Daily Archives: August 8, 2010

Cheez Doodles Creator Morrie Yohai R.I.P.

Wise Foods took out this full page ad in today’s New York Post to honor the deceased Cheez Doodles creator Morrie Yohai.

Yohai developed the snack in the 1950s for Old London Foods, based in New York City. The company founded by his father already was selling Dipsy Doodles rippled corn chips, which were made with a machine that spit them out under pressure.

His son Robbie Yohai said his father applied a similar concept for Cheez Doodles, adapting the machine to extrude liquefied cornmeal into a tubular shape. The shapes were then coated with seasoning and cheese.

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Elton John & Leon Russell Collaborate on ‘The Union’

Decca Records is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated collaboration between two musical legends, Elton John and Leon Russell with The Union available October 19th in the U.S.  (To be released October 25 in the U.K. on Mercury Records.)  This album marks the first time these iconic artists have worked together since 1970.

Produced by Oscar and multiple-Grammy winning producer T Bone Burnett, who took home numerous awards in 2009 for his production work on Raising Sand with Robert Plant and Alison Krause, The Union features songs written by John and his lifelong lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as in combination with the extraordinary talents of Russell and Burnett.

Recorded live in the studio with John and Russell on dueling pianos, the album features a variety of musical genres from R&B, soul, gospel, country, pop and rock.  Icons Neil Young and Brian Wilson provide guest vocals on the 16-track record along with legendary R&B organist Booker T. Jones, steel guitarist Robert Randolph and a 10-piece gospel choir.

Russell first met John in 1970 when he attended John’s first ever U.S. show at the famous Troubadour in Los Angeles.  The meeting heralded the beginning of a long friendship and a mutual appreciation between the two artists.  “In the late ’60s and early ’70s, the one piano player and vocalist who influenced me more than anybody else was Leon Russell,” John said.  “He was my idol.”  The pair went on to tour together shortly thereafter at New York’s Fillmore East and to this day have held such high admiration for each other’s work.

After years of being out of touch, John listened to Russell’s music while on safari in Africa last summer and was inspired to reconnect with his idol.  “Elton called to ask if I would do a duet album with him,” Russell said.  “I’m very happy that he chose me to do this.”

The Union is a unique collaboration of two of the most talented artists in the music business.  Combining forces and fusing diverse talents, John and Russell along with Burnett have produced an extraordinary album.

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Clapton: New 14-Track Album Features Mix of New Songs and Covers

Eric Clapton’s new 14-track studio album, “Clapton,” will be released on September 28th. It is made up of a mix of new material and covers. Several songs, like “Rocking Chair” and “When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful,” will be familiar to concert-goers as Eric and his band have been performing them on stage.

The complete track list is:

01. Travelin’ Alone

02. Rocking Chair

03. River Runs Deep

04. Judgment Day

05. How Deep Is The Ocean

06. My Very Good Friend The Milkman

07. Can’t Hold Out Much Longer

08. That’s No Way To Get Along

09. Everything Will Be Alright

10. Diamonds Made From Rain

11. When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful

12. Hard Times Blues

13. Run Back To Your Side

14. Autumn Leaves

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Vote For The 75 Most Memorable Moments In DC Comics History

Today is the last day for you to vote for the most memorable moments in DC Comics History, so click HERE and make your choices!

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Joe Hill’s Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows Hardcover

The third storyline in the Eisner-nominated series by Joe Hill (Horns) and Gabriel Rodriguez. Sam Lesser may be dead and gone, but Dodge still has uses for him, and in the first chill days of October, will make contact with him again. The dead know things the living may not, and Sam’s restless spirit has had time to discover the thing Dodge wants to know most of all… where to find the key to the black door.

The hardcover ($24.99) collects the incredible 3rd chapter to this imaginative IDW series and is due in stores on August 10th.

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Dial A Human

Are you tired of talking to cold impersonal voice robots when you call a business for assistance?

Would you prefer to speak with a human being?

Click HERE for a list of commonly called companies with the prompts to get you quickly where you would like to be, speaking with a real live person.

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Stephen King Guest-Stars On Sons Of Anarchy

Being a fan of FX’s Sons of Anarchy can have a huge payoff — especially if you’re a literary titan. Knowing that Stephen King loved the biker series, creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter reached out to the horror-meister giving him carte blanche to write, direct, or act in an episode.

King pictured with stars Kim Coates and Katey Sagal, whose characters he helps in the September 21st episode — obviously chose the guest role. And he had at least one demand. ”He wanted to ride a Harley,” says Sutter, so they hooked the author up with a big red hog. ”His character’s last name is an homage to King’s (real-life) alias, Richard Bachman.”

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