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Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of December 1, 2013


December 8, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of December 1, 2013, oldies music fans mourned the passing of Dick Dodd of the Standells who sang the lead in the band's 1966 hit, "Dirty Water."

Also that week, Bob Dylan's 1965 Newport Folk Festival guitar sold for a whopping $965,000 at auction. Another historic item of oldies music memorabilia that sold at auction was an early handwritten draft of Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" which brought in $197,000.

Neil Young is now streaming his soon-to-be released 1970 album, "Live at the Cellar Door" album (see video below). In partnership with Sun Records, Third Man Records will be reissuing on vinyl three 45s originally recorded in the 1950s by D.A. Hunt, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Also, the Who just released an app centered on the band's 1969 rock opera, "Tommy."

The Eagles have added new show dates for January 2014 as part of the band's ongoing "History of the Eagles" tour. The Rolling Stones also announced new show dates for their upcoming "14 On Fire" tour. Next January, Billy Joel will be starting a residency at New York's Madison Square Garden where he will be performing at the famous venue once a month. Also, Rod Stewart announced a reunion of the Faces which is expected sometime in 2015.

Finally, a biopic about the late and great Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, is currently in the works.


Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl (from "Live At The Cellar Door")

December 1, 2013: Dick Dodd Of The Standells Passes Away

Dick Dodd died on November 29, 2013 at age 68 at a hospital in Orange County, CA after battling cancer. He was a member of the Standells famous for the 1966 hit, "Dirty Water," a garage band classic on which Dodd sang the lead. This song, which makes reference to the polluted waters of the Boston Harbor and the Charles River, was chosen as a theme song for the Boston Red Sox in 1997.

Dodd was born in Hermosa Beach, CA and became a Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" at age 9. He made many other TV appearances in the early 1960s and was a dancer in the 1963 film musical, "Bye Bye Birdie." Before joining the Standells in 1964, Dodd had been a member of the Bel-Airs (of "Mr. Moto" fame) and Eddie and the Showmen.

Besides "Dirty Water," the Standells also charted in the late 1960s with "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White," "Why Pick On Me," and "Can't Help But Love You." Dodd left the Standells in 1968 but continued to perform with the group over the years in reunion concerts through 2012. He also performed as Dick Dodd and the Dodd Squad, and the Dodd Squad.

Source: Standells Drummer and Singer Dick Dodd Dead at 68 | Music News | Rolling Stone

December 2, 2013: Neil Young Streams 'Live at the Cellar Door'

Neil Young has begun streaming on soundcloud.com his classic 1970 album, "Live at the Cellar Door," which he recorded live at the Cellar Door, a famous music club in Washington, D.C. that shut down in 1981. Highlights include live debuts of "Old Man" and "See the Sky About to Rain," plus a rare piano version of "Cinnamon Girl." This album is scheduled for release on December 10, 2013 on both CD and vinyl.

Source: Neil Young Goes Solo on 'Live at the Cellar Door' | Music News | Rolling Stone

December 3, 2013: Billy Joel Announces Madison Square Garden Residency

Billy Joel announced that he will be performing at New York's Madison Square Garden once a month starting January 27, 2014. Future shows are scheduled for February 3, March 21, April 18 and May 9, 2014, and they are expected to continue indefinitely as long as there is demand.

Source: Billy Joel Announces Monthly Madison Square Garden Residency | Music News | Rolling Stone

December 4, 2013: Rolling Stones Add More Show Dates To '14 On Fire' 2014 Tour

The Rolling Stones announced more show dates starting February 21, 2014. These shows will be taking place in Abu Dhabi, Japan, China, Australia, and New Zealand. Former band member Mick Taylor will join the Stones onstage.

Source: Rolling Stones Add Japan, China and More to 2014 Tour | Music News | Rolling Stone

December 5, 2013: Faces Reunion Slated for 2015

Rod Stewart announced that a reunion of the Faces is in the works and slated for 2015. Stewart will most likely be joined by original surviving band members Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones, and Ian McLagan. First known as the Small Faces, the band was formed in 1969 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Source: Faces Reunion Likely, Rod Stewart Says | Music News | Rolling Stone

December 5, 2013: Bruce Springsteen's Draft Of 'Born To Run" Sells For $197,000 At Auction

On December 5, 2013, an early handwritten draft of Bruce Springsteen's classic 1975 hit, "Born To Run," brought in $197,000 at Sotheby's. This rare item, which dates back to 1974, includes the famous chorus plus many verses that never got recorded.

Source: Associated Press

December 5, 2013: Brian Epstein Biopic In The Works

A biopic about the late and great Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, is in the works and will be titled "The Fifth Beatle." Based on Vivek J. Tiwary's recently published novel of the same name, this film will begin production sometime next year. Original Beatles' music will be included as a part of this movie's soundtrack.

Source: The Fifth Beatle' Biopic to Begin Filming Next Year | Music News | Rolling Stone

December 5, 2013: Eagles Extend 'History Of The Eagles' Tour

The Eagles announced new show dates for January 2014 as part of the band's ongoing "History of the Eagles" tour. These shows will take place mainly at the Forum in Inglewood, CA and at other locations in San Jose, CA. The Eagles have also added a show in Jacksonville, FL for February 26, 2014, plus 14 more shows in Europe that start on May 22, 2014 in Amsterdam and wrap up on June 25 in Manchester, England.

Source: Eagles Extend Their 'History Of The Eagles' Tour

December 5, 2013: Sun Records' 45 Singles From The 1950s To Be Reissued

In partnership with Sun Records, Third Man Records will be reissuing on vinyl three 45s originally recorded in the 1950s at Sun Records. The singles are D.A. Hunt's "Lonesome Old Jail" b/w "Greyhound Blues" (1953), Roy Orbison's "Rockhouse" b/w "You're My Baby" (1956), and Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" b/w "You Win Again" (1957).

Source: Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis Reissues Coming Via Third Man Records | Music News | Rolling Stone

December 6, 2013: Bob Dylan's Newport Fest Guitar Sells For $965,000 At Auction

On December 6, 2013, Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster guitar sold for a whopping $965,000 at Christie's. This historic instrument is the one Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival where he was met with boos and hisses from folk music purists who regarded his use of an electric guitar as a sellout.

Source: Associated Press

December 6, 2013: The Who Releases 'Tommy' App

The Who just released on iTunes a new app centered on the band's classic 1969 rock opera, "Tommy." Highlights include live videos from the "Live At The Coliseum '69 concert," original artwork, a specially designed pinball game, and some nifty freebies.

Source: Tommy App Released By The Who