Music News Digest: Week Of October 25, 2020

November 1, 2020 by Amy Gold

During the week of October 25, 2020, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame released an official trailer for the upcoming 2020 induction ceremonies. This year's program, to air November 7 on HBO and HBO Max, will include a tribute in concert to the late Eddie Van Halen. Among the many artists to make guest appearances are Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Don Henley of The Eagles, and Nancy Wilson of Heart.

Also that week, WABC/770 AM in New York City announced that Tony Orlando will host a new weekly show dedicated to oldies music to be aired every Saturday night from 10PM to midnight starting October 31. From 1960-1982, WABC broadcast in the Top 40 format before switching to talk radio and was, at that time, one of the most widely listened to radio stations in North America.

"The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart," a new documentary about the famed sibling band, will premiere December 12, 2020 on HBO and HBO Max. This upcoming movie covers the careers of the Gibb brothers from their beginnings in the early 1960s to their rise to international stardom during the 1970s and beyond.

"Respect," a new Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, was originally set to premiere on January 15, 2021, but its release has been postponed to August 13 due to COVID-19.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Billy Joe Shaver (August 16, 1939 - October 28, 2020) who died from a stroke. He was a highly acclaimed country singer and songwriter who penned numerous hits for such top artists as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley. As a performer, he had hits on the Country charts with "I Been To Georgia On A Fast Train" (1973) and "You Asked Me To" (1977).

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