March 4, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of February 24, 2013, fans mourned the passing of three oldies icons: songwriter Diane Lampert, former Allman Brothers guitarist Dan Toler, and Richard Street of the Temptations. Sadly, Street passed away just nine days after Otis "Damon" Harris, another former Temptations member.
Also, Elton John announced a new album slated for later this year, Carlos Santana will be reuniting with original members of Santana to record a new album, and Mike Nesmith and Yes announced upcoming tour dates. The Rolling Stones will also be honored with an extensive exhibit of 50 years of memorabilia to be displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
Record Store Day is an internationally celebrated holiday founded in 2007 that falls on the third Saturday of April each year. In celebration of this year's Record Store Day, which will take place on April 20, two previously-unreleased songs by Bob Dylan from the early 1970s will become available, and David Bowie will be releasing two singles from his upcoming album, "The Next Day," plus songs from a 1965 EP.
David Bowie has been in the news a lot lately with his musical comeback and his upcoming album, "The Next Day." Besides his upcoming songs releases for Record Store Day, Bowie has also released a new music video, and his album is being streamed on iTunes.
February 24, 2013: Songwriter Diane Lampert Passes Away
Famed songwriter Diane Lampert died on February 22, 2013 at age 88 in Manhattan. Lampert was the lyricist for over 20 movie title songs from the 1950s and 1960s. She also wrote songs for various oldies bands and artists that included the Seekers, Brenda Lee and Harry Nilsson. She co-wrote one song for the Beatles, "Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees)," which they recorded in 1963. Lampert survivors include her husband, Fred Stuart.
February 25, 2013: Elton John Wraps Up New Album
Elton John announced that he has just finished his latest album, "The Diving Board," which he hopes to have released this September. The songs on this 13-track album, which were written by longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, are a mix of different styles in which the piano is prominently featured.
February 25, 2013: Former Allman Brothers Guitarist Dan Toler Passes Away
Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dan Toler died on February 25, 2013 at age 65 in Manatee County, FL after battling Lou Gehrig's disease. Toler began playing guitar for the Dickey Betts and Great Southern band in the late 1970s before joining the Allman Brothers. Toler can be heard on the Allman Brothers' 1979 comeback album, "Enlightened Rogues," plus two other Allman Brothers' albums recorded in 1980. Toler then played with the Gregg Allman Band throughout the 1980s along with his brother, David "Frankie" Toler. In 2002, Toler rejoined Betts' Great Southern band and later co-founded the Townsend Toler Band with John Townsend. He then played with the Renegades of Southern Rock and finally the Toler Tucci Band.
February 26, 2013: Carlos Santana To Reunite With Original Santana Group For New Album
Carlos Santana announced that he will be reuniting with the remaining original members of his band, Santana, to record a new album. This album is expected sometime in 2014.
February 27, 2013: Rolling Stones Memorabilia To Be Exhibited At Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Museum
On May 24, 2013, an exhibit highlighting 50 years of Rolling Stones memorabilia will be unveiled at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. This exhibit, which will be housed in some 2-3 floors of the museum, will remain on display through February, 2014. Many rare and never-before-seen personal and other items from this seminal rock band will be shown.
February 27, 2013: Yes Launches U.S. Tour
Yes will be launching a tour in the U.S. on March 1, 2013 in West Wendover, NV. This band will be playing mostly old hits and other classics, but with a new twist. Current Yes members include bassist Chris Squire, one of this band's original co-founders.
February 27, 2013: David Bowie To Release New Singles For Record Store Day
David Bowie announced that he will be releasing two singles from his upcoming album, "The Next Day," in celebration of this year's Record Store Day which will take place April 20. Bowie will also be releasing songs from a 1965 EP, one side of which he recorded as Davy Jones, his original birth name that he changed to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of the Monkees.
February 27, 2013: Previously Unreleased Bob Dylan Tracks To Be Available On Record Store Day
Two previously-unreleased songs by Bob Dylan from the early 1970s will be released in celebration of this year's Record Store Day: "Wigwam" and "Thirsty Boots." "Wigwam" was a demo originally released as a single from Dylan's 1970 "Self Portrait" album. "Thirsty Boots" is a cover of a folksong originally written and recorded by Eric Andersen, a Civil Rights-era folksinger. Dylan also recorded this song during the making of his "Self Portrait" album. "Thirsty Boots" will also be included on Dylan's upcoming "Bootleg Series Vol. 10" compilation album.
February 27, 2013: David Bowie Releases New Music Video
David Bowie has just released a music video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," the second single from his upcoming album, "The Next Day." This video, which co-stars Bowie and actress Tilda Swinton, is an off-the-wall story with some disturbing scenes.
February 28, 2013: Mike Nesmith Announces Tour Dates
Ex Monkee Mike Nesmith announced on Facebook dates for his upcoming spring tour, which will begin on March 21, 2013 in Nashville, TN and end on April 17, 2013 in Alexandria, VA. Nesmith will mainly be performing songs from his solo career after the Monkees, with one Monkees song included in the program.
February 28, 2013: R&B Singer Richard Street Of The Temptations Passes Away
R&B singer Richard Street died on February 27, 2013 at age 70 in Las Vegas of a pulmonary embolism. Street was a longtime member of the famed Temptations, and he can be heard on such hits as "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "Masterpiece," and "Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)." Before joining the Temptations in the early 1970s, Street had been a member of the Monitors and Otis Williams and the Distants. Street remained with the Temptations through the early 1990s before embarking on a solo career. He also performed at times with Otis "Damon" Harris, another former Temptations member who died just nine days before Street. Richard Street's survivors include his wife, Cindy.
March 1, 2013: David Bowie Streams 'The Next Day' Album On iTunes
David Bowie's upcoming album, "The Next Day," is now streaming on iTunes. This stream will continue to March 12 when the album is slated to be officially released.
March 2, 2013: New CD Release: The Complete King Federal Singles - Freddie King
This 2-CD set includes all 54 singles by famed blues guitarist Freddie (a.k.a. Freddy) King. Highlights include King's 1961 radio hits "You Gotta Love Her With A Feeling," "Hideaway," "Lonesome Whistle Blues," and "San-Ho-Zay."
For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.