March 27, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of March 20, 2016, the Library of Congress announced the latest additions to its National Recording Registry that include recordings by Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, Gloria Gaynor, The Impressions, Billy Joel, Julie London, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Santana, and The Supremes.
Also that week, it was announced that Smokey Robinson will be honored by MusiCares with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award. Also, a long-lost song recorded by David Bowie in 1970 on his first trip to the U.S. recently resurfaced and is being released as a digital download.
A new album titled "Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Creedence Clearwater Revival" featuring baby-safe versions of classic CCR songs will be coming out in April. Also, The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" will be reissued in June to mark this album's 50th anniversary.
A concert commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Band's historic farewell concert ("The Last Waltz") is set to take place this April in New Orleans. Also that month, Todd Rundgren will be launching a spring tour that will take him to various parts of the U.S. and Canada. Styx, The Grass Roots, and Kool & The Gang are among the many oldies bands and artists that will perform at this year's Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to take place this June. Also, Rod Stewart announced a series of new shows beginning this August as part of his long-running Las Vegas residency.
Also that week, it was announced that Paul McCartney will be making a cameo appearance in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" which will be coming out in May 2017. Also, a recently-unearthed rare Beatles acetate recording from 1963 sold at auction for $110,000.
Finally, Ringo Starr's childhood home recently sold at auction for $99,000. The purchaser is a long-time Beatles fan from London who had also purchased two other homes previously owned by members of the Fab Four and/or relatives thereof.
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The new documentary, "Janis: Little Girl Blue," is set to be released May 6, 2016 on DVD. This movie covers Joplin's tumultuous life, her rise to stardom, and her tragic, untimely death from a heroin overdose.
March 21, 2016: Rod Stewart Announces New Las Vegas Residency Dates
Rod Stewart announced nine new show dates for his long-running Las Vegas residency, "Rod Stewart: The Hits." The new shows, to take place at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, begin on August 3, 2016 and end on August 21.
March 22, 2016: Todd Rundgren To Launch Spring Tour
Todd Rundgren announced a spring tour that will take him to various parts of the U.S. and Canada. This 23-date trek begins on April 27, 2016 in Napa, CA and ends on May 30 in Pawling, NY, with additional stops in California and New York, as well as in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington, plus British Columbia, Canada. Afterwards, Rundgren will rejoin Ringo Starr's All Starr Band for its upcoming tour which begins in June.
March 22, 2016: Rare Beatles Acetate Recording Sold At Auction
A recently-unearthed Beatles acetate recording from 1963 sold for around $110,000 at Omega Auctions in the U.K. This rare, historic recording, a 10-inch 78 RPM single with two songs, "Hello Little Girl" and "Till There Was You," was presented by Brian Epstein to George Martin while Epstein was trying to secure a deal with EMI Records. On this disc are handwritten notes by Epstein on both sides identifying the song titles and band members who sang each song.
March 23, 2016: Long-Lost 1970 David Bowie Song Resurfaces
A long-lost song recorded by David Bowie in 1970 on his first trip to the U.S. recently resurfaced and is now being released for the first time as a digital download on mindbodynetwork.com through sound engineer Ron de Strulle, who had worked with Bowie at that time on this song. Titled "To Be Love," this rarity was one of a number of demos Bowie recorded with de Strulle when Bowie's manager was trying to land him a record deal in the U.S.
March 23, 2016: Smokey Robinson To Be Honored With MusiCares Award
Smokey Robinson will be honored by MusiCares with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his help with those recovering from addiction. The awards ceremonies and tribute concert will take place on May 19, 2016 at the Novo in Los Angeles. Among those in attendance will be Motown Records founder Berry Gordy who will serve as the show's Honorary Tribute Chair.
March 23, 2016: Oldies Classics Added To Library of Congress National Recording Registry
The Library of Congress announced the latest additions to its National Recording Registry that include many oldies favorites: Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive" (1978), The Impressions' "People Get Ready" (1965), Billy Joel's "Piano Man" (1973), Julie London's "Cry Me A River" (1955), and The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" (1964). Other classic oldies singles include both versions of "Mack The Knife" by Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin which became hits in 1956 and 1959, respectively. Also included in the National Recording Registry is Santana's 1970 album, "Abraxas," which features such hits as "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va," and Buffy Sainte-Marie 1964 album, "It's My Way." Each year, the National Recording Registry selects recordings that are determined to be
culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.
March 23, 2016: Styx, Grass Roots, Kool & The Gang To Perform At 2016 Summerfest
Styx, The Grass Roots, and Kool & The Gang are among those that will perform at this year's Summerfest which takes place every year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Other featured acts include The Ides of March, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Joe Jackson, and Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires. This event will take place June 29-July 10, 2016. For more info and tickets, visit Summerfest.com.
March 23, 2016: Beach Boys To Release 50th Anniversary Edition Of 'Pet Sounds'
On June 10, 2016, The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" will be reissued in several different formats to mark the 50th anniversary of this classic album. The "Pet Sounds" Collectors Edition will include remastered mono and stereo versions of this album plus demos, outtakes, alternate mixes, promos, and previously-unreleased live tracks. Other versions include a Blu-ray audio disc, a 2-CD set, and deluxe digitals editions. For more info, visit TheBeachBoys.com.
March 24, 2016: New Album With Lullaby Versions Of Creedence Clearwater Revival Songs To Be Released
A new album featuring lullaby versions of classic Creedence Clearwater Revival songs will be coming out on April 22, 2016 in various digital formats. In addition, a vinyl version will be coming out on April 16 as part of this year's Record Store Day campaign. Titled "Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Creedence Clearwater Revival," this baby-safe collection is the latest in the series of the "Rockabye Baby!" series of albums for children. For more info, visit RockabyeBabyMusic.com.
March 24, 2016: Paul McCartney To Appear In Next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Movie
Paul McCartney will be making a cameo appearance in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," the fifth installment in this action movie series starring Johnny Depp. This film is set to be released on May 26, 2017 in Disney Digital 3D. McCartney will appear in a
big set-piece scene that the filmmakers decided to add to the movie after having finished production.
March 24, 2016: Concert Celebrating 40th Anniversary Of 'The Last Waltz' To Take Place In New Orleans
A concert commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Band's historic farewell concert known as "The Last Waltz" is set to take place on April 30, 2016 in New Orleans at this city's Saenger Theatre. Dubbed "The Last Waltz New Orleans," featured performers will include ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.
March 24, 2016: Ringo Starr's Childhood Home Sold At Auction
The house in Liverpool where Ringo Starr grew up recently sold at auction for around $99,000. The purchaser, Jackie Holmes, is a long-time Beatles fan from London who had also purchased a former residence of George Harrison and a house that had once belonged to John Lennon's mother. Starr paid tribute to his childhood home on his 2008 album, "Liverpool 8."