June 26, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of June 19, 2016, it was announced that The Eagles, James Taylor, and Mavis Staples will be saluted at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors in December.
Also that week, a Los Angeles jury found that Led Zeppelin did not steal the opening of "Stairway To Heaven" from the 1968 Spirit song, "Taurus."
Carole King, Gloria Estefan, and various other entertainers recently came together to record the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic, "What The World Needs Now Is Love," in support of the victims of last weekend's mass shooting in Orlando, FL. This August, ZZ Top will release "Greatest Hits Live" featuring performances recorded in various cities around the world and from several of the band's tours in Texas. A box set of the late Freddie Mercury's solo singles going back to 1973 will be coming out in September. Also that month, Meat Loaf will release a new album titled "Braver Than We Are," and Kansas will release "The Prelude Implicit," the band's first new studio album in 16 years.
Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp are among the many featured performers at this year's Farm Aid festival which takes place this September in Bristow, VA. Graham Nash announced a series of new fall shows in support of his latest album, "This Path Tonight," also starting that month.
Also that week, it was announced that the massive Rolling Stones "Exhibitionism" memorabilia collection, which is currently housed in London, will be moving to New York City this November. Also, "Vinyl," the TV series co-produced by Mick Jagger, will not be coming back for a second season on HBO as had been previously announced.
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Five Man Electrical Band bassist Brian Rading, Stax trumpeter Wayne Jackson, longtime ZZ Top manager Bill Ham, and Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell.
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Ron Howard's "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," which is set to make its world premiere in London on September 15, 2016, will open in U.S. theaters the following day and be available for streaming on Hulu starting September 17. This upcoming documentary focuses on the history of the Fab Four from 1962-1966 during the band's live performing days.
June 20, 2016: ZZ Top To Release First Official Live Album
On August 12, 2016, ZZ Top will release "Greatest Hits Live" featuring performances recorded in various cities around the world and from several of the band's tours in Texas. Highlights of this band's first-ever official live album include such classics as "La Grange," "Gimme All Your Lovin'," and "Tush," plus onstage performances with guitar great Jeff Beck.
June 20, 2016: Carole King, Gloria Estefan & More Sing On Charity Single For Orlando Victims
Carole King, Gloria Estefan, and various other entertainers recently came together to record the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic, "What The World Needs Now Is Love," in support of the victims of last weekend's mass shooting in Orlando, FL. All proceeds from this song, which is available on iTunes, go to the GLBT Center of Central Florida.
June 20, 2016: Ex-Five Man Electrical Band Bassist Brian Rading Passes Away
Brian Rading, the original bassist and a founding member of Five Man Electrical Band, died on June 8 , 2016 at age 69 at his home in Hull, Ontario, after battling throat cancer. A longtime fixture in the Ottawa, Ontario musical scene, he began his career in his teens playing with a number of local groups. In 1963, he co-founded The Staccatos with Les Emmerson and other future Five Man Electrical Band members. The Staccatos recorded two albums, scored several hits on the Canadian charts, and had a number of personnel changes before re-emerging as the Five Man Electrical Band in 1969. The band is best known for the 1971 smash hit, "Signs," as well as a string of other hits that include "Absolutely Right" (1971), "Money Back Guarantee" (1972), "I'm A Stranger Here" (1973) and "Werewolf" (1974). After leaving Five Man Electrical Band in 1973, Rading continued to perform locally in various other groups including Crucial Moments.
June 21, 2016: Rolling Stones Exhibit Moving To New York City
Exhibitionism, the extensive collection of Rolling Stone memorabilia that opened last April in London, will be moving to the Industria Superstudio in the West Village section of New York City this November. Among the many items featured in this massive exhibit are rare films, interactive displays, instruments, handwritten lyrics, diaries, costumes, and stage props. For more info and tickets, visit StonesExhibitionism.com.
June 21, 2016: Neil Young & More To Perform At Farm Aid 2016
Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp are among the many featured performers at this year's Farm Aid festival. This event is set to take place September 18, 2016 in Bristow, VA, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Visit FarmAid.org for more info and tickets.
June 22, 2016: Meat Loaf To Release New Album
On September 16, 2016, Meat Loaf will release a new album titled "Braver Than We Are." Highlights of this ten-track collection include the album's first single, "Going All the Way," which recently made its online premiere, and "Train of Love," which features a slide guitar solo by Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
June 22, 2016: Mick Jagger Co-Produced HBO Series 'Vinyl' Canceled
"Vinyl," the TV series co-produced by Mick Jagger, will not be coming back for a second season on HBO as had been previously announced. This show, which depicts the music scene of 1970s New York City, starred Bobby Cannavale and featured Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano and Jagger's son, James.
June 22, 2016: Stax Trumpeter Wayne Jackson Passes Away
Acclaimed R&B trumpeter Wayne Jackson died on June 21, 2016 at age 74 of congestive heart failure at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN. He began his long career while still in high school as a member of Stax Records' first house band, The Mar-Keys, who scored a Top 10 hit in 1961 with "Last Night" (1961) and provided instrumental backing for many Stax artists. Jackson later played for the famed Memphis Horns that, along with The Mar-Keys, was highly instrumental in defining the signature Stax sound. Originally a sextet, The Memphis Horns gradually evolved to a duo, with Wayne Jackson on trumpet and Andrew Love on tenor saxophone. The famed duo, who can be heard on nearly every Stax recording that included a horn section, provided backing for such big name artists as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, and countless others. Over the years, they recorded with many top non-Stax artists that included Neil Diamond, Al Green, Elvis Presley, and Dusty Springfield, and they toured with The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, and many other top acts. In addition, The Memphis Horns had several chart hits during the late 1970s that included "Just For Your Love" (1977) and "Our Love Will Survive" (1978).
The Memphis Horns received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
June 23, 2016: Longtime ZZ Top Manager & Producer Bill Ham Passes Away
Music impresario and longtime ZZ Top manager and producer Bill Ham died on June 20, 2016 at age 79 at his home in Austin, TX. He had managed the band since its founding in 1969 and was highly instrumental to its success. Over the years, he had also served as the band's public image maker, and he had co-written and co-produced many of the band's hits and albums.
Ham's other major clients had also included country superstar Clint Black.
June 23, 2016: Graham Nash Adds Fall Show Dates To 2016 Tour
Graham Nash announced a series of new fall shows in support of his latest album, "This Path Tonight." This 10-date trek begins September 23, 2016 in Kent, OH and ends October 8 in Hartford, CT, with stops in Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
June 23, 2016: Jury Determines Led Zeppelin Did Not Steal 'Stairway To Heaven' Opening From Spirit Song
A Los Angeles jury found that Led Zeppelin did not steal the opening of its classic "Stairway To Heaven" from the 1968 Spirit song, "Taurus." The attorneys representing the estate of the late Spirit frontman, Randy California, tried to show that Led Zeppelin had incorporated a guitar riff from "Taurus" into the opening of "Stairway To Heaven," but the jury decided that there was no
extrinsic similarity between the two songs.
June 23, 2016: The Eagles, James Taylor, Mavis Staples To Be Saluted At 2016 Kennedy Center Honors
The Eagles, James Taylor, and Mavis Staples are among those to be saluted at this year's Kennedy Center Honors. The awards will be presented December 3, 2016 at the State Department, and a star-studded gala in honor of the awards recipients will be held December 4 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, to be attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The gala will be taped for a special December 27 broadcast on CBS.
June 23, 2016: Kansas To Release New Album
On September 23, 2016, Kansas will release "The Prelude Implicit," the band's first new studio album in 16 years. Highlights include "The Voyage Of Eight Eighteen," "'Rhythm In The Spirit," and "The Unsung Heroes."
June 24, 2016: New Freddie Mercury Solo Singles Box Set To Be Released
A box set of the late Freddie Mercury's solo singles going back to 1973 will be coming out on September 2, 2016, three days before what would have been his 70th birthday. Titled "Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods -- The Singles," highlights of this collection include his 1973 debut solo single, "I Can Hear Music" (released under the name, Larry Lurex) and the posthumously-released 1993 remix of his 1985 song, "Living On My Own," which topped the U.K. charts.
June 24, 2016: Parliament-Funkadelic Keyboardist Bernie Worrell Passes Away
Acclaimed virtuoso keyboardist and composer Bernie Worrell died on June 24, 2016 at age 72 after battling lung cancer. He was a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and co-wrote many of the band's hit songs. Worrell had also toured with Talking Heads throughout the 1980s and had worked with many other bands and artists throughout his long career.
Born George Bernard "Bernie" Worrell, Jr. in Long Branch, NJ, his music career got off to an amazingly early start at age 3 when, as a child prodigy, he began formal piano lessons and later wrote a concerto at age 8. He then went on the study at the Juilliard School and received a degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1967. While in college, he played with a group known as Chubby & The Turnpikes that eventually evolved into Tavares. In 1970, he joined Funkadelic, and shortly thereafter, he and a number of other musicians joined forces with then-band leader, George Clinton, who also headed up its sister band, Parliament (originally The Parliaments), to form the legendary funk music consortium, Parliament-Funkadelic. Worrell's innovative use of synthesizers was an important part of Parliament-Funkadelic's signature sound, and in addition, he served as one of the band's songwriters and musical arrangers. He left Parliament-Funkadelic in 1981 to pursue other projects, most notably, as a touring member of Talking Heads. Over the years, he continued to contribute to various Parliament-Funkadelic albums and made occasional live guest appearances.
Worrell's many honors and accolades included being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 along with 15 other Parliament-Funkadelic members. A documentary film about his life and career titled "Stranger: Bernie Worrell On Earth" was released in 2005.