October 18, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of October 11, 2015, it was announced that the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late pop legend, Frank Sinatra, will be commemorated in a TV special titled "Sinatra 100 - An All-Star GRAMMY Concert" which will air December 6, 2015 on CBS.
Also that week, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Buddy Guy, and other artists gave a performance at the White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. This event will be televised January 8, 2016 on PBS.
Jackson Browne, who is currently on tour, announced a series of upcoming shows for January, 2016. He will also be presented next month with the Jane Ortner Artist Award in recognition of his support of education through the arts.
A soundtrack album titled "Retrospective: The Music Of Mad Men" that consists of many oldies classics and other music from the 1960s-themed AMC TV series was recently released. This November, The Grateful Dead's final "Fare Thee Well" concerts will be coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. Also due out that month is "A Night At The Odeon -- Hammersmith 1975" featuring Queen's 1975 Christmas Eve concert in London. In December, Bruce Springsteen's 1980 double album, "The River," will be re-released as a box set titled "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection."
Also that week, it was announced that a new book by Tavis Smiley and accompanying TV series about the King of Pop's final days are in the works. Titled "Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days," the book is slated for June, 2016.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Below is a video of Bob Dylan's "Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence," a previously unreleased song recorded on June 15, 1965 which is included in the upcoming box set, "The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12" (release date: November 6, 2015).
October 11, 2015: Jackson Browne To Receive Jane Ortner Artist Award
Jackson Browne will be presented with this year's Jane Ortner Artist Award in recognition of his support of education through the arts. The award ceremonies will take place on November 3, 2015, in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theater.
October 13, 2015: Queen 1975 London Christmas Eve Concert To Be Released
On November 20, 2015, Queen's historic 1975 Christmas Eve concert in London will be coming out on CD, vinyl, as a digital download, and as a deluxe box set with concert video, documentary, and other bonus features. Titled "A Night At The Odeon -- Hammersmith 1975" this collection includes such classics as "Killer Queen" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," plus encore performances and a medley of covers of songs by Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Connie Francis, and Shirley Bassey.
October 13, 2015: Classic Oldies Artists Featured on New 'Mad Men' Retrospective Soundtrack
A soundtrack album for the 1960s-themed AMC TV series, "Mad Men," was recently released on vinyl and as a digital download. Titled "Retrospective: The Music Of Mad Men," highlights of this collection include classic songs by The Beach Boys, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Don Cherry, Judy Collins, Vic Damone, The Spencer Davis Group, Bob Dylan, Roberta Flack, Bobby Helms, The New Seekers, Roy Orbison, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Frank and Nancy Sinatra.
October 14, 2015: Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday To Be Commemorated In TV Special
The 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915) will be commemorated in a TV special which will air December 6, 2015 on CBS. Titled "Sinatra 100 - An All-Star GRAMMY Concert," this show will feature rare archival footage of the late pop legend. Guest stars will include Tony Bennett, George Benson, and other artists. Several other events in Sinatra's honor are also planned for the remained of 2015 that include a multimedia exhibit at the GRAMMY museum in Los Angeles.
October 14, 2015: Jackson Browne Announces Upcoming Shows For January, 2016
Jackson Browne announced a series of upcoming shows for January, 2016. This 12-date trek begins on January 8, 2016 in Virginia Beach, VA and runs through January 25 in Englewood, NJ, with additional stops in Virginia, as well as in Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Browne is currently on tour in the U.S. For more info and a complete list of show dates, visit JacksonBrowne.com.
October 14, 2015: Smokey Robinson, James Taylor Perform At White House
On October 14, 2015, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, and Buddy Guy were among those who performed at the White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. This event, which is the latest installment in the series, "In Performance At The White House," will be televised January 8, 2016 on PBS.
October 15, 2015: Grateful Dead's Final Concerts To Be Released
The Grateful Dead's final "Fare Thee Well" concerts will be coming out November 20, 2015 on DVD and Blu-ray. A CD will also be released with selected "best of" highlights. These historic concerts took place last July in Chicago at Soldier Field and featured the band's four core surviving members: Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann. For tracks and other info, visit Dead.net.
October 15, 2015: New TV Series And Book About Michael Jackson's Final Days In The Works
A new TV series about Michael Jackson's final days is in the works which will be based on an upcoming book by PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley titled "Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days." This book, which is slated for June, 2016, will focus on the 16 weeks leading up to Jackson's untimely passing and will also discuss the many pressures he had to deal with throughout his career.
October 16, 2015: Bruce Springsteen Classic 1980 Double Album To Be Re-released
On December 4, 2015, Bruce Springsteen's highly acclaimed 1980 double album, "The River," will be re-released as a single CD, digital download, and deluxe CD/DVD box set. Titled "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection," highlights of this collection include "Hungry Heart," Springsteen's first Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit. "The River" was ranked at #253 on the Rolling Stone list of the greatest albums of all time, and upon its release, it topped the Billboard 200 chart.