Music News Digest: Week Of December 24, 2017

January 1, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of December 24, 2017, Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees and Ringo Starr were among those to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the 2018 edition of the U.K. monarch's annual New Year's Honours list. Starr is the second former Beatle to receive this honor, following Paul McCartney in 1997.

Also that week, Moody Blues co-founder Denny Lane was added to the list of band members to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this April, joining Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder, and Ray Thomas. Also, Roy Orbison Jr. was interviewed by Rolling Stone about his late father and a recently-released new biography he co-wrote with his brothers about the rock icon titled "The Authorized Roy Orbison."

Finally, it was announced that various rare Elvis Presley items will be auctioned off at Graceland on January 6, 2018 as part of a commemoration of what would have been The King's 83rd birthday.

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

British pop legend Petula Clark performs the title song from her upcoming album, "Living For Today" (to be released January 12, 2018).