Announcements - 2021

October 10, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of October 3, 2021
During the week of October 3, 2021, Guinness World Records announced that Tony Bennett set a new record as the oldest performer to release an album of new material with "Love For Sale," recorded with Lady Gaga. The 95-year-old pop legend previously broke a record in 2014 as the oldest artist to reach No. 1 on the U.S. Album Chart with another Lady Gaga collaboration, "Cheek To Cheek."

October 3, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 26, 2021
During the week of September 26, 2021, Elton John and Stevie Wonder released their first-ever duet, "Finish Line," which is included on "The Lockdown Sessions," the English pop legend's upcoming 32nd studio album. The two veteran superstars previously collaborated in the 1980s on "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" (1983) and with Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight on "That's What Friends Are For" (1985).

September 26, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 19, 2021
During the week of September 19, 2021, Motown legends Smokey Robinson and The Temptations teamed up for the first time in decades on "Is It Gonna Be Yes Or No," a new song written and produced by Robinson in which he also shares lead vocals with Otis Williams, The Temptations' sole surviving original member. This song was released as a single and will also be included on the upcoming "Temptations 60" LP.

September 19, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 12, 2021
During the week of September 12, 2021, Rolling Stone announced its first update since 2004 to its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, with Aretha Franklin's "Respect" now topping this list. Other songs by veteran acts to rank in the top 10 include Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" (no. 3), Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" (no. 4), Marvin's Gaye's "What's Going On" (no. 6), The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" (no. 7), and Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" (no. 9).

September 12, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of September 5, 2021
During the week of September 5, 2021, CBS announced its upcoming special, "Kenny Rogers - All In For The Gambler," to be broadcast on September 23. Filmed in October 2017 some 2-3 years before the country legend's passing, this farewell bash, which took place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, features performances by such top artists as Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and Lionel Richie, as well as Rogers himself.

September 5, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 29, 2021
During the week of August 29, 2021, Smokey Robinson was announced as being among the honorees at this year's Songs of Hope virtual gala. The Motown legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will receive the Clive Davis Legend in Songwriting award for his numerous career achievements as a composer. Jimmy Jam will co-host the awards ceremonies to be streamed on September 30.

August 29, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 22, 2021
During the week of August 22, 2021, Elton John re-emerged on the Billboard Hot 100 after 21 years with "Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)," which made its debut at no. 81. This single also debuted at nos. 3 and 16, respectively, on the Hot Dance-Electronic Songs and Adult Contemporary charts. "Cold Heart" is a mash-up of four songs - "Rocket Man," "Sacrifice," "Kiss The Bride," and "Where's The Shoorah."

August 22, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 15, 2021
During the week of August 15, 2021, late soul legend Ray Charles became among this year's inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame in recognition of his pioneering fusion of country with R&B, pop, and other genres. Plans for the formal induction ceremonies will be finalized at some later date.

August 15, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 8, 2021
During the week of August 8, 2021, it was announced that Bruce Springsteen's daughter Jessica, a world-class show jumping rider, took home the silver medal for the U.S. Equestrian jumping team at the postponed 2020 Summer Olympics games held this year in Tokyo.

August 8, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of August 1, 2021
During the week of August 1, 2021, Paul McCartney's latest release, "McCartney III Imagined," topped Billboard's Top Album Sales chart and became his third album to reach No. 1 on that tally after "Egypt Station" in 2018 and "McCartney III" in early 2021. "McCartney III Imagined" also reached no. 1 on Billboard's Vinyl Albums chart and no. 19 on the Billboard 200.

August 1, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of July 25, 2021
During the week of July 25, 2021, PBS announced the lineup for Season 10 of its upcoming concert series, "Front And Center," which kicks off on August 1 with "Glen Campbell - Live From The Troubadour." This episode, which covers the late country legend's final recorded performance in 2008 at the famous Los Angeles venue, will be rebroadcast later this summer on most PBS stations and can also be viewed on the series' YouTube page.

July 25, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of July 18, 2021
During the week of July 18, 2021, it was announced that Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be among this year's recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The awards ceremonies will take place December 5 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. and will be broadcast on CBS during the 2021-2022 television season.

July 18, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of July 11, 2021
During the week of July 11, 2021, CMT announced the upcoming premiere of "CMT Giants - Charley Pride" to air August 25. This TV special pays tribute in concert to the late pioneering black country superstar famous for "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'" and other classics.

July 11, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of July 4, 2021
During the week of July 4, 2021, Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" had an unexpected resurgence in popularity after 50 years and topped Billboard's Rock Digital Song Sales chart.

July 4, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 27, 2021
During the week of June 27, 2021, it was announced that the Ed Sullivan Show's official YouTube channel will feature rare clips of historic performances throughout the month of July. Paul Anka, Louis Armstrong, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Ray Charles, Petula Clark, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Wayne Newton, and Jackie Wilson are among the many coming attractions.

June 27, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 20, 2021
During the week of June 20, 2021, Elton John announced new show dates in both Europe and North America for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. This extended trek began in September 2018 but was temporarily shelved in early 2020 due to the pandemic. The U.S. leg will resume on July 15, 2022 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, with the final concert to take place November 20 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

June 20, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 13, 2021
During the week of June 13, 2021, PBS announced that Jimmy Buffett and Gladys Knight will be joining the lineup of this station's 41st annual "A Capitol Fourth" TV special to be broadcast on July 4 at 8 PM EST. This year's show will also stream on Facebook, YouTube, and PBS.org and will feature pre-taped performances from across the U.S. due to the pandemic.

June 13, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 6, 2021
During the week of June 6, 2021, Lynyrd Skynyrd and King Crimson became among a growing number of veteran bands and artists to announce their return to the stage for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Big Wheels Keep On Turnin'" Tour begins June 13 in Forest City, IA, with 29 show dates currently scheduled through November 19. King Crimson's "Music Is Our Friend" Tour will kick off on July 22 in Clearwater, FL and will run through September 11, with 28 show dates scheduled so far.

June 6, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 30, 2021
During the week of May 30, 2021, Grand Funk Railroad announced their return to the stage for the first time since the start of the pandemic with a tour that will kick off July 2 in Fayetteville, GA. Dubbed the Some Kind of Wonderful Tour, this upcoming trek covers many states across the U.S. with concerts scheduled through early November. The veteran band's current lineup includes original members Don Brewer and Mel Schacher.

May 30, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 23, 2021
During the week of May 23, 2021, John Fogerty announced his return to the stage for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The famed former CCR lead singer has scheduled a six-show Las Vegas residency to take place this October in which he will perform both classic hits and new songs.

May 23, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 16, 2021
During the week of May 16, 2021, Alice Cooper, George Clinton & The Parliament-Funkadelic, and Roger Daltrey of The Who became among a growing number of veteran artists to announce their return to the stage for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. With former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Cooper will launch a joint U.S. tour kicking off September 17 in Atlantic City, NJ. Clinton will give a series of concerts beginning June 25 in New Haven, CT, and Daltrey also has several shows lined up starting August 21 in Stateline, NV.

May 16, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 9, 2021
During the week of May 9, 2021, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's inductees that include Carole King, Todd Rundgren, and Tina Turner. King and Turner will both become two-time inductees, with King previously honored in 1987 as part of the songwriting duo, Goffin & King, and Turner in 1991 as one half of Ike & Tina Turner. In addition, Kraftwerk will be inducted as an Early Influence, Clarence Avant will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, and Billy Preston will be honored posthumously with the Musical Excellence Award. The induction ceremonies will take place October 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, OH with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM and will be televised on HBO at some later date.

May 9, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of May 2, 2021
During the week of May 2, 2021, PBS announced that The Four Tops and Gladys Knight are among the featured performers at this year's National Memorial Day Concert to air May 30 at 8 PM ET. This special will also stream on Facebook, YouTube, and PBS.org. Instead of airing live from Washington, D.C. as in previous years, this year's show will be pre-recorded due to the pandemic.

May 2, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 25, 2021
During the week of April 25, 2021, Tom Jones became the oldest artist to top the U.K. album chart with his latest release, "Surrounded By Time." The veteran pop star, who turns 81 this June, became internationally famous beginning in the mid 1960s with such smashes as "It's Not Unusual" and "Green, Green Grass Of Home." More recently, he has had a resurgence in popularity due to his coaching role on "The Voice UK."

April 25, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 18, 2021
During the week of April 18, 2021, Cheap Trick's latest album, "In Another World," topped the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. Featured tracks include a cover of John Lennon's 1971 protest song, "Gimme Some Truth."

April 18, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 11, 2021
During the week of April 11, 2021, it was announced that "What Drives Us," a new documentary featuring interviews with Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and other top musicians, will premiere April 30 on Amazon Prime Video as part of The Coda Collection. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, this upcoming film reveals the main motivation behind a number of veteran rock stars who spent many grueling years touring on the road - to play live music.

April 11, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of April 4, 2021
During the week of April 4, 2021, it was announced that this year's Record Store Day will take place on June 12 and July 17 at record stores across the country. Among the many offerings are recordings by such oldies favorites as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Jefferson Airplane, Elton John, Janis Joplin, The Kinks, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, War, The Who, and The Zombies.

April 4, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 28, 2021
During the week of March 28, 2021, Paul Simon became the latest addition to a growing list of veteran artists to sell the rights to their music catalogs. The deal made between the celebrated singer-songwriter and Sony Music Publishing includes the songs he wrote with Simon & Garfunkel as well as his solo works.

March 28, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 21, 2021
During the week of March 21, 2021, the Library of Congress announced the latest additions to its National Recording Registry that include Louis Armstrong's "When the Saints Go Marching In," Kool & The Gang's "Celebration," LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade," and Jackson Browne's album, "Late For The Sky."

March 21, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 14, 2021
During the week of March 14, 2021, James Taylor's "American Standard" was named the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Released in 2020, this recording features covers of such 20th century pop standards as "It's Only A Paper Moon," "Moon River," and "Pennies From Heaven."

March 14, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of March 7, 2021
During the week of March 7, 2021, Alice Cooper's latest album, "Detroit Stories," hit the ground running when it made its debut at no. 1 on Billboard's Top Current Album Sales chart. This recording also debuted at no. 47 on the Billboard 200, at no. 2 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, and at no. 5 on the Top Rock Albums tally.

March 7, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 28, 2021
During the week of February 28, 2021, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced that its 2021 induction ceremony will take place October 30 at Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Rock Hall president Greg Harris also noted that he is "optimistic and hopeful" that this year's event will be an in-person affair.

February 28, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 21, 2021
During the week of February 21, 2021, Stevie Wonder confirmed his plans to move to Ghana permanently and explained why in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

February 21, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 14, 2021
During the week of February 14, 2021, The Beach Boys sold a controlling interest in their intellectual property to Iconic Artists Group, including sound recordings, select musical works, and their brand and memorabilia. The deal does not include much of the band's 1960s catalog which is owned by Universal Music Group.

February 14, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of February 7, 2021
During the week of February 7, 2021, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction in 2021. Among those on the ballot are Carole King, Iron Maiden, Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick. King was previously inducted with Gerry Goffin in 1990 as a non-performer for her songwriting career, and Turner joined the Class of 1991 as one half of Ike & Tina Turner. The inductees will be announced this May, and the awards ceremonies will take place sometime this fall.

February 7, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 31, 2021
During the week of January 31, 2021, the historic Sun record label was acquired by Primary Wave Music from Sun Entertainment Corporation. Founded by famed producer Sam Phillips in 1952, Sun Records was the first label to record Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Charlie Rich. Sun's assets include over 6,000 song masters, with such classics as Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," Lewis' "Great Balls Of Fire," Cash's "I Walk The Line," and Orbison's "Ooby Dooby." The deal does not include Sun recordings by Presley, which are owned by Sony.

January 31, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 24, 2021
During the week of January 24, 2021, it was announced that this year's Billboard Music Awards will air live May 23 on NBC. The host, featured performers, and nominees are expected to be finalized sometime early this spring.

January 24, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 17, 2021
During the week of January 17, 2021, "Barry Gibb & Friends - Greenfields - The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart and also entered the Americana Folk Albums, Top Country Albums, and Billboard 200 charts at Nos. 1, 3, and 15, respectively. In addition, this recording made its debut at No. 1 on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. This album features country remakes of several classic Bee Gees hits with such guest artists as Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, and Keith Urban.

January 17, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 10, 2021
During the week of January 10, 2021, it was announced that Bruce Springsteen will be joining the lineup of featured performers for "Celebrating America," an upcoming post-inauguration primetime TV special hosted by Tom Hanks to broadcast January 20 on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC, as well as on YouTube and other online platforms.

January 10, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of January 3, 2021
During the week of January 3, 2021, the Recording Academy announced that this year's Grammy Awards, originally scheduled to air January 31 on CBS, will be postponed to March 14 due to COVID-19 concerns. Among those to receive honors are Paul McCartney and James Taylor.

January 3, 2021 - Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of December 27, 2020
During the week of December 27, 2020, Paul McCartney's latest release, "McCartney III," topped Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart and landed at no. 2 on the Billboard 200 in the wake of its recent debut at no. 1 on the U.K. Official Albums Chart.