Music News Digest: Week Of June 16, 2013

June 23, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of June 16, 2013, fans mourned the passing of legendary country crooner Slim Whitman who became famous in the 1950s for "Indian Love Call," "Rose Marie," and many other hits.

Also that week, Black Sabbath's latest album, "13," topped the Billboard 200. The Rolling Stones released their back catalog on iTunes, and Pink Floyd announced that their catalog will soon go live on Spotify. Also, before his passing last May, former Doors member Ray Manzarek released his final album, "Twisted Tales."

Also, it was announced that Ray Davies of the Kinks and Mick Jones of the Clash will be receiving Silver Clef Awards in honor of their lifetime career achievements.

A new documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom," about Merry Clayton and other backup singers who provided vocals for some of pop music greatest hits, has just been released. Also, a biopic about the late and great George Jones is in the works.

Neil Young and Willie Nelson will be performing at this year's Farm Aid concert to be held in Saratoga, N.Y this September. Also, Jimmy Buffett added more show dates to his "Songs From St. Somewhere" tour, extending it to late October.

June 17, 2013: Rare Beatles Promo Single Sells For $10,000+ On eBay

A demo single made in 1962 of the Beatles' "Love Me Do" recently sold on eBay for over $10,000. This rare single was one of only 250 copies made for radio station airplay. Another demo in this series sold in 2011 at auction for over $17,000.

Source: Beatles' 'Love Me Do' 45 Sells for 10,000 | Music News | Rolling Stone

June 18, 2013: Neil Young And Willie Nelson Added To Farm Aid 2013 Lineup

Neil Young and Willie Nelson will be performing at Farm Aid 2013, an annual charity concert that raises money to benefit the nation's farmers and their families. This event will take place on September 21, 2013 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, N.Y. Farm Aid was launched in 1985 by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp who organized this nonprofit organization's first concert.

Source: Neil Young And Willie Nelson Confirmed For Farm Aid 2013 Lineup

June 18, 2013: Pink Floyd Catalog To Be Included In Spotify

Pink Floyd announced that their catalog will go live on Spotify once the single, "Wish You Were Here," has had its millionth stream. This band's catalog will become available in all versions of Spotify, both free and paid.

Source: Pink Floyd's catalog hits Spotify -

June 18, 2013: George Jones Biopic In Progress

A biopic is in the works about the late and great country singer George Jones. This film, to be written and co-produced (with 28 Entertainment) by Dennis L. Baxter, will cover Jones' rise to fame and his battle with drugs and alcohol. Baxter had worked with George Jones and his wife Nancy on this project for years before the singer's passing last April.

Source: George Jones Biopic on the Horizon | Billboard

June 19, 2013: Black Sabbath's '13' Reaches #1 On Billboard 200

Black Sabbath's latest album, "13," reached #1 on the Billboard 200. This seminal heavy band first debuted on this chart 43 years ago, and of Black Sabbath's 23 album chart entries to date, "13" is their first chart topper.

Source: Black Sabbath Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart | Billboard

June 19, 2013: Legendary Country Crooner Slim Whitman Passes Away

Legendary country crooner Slim Whitman died in Orange Park, FL on June 19, 2013 at age 90 of heart failure. He had a unique and highly memorable singing style that combined yodeling with a high wailing falsetto. He began his music career on the radio in the late 1940s after serving in World War II and became a regular on "The Louisiana Hayride." Whitman was discovered by "Colonel" Thomas Parker (Elvis Presley's then-future manager) and signed on to RCA.

Whitman's long string of hits began in 1952 with "Love Song Of The Waterfall" which became a Top 10 hit on both the Country and Pop charts. This was soon followed by a series of other top hits that included "Indian Love Call" (1952), "Secret Love" (1953), and "Rose Marie" (1954). Whitman became a huge success in Britain where "Rose Marie" topped the UK Singles Chart and remained there for an astounding 11 weeks. In 1955, he joined the Grand Ol' Opry, and his hits on the Country charts continued throughout the 1970s. From the late 1970s-on, he released several greatest hits collections, including "All My Best," that became top sellers due to his extensive TV direct marketing efforts. He continued touring and recording into the 21st century and was featured on the soundtrack for “Mars Attacks!” (1996). In 2010, he released his last studio album, "Twilight on the Trail."

Slim Whitman is survived by his son Byron, his daughter Sharon Beagle, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Source: Slim Whitman, Yodeling Country Singer With a Regular-Guy Image, Dies at 90 -

June 19, 2013: Rolling Stones Release Back Catalog On iTunes

The Rolling Stones have released their entire catalog on iTunes which includes everything from their 1963 cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On" through "GRRR!," their greatest hits collection from 2012. The complete catalog, which is available in two parts that span two periods (1963-1971 and 1971-2013), includes remastered versions of all the Rolling Stones' studio and live albums and compilations.

Source: Rolling Stones release back catalogue on iTunes | Reuters

June 20, 2013: Ray Manzarek's Final Album Released

The final album by Ray Manzarek, the former Doors keyboardist who passed away last May, has just been released. This album, entitled "Twisted Tales," showcases Manzarek's famous keyboard playing and also features guitarist Roy Rogers.

Source: Ray Manzarek's Final Album Released

June 20, 2013: Jimmy Buffett Adds Tour Dates

Jimmy Buffett will be adding more dates to his "Songs From St. Somewhere" North American tour. This tour, which will now consist of 16 shows, begins June 22, 2013 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA and ends October 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Buffett will also be performing in Paris September 26 and 28.

Source: Jimmy Buffett Extends Tour Into Fall

June 21, 2013: Merry Clayton Featured In New Documentary

Merry Clayton, a critically acclaimed soul and gospel singer who famously provided guest vocals for the Rolling Stones' 1970 hit, "Gimme Shelter," is among those featured in "20 Feet From Stardom," a documentary about the unsung backup singers who provided vocals for some of pop music’s greatest hits. Clayton, who began her career in 1962 at age 13, has also provided backup vocals for many other recording artists such as Bobby Darin, Neil Young, Tom Jones, Carole King, Joe Cocker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Ray Charles as a member of his backup group, the Raelettes. She also recorded several solo albums beginning in 1970 with her debut album, "Gimme Shelter," which includes her own version of this album's title song. Clayton recently release a new album, "The Best of Merry Clayton," which includes tracks from her previous solo albums and newer songs.

Source: Gimme Shelter' Singer Merry Clayton Basking in Belated Attention | Music News | Rolling Stone

June 21, 2013: Ray Davies And Mick Jones To Receive Silver Clef Awards

Ray Davies of the Kinks and Mick Jones of the Clash will be among those honored at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. Davies will be receiving the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassadors of Rock Award, and Jones will be receiving the O2 Silver Clef Award. The Award ceremonies will take place June 28, 2013 at the London Hilton hotel.

Source: The Clash | Mick Jones And Ray Davies Land Silver Clef Awards |