jueves, 29 de diciembre de 2016

Faces

Faces, conocida también como The Faces, fue una banda de rock británico formada en 1969 de los restos de Small Faces cuando Steve Marriott les dejó para formar Humble Pie. Ron Wood (guitarra) y Rod Stewart (voz), ambos procedentes de The Jeff Beck Group, se unieron a los anteriores miembros de Small Faces Ronnie Lane (bajo), Ian McLagan (teclados) y Kenney Jones (batería) para completar la formación. Tocaron juntos al principio de los 70 antes que Stewart iniciara su carrera en solitario, Jones tocara con The Who en 1978 y Wood se uniera a los Rolling Stones en 1975. Con la adición de Rod Stewart y Ron Wood, "Small" cayó del nombre del grupo y continuaron como Faces. Aun así, su primer disco se publicó como Small Faces debido a un error de su discográfica. Sus mayores éxitos incluyen «Had Me a Real Good Time», «Stay with Me», «Cindy Incidentally» y «Pool Hll Richard». Como quiera que el éxito de la carrera en solitario de Rod Stewart se hizo más famosa que la del propio grupo, la banda comenzó a verse eclipsada por su cantante solista. Ronnie Lane, desilusionado, dejó la banda en 1973, y fue reemplazado por Tetsu Yamauchi, quien había reemplazado a Andy Fraser en Free. Publicado por aquel tiempo el disco de estudio Ooh La La, Rod Stewart fue muy mordaz en la prensa musical para enfado del resto. Un disco en directo al año siguiente, Coast to Coast: Overture and Begineers, fue tachado por los críticos como pobremente grabado. Grabaron unas pocas pistas más para otro disco de estudio pero habían perdido el entusiasmo e hicieron la última grabación a finales de 1974 con You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything, consiguiendo el top 20 en Inglaterra. En 1975 Wood empezó a trabajar con los Rolling Stones y en diciembre la banda anunció su disolución.

The Faces were an English rock band formed in 1969 by members of Small Faces after lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriott left that group to form Humble Pie. The remaining Small Faces—Ian McLagan (keyboards), Ronnie Lane (bass guitar), and Kenney Jones (drums and percussion)—were joined by Ronnie Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (lead vocals), both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed Faces. The first collaboration among the future Faces was in a formation called Quiet Melon, which also featured Wood's older brother Art Wood and Kim Gardner; they recorded four songs and played a few shows in May 1969, during a break in Ronnie Wood's and Rod Stewart's commitments with The Jeff Beck Group. Later that summer Wood and Stewart parted ways with Beck and joined Lane, McLagan and Jones full-time. Prior to any releases by the new Faces lineup, Wood and McLagan appeared on Stewart's first solo album in 1969, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down (known as The Rod Stewart Album in the US). The rest of the backing band on the album included drummer Micky Waller, keyboardist Keith Emerson and guitarists Martin Pugh (of Steamhammer, and later Armageddon and 7th Order) and Martin Quittenton (also from Steamhammer). With the addition of Wood and Stewart, the "small" part of the original band name was dropped, partly because the two newcomers (at 5'9" and 5'10" respectively) were significantly taller than the three former Small Faces. Hoping to capitalise on the Small Faces' earlier success, record company executives wanted the band to keep their old name; however, the band objected, arguing the personnel changes resulted in a group very different from the Small Faces. As a compromise, in the US their debut album was credited to the Small Faces, while subsequent albums appeared under their new name. The group regularly toured Britain, Europe and the United States from 1970 to 1975, and were among the top-grossing live acts in that period;in 1974 their touring also encompassed Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Among their most successful songs were "Had Me a Real Good Time", their breakthrough UK hit "Stay with Me", "Cindy Incidentally" and "Pool Hall Richard". As Rod Stewart's solo career became more successful than that of the group, the band became overshadowed by their lead singer. A disillusioned Ronnie Lane left the band in 1973; one reason given later for his departure was frustration over not having more opportunities to sing lead vocals. Lane's role as bassist was taken over by Tetsu Yamauchi (who had replaced Andy Fraser in Free). Released just months before Lane left the band, the Faces' final studio album was Ooh La La The following year a live album was released, entitled Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners; it was criticised by reviewers for being poorly recorded and thought out. It featured selections from their late 1973 tour, the first featuring Yamauchi. They recorded a few tracks for another studio album, but had lost enthusiasm and their final release as a group was the late 1974 UK Top 20 hit "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything". In 1975 Wood began working with the Rolling Stones, which brought differences between Stewart and the others to a head, and after a troubled fall US tour (with Jesse Ed Davis on rhythm guitar), in December the band announced that they were splittin
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lunes, 26 de diciembre de 2016

Muere George Michael a los 53 años


Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (East Finchley, Londres, Reino Unido, 25 de junio de 1963-Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, Reino Unido, 25 de diciembre de 2016) conocido artísticamente como George Michael, fue un cantante, compositor y productor británico de música pop. Michael ganó numerosos premios musicales a lo largo de su carrera, incluyendo tres Premios Brit, cuatro MTV Video Music Awards, cuatro premios Ivor Novello, tres American Music Awards, y dos veces el Premio Grammy. Era conocido además por su polémica imagen pública: sex symbol rodeado de escándalos relacionados con sexo y drogas, quien saltó a la fama en la década de 1980, cuando formó el dúo pop Wham! junto con su amigo de la escuela Andrew Ridgeley. Su primer sencillo en solitario, "Careless Whisper" fue lanzado cuando aún estaba en el dúo y vendió cerca de seis millones de copias en todo el mundo.8 Como solista, vendió más de 100 millones de discos en todo el mundo a partir de 2010, abarcando 7 sencillos nº1 y 7 álbumes nº1 en Reino Unido, 8 sencillos nº1 y un álbum nº1 en los Estados Unidos. Su álbum debut como solista de 1987, Faith ha vendido más de 20 millones de copias en todo el mundo y realizó varias grabaciones y los logros en los Estados Unidos.10 En 2004, Radio Academy nombró a Michael como el artista más tocado en la radio británica entre el periodo 1984-2004. El documental A Different Story (2005) cubrió su vida personal y carrera profesional.12 En 2006, George Michael anunció su primera gira en 15 años. La gira 25 Live fue una enorme empresa mundial por parte de Michael que se extendió por tres giras individuales a lo largo de tres años (2006, 2007 y 2008). Falleció el 25 de diciembre de 2016, a los 53 años de edad en su residencia en Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, Inglaterra, por causas aún desconocidas.14
                                      

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016), known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame as a member (with Andrew Ridgeley) of the music duo Wham!. He was best known in the 1980s and 1990s with his style of post-disco dance-pop, with best-selling songs such as "Last Christmas" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go". Michael sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Michael garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including "Careless Whisper" and "Freedom! '90". He ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, with Billboard magazine ranking him the 40th-most successful artist to ever live. Michael won various music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations. In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004. The documentary A Different Story, released in 2005, covered his career and personal life. In 2006, Michael announced his first tour in 15 years, the worldwide 25 Live tour, spanning three individual tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007 and 2008). In 2016, Michael announced a second documentary on his life entitled Freedom, set to be released in March 2017. On 25 December 2016, Michael died at his Oxfordshire home at the age of 53.
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