Music News Digest: Week Of June 10, 2018

June 18, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of June 10, 2018, Kool & The Gang became among this year's inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Longtime member Neil Diamond, who was inducted in 1984, was presented with the organization's prestigious Johnny Mercer Award. The ceremonies took place on June 14 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Also that week, CBS announced that Paul McCartney will be the featured guest in an upcoming "Carpool Karaoke" segment on "The Late Late Show" to take place the week of June 18-21, 2018. The program is set to air from London, and McCartney will take host James Corden on a tour of his hometown of Liverpool during the segment.

A new archival album by The Rose Garden titled "Trip Through The Garden: A Rose Garden Collection" was recently released that includes the band's 1967 hit, "Next Train To London." An expanded and remastered version of The Supremes' 1967 album, "The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland," will be coming out on June 29 as a two-CD set and digital download. Also, a new Grateful Dead box set titled "Pacific Northwest '73-'74: The Complete Recordings" that captures six previously unreleased full concerts will be released on September 7 in various formats.

This year's Grammy Salute to Music Legends will take place July 14 at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre and will air sometime later this year on PBS as an episode of this station's series, "Great Performances." Among the honorees are Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, The Meters, Queen, and Tina Turner.

A new HDNet Movies special titled "Classic Rock Week With Stewart Copeland" will premiere July 16, 2018 and will run through July 22. This upcoming week-long event will feature 2-3 rock documentaries per day of such rock luminaries as The Allman Brothers Band, Bad Company, Chicago, Eric Clapton, The Doobie Brothers, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Les Paul, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Rod Stewart, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roger Waters, and The Who.

The award-winning U.K. TV series, "The Ronnie Wood Show," is set to make its U.S. debut July 11 on AXS TV. Over the coming weeks, the famed Rolling Stones' guitarist will interview such pop/rock icons as Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper, Steve Cropper of Booker T. & The M.G.'s, and photographer/model Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

Also that week, it was announced that several career-spanning Barbra Streisand TV specials plus a special version of "A Star Is Born," the award-winning 1976 movie in which she co-starred and performed, are now available on Netflix.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to British singer, songwriter, and guitarist Danny Kirwan (May 13, 1950 - June 8, 2018) and D.J. Fontana (March 15, 1931 - June 13, 2018) who was Elvis Presley's drummer from 1954-1968. Kirwan was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1968-1972 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 along with the rest of the band members. Fontana's many honors included being inducted in 2009 into both the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman.

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Eight-year-old drummer Yoyoka Soma gives an exhuberant and flawless performance of Led Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times."