October 20, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of October 13, 2013, oldies music fans mourned the passing of Maxine Powell, Motown's "Chief of Charm" and a key behind-the-scenes figure for this record label during the 1960s.
Also that week, the nominees for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced, and fans can cast their votes right here. The Zombies, Linda Ronstadt, Link Wray, Cat Stevens, Yes, KISS, Deep Purple, the Meters, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Hall and Oates, and Chic are among the list of nominees.
Mick Taylor will be joining Ronnie Wood at BluesFest 2013 which begins later this month in London. Other featured acts will include Van Morrison, Bobby Womack, Mavis Staples, and Robert Plant.
A free Bob Dylan app has just been released which is based on his latest Bootleg Series album reissue, "Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)." A long-lost Grateful Dead show from 1970 was recently discovered, and it is set to be released next month on CD and vinyl. Also, a number of specialty releases by the Doors and Bob Dylan are slated for this year's Black Friday which will take place near the end of next month.
A new Beatles biography by Mark Lewisohn titled "Beatles: Tune In," is in the works. The first volume is set to be released later this month.
Finally, Paul McCartney gave an interview on the BBC (see video below) and performed some classic Beatles tunes plus songs from his latest album, "New."
October 13, 2013: New Bob Dylan App Released
A free Bob Dylan app has just been released and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. This new app, which is based on Dylan's latest Bootleg Series album reissue, "Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)," features photos, videos, interviews, lyrics, and historical facts about the songs on this album.
October 14, 2013: Maxine Powell, Motown 's Chief Of Charm, Passes Away
Maxine Powell died on October 14, 2013 at age 98 in Southfield, MI. She was a talent agent, etiquette instructor, and a key behind-the-scenes figure at Motown during the 1960s. Known as Motown Record's "Chief of Charm," Powell instructed many of the label's then-top acts on how to walk, talk, and conduct themselves on stage.
Born Maxine Blair in Texarkana, TX, she worked as a model and actress after graduating high school. In 1945, she moved to Detroit and opened her own finishing and modeling school. She also worked as a talent agent before joining Motown in 1964. Powell's many protegees included Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and the Supremes. She left Motown in 1969 and taught classes in personal development at Wayne County Community College through the mid 1980s.
Powell was honored last August by Smokey Robinson at the Motown Museum.
October 15, 2013: Volume One Of New Beatles Biography To Be Released
Biographer Mark Lewisohn is working on a three-part biography of the Fab Four titled "Beatles: Tune In." Volume One, titled "All These Years," is due out on October 29, 2013 through Crown Archetype books. A separate and somewhat shorter version (without the endnotes) will be released later this year in the U.K. through Little, Brown and Company.
October 16, 2013: Mick Taylor To Join Ronnie Wood At BluesFest 2013
Mick Taylor, former guitarist for the Rolling Stones, will be joining Ronnie Wood and his band at BluesFest 2013 to pay tribute to the late and great Jimmy Reed. BluesFest 2013 is a music festival that will take place from October 29-November 1, 2013 at London's Royal Albert Hall. Other performers will include Van Morrison, Bobby Womack, Mavis Staples, Natalie Cole, Robert Plant, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Source: BluesFest 2013
October 16, 2013: Paul McCartney Gives Interview And Show On The BBC
Paul McCartney gave an interview on the BBC with Lauren Laverne at the Maida Vale studios where the Beatles made some of their earliest recordings. The ex-Beatle also gave a short performance that included some Beatles classic tunes and some songs from his latest album, "New."
October 16, 2013: 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced
The nominees for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, and fans can pick their five favorites right here. They are as follows:
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Deep Purple
- Peter Gabriel
- Hall and Oates
- LL Cool J
- The Meters
- The Replacements
- Linda Ronstadt
- Cat Stevens
- Link Wray
- The Zombies
October 18, 2013: Lost Grateful Dead Show To Be Released
On November 29, 2013, a long-lost, previously unreleased show by the Grateful Dead is set to be released on CD and vinyl. This show took place on April 18, 1970 in San Francisco at the Family Dog at the Great Highway. The 17-track album includes solo songs by Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, a founding member of the Grateful Dead who passed away in 1973, and rare covers of "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Silver Threads and Golden Needles."
October 18, 2013: Specialty Releases By The Doors And Bob Dylan Slated For Black Friday
A number of specialty releases by the Doors and Bob Dylan are slated for this year's Black Friday which will fall on November 29, 2013. The Doors will be releasing a limited edition vinyl LP titled "The Doors - Curated by Record Store Day" featuring handwritten track lists by Doors members, some live performances, and rare mono recordings of four previously unreleased songs. Also, Bob Dylan will be releasing a triple vinyl LP collection of non-album singles and compilation songs titled "Side Tracks." This album will also be available on CD as part of the "Complete Album Collection Vol. 1" box set.