Music News Digest: Week Of August 5, 2012

August 12, 2012 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 5, 2012, fans mourned the passing of famed film music composer Marvin Hamlisch. Over the years, he penned the scores for over 40 movies, including "The Sting" and "The Way We Were." Fans also mourned the passing of Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Stuart Swanlund.

Also this week, Barbra Streisand and surviving members of the Monkees announced their upcoming tours, and Neil Young will be performing in Central Park this September along with several other bands.

August 6, 2012: Interview With Co-Founding Grateful Dead Member Bob Weir

Co-founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir was interviewed about his days with the band and his current plans. Last week, Weir and some 20 other musicians payed tribute to the late Grateful Dead band leader, Jerry Garcia, on what would have been his 70th birthday.

Source: QA: Bob Weir on Life With Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead | Music News | Rolling Stone

August 7, 2012: Famed Composer Marvin Hamlisch Passes Away

Famed film music composer Marvin Hamlisch died on August 6, 2012 at age 68 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He composed music for over 40 movies, including "The Sting" and "The Way We Were," whicih both won Oscars. In 1975, he had a smash hit on Broadway with the long-running "Chorus Line." Over the years, Hamlisch won numerous awards, including three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globes.

Source: Marvin Hamlisch, Composed 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 68 | The Wrap Movies

August 7, 2012: Neil Young, Foo Fighters, And The Black Keys To Play At Central Park

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, along with Foo Fighters and The Black Keys, will be playing a free concert in Central Park on September 29. This concert aims to bring awareness to those who live in extreme poverty around the world.

Source: Neil Young, Foo Fighters & Black Keys to Play Central Park |

August 7, 2012: Barbra Streisand To Tour This Fall

Barbra Streisand has announced a series of concerts in the Northeast and Canada for this fall, starting on October 8 in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. This series will end on October 29 in Vancouver, BC at Rogers Arena.

Source: Barbra Streisand Announces New Fall Tour Dates |

August 8, 2012: Surviving Monkees Members Reunite For Fall Tour

Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork announced that they will be reuniting for a US tour this fall. This tour will be the first time the band members have performed together since Davy Jones passed away last February. It will begin on November 8 Escondido, CA, and will end on December 2 in New York City.

Source: The Monkees Unite For Fall U.S. Tour |

August 9, 2012: Marshall Tucker Band Guitarist Stuart Swanlund Passes Away

Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Stuart Swanlund died in his sleep at age 54 on August 4 at his home in Chicago. Swanlund was a long-time member of the Marshall Tucker Band and had been with them since 1985. He is survived by his sister, his son, three grandchildren, and his partner, Stacey Schmaren.

Source: Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Swanlund dies at 54 - The Boston Globe

August 11, 2012: New CD Release: Girls on 45: A Collection of Girl Groups, Girlie Pop & Soulful Ladies 1963-1968 - Various Artists

This 26-track album is a compilation of songs by lesser known girl group acts from the early to late 1960s, many released for the first time on CD. The selections include such lost gems as "Better Off Without You" by Beverly Noble, "Neighborhood Girl" by Rosalind Madison, "Never Throw Your Dreams Away" by Joanie Sommers, "Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby" by Sharon Marie, "He's My Guy" by Jackie Burns & the Bo-Bells, and "If You Must Break a Heart" by Vi Velasco.

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August 11, 2012: New CD/DVD Release: We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash (CD/DVD) - Various Artists

On April 20, 2012 at the Moody Theater in Austin, TX, many top country bands and artists got together to pay tribute to the late Johnny Cash in celebration of what would have been his 80th birthday. This event was recorded on this CD/DVD set by Legacy. Highlights include "Folsom River Blues" by Brandi Carlile, "Hey Porter" by Buddy Miller, and other Johnny Cash songs with a wilder and woolier sound.

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August 11, 2012: New CD Release: The Greatest: The Number Ones - Johnny Cash

This 19-track CD is one of several "The Greatest" albums released by Columbia/Legacy in observance of what would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday this year. Songs include "A Boy Named Sue," "I Walk The Line," and a live performance of "Folsom Prison Blues."

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August 11, 2012: New DVD Release: Marley - Bob Marley

This documentary about the legendary late reggae singer chronicles his life from his youth through his ascent to international stardom. Included are interviews, previously unreleased performances, and other rare footage.

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