Music News Digest: Week Of November 15, 2020

November 22, 2020 by Amy Gold

During the week of November 15, 2020, fans bade a final farewell to Jim Tucker (d. November 12, 2020, age 74), a founding member of The Turtles who served as the band's rhythm guitarist through 1967. He can be heard on such hits as "Happy Together," "She'd Rather Be With Me," and "It Ain't Me Babe." Tucker then went on to become an electrical contractor and also played on occasion with the country rock band, Mogollon. A cause of death has not yet been reported.

Also that week, Billboard announced that country star and pop/rock crossover favorite, Dolly Parton, will be honored with the Hitmaker Award at this year's "Women In Music" event. The awards ceremonies will take place virtually on December 10 and can be viewed at

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) will honor Kenny Loggins with its Career Achievement award at a ceremony taking place January 27, 2021 where he will also perform. Known as the King of Movie Soundtracks, his many hit movie themes include such classics as "Danger Zone," "Footloose," and "I'm Alright."

Earth, Wind & Fire and Dolly Parton are among the coming attractions at this year's "Christmas In Rockefeller Center" special to air December 2, 2020 on NBC. This event will take place virtually due to COVID-19 concerns with many of the featured acts to perform remotely.

Donny Osmond announced his first solo Las Vegas residency to take place at Harrah's Showroom beginning August 31, 2021. The veteran performer and 1970s teen idol previously headlined a residency at the city's Flamingo for 11 years with his sister, Marie Osmond. His shows will include both early hits and more recent songs spanning his entire career.

Also that week, the Smithsonian Channel announced production of "Cher's Elephant Airlift," a new documentary that follows the pop legend's fight to save Kavaan who has spent many years alone in captivity in a zoo in Pakistan. This film is expected to debut sometime next year.

Finally, a collection of over 60 rare Bob Dylan memorabilia items sold at RR Auction in Boston for a whopping $495,000. This collection was owned by the late Tony Glover, a longtime friend of the folk rock legend. Dylan's handwritten lyrics for "Blowin' In The Wind," which include his signature at the bottom of the cover sheet, topped the individual lots with a selling price of $108,253.75.

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