Jimmy Haddox of Jimmy and the Mustangs has a passion for music which started at a very young age while scanning the pages of the Sears & Roebuck catalog. The musical instruments seemed to call him and he dreamed of being a musician. As a young teenager, Haddox was introduced to the music of Gene Vincent, Johnny Burnett, and Chuck Berry, just to name a few. It wasn't long before he began writing and performing his own style of revved up Rock and Roll similar to the old school sounds that have truly been a consuming, lifelong affair.
Emerging from the Punk Scene in Southern California during the 80s, Jimmy and the Mustangs played their first live show to a sold out audience opening for the renowned all girl band, The Go-Gos. At the time, the band's music was fueled by fury driven, gut wrenching guitars, not unlike their punk contenders of that era. As the band progressed, a more definitive sound began to evolve and Jimmy and the Mustangs carved out a style of Rockabilly and Swing unlike any other band in Los Angeles at the time.
Not long after being hired by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame to perform at his own private party, the band was sought out by Bruce Springsteen who joined them onstage. An East Coast Tour followed. Upon returning home to L.A., the band received its first record deal with Vanity Records, which sold an excess of 40,000 copies. Television and Movie appearances followed. Since relocating to Austin, Texas, Jimmy has put together a new Mustangs line-up and is currently in the studio working on a new CD which is set for release in January 2015.
The Bangles rose from Los Angeles' cultish "Paisley Underground" scene to achieve platinum-level success, bringing an organic pop sensibility back to '80s airwaves while serving as a role model for a generation of female rockers. After an EP, The Bangles made their album debut with the 1984 album, All Over The Place, which contained the college radio hits "Hero Takes A Fall" and "Going Down to Liverpool." But it was their second album, Different Light, that catapulted them to stardom on the strength of four hits: the Prince-penned "Manic Monday," Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," "Walking Down Your Street," and "Walk Like An Egyptian." With the last one, they became the first all female band to have a #1 record for four weeks straight and the album went quadruple platinum. Their third album, Everything, contained the hits "In Your Room" and "Be With You," plus another #1 hit, "Eternal Flame," which became the fifth biggest selling hit of 1989. A Greatest Hits collection released the following year also went platinum.
The Bangles agree that their return after a haitus was a natural evolution. They came back together for the purest of motives:-simply because they enjoy making music together. All four members continued recording and performing during the break. Peterson's first gig when The Bangles went on hiatus was a tribute concert to Roy Orbison where she sang "Pretty Woman" with k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, and Emmylou Harris among others. She co-founded the band Kindred Spirit with Siobhan Maher. They opened up for Joan Armatrading on a UK tour and released a self-titled debut album.
Peterson and The Bangles are being honored with a She Rocks Award during The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on January 23, 2015 for their leadership and contributions to the music industry.
News From NAMM: A Report On What’s Changing And What’s Not
Shortly after the turn of the new year it was announced that the license to manufacture and distribute Gretsch drums had been acquired by Drum Workshop. Not surprisingly, this set off a storm of rumor and speculation about the future of the brand and of the drums themselves. In order to address the concerns of the drum community, a presentation for the music-industry press was held on Friday, January 23 at the NAMM Show.
From Around The NAMM Show 2015
The NAMM Show in Anaheim is happening now through Sunday, January 25 and features the best and most exciting of this year's new and unique products. We’re capturing some of the latest Gretsch-related photos and postings from around the show so check back here often.
MORE NEWS & EVENTS:
A TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS
In 2014 we celebrated of the 60th anniversary of the relationship between Chet Atkins and the Gretsch Company. Watch a special video and read "Celebrating 60 Years" by Fred Gretsch.
GRETSCH FAMILY GALLERY
During your next visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, explore the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery filled with touch screens, interactive displays, and some of the museum's most up-to-date artifacts.
GERMAN GUITAR HEROES:
Read Fred Gretsch's examination of an important part of history not properly being represented.
More Gretsch events HERE.
RECAP OF RECENT EVENTS:
Visit our RECAP page for details of other Gretsch events from 2014, 2013, and earlier.
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