June 19, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of June 12, 2016, it was announced that Smokey Robinson and Kenny Loggins will be among the featured performers in this year's PBS Independence Day TV special, "A Capitol Fourth," to be aired live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Also that week, Paul Simon's latest album, "Stranger To Stranger," entered the Billboard 200 at no. 3.
Heart announced a new album titled "Beautiful Broken" which will be coming out in July. The band also recently reissued on vinyl its debut album, "Dreamboat Annie," to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its original release. A new Elvis Presley album titled "Way Down In The Jungle Room" will be coming out in August featuring The King's final recordings from 1976 created at his home studio in Graceland. A new album by Blackfoot titled "Southern Native" is also due out that month.
This September, Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, and Ace Frehley will take part in this year's Rock Carnival Festival in Lakewood, NJ. Also that month, Joe Walsh and Mick Fleetwood will co-headline this year's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, CO. In October, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire will launch the third installment of their "Heart And Soul" co-headlining tour in North America.
Also that week, it was announced that Patti LaBelle and the songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be honored with the Marian Anderson Award this November. Also, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh officially declared June 17, 2016 as "Pet Sounds Day" in honor of Brian Wilson's special performances of this album with the Boston Pops Orchestra beginning on that day.
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to producer, songwriter, and guitarist Chips Moman and guitarist Henry McCullough best known for his work with Joe Cocker and Paul McCartney.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Original Santana band members reunited onstage for the first time since 1973 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas to perform "Anywhere You Want To Go" (from the band's latest album, "Santana IV), plus older classics. This show is part of a new concert film which is set to premiere July 19, 2016 on AXS TV.
June 12, 2016: Smokey Robinson And Kenny Loggins To Perform On PBS 'A Capitol Fourth' Special
Smokey Robinson and Kenny Loggins are among the featured performers in this year's PBS Independence Day TV special, "A Capitol Fourth." This event will be broadcast live at 8 PM ET from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
June 13, 2016: Alice Cooper And Blue Oyster Cult To Join Rock Carnival Festival Lineup
Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, and Ace Frehley are among those who will be taking part in this year's Rock Carnival Festival. This event will take place September 30-October 2, 2016 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ. For more info, visit TheRockCarnival.com.
June 13, 2016: Heart To Release New Album
Heart announced a new album titled "Beautiful Broken" which will be coming out on July 8, 2016. This 10-track collection features various reworked and updated Heart songs from the 1980s, including "City's Burning" and "Down On Me," plus newer tunes.
June 13, 2016: Paul Simon's 'Stranger To Stranger' Enters Billboard 200 at #3
Paul Simon's latest album, "Stranger To Stranger," entered the Billboard 200 at #3, making this his highest charting album since "Graceland" reached #3 in 1987. Simon is currently on tour in support of "Stranger To Stranger."
June 14, 2016: Guitarist Henry McCullough Passes Away
Acclaimed guitarist, singer, and songwriter Henry McCullough died at home on June 14, 2016 at age 72. Born in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, he was best known for his work with Joe Cocker and Paul McCartney, having been member of both artists’ backing bands. He was also a member of Spooky Tooth and Sweeney's Men and played on the original "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1970) album. Over the years, he served as a session musician and continued to perform and record solo as well with various other bands and artists.
June 14, 2016: Producer/Songwriter Chips Moman Passes Away
Famed producer, songwriter, and guitarist Lincoln Wayne "Chips" Moman died on June 13, 2016, one day after his 79th birthday, at a hospice in LaGrange, GA after suffering from a lung disease. In the late 1950s, Moman began his long career in the entertainment business as a rockabilly singer and a session player. After working for Stax Records in the 1960s, he founded the American Sound Studio in Memphis, TN in 1967. He produced for such big name bands and artists as The Box Tops, Petula Clark, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Roy Hamilton, Elvis Presley, Merrilee Rush, Dusty Springfield, Joe Tex, B. J. Thomas, Carla Thomas, and Bobby Womack, before the studio finally closed in 1972. He co-wrote many hits for other artists including "The Dark End of the Street," "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," "Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)," and the Grammy-winning "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." Moman was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
June 14, 2016: Joe Walsh And Mick Fleetwood To Headline Telluride Festival
Joe Walsh and Fleetwood Mac drummer and band co-founder Mick Fleetwood will co-headline this year's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. This event is set to take place September 16-18, 2016 in Telluride, CO. For more info, visit TellurideBlues.com.
June 15, 2016: Patti LaBelle, Gamble & Huff To Receive Marian Anderson Award
Patti LaBelle and the songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be honored with the Marian Anderson Award at an awards ceremony set to take place in Philadelphia, PA on November 15, 2016. This award was originally established in 1943 by the famed late opera singer, Marian Anderson, after she was awarded the $10,000 Bok Prize that year. Anderson used the award money to establish a singing competition to help support young singers which continued through 1976. The award was re-established in 1990 and has since then branched out into a number of different categories.
June 15, 2016: Blackfoot To Release New Album
Blackfoot announced a new album titled "Southern Native" which is due out on August 5, 2016. Highlights include a cover of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young protest song, "Ohio." The veteran Southern rock band, formed in 1970 by Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke, will also be touring the U.S. beginning June 15 in Westland, MI and ending September 24 in Kent Narrows, ND, with additional stops in Michigan, as well as in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
June 16, 2016: Boston Mayor Proclaims June 17, 2016 As 'Pet Sounds Day'
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh officially declared June 17, 2016 as "Pet Sounds Day" in honor of Brian Wilson's special performances of this album with the Boston Pops Orchestra to take place on June 17 and 18, 2016. Wilson is currently on tour in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this seminal album which is performed at each show in its entirety. Along with Wilson, former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will be at the Boston concerts.
June 17, 2016: Album Of Elvis Presley's Final Studio Recordings To Be Released
A new Elvis Presley album titled "Way Down In The Jungle Room" will be coming out August 5, 2016 on CD and vinyl, and as a digital download. Highlights of this collection, which features Presley's final recordings from 1976 created at his home studio in Graceland, include "Moody Blue," "Hurt," "Way Down," and other chart hits, covers of well-known tunes, and previously unreleased outtakes.
June 17, 2016: Chicago And Earth, Wind & Fire To Launch Co-Headlining Tour
Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire will soon be launching the third installment of their "Heart And Soul" co-headlining tour which will take the two bands to various parts of North America. This 15-date trek begins on October 19, 2016 in Rochester, NY and ends on November 13 in Billings, MT, with additional stops in New York, as well as in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, and South Dakota, plus the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.
June 17, 2016: Heart Debut Album Reissued On Vinyl
Heart recently released a vinyl reissue of the band's debut album, "Dreamboat Annie," to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its original release. This album, which reached #7 on the Billboard 200, includes two of the band's best known songs, "Magic Man" and "Crazy On You," plus the title track which became a minor hit on the Billboard Hot 100.