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Allow me to introduce myself first: I am Lori Graboyes also known as the blueswoman, I have been a fan of the blues my entire life growing up with the influences of Etta James, Bessie Smith, Ray Charles, and so many more. I own a promotional business for blues musicians called Broads 4 Blues, I am a Sales Associate for Gizmo Media Stations that includes Blues 102 and the spectacular Kool Breeze who has two shows on it and is now the Assistant Music Director for all Gizmo stations.
The reason I wanted to write this column is because I wanted to write from a fan's perspective, even though I'm technically in the business, I am a fan, first and foremost and I want to use this forum and the opportunities it affords me to talk about all kinds of subjects.

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Peace & Blues y'all

Award winning Blues artist 
Shaun Murphy 
continues to plow ahead with a new release.

With a career spanning decades, a front position with Little Feat and currently on tour with Bob Seger, she has also  toured along the way with such notables as Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and The Moody Blues.

RECORD WORLD is pleased to present her new single "Loretta" due to be released in early February.

For More Information visit the artist website
Studio Musicians
Hit A Dead End? Article

The lack of work for studio musicians is sending a shockwave through the industry and it's being felt across the nation. Already this year we've heard fromfrustrated music industry professionals in Nashvillewho's job security remains uncertain. With artists, musicians, and industry leaders fleeing the country to record at lower costs, what we're feeling on our own soil is the strain of a crippled industry.

According to a report released on Dec. 15 by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economyrecording-session wages have dropped 68% over the last 15 years. A profession once generating $50 million in income for its workers hit an all time low of $15.5 million in 2013. Studio musicians in LA desperate for change are looking to their union leaders and expressing their frustrations - and they aren't the only ones frustrated.

The Nashville Songwriters Association International say that the number of full-time songwriters in Nashville has fallen by a staggering 80 percent since 2000. The unrelenting decline in album sales hit a new low this summer when they went below 4 million in August - a first for the industry since it started tracking data in 1991. Streaming services like SpotifyPandora, etc. have been a breath of life into a bleeding industry, but even as popularity rises, their sustainability has proved fleeting and their payouts certainly don't sustain careers. 

It is clear to all parties that a tipping point has been reached. John Acosta, incoming president of AFM Local 47, responsible for a large portion of TV and film recording, agrees it's time for change. “The biggest challenge for us is to reconcile the interests of those who are working and are invested in the system, and the other players who just want to work and in some ways see the union as an impediment to being able to do that work.”

The report mentioned the possibility of a buyout, where producers would pay musicians a premium in addition to their standard pay in lieu of residuals(approximately 1% of gross receipts in secondary markets like home video or pay per view TV). While this model has the potential to spur more work in the short term, especially for producers who would then commit to a premium vs. unknown residuals, musicians who have become accustomed to that portion of their income are wary. 

Local 47 attempted to test the buyout theory in November when they scheduled a 75 piece orchasta to record the soundtrack for "The Age of Adaline" at a 25% increase in upfront wages, but the recording was canned by AFM president Ray Hair before it began once he learned Lionsgate, one of the unions prime offenders - would be responsible for distributing the film. 

Acosta remains committed to finding more stable ground on which to rebuild the ecosystem for musicians in Los Angeles. "We've got to try anything and everything to stem the tide", he said. Acosta went on to say changes in policy needed to represent an equal give and take, “If we are making changes to our agreements, or giving concessions, what are we getting in return? If we could bring work to Los Angeles under the right conditions, I think musicians would be open to something like a buyout. But any discussion about that is very sensitive and has to be approached in a way that the numbers work out.”

Hair and representatives from Local 47 and RMA will meet again with AMPTPexecutives in hopes of constructing a mutually beneficial agreement with the AFM. Hair's only comment regarding the negotiations was “We are determined to improve employment opportunities and the economics of the agreement.”


The CASHBOX Reviews are coming in every day and are sure to give you a great view of music releases and trends. Veteran CASHBOX reviewer David Bowling is keeping the new review pages alive. Click here to see what is new!

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Expand your knowledge of pop music with Joel’s brand-new book, Hit Records 1954-1982. Here you will find thousands of new artists and songs (not seen in any other Record Research book) that appeared on the Music Vendor and Record World pop singles charts.

The Music Vendor trade magazine began publication in 1947 and furnished charts based on surveys of record performances in juke boxes nationwide. On October 4, 1954, it introduced a weekly “Popular Programming Guide” chart which featured 80 titles, far surpassing the number of songs on other charts of the time. Reporting solely on jukebox plays and record sales, the chart was a clear indication of what was being played in the hamburger joints and purchased at record shops. As radio airplay was not a factor, there was a great deal of R&B on the Music Vendor chart; teens were buying original rock ‘n’ roll (Fats Domino vs. Pat Boone) long before it was embraced by radio. Evidence for this is clearly seen in Hit Records with the hundreds of rock ‘n’ roll songs that hit nationally but do not appear in any of our other books!

In 1964, two former Cash Box employees purchased Music Vendor and renamed it Record World. It remained one of the leading music trade magazines during the heyday of the vinyl record, until it ceased publication in 1982.

The main section of Hit Records is an artist-by-artist listing of every song that appeared on the Music Vendor/Record World pop charts. Listed for each title is its debut date, peak position, total weeks charted, B-side, record label & number, and a special star symbol indicating that the song does not appear with chart information in our Top Pop Singles book. Also included is a song title index and song and artist rankings.

Here’s what you’ll discover in Hit Records:

  • • Hundreds of new ‘oldies’ artists (never before seen in any of our books!)
  • • 1000s of classic hits with chart data from The Clovers, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, George Thorogood, and on and on
  • • Major artists with many more charted hits
  • • The Beatles 24 #1 hits
  • • CCR’s 3 #1 hits
  • • Original R&B songs hitting the charts alongside their pop covers in the mid-‘50s
  • This is a must-have reference for music history enthusiasts! But, remember our print run is limited.

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All-new research on records not seen in any other Record Research pop singles book!

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On February 23, 1959, Music Vendor magazine introduced “Beat of the Week … And Heading For the Top 100 – Popular” chart. This was 15 weeks prior toBillboard magazine introducing its “Bubbling Under” chart. Music Vendor’schart grew to 50 positions. In April of 1964, Music Vendor became Record World and this chart was retitled “Singles Coming Up.” From 1974 until Record World’s end in 1982, while Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart featured only 10 song titles, Record World’s “ #101-150” chart hosted 40 more titles!

#101-150 Hit Records: 1959-1982 is the research of approximately 4,500 song titles that do not appear in our Top Pop Singles book, which features all songs that made Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart and “Bubbling Under the Hot 100” chart,nor do they appear in our Hit Records book, which features all songs that made the Music Vendor / Record World "Top 100" pop singles charts.

Now, finally accounted for in music history are many songs that are “Hall of Fame” classics, regional surf, hot rod, garage rock, and doo-wop. The #101-150 chart was also the home of the popular compositions of many jazz and blues artists. These along with thousands of obscurities are thoroughly researched. Also appearing is the B-side of every single, plus a biography for every new artist. Here’s a sampling of classics that now have chart data:

  • - Aerosmith … Train Kept A Rollin’
  • - The Beach Boys … Surf’s Up
  • - Black Sabbath … Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
  • - David Bowie ... Heroes
  • - Captain Beefheart … Diddy Wah Diddy
  • - Eric Clapton … Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • - Deep Purple … Stormbringer
  • - Bob Dylan … Blowin’ In The Wind
  • - Emerson, Lake & Palmer … Fanfare For The Common Man
  • - Grateful Dead … U.S. Blues
  • - Elton John … Take Me To The Pilot
  • - Carole King … Up On The Roof
  • - Bob Marley … Waiting In Vain
  • - Marilyn Monroe … I Wanna Be Loved By You
  • - Pink Floyd … Comfortably Numb
  • - James Taylor … Sweet Baby James
  • - The Who … Substitute

Over 100 major artists have 5-10 titles in this book. Those songs do not appear in any of our other pop singles books, including songs by:

  • - Annette
  • - Chuck Berry
  • - Johnny Cash
  • - The Beach Boys
  • - Dion
  • - Fats Domino
  • - The Drifters
  • - The Fireballs
  • - Bill Haley & His Comets
  • - Herman's Hermits
  • - Brian Hyland
  • - The Kingston Trio
  • - Ricky Nelson
  • - Johnny Rivers
  • - Tommy Roe
  • - Jack Scott
  • - Frank Sinatra
  • - The Ventures

There will only be one print run on this book, so get it while you can. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

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 Richard D'Antonio who was convicted of the murder of Kevin Hughes. 
This is an ongoing story and you can follow it as it unfolds. 
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