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Popular Songwriter of the ’70s and ’80s, Michael Masser Dies at 74

Composer Michael Masser with Whitney Houston. Together they made hits. Photo credit: nytimes.com.

Michael Masser, a songwriting legend in the 1970s and ’80s, died in Rancho Mirage, California, on Thursday at age 74.

Masser, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, created hit songs for Diana Ross in the ’70s and Whitney Houston in the ’80s, according to The Desert Sun. He wrote two of Ross’ biggest hits as a solo artist: “Touch Me in the Morning” and “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” which was the Academy Award-nominated theme from the movie, “Mahogany.” The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, as well. Continue reading Popular Songwriter of the ’70s and ’80s, Michael Masser Dies at 74

Pop Rocks Candy

Pop Rocks Candy packageJust last week I attended a meeting, walked into the large ballroom, found my chair — and you’ll never guess what I found on my seat. Well, maybe you will guess since you are reading an article named Pop Rocks Candy. Yes, it was a small package of Pop Rocks! It was stapled to a “You Rock” message, but who cares about the message. I was just transformed back to my youth and could feel my tongue tingle already.

Prior to this meeting, I haven’t had Pop Rocks since the 1980’s. A few of my cohorts sitting beside me kind of made a face signaling they weren’t going to eat them. Being that I have three small children at home, I quickly scoffed up the unwanted Pop Rock packages. Later that evening after dinner, I couldn’t wait to show my two oldest children the surprise I brought home today (after all, at 4 and 8 years-old they are candy gurus you know). I asked them to close their eyes and open their mouths. After sprinkling a few Pop Rocks on their tongues, I couldn’t wipe the smiles off of their faces. Yes! The look I was after and one that I had when I first tried Pop Rocks candy.

What are Pop Rocks anyway?

Pop Rocks is a carbonated candy with ingredients including sugar, lactose (milk sugar), corn syrup, and flavoring. It differs from typical hard candy in that it creates a fizzy reaction when it dissolves in the mouth.

When were Pop Rocks invented and who invented it?

The concept was patented by General Foods research chemist William A. Mitchell in 1956. The candy was first offered to the public in 1975.

The Pop Rocks Urban Legend

If you’ve heard of Pop Rocks, you are likely to have heard about it’s urban legend. There was a rumor that eating Pop Rocks and drinking cola would cause a person’s stomach to explode. This is, in part, caused by the false assumption that Pop Rocks contain an acid/base mixture (such as baking soda and vinegar) which produces large volumes of gas when mixed through chewing and saliva. One of these myths involved a child named Mikey from the Life cereal commercials. Mikey was rumored to have died after eating a Pop Rocks and cola mixture. This rumor is false and the actor John Gilchrist, who played Mikey, is alive.

How are Pop Rocks made?

Pop Rocks candy is made by mixing its ingredients and heating them until they melt into dust, then exposing the mixture to pressurized carbon dioxide gas and allowing it to cool. The process causes tiny high pressure bubbles to be trapped inside the candy. When placed in the mouth, coming into contact with saliva the candy breaks and dissolves, releasing the carbon dioxide from the tiny bubbles, resulting in a popping and sizzling sound and leaving a slight tingling sensation.

How many flavors does Pop Rocks offer?

A large variety. Strawberry, Watermelon, Tropical, Blue Razz, Original Cherry, Cotton Candy, Grape and Strawberry Sugar Free are available year round. Pop Rocks Bubble Gum and Pop Rocks Dips are also available in a standard way. But also look for all the new limited editions that are launched regularly: Chocolate, Pumpkin Patch Orange and Candy Cane.


Where can I buy Pop Rocks?

There are many places you can purchase Pop Rocks candy: Amazon.com, Walgreens, Kmart, Buy.com, Drugstore.com, CandyWarehouse.com, eBay, Blair Candy Company.


Swedish Rockers “Europe” to film forthcoming UK Tour

EuropeSwedish hard rockers EUROPE are set to film the entirety of their London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert on Saturday February 19th. The concert will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in October 2011, and will also include a bonus live CD.

The London concert is part of Europe’s Balls N Banners UK tour which kicks off at the Glasgow o2 ABC on Thursday February 17th. The forthcoming DVD release will also include behind-the-scenes footage, including rehearsals and backstage banter filmed during the rest of the dates on the rest of the UK tour. Europe will perform music from their current album Last Look At Eden, plus classic tracks from their albums Wings of Tomorrow, The Final Countdown, Out of This World, Prisoners in Paradise, Start From The Dark and Secret Society.

“We’re taking some new directions with our songs, and we’re exploring different styles, says Europe’s lead singer Joey Tempest about the songs from the Eden album. “There is a definite classic rock vibe on some of the tracks… a tip of the hat to groovin’, funkin’ 70s rock songs, but ones we have bought into the here and now.

Europe’s Balls N Banners UK tour dates in full: Glasgow o2 ABC (Feb 17), Birmingham o2 Academy (Feb 18), London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Feb 19), Oxford o2 Academy (Feb 21), Bournemouth o2 Academy (Feb 22), Bristol o2 Academy (Feb 23), Manchester Academy 2 (Feb 25), Leeds o2 Academy (Feb 26) and Newcastle o2 Academy (Feb 27). Ticket Hotline: 0844 477 2000, 0161 832 1111 (Manchester). Book Online: www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.ticketline.co.uk.

Read the official UK press release here.