Best Of Bachman, Turner Overdrive (Best Of B.T.O.). When Was It Originally Released? Pop Culture Music History.

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Canada gave us some terrific music  – and BTO was right up there with the best of them

If you grew up in the 1970′s and listened to top-40 or album oriented radio – you loved Bachman, Turner Overdrive – with Randy Bachman and company. Their rock music was catchy and infectuous with hits such as “Takin’ Care Of Business,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Let It Ride.” Simply great stuff. I loved these guys and we couldn’t wait for their greatest hits to be released.

It finally came as Mercury records released “The Best Of BTO (So Far)” back in August of 1976. If you don’t have it, get it. Or download their hits. Don’t forget “Hey You” and “Roll On Down The Highway.”

BTW – The last single for BTO was from that same time – summer of 1976 with “Gimmie Your Money Please.” Not a big charter – but – just in case you wanted to know.

Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com

1960′s Hitmaker Dennis Yost Passes

Dennis Yost, lead singer of the 1960s group the Classics IV, has died in an Ohio hospital. He was 65.

Yost died Sunday at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, about 30 miles northwest of Cincinnati. He died of respiratory failure, said hospital spokeswoman Marielou Vierling.

The Classics IV’s hits included “Spooky,” “Stormy” and “Traces of Love.”

Yost had been in nursing homes since suffering a brain injury sustained in a 2005 fall, said the singer’s friend and biographer Joe Glickman.

The Classics IV got their start in Jacksonville, Fla., where Yost, a native of Detroit, was raised, Glickman said. Their hit recordings were produced in Atlanta under the supervision of producer Buddy Buie and Bill Lowery, founder of Lowery Music Inc.

The group performed together for about five years.

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Hannah Montana Gets To Dance With The Stars

The Disney folks are to pushing Miley’s new single just in time for the holidays and to older audiences. Expect it to be on the top pop surveys in December…

Miley Cyrus has signed on to perform on the season finale of “Dancing with the Stars.” The “Hannah Montana” actress will sing her latest single, “Fly on the Wall” on the ABC show’s season finale on November 25th.

Last Of The Jimi Hendrix Experience Dies

Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s and the group’s last surviving member, was found dead in his hotel room early Wednesday. He was 61.

Mitchell was a powerful force on the Hendrix band’s 1967 debut album “Are You Experienced?” as well as the trio’s albums “Electric Ladyland” and “Axis: Bold As Love.” He had an explosive drumming style that can be heard in hard-charging songs such as “Fire” and “Manic Depression.”

The Englishman had been drumming for the Experience Hendrix Tour, which performed Friday in Portland. It was the last stop on the West Coast part of the tour.

Hendrix died in 1970. Bass player Noel Redding died in 2003.

An employee at Portland’s Benson Hotel called police after discovering Mitchell’s body.

Erin Patrick, a deputy medical examiner, said Mitchell apparently died of natural causes. An autopsy was planned.

“He was a wonderful man, a brilliant musician and a true friend,” said Janie Hendrix, chief executive of the Experience Hendrix Tour and Jimi Hendrix’ stepsister. “His role in shaping the sound of the Jimi Hendrix Experience cannot be underestimated.”

Bob Merlis, a spokesman for the tour, said Mitchell had stayed in Portland for a four-day vacation and planned to leave Wednesday.

“It was a devastating surprise,” Merlis said. “Nobody drummed like he did.”

He said he saw Mitchell perform two weeks ago in Los Angeles, and the drummer appeared to be healthy and upbeat.

Merlis said the tour was designed to bring together veteran musicians who had known Hendrix — like Mitchell — and younger artists, such as Grammy-nominated winner Jonny Lang, who have been influenced by him.

AP

All You Need Is… A Video Game

Video games are the latest craze to expose new groups and their music – and even older bands.

Now music from the Beatles will be featured in an upcoming video game…

For the first time, the legendary group’s music will be featured in the lucrative video game market in a deal with MTV Games and Harmonix, creators of the “Rock Band” series. The game is scheduled to debut sometime next year.

Beatle Paul McCartney said: “The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music. I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out.”

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Eminem Back With Book And Album

Good Ole Marshal Mathers, aka Shady, aka Eminem is back.

Eminem made his first public appearance in two years at the release party for his memoir “The Way I Am” – and his friend 50 Cent tells In Touch Weekly in a report that this is only the beginning of the (once again slim) Slim Shady’s comeback.

Eminem Memoir: Inside Eminem's Comeback (Image: Wenn)
Eminem Memoir: Inside Eminem’s Comeback (Image: Wenn)

“He’s going to push the restart button,” the rapper says of Eminem’s upcoming album, Relapse. “While he was missing to the public, he wasn’t missing to me. When I go to Detroit, I stay at his house. The songs I’ve heard from him are incredible. He is letting Dr. Dre produce pretty much the whole album.

The 36-year-old superstar’s re-emergence comes four years after his last studio album, three years after he was treated for a sleep medication dependency and two years since the violent death of his best friend and the collapse of a second marriage to his childhood sweetheart.

His new track, “I’m Having a Relapse,” has caused a stir on the Web and is fueling talk of a new record and maybe even a tour.

But before Eminem moves forward musically, he first is taking a step back with a memoir out Tuesday that shares quite a few revelations about a man whose autobiographical lyrics have tantalized fans for years.

In “The Way I Am,” the man born Marshall Bruce Mathers III takes readers into his painful childhood and adolescence and inside the studio and beyond as the former Detroit, Michigan, factory floor sweeper and short-order cook enters the rap game and becomes a worldwide hip-hop sensation.

The book is 200-plus pages worth of text, behind-the-scenes photographs and reproductions of Eminem’s original lyric sheets — hotel stationery and other scraps of paper he used to scratch out partial verses of the songs that would make him famous: From “My Name Is” and “Stan” to “Lose Yourself” and “Without Me.”

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Four Tops Singer Passes

Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, who possessed one of the most dynamic and emotive voices of all the Motown singers, died Friday at 72.

He had been ill recently and died in his sleep at the Detroit house he shared with his wife, said Dana Meah, the wife of Stubbs’ grandson. The Wayne County medical examiner’s office also confirmed the death.

With Stubbs in the lead, the Four Tops sold millions of records, including such hits as “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch.)”

The group performed for more than four decades without a single change in personnel. Stubbs’ death leaves one surviving member of the original group: Abdul “Duke” Fakir.

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DJ AM Recovering from Surgeries – Is Greatful

People Mag’s Lisa Ingrassia did an interview with DJ AM.

After surviving a plane crash that severely injured Travis Barker and killed four others, an emotional DJ AM tells PEOPLE: “I’m the luckiest man alive.”

In his first interview since his Learjet crashed during takeoff at a Columbia, S.C., airport, DJ AM – real name Adam Goldstein – recounts the terrifying scene, with “fire everywhere.”

After his pal, former blink-182 drummer Barker, flung open the emergency exit door, Goldstein recalls, “I tried to cover my face as I jumped through a fireball. As soon as I hit the ground, I remembered, ‘Stop, drop and roll.’ So I started rolling.”

Recovering from the final of three surgeries Goldstein, 35, has undergone procedures to treat his second- and third-degree burns. He says he’s coping one day at a time.

“My emotions go back and forth,” he says. “I can’t believe I made it. I’m just grateful.”

Britney On Top Of Pop

Singer Britney Spears has returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time since her debut single Baby One More Time, in 1999.

“Womanizer,” the first track off her new album Circus, was boosted by first-week download sales of 286,000.

Spears has scored the biggest opening-week tally by a female artist, beating Mariah Carey with Touch My Body.

Last October, top 10 single Gimme More jumped from 68 to number three, with first-week download sales of 179,000.

Successful comeback

Despite a gap of almost 10 years between number one hits, the star has only had three other tracks in the US top 10.

Those records included Toxic, Oops!…I Did it Again and You Drive Me Crazy.

Her last album Blackout went to number two in 2007.

Circus is set to be released on 2 December, which also coincides with the star’s 27th birthday.

After suffering a very public breakdown last year, which saw her lose custody of her children, Spears recently won three prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Fans are hoping the new album is the start of a successful comeback.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday jury selection for the singer’s court trial, for driving without a valid California license, began.

However the singer exercised her right to stay away from court. Selection will continue on Thursday.

BBC