Music News Digest: Week Of September 22, 2019

September 30, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 22, 2019, fans around the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' "Abbey Road." Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both attended a star-studded gathering held in London at the famous recording studio after which this classic album was named.

A new video for the George Harrison-penned "Abbey Road" classic, "Here Comes The Sun," made its debut on YouTube's official channel for The Beatles as well as those of each Fab Four member. The clip (see below) was created from a new stereo mix of the song which is included in the upcoming 50th anniversary re-release of the album.

Also that week, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. announced his retirement after six decades at the helm of this famed record label. The 89-year-old record executive, songwriter, and record, movie, and TV producer was presented with the Motown Legacy Award at the Hitsville Honors ceremony which took place on September 22, 2019 at Detroit's Orchestra Hall.

Bob Dylan had added a series of ten concerts in New York City at the city's Beacon Theater as a wrap up to his fall North American tour. The shows are set to begin on November 23, 2019 and will run through December 6.

A soundtrack to Bruce Springsteen's new concert film, "Western Stars," will be coming out on October 25, 2019, the same day that the movie gets its theatrical release. "Western Stars -- Songs From The Film" will include all 13 songs from Springsteen's latest album, "Western Star," plus a cover of Glen Campbell's 1975 smash, "Rhinestone Cowboy."

Natalie Cole's 1994 Christmas album, "Holly & Ivy," which includes covers of various Yuletide classics by the late R&B star, will be reissued November 8, 2019 on both vinyl and CD. The Band's self-titled second album, which includes "Up On Cripple Creek" and other hits, will be reissued on November 15 in various formats to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Also due out on that day are 50th anniversary vinyl reissues of two Creedence Clearwater Revival albums, "Green River" and "Willy And The Poor Boys."

Twenty-five years after the passing of Harry Nilsson, his estate announced a new album of unreleased material titled "Losst And Founnd" due out on November 22, 2019. (Note: this oddly-spelled title is not a typo.) Highlights include "U.C.L.A." and "Lost And Found," which have recently been released as singles.

Also that week, it was announced that "Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour," a concert film that captures a special hometown performance in Jacksonville, FL from September 2018, will be shown in theaters nationwide on November 7, 2019 for one night only. The band's farewell tour is currently mapped out through an October 19 concert in Wheatland, CA.

Finally, Ringo Starr was a featured guest on The Tonight Show where he was joined by host Jimmy Fallon and his house band, The Roots, for a loveably goofy performance of The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" (see video below).

(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)