September 27, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of September 20, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to Ben Cauley who was a founding member of The Bar-Kays and the sole survivor of the 1967 plane crash that killed Otis Redding.
Also that week, it was announced that The Bay City Rollers will be re-forming with three of its five original members, and Kenny Rogers will be retiring from touring after he finishes his upcoming world tour which begins in 2016.
Later this month, Arlo Guthrie will begin touring the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his classic protest song, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" (a.k.a. "Alice's Restaurant"). This December, Todd Rundgren will be launching a tour covering various states in the U.S.
Later this month, Joe Jackson will be releasing a new album titled "Fast Forward" and will also be launching a North American tour in support of this album. This November, Bob Dylan's "The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12" is set for release on both CD and vinyl. A new album by Jeff Lynne's ELO titled "Alone In The Universe" will also be coming out that same month.
Also that week, it was announced that Cissy Houston will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at this year's Gospel Image Awards in Charlotte, NC later this month. This November, Mac Davis will be named as this year's BMI Icon at the 2015 BMI Country Awards in Nashville, TN.
Finally, The Beatles' historic first contract recently sold at auction for $93,750. Also, look for Patti LaBelle on the Cooking Channel where she will host a TV special, "Patti LaBelle's Place," which will air on September 27, 2015 and be rebroadcast on September 30.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Below is the trailer for the Eric Clapton concert documentary, "Slowhand At 70 - Live At The Royal Albert Hall," to be released on November 13, 2015 as an album and home video.
September 21, 2015: The Beatles' First Record Contract Sells For Over $93K At Auction
The first recording contract signed by The Beatles recently sold for $93,750 at Heritage Auctions in New York City. This historic document, which led to the band's early recordings with Tony Sheridan and subsequent discovery by future manager, Brian Epstein, was signed in June, 1961 by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and the band's original drummer, Peter Best. Other Beatles memorabilia that sold at auction include a vinyl copy of The Beatles' "Love Me Do" single signed by all four Beatles, a sealed copy of the "butcher cover" version of the band's 1966 album, "Yesterday And Today," and a handwritten sign from John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 "Bed-In for Peace" protest.
September 21, 2015: Todd Rundgren To Launch U.S. Tour
Todd Rundgren will soon be launching a tour covering various states in the U.S. This 19-date trek begins on December 1, 2015 in St. Charles, IL and ends on January 9, 2016 in Coachella, CA, with additional stops in California, as well as in Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Prior to his tour, Rundgren will participate in Ringo Starr's upcoming All Starr Band North American tour leg. For more info, visit toddstore.bigcartel.com.
September 22, 2015: Cissy Houston To Be Honored At Gospel Image Awards
On September 26, 2015, Cissy Houston will be honored with the lifetime achievement award at this year's Gospel Image Awards in Charlotte, NC. Houston is a Grammy award winner and a founding member of the Sweet Inspirations who had a Top 40 hit in 1968 with "Sweet Inspiration." She is the mother of the late Whitney Houston and grandmother of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown.
September 23, 2015: Mac Davis To Receive BMI Icon Award
On November 3, 2015, famed singer-songwriter Mac Davis will be named as this year's BMI Icon at the 2015 BMI Country Awards in Nashville, TN. Davis is best known for his chart-topping 1972 hit, "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me." He also wrote hit songs for Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Goldsboro, and many other top artists.
September 23, 2015: Bay City Rollers To Re-form Band
The Bay City Rollers announced that the band will be re-forming with three of its five original members: Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart Wood. Formed in 1966 in Edinburgh, Scotland, this band is most famous for "Saturday Night" which topped the charts in 1976. The Bay City Rollers are recording a new album and making preparations for a soon-to-be-released single, "Boomerang." The band will also be giving its first concert in many years on December 20, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
September 23, 2015: Ben Cauley Of The Bar-Kays Passes Away
Trumpeter, vocalist, and songwriter Ben Cauley died on September 21, 2015 at age 67 in Memphis, TN. He was a founding member of the famed Stax recording group, The Bar-Kays, and the sole survivor of the plane crash in 1967 that killed four of his bandmates and soul legend, Otis Redding. After the crash, he and fellow bandmember James Alexander, who had been on a different flight, reformed The Bar-Kays who then toured and recorded with such top Stax bands and artists as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, and The Staple Singers. In 1971, Cauley left the group to pursue a solo career, and in 1989, he suffered a stroke. He continued to perform into the 2000s. The Bar-Kays were inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
September 24, 2015: Vol. 12 of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series To Be Released
Bob Dylan's "The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12" will be coming out on November 6, 2015 on both CD and vinyl. This collection include studio outtakes, alternate versions of classic Dylan songs, and previously unheard tracks from the highly acclaimed albums, "Bringing It All Back Home" (1965), "Highway 61 Revisited" (1965), and "Blonde On Blonde" (1966). Different versions of this box set will be released, including an 18-CD Collector's Edition available exclusively from BobDylan.com.
September 24, 2015: Jeff Lynne's ELO To Release New Album
A new album by Jeff Lynne's ELO (a.k.a. Electric Light Orchestra, ELO) titled "Alone In The Universe" will be coming out on November 13, 2015. This album is ELO's first one since 2001 when the band released "Zoom." Highlights include the lead single, "When I Was A Boy," to be released on September 25.
September 25, 2015: Patti LaBelle To Host New Cooking Channel TV Special
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Patti LaBelle discusses "Lady Marmalade" and other career highlights, her work with Allen Toussaint, and her upcoming Cooking Channel TV special, "Patti LaBelle's Place," in which she will prepare some of her favorite recipes. This show is set to air on September 27, 2015, and it will also be rebroadcast on September 30.
September 25, 2015: Kenny Rogers Announces Upcoming Retirement From Touring
Kenny Rogers announced that he will be retiring from touring after he finishes his upcoming world tour, which will begin sometime in 2016. His annual Christmas tour begins on November 11, 2015 in Niagara Falls, Canada and ends on December 23 in Westbury, NY.
September 25, 2015: Joe Jackson To Release New Album, Launch Tour
Joe Jackson will soon be releasing a new album titled "Fast Forward," which he recently previewed at a show in New York City. Jackson will also be launching a North American tour in support of this album beginning September 29, 2015 in Seattle, WA and ending November 4 in St. Paul, MN, with stops in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Ontario, Canada. He had a series of hits in the late 1970s-early 1980s beginning with "Is She Really Going Out With Him" (1979).
September 26, 2015: Arlo Guthrie To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of 'Alice's Restaurant Massacree'
Arlo Guthrie will soon be launching a tour across the U.S. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his funny protest song, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" (a.k.a. "Alice's Restaurant"), an oldies classic based on actual events that began on Thanksgiving Day, 1965. Guthrie 's 60+-date trek, which will cover almost all 50 states, begins on September 25, 2015 in Nashville, TN and ends on May 5, 2016 in Washington, MA at the Guthrie Center. The actual 50th anniversary show will take place on November 28 at New York City's Carnegie Hall.