PASSAGES: Jim Steinman, creator of “Bat Out Of Hell”, dead at 73

He was an incredible songwriter, and an even more incredible producer. Jim Steinman, the man who put Meat Loaf on the map in 1977 with “Bat Out Of Hell” and who helped his career resurgence in 1993 with “Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell“, has died, he was 73. Steinman became one of the most prolific writers and producers in the 1980s and 1990s, writing and/or producing huge hits for a variety of acts that crossed genre lines, including Barry Manilow (“Read ‘Em And Weep“), Barbra Streisand (“Left In The Dark“), Bonnie Tyler (“Total Eclipse Of The Heart”,

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TKR on YouTube – 1969 – contest entry for Beth at RedrumRecords

Ok, my friend Beth @ Redrum Records is running this little contest centered around Woodstock and 1969 right now…and so here’s my entry – hope you like it! I took a couple liberties, hope no one minds…hehh heh – due to a copyright claim, you may need to watch this on your PC or tablet, it appears to be blocked on a mobile device, sorry…

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TKR on YouTube: Contest Entry for Glen Kellaway’s Cheesy Push to 300 Subs!

Time for another quick contest entry! This is for Glen Kellaway’s “From The Basement“ Cheesy Halloween contest – his push to 300 subscribers, which he’s already surpassed by this point. I love Glen’s channel and if you haven’t checked it out before, check it out from the links below! Glen’s contest video (with special guest Frank Zappa) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtEJVPX0gy4 Glen’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnE3d6CW2Ll6nNHtyYcpMZg

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PASSAGES: Italian film composer legend Ennio Morricone 1928-2020

He was truly one of the most prolific film score composers of all time, with an estimated FIVE HUNDRED scores under his belt in his six decade long film music career, and his music influenced countless generations of all types of musicians. Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91 following complications from a fall. Morricone didn’t start writing film music until 1958, but once he was there, he didn’t look back, sometimes doing multiple scores a year from his studios in Rome, where he always worked. He was notorious for always wanting to work for

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PASSAGES: Film composer Johnny Mandel, 1925-2020

If you’ve listened to popular big bands, saw movies in the 1960s and 1970s, or have ever been anywhere near a television set, chances are good that you’ve heard at least one song by Johnny Mandel, the Oscar and Grammy winning composer and songwriter, who passed away at the age of 94 on Monday. Mandel worked with jazz and swing artists throughout his career, and was known for his affiliations with Count Basie,  Frank Sinatra, and Peggy Lee among others. He first turned to scoring films in the late 1950s, doing the music for “I Want To Live” in 1958,

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The European Broadcast Union should have known better….Variety trashes “Fire Saga”

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Netflix is premiering an original film later this week, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga“, a “comedy” written by and starring Will Ferrell as one half of an Icelandic duo whose biggest dream is to compete in and win the annual Eurovision Song Contest.  Now, not surprisingly, given who is involved, this is not a serious competition film, it is an utter TRAVESTY, as most Ferrell-penned adaptations (“Land Of The Lost”, “Bewitched”) have been.  And given their closely protected “traditions”, I’m utterly astonished that the European Broadcast Union even agreed

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ESCountdown 2019: #40 – “Hatrio mun sigra” by Hatari, Iceland

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all! Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, we did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last

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ESCountdown 2019: #41 -“Telemoveis” by Conan Osirus, Portugal

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all! Laat year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, we did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last

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BREAKING NEWS: Israel takes the prize at EuroVision ’18 with Netta’s “Toy”

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has just concluded in Lisbon, Portugal, and it was a CLOSE ONE all the way to the end. But in the end, the oddsmakers were right from the start, as Israel’s 24 year old rapper/singer dynamo Netta clenched the win with a MASSIVE televote victory for her smash hit “Toy”, already a number one hit in Israel, and winding its way around the world without a doubt.  The song clenched victory with a combined total of 529 points. Austria’s Cesar Sampson  and his song “Nobody But You” was in the lead after the jury votes

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