Music News Digest: Week Of May 6, 2012

May 13, 2012 by Amy Gold

The week of May 6, 2012, was a busy one for Gregg Allman who just published some of his memoires and released a new album. This week also had a lot of other events going on in the world of oldies music that included many awards and new CD releases.

May 7, 2012: Gregg Allman Publishes "My Cross To Bear"

Gregg Allman's My Cross To Bear is a detailed account of his life in music both on the road and off. In his book, which has been some 30 years in the making, Allman writes about his late brother, Duane Almann, and his many loves that included his ex-wife Cher. He also discusses his battles with substance abuse and how he finally became clean.

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May 8, 2012: New CD Release: American University 12/13/70 - The Allman Brothers Band

This live album is from the Allman Brothers two shows at the Leonard Gym at the American University on December 13, 1970. Some of this album's highlights include a 20-minute version of "Whippin' Post."

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May 8, 2012: Stevie Wonder To Receive Icon Honor At The Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Icon Award is to be awarded this year to Stevie Wonder. He will be presented with this award at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. This event will air live on ABC on May 20, 2012 8 PM ET from the MGM Grand Arena.

Source: 2012 Billboard Music Awards | Stevie Wonder Receiving Icon Honor at Billboard Music Awards

May 8, 2012: New CD Release: Live at the Winter Garden - Liza Minnelli

This live album is from Liza Minnelli's shows at the Winter Garden from January, 1974. The original album was released in April 1974, but it had to be withdrawn because of contractual conflicts. Until now, it has been out of circulation. This top-rated album's many songs include Minnelli's famous "Liza with a 'Z'" number.

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May 9, 2012: Paul Simon To Be Awarded The Polar Music Prize

This year, Paul Simon and Yo-Yo Ma will receive the Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious music award. His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will present these awards on August 28, 2012 at a gala ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall to be followed by a celebratory banquet at Grand Hotel.

Source: Paul Simon Honored With 2012 Polar Music Prize | The Official Paul Simon Site

May 9, 2012: Aretha Franklin To Be Inducted Into The Gospel Music Hall of Fame

"Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin is to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame on August 14, 2012. The other inductees are Ricky Skaggs, The Hoppers, Dallas Holm, Rex Humbard, and the Christian rock band, Love Song.

Source: Aretha Franklin to join Gospel Hall of Fame - Celebrity Circuit - CBS News

May 10, 2012: Cissy Houston Releases New Gospel Album

Emily "Cissy" Houston, the mother of the late Whitney Houston and co-founding member of the Sweet Inspirations (of "Sweet Inspiration" fame), has released a new album of gospel songs, "Walk on By Faith." One of the album's main highlights is the song, "Living Shall Not Be in Vain."

Source: Cissy Houston, Whitney Houstonís mother, releases new gospel songs - NY Daily News

May 10, 2012: Jimi Hendrix Biopic Is In The Making

A biopic about Jimi Hendrix starring Andre Benjamin in the title role is slated to be filmed later this month. The film will be directed by John Ridley.

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May 11, 2012: New CD Release: The Complete Blue Cat Recordings - The Ad Libs

This anthology features 23 tracks as obtained from the original master tapes that include three never-before-heard versions of their greatest hit, "The Boy from New York City," plus five previously unreleased songs.

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