Saturday, July 25, 2015

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted by Administrator on July 30th, 2015

The Rolling Stones' summer Zip Code Tour has topped Billboard's Hot Tours List for the week ending July 27, with $29 million reported from the tour's final stadium performances in Raleigh, N.C., Indianapolis, Ind., Detroit, and Orchard Park, N.Y., near Buffalo. Sellout crowds packed football venues in New York and North Carolina, as well as a major league baseball park in Detroit and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the tour's homestretch. Their Zip Code tour, which kicked off on May 24 in San Diego, had its highest-grossing stadium performance in Orlando, Fla.'s Citrus Bowl with a $9.3 million box office, but Ohio State University's Ohio Stadium drew the largest crowd on May 30, with 59,038 fans filling the venue in Columbus. The tour continues with a run of shows including Labor Day weekend concerts at The Gorge in Washington state, Sept. 4-6, and the final show stateside will be held in Phoenix at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Sept. 13. A 21-city international tour will follow, kicking off in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 8 and wrapping in Dublin on Nov. 13. - Billboard, 7/29/15...... In other Stones-related news, guitarist Keith Richards recently told Mojo magazine that he loves smoking weed and even partakes in it at breakfast, but is unsure whether full legalization of the drug would be a positive development. "I like an early morning joint... Strictly Californian," said the 71-year-old legendary rocker. "But whether [legalization is] a good thing in the long run, I don't know," he added. Despite his advancing age, Richards says he still smokes pot "regularly." Richards will release his first solo album in 23 years, Crosseyed Heart, in September. - NME, 7/28/15...... Neil YoungAfter writing an anti-streaming Facebook post on July 15, Neil Young announced on July 29 he is pulling the majority of his music from streaming services. "AM radio kicked streaming's ass. Analog Cassettes and 8 tracks also kicked streaming's ass, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming," wrote Young, who has long complained about streaming's subpar sound quality. "Streaming sucks. Streaming is the worst audio in history. Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans," he added, then went on to say "it's not because of the money." Now, only five of Young's albums from the '80s and early '90s remain on various streaming services. The singer did, however, say that he would allow his albums back on streaming services if the audio quality was improved. - Billboard, 7/29/15...... Meanwhile, Neil Young and other artists including the Doors, Journey and Bonnie Raitt have settled a copyright dispute with the BBC after withdrawing their music from the venerable broadcaster earlier in July. By withdrawing from the UK's Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS), the four artists also left the BBC's collective agreement with the organization. As a result, BBC DJs were asked not to play songs by the artists, or tracks which sampled them, in order to avoid breach of copyright. Now it appears a settlement has been reached on the use of the band's content on radio, and on July 27 the BBC released a statement confirming the return of the artists to the airwaves: "The BBC has been able to find a licensing solution by working together with the music publisher Wixen Music UK and with the MCPS... however the rights are not available for television or other audio visual use via the BBC's collective licensing arrangements with MCPS." Effectively, that means that the BBC will now be free to play those artists' songs on the radio, but can't lay the tracks over their latest inspirational documentary. - NME, 7/27/15...... In a recent interview with Britain's Q magazine, the Who guitarist Pete Townshend revealed that '90s alternative rock icon Morrisey once asked him to produce two of his solo albums, and he rejected the offer. "Morrissey asked me to produce albums for him after the Smiths, twice," Townshend said. However, he added that despite the fact that he "really loves [Morrisey's former band] The Smiths," he rejected the offer because he would have preferred to work with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Townshend also revealed that he kept the letters that Morrissey originally sent him requesting that he produce his albums. - New Musical Express, 7/28/15...... Ted NugentRocker Ted Nugent has added his two cents to the current controversy over the death of "Cecil the lion" in Zimbabwe, which was recently slain by an American dentist on a big game hunt. The dentist and part time trophy hunter, Walter Palmer of Minnesota, and his guides reportedly led Cecil out of a national park, shot him with a bow and arrow, tracked him for 40 hours, killed him with a rifle and beheaded him. "The whole story is a lie," Ted Nugent posted on his website in response. "It was a wild lion from a 'park' where hunting is legal & ESSENTIAL beyond the park borders." While only 30,000 of the black-maned lions are estimated to be left in the wild, and 600 of them (2%) are said to be harvested every year through both legal hunting safaris and poaching, Nugent maintains that "all animals reproduce every year & would run out of room/food to live w/o hunting. I will write a full piece on this joke asap. God are people stupid." Walter Palmer issued a statement saying that "I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion," although he has been cited for illegal poaching of exotic animals in the past. - The Hollywood Reporter, 7/29/15...... Former Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters headlined the 2015 Newport Folk Festival in Fort Adams State Park, R.I., on July 24. Appearing for his first live performance since the end of his Wall tour in 2013, Waters was joined by a host of guest artists and played an entirely acoustic set that featured material from his time with Pink Floyd as well as new and old solo material. Surprises in the set included a new song, "Crystal Clear," as well as covers of material by Bob Dylan, Levon Helm and Buddy Guy. My Morning Jacket, a last minute addition to the festival line-up, joined Waters on stage after having played their own set earlier in the day. Waters and the band performed Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here" together. This year's Newport festival is also notable for the return of the same guitar that Bob Dylan played there in 1965 after "going electric." The Fender Stratocaster, which was bought in 2013 by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for a staggering $965,000, was brought to the festival by the curator of Irsay's rare guitar collection. "Dylan's guitar is home," said festival producer Jay Sweet on July 24. - NME, 7/27/15...... Paul Simonon of the Clash and Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music will team up with Afrobeat legend Tony Allen for a performance at a festival in Italy during August. Simonon, Manzanera and Allen will perform alongside Italian musician Ligabue, Columbian singer Andrea Echeverri and London-based violinist Anna Phoebe at a concert at the La Notte della Taranta in Salento in south Italy on Aug. 22. Manzanera will also serve as the festival's Maestro Concertatore this year. - NME, 7/28/15...... Janis IanSinger/songwriter Janis Ian of "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child" fame has responded to her being mentioned in a story in New York magazine about actor/comedian Bill Cosby allegedly sexually assaulting several women without their consent over the years. In a long, disturbing post on Facebook, Ian responds to an account of a 1966 incident when she was only 16 and performing "Society's Child" on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. It reads: "Exhausted from all the press, she [Ian] fell asleep on the lap of her female chaperone, a woman six or seven years older than her. After Ian had returned home, her manager called Ian and demanded to know what had happened at the taping, saying, 'no one else on TV is willing to have you on.' Apparently Cosby had seen Ian asleep in her chaperone's lap and told all the other shows she wasn't 'suitable family entertainment,' and that she 'was probably a lesbian, and shouldn't be on television.'" Ian begins her recollection on Facebook: "Do I have a stake in this issue? Yes. Of course. Outside of being female, outside of knowing women aren't 'heard' as loudly as men are heard, outside of firmly believing that if women were treated equally around the world, many if not all of the world's problems would no longer exist -- outside of all that... I have a personal stake." - Billboard, 7/29/15...... Joe Jackson, the 87-year-old dad of late King of Pop Michael Jackson and the other siblings in the Jackson 5, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 26 after suffering a stroke. Joe Jackson, who was in Brazil for a birthday party, is reportedly in stable condition, and about 10 Jackson family members are expected to arrive in Sao Paulo in the next few days to wish him well. Jackson arrived in Sao Paulo on July 22 and attended several events before falling ill. - AP, 7/28/15...... In other Michael Jackson-related news, a white sequined glove once worn by the Thriller singer has been put up for auction online by the Nate D. Sanders auction house, with bidding starting at $20,000. Jackson had given the right-handed glove to his artist friend, Paul Bedard, who painted more than a dozen pieces of historical figures sporting the glove for Jackson's home and Neverland ranch. In addition to the glove, the winning bidder will receive a photo of Bedard wearing the glove, some of the art he created for Jackson, and a typed authenticity declaration signed by Bedard himself. While $20,000 would be a lot to pay for a piece of rock memorabilia for most, it pales in comparison to the $420,000 selling price of the glove Jackson wore during his debut of the "Moonwalk" that sold just six months after he passed away in 2009, as well as another glove that sold for $160,000 in 2010. Also up for auction is the jacket Jackson wore in the "Bad" music video and album cover, with bids starting at a mere $10,000. - Billboard, 7/28/15...... Dionne WarwickPop songstress Dionne Warwick has reacted to the recent passing of her second cousin, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late superstar singer Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown. "Our family has had its share of sorrow these past few years," Warwick told People magazine on July 27, the day Bobbi Kristina died. "Bobbi is now sitting in the lap of our Heavenly Father and is now reunited with her beloved mother. She will be missed and I send many thanks for all of the prayers that were being said for her." Warwick appeared on the Bravo channel's Watch What Happens Live on July 26 just hours after news of Bobbi Kristina's death was made public. She said then, "She was a sweetheart, she will be missed -- she was a good girl. It's not easy. It's [manageable] because of our faith that Bobbi is with a much bigger and more powerful person, or thing, that she's in much better hands now." Bobbi Kristina, 22, had been in a medically induced coma since she was found unconscious in a bathtub at her Roswell, Ga., home on Jan. 31 and rushed to a nearby hospital. A preliminary autopsy released on July 27 stated that there was "no obvious underlying cause of death and no significant injuries were noted... No previously unknown medical conditions that could have contributed to death were identified." - Billboard, 7/27/15...... New research by the Musixmatch organization has shown that the Beatles rate low on the "verbose scale," in other words, Beatles music does not have a wide vocabular. Musixmatch compiled the 100 most linguistically dense songs of the top 93-selling artists ever, then compared the word count of these songs by their unique word use, the total number of words used and how often they used a new word to find the artist with the widest vocabulary. Not entirely surprisingly, hip-hop artists come out on top, with Eminem taking a considerable lead with a phenomenal word count of 8,818. The other top four artists are Jay-Z (6,899 words), Tupac Shakur (6,569 words), Kanye West (5,069) and Bob Dylan, who has a lexicon of 4,883 words, making him the top folk artist in the chart, as well as the musician who uses a new word in his songs most frequently, an average of one every nine words. Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and Neil Diamond have smaller vocabularies than the average, while Paul McCartney has a higher word count as a solo artist (1,903) than with the Beatles (1,872). The average word count, Musixmatch says, is 2,667 words. - AP, 7/27/15...... John LennonIn other Fab Four-related news, Yoko Ono has announced she is teaming up with several artists including Death Cab for Cutie, Sparks, Mike Snow, Jack Douglas and her son Sean Lennon for a new album which will be a follow-up, of sorts, to her 2007 LP Yes, I'm a Witch. Yes, I'm a Witch Too, which boasts 16 tracks including "Mrs. Lennon" with guests Peter, Bjorn and John, is due on Jan. 22, 2016. - New Musical Express, 7/29/15...... The producers of a planned blues documentary on Chicago's music scene, including contributions from Jack White and Bob Dylan, are seeking financial support in order to secure rights to the music they are celebrating. Born In Chicago is being directed by John Anderson, who also directed the 2005 Brian Wilson documentary SMiLE, and documents the progression of the blues genre as it evolved in the city during the '50s and '60s. The team behind the film have launched a PledgeMusic campaign in order to raise money to secure the rights for the music and archived footage used in the documentary. The campaign runs until Sept. 16 and offers merchandise such as copies of the film, clothing and a box set collection (in multiple formats, including LP) for anyone who donates to the cause. The film features an array of interviews and performances from artists including BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Eric Burdon and Charlie Musselwhite, among others. - NME, 7/24/15.

A handwritten note by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969 to Beatles press officer Derek Taylor is currently being auctioned only by RR's Marvels of Modern Music. The letter, which references instructions for an unspecified concert, has John writing, "Audience must not be 'loaded' with 'officials' -- (Mayors and Kennedys) it must be mainly kids and critics. Any charity bits (the gate) only to be known after the event." Ono then takes over for the next three lines, stating: "Don't explain us -- John & Yoko. None of Yoko is a good artist but they ought to know by now." Lennon ends the letter, which has a bid of at least $1,000, by writing: "Tickets shouldn't be too expensive and none of that all Bernsteins and such likes kids getting the 'best' seats at the zoo." Another letter written by Doors frontman Jim Morrison in his L'Hotel room in Paris, where the singer moved after his band finished recording L.A. Woman in March 1971 less than three months before his death, is also up for auction and seems to be even more sought after. "Sorry not to have written sooner. It doesn't seem like I've been here this long. We've been travelling -- in Spain, (Granada was best) Morocco, Southern France & Corsica -- where I lost my jacket, money etc. & had to fly back to Paris to wait for more...," the reads the letter, which has pulled in a high bid of over $23,000 in RR's auction so far. - New Musical Express, 7/24/15...... In related news, a collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia will be auctioned in mid-August in conjunction with the annual "Elvis Week" memorial at Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis. Presley's most loyal (and financially comfortable) fans will be able to bid on the late icon's "Starburst" concert jumsuit and a signed Elvis guitar, amongst 172 other items. The auction is organised by Graceland Auctions and will take place in the singer's home, in the Graceland Archives Studio on Aug. 13. Fans unable to attend will be able to bid on the items online through eBay's Live Auctions' platform. - NME, 7/22/15...... Michael JacksonAhmed Best, the actor who provided the voice for the Jar Jar Binks character in the Star Wars series movie Episode I: The Phantom Menace, has revealed in a new interview with Vice magazine that Michael Jackson once lobbied for the role of Jar Jar Binks in the film. As a connoisseur of children's films and fantasy in general, the late King of Pop was interested in joining the cast of the Star Wars prequels during the '90s, and Best recounted a post-concert meeting at Wembley arena between himself, Jackson, Phantom Menace actress Natalie Portman, and the movie's director, George Lucas. "We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as 'Jar Jar' and I was like, That's kind of weird. Michael was like, 'Oh. OK.'" Later at a party Best said he questioned Lucas why he introduced him as Jar Jar, and Lucas said: "Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like "Thriller."' George wanted to do it in CGI. My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don't think he wanted that." - Billboard, 7/24/15...... In other Michael Jackson news, the rights to a song co-written by the pop star for the long-running animated series The Simpsons have been sold to an anonymous buyer for $38,500. "Do The Bartman" was originally released in 1990, featuring on the album The Simpsons Sing the Blues. It was reportedly co-written by Michael Jackson, also featuring backing vocals from the late singer. The sale allegedly includes "both BMI and Sony Publishing royalties" from the song, as well as royalties for collection of other songs by Bryan Loren, who co-wrote and produced the song with Jackson. In 1998, Simpsons creator Matt Groening said in an interview that "It has always been amazing to me that no-one ever found out that Michael Jackson wrote that song." However, Loren is claiming the sole songwriting credit for "Do the Bartman," despite Groening's statement. "While it's true, along with me, Michael Jackson does sing backing vocals.... And so, obviously, he was involved. Perhaps this tidbit of info is not as sensational as saying MJ co-wrote the song, but I assure you, he did not," he said. - New Musical Express, 7/22/15...... Musicians Flo & Eddie of the '60s pop group The Turtles have lost a bid to halt SiriusXM's $210 million settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) over music recorded prior to 1972. Flo & Eddie had earlier filed a class action lawsuit questioning if SiriusXM could play pre-1972 music (when federal copyright laws were changed to cover sound recordings) without authorization or royalties, and filed again earlier in July calling for the settlement to be halted to wait on their case. The pair received a landmark summary judgment ruling in their favor in Sept. 2014, and months later, in May 2015, they had another huge win when they received certification of their proposed class of musicians who recorded songs prior to 1972. SiriusXM appealed the certification, and the court stayed the case pending the ruling. The Ninth Circuit hasn't yet ruled in the case. - The Hollywood Reporter, 7/23/15...... Neil Young is once again taking aim at the Monsanto corporation in a new Facebook post and short video, which warns citizens about a "dark act up for a vote in the House of Representatives [that] takes away the rights of people to vote for or against things like GMO (genetically-modified seed) labeling in their states." Accompanying his political warning is a 10-minute documentary from his film company, Shakey Pictures, called Seeding Fear. The mini-doc details the experience of famer Michael White, one of the few farmers who successfully stood up to Monsanto in court and is legally permitted to speak about it. - Billboard, 7/23/15...... Frank ZappaA director for the forthcoming documentary about the late innovative rocker Frank Zappa, which is due in 2017, has been named. Alex Winter, who famously starred with Keanu Reeves in 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, has directing credits that include Freaked and Forever as well as documentaries like Downloaded, which profiled Napster's Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning. The production will have exclusive access to the Zappa Vault, a collection of unseen visual and audio recordings, in addition to previously released video clips, interviews and concert recordings. Winter says that "our tale will be told primarily in Frank's own words; he will be our guide through this journey." In a statement, Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa, praised Winter and said "We couldn't be happier to be working with Alex, an extraordinary filmmaker in his own right." - The Hollywood Reporter, 7/23/15...... In other rock biopic news, actor Don Cheadle's new Miles Davis movie, Miles Ahead, will make its world premiere as the closing night film at the New York Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 11. Miles Ahead has been a long-time passion project for Cheadle, who stars as the jazz musician and directs for the first time. The film concentrates on Davis' reemergence in 1980 after his so-called "silent period" in the late 1970s. The film does not yet have distribution in North America. - AP, 7/22/15...... Bette Midler wrapped her Divine Intervention Tour with two London shows on July 18 and 19 with a total of $32 million grossed. The final performances of the pop diva's latest trek -- her first touring production since 2004 -- drew 22,991 fans and grossed $3.2 million, the second-highest gross on the tour. Midler's concerts were good for a fourth place in Billboard Box Office top tours list for July 14-20, behind the Grateful Dead, Taylor Swift and Kenney Chesney. - Billboard, 7/23/15...... Led Zeppelin has shared a stream for a previously unreleased version of their track "When The Levee Breaks," alternatively titled "If It Keeps On Raining." The alternate recording appears on the reissue of 1982 album Coda, released after drummer John Bonham's death, and set to be reissued in a remastered version by Page on July 31. This rough mix was recorded at London's Island Studios in Nov. 1970. - NME, 7/23/15...... Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hosted a listening party for his upcoming solo album, Crosseyed Heart, on July 21 at Electric Lady Studios in New York's Greenwich Village. Crosseyed Heart, Richards' third solo effort, has been described as "a lot stronger than the lion's share of the Stones' '90s material," and is set to drop on Sept. 18. - Billboard, 7/22/15...... Alan WhiteDrummer Alan White of the prog-rock band Yes says his band plans to soldier on after the recent death of bassist and sole constant Yes member Chris Squire. "It's certainly going to be hard without him, but he called me and asked me to keep everything going regardless of what happens," says White, who's been part of Yes since 1972 "So absolutely we're moving ahead. I'm gonna do it for him." And White says he's confident that after talking to the other members of Yes and from fan reaction following Squire's June 27 death from acute erythroid leukemia at the age of 67, few will have a problem with that decision to continue. "Everything has been pretty positive in that regard," White notes. "[The fans] are behind the band and want the band to keep moving forward here. It doesn't seem like anybody's kind of given up on the band, which is really encouraging and it'll help us move things forward. Things can't just stop, you know? We've got to maintain the Yes name and... meet the high standards of musicianship Chris created." Yes will embark on its Cruise To The Edge Tour in November in Miami, and also has a UK tour planned in the spring of 2016. The group released a new album, "Heaven & Earth," last year, but White thinks it will be awhile before Yes entertains recording again. "I think it's too early days yet to really venture into thinking like that," the drummer says. "We just want to get the band on an even keel first, I think, before we even think about writing new stuff." - Billboard, 7/21/15...... Could New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Chris Christie be accused of a flip-flop? Interviewed by the conservative website LifeZette, Christie and his wife Mary Pat both immediately responded with "Bon Jovi" when asked "Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi?" in a lightning round. Christie had previously declared his love for all things Springsteen in an interview with The Atlantic, where he claimed to have attended over 130 show in a 40-year period. In a statement, Jon Bon Jovi -- who admits his allegiance lies with democratic presidential candidateHillary Clinton -- confirmed he had given Christie approval to use his songs. "My friendships are apolitical," the rocker said, "and yes, I absolutely gave him permission to use my songs." Springsteen famously took a shot at Christie in 2014 in an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with a song parody of "Born To Run" entitled "Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee, New Jersey Traffic Jam." Gov. Christie had previously asked Springsteen to perform at his 2010 inauguration party, but the longtime Democrat declined. - Billboard, 7/22/15...... AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was released on bail on July 20 after he was arrested just 10 days into his home detention sentence for drugs possession and threats to kill. A New Zealand newspaper reported that Rudd, 61, was hosting prostitutes at his home on North Island on July 18 when he was arrested again for carousing with the prositutes. He was ordered to appear in court on Aug. 3 to enter a plea to the charges, and will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing upon police request. - New Musical Express, 7/20/15...... Kenny LogginsSinger/songwriter Kenny Loggins, who wrote and recorded the famous tune "House at Pooh Corner" and released an album based on the song, Return to Pooh Corner, in 1994, says he's planning a return to children's music. "It's the direction I want to take the rest of my career," Loggins says. "It's very comfortable for me; I feel very confident in that arena and I know what's needed. Right from the beginning I saw that most children's music is just unlistenable, and my goal was to make a record the parents would love as much as the children." Loggins says his new projects will include a new uptempo kids album, All Join In and a collection of lullabies that includes a new treatment of "Danny's Song," his hit with Jim Messina that also became a top 10 charting cover for Anne Murray. Loggins says he's currently shopping for labels. "My hope is to place the uptempo record and the lullaby record and maybe get a third-record deal." Loggins performs five songs on a new episode of the Disney XD animated series Penn Zero Part-Time Hero, which premiered on July 24. He'll also have a song in an episode of Disney's Phineas and Ferb that airs in September. - Billboard, 7/21/15...... Actor Alex Rocco, the veteran tough-guy actor with the gravelly voice best known for playing mobster and Las Vegas casino owner Moe Greene in the acclaimed 1972 film The Godfather, died on July 18 of as yet unnanounced causes. He was 79. Rocco, who studied acting with the late Leonard Nimoy, a fellow Boston-area transplant, also was the voice of Roger Meyers Jr., the cigar-smoking chairman of the studio behind "Itchy and Scratchy" on The Simpsons, and he played Arthur Evans, the father of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character, on the stylish Starz series Magic City. Rocco also won an Best Supporting Actor Emmy in 1990 for his role in the short-lived CBS series The Famous Teddy Z, and also had regular roles on The Facts of Life, The George Carlin Show, Three for the Road, Sibs and The Division. - Yahoo News, 7/19/15...... Actor Theodore Bikel, a prolific stage and screen performer and political activist who created the role of Captain Georg Von Trapp in the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," died of natural causes on July 21 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 91. Conversant in a number of languages, Bikel's background and versatility led to a wide, multinational range of roles. Often playing authority figures, the native of Vienna starred as a Dutch doctor in The Little Kidnappers (1953); a Germany submarine officer in The Enemy Below (1957); a French general in The Pride and the Passion (1957); Russian military men in Fraulein (1958) and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1965); and a Hungarian phonetics expert in My Fair Lady (1964). Other memorable feature credits include The African Queen (1951), I Want to Live! (1958), See You in the Morning (1989), Crisis in the Kremlin (1992) and Shadow Conspiracy (1996). On television, Bikel made hundreds of appearances, co-starring as Henry Kissinger in the 1989 ABC miniseries The Final Days and guesting on shows as diverse as The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, All in the Family, Law & Order, JAG, Columbo and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also had recurring roles on the primetime soaps Dynasty and Falcon Crest. - The Hollywood Reporter, 7/21/15.

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