September 5, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 28, 2016, fans bade a final farewell to Fred Hellerman who was the last surviving member of The Weavers.
Also that week, Dolly Parton's latest album, "Pure & Simple," topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart as well as several other country albums charts worldwide.
Later this month, the 1983 concert TV special, "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever," will be coming out on CD and DVD. An EP titled "The Good Vibrations (50th Anniversary Edition)" featuring five versions of this Beach Boys classic is due out in October. Also that month, a tribute show in honor of Dr. John that took place in 2014 will be coming out on CD/DVD and Blu-ray sets titled "The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John." In November, Jethro Tull's 1969 album, "Stand Up," will be reissued as a deluxe 2-CD/DVD set titled "Stand Up: The Elevated Edition."
Also that week, it was announced that a PBS special of highlights from this year's "Grammy Salute To Music Legends" will air on October 14, 2016. Among the honorees were Earth, Wind & Fire, Jefferson Airplane, Kris Kristofferson, and Linda Ronstadt. Michael Nesmith will be honored with the Ernie Kovacs Award this October for his innovative video work and as a songwriter and film producer for The Monkees. Exhibitionism, the Rolling Stones exhibit that made its debut in London last April, will be relocating to New York City in November. Also, a new exhibit featuring Pink Floyd memorabilia will open in London in 2017.
Finally, August 29, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' last-ever concert in the U.S. which took place at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Ringo Starr and the late David Bowie are among those to be included in next year's edition of "Guinness World Records." A long-lost Beatles demo recording from 1964 sold at auction for $23,590. Also, John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, was recently denied parole, making this the ninth time since his incarceration in 1981.
(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 rare performance by Pink Floyd from 1969 of "Grantchester Meadows" from the band's upcoming audio/video box set, "The Early Years: 1965-1972."
August 28, 2016: Dr. John 2014 Tribute Show Recordings To Be Released
A tribute show in honor of Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, a.k.a. Dr. John, that took place in 2014 will be coming out on October 14, 2016 as CD/DVD and Blu-ray sets titled "The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John." Among the many artists who honored Dr. John in concert were Mavis Staples, Bruce Springsteen, and John Fogerty who performed Dr. John's classic "New Orleans."
August 29, 2016: Ronettes Singer Remembers Beatles' Last-Ever U.S. Concert
The Beatles' last-ever concert in the U.S. took place 50 years ago (August 29, 1966) at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. This show was the final one in the last tour the Fab Four would ever take before becoming a strictly studio band. The Ronettes were one of the opening acts for this historic concert, and then-group member Nedra Tally Ross shares her memories.
August 29, 2016: John Lennon's Murderer Denied Parole Again
John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, was recently denied parole, making this the ninth time since his incarceration in 1981. He is currently serving his sentence at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, NY. His next parole hearing is set for August 2018.
August 29, 2016: Rare Paul McCartney Demo Recording Sells For Over $23K At Auction
A long-lost Beatles demo acetate recording from 1964 by Paul McCartney recently sold for around $23,590 at the Liverpool Beatles Auction. Titled "It's For You," this song was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon for Cilla Black who made it into a Top 10 U.K. hit. This rare item was rediscovered by Black's nephew, Simon White, among the late singer's belongings.
August 29, 2016: Rolling Stones Exhibit To Open In New York City
Exhibitionism, the extensive Rolling Stones memorabilia exhibit that made its debut in London last April, will be relocating to New York City and will open on November 12, 2016 at Industria Superstudio in the city's West Village neighborhood. For more info and tickets, visit StonesExhibitionism.com.
August 30, 2016: Michael Nesmith To Receive Ernie Kovacs Award
Michael Nesmith will be honored with the Ernie Kovacs Award for his innovative video work and as a songwriter and film producer for The Monkees. The awards ceremonies will take place on October 1, 2016 in Dallas, TX at Kessler Theater.
August 30, 2016: David Bowie, Ringo Starr To Be Included In 2017 'Guinness World Records'
Ringo Starr and the late David Bowie are among those who will be included in next year's edition of "Guinness World Records." Starr set a record for having owned the most expensive record sold at auction, a first pressing of The Beatles "White Album" which sold for a whopping $790,000 in December 2015 at a memorabilia sale in Los Angeles. Bowie set a posthumous world record for scoring the most simultaneous entries in the U.K. albums chart, with ten making that chart's Top 40.
August 31, 2016: Beach Boys To Release 50th Anniversary 'Good Vibrations' Vinyl EP
A 12" vinyl EP featuring five versions of The Beach Boys classic, "Good Vibrations," will be coming out on October 7, 2016. Titled "The Good Vibrations (50th Anniversary Edition)," this new recording commemorates the 50th anniversary of this chart-topper which was released as a single on October 10, 1966. The Beach Boys are also giving fans a chance to submit videos clips for possible use in a new official video. For more info, visit TheBeachBoys.com/GoodVibrations.
August 31, 2016: Dolly Parton Album Tops Billboard Top Country Albums Chart
Dolly Parton's latest album, "Pure & Simple," topped this week's Billboard Top Country Albums chart and also topped the country albums charts in Australia, Canada and the U.K. This album also reached #11 on the Billboard 200 chart and #2 on the U.K.'s overall albums tally.
August 31, 2016: Pink Floyd Exhibit To Open In London
A new exhibit featuring Pink Floyd memorabilia will open in London at Victoria and Albert Museum sometime in the spring of 2017. Dubbed "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains," this exhibit will include stage props, original album art, posters, musical instruments, recording equipment, and promotional ads spanning the band's 50 years in music. For more info and tickets, visit PinkFloydExhibition.com.
August 31, 2016: 'Grammy Salute To Music Legends' Special To Air On PBS
A PBS special of highlights from this year's "Grammy Salute To Music Legends" which took place on April 23 in Los Angeles will air on October 14, 2016. Among the honorees were Earth, Wind & Fire, Jefferson Airplane, Kris Kristofferson, and Linda Ronstadt. For more info about this event, visit Grammy.org.
September 1, 2016: Jethro Tull 1969 Album To Be Reissued
A Jethro Tull album from 1969, "Stand Up," will be reissued as a deluxe 2-CD/DVD set on November 18, 2016. Titled "Stand Up: The Elevated Edition," this collection includes remixed versions of the original album, bonus studio and live recordings, archival footage, and a booklet. Highlights include different versions of the 1969 singles, "Driving Song" and "Living In The Past," and a previously unreleased version of "Bouree."
September 2, 2016: 'Motown 25' TV Special To Be Released As Box Set
The historical 1983 concert TV special, "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever," will be coming out September 27, 2016 on CD and DVD. This upcoming recording features 975 minutes of concert footage of such top bands and artists as The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder. Highlights include the first airings of such historic moments in TV history as Michael Jackson's moonwalk, The Four Tops and The Temptations battle of the bands, and Marvin Gaye ad-libbing to "What's Going On."
September 2, 2016: Fred Hellerman Of The Weavers Passes Away
Famed folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist Fred Hellerman died on September 1, 2016 at age 89 at his home in Weston, CT. He was the last surviving original member of The Weavers, a highly influential folk music group with a politically tumultuous history and a long string of hits from the early 1950s that included "Goodnight Irene" (1950), "Tzena Tzena Tzena" (1950), "On Top Of Old Smoky" (1951), and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" (1951).
In 1948, the Brooklyn-born singer formed The Weavers with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Ronnie Gilbert and wrote or co-wrote many of this group's songs. In 1950, he and the rest of The Weavers group members were among those to be swept up in the McCarthy-era witch hunts and blacklisted. Unable to perform on TV, radio, and many venues, the group temporarily disbanded in 1952 and resumed performing in 1955. Hellerman continued as a member of the group through its final breakup in 1964. He joined The Weavers in 1980 for several reunion concerts which were documented in the movie, "The Weavers: Wasn't That A Time!" (1982).
After The Weavers disbanded, Hellerman worked as a recording engineer and producer, with Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" (1967) among his production credits. He also wrote songs for Harry Belefonte and other artists, some under the pseudonym Fred Brooks. His recording credits include playing the guitar on Joan Baez's and Judy Collins' debut albums. In 2005, he recorded his first solo album, "Caught In The Act."