September 8, 2014 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 31, 2014, HBO announced the TV debut of "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown." This new documentary about the late and great "Godfather of Soul" is set to air on October 27.
Cher, who is currently on tour, has recently added some new show dates for November. Also, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced a preliminary lineup for its upcoming Everly Brothers tribute concert which takes place on October 25.
Box sets by George Harrison ("The Apple Years 1968-75") and Barry White ("Barry White: 5 Classic Albums") are due out later this month. A Captain Beefheart box set titled "Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972" is also scheduled to be released this November.
Also that week, Ringo Starr and Van Morrison were among those who received Men of the Year awards from Britain's GQ Magazine. It was also announced that Al Green and Sting will be honored with this year's prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The honorary gala ceremonies will take place on December 7 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and will be broadcast December 30 on CBS.
Finally, a lost song titled "Dig Dug" recorded by Chubby Checker in 1982 for Atari was found by the son of a former Atari executive (see video below).
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
September 2, 2014: George Harrison Box Set Due Out In Late September
A George Harrison box set titled "The Apple Years 1968-75" is due out on September 23, 2014. This 8-disc collection includes the late Beatle's first six solo studio albums from 1968-1975 plus a book, previously unpublished photos, essays, and DVD with a never-before-seen film directed by Olivia Harrison.
September 2, 2014: Barry White Box Set Due Out In Late September
A Barry White box set titled "Barry White: 5 Classic Albums" is set to be released on September 30, 2014 on what would have been the legendary singer's 70th birthday. This collection, which includes many of his biggest hits, is made up of the albums "I've Got So Much to Give" (1973), "Stone Gon'" (1973), "Can't Get Enough" (1974), "Just Another Way To Say I Love You" (1975), and "Let The Music Play" (1976).
September 2, 2014: Cher Adds More Show Dates
Cher has recently added some November dates to her "Dressed to Kill" tour. The new shows are set to take place in Bossier City, LA, Charleston, SC, and Lubbock, Austin and Corpus Christi, TX. Pre-sales for the newly-scheduled shows begin September 10.
September 3, 2014: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Announces Preliminary Lineup For Everly Brothers Tribute Concert
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced a preliminary lineup for its upcoming Everly Brothers tribute concert which is set to take place on October 25, 2014. Graham Nash and Peter Asher (of Peter and Gordon) are among the featured performers, and Don Everly will also be appearing to accept the Annual Music Masters honor. Other featured bands and artists will be announced later.
Source: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Announces the Initial Tribute Concert Lineup and Additional Events for the 19th Annual Music Masters® Series Honoring the Everly Brothers | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
September 3, 2014: Ringo Starr, Van Morrison Receive 'GQ' Men of the Year Awards
Ringo Starr and Van Morrison were among those who received Men of the Year awards from Britain's GQ Magazine. The award ceremonies took place on September 2, 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London. Starr was given the Humanitarian prize for his work with the David Lynch Foundation, and Morrison received the Legend award in recognition of his long and distinguished music career.
September 4, 2014: Al Green, Sting To Receive Kennedy Center Honors
Al Green and Sting are among those who will be receiving this year's prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The awards will be presented on December 6, 2014 at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry. The honorary gala ceremonies will take place on December 7 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and will be broadcast December 30 on CBS. Prior to the ceremonies, the honorees will visit with President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
September 4, 2014: Captain Beefheart Box Set To Be Released
A Captain Beefheart box set titled "Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 To 1972" is due out on November 11, 2014. This 4-disc collection includes three albums from the early 1970s by the legendary avant garde musician plus 14 previously unreleased outtakes.
September 4, 2014: HBO To Debut New James Brown Documentary
HBO is set to debut "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown," a new documentary about the late and great "Godfather of Soul" produced by Mick Jagger. This film, which includes never-before-seen footage and interviews, airs on October 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM.
September 4, 2014: Lost Song By Chubby Checker Resurfaces
A lost song titled "Dig Dug" recorded by Chubby Checker in 1982 for Atari was found on a cassette tape by Matt Osborne, the son of a former Atari executive. The song had been given to Atari for a commercial to help promote the Atari video game, "Dig Dug," but it was never used.