Tuesday, June 7, 2011
DC Anderson, The Beatles, Judy Stadt...and more!
_Dorothy Parker, American writer (born 1893, died this date in 1967)
I, for one, think we are all better for the fact that Dorothy Parker passed this way. I feel the same way about the ones I've decided to write about today: DC Anderson, The Beatles,and Judy Stadt.
DC is a recent returnee to NYC having just wound up a ten year tour as 'Andre' in Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. DC has been with the show over 20 years. He has ten CD's including IN MY ROOM a multi-artist CD in the folk music field that he created/produced last year. Web presence includes www.dcanderson.net.
While on the road DC started taking fellow actor's headshot photos - love photography and has been enjoying it here in NYC. www.lookslikeyouphotography.com.
Every time a casting director is asked what she or he is 'looking for' in an actor's photo, the phrase I hear most often is: 'One that looks like you.'
I like the sound of that. It's what DC does.
DC is based in New York City and shoots on its streets.
He takes whatever time it takes to find the light and then he shoots until you've got great shots and lots of them. He loves photography and it gives him great pleasure to spend time with people who enjoy being in front of a camera. He charges $125.00 for the session. That includes a DVD/CD of all usable shots including 10 'print ready' photos in 8 X 10 format. If you want some other crops, he will happily accommodate.
DC can and will 'photoshop' temporary blemishes, moles (if requested), spinach in your teeth, the stray eyelash etc. but think it valuable to leave the parts of your face that distinguish you as they are.
He desires your photos to look like you.
DC will be singing in Stu Hamstra's upcoming multi-artist concert.
He continues to learn and write and enjoy NYC.
D.C. Anderson is a Jeff Matson and Bistro Award winning Singer/Songwriter/producer with 9 CD's currently available on the LML Music label.
AS mentioned earlier, he appeared in the Broadway and touring production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, touring productions of MARTIN GUERRE, THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY and PIPPIN, and THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO at Steppenwolf, MARTIN GUERRE at the Guthrie, THREE POSTCARDS at Chicago's Northlight Theater and three roles in THE LARAMIE PROJECT: EPILOGUE at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis.
Television appearances include made for TV motion pictures, the short-lived ABC series LADY BLUE and numerous commercials.
Touring extensively throughout the US and Canada this past 20 years with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA as an actor/singer, DC has taken advantage of any and every opportunity to sing his own collaborations - theaters, concert halls, music clubs…Recording studios are a favorite haunt - resulting in 10 recordings from FOOL MOON through to his recent release CLOSE COMPANIONS(“Bless ‘em – they keep me on the roster through thick and thin!”). D.C’s performing career actually began "on the road" - in the back of the family station wagon where he and his sisters would repeat, from memory, the entire score of THE MUSIC MAN. He often made "personal appearances" - singing the hits of Petula Clark and Gary Lewis and the Playboys while upstairs changing into his PJ’s. The entire family would gather outside his door to listen, anxiously waiting for him to emerge so they could ask him, "Are you all right?"
Undeterred, D.C. studied voice and theatre at Ohio’s Baldwin Wallace College and did graduate work in directing at North Dakota State University. D.C.,or David as he was known at the time, left NDSU to study dance with the BILL EVANS DANCE COMPANY in Seattle, Washington with hopes of becoming a modern dancer...resulting in the ability to add 'moves well' to his theatrical resume.
D.C. Anderson conceived and co-produced (along with Marguerite Pritchard and Dennis Drake) the first Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS holiday benefit CD recording – 1993’s CABARET NOEL: A BROADWAY CARES CHRISTMAS – a 2 CD set featuring 22 premiere recordings of songs by Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Polly Pen, Alan Chapman, Amanda McBroom, Flaherty and Ahrens, Ervin Drake …and 23 holiday standards sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Speaking of Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jumping the Broom, The movie Stokes filmed last year is opened on May 6. It’s a dramedy about the gathering of 2 families - The “uptown” Watsons and the “Downtown” Taylors in preparation for a wedding at the Watson estate in Martha’s Vineyard. Stokes is “Mr. Watson”, the father of the bride opposite Anglela Bassett. This is his second time playing her husband, the first time in 2002 in the Showime movie “Ruby’s Bucket of Blood”. The film also stars Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine and Julie Bowen.
Stokes recently recieved his fifth Drama Desk Nomination for Best Featured actor in a musical for his role as “Ivan” in “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”. Stokes other nominations were for Ragtime, Kiss me Kate (Winner), King Hedley II and Man of La Mancha. (Source: Brian Stokes Mitchell's website)
DC produced ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythm’ and ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ - musical revues of Broadway composers in Seattle at the Skid Road Theater and Conservatory Theater Company between 1978 and 1980 featuring Paul Maurice King and Darcy Danielson.
He has produced in excess of 40 benefit concerts for non-profit organizations throughout the US including Los Angeles Theatre Center, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Centerstage… as well as a revue of his original songs ‘Not For the Squeamish’ at Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis and the Duplex in New York City.
Early concert appearances included being a third of the vocal trio ON THE SLY with Hollis Resnik and Susan Hart in Chicago, and a half of the duo Paul King and David Cameron in Seattle.
D.C. is also credited with producing his solo recordings 1989’s ‘Fool Moon’, 1993’s ‘Time Was’, 1995’s ‘You Were There, 1997’s ‘The Box Under the Bed’, 2000’s ‘Blue Summer Day’ and ‘Collected’, 2001’s ‘All is Calm All is Bright’, 2004’s ‘Ballad’, 2006’s ‘I Am Still’, 2008’s ‘Our Story’ and 2009’s ‘Close Companions’ most of them on the LML Music label.
His 9 solo CD's are 1993's TIME WAS, 1997's THE BOX UNDER THE BED, 2000's BLUE SUMMER DAY, 2001's ALL IS CALM..., 2002's COLLECTED, 2004's BALLAD, 2006's I AM STILL, 2008's OUR STORY and 2009's CLOSE COMPANIONS. As a producer, D.C. (along with Marguerite Pritchard and Dennis Drake) is responsible for CABARET NOEL: A BROADWAY CARES CHRISTMAS (1993), and IN MY ROOM (2010), a 20 artist recording featuring folk/Americana/acoustic singer/songwriters to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Contributing artists are Peter Bradley Adams, Claudia Anderson,
Thanks for the music, DC!
On this date in music history, The Beatles had a rare day off on 6 June, but resumed the Roy Orbison tour the following day with a concert at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland. This was The Beatles' first concert in Glasgow. They quickly warmed to the enthusiastic reception from the fans, and always enjoyed their four subsequent visits to the city - three of which were also at the Odeon.
The Beatles performed the same seven-song set throughout the Roy Orbison tour: Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Love Me Do, From Me To You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There and Twist And Shout.
The songs from the band’s 13 albums are available for $1.29 per track, $12.99 per album and $19.99 per double-album. The two-volume “Past Masters” collection and the “Red” and “Blue” collections are also available, and, Apple being Apple, iTunes even earned an exclusive out of the deal: the special digital “Beatles Box Set” includes “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964,” a concert film capturing the Beatles’ first concert in the U.S.http://store.apple.com/us
The most famous and influential band there has ever been.
The Fab Four changed the face not just of popular music and how it is recorded but also were a great influence in the change of popular culture in the 60’s.
The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. They are one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music.
From 1962, the group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways.
The nature of their enormous popularity, which first emerged as "Beatlemania", transformed as their songwriting grew in sophistication. They came to be perceived as the embodiment of ideals of the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.
Initially a five-piece line-up of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe (bass) and Pete Best (drums), they built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960.
Sutcliffe left the group in 1961, and Best was replaced by Starr the following year.
Molded into a professional outfit by their manager, Brian Epstein, their musical potential was enhanced by the creativity of producer George Martin. They achieved mainstream success in the United Kingdom in late 1962, with their first single, "Love Me Do". Gaining international popularity over the course of the next year, they toured extensively until 1966, then retreated to the recording studio until their break-up in 1970. Each then found success in independent musical careers. Lennon was murdered outside his home in New York City in 1980, and Harrison died of cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain active.
During their studio years, they produced what critics consider some of their finest material including the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), widely regarded as a masterpiece.
They are the best-selling band in the history of popular music,and four decades after their break-up, their recordings are still in demand. They have had more number one albums on the UK charts and have held the top spot longer than any other musical act.
According to the RIAA, they have sold more albums in the United States than any other artist.
The Beatles placed number one on Billboard magazine's fiftieth-anniversary list of all-time top Hot 100 artists in 2008.They have received 7 Grammy Awards from the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciencesand 15 Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.They were collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most influential people.
Aged sixteen, John Lennon formed a skiffle group called The Quarrymen, in March 1957.
Fifteen-year-old Paul McCartney joined as a guitarist after he and Lennon met that July.
When McCartney in turn invited George Harrison to watch the group the following February, the fourteen-year-old joined as lead guitarist.
By 1960, Lennon's school friends had left the group, he had begun studies at the Liverpool College of Art and the three guitarists were playing rock and roll whenever they could get a drummer.
Lennon's fellow student Stu Sutcliffe joined on bass in January.
Sutcliffe suggested changing the band name to "The Beetles" as a tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets,and they became "The Beatals" for the first few months of the year.
In May 1960 they undertook a brief tour of Scotland, as backing group for pop singer Johnny Gentle.
After trying other names including "Johnny and the Moondogs",
"Long John and The Beetles" and "The Silver Beatles", the band finally became "The Beatles" in August. The lack of a permanent drummer posed a problem when the group's unofficial manager, Allan Williams, arranged a resident band booking for them in Hamburg, Germany. Before the end of August they auditioned and hired Pete Best, and the five-piece band left for Hamburg four days later, contracted to club owner Bruno Koschmider, for a 48-night residency. "Hamburg in those days did not have rock 'n' roll music clubs. It had strip clubs", says Beatles biographer Philip Norman.
Bruno had the idea of bringing in rock groups to play in various clubs. They had this formula. It was a huge nonstop show, hour after hour, with a lot of people lurching in and the other lot lurching out. And the bands would play all the time to catch the passing traffic. In an American red-light district, they would call it nonstop striptease.
The Beatles were a band formed in the late 1950's that started out playing rock and roll classics but evolved into the most popular pop/rock group of all time. Their recordings have become classics and they have influenced generations of musicians that have followed.
ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Recording: You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
7.00pm, Wednesday 7 June 1967 (44 years ago)
Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
I just got this email from my dear friend, Judy Stadt:
Congratulations! You have been selected as a semi-finalist for the “Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential” campaign, a partnership between the National Center for Creative Aging and Martek Biosciences that recognizes men and women who are doing beautiful things with their minds without letting age be a barrier.
Thank you for submitting your essay on how you are an exemplary Beautiful Mind, exhibiting the four aspects of brain health: healthy diet, physical activity, social connection and mental engagement, over the age of 55. We found your story to be inspiring and we think America will too.
As one of 20 semi-finalists, your information and photo will be featured on the campaign website (www.beautiful-minds.com), where individuals can vote for you throughout the month of June to be one of the final ten Beautiful Minds finalists. Additionally, we are sharing information about the campaign with national and local media, so it is possible that your photo may be included in print, broadcast or online media coverage. If you are selected as a Beautiful Mind finalist, we will contact you further regarding participation in a live photo shoot the week of July 25, 2011. Additionally, if you are selected to be one of the 10 Beautiful Mind finalists, you will receive a $500 donation to the nonprofit charity of your choice and a prize package worth $500 from the campaign sponsors, and your profile and personal tips for proactive brain health featured on www.beautiful-minds.com and as part of a traveling photo exhibit.
PLEASE VOTE FOR JUDY!!! THANKS.
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On this date in 1968, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane all appeared for the first of a three night run at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California.
Andrew Gold, Lonely Boy singer-songwriter, dies aged 59
Andrew Gold performing Heartaches in Heartaches at the Victoria Theatre in London as shown on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977
US singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, who enjoyed hits in the 1970s with Lonely Boy and Never Let Her Slip Away, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 59.
Another of his songs, Thank You for Being a Friend, was known to millions after being used as the theme for long-running sitcom The Golden Girls.
During the 1980s, Gold formed Wax UK with ex-10cc member Graham Gouldman.
His UK label, Dome Records, remembered him as "a hugely talented musician" with "a brilliant sense of humour".
Gold, who died on Friday of a heart attack, was the son of Ernest Gold, Oscar-winning composer of films like Exodus and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.
His mother, Marni Nixon, is a singer and actress best known for dubbing the stars of such Hollywood musicals as My Fair Lady and West Side Story.
Gold performed with Linda Ronstadt before his breakthrough as a solo artist with Asylum Records.
He went on to work with Art Garfunkel, Celine Dion, James Taylor, Sir Paul McCartney and numerous other artists.
SOURCES: ABC NEWS
WIKIPEDIA and YOUTUBE
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