Longtime Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye is among the many respected musicians who will take part in a tribute concert for late Norton Records founder and veteran garage-rock singer Billy Miller, scheduled for April 29 in Brooklyn, New York.
The show, dubbed the “Billy Miller Forever Memorial Celebration,” will be held at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and also will feature guest appearances by ex-Flamin’ Groovies singer Roy Loney, founding Dictators bassist/songwriter Andy Shernoff and Fleshtones singer Peter Zaremba.
Miller co-founded Norton Records in 1986 with his wife, former Cramps drummer Miriam Linna, and the couple also played together for years in the New York City garage band The A-Bones. Miller died in November at age 64 from complications of diabetes and multiple myeloma. The concert will benefit The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation.
Norton Records is known for releasing and reissuing rare recordings on vinyl by acclaimed but often commercially underappreciated rock ‘n’ roll, soul, rockabilly and garage-rock artists.
Among the well-known acts whose work has been released on the label are The Ramones, Del Shannon, Bobby Fuller, former Shangri-La’s singer Mary Weiss, ex-Crystals singer La La Brooks, The Pretty Things and Box Tops/Big Star frontman Alex Chilton. On May 12, Norton will issue a previously unreleased 1965 album by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci called Kickin’ Child.
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