Welcome to the new series William Price King Music Column.. A slightly different format but the same great background and music of the top artists across the different styles of music. The first artist of 2018 is Bono and the band U2. In part one we are going to be introducing Bono and the other band members before picking up their early career next week.
U2 has one of the most impressive catalogues of awards of any of the groups in the last forty years. Apart from 170 million + records sold world wide, the group has also won an impressive number of industry accolades.
- Academy and Golden Globe awards for movie tracks “The Hands That Built America” – Gangs of New York and “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
- Billboard Music and Touring Awards for best rock song, rock artist and world tours.
- Brit Awards for best International Group, Most Successful Live Act and Outstanding contribution to Music.
- Twenty- two Grammy Awards, including induction into the Hall of Fame, as well as Ivor Novello, Juno, MTV, NME and UK Music Video Awards.
Born Paul David Hewson in Dublin in 1960 he is known all over the world as Bono. He got his name through his membership of a group of friends call “Lypton Village” who had a ritual of giving each other nicknames. Bono had several names before being given one that fit better than the others. Originally “Bono Vox of O’Connell Street” Bonavox in Latin means “good voice” and it is evident it was tailor made for him. Although it is his stage name, close family and friends also refer to him by Bono.
Bono is not just the lead singer of U2, he is also an award winning singer-songwriter, musician, businessman and philanthropist. As lyrics are known for their social relevance and also for a spiritual element inspired by his own beliefs. As the band evolved into one of the leading groups of the 1980s and 1990s their songs reflected their experiences and maturing view of life. This included the band’s association with Nelson Mandela from their early career.
Well known for his support and activism for social justice as a band member and an individual, Bono is particularly active in campaigning for Africa. He co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red.. Apart from using music as a platform to contribute in concers, Bono has also used his influence to meet with those who have can influence change in politics and business. He was granted an honorary knighthood by the Queen for “his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work”. He is also a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and was named one of the Time Person of the Year.
His music career has not been restricted to working with U2 and he has collaborated with Roy Orbison, Tina Turner and on the soundtracks for the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and the stage adaptation of A Clockwork Orange.
As a businessman he is Director and Managing Partner of the private equity firm Elevation Partners which invests in several companies.
He has been married to Alison Stewart since 1982 and they have four children.
Other band members of U2
Adam Charles Clayton was also born in 1960 and moved from the UK to Ireland when he was five years old. Whilst attending St. Columba’s College he made friends with other music pupils keen on the pop/rock groups of the time such as The Who, The Beatles and Carole King. Adam bought a £5 acoustic guitar and joined the school band where he played bass guitar for the first time.
He met Bono , Larry Mullen jnr.. and David Evans (Edge) at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School and co-founded the band in 1976.
Renowned for his bass playing on some of the band’s iconic hits such as “Mysterious Ways”, “Vertigo”, “With or Without You” and “Magnificent”.
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Adam Clayton will be honoured in New York on June 26th, at a benefit night to mark MusiCares’ addiction recovery programmes.
“Adam is a hero to fans and music creators around the world,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares, “And he is also a hero in the world of recovery for his fearless determination to give voice to the issues of addiction that affect — and all too often devastate — our music community.”
“MusiCares does such vital work in helping vulnerable people across our industry,” Adam added. “I know from experience the importance of an accessible, supportive environment in times of need and I’m always happy to do what I can to benefit this important organization.”
Read the full article here: http://www.u2.com/news/title/musicares-honours-adam
David Howell Evans was born in 1961 in Wales and is known by his stage name of The Edge, or Edge. His family moved to Ireland and he joined the other band members at Mount Temple where they formed the band in 1976. As a musician Edge has explored various guitar effects and introduced influences from several styles including American roots music and alternative rock. He has also played keyboards and co-written lyrics.
As with other member of the band, Edge is a campaigner for human rights and philanthropic causes. He co-founded Music rising which supported musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. He has collaborated with Bono with the projects with other artists including Roy Orbison and Tina Turner as well as stage musicals. He is regarded as among the greatest guitarists of all time.
Laurence Joseph Mullen Jr. Was born in 1961 and is both a musician and actor but best known as drummer for U2. His distinctive drumming style is attributed to his days playing martial beats in the marching band, The Artane Boys Band. As with the other band members, he attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School. Aside from his work with U2, he also has produced the Ireland National football team’s song “Put Them Under Pressure” for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and in 1996 he worked with Adam Clayton on a dance re-recording of the “Theme from Mission: Impossible”
He has also found time to appear in a number of films including Man on the Train in 2011 and A Thousand Times Good Night in 2013.
As a member of U2 he has supported a number of philanthropic causes including Amnesty International.
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About William Price King
William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.
His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.
While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.
His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo called “Clear Cut,” and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.
In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.
William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION – https://williampriceking.tumblr.com
Connect with William
Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – https://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
We hope that you will join us again next week to follow the early career of these outstanding musicians and philanthropists.