Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 23, 2012

October 1, 2012 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 23, 2012, the world bade a sad farewell to two oldies music icons: Andy Williams and Frank Wilson. Andy Williams had a long string of hits from 1956-1976 and a hugely popular TV variety show in the 1960s. Frank Wilson was a highly acclaimed Motown producer who wrote and produced many of the greatest hits of The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and other top Motown acts.

Also this week, The Who announced their opening act for their upcoming North American tour.


September 23, 2012: Springsteen Celebrates Birthday With Mom Onstage

At his concert in New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, Bruce Springsteen was joined onstage by his mom, Adele Springsteen, who performed alongside her son. Other festivities included the cutting of a large birthday cake in the shape of a guitar by the 63-year old Springsteen, who passed out slices to audience members.

Source: Springsteen celebrates 63rd birthday with mom onstage during concert in NJ | Fox News

September 25, 2012: Lynyrd Skynyrd To Keep Confederate Flag

Performing onstage with the Confederate flag has long been a tradition for Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Southern rock band had announced that they would no longer be using this prop as they did not want to be lumped together with any racist groups who also use this flag. This prompted outrage from fans, so Lynyrd Skynyrd decide to reverse their decision and keep the Confederate flag as part of their act.

Source: Fans' outrage prompts Lynyrd Skynyrd to keep Confederate flag - Houston Chronicle

September 26, 2012: Famed Croooner Andy Williams Passes Away

On September 25, 2012, beloved crooner Andy Williams died at age 84 at his home in Branson, MO, after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. Williams had a long string of hits starting in 1956 that lasted two decades and a long-running TV variety show in the 1960s that launched the Osmonds and other acts. He had 18 gold and 3 platinum records and was nominated for 5 Grammy awards. Among his many hits were movies themes such as "Moon River," "Love Story" and "Days of Wine and Roses," for which he became famous. In the early 1990s, he settled in Branson, MO, and built his own theater, where he had been performing ever since. Williams is survived by his wife, Debbie, and three children from his previous marriage to Claudine Longet.

Source: Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Crooner, Dies | Billboard

September 26, 2012: Stevie Wonder Extortion Case Ends in Jail Time for Suspects

A man who posed as Wonder's nephew and his girlfriend attempted to extort $5 million from the singer by threatening to sell false information about him. The two scumbags received a 292-day jail sentence and pleaded no contest to the charge. They were released for time served and ordered to stay away from Wonder, his family and his co-workers while on probation.

Source: Stevie Wonder Extortion Case Ends in Jail Time for Suspects | Music News | Rolling Stone

September 26, 2012: Barbra Streisand Books Son For New Duets Album

Musical talent oftens runs in families, and this is definitely true for Barbra Streisand and her son, Jason Gould. Streisand has invited her son to join her on an upcoming duets album. Gould, who is an actor, writer and director, will be making his live singing debut this October in Brooklyn alongside his mom.

Source: Barbra Streisand books son for new duets album | Showbiz | Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express

September 27, 2012: Beatles Remasters To Be Re-released On Vinyl

14 Beatles' albums will be re-released to vinyl and will go on sale this November. These albums will be available both individually and also as a limited-edition box set.

Source: Beatles Remasters to See Vinyl Release | Music News | Rolling Stone

September 28, 2012: Fans Petition Mike Love To Reinstate Original Beach Boys Members

The Beach Boys 50th anniversay reunion tour ended in London on September 28, 2012. Mike Love announced that the band will continue on without Brian Wilson, Alan Jardine and David Marks. Disappointed fans have launched an online petition urging Love to reinstate Wilson, Jardine, and Marks. To date, 7,000 signatures have been gathered.

Source: Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion tour closing on discordant note - latimes.com

September 29, 2012: Legendary Motown Producer Frank Wilson Passes Away

Legendary Motown producer Frank Wilson died at the age of 71 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He wrote and produced hit songs for many top Motown acts, including The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and John Legend. Wilson is survived by his wife, Bunny, and their six children.

Source: Legendary Motown Producer Frank Wilson Dies at 71 - The Hollywood Reporter

September 29, 2012: The Who Announces Opening Band For Upcoming US Tour

The Who will be starting a lengthy tour in North America this fall. The first part is to begin on November 1, 2012 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL and continues through December 9, 2012 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. For this part of the tour, Vintage Trouble, an LA-based band, will open for The Who.

Source: The Who Announces Opening Band For U.S. Tour

September 29, 2012: New Book Release: Waging Heavy Peace - Neil Young

"Waging Heavy Peace" is a book of memoirs by Neil Young about his life from his childhood in Ontario through the present. The famed singer, songwriter, and guitarist touches on his long and stellar musical career, starting from when he first started with a band known as the Squires, through his days with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash, before eventually going solo.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.

September 29, 2012: New CD Release: Raise Up - Larry Graham & Graham Central Station

In 1974, Larry Graham's band, Graham Central Station, debuted with "Can You Handle It?" and topped the R&B charts with "Your Love" (1975) and "One In A Million You" (1980). Over the years, this R&B-funk singer-songwriter has continued touring and writing non-stop. "Raise Up" is Graham's first studio album in 14 years. Highlights include 3 tracks featuring Prince and one featuring Raphael Saadiq.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.

September 29, 2012: New CD Release: Goin Down Rockin': The Last Recordings - Waylon Jennings

"Goin Down Rockin': The Last Recordings'" is an album of songs recorded by Waylon Jennings just prior to his death in 2002. All but one of the songs on this album were written by the country outlaw icon himself. The title track was penned by Tony Joe White who also performs on this song.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.

September 29, 2012: New CD Release: Release Me - Barbra Streisand

"Release Me" is an album of 11 previously unreleased songs from 1963 to the present by this legendary and multi-faceted entertainer. Highlights include "Willow Weep For Me," "I Think It's Going Rain Today," and the Jimmy Webb-penned "Didn't We."

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.

September 29, 2012: New CD Release: Emerson, Lake and Palmer

This 3-CD set includes a remaster of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's 1970 debut album, "ELP," plus 2 discs of previously unreleased material. Included in this highly popular album are several versions of their biggest hit, "Lucky Man."

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.

September 29, 2012: New DVD Release: Down In The Flood - Bob Dylan

This DVD is a documentary about Bob Dylan and The Band during the late 1960s and 1970s. Included are interviews with John Simon, Mickey Jones, and Ronnie Hawkins, plus rare footage and archival interviews that tell the story of this highly influential band.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.

September 29, 2012: New DVD Release: The Great Pretender - Freddie Mercury

This DVD is a documentary about the life and musical career of the late and great Freddie Mercury, both as the leader of Queen and as a solo artist.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.