Music News Digest: Week Of December 17, 2017

December 25, 2017 by Amy Gold

During the week of December 17, 2017, fans bade a final farewell to famed pop singer and Las Vegas legend Keely Smith who, with husband Louis Prima, had a string of hits during the late 1950s that included the Grammy award-winning "That Old Black Magic."

A new self-titled vinyl box set by The Vinyl Underground that includes four LPs plus the famous "lost" 1969 album will be coming out next February in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the band's founding.

Dave Davies of The Kinks announced a solo tour in the U.S. beginning next February in West Hollywood, CA. Kansas also announced a U.S. tour beginning next March in Atlantic City, NJ.

Also that week, it was announced that Jackson Browne will be presented the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 33rd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards to take place next January in Anaheim, CA. A new book titled "Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett To The Dark Side Of The Moon" about the changes that took place within the band after the departure of Barrett in 1968 will be coming out next February. Also, surviving ex-Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones announced an upcoming official illustrated book in honor of the 50th anniversary of the band's founding to be released sometime in 2018.

Finally, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland has updated its Beatles exhibit with new memorabilia items that include an upright piano that John Lennon and Paul McCartney used to write a number of Fab Four classics.

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Darlene Love is shown below reviving a late night tradition with her performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (December 18, 2017).