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DUSTY

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!

George Glennon
September 20, 2015

The Godfather Of Groove-Nile Rodgers

NILE

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

The Beatles February 9, 1964

FEBRUARY 9TH  1964

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.

2014 Brit Awards +

Brits 2014

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.

The Everly Brothers

EVERLYS

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.

Mac Pro Refresh June 10, 2013

NEW MAC PROThe long awaited new Mac Pro was unveiled today by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco .

Every professional user in music, film, photography and the visual arts was anticipating this long overdue refresh.

It is an absolutely stunning small cylinder. The machine is 1/8th the size of the current Mac Pro tower and has 6 Thunderbolt ports and PCIe flash storage. It looks like it cold fit in a suitcase. It looks like mini R2-D2.

We are all holding our fingers on street price. I can’t wait to see what this thing can do.

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/

 

 

Phil Ramone, March 30, 2013

Phil A & R

Phil Ramone was one of the greatest record producers of all time, one of the all time standard bearers of versatility and excellence in the production world, and simply one of the longest held and greatest heroes in my musical life. I last saw Phil in 2009 in London, which was funny as it was rare to see him in London.

My A & R Rolodex Card from 1979.

My A & R Rolodex Card from 1979.

Everything that I could ever be as a record producer has some piece of Phil in it.   Thanks Phil!

Phil was very calm, and I am not calm.

That is maybe the greatest lesson on sessions I could take from him

Godspeed Phil!