08.21.12 'InTheStudio' Salutes A&M Records On Its 50th Anniversary...

North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of America's most treasured boutique record labels, A&M Records. Music and interviews from The Police, Joe Cocker, Procol Harum, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, Paul Rogers of FREE, Bryan Adams, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Peter Frampton, and Humble Pie will be featured in this special program.

No one would be surprised to find that A&M Records, the most successful independent American label, headquartered in Hollywood no less, had the majority of their pop and jazz music successes come from US recording artists, starting with Herb Alpert himself (the "A" in A&M), Burt Bacharach and The Carpenters. But curiously the A&M did not stand for "AMerican" when it came to their rock music signings, which didn't start in earnest until A&M Records opened a London office just prior to the dawn of the Seventies. Believe it or not, not one of the musicians included in this program was asked to comment on their relationship with the label, but in the course of discussing their respective careers, each musician invariably volunteered stories of remarkable support by A&M Records without being prompted.

The A&M Records 50th/InTheStudio program airs on InTheStudio affiliate radio stations this week. To stream this program online, please visit:

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Sting will perform at the Biel in Beirut, Lebanon on November 28, 2012 as part of the critically-acclaimed Back to Bass tour! For this concert, Sting will be joined by a 5-piece band featuring Dominic Miller (guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), David Sancious (keyboards), Peter Tickell (electric fiddle), and Jo Lawry (vocals). Tickets will go on sale to the public tomorrow, August 19 at 10AM (local time). Stay tuned to Sting.com, as additional cities will be announced soon!
On November 21, Sting will perform at the Lodz Arena in Lodz, Poland as part of his critically-acclaimed Back to Bass tour! Sting will be joined by Dominic Miller (guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), David Sancious (keyboards), Peter Tickell (electric fiddle), and Jo Lawry (vocals). Fan Club presales begin at 10AM (local time) tomorrow, August 7. Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, August 10 at 10AM (local time). Stay tuned to www.sting.com, as additional concert dates will be announced over the coming weeks!

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