October 11, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of October 4, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to pop-country singer Billy Joe Royal who became famous in the mid 1960s for "Down In The Boondocks" and other hits.
Also that week, both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced their respective nominees for 2016.
The Doobie Brothers and Hot Tuna are among the bands and artists who will be performing at the 2015 Christmas Jam benefit concert hosted each year by Warren Haynes. Also, both Billy Joel and Tower Of Power announced their upcoming New Year's Eve shows, to take place in Sunrise, FL and Hartford, CT, respectively.
Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits just released a new single titled "I Can't Imagine (A Tribute To John Lennon)" to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the birth of the late Beatle. Also, David Bowie's new theme song for the upcoming European TV series, "The Last Panthers," recently made its online debut on YouTube. A companion soundtrack for the upcoming concert film, "Roger Waters The Wall," will be coming out this November. Also that month, Neil Young will be releasing an archival live album titled "Bluenote Cafe," and the 1976 Jethro Tull album, "Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die!," is set for re-release both as a single CD and as a deluxe box set.
Also that week, it was announced that Don Henley's latest solo album, "Cass County," made its debut on the Billboard 200 chart at #3 and topped both the Billboard Country and Top Album Sales charts. Bob Seger will be named this year's "Legend Of Live" at the upcoming Billboard Touring Conference & Awards which will take place this November. Also, Heart, Patti LaBelle, and Gregg Allman will be featured on future episodes of "The Big Interview" on AXS TV, to be aired on October 20, October 27, and November 3, 2015, respectively.
Finally, a number of concerts and other commemorative events took place around the world on October 9, 2015 to pay homage to John Lennon who would have turned 75 on that day.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
October 4, 2015: Don Henley's 'Cass County' Debuts At #3 On Billboard 200, Tops Country Chart
For the week ending October 1, 2015, Don Henley's latest solo album, "Cass County," made its debut on the Billboard 200 chart at #3 and also topped both the Billboard Country and Top Album Sales charts. This album features many guest artists that include Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, and Merle Haggard. Henley is currently on tour in support of this album.
October 6, 2015: The Doobie Brothers, Hot Tuna Join Lineup For Warren Haynes' Annual Christmas Jam Benefit
The Doobie Brothers and Hot Tuna are among the bands and artists who will be performing at the 2015 Christmas Jam concert, a charity event hosted each year by former Allman Brothers Band guitarist, Warren Haynes. This year's concert will take place on December 12, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC. Proceeds will go towards the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. For more info and tickets, visit XmasJam.com.
October 6, 2015: Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2016 Nominees
The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced the nominees for 2016 which include the late George Harrison, the late Marvin Gaye, the late Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Steve Miller, John Mellencamp, Jeff Lynne of ELO, and ex-Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald. Nominees in the non-performing category include Motown founder Berry Gordy and songwriters Chip Taylor, Rod Temperton, and John D. Loudermilk. Those who are members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame have until December 11, 2015 to cast their votes. The winners will be officially inducted in a ceremony set to take place in New York City on June 9, 2016.
October 6, 2015: David Bowie's 'The Last Panthers' Theme Song Makes Online Debut
David Bowie's new theme song for the upcoming European TV series, "The Last Panthers," recently made its online debut on YouTube at the Sky Atlantic network's official channel. This song, titled "Blackstar," can be heard in the background of a video showing the show's opening sequence. "The Panthers" premieres on November 12, 2015 on the Sky Atlantic network in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria, and on Canal+ in France.
October 6, 2015: Bob Seger To Be Named 'Legend Of Live' At Billboard Touring Awards
Bob Seger will be named this year's "Legend Of Live" at the upcoming Billboard Touring Conference & Awards which will take place November 18-19, 2015 in New York. This honor is given to those who have had a significant and lasting impact on the touring industry.
October 7, 2015: Jethro Tull Classic 1976 Album To Be Re-released
On November 27, 2015, Jethro Tull's album, "Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die!," is set to be re-released both as a single CD and as a deluxe 2-CD/2-DVD box set. Originally released in May 1976, this album reached #14 on the Billboard 200. For a track list and other info, visit JethroTull.com.
October 7, 2015: Patti LaBelle, Gregg Allman, Heart To Appear On 'The Big Interview'
Patti LaBelle, Gregg Allman, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart are among those to be featured on future episodes of "The Big Interview," hosted by Dan Rather on AXS TV. The Wilson sisters will appear on the October 20 episode. Patti LaBelle and Gregg Allman, will be featured in the October 27 and November 3 episodes, respectively.
October 7, 2015: Billy Joe Royal Passes Away
Famed pop-country singer Billy Joe Royal died unexpectedly in his sleep on October 6, 2015 at age 73 at his home in Morehead City, North Carolina. He became famous for "Down In The Boondocks" (1965) and other hits that showcased his exuberant, catchy singing style, a unique fusion of pop, soul, and country.
Born in Valdosta, Georgia, he began his music career in the late 1950s-early 1960s and achieved local fame at the Bamboo Ranch in Savannah. He made a big splash on the Pop/Rock charts in 1965 with "Down In The Boondocks," and thereafter had a string of pop-rock hits through 1978 that also included "I Knew You When" (1965), "I've Got To Be Somebody" (1965), and the risque "Cherry Hill Park" (1969). From the mid-1980s-early 1990s, he had a string of hits on the Country charts that included "Burned Like A Rocket" (1985), "Tell It Like It Is" (1989), "Love Has No Right" (1989), and "Till I Can't Take It Anymore" (1989).
Over the years, Royal continued to tour and perform regularly through most of 2015. In 1988, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
October 8, 2015: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Announces 2016 Nominees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced its nominees for 2016 which are as follows: The Cars, Chic, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, The J.B.'s, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., The Smiths, The Spinners, and Yes. Click here to vote for your top five favorites.
October 8, 2015: 'Roger Waters The Wall' Concert Film Soundtrack To Be Released
A companion soundtrack for the upcoming concert film, "Roger Waters The Wall," will be coming out on November 20, 2015 on CD, vinyl, and as a digital download. The film features performances from Roger Walters' "The Wall Live Tour" which took place from 2010-2013. The 29-song soundtrack album includes such classics as "Another Brick In The Wall," "Young Lust," and "Comfortably Numb."
October 8, 2015: Billy Joel To Perform In Sunrise, FL On New Year's Eve
This New Year's Eve, Billy Joel will be giving a show at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. Tickets to the general public go on sale starting October 16, 2015.
October 9, 2015: Peter Noone Releases Tribute Song In Honor Of John Lennon's 75th Birthday
To commemorate what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday (October 9, 2015), Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits just released a new single on Plowboy Records titled "I Can't Imagine (A Tribute To John Lennon)." This heartfelt song, which can be heard here, was written in 1980 by Don Cusic just after Lennon's death. Noone recorded it in 2012 in Nashville where he was brought on board for a session to record a song for the "Tribute To Eddy Arnold" album.
October 9, 2015: 75th Anniversary Of John Lennon's Birth Celebrated Around The World
October 9, 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth, and a number of events are taking place around the world to pay homage. Yoko Ono will visit Reykjavik, Iceland for the annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower, a memorial work of art she conceived in tribute to her late husband. In Los Angeles, fans will gather together at Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Capitol Records. In Liverpool, England, Lennon's hometown, The Original Quarrymen and other bands will perform at the Cavern Club where The Beatles gave many of their early shows. A number of other Lennon tribute concerts will also be taking place in London, Washington, D.C., and New Haven, CT.
October 9, 2015: Neil Young To Release Archival Live Album
On November 13, 2015, Neil Young will be releasing an archival live album titled "Bluenote Cafe" featuring concerts from 1987 and 1988. Highlights include seven songs from Young's 1988 album, "This Note's For You," seven unreleased songs, and an extended version of "Tonight's The Night." Young's backing group for this trek, The Bluenotes, included members of Crazy Horse, a horn section, and other musicians who toured with Young. For more info, go to neilyoung.warnerbrosrecords.com.
October 10, 2015: Tower Of Power To Perform In Hartford, CT On New Year's Eve
On New Year's Eve, the famed soul horn band, Tower Of Power, will give two shows (at 7 and 11 PM) at the Infinity Hall in Hartford, CT. For more info and tickets, visit infinityhall.com.