August 4, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of July 28, 2013, a recent performance by Carly Simon and Taylor Swift of Simon's 1973 hit, "You're So Vain," made the news and prompted renewed speculation as to who this song is really about.
Also that week, Billboard Magazine finished compiling its list of the all-time top 100 songs to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. As expected, much of this list is made up of old familiar favorites from 1980 and earlier (see below).
The Steve Miller Band recently released a tribute album featuring various members of Yes, Deep Purple and Asia as guest artists. Three duets of Michael Jackson with Freddie Mercury that were recorded in 1983 will be released officially for the first time this fall. Also, Rod Stewart will soon be releasing an album of previously unreleased songs recorded from 1969-1974.
Jimmy Buffett will be releasing a new album later this month entitled "Songs From St. Somewhere." In the meantime, he has released a video of one of this album's songs. John Fogerty has also released a video of a song from his latest album, "Wrote A Song For Everyone."
The Allman Brothers are among the many bands and artists to be featured at this year's Peach Festival. This event is scheduled to place August 15-18 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA
Finally, Elton John recently had an appendectomy after having to cancel a number of summer shows and appears to be recovering nicely. He expects to be back on stage this September.
July 28, 2013: Steve Miller Band Tribute Album Recently Released
The Steve Miller Band has recently released a new tribute album, "Fly Like An Eagle - An All-Star Tribute to Steve Miller Band." Featured guest artists include members of Yes, Deep Purple and Asia. The songs on this 11-track LP include many old Steve Miller Band favorites such as "Take the Money and Run," "Fly Like An Eagle," and "Abracadabra."
July 29, 2013: Taylor Swift And Carly Simon Sing 'You're So Vain'
During a recent Taylor Swift concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, Carly Simon joined Swift onstage to perform her 1973 hit, "You're So Vain." This performance was well received by the audience, who clapped and sang along with Simon and Swift, and since then, it has prompted renewed speculation as to who this classic breakup song is really about.
July 29, 2013: Duets Of Michael Jackson And Freddie Mercury From 1983 To Be Released This Fall
Three duets of Michael Jackson with Freddie Mercury that were recorded in 1983 at Jackson's home studio will be released officially for the first time this fall, according to Queen guitarist Brian May. The three songs recorded by Jackson and Mercury, which were finally cleared for release in 2011, are: "There Must Be More to Life Than This," "State of Shock" and "Victory."
July 30, 2013: New Rod Stewart Compilation Album To Be Released This Fall
Rod Stewart will soon be releasing "Rarities," an album of previously unreleased songs he recorded at Mercury Records from 1969-1974. These songs include various non-album singles plus covers of songs by Cole Porter, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Elton John, and the Who. Also included on this album, which is scheduled to be released on September 3, 2013, are previously unreleased BBC live performances with the Faces of "Maggie May" and "Country Comfort."
July 30, 2013: Jimmy Buffett Releases Video
Jimmy Buffett latest album, “Songs From St. Somewhere," is scheduled to be released on August 20, 2013 and available for pre-order at amazon.com. In the meantime, Buffett has released a video of a song from this album, "Too Drunk To Karaoke," a duet with Toby Keith in which the two singers are at a bar drinking margaritas and really partying it up.
August 1, 2013: Allman Brothers Announce Plans For This Year's Peach Festival
The Allman Brothers Band announced their plans for this year's Peach Festival, which is scheduled to place from August 15-18 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. Besides the Allman Brothers, other featured acts will include Bob Weir, the Black Crowes, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Other attractions include a water slide and a wave pool so that audience members can stay cool while listening to music. For more info and tickets, go to ThePeachMusicFestival.com.
August 2, 2013: Billboard Celebrates 55th Anniversary Of Hot 100 With List Of All-Time Top 100 Songs
Billboard Magazine finished compiling its list of all-time top 100 songs in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Much of this list is made up of old familiar favorites from 1980 and earlier (see below), with many songs by the Bee Gees and Andy Gibb. Topping this list is Chubby Checker's classic dance tune, "The Twist," which is the only song in Billboard history to reach #1 more than once (in 1960 and 1962).
- "It's All In The Game" - Tommy Edwards (1958)
- "Mack The Knife" - Bobby Darin (1959)
- "The Battle Of New Orleans" - Johnny Horton (1959)
- "The Theme From 'A Summer Place'" - Percy Faith (1960)
- "Are You Lonesome To-Night?" - Elvis Presley (1960)
- "The Twist" - Chubby Checker (1960, 1962)
- "Tossin' And Turnin'" - Bobby Lewis (1961)
- "I Want To Hold Your Hand" - The Beatles (1964)
- "I'm A Believer" - The Monkees (1966)
- "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye (1968)
- "Hey Jude" - The Beatles (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)
- "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" - Dawn feat. Tony Orlando (1973)
- "Let's Get It On" - Marvin Gaye (1973)
- "Silly Love Songs" - Wings (1976)
- "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" - Rod Stewart (1976)
- "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry (1976)
- "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" - Andy Gibb (1977)
- "How Deep Is Your Love" - Bee Gees (1977)
- "You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone (1977)
- "Best Of My Love" - Emotions (1977)
- "Stayin' Alive" - Bee Gees (1978)
- "Shadow Dancing" - Andy Gibb (1978)
- "Le Freak" - Chic (1978)
- "Night Fever" - The 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)
- "Another One Bites The Dust" - Queen (1980)
August 2, 2013: John Fogerty Releases Video
John Fogerty just released a video of "Almost Saturday Night," one of the songs from his latest album, "Wrote A Song For Everyone." This LP, which was released in May, consists mainly of old Creedence Clearwater Revival classics and features many guest artists such as Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, and My Morning Jacket As to whether or not there will ever be a CCR reunion, Fogerty has indicated that this prospect is highly unlikely.
August 3, 2013: Elton John Recuperating After Appendectomy
Elton John recently had an appendectomy and is now recuperating at home. He was diagnosed with appendicitis last month and forced to cancel a number of shows due to extreme pain. He appears to be recovering nicely and expects to be back on stage this September.