November 26, 2012 by Amy Gold
During the week of November 18, 2012, Eric Clapton announced his upcoming tour for 2013 which starts next spring. Also, "Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock" will soon be shown in theaters.
The Recording Academy announced this year's list of songs and albums to be entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Their list includes recordings by a Who's Who list of oldies bands and artists that include such big names as Big Mama Thornton, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Ray Charles, Little Richard, and many others.
Also this week, Cher released a new single, "Women's World," the first track from her upcoming 26th studio album.
On a sad note, R&B singer Billy Scott passed away on November 17, 2012. He was the lead singer for The Prophets (later The Georgia Prophets), a North Carolina-based beach music group famous for "I Got the Fever," "California" and "Seaside Love."
November 18, 2012: 'Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock' To Be Shown In Theaters
"Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock" is a full-length movie of the legendary guitar master's show at Woodstock in 1969 in which he performed 14 songs that included his famous rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." This show was first released on DVD in 1999, but this latest release has a new 5.1 surround-sound audio mix plus some previously unreleased footage and interviews. Screenings start in late November in the L.A. area. For more information, visit the official Jimi Hendrx website.
November 19, 2012: R&B singer Billy Scott Passes Away
R&B singer Billy Scott died at age 70 on November 17, 2012 at his home in Charlotte, NC, from pancreatic and liver cancer. Scott was the lead singer for The Prophets (later known as The Georgia Prophets) who had their first gold record in 1968 with "I Got the Fever." In the 1970s, Scott and his group continued to record in the beach music genre, an R&B regional style popular in North and South Carolina. Their hits included "California" and "Seaside Love." In 1999, Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
November 19, 2012: Eric Clapton Announces Upcoming Tour
Eric Clapton has announced his upcoming tour in the U.S. for 2013. It will begin on March 14 in Phoenix, AZ at the U.S. Airways Center and end on April 13 at New York's Madison Square Garden where the Crossroads Guitar Festival will be taking place. Besides Clapton, other bands and artists who will be performing at the Crossroads Festival include The Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, BB King, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, and Gary Clark Jr.
November 19, 2012: Aretha Franklin Performs For Michelle Obama
On November 17, 2012, Aretha Franklin performed at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. for Michelle Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and around 3,000 other guests. Her show included a performance of ‘‘I Will Always Love You’’ in tribute to the late Whitney Houston. The Queen of Soul had previously performed for the First Lady at her husband's inauguration.
November 19, 2012: Stevie Wonder Performs At Soul Train Awards
The Soul Train Awards, which is now in its 25th year, aired on November 25, 2012 on BET and Centric. This years show featured performances by Stevie Wonder and Fantasia. Wonder closed the show with two of his signature hits, "Superstition" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours." The latter song was also played during President Obama's acceptance speech, and pictures of the President were projected onto a screen behind Wonder.
November 21, 2012: Elton John, Whitney Houston, And Bob Dylan Among Grammy Hall Inductees
The Recording Academy has announced this year's list of songs and albums to be entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This list of 27 works includes recordings by Big Mama Thornton, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Ray Charles, Little Richard, and many other beloved oldies bands and artists.
November 23, 2012: Rejected Beatles Demo Tape Up for Auction
In 1962, The Beatles (then known as the Silver Beatles) auditioned for Decca, but their audition tape was rejected as it was believed by company representatives at that time that guitar groups were going out of style. This historic tape, which included 10 songs, featured then-drummer Pete Best, to be replaced later by Ringo Starr. It will be put up for auction in London later this month, and bidding will start between $29,000-$32,000.
November 23, 2012: Cher Forced To Release New Song Early After Leak
Cher just rush-released a new single, "Woman’s World," the first track from her upcoming 26th studio album slated to be released in 2013. The veteran singer had hoped to take her time recording a video to go with this song, a rousing, kick-ass female empowerment anthem, but snippets were leaked out on the Internet which forced her to change her plans.
November 24, 2012: New CD Release: Trouble Man: Expanded Edition - Marvin Gaye
Ths 2-CD set is a re-release of the 1971 soundtrack for the movie, "Trouble Man," by the legendary Marvin Gaye. This album, which consists mostly of instrumental, orchestral jazz-soul songs, was a dramatic stylistic shift for Gaye, but it became a big hit, attracted new fans, and spawned the acid-jazz movement.
For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.
November 24, 2012: New Vinyl Release: Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden
This album is a vinyl re-release of "Piece of Mind," the fourth studio album of the British heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, formed in 1975. This album was originally released in 1983 and features Iron Maiden's then-new drummer, Nicko McBrain, who has been with the band ever since. Highlights of this hugely popular album include "Where Eagles Dare" and "To Tame A Land."
For more information and to purchase this album, go to amazon.com.
November 17, 2012: New DVD Release: The Point: The Definitive Collector's Edition - Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Fred Wolf
"The Point" was made in 1971 and is about Oblio, a round-headed boy living in the land of Point and his dog Arrow. This classic children's movie is narrated by Ringo Starr and includes songs by Harry Nilsson. This DVD release also includes over 25 minutes of bonus features.
For more information and to purchase this DVD, go to amazon.com.
November 17, 2012: New DVD Release: Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin
This long-awaited CD/DVD/Blu-ray set includes all the music and footage from Led Zeppelin's classic two-hour concert at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2007. This legendary rock band was joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, and they performed 17 of their most famous songs.
For more information and to purchase this DVD, go to amazon.com.