June 13, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of June 5, 2016, Chip Taylor, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Lionel Richie, Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards of Chic, and the late Marvin Gaye were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Also that week, The Monkees' latest album, "Good Times!," made its debut on the Billboard 200 at #14, and Paul Simon's "Stranger To Stranger" topped the U.K. album chart. Also, the four original members of ABBA unexpectedly reunited onstage in Stockholm for their first performance in 30 years.
Steven Tyler's first solo album, titled "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," will be coming out this July and, in addition, the Aerosmith frontman will be launching a tour that same month. David Crosby announced an upcoming North American tour that begins in August. The Rolling Stones announced a new show date in Las Vegas, NV to take place in October. Also, Black Sabbath announced its last-ever U.S. shows which will take place this November in Oklahoma and Texas.
Also that week, Rod Stewart was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II as part of this year's U.K. monarch's annual Birthday Honors List. Later this month, the concert film, "KISS Rocks Vegas," will be webcast on TourGigs.com as a pay-per-view event, a new biography titled "A Tribute To Keith Moon: There Is No Substitute" about the late drummer for The Who will be coming out, and Mattel will release a new "Yellow Submarine"-themed Hot Wheels collection inspired by The Beatles' classic song and 1968 animated film of the same name. This October, Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the Woody Guthrie Prize.
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Canadian singer and former teen idol Bobby Curtola who made a splash on the U.S. charts in 1962 with "Fortuneteller."
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Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) performs the heartrending "He Was Alone," a new song inspired by the plight of child refugees that he penned after a recent trip to Southern Turkey near the Syria-Turkey border.
June 5, 2016: Canadian 1960s Teen Idol Bobby Curtola Passes Away
Canadian rock and roll singer Bobby Curtola died on June 4, 2016 at age 73 at his home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A former teen idol, he had a long string of hits on the Canadian Pop/Rock charts from 1960-1971 that included "Hand In Hand With You" (1960), "Aladdin" (1962), "Indian Giver" (1963), "Three Rows Over" (1963), and his best known song, "Fortuneteller" (1962). The latter song nearly cracked the U.S. Top 40, peaking at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Aladdin" also became a minor hit on that chart. Curtola later went on to have several hits on the Canadian Country and Adult Contemporary charts through 1990 and released many albums through 1998. In 1964, he wrote and performed the famous Coca Cola jingle, "Things Go Better With Coke." Curtola also had a long singing career in Las Vegas beginning in the late 1960s and later performed on the Love Boat for Princess Cruises.
His many awards and accolades included being made a member of the Order of Canada and being awarded the Gold Medal of Merit in 1998 and being inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In addition to his long music career, Curtola was a business entrepreneur and philanthropist.
June 6, 2016: New Keith Moon Biography To Be Published
A new biography about Keith Moon will be coming out on June 13, 2016. Titled "A Tribute To Keith Moon: There Is No Substitute," this upcoming book about the late drummer for The Who, which covers his many lasting contributions to rock music, features interviews, many never-before-seen photos, and an introduction by former bandmate Pete Townshend.
June 6, 2016: ABBA Reunites For First Performance In 30 Years
On June 5, 2016, the four original members of the still-hugely popular ABBA unexpectedly reunited onstage at a party in Stockholm's Berns Salonger hotel for their first performance in 30 years. The former band members gave an impromptu performance of their 1980 hit, "Me And I," in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their friendship. Since ABBA disbanded in 1982, they have rarely appeared together in public and were last seen in January at the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party.
June 7, 2016: Monkees Score Highest-Charting Album Since 1968
The Monkees' latest album, "Good Times!," made its debut on the Billboard 200 at #14, making it the band's highest charting album since 1968 when "The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees" peaked at #3. "Good Times!" also came in at #6 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart. Highlights of this band's 50th anniversary album include both new songs and finished versions of previously unreleased Monkees recordings from the 1960s.
June 7, 2016: David Crosby Announces Summer Tour
David Crosby announced an upcoming summer tour that will take him to various parts of the U.S. and Canada. This 18-date trek, dubbed "An Evening With David Crosby," begins on August 18, 2016 in South Orange, NJ and ends on September 15 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with additional stops in British Columbia, as well as in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, plus the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.
June 8, 2016: Steven Tyler To Release First Solo Album And Launch Tour
Steven Tyler's first solo album, titled "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," will be coming out on July 15, 2016. In addition, the Aerosmith frontman will be launching a 19-date tour starting July 2 in Las Vegas, NV and ending on September 13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with stops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington State, and Washington, D.C., plus British Columbia, Canada.
June 9, 2016: Black Sabbath Announces Last-Ever U.S. Shows
Black Sabbath's last-ever shows in the U.S. are set to take place on November 8, 2016 in Tulsa, OK, November 10 in Houston, TX and November 12 in San Antonio, TX. Afterwards, the legendary heavy metal band will head off to Latin America for seven more show dates before the band calls it a wrap on December 4 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
June 9, 2016: Rolling Stones Announce New Las Vegas Show Date
The Rolling Stones announced a new show date in Las Vegas, NV to take place October 19, 2016. This performance will follow the band's two appearances at the Desert Trip classic rock festival on October 7 and 14 in Indio, CA.
June 9, 2016: Kris Kristofferson To Receive Woody Guthrie Prize
Legendary singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson will be honored with this year's Woody Guthrie Prize. The awards ceremonies will take place on October 18, 2016 in Tulsa, OK at Cain's Ballroom. In addition to being presented with the award, Kristofferson will be joined onstage by friends to perform some of his songs.
June 10, 2016: Beatles And Mattel Team Up For 'Yellow Submarine'-Themed Hot Wheels Collection
Mattel will soon release a new "Yellow Submarine"-themed Hot Wheels collection featuring seven vehicles inspired by The Beatles' classic song and 1968 animated film of the same name. This collection will include a replica of the famous yellow submarine from the movie. The remaining six vehicles will feature graphics from the movie, including cartoon images of each Fab Four member and one of the Blue Meanies.
June 10, 2016: Marvin Gaye, Chic Members & More Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame
Elvis Costello, Lionel Richie, Chip Taylor, Tom Petty the late Marvin Gaye, Nile Rodgers of Chic, and the late Bernard Edwards of Chic were among those to be inducted into this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of Fame highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award. The award ceremonies took place on June 9, 2016 in NYC, with Sister Sledge and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds among the performers and presenters.
June 10, 2016: 'KISS Rocks Vegas' Concert Film To Premiere As Online Pay-Per-View Event
The concert film, "KISS Rocks Vegas," which premiered in theaters across the nation last month, will be webcast on TourGigs.com starting June 14, 2016 as a pay-per-view event. This documentary covers the band's series of nine Las Vegas shows from November 2014 and features interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
June 10, 2016: Paul Simon's 'Stranger To Stranger' Tops The UK Album Chart
Paul Simon's latest album, "Stranger To Stranger," recently topped the U.K. album chart, making it his fifth album to reach this milestone so far. Highlights include "Wristband," the album's first single which premiered on Simon's VEVO YouTube channel. His last album to top the U.K. album chart was his 2015 compilation, "The Ultimate Collection."
June 11, 2016: Rod Stewart Knighted By Queen Elizabeth II
On June 10, 2016, Rod Stewart was among those knighted by Queen Elizabeth II as part of this year's U.K. monarch's annual Birthday Honors List. Other musicians to receive this prestigious honor over the years include Mick Jagger, Elton John, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, and Van Morrison.