Announcements - 2020

July 6, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 28, 2020
During the week of June 28, 2020, Bob Dylan's latest album, "Rough And Rowdy Ways," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, making him the first-ever artist to have at least one Top 40 album on this chart in every decade from the 1960s to the 2020s. "Rough And Rowdy Ways" is Dylan's 23rd album to date to break into the Billboard 200 Top 10 and his 50th to make the Top 40.

June 28, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 21, 2020
During the week of June 21, 2020, PBS announced that John Fogerty, Patti LaBelle, and The Temptations will be joining the lineup of this station's 40th annual "A Capitol Fourth" TV special to be broadcast on July 4 at 8 PM EST. This show will also be viewable on the Armed Forces Network and will stream on Facebook, YouTube, and PBS.org, and will be available as on demand until July 18. Instead of airing live from Washington, D.C. as in previous years, this year's "A Capitol Fourth" will feature pre-taped performances from across the U.S. due to COVID-19 concerns.

June 21, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 14, 2020
During the week of June 14, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to Vera Lynn (March 20, 1917 - June 18, 2020), England's most popular and beloved singer during World War II who was famous for helping to keep spirits up among the armed forces and civilians alike with her many live performances and radio broadcasts. She remained popular worldwide after the war with such hits as "We'll Meet Again" (1954), "My Son, My Son" (1954), and "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" (1952), the latter of which became the first song by a British performing artist to top the U.S. charts.

June 15, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 7, 2020
During the week of June 7, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to Bonnie Pointer (July 11, 1950 - June 8, 2020) of The Pointer Sisters and early 1960s rocker Bobby Lewis (February 9, 1925 - April 28, 2020).

June 7, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 31, 2020
During the week of May 31, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to Steve Priest (February 23, 1948 - June 4, 2020), co-founder of the British glam rock band, Sweet, who served as bassist and backing vocalist. He co-wrote many songs with his bandmates that included the 1975 hits, "Fox On The Run" and "Action." With lead singer Brian Connolly, Priest helped create Sweet's signature frenzied, breathless sound with his distinctive high-pitched vocals.

June 1, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 24, 2020
During the week of May 24, 2020, the Recording Academy announced its upcoming "United We Sing - A Grammy Salute To The Unsung Heroes," a TV special commemorating those on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 set to air June 21 on CBS. John Fogerty and Irma Thomas are among the many featured performers.

May 24, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 17, 2020
During the week of May 17, 2020, AARP announced its upcoming Spotify playlist, "Songs of Hope & Happiness," a collection of nearly 90 oldies and other classic songs designed to lift people's spirits. Among the featured listings are The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby," The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun," and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

May 18, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 10, 2020
During the week of May 10, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to soul legend Betty Wright, 1960s-1970s hit songwriter Mark Barkan, and early Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr.

May 10, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 3, 2020
During the week of May 3, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to rock & roll pioneer Little Richard, "My Boy Lollipop" singer Millie Small, and Florian Schneider-Esleben of Kraftwerk.

May 3, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 26, 2020
During the week of April 26, 2020, The Rolling Stones' latest single, "Living In A Ghost Town," debuted on the Billboard Rock Digital Song Sales chart at No. 3 and on the Hot Rock Songs tally at No. 30. Released on April 23, this song marks the 7th decade that the legendary band has had a charting song on a Billboard chart.

April 27, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 19, 2020
During the week of April 19, 2020, The Rolling Stones topped iTunes with "Living In A Ghost Town," a newly-released single that reflects the mood of the current COVID-19 pandemic. This somewhat somber, reggae-styled song is the band's first No. 1 hit in 40 years.

April 19, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 12, 2020
During the week of April 12, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Steve Farmer (December 31, 1948 - April 7, 2020) of The Amboy Dukes. With bandmate Ted Nugent, he co-wrote the 1968 psychedelic rock classic, "Journey To The Center Of The Mind," as well as many of the band's other songs.

April 12, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 5, 2020
During the week of April 5, 2020, Bob Dylan topped the Billboard charts for the very first time with his latest song, "Murder Most Foul," a 17-minute-long epic about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Released on March 27, this song reached No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Digital Song Sales chart and was also the folk-rock legend's first-ever entry on that chart.

April 6, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 29, 2020
During the week of March 29, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to soul legend Bill Withers (July 4, 1938 - March 30, 2020) who died from heart complications. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer became famous during the early 1970s for such era-defining classics as "Ain't No Sunshine" (1971) and "Lean On Me" (1972).

March 30, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 22, 2020
During the week of March 22, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to jazz and funk saxophonist Manu Dibango (December 12, 1933 - March 24, 2020) and bluegrass musician Eric Weissberg (August 16, 1939 - March 22, 2020). Best known for the 1973 disco smash, "Soul Makossa," Dibango died after contracting COVID-19. Weissberg, who passed away after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's, was best known for the instrumental hit, "Dueling Banjos," which was used as the theme to the 1972 movie, "Deliverance."

March 22, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 15, 2020
During the week of March 15, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to Kenny Rogers (August 21, 1938 - March 20, 2020) who passed away at home while under hospice care. His very long string of hits on multiple charts through the 2000s included his signature Grammy-winning smash, "The Gambler," which was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. Over his six-decades career, the celebrated country-pop superstar was the recipient of numerous awards and honors that included being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

March 15, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 8, 2020
During the week of March 8, 2020, James Taylor made Billboard chart history as the first artist to score at least one Top 10 album in each of the last six decades. His latest album, "American Standard," debuted at no. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making this his 13th Top 10 album to date.

March 9, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 1, 2020
During the week of March 1, 2020, TIME magazine announced its list of "100 Women of the Year" made up of one women representing each year from 1920 through 2019. Late soul legend Aretha Franklin was chosen for 1968 because of the three albums she released that year which were "a salve for a torn nation" mourning the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

March 2, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 23, 2020
During the week of February 23, 2020, it was announced that Paul Williams will be presented with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Induction & Awards dinner taking place June 11 in New York City. Williams' numerous songwriting credits include The Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun," Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen" (from "A Star Is Born"), and Three Dog Night's "An Old Fashioned Love Song."

February 24, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 16, 2020
During the week of February 16, 2020, Jerry Lee Lewis announced his return to music after recovering from a stroke he suffered last year. The 84-year-old rock & roll legend also recently completed a new album of gospel standards covers.

February 17, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 9, 2020
During the week of February 9, 2020, Elton John took home his second Oscar for Best Original Song at the 92nd Academy Awards. He shares this honor with longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," the end credits song from "Rocketman." Elton John was awarded his first Oscar in 1995 for "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" from "The Lion King."

February 10, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 2, 2020
During the week of February 2, 2020, PBS announced a new special, "Chuck Berry - Brown Eyed Handsome Man," which pays tribute in concert to the late rock & roll pioneer. This upcoming event, which features archival footage of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Lynne of ELO, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, and Berry himself, will premiere February 29 on select stations across the country.

February 3, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 26, 2020
During the week of January 26, 2020, it was announced that Aerosmith will be featured in a new commercial promoting an updated slogan for Las Vegas. The ad shows the band onstage with lead singer Steven Tyler yelling "What happens here!" who then thrusts his microphone out to audience members who yell back "Only happens here!"

January 27, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 19, 2020
During the week of January 19, 2020, Neil Young officially became a United States citizen. The Canadian-born folk rock legend, who still retains citizenship in his home country, has resided in the U.S. since around the mid 1960s when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career.

January 20, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 12, 2020
During the week of January 12, 2020, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's inductees that include The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, and Whitney Houston. Also, Irving Azoff and Jon Landau, longtime managers of The Eagles and Bruce Springsteen, respectively, will be inducted as recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award. The awards ceremonies, to take place May 2, 2020 in Cleveland, OH, will air live on HBO.

January 13, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 5, 2020
During the week of January 5, 2020, Elton John and longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, won the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again." This song is played over the opening credits in the biopic, "Rocketman," which received additional honors at the Golden Globes when Taron Egerton was named Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Elton John.

January 6, 2020 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of December 29, 2019
During the week of December 29, 2019, Madison Square Garden announced that Billy Joel will continue his record-breaking monthly residency with his 76th consecutive show to take place May 2, 2020. In total, this upcoming concert will mark Joel's 122nd lifetime performance since his first show at the famous venue in December 1978.