Music News Digest: Week Of November 17, 2019

November 25, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of November 17, 2019, the Recording Academy revealed its list of 2020 Grammy nominees. Among the veteran artists receiving nods are Gloria Gaynor, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, and David Crosby (for Best Music Film). Also, the box set, "Woodstock - Back To The Garden - The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive," will be competing in two categories. The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will air January 26, 2020 on CBS.

Also that week, it was announced that Gary U.S. Bonds, Gloria Gaynor, Jay & The Americans, The Manhattan Transfer, Tony Orlando, Neil Sedaka, and Dionne Warwick are among those to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the East Coast Music Hall of Fame's second annual induction ceremony. This event will take place June 9-10, 2020 in Atlantic City, NJ at Harrah's Resort.

Diana Ross will return to Las Vegas next year for a new series of six shows taking place April 8-18 at the Wynn Resort and Casino. Also, Barry Manilow announced an extension of his Las Vegas residency through November 2020 by popular demand.

Graham Nash announced an extension of his 2020 U.S. tour through April 1 with nine new concerts covering several East Coast and Midwestern states. Other early spring 2020 events include The National's 2020 Homecoming festival taking place May 8-9 at Smale Park in Cincinnati, OH where Patti Smith will be among the featured performers.

The Doobie Brothers announced their 50th anniversary tour which will begin on June 9, 2020 in West Palm Beach, FL, with 30 show dates scheduled so far through October 10 covering many states across the country. Longtime former member Michael McDonald will join the band for this milestone trek.

Paul McCartney will headline the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival 2020 which is set to take place June 24-28. McCartney first headlined this event in 2004 when he played a 33-song set that included solo works and hits from his days with The Beatles and Wings.

A new Marshall Tucker Band album titled "New Year's in New Orleans: Roll Up '78 and Light Up '79!" that captures highlights from this concert at the Big Easy will be released as limited-edition vinyl and CD 2-disc sets on November 29 at this year's Record Store Day Black Friday event before getting a wider release in late January 2020. Elton John's "Live From Moscow 1979," which documents his historic tour of the U.S.S.R., will also be getting a wider release on January 24, 2020 in various formats after having been offered earlier this year on Record Store Day.

Paul McCartney recently released two new songs as digital downloads and via streaming services, "Home Tonight" and "In A Hurry." These songs, which were recorded during the sessions for his 2018 album, "Egypt Station," will also be coming out November 29 on vinyl at this year's Record Store Day Black Friday event.

The Who also released "I Don't Wanna Get Wise," a track from the band's upcoming album, "WHO," which is due out on December 6, 2019. This song, which is available as a digital single and via streaming services, is the third of two other previously released "WHO" album tracks, "Ball And Chain" and "All This Music Must Fade."

Also that week, James Taylor announced his upcoming audio memoir, "Break Shot," which will be coming out sometime early next year on Audible. This recording captures an interview of Taylor by music journalist Bill Flanagan in which he discusses his childhood in North Carolina and his early career.

Finally, The Who became the first act to be inducted into the new Music Walk of Fame in London. The awards ceremonies took place on November 19, 2019 at the city's historic Camden Town district. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were on hand for the unveiling of the Walk of Fame's first plaque.

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