Music News Digest: Week Of October 13, 2019

October 20, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of October 13, 2019, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction in 2020. Among those on the ballot are The Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, T. Rex, and Thin Lizzy.

Also that week, it was announced that late R&B/soul legend David Ruffin of The Temptations will be honored in his hometown of Meridian, MS with a street to be named after him. The ceremonies will take place October 26, 2019 at the city's Walk of Fame at the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (a.k.a. The MAX).

Chicago announced a new eight-show Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre taking place February 28 through March 14, 2020. Also, Alice Cooper added a new series of North American concerts to his "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour beginning April 1 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and ending April 22 in Portland, OR, also covering Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Washington State, and Wisconsin, plus the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits was named Entertainer of the Year at the 2019 Casino Entertainment Awards which took place October 15, 2019. The 1960s British Invasion icon and his current lineup of Herman's Hermits have over 50 North American show dates on their itinerary mapped out through a June 27, 2020 concert in Enoch, Alberta, Canada, with stops in Ontario, Canada and many states across the U.S.

A new holiday album titled "Dionne Warwick & The Voices Of Christmas" was recently released featuring duets with Johnny Mathis, Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, Jason Scheff of Chicago, and jazz singer Dianne Reeves. "The Singles Collection," a limited-edition Beatles vinyl box set that brings together 22 hit classics from 1962-1970, plus two singles released during the 1990s, "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love," is due out on November 22, 2019. Also, "Crossroads Revisited: Selections From The Crossroads Guitar Festivals," a compilation of highlights from this Eric Clapton-hosted annual event originally released in 2016 on CD, will be coming out December 6 on vinyl.

"Humble Pie: Life And Times Of Steve Marriott," a documentary that takes an in-depth look at the famed singer, songwriter, guitarist, and frontman/co-founder of Small Faces and Humble Pie, will be coming out November 19, 2019 as a special Blu-ray/DVD/CD. This film features archival interviews, previously-unseen photos and memorabilia, home movies, and rare performance footage.

Also that week, it was announced that a new documentary titled "The Rainbow" will be available on demand and as a digital video starting October 29, 2019. This upcoming movie, which tells the story of the historic Rainbow Bar & Grill, a favorite hangout for L.A.-area rock musicians beginning in the early 1970s, features Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Gene Simmons of KISS, and other rock luminaries.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to two oldies music icons: Steve Cash (May 5, 1946 - October 14, 2019) and George Chambers (September 26, 1931 - October 12, 2019). Cash was a singer, songwriter, musician, author, and founding member of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Among the many songs he wrote/co-wrote were the band's two greatest hits, "If You Wanna Get To Heaven" (1974) and "Jackie Blue" (1975). Singer and bassist George Chambers was a co-founder and the eldest member of the sibling R&B/psychedelic soul group, The Chambers Brothers, best known for the era-defining "Time Has Come Today" (1968).

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