MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017
BEATLES - BBC - ``A DAY IN THE LIFE''
Not everyone was crazy about the ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' album when it came out in 1967. The Beatles have posted online the letter they got from the B-B-C banning ``A Day In The Life.'' Frank Gillard, the director of B-B-C's sound broadcasting, wrote to them in May 1967 that his team had determined ``the words 'I'd love to turn you on,' followed by that mounting montage of sound, could have a rather sinister meaning.'' He wrote that the song may have been ``made in innocence and good faith,'' but the phrase ``turned on'' is ``currently much in vogue in the jargon of drug-addicts.'' The 50th anniversary of the release of ``Sgt. Pepper'' is in June.
ROBERT MILES - OBIT
The European D-J who had a 1996 dance hit with the song ``Children'' has died. Robert Miles died in Ibiza, Spain, from an unspecified illness at the age of 47. Miles created the track ``Children'' in response to photos of child war victims in the former Yugoslavia, and to prevent traffic accidents by giving D-Js a slower track to play at the end of a night to calm down ravers before they hit the road. ``Children'' peaked at number 21 in the U-S and was a huge hit in Europe.
RASCAL FLATTS - HELPS OUT
Rascal Flatts has no fear of competition from the new generation of country music acts. Bassist Jay DeMarcus says they are happy to help new artists because the more success they have, the more success all of them have. Rascal Flatts enlisted Lauren Alaina for a duet called ``Are You Happy Now'' on their new album, ``Back To Us.'' DeMarcus jokes they have a long-standing agreement with Dan and Shay that if they're going to steal the Rascal Flatts sound, Rascal Flatts gets first pick of their songs.
Shay Mooney contributes two songs to the ``Back To Us'' album, which comes out next week.
BARRY MANILOW - UPBEAT ABOUT BEING OUTED AS GAY
Barry Manilow says coming out as gay has been ``a beautiful, beautiful experience.'' Manilow says the National Enquirer outed him, and he was worried about a backlash. Manilow says he has not gotten one negative comment or letter about his news. He says he's just a musician and strangers care about his happiness. Manilow made his comments before a B-M-I publishing event in New York on Tuesday, during which Manilow was honoured for his body of work.
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN - DELAYS CONCERTS
Olivia Newton-John's sciatica is acting up. Her management has announced Newton-John's concerts for May are postponed because of a bad issue with her sciatica. She plans to reschedule the dates once she's feeling better.
DIDDY - RICHEST RAPPERS
In the race for rap's first billionaire, it's a tight one between Diddy and Jay Z, but Dr. Dre is making a push.
Forbes magazine has put Diddy at the top of its list of richest hip-hop artists, estimating his wealth at 820-million dollars. Jay Z is a close second with 810-million. Dr. Dre is third with 740-million. After that, the field is not even close. Birdman is fourth with 110-million, and Toronto rapper Drake is number five with 90- million.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - RESTAURANT
Florida Georgia Line hopes to open its Nashville restaurant within the coming weeks. F-G-L House will feature four levels, daily live music and a rooftop that offers views of the city skyline. The food is described as Southern cuisine with California flair. F-G-L House will be in the same part of town as restaurants owned by Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley and John Rich.
(The Associated Press)