July 12, 2020 by Amy Gold
During the week of July 5, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to three music icons: Southern rock legend Charlie Daniels (October 28, 1936 - July 6, 2020), famed jazz percussionist Joe Porcaro (April 29, 1930 - July 6, 2020), and celebrated film music composer Ennio Morricone (November 10, 1928 - July 6, 2020).
Charlie Daniels, who died from a hemorrhagic stroke, was a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose wizardry on the fiddle can be heard in the 1979 smash, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," which topped the Country charts and made the Pop/Rock Top 5. The Charlie Daniels Band's long string of hits also included "In America" (1980), "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" (1986), and "Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues" (1988). Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
Joe Porcaro was a veteran and highly acclaimed session jazz drummer/percussionist who can be heard on numerous recordings by such bands and artists as Natalie Cole, Stan Getz, Gladys Knight, The Monkees, Pink Floyd, and Frank and Nancy Sinatra. He was the father of three members of Toto and co-wrote the band's chart-topping "Africa" (1982) in which he played the marimba solo.
Italian-born Ennio Morricone, who passed away after complications from a fall in which he broke his femur, was a prolific film music composer who wrote over 500 soundtracks to movies from a wide variety of genres that famously included many Spaghetti Westerns from the 1960s. His score to "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" (1966), considered to be one of the most influential soundtracks of all time, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. Morricone's numerous honors also included three Grammys, an Academy Award in 2016 for his score to Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," and an Academy Honorary Award in 2007 for his
magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.
A new weekly podcast titled "The Good Ol' Grateful Deadcast" was launched on July 9, 2020. The first episode focused on "Uncle John's Band," a song from The Grateful Dead's 1970 album, "Workingman's Dead," and Episodes 2-8 will be dedicated to other songs from this classic recording. Fans are invited to share their experiences with the band at dead.net for possible use in future episodes.
On July 25, 2020, Grammy-winning jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis will perform The Beatles Songbook on his newly-launched "Saturday Salon" live stream series hosted on StageIt. During the late 1960s, Lewis had hits on the Pop/Rock charts with his instrumental renditions of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" (1966), "Day Tripper" (1966), and "Julia" (1969).
Also that week, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced that its 2020 induction ceremony, originally scheduled to take place May 2 but postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, will be replaced by a TV special to air November 7 on HBO. This show will honor The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, and other 2020 inductees with stories of their contributions to pop music and their influence on later generations of performing artists.
Finally, Sir Elton John was honored in the U.K. by the Royal Mint with an official commemorative coin as part of this government agency's Music Legends series. Designed by Bradley Morgan Johnson, this coin features him wearing his iconic music note glasses and straw boater's hat.
New & Upcoming Releases:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
The Rolling Stones - Criss Cross (single from "Goats Head Soup") - digital download - July 9, 2020
Deep Purple - Nothing At All (single from "Whoosh") - digital download, streaming - July 10, 2020
Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball Adderley's Swingin' in Seattle: Live At The Penthouse (new compilation album of previously unissued 1966 recordings) - digital download - July 10, 2020
Bob Marley - One Love (single, new version for UNICEF) - digital download - July 17, 2020
Jon Anderson of Yes - First Born Leaders (single from "1000 Hands") - digital download - July 31, 2020
Jefferson Starship - Mother Of The Sun (7-track EP) - digital download - August 21, 2020
The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup (1973 album reissue) - CD, vinyl - September 4, 2020
Canceled & Postponed Events:
(Band/Artist - Event(s) - Location - Original Dates - Rescheduled Dates)
Aerosmith - 50th Anniversary Concert - Boston, MA (Fenway Park) - September 18, 2020 - September 14, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning film composer has died at the age of 91, his lawyer said https://t.co/DEBkaMrQFz— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 6, 2020
Joe Porcaro, Drummer and Father to Toto's Steve, Jeff and Mike Porcaro, Dies at 90 https://t.co/JHHXqJeNMp— billboardbiz (@billboardbiz) July 8, 2020
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will replace its 35th annual live induction ceremony with an exclusive TV special on HBO & HBO Max on November 7. https://t.co/hH9CLb9Se5— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 8, 2020
.@RollingStones premiered a video for the previously unreleased 'Criss Cross' -- one of three unheard tracks unearthed for the band's new #GoatsHeadSoup reissue, which will be out on 9/4! #RollingStones https://t.co/hVttv2QTQd— Rock Cellar Magazine (@RockCellarMag) July 9, 2020
It's time to reimagine a more just world for #children. Stay tuned as @UNICEF releases a new version of Bob Marley's iconic anthem "One Love" to help support families during #COVID19. Read more here: https://t.co/Xamz61HqQn & don't forget to check out the full song on July 17th— UNICEF Africa (@UNICEFAfrica) July 9, 2020
Previously unheard performances from jazz legend Cannonball Adderley https://t.co/cBYCbxGGYc— WFMT (@WFMTclassical) July 9, 2020
Ramsey Lewis Continues Monthly Online Performance Series With The Beatles Songbook https://t.co/enaQ92N9Lg— Glass Onion Beatles (@GOBeatles) July 10, 2020