Burt on the mind as I finish the theme to “LBFD”.
Looking to bring some serious magic with some very special people into “Church 1”, later this year.
George Martin was the greatest record producer who ever lived. He was the most influential and seminal record producer who ever lived. He made the greatest A&R signing in the history of recorded music, and was the steward of the greatest band in the history of popular music. Popular music doesn’t exist as it does today without his direct influence.
To myself and all of my brothers in the MPG, George was the standard bearer of excellence, vision, and risk taking to which we all try to hold ourselves.
I had the enormous privilege and honor of knowing this great man for 18 years. My thought’s go out to Giles, Lady Judy and Family.
The music awards season in London was a welcome break from the production shooting of my financial thriller “London Bridges Falling Down” which wrapped principal photography on site at London Fashion Week. The Producers Guild Awards were the highlight of, and the best night of the year. Gorgeous British actress Laura Bingham, the co-star of my film, was my guest for the evening and she made quite a splash. I got to introduce Laura to much of the leadership of the music industry and even got well wishes from Boy George (the first time we’ve met) who a was a really sweet guy and completely taken in by her. Paul Epworth deservedly won producer of the year again, and we got to see everyone from September Management and XL. Good to see old friends Mick Glossop, Tony Platt, Tommy D and Sue Sillitoe as well. What a night!
Photos Top: Legendary Producer’s Guild Chairman Steve Levine, Producer/writer George Glennon, Actress Laura Bingham
Next: Laura, George
Final: Laura Bingham, Producer of the year Paul Epworth, George Glennon
Dusty Springfield is the greatest “White Soul” singer that ever lived.
Adele is the greatest singer/true artist of the last 25 years. Her legacy is still building.
I recently told Jonathan Dickens that Adele was Dusty Springfield 2015.
Very soon, once again, we will all be reminded why!
September 20, 2015
Nile Rodgers is THE greatest Groove Producer of all time.
Nile Rodgers is one of the greatest record producers of all time, period. He has been one of the biggest influences in my musical life since I was a teenager. Nile comes from the Miles Davis school of “It’s not what you put in, it’s what you leave out”.
When Chic hit in the late 70’s, I was blown away. Nile, Bernard Edwards, and Tony Thompson were so tight they sounded like no one else. I’m still blown away listening to those 37-year-old grooves.
Nile parlayed the massive success of Chic, along with his virtuoso guitar skills into a production career of some of the biggest albums of all time (Bowie/Madonna/Duran Duran/Michael Jackson/Diana Ross).
I couldn’t be happier for Nile recently winning three Grammy Awards for his stunning contribution to Daft Punk’s Album of the Year. The fact that his work is still relevant, and his contributions are still at the top, decades after his breakthrough is a testament to his unique and truly otherworldly musical gifts. Nile also received the 2014 MPG Inspiration Award from the Producers Guild, last Thursday night.
I first met Nile in 1986, as I was spending a great deal of time in Manhattan around the Power Station. The last I saw Nile, he couldn’t have been more generous and engaging.
Tonight Nile will perform at the 2014 Brit Awards with Pharrell, and later at the after party at the Savoy Hotel (Stunningly and long pushed for) with my favorite Aussi Doll Kylie Minogue. It should be a groundbreaking night for many reasons.
I will write more after the Brits.
Nile, Thank You For Everything You Have Given Us All, George
Brilliant photos used courtesy of Mikael Jansson and also Nile Rodgers
Fifty years ago tonight, on February 9th, 1964, The Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in CBS Studio 50 to a broadcast audience of 73 million viewers. The largest television audience in history up to that date. CBS received more than 50,000 requests for the 750 seats in Studio 50.
Before their Ed Sullivan appearance, The Beatles had played more than 1,000 live shows. Few people in the general public understand that this is why they were so good by this date. Their electrifying performance on Ed Sullivan was the culmination of almost 8 years of work. They exploded on the American public, fully formed.
This could never happen again. The world is too connected now. When thousands of kids were trying to get into the 250 capacity Cavern Club in Liverpool, years before Ed Sullivan, it would have been Twittered and put on Youtube today. The Beatles had the benefit of being able to grow organically, without hype, into what Eric Clapton would call “The Four Headed beast”.
The Beatles performance on Ed Sullivan was so good and so unique that we are still talking about it 50 years later.
Today’s music industry is largely filled with mediocre talent, saturation marketing, and hype. Some of the horrendous performances on the 2014 Grammys prove this… but on February 9th 1964, America saw a fully formed professional band whose performance and talent has never been equaled, and likely never will be.
George has received industry VIP invitations to the 2014 Brit Awards.
As well as planning for the 2014 MPG Awards and London Fashion Week A/W 14.
His 2014 London schedule has completely changed due to film planning and the beginning of principle cinematography on his London based thriller.
George will also be attending (The Sundance Film Festival) “Sundance London” this spring.
Phil Everly Has Died. The Everly Brothers are part of the foundation of Rock and Roll. They had a profound, seminal, and lasting influence on many of the greatest musical acts in history, and indeed on rock and roll and pop music to this day.
The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, and Bob Dylan were all directly and seminally influenced by the Everly Brothers.
A large part of The Beatles pop harmonies and vocal delivery onstage can be directly attributable to the Everly Brothers influence.
I was very fortunate to see them live several times.
They had a level of song-craft and musical talent that is rarely if ever seen in today’s music industry.
Paul McCartney… “When we first heard them we were blown away”!
Godspeed Phil Everly.