August 10, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 2, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to 1960s U.K. pop star Cilla Black and famed producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill. Black had a Top 40 hit in the U.S. with "You're My World" and also charted with "It's For You" and "Alfie." A major influence on the "countrypolitan" sound that became popular in the late 1960s, Sherrill co-wrote many classic oldies pop and country hits, including David Houston's "Almost Persuaded," Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," and Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors."
Also that week, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band bade Jon Stewart farewell on his final show as host of The Daily Show with a performance of "Land Of Hope And Dreams" and "Born To Run."
This September, Rod Stewart and other surviving members of The Faces will be giving a concert at the Rock 'N' Horsepower charity event in Ewhurst, U.K. In October, Dr. John and other artists will pay tribute to Bill Withers in a concert at Carnegie Hall dubbed "Lean On Him: A Tribute To Bill Withers." Also that month, Elton John will be giving a concert at the 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX. Dave Davies of The Kinks also announced that he will he adding more show dates to his upcoming U.S. fall tour.
This September, Alice Cooper will be releasing a new tribute compilation album titled "Hollywood Vampires." This October, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons will be releasing his first solo album, "Perfectamundo." A new Elvis Presley album titled "If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" is also due out that month.
Also that week, it was announced that the documentary, "Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church," will be making its premiere on Showtime this September. John Fogerty will be making an appearance as a mentor on NBC's "The Voice" this fall. Also, "Vinyl," a new TV series co-produced by Mick Jagger centered around the music business in New York City during the 1970s, will be making its premiere on HBO sometime in 2016.
Finally, Don Henley will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. The awards ceremonies are set to take place this September in Nashville and will be shown on PBS sometime later this year.
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John Fogerty performs excerpts from "Born On The Bayou," "Bad Moon Rising," and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" with Sawyer Fredericks on NBC's "The Voice."
August 3, 2015: Bill Withers Tribute Concert To Take Place At Carnegie Hall
On October 1, 2015, Dr. John, Sheryl Crow, and other top artists will pay tribute to Bill Withers in a concert at Carnegie Hall. Dubbed "Lean On Him: A Tribute To Bill Withers," the program will consist of a performance of Withers' 1973 live album in its entirely and include such classics as "Lean On Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine." For more info and tickets, visit Musicof.org.
August 3, 2015: Billy Gibbons Of ZZ Top To Release Solo Album
On October 23, 2015, long-time ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons will be releasing his first solo album. Titled "Perfectamundo," this collection features new original songs with a more Latin feel, as suggested by the album title. Other highlights include a cover of "Treat Her Right" by Roy Head.
August 3, 2015: Don Henley To Receive Americana Music Award
Don Henley is among those who will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. The awards ceremonies are set to take place on September 16, 2015 in Nashville and will be shown on PBS sometime later this year. The Eagles co-founder will also be releasing a new album later that month and, in October, will be launching a tour in the U.S. and Canada.
August 3, 2015: New Hendrix Documentary To Premiere On Showtime
On September 4, 2015, a new documentary about the late and great Jimi Hendrix will be making its premiere on Showtime. Titled "Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church," this film captures Hendrix's performance at the July, 1070 Atlanta Pop Music Festival of such classics as "Purple Haze," "Hey Joe," and "The Star-Spangled Banner." Other highlights include interviews and rare footage.
August 3, 2015: New HBO Series Co-Produced By Mick Jagger To Air On HBO In 2016
A new TV series titled "Vinyl" will be making its premiere on HBO sometime in 2016. Produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, this upcoming program is centered around the music business in New York City during the 1970s when punk rock and disco were becoming increasingly popular. Among the show's cast members are Ray Romano and Jagger's son, James, who will play Kip Stevens, the frontman of an early punk rock band.
August 3, 2015: John Fogerty To Be A Mentor On 'The Voice'
John Fogerty will be making an appearance as a mentor to Adam Levine on the new season of "The Voice," a singing competition reality TV series that began airing on NBC in 2011. The new season of "The Voice" is set to premiere on September 21, 2015. Fogerty appeared in the finale of the previous season of this show, performing "Bad Moon Rising" and other CCR classics with winner Sawyer Fredericks.
August 4, 2015: 1960s UK Pop Star Cilla Black Passes Away
Famed 1960s UK pop star, actress, and beloved TV personality Cilla Black died of a stroke on August 1, 2015 at age 72 at her home in Estepona, Spain. Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool, England, she was discovered by the Beatles in her teens and signed on by Brian Epstein. In 1963, she burst onto the UK pop music scene and had a string of hits lasting through 1993, with eleven UK Top 10 hits between 1964-1971. Her best known songs, "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "You're My World," both topped the UK charts in 1964. The latter song also became a Top 40 hit in the U.S. where she also charted with "It's For You" (1964), "Is It Love?" (1965), and "Alfie" (1966). From 1968-1976, she was the host of the popular BBC variety show, "Cilla." During the mid 1970s, she appeared in a number of British TV sitcoms and later hosted the long-running hit entertainment shows, "Blind Date" (1985-2003) and "Surprise Surprise" (1984-2001).
August 4, 2015: Famed Producer And Songwriter Billy Sherrill Passes Away
Famed producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill died in Nashville, TN on August 4, 2015 at age 78 after a short illness. He is best known for his many contributions to country music and was a major influence on the "countrypolitan" sound, a smooth fusion of pop and country music that became popular during the late 1960s. Most famously, he co-wrote Tammy Wynette's signature song, "Stand By Your Man," and produced George Jones' award-winning "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Sherrill's first major career milestone was with David Houston for whom he co-wrote "Livin' In A House Full Of Love" and "Almost Persuaded," the latter of which topped the Country charts in 1966 and won a Grammy for Best Country and Western Song. He co-wrote many hits for Charlie Rich, including "Behind Closed Doors," "The Most Beautiful Girl," and "A Very Special Love Song," the latter of which won another Grammy in 1975. He also co-wrote and/or produced songs for numerous other country and pop greats, including Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Ray Charles, Tanya Tucker, Marty Robbins, Sandy Posey, Barbara Mandrell, Bobby Vinton, Bob Luman, Ray Conniff, and Andy Williams. Sherrill's many awards and accolades included being inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
August 4, 2015: Surviving Faces Members To Reunite At UK Charity Concert
On September 5, 2015, Rod Stewart and other surviving members of The Faces will be giving a concert at the Rock 'N' Horsepower charity event in Ewhurst, U.K. This long-awaited event, which will also feature other bands and artists (to be announced later), will be a one-off performance. For more info and tickets, visit hurtwoodparkpolo.co.uk.
August 4, 2015: Elton John To Perform Concert At Austin, TX Race Track
On October 25, 2015, Elton John will be giving a concert at the 2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX. His performance will follow the big race also set to take place that same evening. For more info and tickets, visit Tickets.Formula1.com.
August 5, 2015: Elvis Presley Album With New Orchestral Accompaniment To Be Released
A new Elvis Presley with orchestral accompaniments will be coming out on October 30, 2015 as part of a year-long celebration of what would have been The King's 80th birthday. Titled "If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra," this 14-track collection features original vocal performances by Presley with backing by the famed orchestra. Other featured artists include Michael Buble, Duane Eddy, and Italian operatic pop trio, Il Volo. Highlights include classic Presley songs plus covers of "Fever" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
August 5, 2015: Alice Cooper 'Hollywood Vampires' Album To Be Released
An Alice Cooper tribute compilation album titled "Hollywood Vampires" is due out on September 11, 2015. Featured guest artists include Paul McCartney, Joe Perry, Joe Walsh, and Robby Krieger of The Doors, plus other more contemporary acts who perform classic rock songs by The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and other top bands and artists from the late 1960s-early 1970s. Also included in this 13-track collection are two original songs about the original Hollywood Vampires, a group of male rockers from the 1970s who used to get together at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles and try to outdrink each other. Among the members of this famous collective were Alice Cooper, Jim Morrison, Mickey Dolenz, Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson, and John Lennon.
August 6, 2015: Dave Davies Adds More Dates To U.S. Tour
Dave Davies announced that he will he adding more show dates to his upcoming U.S. tour, which begins on October 2, 2015 in West Springfield, MA and ends on November 3 in West Hollywood, CA. Also, the release date for the former Kinks guitarist's upcoming album, "Rippin' Up NYC," has been changed from August 18 to September 4.
August 7, 2015: Bruce Springsteen Performs On Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Finale
On August 6, 2015, Jon Stewart ended his 16-year run as the host of The Daily Show. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gave Stewart, a New Jersey resident and a long-time Springsteen fan, a final farewell with their performance of "Land Of Hope And Dreams" and "Born To Run."