Did Paul McCartney really pay low rates to the band members of Wings?
Band members of wings expected to get paid the kind of money a rich superstar Beatle has lying around but Paul was all tangled up with lawsuits and couldn’t get most of his Beatles and solo money. Even his solo money was being split up 4 ways with the other Beatles, thus the lawsuits to break them up. The only money banked for a while was from Linda’s share of songwriting on Ram until the Beatles settled mid decade. They were sued by the record company claiming Paul wrote all the songs but the McCartney’s won, keeping their access to 1/2 the writing royalties.
So Paul, not one to overpay already, paid the others lower, possibly union wages. They earned a lot more on tour logging a lot of hours. Of course they got a superstar band name on their resume by being in the band Wings for even a year or two. Most were unknowns until joining Wings. Complaints about low pay were common from ex-Wings musicians.Tours cancelled after the Japanese drug bust left Denny Laine little choice but to leave, and Wings was finally over.
No one outside of Wings has complained about pay from Paul. His long running current band members appear to be well paid and have been together for over 15 years!
The girl had a work trip that took her to Athens Greece which meant remote-work with free hotel for me. I was enjoying it as much or more than any other working vacation situation with the hotel providing a nice view of and walk-able distance to the Acropolis. As is always the case, I did not have an instrument handy nor did I think I would feel the need to play around my time working and site-seeing. That changed on April 21st 2016 upon hearing of Prince’s passing. Like many other musicians, I had this need to pay tribute or mourn the passing of this music legend except I found myself without access to my guitars or keyboards. Being a buyer of souvenirs and all things musical, I popped into a music store in the busy shopping area in Athens and purchased a couple of traditional Greek Instruments – an eight string (4 courses, = Think 12-string guitar versus a 6-sting guitar) Bouzouki and a smaller variation on the more popular Bouzouki called a Tzouras. It’s name comes from the Turkish Cura and comes in 6 and 8 string varieties.
The six-string model has the same arrangement of strings tuned to the same pitches as the six-string (trichordo) bouzouki. There are three pairs of steel strings, tuned to D3D4–A3A3–D4D4 or D4D3–A3A3–D4D4. The tzouras is about the same length as the bouzouki, with a similar neck and head, but with a much smaller body, giving it a distinctive tone.
Some instruments with the same/similiar/work-able tuning:
Same tuning (course-wise)
Baglams (a.k.a Baglama, Baglama Saz, Baglamadaki) – Greece
Bouzouki (a.k.a Tetrachordo bouzouki) – Greece
Cümbüş, Tambur – Turkey
Three stings with the Tzouras tuning can be found together within instruments having 4 or more stings:
Cittern, Irish (a.k.a Celtic or Flatback Cittern) – D2 D2•G2 G2•D3 D3•A3 A3•D4 D4 – Europe
Cittern, Modal D – D2 D2•A2 A2•D3 D3•A3 A3•D4 D4 – Europe
Daruan (a.k.a Bass Ruan) – D2 A2 D3 A3 – China
These instruments have only 2 and even just 1 tuning across all stings
Dulcimer, 3 course (a.k.a Mountain Dulcimer, Appalachian Dulcimer, Lap Dulcimer, Dulcimore, Delcimore, Delcimer) – US
- 3-string: A3•A3•D3
- 4-string: A3 A3•A3•D3
- 5-string: A3 A3•A3•D3 D3
- 6-string: A3 A3•A3 A3•D3 D3
Alternates (see notes):
- Mixolydian: D4•A3•D3
Dorian: G3•A3•D3 Aeolian: C4•A3•D3
- Galax (“Unison”): D4•D4•D3
The hand-made beauties set me back a total of around $600 US and are worth it if only as wall art (for my fellow non-practicing-enough-ers).
The publicist of the newly reunited Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan is reporting that “Family memebers are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”
To this day, whenvever I listen to Fleetwood Mac’s “Go your own way”, I always hear Dolores beautifully lalala-ing over the break. Here is a rare stripped-down performance on French radio.
Dolores O’Riordan says goodbye in her final tweet.
bye bye Gio. We're off to Ireland 🍀 pic.twitter.com/d6HKOFJqGB
— Dolores O'Riordan (@DolORiordan) January 4, 2018
Tributes to Dolores on social media
Rest in Peace Dolores O’Riordan. The lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries died unexpectedly today at age 46. pic.twitter.com/oqvEIiD7vu
— Amoeba Music (@amoebamusic) January 15, 2018
The influence of O’Riordan pointed out by Irish President Michael Higgins
"To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts her death will be a big loss," Irish President Michael Higgins said of Dolores O'Riordan. https://t.co/cMaZgwhZQf
— NPR (@NPR) January 15, 2018
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 15, 2018
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While starting to piece together the LoudPlace record shop, we thought It might be a good idea to offer some sort of tribute to my childhood record store – Kroozin’ Music. So I thought a nice web presence was in order and did some digging.
Growing up in Brighton Park on Chicago’s South Side, the record store of choice was Kroozin’ Music at 4069 s Archer Avenue Chicago, IL 60632 (You know, by the Brighton Theater and Zip’s Ice Cream). According to public record, a great man named Tom Brown officially put into business on Oct 28, 1980.
Nerd fact: The file to form was obtained from the Secretary of State and has a file number of 52202833. This business was created in the Illinois SOS Office and the registered agent is Thomas H Brown who did business at 4069 S Archer Ave, Chicago in Illinois
The Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser, Written and Directed by Jack Marchetti, Is a great nod to the classic record store. The short film opens to show the protagonist “Zack” skateboarding his way to Kroozin’ Music to purchase Nine Inch Nail’s new release followed by the significant moments over the years in the changing landscape of music purchasing technology.
Note that the music store in the opening scene is actually shot at Reckless Records at 3126 N Broadway Chicago IL 60657
Kroozin’ Music didn’t stop with the Archer Ave. location. Here’s a Facebook page dedicated to Kroozin’ Music II on 79th street
The final store closed due to the expansion of the nearby school. Shortly afterwards, Thomas Brown beat his liver issues and had wanted to reopen near his home in Indiana. Unfortunately, he later received his diagnosis of bone marrow cancer. According to his son Kyle, he frequently spoke about Kroozin Music into his last year of life.
Thomas H Brown passed away March 8, 2015 (Click here for Tom Brown’s Obituary).
Here’s a nice little photo tribute to Kroozin’ Music
[edits and additions forthcoming]
Please share your Kroozin’ Music experiences or other knowledge of this legendary record store below.