Music News Digest: Week Of January 12, 2020

January 20, 2020 by Amy Gold

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.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame also announced its latest inductees that include The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, and songwriters Rick Nowels and William "Mickey" Stevenson. Nowels co-wrote over 60 Top 20 hits that include Santana's "Game Of Love." Motown executive and producer Stevenson, who helped create the Motown sound, co-wrote such oldies classics as "Dancing In The Street," "Devil With The Blue Dress On," "It Takes Two," and "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow." The awards ceremonies will take place June 11, 2020 in New York City.

The Recording Academy also announced its latest additions to the 2020 Grammy Hall Of Fame that include various oldies recordings:

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Also that week, it was announced that the new documentary, "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band," will be shown February 21, 2020 in select theaters across the country. This film, which features interviews with Robertson, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and other rock luminaries, made its world premiere on September 5, 2019 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Steve Martin Caro (October 12, 1948 - January 14, 2020) and Chris Darrow (July 30, 1944 - January 15, 2020). Caro (a.k.a. Steve Martin) was a founding member of The Left Banke and provided the ethereal lead vocals to such hits as "Walk Away Renee" (1966) and "Pretty Ballerina" (1967). Darrow was a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded the late 1960s gender-bending rock band, Kaleidoscope, before joining The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1967. With this band, he recorded two albums and appeared in the Clint Eastwood musical film, "Paint Your Wagon" (1969). He then went on to form The Corvettes, Linda Ronstadt's touring band.

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