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Steve Mandell

Posted on 03 April 2018 by Brian Walsh

Guitarist Steve Mandell, who along with Eric Weissberg on banjo recorded the surprise hit duet, “Dueling Banjos” (#2-1973) from the movie “Deliverance”, died March 14. The 76 year-old had been suffering from prostate cancer. Both players were well-known studio musicians working with folk artists like Judy Collins and John Denver. Steve had been with the Phoenix Singers and Eric with the Tarriers. He arranged the song, originally called “Feudin’ Banjos” when it was written in 1954 and it went on to be nominated for Best Original Song by the Golden Globes in 1973 (losing to Michael Jackson’s “Ben”). After leaving Judy Collins’ touring band, Steve worked at a variety of retail jobs while still keeping his hand in music. He was a well-kept secret for years since pressings of the hit single listed either “Deliverance” or just Eric as artist.

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Yvonne Elliman

Posted on 03 April 2018 by Brian Walsh

Yvonne Elliman and her husband were sentenced Tuesday (March 27) in a Guam courtroom for a felony drug conviction (both had pleaded guilty in August). They were sentenced to a 14-day probation incarceration program which they will serve in Honolulu, where they live. She has already performed 120 hours of community service and paid a $5,000 fine. The judge will follow-up on the case in eight months.

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Neil Diamond

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Brian Walsh

The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced Tuesday (March 20) that their annual Johnny Mercer award (for a songwriter or songwriting team whose body of work is of such high quality and impact that it “upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer”) will go to Neil Diamond. Neil will receive the award June 14 in New York City.

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Library Of Congress

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Brian Walsh

The Library of Congress announced 25 more additions to the National Recording Registry Wednesday (March 21). They include Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album, Harry Belafonte’s “Calypso” album and the singles “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley & the Comets, “My Girl” from the Tempatations”, Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”, Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant Masacree”, “Le Freak” from Chic and Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”. 500 recording have been named since 2002.

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