November 29, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of November 22, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to Cynthia Robinson, a founding member of Sly & The Family Stone who was the band's trumpeter and a lead vocalist in the 1968 hit, "Dance To The Music."
A new Joe Cocker compilation titled "The Life Of A Man: The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013" will be coming out in December. Also that month, Frank Zappa's 1979 album, "Sheik Yerbouti," will be getting a new vinyl release.
The Doobie Brothers and Journey announced a joint North American tour that will begin in May, 2016. Also, Lynyrd Skynyrd has been forced to cancel its remaining two shows for 2015 so that Gary Rossington can continue to recuperate from a recent heart attack. The band is planning to resume touring in early 2016.
Also that week, it was announced that James Taylor and Sting are among the lineup for this year's "Christmas In Rockefeller Center" NBC TV Special which will air on December 2, 2015. Also, the new Janis Joplin documentary, "Janis: Little Girl Blue," will air on PBS sometime in early 2016 as part of this network's American Masters series (date and time to be announced).
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Willie Nelson performs "Living In The Promiseland" after being presented with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an awards ceremony that took place November 18, 2015 at Washington's DAR Constitution Hall. This event will be televised January 15, 2016 on PBS.
November 23, 2015: Joe Cocker 'Ultimate Hits' Compilation To Be Released
A new compilation of songs by the late Joe Cocker titled "The Life Of A Man: The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013" will be coming out on December 11, 2015. Highlights of this 2-CD collection include classic hits such as "You Are So Beautiful," covers of Traffic's "Feelin' Alright," Leon Russell's "Delta Lady," and The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends," and the chart-topping "Up Where We Belong" with Jennifer Warnes.
November 24, 2015: Lynyrd Skynyrd Cancels Final 2015 Shows
Lynyrd Skynyrd has been forced to cancel its remaining two shows for 2015 so that founding member/guitarist Gary Rossington can continue to recuperate from a recent heart attack. The band is planning to resume touring in early 2016, with its next concert slated to take place on January 29 in Thackerville, OK. Rossington, who is the only surviving member of the band, will turn 64 on December 4.
November 24, 2015: Doobie Brothers And Journey Announce Joint 2016 Tour
The Doobie Brothers and Journey announced a joint tour in 2016 that will take the two bands across the U.S. and to Canada. This 49-date trek begins on May 12, 2016 in Irvine, CA and ends on August 30 in Chula Vista, CA, with additional stops in California, as well as in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, plus Ontario, Canada. Special guest artist Dave Mason will open the shows, and Steve Smith, who was a member of Journey from 1978-1998, will rejoin the band for this tour.
November 24, 2015: Cynthia Robinson Of Sly & The Family Stone Passes Away
Famed trumpeter and singer Cynthia Robinson died on November 23, 2015 at age 71 in Carmichael, CA from cancer. She was a founding member of Sly & The Family Stone and served as the band's trumpet player. She was a lead vocalist in the 1968 hit, "Dance To The Music," and she can be heard yelling out "get on up ... and dance to the music!" during the opening. She began her long association with Sly Stone in 1966 as a member of Sly & The Stoners which morphed to Sly & The Family Stone the following year. She played with the band through its breakup in 1975, and then rejoined when it was relaunched in 2006. She also played with Graham Central Station and worked with George Clinton and Prince.
In 1993, Robinson was inducted along with the other original Sly & The Family Stone members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
November 24, 2015: James Taylor And Sting To Perform on NBC's 'Christmas In Rockefeller Center' Special
James Taylor and Sting are among the lineup for this year's "Christmas In Rockefeller Center" NBC TV Special which celebrates the lighting of NYC's landmark tree. This event will be televised December 2, 2015.
November 25, 2015: Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' To Get New Vinyl Reissue
On December 11, 2015, Frank Zappa's 1979 album, "Sheik Yerbouti," will be coming out on 180-gram vinyl. Highlights include the disco parody, "Dancin' Fool," which peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Bobby Brown," which topped the charts in Norway and Sweden.
November 26, 2015: Janis Joplin Documentary To Air On PBS
The new Janis Joplin documentary, "Janis: Little Girl Blue," will air on PBS sometime in early 2016 as part of this network's American Masters series. This movie tells the story of the late pop icon through letters she wrote to her parents over the years, many of which will be made public for the first time. Other highlights include live footage of Joplin in concert and her return to Port Arthur, TX for her high school reunion.