April 17, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of April 10, 2016, Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound Of Silence" re-entered the pop charts after 50 years following the recent release on YouTube of a viral Ben Affleck video featuring this 1966 chart-topper. Another half-century milestone took place when Paul McCartney played "Hard Day's Night," which was last performed live by The Beatles in August 1965, on the opening night of his "One On One" tour (see video below).
Also that week, fans bade a final farewell to singer-songwriter Jack Hammer who became famous as one of the co-writers of the Jerry Lee Lewis rock and roll classic, "Great Balls Of Fire."
The soundtrack to "Barbershop: The Next Cut," which features songs by Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, The Staple Singers, and other classic R&B bands and artists, was recently released as a digital download. Also, a new Allen Toussaint album titled "American Tunes" and a reissue of The Kinks' 1972 album, "Everybody's In Show-Biz," will both be coming out this June.
Ann Wilson of Heart and Boz Scaggs are among the featured performers in the 2016 Dylan Fest which takes place this May in Nashville, TN. Yes announced its upcoming U.S. tour which kicks off in July. The Moody Blues announced a series of new shows in the U.S beginning this October.
Also that week, it was announced that a day-long tribute honoring the late Lou Reed will be taking place this July at New York City's Lincoln Center. Smokey Robinson will receive honors in October as this year's "Rocker Of The Year" from the non-profit organization, Little Kids Rock. Also that month, a new autobiographic memoir by Brian Wilson will be coming out titled "I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir."
Finally, original members of Jefferson Airplane will perform at the Grammy Salute to Music Legends gala on April 23, 2016 at LA's Dolby Theatre. This event will be taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS series, "Great Performances." Also, The Rolling Stones and the late David Bowie are among the finalists for this year's Billboard Music Awards. The awards ceremonies will take place May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas and broadcast live on ABC.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Paul McCartney performs "Hard Day's Night" and other Beatles' classics on the opening night of his "One On One" tour (April 13, 2016, Fresno, CA ).
April 10, 2016: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Sound Of Silence' Re-enters Billboard Top 10
Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound Of Silence," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, re-entered the pop charts for the week of April 16, 2016 at #6 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart and at #2 on the Streaming Rock Songs chart. The resurgence in this song's popularity after 50 years follows the recent release of a pair of viral videos on YouTube, one of which features an interview with "Batman v Superman" co-stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill discussing this movie's negative reviews with the Simon & Garfunkel classic playing in the background.
April 10, 2016: Lou Reed Tribute To Take Place At NYC's Lincoln Center
A day-long tribute honoring the late Lou Reed is set to take place July 30, 2016 at New York City's Lincoln Center. This event, dubbed "The Bells: A Daylong Celebration Of Lou Reed," will include film screenings, musical performances, and an all-star tribute concert. For more info, visit AboutLincolnCenter.org.
April 11, 2016: Smokey Robinson To Be Honored By Little Kids Rock
Smokey Robinson was named this year's "Rocker Of The Year" by Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free music instruction and instruments to under-served public schools in the U.S. The award ceremonies will take place October 5, 2016 in New York City.
April 11, 2016: Rolling Stones, David Bowie Named Billboard Music Awards Finalists
The Rolling Stones and the late David Bowie are among the finalists for this year's Billboard Music Awards. The ceremonies are set to take place May 22, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on ABC.
April 11, 2016: Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, Staple Singers Featured On 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' Soundtrack
Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, and The Staple Singers are among several classic R&B bands and artists featured on the soundtrack to "Barbershop: The Next Cut" which is currently available as a digital download. Highlights of this collection include "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" by James Brown, "Respect Yourself" by The Staple Singers, "Move On Up" by Curtis Mayfield, and "It's Just Begun" by The Jimmy Castor Bunch.
April 12, 2016: Yes Announces U.S. Summer Tour
Yes announced its upcoming summer tour which will take the band to various states in the U.S., with 25 show dates confirmed so far This trek, dubbed "The Album Series: Drama + Topographic 1 & 4," is currently set to begin on July 27, 2016 in Columbus, OH and end on September 4 in San Diego, CA, with additional stops in California, as well as in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, plus Washington, D.C. The band's current lineup includes guitarist Steve Howe who has been a member of Yes since 1970.
April 12, 2016: Moody Blues Announce New U.S. Show Dates
The Moody Blues, who are currently on tour, announced a series of new fall shows to take place in the U.S. These shows begin on October 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV and end on November 5 in Milwaukee, WI, with additional stops in Wisconsin, as well as in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Ohio. For more info, visit MoodyBluesToday.com.
April 13, 2016: Brian Wilson To Release New Memoir
A new autobiographic memoir by Brian Wilson will be coming out on October 11, 2016. Titled "I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir" this upcoming book by the famed Beach Boys co-founder, in which he
will describe for the first time the epic highs and lows of his life, will supersede his 1991 autobiography, "Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story."
April 13, 2016: New Allen Toussaint Album To Be Released
An album of final recordings by Allen Toussaint titled "American Tunes" will be coming out June 10, 2016 on vinyl and other formats. Highlights of this collection, which Toussaint had just completed before his unexpected passing on November 10, 2015 while on tour in Europe, include covers of songs by Paul Simon, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd).
April 13, 2016: Kinks' 1972 Album To Be Reissued
An expanded version of The Kinks' 1972 double album, "Everybody's In Show-Biz," will be coming out June 3, 2016 on CD and vinyl. This edition includes a remastered version of the original album plus bonus tracks that include studio outtakes and previously unreleased performances from 1972 shows at Carnegie Hall.
April 14, 2016: Jack Hammer Of 'Great Balls Of Fire' Fame Passes Away
Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and pianist Jack Hammer died in Oakland, CA on April 8, 2016 at age 90 of heart failure. He became famous as a co-writer of "Great Balls Of Fire" which, in 1957, became a smash hit for Jerry Lee Lewis who made it one of his signature songs. Named by Rolling Stone as the 96th greatest song ever, this oldies classic has also been recorded by many other bands and artists over the years, including Aerosmith, The Crickets, The Kingsmen, Fleetwood Mac, and Dolly Parton. Hammer's many other songs also included "Peek-A-Boo" by The Cadillacs, "Sapphire" by Big Danny Oliver, "Fujiyama Mama" by Annisteen Allen, "Rock 'N' Roll Call" by Louis Jordan, and "Milkshake Mademoiselle" by Jerry Lee Lewis. In 1960, Hammer served as a member of The Platters and wrote songs for the group when its lead vocalist left to go solo. The following year, he moved to Europe where he pursued a successful career as an impersonator, dancer, and recording artist. He moved back to the U.S. in the mid 1970s and, from 1976-77, performed in the Broadway production of "Bubblin' Brown Sugar."
April 14, 2016: Ann Wilson, Boz Scaggs To Perform At Dylan Tribute
Ann Wilson of Heart and Boz Scaggs are among the featured performers to take part in the 2016 Dylan Fest in commemoration of the folk-rock legend's upcoming 75th birthday. This event, which is the latest in a series of benefit tribute concerts staged by The Best Fest, will take place May 23-24, 2016 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
April 15, 2016: Jefferson Airplane To Perform And Receive Honors At Grammy's Special Merit Awards Gala
Most of the original members of Jefferson Airplane will reunite to perform at the Grammy Salute to Music Legends gala. This event, which takes place April 23, 2016 at LA's Dolby Theatre, will also be taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS series, "Great Performances." Founding band members Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen, and Jack Casady will take the stage, while Grace Slick will attend the gala but will not perform. Jefferson Airplane, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Linda Ronstadt are among those to be honored with the Recording Academy's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.