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Jimi Hendrix Gets A Forever Stamp, Issued Today.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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These self-adhesive stamps are being issued in sheets of 16

 

Forever/49-Cent Stamps

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Combining influences from rock, modern jazz, soul, and the blues with his own innovations, Hendrix created a unique style that influenced musical artists of his era and continues to inspire musicians into the 21st century. The stamp celebrating his legacy is being released as part of the Music Icons series.

 

The artist created the selvage and stamp art with acrylic paint and colored pencils. His choice of colors and designs introduced elements of movement and rhythm with an almost musical flow, paying homage to the 1960s without directly imitating the era’s art.

 

The stamp sheet, designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, features a painting of Hendrix’s face surrounded by colorful swirls and small icons that reference song lyrics or aspects of Hendrix’s life.

 

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The stamp art shows Hendrix in performance. The sixteen stamps are arranged in four blocks that resemble a kaleidoscope: With their upper corners meeting, the stamps appear to spin around each other. The quilt-like positioning results in three stamps in each block resting sideways or upside-down. Text below the stamps briefly describes Hendrix’s musical legacy.

 

Hendrix pushed the boundaries of what a guitar could do, manipulating various devices to produce sounds that could be loud-the quintessential psychedelic music-or melodic and gentle. A master at the controlled use of distortion and feedback, he expanded the instrument’s vocabulary in a way that had never been heard before-or since.

 

While Hendrix is remembered as one of the most innovative guitar players of all time, he was also a gifted songwriter, combining visionary, sometimes haunting imagery with deft pop hooks.

 

Rolling Stone ranked Hendrix #1 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and #6 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. His band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The band’s first album, Are You Experienced, is considered by many critics to be one of the best rock albums of all time, and in 2005, the Library of Congress selected it for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry, a list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”

 

In 1993, Hendrix was awarded a posthumous Grammy for lifetime achievement.

 

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Through Hendrix’s mastery of the guitar and use of controlled feedback as a melodic element, he revolutionized and redefined popular music. His music sounds as innovative and fresh today as when it was first released, winning legions of new fans.

 

Rudy Guttierez created original art for the stamp and the stamp sheet. Art director Greg Breeding was the designer.

 

The Jimi Hendrix stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

 

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Issue Date: March 13, 2014

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The stamp comes out decades after the musician died in 1970, when a stamp cost just 6 cents. Today, one costs 49 cents.

 

It is designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve and shows Hendrix wearing one of his trademark military jackets and playing a guitar.

 

“Jimi Hendrix helped found three new genres of music — heavy metal, jazz fusion and funk — and in doing so, left behind an indelible mark on pop music and popular culture generally,” said Joseph Corbett, CFO and executive vice president at the postal service, in a release.

 

Customers can order the Jimi Hendrix stamps online at the USPS website.

 

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In getting his stamp, Hendrix joins an elite club that already includesJohnny Cash, Ray Charles and Lydia Mendoza; Janis Joplin andJames Brown will be the next inductees.

 

Slash, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, among other celebrities, will converge Thursday at the stamp’s first-day-of-issue reveal at South By Southwest music festival in Austin.

 

“Over the years, more people have embraced Jimi’s music,” says Janie Hendrix. “His influence is evident in the music of Raphael Saadiq, Erykah Badu and Musiq Soulchild.”

 

The ongoing, 25-stop Experience Hendrix tribute tour has recruited rock and blues artists such as Bootsy Collins, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Dweezil Zappa and Billy Cox. The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Krieger have also joined the lineup.

 

“It’s a three-hour concert, so it’s more like a festival,” Hendrix says. “The artists play two or three songs with each other.”

 

“I am deeply touched and so are other members of the Hendrix family by the issuance of this stamp, and I wish to thank the United States Postal Service for bestowing one of our nation’s highest honors on my brother Jimi,” Janie Hendrix, the sister of the late guitarist, said in a press statement. “While my brother has been cited many times as being among the most influential musicians of all time, the recognition implicit in his being portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp ranks as an unparalleled honor.”

 

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The Songstress Ms. Alicia Keys


 

By Jueseppi B.

Ms. Alicia Keys attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Ms. Alicia Keys attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

 

 

Alicia Keys & Maxwell - Fire We Make

 

Published on Apr 23, 2013

Music video by Alicia Keys & Maxwell performing Fire We Make.

 

 

 

 

Alicia Keys - You Don’t Know My Name

 

Published on Jun 12, 2011

Music video by Alicia Keys performing You Don’t Know My Name.

 

 

 

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Alicia Keys - If I Ain’t Got You

 

Uploaded on Oct 25, 2009

Music video by Alicia Keys performing If I Ain’t Got You.

 

 

 

 

Usher & Alicia Keys – My Boo

 

Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011

Music video by Usher & Alicia Keys performing My Boo.

 

 

 

 

Alicia Keys - Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)

 

Uploaded on May 11, 2010

Music video by Alicia Keys performing Un-thinkable (I’m Ready).

 

 

 

 

Alicia Keys – Diary

 

 

 

 

Alicia Keys - Fallin’

 

 

 

 

Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

 

 

 

This year's Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on CBS

This year’s Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on CBS

 

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The Secret Invitation Only First Lady’s 50th Birthday Party


 

By Jueseppi B.

Michelle with her AARP card, that we all got on reaching that 50 year old milestone.

Michelle with her AARP card, that we all got on reaching that 50 year old milestone.

 

From CNN.com, USA TODAY & KPLC.com

 

The White House kept a pretty tight public lid on Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party Saturday night, but some details are starting to leak out.

 

Beyonce did indeed sing some of the first lady’s favorite songs, and the party lasted until at least 2 a.m.

 

The soiree also featured such stars — and Obama supporters — as actor Samuel L. Jackson, singer Smokey Robinson and basketball legend Magic Johnson, reports CNN.

 

NBA legend Magic Johnson leaves Michelle Obama's birthday party early Sunday morning in Washington. (Source: CNN)

NBA legend Magic Johnson leaves Michelle Obama’s birthday party early Sunday morning in Washington. (Source: CNN)

 

Presumably Beyonce’s spouse — musician and businessman Jay Z — also attended. He held a concert in Washington on Thursday.

 

President Obama himself also held court.

 

While the first lady actually turned 50 on Friday, the White House held the party on Saturday night.

 

During the week, Mrs. Obama joked about the milestone, at one point holding up her brand new AARP card.

 

Also reports CNN:

“Michelle Obama’s invitations caused a little controversy last week when it was revealed they said only drinks and light snacks would be served.

 

“The food choices didn’t appear to bother any of those who went. They mostly wanted to talk about how great the 50-year-old first lady looked, and how much in love President Obama is with his wife.

 

“Guests said Michelle Obama wore red and black, and looked stunning.”

 

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Samuel L. Jackson & wife LaTanya Richardson at Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Bash

 

(CNN) - An invitation to a White House dance party Saturday night to celebrate Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday is the hottest ticket in town.

 

Think less inaugural ball, and more “Saturday Night Fever.” While the First Lady may be sending tweetsabout joining AARP, she’s known for her dancing prowess. The party’s host – the President – has told guests to wear comfortable shoes.

 

“She’s got a really fun loving streak. She loves to dance. She loves music and why not, you know, you only turn 50 once so why not make the most of it,” said The Chicago Tribune’s Katherine Skiba, who has covered the First Lady since the Obamas entered the White House in 2009.

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Americans have seen some of the First Lady’s moves before: “doing the Dougie” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last year, and grooving with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres back in 2008.

 

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Saturday’s celebration is set to last from 9 p.m. to midnight, and is being dubbed “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert.”

 

“My guess is it won’t be a cast of thousands. It might be big but not super big,” said The Chicago Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet.

 

The White House made a special request that will affect how much guests can share about the event.

 

“The invitation does say no camera, no photographs. Well, I’ve covered many receptions at the White House, and even big shots like to take pictures,” said Sweet.

 

The Obamas’ inauguration after-party last year drew the likes of Usher, Katy Perry, and Beyonce – who is rumored to be performing at Saturday’s event.

 

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Old School Sunday Cuts


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Billy Stewart - Sitting in the Park

 

 

 

“DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND” (this time) THE DELFONICS on ‘soultrain’ 1971

 

 

 

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Just My Imagination - The Temptations

 

 

 

The Stylistics ” Betcha By Golly, Wow ” You Make Me Feel Brand New “

 

 

 

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Eddie Holman - Hey There Lonely Girl

 

 

 

The Chi-lites “Have you seen her”

 

 

 

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The Manhattan-Lets just kiss and say goodbye.

 

 

 

Everybody Plays The Fool - The Main Ingredient (1972)

 

 

 

When Music Had A Message, Before “Bitches & Ho’s” Passed As Lyrics.

 

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Barack After Dark™: The Kennedy Center Honors


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Kennedy Center For The Arts Honors

 

Carlos Santana and Billy Joel lead this year’s honorees at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony, which highlights artists for their lifetime contributions to American culture. Also honored this year: funk/jazz legend Herbie Hancock, opera singer Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine.

 

The ceremony will take place December 8 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The event will be broadcast on Sunday, December 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

 

The annual event always features star-studded tributes to the honorees, who don’t participate in the ceremony but watch from the balcony along with the President and the First Lady

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Reception

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President Obama delivers remarks at a reception celebrating the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees.

 

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama & President Barack Hussein Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama & President Barack Hussein Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama & President Barack Hussein Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama & President Barack Hussein Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

Billy Joel Honoree At The Kennedy Center Honors

Billy Joel Honoree At The Kennedy Center Honors

Herbie Hancock, Honoree At The Kennedy Center Honors

Herbie Hancock, Honoree At The Kennedy Center Honors

Honorees Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo At The Kennedy Center Honors

Honorees Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo At The Kennedy Center Honors

Carlos Santana and fellow 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Shirley MacLaine

Carlos Santana and fellow 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Shirley MacLaine

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Secretary of State John Kerry, with the 2013 Kennedy Center honorees, from left, seated Shirley MacLain, and Martina Arroyo, along with Teresa Heinz Kerry. Standing are Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock, pose for a photo at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington. Photo: The Associated Press Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/12/kennedy-center-honors-2013-billy-joel-4-others-awarded-97845.html#ixzz2mxSvcfV2  Follow us: @ABC7News on Twitter | WJLATV on Facebook

Secretary of State John Kerry, with the 2013 Kennedy Center honorees, from left, seated Shirley MacLain, and Martina Arroyo, along with Teresa Heinz Kerry. Standing are Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock, pose for a photo at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington. Photo: The Associated Press

 

From The Associated Press:

 

Kennedy Center Honors 2013

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – The “Piano Man” who became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” ”Uptown Girl” and “Allentown” was awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.

 

Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children – and they have never stopped.

 

Joel said the honor stands apart from his six Grammys.

 

“This is different. It’s our nation’s capital,” he told The Associated Press. “This is coming more from my country than just people who come to see me. It’s a little overwhelming.”

 

The 64-year-old musician born in the Bronx has been playing the piano since he was a boy, growing up on New York’s Long Island. There was always music in the house, he said. His mother sang. His father played the piano.

 

Impressing girls, though, is what hooked Joel into making a career of music, he said.

 

Joel just announced a 2014 concert series at Madison Square Garden in New York “to avoid schlepping around the world,” but he still plans to play concerts nationwide.

 

President Barack Obama saluted the honorees Sunday night, and top entertainers will offer tribute performances for each honoree. The show will be broadcast Dec. 29.

 

“The diverse group of extraordinary individuals we honor today haven’t just proven themselves to be the best of the best,” Obama said. “Despite all their success, all their fame, they’ve remained true to themselves – and inspired the rest of us to do the same.”

 

On Saturday night, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the honorees for a black-tie dinner at the State Department.

 

Garth Brooks toasted Joel at the dinner, saying his legacy would live on for generations. He said Joel has a special talent for writing songs about everyday people, from steel workers in “Allentown” to soldiers fighting in Vietnam in “Goodnight Saigon.”

 

“Music has a wonderful gift,” Brooks said. “For those that do it right, they can put you in shoes that you would never understand if it wasn’t for that song.”

 

Santana, 66, a Mexican immigrant who began learning English from American television, is one of only a few Latinos who have received the honor so far.

 

Santana first picked up the guitar after hearing blues and rock ‘n’ roll on the radio. He has said his career is about bridging cultures and fusing sounds to create something new. He grew up with the Woodstock generation after moving to San Francisco, but is perhaps best known for his album “Supernatural.” It won nine Grammys.

 

Kerry said Santana brought the beauty of Latin culture and its rhythms and influences to the American mainstream.

 

“We love the music you made, not because it’s Latin, but frankly because it is so very American,” Kerry said.

 

Hancock, 73, got his start at the piano at age 7 while growing up in Chicago. Soon he was playing Mozart and discovered jazz in high school. He joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963 and later set out to create his own sounds, fusing jazz, funk, pop, gospel, soul and the blues. He has won an Oscar and 14 Grammy Awards so far.

 

Arroyo found opera while imitating the singers outside an opera workshop when she was growing up in Harlem. Soon she was signing a contract with New York’s Metropolitan Opera and had a breakthrough with “Aida” in 1965. She went on to star in the great opera houses of London, Paris and Vienna.

 

Opera star Jessye Norman said Arroyo, now 76, has a voice “that makes you happy to be alive, just to be in her audience.”

 

MacLaine, 79, has been acting on stage and screen for six decades ever since she began ballet at age 3. Her film debut came in 1955′s “The Trouble with Harry,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and she won the Oscar for best actress for “Terms of Endearment” in 1983. More recently she’s been playing a role in “Downton Abbey” on PBS.

 

MacLaine’s younger brother Warren Beatty also has won a Kennedy Center Honor, making them the first brother and sister to both receive the honor.

 

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