Billy Vera Harlem to Hollywood

Billy Vera  Harlem to Hollywood Author Billy Vera
ISBN-10 9781617136948
Release 2017-03-01
Pages 304
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(Book). Although he's a showbiz lifer, Billy Vera is cut from a wholly different cloth than his peers. If an artist is measured by their devotion to their craft, Harlem to Hollywood may be the purest treatise on the subject ever produced. All the better, it's also an astounding story. Born into a white, suburban family, Vera fell for black music as a child and started down a winding performer's path that would buoy him the rest of his life. In the sixties, Vera paid his bills by songwriting (for other artists) through the day and playing mobbed up clubs at night. By 1967, as Newark burned on the other side of the Hudson, he and gospel singer Judy Clay, the first interracial duet to perform at the Apollo, tore the house down with a little ditty he wrote for himself: "Storybook Children," a commercial hit produced by Atlantic Records. Through the seventies, popular taste shifted drastically. As blue-eyed soul went out of fashion, Vera, like many other musicians, found himself scrounging for survival gigs, but one crucial difference set him apart: he abstained from the drugs and drink that fueled and eventually claimed so many of his contemporaries. As that decade sputtered to a close, a woman by the name of Dolly Parton recorded Vera's "I Really Got the Feeling" and hit number one on the charts. Riding the tide of this unexpected attention, Vera hightailed it to Los Angeles, formed a new band, Billy and the Beaters, and charted twice before the close of 1981 with songs from their eponymous album recorded live at the Roxy. Five years later, one of these minor hits, "At This Moment," was featured in several episodes of NBC's Family Ties . The song rocketed up the charts and a 42-year-old Vera found himself with his very own number one single. Nine visits to Carson and an American Bandstand appearance later, Vera tasted many other flavors of success: acting both on- and off-camera, producing records, and reissuing his own work. Today, with a star on the Hollywood Walk and Fame and a Grammy in tow, he's finally prepared to share his journey (did we mention that he's also a photographer and music historian who documented every step of career?). To sit down with Billy Vera is to take a personalized tour through nearly fifty years of entertainment history. Won't you come along for the ride?

Vintage Neon

Vintage Neon Author Billy Vera
ISBN-10 1532932871
Release 2016-04-27
Pages 142
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VINTAGE NEON: LA 1979 In 1979, singer and long time New Yorker Billy Vera relocated to Los Angeles to write songs for Warner Bros Music. After a decade off the charts, his song, "I Really Got The Feeling" had reached number one in a recording by Dolly Parton. "It felt like an omen, like I was back in show business," says Vera today. Hooking up with his former bass player, Chuck Fiore, who'd been in town for three years, the two hit upon the idea of forming a band, "to meet girls." Thus, Billy Vera & the Beaters were born. While in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, Vera had taken some photographs with a camera borrowed from a well-known fashion photographer who told him he had a natural talent and an unusually good eye for composition that he should develop. With the newcomer's eye that sees what locals tend to ignore, Vera noticed that there were a lot of great old neon signs in LA, so he recruited his friend Fiore to drive him around at night to shoot pictures of them. In time, he had gathered almost a hundred slides. Compiled together, these told a noirish story of a city at night, a visual history of a time and place long past. He considered a book but, not knowing the first thing about how to get a book published and with his musical career taking off, thanks to his number one hit, "At This Moment," the photos sat, hidden away from all eyes, until now. One day not long ago, going through an old drawer, he came across some old slides and negatives and these neon shots jumped out from the rest. Shyly, he showed them to his friend, Tamela D'Amico, who immediately saw the value in the images and went about the task of securing a gallery showing and a book of this "found art." Grammy winner Billy Vera has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has reinvented himself for a new generation with his album BILLY VERA: BIG BAND JAZZ.

60 Sekunden

60 Sekunden Author Phil Bolsta
ISBN-10 9783641036423
Release 2009-11-20
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Was kann in einer Minute schon geschehen? ALLES! Spirituelles Erwachen ist eine zutiefst persönliche Erfahrung. Es kann nach vielen Jahren intensiver Praxis geschehen oder aus heiterem Himmel. Für 45 prominente Autorinnen und Autoren gewann ihr Leben eine neue Dimension – von einem Moment auf den anderen. Sie berichten von tiefgreifenden Erleuchtungserfahrungen und Wundern, die scheinbar der Naturgesetze spotten. Phil Bolsta sammelt in seinem Buch einen Chor illustrer Stimmen: Neale Donald Walsch, Wayne Dyer, James Redfield, Doreen Virtue und viele andere bekannte Persönlichkeiten beweisen mit ihren ergreifenden Geschichten vor allem eines: Spirituelles Erwachen ist nicht nur einer Minderheit von »Meistern« und »Heiligen« vorbehalten. Es passiert andauernd, jetzt, hier, unter ganz gewöhnlichen Menschen. Die einzige Voraussetzung besteht darin, offen zu sein für den Wandel. Ein außergewöhnliches Selbsthilfebuch, das über authentische Schlüsselerlebnisse vieler Menschen den Glauben an Inspiration und die Gnade plötzlicher Erkenntnis wiederbelebt. • Die größten spirituellen Autoren unserer Zeit enthüllen ihr persönliches Erweckungserlebnis • Die universelle Sehnsucht, dass sich in einem Augenblick alles zum Guten wenden kann – dieses Buch macht Hoffnung • Lesegenuss und Lebenshilfe in einem

The Glass Room

The Glass Room Author Ann Cleeves
ISBN-10 9780230763098
Release 2012-02-02
Pages 352
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*Winner of the 2017 Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger* *Vera Stanhope will return in The Seagull* The Glass Room is the fifth book in Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series – which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, VERA. DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation. But when one of them goes missing, her path leads her to more than a missing friend . . . Vera tracks the young woman down to the Writer’s House, a country retreat where aspiring authors work on their stories. Things get complicated when a body is discovered and Vera’s neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over. She’s too close to the main suspect. But the investigation is too tempting and she’s never been one to follow the rules. There seems to be no motive. When another body is found, Vera suspects that someone is playing games with her. Somewhere there is a killer who has taken murder off the page and is making it real . . . Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths and Silent Voices. Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.

Mein Leben zwischen Rhythm Blues

Mein Leben zwischen Rhythm   Blues Author Fritz Egner
ISBN-10 9783784481623
Release 2016-08-29
Pages 288
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Er besitzt über 20.000 Cds und 25.000 Platten. Seit vier Jahrzehnten ist Fritz Egner auf Du und Du mit den Größten der Musikgeschichte. Angefangen hat alles mit einem Job als Studiotechniker bei AFN, der den Musikgeschmack einer ganzen Generation prägte. Bei Warner Brothers lernte er das Business hinter den Kulissen kennen. Und er traf sie alle, Stars wie James Brown, Prince, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie ... Nun schreibt Fritz über »seine Musik« – zum ersten Mal und mit der mitreißenden Begeisterung, für die seine Fans ihn lieben.


Nachtzug Author Herbert Reinecker
ISBN-10 PSU:000005326228
Release 1964
Pages 87
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Nachtzug has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Nachtzug also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Nachtzug book for free.

Rock on

Rock on Author Norm N. Nite
ISBN-10 0690011962
Release 1978
Pages 590
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Rock on has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Rock on also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Rock on book for free.

Lucky s Flashbacks

Lucky s Flashbacks Author Roger L. Williams
ISBN-10 9781425127404
Release 2009
Pages 89
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This story is a young boy's tragedy and coming of age early in his childhood.

Movie song catalog

Movie song catalog Author Ruth Benjamin
ISBN-10 UOM:49015002903673
Release 1993
Pages 352
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Movie song catalog has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Movie song catalog also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Movie song catalog book for free.

Dream Boogie

Dream Boogie Author Peter Guralnick
ISBN-10 9780316055154
Release 2008-12-14
Pages 300
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One of the most influential singers and songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke was among the first to blend gospel music and secular themes--the early foundation of soul music. He was the opposite of Elvis: a black performer who appealed to white audiences, who wrote his own songs, who controlled his own business destiny. No biography has previously been written that fully captures Sam Cooke's accomplishments, the importance of his contribution to American music, the drama that accompanied his rise in the early days of the civil rights movement, and the mystery that surrounds his death. Bestselling author Peter Guralnick tells this moving and significant story, from Cooke's childhood as a choirboy to an adulthood when he was anything but. With appearances by Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Brown, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Fidel Castro, The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Bob Dylan, and other central figures of this explosive era, DREAM BOOGIE is a compelling depiction of one man striving to achieve his vision despite all obstacles--and an epic portrait of America during the turbulent and hopeful 1950s and 1960s. The triumph of the book is the vividness with which Peter Guralnick conveys the astonishing richness of the black America of this era--the drama, force, and feeling of the story.

Jazz guitar

Jazz guitar Author Doug Munro
ISBN-10 0757937276
Release 2005
Pages 120
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The most complete method for any guitarist seeking a better understanding of the blues roots of jazz guitar. Based on the styles of the classic organ-trio guitarists of the '60s, such as Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, and George Benson, this book explores all the concepts and techniques required to play in this foundational style. The book includes riffs and patterns, music theory, scales, modes, chord voicings, arpeggios, and soloing. Over 120 music examples and six complete solos in the styles of many jazz greats are used to place all concepts into a practical musical context. A CD with music examples is included!

Who Did It First

Who Did It First Author Bob Leszczak
ISBN-10 9781442230682
Release 2014-03-13
Pages 318
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“Everybody has to start somewhere. Businessmen start on the ground floor and try to work their way up the corporate ladder. Baseball players bide their time in the minor leagues wishing for an opportunity to move up and play in the majors. Musical compositions aren’t very different—some songs just don’t climb the charts the first time they’re recorded. However, with perseverance, the ideal singer, the right chemistry, impeccable timing, vigorous promotion, and a little luck, these songs can become very famous.” So writes Bob Leszczak in the opening pages of Who Did It First? Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists. In this second volume in the Who Did It First? series, Leszczak explores the hidden history of the most famous, indeed legendary, pop songs and standards. As he points out, the version you purchased, swayed to, sang to, and grew up with is often not the first version recorded. Like wine and cheese, some tunes do get better with age, and behind each there is a story. Included are little-known facts and amusing anecdotes, often gathered through Leszczak’s vast archive of personal interviews with the singers and songwriters, record producers and label owners, who wrote, sang, recorded, and distributed either the original first cut or one of its classic covers. The second in a series of titles devoted to the story of great songs and their revival as great covers, Who Did It First?Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists is the perfect playlist builder. So whether quizzing friends at a party, answering a radio station contest, or just satisfying an insatiable curiosity to know who really did do it first, this work is a must-have.

Sweet Soul Music Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom

Sweet Soul Music  Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom Author Peter Guralnick
ISBN-10 9781847676375
Release 2002-05-02
Pages 384
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In a narrative that captures all the tumult and liberating energy of a country in division and transition, Sweet Soul Music is the story of the birth of modern rhythm-and-blues. Guralnick records the rise and fall of Stax Records - the Memphis powerhouse label that produced a string of classics from the likes of Otis Redding and Booker T. and the MGs - and other labels such as Atlantic, as well as profiling such major artists as Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Solomon Burke and Al Green. A fascinating tale of a decade that produced some of the finest music ever.

Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard 1s 1950 1991

Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard  1s  1950 1991 Author Joel Whitburn
ISBN-10 UVA:X002437189
Release 1991-01-01
Pages 332
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A week-by-week listing of the nearly 5,000 records that reached the top position on Billboard's major charts from January, 1950 through December, 1991. Includes #1s from the Pop Singles and Albums, RandB Singles and Albums, Country Singles and Albums, and Adult Contemporary Singles charts.

The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music Threepenny Opera Z Z Top

The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music  Threepenny Opera Z Z  Top Author Colin Larkin
ISBN-10 1561591769
Release 1995
Pages 4991
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The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music Threepenny Opera Z Z Top has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music Threepenny Opera Z Z Top also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music Threepenny Opera Z Z Top book for free.

The Billboard book of gold platinum records

The Billboard book of gold   platinum records Author Adam White
ISBN-10 0823075478
Release 1990
Pages 308
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Lists, by artist and group, all of the singles and albums that have been certified gold and platinum based on sales, and briefly traces the history of the certifications

The Clef Verve Labels The MGM era

The Clef Verve Labels  The MGM era Author Leslie J. Pfenninger
ISBN-10 0313211728
Release 1986
Pages 876
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The Clef Verve Labels The MGM era has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Clef Verve Labels The MGM era also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Clef Verve Labels The MGM era book for free.