March 29, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of March 22, 2015, Ringo Starr was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The rock icon was interviewed at length about his upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other topics.
Also that week, it was announced that selected works by the Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ben E. King, and Joan Baez have been added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
Over the next several weeks, a series of archival recordings by Marvin Gaye will be released in various formats, including a box set titled "Marvin Gaye 1961-1965," a Blu-ray edition of "Let's Get It On," a limited-edition vinyl single for Record Store Day, and various rare songs. Also, the first eight albums by Thin Lizzy, originally released between 1971-1977, are set to be re-issued on vinyl later this month.
The Doobie Brothers, the Isley Brothers, and Kansas are among those who will be headlining the 2015 Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI which begins in late June. Paul McCartney will be co-headlining this year's Lollapalooza music festival at Chicago's Grant Park which begins in late July.
Highlights from a Brian Wilson concert from last December at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas will be featured in a special episode of the PBS series, "Soundstage," which will air on most PBS stations starting April 9, 2015 (see video below). On April 25, AXS TV will air a performance by ZZ Top from this year's Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA.
This May, Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones will be releasing a limited-edition book of his diaries from 1965 titled "The Book, How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary." Also, John Fogerty will be publishing a new autobiography titled "Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music" which is due out this October.
Also that week, it was announced that the Oak Ridge Boys and Jim Ed Brown & the Browns are among this year's inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Sony Pictures recently announced its plans to turn the Tony award-nominated "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" into a movie. Also, the City of Las Vegas declared March 26 as Diana Ross Day. This year, the legendary former Supreme turns 71 on that day.
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to famed pianist and songwriter Don Robertson who penned a long string of classic oldies songs and pop standards from the 1950s-1960s, many of which became hits for Elvis Presley, Les Paul, Eddy Arnold, Hank Locklin, Hank Snow, and other top artists.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Official Trailer for Brian Wilson & Friends - SoundStage Special Event
March 23, 2015: Ronnie Wood To Publish Diaries From 1965
In 1965, famed Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was 17 and a member of the Birds, a mid-1960s British R&B band whose members also included Kim Gardner of Ashton, Gardner & Dyke. He will be releasing a book of his diaries from that year titled "The Book, How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary," which is due out this May. This upcoming book will be published by Genesis Publications and limited to only 1,965 copies. In 2007, Wood published an autobiography titled "Ronnie."
March 23, 2015: Carole King Broadway Musical To Be Made Into A Movie
Sony Pictures recently announced its plans to turn "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" into a movie, with Tom Hanks as a co-producer. This Tony award-nominated musical about the life and career of Carole King opened on Broadway in January, 2014 and features many of this legendary songwriter's most famous works.
March 23, 2015: John Fogerty To Publish New Memoir And Add New Shows To Upcoming U.S. Tour
John Fogerty will soon be publishing a new autobiography titled "Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music." This upcoming book, which is due out on October 6, 2015, covers Fogerty's life from his childhood in Northern California and his time with Creedence Clearwater Revival through his current career as a solo artist. Fogerty, who recently announced his upcoming U.S. tour, has added over a dozen new show dates. This trek is set to begin on May 2, 2015 Memphis, TN and end on August 9 in Albuquerque, NM. For more info and tickets, go to JohnFogerty.com.
March 24, 2015: Don Robertson Passes Away
Famed pianist and songwriter Don Robertson died on March 16, 2015 at age 92 in California. He wrote or co-wrote (often with Hal Blair) a long string of classic oldies songs and pop standards from the 1950s-1960s, many of which became country-pop crossover hits. His best known songs include "Please Help Me, I'm Falling" (performed by Hank Locklin), "Ringo" (performed by Lorne Greene), "Born To Be With You" (performed by The Chordettes), "I Don't Hurt Anymore" (performed by Hank Snow) and "I Really Don't Want To Know" (performed by Les Paul, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, and many others). He also penned over a dozen songs as recorded by Elvis Presley, many of which were part of the soundtracks for his films.
As a performer, Robertson had a Top 10 hit in 1956 with "The Happy Whistler." His many honors and accolades include being elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
March 24, 2015: ZZ Top To Be Featured On AXS TV
On April 25, 2015, AXS TV will air a performance by ZZ Top from this year's Stagecoach Festival which takes place April 24-26 in Indio, CA. Other Stagecoach Festival performers to be featured on AXS TV include the Outlaws and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
March 24, 2015: Doobie Brothers, Isley Brothers, Kansas To Headline Milwaukee's 2015 Summerfest
The Doobie Brothers, the Isley Brothers, Kansas, Mavis Staples, Foghat, and Elvin Bishop are among the big name bands and artists who will be headlining the 2015 Summerfest which takes place each year at the Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, WI. This event, in which over 800 acts will take part, is set to take place June 24-28 and June 30-July 5. For more info and tickets, visit Summerfest.com.
March 25, 2015: The Doors Among Those Added To National Recording Registry
Select recordings by the Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers, and Joan Baez are among the 25 latest additions to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. This prestigious list of recordings includes all types of music plus a variety of other categories such as comedic, historic, and educational. The most recent oldies additions are as follows:
- "Sixteen Tons" (single) - Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
- "Joan Baez" (album) - Joan Baez (1960)
- "Stand by Me" (single) - Ben E. King (1961)
- "You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’" (single) - The Righteous Brothers (1964)
- "The Doors" (album) - The Doors (1967)
- "Stand!" (album) - Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
March 25, 2015: Ringo Starr On Cover Of Rolling Stone
Ringo Starr is to be featured on this week's cover of the Rolling Stone which comes out on March 27, 2015. The rock icon and legendary Beatles guitarist was interviewed at length by the magazine about his upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other topics that included his childhood and whether or not the Beatles might have reunited if John Lennon and George Harrison were still alive.
March 25, 2015: Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Ed Brown & Browns Among Country Hall Of Fame Inductees
The Oak Ridge Boys, Jim Ed Brown & the Browns, and Grady Martin are among this year's inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some preliminary ceremonies took place on March 25, 2015 in Nashville, TN at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the honorees will be formally inducted in another awards ceremony this fall. Formed in 1947, the Oak Ridge Boys, who have had many personnel changes over the years, have a long string of country and pop hits that include "Elvira" (1981), "Bobbie Sue" (1982), and "American Made" (1983). They also provided backing vocals for Paul Simon's 1977 hit, "Slip Slidin' Away." Jim Ed Brown & the Browns have a string of hits in the 1950s that included their best known song, "The Three Bells," which topped both the Pop/Rock and Country charts in 1959. The late and great guitarist, Grady Martin, was a member of Nashville's famed "A-Team" of session musicians. He can be heard on such classics as Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again," Marty Robbins' "El Paso," and Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman."
March 25, 2015: Series Of Marvin Gaye Archival Recordings To Be Released
Over the next several weeks, a series of archival recordings by the late and great Marvin Gaye will be released in various formats. On March 31, 2015, two rare 1972 songs, "Where Are We Going" and "Woman Of The World," will be released digitally for the first time. On April 14, a limited-edition vinyl single ("How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" b/w "Once Upon A Time" performed by Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells) will be released as part of Record Store Day later that week. On April 28, Gaye's classic album, "Let's Get It On," will be coming out on Blu-ray. On May 19, a box set titled "Marvin Gaye 1961-1965" consisting of Gaye's first seven albums will become available in stores. This collection is the first of three that will span Gaye's entire career.
March 25, 2015: Thin Lizzy Early Albums To Be Reissued On Vinyl
On March 27, 2015, the first eight albums by Thin Lizzy are set to be reissued on high-quality 180-gram vinyl. These albums, which were originally released between 1971-1977, include the following: Thin Lizzy (1971); Shades Of A Blue Orphanage (1972); Vagabonds Of The Western World (1973); Nightlife (1974); Fighting (1975); Jailbreak (1976); Johnny The Fox (1976); Bad Reputation (1977). Thin Lizzy's best known songs include "Jailbreak" and the band's 1976 hit, "The Boys Are Back In Town."
March 25, 2015: Paul McCartney To Co-Headline Lollapalooza 2015
Paul McCartney is among those who will be headlining this year's Lollapalooza music festival in which over 100 bands and artists will take part. This event is set to take place July 31-August 2, 2015 at Chicago's Grant Park. For more info and tickets, go to Lollapalooza.com. For those who cannot make Lollapalooza 2015, it will be available via a live stream.
March 25, 2015: Las Vegas Declares March 26 Diana Ross Day
To celebrate her birthday and upcoming residency at The Venetian, the City of Las Vegas has officially declared March 26, the singer's birthday, as Diana Ross Day. This year, the legendary former Supreme turns 71 on that day. Her residency, "The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade," is set to take place April 1-18, 2015.
March 26, 2015: Recent Brian Wilson Concert To Air On PBS
Highlights from a Brian Wilson concert from last December at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas will be featured in a special episode of the PBS series, "Soundstage," which will air on most PBS stations around the country starting April 9, 2015. Among those who performed alongside Wilson at this concert, which showcased songs from Wilson's latest album, "No Pier Pressure," were Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin of the Beach Boys. "No Pier Pressure" is due out on April 7.