May 4, 2014 by Amy Gold
During the week of April 27, 2014, oldies fans mourned the passing of Larry Ramos of the Association and Paul Goddard of the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
Also that week, Willie Nelson became among the first to be inducted into the newly established Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. (See below for a video of Nelson performing "Whiskey River" on "Austin City Limits" when this show first aired on TV 40 years ago.)
A new covers album of songs by the late and great J.J. Cale featuring Eric Clapton and other performers will be coming out this June. Also, Carlos Santana revealed that he and some original members of his band have begun recording "Santana IV," the long-awaited sequel to the 1971 classic, "Santana III."
Deep Purple and the Moody Blues will be launching tours in North America this August, and Paul McCartney has also added more U.S. shows for that month as part of his ongoing "Out There" tour. Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Wilco, and Grateful Dead co-founder Phil Lesh will be headlining the Lockn' Fest in Central Virginia which is set to take place this September. Rod Stewart, who has been in residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas since 2011, has added a new series of shows for this fall. Also, Elton John announced that he will be headlining a concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center this coming New Year's Eve.
This June, Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone" will be going up for auction at Sotheby's. This rare collectible is expected to bring in between $1-2 million.
This coming 4th of July weekend, the Beatles' movie, "A Hard Day's Night," will be coming out in theaters nationwide to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its debut. This classic film has been digitally restored and the soundtrack has been remastered.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
April 27, 2014: Willie Nelson Inducted Into Austin City Limits Hall of Fame
On April 26, 2014, country legend Willie Nelson became one of the first to be inducted into the newly established Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Oscar winner and fellow native Texan Matthew McConaughey inducted Nelson at the award ceremonies which took place at the show's original soundstage at the University of Texas at Austin. Nelson was among the first to perform on "Austin City Limits" which made its TV debut 40 years ago.
April 28, 2014: Paul McCartney Schedules More U.S. Shows
Paul McCartney announced that he has added more U.S. shows as part of his ongoing "Out There" tour. These shows will take place on August 5, 2014 Missoula, MT and on August 12 in Phoenix, AZ. For more info and a complete list of shows, go to paulmccartney.com.
April 28, 2014: The Beatles' 'A Hard Day's Night' Returns To Movie Theaters
This coming 4th of July weekend, the Beatles' movie, "A Hard Day's Night," will return to theaters across the country in celebration of its 50th anniversary. This classic comedy musical has been digitally restored, and the soundtrack has been remastered for 5.1 sound systems.
April 29, 2014: Rod Stewart Extends Las Vegas Residency
Rod Stewart announced a new series of shows from September 20 through November 23, 2014 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, with possible additional show dates for 2015. Stewart, who has been performing at the Colosseum since 2011, also has a series of spring shows lined up through May 17.
April 30, 2014: Willie Nelson, Wilco, Phil Lesh, Tom Petty To Headline Lockn' Fest
Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Wilco, and Grateful Dead co-founder Phil Lesh will be headlining this year's Lockn' Fest which will be held from September 4-7, 2014 at Oak Ridge Farm in Central Virginia in the Blue Ridge mountains. Other featured performers include Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir and the Allman Brothers Band.
April 30, 2014: Paul Goddard Of Atlanta Rhythm Section Passes Away
Acclaimed bassist Paul Goddard died on April 29, 2014 in Atlanta, GA at age 68 after battling cancer. He was a co-founder of the Atlanta Rhythm Section and played with the band from 1971 through the mid 1980s. He rejoined ARS in 2011 and remained with the band until his passing. He can be heard on "So Into You," "Imaginary Lover," and many other classic ARS hits. Goddard's performance of "Another Man’s Woman" on the 1979 live album "Are You Ready!" was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top five bass solos of all time.
April 30, 2014: Eric Clapton Pays Tribute To J.J. Cale In A Covers Album
Eric Clapton has put together an album of covers of songs by the late and great J.J. Cale titled "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale." This album, which is due out on July 29, 2014, contains 16 tracks performed by Clapton, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, John Mayer, and other artists.
April 30, 2014: Elton John To Perform New Year's Eve In Brooklyn
Elton John announced that he will be headlining a concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center this coming New Year's Eve. His program will include classic songs spanning his long career and also feature tracks from his recently reissued "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album. Tickets for this event go on sale this September.
May 1, 2014: Bob Dylan's Handwritten 'Like a Rolling Stone' Lyrics To Go Up For Auction
On June 24, 2014, Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for his 1965 masterpiece, "Like a Rolling Stone," will be going up for auction at Sotheby's in New York City. This rare memorabilia item is expected to bring in between $1-2 million. Lyrics for Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" will also be going up for auction along with other collectibles such as Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley concert posters.
May 1, 2014: Moody Blues To Launch North American Summer Tour
The Moody Blues, who are currently on tour in North America, will be launching another leg on August 1, 2014 in Syracuse, NY which runs through September 5 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL. At present, the band has over two dozen shows scheduled from May through September covering most of the Northeastern states and Ontario, Canada.
May 2, 2014: Larry Ramos Of The Association Passes Away
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Larry Ramos died on April 30, 2014 at age 72 of melanoma. A longtime member of the Association, he sang and played guitar for the group from 1967 through early 2014. He can be heard singing co-lead on two of the group's greatest hits, "Windy" and "Never My Love."
He was born Hilario Ramos in Kauai, Hawaii and got an early start in music winning a talent contest at age five. As a child, he had performed on Arthur Godfrey on both radio and TV. When he was in his teens, he became a member of the touring company for "The King And I" starring Yul Brynner. In 1962, he became a member of the New Christy Minstrels and played with this group for four years before joining the Association.
On February 24, 2014, Ramos gave his final show with the Association at the Blue Fox Theater in Grangeville, ID. His survivors include a daughter, Tracy.
May 2, 2014: 'Santana IV' Album In The Works
Carlos Santana, who is set to release "Corazon" on May 6, 2014, announced that he and some original Santana band members have begun recording "Santana IV." This album will be a long-awaited sequel to "Santana III" which was released in 1971.
May 3, 2014: Deep Purple To Tour North America
On August 5, 2014, Deep Purple will be launching a North American tour that kicks off in Ventura, CA and ends on August 31 in Hollywood, FL. Before that, the band is set to perform a series of shows in Europe this spring and summer. For more info and tickets, go to deeppurple.com.