Music Monday!


Music Monday!

Here at Joe’s Dump, we’ve got a lot of music going on…

So, to help keep it all organized and handy, we’ve added a new Music Menu Item (at the top of every page)

A few of the articles you’ll find there include:

… Plus: Personal Profiles, Politics, Parodies, and plenty more!!!

Music Trivia Two-fer

This week, I’ve also got two trivia stories about some surprising back-stories to popular songs.

First up: You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (duet by Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand)

Did you know that this famous duet came from a radio program director’s divorce?

Neil Diamond recorded the song first in 1977 as a solo, followed by Barbra Streisand’s solo version in 1978. This is where WAKY-AM/Louisville KY program director, Gary Guthrie, comes in. He spliced together a duet version as a parting present to his wife after their divorce. His version became so popular that the record label got Diamond and Streisand to record an official version that was released in the fall of 1978!

(Click here to read the full story on Wikipedia)

… and here’s Gary Guthrie’s mixed version on American Top 40:

And second: Mike Sammes – the backup singer for Olivia Newton John’s “Let Me Be There”

The bass part in “Let Me Be There” by Olivia Newton John is so prominent, I’d almost classify the song as a duet. Out of curiosity, I checked into who the bass singer was. His name was Mike Sammes, and his credits are amazing. He also sang backup on The Beatles “I Am The Walrus”, and for the TV show “Supercar”.

(Click here to read Mike Sammes full bio on Wikipedia)

… and here’s “Let Me Be There” for your listening pleasure:



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What I Did On Winter Break


What I Did On Winter Break

… and … We’re Back!

Ah! It’s good to take some time away to make you appreciate things.

So, what’s been up on the break?

Glad you asked!

Here’s a short list:

  • Ate, Drank, Was Merry
  • Reconnected with friends and family
  • Started writing a novel
  • Got new acoustic panels for my recording space
  • Collaborated on some new projects with other artists
  • Planned out my show reel for Live! from E.V.I.L.
  • Began singing lessons with a new teacher

Whew! Glad I’m back at the grindstone, huh?

Anywho, I’ll once again be posting regular Dumps every Monday morning…

See you all in a week 😉




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Solarix: Video Game in Development Genetic experiments. Infected crew mates. Trapped in deep space, you are the sole survivor. Just a “loose end” for the corporation to tie up. Hiding… running… searching for a way out. I am watching you. … Continue reading


FDA Performer Labeling


FDA Passes New Performer Labeling Law


For Immediate Release: Dec. 23, 2013
Media Inquiries: Guy Inagorillasuit 555/555-1212

Due to recent consumer confusion over terms like “celebrity“, “personality“, and “star“, the FDA has decided to enact mandatory labeling of all performers.
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Video Games Live!


Video Games Live!

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This past week, I had the phenomenal experience of singing in two concerts with the Video Games Live choir. The above clip is our recording of “One-Winged Angel” from Final Fantasy 7.

Video Games Live

Video Games Live ( is a multi-media show featuring video game music sung live by a choir with music performed by a symphony orchestra. There are interactive segments with the audience, guest directors from the game companies, synchronized videos, trivia, prizes, and much more. Truly an exciting concert!
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