Music News Digest: Week Of June 9, 2019

June 17, 2019 by Amy Gold

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."

Also that week, PBS announced that Carole King will be among the featured performers at this year's edition of "A Capitol Fourth" which is set to air live on July 4 from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Mitch Ryder just released a new album titled "Detroit Breakout!" featuring covers of various rock, pop, soul, and folk classics. Other recent releases include "Testimony," a new gospel album by disco legend Gloria Gaynor.

Jackson Browne's classic 1977 concept album, "Running On Empty," will be reissued July 5, 2019 in a variety of formats. A new Bad Company box set titled "The Swan Song Years 1974-1982" which features the band's first six studio albums will be coming out on August 2. Also due out that day is "Live At Woodstock" which captures Creedence Clearwater Revival's complete 11-song set as performed at the historic 1969 music festival. Coming out on October 11 is a new Steve Miller box set, "Welcome To The Vault," a 52-track collection with many previously unreleased demos, rehearsals, outtakes, concert performances, and lost songs, plus 21 video performances from 1967-2011.

KC & The Sunshine Band was recently added to the lineup of Sammy Hagar's second annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show which will take place September 28 and 29, 2019 in Huntington Beach, CA. Other featured performers will include The Beach Boys, Blue Oyster Cult, and Patty Smyth & Scandal.

Also that week, it was announced that this year's edition of The Grateful Dead's "Meet-Up At The Movies" screening event will take place August 1 at select theaters around the world. The concert film to be shown features a show from June 17, 1991 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The Dead performed "Truckin'" and other classics as well as some rarities.

Finally, Philadelphia native Patti LaBelle will be honored at a ceremony to take place July 2 at this year's Wawa Welcome America Festival. A section of the city's Broad and Spruce Streets will be renamed Pattie LaBelle Way after the R&B legend.

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