Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 10, 2013

February 18, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of February 10, 2013, the world bade a sad farewell to two oldies icons: Rick Huxley, the Dave Clark Five bassist and one of the group's co-founders, and George "Shadow" Morton who is famous for launching the Shangri-Las and for writing and producing most of this group's top hits.

Also, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent, and Todd Rundgren have announced tour dates for this year, and Bobby Womack will be performing on February 22 at the Rock Hall in Cleveland. Other news: Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney were awarded Grammys this year for, respectively, "The Smile Sessions" (Best Historical Album) and "Kisses On The Bottom" (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album).

In honor of Valentine's Day, Billboard Magazine compiled a list of the top 50 love songs of all time. Top picks included "Baby Love" (The Supremes), "She Loves You" (The Beatles), "To Know Him Is to Love Him" (The Teddy Bears), and of course "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (The Righteous Brothers).


February 10, 2013: Bobby Womack To Perform Live At The Rock Hall

On February 22, Bobby Womack will be performing live at the Rock Hall and will also be interviewed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and is a Cleveland native. For those of you who will be in the Cleveland area, tickets go on sale February 11 to Rock Hall members and February 13 to the general public.

Source: Bobby Womack: Live Performance at the Rock Hall | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

February 11, 2013: Brian Wilson Wins Best Historical Album Grammy For 'The Smile Sessions'

Brian Wilson was awarded this year's Best Historical Album Grammy for "The Smile Sessions," his second Grammy to date. Wilson and other original founding members joined the present-day Beach Boys for a 50th reunion tour last year, but a second reunion appears highly unlikely.

Source: Brian Wilson on Another Beach Boys Reunion: 'Doubt It' | Music News | Rolling Stone

February 12, 2013: Dave Clark Five Bassist Rick Huxley Passes Away

Dave Clark Five bassist and group co-founder Rick Huxley died on February 11, 2013 at age 72 after a long battle with emphysema. Founded in 1958, the Dave Clark Five were a top British Invasion band of the 1960s. They had a long string of hits that included "Glad All Over," "Bits and Pieces," and "Catch Us If You Can," and in 2008, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After the group disbanded in 1970, Huxley went into real esate while continuing to stay in the music business. Dave Clark and Lenny Davidson are the only surviving members of the group.

Source: Dave Clark Five Bassist Rick Huxley Dead at 72 | Music News | Rolling Stone

February 13, 2013: Paul McCartney Wins 17th Grammy

This year, Paul McCartney won the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Grammy for "Kisses On The Bottom," which he recorded last year. This year's award makes it McCartney's 17th Grammy to date.

Source: BBC News - Sir Paul McCartney surprised at 17th Grammy win

February 13, 2013: Billboard Compiles List Of Top 50 Love Songs Of All Time

On February 13, just in time for Valentine's Day, Billboard Magazine compiled a list of the top 50 love songs of all time. All selections made the Billboard Hot 100 and included some form of the word "love" in the title. The top pick was "Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie. Many oldies songs also made this list, including:

Source: Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time | Billboard

February 13, 2013: Styx, REO Speedwagon And Ted Nugent Announce Tour Dates

Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent are teaming up for a tour this spring which will take place mainly in the Midwest. This tour will begin on April 18, 2013 in Grand Forks, ND and continue through May 19 in Burgettstown, PA. Pre-sale tickets are available at StyxWorld.com.

Source: Styx, REO Speedwagon And Ted Nugent Announce New Midwest Tour Dates

February 15, 2013: Todd Rundgren Announces 2013 Tour

Todd Rundgren will be touring in 2013 starting May 5 in Woodstock, NY. He is also slated to release a new album this April, "State," and will also hold his annual musical summer camp outside of New Orleans June 17-22.

Source: Todd Rundgren Announces 2013 Tour

February 15, 2013: Barry Gibb Unveils Statue Of Bee Gees In Native Australia

Barry Gibb unveiled an almost life-size bronze statue of the Bee Gees as boys in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia, where the brothers spent part of their childhood and signed their first recording contract in 1959. Gibb is currently on tour in Australia.

Source: BBC News - Bee Gee Barry Gibb unveils statue in Redcliffe

February 15, 2013: New Album By Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi In The Works

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Brian May of Queen are planning an album of their unused guitar riffs around which fans can build their own songs. Iommi is also working on Black Sabbath's upcoming album, "13," which is slated for this June.

Source: Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Plans Album With Queen's Brian May | Music News | Rolling Stone

February 15, 2013: George 'Shadow' Morton, Shangri-Las Producer Amd Songwriter, Passes Away

Producer and songwriter George 'Shadow' Morton died on February 14, 2013 at age 72 in Laguna Beach, CA after battling cancer. He is famous for launching the Shangri-Las and for writing and producing most of their top hits, including "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" and "Leader of the Pack." Morton got his start in music singing with the Marquees, a doo-wop group he formed while in high school. Besides the Shangri-Las, he also produced for other bands and artists that included Janice Ian, Vanilla Fudge, Iron Butterfly, and the New York Dolls, an early New York punk-glam rock band. Morton was inducted into Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Source: George 'Shadow' Morton, Shangri-Las Producer, Songwriter Dead at 72 | Billboard

February 16, 2013: New CD Release: The Best Of the Classic Capitol Singles - Wanda Jackson

This 29-track CD contains A- and B-sides for the singles released by rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson on Capitol from the late 1950s-early 1960s. This highly-rated collection includes most of Jackson's radio hits.

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

February 16, 2013: New CD Release: Macon City Auditorium 2/11/72 - Allman Brothers Band

This 2-CD set is of the Allman's Brothers' show in Macon, GA from February 11, 1972 which followed the untimely death of one of their key group members, famed rock guitarist Duane Allman. This set includes five previously unreleased songs.

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

February 16, 2013: New CD Release: Shades of Time [Original recording remastered] - Pozo Seco

This 22-track CD includes a remastering of the 1968 Pozo Seco album plus 11 remastered singles. Although never released on CD before, this is a highly sought-after album by fans of both Pozo Seco and the legendary Don Williams, who was one of this group's members before he went on to become a country music superstar.

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