July 28, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of July 21, 2013, fans mourned the passing of famed singer, songwriter, and guitarist J.J. Cale who wrote "Cocaine," "After Midnight," and other rock classics.
Also that week, Billboard Magazine began celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart by posting the first half of its list of the all-time top 100 songs. As expected, a good part of this list is made up of old familiar favorites from 1980 and earlier.
Alice Cooper announced an upcoming fall tour in the U.S. that begins this October. Also, Earth, Wind & Fire will be performing in Honolulu this August.
Bill Janovitz recently published "Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones," a book about the Rolling Stones as told through 50 of the band's songs. "Springsteen & I," a documentary about Bruce Springsteen made up mainly of fan videos, is now showing in select theaters. Also, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be interviewing various members of the progressive rock band Yes this August.
The Rolling Stones just released a live album on iTunes of songs from their recent Hyde Park shows. A symphonic version of Fleetwood Mac's classic "Rumours" album recorded by the London Philharmonic has recently become available in stores. Also, Earth, Wind & Fire is working on a new album which is set to be released this September.
Finally, Aretha Franklin will be honored by the MLB this August, and Elton John will be receiving the Brits Icon Award in September.
July 21, 2013: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame To Interview Yes
On August 6 and 7, 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be interviewing various members of the progressive rock band Yes. Once the interview is complete, audience members will also be able to ask questions. This event is free with a reservation. Tickets will become available starting July 29 for Rock Hall members and July 30 for the general public.
July 21, 2013: Earth, Wind & Fire Working On New Album
Earth, Wind & Fire is currently working on a new album, "Now, Then & Forever," which is scheduled for release this September. In the meantime, the band has released a single from this album, "My Promise." Earth, Wind & Fire will also be performing in Honolulu this August at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.
July 22, 2013: Rolling Stones To Release Live Album Of Hyde Park Shows
The Rolling Stones just released a live album of songs from their two shows in Hyde Park which took place earlier this month. "The Rolling Stones - Hyde Park Live," which contains 19 tracks, is currently available on iTunes through August 19, 2013.
July 22, 2013: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' Recorded By London Philharmonic
A symphonic version of Fleetwood Mac's classic "Rumours" album has been recorded by the London Philharmonic, and Peter Frampton is the featured guest artist on "Gold Dust Woman." "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Fleetwood Mac's Rumours" is currently available in stores.
July 23, 2013: Bill Janovitz Publishes Book On Rolling Stones
Bill Janovitz just published a book about the Rolling Stones through the years. Janovitz is the frontman for Buffalo Tom, an alternative rock band from Boston. His book, "Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones," tells the story of this seminal band through 50 of its most famous songs. The songwriting partnership of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is among the many topics explored in this book.
July 25, 2013: Paul McCartney Interviewed By Rolling Stone
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Paul McCartney discussed his current "Out There!" world tour, his songwriting days with John Lennon, and his love of performing live. The famous ex-Beatle also has a new album in the works.
July 25, 2013: Elton John To Receive Brits Icon Award
This year, the Brit Awards organizers have added a new award to their list of prizes: the Brits Icon Award. The first recipient of this award will be Elton John. The award ceremonies will take place September 2 and will be shown on ITV later that month. As part of this event, Elton John will perform both classic hits and new songs from his upcoming album, "The Diving Board."
July 25, 2013: Alice Cooper Announces Tour Dates
Alice Cooper announced an upcoming fall tour in the U.S. that will begin on October 13, 2013 in Port Chester, NY. This 15-date tour, which will include a special Halloween show in Montgomery, AL, will ends on November 6 in Idaho Falls, ID.
July 26, 2013: Aretha Franklin To Be Honored By The MLB
Next month, Aretha Franklin will be the guest of honor at the 2013 Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon, along with Bo Jackson. The award ceremonies will take place on August 24, 2013 in Chicago before the annual Civil Rights game (Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers).
July 26, 2013: Billboard Celebrates 55th Anniversary Of Hot 100 With List Of All-Time Top 100 Song List
Billboard Magazine began celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart by posting the first half (nos. 51-100) of its list of the all-time top 100 songs. (The remaining top 50 will be posted on July 29, 2013). As expected, a good part of this list is made up of old familiar favorites from 1980 and earlier:
- "Are You Lonesome To-Night?" - Elvis Presley (1960)
- "I'm A Believer" - The Monkees (1966)
- "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye (1968)
- "Sugar, Sugar" - The Archies (1969)
- "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" - The 5th Dimension (1969)
- "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - B.J. Thomas (1970)
- "Killing Me Softly With His Song" - Roberta Flack (1973)
- "You're So Vain" - Carly Simon (1973)
- "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry (1976)
- "Best Of My Love" - Emotions (1977)
- "Stayin' Alive" - Bee Gees (1978)
- "My Sharona" - The Knack (1979)
- "Hot Stuff" - Donna Summer (1979)
- "Upside Down" - Diana Ross (1980)
- "(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon (1980)
- "Lady" - Kenny Rogers (1980)
- "Call Me" - Blondie (1980)
July 27, 2013: J.J. Cale Passes Away
Famed singer, songwriter, and guitarist J.J. Cale died of a heart attack on July 26, 2013 at age 74 in La Jolla, CA. He is famous for writing "Cocaine," "After Midnight," and many other classics that became hits for top bands and artists such as Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash, Captain Beefheart, and Waylon Jennings. Cale was also one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a unique, laid-back fusion of country, blues, rockabilly, and jazz.
Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, OK, he was raised in Tulsa and, after graduating high school in 1956, headed out to California to pursue a music career, along with several other Tulsa musicians. He started out as a studio engineer and recorded a number of songs as J.J. Cale and also Johnny Cale. In 1970, he got his first big break when Eric Clapton had a smash hit with his song, "After Midnight." In 1972, Cale released his first album, "Naturally," and charted thereafter with several songs that included "Crazy Mama" and his own version of "After Midnight." He recorded many more solo albums through 2009 and in 2006, he made a documentary, "To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale." He received a Grammy in 2008 for the album, "The Road to Escondido," which he recorded in 2006 with Eric Clapton.
J.J. Cale is survived by his wife, Christine Lakeland.
July 27, 2013: 'Springsteen & I' Now Showing In Theaters
"Springsteen & I," a documentary about Bruce Springsteen consisting mostly of fan-made videos, is now showing in select theaters. This movie also includes footage from Springsteen's 2012 Hyde Park concert plus a conversation backstage with Springsteen and five of the film's contributors.