Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 26, 2012

September 3, 2012 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 26, 2012, fans mourned the passing of famed lyricist Hal David who, with Burt Bacharach, penned many top hits from the 1960s and 1970s, including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Do You Know The Way To San Jose," and "Close To You."

As part of their 50-year anniversary celebration, the Rolling Stones will be performing in New York and London this fall, and a documentary will be aired on HBO this November.


August 27, 2012: 63-CD Johnny Cash Box Set To Be Released In October

A massive box set of all of Johnny Cash's recordings with Columbia Records is slated to be released on October 30, 2012. This box set, which covers the years, 1958-1986, will include many albums previously unreleased on CD and other material.

Source: Johnny Cash Box Set Includes 63 CDs - The 615 | Billboard.com

August 27, 2012: Art Garfunkel Regains Voice And Releases Album

After becoming incapacitated with vocal paresis in 2010, Art Garfunkel recently regained his singing voice and recorded two new songs for his soon-to-be released album, "The Singer."

Source: Art Garfunkel Regains Voice, Releases 'The Singer' | Billboard.com

August 27, 2012: 'Motown: The Musical' Coming To Broadway In April

Motown founder Berry Gordy and co-producers Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris announced that "Motown: The Musical" will be coming to Broadway on April 14, 2013, at New York's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. This musical, which will star Victor Dixon as Berry Gordy, will be based on the story of the founding of this famous record label.

Source: 'Motown: The Musical' coming to Broadway in April | Music | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

August 28, 2012: Spike Lee To Bring Michael Jackson Documentary To ABC

"Bad25," a documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee about the making by Michael Jackson of his album, "Bad," will premier on ABC this Thanksgiving. This documentary, which will show never-before-seen footage of Jackson and others, is one of two projects that will commemorate the 25th anniversary of this album.

Source: Spike Lee bringing Michael Jackson documentary to ABC - latimes.com

August 29, 2012: Bob Dylan Debuts Shockingly Violent Video

Bob Dylan recently released a video that features one of his songs from his upcoming "Tempest" album. In this video, there are some violent scenes and Dylan makes a brief appearance.

Source: New and Hot Video: Bob Dylan Debuts Shockingly Violent New Video | Rolling Stone

August 30, 2012: Rolling Stones Plan First Shows Since 2007

As part of this band's 50th anniversay celebration, the Rolling Stones will be performing at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and London's O2 Arena. The shows are slated to take place later this year.

Source: Rolling Stones Plan First Shows Since 2007 | Music News | Rolling Stone

August 30, 2012: HBO To Air Rolling Stones Documentary On November 15, 2012

The Rolling Stones are releasing a documentary, "Crossfire Hurricane," which tells the story of their 50 years together. This film will premier in some UK theaters in October and will air on HBO this November.

Source: Rolling Stones Announce 'Crossfire Hurricane' Film | Billboard.com

August 30, 2012: Eddie Van Halen Has Emergency Surgery

Eddie Van Halen recently underwent emergency surgery for diverticulitis and will be spending several months recovering. Van Halen originally had a tour in Japan planned for this November which will be rescheduled for 2013.

Source: Eddie Van Halen Has Emergency Surgery | Music News | Rolling Stone

September 1, 2012: Hal David Passes Away At 91

Famed lyricist Hal David died in Los Angeles on September 1, 2012 at 91 of complications from a stroke. He is famous for co-writing a long string of Top 40 hits from the 1960s and 1970s with long-time collaborator Burt Bacharach, many of which have become pop standards. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Do You Know The Way To San Jose," and "Close To You" are just some of the many songs that have made the David-Bacharach songwriting duo famous. In 2011, they were awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress. David got his start in the 1940s writing for such artists as Sammy Kaye, Guy Lombardo, and Morty Nevins. Throughout his long career, he also worked with Albert Hammond, Sherman Edwards, John Barry, and other composers.

Source: Celebrating iconic songwriter Hal David - latimes.com

September 1, 2012: New CD Release: The Singer - Art Garfunkel

This 2-CD set includes 34 songs that give an almost one-half century retrospective of Garfunkel's career, starting from his earliest days as part of Simon & Garfunkel through his 2007 "Some Enchanted Evening" album, and continuing with two newly recorded songs, "Lena" and "Long Way Home."

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.

September 1, 2012: New CD Release: One Size Fits All - Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention

"One Size Fits All" is a CD re-release of Zappa's 1975 album. Many Frank Zappa fans consider this album, which includes "Inca Roads" and other jazz-rock selections, to be his greatest.

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September 1, 2012: New CD Release: The Grand Wazoo - Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention

"The Grand Wazoo" is a CD re-release of Frank Zappa's popular 1972 album. It includes "The Grand Wazoo" and four other mostly instrumental jazz-rock compositions with a big band sound.

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September 1, 2012: New CD Release: I Can't Get There Without You - The Osmonds

"I Can't Get There Without You" is the Osmonds' first studio album in 12 years. This 13-track album, which includes many new songs, has received rave reviews from Osmonds' fans. Over the years, this veteran performing family group has collectively sold over 100 million records, with 59 of their albums going to gold or platinum.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.

September 1, 2012: New CD Release: Cassidy Live! - David Cassidy

"Cassidy Live!" is a CD re-release of David Cassidy's live album recorded in Britain in 1974 during his world tour. This 13-track CD includes "Delta Lady," "How Can I Be Sure," and other selections from this then-hugely popular teen idol.

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September 1, 2012: New CD Release: Tender Is The Night/Wonderful World Of Make-Believe - Johnny Mathis

This 2-CD set is a re-release of Mathis's 1964 albums, "Tender Is The Night" and "Wonderful World Of Make-Believe," which were originally recorded on Mercury. These albums come with liner notes that include an exclusive interview of Mathis by James Ritz.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.

September 1, 2012: New CD Release: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982 - Roxy Music

Roxy Music was a British band co-founded by Brian Eno in 1971. Hugely popular in the UK, this band is best known in the US for the 1975 hit, "Love Is The Drug." This highly rated 10-CD set includes everything recorded by Roxy Music from 1972-1982, including albums, singles, B-sides, and remixes.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.