These are the albums the music industry forgot. But at the time of their release, these LPs were quite huge, sometimes selling millions of copies. Created out of a need to capitalize on their TV or movie success, or even just because they wanted to, these celebs didn’t give The Beatles a run for their money in the creative department, but good for these stars for creating something eclectic in their own right.
A child prodigy and the first generation son of working class immigrants, Liberace’s career spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. At the height of his fame from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, with established residencies in Las Vegas, and an international touring schedule. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the sobriquet “Mr. Showmanship”. Liberace was recognized during his career with two Emmy Awards, six gold albums and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, because one wasn’t just good enough.
CBGB, the iconic punk rock venue in New York’s East Village home to such great rock and rollers like The Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell, and Patti Smith, shut its doors in 2006, but it’s coming back. Kinda. Hyperrealist sculptor Randy Hage created a marvellous 1/12 scale model of the club, and the photos are remarkable. If you’re in the Pasadena, California area, you can check them out at on October 10th, 2015 at Flower Pepper Gallery.
By the way, the full name of the club is CBGB & OMFUG, which stands for “Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers”. Gabba Gabba Hey!
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There you go, haters. Taylor Swift might just have better taste in music than you do, too. At least she’s all about bring positive.