Legendary Folk Singer Pete Seeger Dies at 94

We last wrote about Pete Seeger in June 2013, revealing the “Story Behind” Seeger’s stirring rendition of “Forever Young”.

A pioneer of contemporary folk music, Seeger inspired many activist singer-songwriters. With a career spanning over 70 years, Seeger was an activist himself, promoted political views that landed him in direct confrontations with the government, galvanized the folk movement and influenced icons including Bob Dylan.

Seeger was a courageous, devoted man, full of spirit even to his final days. Garnering multiple Grammy wins, singing at President Barack Obama’s 2008 Inauguration, and named one of America’s Living Legends by the Library of Congress are just a couple honors that define Seeger’s career.

The Village Studios were fortunate to have been used in the recording process of Rod Stewart’s 1988 Album, “Out of Order” – highlighting the genius of Bob Dylan, inspired by Seeger’s “Forever Young”.

Pete, may you stay forever young.

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Carole King Honored as MusiCares’ Person of the Year

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Carole King (left) and daughter Louise Goffin work in Studio D at The Village

One of the most prestigious events held during Grammy Week, the MusiCares Person of the Year gala was held during Grammy Week on Friday, Jan. 24.

While Carole King’s Grammy Award-winning debut album, Tapestry, was partially recorded within the walls of the Village, she has been a staple at the Studio since it’s doors opened in 1968. Having written over 100 pop hits now – from Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” to her own, “I Feel the Earth Move” – it all started when King wrote her first hit at age 18, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for The Shirelles. The icon has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is also the first woman to have won the Song of the Year Grammy award in 1972 for “You’ve Got A Friend”.

King received the high honor in recognition of her extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work. Just as her music career evolves, so has her involvement with environmental organizations, supporting a range of political causes including forest wilderness preservation.

Friday’s tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter included performances by a wide range of artists performing covers of some of her best-known songs: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, Zac Brown, Alicia Keys and more.

Watch the star-studded video featuring highlights from the Tribute below:

Or view the video over at Grammy.com

KCAL 9 Reports on Grammy P&E Wing Event at The Village

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The Recording Academy celebrated one of the most influential artists in music at The Village on Tuesday. The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing focuses on the Preservation of Sound and Sound Quality, recognizing Neil Young this year for a Lifetime of Achievement. Young was all smiles as he told KCAL 9, “I love sound, I love making records.”

The evening also featured a special surprise performance by Dave Matthews. His three-song acoustic set included, “Rye Whiskey,” “My My, Hey Hey,” and “The Needle and the Damage Done.”

Watch the full video here or below:

 

Variety Reports on Grammy P&E Wing Event at The Village

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Celebrating one of the most influential artists in music, The Recording Academy held the Producers & Engineer’s Wing Grammy Event at the Village Studios on Tuesday. Focusing on the Preservation of Sound and Sound Quality, the Academy honored Neil Young for a Lifetime of Achievement.

In front of a crowd of his peers including Kris Kristofferson, Colbie Caillat, Jeff Baxter, Jakob Dylan, Liz Phair, Peter Asher, Al Schmitt, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Young’s old Buffalo Springfield bandmate Stephen Stills, Young applauded the abilities of modern producers.

The evening also featured a special surprise performance by Dave Matthews (pictured with Young above). His three-song acoustic set included, “Rye Whiskey,” “My My, Hey Hey,” and “The Needle and the Damage Done.”

Read the full feature by Andrew Barker Here.

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