Music News Digest: Week Of November 11, 2018

November 19, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of November 11, 2018, fans bade a final farewell to country star and guitar virtuoso, Roy Clark (April 15, 1933 - November 15, 2018). The Country Music Hall of Famer co-hosted the popular and long-running TV variety show, "Hee Haw." His many hits included such pop crossover favorites as "Yesterday When I Was Young" (1969).

Also that week, Queen scored two Top 10 album rankings on the Billboard 200 with "Bohemian Rhapsody: The Original Soundtrack" (2018) and "The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III" (2000).

Ronnie Spector announced a 10-date holiday tour with the latest incarnation of The Ronettes to begin on November 24, 2018 in Rockville Centre, NY and end on December 23 in New York City, with stops in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. In addition, the legendary girl group has several concerts lined up for early next year covering Florida, Maryland, and Vermont. Carlos Santana and his band will launch a 2019 North American leg of their Global Consciousness Tour starting March 17 in Mexico City, Mexico and ending April 28 in Rogers, AR, also covering Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Also, Ringo Starr announced a 2019 world tour with his All Starr Band to take place beginning March 21 in Funner, CA and ending September 1 in Los Angeles, also covering many cities in Japan as well as Illinois, Tennessee, and Ontario, Canada.

Also that week, NBC announced the 2018 edition of its "Christmas In Rockefeller Center" holiday special which will air on November 28. Diana Ross and Tony Bennett will be among the many featured performers, with more to be announced soon. Also, "Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story," a documentary released last May as a home video, will premiere December 11 on Showtime.

Finally, the critically acclaimed "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" went gold fifty years after the album's original U.K. release (November 22, 1968).

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Below is a previously unreleased home demo by Paul McCartney of "Dear Friend" for the 1971 Wings debut album, "Wild Life." This rendition, as well as a remastered studio version, will both be included on the upcoming reissue of "Wild Life" (due out on December 7, 2018).