November 6, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of October 30, 2016, Elvis Presley broke the record as the solo artist with the most no. 1 albums on the U.K. charts to date after his latest archival release, "The Wonder Of You."
Also that week, it was announced that Smokey Robinson will be presented with the 2016 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song later this month. The awards ceremony and tribute concert will be televised February 10, 2017 on PBS.
Gregg Allman announced a tour beginning later this month to take place in New York City and several Southern states. Longtime Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit announced a series of concerts in California starting next January in support of his soon-to-be-released album, "Leap Of Faith." Also, Peter Frampton announced a U.S. tour which begins next March.
A whopping 36 albums by Neil Diamond from 1966-2010 have just been reissued in high-quality audio formats and are available at iTunes. An expanded edition of Bob Marley & The Wailers' 1975 album, "Live!," will be coming out in December. In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Capitol Records announced a year-long campaign to reissue on vinyl 75 classic albums recorded over the years with the famous record label that include titles by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, James Taylor, and other top bands and artists.
Also that week, details for two TV holiday specials featuring various oldies bands and artists were announced. Neil Diamond and Tony Bennett are among those to perform in this year's "Christmas In Rockefeller Center" to be broadcast November 30, 2016 on NBC. This year's Hollywood Christmas Parade, which takes place later this month in Los Angeles with Olivia Newton-John serving as the Grand Marshall, will be broadcast December 16 on The CW Network, with a repeat screening to be shown December 21 on the Hallmark Channel.
Finally, a new David Bowie documentary will premiere next January on BBC Two in tribute to what would have been the late singer's 70th birthday (January 8, 2017).
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Alice Cooper provides some comic relief from the stress of the upcoming U.S. presidential election with a hilarious performance of his 1972 hit, "Elected," on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (October 31, 2016).
October 31, 2016: Eagles Bassist Timothy B. Schmit Announces 2017 Tour Dates
Timothy B. Schmit, the longtime bassist for The Eagles, announced a series of concert dates for 2017 in support of his soon-to-be-released album, "Leap Of Faith." This upcoming trek, which currently includes six show dates in California, begins on January 7, 2017 in San Juan Capistrano and ends on January 29 in Pasadena, with stops in Agoura Hills, Hermosa Beach, Livermore, and Oakland.
October 31, 2016: Elvis Presley Sets Record For Solo Artist With The Most #1 Albums In The U.K.
Elvis Presley broke the record as the solo artist with the most #1 albums on the U.K. charts to date. The late and great King of Rock and Roll's recently released "The Wonder Of You" became his 13th album to top the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. This album includes archival performances by Presley with newly-recorded accompaniment by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of such classics as "A Big Hunk O' Love," "Suspicious Minds," and the title track.
November 1, 2016: Bob Marley & Wailers' 1975 'Live!' Album To Be Reissued
An expanded edition of Bob Marley & The Wailers' 1975 album, "Live!," will be coming out on December 16, 2016 as a 3-disc vinyl set and as a digital download. This classic album captures two concerts that took place on July 17 and 18, 1975 at London's Lyceum Theatre. Among the songs performed were "I Shot The Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry," and "Get Up Stand Up."
November 1, 2016: 36 Neil Diamond Albums To Be Reissued In High-Fidelity Audio Formats
A whopping 36 albums by Neil Diamond from 1966-2010 have just been reissued in high-quality audio formats remastered from the original source tapes and are available at iTunes. Among the album titles in this career-spanning collection are such early classics as "Sweet Caroline" (1971), "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (1969), "Hot August Night" (1972), "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (1973), "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (1978), and "The Jazz Singer" (1980).
November 2, 2016: Gregg Allman Announces New Winter Concerts Series
Gregg Allman announced a new set of concerts to take place later this year. This upcoming trek kicks off with a series of shows at the City Winery in New York City beginning November 6, 2016, followed by a tour in the Southern U.S. starting December 30 in Savannah, GA and ending January 21, 2017 in Macon, GA, with additional stops in Georgia, as well as in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
November 2, 2016: Capitol Records Announces 75th Anniversary Vinyl Album Reissue Campaign
Capitol Records is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month by launching a year-long campaign to reissue on vinyl 75 classic albums recorded over the years with the famous record label. Among the bands and artists with upcoming album reissues are The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Grand Funk Railroad, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Steve Miller Band, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Seger, Ringo Starr, and James Taylor. The LPs will be available at various music retailers throughout 2017. For more info, visit CapitolRecords.com.
November 3, 2016: Peter Frampton Announces 2017 Tour Dates
Peter Frampton announced a U.S. tour starting next spring, with nine shows scheduled so far. Dubbed "Raw: An Acoustic Tour," this upcoming trek begins March 13, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and is currently set to end April 12 in Rutland, VT, with stops in Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. Frampton's shows, which support his latest album, "Acoustic Classics," will feature stripped-down versions of such classics as "Show Me The Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do."
November 3, 2016: Smokey Robinson To Be Presented With Gershwin Prize
On November 16, 2016, Smokey Robinson will be presented with this year's Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. where a concert will also be given in his honor. Among those who will appear and/or perform are Joe Walsh of The Eagles and Motown founder Berry Gordy. This event will be televised February 10, 2017 on PBS and will also air at some later date on the American Forces Network that is broadcast to various U.S. Department of Defense locations worldwide.
November 4, 2016: Neil Diamond, Tony Bennett To Perform On 2016 'Christmas In Rockefeller Center' TV Special
Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton and Tony Bennett are among those to perform in this year's "Christmas In Rockefeller Center" TV special which culminates with the lighting of the famous Christmas tree. This event will be broadcast November 30, 2016 on NBC.
November 4, 2016: BBC To Air New David Bowie Documentary
A new documentary titled "David Bowie: The Last Five Years" will premiere next January on BBC Two in tribute to what would have been the late singer's 70th birthday (January 8, 2017). This upcoming movie, which is a follow-up to the 2013 BBC documentary, "David Bowie: Five Years," focuses on the last half decade of Bowie's life, his final two albums, and his musical, "Lazarus," and also includes never-before-seen archival footage, early interviews, and Bowie's last-ever vocal recorded for "Lazarus."
November 4, 2016: 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade TV Broadcast Date Announced
This year's Hollywood Christmas Parade, which takes place November 27, 2016 on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, will be broadcast December 16 on The CW Network, with a repeat screening to be shown December 21 on the Hallmark Channel. Olivia Newton-John will serve as the Grand Marshal in this star-studded event which will include members of War.