July 3, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of June 26, 2016, fans bade a final farewell to rock and roll guitarist Scotty Moore and R&B singer-songwriter Mack Rice. Moore, who backed Elvis Presley on many of his earliest recordings, can be heard on "Jailhouse Rock," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hound Dog," and other classics. Rice is best known for having penned such R&B oldies standards as Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" and the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself."
Aaron Neville announced a new album titled "Apache" which will be coming out in July. The R&B legend will also launch a tour in support of this new album beginning that same month. A new box set titled "Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions" will be coming out in August. Van Morrison announced a new album titled "Keep Me Singing" which will be coming out in September. In addition, he has a series of shows lined up in the U.S. for this October. Also, Barry Gibb announced an upcoming album titled "In The Now" which is expected sometime this fall.
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones will be featured in a new TV documentary on BBC Two titled "Keith Richards -- The Origin Of The Species" which premieres in July. Also that month, the HDNet Movies channel will be hosting "Graham Nash Presents 9 Days Of Rock Docs." Also, a new series titled "AXS TV Concerts Hosted By Mark Cuban" will premiere in August featuring The Monkees, KC & The Sunshine Band, and other top bands.
Also that week, it was announced that a new book about Elvis Presley titled "My Brother Elvis," written by The King's stepbrother, David E. Stanley, will be coming out in August. A photo book titled "Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles In Tokyo, 1966" will be coming out in November featuring pictures of The Fab Four during their first and only visit to Japan. Also, Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone magazine recently published a book titled "On Bowie" about the late rock legend.
Finally, a lock of the late David Bowie's hair dating from 1983 recently sold at auction for $18,750. The lock had belonged to a wig mistress at London's Madame Tussauds wax museum who clipped Bowie's hair so that she could replicate it for a statue.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Below is an interview with Bob Dylan that aired in February 1962 on New York City's WBAI that PBS recently animated as part of its "Blank On Blank" series.
June 26, 2016: Elvis Presley's Stepbrother To Publish Book
A book about Elvis Presley's final days titled "My Brother Elvis," written by The King's stepbrother, David E. Stanley, will be coming out on August 16, 2016, the 39th anniversary of Presley's passing. Presley's beloved mother, Grace, died in 1958, and Stanley became The King's stepbrother when his widowed father, Vernon Elvis Presley, remarried in 1960.
June 28, 2016: Barry Gibb To Release New Solo Album
Barry Gibb, the only surviving member of The Bee Gees, announced an upcoming solo album titled "In The Now" which is expected sometime this fall. All 12 songs in this collection, which makes this his second solo album to date, were co-written by Gibb and his sons, Stephen and Ashley.
June 28, 2016: Lock Of David Bowie's Hair Sells For Over $18K At Auction
A rare blond lock of the late David Bowie's hair dating from 1983 sold for an astounding $18,750 the weekend of June 26, 2016 at a memorabilia auction in Beverly Hills, CA. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand, a charity dedicated to the care and rescue of stray dogs. The lock of hair had belonged to a wig mistress at London's Madame Tussauds wax museum who clipped Bowie's hair so that she could replicate it for a statue of the rock legend.
June 28, 2016: Elvis Presley Guitarist Scotty Moore Passes Away
Acclaimed guitarist Scotty Moore died on June 28, 2016 at age 84 in Nashville, TN. He famously backed Elvis Presley on many of his earliest recordings beginning in 1954, thus helping to lay the foundation of rock and roll. His pioneering guitar work, which combined jazz and country influences, can be heard on such classics as "Jailhouse Rock," "That's All Right," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Hound Dog." For a time, he had also served as The King's personal manager, and in 1968, he reunited with Presley one last time for his late career comeback TV special on NBC.
Moore's many awards and accolades included being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015. He was also ranked #29 by Rolling Stone magazine in its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011.
June 28, 2016: New Beach Boys Early Recordings Box Set To Be Released
A new box set titled "Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions" will be coming out on August 26, 2016. Highlights of this 62-track collection, which features demos, overdubs, alternate versions, rehearsals, and other first-ever recordings from September 1961 through March 1962, include rare early versions of "Surfer Girl" and other classics, plus two songs by an early surf rock group known as Kenny & The Cadets whose members included Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, and Al Jardine.
June 28, 2016: Rob Sheffield Publishes New Book About David Bowie
A recently-published book by Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone magazine titled "On Bowie" examines the late rock legend's life, career, and extensive influences and innovations in music. In this excerpt, Sheffield tells the story of Bowie's 1972 breakthrough concert in Santa Monica, CA when he first took America by storm.
June 29, 2016: R&B Singer-Songwriter Mack Rice Passes Away
Famed R&B singer-songwriter Mack Rice died at his home in Detroit, MI on June 27, 2016 at age 82 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He is best known for having written or co-written a number of R&B oldies classics, most famously Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" (1966) and the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself" (1971). His many other songs have been recorded by such top bands and artists as Shirley Brown, Busta Rhymes, Otis Clay and The Blues Brothers, Albert Collins, Billy Eckstine, Eddie Floyd, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Albert King, The Kingsmen, The Rascals, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus Thomas, and Ike and Tina Turner.
Born Bonny "Mack" Rice in Clarksdale, MS, he began his music career in the 1950s in Detroit, first performing with The Five Scalders and then, from 1957-1963, as a member of The Falcons, a group whose members at that time included Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett and Joe Stubbs. As a solo performer, Rice (who recorded as Sir Mack Rice) had two R&B chart hits with "Mustang Sally" (1965) and "Coal Man" (1969), both of which also became minor hits on the pop charts.
In 1992, backed by The Dynatones, Rice released his first solo album, "Right Now."
June 29, 2016: Keith Richards To Star In New Documentary
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones will be featured in a new TV documentary reminiscing about his early years growing up in England after World War II. Titled "Keith Richards -- The Origin Of The Species," this film explores the origins of the cultural shift in England during the 1960s. It will premiere sometime in July on British TV as part of the BBC Two's "My Generation" season that covers the history of U.K. pop music.
June 29, 2016: Van Morrison To Release New Album And Launch Tour
Van Morrison announced a new album titled "Keep Me Singing" which will be coming out on September 30, 2016. This collection features 12 new songs plus a cover of "Share Your Love With Me." In addition, Morrison has a series of shows lined up for this fall beginning October 9 in New York City and ending October 19 in San Francisco, CA, with additional stops in California.
June 29, 2016: Graham Nash To Host Rock Documentary Marathon On HDNet Movies Channel
Graham Nash will be hosting a nine-day marathon of rock-themed movies on the HDNet Movies channel. Titled "Graham Nash Presents 9 Days Of Rock Docs," this TV event begins on July 9, 2016 and runs through July 17. Featured bands and artists will include The Allman Brothers Band, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Morrison, Prince, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Who.
June 30, 2016: Aaron Neville To Release New Album And Launch Tour
Aaron Neville announced a new album titled "Apache" which will be coming out on July 15, 2016. Highlights include the recently-released track, "Stompin' Ground." The R&B legend will also launch a tour in support of this new album. This 21-date trek begins on July 14 in Chicago and ends on December 17 in Santa Rosa, CA, with additional stops in California, as well as in Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.
June 30, 2016: New Photo Book Of The Beatles' 1966 Japan Tour To Be Published
A new photo book titled "Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles In Tokyo, 1966" will be coming out this November as a limited edition volume. This book features pictures taken by Japanese photographer Shimpei Asai of The Fab Four during their first and only visit to Japan where they gave five sold-out concerts at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan arena from June 30 to July 2, 1966. For more info, visit genesis-publications.com.
July 1, 2016: Concerts By The Monkees & More To Be Featured On New AXS TV Series
A new series titled "AXS TV Concerts Hosted By Mark Cuban" will premiere on August 11, 2016 with a full length show by The Monkees. Different acts will be featured in each episode of this five-week series: The Village People (August 18), Bret Michaels of Poison (August 25), KC & The Sunshine Band (September 1), and Bad Company (September 8).