August 15, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 7, 2016, fans bade a final farewell to famed folk singer and Limeliters co-founder Glenn Yarbrough best known for his 1965 hit, "Baby The Rain Must Fall."
Also that week, it was announced that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the late and great Johnny Cash this October as part of its annual Music Master Series.
Cat Stevens (Yusuf) announced a North American tour that begins in September. Daryl Hall & John Oates will also be launching a U.S. tour that month. Bob Dylan announced a U.S. tour beginning in October. Also that month, Carlos Santana will co-headline the Many Rivers To Cross Social Justice Music & Arts Festival in Chattahoochee Hills near Atlanta, GA.
A video titled "Bag Full Of Money" featuring TV performances from 1978 of ex-Byrds members Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn was recently released on DVD. A new album titled "Eric Clapton Live In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale" and a Jimi Hendrix album titled "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69" will be coming out in September. Also due out that month are a box set titled "The Rolling Stones In Mono" featuring many of the band's albums from the 1960s and a new documentary titled "Classic Albums -- Pet Sounds" about the making of this classic 1966 Beach Boys album.
Also that week, it was announced that a new documentary titled "The 6th Beatle" about Sam Leach who served as the band's agent during its early years will premiere in September at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Also, Donovan and John Mayall are among those who will serve as judges in this year's International Songwriting Competition.
Finally, President Obama recently released his 2016 Summer Playlist which includes various classic oldies songs by The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville, Prince, Tower Of Power, and War.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
August 8, 2016: New Eric Clapton Live Album To Be Released
A new album titled "Eric Clapton Live In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale" will be coming out on September 30, 2016 in various formats. This 16-track collection, which captures Clapton's March 2007 concert in San Diego, CA, includes such classics as "Layla," "Wonderful Tonight," "Crossroads" (with Robert Cray), and "Cocaine" (with J.J. Cale).
August 9, 2016: Carlos Santana To Headline Social Justice-Themed Music Festival
Carlos Santana is among the headliners for the Many Rivers To Cross Social Justice Music & Arts Festival which takes place October 1-2, 2016 in Chattahoochee Hills near Atlanta, GA. This event is being organized by Sankofa.org which Harry Belafonte established in 2013. For more info and tickets, visit Sankofa.org and ManyRiversFestival.com.
August 9, 2016: Hall & Oates Announce Fall Tour
Daryl Hall & John Oates will be launching a U.S. tour this fall that will begin with a headlining appearance at the inaugural Blue Sun Music & Wine Festival which takes place September 3, 2016 in Westlake Village, CA. (For more info and tickets, visit BlueSunFestival.com.) This event will be followed by 11 other shows scheduled through November 11 that will cover various cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington State.
August 9, 2016: Yusuf/Cat Stevens Announces Fall Tour
Cat Stevens, who now goes by the stage name of Yusuf, announced a tour that will take him to various parts of North America. This 12-date trek, dubbed "A Cat's Attic," begins on September 12, 2016 in Toronto, ON, Canada and ends on October 7 in Los Angeles, CA, with additional stops in California, as well as in Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. Stevens converted to Islam in 1977 and shortly thereafter changed his name to Yusuf Islam. He began recording and performing again in 2006 after a long absence from the music scene.
Source: Yusuf Announces Fall Tour
August 9, 2016: Bob Dylan Announces Fall Tour
Bob Dylan announced a fall tour that will take him to various states across the U.S. This 27-date trek begins on October 16, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ and ends on November 23 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, with additional stops in Florida, as well as in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Source: Bob Dylan Announces Fall Tour
August 10, 2016: Johnny Cash To Be Honored By Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will pay tribute to Johnny Cash as part of its 21st Annual Music Master Series. This week-long event, which begins on October 17, 2016, will include a Music Masters tribute concert on October 21, exhibits, tours, and other attractions. A towering figure in both rock and country music, the late country legend is one of very few performing artists to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
August 10, 2016: Donovan, John Mayall And More To Judge International Songwriting Competition
Donovan and John Mayall are among those who will serve as judges in this year's International Songwriting Competition. Launched in 2002, this annual event is open to both amateur and professional songwriters. The deadline for entries is September 9, 2016. The semi-finalists and finalists will be announced in February-March, 2017, and the winners in April, 2017. For more info, visit songwritingcompetition.com.
August 10, 2016: Jimi Hendrix Live Album To Be Released
A new Jimi Hendrix live album titled "Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69" will be coming out on September 30, 2016 in various formats. This collection features live performances by the late guitar legend with his backing group, the Band Of Gypsys, from his four historic New Year's Eve concerts at Manhattan's Fillmore East: two in 1969, and the other two in 1970.
August 11, 2016: Documentary About '6th Beatle' To Premiere At Toronto International Film Festival
A new documentary titled "The 6th Beatle" will make its premiere in September at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. This movie, which features interviews with Sam Leach, original Beatles' drummer Pete Best, and others, covers the life and career of Leach who served as The Beatles' agent during the band's early years and the roles he played in the band's ascent to stardom.
August 11, 2016: Rolling Stones Mono Box Set To Be Released
A box set titled "The Rolling Stones In Mono" will be coming out on September 30, 2016 in various formats. This extensive collection, which spans "The Rolling Stones" (1964) through "Let It Bleed" (1969), also includes "Stray Cats" (2016), a newly-created compilation of the band's non-album singles, B-sides, and EP tracks.
August 11, 2016: Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin And More On President Obama's 2016 Summer Playlist
President Obama recently released his latest Leader Of The Free World's Playlist for the summer of 2016 which comes in two parts: one for the daytime, and the other for the nighttime. Among the selections on his Daytime list are "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys, "Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin, and "U Got The Look" by Prince. His Nighttime list includes such classics as "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville, "So Very Hard To Go" by Tower Of Power, and "All Day Music" by War.
August 11, 2016: Documentary About The Making Of Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' To Be Released
A new documentary titled "Classic Albums -- Pet Sounds" about the creation of this classic 1966 Beach Boys album will be released September 23, 2016 on DVD and Blu-ray. This film, which features new interviews with Brian Wilson and other surviving band members and musicians involved in the making of this highly experimental and influential album.
August 12, 2016: Glenn Yarbrough Passes Away
Famed folk singer Glenn Yarbrough died at his home in Nashville, TN on August 11, 2016 at age 86 from complications of dementia. He co-founded The Limeliters and served as the group's lead singer from 1959-1963. He also had a prolific and highly successful solo career in which he toured and recorded for over five decades. He is best remembered for his 1965 hit, "Baby The Rain Must Fall," which was the theme song from the movie of the same name.
Born Glenn Robertson Yarbrough in Milwaukee, WI, he grew up in New York City and began his music career as a child singing as a paid soprano in a church choir. He attended St. John's College in Annapolis, MD and was roommates with Jac Holzman who founded Elektra Records in 1950 where Yarbrough became one of the label's first recording artists. During the Korean War, he served in the Army as a code breaker and then joined the entertainment corps. After his military service, he resumed his music career in various cities and eventually ended up in Aspen, CO where he became the owner of a club called the Limelite from which the famed folk singing group got its name. Formed in July 1959, The Limeliters released a long string of albums, toured extensively, and made numerous TV appearances until their disbandment in 1963 when Yarbrough left the group to pursue a solo career.
Yarbrough continued to tour and record extensively throughout most of his life, while also pursuing his lifelong passion for sailing. He scored numerous Billboard 200 hits in the 1960s with such albums as "One More Round" (1964), "Baby The Rain Must Fall" (1965), and "Each of Us Alone" (1969). Besides "Baby The Rain Must Fall" (1965), his hit singles also included "It's Gonna Be Fine" (1965) and "Goodbye Girl" (1970, Adult Contemporary charts).
August 12, 2016: New DVD Features 1978 Performance By Ex-Byrds Members
An archival video titled "Bag Full Of Money" featuring TV performances from 1978 of ex-Byrds members Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn was recently released on DVD. The former band mates performed such Byrds classics as "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!," plus songs from their solo catalogs.