March 21, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of March 13, 2016, fans bade a final farewell to Lee Andrews, the lead singer and founder of Lee Andrews & The Hearts best remembered for "Long Lonely Nights" and other late 1950s hits.
Also that week, it was announced that a reel-to-reel tape containing a long-lost, forgotten Rolling Stones song titled "No One Loves You More Than Me" was discovered after over 50 years in someone's attic.
A new archival live recording by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers titled "Live in 1967 -- Volume Two" featuring then-future Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Peter Green will be coming out in May. Also due out that month is a box set of previously-unreleased live performances by the Grateful Dead titled "July 1978: The Complete Recordings."
To celebrate the release of "Santana IV" which will be coming out in April, four members of the original Santana lineup will give a special concert in Las Vegas later this month, making this the first time that the former bandmates have performed together onstage since 1973. Gladys Knight will be giving a series of concerts in the U.S. this year beginning in April. Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a joint U.S. tour that begins this June. Also that month, The Who will be headlining this year's Isle Of Wight Festival. This July, Stevie Wonder will perform his classic 1976 album, "Songs In The Key Of Life," in its entirely at London's Hyde Park. Also that month, Jeff Beck will be launching a tour with featured guest artist, Buddy Guy. Also, Billy Joel announced another show to be added to his long-running Madison Square Garden residency in New York City to take place this December.
Also that week, it was announced that a new PBS series titled "Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music" will be making its premiere November 14, 2016 (see video below). This series, which was George Martin's final project before his passing, features such top artists as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Elton John. Also, Gladys Knight is among the honorees at this year's BET's Black Girls Rock. The award ceremonies will be televised April 5 on BET.
Finally, "Toni Tennille: A Memoir" is set to be published this April.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Below is the trailer for the upcoming PBS series, "Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music."
March 13, 2016: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers 1967 Live Album With Future Fleetwood Mac Members To Be Released
A new rare archival live recording by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring then-future Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Peter Green will be coming out on May 6, 2016. Titled "Live in 1967 -- Volume Two," this collection includes performances by The Bluesbreakers from the spring of 1967 at several London venues. Green and Fleetwood left the band in July of that year to form Fleetwood Mac, and McVie followed soon thereafter.
March 14, 2016: Stevie Wonder To Perform 'Songs In The Key Of Life' In London
Stevie Wonder will perform his classic 1976 album, "Songs In The Key Of Life," in its entirely at London's Hyde Park. This event, which takes place July 10, 2016, will follow some eight months after the end of his tour of the same name which began in November 2014 and ended November 2015.
March 14, 2016: Former Santana Members To Perform Together In Concert For First Time Since 1973
To celebrate the release of the long-awaited "Santana IV" which will be coming out April 15, 2016, most of the original Santana lineup from the late 1960s-early 1970s will give a special concert in Las Vegas on March 21. This event will mark the first time that the former bandmates - Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello - have performed together onstage since 1973. Rolie, Shrieve and Carabello had been with Santana since 1969 when the group released its self-titled debut album and played at Woodstock. Schon joined Santana in 1971 and left the band in 1973 with Rolie to form Journey.
March 14, 2016: George Martin-Produced Series To Premiere On PBS
A new eight-part PBS series titled "Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music" will be making its premiere November 14, 2016 and will air each weekday thereafter through November 23. This series, which was George Martin's final project before his passing, features appearances by over 150 top artists including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Lindsey Buckingham, and Joni Mitchell. This series will examine the history of studio recording and the many innovations affecting the sound of pop music, covering such topics as Martin's collaboration with The Beatles, the emergence of Phil Spector as a rock star producer, Michael Jackson and Madonna innovations in music videos, and Stevie Wonder's use of synthesizers. For more info, visit Soundbreaking.com.
March 15, 2016: Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce Joint Tour
Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a joint tour that will take the two rock icons to various states in the U.S. So far, 12 shows have been confirmed that begin on June 3, 2016 in Albany, NY and end on August 21 in Murphys, CA, with additional stops in California and New York, as well as in Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
March 15, 2016: Jeff Beck To Tour With Buddy Guy
Jeff Beck announced an upcoming tour with featured guest artist, Buddy Guy. So far, 12 shows have been confirmed which start July 19, 2016 in Port Chester, NY and end August 10 in Los Angeles, with additional stops in New York, as well as in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. More dates are expected to be added.
March 15, 2016: Gladys Knight To Receive BET Honors
Gladys Knight is among the honorees at this year's BET's Black Girls Rock. The award ceremonies, which will take place April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ, will be televised April 5 on BET. Knight will be presented with the Living Legend Award. She also has a number of concerts lined up starting April 9 in Indio, CA and ending August 3 in Los Angeles, with stops in Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, and Virginia. For more info, visit gladysknight.com.
March 16, 2016: Toni Tennille To Publish Memoir
A memoir by Toni Tennille will be coming out on April 1, 2016. Titled "Toni Tennille: A Memoir," this upcoming book covers such topics as her musical career and her marriage to Daryl "The Captain" Dragon.
March 17, 2016: Grateful Dead Live Box Set To Be Released
A massive box set of previously-unreleased live recordings by the Grateful Dead will be coming out on May 13, 2016. Titled "July 1978: The Complete Recordings," this 12-CD collection includes full performances from the only five concerts played that month which took place in Kansas City, MO (July 1), St. Paul, MN (July 3), Omaha, NE (July 5), and Morrison, CO (July 7 and 8). This box set, which can be pre-ordered on Dead.net, will be limited to only 15,000 numbered copies.
March 17, 2016: The Who To Headline UK's Isle Of Wight Festival
The Who will be headlining this year's Isle Of Wight Festival, making this the band's fourth time to do so (after 1969, 1970, and 2004). This event takes place June 9-12, 2016 at Seaclose Park, and The Who will perform on June 11. That same month, The Who will also be headlining the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid (June 16) and the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz (June 18).
March 17, 2016: Lee Andrews Passes Away
Famed R&B singer Lee Andrews died on March 16, 2016 at age 79. He was the lead singer and founder of the Philadelphia-based doo-wop quintet, Lee Andrews & The Hearts. This group had a string of hits from 1957-1963 that included "Long Lonely Nights" (1957), "Tear Drops" (1957), and "Try The Impossible" (1958).
Born Arthur Lee Andrews Thompson in Goldsboro, NC, the family moved to Philadelphia when Arthur was two. His father, Beachy Thompson, had been a member of the long-running gospel group, The Dixie Hummingbirds. In 1952, while a student at Bertram High School, Andrews began singing with four friends who first billed themselves as The Dreams (and later, The Dreamers) before becoming known as Lee Andrews & The Hearts. In 1954, they released their first single, "Maybe You'll Be There," but their fame took off in 1957 when "Long Lonely Nights," which also became a hit that same year for Clyde McPhatter, became their first national hit, making the Billboard Top 40.
In 1992, Lee Andrews & The Hearts were inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance/Walk Of Fame. Andrews was the father of Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group, The Roots. When The Roots were inducted in 2015, Questlove and Andrews became the first father-and-son duo to be included in the walk.
March 18, 2016: Billy Joel Adds Show To Madison Square Garden Residency
Billy Joel announced another addition to his long-running Madison Square Garden residency in New York City. This show will take place December 17, 2016.
March 18, 2016: Lost Rolling Stones Song Discovered After 50 Years
A long-lost, forgotten Rolling Stones song and other tracks were recently discovered after over 50 years in the attic of the home of Jeremy Nielsen, who was 19 when he acquired from the BBC Broadcasting House a box of assorted items headed for the trash bin that included the reels of tape on which this and other tracks were recorded by the band. Nielsen had never listened to the tapes until recently when he found out that The Rolling Stones, then relatively unknown at the time, had recorded at the studio around the time he acquired them. These long-forgotten tapes include two versions of "As Tears Go By," an early recording of "Congratulations," and a song titled "No One Loves You More Than Me" which has never been released by the band. The tapes are currently set to be sold at auction on April 3, 2016.