Music News Digest: Week Of January 6, 2019

January 14, 2019 by Amy Gold

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.

Also that week, "Bohemian Rhapsody" was named Best Drama at the Golden Globe Awards. This hugely popular Queen biopic is based on the life of the band's frontman, Freddie Mercury.

The Zombies and the band's frontman, Colin Blunstone, both announced upcoming U.S. tours. The Zombies' trek begins on February 16, 2019 in Bonita Springs, FL and ends on March 2 in Austin, TX, also covering other cities in Florida and Texas as well as New Orleans, LA. Blunstone's tour will take place beginning January 31 in Pawling, NY and ending February 8 in New York City, with stops in Washington, D.C. and other cities in New York plus Maine, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Kansas will launch a 28-date North American tour which kicks off on March 1 in Baltimore, MD and wraps up on June 1 in Atlantic City, NJ, also covering many states across the country as well as several Canadian provinces. Procol Harum announced its first U.S. tour in nearly five years with 13 dates confirmed so far from February 17 in Atlanta, GA through March 5 in Boston, MA, with stops in Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. Also, Neil Young and Santana are among the many featured performers at the upcoming 2019 BottleRock Napa Valley festival which will take place May 24-26. Young will headline this event on May 25, and Santana will perform on the final day of the fest.

Billy Joel has added two more ballpark concerts to his 2019 itinerary. On July 26, he will become the first-ever music performer at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. The Piano Man will also give a show on September 14 at Boston's Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, for the sixth straight year.

Also that week, it was announced that a rare Paul McCartney movie from the early 1970s titled "The Bruce McMouse Show," which combines a concert film and an animated feature, will be screened in select theaters on January 21, 2019. John Fogerty and Mac Davis are among the many performers who will honor the late King of Rock & Roll in an NBC special, "Elvis All-Star Tribute," which airs on February 17. A new concert film titled "Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration," which features performances by Graham Nash, James Taylor, and other top artists in honor of Joni Mitchell, will be shown February 7 in various theaters across North America. Also, a new documentary/concert film titled "Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese" will premiere sometime later this year on Netflix. This movie, which focuses on Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975-1976, features original interviews with the folk rock legend and other musicians who took part.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Eric Haydock (February 3, 1943 - January 5, 2019), Clydie King (August 21, 1943 - January 7, 2019), and Christine McGuire (July 30, 1926 - December 28, 2018). Haydock was a founding member of The Hollies and served as the band's bassist from 1962-1966. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with The Hollies in 2010. King was a prolific and highly acclaimed pop, rock, and R&B session singer who served as a member of Ray Charles' group, The Raelettes, and also provided backing vocals for numerous other artists. She can be heard on such oldies classics as "Sweet Home Alabama" (Lynyrd Skynyrd), "Tumbling Dice" (The Rolling Stones), and "You're No Good" (Linda Ronstadt). McGuire was the eldest sister of the famed pop trio, The McGuire Sisters, whose long string of hits included "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" (1954) and the chart-topping "Sincerely" (1955) and "Sugartime" (1957).

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