Archive for the ‘Music Industry News’ Category

George Harrison … The Beatles’ Quiet Lead Guitarist

Wednesday, November 21st, 2001

Story by UEC

LOS ANGELES (AP) – George Harrison, the Beatles’ quiet lead guitarist and spiritual explorer who added both rock ‘n’ roll flash and a touch of the mystic to the band’s timeless magic, has died. He was 58.

Harrison died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at a friend’s Los Angeles home following a battle with cancer, longtime friend Gavin De Becker told The Associated Press late Thursday. Harrison’s wife, Olivia Harrison, and son Dhani, 24, were with him. (more…)

Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) likes to play “really loud rock!”
Headline News Talks with Stan While on Tour

Tuesday, October 16th, 2001

Story by UEC

Stan Frazier say’s he likes to go out on tour and play “really loud rock”. Who wouldn’t? Stan’s gettin’ plenty of time to do just that as part of the Southern California pop-rockster’s known as Sugar Ray. The band has been out on tour in support of their fourth self-titled effort, “Sugar Ray”. “We still like to go out and bash our heads” Stan explained however, he enjoys other things too such as golf and cooking.

The “heads” Stan is referring to are those of he and his band-mates thrashing with the fans as they rock across the states, in full tour mode. “Rock & Roll is the only job where you show up for work, and there’s four cases of beer….at your desk!” (more…)

Chet Atkins Was One of the Most Respected Musicians of the Last Half Century. He Won 14 Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award!

Monday, August 20th, 2001

Story by UEC

Chet Atkins died on Saturday morning, June 30th, 2001, at his home in Nashville, TN, after battling cancer for several years. His Funeral was held at the historic Ryman Auditorium, July 3rd and his eulogy was delivered by good friend and “Prairie Home Companion” radio host Garrison Keillor.

Thanks for all the great years Chet … from the Gretsch family.

Chet Atkins Chet Atkins was one of the most popular and best respected musicians of the last half century. He won 14 Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at age 49, making him the youngest inductee ever. (more…)

Gretsch Endorser Buck Page
Receives Prestigious Living Legend Award!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2001

SAVANNAH, GA – Buck Page, country and western music legend and founder of the famous western group Riders of the Purple Sage, received the North America Country Music Associations International’s (NACMAI) prestigious Country/Western Living Legend Award on March 18, 2001. Buck was honored for his extensive career in the music industry at a ceremony that was held at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Fred Gretsch, president of the Gretsch Company, was present at the ceremony in support of Buck saying “This is a wonderful occasion . . . one we are happy to attend”. The event was a fitting tribute to a man who has played an important part in this country’s western music heritage. Buck Page is well respected in the music community and is also an enthusiastic endorser of Gretsch instruments. (more…)

The Bangles On Tour With Gretsch!
Those Peterson Sisters can Jam!

Sunday, October 22nd, 2000

The Bangles are back in the studio recording a new album after a mini tour, a VH1 “Behind the Music” and a VH1 live concert appearance. Long time Gretsch Drum endorser, Debbi Peterson has been joined in the Gretsch family by her sister Vicki, who is now playing a Gretsch Country Classic Junior (pictured) and a Tennessee Rose on tour and in the studio.

Formerly known as the Colours, the Bangs and finally the Bangles, this all-female Los Angeles quartet mastered the art of melodic west coast guitar-based pop and, like the Go-Go’s immediately before them, led the way for all-female groups in the latter half of the 80s. (more…)