May 17, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of May 10, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to the legendary B.B. King, a revered and highly influential figure in blues music whose decades-long string of hits included his signature song, "The Thrill Is Gone."
This June, a collection of songs titled "Dylan, Cash, And The Nashville Cats: A New Music City" recorded by various top bands and artists from the late 1960s-early 1970s is set to be released. Also, a limited edition single of The Rolling Stones' "(I Canít Get No) Satisfaction" was recently released on vinyl in honor of this song's 50th anniversary.
This July, Stephen Stills will be launching a tour that will take him to various parts of the U.S. Dave Davies of the Kinks announced his upcoming U.S. tour to take place later this year, and he will also be releasing a new live album this August. This September, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork of the Monkees will be giving a show at the London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. Also, Peter Frampton and Jackson Browne both announced new show date additions to their 2015 itineraries.
Also that week, it was announced that Bob Dylan will perform on the May 19, 2015 episode of The Late Show with David Letterman which will be airing its final broadcast on May 20. Also, Bob Seger is among this year's nominees for a CMT music award. The 2015 CMT Music Awards will be shown live on June 10, 2015.
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Below is the official trailer for "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip Of Bob Weir," a new Grateful Dead documentary as told by a longtime band member, which premieres May 22, 2015 on Netflix.
May 11, 2015: Compilation By Bob Dylan And Others Recorded In Nashville To Be Released
A 2-CD collection of songs recorded in Nashville by Bob Dylan and other top bands and artists from the late 1960s-early 1970s is set to be released on June 16, 2015. Titled "Dylan, Cash, And The Nashville Cats: A New Music City," highlights of this 36-track compilation include songs by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Byrds, The Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia, Joan Baez, J.J. Cale, Kris Kristofferson, Derek & The Dominos, The Beau Brummels, The Steve Miller Band, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Country Joe McDonald, and Neil Young.
May 12, 2015: Monkees To Perform In U.K.
On September 4, 2015, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork of the Monkees will be giving a show at the London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, their first show in the U.K. since 2011. In addition to classic hits, the ex-Monkees will also perform other material that includes songs from their soundtrack album, "Head." This show will also feature rare film footage and TV show clips.
May 12, 2015: Rolling Stones' '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' Turns 50
On May 12, 1965 at RCA Studios, The Rolling Stones recorded what would turn out to be the band's first U.S. #1 hit, "(I Canít Get No) Satisfaction." To celebrate this song's 50th anniversary, a limited edition single will be released on July 10, 2015 by ABKCO Records on 180 gram vinyl.
May 12, 2015: Peter Frampton Adds New Show Dates
Peter Frampton will be adding over 30 new show dates to his 2015 itinerary. Most of these shows will be expansions of his joint tour with Cheap Trick, which begins on June 6, 2015, while the remaining performances will be solo headlining shows. Frampton's shows for this year will take him to various parts of North America, including many states in the U.S. and Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. He will also be joining the lineup for a Jerry Garcia tribute concert that takes place this May in Columbia, MD.
May 12, 2015: Dave Davies Of The Kinks To Release New Live Album And Launch Tour
Dave Davies of the Kinks announced his new upcoming live solo album which is due out sometime this August. He will also be launching a U.S. tour later this year, with several show dates confirmed for this October in Boston, MA and Londonderry, NH.
May 13, 2015: Stephen Stills To Launch Tour
Stephen Stills will soon be launching a tour that will take him to various parts of the U.S. This 20-date trek begins on July 6, 2015 in Alexandria, VA and ends on August 5 in San Juan Capistrano, CA, with additional stops in California and Virginia, as well as in Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Stills will perform both old favorites and new songs.
May 13, 2015: Bob Seger Nominated For CMT Award
Bob Seger is among this year's nominees for a CMT music award for his live performance with Jason Aldean of "Turn The Page" on CMT Crossroads in 2014. The 2015 CMT Music Awards will be broadcast live on June 10, 2015.
May 15, 2015: B.B. King Passes Away
Famed blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist B.B. King died at age 89 on May 14, 2015 at his home in Las Vegas from a series of small strokes caused by his decades-long Type 2 diabetes. A revered figure in blues music, King became famous in the 1950s after debuting in 1951 on the R&B charts with "3 O'Clock Blues," a chart-topper that was followed by a very long string of hits that also included his signature song, "The Thrill Is Gone" (1969). He introduced a unique vibrato style of playing the electric blues guitar that, combined with his howling, impassioned singing style, made him one of the most influential blues musicians of all time.
He was born Riley Ben King near Itta Bena, MS and sang gospel music in church as a child. In 1946, he left for Memphis, TN to study blues guitar with Bukka White, an influential Delta blues guitarist and singer who was a first cousin of King's mother. In 1948, he began performing and working as a DJ on WDIA in Memphis and other local radio stations. It was during that time he became known as B.B. King; his famous first name initials were derived from his nickname, "Beale Street Blues Boy," which was later shortened to "Blues Boy" and finally to B.B.
In 1949, King began recording with RPM Records and had his first hit on the R&B charts in 1951 with the chart-topping "3 O'Clock Blues." This song was followed by a very long string of hits on both the Pop/Rock and R&B charts that also included "You Know I Love You" (1952), "Please Love Me" (1953), "You Upset Me Baby" (1954), "Rock Me Baby" (1964), "Paying The Cost To Be The Boss" (1968), and "The Thrill Is Gone" (1969), the latter of which earned King a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1970 and a Grammy Hall of Fame award in 1998. This song is included in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Over the years, King continued to record and tour almost up to his passing, giving hundreds of concerts each year into his 70s. Known as "The King Of The Blues," he influenced and inspired countless rock, R&B, and blues musicians throughout his long career. His numerous honors and accolades included being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and winning 15 Grammy Awards. He is included in Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time and in Gibson's list of top 50 guitarists of all time. King was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2006.
May 15, 2015: Bob Dylan To Be Among David Letterman's Final Guests
The Late Show with David Letterman will be airing its final broadcast on May 20, 2015, and Bob Dylan is set to perform on the May 19 episode of this show in honor of this occasion. Dylan previously appeared on this long-running show on November 18, 1993.
May 15, 2015: Jackson Browne Adds New Show Dates
Jackson Browne recently added some new show dates to his upcoming U.S. tour in support of his latest album, "Standing In The Breach." These new shows begin on October 7, 2015 in Durham, NC and end on October 28 in Phoenix, AZ, with additional stops in Arizona, as well as in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.