In The (Music) News: Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Neil Young and Smokey Robinson

Some curios have landed in my inbox recently that I wanted to share

Neil Young has reached into his extensive archives and excavated material recorded during a 6-show stand he did in Washington D.C. between Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 1970. The 13 songs culled from these performances include Buffalo Springfield songs (“I Am A Child” and “Expecting To Fly”) and solo tunes. “Old Man” appears here a couple years before its recorded debut on Harvest. “Cinnamon Girl” is performed on piano and the rarity “Bad Fog Of Loneliness” is part of this set too. Live At The Cellar Door will come out Nov. 26 – nearly 43 years after the original performances – on Reprise.


Elvis Presley super-fans looking to do some interior decorating might want to turn to eBay, where Colonel Tom Parker‘s home/office is up for auction. The property, located in Madison, Tennessee, is a piece of rock history, even if it is now a law office.


Another story concerning another piece of rock history concerns the Norman Petty Recording Studio, which will be opening in Nashville next month. Danny White has constructed this recording room, in the 16 Ton Studio, with equipment from Norman Petty’s legendary studio. Petty, of course, is the man who recorded Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and other rock pioneers. The Petty Room will also have some equipment that was used in the Nashville’s fabled RCA Studio B. Sounds like a great place to create some vintage sounds.

A different type of “sound design” story comes from the Grammy Museum. Next month, the museum will award its initial Architects of Sound Awards to Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy. The two legends will be feted at a Grammy gala, featuring a Motown-themed tribute concert, that will benefit the museum’s programming efforts.



About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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