2001 - 2007 Winners Compilation CDs available at the DSA store
All winning songs are on a CD Compilation that was given out at the Awards Ceremony. To get any 3 double CD's simply make a quarter note donation to DSA through our online store and send us an email to request which 3 years of Cd's you want us to mail you.
PLEASE RENEW THIS MONTH: Ken Nelson, Bill Honker, Ken Golden, Bobby Montgomery, Mina Shansa, Ken Golden
November 5th at Sons of Hermann Hall
Contest deadline Sept 30th only $10 to enter
Jerry Leiber, Lyricist in Songwriting Duo Leiber and Stoller, Dies at 78
By Claudia Luther -- Jerry Leiber, who with his songwriting partner Mike Stoller, created a songbook that infused the rock ‘n' roll scene of the 1950s and early ‘60s with energy and mischievous humor, has died. He was 78. ... Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Leiber and his lifelong writing partner, Stoller, wrote hits that included Elvis Presley's rat-a-tat-tat rendition of "Hound Dog" in 1956 and Peggy Lee's 1969 recording of the jaded "Is That All There Is?" But they may be best remembered for the ebullient, impudent hits written for black groups like the Clovers ("Love Potion No. 9"), the Drifters ("Ruby Baby"); the Cheers ("Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots"), the Robins ("Smokey Joe's Cafe," "Riot in Cell Block No. 9") and, especially, a Robins' spinoff group that Leiber and Stoller helped create, the Coasters ("Searchin'," "Yakety Yak," "Poison Ivy," "Charlie Brown," "Down in Mexico," "Little Egypt").
By Angela Watercutter -- The recent surge in online group listening services is just the latest indication that the future of the music industry lies somewhere in the cloud. In their still-nascent forms, they all offer roughly the same service — a place for people to gather online and take turns playing music for each other — but like underground dance clubs in the real world, each offers a variation on the theme, transforming the act of music discovery into a uniquely social experience.
By Ariel Hyatt -- Imagine a world where every time you posted a link on Twitter or on Facebook, that link carried your brand, linked back to your website, played your music, promoted your social media sites and provided links to buy your music. Enter Visibli.
Nick Ashford, Motown Legend, Dies Aged 70
The Telegraph -- Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye has died at the age of 70 from throat cancer. ... Ashford's father, Calvin, was a construction worker. He got his musical start at Willow Run Baptist Church, singing and writing songs for the gospel choir. He briefly attended Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti, before heading to New York, where he tried but failed to find success as a dancer. In 1964, while homeless, Mr. Ashford went to White Rock Baptist Church in Harlem, where he met Simpson, a 17-year-old recent high school graduate who was studying music. They began writing songs together, selling the first bunch for $64... [In 2002 Ashford & Simpson were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.]
By Patricia Aufderheide -- Academics potentially enjoy some of the greatest benefits of U.S. copyright law's doctrine of fair use - which lets them use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances. ... Now if only they knew it.
StoryAmp, a soon-to-launch self-marketing service for indie musicians is currently offering a free ebook, "Amplify Your Story: Getting More Press through the Art of the Pitch", as bait for future customers. It's an excellent guide to getting press and attracting fans by telling the stories of your life as a musician as well as the stories of your music. The guide also includes storytelling insights from business leaders of the new music industry.
By Richard MacManus -- Icelandic musician Björk recently released what she claims to be the world's "first app album." It's an iPad and iPhone app featuring 10 songs, each song accompanied by an interactive app. The "mother" app is called Biophilia, which is the name of the album.
NO AUG. MEETING
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