Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of July 3, 2016

July 10, 2016 by Amy Gold

During the week of July 3, 2016, it was announced that Smokey Robinson will receive this year's Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Diana Ross's second self-titled album, originally released in 1976, will be reissued on vinyl later this month. Also this month, a new album by Stephen Bishop titled "Blueprint" is scheduled to be released.

Later this month, Fleetwood Mac will give a concert at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium. Also, Ringo Starr and Jackson Browne both announced new show dates for this October.

Also that week, it was announced that David Bowie's "The Man Who Fell To Earth" will be shown in cinemas across England this September. This movie will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.K. this October, and it is also expected to be released sometime later in the U.S.

Finally, Queen's "Greatest Hits" (1981) topped the Official Albums Chart's recent list of the U.K.'s best-selling albums of all time. Other bands and artists with albums that made the Top 10 in this list include ABBA, The Beatles, Dire Straits, Michael Jackson, and Pink Floyd.

(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)


Elton John performs "A Good Heart," a track from his latest album, "Wonderful Crazy Night."


July 5, 2016: Queen Tops UK's Best-Selling Albums List

The Official Albums Chart recently published a list of the U.K.'s best-selling albums of all time. Topping the list is Queen's "Greatest Hits" (1981), with ABBA's "Gold: Greatest Hits" (1992) and The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" taking the #2 and #3 spots, respectively. Michael Jackson took two Top 10 spots, with "Thriller" (1982) and "Bad" (1987) ranking at #6 and #9, respectively. Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" (1973) and Dire Straits' "Brothers In Arms" (1985) ranked at #7 and #8, respectively, and Queen's "Greatest Hits II" (1991) came in at #10. For more info, visit OfficialCharts.com.

Source: Queen's "Greatest Hits" Crowned UK's Best-Selling Album

July 5, 2016: Smokey Robinson To Receive 2016 Gershwin Prize

Smokey Robinson will be honored with this year's Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Motown legend will be presented with this prestigious award at a gala which will take place this November in Washington, D.C.

Source: Smokey Robinson Recipient of Gershwin Prize | News Releases - Library of Congress

July 6, 2016: Fleetwood Mac To Perform At Dodger Stadium

On July 28, 2016, Fleetwood Mac will give a concert at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium as part of this year's Blue Diamond Gala fundraiser. This event is the band's only planned concert to date for 2016.

Source: Fleetwood Mac to Play Fundraising Concert at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium This Month

July 6, 2016: Diana Ross' Self-Titled 1976 Album To Be Reissued

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of its original release, Diana Ross's second self-titled album will be reissued on vinyl and is due out on July 15, 2016. Highlights of this Grammy-nominated album include the chart-topping "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (1975) and "Love Hangover" (1976).

Source: Diana Ross' Self-Titled 1976 Album Being Reissued on Vinyl Next Week

July 7, 2016: Jackson Browne Announces New Fall Concert Dates

Jackson Browne announced a new series of concert dates beginning October 2, 2016 in Grass Valley, CA, and running through October 13 in Boise, ID, with additional stops in California, as well as in Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. For more info and tickets, visit JacksonBrowne.com.

Source: Jackson Browne Schedules New Solo Acoustic Shows in October

July 7, 2016: Ringo Starr Announces New Fall Concert Dates

During his 76th birthday celebration at Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Ringo Starr announced a new series of All Starr Band tour dates for later this year. This upcoming five-date trek is set to begin on October 15, 2016 in Snoqualmie, WA and end on October 20 in Costa Mesa, CA, with additional stops in Washington State, as well as in Nevada and Oregon. Afterwards, Starr will head off to Japan and South Korea.

Source: Ringo Starr Celebrates 76th Birthday at Star-Studded L.A. Event; Announces Fall All Starr Band Tour

July 8, 2016: David Bowie's 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' To Be Shown In UK Cinemas

To commemorate its 40th anniversary, "The Man Who Fell To Earth" will be shown in cinemas across England on September 9, 2016. This iconic 1976 movie, which stars David Bowie as an alien, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray October 10 in the U.K., and it is also expected to be released sometime later in the U.S. and Germany.

Source: Bowie's The Man Who Fell To Earth Returns To Cinemas For 40th Anniversary

July 8, 2016: Stephen Bishop To Release New Album

A new album by Stephen Bishop of "On And On" (1977) fame will be coming out on July 29, 2016. Titled "Blueprint," highlights include new versions of his Oscar-nominated 1983 hit, "It Might Be You," and various other songs he wrote or co-wrote over the years.

Source: Stephen Bishop Designs New Musical "Blueprint" for Fans