Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 6, 2015

September 13, 2015 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 6, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to Dennis Greene who co-founded Sha Na Na, a 1950s-era nostalgia rock band famous for "Top Forty" (1971), "Just Like Romeo & Juliet" (1975), and other hits hearkening to earlier days.

Kool & The Gang just released a video for "Hometown Heroes," a new song that commemorates the 14th anniversary of 9/11. This October, The Who will be releasing a vinyl box set titled "The Track Records Singles 1967-1973." Next January, "The Monkees" TV series will be released in its entirety on Blu-ray.

Gregg Allman recently added more shows to his solo tour which begins later this month. This November, the 14th annual benefit gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation will take place in New York City with featured musical guest, KC & The Sunshine Band.

Also that week, it was announced that British photographer Mick Rock will soon be releasing a new limited-edition photo book titled "The Rise Of David Bowie: 1972-1973." The Cars, Donna Summer, Aerosmith, and The J. Geils Band made the top 10 in the recent Boston Herald list of top 101 songs ever to come out of Boston. Other bands and artists that made this list include Joan Baez, Boston, Freddy Cannon, Chick Corea, Dick Dale, The G-Clefs, Bobby "Boris" Pickett, The Remains, Tavares, and James Taylor.

Finally, surviving members of Faces, including Rod Stewart, gave a show in Ewhurst, U.K., their first in over 20 years. Some band members suggested the possibility of future shows.

(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 trailer for the upcoming concert film, "The Who: Live In Hyde Park," which premieres in theaters October 7, 2015.


September 6, 2015: Gregg Allman Adds New Shows

Gregg Allman recently added more shows to his solo tour which will take him across the U.S. This trek kicks off on September 20, 2015 in Telluride, CO, and is currently set to end on January 16, 2016 in Macon, GA, with additional stops in Colorado, as well as in California, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New York, and Utah.

Source: Gregg Allman Lines Up Multiple-Show Stands in New York City and Macon, Georgia

September 7, 2015: Surviving Faces Members Give First Show In Over 20 Years

On September 5, 2015, The Faces gave their first show with the band's original frontman, Rod Stewart, in over 20 years. This long-awaited event took place in Ewhurst, U.K at this city's Rock 'n' Horsepower charity event. The band performed such classics as "Stay with Me" and "Ooh La La," plus various covers. Drummer Kenny Jones suggested that future Faces shows are possible.

Source: Surviving Faces Members Play Seven-Song Set at UK Reunion Show over the Weekend

September 8, 2015: David Bowie Photographer To Publish New Book

British photographer Mick Rock will soon be releasing a new limited-edition book of photos taken of David Bowie during the early 1970s. Titled "The Rise Of David Bowie: 1972-1973," this book captures the then-emerging glam rock singer's Ziggy Stardust days. In this interview by Rolling Stone magazine, Rock shares some of the stories behind the photos.

Source: Shooting for Stardust: Mick Rock on Photographing Bowie

September 9, 2015: The Cars, Donna Summer & Other Oldies Artists In Boston Herald's 101 List

The Cars, Donna Summer, and Aerosmith were among a number of oldies bands and artists that made the recent Boston Herald list of top 101 songs ever to come out of Boston. The Cars topped this list with "Just What I Needed." Other top acts to make this list include Donna Summer with "I Feel Love" and Aerosmith with "Sweet Emotion." Other oldies bands and artists in this list are listed below:

Source: Boston 101 | Boston Herald

September 9, 2015: The Who To Release Third In Series Of Vinyl Singles Box Sets

On October 30, 2015, The Who will be releasing the third in a series of vinyl box sets of singles. Titled "The Track Records Singles 1967-1973," this collection contains 14 singles and one four-song EP. Highlights include "Pictures Of Lily," "I Can See For Miles," "Magic Bus," and other classics, along with their B-sides. Another box set of singles released on Polydor is due out before the end of 2015.

Source: The Who Releasing Third in a Series of Vinyl Singles Box Sets in October

September 9, 2015: Monkees TV Series To Be Released On Blu-ray

In January, 2016, "The Monkees" TV series will be released for the first time in its entirety on Blu-ray to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the casting call that gave this group its start. The 10-disc set will include all 58 episodes, plus never-before-released outtakes, The Monkees' 1968 film, "Head," and other material. A limited-edition set for fans will also be available exclusively at Monkees.com.

Source: The "Monkees" TV Series to Be Released on Blu-ray for the First Time This January

September 9, 2015: Elton John Benefit To Feature KC & Sunshine Band

On November 2, 2015, the 14th annual benefit gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. This year's featured musical guest will be KC & The Sunshine Band, and Elton John will be co-hosting this event.

Source: Elton John's 14th Annual "An Enduring Vision" Benefit Scheduled for November; KC and the Sunshine Band to Perform

September 11, 2015: Dennis Greene Of Sha Na Na Passes Away

Frederick "Dennis" Greene died on September 5, 2015 at age 66 from esophageal cancer. He was a founding member of Sha Na Na, a 1950s-era nostalgia rock band with an ever-changing lineup. This group, which helped to spur the nostalgia craze of the early 1970s, had several pop hits hearkening to earlier days that included "Top Forty" (1971) and "Just Like Romeo & Juliet" (1975). Sha Na Na also had its own TV variety show from 1977-1981 and appeared in the 1978 movie, "Grease."

In 1969, Greene co-founded Sha Na Na along with 11 other musicians while at Columbia University and sang for the group. After he left Sha Na Na in 1984, he got his M.A. at Harvard that same year, then went on to Yale Law School where he graduated with a J.D. in 1987. He then became an executive at Columbia Pictures and later on, a law professor. Greene taught at Florida A&M, the University of Oregon and, from 2001-on, the University of Dayton.

Source: Dennis Greene, Sha Na Na Singer, Dead at 66

September 11, 2015: Kool & The Gang Release Video For New Commemorative 9/11 Song

Kool & The Gang just released a video for "Hometown Heroes," a new song that commemorates the 14th anniversary of 9/11. This song pays tribute to U.S. troops killed in service and their families. The video features children who lost family members that served in the military.

Source: Kool & the Gang Release Video for New Song, "Hometown Heroes," Honoring Fallen Military Members