Announcements - 2019

September 15, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 8, 2019
During the week of September 8, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to famed rocker and pop icon, Eddie Money (March 21, 1949 - September 13, 2019). He took the nation by storm in 1978 with the power pop smash, "Two Tickets To Paradise," and went on to become one of the top recording artists of the 1980s with such hits as "Think I'm In Love" (1982) and "Take Me Home Tonight" (1986, featuring Ronnie Spector).

September 9, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 1, 2019
During the week of September 1, 2019, it was announced that Eric Clapton's sold-out 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which is set to take place September 20-21 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, will be viewable live via a variety of pay-per-view providers. In addition, a number of bars, restaurants, and music venues throughout North America will host screenings of this event.

September 2, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 25, 2019
During the week of August 25, 2019, PBS announced that this year's edition of "Grammy Salute To Music Legends" will be aired on October 18, 2019 as an episode of that station's "Great Performances" series. This event, which was taped last May in Los Angeles, pays tribute in concert to the 2019 recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Among the honorees are Ashford & Simpson, Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick.

August 25, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 18, 2019
During the week of August 18, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to famed bassist Larry "The Mole" Taylor (June 26, 1942 - August 19, 2019) who was a longtime member of Canned Heat. Before joining the band in 1967, he had played with The Monkees and Jerry Lee Lewis. A prolific session musician, he also recorded and performed with John Mayall, John Lee Hooker, Tom Waits, and many other artists over his long career.

August 19, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 11, 2019
During the week of August 11, 2019, Billboard published its list of 100 top songs from the summer of 1969, a landmark period that saw Woodstock, the first troop withdrawals from Vietnam, and the Apollo 11 moon landing. Topping that list is "Time Of The Season" by The Zombies.

August 12, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 4, 2019
During the week of August 4, 2019, the U.S. Postal Service introduced a new Woodstock Forever stamp in commemoration of the festival's 50th anniversary. This colorful stamp features the white dove from the original Woodstock 1969 Festival poster along with a caption in the background that reads as "1969 Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace and Music, Forever, USA."

August 5, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of July 28, 2019
During the week of July 28, 2019, Woodstock 50 organizers announced that the ill-fated music festival has been officially canceled. Plagued with numerous setbacks, this event was originally scheduled to take place August 16-18, with featured performers to include such veteran bands and artists as David Crosby, John Fogerty, Santana, and John Sebastian, along with many newer acts.

July 29, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of July 21, 2019
During the week of July 21, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to famed R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist Art Neville (December 17, 1937 - July 22, 2019). He was a founding member of The Meters, an influential funk instrumental backing band with a string of hits that included "Cissy Strut" (1969). Neville later formed The Neville Brothers with siblings Cyril, Aaron, and Charles.

July 21, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of July 14, 2019
During the week of July 14, 2019, it was announced that Linda Ronstadt and Earth, Wind & Fire will be among this year's recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The awards ceremonies will take place on December 8 in Washington, D.C. and will air December 15 on CBS.

July 15, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of July 7, 2019
During the week of July 7, 2019, five classic Beatles songs re-entered the Billboard charts after the recent premiere of "Yesterday," a musical romantic comedy featuring music by the Fab Four. "Here Comes The Sun" made its debut on the Hot Rocks Songs chart at No. 9, along with "Let It Be" at No. 12, "Yesterday" at No. 14, "Hey Jude" at No. 16, and "Come Together" at No. 17.

July 8, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 30, 2019
During the week of June 30, 2019, Roger Daltrey's new live album, "The Who's Tommy Orchestral," debuted at no. 1 on Billboard's Classical Albums chart. This recording captures a full performance of The Who's classic 1969 rock opera during Daltrey's 2018 symphonic tour commemorating the 50th anniversary of the making of the original "Tommy" album.

July 1, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 23, 2019
During the week of June 23, 2019, PBS announced that The O'Jays will be joining the lineup of this station's 39th annual "A Capitol Fourth" TV special which will air live on July 4 at 8 PM EST. This show will also be viewable on the Armed Forces Network and will stream live on Facebook, YouTube, and PBS.org.

June 24, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 16, 2019
During the week of June 16, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to Jim Pike (d. June 9, 2019, age 82), the lead singer and co-founder of The Lettermen. The Grammy-nominated vocal trio's long string of hits included "The Way You Look Tonight" (1961), "When I Fall In Love" (1961), and "Goin' Out of My Head" bw "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (1967).

June 17, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 9, 2019
During the week of June 9, 2019, Elton John scored his 20th Top 10 album with his 2017 compilation, "Diamonds," thanks to the recent premiere of his movie biopic, "Rocketman." Also, four of his classic hits re-entered Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," "Bennie And The Jets," and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."

June 10, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 2, 2019
During the week of June 2, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to famed singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Malcolm John Rebennack (November 20, 1941 - June 6, 2019), better known as Dr. John. Widely known for his colorful stage persona and his unique blend of R&B, swamp rock, blues, funk, and boogie-woogie, the New Orleans-born music icon had a string of hits during the early 1970s that included "Right Place Wrong Time" (1973). A six-time Grammy winner, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

June 3, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 26, 2019
During the week of May 26, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to psychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erickson (July 15, 1947 - May 31, 2019). He co-founded The 13th Floor Elevators famous for the 1966 garage rock classic, "You're Gonna Miss Me," and served as that band's lead singer and main songwriter.

May 27, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 19, 2019
During the week of May 19, 2019, it was announced that the iconic young couple featured on the cover of the soundtrack album to the 1969 Woodstock festival will return to Bethel, NY to help celebrate Woodstock 50 which will take place August 15-18. Married since 1971, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline are now retired grandparents who live about 40 miles from Bethel in Pine Bush, NY.

May 20, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 12, 2019
During the week of May 12, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to Doris Day (April 3, 1922 - May 13, 2019) and Charles "Chuck" Barksdale (January 11, 1935 - May 15, 2019) of The Dells. Day was a beloved movie star, singer, and animal welfare activist with a long string of hits beginning in the mid 1940s that included "Sentimental Journey" (1945), "Secret Love" (1954), and her signature song, "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" (1956). Barksdale co-founded The Dells in 1952 and served as that group's longtime bass. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 along with The Dells. The veteran doo-wop group was also inducted that same year into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

May 13, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 5, 2019
During the week of May 5, 2019, Rhino announced a 38-CD 432-track limited-edition box set, "Woodstock Back To The Garden - The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive," due out on August 2. This enormous collection includes every recorded performance from the historic event plus various stage announcements and speeches that took place during the festival. The package also features a Blu-ray release of the 1970 Woodstock documentary, a new book by festival co-founder Michael Lang, a replica of the original concert program, and other memorabilia.

May 6, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 28, 2019
During the week of April 28, 2019, it was announced that the long-awaited Elton John biopic, "Rocketman," will launch on Fandango nearly two weeks ahead of the film's official May 31 nationwide theatrical premiere. The movie site has partnered with Paramount Pictures to offer tickets to May 18 screenings at some 400 theaters across the country.

April 29, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 21, 2019
During the week of April 21, 2019, Live Nation announced that it will offer cheap tickets to many shows taking place this summer and fall as part of the concert promoter's annual National Concert Week promotion. From May 1-7, tickets to shows by such top acts as The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Alice Cooper will be available for an astonishingly low 20 bucks apiece.

April 22, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 14, 2019
During the week of April 14, 2019, Aretha Franklin was honored posthumously with a Pulitzer Prize special citation award for "her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades."

April 15, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 7, 2019
During the week of April 7, 2019, Diana Ross made pop music history with her new remix track, "The Boss 2019," which topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and set a record by becoming her fourth chart-topping remix in a row. The original version of this disco classic also topped that same chart almost 40 years ago.

April 8, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 31, 2019
During the week of March 31, 2019, the 2019 Billboard Music Awards nominees were announced, and among the honorees are Elton John, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. The awards ceremonies will air live from Las Vegas May 1 on NBC.

April 1, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 24, 2019
During the week of March 24, 2019, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, and The Zombies were among those inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Nicks made history when she became the first woman ever to be inducted into the Rock Hall twice, having been previously honored in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac. Highlights from the awards ceremonies will be aired April 27 on HBO.

March 25, 2019 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 17, 2019
During the week of March 17, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to pioneering and influential surf rock guitarist and songwriter, Dick Dale (May 4, 1937 - March 16, 2019), and famed R&B singer and songwriter, Andre Williams (November 1, 1936 - March 17, 2019). Dale's hits included "Let's Go Trippin'" (1961), widely regarded as the first surf rock instrumental, and "Miserlou" (1962), the latter of which was used to great effect as part of the movie soundtrack to "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Williams' best known songs included "Bacon Fat" (1957) and "Cadillac Jack" (1968), and he co-wrote the extensively-covered "Shake A Tail Feather" which became a hit in 1967 for James & Bobby Purify.

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).