January 7, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of December 30, 2012, the world mourned the passing of the legendary sweet-voiced singer, Patti Page. Famous for her signature song, "Tennessee Waltz," she had a long string of hits during the 1950s-1970s and was the top selling female recording artist of the 1950s.
Also, Bruce Springsteen will be honored as this year's MusiCares Person of the Year, and Chuck Berry will be honored at the St. Louis Arts Awards. The Allman Brothers Band will be playing at New York's Beacon Theater this March, and there is a possibility that the Rolling Stones will go on tour in 2013 once things have been finalized.
On a sad note, it was announced that Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with early Alzheimer's. He stated that he will continue to perform and write music while he battles this disease.
January 1, 2013: Documentary About The Who On BBC America
A documentary about The Who, entitled "The Who: Quadrophenia-Can You See The Real Me?," was shown on January 4 on TV's BBC America. This program covered the making by The Who of the critically acclaimed 1973 album, "Quadrophenia." The band is currently on its "Quadrophenia and More" tour in North America which began last fall and will continue through early 2013.
January 2, 2013: Bruce Springsteen To Be Honored As MusiCares Person Of The Year
On February 8, Bruce Springsteen will be honored as this year's MusiCares Person of the Year. This event, which will take place two days before the Grammy Awards air on TV, will feature performances by Elton John, Jackson Browne, Sting, Neil Young, and other top performing artists. Proceeds will go to to MusiCares, an organization which provides financial support to struggling musicians in times of need.
January 2, 2013: Patti Page Passes Away
On January 1, 2013, famed traditional pop-country music singer Patti Page died at age 85 in Encinitas, CA. She was the top selling female recording artist of the 1950s and her signature song, "Tennessee Waltz," remains one of the top selling records of all time. Page's numerous hits also included "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming," "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window," and "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte." Born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore, OK, she began her music career working at Tulsa radio station KTUL and got her stage name from her show's sponsor, Page Milk Co. The Grammy Award-winning singer received numerous awards and accolades during her long and distinguished career, which spanned some seven decades. Page is survived by a son, a daughter, and a sister.
January 2, 2013: Allman Brothers Band To Play At New York's Beacon This March
The Allman Brothers Band will be playing a series of ten shows at the Beacon Theater in New York this March. Tickets will go on sale January 11, 2013. The Allman Brothers Band will also be performing at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden in April.
January 3, 2013: Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Early Alzheimer's
Famed soul singer-songwriter Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's which is in the early stages. He announced to fans that he will continue to perform and write music for as long as possible while he battles this disesase. The 68-year old singer was also hospitalized last year for pneumonia and had surgery for colon cancer. Despite his health problems, he has continued to actively perform and record, and he released a new album last year. Womack had a string of hits from the late 1960s-early 1980s that included "Fly Me To The Moon" (1968), "That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha" (1971), and "Lookin' For A Love" (1974). In 2009, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
January 4, 2013: Rolling Stones May Go On Tour In 2013
After the success of their 50th anniversary tour in 2012, there is a possibility that the Rolling Stones will go on tour in 2013. The Stones are currently weighing some offers, and once their plans are finalized, they will make an announcement.
January 4, 2013: Chuck Berry To Be Honored At St. Louis Arts Awards
On January 21, Chuck Berry will be honored at the 2013 St. Louis Arts Awards, along with several others for their contributions to the arts in the St. Louis area. The legendary singer-songwriter and St. Louis native will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award. Ceremonies will take place at the Chase Park Plaza.
Source: Arts and Education Council