09.23: On this day in 1930, Ray Charles was born. This baby would become the man who would propel R&B into the future, melding gospel with juke joint lyrics and jazz rhythms, as well as taking pieces of country, rock, and blues along for the ride. A singular, monumental talent, if you only know Ray from the biopic of the same name, then you need to delve further into his catalog, need to experience the albums that defined this man. We've rattled 'em off before, but just pick up The Genius Hits The Road (from whence "Geogia On My Mind" came) or his masterpiece Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and you'll understand the talent in his arrangements, production, playing and voice. Happy birthday, Ray! We miss you, sir. 09.23: On this day in 1949, Bruce Springsteen was born. 'Nuff said. If you don't know this man, you don't know rock, so just give it up. Happy birthday, Bruuuuuuuuce! You still rock harder and put on a better show than 99.99% of anyone out there. 09.24: This day in 1988 saw a song with absolutely no musical instruments top the Billboard Hot 100 music charts. Quick, name that tune! If you said "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin you get a cookie. That cookie, however, won't help you get the tune out of your head. You're welcome. 09.25: On this day in 1968, The Fresh Prince, Will Smith, was born and his parents, by the way, did understand. Remember when Will Smith was a rapper? Yeah, it's just weird to think of him like that now, even with the lilting chorus of "Summertime" rolling through our head.
Tonight the people of West Springfield, a great family community with rich values and strong traditions, have made a decision at the polls. While their decision means the Hard Rock New England project will not go forward in West Springfield, we respect their decision and thank them for welcoming us into their community for the past eight months.
We are disappointed for the volunteers, but beyond thankful for all of the West Side YES! Members, elected officials, unions, and citizens of West Springfield who have spent unlimited hours learning about this project, helping us to develop it and then pouring their hearts and time into this campaign. We’d especially like to thank Don Chase and Gene Cassidy and his staff at the ESE, the mayor, and the councilman.
We recognize the significant offerings Massachusetts has for the Hard Rock brand and continue to evaluate opportunities in the region.
09.16: On this day in 1925, B.B. King was born. Lucille (look it up) would never be the same. Master of the blues, virtuoso improviser on the guitar, and influencer of everyone from Clapton to Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King's reach around the globe can never be underestimated. He is the Ambassador of the Blues. Long live the King. 09.17: On this day in 1923, Hank Williams Sr. was born. What a glorious entry into this world. Holy moly, this man was a giant during and after his very short life. His music is country music. We wouldn't have country music as it is today without Hank Williams, Sr. Believe it. 09.17: Banned from the Ed Sullivan Show on this day in 1967 for including the original lyrics (how dare they) to their song "Light My Fire" (that go like this: "Girl, we couldn't get much higher) when they'd performed on said show, The Doors laughed and laughed because they really couldn't have cared less.
Hard Rock Cafe’s Targeted Video System Continues to Showcase New Releases From Established and Emerging Artists
Orlando, Fla., September 10, 2013 – Hard Rock International is pleased to announce their second featured Artist of the Month, British indie-rock band, Frightened Rabbit. As part of the Hard Rock brand’s ongoing initiative, the Artist of the Month program provides artists with a medium to share their latest video releases. Throughout the month of September, the band’s hit song “The Woodpile,” will be highlighted on Hard Rock’s in-cafe video system.
"Music is meant to be shared,” said lead vocalist and guitarist of Frightened Rabbit, Scott Hutchison. “That’s why we started Frightened Rabbit. We are honored to have the opportunity to connect with new fans around the world inside Hard Rock Cafes."
09.09: The disco era, ensconced on the popular music charts for the latter half of the ‘70s, saw another #1 hit when “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste of Honey topped the charts on this day in 1977. Now, we have a love/hate relationship with disco. On the one hand, it was the precursor to house and techno music, which itself has influenced rock, pop, indie, and hip-hop, allowing all of these genres to embrace its inherent fun, driving force, and gorgeous electronic possibilities. On the other hand, the disco era gave us Rick Dee's "Disco Duck," (warning: watch at the risk of you're own sanity) which, in and of itself, is enough to make us hate disco as a whole, anyone who's ever listened to disco, and the latter half of the '70s entirely. Thankfully, punk, new wave, and the emergence of hip-hop put an end to disco's reign. 09.09: Legendary musician Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, hell, the developer of the style that would become known as bluegrass, died on this day in 1996. The 84-year-old’s influence on country music cannot be understated. He held bluegrass in the highest esteem, often berating groups and musicians who didn’t match up with his standards. After he got a hold of them, they usually straightened up, though. And if they didn’t, he’d often say, “They ain’t no part of nothin’.” 09.09: Elvis “The Pelvis” Presley appeared for the first time on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on this day in 1956. Performing “Love Me Tender,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Ready Teddy,” and “Hound Dog,” as 54 million people tuned in to watch Elvis do his thing, which he did better than anyone previous or since.
For Pinktober 2013, we want you to join Hard Rock, musicians, and fans from all over the world in helping to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research organizations both large and small, international and local. There are many ways you can show your support:
We want to make this the best Pinktober yet. We couldn't have made it this far, through all of these incredible years of Pinktober, without the support of thousands of amazing people around the world.
09.02: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened its doors on this day in 1995 in Cleveland, Ohio, forever enshrining all that is awesome and good about rock and roll, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, country, and most other genres of which one could think. Over the years, there have been many a criticism lobbied against the voting and nomination processes, with many of the progenitors of popular music ignored in favor of more popular and contemporary groups. We can't speak to that, but one thing we can agree with is the site of the museum. Cleveland had long argued its position as the birthplace of rock and roll, with the actual coining of the term by Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, in lobbying to be the home of the Hall of Fame, beating out Memphis, Cincinnati, and New York. Rock and roll wouldn't be "rock and roll" without Alan Freed and Cleveland. 09.02: On this day in 1970, Genesis placed an add for a drummer in Melody Maker magazine. Phil Collins answered the ad. Lucky for us that he did. Otherwise, who knows if the world ever would have experienced the mysticism and enchantment that is "Easy Lover"(which would never have come from Genesis of the late '60s and '70s, but probably wouldn't have existed without Phil's induction into said band and his exposure to the larger world of pop music).