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Nielsen-Pearson "If You Should Sail" video

Nielsen-Pearson "If You Should Sail" video.

The duet Reed Nielsen and Mark Pearson are named "Nielsen Pearson Band", back in 1978 with the their first release of "The Nielsen Pearson Band" in a country style feat. John Scott Bowen and Marc Jordan.

In 1980, Nielsen-Pearson released their second album "Nielsen Pearson" (Capitol Records) that features the single "If You Should Sail" and collaborations of great names like: Tom Scott, Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, David Foster, Victor Feldman, Jay Winding & Chuck Findley... The band broke up after this 3rd album.

Their 3rd album "Blind Luck" is an incredible Westcoast Music classic album featuring Steve Lukather (from Toto), Michael Landau, Carlos Vega, Robbie Buchanan, Joe Chemay, etc.

Nielsen-Pearson "If You Should Sail" video from Solid Gold radioshow in 1980 (a rare TV performance of them on the show) from "Nielsen Pearson" album (1980).

Little River Band "Please Don't Ask Me" with John Farnham video

Little River Band "Please Don't Ask Me" with John Farnham video.

John Peter Farnham (July 1, 1949) is an Australian pop singer. He has remained one of Australia's best-known performers over a career spanning more than 30 years. He is the only Australian artist to have a number one record in five consecutive decades.

Born in Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom, Farnham spent the first years of his life in England before migrating to Australia in 1959. An undistinguished student, he began a plumbing apprenticeship before taking leave from that to pursue music.

His first commercially-successful recording was a novelty song entitled "Sadie the Cleaning Lady", in 1968, which sold 180 000 copies in Australia, the largest-selling single by an Australian artist of the decade. The clean-cut pop star made several more successful albums, but by the 1970s his recording career began to dwindle and he turned to television, appearing in a situation comedy and narrating documentaries, whilst singing in clubs. He also performed in a number of musicals and in the Australian television comedy series Bobby Dazzler as the leading character of the same name. His one recording hit in this period was a reworking of the Beatles' "Help!" in 1980. In his early career he was known as Johnny Farnham. Farnham married Jillian Billman in 1973. They had two sons, Robert and James.

From 1981 until 1984, he fronted the Little River Band after Glenn Shorrock departed. This was a move away from cabaret and into rock music. John Farnham joined LRB knowing that all that he would get out of it was experience and the chance to perform in the USA. The problem was that LRB were not selling any records. They had to get continuous advances from Capitol Records just to tour and make new albums hoping that this would bring them a hit. Capitol Records brought out a "Greatest Hits" album, which caused even more financial problems for the current band.

It was during this time that John Farnhnam did vocal tracks for movies just to earn some extra money. He did tracks for the movies "Fletch", "The Slugger's Wife", "Savage Streets", "Voyage of the Rock Aliens", and "Hell Tracks".

With John Farnham, Little River Band recorded three albums, which had some modest success, though not enough to pay back the advances the record company had given the band. The first album, "The Net," was already written and John Farnham had no say in the songs, he just had to harmonise and sing the lead vocals.

They recorded a concert in Melbourne that aired in America on HBO. The concert video was only one hour long, and it highlighted some of the songs from the "The Net" as well as reworked versions of LRB classics such as "Cool Change" and "Reminiscing". "Please Don't Ask Me", a song written by Graham Goble, and a hit for John Farnham almost three years previously, was played during the Australian opening of the show. Despite positive Australian and US reviews, this performance has never been officially released on VHS or DVD.

"Please Don't Ask Me" Live in 1983 with the Little River Band. Extremely rare footage from the "Live In Melbourne" show that aired on American TV. Only the audio from this clip was used for the introduction of that show but this video portion was never released.

Van Stephenson "Modern Day Delilah" video

Van Stephenson "Modern Day Delilah" video.

Singer and songwriter Van Stephenson, best known as the highest of the three harmony voices in the band BlackHawk, died April 9, 2001, after a two-year battle with skin cancer. He was 47.

A professional songwriter since age 19, Stephenson wrote or co-wrote numerous hits, including BlackHawk's "Every Once In A While". He shared credit with bandmate Dave Robbins and record executive Tim DuBois on Restless Heart's 1988 No. 1 "Bluest Eyes In Texas".

An Ohio native, Stephenson moved to Nashville at age 10. He cut two solo albums as a rock musician in the 1980s.

Van Stephenson "Modern Day Delilah" from the album "Righteous Anger" (1984).

David Gates "Goodbye Girl" video

David Gates "Goodbye Girl" video.

David Gates (born December 11, 1940) is a singer and songwriter, best known as the front man of the group Bread (formed in 1967). Gates was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (having grown up in what is now Bolewood Acres) dropped out of college and married young, and set off for California to begin a career in music. Success came early (including his song "Saturday's Child" being recorded by the Monkees), but it was with Bread that he gained a wide following and a string of hits including: "Make it with You" (1970) , "If" (1971), "Everything I Own" (1972) and "Lost Without Your Love" (1976).

After Bread split up, he released several solo albums and in 1977 composed the theme song for the Oscar-winning film "The Goodbye Girl".

"Goodbye Girl" from "The Goodbye Girl" (1977) original motion picture.

Lukather & Scott Soto on new studio project

Jeff Scott Soto has recently met with Steve Lukather to discuss a new studio project they will undertake in the Fall upon Jeff's return from the Talisman tour in Europe. Producer/bassist/writer Fabrizio Grossi has been appointed the ringleader of the project which is the brainstorm of Frontiers Records president, Serafino Perugino. There is a well known & respected drummer in place but not yet confirmed for this as well as discussions of guest musicians that may appear as well, the only info we have about the direction of the music is 'it will rock & it will be loaded with melody'... More details to come right here on Luke's website.

Robbie Dupree "Steal Away" video

Robbie Dupree "Steal Away" video.

Robbie Dupree (born Robert Dupuis on December 23, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York) is a U.S. singer/songwriter best known for his 1980 top ten pop hit "Steal Away."

Under the guidance of Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff, Robbie Dupree moved to Los Angeles in the late 70s and recorded his Elektra debut, "Steal Away" in 1980. Off this album, single "Steal Away cracked" was US #6 and "Hot Rod Hearts" entered #15. We can note Robbie's long-time partnership with Bill LaBounty. Robbie Dupree was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1981. The successful recording team got together once again for 1981 follow up, "Street Corner Heroes".
Robbie Dupree's first album was his self-titled album, "Robbie Dupree."

This music video of "Steal Away" is a rare video of Robbie Dupree and his band from the early '80s. Robbie Dupree figured out that the video was shot for a show in Vancouver, Canada in 1980. Actually, it was Brian Ray who remembered the trip of the band there.

Robbie Dupree "Steal Away" from his album "Robbie Dupree" (1980).

Jay Graydon "Nothin' You Can Do About It" video (feat. David Foster and Warren Wiebe)

Jay Graydon "Nothin' You Can Do About It" video (feat. David Foster and Warren Wiebe).

Jay Graydon is a Los Angeles songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, producer, arranger, and recording engineer. He is the winner of two Grammy awards (in the R&B category) with twelve Grammy nominations, among them the title "Producer of the Year" and "Best Engineered Recording". In his prolific career his recordings have been featured on record, film, television and on stage.

He made his singing debut on his second birthday on the "Joe Graydon Show," the first music/talk television show in Los Angeles, hosted by his father Joe Graydon. During and briefly after his college days Jay Graydon played in the renowned Don Ellis Band. The Don Ellis music style can be described as experimental post-bop jazz.

From the late 60s and the late 70s he was an "A list" session musician in Los Angeles, acquiring a reputation as an ace studio guitarist/ solo specialist working with such artists as Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia Newton-John and Albert King.

Among rock music fans, he is perhaps best known for his now-legendary guitar solo for Steely Dan's "Peg". The band had turned down 7 other guitarists, among them Walter Becker himself.
Jay Graydon's production credits include work with Air Supply, George Benson, Al Jarreau, DeBarge, El DeBarge, Sheena Easton, Art Garfunkel, The Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Kenny Rogers and Dionne Warwick.

He has written more than 220 songs. Some of his greatest hits include Grammy winning "Turn Your Love Around" with George Benson, many songs co-written with super producer and friend David Foster, including the Grammy-winning "After The Love Has Gone" (a hit for Earth, Wind & Fire and "Friends In Love" with Dionne Warwick and Johnny Mathis; several hits with Al Jarreau (including "Mornin'", "Breakin' Away", "High Crime", "After All", "Roof Garden", "Love Is Waiting", "Closer To Your Love"), "Who's Holding Donna Now" with DeBarge, several hits with Manhattan Transfer including "Twilight Tone", "On The Boulevard", "Smile Again" and "Spies In The Night" (a potential James Bond theme).

Jay has written numerous articles in music magazines and as an educator he conducted seminars at Musician's Institute in Hollywood together with guitar legend Tommy Tedesco for more than 15 years. He has been working on a series of books on recording techniques together with Craig Anderton - well known writer of recording technique best sellers, columns in music magazines and gear manuals. The books will include recording the guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals, horns, strings, and mixing.

Jay Graydon worked with René Angelil and Céline Dion on the JT Super Producer concert in Japan in 1994 with David Foster (which this "Nothin' You Can Do About It" is an extract). Foster and Graydon have also worked together on numerous other projects like Airplay.
His first "own" hit album was "Airplay" in 1979. Together with David Foster and Tommy Funderburk he created the concept of "Airplay".

Airplay (feat. Jay Graydon, Tommy Funderburk and David Foster) "Nothin' You Can Do About It" from "Airplay" album (1979).