Music News Digest: Week Of November 24, 2019

December 2, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of November 24, 2019, Bing Crosby made a return to the U.K. Album Chart Top 10 after 42 years with "Bing At Christmas," a recently-released collection featuring new arrangements as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra of such perennial classics as "White Christmas."

Also that week, Bruce Springsteen announced a contest in partnership with Omaze offering one winner and a guest a trip to Asbury Park, NJ, where they will get to hang out with The Boss and be photographed with him. Proceeds will go to the Geffen Playhouse, a non-profit theater company in Los Angeles that benefits high school students and low-income members of the community. Contest entries will be accepted through February 18, 2020.

Also, fans from around the world celebrated the 80th birthday of Tina Turner (b. November 26, 1939), a dynamic performer with an eternally youthful glow who remains in top form as she enters her ninth decade. Joining in her commemoration were such veteran artists as Ringo Starr, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, as well as many newer acts.

The Doobie Brothers added 23 show dates to their 50th anniversary tour in which former member Michael McDonald will rejoin the lineup. The newly-added concerts begin June 12, 2020 in Jacksonville, FL and run through October 17 in Memphis, TN, covering many states across the country plus Ontario, Canada.

A new Cream box set, "Goodbye Tour Live 1968," which includes 19 previously unreleased tracks, will be coming out on February 7, 2020. This 4-CD collection features four complete concerts from the supergroup's farewell tour: three from October, 1968 in California, and one from November 26, 1968 at London's Royal Albert Hall. In the wake of the recent passing of Ginger Baker, the band's drummer and co-founder, Eric Clapton will host a concert in his honor, dubbed "Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute To Ginger Baker," to take place February 17, 2020 the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London.

Also that week, it was announced that "Melody Makers: The Bible Of Rock 'N' Roll," a documentary about the former U.K. music magazine, Melody Maker, will be released December 17, 2019 on DVD and video-on-demand platforms. This movie will also be screened November 29 through December 5 at Arena Cinelounge in Los Angeles, with a special showing on December 2 that will include a Q&A with director Leslie Ann Coles. The documentary features interviews with Eric Burdon of The Animals, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Dan McCafferty of Nazareth, and several members of Yes, as well as many people who worked for the magazine.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to acclaimed session bassist Doug Lubahn (December 20, 1947 - November 20, 2019) who can be heard on three Doors albums: "Strange Days" (1967), "Waiting For The Sun" (1968), and "The Soft Parade" 1969). He co-founded Clear Light, a ca. late 1960s Los Angeles-based psychedelic rock band that also included actor Cliff De Young. He later became a member of Billy Squier's backing band and also played on Ted Nugent's 1984 album, "Penetrator."

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