Music News Digest: Week Of August 4, 2019

August 12, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 4, 2019, the U.S. Postal Service introduced a new Woodstock Forever stamp in commemoration of the festival's 50th anniversary. This colorful stamp features the white dove from the original Woodstock 1969 Festival poster along with a caption in the background that reads as "1969 Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace and Music, Forever, USA."

Also that week, the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame announced its inductees for 2019 which include such veteran acts as The O'Jays and Evelyn "Champagne" King. The awards ceremonies will take place October 22 along the city's Avenue of the Arts, and the inductees will be honored that same evening at a special gala event.

Also, ABBA made music history when its 1992 greatest hits collection, "Gold," set a record on the U.K. album chart for the longest running album of all time after appearing in that chart's Top 100 for an astounding 900 weeks. During that time span, this immensely popular album spent 61 weeks in the Top 10, most recently in 2018, around the time the sequel to "Mamma Mia!" came out in theaters.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will host a 50th anniversary tribute to Woodstock 1969 with a number of events to take place the weekend of August 16, 2019. Featured events will include an August 17 performance by The Zombies on the Rock Hall Live! stage. Original members Hugh Grundy and Chris White will join the band's current lineup for one song.

A 50th anniversary reissue of The Beatles' classic "Abbey Road" album will be coming out on September 27, 2019 in various formats. Also, Bruce Springsteen just released a new live album that captures his October 13, 1986 acoustic set at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA. Highlights include a cappella performances of "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" and "Hungry Heart" featuring Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

Also that week, a new Miles Davis documentary was announced in which Carlos Santana is among a number of featured artists interviewed about the jazz legend's musical legacy. Titled "Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool," this upcoming movie will make its theatrical premiere on August 23, 2019 in New York City and on August 30 in Los Angeles before getting a wider showing in September. For more info, visit

Also, Warner Bros. announced a new Elvis Presley biopic which will come out in theaters on October 1, 2021. This as-yet untitled movie will star Austin Butler as The King and Tom Hanks as his manager, "Colonel Tom" Parker.

Finally, August 8, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the photo shoot of The Beatles' famous crossing of London's Abbey Road from which one of the photos was selected as the cover for the band's same-named album. This historic image captures John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison walking in that order from left to right across the zebra-striped crosswalk in front of Abbey Road Studios.

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