Monthly Archives: April 2012

Men at Work’s Greg Ham found dead in Melbourne

Men at Work’s Greg Ham found dead in Melbourne
By: Iain Shedden, Music Writer From: The Australian

Men At Work flautist Greg Ham has been found dead in his Melbourne home. It is not yet known how he died. Police are investigating the death of Australian band Men at Work’s multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham, whose body was found at his home in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton early today.

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The Recording Academy® Statement on Dick Clark

“Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career. His shows “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” blazed new trails in pop music and became pivotal celebrations of music on television, spotlighting both established and emerging artists. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment. He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever.”

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

Breaking News: Dick Clark Dead At 82

Following surgery at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday night, Dick Clark suffered a “massive” heart attack and died.

Despite a stroke in December  2004, he continued performing.

Clark began his career at 17 as a radio announcer at WRUN in Utica, NY. “American Bandstand,” was on air 32 years (1957-1989). “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” started in 1972; now hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

“Dick Clark was significant in transforming the record business into an international industry,” said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a citation. “His weekly televised record hops — which predated MTV by 25 years — played an integral role in establishing rock and roll, keeping it alive and shaping its future.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.

Free Outdoor Screening of ‘BIG EASY EXPRESS’ at Centennial Park to Help Close Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan


Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan Co-Closer ‘BIG EASY EXPRESS,’ featuring Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons, to Screen for Free at Centennial Park

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ATP Recording Artist, Tammie Davis Releases New Single


“It’s A Beautiful Life” Released to National Radio.


Nashville, TN (April 16, 2012) ATP Recording Artist, Tammie Davis has released her new single “It’s A Beautiful Life (radio version)” to national radio. “It’s A Beautiful Life” made the ‘Top Ten” for “Most Added Song” on the new Music Weekly Chart even before the official release date. Tammie Davis, a singer/songwriter who hails from North Carolina, is a former United States Marine, Marine Musician and a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal. ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’ is a song about enjoying the simple things in life penned by Dave Gibson, formally of the Gibson/Miller Band now owner of Savannah Music Group in Nashville and co-written with Marwenna Diame, an international songwriter from Scotland. The Gibson/Miller Band received the Country Music Award for New Vocal Group or Duo of the Year in 1994 and Dave Gibson has written #1 hits like Confederate Railroad’s “Daddy Never Was a Cadillac Kind” along with many other top ten hits.

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Ted Crockett named Executive Director of Nashville Film Festival


Ted Crockett has been named executive director of Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), it was announced today by the Festival’s Board of Directors, led by president Tyler Middleton. He was previously managing director, before acting as interim executive director for the past six months.

Crockett moved to Nashville from Idaho in 1998 after graduating with Broadcast Journalism degree from Brigham Young University. He worked for five years at Nashville business management firm Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy handling the finances of many entertainers, including Wynonna & Naomi Judd, Gary Allan, Shawn Colvin, Garbage and others. He joined the Nashville Film Festival in 2004 as box office manager, and continued on as a contract employee with NaFF during the 2005 and 2006 festivals before becoming a full-time employee in the spring of 2007. He supports Tennesseans for the Arts, Nashville Public Television, Nashville Pride, Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Arts Coalition, and other local groups. Ted is also an active participant in the Nashville arts community spending his extra time working with sculpture, oil painting and music.

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Deborah Allen Is Just Warming Up


Singer/songwriter Deborah Allen is receiving fresh honors for yesterday’s songs while re-launching her career using today’s recording technology.

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Chinese Theatre Launches 25-cent Classic Movie Mondays

The Recording Academy Statement re: Andrew Love

Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Andrew Love, was a celebrated tenor saxophone player and prominent member of The Memphis Horns.® As arguably the most famous horn section of all time, the Memphis Horns were a vital part of the Stax Records and Southern soul sound, and they played with such major artists as Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, and many more, injecting a shot of Memphis soul into hundreds of recordings during their 40-year career. Our deepest sympathies extend to Love’s family, friends, and the larger music community. His musical impact will live on for generations to come.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy


20120411-190739.jpg The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Randy Haberkamp to the newly created position of Managing Director, Programming, Education and Preservation, Academy COO Ric Robertson announced today. Haberkamp will report directly to Robertson.

“Randy’s track record of creative programming, coupled with his expertise as a film historian, makes him perfectly suited for this position,” said Robertson. “His leadership will be invaluable as we continue to develop compelling programs, initiatives and events that celebrate the movies.”

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