March 14, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of March 6, 2016, fans bade a final farewell to Beatles' producer George Martin, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Gogi Grant of "The Wayward Wind" fame.
The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Fleetwood Mac, and Bob Dylan are among the many bands and artists with new vinyl offerings for this year's Record Store Day which takes place April 16, 2016. Also in April, "Bad Company Live In Concert 1977 & 1979" and The Allman Brothers' "Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971" are scheduled for release. A new Tony Joe White album titled "Rain Crow" will be coming out this May. Also due out that month is an all-star Miles Davis tribute album titled "Everything's Beautiful" with Stevie Wonder as one of the featured artists.
Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills, and Joey Molland of Badfinger are among the featured performers at the upcoming Come Together Music Fest, to take place this April in Marlborough, MA. Also that month, Paul McCartney will launch his "One On One" tour. Bob Dylan announced an upcoming tour beginning this June in support of his soon-to-be released album, "Fallen Angels." Carole King will be performing "Tapestry" in its entirety for the first time ever this July at London’s Hyde Park. Journey, Santana, Steve Miller Band, and The Doobie Brothers will be performing together in concert this September at the 2016 San Francisco Fest "On the Green" show.
Also that week, it was announced that Patti LaBelle was among the honorees at this year's BET Honors which took place on March 5, 2016 and will be televised March 14 on BET. Also, Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire and Natalie Cole were honored posthumously.
Finally, Jay Siegel of The Tokens provides guest vocals for a new version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by Beau Davidson which pays tribute to Cecil the Lion.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to the late George Martin against a backdrop of early Beatles clips and photos.
March 7, 2016: The Tokens' Jay Siegel Provide Guest Vocals For New Version Of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'
Beau Davidson recently recorded a new version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" with guest vocals by The Tokens' longtime member, Jay Siegel, to raise awareness about the plight of lions and other endangered big cats. This song pays tribute to Cecil the Lion whose tragic and untimely death by a trophy hunter sparked a worldwide outcry. Siegel also provided background vocals for the Robert John 1972 hit version of this song.
March 7, 2016: Bob Dylan Announces Summer Tour
Bob Dylan announced an upcoming tour for this summer in support of his soon-to-be released album, "Fallen Angels." This 27-date trek begins on June 4, 2016 in Woodinville, WA and ends on July 17 in Gilford, NH, with stops in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. Mavis Staples will be the featured opening act for all shows.
March 7, 2016: BET Honors Patti LaBelle
Patti LaBelle was among the honorees at this year's BET Honors which also paid a posthumous tribute to Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire and Natalie Cole. This event, which took place on March 5, 2016 in Washington, D.C., will air March 14 on BET.
March 8, 2016: Tony Joe White To Release New Album
A new album by Tony Joe White titled "Rain Crow" will be coming out on May 27, 2016. Highlights include "Hoochie Woman," a story song about a woman with magic powers, which was recently released as a single.
March 8, 2016: New Bad Company Live Album To Be Released
A new live album by Bad Company of concerts from the late 1970s featuring the original band lineup will be coming out on April 29, 2016. Titled "Bad Company Live In Concert 1977 & 1979," this 24-track collection includes mostly performances from the band's concerts of May 1977 at The Summit in Houston, TX and March 1979 at the Empire Pool (now Wembley Area) in London. Highlights include such classics as "Can't Get Enough" and "Feel Like Makin' Love." Also included is a cover of the garage band classic, "Hey Joe," as performed at a June 1979 concert at the Capitol Center in Washington, D.C.
March 8, 2016: Doors, CCR, Elvis Presley, Monkees, Fleetwood Mac, Dylan Recordings Among 2016 Record Store Day Offerings
The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Fleetwood Mac, and Bob Dylan are among the bands and artists with new vinyl offerings for this year's Record Store Day set to take place April 16, 2016. The Doors' Record Store Day recordings are a 3-LP set, "Live At The Aquarius: The First Performance," and a single, "Break On Through" b/s "A Feast Of Friends." CCR will be releasing "The 1969 Box Set" which includes all three of the band's classic albums from 1969. Also slated for Record Store Day is the Elvis Presley album, "I'm Leaving: Elvis Folk-Country." The Monkees will be offering a 10-LP box set titled "Classic Album Collection" and a single, "Saturday's Child" b/w "You Just May Be The One." Fleetwood Mac will be releasing an alternative version of the 1979 album, "Tusk." Bob Dylan will be offering an EP titled "Melancholy Mood." Other bands and artists with Record Store Day recordings include The Animals, David Bowie, Cheap Trick, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, Graham Nash, Keith Richards with The New Barbarians, Todd Rundgren & Utopia, Patti Smith, and The Turtles. For more info and a complete list of offerings, visit RecordStoreDay.com.
March 8, 2016: Carole King To Perform Entire 'Tapestry' Album In London
Carole King will be performing her classic album, "Tapestry," in its entirety for the first time ever on July 3, 2016 at the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time concert at London’s Hyde Park. She will be joined onstage by Don Henley of The Eagles and her daughter, Louis Goffin.
March 9, 2016: Famed Beatles Producer George Martin Passes Away
Sir George Martin died at age 90 on March 8, 2016 in his sleep at his home in Wilshire, England. He became famous for his extensive work with The Beatles as a producer, arranger, and performer, often referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" for his contributions to the band's unique sound that can be heard on such classics as "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday," "Penny Lane," "Strawberry Fields Forever," and "I Am The Walrus." His influence was crucial to the Beatles' early success when his suggestion that "Please Please Me" should be speeded up, giving the Fab Four their first #1 U.K. hit.
As a classically trained musician, Martin had also composed, arranged. and produced the soundtracks to such movies as "Live And Let Die" (1973) and The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night"(1964) and "Yellow Submarine" (1968). Besides The Beatles, he had also produced for many other bands and artists that included America, Cilla Black, Jeff Beck, David & Jonathan, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Gary Glitter, Cheap Trick, Elton John, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Matt Monro, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Sedaka. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and his numerous other awards and accolades included an Academy Award in 1964 for "A Hard Day's Night," plus several Grammys and BRIT Awards.
March 9, 2016: Paul McCartney To Launch 'One On One' Tour
Paul McCartney announced a new tour dubbed "One On One," the first leg of which will take place in North America. So far, he has seven show dates confirmed beginning April 13, 2016 in Fresno, CA and ending May 2 in Sioux Falls, SD, with stops in Arkansas, Oregon, Washington State, and British Columbia, Canada. McCartney also has three concerts lined up in Germany that begin on May 28 in Dusseldorf.
March 10, 2016: Allman Brothers To Release Live 1971 New York Radio Performance Album
The Allman Brothers' "Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971" will be coming out on April 1, 2016, the latest in a series of archival releases. This album, which features the original Allman Brothers Band lineup, was recorded eight weeks before Duane Allman's untimely death in a motorcycle accident.
March 10, 2016: Stevie Wonder To Perform On Miles Davis Tribute Album
Stevie Wonder is among the featured artists on the upcoming "Everything's Beautiful" all-star Miles Davis tribute album due out on May 27, 2016. In tribute to the late jazz legend, Wonder performs "Right On Brotha." Another soon-to be-released album to celebrate what would have been Davis' 90th birthday is the soundtrack to "Miles Ahead" which made its theatrical premiere in February and will be shown at this year's South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) later this month.
March 11, 2016: Keith Emerson Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Passes Away
Acclaimed keyboardist, composer, and songwriter Keith Emerson died at age 71 on March 10, 2016 at his home in Santa Monica, CA of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was a co-founder of the progressive rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer famous for "Lucky Man" (1971, 1972), "From The Beginning" (1972), and other hits.
Born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England, the classically trained Emerson began his music career in the early 1960s playing piano in a bar and with various local bands that included the V.I.P.s. In 1967, he co-founded the Nice, an early progressive rock band that began as an instrumental backup to soul singer P. P. Arnold. In 1970, he co-founded Emerson, Lake & Palmer, a pioneering rock group with a signature combination of rock, jazz, and classical elements. Emerson, who performed the famous Moog synthesizer solo in "Lucky Man," served as the group's keyboardist until its breakup in 1979. Emerson then pursued a solo career, and over the years, he participated in several Nice and ELO reunions. He also composed movie soundtracks for a number of films and TV shows.
March 11, 2016: Journey, Santana, Steve Miller Band, Doobie Brothers To Perform Together In Concert
Journey, Santana, Steve Miller Band, and The Doobie Brothers will be performing together in concert on September 4, 2016 at this year's San Francisco Fest "On the Green" show, to take place at AT&T Park. This show will pay tribute to the series of "Day Of The Green" shows held each year in Oakland from 1973-1990, in which all four of these top San Francisco-based bands took part.
March 11, 2016: Mark Lindsay, Susan Cowsill, Joey Molland To Perform At Music Fest
Oldies pop icons Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills, and Joey Molland of Badfinger are among the featured performers at the upcoming Come Together Music Fest to take place on April 9, 2016 in Marlborough, MA as a part of this year's Super Megafest Comic-Con Spring Spectacular. Lindsay and Cowsill, who recently released a new duets album titled "Love Is Strange," are expected to perform together at the concert. For more info and tickets, visit NewEnglandSuperMegafest.com.
March 11, 2016: Gogi Grant Passes Away
Famed pop singer Gogi Grant died on March 10, 2016 at age 91. She had a string of hits from 1955-1961 that included her signature song, "The Wayward Wind."
Born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg in Philadelphia, PA, she moved with her family at age 12 to Los Angeles and got her start in music winning a teenage singing contest and appearing on TV talent shows. In 1952, she began recording under the name "Audrey Brown" and later "Audrey Grant." She changed her first name to "Gogi" on the suggestion of Dave Kapp of RCA Records. She made her chart debut in 1955 with "Suddenly There’s A Valley" which became a Top 10 hit. When "The Wayward Wind" topped the charts in 1956, it remained at that spot for a then-record eight weeks, and Billboard named her the most popular female vocalist. Her other hits also included "Who Are We" (1956), "When The Tide Is High" (1956), and "Strange Are The Ways Of Love" (1958). She also recorded many albums from 1975-1964.
Grant also worked in the movies, starring in "The Big Beat" (1957) and supplying her vocals for Ann Blyth's portrayal of the titular character in "The Helen Morgan Story" (1957). Over the years, she made a number of appearances on various PBS specials related to 1950s pop music.