January 18, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of January 11, 2015, it was announced that Glen Campbell's final song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," has been nominated for an Oscar (see video below). The Academy Awards will be televised February 22, 2015 on ABC.
Also that week, it was announced that the four surviving original members of the Grateful Dead will be reuniting in Chicago July 3-5, 2015 for what is expected to be their final concerts together to mark the band's 50th anniversary.
Steve Winwood and Crosby, Stills & Nash will both be launching U.S. spring tours this April. Starting late this month, Melissa Manchester will be making a number of appearances and giving shows around the country in support of her upcoming album, "You Gotta Love The Life," which is due out this February. This April, The Who and Elton John will be among those to headline this year's New Orleans Jazz Fest. In June, Billy Joel will be headlining this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival which will take place in Manchester, TN.
This February, Andy Kim will be releasing a new album titled "It's Decided," and a 1979 performance by the J. Geils Band that first aired on German TV is set to be released on DVD/CD. Also, J. Geils' 1973 album, "Bloodshot," will soon be reissued on vinyl by Real Gone Records, along with Foghat's 1977 album, "Foghat Live."
Also that week, it was announced that Barbara Streisand will be honored this February for her work in the movies by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) with its Board of Governors Award. Mick Jagger will be donating money to help establish a scholarship in memory of his late girlfriend, famed fashion designer L'Wren Scott. Also, a new documentary about The Who's first managers will be coming out in theaters this April.
It was also announced that Stevie Wonder will be producing a new miniseries about the historic Underground Railroad. The R&B legend has also recently added some new shows to his hugely popular "Songs In The Key Of Life" tour, and he will honored in a tribute concert which airs on CBS February 16, 2015.
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to acclaimed bassist Tim Drummond who toured and recorded with many top bands and artists; Kool & The Gang trombonist Clifford Adams; longtime Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship manager Bill Thompson; and rock icon Kim Fowley who is best known for his various roles behind a string of pop-rock hit singles from the 1960s that included the Hollywood Argyles' "Alley Oop," Paul Revere and the Raiders' "Like, Long Hair," B. Bumble and the Stingers' "Nut Rocker," and the Murmaids' "Popsicles And Icicles."
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Glen Campbell is shown below performing his final song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You."
January 12, 2015: Steve Winwood Announces Spring Tour Dates
Steve Winwood will be touring the U.S. starting April 17, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN and ending May 3 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. His 11-date trek will also cover various cities in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Wisconsin. Winwood was a member of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith.
January 12, 2015: Bassist Tim Drummond Passes Away
Bassist Tim Drummond died on January 10, 2015 at age 74 in St. Louis County, MO. He was a highly acclaimed and sought-after session player who toured and recorded with many top bands and artists, including Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Brown, Eric Clapton, J. J. Cale, Lonnie Mack, B.B. King, Joe Cocker, Miles Davis, and Conway Twitty. His many album credits include Neil Young's "Harvest" (1972), the Beach Boys' "15 Big Ones" (1976), and Don Henley's "Building The Perfect Beast" (1984). He co-wrote a number of songs, including "Saved" (with Bob Dylan), "Who's Talking" (with J.J. Cale), and "Saddle Up The Palomino" (with Neil Young). He also played in the session rhythm duo Tim & Jim with drummer Jim Keltner.
January 12, 2015: Andy Kim To Release New Album
On February 24, 2015, Andy Kim will be releasing a new album titled "It's Decided." Recorded in collaboration with Broken Social Scene co-founder Kevin Drew, highlights of this upcoming album include a new version of Kim's 1968 hit, "Shoot 'Em Up, Baby."
January 12, 2015: The Who, Elton John To Headline 2015 New Orleans Jazz Fest
The Who and Elton John are among those who will be headlining the upcoming 2015 New Orleans Jazz Fest. Tony Bennett, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Cliff, Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Winwood, and Buddy Guy are also among the 500+ acts to hit the stage. This event, which will be held the weekends of April 24 and April 30, 2015, is set to take place at New Orleans' Fair Grounds Race Course. For more info and tickets, go to nojazzfest.com.
January 12, 2015: Kool & The Gang Trombonist Clifford Adams Passes Away
Famed trombonist Clifford Adams died on January 12, 2015 at age 62 after a year-long battle with liver cancer. A native of Trenton, NJ, he was a longtime member of Kool & The Gang and a highly acclaimed musician. Adams had also played with the Stylistics, Patti LaBelle, Duke Ellington, and other bands and artists, and had also recorded solo. While hospitalized, Adams did not have health insurance to cover the high costs of his medical care. Friends and family held fundraisers, and Adams also received some financial aid from Jazz Bridge.
January 13, 2015: Billy Joel To Headline Bonnaroo 2015
Billy Joel will be headlining this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, to be held on June 11-14, 2015 in Manchester, TN. Robert Plant and Earth, Wind & Fire are among the 100+ acts to hit the stage. For more info and tickets, go to bonnaroo.com.
January 13, 2015: Melissa Manchester To Promote New Album
Starting late this month, Melissa Manchester will be making a number of appearances and giving shows around the country in support of her upcoming album, "You Gotta Love The Life," due out on February 10, 2015. Her itinerary, which includes appearances at bookstores, clubs, universities, museums, and restaurants, will take her to various cities in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Ohio through the middle of May, 2015. Manchester is also set to appear on the Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" on February 16, plus an episode of "Tavis Smiley" on PBS (date to be announced).
January 14, 2015: J. Geils Band 1979 Performance To Be Released On DVD/CD
On February 24, 2015, a 1979 performance by the J. Geils Band that first aired on German TV is set to be released as a DVD/CD set. This show took place on April 21, 1979, at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany. Highlights include a number of the band's chart hits, "One Last Kiss," Looking For A Love" and "Give It To Me," and songs from the 1978 album, "Sanctuary."
January 14, 2015: Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship Manager Bill Thompson Passes Away
Bill Thompson died on January 12, 2015 at age 70 at his home in Mill Valley, CA after a heart attack. He was the longtime manager of the Jefferson Airplane (and later, Jefferson Starship). Thompson's association with Jefferson Airplane began in 1964 when he and Marty Balin were roommates before the band was formed (in 1965). He began as a press agent for the band and became its manager in 1968. After Jefferson Airplane disbanded in 1972, Thompson went on to manage its successor, Jefferson Starship, as well as another spinoff, Hot Tuna.
January 15, 2015: Stevie Wonder Adds 'Key Of Life' Tour Dates
Stevie Wonder has recently added a series of new show dates to his hugely popular "Songs In The Key Of Life" tour in which he performs his classic 1976 album in its entirely. These new shows, which begin on March 17, 2015 in Denver, CO, will also cover various cities in Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. The R&B legend will also be honored in a tribute concert, "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute," which airs on CBS February 16, 2015.
January 15, 2015: Documentary About The Who's Early Managers To Open In Theaters
On April 3, 2015, a documentary about The Who's first managers will be coming out in theaters. Titled "Lambert & Stamp," this movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2014, covers the story of two filmmakers, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, who, in 1963, searched for an unknown band to feature in a movie about England's music scene, then went on to mentor and manage The Who to superstardom. Highlights of this movie include recent interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.
January 15, 2015: Glen Campbell Receives Oscar Nomination For Best Original Song
Glen Campbell's final song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," is among those to be nominated an Oscar for Best Original Song. The country legend, who is battling Alzheimer's, co-wrote this song with Julian Raymond for the 2014 documentary, "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me." This recent Oscar nomination is Campbell's second; his first was in 1969 for the song, "True Grit," the title song to the movie in which he co-starred. The Academy Awards are set to air February 22, 2015 on ABC.
January 15, 2015: Barbra Streisand To Receive 2015 Board Of Governors Award
Barbara Streisand will be honored for her work in the movies by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) with its Board of Governors Award. She is both an Oscar-winning actress and a director whose many film credits include "Yentl," "The Prince Of Tides," and "The Mirror Has Two Faces," movies in which she both co-starred and directed. Streisand will be presented with this award in Los Angeles on February 15, 2015.
January 15, 2015: Rock Icon Kim Fowley Passes Away
Producer, singer, musician, and promoter Kim Fowley died on January 15, 2015 at age 75 in West Hollywood, CA after battling bladder cancer. He is best known for his various roles behind a string of pop-rock hit singles from the 1960s and for managing the Runaways in the 1970s. Hit singles from the 1960s in which he played a major part include "Alley Oop," a novelty song that topped the charts in 1960 and was credited to the Hollywood Argyles, a studio group assembled by Fowley and Gary Paxton. He co-produced "Like, Long Hair," an instrumental that became a Top 40 hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1961. He also wrote "Nut Rocker," a rock and roll version of Tchaikovsky's "March of the Wooden Soldiers" from "The Nutcracker Suite" that became a Top 40 hit for B. Bumble and the Stingers in 1962. In 1963, he produced the Murmaids Top 10 hit, "Popsicles And Icicles."
During the 1970s, Fowley managed the all-girl group, the Runaways. Over the years, he worked with bands and artists as diverse as Cat Stevens, Them, Frank Zappa, KISS, Warren Zevon, Helen Reddy, John Lennon, Blue Cheer, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Sandy Nelson, Lita Ford, Skip Battin, Gene Vincent, Leon Russell and Kris Kristofferson. He also recorded a number of solo albums, including "Outrageous" (1968), many of which have become rare cult collectors’ items.
January 16, 2015: Grateful Dead To Reunite For 50th Anniversary Shows
This summer, the four surviving original members of the Grateful Dead will reunite for a series of three shows, dubbed "Fare Thee Well," which will take place July 3-5, 2015 at Chicago's Soldier Field. Bob Weir indicated that these shows, which will mark the band's 50th anniversary, will be the last ones in which all four members will appear together. Tickets will be available starting February 12.
January 16, 2015: Stevie Wonder To Produce Underground Railroad Miniseries
Stevie Wonder has recently signed on to produce a new miniseries about the historic Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century slaves to escape to free states. Tentatively titled "Freedom Run," this eight-hour epic will be based on the book, "Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad" by Betty DeRamus, and will cover the stories of three real-life couples who made their escape to freedom.
January 16, 2015: J. Geils Band And Foghat To Reissue Albums On Vinyl
On March 3, 2015, Real Gone Records will be reissuing two albums from the 1970s on vinyl: "Bloodshot" (1973) by the J. Geils Band and "Foghat Live" (1977). Highlights of "Bloodshot" include "Southside Shuffle," "(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party," and the hit song, "Give It To Me." "Foghat Live," which is among the band's best selling albums, consists of six songs with a total playing time of around 38 minutes that include an extended version of the band's 1972 hit, "I Just Want to Make Love to You."
January 16, 2015: Crosby, Stills & Nash Announce Upcoming Tour
Crosby, Stills & Nash will be launching a U.S. tour that begins April 29, 2015 in Lincoln, NE and ends on May 20 in Wallingford, CT. This trek will also cover various cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Wisconsin. Before that, the legendary trio has a series of shows in Japan and the Far East, and afterwards, they will perform a set of shows on board the Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 cruise ship this September. For more info and tickets, go to CrosbyStillsNash.com.
January 16, 2015: Mick Jagger To Establish Scholarship In Honor Of L'Wren Scott
Mick Jagger will be donating money to help establish a scholarship in memory of his late girlfriend, famed fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who committed suicide in March, 2014 at age 49. This scholarship program is set to begin this October at London's Central Saint Martins (CBM) art and design college.