The Majic Moondog Coronation Ball returns Saturday, April 1st with Three Dog Night, Grand Funk Railroad, and Tommy James and the Shondells.
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Three Dog Night
Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, celebrate their 4th decade bringing with them some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. Three Dog Night's hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures — songs like "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Joy to the World", "Black and White", "Shambala" and "One" serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize Three Dog Night's continuing popularity. This Grammy-nominated band is not content resting on their legacy alone. Always working to expand their audience, Three Dog Night have embraced and been embraced by 21st century music technology. New fans buy Three Dog Night's music on iTunes as well as at record stores. In fact, their releases from this decade alone have sold well over a million and a half albums and the band's continued popularity has landed "The Best of Three Dog Night : 20th Century Masters" on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for 9 of the last 12 months.
Recently, Three Dog Night began adding new songs to their arsenal by releasing their first double-A sided single in nearly 25 years. The blistering performance of "Heart Of Blues" and the timely, beautiful a-cappella ballad "Prayer of the Children" are available online at iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital retailers as well as through this official band website, and their Facebook and MySpace sites. Three Dog Night also pushed boundaries by recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, giving fans new and old a chance to experience their dynamic performances of the hits as well as two new songs. The project, recorded at the famous Abbey Road studios in London and released to coincide with the band's 35th Anniversary, added exciting new orchestral arrangements to Three Dog Night's signature sound. Three Dog Night maintain an aggressive, year-round touring schedule of over 70 dates a year. The band, including Danny Hutton (founder/lead vocalist), Michael Allsup (guitar), Paul Kingery (bass/vocals), Pat Bautz (drums), Eddie Reasoner (keyboards) and David Morgan (vocalist), takes pride in performing their hit filled concerts for generation-spanning audiences. The band's now-famous name refers to native Australian hunters in the outback who huddled with their dogs for warmth on cold nights; the coldest being a "Three Dog Night". Boasting chart and sales records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 singles, 11 Top 10's, 18 straight Top 20's, 7 million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their hits appeared on bestselling charts in all genres (pop, rock and country). Their records continue to sell around the world, reaching beyond the borders of the U.S. into Japan, Canada, Holland, England, Germany, Spain and elsewhere. Tens of millions of Three Dog Night records have been sold through the years.
Three Dog Night recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) new songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group's eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating best-selling charts for years. Now, as they mark more than 40 years on the road, Three Dog Night continue to grow their fan base and develop new ways of doing business. In 2014 they are pursuing an extensive schedule of concerts at theatres, performing arts centers, fairs, festivals, corporate events, and casinos. Since 1986, they have performed over 2,200 shows including two Super Bowls.
Grand Funk Railroad
Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top selling American rock group of the 70s is "Comin' to Your Toiwn to Help You Party it Down". Grand Funk Railroad is extremely excited to be touring in 2015 marking a 45 year milestone. After playing to millions of fans on tours from 1996 to 2014, the band's "45 Years of Grand Funk" Tour will continue to reach both new and long-time fans.
Known as "The American Band", the high-energy five-piece group will play forty shows all over the USA this year. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We're An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, "The God Of Thunder". Joining Don and Mel are true "All Stars". Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38's biggest hit "Second Chance" and was co-founder of California's legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as "the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet". Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master's degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called "Dr. Tim", his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.
Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk's legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape forty-five years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group's influence and staying power. Mega-hits We're An American Band, I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home, Locomotion, and Some Kind Of Wonderful still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. We're An American Band has received notoriety in recent years being used in movie sound tracks and in television/radio advertising. The huge hit was featured in a recent General Motors national TV ad campaign and in Disney's animated feature film The Country Bears. In 2004, We're An American Band was featured in the Cuba Gooding Jr. film RADIO, and in 2005 it was featured in the swashbuckler SAHARA starring Matthew McConaughey.
Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York's Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles. The group's widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We're An American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band May 10, 2002 for their greatest hits package Grand Funk Railroad The Collectors Series.
The multi-talented band carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. In July of 2011, GFR drew 25,000 people to their Molson Canal Series Concert outside Buffalo. In August of 2005 the band drew 20,000 in Albany, New York, and in September drew 20,000 fans to downtown Orlando, Florida. In April 2006, EMI/Capitol released a new Grand Funk Greatest Hits package that includes a bonus DVD of rare concert footage. Grand Funk's 2015 tour was a huge success and now, with the group's 2016 tour, seasoned Grand Funk lovers and contemporary rock fans discovering the group for the first time will be able to celebrate with 47 YEARS OF GRAND FUNK!
Tommy James and the Shondells
Tommy James' road to superstardom began when a nightclub DJ in Pittsburgh discovered a two-year-old record by "The Shondells" and played it at his weekend dances. The crowd response was so overwhelmingly positive that radio deejays started spinning it and an enterprising record distributor bootlegged it, selling 80,000 copies in ten days. By May of 1966 "Hanky Panky" was the number one record in Pittsburgh and Tommy James was a sensation.
A Pittsburgh promoter tracked Tommy down at his home in Niles, told him of the success tale of "Hanky Panky," and urged him to "come on down!" Unable to put the original group back together, Tommy hired a hot P-burgh R&B bar band to become the Shondells. Two weeks later he and this new group signed a record deal with Roulette Records in New York. The label, in turn, put their promotion team to work on "Hanky Panky" and made it the summer smash of '66. Thus, began one of the longest strings of nonstop hits in recording industry history.
The Shondells promptly followed "Hanky Panky" with two more million selling singles - "Say I Am (What I Am)" and "It's Only Love" - and the Hanky Panky album, which went gold just four weeks after its release.
With three hits under his belt, Tommy brought in producers Bo Gentry and Ritchie Cordell who, over the next two years, produced seven more back-to-back smash singles: "I Think We're Alone Now", "Mirage", "I Like The Way", "Gettin' Together", "Out Of The Blue", "Get Out Now", and the party rock rave-up "Mony Mony." The Gentry/Cordell/James team also produced three platinum albums.
In 1968, Tommy and The Shondells became one of the first acts to experiment with music videos, creating a mini-film around "Mony Mony" for theatrical showings, thirteen years before MTV hit the airwaves. After spending three months on the road that year with Vice President Hubert Humphrey's presidential campaign, TJ and company took over the creative reins of their career by writing and producing their next record, the groundbreaking "Crimson and Clover" single and the accompanying album. Released in early 1969, it went multi-platinum, and spawned two more monster hits for the group: "Do Something To Me" and "Crystal Blue Persuasion." A fourth song from the LP, "Sugar On Sunday," rose high on the charts in a cover version by The Clique.
The Shondells followed up the Crimson and Clover album with Cellophane Symphony, which featured the newly developed Moog Synthesizer and included yet another Top Ten single, "Sweet Cherry Wine."
Tommy James and The Shondells were on a roll! Not only did the total sales of "Sweet Cherry Wine" and the band's other three hits in 1969 top those of the Beatles that year, their second volume of greatest hits - The Best Of Tommy James and The Shondells (featuring "Ball of Fire") – also appeared, and ultimately sold over 10 million copies.
Alone among his 1960s contemporaries, Tommy had successfully made the transition from a Top 40 pop singer to a respected classic rock album artist.
Meanwhile Tommy's songs had become pop culture classics and were being covered by everyone from punk rockers to country icons. In 1987, Tiffany and Billy Idol's versions of "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Mony Mony" respectively battled for the top spot on the pop chart for a solid month, each eventually going number one. It was the first time in music history that two cover versions of songs by the same artist went number one back-to-back.
In 2006, Tommy marked the start of his fifth decade as a recording artist with the release of a fan-pleasing, career-spanning retrospective 40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006), which included all 48 of his singles. Next came his I Love Christmas album on CD and a special collector's vinyl edition.
His autobiography – Me, The Mob and The Music – became a bestseller for Simon & Schuster, garnered rave reviews from critics and industry insiders, and was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 25 greatest rock 'n' roll memoirs of all time (#12).
This thrilling tale of Tommy's career and his tumultuous relationship with the "Godfather" of the music industry, Morris Levy, is on its way to becoming a major motion picture: a project helmed by producer Barbara De Fina, whose credits include Goodfellas, Casino, Cape Fear, Color of Money, The Grifters, The Age of Innocence, and Hugo. With a top Hollywood screenwriter now on board, Tommy's story has taken a critical step forward in the always-lengthy film development process.
Today, Tommy's career is still in high gear. With the signing of a new distribution deal with Allegro, his entire recorded catalog will be available around the world.
Tommy has also signed an agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing to represent Tommy's self-published songs and the accompanying masters. This move means that all of Tommy's songs from 1962 onward are now being pitched for film, television, advertising and other uses by the world's largest music publishing house.
On the road, he and his Shondells are still rockin', performing their many timeless hits to sellout crowds across the country. When not on the road, Tommy continues to craft new music geared toward film and television, and develop new business opportunities for his company Aura Entertainment Group.