The 1960s was an incredible decade for music, with the likes of Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees and many, many others producing timeless hits that remain in the world's consciousness to this day. However, little do people know the reason for all these genius hits, for the catchy melodies and iconic hooks; behind every great artist of the day was a band unlike any other. The Wrecking Crew were probably the most sought after session musicians of the era, producing beats for all areas of the West Coast Sound, winning Grammys and become just as rich as the people they were supporting - and yet the general public remained widely oblivious to the music industry's secret weapon. They may have been ever-evolving, but these LA artists were still top choice for the biggest stars, namely Phil Spector who dubbed them 'The Phil Spector Wall of Sound Orchestra'.
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Through the 1960s, a collection of Los Angeles musicians worked together in order to support acts like The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra. This group was called The Wrecking Crew, and they created some of the greatest and most influential songs, without receiving any of the credit for it. Beach Boys co-founder, Bryan Wilson, described how they were the most important part of that period in music. A documentary 12 years in the making, sheds some light on some of the unsung heroes of the musical industry in the 1960s.
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The Society of Singers will honour the couple with the 18th Ella Award at the Beverly Hilton in California next month (18May09).
The couple will also perform at the event, which celebrates singers who have made significant contributions to charitable and humanitarian causes, reports Variety.
Past recipients include Frank Sinatra, Sir Elton John and Celine Dion.
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Trumpeter Herb Alpert has donated $15 million (GBP7.5 million) to the California Institute Of Arts' School Of Music, just months after donating $30 million (GBP15 million) to a nearby university.
The A+M label founder will be honoured for his generous monetary gift - the school will now be renamed the Herb Alpert School Of Music.
In November (07), Alpert handed over $30 million to pay for a new music school at the University Of California, Los Angeles via his Herb Alpert Foundation.
The 73-year-old says, "Are these gifts accelerating as I'm getting older? Not really.
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Trumpeter Herb Alpert has donated $30 million (GBP15 million) to pay for a new music school at the University Of California, Los Angeles.
The music mogul gave the money to the university's Los Angeles campus via his Herb Alpert Foundation.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School Of Music will combine the existing departments of ethnomusicology, music and musicology in the university's converted Schoenberg Hall.
In announcing the donation, the 72-year-old says, "The landscape of music has changed so dramatically in the last few years and the ways of making, delivering and sharing music have become so diverse, there needs to be a new approach to music education."
The 21st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony held in New York City last night (13MAR06) was marred by the ongoing feud between past and present members of Blondie, and the Sex Pistols' refusal to attend. Former Blondie members Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante unsuccessfully sued Deborah Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke in 1999 when they were excluded from the band's reunion tour. Former bassist Gary Valentine is also no longer a performing member of Blondie after a similar legal dispute. But guitarist Infante was desperate to take to the stage with his former friends to perform HEART OF GLASS RAPTURE and CALL ON ME. When accepting his award from Garbage rocker Shirley Manson, Infante pleaded, "Debbie, are we allowed?" She replied, "Can't you see my band is up there?" Infante, Valentine and Harrison had no choice but to leave the stage, leaving Burke, Harry and Stein to perform with more recent members. Meanwhile, punk legends the Sex Pistols refused to collect their award, and sent a profanity-laden letter in their place, which compared the Hall Of Fame to "urine in wine". Rolling Stone magazine founder Jan Wenner read out the correspondence in full, before urging John Lydon and his bandmates to collect their awards at a later date. He said, "If they want to smash them into bits, they can do that too." Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis were also inducted into the Hall Of Fame, while Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss were given a lifetime achievement award in recognition of A+M Records, which they co-founded.
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