EVERYTHING OLD IS “NEWS” AGAIN” # 4

May 13, 2012

“THE AVENGERS” BACK AT NUMBER ONE WITH A VENGENCE!

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Avengers” is taking a page out of Superman’s comic book — flying faster than a speeding bullet to the billion-dollar mark at the box office.

The superhero blockbuster took in $103.2 million to lead for a second-straight weekend, raising its domestic total to $373.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

With $95.4 million more overseas, “The Avengers” lifted its international receipts to $628.9 million and a worldwide haul of just over $1 billion, only 19 days after it began rolling out in some markets.

“You never think that it can happen this quickly,” said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, whose Marvel Studios unit produced the ensemble film after a long buildup in its solo superhero outings. “You hope you can get to this day, and the fact that it is happening this early is a testament to a lot of work that went in on the Marvel side over the last six years to get us to a place where people wanted to see the Avengers assemble.”

“The Avengers” easily fended off Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s vampire romp “Dark Shadows,” which had a so-so domestic start of $28.8 million to finish a distant No. 2.

That’s far below such past Depp-Burton collaborations as “Alice in Wonderland,” which opened with $116.1 million, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which debuted with $56.2 million.

“Dark Shadows” added $36.7 million in 42 overseas markets for a worldwide total of $65.5 million.

“The Avengers” was the first movie ever to pull in more than $100 million domestically in its second weekend, passing the previous best of $75.6 million for “Avatar.” The film also topped $300 million domestically Saturday after just nine days in release, beating the previous record set by “The Dark Knight,” which hit that mark in 10 days.

I WAS SORRY TO HEAR OF THE FINAL TRANSITION OF DONALD “DUCK” DUNN, THE BASS PLAYER FOR BOOKER T. AND THE MG’S (“GREEN ONIONS”, “TIME IS TIGHT”) MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HERE’S THE FULL STORY ABOUT HIS PASSING.

TOKYO (AP) — Bass player and songwriter Donald “Duck” Dunn, a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, has died in Tokyo. He was 70.

Dunn was in Tokyo for a series of shows. News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep.

Miho Harasawa, a spokeswoman for Tokyo Blue Note, the last venue Dunn played, confirmed he died alone early Sunday. She had no further details.

Dunn, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, performed on recordings with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and many others, and specialized in blues, gospel and soul. He played himself in the 1980 hit movie “The Blues Brothers.”

He received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2007 for his work with Booker T. and the MGs.

His friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour, said’, ”Today I lost my best friend,” Cropper ”The World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live”.

*PHOTO AT TOP L-R ..AL JACKSON, JR., BOOKER T. JONES, DONALD “DUCK” DUNN, AND STEVE CROPPER…BOOKER T. AND THE MG’S

Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne 

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BRILL BUILDING HEROES…DOC POMUS AND MORTY SHUMAN

Doc Pomus and Morty Shuman were at the peak of their success when I met them up at Hill and Range music on the top floor of the BRILL BUILDING in the early 60s, when I was trying to make a name for myself as a singer/ songwriter. They always made me feel as if I was part of the music community, though I was a few years away from having my first hit.When I’d hear one of their new I never failed to get chills. They were basic and simple and real… and sometimes the entire song was a “hook” as opposed to just a line or two.
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After Leiber and Stoller stopped writing for the “Classic” Elvis..Doc and Morty took over without missing a beat with “Surrender”, ”Viva Las Vegas”, “Suspicion”, “Littlle Sister”, and “His Latest Flame”.
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As far as I’m concerned, the greatest contribution that POMUS AND SHUMAN made to Pop music were the songs they wrote for the Drifters, which elevated the entire genre of R&B Music. I remember once I was up at Hill and Range when Morty came back from a trip to Mexico, his head filled withall sorts of complex latin rythyms, most importantly “The Bayone” feel. A sort of BOOM BA-BOOM …BOOM BA-BOOM on bass and drums, with ultra-hip latin percussion dancing around on top. 
You can hear it as the pulse of the Drifters, ”Save The Last Dance For Me”. Speaking of which, as I was doing some research, I ran across the following story…
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“Now, consider the context in which “Last Dance” was written. Here’s Doc, married to this gorgeous blonde Broadway actress, and all her Broadway cronies are contemptuous of rock & roll. A childhood victim of polio, Doc was on crutches, never able to walk. One night he was at a dance with his wife, waiting for herto finish dancing with a bevy of partners, patient and cool on the sidelines. Though he never said so, it likely provided the inspiration for these lines:

“Don’t forget who’s taking you home
And in whose arms you’re gonna be
So, darling, save the last dance for me”

copyright 1959/2012 by Hill and Range Music

FOR “SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME” BY BEN E. KING AND THE DRIFTERS CLICK  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef_xBhA_3cA&feature=fvwrel

                                                                                                          (TO BE CONTINUED)

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LAURA PINTO CONNECTION AND HUNTER GEORGE FOR HELPING ME PUT THIS ARTICLE TOGETHER

 Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/celebrating-two-million-views-today-on-artie-wayne-on-the-web/

FOR STORIES OF OTHER  BRILL BUILDING HEROES…

JEFF BARRY (“TELL LAURA I LOVE HER”, “DA DOO RUN RUN”, “GOIN’ TO THE CHAPELL “, “RIVER DEEP, “MOUNTAIN HIGH”, I HONESTLY LOVE YOU”)  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/02/10/jeff-barry-i-honestly-like-him/

JERRY LIEBER AND MIKE STOLLER…(“DON’T BE CRUEL”, “JAILHOUSE ROCK”, “DON’T”, “IS THAT ALL THERE IS?”) https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/02/21/brief-encounters-with-lieber-and-stoller/

BEN RALEIGH…(“LAUGHING ON THE OUTSIDE”, “TELL LAURA I LOVE HER”, “WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL”, “LOVE IS A HURTIN’ THING”, “MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT MARY”, “SCOOBY DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? 

https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/05/26/ben-raleigh-rip-rock-in-perpetuity/

AARON SCHROEDER – PUBLISHER OF GENE PITNEY, BARRY WHITE, AND JIMI HENDRIX https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/aaron-schroeder-r-i-p-rock-n-perpetuity/

FREDDY BIENSTOCK – PUBLISHER OF ELVIS PRESLEY MUSIC AND HILL AND RANGE SONGS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/tag/freddie-bienstock-r-i-p-rock-n-perpetuity/

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LAURA PINTO CONNECTION AND HUNTER GEORGE FOR HELPING ME PUT THIS ARTICLE TOGETHER

 Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne  https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/celebrating-two-million-views-today-on-artie-wayne-on-the-web/

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2 Responses to “EVERYTHING OLD IS “NEWS” AGAIN” # 4”

  1. Artie Wayne Says:

    transcribed from an email

    Thanks Artie,

    Being an only child, Duck Dunn was the closest person to a brother I never had. We did everything together from the time we were 11.
    Duck could have been anything he wanted but chose to be a bass player, not sure he knew he was the World’s greatest. I have lost

    much more than a friend.

    Steve Cropper

  2. Artie Wayne Says:

    Transcribed from e-mails and comments on FACEBOOK

    I loved Duck Dunn, His simple country bass lines along with Al jackson’s famous groundbreaking “back beat” showed a recially divided generation of black and white kids how to dance to the same music. My heart goes out to June, his brother and kids but especially his lifelong pal Steve Cropper who has suffered a terrible loss. Good Grief. . .

    LEE HOUSEKEEPER

    Very saddened and shocked by reports of the passing of Duck Dunn in Japan, after his 2-show concert in a nightclub there…..just can’t believe it. Donald Duck Dunn, an Original and wonderful bass player, terrific person….he’s younger than me, but traveling is very stressful imo….Sympathies to his Family and Friends. 😦 very sad..

    .CAROL KAYE

    Simply, “THE BEST” R.I.P.

    JERRY HELLER

    Duck” was a drummer’s dream come true!!

    MICHAEL WALLS

    R.I.P. “Duck”!!! great musician.

    SUSAN WOODNICK

    Duck was the consummate good ol’ boy.Funny, irreverent and a pleasure to spend a day on the links with.

    RUSSELL FREIDMAN


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