October 26, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of October 18, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to singer Cory Wells who was a founding member of Three Dog Night.
Also that week, it was announced that Willie Nelson will be honored this November by the Library of Congress with its prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Eric Burdon will be launching a tour this November that will take him and the latest incarnation of The Animals to various states in the U.S. Elton John, a longtime artist in residence at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, announced a series of new shows to take place at this venue over the months of January and April, 2016.
This November, The Beach Boys are set to release an expanded edition of their 1965 "Party!" album to commemorate its 50th anniversary. This year's Black Friday Record Store Day Sale will be taking place on November 27, 2015. Among the bands and artists with offerings at this event are Elvis Presley, Queen, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, and the Alan Parsons Project. Also in November, "Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All," a recent documentary about the 20th century pop legend which premiered on HBO last April, will be coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. This December, Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship will be releasing the first of two new albums, "Good Memories." Balin's second album, "The Greatest Love," will be coming out in February, 2016. Also that month, Elton John will be releasing a new album titled "Wonderful Crazy Night."
Also that week, Keith Richards paid tribute to Merry Clayton at the Jazz Foundation of America's annual "A Great Night In Harlem" benefit concert. She is famous for her backing vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter."
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Don Henley is shown below performing "The Heart Of The Matter" on the October 24, 2015 episode of the PBS series, "Austin City Limits."
October 19, 2015: Recent Frank Sinatra Documentary To Be Released On DVD And Blu-ray
On November 20, 2015, "Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All," a recent documentary about the 20th century pop legend which premiered on HBO last April, will be coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. The deluxe edition includes a bonus CD and DVD of the audio and video from his 1971 "Retirement Concert," plus booklets, art cards, and another DVD of a 1965 interview with Walter Cronkite. The documentary focuses on Sinatra's career and personal life during his first 60 years beginning with his childhood in Hoboken, NJ. This year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.
October 20, 2015: Eric Burdon To Launch Late Fall Tour
Eric Burdon will soon be launching a tour that will take him and the latest incarnation of The Animals to various states in the U.S. This 12-date trek begins on November 7, 2015 in Maricopa, AZ and ends on December 11 in Pala, CA, with additional stops in California, as well as in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Nevada, and Ohio. For more info, visit EricBurdon.com. More shows are expected to be announced.
October 21, 2015: Jefferson Airplane Founder Marty Balin To Release Two New Solo Albums
Jefferson Airplane founder and longtime Jefferson Starship member Marty Balin will be releasing two new solo albums over the next few months. "Good Memories," to be released on December 11, 2015, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Jefferson Airplane with new renditions of "It's No Secret," "Comin' Back To Me," and other classics. "The Greatest Love," to be released on February 19, 2016, features 15 new songs, including "Crazy Over You," "Jamaican Me Crazy," and "Stripper." To promote these albums, Balin will take part in two events in which he will perform and give interviews. He will also be giving a concert on November 21 in Mill Valley, CA. For more info, visit MartyBalinMusic.com.
October 21, 2015: Cory Wells Of Three Dog Night Passes Away
Famed singer Cory Wells died suddenly in his sleep on October 20, 2015 at age 74 in Dunkirk, NY. He was a founding member of Three Dog Night and had continued performing with the band up to September, 2015 when he developed severe back pain. The exact causes of his unexpected passing are as yet unknown.
Born Emil Lewandowski in Buffalo, NY, Wells began his music career performing with several bands after serving in the United States Air Force. In 1968, while with the LA-based band, The Enemys, he met Danny Hutton and Chuck Negron, and the three formed Three Dog Night. The band went on to have a long string of hits through 1975 that included the chart-topping "Mama Told Me Not To Come" (1970), "Joy To The World" (1971), and "Black And White" (1972). The three members took turns as the lead singer, with Wells providing the lead vocals for such songs as "Mama Told Me Not To Come," "Eli's Coming," "Never Been To Spain," and "Shambala."
Three Dog Night initially disbanded in 1976 and reformed in 1981, with Wells and Hutton continuing on with the band throughout its tenure. During the band's brief hiatus, Wells recorded a solo album in 1978 titled "Touch Me." An avid fisherman, he appeared several times on the TV series, "The American Sportman," and also took part in charity tournaments.
October 21, 2015: Elton John Announces 2016 Las Vegas Show Dates
Elton John, a longtime artist in residence at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV, announced a series of 19 more shows to take place at this venue over the months of January and April, 2016. His Las Vegas shows feature such favorites as "Rocket Man," "Your Song," and "Crocodile Rock." Tickets go on sale October 25, 2015.
October 21, 2015: Willie Nelson To Receive Gershwin Prize
The Library of Congress will be honoring Willie Nelson with its prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Among those to pay tribute to Nelson in a concert will be Paul Simon, Neil Young, and Promise Of The Real, a band led by Nelson's son, Lukas. The awards ceremonies and tribute concert are set to take place on November 18, 2015 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
October 22, 2015: Queen To Re-release "Bohemian Rhapsody" As Vinyl Single
On November 27, 2015, Queen will be re-releasing "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a limited-edition vinyl single to commemorate the song's 40th anniversary and in conjunction with the 2015 Record Store Day Black Friday campaign. The B-side will feature "I'm In Love With My Car" which is the same song as that of the B-side of the original 1975 single. "Bohemian Rhapsody" topped the U.K. charts in 1975 and was released in the U.S. in 1976 where it reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and recharted in 1992 at #2.
October 22, 2015: Elton John To Release New Album In 2016
On February 5, 2016, Elton John will be releasing a new album titled "Wonderful Crazy Night" with all new songs. The album's first single, "Looking Up," will be coming out on October 23.
October 23, 2015: Beach Boys To Release Expanded Edition Of 1965 'Party!' Album
On November 20, 2015, The Beach Boys will be releasing an expanded edition of their 1965 "Party!" album to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Titled "Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered And Unplugged," this collection, to be released on CD and as a digital download, features cover songs by such bands and artists as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, The Regents, and The Rolling Stones, and also includes outtakes and other tracks. A new vinyl version of the original 12-track "Party!" album is also due out on December 11.
October 23, 2015: Elvis Presley Among Artists With Vinyl Discs For 2015 Black Friday Record Store Day Sale
This year's Black Friday Record Store Day is set to take place on November 27, 2015. Among the oldies bands and artists with limited-edition vinyl offerings are Elvis Presley, Queen, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, and the Alan Parsons Project. For more info, and to find your nearest participating store, visit RecordStoreDay.com.
October 23, 2015: Keith Richards Pays Tribute To Merry Clayton At NYC Charity Show
On October 22, 2015, Keith Richards gave a performance in tribute to famed session singer Merry Clayton at the Jazz Foundation of America's annual "A Great Night In Harlem" benefit concert held at NYC's Apollo Theater. Clayton, who lost both her legs in an accident in June 2014, was presented with the Jazz Foundation's Clark & Gwen Terry Award for Courage and accepted the honor via a pre-taped video. She is famous for her impassioned performance with Mick Jagger as the featured guest vocalist on the Rolling Stones' classic "Gimme Shelter."