August 17, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 9, 2015, it was announced that Led Zeppelin's recently reissued 1979 album, "In Through The Out Door," re-entered the Billboard 200 at no. 9.
Also that week, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon topped the Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters List.
The Hollywood Vampires, a rock band recently co-formed by Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, announced its first U.S. concerts which will take place this September at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA. Also, Rod Stewart will be extending his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas into 2016.
The soundtrack to "Love & Mercy," the new Brian Wilson biopic, will soon be released as a digital download and will be coming out on CD in September. Also that month, a remastered edition of the 1972 symphonic version of The Who's 1969 rock opera, "Tommy," will be coming out on CD and vinyl, and as a digital download. This October, two Christmas-themed episodes from "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" will be coming out on DVD.
Also that week, it was announced that the multi-talented Steve Martin, a self-taught banjo virtuoso, will be receiving an IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award for his contributions to bluegrass. Letetia Henley Kirk, the former private nurse to Elvis Presley, has recently written a soon-to-be-published memoir titled "Taking Care Of Elvis ... Memories With Elvis As His Private Nurse And Friend." Also, the Aretha Franklin documentary, "Amazing Grace," and the Janis Joplin biopic, "Janis: Little Girl Blue," are among the featured attractions at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which takes place in September.
Finally, President Obama reveals his love for the oldies in his recently posted list of favorite summer songs that include classic tunes by Al Green, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, and many other top oldies bands and artists.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
August 15, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first concert at Shea Stadium in New York City. This 1965 show, which was attended by over 55,000 people, was the largest outdoor concert that had ever been held at that time. Below is an excerpt from this historic event.
August 10, 2015: Led Zeppelin Reissued Album Makes Top 10 In Billboard 200 Chart
Led Zeppelin's recently reissued 1979 album, "In Through The Out Door," re-entered the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated August 22, 2015) at #9. As for the band's other recently reissued albums, "Presence" (1976) and "Coda" (1982), they also made a very respectable showing, debuting at #13 and #12, respectively.
August 11, 2015: 1972 Orchestral Version Of The Who's 'Tommy' to Be Reissued
A remastered edition of the 1972 symphonic version of The Who's 1969 rock opera, "Tommy," will be coming out on September 11, 2015 on CD and vinyl, and as a digital download. This version of the classic rock opera features many top guest artists such as Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Richie Havens, Merry Clayton, Richard Harris, Maggie Bell, and Steve Winwood, with orchestral and choral accompaniments by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chambre Choir. It won a Grammy in 1973 for Best Album Package.
August 11, 2015: Glen Campbell Variety Show Christmas Episodes To Be Released On DVD
On October 13, 2015, two Christmas-themed episodes from "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" will be coming out on DVD. These shows originally aired December 1969 and December 1970 and featured Anne Murray, Jerry Reed, and other guest performers.
August 11, 2015: Elvis' Private Nurse To Publish Book
Letetia Henley Kirk, the former private nurse to Elvis Presley, has recently written a memoir titled "Taking Care Of Elvis ... Memories With Elvis As His Private Nurse And Friend." In this soon-to-be-published book, Kirk, who lived at Graceland from 1972-1983, shares her memories of having cared for The King whom she describes as a
loving, caring, and intelligent man.
August 11, 2015: Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin Documentaries To Be Featured At Toronto International Film Festival
Among the featured attractions at this year's upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, which begins September 10, 2015, are documentaries about Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and various other performing artists. The Aretha Franklin documentary, "Amazing Grace," captures the Queen Of Soul recording her 1972 album of the same title. A project some decades in the making, "Amazing Grace" will be making its international premiere at this film festival. "Janis: Little Girl Blue," which will be making its North American premiere, chronicles the ups and downs of Joplin's short and tumultuous life and her rapid rise to fame.
August 12, 2015: Steve Martin To Receive IBMA Bluegrass Award
The multi-talented Steve Martin (of "wild and crazy guy" fame) is among those who will be receiving an IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award for his contributions to bluegrass. The awards ceremonies are set to take place October 1, 2015 during the annual World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC. Martin is a self-taught banjo virtuoso who has been playing this instrument since his teens. He had a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978 with his comedy skit/novelty song, "King Tut."
August 12, 2015: Rod Stewart To Extend Las Vegas Residency
Rod Stewart announced that he will be extending his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas into 2016. He has three remaining show dates in 2015 for this month, and so far, he has scheduled a number of shows for next spring that begin on March 19, 2016. For more info and tickets, go to TheColosseum.com or AXS.com, or call 866-320-9763.
August 12, 2015: Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires Announce First U.S. Concerts
The Hollywood Vampires, a rock band co-formed by Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp that also includes Aerosmth's Joe Perry, announced its first U.S. concerts, which will take place on September 16 and 17, 2015 at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA. Tickets to these shows can be purchased from Ticketfly.com. Afterwards, the band is scheduled to play a show at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 24.
August 13, 2015: Brian Wilson 'Love & Mercy' Soundtrack To Be Released On CD And As Digital Download
The soundtrack to "Love & Mercy," the new Brian Wilson biopic, will soon be released as a digital download and will be coming out on CD on September 18, 2015. Highlights include Beach Boys classic hits, a new song written by Wilson for the movie titled "One Kind of Love," and movie score pieces by Academy Award-winning composer, Atticus Ross.
August 14, 2015: Dylan, McCartney, Lennon Top 'Rolling Stone' 100 Greatest Songwriters List
Rolling Stone recently compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters, and as expected, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon topped that list (at #1, #2, and #3, respectively). Other oldies bands and artists that made the top 20 are:
- Chuck Berry - #4
- Smokey Robinson - #5
- Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones - #6
- Carole King and Gerry Goffin - #7
- Paul Simon - #8
- Joni Mitchell - #9
- Stevie Wonder - #10
- Bob Marley - #11
- Brian Wilson - #12
- Hank Williams - #13
- Bruce Springsteen - #14
- Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland - #15
- Neil Young - #17
- Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry - #19
- Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller - #20
August 14, 2015: President Obama Publishes Summer Playlists With Many Oldies Songs
President Barack Obama recently posted his hand-picked summer playlists that include many classic oldies songs by such big name bands and artists as Al Green, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, The Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, The Temptations, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Sly & the Family Stone Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding. Over the past several years, he has hosted a number of top oldies acts at various events at the White House, many of which have aired on PBS.