Celebrating The Life Of Michael Houser With Footage From His Final Performances

first_imgToday, August 10th, marks the 18th anniversary of Michael Houser‘s death at the age of 40. Houser was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2002, opting to play with Widespread Panic on the road until he was physically unable. Though it was a truly emotional time, Mikey showed great strength and resilience during his final days, playing his last show just one month before his untimely death. The founding Widespread Panic member is missed by all in the jam scene, particularly the band’s loyal fan base throughout the South and beyond.In honor of the great guitarist’s memory, we wanted to share some footage from Houser’s final days with Widespread Panic in 2002. Houser and Widespread headlined the first-ever Bonnaroo, where they delivered a truly uplifting version of “Tall Boy” into “Testify” that featured legendary gospel group, Dottie Peoples and The People’s Choice Choir.Widespread Panic w/ Dottie Peoples and the People’s Choice Choir  – “Tall Boy” > “Testify” > “Tall Boy” – 6/22/02[Video: WolfEchoes]Panic brought that fateful tour to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a three-night run starting on June 28th. Widespread Panic is synonymous with Red Rocks, having played the iconic venue scores of times throughout their career. They now currently hold the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at the scenic natural amphitheater. The last Widespread Panic Red Rocks performances with Houser were certainly moving, albeit bittersweet.Widespread Panic – Red Rocks – 6/28/02 – Full Video[Video: Michael Musgrove]Just a few days later, on July 2nd, Mikey played his last show with Widespread Panic. With his days numbered, the guitarist gave fans a memorable performance in Cedar Rapids, IA. You can stream the emotional show by following this PanicStream link, and join us in remembering this great guitarist who was taken from us in his prime.Rest in peace, Mikey Houser, you are loved and missed.[Originally published 8/10/17]last_img read more

Judy Garland, Richard Pryor, David Bowie, The Eagles, N.W.A and more added to National Recording Registry

first_imgJudy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”; Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — If there’s one song you’d think would already be in the National Recording Registry, it’s Judy Garland’s classic take on “Over the Rainbow,” from The Wizard of Oz.  That song’s on the list of 25 recordings the Library of Congress revealed this morning have just now been added to the Registry, because of their “cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage.”This year’s list of recordings is as varied as ever, spanning more than a century — the oldest addition is an 1888 wax cylinder recording by a friend of inventor Thomas Edison; the latest, a 1997 album of operatic arias by soprano Renée Fleming.The seminal 1988 rap album Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A is on the list, as is David Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1980’s Remain in Light by the Talking Heads, and the first Greatest Hits album by The Eagles, the second-best-selling album of all time.Other individual songs added to the registry include Don Mclean’s “American Pie,” Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,”  “In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett, and Barbra Streisand’s “People.”Country crooner Marty Robbins’ 1959 classic Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs made the list — the album’s hit single outlaw ballad “El Paso” was famously featured in the final episode of Breaking Bad — as did the original cast recording of the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz, and comic Richard Pryor’s 1978 recording Wanted: Live in Concert.Here’s the complete roster of this year’s National Recording Registry additions.  More info on the individual recordings is at the Library of Congress website.1.  The 1888 London cylinder recordings of Col. George Gouraud (1888) 2.  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (singles), Manhattan Harmony Four (1923); Melba Moore and Friends (1990) 3.  “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (single), Harry Richman (1929) 4.  “Over the Rainbow” (single), Judy Garland (1939) 5.  “I’ll Fly Away” (single), The Chuck Wagon Gang  (1948) 6.  “Hound Dog” (single),  Big Mama Thornton (1953) 7.  Saxophone Colossus, Sonny Rollins  (1956) 8.  The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, announced by Vin Scully (September 8, 1957) 9.  Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, Marty Robbins  (1959) 10. The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Wes Montgomery (1960) 11. “People” (single), Barbra Streisand (1964) 12. “In the Midnight Hour” (single), Wilson Pickett  (1965) 13. “Amazing Grace” (single), Judy Collins  (1970) 14. “American Pie” (single), Don McLean  (1971) 15.  “All Things Considered,” first broadcast (May 3, 1971) 16. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie (1972) 17. The Wiz, original cast album (1975) 18. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975), Eagles  (1976)  19. Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Gunter Schuller, arr. (1976)   20. Wanted:  Live in Concert, Richard Pryor  (1978) 21. “We Are Family” (single), Sister Sledge (1979) 22. Remain in Light, Talking Heads (1980) 23. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A (1988) 24. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Robert Shaw Festival Singers  (1990) 25. Signatures, Renée Fleming  (1997)Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more