Music News Digest: Week Of August 19, 2012

August 27, 2012 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 19, 2012, oldies fans bade a sad farewell to 1960s icon Scott McKenzie who passed away on August 18 after battling Guillain-Barre Syndrome. He became famous world-wide for his 1967 Summer Of Love hit, "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)."

August 20, 2012: Willie Nelson Is 'On The Road Again'

Willie Nelson was scheduled to perform on August 18 for a benefit at a private home in Castle Pines Village, CO, but had to cancel due to health reasons. He is feeling better and will resume his scheduled tour.

Source: Rep: Willie Nelson better, to go back on road | News Briefs |

August 21, 2012: Oldies Fans Say Farewell To Scott McKenzie

1960s icon Scott McKenzie (born Philip Wallach Blondheim on January 10, 1939) died on August 18 at 73 in his home after spending two weeks in the hospital. He is famous for the anthemic, peace-loving 1967 Summer Of Love hit, "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)." In 2010, McKenzie fell ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and had been battling it ever since.

Source: Welcome - Scott McKenzie

August 22, 2012: The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour' To Be Released On DVD, Blu-Ray

A restored version of the Beatles' 1967 movie, "Magical Mystery Tour," will soon be released on DVD and Blu-Ray, along with a 60-page book and a reproduction of the original vinyl EP.

Source: The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour' Gets DVD, Blu-Ray Release | Music News | Rolling Stone

August 22, 2012: Kiss Publishes $4,250 Book

In celebration of the band's 40th anniversay, KISS is publishing a book of photos, "Monster," that measures 3 feet long by 2.5 feet wide. This huge book includes 127 never-before-seen photos and will be priced at $4,250. It will be limited to 1,000 copies and each one will be hand signed, dated, and numbered.

Source: Kiss Unveil $4,250 Book, Talk Old 'Girlfriends' in the Band |

August 22, 2012: Carlos Santana Cancels Florida Gigs

Carlos Santana announced that he will be canceling his upcoming Florida concerts. "Circumstances beyond our control" were given as the reason for the cancellation. For those who purchased tickets, refunds are available from the vendors who sold the tickets.

Source: Santana cancels Florida concert dates |

August 23, 2012: Aerosmith Streams Songs From Upcoming Album

Aerosmith will be releasing a new album this November, "Music From Another Dimension." In the meantime, the band has already debuted two songs, "Lover Alot" and "Legendary Child," the latter in streaming audio.

Source: Aerosmith Go Full-Throttle on Raucous New Song 'Lover Alot' | Music News | Rolling Stone

August 23, 2012: John Lennon Killer Mark David Chapman Is Once Again Denied Parole

The man who murdered John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, has just been denied parole for the 7th time. Chapman's next parole hearing will take place in 2016.

Source: John Lennon killer Mark David Chapman once again denied parole -

August 23, 2012: B.B. King Gives 'Homecoming' Show In His Native Mississippi

The legendary blues singer who originally hails from Mississippi gave a concert on August 22 at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, MI. This museum was built on a cotton field where he had worked as a teenager.

Source: B.B. King gives intimate ‘homecoming’ performance in the Mississippi Delta - The Washington Post

August 24, 2012: Neil Young and Crazy Horse To Release New Album This October

Neil Young and Crazy Horse will be releasing a new album, "Psychedelic Pill ," this October. The album will be released in both LP and CD formats, as well as video versions of some of the songs. The band members are currently on break from their tour which they started earlier this month, which they will resume in late September.

Source: Neil Young and Crazy Horse Double-Disc 'Psychedelic Pill' Due in October | Music News | Rolling Stone

August 25, 2012: New CD Release: Border Wave - Sir Douglas Quintet

The Sir Douglas Quintet became famous in the 1960s for "She's About A Mover" (1965), "Mendocino" (1969), and other radio hits. This CD is a digitally remastered version of this Tex-Mex band's 1981 album, "Border Wave."

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August 25, 2012: New CD Release: Wolf Creek Pass - C.W. McCall

In 1976, C.W. McCall topped both the Country and Pop/Rock charts with his mostly spoken hit, "Convoy," which helped to spawn a CB radio craze. This 26-track CD, which includes this trucker classic, is a remastering of McCall's 1975 debut album,"Wolf Creek Pass." Also included are most of the songs from his second album, "Black Bear Road."

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August 25, 2012: New CD Release: Last of a Dyin' Breed - Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Last of a Dyin' Breed" is the latest album by this legendary Southern rock band. Led by core members Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington, and Rickey Medlocke, this album of all new material includes many songs performed in the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd style.

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August 25, 2012: New CD Release: At the BBC - The Kinks

This 6-CD box set includes over 50 songs from 1964 through 1977 gathered together from all of the BBC-owned Kinks recordings. The set kicks off with live versions of some of the Kinks' early hits that include "All Day and All of the Night" and "You Really Got Me."

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August 25, 2012: New CD Release: Destroyer- Resurrected - KISS

This CD is a remaster of the 1976 KISS album, "Destroyer: Resurrected," remixed from the original master tapes by this album's original producer. Included on this album are the band's 1976 hits, "Detroit Rock City," "Flaming Youth," "Shout It Out Loud," and "Beth."

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