Announcements - 2019

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).