October 17, 2016 by Amy Gold
The week of October 9, 2016 was a highly eventful one in oldies music. Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first songwriter to receive this honor. Rod Stewart was knighted by Prince William at London's Buckingham Palace for his contributions to music and charity. Also, fans bade a final farewell to Joan Marie Johnson of The Dixie Cups and Don Ciccone of The Critters.
A new album titled "Folk Time" featuring Jerry Garcia's earliest known studio recordings will be coming out in November. Also due out that month is a box set by The Who titled "My Generation: Super Deluxe." A box set of early albums by The Kinks titled "The Mono Collection" is set for release in December, as well as "Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra," a video/album package that captures Heart's first-ever concert at this famous London venue.
Elton John announced several new show dates for his long-running Las Vegas residency beginning in late December. Also, Brian Wilson announced a series of new shows for 2017 dubbed "The Final Performances" beginning next March.
Also that week, it was announced that a tribute concert in honor of Linda Ronstadt will take place in December at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, with Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, and Maria Muldaur to be among the featured performers.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Barry Gibbs performs a funny duet with his 1970s self (played by host Jimmy Fallon) on "The Tonight Show" (October 12, 2016).
October 11, 2016: Joan Marie Johnson Of The Dixie Cups Passes Away
Famed singer Joan Marie Johnson died on October 3, 2016 in New Orleans, LA at age 72 of congestive heart failure. She was a co-founder of The Dixie Cups, a top early 1960s girl group famous for such oldies classics as "Iko Iko" and the chart-topping "Chapel Of Love." The latter song, which famously displaced The Beatles' "Love Me Do" from the #1 spot on the Billboard 100 charts in 1964, is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and also in the Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The Dixie Cups were formed in 1963 by Johnson and her two cousins, sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins, when the trio began singing locally in the New Orleans area as the Meltones. Shortly thereafter, they were discovered by singer Joe Jones (of "You Talk Too Much" fame) who became their manager and arranged to have them signed on to Red Bird Records. By the time they made their chart debt in 1964 with "Chapel Of Love," they had become known as The Dixie Cups and went on to record a string of hits that also included "People Say" (1964), "You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me" (1964), "Little Bell" (1965), and "Iko Iko" (1965).
Johnson left The Dixie Cups in the mid 1960s due to health problems and the group continued on with a number of personnel changes. The current line-up consists of the two Hawkins sisters and Athelgra Neville. Over the years, Johnson participated in a number of special performances with The Dixie Cups that included the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In 2007, the group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
October 11, 2016: Brian Wilson Announces 2017 Tour Dates
Brian Wilson, who is currently wrapping up the U.S. leg of his 50th Anniversary Pet Sounds Tour, announced a series of new shows for 2017 dubbed "The Final Performances." So far, 34 dates have been confirmed beginning March 27 in Orlando, FL and ending May 28 in Santa Barbara, CA, with additional stops in California, as well as in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington D.C., Washington State, and Wisconsin.
October 11, 2016: Rod Stewart Knighted By Prince William In London
On October 11, 2016, Rod Stewart was knighted by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, at London's Buckingham Palace for his contributions to music and charity. The announcement of his knighthood was made in June as part of this year's edition of the Queen's Birthday Honors list.
October 12, 2016: Heart's First-Ever Royal Albert Hall Concert To Be Released
Heart's first-ever concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which took place last June, will be coming out December 2, 2016 on DVD, Blu-ray, and CD. Titled "Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra," highlights of this video/album package include "Magic Man," "Barracuda," and other classic hits, plus interviews with Heart band members.
October 12, 2016: Linda Ronstadt Tribute Concert To Take Place This December
A tribute concert in honor of Linda Ronstadt is set to take place December 11, 2016 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Among the featured performers at this event, dubbed "A Tribute To The Music Of Linda Ronstadt," are Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, and Maria Muldaur.
October 12, 2016: Elton John Announces New Las Vegas Residency Shows
Elton John announced several new show dates at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for his long-running Las Vegas residency dubbed "The Million Dollar Piano." These shows, which begin on December 28, 2016, include New Year's Eve and New Year's Day concerts.
October 13, 2016: Bob Dylan Receives Nobel Prize In Literature
On October 13, 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first songwriter to receive this honor. Over his long and stellar career, Dylan has received numerous other honors, including a Pulitzer Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
October 13, 2016: The Who To Release Deluxe Box Set Edition Of Debut Album
A 5-CD box set by The Who titled "My Generation: Super Deluxe" will be coming out on November 18, 2016. A digital version will also be available, and vinyl versions are due out on February 10, 2017. This 79-track collection features new mono and stereo mixes of the band's debut album, "My Generation," plus previously unreleased material and bonus tracks. Highlights include the early singles, "I Can't Explain" and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," and three previously unreleased songs, "The Girls I Could Have Had," "As Children We Grew" and "My Own Love."
October 13, 2016: Jerry Garcia's First Studio Recordings To Be Released
A new album featuring the earliest known studio recordings of the late Jerry Garcia will be coming out on November 11, 2016. Titled "Folk Time," this collection features live performances Garcia made in the fall of 1962 with his early folk and bluegrass band, the Hart Valley Drifters, on Stanford University's radio station, KZSU.
October 13, 2016: Don Ciccone Of The Critters Passes Away
Famed singer, songwriter, and musician Don Ciccone died on October 8, 2016 at age 70 in Ketchum, ID. He was the lead singer and a founding member of The Critters famous for "Mr. Dieingly Sad" (1966) and other hits.
The Critters were formed in 1964 in New Jersey when Ciccone and saxophonist Bob Podstawski joined a local group known as the Vibratones. They renamed themselves The Critters and debuted on the charts in 1966 with the John Sebastian-penned "Younger Girl." Other hits included "Bad Misunderstanding" (1966), "Don't Let The Rain Fall On Me" (1967), and the group's best known song, "Mr. Dieingly Sad" (1966), which Ciccone wrote.
After Ciccone left The Critters in the late 1960s, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. The Critters split up in 1969 following the departure of several other band members. Ciccone later became a member of The Four Seasons and Tommy James And The Shondells.
In 2007, The Critters re-formed when Don Ciccone was asked to join the band Skeezix. The group recorded a new album, "Time Pieces," which includes updated versions of "Mr. Dieingly Sad" and "Younger Girl," before finally disbanding in 2013.
October 14, 2016: Kinks Early Albums To Be Released As Vinyl Mono Box
A box set of early albums by The Kinks will be coming out December 16, 2016 on vinyl. Titled "The Mono Collection," this set includes the band's first eight studio albums and a compilation album titled "The Black Album," plus a hardcover book with never-before-seen photos and new interviews with band members.