June 30, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of June 23, 2013, oldies fans mourned the passing of famed blues and soul singer Bobby "Blue" Bland famous for "Turn On Your Love Light," "That's the Way Love Is," and other hits.
Also that week, Neil Diamond announced the release of a new song he wrote in commemoration of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last April. Diamond will perform this song in Washington D.C. at this year's "A Capitol Fourth" Independence Day concert to be broadcast live on PBS this July 4th.
Also, Earth, Wind & Fire and Elton John will soon be releasing new albums, and Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder have some albums in the works. Also, the Eagles catalog will soon become available on Spotify, Rhapsody, and other streaming platforms.
KC & the Sunshine Band will be honored by the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The dedication ceremony, which will be open to the public, will take place this July.
For those who live in England or will soon be traveling to the area, a David Bowie exhibit is currently on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and it will be screened for one day at theaters across the country this August. Also, the Rolling Stones, who recently wrapped up the U.S. leg of their "50 And Counting" tour and performed at this year's Glastonbury Festival, will be giving a show at London's Hyde Park this July.
June 24, 2013: Famed Blues And Soul Singer Bobby 'Blue' Bland Passes Away
Famed blues and soul singer Bobby "Blue" Bland died on June 23, 2013 at age 83 at his home in Germantown, TN. Born Robert Calvin Brooks, Bland began singing for gospel groups in his teens and became a member of the influential Beale Streeters, a Memphis-based group that also included B.B. King, Johnny Ace, Rosco Gordon, and Junior Parker. He made his first recordings for Sun Records, Modern Records and Duke Records in the early 1950s and then served for two years in the army where he performed in a band whose members also included Eddie Fisher.
Afterwards, Bland returned to Duke Records and in 1957, he topped the R&B charts with "Farther Up The Road." It was in the late 1950s that he got his "Blue" nickname (taken from his 1958 hit, "Little Boy Blue") which reflected his unique vocal style and the typically lovelorn subject matter of his songs. Bland's long string of hits on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts also included "I Pity The Fool" (1961), "Turn On Your Love Light" (1961), "Don't Cry No More" (1961), "That's The Way Love Is" (1963), "Call On Me" (1963), and "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" (1964). Bland's hits continued on the R&B charts through the mid 1980s, and in 1985, he signed with Malaco Records and recorded a series of albums for this label through the early 2000s. Over the years, he also continued touring and performing until shortly before his death, often with fellow blues singer B.B. King.
Dubbed the "Sinatra of the Blues" and "Lion of the Blues," Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, and he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Bland's survivors include a son, Rodd Bland.
June 24, 2013: Bruce Springsteen Working On New Album
Bruce Springsteen is currently working on a new album which will be a follow-up to his 2012 album, "Wrecking Ball." He is currently on tour in Europe with the E Street Band. This tour, which is set to end on July 28, 2013 in Kilkenny, Ireland, will be followed by a show in Brazil on September 21.
June 24, 2013: Earth, Wind & Fire To Release New Album This September
On September 10, 2013, Earth, Wind & Fire will be releasing a new album, "Now, Then & Forever," this band's first new studio album in eight years. This album's new single, "My Promise," was just released. Earth, Wind & Fire is currently on tour.
June 25, 2013: David Bowie Museum Exhibit To Be Shown On Screen
For David Bowie fans who live in England or will soon be visiting the area, an exhibit of the singer's memorabilia currently on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum will be shown on screen for one night only. This broadcast will take place on August 13, 2013 via a live stream and will be shown in 200 theaters across the country.
June 25, 2013: Limited Edition Ray Manzarek T-Shirts To Be Released
In memory of Ray Manzarek who passed away last May, the surviving Doors members are releasing a limited edition t-shirt showing a photo of the keyboardist with the Doors' logo and a caption reading "Ray Manzarek 1939-2013." The t-shirts can be purchased from the Doors' official website. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the charity, Stand Up To Cancer.
June 25, 2013: Stevie Wonder Interviewed By Rolling Stone
Stevie Wonder was interviewed on June 22, 2013 by Rolling Stone following the induction ceremonies for the Hollywood Bowl of Fame where the singer served as a presenter. Wonder is currently working on a number of new albums that include "When the World Began," which will feature a symphony orchestra, and "Gospel Inspired By Lula," a gospel music album in tribute to his mother.
June 25, 2013: Rolling Stones Ended U.S. Tour
The Rolling Stones ended the U.S. leg of their "50 And Counting" tour on June 24, 2013 in Washington D.C. The band's next show is at England's Glastonbury Festival which takes place on June 29.
June 26, 2013: Neil Diamond Records New Song For Boston
Neil Diamond, who performed at Fenway Park last April following the Boston Marathon bombings, recently recorded a new song in commemoration of the victims of this tragedy. This new song, entitled "Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)," is slated to be released on iTunes and amazon.com on July 2, 2013. All proceeds will be donated to the Boston One Fund and the Wounded Warriors Project. Diamond will perform this song live on July 4 in Washington D.C.at a Washington Nationals-Milwaukee Brewers baseball game and also at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol during the annual Independence Day concert, "A Capitol Fourth," which will be broadcast on PBS.
June 26, 2013: Elton John Accepts Pre-Orders For Upcoming Album
Elton John will soon be releasing a new album, "The Diving Board," and pre-orders for the LP are currently being accepted. This album is scheduled for release on September 24, 2013.
June 28, 2013: KC & The Sunshine Band To Receive Walk Of Fame Stars
KC & the Sunshine Band will be honored by the Palm Springs Walk of Stars with its own stars. The dedication ceremony, which will be open to the public, will take place on July 6, 2013. The band will be performing later that evening in the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. For more info and tickets, go to the Palm Springs Walk of Stars website.
June 28, 2013: Eagles Catalog Becomes Available On Subscription Music Services
The Eagles catalog is now available on Spotify, Rhapsody, Deezer, and other streaming platforms. Nine of the band's albums, which have been fully remastered, are online, including "Eagles" (1972) and "Hotel California" (1976).
June 29, 2013: Rolling Stones Perform At Glastonbury Festival
On June 29, 2013, the Rolling Stones performed at this year's Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, England for the first time in this festival's 43 history. The band was joined by former guitarist Mick Taylor. Highlights of this show included a new song written specially for this occasion, "Glastonbury Girl," which is a reworked version of an earlier Stones song, "Factory Girl." The Rolling Stones' next show will be on July 6, 2013 in London's Hyde Park.