RIP: Errol Bruce (Knapp), an Egyptian-born media broadcaster raised in Canada had his professional start at “pirate” outlets Radio Caroline and Swinging Radio England in the North Sea in the ‘60s, died in Toronto on Aug. 11 after a lengthy spell in hospital. He was 73.
Radio England referred to itself as “Boss Radio,” its disc-jockeys were called “Boss Jocks” and Knapp became known as “Bosscat” Bruce. After the pirate era, he returned to Canada and worked for CKFH, CHUM-FM, Q107, the CBC, and ran the Virtually Strange Network website in Toronto under his full name of Errol Bruce-Knapp for many years. He also had a bit part as sidekick to Chuck the Security Guard on Jeff Silverman’s short-lived, early 1980s, CFMT-TV, 2-6am, The All Night Show. He had a long-running UFO radio programme called Strange Days...Indeed and, when the show was cancelled, continued it in podcast form.
RIP: David Enthoven, a British talent manager who steered the career of Robbie Williams following the singer’s departure from Take That in 1996, Sia, Massive Attack, and in earlier years had managed the careers of King Crimson, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, and once advised Marc Bolan’s band, T-Rex, to shorten their name, because he couldn’t spell Tyrannosaurus. – Obit: The Guardian
RIP: Ruby Wilson, an American blues and gospel singer and actress known as The Queen of Beale Street in Memphis where she sang in clubs for more than 40 years. She suffered a stroke in 2009 and a heart attack that put her in a coma this year. She died Aug. 12, aged 68.
-- He’s in his 80s and Leonard Cohen continues making records. His record label, Columbia Records, said Friday that his next album is set for release this fall and is to be entitled You Want It Darker, which is also the title of the opening track. The nine-song set was produced by his son Adam and features original songs with titles such as “Traveling Light,” “Treaty” and “Leaving the Table.” The Montreal-born poet’s last studio album, Popular Problems, was released in 2014. Cohen turns 82 on Sept. 21. This will be his 14th studio album and third album release in the last six years. Below, a snippet of the title track from Cohen’s upcoming album, excerpted from the UK crime drama Peaky Binders that aired earlier this year.
-- Adele told her Staples Center fans on Saturday (Aug. 13) that she has no intention of performing at the 2017 Super Bowl. “First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” Billboard reports her telling the audience. “I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don’t really – I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no.”
-- Threatened by looming developers and a changing industry, some of Nashville’s Music Row recording studios are preparing to formally open their doors to tour groups for the first time. Ten studios have formed a partnership to work with local tour companies and provide visitors a behind-the-scenes look at where Nashville’s music is made. – WKRN-TV
-- Canadian Musician is surveying its readership about how on-demand streaming royalties and related revenues are affecting them. You can read the questions and participate by linking here.
-- Alicia Keys and her non-profit We Are Here have created a short film, Let Me In, that portrays the world refugee crisis in a dramatic light. Written and directed by Jon Olinger, the New York-born singer-songwriter also stars in the piece. – Samaritan magazine has the story, and here’s the short.
-- CMRRA has announced that David Kokakis of Universal Music Publishing Group has been appointed to its board of directors. Currently serving as Executive VP / Head of Business & Legal Affairs, Business Development and Digital, Kokakis oversees UMP’s contract negotiations, business development strategies, litigation matters, government lobbying efforts and digital initiatives.
-- Band submissions for the 2017 edition of the CMW Festival, running April 18-22, are now open. Submissions here.
-- Palestinian authorities are investigating how several mosques in the West Bank city of Nablus played music instead of the call to prayer. Investigators are looking at whether a recording by popular Egyptian singer Umm Kolthoum was deliberately played or if the broadcasting system was faulty. -- BBC
-- The latest classic Canadian song to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Geoffrey O’Hara-written tune "K-K-K-Katy." Published in 1918, it became a very popular song in the period between the two World Wars. The induction is being celebrated with a tribute performance by JUNO Award nominee Alex Pangman who turns a pub sing-a-long into a Puccini-esque showboat for the Hall of Fame’s Covered Classics series.