October 20, 2014 by Amy Gold
During the week of October 12, 2014, oldies fans bade a final farewell to Manhattan Transfer singer and founder, Tim Hauser.
Also that week, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its nominees for next year's inductees. Among them are Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Steve Miller, Steve Winwood, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, and Harry Wayne Casey of K.C. and the Sunshine Band.
Smokey Robinson, Journey, and Styx are among those scheduled to give shows on the Carnival cruise next year as part of this liner's second annual LIVE Concert Series. Also, it was announced that next year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be taking place June 11-14, 2015 in Manchester, TN.
Later this month, the Marshall Tucker Band is set to release "Live from Englishtown" which features a concert from 1977 in Englishtown, NJ. This November, Joni Mitchell will be releasing a career-spanning box set titled "Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced." Aerosmith will soon be re-releasing "Baying At The Moon" which features a concert that took place on March 28, 1978 in Boston. Also, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and the Kinks are among those who will be offering limited-edition vinyl recordings at the 2014 Record Store Day Sale which will be taking place this coming Black Friday (November 28, 2014).
Also that week, it was announced that Stevie Nicks' latest album, "24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault," debuted the previous week at #7 on the Billboard 200, making it her 6th album to debut in the Top 10 for that chart. Also, the late and great John Denver will be honored later this month with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart join Foo Fighters for a cover of their 1977 hit, "Kick It Out," on the David Letterman Show (Oct. 14, 2014).
October 13, 2014: Smokey Robinson, Journey, Styx Among Those To Perform On 2015 Carnival Cruise
Smokey Robinson, Journey, and Styx are among the bands and artists scheduled to give shows on the Carnival cruise next year as part of this liner's second annual LIVE Concert Series. Robinson's shows will take place April 21-23, 2014 in Cozumel, Mexico. Journey will perform on March 18-19 on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Styx on July 16-18 and 20 on Nassau in the Bahamas.
October 14, 2014: Aerosmith 1978 Bootleg Album To Be Released On Vinyl
Aerosmith will soon be re-releasing "Baying At The Moon" as a 2-LP limited edition set. This album, which was available only as a bootleg for many years, features a concert in Boston from March 28, 1978 that the band gave to support its "Draw The Line" album. Included in this 19-track collection are old familiar favorites such "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion," plus other lesser known songs.
October 15, 2014: Stevie Nicks' Latest Album Makes Debut In Top 10 Of Billboard 200
Stevie Nicks' latest solo album, "24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault," made its debut last week at #7 on the Billboard 200. This album is a collection of new versions of songs Nicks wrote early in her career. "24 Karat Gold" is the 6th album to debut in the Top 10 for the Fleetwood Mac singer.
October 15, 2014: Joni Mitchell To Release Career-Spanning Box Set
On November 17, 2014, Joni Mitchell will be releasing a 4-disc set titled "Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced." Highlights of this 53-song collection, which spans her entire career, include the classic "Both Sides Now" plus "Not To Blame," "River," and "Carey."
October 15, 2014: David Bowie, The Kinks, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix Among Those Featured At 2014 Record Store Day Sale
David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and the Kinks are among the many bands and artists to be offering limited-edition vinyl recordings at the 2014 Record Store Day Sale which will be taking place this coming Black Friday on November 28, 2014. Bowie will be offering a single, "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," b/w "Tis A Pity She's A Whore." The Kinks will be offering a double LP of their 1971 album, "Muswell Hillbillies." Also among this year's Record Store Day offerings are a 2-LP set titled "Showroom Internationale" of performances by Elvis Presley from an August, 1970 concert in Las Vegas, and another 2-LP set titled "Hear My Music" of performances by Jimi Hendrix from 1969.
October 16, 2014: Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2015 Nominees
The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for next year's inductees. Among them are Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Steve Miller, Steve Winwood, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, and Harry Wayne Casey of K.C. and the Sunshine Band. The list will be finalized this December, and the award ceremonies will be held on June 18, 2015 in NYC.
October 16, 2014: Marshall Tucker Band To Release 1977 Live Album
Later this month, the Marshall Tucker Band will be releasing "Live from Englishtown" which features the band's live performance from 1977 in an outdoor show that took place in Englishtown, NJ. This collection includes "Heard It In A Love Song," "Can't You See," and other familiar favorites.
October 16, 2014: 2015 Bonnaroo Festival Dates Announced
Next year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be taking place June 11-14, 2015 in Manchester, TN. The lineup has not yet been announced.
October 17, 2014: John Denver To Receive Posthumous Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
On October 24, 2014, the late and great John Denver, who died in 1997 at age 53 in a plane crash, will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremonies will take place at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard and will be streamed live on WalkofFame.com. Also, an exhibit titled "Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver" is set to open that day at the Substrate Gallery in Hollywood.
October 17, 2014: Manhattan Transfer Singer And Founder Tim Hauser Passes Away
Tim Hauser died on October 16, 2014 at age 72 in a hospital in Sayre, PA after previously suffering a heart attack. He was the founder of the Manhattan Transfer, a jazz-pop vocal group first formed in 1969 and re-formed in 1972, and he remained with the group throughout most of the rest of his life.
He was born in Troy, NY and raised on the Jersey Shore. At age 15, he formed a doo-wop group known as The Criterions. After graduating from Villanova University in 1963, he served in the United States Air Force and the New Jersey Air National Guard before beginning a career in marketing in 1965.
In 1969, Hauser co-founded the first incarnation of the Manhattan Transfer, a mostly country/R&B group which recorded one album, "Jukin'," before disbanding in the early 1970s. In 1972, he re-formed the Manhattan Transfer with an entirely new lineup and different musical style. The Manhattan Transfer debuted on the pop charts in 1975 with "Operator" and had a string of hits through 1985 that included "Twilight Zone" (1980), "Trickle Trickle" (1980), and the group's best known song, "Boy From New York City" (1981). The Manhattan Transfer's many awards and accolades include ten Grammys, and the group has continued recording, performing, and touring over the years.
Hauser is survived by his wife, Barb, a son, and a daughter.