As it's Thanksgiving we've put together a little playlist for you of all things thankful and appreciative; happy holidays!
Thanksgiving is upon us once more. In fact in many countries, including Canada, The Netherlands and St Lucia it has already been celebrated. The forth Thursday in November though is arguably the biggest, best known Thanksgiving around the world as it's when The United States Of America, and Brazil, recognise the national holiday. Abraham Lincoln set, or proclaimed, the date for all states back in 1863 and ever since then that's when people have taken time out, not only to bless the harvest, but to say thank you. One reluctant out going President Trump pardoned Corn the turkey, although who was the bigger turkey was still up for debate, in the traditional White House ceremony just the other day setting in motion the start of the U.S celebrations. This inspired us here at Contact Music to put together a topical playlist themed around Thanksgiving.
President Trump is joined by First Lady Melania Trump to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey 2020 / Photo Credit: Sipa USA/PA Images
Dido - Thank you.
Sir Paul McCartney has backed Labour MP John Spellar's campaign to stop iconic music venues from closing.
Sir Paul McCartney has backed a campaign to stop iconic music venues from closing.
The Beatles star has spoke out in support of Labour MP John Spellar's move to introduce a bill in the Commons that will change planning laws and protect music venues from closing.
He said: ''Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different. If we don't support music at this level, then the future of music in general is in danger.''
Continue reading: Sir Paul McCartney Backs Campaign To Stop Music Venues Closing
Ray Davis - 2015 Olivier Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th April 2015
The best London’s West End has to offer was out in force at the 39th annual Olivier Awards.
Angela Lansbury and The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon, were the big winners at Olivier Awards, held on Sunday evening at London’s Royal Opera House. At the ceremony, hosted by Lenny Henry, Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge also won big, taking home three awards including best revival.
Lansbury took home the best supporting actress award.
Angela Lansbury, who turns 90 this October, returned to the West End last year as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. The actress took home the best supporting actress for her performance, telling the audience "I simply can't believe it,” while accepting the statue.
The Kinks founder and front man Ray Davies was unable to attend his induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame due to a death in his family.
Co-founder and frontman of The Kinks, Ray Davies, was unable to attend his induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame because his sister Joyce passed away. The ceremony took place on Thursday June 12 in New York City and although Davies couldn’t be there in person he did accept the honour via video link.
Davies, pictured outside the BBC Radio 2 studios in London, was unable to attend the ceremony in New York City due to the death of his sister
Davies also posted on his Facebook page: “I am profoundly honoured to have been inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and disappointed not to have been at the event in New York but I felt it necessary to be near my family at this sad time of my sisters (sic) funeral.”
The English rock group may be reuniting once again after the lead singer confirmed to have had several meetings with his younger brother, and co-founder, Dave: "We both agree we don't want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It's got to be something new."
The Kinks haven't performed together since 1996, but is the hugely popular rock band about to reunite?
Like many disbanded music acts, the English group, who formed in the early 60's, have had to deal with many years of friction within its members, but this may be all in the past.
The Kinks' frontman Ray Davies recently revealed he has finally had a face-to-face meeting with a founding member of the band, his younger brother Dave.
Continue reading: Ray Davies Indicates The Kinks Reuniting For The First Time Since 1996
Surving being shot is a pretty big deal as Benzino and these other 5 celebrities know.
Rapper Benzino escaped death when he was shot by his own nephew on Saturday, whilst attending his mother’s funeral. Thankfully the rapper and reality TV star’s injuries were not fatal and he is expected to make a full recovery. As shocking and serious as any shooting is, Benzino is not the first celebrity to fall victim to gun fire, but luckily he’s also not the first to survive either.
50 Cent was shot nine times in 2000
Continue reading: Benzino And 5 Other Celebrities Who Survied Getting Shot
The rockers could be reuniting to celebrate half a century of their music.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of British Invasion rock band The Kinks and fans are waiting with baited breath to see whether brothers Ray and Dave Davies will reunite the group. Davies has told music magazine Uncut that a reunion is "as close as it's ever been to happening."
Ray Davies: The Kinks Could Reunite This Year.
Dave Davies, who suffered a stroke in 2004, explained that he'd caught up with his brother last summer in a London pub, where they chatted about the possibility of reforming the band for their 50th anniversary. "I said to Ray I thought that it'd be a great shame if we don't try and do something," he told Uncut. "I don't think our love has diminished. I think the stage-play has played itself out a bit, the pretence and the acting. I think it's time reality took over, and started directing the last years of [...] whatever it is. It's like Cain and Abel."
Continue reading: The Kinks Reuniting For 50th Anniversary? Ray Davies Courts Rumours
Elton John's appendicitis could have turned out much, much worse.
Elton John's bout of appendicitis appears to be more serious than first assumed, with the legendary singer-songwriter suggesting he was close to death while performing 10 concerts on his recent European tour. Sir Elton has been forced to postpone a series of summer dates, including at London's Hyde Park this week.
Speaking to tabloid The Sun, Elton explained how he was in "agony" before calling in the doctors, "I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time," he said. In a statement on his official website, the singer said he is on a course of "intensive antibiotics" and is expected to undergo surgery "in the coming weeks."
Fans will be pleased to learn the singer plans to return to touring "starting in early September 2013," though he will concentrate his efforts on making a full recovering for the next month-and-a-half.
Continue reading: Elton John 'Could Have Died At Any Time' On European Tour
Chris Bosh and Dee Ray Davis - Miami Heat professional basketball play Chris Bosh celebrates his 29th birthday party at Bamboo Miami Beach - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Wednesday 3rd April 2013
Ray Davies - Nikki Giavasis and comedian De Ray Davis Wednesday 18th July 2012 Nikki Giavasis hosts an evening of R&B Live at Chi Dynasty in Studio City
Ray Davies is best known for being the lead singer of legendary rock band The Kinks but since the demise of them in 1996, he has worked hard on a solo career as a singer-songwriter. After five solo albums, Ray Davies now returns with a collaborations album, See My Friends. This collection is very interesting because all of the songs were actually produced decades ago by The Kinks themselves and now have been given a modern revamp. As the man himself says 'Originally it was a way to express myself and give my band The Kinks material to record. After a while, the songs took a life of their own as the world discovered them. Now, when I meet other artists, most of them who know my work have a favourite Kinks song. I decided it would be a natural progression to collaborate with some of these artists'. The result is a walk down nostalgia lane but with a brilliantly modern streak that is sure to garner new-generation fans.
Continue reading: Ray Davies, See My Friends Album Review
Date of birth
21st June, 1944