August 23, 2020 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 16, 2020, two former U.S. presidents made the news in the world of oldies music. Barack Obama released this year's edition of his annual summer playlist which includes songs by such veteran artists as Bob Dylan, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Otis Redding, War, and Stevie Wonder. Also, "Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President," a new documentary about how he integrated his love of music with his political career, will premiere September 9 in theaters and virtual cinemas and released as a home video on October 9.
"Herb Alpert Is...," a new documentary about the famed trumpet player and A&M record label founder, will make its world premiere on October 1, 2020 via a Facebook Live event before getting a nationwide virtual cinema release on October 2 when it will also debut on Amazon, iTunes, and other digital platforms. Coinciding with this movie's premiere, a career-spanning Herb Alpert box set of the same name will also be released. For more info, visit herbalpertis.com.
A restored and re-edited version of Pink Floyd's 1989 concert video, "Delicate Sound Of Thunder," will be shown on October 15, 2020 in select theaters for one night only. This film captures the band on tour in support of its 1987 album, "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason." Most of the movie was filmed at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY where Pink Floyd performed in August 1988. For more info, visit DelicateSoundofThunder.com.
A number of classic songs by Billy Joel will be featured in the upcoming 2nd season of Amazon's superhero series, "The Boys," to premiere on September 4, 2020. The Piano Man's memorable 1989 chart topper, "We Didn't Start The Fire," with lyrics consisting mainly of a long list of headline events, was featured in the series' Season 2 trailer. Other featured songs include Joel's 1985 Top 10 hit "You're Only Human (Second Wind)," which he wrote to help teens struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide.
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Pete Way (August 7, 1951 - August 14, 2020), a founding member of UFO who served as the band's bassist through 1982. Formed in 1968, UFO is a veteran U.K. rock band best known in the U.S. for "Doctor Doctor" (1974) and "Too Hot To Handle" (1977), which were both minor hits. Way rejoined the band briefly from 1988–1989 and again from 1991-2008 on a more permanent basis. He died one week after his 69th birthday after battling life-threatening injuries from an accident two months earlier.
New & Upcoming Releases:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Gary Busey (as Buddy Holly) - The Buddy Holly Story: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - August 21, 2020
Jefferson Starship - Mother Of The Sun (EP) - CD, digital download, streaming - August 21, 2020
Styx - Cyclorama (2003 album re-release) - digital download, streaming - August 21, 2020
America - Remembering (from "Half Century") - digital download, streaming - August 21, 2020
America - Half Century (box set) - CD/DVD - August 28, 2020
Cher - The Best Of Cher (DVD set) - DVD - September 15, 2020
Queen + Adam Lambert - Live Around The World (album, video) - various formats - October 2, 2020
Herb Alpert - Herb Alpert Is... (box set) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 2, 2020
The Doors - Morrison Hotel: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (1970 album reissue) - CD, vinyl - October 9, 2020
Joey Molland of Badfinger - Be True To Yourself - CD, digital download, streaming - October 16, 2020
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Founding UFO bassist Pete Way dies aged 69 https://t.co/g2KGJ0FaGr— Guitar World (@GuitarWorld) August 15, 2020
THE BEST OF CHER DVD Collection to be Released in Septemberhttps://t.co/OkPEZJAPiT— BroadwayWorld TV & Film (@BroadwayWorldTV) August 19, 2020
America have an eight-disc box set, 'Half Century,' coming out on Aug. 28, but you can listen to a new song from the collection now: https://t.co/6CMNo2qMWE— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) August 20, 2020
Queen + Adam Lambert had to call off their summer tour plans due to the pandemic, but they've decided to make it up to fans by releasing their first live album and concert film, 'Queen + Adam Live Around the World' https://t.co/qxwsRXoo7j pic.twitter.com/CazPYBmmuH— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 20, 2020
STYX Releases 2003's 'Cyclorama' On Digital Outlets Todayhttps://t.co/ynXzQbTcRT— BroadwayWorld Music (@BWWMusicWorld) August 21, 2020
A restored version of Pink Floyd's 'Delicate Sound of Thunder' is going to be in theaters for one-night only! https://t.co/lax4HgocDy— iHeart80sRadio (@iHeart80sRadio) August 21, 2020