Music News Digest: Week Of June 24, 2012

July 1, 2012 by Amy Gold

During the week of June 24, 2012, TV fans mourned the passing of Don Grady who is best remembered as Robbie Douglas in the sitcom, "My Three Sons." Oldies music fans also remember Grady as being a member of The Yellow Balloon famous for their 1967 self-titled hit.

Also this week, Glen Campbell gave his farewell concert, Cher announced a Broadway musical work-in-progress about her career, the Rolling Stones updated their famous lips and tongue logo, Rod Stewart and Van Morrison announced their up-and-coming albums, and Bruce Springsteen is to be honored for his artistic and humanitarian work.

June 25, 2012: Glen Campbell Gives Farewell Concert In L.A.

On June 24, Glen Campbell gave his final concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. This event was the last stop on Campbell's "Goodbye Tour" that began in 2011 after he announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Many of Campbell's friends were present, including Kris Kristofferson, Jackson Browne, and Lucinda Williams. The famed country singer performed many of his old hits plus songs from his latest album, "Ghost On The Canvas."

Source: Glen Campbell Says Farewell in Final L.A. Concert | Music News | Rolling Stone

June 25, 2012: Cher Planning A Broadway Musical About Her Life

Cher announced on Twitter that that she is planning a Broadway musical about her career and life. This work-in-progress, which she expects may take several years, will cover different phases of her career: the Sonny and Cher years, her solo years as both an Oscar-winning actress and pop icon, and her career through the present after her "Believe" tour in 1999-2000.

Source: Cher planning Broadway musical about her life -

June 26, 2012: The Rolling Stones Update Their Famous Lips And Tongue Logo

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones updated their famous lips and tongue logo which was originally designed by John Pasche in 1971. The Stones' new logo was designed by Shepard Fairey and can be viewed at the link below.

Source: Shepard Fairey updates classic Rolling Stones logo for the 50th anniversary |

June 26, 2012: Van Morrison To Release New Album This Fall

On June 26, Blue Note Records announced that Van Morrison will be releasing a new album entitled "Born to Sing: No Plan B" on October 2, 2012. This 10-track album was produced by the famed singer and songwriter and recorded in Belfast, Ireland.

Source: Van Morrison Returns to Blue Note for 'Born to Sing' Release |

June 28, 2012: Don Grady Of "My Three Sons" Passes Away

Actor, musician and composer Don Grady passed away at 68 on June 27 at his home in Thousand Oaks, CA after a long battle with cancer. Grady is best remembered for his role as Robbie Douglas in the 1960s TV sitcom, "My Three Sons." He was also a member of The Yellow Balloon who had a Top 40 hit in 1967 with their self-titled song, "Yellow Balloon." Prior to "My Three Sons," he had been a Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club." After "My Three Sons" ended in 1972, he went on to pursue a music career. He composed music for TV, theater and films, including the theme song to "The Phil Donahue Show." Don Grady is survived by his wife, their two children, his mother, and his sister, Marilou Reichel.

Source: Don Grady, Who Played Robbie on 'My Three Sons,' Dies at 68 -

June 28, 2012: Rod Stewart To Release His First Christmas Album

The famed raspy-voiced singer announced that he will be releasing his first Christmas album which is slated for this fall. Stewart is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, as a solo artist and also as a member of Faces.

Source: Rod Stewart To Release First Christmas Album This Fall |

June 29, 2012: Bruce Springsteen To Be Honored As The 2013 Musicares Person Of The Year

The Recording Academy announced on June 28 that Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 Musicares Person of the Year at a fundraiser held in his honor. This event will take place on February 8, 2013. The Musicares Person of the Year award is in recognition of a musician's artistic and philanthropic works.

Source: Quick Takes: Springsteen top 'Person' -

June 30, 2012: New CD Release: Very Best of Bobby Rydell - Bobby Rydell

This CD by this early 1960s teen idol has all of his hits, including "Wildwood Days," "Wild One," "Forget Him," and "Volare," plus "Jingle Bell Rock" performed as a duet with Chubby Checker. All songs on this album are the original singles as recorded by Rydell on Cameo-Parkway.

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June 30, 2012: New CD Release: Very Best of Chubby Checker - Chubby Checker

This CD by the famous twistmaster has all his hits as recorded on the Parkway label including the original (finally!) versions of "The Twist," "Let's Twist Again," "Limbo Rock," "Pony Time," and "The Fly."

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June 30, 2012: New CD Release: Setlist: The Very Best of Elvis Presley Live 1950s - Elvis Presley

This CD of live performances by The King was remastered from the original recordings. Most of the songs from this 15-track CD are from Presley's live performance on December 15, 1956 at the Hirsch Youth Center Louisiana Fairgrounds in Shreveport, LA.

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June 30, 2012: New CD Release: The Complete Reprise Singles - The Electric Prunes

This 24-track CD includes all the Electric Prunes' singles mastered from the original Reprise Records tapes recorded in 1966-1969. Included are the Prunes' radio hits, "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" and "Get Me to the World on Time," plus many other gems from this innovative psychedelic-garage band that should have gotten more air play time.

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June 30, 2012: New CD Release: Retrospective 1962-1970 - The New Christy Minstrels

This 25-track CD includes all the hits and selected album cuts by the New Christy Minstrels from 1962-1970. Founded by Randy Sparks, members of this acclaimed male-female folk ensemble have included, at various times, Barry McGuire, Nick Woods, Art Podell, Karen Gunderson, Bob Buchanan, Gene Clark - and later, Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes.

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June 30, 2012: New CD Release: Renaissance/Do It Baby - The Miracles

The CD is a re-release of this famed Motown group's first two albums without Smokey Robinson as the lead singer, "Renaissance" (1973) and "Do It Baby" (1974). For these two albums, Billy Griffin was the lead singer, and Robinson helped produce the albums while pursuing a solo career. "Do It Baby," the title track from the original 1974 album, became a Top 10 R&B hit.

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June 30, 2012: New CD Release: It's A Happening World - The Tokens

"It's A Happening World" includes all the songs from the original Tokens' 1967 album by the same name, plus 11 other songs the group recorded for Warner Brothers from 1967-1969. This 24-track CD includes a remake of the Tokens' 1962 hit, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)," the album's title song, "It's A Happening World," which became a chart hit in 1967, and "Portrait Of My Love," which also became a hit that same year.

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June 30, 2012: New DVD Release: Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

For Pink Floyd fans, "Wish You Were Here," originally released in September, 1975, is often cited as their favorite album. This documentary, released on June 26 on Blu-ray, tells the story of the making of this album, which topped the charts in the US, the UK, and several other countries, and features interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason (plus archive interviews with the late Richard Wright).

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