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Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of October 20, 2013


October 28, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of October 20, 2013, oldies music fans mourned the passing of Gloria Lynne, who had a string of hits in the early 1960s that included "I Wish You Love," and Noel Harrison, famous for his version of "The Windmills of Your Mind" which was the title song from the 1968 movie, "The Thomas Crown Affair."

Also that week, one of the "mystery kids" from a 1964 photo Ringo Starr took when the Beatles first landed in America identified himself (see video below). The ex-Beatle's upcoming book, "Photograph," is set to be released this November.

An all-star concert in tribute to Gregg Allman will be taking place next January in Atlanta, GA. Also, Carlos Santana has added fifteen new show dates between November, 2013 and February, 2014. The guitar legend will be giving a show in Guadalajara, Mexico this December, and he will also be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor. The award ceremonies will be televised December 29, 2014 on CBS.

Preparations are currently being made by The Who for a remastered version of the group's classic 1969 rock opera album, "Tommy," which is set to be released next month. This December, Neil Young will be releasing "Live At The Cellar Door," a collection of recordings made in 1970 during a set of shows at the Cellar Door in Washington, D.C. Also, Santana will be releasing a new album in early 2014 titled "Corazon."

A limited-run channel on Sirius XM featuring music by David Bowie will be premiering on October 30, 2013 and playing through November 12. This show will feature never-before-heard songs from Bowie's latest album, "The Next Day" (expanded edition).

Finally, Steven Tyler is set to be the head judge at this year's Miss Universe pageant. This event, which will take place this November in Moscow, will be broadcast on NBC.


October 21, 2013: Gloria Lynne Passes Away

Gloria Lynne died of a heart attack at age 83 on October 15, 2013 in Newark, NJ. A critically acclaimed jazz singer, she is famous for "I Wish You Love" and other hits during the early 1960s.

Born Gloria Wilson in New York City, she grew up singing gospel music in church. At 15, she won the first prize at a talent show at the famous Apollo Theater. During the 1950s, she recorded with the Enchanters and the Dell-Tones, and she also recorded solo under her birth name. Beginning in 1961, Lynne had a string of hits on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts that included "Impossible" (1961), "I Should Care" (1964), "Be Anything (But Be Mine)," and her signature song, "I Wish You Love" (1964). Other hits included "You Don't Have To Be A Tower Of Strength" (1961, an answer song to Gene McDaniels' "Tower Of Strength") and a sung version of "Watermelon Man" (1965), an instrumental jazz standard by Herbie Hancock for which Lynne wrote lyrics. A versatile singer, she also recorded a number of jazz, soul, pop and R&B albums, and she performed with such top acts as Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, and Quincy Jones.

In 1995, New York City proclaimed July 25 as "Gloria Lynne Day." Her many other honors and accolades also included the International Women of Jazz Award (1996), a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation (1997), the National Treasure Award from the Seasoned Citizens Theatre Company (2003), induction into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame (2007), the Living Legend Award from the State of Pennsylvania (2007), and a special award for Outstanding Achievement In Jazz at the New York MAC Awards (2008). In 2010, Lynne was honored by Great Women In Music for her many contributions to the music industry.

Lynne's survivors include a brother and a son, Richard Alleyne.

Source: Gloria Lynne dies at 83; jazz singer known for 'I Wish You Love' - latimes.com

October 21, 2013: Neil Young To Release 1970 'Cellar Door' Concerts

On December 10, 2013, Neil Young will be releasing "Live At The Cellar Door," a collection of recordings made between November 30 and December 2, 1970 during his set of six shows at the Cellar Door, a famous club in Washington, D.C. that closed down in 1981. This 2-disc set, to be released on both 180-gram vinyl and CD, includes a rare piano version of "Cinnamon Girl" and debut performances of "Old Man" and other classic songs. "Live At The Cellar Door" is part of Young's Archive Performance Series.

Source: Neil Young Releasing 1970 'Cellar Door' Concerts | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 22, 2013: Noel Harrison Passes Away

Singer Noel Harrison died on October 19, 2013 at age 79 at his home in Devon, England following a heart attack. He became famous in the 1960s for his rendition of "The Windmills of Your Mind," the title song from the movie, "The Thomas Crown Affair." The multi-talented Harrison was also an actor and an Olympic skier, and he was the son of the famed actor, Sir Rex Harrison.

Harrison was born in London and raised in Cornwall, England. At 15, he moved with his mother to the Swiss Alps where he began ski racing. He became a member of British ski team and later competed in the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics. He also taught himself guitar at an early age and started playing professionally at age 20. In 1965, he moved to the U.S. and had two chart hits, "A Young Girl" (1965) and "Suzanne" (1967). The song for which Harrison is most famous, "The Windmills of Your Mind," became the title song for "The Thomas Crown Affair" and won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Original Song. Although Harrison's version failed to chart in the U.S., it became a Top 10 hit in the U.K.

Over the years, Harrison performed in a number of movies and touring shows, and he recorded several albums. In the late 1960s, he co-starred with Stefanie Powers in the TV spy series, "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E."

Harrison's survivors include several children and grandchildren and his wife, Lori Chapman.

Source: 'Windmills of Your Mind' singer Noel Harrison dies at 79 | Reuters

October 22, 2013: Steven Tyler To Judge This Year's Miss Universe Pageant

Steven Tyler is set to be the head judge at this year's Miss Universe pageant. This event, which will take place on November 9, 2013 at Moscow's Crocus City Hall, will be broadcast on NBC.

Source: Steven Tyler To Judge Miss Universe 2013 Pageant

October 23, 2013: Gregg Allman Tribute Concert Slated For Next January

An all-star concert in tribute to Gregg Allman is set to take place on January 10, 2014 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. Featured performers will include the Allman Brothers Band, Natalie Cole, Jackson Browne, and Trace Adkins. This event will be filmed for a future release. Tickets go on sale November 1.

Source: Gregg Allman Tribute Concert Will Feature All-Star Lineup | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 24, 2013: Santana Announces Upcoming Album And Concert

Carlos Santana will be releasing a new album in early 2014 titled "Corazon." He is also set to give a show at the Vicente Fernandez Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he and his band will be performing some songs from this album. He will be joined by Gloria Estefan, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and other bands and artists, some of whom are collaborating with Santana on some of the tracks on his new album.

Source: Santana Announces New Album, Concert in Mexico | Billboard

October 24, 2013: All-Bowie Channel To Premiere On Sirius XM

A limited-run channel on Sirius XM featuring music by David Bowie will be premiering on October 30, 2013 and playing through November 12. Sirius XM will play five never-before-heard songs from Bowie's latest album, "The Next Day" (expanded edition), plus demos, rare performances, and covers.

Source: David Bowie Channel Coming to Sirius XM | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 24, 2013: Mystery Kids In 1964 Ringo Starr Photo Possibly Identified

In making preparations for his upcoming photography book, "Photograph," Ringo Starr came across a photo he took in 1964 during the Beatles first trip to the US of several unidentified kids in a car. Starr wondered who these kids were, and Genesis Publications, Starr's book publisher, began a search earlier this week. A Boston attorney came forward and said he recognized the kids in the photo as his former classmates at Fair Lawn Senior High School in New Jersey. Besides this photo, Starr's book, which is set to be released this November, also includes some 250 other photos taken over his entire life. Each copy of this limited edition book is signed by the former Beatle, and proceeds will go to the Lotus Foundation.

Source: Mystery solved? Kids in Ringo Starr photograph may not be from Miami - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

October 24, 2013: Carlos Santana To Extend Las Vegas Residency And Receive Kennedy Center Honor

Carlos Santana's current Las Vegas residency has been extended into 2014. Fifteen show dates between November 8, 2013 and February 1, 2014 have been added to his itinerary. In addition, he is set to give a show on December 14 at Guadalajara, Mexico's Arena VFG. The guitar legend will also be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor this December. The award ceremonies will be televised December 29, 2014 on CBS.

Source: Carlos Santana To Continue Las Vegas Residency At Mandalay Bay

October 25, 2013: The Who To Release Remastered 'Tommy' Box Set

Preparations are currently being made by The Who for a remastered version of the group's classic 1969 rock opera album, "Tommy." It is set to be released on November 12, 2013 as a box set in both Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions. The latter edition will include the original album remastered in HD, plus many previously unreleased tracks and a book of rare photos and other memorabilia.

Source: The Who Reveal Details Of Tommy Box Set

October 25, 2013: 'Mystery Kid' From Ringo Starr's 1964 Photo Interviewed On CBS

Ben Tracy of CBS interviewed Ringo Starr about his upcoming book, "Photograph." Tracy also interviewed Charlie Schwartz who identified himself as one of the "mystery kids" in the Ringo Starr photo taken in 1964 when the Beatles first arrived to America. Along with several friends, Schwartz skipped school to see the Beatles arrive at JFK Airport. They couldn't get in and headed home, but they did manage to pull up alongside one of the limos in which the Beatles were riding. They got a good look at the Fab Four - who also got a good look at the teens - which was when Ringo took his now-famous shot.

Source: Ringo Starr photo mystery solved nearly 50 years later - CBS News Video