Music News Digest: Week Of October 21, 2012

October 29, 2012 by Amy Gold

During the week of October 21, 2012, Chuck Berry was honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Also this week, Bobby Womack won Q Magazine's Best Album Award, Barry Manilow announced his return to Broadway, Crosby, Stills, and Nash will be wrapping up their 2012 tour, and Olivia Newton-John will be starting a tour in the U.K. in 2013.

October 21, 2012: Andy Williams Is Remembered At His Moon River Theatre In Branson, MO

A memorial tribute was held for Andy Williams at his Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO, which was attended by some 1,000 fans and entertainers. The Osmond Brothers, the Lennon Sisters, the Gatlin Brothers, and Bob Newhart were among those who gave live performances in his memory, and others sent videos.

Source: BRANSON, Mo.: Singer Andy Williams remembered at Mo. tribute - People Wires -

October 22, 2012: Bobby Womack Wins Q Magazine's Best Album Award

Famed R&B-soul singer Bobby Womack received Q Magazine's Best Album Award for "The Bravest Man In The Universe," which he released in June 2012. Womack had a long string of hits starting in the late 1960s, including "Fly Me To The Moon," "How I Miss You Baby," and "More Than I Can Stand."

Source: Womack wins Q best album award, Blur, Muse honored -

October 22, 2012: Barry Manilow Returns To Broadway After 20 Years

On January 18, 2013, Barry Manilow will kick off a 17-performance series, "Manilow on Broadway," at the St. James Theatre. This will be the first time in over 20 years that Manilow, who is originally from New York, will appear on Broadway.

Source: Barry Manilow returning to Broadway for first time in 20 years -

October 23, 2012: Crosby, Stills, And Nash Wrap Up Their 2012 Tour

On October 22, Crosby, Stills, and Nash ended their 2012 tour at the Beacon Theatre in New York. As part of their closing act, the trio performed all the songs from their seminal 1969 debut album, which opens with "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," in their original order.

Source: Crosby, Stills Nash Stage Their Classic Debut in New York | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 23, 2012: Mick Jagger To Co-Produce James Brown Biopic

A new biopic about the legendary James Brown, which will be co-produced by Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer, is in the making. This biopic will chronicle Brown's life from his humble beginnings to his stellar career as the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business." Prior to his passing in 2006, Brown had been involved in this project.

Source: Mick Jagger to Co-Produce James Brown Biopic | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 24, 2012: Olivia Newton-John Plans Her First U.K. Tour In 30 Years

Olivia Newton-John will begin touring in the U.K. next March. Her first concert will be in Cardiff, and she is scheduled to give six more shows, including one at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Source: Olivia Newton-John plans first U.K. tour in 30 years | Showbiz | - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express

October 26, 2012: The Rolling Stones Gave Their First Live Show In Five Years In Paris

As a prequel to their upcoming tour, the Rolling Stones gave their first live show in five years at La Trabendo in Paris on October 25. Their 12-song show included some early hits plus their latest song, "Doom and Gloom," which is part of their latest album, "GRRR!".

Source: Rolling Stones Blow Through 12-Song Set in Paris | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 27, 2012: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Honors Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry was honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an award and a tribute concert. The legendary singer, now 86, announced that he is planning a comeback with six new songs.

Source: Rock hall of fame in Cleveland honors Chuck Berry - CBS News

October 27, 2012: New Book Release: Rod: The Autobiography - Rod Stewart

"Rod: The Autobiography" marks the first time this acclaimed singer and songwriter has written about his remarkable life and career. Stewart began as the lead singer for The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces before finally embarking on a stellar solo career that has lasted for over four decades and continues to the present day.

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October 27, 2012: New DVD/Blu-ray Release: Live at the Bowl '68 - The Doors

"Live at the Bowl '68" captures for the first time the Doors' live concert at the Hollywood Bowl on July 5th, 1968. This DVD, which was made by a careful digital restoration of the original footage, includes this legendary show in its entirely, plus over one hour of new material.

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October 27, 2012: New CD Release: Viva Duets - Tony Bennett

In recent years, Tony Bennett has released a string of highly-acclaimed albums. His latest creation is a third album of duets, this time featuring performances of pop standards sung in both Spanish and English. On "Viva Duets," Bennett pairs up with Marc Anthony, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan, and many other top Latino performing artists.

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October 27, 2012: New CD Release: Arc of a Diver - Steve Winwood

Before going solo, singer-songwriter Steve Winwood had been a member of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith. "Arc Of A Diver" is a CD re-issue of his second solo album which was originally released in December 1980. Highlights of this album, which reached #3 on the Billboard 200, include his first hit, "While You See a Chance." This 2-CD set includes both the original "Arc Of A Diver" album plus a BBC documentary about Winwood.

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