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Awards Just In From A&R Exec Who Signed Mötley Crüe, GNR

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Tom Zutaut arrived as a record label A&R (Artists & Repertoire) man in an unlikely way. Given an entry-level job at Elektra Records at the beginning of the 80s, he felt that the label's current artist roster was weak and that they needed to sign new artists. He first suggested Joan Jett. No, they said. Jett would soon hit it big in her post-Runaways  life with a smash cover of The Arrows "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." After that he pegged The Human League as future hitmakers in the U.S. after seeing their fledgling but promising start in the U.K. No, they said, and the U.K. outfit went on to...

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Record Awards As Art: From Mild To Wild

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Record awards in their earliest days were pretty plain, starting with simple dark-stained wood framed affairs with white matte boards in the 60s and early 70s. The period of 1975 thru the mid-80s brought silver and gold painted frames and charcoal-colored mattes. This was followed by a graduation to some pretty pedestrian black plastic-covered frame/black matte awards from the mid-80s through late 90s.   Just before the millennium, however, the RIAA loosened up its' previously strict design standards. This opened up the creative floodgates for award designers, who responded with an explosion of new designs. The companies that designed these new award...

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This Week In Music History Oct 24-Nov 6

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The week in music history brought to you by MusicGoldmine.com. Just a couple of highlights from this week in music history! OCT 26: Happy birthday to Natalie Merchant, born today in 1963! Best known as the original lead singer of the indie-pop band 10,000 Maniacs, Merchant left in 1993 to pursue a solo career. Photo courtesy: Justin Higuchi [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en] NOV 3: Happy Birthday to Adam Ant, born today in 1954! Stuart Leslie Goddard's first band was Bazooka Joe and the idea of becoming Adam Ant came to him after seeing the Sex Pistols. In 1977, he formed Adam and the Ants with drummer Paul...

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Ultra Rare Artist Autographs Highlight These Classic Rock Collages

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We've just listed three exciting collages sure to appeal to classic rock collectors featuring signatures from all the members of Buffalo Springfield, Iron Butterfly, and Led Zeppelin. These collages are particularly rare since they include either autographs of band members who are no longer with us, such as Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, or autographs that are rarely seen together, such as Neil Young and Stephen Stills signatures written during their Buffalo Springfield origins. The Stephen Stills-penned top ten single "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)" set Buffalo Springfield on a path of success for the group and also set...

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This Week In Music History Oct 10-23

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The week in music history brought to you by MusicGoldmine.com. Just a couple of highlights from this week in music history! OCT 12: Today in 1974, the group Blondie performed for the first time as Blondie at CBGB's in NYC! Originally, they were billed as Angel and the Snake before renaming themselves Blondie - supposedly derived from the catcalls of truck drivers directed at Debbie Harry of "Hey, Blondie!" OCT 15: Today in 1988, UB40 was at #1 with "Red Red Wine". The song went to #1 in several countries and is the writer and original performer's favorite cover of any of his...

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