Music News Digest: Week Of August 18, 2019

August 25, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 18, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to famed bassist Larry "The Mole" Taylor (June 26, 1942 - August 19, 2019) who was a longtime member of Canned Heat. Before joining the band in 1967, he had played with The Monkees and Jerry Lee Lewis. A prolific session musician, he also recorded and performed with John Mayall, John Lee Hooker, Tom Waits, and many other artists over his long career.

Also that week, The Rolling Stones were honored by NASA with a rock on Mars named after the band during a concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, Lori Glaze, remarked, When we found out the Stones would be in Pasadena, honoring them seemed like a fun way to reach fans all over the world.

Jackie Wilson will be honored posthumously with the 2,672nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The awards ceremonies will take place September 4, 2019 at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard where the star will be located. Smokey Robinson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. will help unveil the star, and Wilson's widow, Harlene Harris Wilson, will accept the honor on behalf of the late soul legend.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "Abbey Road," People magazine released a special 96-page issue dedicated to the Fab Four. In addition, People published a lengthy interview of Ringo Starr in which the ex-Beatle discusses the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of "Abbey Road," his All Starr Band tour, current projects in the works, and more.

Time-Life announced a new DVD box set, "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert," that brings together highlights from the annual induction ceremonies covering 2010 through 2017 which is due out on September 10, 2019. Featured performers include such veteran bands and artists as Chicago, Alice Cooper, David Crosby, Donovan, ELO, Heart, Mick Jagger, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Graham Nash, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and Ringo Starr.

David Bowie's "VH1 Storytellers Concert Special," originally recorded on August 23, 1999, will be released October 11, 2019 on vinyl for the first time. In addition to "Rebel Rebel" and other classics, this album includes rare performances of "Can't Help Thinking About Me," "Drive-In Saturday," and "Word On A Wing."

Also that week, ABC announced that Mary Wilson of The Supremes will be joining "Dancing With The Stars" as one of the cast members for that show's upcoming 28th season which premieres on September 16, 2019.

Finally, the guitar played by Duane Allman on Derek & The Dominos "Layla" recently sold for a record-breaking $1.25 million. This historic instrument, a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, was also used by Allman on The Allman Brothers Band's self-titled 1969 debut album and the band's 1970 follow-up, "Idlewild South."

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