Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of December 6, 2015

December 13, 2015 by Amy Gold

During the week of December 6, 2015, fans and music lovers everywhere commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra which took place on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, NJ.

Also that week, the perennial TV holiday classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," officially turned 50 (see video below).

David Crosby will be launching a solo tour next March. Also that month, Chic and Duran Duran will begin a joint tour that will take the two bands to various parts of North America. Brian Wilson will be launching a tour dubbed "Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds," in which he will perform the entire album after which this trek has been named. The first show is set to take place next April, with more shows to be announced. Also, Billy Joel will be making his debut at London's Wembley Stadium next September.

Also that week, it was announced that Jimmy Buffett will be appearing on "Dick Clark’s New Year's Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2016" which will air on ABC December 31, 2015. Also, Brian Wilson's 2015 biopic, "Love & Mercy," recently received two Golden Globe Awards nominations. The awards ceremonies will take place on January 10, 2016 and will air live on NBC.

An abandoned spiritual retreat in India that The Beatles visited in 1968 has been restored and reopened to the public. It was at this famous site where the Fab Four studied Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and penned many of the songs on their White Album.

Finally, Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche sold for a whopping $1,760,000 at auction.

In the video below, Jerry Granelli, a jazz drummer and former Vince Guaraldi Trio member, discusses the making of the music for "A Charlie Brown Christmas."


December 8, 2015: David Crosby Announces North American Solo Tour

David Crosby will be launching a solo tour in North America starting March 5, 2016 in Costa Mesa, CA. This upcoming 14-date trek, which ends on March 26 in Santa Fe, NM, will also cover other cities in California as well as Arizona, Oregon, and Washington State, plus British Columbia, Canada. For more info, visit DavidCrosby.com.

Source: David Crosby Schedules North American Solo Tour in March 2016

December 8, 2015: Billy Joel To Make Wembley Stadium Debut

On September 10, 2016, Billy Joel will give his first-ever concert at London's famous Wembley Stadium, making this his first show in the U.K. since 2013. For more info and tickets, visit BillyJoel.com.

Source: Wembley Stadium Announces Billy Joel In Concert Saturday, September 10, 2016 | Billy Joel

December 9, 2015: Jimmy Buffett To Appear On 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve'

Jimmy Buffett is among those who will be appearing on "Dick Clark’s New Year's Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2016" which will air on ABC December 31, 2015. Buffett will perform his classic hit, "Margaritaville," live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY just after midnight.

Source: Jimmy Buffett to Appear on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve"

December 9, 2015: Indian Spiritual Retreat Visited By The Beatles To Open As Tourist Attraction

An abandoned spiritual retreat in Rishikesh, India that The Beatles visited in 1968 has been restored and reopened to the public. It was at this site where Maharishi Mahesh Yogi taught the Fab Four and many others Transcendental Meditation. It was also where The Beatles wrote dozens of songs, many of which ended up on their White Album.

Source: Beatles' Indian retreat opened to public

December 9, 2015: 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Turns 50

On December 9, 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" made its premiere on CBS and has remained a perennial TV holiday classic through the years. This beloved animated show features the music of jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi that includes such classics as "Lucy And Linus" and "Christmas Time Is Here."

Source: 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' at 50

December 9, 2015: Chic And Duran Duran To Launch Joint Tour

Chic and Duran Duran will be launching a joint tour this spring that will take the two bands to various parts of North America. This upcoming trek begins on March 28, 2016 in Durham, NC and ends on August 3 in Phoenix, AZ, with additional stops in North Carolina, as well as in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C. as well in Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

Source: Chic To Tour With Duran Duran

December 10, 2015: Brian Wilson Biopic Receives Two Golden Globe Nominations

Brian Wilson's critically acclaimed 2015 biopic, "Love & Mercy," recently received two Golden Globe Awards nominations. Wilson himself also received a best original song nomination for "One Kind Of Love" which he co-wrote with Scott Bennett. The awards ceremonies will take place on January 10, 2016 and will air live on NBC.

Source: Brian Wilson Biopic "Love & Mercy" Receives Two Golden Globe Nominations

December 11, 2015: Brian Wilson To Play Entire 'Pet Sounds' Album During 2016 Tour

Brian Wilson will be launching a tour next year dubbed "Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds," in which he will perform the entire classic 1966 album after which this trek has been named. He will be accompanied by his backing band and special guests, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. So far, three dates have been lined up starting April 29, 2016 in Austin, TX, with more shows to be added soon.

Source: Brian Wilson to Play Entire "Pet Sounds" Album During 2016 US Tour

December 11, 2015: Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Sells For Over $1.7 Million At Auction

On December 10, 2015, Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche sold for a whopping $1,760,000 at an auction in New York City. This famous vehicle, a 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet done up with a groovy psychedelic-themed paint job, was purchased in 1968 and driven by Joplin regularly until her passing in 1970. It had been on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland for the past 20 years.

Source: Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Sells for Over $1.7 Million at NYC Auction

December 12, 2015: December 12, 2015 Marks 100th Anniversary Of Frank Sinatra's Birth

December 12, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Frank Sinatra which took place in 1915 in Hoboken, NJ. Through this year, this event has been celebrated with book and album releases, the HBO documentary "Sinatra: All or Nothing" which premiered last April, and an all-star Grammy tribute concert to be shown on CBS. Sinatra's numerous show business career milestones included a long string of classic hits from the 1940s through the 1980s and an Oscar for his supporting role in the 1953 movie, "From Here to Eternity." He died at age 82 on May 14, 1998.

Source: Saturday Marks the 100 Anniversary of Frank Sinatra's Birth