May 10, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of May 3, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate and folk singer Guy Carawan famous for his rendition of "We Shall Overcome" which became one of the main anthems of the Civil Rights Movement.
Also that week, Elvin Bishop, Eric Clapton, Little Richard, and the late Johnny Winter were among those honored at the 36th Annual Blues Music Awards.
The Ides of March recently released a box set titled "Last Band Standing" in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. The Who will be offering for sale audio downloads of every concert on the band's current tour leg in North America. Also, Bob Seger will be reissuing his 1976 album, "Night Moves," on vinyl which is due out this June.
This October, The Yardbirds will be launching a tour that will take the band to various parts of the U.S. Also that month, Bob Dylan will be giving a series of concerts in the U.K.
On May 13, 2015, Steven Tyler and The Jacksons will be performing on "American Idol" during the second night of this show's two-part finale. "Texas Uprising," a miniseries about the Texas Revolution featuring songs performed by George Strait and Kris Kristofferson, will be making its premiere on the History Channel May 25. On June 27, Lynyrd Skynyrd will be appearing on an upcoming episode of "CMT Crossroads."
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Below is a preview of a new documentary directed by Ron Howard about the Beatles' early touring years.
May 4, 2015: Bob Dylan To Tour U.K.
Bob Dylan recently announced a series of show dates for this October. His six-date trek begins on October 21, 2015 at London's Royal Albert Hall, where he will then give two more concerts through October 23. Dylan will then give two shows in Manchester before wrapping up in Cardiff on October 29.
May 4, 2015: The Who To Offer Concerts Downloads
The Who are currently on tour in North America, and the band will be offering audio downloads of every concert from April 15 through May 30, 2015. This 21-date trek covers various cities in Florida, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Downloads will be available for purchase within two weeks after a show has taken place. For more info, visit TheWho.com.
May 5, 2015: Yardbirds To Launch U.S. Tour
The Yardbirds will be launching a tour that will take the band to various parts of the U.S. So far, seven show dates for October 30-November 11, 2015 have been scheduled, with more expected to be announced. The Yardbirds current lineup includes Earl Slick, a longtime guitarist for David Bowie, who will be taking the place of Anthony "Top" Topham.
May 5, 2015: Bob Seger's 'Night Moves' To Be Reissued On Vinyl
On June 16, 2015, Bob Seger will be reissuing his 1976 album, "Night Moves," on 180-gram vinyl. This highly acclaimed album, which was the first to feature his backing group, The Silver Bullet Band, includes two classic Seger hits, "Night Moves" and "Mainstreet."
May 6, 2015: Ides Of March Releases Box Set
The Ides of March recently released a career retrospective box set titled "Last Band Standing" in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. Highlights of this collection include songs dating back to 1965 plus three new songs that pay homage to various eras of the band throughout its long history. Also included is a DVD of a live 2014 performance at Chicago's House of Blues. For more info, visit TheIdesofMarch.com.
May 6, 2015: Steven Tyler, The Jacksons To Perform On 'American Idol' Finale
Steven Tyler and The Jacksons are among those who will be performing on "American Idol" during the second night of this show's two-part finale, which takes place May 12-13, 2015. Tyler will be performing a new song titled "Love Is Your Name." Other bands and artists who will be appearing on this program include former Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald and Nile Rodgers of Chic.
May 6, 2015: Errol Brown Of Hot Chocolate Passes Away
Singer-songwriter Errol Brown died on May 6, 2015 at age 71 at his home in the Bahamas after battling liver cancer. He was the lead singer of the U.K.-based Hot Chocolate, a funk-soul group that also became famous in the U.S. during the 1970s with such hits as "You Sexy Thing" (1975) and "Emma" (1975).
He was born Lester Errol Brown in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to the U.K. at age 12. Hot Chocolate began in 1969 when Brown recorded a reggae version of John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance" with some friends. Lennon liked their version of his song and shortly thereafter, signed Hot Chocolate to Apple. Hot Chocolate had a long string of hits on both the U.K. and U.S. charts through the early 1980s that also included "Disco Queen" (1975), "Don't Stop It Now" (1976), "Every 1's a Winner" (1978), and "Are You Getting Enough Happiness" (1982). Brown co-wrote the group's biggest hit, "You Sexy Thing," plus other songs that included "Brother Louie," which also became a top hit in the U.K. for Hot Chocolate. The latter song later topped the U.S. charts for Stories.
In 1986, Hot Chocolate disbanded and Brown began a solo career. His many awards and accolades included being named by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The following year, he received an Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contributions to British music.
May 8, 2015: Folk Singer Guy Carawan Passes Away
Folk singer Guy Carawan died on May 2, 2015 at age 87 at his home in New Market, TN. He is best remembered for his rendition of "We Shall Overcome," an adaptation of an early spiritual song which became one of the main anthems of the Civil Rights Movement. He first performed this historic song during a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee meeting on April 15, 1960. Carawan, who graduated Occidental College and UCLA with degrees in mathematics and sociology, was also a musicologist and the author of a number of books.
May 8, 2015: George Strait, Kris Kristofferson Contribute Songs To 'Texas Rising' Soundtrack
George Strait and Kris Kristofferson will be contributing songs to "Texas Uprising," a miniseries about the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers which premieres on the History Channel May 25, 2015. Strait will perform "Take Me To Texas" by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, and Kristofferson will perform Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down." Kristofferson will also be playing President Andrew Jackson in this miniseries.
May 8, 2015: Lynyrd Skynyrd To Perform On 'CMT Crossroads'
Lynyrd Skynyrd will be appearing on an upcoming episode of "CMT Crossroads" which is set to air June 27, 2015. The famed Southern rock band will be performing alongside country singer Brantley Gilbert.
May 8, 2015: Elvin Bishop, Johnny Winter Honored At 2015 Blues Music Awards
Elvin Bishop and the late Johnny Winter were among those honored at the 36th Annual Blues Music Awards which took place on May 7, 2015 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. Bishop received the best band prize and also awards for the best album and best song. Winter's 2014 recording, "Step Back," was named the best rock blues album. Also, Eric Clapton and Little Richard were among those inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame during this event.