November 16, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of November 8, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to New Orleans musical icon Allen Toussaint and Beatles session drummer Andy White. A prolific songwriter, Toussaint became famous in the 1960s for such hits as Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-In-Law," and Lee Dorsey's "Workin' In The Coal Mine." Nicknamed "The Fifth Beatle," White is famous for having played on the version of The Beatles' "Love Me Do" that was released as a single in the U.S.
"Ringo Starr: The Lifetime Of Peace & Love Tribute Concert," an album that captures a tribute concert held in January 2014 for the ex-Beatle, will be coming out this December. Also that month, "Idlewild South," the Allman Brothers' second album, is slated for reissue.
Later this month, famed soul singer Sam Moore of Sam & Dave will be celebrating his 80th birthday at a benefit concert in Miami, FL. Billy Joel will continue his long-running residency at Madison Square Garden into 2016. Van Morrison announced a series of concerts for early 2016 in various cities in California. The Who will begin performing again next February, kicking off with a concert at London's Wembley Arena. Also, James Taylor will be performing at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park next summer and will be joined by Jackson Browne.
This Thanksgiving (November 26, 2015), PBS will be showing "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert With Arlo Guthrie" in honor of this perennial oldies classic. A commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra will be televised December 8 on PBS as part of that station's "Live From Lincoln Center" series. A tribute concert in honor of John Lennon, who would have turned 75 last October, is set to air December 19 on AMC. Also, Crosby, Stills & Nash will be performing at this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C. which will air on PBS throughout December.
Also that week, it was announced that "If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra," which recently topped both the Australian and U.K. charts, will be making its debut on the Billboard 200 at #21 and also the Billboard Classical Albums chart at #1.
Finally, a long-lost Gibson J-160E guitar that John Lennon had used to write "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and other classic Beatles songs recently sold at auction for a whopping $2.4 million.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Below is an rare early demo of "Gloria" by Them which is included on the band's upcoming box set, "The Complete Them 1964-1967" (to be released December 4, 2015).
November 8, 2015: Van Morrison To Perform In California
Van Morrison announced a series of concerts for early 2016 in various cities in California. Morrison will play first at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 15-16, 2016, followed by a set of shows to take place January 18-19 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. For more info and tickets, visit VanMorrison.com.
November 9, 2015: John Lennon Guitar Sells At Auction For $2.4 Million
On November 7, 2015, a guitar that John Lennon had used to write "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and other Beatles' classics sold at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills for a whopping $2.4 million. This historic guitar is a Gibson J-160E which had been lost for some 50 years. Other items that sold at auction include a drum head Ringo Starr used on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1965 which sold for $2.1 million.
November 9, 2015: Frank Sinatra To Be Commemorated At Lincoln Center
On December 3, 2015, a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra will take place at New York's Lincoln Center and will be televised December 8 on PBS as part of the "Live From Lincoln Center" series. Sting and Bernadette Peters are among those who will pay tribute to the late and great crooner in concert.
November 9, 2015: New Elvis Presley Album Makes Debut On Billboard 200
"If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" will be making its debut on the Billboard 200 at #21 and also the Billboard Classical Albums chart at #1. Released on October 30, 2015, this collection of new orchestral versions of classic Presley songs recently topped both the Australian and U.K. charts and debuted at #2 in Ireland.
November 10, 2015: Sam Moore To Celebrate 80th Birthday At Charity Event
Famed soul singer Sam Moore of Sam & Dave will be celebrating his 80th birthday at "Salute The Soul Man," a benefit concert which will be taking place November 21, 2015 in Miami, FL. Proceeds will go to his non-profit Soul, Arts & Music Foundation. Moore will be performing at this event along with Sting, Don Henley, and others.
November 10, 2015: New Orleans Musical Icon Allen Toussaint Passes Away
Famed R&B musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer Allen Toussaint died on November 10, 2015 at age 77 of a heart attack after giving a concert in Madrid, Spain. He had been scheduled to perform with Paul Simon on December 8, 2015 at a benefit concert.
Born in New Orleans, this highly influential, multi-talented icon had served as that city's musical ambassador for much of his long career. A prolific songwriter, he became famous in the 1960s for such hits as Benny Spellman's "Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)," Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-In-Law," and Lee Dorsey's "Workin' In The Coal Mine." In the 1970s, he co-founded Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans where such top artists as Paul Simon and Paul McCartney would later record. During that decade, he penned such hits as the Pointer Sisters' "Yes We Can Can" and Glen Campbell's chart topping "Southern Nights." His many production credits included Dr John's "Right Place, Wrong Time" and Labelle's "Lady Marmalade." Over the years, he had also performed extensively and recorded many albums.
His many honors and accolades included being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in 2013.
November 10, 2015: The Who To Begin Performing Again Next February
The Who announced that it will begin performing again for the first time since last July on February 13, 2016 at London's Wembley Arena. Afterwards, the band will launch the North American leg of its tour on February 27, 2016 in Detroit, MI. This trek had originally been scheduled to take place this fall but had to be postponed to allow Roger Daltrey time to recover from viral meningitis. For tickets and other info, visit TheWho.com.
November 11, 2015: Beatles Session Drummer Andy White Passes Away
Famed session drummer Andy White died on November 9, 2015 at age 85 in Caldwell, NJ after a stroke. Nicknamed "The Fifth Beatle," he is famous for having played on the version of The Beatles' "Love Me Do" that was released as a single in the U.S. and as one of the tracks on the band's British debut album, "Please Please Me." He had also played on the B-side song, "P.S. I Love You." Throughout his long career, the Scottish-born musician had also played with many other top bands and artists that included Tom Jones, Herman's Hermits, Lulu, Billy Fury, Engelbert Humperdinck, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Chuck Berry.
November 11, 2015: Ringo Starr 2014 Tribute Concert Album To Be Released
On January 20, 2014, a tribute concert in honor of Ringo Starr in which he also performed was held in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre. This event is captured in the upcoming album, "Ringo Starr: The Lifetime Of Peace & Love Tribute Concert," which is due out on December 4, 2015. This 10-track album consists mostly of songs as made famous by Starr, either solo or as a member of The Beatles. Highlights include "Back Off Boogaloo" as performed by Joe Walsh plus "Photograph," Boys", and "With A Little Help From My Friends" as performed by Starr himself.
November 12, 2015: Allman Brothers Band's Second Album To Be Reissued
On December 4, 2015, the Allman Brothers' second album, "Idlewild South," will be coming out as a single CD and as 2-CD and CD/Blu-ray deluxe editions. Originally released in 1970, this album includes the band's classic "Midnight Rider" plus the Dickey Betts-penned songs, "Revival" and "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed." The deluxe editions also include previously unreleased outtakes, alternate versions of songs, and the band's April 1970 concert recorded at Cincinnati's Ludlow Garage.
November 12, 2015: Billy Joel To Extend Madison Square Garden Residency Into 2016
Billy Joel will continue his long-running residency at Madison Square Garden into 2016. His record-breaking 25th consecutive show is set to take place on January 7, 2016 which will make it his 71st performance in total at this famous venue. His final show for this year will be on December 17, 2015. The Piano Man will ring in the new year in Sunrise, FL at the BB&T.
November 13, 2015: Crosby, Stills & Nash To Join 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting Lineup
Crosby, Stills & Nash are among the most recent additions to the lineup of bands and artists who will be performing at this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C. This event, which is set to take place on December 3, 2015 at President's Park near the White House, will air on PBS throughout December. More guest artists will be announced soon. For more info, visit TheNationalTree.org.
November 13, 2015: James Taylor, Jackson Browne To Perform At Wrigley Field And Fenway Park
As part of his upcoming 2016 tour, James Taylor will be performing at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park on June 30, 2016 and August 3, respectively. He will be joined at both shows by special guest Jackson Browne. For more info and tickets, visit JamesTaylor.com.
November 13, 2015: John Lennon 75th Birthday Tribute Concert To Air On AMC
A tribute concert in honor of John Lennon, who would have turned 75 last October, is set to take place on December 5, 2015 in New York City. Among the featured performers will be Steven Tyler, Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Tickets will be available starting November 17 through Ticketmaster. This concert will air December 19 on AMC.
November 13, 2015: Arlo Guthrie's 'Alice's Restaurant' 50th Anniversary Concert To Air On PBS
On Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2015), PBS will be showing "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert With Arlo Guthrie," a special holiday show in commemoration of this perennial oldies classic. Arlo Guthrie is also currently on a nationwide "Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour" which will cover most states.