October 24, 2016 by Amy Gold
The week of October 16, 2016 was another highly eventful one in oldies music. Both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced their respective nominees for 2017. Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday (October 18, 2016), and on that day, he announced his latest album, "Chuck," to be released in 2017.
Also that week, fans bade a final farewell to Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards of The Intruders and Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess.
The Manhattan Transfer announced an upcoming joint tour with Take 6 that will take place beginning later this month. Cher announced a series of shows dubbed "Classic Cher" beginning next February. The Zombies will reunite for a North American tour beginning next March in commemoration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the band's 1968 album, "Odessey And Oracle." Also in March, Graham Nash will begin a 10-date tour in California.
Also that week, it was announced that Mike Love of The Beach Boys will appear on AXS TV's "The Big Interview" to air October 25, 2016. Also, Carly Simon will conduct a book tour in November to promote the soon-to-be-released paperback edition of her 2015 memoir, "Boys In The Trees."
Finally, The Four Tops and Martha Reeves will take part in "All Access Pass Live: Detroit," an upcoming travel and entertainment event in celebration of the Motor City to take place next April.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Cher performs a funny spoof of the Sonny & Cher classic, "I Got You Babe," on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (October 20, 2016).
October 18, 2016: Robert 'Big Sonny' Edwards Of The Intruders Passes Away
Famed R&B-soul singer Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards died in a Philadelphia hospital on October 15, 2016 at age 74 shortly after suffering a heart attack at his home. He was a founding member of The Intruders famous for "Cowboys To Girls" which topped the R&B charts in 1968 and became a Top 10 Pop/Rock hit that same year.
The Intruders were formed in 1960 in Philadelphia by Edwards, Phillip Terry, Sam Brown and Eugene Daughtry and started off as a doo-wop group with some R&B, soul, and gospel music elements. Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, the group was one of a number of top acts that defined an R&B genre known as Philadelphia Soul. Besides the group's signature song, "Cowboys To Girls," The Intruders had a long string of hits on both the Pop/Rock and R&B charts that also included "(We'll Be) United" (1966), "Together" (1967), "(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game" (1968), "When We Get Married" (1970), "I'll Always Love My Mama" (1973), and "I Wanna Know Your Name" (1973).
October 18, 2016: Mike Love To Appear On AXS TV's 'The Big Interview'
On October 25, 2016, Mike Love of The Beach Boys will appear on AXS TV's "The Big Interview," hosted by Dan Rather. Among the topics to be covered will be Love's many years with The Beach Boys and his upcoming memoir, "Good Vibrations."
October 18, 2016: Zombies To Reunite For 50th Anniversary 'Odessey And Oracle' Tour
The Zombies will reunite for a North American tour next year in commemoration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the band's 1968 album, "Odessey And Oracle." The band's original bassist and drummer, Chris White and Hugh Grundy, will join the current lineup which is led by founding frontman Colin Blunstone and keyboardist/singer Rod Argent. This 26-date trek begins on March 17, 2017 in Glenside, PA and ends on April 29 in Los Angeles, CA, with additional stops in California and Pennsylvania, as well as in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington State, and Wisconsin, plus British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, Canada.
October 18, 2016: Chuck Berry Announces New Album
In celebration of his 90th birthday (October 18, 2016), rock and roll legend Chuck Berry announced his latest album, "Chuck," making this his first new album in 38 years. "Chuck" is due out sometime in 2017, with more info on its release expected in the coming weeks.
October 18, 2016: Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Announces 2017 Nominees
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for 2017, and among the list of 19 bands and artists are Chaka Khan, Chic, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), The J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, and Yes. The induction ceremonies will be held next April at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and will air on HBO. For a complete list of nominees, and to cast your vote (from now through December 5, 2016), go to rockhall.com.
October 19, 2016: Graham Nash Announces 2017 California Tour Dates
Graham Nash announced his first series of tour dates for next year which will take place in various cities in California. This upcoming 10-date trek begins on March 22, 2016 in Chico and ends on April 7 in Riverside, with stops in Arcata, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Costa Mesa, Grass Valley, Modesto, Redwood City, Santa Barbara, and Santa Rosa, CA.
October 19, 2016: Cher Announces New Show Dates For 2017
Cher announced a series of shows dubbed "Classic Cher" beginning in early 2017 which will take place at two new venues: Park Theater at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas and The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. The Park Theater at Monte Carlo concerts begin on February 8 and run through most of February and May, 2017. The Theater at MGM National Harbor concerts begin on March 17 and run through the remainder of that month. Additional show dates at both venues will be announced.
October 19, 2016: Chess Records Co-Founder Phil Chess Passes Away
Famed record producer and company executive Phil Chess died on October 19, 2016 at age 95 at his ranch in Tucson, AZ. With his brother Leonard, he co-founded Chess Records, the legendary Chicago-based record label that spawned numerous classic and historic pop, rock, and R&B recordings from its founding in 1950 through its eventual dissolution in 1975. Among this label's early releases was "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats, considered by many to be the very first rock and roll record.
Born Fiszel Czyz in Czestochowa, Poland, he and the rest of his family, which included his brother Lejzor (later Leonard), followed their father in 1928 to the U.S. where their family name was eventually changed to Chess. After serving in the Army during WWII, Chess joined his brother Leonard to run a local club. The brothers then became partners in, and eventually sole owners of Aristocrat Records which, in 1950, became known as Chess Records. The label, which initially specialized in mostly blues and R&B, signed on such big name artists as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf. Over the years, Chess Records expanded its operations to include soul and gospel music, rock and roll, and some jazz and comedy.
In 1995, Phil and Leonard Chess were both inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as non-performers.
October 20, 2016: Carly Simon To Promote Paperback Edition Of 'Boys In The Trees'
Carly Simon has lined up a series of bookstore appearances to promote the paperback edition of her 2015 memoir, "Boys In The Trees," which is due out November 1, 2016. Simon's book tour will take place next month, with stops in several cities in the Northeast.
October 20, 2016: Manhattan Transfer To Launch Tour
The Manhattan Transfer announced an upcoming joint tour with Take 6 to take place beginning later this month. This 40-date trek begins October 23, 2016 in Cleveland, OH and ends April 4, 2017 in Lucerne, Switzerland, with stops in many other U.S. states and European countries. For a complete list of show dates and locations, visit manhattantransfer.net. The Manhattan Transfer had a string of hits from 1975-198 that includes "Operator" (1975), "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" (1980), and the group's best known song, "Boy From New York City" (1981), a remake of The Ad Libs' classic 1964 hit.
October 20, 2016: Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2017 Nominees
The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its nominees for 2017 in both performing and non-performing categories. Among the performing category nominees are Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm and James Pankow of Chicago, Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Sly Stone, Yusuf Islam (a.k.a. Cat Stevens), Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell and George Brown of Kool & The Gang, and David Gates of Bread. Non-performing category nominees include Tony Macaulay, Kenny Nolan, William "Mickey" Stevenson, and the duos of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri. The induction ceremonies will take place June 15, 201 in New York City.
October 21, 2016: Four Tops And Martha Reeves To Take Part In Detroit City-Wide Event
The Four Tops and Martha Reeves will take part in "All Access Pass Live: Detroit," an upcoming travel and entertainment event in celebration of the Motor City to take place April 22-25, 2017. Reeves will host a tour of the Motown Museum and share her recollections about her time with this label. The Four Tops, whose current lineup includes founding member Duke Fakir, will give a special private concert at The Roostertail, a famous nightclub along Detroit's waterfront. This event's activities will also include other special events hosted by various Motor City luminaries, plus meals at some of the city's best restaurants and tours of auto industry landmarks. For more info and tickets, visit AllAccessPassLive.com.