Music News Digest: Week Of May 20, 2012

May 28, 2012 by Amy Gold

The week of May 20, 2012 had a lot of events going on in the world of oldies music that included many new CD re-releases of oldies classics from the vaults of the famed Cameo-Parkway label. It was also a sad week as the world mourns the recent passing of Robin Gibb and Donna Summer.

May 20, 2012: Famed Bee Gees Member Robin Gibb Passes Away

Famed singer and songwriter Robin Gibb, who was one of the co-founders of the legendary Bee Gees, passed away on May 20, 2012 at 62 after a long battle with colon and liver cancer. (more)

May 20, 2012: New CD Release: Americana - Neil Young

Neil Young's latest album, "Americana," is a collection of classic American folk songs from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is slated to be released June 5, 2012.

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May 20, 2012: Mick Jagger's Song On SNL Censored By Some NBC Stations

Mick Jagger performance on "Saturday Night Live" of "Tea Party," a profanity-laced political song that he wrote, is censored by some NBC affiliates.

Source: Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck on 'SNL': Some NBC stations censor song -

May 21, 2012: Stevie Wonder Receives Billboard Icon Award

Stevie Wonder was awarded this year's Billboard Icon Award. As part of the ceremonies, he performed his new single, "Ten Billion Hearts," from his upcoming album of the same name.

Source: 2012 Billboard Music Awards | Stevie Wonder Performs With Alicia Keys; Receives Billboard Icon Award

May 22, 2012: New CD Release: Remember Me Baby - The Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups

This album is chock full of doo-wop songs never before released on CD which all come from the vaults of the Cameo-Parkway label. Most of this album's tracks were recorded from the original tapes and feature both familiar tunes and some obscure gems you've never heard before.

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May 22, 2012: New CD Release: It's Pony Time/ Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker

This album is a CD re-release of Chubby Checker's original 3rd and 4th albums recorded on the Cameo-Parkway label.

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May 22, 2012: New CD Release: The Wah-Watusi/South Street - The Orlons

This album is a CD re-release of The Orlons' original two albums,"The Wah-Watusi" and "South Street," recorded on the Cameo-Parkway label and issued in 1962 and 1963, respectively.

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May 23, 2012: Donna Summer To Be Honored By The Library Of Congress

Donna Summer's 1977 hit, "I Feel Love," is to be honored with an induction into America's National Recording Registry.

Source: Donna Summer song among Library of Congress inductees -

May 23, 2012: Barry Gibb Grieves For Brother Robin In A Video

Barry Gibb has released a video montage which includes snapshots of the Bee Gees at various points in their career. The background music for the video is the Bee Gees' ballad, "Heart Like Mine," which is on their 1993 album, "Size Isn't Everything."

Source: Barry Gibb Responds to Robin's Death With Touching Video |

May 24, 2012: Donna Summer Funeral Held In Nashville

Private funeral services were held for famed singer Donna Summer at Christ Presbyterian in Nashville, TN, where she had lived since 1995.

Source: Funeral held in Nashville for Donna Summer -