R.I.P. Davy Jones



Sundazed Music is saddened to learn of the death early this morning of Davy Jones, the vivacious frontman for the Monkees. Jones suffered a heart attack in Martin County, Fla. and died after being taken to a local hospital.

Davy Jones, along with bandmates Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, were chosen from a legendary Hollywood casting call to play the parts of the Monkees, a band cut from similar cloth as the Beatles. The Monkees’ meteoric rise to fame, like teen idol Ricky Nelson before them, was made possible by a television show The Monkees, which turned an entire new generation on to their antics and their music. The show was loosely based on the Beatles’ 1964 film, A Hard Day’s Night.

The Monkees’ first single, “Last Train To Clarksville,” hit Number One on the U.S. charts in September, 1966, the same month the TV show debuted on NBC. The group went on to score many hits over the next three years, including “I’m A Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone,” “Valleri” and “Daydream Believer.” The latter song was Jones at his best, drawing on-air raves from hip disc jockeys such as San Francisco’s “Big Daddy” Tom Donahue. The Monkees would star in Bob Rafelson’s zany 1968 film Head alongside Frank Zappa and Jack Nicholson. The Monkees’ hit “Stepping Stone” would be covered by no less than Britain’s Sex Pistols.

Davy Jones was born on December 30, 1945 in Manchester, England and was a child star on long-running British TV soap opera Coronation Street as well as playing the Artful Dodger in London’s West End theatre production of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver. Small in stature, Jones also trained as a jockey. But it was while watching from the wings of the first U.S. appearance of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in early 1964 that Jones’ career path was laid out clearly before him. As teenage girls screamed for these shaggy-haired rock ‘n’ roll heroes, Jones said to himself, “I want a piece of that.”

The Monkees at their peak rivaled the popularity of the Fab Four, themselves. By the time they disbanded in 1971, the Monkees were down to only two: Jones and Micky Dolenz, who would reform in a different configuration in the ’80s with songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart as Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. The original Monkees would reunite in various permutations periodically over the ensuing years, the last of which took place only last summer. Davy Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and four children from previous marriages.

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The Left Bank launches new website

Sundazed artists the Left Banke have recently launched their new website. Check it out, and check out the Left Banke on Sundazed!

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Sundazed artist Mark Sebastian’s performance reviewed in Elmore Magazine

Mark Sebastian’s January 16th performance at The Living Room in New York City has been reviewed in the March/April 2012 issue of Elmore Magazine:

Mark Sebastian
The Living Room

New York, NY
In his first hometown performance since the ’90s, Mark Sebastian tapped into years’ worth of material to showcase his astute and ripened writing abilities, featuring a concoction of blues, folk, dark pop and even a hint of jazz.

Joined onstage by the most seasoned of pros, Tim Luntzel (bass) and Tony Mason (drums), the trio navigated through selections from Sebastian’s first full-length release, Bleecker Street, including “The Great Mistake,” a sweet ballad with a sour side, and “Stage One” and “It’s An Outlaw World,” a pair of darkened tunes referencing guns, crime and corruption, but with an irresistible catchiness. Interspersed with Jim Jackson’s “Wild About My Lovin'” and the poppier “T-Bird-55,” the night contained plenty of dark/light contrast, illuminating the many sides of Sebastian’s versatile musicianship as he handled both guitar duties and vocals in expert style.

The show culminated with a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City,” a song whose origins lay in a school poem that Sebastian wrote and brought to his big brother, John; subsequently, it became the Spoonful’s sole Number One hit in 1966. Sebastian treated the audience to an auditory glimpse of what the song had sounded like pre-Spoonful,
before launching into a rocking and rolling version made even grittier and richer by the venue’s intimacy and the precise picking between Sebastian and Luntzel, rendering it a fitting “welcome home” for one of New York’s native sons.
Allison Johnelle Boron
Elmore Magazine

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The Ventures on Sundazed: Limited Edition 180 Gram Colored Vinyl and Compact Disc!

If ever there was a “band that launched a thousand bands,” it would be the Venture. Founded in Tacoma, Washington in 1958, their guitar-based instrumental sound would prove hugely influential, inspiring countless followers to pick up a guitar, bass or set of drumsticks and try to emulate their heroes. As these musical neophytes would soon learn, it wasn’t as easy as it initially appeared. The Ventures were masters of tone and technique, deftly arranging their instruments in a seamless approach that was instantly recognizable. Because they were an instrumental group, their songs needed no translation, which resulted in a huge worldwide following. While many rock bands have claimed to be “big in Japan” over the years, the Ventures were the country’s first rock superstars and they maintain a devoted worldwide following to this day. With over 100 million records sold, they are the best selling instrumental group of all time.

Sundazed is proud to rightfully address the magnificent Ventures’ catalog—each title has been sourced from the original Dolton and Liberty Records’ reels and painstakingly mastered to sound and feel like they were originally intended. Along with precise artwork restoration on each title, these new Sundazed editions stand as the definitive re-releases of these monumentally important albums. Long may they rock!

Get the first five titles of our extensive Ventures release program here!

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In an historic alliance, the renowned reissue label Sundazed Music has partnered with Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. to release a series of new 7″ picture-sleeve vinyl singles featuring unique and hard-to-find vintage performances by Jimi Hendrix.
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Tommy Ardolino, NRBQ drummer: 1955-2012

RIP, Tommy Ardolino. Our friend. Meow.

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