Music News Digest: Week Of May 19, 2019

May 27, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of May 19, 2019, it was announced that the iconic young couple featured on the cover of the soundtrack album to the 1969 Woodstock festival will return to Bethel, NY to help celebrate Woodstock 50 which will take place August 15-18. Married since 1971, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline are now retired grandparents who live about 40 miles from Bethel in Pine Bush, NY.

Also that week, it was announced that Motown Records will receive the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award in celebration of its 60th anniversary at a ceremony to be held June 20, 2019 in Los Angeles. Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free will be honored at the 2019 CV Music Awards taking place June 2 in Palm Springs, CA. Also, Bon Jovi and E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg both received honorary doctorates (from the University of Pennsylvania and Lafayette College in Easton, PA, respectively).

Barry Manilow announced a residency on Broadway to take place at the Lunt-Fontanne starting July 26, 2019 and running through August 18. The pop legend last appeared on Broadway in 2013 where he played at the St. James to sold-out audiences.

Mavis Staples recently released "We Get By," her fourteenth studio album to date. Four archival live collections by Paul McCartney will be reissued on July 12 in multiple formats: "Wings Over America" (1976), "Choba B CCCP" (1988), "Paul Is Live" (1993), and "Amoeba Gig" (2007). Also coming out that day is "Live At The Rainbow '78," a companion album to a Foreigner concert video that captures the band's April 1978 performance at London's Rainbow Theatre. Also, a new James Taylor box set, "The Complete Warner Bros. Albums: 1970-1976," will be released on July 19 in various formats. This collection includes "Sweet Baby James" (1970), "Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon" (1971), "One Man Dog" (1972), "Walking Man" (1974), "Gorilla" (1975), and "In The Pocket" (1976).

Finally, May 23, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of "Tommy" by The Who, the historic rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind young man that spawned the hits, "Pinball Wizard" (1969), "I'm Free" (1969), and "See Me, Feel Me" (1970).

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