Music News Digest: Week Of August 2, 2020

August 9, 2020 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 2, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to Wayne Fontana (October 28, 1945 - August 6, 2020), a British Invasion pop sensation who topped the charts in 1965 with "Game Of Love" with his band, The Mindbenders. The group's other hits included the 1966 smash, "A Groovy Kind Of Love." Born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis in Manchester, Fontana went on to record solo and continued to perform actively over the years. He was among the featured performers at the inaugural Glastonbury Festival in 1970.

Also that week, The Who launched a new YouTube weekly concert series titled "Join Together @ Home" that will feature previously unseen performances, rare footage, and more. The series kicked off on August 8 with a five-song excerpt from the band's historic 1982 concerts at New York City's Shea Stadium.

"Queen -- The Neal Preston Photographs," a new coffee table book featuring over 300 photos taken by the legendary British rock band's official tour photographer, will be coming out sometime this October. These images, which cover 1977-1986, capture Queen members on stage, backstage, and during candid on-the-road moments.

It was announced that the new Helen Reddy biopic, "I Am Woman," will be coming out September 11, 2020 in theaters and released on demand. This movie, which stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy, made its premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Finally, Sir Paul McCartney reflected on his time with The Beatles and discussed the legendary band's split in an in-depth interview with the U.K. version of GQ magazine. We knew we were different, McCartney noted. We knew we had something that all these other groups didn't have. It gelled.

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