Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 24, 2017

October 2, 2017 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 24, 2017, it was announced that the Ron Howard-directed documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week -- The Touring Years," will make its TV premiere November 25, 2017 on PBS.

Paul McCartney recently recorded an a cappella version of "Wonderful Christmastime" with Jimmy Fallon which is included on the compilation, "Holidays Rule, Vol. 2," due out in October. Also that month, Cheap Trick will release its first-ever holiday album, "Christmas Christmas." A 50th anniversary re-release of the Doors' second album, "Strange Days," will be coming out in November. Also due out that month is a new Elton John greatest hits collection titled "Diamonds."

Also that week, Neil Young was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also, The Moody Blues and Jackson Browne both announced a series of upcoming U.S. shows to take place next January.

Finally, the sitar George Harrison used in the 1965 Beatles' hit, "Norwegian Wood," sold for $62,500 at auction.

(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)


Yusuf/Cat Stevens performs a song from his latest album, "The Laughing Apple."


September 24, 2017: Paul McCartney Releases Remake Of 'Wonderful Christmastime'

Paul McCartney recently recorded an a cappella version of "Wonderful Christmastime" accompanied by Jimmy Fallon & The Roots. This revised oldies holiday classic is included on the upcoming compilation, "Holidays Rule, Vol. 2," which is due out on October 13, 2017.

Source: Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmastime' Set For New Release

September 25, 2017: Cheap Trick To Release Christmas Album

Cheap Trick will release its first-ever holiday album titled "Christmas Christmas" which is due out on October 20, 2017. Highlights include three new Cheap Trick Christmas-themed tunes plus covers of songs by The Kinks, Chuck Berry, and Harry Nilsson.

Source: Cheap Trick rock the bells with "Christmas Christmas" album

September 25, 2017: Neil Young Inducted Into Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Neil Young was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and was presented this honor by Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. The awards ceremonies took place on September 23, 2017 in Toronto at the city's Massey Hall.

Source: Watch Neil Young's recent induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

September 25, 2017: The Doors To Reissue Second Album

A 50th anniversary re-release of the Doors' second album, "Strange Days," will be coming out on November 17, 2017. This platinum-certified album, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 in late 1967, includes the Top 40 hits, "People Are Strange" and "Love Me Two Times."

Source: The Doors' releasing 50th anniversary reissues of second album, "Strange Days," in November

September 26, 2017: Jackson Browne Announces 2018 Tour Dates

Jackson Browne announced a series of U.S. show dates to take place next January. This upcoming 7-date trek begins on January 6, 2018 in Augusta, GA and ends on January 24 in Sarasota, FL, with stops in five other cities in Florida. For more info, visit JacksonBrowne.com.

Source: Running On: Jackson Browne announces 2018 US tour dates

September 27, 2017: Beatles Documentary To Premiere On PBS

Ron Howard's 2016 documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week -- The Touring Years," will make its TV premiere November 25, 2017 on PBS stations across the country. This film gives an in-depth coverage of the Fab Four's history from 1962-1966 when the band was touring actively. PBS will also air an encore presentation of the 2017 documentary, "Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution," which commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Beatlesí groundbreaking album.

Source: Beatles documentary "Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years" to get PBS premiere in November

September 28, 2017: Moody Blues Announce 2018 Tour Dates

The Moody Blues announced a series of shows in the U.S. to take place next January, with seven dates confirmed so far. This upcoming trek begins on January 21, 2018 in Cedar Park, TX and ends on January 31 with the final date of a four-show engagement in Las Vegas. The trek will also include stops in Irving, TX and Tulsa, OK.

Source: Days of Future Shows: Moody Blues line up 2018 US tour dates

September 29, 2017: George Harrison Sitar Sells For $62,500 At Auction

The sitar that George Harrison used in The Beatles' 1965 hit, "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," fetched $62,500 at an auction held in Los Angeles on September 28, 2017. "Norwegian Wood" was highly instrumental in the development of raga rock and psychedelic rock and also helped to popularize Indian classical music in the West.

Source: George Harrison's "Norwegian Wood" sitar sells for nearly $63,000

September 29, 2017: Elton John To Release 'Diamonds' Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection

A new Elton John greatest hits collection titled "Diamonds" will be coming out on November 10, 2017 in different formats. Highlights of this career-spanning collection include such early classics as "Your Song." For more info, visit eltonjohn.com.

Source: Elton John announces 'Diamonds' ultimate greatest hits collection