Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of November 15, 2015

November 23, 2015 by Amy Gold

During the week of November 15, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to P.F. Sloan famous for penning such oldies classics as Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" and Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction."

Also that week, Carly Simon finally revealed the identity of the mystery man in her 1972 hit, "You're So Vain."

A previously-shelved album from 1978 titled "Diana Ross Sings Songs From The Wiz" is set to be released for the first time later this month. Next April, Graham Nash will be releasing a new album titled "This Path Tonight," and he will be launching a U.S. tour next January in support of this album.

Barry Manilow announced a series of new U.S. tour dates beginning this December. Olivia Newton-John will be extending her "Summer Nights" Las Vegas residency to December, 2016. Next March, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire will embark on another joint tour that will take the two bands to various states in the U.S. John Fogerty, The Doobie Brothers, and The Marshall Tucker Band are among those who will be performing at next year's Stagecoach Festival, to be held April 29-May 1, 2016 in Indio, CA. Joan Baez, who will turn 75 on January 9, 2016, will be celebrating this occasion with a concert to be held later that month in NYC. This event, which will be taped for a later episode of the PBS series, "Great Performances," will also mark the beginning of her 2016 North American tour.

CMT announced that Kenny Rogers will be named this year's Artist of a Lifetime. The awards ceremonies will take place on December 2, 2015 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and will air live on CMT. Also, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be the featured musical guests on the December 19, 2015 episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

Also that week, The Grateful Dead and Bob Seger received honors at this year's Billboard Touring Awards ceremony which took place on November 19, 2015 in NYC. It was announced that James Taylor and Barbra Streisand will be honored later this month by President Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Also, country music legend Loretta Lynn will be presented with the first-ever Billboard Women in Music Legend Award this December.

Finally, The Beatles' recently re-released "1" album re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at #6. First released in 2000, this album had spent eight nonconsecutive weeks atop that chart in 2000-2001.

(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)


In this clip from the November 20, 2015 episode of the PBS series, "Craft In America," Joan Baez talks about activism and the guitar as a means for social change.


November 15, 2015: Chicago And Earth, Wind & Fire To Launch Joint Tour

Next year, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire will embark on another joint tour that will take the two horn bands to various states in the U.S. Their 15-date trek, dubbed "Heart and Soul Tour 2.0," is set to begin on March 23, 2016 in Jacksonville, FL and end on April 18 in NYC, with additional stops in Florida, as well as in Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. For more info, visit ChicagotheBand.com.

Source: Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire Extend Heart and Soul Tour into 2016

November 15, 2015: Lost 1978 Diana Ross Album To Be Released

In 1978, Diana Ross recorded an album on Motown of all the songs from the Broadway musical, "The Wiz," in which she also co-starred in the movie version. This album, which was to be titled "Diana Ross Sings Songs From The Wiz," was slated for release in early 1979 but got shelved due to poor reviews of the movie. On December 3, 2015, NBC is set to air a live new production of "The Wiz," and in honor of this occasion, Motown will be releasing a remastered version of “Diana Ross Sings Songs From The Wiz" on November 27. This collection, which also includes a booklet and never-before-seen photos, will be available as a digital download on Amazon.com, iTunes, and other online stores.

Source: Lost Album "Diana Ross Sings Songs From The Wiz" to be Released on November 27 (EXCLUSIVE!)

November 16, 2015: Beatles' '1' Compilation Re-enters Billboard 200

The Beatles' recently re-released "1" compilation album re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at #6. When this album was first released in 2000, it had spent eight nonconsecutive weeks atop that chart in 2000-2001.

Source: The Beatles' "1" Compilation Reenters "Billboard" 200 at #6 After Reissues Release

November 16, 2015: Singer-Songwriter P.F. Sloan Passes Away

Acclaimed singer-songwriter P.F. Sloan died on November 15, 2015 at age 70 at his home in Los Angeles after battling pancreatic cancer. He became famous for penning such oldies classics as Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" (1966) and Barry McGuire's chart-topping "Eve Of Destruction" (1965).

Born Philip Gary Schlein in New York City, he got his start in music at age 13 when his father bought him a guitar and Elvis Presley gave him an impromptu music lesson. He made his first recording at 14 for Aladdin Records and, at 16, joined the songwriting staff at the LA-based music publisher, Screen Gems, where he began his long collaboration with Steve Barri. Besides "Secret Agent Man," the duo also wrote hit songs for such top acts as Jan & Dean, Herman's Hermits, The Turtles, and The Grass Roots. They also served as backing vocalists for Jan & Dean, Bruce & Terry, The Rip Chords, and other artists.

Sloan recorded a string of solo singles from 1959-1972, three of which became minor hits: "The Sins Of A Family" (1965), "Halloween Mary" (1965), and "From A Distance" (1966). He also recorded several albums over the years that included his latest, "My Beethoven" (2014). Shortly before his passing, he published a memoir, "What's Exactly The Matter With Me? Memoirs Of A Life In Music."

Source: Eve of Destruction Songwriter P.F. Sloan Dead at Age 70

November 16, 2015: James Taylor, Barbra Streisand To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

James Taylor and Barbra Streisand are among those who will be honored by President Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. The awards ceremonies will take place on November 24, 2015 at the White House.

Source: President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom | whitehouse.gov

November 17, 2015: Loretta Lynn To Receive Billboard Women In Music Legend Award

Country music legend Loretta Lynn will be honored with the first-ever Billboard Women in Music Legend Award. The awards ceremonies will take place on December 11, 2015 at the 2015 Billboard Women In Music Celebration in New York City.

Source: Loretta Lynn | Loretta Lynn To Receive Inaugural Billboard Women In Music Legend Award | Contactmusic.com

November 17, 2015: John Fogerty, Doobie Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band To Perform At 2016 Stagecoach Festival

John Fogerty, The Doobie Brothers, and The Marshall Tucker Band are among those who will be performing at next year's Stagecoach Festival, to be held April 29-May 1, 2016 in Indio, CA. Fogerty will appear on April 30, and The Doobie Brothers and The Marshall Tucker Band are both slated for May 1. For more info and tickets, visit StagecoachFestival.com.

Source: John Fogerty, Doobie Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band to Perform at 2016 Stagecoach Festival

November 17, 2015: Bruce Springsteen To Perform On 'Saturday Night Live'

On December 19, 2015, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be the featured musical guests on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." This upcoming performance will be Springsteen's third appearance to date on this long-running comedy show.

Source: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to Perform on "Saturday Night Live" Next Month

November 17, 2015: Kenny Rogers Named CMT's Artist Of A Lifetime

Kenny Rogers will be named this year's CMT Artist of a Lifetime, making him the second artist to receive this prestigious title to date. The awards ceremonies will take place on December 2, 2015 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and will air live on CMT as part of this network's annual Artists of the Year TV special.

Source: Kenny Rogers Proclaimed CMT's Artist of a Lifetime

November 18, 2015: Barry Manilow Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Barry Manilow announced a series of tour dates in the U.S. as an extension of his farewell "One Last Time!" tour which he launched in 2014. This upcoming trek is set to begin on December 8, 2015 in Palm Desert, CA and end on February 19, 2016 in Wichita, KS, with stops in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas. Manilow also has a series of tour dates lined up in the U.K. for June, 2016. For more info and tickets, visit barrymanilow.com.

Source: Barry Manilow Announces 2016 US Dates for His One Last Time! Tour

November 18, 2015: Carly Simon Confirms Identity Of Main Subject In 'You're So Vain'

Carly Simon finally revealed the identity of the main subject in her 1972 hit, "You're So Vain." As he himself and others have long suspected, it turns out that the mystery man in question is Warren Beatty. Simon also makes reference to two other former lovers in this oldies classic, but for now, plans to keep their identities a secret.

Source: Carly Simon Confirms "You're So Vain" Is About Warren Beatty -- and Two Other Guys

November 19, 2015: Olivia Newton-John To Extend Las Vegas Residency

Olivia Newton-John announced that she will be extending her "Summer Nights" Las Vegas residency to December, 2016. Her shows, which take place at the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel and casino, include classic hits, songs from the 1978 movie, "Grease," and other tunes that span her entire career.

Source: Olivia Newton-John's "Summer Nights" Las Vegas Residency Extended Until December 2016

November 19, 2015: Joan Baez To Celebrate 75th Birthday And Launch Tour

Joan Baez, who will turn 75 on January 9, 2016, will be celebrating this occasion with a concert to be held on January 27 at New York City's Beacon Theatre. This event will feature performances by Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, and other top artists, and it will be taped for a later episode of the PBS series, "Great Performances." It will also mark the beginning of Baez's 2016 18-date North American tour which will take the legendary singer to Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North and South Carolina, and Vermont, plus Ontario, Canada.

Source: Joan Baez to Celebrate 75th Birthday with Star-Studded New York City Concert in January

November 20, 2015: Graham Nash To Release New Album And Launch Tour

Graham Nash announced a new solo album titled "This Path Tonight" which will be coming out April 15, 2016 on CD, vinyl, and as a digital download. Highlights include new songs co-written with Crosby, Stills & Nash touring guitarist, Shane Fontayne. Nash will also be launching a U.S. tour in early 2016 in support of this new album. This 20-date trek begins on January 27, 2016 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and ends on February 25 in NYC, with additional stops in Florida and New York, as well as in Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Source: Graham Nash to Release New Solo Album, "This Path Tonight," in April; Launching US Tour in January

November 20, 2015: Grateful Dead, Bob Seger Honored At 2015 Billboard Touring Awards

The Grateful Dead and Bob Seger were among those to receive honors at this year's Billboard Touring Awards ceremony. This event took place on November 19, 2015 at New York City's Roosevelt Hotel. The Grateful Dead won the Top Boxscore prize for its "Fare Thee Well" concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field last July. Seger received the Legend of Live Award for his contributions to the touring industry throughout his career.

Source: The Grateful Dead and Bob Seger Among Honorees at 2015 "Billboard" Touring Awards