Archive for August, 2009

12,937 Jackson fans break the ‘Guinness World Records’ with Thriller Dance

August 31, 2009

Though the tragic death of Michael Jackson was over two months ago, the entertainer’s birthday was celebrated with light hearts across America. In Las Vegas, the King of Pop was posthumously awarded a star on the Palms Casino Resort’s Walk of Fame. On the day Jackson would have turned 51, director Spike Lee threw a party in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, where fans turned out in the thousands despite pouring rain. In Mexico, fans hosted their own massive celebration, gathering in record numbers to honor the ‘Thriller’ singer with a mass dance extravaganza.

CBC News reports that 12,937 Jackson fans gathered in front of Mexico City’s Monument of the Revolution to participate in a giant ‘Thriller’ dance, led by a Jackson impersonator. Organizers claim the event broke the world record for most people doing the dance, which the ‘Guinness World Records’ books will confirm in a week.In Brooklyn, thousands gathered on the wet grass, NY Daily News reports, and danced to hits spanning Jackson’s entire career, from his early days with the Jackson Five to his most recent songs.”Fifty-one years ago, he was born into the world,” said Lee, who directed Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ music video. “I’m like everybody else – somebody who loved his talent. We’re here to celebrate Michael Jackson.”
Credits: ABC News,Popeater

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Les Paul,An American Innovator

August 30, 2009

AMERICAN MASTERS - Les Paul: Chasing Sound Les Paul, who invented the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock ‘n’ roll greats,died Thursday (Aug. 13 2009) of complications from pneumonia. He was 94.

Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009) was an American innovator, inventor, musician and songwriter. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which “made the sound of rock and roll possible”.[1] He is credited with many recording innovations, including overdubbing (also known as sound on sound),[2] delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.[3]
His innovative talents extended into his playin g style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many of the guitarists of the present day.
[4]He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s and they sold millions of records.
Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an “architect” and a “key inductee” along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed.

 

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