A few years ago, a retired A&R man (artists and repertoire) named Chris Peers contacted me, requesting help putting him in touch with Prue, which of course I was glad to do. Peers was involved with Chris Blackwell and Island Records at the beginning, before branching out on his own. One of the acts he worked with was the Spencer Davis Group, with Stevie Winwood, as he explains in this video. Peers told me that he had a heck of a time pitching the band in America, before finally landing a deal with United Artists.
And this, of course, was the song that broke the top 10 for the Spencer Davis Group in America.
Another post about a turntable? This one is exclusively at Best Buy. It’s a Pro-Ject Carbon Esprit SB, which is considered to be an excellent table. The list price is normally $600, but this one costs an extra fifty bucks because it’s a Beatles Edition.
A competitor of Pro-Ject, called Rega, had a Queen special limited edition turntable that originally went for the same price, but it was eventually offered at a discount. I’m not in the market for a new turntable myself, having just replaced the broken RCA plugs on my 30-year-old Thorens turntable, but I’ll be interested in seeing how well the Beatles table sells.
I hope you’re doing well and that you had a nice Thanksgiving. Did you watch anything good on television with your family after dinner? Last year, my family watched ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding’ twice – once on Thanksgiving and once on Christmas.
I like ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding’. My Nana loves it. The language is appropriate for families which is mostly why we watch it. However, I’m writing to let you know that you don’t have to watch ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding’ this Christmas because I made a holiday special that begins airing next week.
It’s a half hour live-action special called ‘Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree’ and will premier next Friday December 9th on Adult Swim at midnight. The show is pretty much what the title describes and features many different types of conifers, spruces, and pines to help you figure out which one is right for you. There’s a lot of other nice things in the show and I promise that it’s good and worth watching.
I hope you’ll consider tuning it, either with or without your family but hopefully with. It’ll probably be online shortly after as well.