Music News Digest: Week Of July 29, 2018

August 6, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of July 29, 2018, NBC announced that Aerosmith will perform live on The Today Show as part of the program's summer concert series. This event will take place August 15, 2018 in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza.

Also that week, Billboard celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Hot 100 which made its debut on August 4, 1958 when Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" became the first song to top that chart. In Billboard's list of "All-Time Top 600 Songs," several oldies favorites made the top 20, with Chubby Checker's "The Twist" taking the lead followed by "Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin at #3, Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" at #10, Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" at #11, The Beatles' "Hey Jude" at #12, and Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" at #19. In its list of "Top Artists of All Time" on the Billboard Hot 100, The Beatles came in at #1, as expected, followed by Elton John (#3), Elvis Presley (#4), Stevie Wonder (#6), Michael Jackson (#8), The Rolling Stones (#11), Paul McCartney (#12), The Bee Gees (#13), Chicago (#15), The Supremes (#16), Daryl Hall & John Oates (#18), Rod Stewart (#19), and Olivia Newton-John (#20).

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins announced a fall tour in support of their 2017 album, "Everybody Knows." This upcoming 26-date trek kicks off on September 11, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ and ends on November 19 in Jacksonville, FL, with stops in many other states across the country.

Tony Bennett announced a new album with Diana Krall, "Love Is Here To Stay," due out on September 14, 2018 that features reworks of various Gershwin classics. Highlights include a re-recording of Bennett's 1949 debut single, "Fascinating Rhythm." Also, The Rolling Stones will release a new album on November 9, "Confessin' The Blues," that features covers of blues standards by such greats as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and John Lee Hooker.

Also that week, it was announced that Elvis Presley's hugely popular "'68 Comeback Special" will be shown in select theaters on August 16 and 20, 2018 in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Also, Netflix announced a new documentary titled "Quincy" about the career and life of famed composer and record producer Quincy Jones, with an expected global release date of September 21 and limited theatrical release.

Neil Diamond recently came out of retirement to give a surprise performance for firefighters and rescue personnel in Basalt, CO who battled the raging and ongoing Lake Christine Fire. The pop legend announced his retirement from touring last January after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Finally, it was announced that Jackson Browne will be honored with the 2018 Gandhi Peace Award for his philanthropic work and activism. The awards ceremonies will take place September 14, 2018 at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, CT.

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

Below is a new animated video for the 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young classic, "Teach Your Children," written by Graham Nash. Originally released on the 1970 CSNY album, "Deja Vu," "Teach Your Children" is featured on the Graham Nash career retrospective, "Over The Years..." (2018).