May 12, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of May 5, 2013, Cher's mother, Georgia Holt, made her debut on the Billboard charts with an album she had originally recorded in 1980. Also, a documentary about Holt, entitled "Dear Mom, Love Cher," premiered on Lifetime TV.
Also this week, it was announced that a biopic about Aretha Franklin is in the works. There is no word yet about who will be playing the Queen of Soul.
Heart is scheduled to perform at the Bumbershoot Festival this summer, and an all-star tribute concert for George Jones, who passed away in April, will be taking place in Nashville this November. Aerosmith was slated to give a concert in Indonesia later this month, but this show was cancelled after a bomb threat. Also, the Beatles-based musical, "Let It Be," will be heading to Broadway this June.
Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, and Chuck Lorre are currently working on a musical, and Bruce Springsteen and the Dropkick Murphys are putting together a new single to raise funds for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Rolling Stones released a box set, "Brussels Affair," some Donovan classics were recently reissued on vinyl, and a Doors iPad app was released.
Also this week, various oldies memorabilia made the news. An ABBA museum recently opened In Stockholm, a rare Beatles guitar will be going up for auction, and a telegram dating back to 1969 from Jimi Hendrix to Paul McCartney resurfaced.
Finally, Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez received an honorary doctorate from Wayne State University. Rodriguez is a critically acclaimed folk singer from the late 1960s-early 1970s who was virtually unknown in the U.S. until a documentary about him was released in 2012.
May 5, 2013: Aerosmith Cancels Concert In Indonesian After Bomb Threat
Aerosmith was slated to give a concert in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 11. 2013. The band cancelled this show after it was announced by the Indonesian government that two alleged terrorists planning to bomb the embassy had been arrested.
May 6, 2013: Documentary About Cher's Mother Premiered On Lifetime TV
A documentary about Cher's mother, entitled "Dear Mom, Love Cher," aired on Lifetime TV on May 6, 2013. There were a number of surprising revelations about her, such as she is a fine singer much like Cher, who she had almost decided to abort. Also, much like her daughter, she is amazingly well preserved.
May 6, 2013: Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville And More Perform At New Orleans Jazz Fest
This year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival took place from April 26 through May 5, 2013. Highlights included Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Hall & Oates, and New Orleans native Aaron Neville who has closed this festival every year since 1990 with performances celebrating New Orleans' rich R&B history. Neville performance this year included some of his classic hits from the late 1960s and some newer songs.
May 6, 2013: Heart To Play Bumbershoot Festival
Heart is scheduled to perform at the 42nd annual Bumbershoot Festival which will be held from August 31-September 2, 2013 at the Seattle Center in Washington. The band will make its appearance on August 31. Other acts will include Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Eric Burdon, and the Zombies.
May 7, 2013: ABBA Museum Opens In Stockholm
A museum of ABBA memorabilia just opened in Stockholm, Sweden. Although Abba split up in 1983, this band continues to maintain a huge following worldwide.
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May 7, 2013: Donovan Classics To Be Reissued On Vinyl
Three Donovan classics from the 1960s - "Mellow Yellow," "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man" - will be reissued by Sundazed Music on high-quality vinyl. These new recordings are slated to be released on May 21, 2013.
May 7, 2013: Doors iPad App Is Released
A new iPod app has just been released that chronicles the history of the Doors. Compiled by Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, this app tells the story of the Doors in graphic detail through photos, FBI documents, court transcripts, interviews, cartoons, essays, and concert footage.
May 7, 2013: All-Star Tribute Concert For George Jones To Take Place
A George Jones concert was originally scheduled to take place this November in Nashville, but since his passing on April 26, 2013, this event will be turned into a concert that will pay tribute to the late legendary country star. Among those slated to perform are Travis Tritt, Jamey Johnson, the Oak Ridge Boys, Sam Moore, and Montgomery Gentry. This concert will take place November 22, 2013 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
May 7, 2013: Rolling Stones Release 'Brussels Affair' Box Set
The Rolling Stones have just released a box set, "Brussels Affair." This set, which comes on 180-gram vinyl, includes a recording of the band's show at Brussels, Belgium's Forest Hills Arena which took place on October 17, 1973 as part of a European tour to support the "Goats Head Soup" album. Also included in this set, which is priced at $750, are a tour lithograph, a tongue-and-lips-styled watch, and a limited-edition book of tour photos (some of which are signed by Mick Jagger).
May 7, 2013: Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, And Chuck Lorre Working On Musical
Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, and TV sitcom writer Chuck Lorre are working on a musical based on the 1998 album by Bacharach and Costello, "Painted From Memory." Lorre will be writing a story to go with the music on this album. Bacharach and Costello will also be writing new music for this show, which they hope makes it to Broadway.
May 8, 2013: Bruce Springsteen And The Dropkick Murphys Working On New Single
Bruce Springsteen and the Dropkick Murphys are working on a new single to raise money to aid victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. This song will be a re-recording of the Dropkick Murphys' "Rose Tattoo" which will be released on iTunes.
May 8, 2013: Beatles' Musical Heads To Broadway This Summer
The Beatles-inspired musical, "Let It Be," is scheduled to preview on July 16, 2013 at New York's St James Theatre where it will officially open on July 24. This show, which includes many of the Fab Four's classic hits, covers the Beatles from their very beginnings through their rise to international fame.
May 9, 2013: Beatles Guitar To Go Up For Auction
A guitar played by both George Harrison and John Lennon (one of very few) will be going up for auction on May 18, 2013 at New York's Julien's Auctions. Lennon gave this guitar to his friend Alex Mardas in 1967. This rare guitar is estimated to bring in a whopping $200,000-$300,000.
May 9, 2013: Cher's Mother Makes Chart Debut
Georgia Holt, the mother of Cher, made her debut on the Billboard charts at age 86 with her album, "Honky Tonk Woman." This album, which was originally recorded in 1980 but shelved until the tapes were discovered in Holt's garage, debuted at #13 on Heatseekers Albums and #43 on Top Country Albums. Highlights of this 10-track album include original songs by Holt and a duet with daughter Cher.
May 9, 2013: 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez Receives Honorary Doctorate
Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez received an honorary doctorate from Wayne State University, his alma mater, during the school's commencement ceremonies. A native of Detroit, Rodriguez is a critically acclaimed folk singer from the late 1960s-early 1970s who was virtually unknown in the U.S. until fairly recently. By the mid 1970s, he had became a legend in South Africa, unbeknownst to himself or anyone else in the U.S., until a documentary was made about him by Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul.
May 10, 2013: 1969 Jimi Hendrix Telegram To Paul McCartney Resurfaces
A telegram dating from 1969 sent by Jimi Hendrix to Paul McCartney contains a message in which the guitar legend asked the then-current Beatle member if he would like to play bass with him and Miles Davis. Davis and Hendrix began work on an album that year, but this project was cut short in 1970 by Hendrix's unexpected death. Another musician who would have been a part of this supergroup was famed jazz drummer Tony Williams.
May 10, 2013: Aretha Franklin Biopic Is In The Works
A biopic about Aretha Franklin is currently in the planning stages. Many details still have yet to be worked out, such as the decision about who will be playing the Queen of Soul.
April 20, 2013: New CD Release: Time - Rod Stewart
"Time" is a long-awaited collection of songs written and performed by Rod Stewart, his first new material in almost two decades. For more information and to purchase this CD, go to amazon.com.