Moody Blues

The Moody Blues Embark On Fan Cruise

After discovering that they are to be inducted into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, The Moody Blues kick the New Year off in exciting fashion, by embarking on the latest instalment of their fan cruise. The fourth Moody Blues Cruise sets sail today, 2 January, from Miami and will stop at Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico, before returning to port on Sunday, 7 January.

Among the artists joining The Moody Blues on the seafaring festival are The Zombies, who also were nominated for Rock Hall induction this year, but weren’t chosen. Other acts performing on the cruise include Dave Mason, Jefferson Starship, Richie Furay, Al Stewart, the Alan Parsons Live Project, Little River Band, Ambrosia and The Ides of March.

The Moody Blues’ singer/guitarist Justin Hayward told ABC Radio that he’s really looking forward to the cruise. “It’s always a great thing,” he said, “where people get together and enjoy the music and celebrate the music.”

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Seal Frank Sinatra

Seal Joins Frank Sinatra On “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” Duet

We’d never thought we’d hear Seal and Frank Sinatra on the same track… until today.

The two vocal legends appear on the Christmas song, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

Permission was granted by Frank Sinatra Enterprises as the star passed away in May 1998. The single comes a few days before what would’ve been 102nd birthday.

The dream collaboration, granted by Frank Sinatra Enterprises, will be released ahead of Frank Sinatra’s birthday on 12th December. It will be accompanied by an exclusively commissioned video, showcasing both artists at their very best.

Listen below:

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Remembering Merle Haggard One Year After His Death

Today, we remember Merle Haggard: today marks a year since he died on his 79th birthday at his home in California due to complications from pneumonia.

His fantastic discography, spanning over six decades, includes many of country music’s greatest hits. Writing many from the perspective of the working class people, Haggard’s music resonated so easily with those going through tough times.

With 38 #1 country hits under his belt, Haggard started playing guitar at age 11, two years after the death of his father. Turning to music to escape his school and criminal troubles, it was a run-in with country star Lefty Frizzell that really catapulted his love for performing. Haggard snuck his way backstage and sang one of Frizzell’s song to him. Lefty insisted Merle hit the stage before him, and Haggard fell in love with being in front of a crowd.

It wasn’t smooth sailing–Haggard was sentenced to five years in prison after attempting to rob a cafe with a friend. Johnny Cash visited the prison to perform, and that pushed Haggard to pursue music full-time when he was released early in 1960.

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Muddy Waters

Watch: Muddy Waters Perform With The Rolling Stones

Today marks 104 years since Muddy Waters was born.

We’re celebrating the blues legend’s incredible legacy by looking back at an amazing performance with The Rolling Stones.

Here’s what went down:

On 22 November 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing 3 nights at the Rosemont Horizon. Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Buddy Guy’s club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman perform. It didn’t take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining in on stage and later Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz also played their part. It was a unique occasion that was fortunately captured on camera. Now, restored from the original footage and with sound mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this amazing blues night is being made available in an official release for the first time.

Watch a few clips below:

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan To Finally Accept Nobel Literature Prize

At first it seemed that pigs would fly before Bob Dylan would accept his Nobel Peace Prize, but now, CNN reports he’ll receive his prize in person.

The Swedish Academy has reached an agreement to give Dylan the Literature award after initially being unable to get in touch with the singer and have his seat empty at the ceremony.

Fast forward five months, and the singer will accept the diploma and medal while he is in Sweden for two concerts this weekend.

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