Music News Digest: Week Of June 9, 2013

June 16, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of June 9, 2013, oldies music fans mourned the passing of the Marcel's lead singer Cornelius "Nini" Harp and 1970s San Francisco soul singer Darondo.

Also that week, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, J.D. Souther, and Tony Hatch were among this year's inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and it was announced that Black Sabbath's latest album, "13," is heading for #1 on the Billboard 200.

The Beach Boys and ZZ Top are releasing new box sets, John Oates is working on a project in which he will be releasing new singles on a monthly basis, and Aerosmith just released a trailer for this band's upcoming DVD, "Rock From the Rising Sun." Also, Stephen Stills recently formed a blues-based supergroup with guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg called The Rides, and their first album is in the works.

Later this month, Dionne Warwick will be interviewed by Dr. Lauren Onkey of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also, Roger Daltrey will be bringing his long-running Teen Cancer Trust benefit concert this August to the Pacific Amphitheatre at the 2013 Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, CA.

Finally, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles just unveiled an exhibit of Ringo Starr memorabilia.

June 9, 2013: Dionne Warwick To Be Interviewed By Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

On June 26, 2013, Dionne Warwick will be interviewed by Dr. Lauren Onkey, the Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. This event will take place at 7:00PM in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater. It is free with a reservation and will also be streamed live on

Source: Legends Series with Dionne Warwick | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

June 9, 2013: Aerosmith Releases Trailer For Upcoming DVD

Aerosmith just released a trailer for this band's upcoming DVD, "Rock From the Rising Sun." This DVD was shot in 2011 while the band was on tour in Japan during the chaotic aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake which triggered a powerful tsunami, devastated parts of the country, and caused the meltdown of three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex. The full DVD is scheduled to be released on July 22, 2013 through Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Source: Aerosmith To Release Live DVD Trailer

June 11, 2013: John Oates Interviewed By Rolling Stone

In this interview, John Oates discussed his latest project in which he will be releasing new singles on a monthly basis. He also continues to tour with his longtime musical partner, Daryl Hall.

Source: John Oates on Playing Bonnaroo | Music News | Rolling Stone

June 11, 2013: Beach Boys To Release Box Set

On August 27, 2013, the Beach Boys will be releasing a 6-CD collection of songs spanning a half century. This new box set, "Made In California," will include many previously unreleased tracks, demos, and alternate takes, some BBC live recordings from 1964, and other never-before-seen-or-heard TV, concert, and radio performances. "Made In California" will also include other Beach Boy memorabilia such as artwork, photos, and an essay by Brian Wilson written while he was in high school.

Source: Beach Boys Will Release Six-CD 'Made in California' Set | Music News | Rolling Stone

June 11, 2013: Grammy Museum To Unveil Ringo Starr Exhibit

A new exhibit, "Ringo: Peace & Love," opened on June 12, 2013 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. It features assorted memorabilia of the famous ex-Fab Four drummer such as costumes and drum sets, and there are three mixing stations where visitors can play around with various instrumental and vocal settings for "With A Little Help From My Friends."

Source: Ringo: Peace & Love' show at Grammy Museum unveiled by the Starr -

June 12, 2013: ZZ Top To Release Box Set And Still Touring

ZZ Top has just released a 10-CD box set of the band's first 10 albums as made from the original masters. Included in this set is the 1976 album, "Tejas," which is available on iTunes. ZZ Top still actively tours, and the band has some 60 more shows scheduled for the remainder of 2013, with more to be added.

Source: ZZ Top Go 'Back to Square One' in New Box Set of First 10 Albums | Music News | Rolling Stone

June 12, 2013: Black Sabbath Album Headed For #1 On Billboard 200

Black Sabbath's latest album, "13," which was released on June 11, 2013, is heading to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. This album is expected to sell 120,000+ copies by the end of the tracking week (June 16).

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

June 12, 2013: Stephen Stills Forms Supergroup

Stephen Stills has teamed up with blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg to form the new supergroup, The Rides. The band's first album, "Can't Get Enough," will feature original songs plus covers of well known blues artists.

Source: Stephen Stills And Kenny Wayne Shepherd Form Supergroup

June 13, 2013: San Francisco Soul Singer Darondo Passes Away

William Daron Pulliam, the San Francisco-based funk and soul singer known as Darondo, died on June 9, 2013 at age 67 of heart failure. Darondo began playing professionally at 18 during the 1960s at various night clubs and became famous locally during the early 1970s. A long-time soul music cult favorite whose distinctive style is often compared to that of Al Green, Darondo is best known for his gut-wrenching ballad, "Didn't I," which he recorded in 1973. Although he never received national attention until recently, his music is gradually becoming known worldwide outside of soul music circles. In 2005, British deejay Gilles Peterson came across a recording of "Didn't I" and played it on his BBC Radio 1 show to wide acclaim. This song was also used in the opening credits of a 2008 episode of "Breaking Bad." In 2006, Ubiquity Records released the critically acclaimed album, "Let My People Go," that includes "Didn't I" and other songs Darondo recorded during the 1970s. Omnivore Recordings also released another Darondo album in 2011, "Listen to My Song: The Music City Sessions."

Source: Soul icon Darondo dies at 67 - #AltSounds

June 13, 2013: Roger Daltrey To Bring Teen Cancer Concert To The U.S.

Rock legend Roger Daltrey announced that he will bring his long-running Teen Cancer Trust benefit concert to the U.S. This event will take place on August 10 in Costa Mesa, CA at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the 2013 Orange County Fair. Tickets can be purchased from either Ticketmaster or the Orange County Fair & Event Center Box Office.

Source: Roger Daltrey Announces Teen Cancer America Concert

June 13, 2013: Cornelius 'Nini' Harp Of The Marcels Passes Away

Cornelius "Nini" Harp, the lead singer of the Marcels, died on June 5, 2013. The Marcels, a doo-wop group famous for their upbeat rock and roll renditions of pop standards, topped the R&B and Pop/Rock charts in 1961 with "Blue Moon." This oldies classic is listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. This group had another Top 10 hit in 1961 with "Heartaches." The Marcels were formed in 1959 in Pittsburgh, PA and signed to Colpix Records. Cornelius Harp left in 1962, and the group continued through 1995, with some personnel changes along the way. In 1973, the original members briefly reunited and in 1975, they made several recordings, with Harp back on lead. Several group members, including Harp, reunited again in 1999 for the PBS special, "Doo Wop 50." The Marcels were inducted into the Vocal Hall of Fame in 2002.

Source: Cornelius ‘Nini’ Harp of The Marcels Passed On | Cashbox Magazine Canada

June 14, 2013: Aerosmith Members And Others Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame

The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards ceremonies were held on June 13, 2013 at New York's Marriott Marquis. This year's inductees were Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, J.D. Souther, Tony Hatch, and Holly Knight. Elton John and Bernie Taupin were also presented with the Johnny Mercer Award for lifetime achievement.

Source: Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction 2013 | Music News | Rolling Stone