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It’s A Big Day For Some Major Musical Icons: Otis, Bowie, Keef With Tom Waits, And Jimi
January 8, 2013
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There are lots of big stories out there today about some big names in the world of music, so we thought we'd put them all together for you.

It's the 45th anniversary of one of Otis Redding's biggest singles, David Bowie just released a new song and announced a new album, Keith Richards and Tom Waits collaborated on a pirate shanty, and we're hours away from hearing a tune from the new Jimi Hendrix album. Phew.

Here's a rundown.

Bowie Is Back

First up, the thing that everyone's talking about: David Bowie has returned. It's his 66th birthday today, and to celebrate, he released a new single, 'Where Are We Now?' (that's the video above), and revealed details of a new record, 'The Next Day'.

This will be Bowie's first record in ten years. He hasn't performed live since 2006, and according to his spokesperson, that may not change with the release of the new album.

He says Bowie is the kind of artist who "writes and performs what he wants when he wants." But whether he performs or not, at least it's a new Bowie record. Great news. The album's due out in March.

45 Years Since The Release Of Otis Redding's '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay'

Otis Redding's classic '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay' was released as a single on January 8, 1968. But Otis never heard it: on December 10, 1967, the 26-year-old singer was killed in a plane crash in Wisconsin.

The song was a hit: it reached number one on Billboard's pop chart in March '68, and stayed there for four weeks. It went on to win two Grammys, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent piece about the song today. They interviewed three of the musicians who played on the single, including Steve Cropper, pianist Booker T. Jones, and Ben Cauley, who was the only survivor of the crash that killed Redding. It's really worth a read.

Keith Richards Teams Up With Tom Waits... On A Sea Shanty

Johnny Depp is serious about this pirate business. Back in 2006, he helped put together 'Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Seas Sons and Chanteys', a collection of sea shanties covered by some talented musicians.

Well now it's got a son. A new double-CD collection, 'Son Of Rogue's Gallery', is coming out February 19 on Anti Records, and it features the likes of Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Shane McGowan, and many more. It also features a version of 19th century folk ballad 'Shenandoah' performed by Keith Richards and Tom Waits.

When it comes to looking like a pirate, you could do a lot worse than Keef and Tom. And the track is well worth a listen. Check it out at NPR right here.

This isn't the first time Tom and Keef have worked together. They did a track together on Tom's latest, 'Bad As Me'. Check out that video below:

A Track From The New Jimi Hendrix Album Will Be Online Tonight At 3:00 AM

As we told you a while back, an album of unreleased music by Jimi Hendrix called 'People, Hell and Angels' is due out March 5.

The lead single from the album will be available at 3 am, according to Paste Magazine.

The tune, 'Somewhere', features Stephen Stills on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. It was recorded in 1968.

Here's an alternate version from the posthumous collection 'Crash Landing':


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