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27.03.2013.

Rockabilly Eddie Bond Dies At 79

Rockabilly singer Eddie Bond has passed away on Wednesday, March 20 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 79.

Eddie Bond

Eddie Bond

Bond was born to an non-musical family but felt an affinity for it from an early age. Influenced by country music of the day, he started playing guitar and, in 1955, released his first record on the tiny Ekko label out of Hollywood. The release got the attention of Mercury Records who signed him the next year.

Mercury released five records for Bond, all in the Rockabilly genre, including Rockin’ Daddy and Boppin’ Bonnie. None were hits (although well respected today) and he move on to record almost 30 sides at Sun Records. At the time, the label never released any of Bond’s music but they did send him out on the road with their stable of artists including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Warren Smith and Roy Orbison.

Although never scoring a national hit, Bond continued to perform for the rest of his life. He also went on to be a very successful DJ, receiving recognition from Billboard for, at one time, having 64% of Memphis radio audience for his KWAM show. Eventually, he also had a his own TV show on WHBQ in Memphis and became a regular guest The Ralph Emery Show and the Grand Ole Opry. In the early-70′s, Bond met sheriff Buford Pusser and wrote a song about his legendary activities. Pusser’s story went on to be featured in the movie Walking Tall.

Other endeavors during his life including wrestling promoter, nightclub owner, golf club owner and police chief.

Bond and his wife, Gladys, had been married for 59 years and had two daughters, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

25.03.2013.

Turnhout 2013!

20.03.2013.

DAMN RIGHT HONEY!

New Album : Damn Right Honey !
Breaking News
UK Release : 29th of April (CD & Vinyl)
UK Release : 22nd of April (Digital)
19.03.2013.

*** FINALLY VACATION *** Back Online End Of March 2013 *** Stay tuned!

06.03.2013.

Get Rhythm Go Wild 2013! Wild Records!

05.03.2013.

Get Rhythm 2013

Timetable

Friday 15 March 2013

at Amigdala Theatre

  • 21.00 : DOORS OPEN
  • 21.00 - 21.45 : Dj Giusy Wild (IT)
  • 21.45 - 22.30 : Carrie Hop (UK)
  • 22.30 - 23.15 : the Monokings (IT)
  • 23.15 - 00.00 : Dj Jungle Jim (SWE)
  • 00.00 - 00.45 : B and the Bops (HR)
  • 00.45 - 01.15 : Carrie Hop (UK)
  • 01.15 - 02.00 : Marc and the Wild Ones (DE)
  • 02.00 - 03.15 : Dj Little Boy Blue (DE)
  • 03.15 - 03.45 : Dj Giusy Wild (IT)
  • 03.45 - 04:30 : Dj Jungle Jim (SWE)

FREE BUS SERVICE FROM A.S. HOTEL CAMBIAGO
TO AMIGDALA ALL NIGHT LONG

Saturday 16 March 2013

River side area - afternoon

Nothing better than enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the river side of Trezzo Sull'Adda.

We set 4 river boat trips with acoustic band and cocktails on board to give you a touch of "Italian romance"!

THE QUEEN VIC DEPARTURE TIME:

14.30 - 15.10 : 1st river cruise
(with Wise Guyz)

15.20 - 16.00 : 2nd river cruise
(with Blue Dust Bluegrass Band)

16.10 - 16.50 : 3rd river cruise
(with Wise Guyz)

17.00 - 17.40 : 4th river cruise
(with Blue Dust Bluegrass Band)

PLUS

Dj set from 14:00 to 18:00 from the hottest console on earth!

  • 14.00 - 15.00 : Dj Giusy Wild (IT)
  • 15.00 - 16.00 : Dj Little Boy Blue (DE)
  • 16.00 - 17.00 : Carrie Hop (UK)
  • 17.00 - 18.00 : Dj Giusy Wild (IT)

PLUS

Pre '65 car meeting hosted by CRUISIN' LIFE MAGAZINE

FREE BUS SERVICE FROM A.S. HOTEL CAMBIAGO
TO RIVER SIDE (from 14 to 18.30)
Saturday 16 March 2013

Live Club - evening

  • 21.00 : DOORS OPEN
  • 21.00 - 22.00 : Carrie Hop (UK)
  • 22.00 - 23.00 : the Wise Guyz (UA)
  • 23.00 - 23.45 : Dj Little Boy Blue (DE)
  • 23.45 - 00.45 : Nikki Hill (USA)
  • 00.45 - 01.30 : Dj Jungle Jim (SWE)
  • 01.30 - 02.30 : The Rip'em Ups (USA)
  • 02.30 - 03.45 : Dj Little Boy Blue (DE)
  • 03.45 - 04.30 : Dj Jungle Jim (SWE)
  • 04.30 - 05:00 : Dj Little Boy Blue (DE)

FREE BUS SERVICE FROM A.S. HOTEL CAMBIAGO
TO LIVE CLUB ALL NIGHT LONG

04.03.2013.

KATMEN (Darrel Higham & Slim Jim Phantom)

UK TOUR - more dates added - Liverpool, York and Durham.

Sat 4th May / The Jericho Tavern / OXFORD
Mon 6th May / Voodoo Rooms / EDINBURGH
Tue 7th May / The Greystones / SHEFFIELD
Wed 8th May / Hare & Hounds / BIRMINGHAM
Thu 9th May / Rock City / NOTTINGHAM
Fri 10th May / Brudenell Club / LEEDS
Sat 11th May / 100 Club / LONDON
Tue 14th May / Gala Theatre / DURHAM
Wed 15th May / The Duchess / YORK
Fri 17th May / Eric's / LIVERPOOL

04.03.2013.

Akron rockabilly star Bill Allen, 75, remembered

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Photo courtesy of Bill Allen Snivley Akrons own Bill Allen and the Back BeatS, featuring (from left) drummer Dean Hanley, singer Bill Allen Snivley and guitarist John Seli, ruled local airwaves and dominated the Ohio concert scene in 1957 and 1958.
  • Local history: Akron rockabilly band in spotlight after 55 years

Wilfred Allen Snivley, 75, better known as Bill Allen, passed away Feb. 22, but he left behind hundreds of smiling faces, strong friendships and most of all his music.

Fans of rockabilly might know Bill Allen and the Back Beats’ hit Please Give Me Something, a raw, raucous slice of early rock ’n’ roll, written in 15 minutes in a parking lot and recorded at Akron’s WCUE studio for the Imperial label in 1957. Mr. Snivley and his earlier band, the Keynotes, also had regional hits with Oo-We-Baby and their original recording of Butterfly, later made famous by pop singer Andy Williams.

Those songs have been recently rediscovered and coveted by a new generation of fans, particularly in Europe, where rockabilly has had a bit of a renaissance among collectors. Mr. Allen, along with his musical partners, guitarist John Seli and the late drummer Dean Hanley, were inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2012.

“In all the years I’ve known him, we never had a cross word between us,” said Seli, who first started playing with Mr. Snivley when the young singer was fresh out of high school. Their hard work and talents brought them plenty of regional fans and fame as they played venues throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

And despite their professional frustrations, trying to make it big at a time when artists were at the bottom of the music-business hierarchy, Seli said they always got along well, in part because they recognized and appreciated each other’s gifts, something Allen was able to do for many people he met.

“Bill couldn’t do what I did and I couldn’t do what he did,” Seli said. “Bill had a great voice and a right upfront personality. He let me do my thing and he did his real good, and we just always got along.”

The trio seemed to be on the brink of fame on three separate occasions, with record companies wanting to release their music. But their dreams were derailed by a mix of familial responsibilities, unfortunate timing and some shady business dealings. Mr. Snivley was never bitter about what could have been.

“He used to say, ‘Hey, we had a million seller, and I’ve got a million of ’em in my cellar,” Seli said, chuckling.

After the band broke up in the early 1960s, Mr. Snivley got a “real” job and started a family, but he never stopped entertaining, singing and playing guitar as a solo act up until he was physically unable to do so. He worked in California, Florida and throughout the Akron area.

“He was just … an entertainer,” said Judie Snivley, his wife of 26 years, who proudly attended all of his gigs.

During his years gigging in Florida, Allen built up such a strong fan base that his son, Bill Snivley, said one of his regular venues was forced to build two extra patios to accommodate the crowd.

“Everybody always felt like they were in his living room. Everyone felt touched. He would look each and every one in their eyes and they felt like he was directly singing directly to them,” Bill Snivley said. “It’s inherent … it’s just an ability you’re born with and he loved to make people smile. He got more out of that than any paycheck. That meant more to him.”

Mr. Snivley, who regaled his crowd with engaging stories, well-known folk tunes and songs by Cat Stevens and Jimmy Buffett, passed his love of music and nature down to his son, who is also a part-time musician.

Allen was gracious with everyone, frequently encouraging musicians and others he knew to get onstage and share their talents, which his son said he found very rewarding.

“My dad was never a millionaire, monetarily, but he’s always been a very wealthy man. If you look at the amount of friends and people in his life that he’s had the opportunity to enhance their lives. Dad just had a natural affinity for that. He loved to bring new talent and nurture people and just create stars out of people,” Bill Snivley said.

Mr. Snivley is also survived by daughters Susan Grochowski and Kelly Thomas, three grandchildren, a brother and a sister. There will be no services, but at 4 p.m. June 5 at Ricky T’s Bar and Grille in Treasure Island, Fla., the family will hold a memorial celebration of his life.

Friends and family will gather, sing some of Mr. Snivley’s favorite songs and hoist a few Salty Dogs (his favorite drink) in his honor. There will also be a slightly altered, sing-along version of Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven, and Bill Snivley and his own guitar-playing son, Christopher, will duet on Cat Stevens’ Father and Son, which Bill used to enjoy playing with his father and was also a favorite of Judie’s.

“I’m sorry he’s gone, but I’m really happy he’s not in pain anymore or suffering. He had a good life,” Bill Snivley said, noting that even in death his father was trying to help people; he accepted an experimental drug regimen that was unlikely to save him but could help others, and he donated his retinas to the Cleveland Eye Bank.

“He did a lot of wonderful things and he had a great time. He got to experience a lot of things that most people don’t have the opportunity to do,” his son said.


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