February 15, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of February 8, 2015, Glen Campbell, Tony Bennett, and the late Johnny Winter were among those honored at this year's Grammy Awards. Also, "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" and "20 Feet From Stardom" received awards for Best Musical Theatre Album and Best Music Film, respectively.
Later this month, Neil Diamond will be launching a North American tour in support of his latest album, "Melody Road." Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan, Jeff Beck, and the Blues Magoos have all announced U.S. tours that start this April. Jeff Beck will also be launching a joint tour with ZZ Top beginning later that month. Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick have recently added new show dates to their joint North American tour which begins this June. Jackson Browne, who will be touring Florida for the remainder of this month, announced an upcoming U.S. tour that is set to begin this July.
This March, Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Poco will be releasing a new solo album titled "Hand In Hand" and will also be going on tour later this month. An expanded version of Jethro Tull's "Minstrel In The Gallery" is set to be released this May in celebration of this album's 40th anniversary. Also that month, Willie Nelson will be publishing his autobiography titled "It's A Long Story: My Life."
Also that week, it was announced that Bob Dylan's latest album, "Shadows In The Night," topped the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart and reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart. Paul McCartney also scored his first Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 29 years with "FourFiveSeconds," a new single he recorded with Kanye West and Rihanna which they performed at this year's Grammys (see video below).
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Joe B. Mauldin, the bassist for Buddy Holly's famous backup band, the Crickets; Danny McCulloch, the bassist for the Animals from 1966-1968; and Sam Andrew who co-founded Big Brother and the Holding Company.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Paul McCartney, Kanye West, and Rihanna perform at the 57th annual Grammy Awards (February 8, 2015).
February 8, 2015: Glen Campbell, Tony Bennett Among This Year's Grammy Award Winners
The 57th annual Grammy Awards was televised on February 8, 2015. Among this year's Grammy award winners were Glen Campbell who received the Best Country Song award for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," a song he co-wrote with Julian Raymond. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga were honored with the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album award for "Cheek To Cheek" which was released in September, 2014. Johnny Winter, who passed away last July, was honored with the Best Blues Album award for "Step Back" which also came out last September. "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," which made its world premiere at San Francisco's Curran Theatre in October, 2013, received the Best Musical Theatre Album award. "20 Feet From Stardom," which won the Academy Award in 2014 for Best Documentary Feature, received this year's Grammy award for Best Music Film.
February 9, 2015: Bob Dylan's Latest Album Tops U.K. Albums Chart
Bob Dylan's latest album, "Shadows In The Night," a collection of his covers of pop standards as originally made famous by Frank Sinatra, made its debut on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart at #1. To date, this makes it his eighth album to top this chart.
February 10, 2015: Crickets Bassist Joe B. Mauldin Passes Away
Bassist, songwriter and audio engineer Joe B. Mauldin died on February 7, 2015 at age 74 after battling cancer. He was the bassist for the famed Buddy Holly backup band, the Crickets. He began playing for this band at age 17, and with drummer Jerry Allison and rhythm guitarist Niki Sullivan, created the Crickets pulsating signature sound. After Holly's untimely death in a plane crash in 1959, the Crickets continued performing and recording over the years to the present day, with a number of personnel changes along the way. In 1964, Mauldin left the Crickets to join the Army. After his discharge in 1966, he worked as a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles before rejoining the band in the mid 1970s. In 2012, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mauldin remained with the band up to his passing.
February 10, 2015: Richie Furay To Release New Album And Launch Tour
On March 31, 2015, Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Poco will be releasing a new solo album titled "Hand In Hand." Highlights include new versions of Buffalo Springfield's "Kind Woman" and Poco's "A Good Feelin' To Know," plus nine new songs by Furay. He will also be launching a U.S. tour that kicks off on February 25 in Los Angeles and ends on March 22 in Pawling, NY.
February 10, 2015: Neil Diamond To Launch Tour
Neil Diamond will soon be launching a North American tour in support of his latest album, "Melody Road." This trek begins on February 27, 2015 in Allentown, PA and ends on May 31 in Denver, CO, with additional stops in Colorado and Pennsylvania as well as in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington State, and Washington, D.C., plus Mexico and various provinces in Canada.
February 11, 2015: Blues Magoos To Launch Tour
The Blues Magoos will soon be launching a U.S. tour in support of the band's latest album, "Psychedelic Resurrection," which was released last October. This trek begins on April 16, 2015 in Sellersville, PA and ends on May 23 in NYC, with stops in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. The band's current lineup includes three original members: Ralph Scala, Peppy Castro and Geoff Daking.
February 11, 2015: Bob Dylan's Latest Album Reaches #7 On Billboard 200 Chart
Bob Dylan's "Shadows In The Night," his latest album, made the Top 10 in this week's Billboard 200 Chart, peaking at #7. Dylan's first-ever of his many Top 10 albums to date was in 1965 with "Bringing It All Back Home."
February 11, 2015: Paul McCartney Scores First Top 10 Hit In 29 Years
"FourFiveSeconds," a new single recorded by Paul McCartney with Kanye West and Rihanna, jumped from #15 to #6 on the Billboard 100 chart this week. This song, which was performed by the three pop stars at this year's Grammys, is McCartney's first Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 29 years, not including "Free As A Bird" by the Beatles which peaked at #6 in 1995.
February 11, 2015: Animals Bassist Danny McCulloch Passes Away
Acclaimed bassist Danny McCulloch died on January 29, 2015 at age 69 of heart failure. He was the bassist for the Animals from 1966-1968 and performed on three of this band's albums: "Winds Of Change" (1967), "The Twain Shall Meet" (1968), and "Every One Of Us." Prior to that, McCulloch had been a member of Tony Craven & the Casuals, Screaming Lord Sutch & the Savages, and the Carl Douglas Set. In 1969, he released an album with Vic Briggs titled "Wings Of A Man." In 1995, he released a second album, "Beowulf." In the 2000s, he was touring with a new Animals incarnation known as Animals and Friends.
February 12, 2015: Steely Dan To Launch Tour
Steely Dan will soon be launching a U.S. tour, with Elvis Costello to serve as the opening act for most of the shows. This trek begins on April 6, 2015 in Morrison, CO and ends on August 12 in West Palm Beach, FL, with additional shows in Florida and Colorado as well as in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington State, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Formed in 1972, Steely Dan's current lineup includes the original co-founders, Donald Fagan and Walter Becker.
February 12, 2015: Jackson Browne Announces Summer U.S. Tour
Jackson Browne, who will be touring Florida for the remainder of this month, announced an upcoming U.S. tour that is currently set to begin on July 30, 2015 in Airway Heights, WA and end on August 21 in Las Vegas. Browne's itinerary for 2015 also includes a tour of Japan this March and a major European leg running from May 24 in Rome, Italy through July 6 in Madrid, Spain.
February 12, 2015: Jethro Tull To Re-release 'Minstrel In The Gallery'
On May 5, 2015, an expanded and remastered version of Jethro Tull's "Minstrel In The Gallery" is set to be released in celebration of this album's 40th anniversary. This album will be released on CD, vinyl, and as a deluxe 2CD-2DVD set, with bonus tracks and an 80-page booklet. "Minstrel In The Gallery" peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 in 1975 and was the last album to feature Jethro Tull's original early 1970s group lineup of Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evans, Barrie Barlow, and Jeffrey Hammond (a.k.a. Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond).
February 12, 2015: Bob Dylan To Launch U.S. Tour
Bob Dylan announced his upcoming U.S. tour which begins on April 10, 2015 in Atlantic City, NJ and ends on May 7 in San Antonio, TX, with additional shows in New Jersey and Texas, as well as in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Dylan is expected to perform songs from his latest album, "Shadows In The Night." For more info and tickets, go to BobDylan.com.
February 13, 2015: Willie Nelson To Publish Autobiography
On May 5, 2015, Willie Nelson is set to publish his autobiography titled "It's A Long Story: My Life." This upcoming book covers Nelson's personal life and 6+ decades-long career from his childhood in Abbott, Texas during the Great Depression through his rise to fame as one of country music's most enduring icons.
February 13, 2015: Jimmy Buffett To Launch U.S. Tour
Jimmy Buffett will be touring the U.S. with his band, the Coral Reefers, starting April 1, 2015 in Key West, FL. This trek, which ends on August 20 in Camden, NJ, will also make other stops in Florida as well as in Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia, with more dates expected to be announced.
February 13, 2015: Jeff Beck To Launch Tours, Publish New Book
Jeff Beck will be launching a Northeastern U.S. tour that begins on April 13, 2015 in Port Chester, NY and ends on April 26 in Greensburg, PA, with stops in other cities in New York and Pennsylvania, as well as in New Jersey and Massachusetts. Beck will also be touring the Southern U.S. jointly with ZZ Top beginning on April 30 in Cedar Park, TX. In the meantime, the guitar legend is working on a new limited-edition book, to be published by Genesis Publishing Group, which is expected out sometime in late 2015. He is also working on an autobiography, a new solo album, and a documentary.
February 14, 2015: Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick Add Show Dates
Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick have recently added 20+ new show dates to their joint North American tour which begins on June 5, 2015 in Temecula, CA and ends on August 25 in Livermore, CA. The new shows are set to take place in various cities in Arizona, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. For more info and tickets, go to Frampton.com/Live.
February 14, 2015: Sam Andrew Of Big Brother And The Holding Company Passes Away
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer Sam Andrew died on February 12, 2015 at age 73 after complications with an open-heart surgery following a heart attack. He was a founding member of Big Brother and the Holding Company, the famous San Francisco-based rock band that featured Janis Joplin as its lead singer. In 1967, they helped to make rock and roll history with their performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival and shortly thereafter were signed to Columbia Records.
Big Brother and the Holding Company recorded two albums, the 1967 self-titled debut and the highly acclaimed 1968 psychedelic classic, "Cheap Thrills," which topped the Billboard 200 and received numerous other accolades that included being listed in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 1968, the band made a big splash on the charts with "Down On Me" and "Piece Of My Heart." After Joplin left the band to go solo, Big Brother and the Holding Company regrouped and continued performing and recording through 1972. Andrew then went on to begin a second career as a composer whose works included symphonies, string quartets, and movie scores. In 1987, he reformed Big Brother and the Holding Company along with other former members, and the band continued to perform through 2014.