October 5, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of September 27, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to Frankie Ford famous for the 1959 oldies classic, "Sea Cruise."
Also that week, The Box Tops announced that they will be re-forming with a lineup that will include two original group members.
Toto announced an upcoming world tour starting in January, 2016 which will cover Japan and several European countries. Also that month, John Fogerty will begin a residency in Las Vegas. The Who announced that it will relaunch its 50th anniversary tour, which originally had to be postponed due to illness, in February, 2016.
The soundtrack for the new Matt Damon movie, "The Martian," was just released as a digital download on iTunes, and it features many 1970s disco classics by such top bands and artists as ABBA, David Bowie, and Gloria Gaynor. A new Kinks compilation album titled "Sunny Afternoon" from the recent musical of the same name will be coming out on later this month. A new Staples Singers limited-edition box set titled "Faith And Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976" will be coming out in November. Also that month, "Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air (1935-1955)," a box set of rare radio broadcasts by the 20th century pop legend, is set for release, along with a new Velvet Underground box set titled "The Complete Matrix Tapes" that features highlights from four shows the band gave in San Francisco in 1969.
Also that week, it was announced that Kool & The Gang will be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with the 2,560th star. Quincy Jones will be honored this November by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with its Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award.
Finally, The Beatles' historic management contract with Brian Epstein, dated October 1, 1962, sold at auction for $553,000.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
On December 1, 2015, Roger Waters' new concert film, "The Wall," will be coming out on DVD and Blu-ray (see trailer below). This movie, which features footage from Waters' 2010-2013 tour, made its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and debuted in theaters on September 29, 2015.
September 27, 2015: Kinks To Release New Compilation Album
A new Kinks compilation album titled "Sunny Afternoon" will be coming out on October 16, 2015. Highlights include the original recordings of every song used in the recent musical of the same name, plus various BBC interviews and live session recordings.
September 29, 2015: The Who To Relaunch 50th Anniversary Tour
The Who will soon be relaunching its 50th anniversary tour which had to be postponed due to illness. This trek begins on February 27, 2016 in Detroit, MI and ends on May 29 in Las Vegas, NV, with stops in California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington state, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin, plus several Canadian provinces.
September 29, 2015: Rare Frank Sinatra Radio Broadcasts To Be Released
"Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air (1935-1955)," a box set of rare radio broadcasts by the 20th century pop legend, will be coming out on November 20, 2015. Highlights of this massive collection include Sinatra's first and last radio performances, dozens of beloved traditional pop standards such as Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In," duets with Nat "King" Cole and others, and other previously unreleased gems. December 12, 2015 marks the anniversary of what would have been Sinatra's 100th birthday.
September 29, 2015: Box Tops To Re-form With Two Original Members
The Box Tops announced that the group will be re-forming, and its lineup will include two original members, guitarist Gary Talley and bassist Bill Cunningham. The original lineup had also included frontman Alex Chilton who performed with the group up to his passing in 2010. The new Box Tops, which will also include a horn section, will perform "The Letter" and other classic hits as part of the group's upcoming shows which will be announced soon. For more info, visit BoxTops.com.
September 29, 2015: New Staple Singers Box Set To Be Released
A new Staples Singers limited-edition 4-CD box set will be coming out on November 13, 2015. Titled "Faith And Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976," highlights of this career-spanning collection include "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," "Let's Do It Again," and other classic hits. Also included are a book, rare photos, and a bonus vinyl disc of the earliest known Staple Singers recordings.
September 29, 2015: Beatles Management Contract With Brian Epstein Sells For Over $550K At Auction
On September 29, 2015, The Beatles' management contract with Brian Epstein sold for $553,000 at a Sotheby's auction in London. This historic document was signed on October 1, 1962 by all four Beatles (plus the fathers of Paul McCartney and George Harrison who were under 21 at the time) just before the release of the group's first single, "Love Me Do." As spelled out in the contract, Brian Epstein's wide-ranging duties, which proved to be an essential part of The Beatles' huge success, included everything from publicity to recording to advice on clothes.
September 29, 2015: Frankie Ford Passes Away
Famed singer and teen idol Frankie Ford died on September 28, 2015 at age 76 at his home in Gretna, LA after a prolonged illness. He is famous for the 1959 oldies classic, "Sea Cruise."
Ford was born in Gretna, LA and was adopted by Vincent and Anna Guzzo, who named him Vincent Francis Guzzo, Jr. He got his start in music at an early age and joined a band while in high school. He was discovered by manager Joe Caronna who arranged to have him sign up with Ace Records. Shortly thereafter, he took on the stage name, Frankie Ford, and made his chart debut in 1959 with the smash hit, "Sea Cruise." He had a string of hits on the pop charts through 1961 that also included "Alimony" (1959), "Time After Time" (1960), "You Talk Too Much" (1960), and "Seventeen" (1961). In 1974, he had a minor chart hit with "Blue Monday." He toured widely, and, in later years, performed mainly in clubs in and around the New Orleans area. He appeared in the 1978 movie, "American Hot Wax," and he released nine albums through 2009. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
September 30, 2015: Toto To Launch World Tour
Toto announced its upcoming 2016 world tour which will take place without bassist and co-founder David Hungate, who recently left the band. This 24-date trek, which begins on January 27, 2016, will cover several European countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland) and Japan.
Source: Toto Announce 2016 Tour
September 30, 2015: Kool & The Gang To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
On October 8, 2015, Kool & The Gang will be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with the 2,560th star. This event will take place at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard where band members Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Khalis Bell, Dennis "DT" Thomas and George Brown will be in attendance. The band will also be inducted later that month into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
October 1, 2015: Quincy Jones To Be Honored At All-Star Jazz Salute
On November 15, 2015, Quincy Jones will be honored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with its Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award. This event is set to take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, with many top jazz artists in attendance. A key figure in both pop music and jazz, Jones' multifaceted career in the entertainment industry spans over six decades.
October 2, 2015: John Fogerty Announces Las Vegas Residency
John Fogerty announced his upcoming residency at The Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas, which will run from January 8-23, 2016. Titled "John Fogerty: Peace, Love And Creedence," his shows will feature songs from CCR's classic 1969 albums, "Bayou Country," "Green River," and "Willy And The Poor Boys," plus other CCR songs as well as ones from his solo career.
October 2, 2015: New Martian Soundtrack Features Classic 1970s Disco Hits
The soundtrack for the new Matt Damon movie, "The Martian," was just released as a digital download on iTunes and will be released as a 2-CD deluxe set this November. This collection features 1970s disco classics by ABBA, David Bowie, Gloria Gaynor, The Hues Corporation, Thelma Houston, The O'Jays, Vickie Sue Robinson, and Donna Summer.
October 3, 2015: New Velvet Underground Box Set To Be Released
A new Velvet Underground box set is due out on November 20, 2015. Titled "The Complete Matrix Tapes," this 4-CD collection contains highlights from four shows the band gave at the famous San Francisco nightclub on November 26 and 27, 1969. Highlights include such classics as "Sweet Jane" and "Rock And Roll" as well as some previously unreleased songs.