Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 1, 2013

September 8, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 1, 2013, the Beach Boys made headlines when they accidentally interrupted a wedding in Cleveland with a sound check of "God Only Knows" for an upcoming concert just as the couple was exchanging vows. When the Beach Boys found out about this, they invited the newlyweds and their guests to the concert, and the bride was brought onstage for the encore. The happy couple made "God Only Knows" their special song (see video below).

Congratulations go to Elton John who received two honors that week: the Brits Icon Award and GQ Magazine's Genius Award. It was also announced that the Rolling Stones will be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during their 18th Annual Music Masters series. This event will take place the week of October 21, 2013.

A new box set by Rod Stewart, "Rarities," will be coming out early this month. Ringo Starr will also be releasing a children's book this October, "Octopus's Garden," which will include a CD of a previously unheard version of the famous song by the same name. William Shatner, who made a splash in the late 1960s with his unique renditions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," will be releasing an album this October of all new original material. Also, an album by David Rotheray of answer songs to various classic oldies tunes (e.g., Elton John's "Daniel," Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones," Rod Stewart's "Maggie May") will be coming out this October.

The 2013 BluesFest in London will be taking place at the Royal Albert Hall starting October 29, 2013. Featured acts will include Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bobby Womack, Natalie Cole, Robert Plant, and Ronnie Wood.

Finally, Neil Young announced a new online music streaming service called PONO which is reportedly of higher quality. PONO is expected to come out early next year.



September 1, 2013: Ringo Starr To Publish Children's Book With A Previously Unheard Version Of 'Octopus's Garden'

Ringo Starr will be releasing a children's book this October to be published by Simon & Schuster. This book, entitled "Octopus's Garden," will include a CD of Starr reading the story and singing a previously unheard version of the song by the same name.

Source: Ringo Starr Children's Book To Include Unheard Version Of 'Octopus's Garden'

September 2, 2013: Beach Boys Sound Check Interrupts Cleveland Wedding

As Mark Kent and Jaime Diadium of Cleveland, OH were exchanging vows, a few bars of the Beach Boys "God Only Knows" could be heard from the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica amphitheater next door where a Beach Boys concert was to take place later that day. When the Beach Boys found out about this, they invited the newlyweds and their guests to the concert. The bride was brought onstage for the encore where she played the tambourine as the band performed "Fun, Fun, Fun."

Source: Beach Boys Sound Check Interrupts Ohio Wedding - ABC News

September 2, 2013: Rod Stewart To Release New Album With New Version of 'Maggie May'

On September 3, 2013, Rod Stewart will be releasing a new box set, "Rarities." This 2-disc collection includes various non-LP singles, B-sides, covers, and studio outtakes, plus alternative versions of hit songs. One of this album main highlights is a previously unreleased version of "Maggie May" performed on BBC Radio One in which guitarist Ronnie Wood transforms the mandolin solo into a blistering guitar performance.

Source: Stream Rod Stewart's Live Version of 'Maggie May' | Music News | Rolling Stone

September 2, 2013: William Shatner To Release New Album

In the late 1960s, William Shatner made his first foray into music by unleashing his own unique renditions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," which met with mixed reviews. Since then, the famed and highly affable Canadian actor has recorded several albums that include "The Transformed Man" (1968), "Has Been" (2004) and "Seeking Major Tom" (2011). His latest album, "Ponder The Mystery," is scheduled to be released on October 8, 2013. The lyrics for all the songs on "Ponder The Mystery" were written by Shatner who recorded this album with country music star Vince Gill, guitarist Steve Vai, and Mick Jones of Foreigner.

Source: Shatner boldly goes with new concept album - RTÉ Ten

September 3, 2013: Elton John Receives Brits Icon Award

On September 2, 2013, Elton John was honored with the first-ever Brits Icon award given to those artists who are considered to have a lasting impact on U.K. culture. The ceremonies took place at London's Palladium where Rod Stewart presented Elton John with the award. As part of this event, Elton John performed a nine-song set that included "Rocket Man" and other hits plus "Mexican Vacation," the new single from his upcoming album, "The Diving Board."

Source: Elton John Receives Inaugural Brits Icon Award | Music News | Rolling Stone

September 4, 2013: Ronnie Wood To Close London's 2013 BluesFest

The 2013 BluesFest in London is scheduled to take place at the Royal Albert Hall from October 29-November 1, 2013. Featured bands and artists will include Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bobby Womack, Natalie Cole and Robert Plant, and the fest will close with the Ronnie Wood Band.

Source: Ronnie Wood To Close Out London Bluesfest

September 4, 2013: New Answers Songs Album To Be Released This October

"Answer Ballads," a new album of answer songs by David Rotheray, is scheduled to be released on October 14, 2013 by Navigator Records. This album takes many oldies classics and updates the listener on what is happening with the main subject of the target song. Songs that have answer songs on this album include Dolly Parton's "Jolene," Elton John's "Daniel," Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones," Rod Stewart's "Maggie May," Dr Hook's "Sylvia's Mother," Chuck Berry's "Little Marie," and "Roxanne" by the Police. Rotheray wrote the lyrics for the answer songs and collaborated with folk singers Eliza Carthy and Bella Hardy and other musicians on the music.

Source: Whatever happened to music's Jolene, Roxanne and Mrs. Jones? | Reuters

September 5, 2013: Elton John Receives GQ Magazine's Genius Award

This year's GQ Men of the Year Awards took place in London on September 3, 2013, and Elton John received the magazine's Genius Award. Other GQ Magazine award winners included Roger Daltrey (Editor's Choice Award) and Lou Reed (Inspiration).

Source: Elton John Attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards

September 5, 2013: Rolling Stones To Be Honored At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

From October 21-26, 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will pay tribute to the Rolling Stones during the 18th Annual Music Masters series "Itís Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones." This event will feature interviews, panel discussions, lectures and other educational programs, and a tribute concert on October 26 featuring many top artists, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan. Tickets to the tribute concert go on sale starting September 16. (For more info, go to playhousesquare.org.)

Source: Rolling Stones named Rock Hall's 2013 Music Masters honoree - latimes.com

September 5, 2013: Neil Young To Offer New Music Streaming Service

Neil Young will soon be offering a new online music streaming service called PONO which is reportedly of higher quality and more appealing to audiophiles. This service, which is expected to become available early next year, will come with its own music player and library. PONO currently has a content deal with Warner Music and is working on similar arrangements with Universal and Sony.

Source: Neil Young sets 2014 launch for digital music service PONO - latimes.com