December 10, 2012 by Amy Gold
During the week of December 2, 2012, music fans mourned the passing of jazz great Dave Brubeck, famous for his 1961 hit, "Take Five." His many honors and accolades include a posthumous Grammy nomination awarded just hours after his passing.
Also this week, Fleetwood Mac and Rod Stewart have announced upcoming tours for 2013, Led Zeppelin was honored at Kennedy Center, Bruce Springsteen was nominated for three Grammys, and Cher and Billy Joel will be releasing new albums in early 2013.
December 3, 2012: Led Zeppelin Honored At Kennedy Center
Led Zeppelin was honored at the Kennedy Center on December 2 in this year's annual gala tribute, which will be broadcast on CBS December 26, 2012. This ceremony was attended by the band's three surviving members, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page. Other Kennedy Center honorees included David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, Buddy Guy, and Natalia Makarova.
December 3, 2012: Stevie Nicks Announces Upcoming Fleetwood Mac Tour
Fleetwood Mac will be touring the U.S. in 2013 and there are 34 shows scheduled, including one on May 25 at the Hollywood Bowl. This will be the band's first tour since 2009. Included in the lineup will be original band members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham.
December 3, 2012: Cher's Next Album To Be Released Late March
Cher will be releasing a new studio album, the first since 2001, in late March of next year. This album will include the single, "Woman's World," which was released last month to wide acclaim.
December 3, 2012: Steve Winwood And Rod Stewart Tour
This spring, Rod Stewart will begin his "Live the Life" tour in North America. Joining him will be veteran rocker Steve Winwood (of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith). This tour will kick-off in Chicago on April 10, 2013, and ten shows will be given in various cities in the U.S. and Canada including New York, Atlanta, Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, and Greensboro, NC.
December 3, 2012: New Album Of Love Songs By Billy Joel To Be Released In January
"She’s Got A Way: Love Songs" by Billy Joel is slated to be released January 22, 2013. This album contains 18 love songs that include early radio hits plus other songs recorded over the past three decades.
December 4, 2012: Fleetwood Mac To Release New Music
Fleetwood Mac recorded three new songs to herald the band's upcoming spring tour. These songs will be released in early 2013 before the tour begins, which will be on April 4 in Columbus, OH.
December 4, 2012: Documentary About Ginger Baker Released
"Beware of Mr. Baker," a documentary about legendary drummer Ginger Baker (of Cream and Blind Faith), opened in theaters in New York. This film, directed by Jay Bulger, chronicles the ups and downs of Baker's personal and professional life to the present and includes interviews of Baker's friends, family, and co-workers, both past and present, plus appearances by Baker himself. (For more info, go to bewareofmrbaker.com.)
December 4, 2012: Eric Clapton Added To '12-12-12' Benefit
Eric Clapton, Paul McCarney, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin, and other big name bands and artists will join together on December 12, 2012 for a benefit concert to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. This event will be held at New York City's Madison Square Garden and will be broadcast live worldwide on TV and online.
December 5, 2012: Legendary Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck Passes Away
Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died in Norwalk, CT on December 5, 2012 at age 91 of heart failure, just one day short of his 92nd birthday. He is famous for "Take Five" (1961) and other early 1960s radio hits, plus jazz standards such as "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke." Brubeck was musically innovative, employing unusual time signatures and tonalities not normally heard in pop and jazz. In 1951, he formed the Dave Brubeck Quartet and in 1959, he released "Time Out," the first ever million-selling jazz LP which is still among the best-selling jazz albums of all time. A prolific composer, he has written music for operas, ballet, and TV specials, and he toured and performed through 2009. Brubeck and his wife, Iola, had six children, five of whom became professional musicians.
December 6, 2012: Dave Brubeck Receives Posthumous Grammy Nomination
Just hours after he passed away (on December 5, 2012), Dave Brubeck received a Grammy nomination for "Ansel Adams: America," a symphonic work he co-wrote with his son, Chris Brubeck, which was inspired by Adams' photography. This piece was premiered in 2009 by the Stockton (California) Symphony, and a recording by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra was released on May 1, 2012.
December 6, 2012: Bruce Springsteen Gets Three Grammy Nominations
On December 5, 2012, Bruce Springsteen received three Grammy nominations. His song, “We Take Care Of Our Own" (from his album, "Wrecking Ball"), was nominated for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. "Wrecking Ball" was nominated in the Best Rock Album category. Also, "Springsteen," a song about the famous rocker by country singer Eric Church, was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.
December 7, 2012: Rolling Stones Join '12-12-12' Sandy Benefit Concert
The Rolling Stones will be joining an all-star cast of bands and artists at the "12-12-12" Hurricane Sandy benefit concert to be held December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. They are currently on their 50th anniversary tour and are scheduled to give a show on December 13 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
December 8, 2012: New CD Release: The Complete Columbia Album Collection - Johnny Cash
This whopping 63-CD box set includes every album recorded at Columbia by Johnny Cash during his over 40 years with that record label, including some that were released posthumously. Also included are 55 singles that never appeared on any of his albums, plus guest appearances by the Man In Black on albums by other artists.
For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.
December 8, 2012: New CD Release: Something New: Motown Lost & Found - Mary Wells
This 2-CD set contains 47 tracks, including 23 released for the very first time, by the legendary Mary Wells, Motown's first major solo star. Among the unreleased songs are four duets with Marvin Gaye and and two performances with the Supremes before they became famous. This set presents Well's large body of work with Motown plus the many songs she recorded after she left this label.
For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.