Announcements - 2019

March 18, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 10, 2019
During the week of March 10, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to famed Wrecking Crew drummer, Hal Blaine (February 5, 1929 - March 11, 2019). A prolific session musician with over 6000 recordings from the 1960s and 1970s, he can be heard on such oldies classics as "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes as well as numerous songs by The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, and many other top bands and artists. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman in 2000 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

March 11, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 3, 2019
During the week of March 3, 2019, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that Carole Bayer Sager will be honored with this year's Johnny Mercer Award. Her many songs include such oldies classics as The Mindbenders' "A Groovy Kind Of Love," Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better," and "Best That You Can Do," the Oscar-winning theme to "Arthur" as performed by Christopher Cross. The awards ceremonies will take place June 13 in New York City.

March 4, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 24, 2019
During the week of February 24, 2019, the Blues Foundation announced that Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, and Booker T. & The MGs are among this year's inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame. The awards ceremonies will take place on May 8, 2019 in Memphis, TN. "I Got A Woman" by Ray Charles and other classic recordings are also being inducted.

February 25, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 17, 2019
During the week of February 17, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, and beloved cultural icon Peter Tork (February 13, 1942 - February 21, 2019) best known as the guitarist for The Monkees.

February 18, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 10, 2019
During the week of February 10, 2019, PBS announced the TV premiere of "Sammy Davis, Jr. I've Gotta Be Me" which will air on February 19 as part of the network's American Masters series. This documentary will also be streamed on February 20 via pbs.org and PBS apps.

February 11, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 3, 2019
During the week of February 3, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to famed drummer Paul Whaley (January 14, 1947 - January 28, 2019) who was a longtime member of Blue Cheer. Considered to be one of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, this band is best known for its 1968 hit remake of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues."

February 4, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 27, 2019
During the week of January 27, 2019, the Recording Academy announced that Diana Ross will take the stage for a commemorative "75th Diamond Diana" birthday performance at the upcoming 61st annual Grammy Awards, to be broadcast February 10, 2019 on CBS live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The legendary diva and former leader of The Supremes turns 75 on March 26.

January 28, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 20, 2019
During the week of January 20, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to Maxine Brown Russell (April 27, 1931 - January 21, 2019), Michel Legrand (February 24, 1932 - January 26, 2019), and Reggie Young (December 12, 1936 - January 17, 2019). Russell was a country music singer and the last surviving member of the popular 1950s sibling trio, The Browns. Legrand was an Oscar-winning film music composer who co-wrote the Dusty Springfield 1969 hit song, "The Windmills Of Your Mind," from the movie, "The Thomas Crown Affair." Young was a highly acclaimed and prolific session guitarist who can be heard on numerous classic hits by such artists as The Box Tops, Neil Diamond, Dobie Gray, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, and B.J. Thomas.

January 21, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 13, 2019
During the week of January 13, 2019, CBS announced that Gladys Knight will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" as part of the pregame show at the upcoming Super Bowl LIII. The game and festivities, to be broadcast February 3, will take place in Knight's hometown of Atlanta, GA at the city's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

January 14, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 6, 2019
During the week of January 6, 2019, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its inductees for 2019. Among this year's honorees are Cat Stevens, Tom T. Hall, and veteran songwriter Jack Tempchin best known for his work with The Eagles and Glenn Frey. The awards ceremonies will take place June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

January 7, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of December 30, 2018
During the week of December 30, 2018, fans bade a final farewell to three 1970s pop-rock icons: Daryl Dragon (August 27, 1942 - January 2, 2019), Dean Ford (September 5, 1946 - December 31, 2018), and Ray Sawyer (February 1, 1937 - December 31, 2018). Dragon was one half of the immensely popular duo, Captain & Tennille, with then-wife Toni Tennille. Ford (born Thomas McAleese) was the lead vocalist and frontman for the Scottish pop group, The Marmalade, best known for "Reflections Of My Life" (1970). Sawyer was a co-founder of Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show and sang the lead on such hits as "The Cover Of Rolling Stone" (1972).