place ( in dutch )
De geest van Elvis Presley waart voortaan rond in Rijkevorsel. Elvis-fan Peter Godefridi toverde het voormalige café De Wildeman in het dorp om tot Presley’s Place.


Liefhebbers van de muziek van Elvis, de King of rock-’n-roll, kunnen vanaf maandag 1 februari hun hartje ophalen in Presley’s Place, tegenover de kerk van Rijkevorsel. Peter Godefridi (44), in het dagelijks leven werknemer in het rusthuis in Rijkevorsel, vormde het voormalige café De Wildeman om tot een café waar muziek van Elvis en andere grootheden centraal staat.

“Uit opzoekingswerk blijkt dat dit het eerste Elviscafé van België is. In het Nederlandse Doesburg  ... continue reading

Added : 17/2/2010
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Added : 17/2/2010
Wanda Jackson donates memorabilia, talks future
CATOOSA -- The “Queen of Rock” Wanda Jackson stopped in Friday to greet fans and make a donation to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa.

True to her sultry and sweetly sarcastic reputation, the 72-year-old singer wooed fans with humor and grace, told stories about her career and donated memorabilia that spanned her more than a half-century career as a singer and musician.

The venue is one of a “lucky few” to have one of Jackson’s early performance outfits on display, she said.

“How many of you still have clothes from when you were a teenager?” asked the petite rock icon as she pointed a finger at the crowd and  ... continue reading

Added : 24/1/2010
Mark & Diane’s Birthday party Ace Cafe Rumst 16 januari 2010.
Once again it was time for the biggest birthday party at the Ace Cafe.
Mark Sprex & Diane Vanhoren’s that is, I’ve lost count of how many times its been held already, cause is always one hell of a party. On stage Mark’s band, the world record holders of the most gigs at the Ace Café: The Rhumba Kings. This year with another line-up, Mark on Bass and vocals, Bart V on guitar and Enrico on Drums. They played some self penned songs and a few old time favorites. While the gig was about half way, Mark decided it was time to call some special guests on stage, namely yours truly and my good friend and vocalist of our band Bart W. We played 2 songs,  ... continue reading

Added : 24/1/2010
NEW CD OUT NOW : 'Hits of Hank Williams' - Blue Grass Boogiemen
This album is the last in a series of Dutch artists covering American countrymusic icons, initially put out by the Dutch 'Starsound' label (which no longer is in business; fortunately the CRS label was willing to release this one). A few years ago Starsound Records owner Ruud Pennings asked us to do a 'Hits of Hank Williams' cd for his project. Though at first we thought that an album featuring only somewhat more obscure numbers instead of hits of 'the Hillbilly Shakespeare' would suit us better, we simply just couldn't resist the offer. Hence often covered favorites as 'Jambalaya (on the bayou)' and 'Cold, cold heart' couldn't be left out (we  ... continue reading

more info on : http://hbbm.nl/
Added : 19/1/2010
Bobby Charles, Louisiana songwriter, dies at 71
Robert “Bobby” Charles Guidry, the reclusive south Louisiana songwriter of hits for Fats Domino, Frogman Henry and Bill Haley & the Comets, died early Thursday after collapsing at home in Abbeville, his manager said. He was 71.

Known professionally as Bobby Charles, he wrote “Walking to New Orleans,” one of Domino's most beloved songs; “(I Don’t Know Why I Love You) But I Do,” an enduring classic by Henry; and “See You Later Alligator,” a smash for Haley at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll.

A reluctant performer, Mr. Charles largely disappeared after participating in the Band’s 1976 farewell concert The Last Waltz. He preferred to  ... continue reading

Added : 17/1/2010
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