Music News Digest: Week Of April 14, 2019

April 22, 2019 by Amy Gold

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."

Also that week, HBO premiered a trailer for its upcoming 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special to be aired on April 27, 2019. Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, and The Zombies are among this year's inductees.

The O'Jays just released their final studio album, "The Last Word," and the famed Philadelphia soul group is slated to perform April 23, 2019 on NBC's "Today" show. The Rolling Stones also released a new greatest hits compilation titled "Honk" in various formats and configurations featuring songs from every studio album from 1971-2016. The deluxe version also includes live performances from the band's recent tours.

James Taylor's 2007 live album, "One Man Band," which captures highlights from several shows at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, will be coming out June 7, 2019 on vinyl. Alice Cooper's supergroup, The Hollywood Vampires, will release their second album, "Rise," on June 21. Also, a newly-expanded edition of "Motown: The Complete No. 1's" featuring 208 classic chart-toppers will be coming out on June 28 in commemoration of the renowned record label's 60th anniversary.

Led Zeppelin recently launched a new video series on its official YouTube channel covering highlights of the band's rich history. Episode 1 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the band's founding when they recorded their debut album at London's Olympic Studios.

Also that week, it was announced that the new documentary, "David Crosby: Remember My Name," will make its theatrical debut on July 19, 2019 in New York City and Los Angeles, with a nationwide opening to follow soon after. This movie made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was also screened at several other film festivals.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Joe Terry (January 30, 1941 - April 15, 2019, b. Joseph Terranova), a founding member of the iconic doo-wop group, Danny & The Juniors. His passing came just a few weeks after that of another group member, David White (November 26, 1939 - March 16, 2019). Danny & The Juniors topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts in 1957 with the era-defining "At The Hop" and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2013.

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