Music News Digest: Week Of June 17, 2012

June 25, 2012 by Amy Gold

During the week of June 17, 2012, music fans mourned the passing of famed "Hernando's Hideaway" composer and lyricist Richard Adler. Also this week, three CDs by the Ventures were released, the Jacksons began their "Unity" tour, and Paul McCartney was honored by Billboard Magazine on his 70th birthday.

June 18, 2012: Billboard Honors Paul McCartney

In honor of Paul McCartney on his 70th birthday, Billboard Magazine compiled a list of the 40 biggest Billboard hits from McCartney's nearly 50-year career as part of the Beatles and Wings. Also included in the list are duets with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson..

Source: Paul McCartney's 40 Biggest Billboard Hits |

June 20, 2012: The Jacksons Prepare To Go On Tour

Brothers Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie Jackson will be returning to the stage. They are scheduled to launch their "Unity" tour on June 20, which is five days ahead of the third anniversary of Michael's death (on June 25, 2009). Jermaine said the brothers have wanted to reunite on their own for years, but after Michael's passing, they needed time to heal, and the tour is another step in that process. Their tour is to begin at Rama Casino in Ontario, Canada, and is scheduled to end July 29 at the Snoqualmie Casino Amphitheater in Snoqualmie, WA.

Source: Without Michael, Jacksons prepare to tour - Washington Times

June 22, 2012: "Hernando's Hideaway" Composer Richard Adler Passes Away

Richard Adler, who, with Jerry Ross, co-wrote the Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals, "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees," died in his home on June 21 in Southampton, NY, at the age of 90. His many famous songs include the steamy "Hernando's Hideaway" (from "The Pajama Game") which became a pop hit in 1954 for Archie Bleyer, Guy Lombardo, and Johnnie Ray.

Source: Richard Adler, Collaborator on 'Pajama Game' and 'Damn Yankees,' Dies at 90 -

June 23, 2012: New CD Release: Super Psychedelics - The Ventures

This CD includes songs of a more psychedelic bent by the famed 1960s instrumental surf rock band. The songs on this Ventures album were remastered by Sundazed Music Inc. from the Dolton and Liberty Records tapes ca. 1967. Included in this 12-song album are covers of some old familiar tunes, "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Western Union," "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," and "Happy Together."

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June 23, 2012: New CD Release: On Stage - The Ventures

Included in this 10-song CD by the Ventures as performed live in Japan, England and the US are two of their 1960s hits, "Wipe-Out" and "Slaughter On 10th Avenue." The songs on this album were remastered by Sundazed from the original tapes from the Ventures' 1965 concerts.

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June 23, 2012: New CD Release: Wild Things! - The Ventures

Included in this 12-song CD are covers of "Wild Thing!," "Wild Child," "Wildcat," and other wild and wooly tunes. One of the main highlights in this mostly-instrumental collection is a Peter Lorre impersonation during "Wild Thing." All songs on this album were remastered from the original tapes ca. 1966.

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June 23, 2012: New CD Release: And So It Goes - Don Williams

"And So It Goes" is the first new album since 2004 by the smooth-singing country music legend, known to his fans as the "Gentle Giant." This CD includes some new songs by the famed singer-songwriter that include the album's title song, "And So It Goes."

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