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    On this day music history! March 2

    1824 – Composer Bedrich Friedrich Smetana was born.

    1900 – Composer Kurt Weill was born.

    1921 – Composer Robert Simpson was born.

    1922 Saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis born in New York.

    1942 Guitarist Charlie Christian dies at 25.

    1953 Dave Brubeck records “Jazz at Oberlin” on Fantasy Records.

    1959 Miles Davis records “Kind of Blue” on Columbia Records.

    1961 Tina Brooks records “The Waiting Game” on Blue Note Records.

    1964 – “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles was released in the U.S.

    1964 – The Beatles began their first film, “A Hard Day’s Night.”

    1967 – The Supremes recorded “Reflections.”

    1977 – “The Barry Manilow Special” aired on ABC-TV.

    1981 – Michael Jackson was a guest on Diana Ross’ third TV special “diana” on CBS.

    2000 – DMX was arrested for driving without a license and marijuana possession in Cheektowaga, NY.

    2005 – The iTunes Music Store reached 300 million songs sold.

    On this day in music history! March 1

    1810 – Composer Frederic Chopin was born.

    1826 – Composer John Thomas was born.

    1928 – Paul Whiteman and his orchestra recorded “Ol’ Man River.”

    1930 Trombonist Benny Powell born in New Orleans, LA.

    1929 Pianist Fats Waller records his piano solo “Handful of Keys.”

    1940 Guitarist Ralph Towner born in Chehalis, WA.

    1941 – The first FM Radio station opened in Nashville, TN.

    1956 – The Fats Domino album “Rock and Rollin’ With Fats Domino” was released on the Imperial Label.

    1957 – The Everly Brothers signed with Cadence Records and then recorded “Bye Bye Love.”

    1957 – Chuck Berry released “School Days” on Chess Records. It became his biggest hit to date.

    1958 – Buddy Holly & the Crickets opened their only British tour in London.

    1963 – Gerry & the Pacemakers released their first British single, “How Do You Do It.”

    1968 – Johnny Cash and June Carter were married.

    1968 – Elton John’s first single, “I’ve Been Loving You,” was released in England.

    1969 – Jim Morrison (Doors) was arrested and officially charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent behavior, open profanity and public drunkenness in Miami. Morrison was later sentenced. Morrison died while the sentence was under appeal.

    1970 – The Charles Manson album “Lie” was released. The profits went to Manson’s defense.

    1972 – John Lennon was granted an extension on his American work visa. Lennon then began recording “Sometime in New York City.”

    1973 – The Robert Joffrey Dance Company opened the presentation “Deuce Coupe Ballet”. The show was based on the music of the Beach Boys.

    1974 – Queen began their first headlining tour or England.

    1974 Pianist Bobby Timmons dies at 38.

    1977 – Sara Lowndes Dylan filed for a divorce from Bob Dylan.

    1980 – Patti Smith married Fred “Sonic” Smith (formerly with MC5).

    1981 – The TV movie “Elvis and the Beauty Queen” was aired on NBC. Don Johnson played the role of Elvis.

    1982 – Jimmy Page’s first solo LP was released. It was the soundtrack to Death Wish II.

    1987 Basie guitarist Freddie Green dies at 75.

    1990 – Janet Jackson’s first concert tour began. It was the Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990.

    1991 – “The Doors” movie debuted. Val Kilmer played the role of Jim Morrison.

    1995 – In Switzerland, Bill Berry (R.E.M) suffered a brain aneurysm while performing on stage.

    1998 – Prince released the 3-CD set “Crystal Ball.” The initial release was restricted to the web site

    1999 – Sony Music Distribution raised their wholesale prices on audio CDs by 8 cents.

    Today in Music History! Feb. 25

    1943 – This day was commonly thought to be George Harrison’s birthday. In 1992, Harrison was reported to have said, “I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock.” His birthday is actually February 24.

    1952 – The first musical choreography score was copyrighted. It was Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate”.

    1953 – The musical “Wonderful Town” opened. It ran for 559 performances.

    1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded “That’ll Be The Day.” The song would be their first hit. A previously recorded version, on July 22, 1956, was produced poorly and the vocals were performed differently.

    1959 – Duke Ellington records “The Queen’s Suite” (of which only one copy is made and given to the Queen of England.)

    1963 – The Beatles released their first U.S. single “Please Please Me.”

    1964 – Reedman Eric Dolphy records “Out to Lunch.”

    1978 – Jefferson Starship declared “Earth Day” for the release of their new album, “Earth”. It was premiered 2 days later.

    1987 – Frank Sinatra guest starred on CBS-TV’s “Magnum P.I.”

    1992 – James Brown received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

    1998 – Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison received Lifetime Achievement Grammy awards.

    1999 – Prince filed a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against nine Web sites, with allegations that included selling bootlegged recordings and offering unauthorized song downloads.

    Today In Music History.

    1933 Saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman born in Dallas, TX.

    1940 – Frances Langford recorded “When You Wish Upon a Star”.

    1956 – In Cleveland,  police invoked a 1931 ordinance barring people under the age of 18 from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult.

    1964 – The Beatles appeared for the 3rd time on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” They appeared via tape.

    1965 – The Beach Boys recorded “Help Me Rhonda”.

    1969 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its last British concert before breaking up.

    1973 Keith Jarrett records “Fort Yawuh” live at the Village Vanguard.

    1976 – The Eagles’ “Greatest Hits” album became the first album in the U.S. to be certified platinum by the RIAA.

    1978 – “The Second Barry Manilow Special” aired on ABC-TV with guest star Ray Charles.

    1979 – “Roxanne” was released by The Police.

    1979 – The Sex Pistols released the album “The Great Rock N’ Roll Swindle.”

    1987 – Fats Domino received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th annual Grammy Awards.

    1988 – Alice Cooper announced he would run for Governor of Arizona as a member of the “Wild Party”.

    1992 – The U.S. Postal Service unveiled 2 versions of its proposed Elvis stamp for fans to vote on. The younger Elvis design won and was issued on January 8, 1993.

    1992 – Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were married in Hawaii.

    1993 – Eric Clapton won six Grammy Awards for the song “Tears In Heaven.”

    1998 – Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

    1998 – Virgin Records America Inc. filed suit against the Smashing Pumpkins for alleged breach of contract and non-delivery of albums.

    1998 – Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) was arrested and charged with hitting his wife Pamela Anderson Lee.

    1999 – Johnny Rotten emceed VH1’s live Grammy coverage.

    1999 – Lauryn Hill won five Grammy awards for her debut solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

    Today in music history Feg. 22.

    Today in music history Feb. 22.
    Born on this day.
    1907 Cornetist Rex Stewart born in Philadelphia, PA.
    1913 Tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate born in Sherman, TX.
    1922 Trumpeter Joe Wilder born in Colwyn, PA.
    1956 – Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel.”
    1963 – The Beatles formed their Northern Music Publishing Company. Michael Jackson eventually purchased it.
    1978 – Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York and charged with drug possession.
    1989 – Milli Vanilli won a Grammy for Best New Artist. It was admitted later that they were not the vocalists on the album.
    1989 – Metallica performed the song “One” on the Grammy Awards.

    Trio at Bergdorf Goodman

    On Saturday Feb. 23rd 2013 The Vipers will be performing at The Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store 745 Fifth Avenue 2nd Floor NY, NY 10019 from 1PM- 5PM We will be a trio here. Come by check out some of the best men’s attire you will ever see! The band isn’t that bad either.

    The Blue Vipers CD release party with guests Ron Sunshine and DJ Tomo

    The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn are throwing a party celebrating the release of their greatly anticipated third CD “Permanent Magic.”
    Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

    Wednesday February 23 from 8PM to 11PM @ Tammany Hall
    152 Orchard Street New York City NY 10002
    $10 Cover Charge.
    Buy one Brooklyn Lager get one free.
    The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn sextet
    Billy Nemec – lead vocals/guitar
    Chris Pistorino – upright bass
    David Langlois – washboard percussion
    Sam Hoyt – trumpet
    Tom Abbott – saxes
    Matt Musselman – trombone

    Special guests Ron Sunshine’s band will be performing from 8PM to 9PM.

    Ron Sunshine – lead vocals/harmonica
    Brian Charette – organ
    Jason Pharr – drums
    Matt Chertkoff – guitar

    DJ Tomo Tanaka will be keeping things swinging throughout the night.

    Blue Vipers music can be purchased at:
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    CD Release Party

    Hello der,
    Please join The Blue Vipers as they celebrate the release of their third album “Permanent Magic” Wednesday December 29 2010 from 9PM to 12AM @ Radegast Hall & Beer Garden 113 north 3rd St. @ berry St. Brooklyn NY 11211 (718) 963-3973

    Look for it on and Itunes.

    Back in Key West

    We just returned from another fantastic stint in Key West Florida. We played the late night slot at The Hogs Breath and during the Gumbay Fest at Blue Heaven
    This past week was the beginning of Fantasy Fest down in Key West which is their annual bacchanal event akin to Mardi Gras and Carnivale. There were a lot of women walking around in nothing but body paint and men walking around in nothing but g-strings and a sack for their junk. Sounds like good people watching but some of these people should not have been so scantily clad. But I guess you have to take the good with the bad.
    While down there we did a live radio show on KONKAM radio. They told us there would be an archive on their website but that does not look functional. I will put an MP3 copy on our websites soon.
    Mark and KC are street performers who do a show every evening on Mallory Square that coincides with the sun set. Everyone goes to Mallory Square to watch the sun go down. It is quite beautiful. So with that as the back drop street performers from acrobats to musicians do their shows and Mark and KC are two of the biggest draws. KC does a straight jacket routine while Mark balances on a ladder and then a very tall unicycle that he calls a suicycle (as in suicide unicycle) while juggling and telling jokes. Billy swears he learned how to busk watching these guys. So, if you are ever in Key West go to Mallory Square at sunset and look for Mark and KC. You won’t regret it. (Be sure to tip well. Or they will follow you to your hotel and start the show all over again.)