BEACH BOYS: The Making of Pet Sounds debuts tonight
Showtime aims its spotlight at The Beach Boys' most revered album in a documentary debuting tonight (Friday).
The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds weaves the comments of the band, sessionmen, record executives and a few surprise guests in a compelling history of the iconic group and its role in elevating rock and roll into art. In addition to interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, there's archival footage with the late Dennis Wilson, plus some shot while Pet Sounds was being recorded.
British pop star Helen Shapiro, a close friend of The Beatles, appears several times -- she toured Europe with The Beach Boys just after Pet Sounds' release. You'll also meet Tony Asher, the L.A. adman and jingle writer whose chance meeting with Brian Wilson at Capitol Studios led to his becoming Pet Sounds' primary lyricist.
ELTON JOHN: Going back to 1970
Elton John has always been outspoken about his love for music on vinyl, so it's natural he should support Record Store Day. On April 22nd, his landmark live album, 11-17-70, will be available on two 12-inch records.
Named this year's Record Store Day Legend, Elton says the album is "probably one of the best live albums of all time. I'm never one to say good things about myself, but it is pretty fabulous."
Recorded at a New York City radio broadcast, the original release included only six of the 13 songs he performed. For this special reissue, six more songs have been added: "I Need You to Turn To," "Your Song," "Country Comfort," "Border Song," "Indian Sunset" and "My Father's Gun." The seventh song from his original set, "Amoreena," was included on a 1996 reissue.
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: Induction ceremony is tonight
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will hold its 32nd annual induction ceremony tonight (Friday) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This year's honorees are:
Journey (first time on the ballot) inducted by Pat Monahan of TrainJoan Baez (first time on ballot) inducted by Jackson Browne
Yes (third nomination) inducted by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush
Electric Light Orchestra (first time on ballot) inducted by George Harrison's son DhaniPearl Jam (first year of eligibility) inducted by David Letterman, filling in for a sick Neil YoungTupac Shakur (first year of eligibility) inducted posthumously by Snoop Dogg
Nile RodgersAward for Musical Excellence presented by Pharrell Williams
A few other facts, figures and questions:
Journey, ELO, Yes and Pearl Jam placed first through fourth in the fan voting. This is the second induction for former Journey keyboardist Gregg Rolie, who is already in as a member of Santana
Will former Journey singer Steve Perry attend?
Nile Rodgers is receiving the Award for Musical Excellence after his group Chic was unsuccessfully nominated 11 times, more than any other act.Lenny Kravitz will perform a tribute to PrinceExpect the closing jam session to include a Chuck Berry song
Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of a recording.
Tonight's ceremony will air on HBO on April 29th.