Music News Digest: Week Of March 24, 2019

April 1, 2019 by Amy Gold

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.

Also that week, it was announced that a new Bob Dylan exhibit will open on May 10, 2019 in Tulsa, OK at the city's famed Gilcrease Museum. Titled "Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond," it will feature previously unseen artwork by the legendary singer-songwriter, plus drawings, hand-written lyrics, filmed performances, writings, and other rare memorabilia. The exhibit will be on display until September 15.

After more than 60 years on the road, Wanda Jackson has announced her official retirement from performing. The 81-year-old Queen of Rockabilly confirmed that she has cancelled all upcoming scheduled performances, including those at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend in April and the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender in May. Jackson's best known songs include the 1961 smash hits, "Right Or Wrong" and "In The Middle Of A Heartache," and to date, she has recorded over 45 studio albums. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 as an early influence.

A lost Marvin Gaye album from 1971 titled "You're The Man," which was a follow-up to the late soul legend's highly acclaimed "What's Going On," recently had its first-ever release and is available on vinyl and as a digital download. Another rare ca. early 1970s soul classic was also recently unearthed by the Department of Music at Drexel University and released through the university's in-house MAD Dragon Records. Titled "Laugh To Keep From Crying," this long-lost album was recorded by Nat Turner Rebellion, a short-lived Philadelphia-based soul group formed by Joseph B. Jefferson who later penned many hit songs for The Spinners.

The Grateful Dead is continuing its 50th anniversary catalog reissue campaign with an expanded version of the band's third studio album, "Aoxomoxoa" (1969), which is due out on June 7, 2019. Titled "The Aoxomoxoa: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition," this collection will be available as a 2-CD set, with the first disc to include remastered versions of both the original album and a 1971 remix. The second disc will feature previously unreleased live performances at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom that took place January 24-26, 1969.

Eric Clapton announced his fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival which will take place September 20-21, 2019 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. In addition to Clapton himself, featured performers will also include Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Elton John announced his upcoming autobiography and gave fans a preview of its cover art. Titled simply "Me," this book is due out on October 15, 2019.

Also that week, AXS TV announced the premiere of two Eagles concert films. The first, "Eagles: Farewell I Tour -- Live From Melbourne," will air on March 31, 2019, making this its first TV showing since the movie's original 2005 release. The second, "Eagles: Hell Freezes Over," which captures a 1994 reunion concert of the band's late 1970s lineup, will be shown on May 5.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to singer, songwriter, and producer Scott Walker (January 9, 1943 - March 22, 2019). He first rose to fame in the mid 1960s as the frontman of The Walker Brothers, a pop trio best known for "Make It Easy On Yourself" (1965) and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" (1966) which both topped the U.K. charts and became Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

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