July 20, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of July 12, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to David-Troy Somerville, the lead singer and co-founder of The Diamonds.
Also that week, it was announced that The Eagles and Carole King will be receiving honors later this year from the Kennedy Center. A gala ceremony is set to take place on December 6, 2015 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and will be broadcast December 29 on CBS.
This August, ZZ Top will be co-headlining the Full Tilt Boogie music festival in Pownal, VT. Ann Wilson of Heart will be launching her first-ever solo tour this September in Solana Beach, CA. Also that month, Hall & Oates will be joining the lineup of this year's Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, GA.
Later this month, The Doobie Brothers will be releasing a box set titled "The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983." Also, The Rolling Stones are set to release a video titled "From the Vault: Hyde Park Live 1969" on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a digital download. This August, Simon & Garfunkel will be releasing a box set titled "The Complete Columbia Albums Collection" and a reissue of "The Concert In Central Park." A new box set titled "Queen: The Studio Collection" will be coming out this September on vinyl. Also that month, Don Henley of The Eagles will be releasing his latest solo album, "Cass County," and will be launching a North American tour this October.
Also that week, it was announced that the fifth season of "Live From Abbey Road" will be shown on AXS TV starting July 26, 2015. Brian Wilson and Paul Simon will be the featured artists on August 2, and Gregg Allman on August 9. Also, the film version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Concert In Central Park" will be broadcast on PBS sometime this August during the network's pledge drive.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Below is a really funny interview of Rod Stewart by James Corden of "The Late Late Show" in this "Carpool Karaoke" segment as they (and rapper A$AP Rocky) drive through Los Angeles while singing along with "Maggie May," "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?," and other classic tunes playing on the car radio.
July 12, 2015: Ann Wilson Of Heart To Launch First Solo Tour
Ann Wilson of Heart will soon be launching her first-ever solo tour. This upcoming trek, dubbed "The Ann Wilson Thing," begins on September 21, 2015 in Solana Beach, CA and ends on October 15 in Nashville, TN, with stops in Maryland, New York, and Virginia. Wilson's shows will mainly cover songs by some her favorite blues, soul, and rock artists.
July 13, 2015: Doobie Brothers To Release Box Set
On July 24, 2015, The Doobie Brothers will be releasing a 10-CD box set titled "The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983." This collection consists of all nine studio albums the band recorded on this label, plus the 1983 live album, "Farewell Tour," recorded prior to the band's temporary breakup. Highlights include such classic hits as "Listen To The Music," "China Grove," and "Black Water."
July 13, 2015: 'Live From Abbey Road' Fifth Season To Air On AXS TV
The long-awaited fifth season of "Live From Abbey Road," which first aired in late 2012 in various countries around the world, will be shown for the first time on AXS TV starting July 26, 2015. Filmed in London's famous Abbey Road Studios, each episode of this concert documentary series features interviews plus concert and behind-the-scenes footage. Featured artists for the fifth season include Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, and Gregg Allman. Wilson and Simon will appear on the upcoming AXS TV August 2 show, and Allman on the August 9 show.
July 15, 2015: ZZ Top To Co-Headline Full Tilt Boogie Music Festival
ZZ Top will be co-headlining the Full Tilt Boogie, a new music festival that is scheduled to take place in Pownal, VT on August 22, 2015. Other featured bands and artists include The Marshall Tucker Band and blues legend Buddy Guy. For more info and tickets, visit greenmountainlive.com.
July 16, 2015: Simon & Garfunkel Vinyl Box Set And 'Concert In Central Park' To Be Reissued
Two album re-releases by Simon & Garfunkel will be coming out on August 7, 2015. The first is a 6-disc vinyl box set titled "The Complete Columbia Albums Collection" consisting of five remastered albums from 1966-1972. The second is a reissue of "The Concert In Central Park" on vinyl and as part of a CD/DVD set. This historic concert, which took place on September 19, 1981, first aired on HBO and was released as an album in 1982. Also, the film version of "The Concert In Central Park" will be broadcast on PBS sometime this August during the network's pledge drive (the exact air date and time may vary with location).
July 16, 2015: Hall & Oates To Play In Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival
Daryl Hall and John Oates will be joining the lineup of this year's Music Midtown Festival which will take place in Atlanta, GA on September 18-19, 2015. The pop rock duo will perform on September 19. Other featured acts include co-headliners Elton John and Van Halen. For more info and tickets, visit musicmidtown.com.
July 15, 2015: Eagles, Carole King To Receive Kennedy Center Honors
The Eagles, Carole King, Seiji Ozawa, and George Lucas are among those who will be receiving this year's Kennedy Center Honors. A gala ceremony will be held on December 6, 2015 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and will be broadcast December 29 on CBS. The honorees will be presented with medallions the night before by Secretary of State John Kerry at a State House dinner.
July 16, 2015: David-Troy Somerville Of The Diamonds Passes Away
Famed singer David-Troy Somerville died of cancer on July 14, 2015 at age 81 in Santa Barbara, CA. He was the lead singer and a co-founder of The Diamonds, one of the most popular groups of the 1950s and early 1960s.
Born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Somerville began his music career at 19 as a radio operator at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation while studying voice at the University of Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. In 1953, he met by chance a then-unnamed quartet (Stan Fisher, Ted Kowalski, Phil Levitt, and Bill Reed) and became their vocal coach. When Fisher left the quartet to go to college, Somerville became the lead singer, and the group became known as The Diamonds. In 1956, The Diamonds made their debut on the charts with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" which was followed by a long string of hits through 1961 that also included "The Stroll" (1957) and the doo-wop classic, "Little Darlin'" (1957).
In 1961, Somerville left The Diamonds to go solo, recording under the name, David Troy. During the early 1960s, he also studied acting and made many TV appearances. In 1967, he joined The Four Preps and, with the group's lead singer, Bruce Belland, left the group in 1969 to form the folk-comedy duo, Belland & Somerville. They were regulars on "The Tim Conway Show," and they also wrote a number of songs for other artists.
Somerville's many honors included being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Doo Wop Hall of Fame of America, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
July 17, 2015: Rolling Stones To Release 1969 Hyde Park Concert Video
On July 24, 2015, The Rolling Stones will be releasing a video of the band's historic 1969 concert at London's Hyde Park on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a digital download. Titled "From the Vault: Hyde Park Live 1969," highlights include the band's rare performance of Johnny Winter's "I'm Yours & I'm Hers" and its first-ever live performance of "Honky Tonk Women."
July 17, 2015: Queen To Release Vinyl Box Set
A new Queen box set will be coming out on September 25, 2015 on multicolored 180-gram vinyl. "Queen: The Studio Collection" consists of 15 remastered albums from 1973-1994 which can also be purchased separately. A turntable specially designed by Rega with the Queen band logo will also be coming out with the album.
July 17, 2015: Don Henley To Release New Album And Launch Tour
On September 25, 2015, Don Henley of The Eagles will be releasing his latest solo album, "Cass County," on CD, vinyl, and as a digital download. Guest artists include Mick Jagger and such top country artists as Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. Henley will also be launching a North American tour this October.