PHOTOS: 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel

PHOTOS: Brown, Scott & Oskar honored at the 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel

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(Excerpt from ASCAP.com)

Strip That Down
(Liam Payne Feat. Quavo)

Writers:
Charles Miller
Harold Ray Brown
Howard E. Scott
Lee Oskar
Lonnie Jordan
Quavo Huncho
Rickardo “Rikrok” Ducent
Steve Mac (PRS)
Sting International
Thomas Sylvester Allen

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AP NEWS: Birthdays in History – Rock Musician Lee Oskar & Designer Tommy Hilfiger

Hilfiger & Oskar

AP NEWS: Birthdays in History - Rock Musician Lee Oskar & Fashion Designer Tommy Hilfiger

(Excerpts from Daily Herald)

Today’s Birthdays: Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 99. Actor William Smith is 85. Fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie is 79. Actor R. Lee Ermey is 74. Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is 71. Rock musician Lee Oskar is 70. Singer Nick Lowe is 69. Rock musician Dougie Thomson (Supertramp) is 67. Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is 67. Comedian Louie Anderson is 65. Actress Donna Pescow is 64. Actor Robert Carradine is 64. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is 62. Actress Kelly LeBrock is 58. Rhythm-and-blues DJ Rodney “Kool Kollie” Terry (Ghostown DJs) is 57. TV personality Star Jones is 56. Country-rock musician Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) is 54. Actor Peter Jacobson is 53. Rock singer-musician Sharon Corr (The Corrs) is 48. Actress Lauren Bowles is 48. Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is 48. Rapper Maceo (AKA P.A. Pasemaster Mase) is 48. Actress Megyn Price is 47. Actor Jim Parsons is 45. Christian rock musician Chad Butler (Switchfoot) is 44. Actress Alyson Hannigan is 44. NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 42. Actress Amanda Brugel (TV: “The Handmaid’s Tale”) is 41. Actress Olivia Burnette is 41. Actress Jessica Chastain is 41. Actor Amir Arison is 40. Actress Lake Bell is 39. Rock musician Benj Gershman (O.A.R.) is 38. Neo-soul musician Jesse Phillips (St. Paul & the Broken Bones) is 38. Actor Philip Winchester (TV: “Strike Back”) is 37. Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes is 28.

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AP NEWS: Celebrity Birthdays Today: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Actors Rob Lowe, Kurt Russell, John Boyega & Harold Brown (Drummer)

AP NEWS: Celebrity Birthdays Today: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Actors Rob Lowe, Kurt Russell, John Boyega & Harold Brown (Drummer)

AP NEWS: Celebrity Birthdays Today: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Actors Rob Lowe, Kurt Russell, John Boyega & Harold Brown (Drummer)

(Excerpt from WTOP / Associated Press)

March 17: Singer-songwriter John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful is 74. Drummer Harold Brown. Actor Patrick Duffy is 69. Actor Kurt Russell is 67. Country singer Susie Allanson is 66. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 64. Actor Mark Boone Jr. (”Sons of Anarchy”) is 63. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 63. Actor Gary Sinise is 63. Actor Christian Clemenson (”CSI: Miami”) is 60. Actress Vicki Lewis (”NewsRadio”) is 58. Actor Casey Siemaszko (”NYPD Blue”) is 57. Actor Rob Lowe is 54. Singer Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is 51. Bassist Van Conner of Screaming Trees is 51. Bassist Melissa Auf der Maur (Smashing Pumpkins, Hole) is 46. Drummer Caroline Corr of The Corrs is 45. Singer Keifer Thompson of Thompson Square is 45. Actress Marisa Coughlan (”Boston Legal,” `’Freddy Got Fingered”) is 44. Rapper Swifty of D12 is 43. Actress Brittany Daniel (”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 42. Bassist Geoff Sprung of Old Dominion is 40. TV personality Rob Kardashian is 31. Singer Hozier is 28. Actress Eliza Hope Bennett (”Nanny McPhee”) is 26. Actor John Boyega (”Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is 26.

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Ciré the Maestro’s Hot New Jazz Single “The World Is A Ghetto”

Ciré the Maestro’s Hot New Jazz Single “The World Is A Ghetto”

(Excerpts from CMT)

“The World Is A Ghetto (Jazz Version)” by Ciré the Maestro

Seasoned to perfection with Ciré the Maestro’s rhythmic piano and marinated in his own unique musical style, Ciré the Maestro’s classic arrangement of “The World is a Ghetto (Jazz Version)” is sure to satisfy the Jazz lover’s musical palette.

(Leroy L. Jordan, Howard E. Scott, Lee Oskar, Charles W. Miller, Harold Brown, Sylvester Allen, Morris Dickerson, Jerome Washington, Terry Gray, Mark Eric Green)

About Ciré the Maestro

The best musicians are the ones who are successful at creating their own original world of music. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mecca of style, culture, and vibrant nightlife, Eric Nicholas, also known in the Music Industry as “Ciré the Maestro,” developed into the ultimate Renaissance artist.

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“Vacation” Co-Writers List Includes Members of ’70s Funk Band

"Vacation" Co-Writers List Includes Members of '70s Funk Band

How 14 Writers Penned One Thomas Rhett Song

"Vacation" Co-Writers List Includes Members of '70s Funk Band

(Excerpt from CMT)

“When we finished writing ’Vacation,’ you couldn’t deny that the first thing you thought of was ‘Low Rider,’” he said of ***’s hit funk song from 1975. “So the best thing to do in these situations is just to go straight to the people that wrote that song and be like, ‘Hey, we wanna make you co-writers on this song.’”

Which is what he did.

So now the list of writers includes Rhett, plus the members of *** (Charles Miller, Thomas “Papa Dee” Allen, Harold Brown, Morris “B.B.” Dickerson, Lee Oskar, Howard Scott, Leroy Jordan), plus Jerry Goldstein (who produced the original songs) plus the writers and producers and other guys Rhett worked with to build the track: Sean Douglas, Andreas Schuller, Joe Spargur, Ricky Reed and John Ryan.

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Birthdays in History: Rock Singer-Musician’s Sly Stone & Howard Scott.

Sly Stone, Harold Scott

Birthdays in History: Rock Singer-Musician's Sly Stone & Howard Scott.

In 1985, the first internet domain name, symbolics.com, was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.

Today’s Birthdays: Musician DJ Fontana is 87. Former astronaut Alan L. Bean is 86. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85. Actor Judd Hirsch is 83. Jazz musician Charles Lloyd is 80. Rock musician Phil Lesh is 78. Singer Mike Love (The Beach Boys) is 77. Rock singer-musician Sly Stone is 75. Rock singer-musician Howard Scott (***; Lowrider Band) is 72. Rock singer Ry Cooder is 71. Actor Craig Wasson is 64. Rock singer Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is 63. Actor Joaquim de Almeida is 61. Actress Park Overall is 61. Movie director Renny Harlin is 59. Model Fabio is 57. Singer Terence Trent D’Arby (AKA Sananda Maitreya) is 56. Rock singer Bret Michaels (Poison) is 55. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rockwell is 54. Actor Chris Bruno is 52. Rock singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) is 50. Actress Kim Raver is 49. Rock musician Mark Hoppus is 46. Country singer-musician Matt Thomas (Parmalee) is 44. Actress Eva Longoria is 43. Rapper-musician will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) is 43. Rock DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) is 41. Rapper Young Buck is 37. Actor Sean Biggerstaff is 35. Rock musician Ethan Mentzer is 35. Actor Kellan Lutz is 33. Actress Caitlin Wachs is 29.

Read entire article here (Aiken Standard; Associated Press)…

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“Lowrider Band is clearly more legit.” -Rolling Stone Magazine

Rolling Stone Magazine
Lowrider Band

Rolling Stone Magazine's "Best Bet"!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana September 20, 2016 – Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Best Bet” the Lowrider Band™ and it’s Members: Harold Brown, Howard Scott, Lee Oskar, B.B. Dickerson, Pete Cole, Lance Ellis and Chuk Barber announce their ‘PEACE IN THE STREETS’ Tour is coming to the Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Mississippi on October 7, 2016.

When served an eclectic brew of Latin, R&B, rock and funk on a saucy platter of contemporary jazz and hot Jamaican reggae, what do you get? You get a motley spread of the hottest musical omnibus to morph from recording studios in over a decade: You get the fabulous Lowrider Band™.

Since 1962, members of Lowrider Band™ have compiled a tapestry of quintessential songs and live performances so musically infectious that its moniker traces from Los Angeles to Mexico City and from London to Copenhagen. And the genius of these musicians is captured in the musical medley of Hispanic, African-American, Asian and mainstream cultures, resulting in monster compositions such as “Slippin into Darkness,” “Low Rider,” “9 to 5 (Ordinary Man),” “All Day Music” and many other chart-toppers.

Comprised of four prolific, multi-platinum Iconic Legacy Singer Songwriters, Howard Scott (lead vocals and guitar), Harold Brown (drums), Lee Oskar (harmonica) and B.B. Dickerson (bass), this dynamic team of accomplished musicians is guilty of dishing up many of the greatest tunes to permeate airwaves since the dawn of radio: “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Spill the Wine” and “The World is a Gheto” are a few more mega-hits they composed and performed over the years. A plethora of these hits have been sampled and recorded by major artists, including the smash single “You” by singer Janet Jackson.

Completing the seven-member posse and lending harmonious support to their distinctive sound are Lance Ellis on saxophone and flute, Pete Cole on keyboards, and Chuk Barber on percussion. Their latest self-tiled disc, Lowrider Band, features eight superbly orchestrated songs, including a riveting live version of “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” It’ll conjure reminisces of back in the day when the members of Lowrider began their collaborative composing odyssey.

Lowrider Band’s picturesque web-site is a window into the bands exciting future, including upcoming projects, concerts and more! Lowrider Band’s “PEACE IN THE STREETS TOUR” is a movement led by the bands 3+ Million Loyal Soldiers of Peace around the world that continue to fight for Peace. Lowrider Band™ is currently playing for their fans at Casino’s, Festivals, and Legendary Clubs. Book Lowrider Band™ today! Lowrider Band and staff are thrilled to announce that band members Howard Scott, Harold Brown, Lee Oskar and B.B. Dickerson were Awarded the Prestigious ASCAP POP Music Award in 2016 and have also been nominated three times for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the legendary song “Low Rider”, composed by them in the 1970s, with others, was recently inducted in the 2014 Grammy Hall of Fame!

“Lowrider Band™ is clearly more legit.”  Rolling Stone Magazine

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Book Review – Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of *** (2017)

Book Review – Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of *** (2017)

(Excerpts from FunknStuff)

For some time I had been well aware of the long-running legal entanglement and feud that had fractured the great 1970s funk-R&B-jazz band ***, but I really gained a firsthand taste of its ugliness and silliness when I interviewed founding members Howard Scott (vocals, guitar), Lee Oskar (harmonica) and Harold Brown (drums) on the TRUTH IN RHYTHM show this past summer. The musicians and the interview were fantastic, but in the aftermath, I learned that even as a neutral third party it was legally inadvisable to associate them with the *** name.

I was implored to and complied with instead referring to them as being part of their present entity the Lowrider Band. Such is the bitter split that for the vast majority of the past 30+ years has kept the *** organization ongoing with just one original member (keyboardist-singer Lonnie Jordan) in tow while the other surviving players have been locked out due to court rulings in favor of the group’s founding producer and collaborator Jerry Goldstein.

That is a crying shame for a multitude of reasons. It has damaged the band’s legacy in terms of potential Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognition, having a unified visibility and availability to media, and record catalog treatment. Then there’s also the lost potential earnings and anguish experienced by the band members and their families. Last but not least, it has also given short shrift to fans yearning to see the genuine article on stage and enjoy new music before Father Time makes that impossible.

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Concertgoers, beware: Classic rock bands play ‘musical chairs’ with heyday lineups

Concertgoers

Concertgoers, beware: Classic rock bands play 'musical chairs' with heyday lineups

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Truth in advertising

The Truth in Music Advertising act was first signed into law in 2005 in Pennsylvania. Thirty-four states followed suit, including Minnesota in 2008. It is unlawful to advertise or promote a live musical performance with false or misleading associations between the performing group and the established recording band. Moreover, at least one member of the original group must be involved and have a legal right to use the band’s name.

Are fans aware of this law? Do they care?

J.J. Williams, 32, of White Bear Lake, was astonished to learn that a single band member could legally hold the rights to a band’s moniker.

“If I bought a ticket to a concert and found out only one original guy was onstage, I’d be mad, getting ripped off like that,” he said. “I follow Metallica, so I know they’re not the original lineup, but I can’t keep up with every band out there who’s coming unglued.”

A band’s name is the bedrock of the brand’s fame. This is why Roger Waters sued fellow bandmates David Gilmour and Nick Mason over the use of the commercially successful name Pink Floyd. The same goes for the Beach Boys, Boston, Steppenwolf, Deep Purple, Sister Sledge and other litigated monikers.

Minneapolis attorney Michael R. Cohen is an expert in intellectual property, especially when it comes to band names.

“The point of trademark laws is to prevent confusion in the marketplace,” he said. “You have to ask yourself: Is this truth in advertising or a deceptive trade practice — saying one thing and offering something different?”

Cohen is a cousin of Lee Oskar, the original harmonica player for the band ***. After prolonged litigation, Oskar and three other original members of *** lost ownership of the band’s name to their manager. The four original members have since regrouped and renamed themselves the Lowrider Band, after their 1975 hit song.

Because of a 1991 court decision, Cohen explained, these original members are no longer able to use *** to promote their performances. “As a result, it is virtually impossible for them to reach out to their old fan base,” he said.

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Off Beat Magazine: Harold Brown

Off Beat Magazine: Harold Brown
Off Beat Magazine: Harold Brown

Back Talk: Harold Brown

by: GERALDINE WYCKOFF

It’s been a long time since the very funky Lowrider Band, which takes the stage at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo at 7:45 pm on Saturday, May 22, performed in New Orleans. The last occasion was a 2009 benefit concert held at the Howlin’ Wolf for the Save Charity Hospital organization, which included Dr. John. “I was flabbergasted that they weren’t going to open the building,” drummer Harold Brown, who at one time was treated at Big Charity but wasn’t born there remembered. “The hospital was built on the concept of helping the poor and sick.” Prior to that, in 2005, the group funked up the former Ray’s Boom Boom Room, then housed at the present-day Maison on Frenchmen Street. Read More…

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