Music News Digest: Week Of August 15, 2021

August 22, 2021 by Amy Gold

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.

Also that week, the recent 50th anniversary reissue of George Harrison's classic 1970 album, "All Things Must Pass," topped Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart and became the late ex-Beatle's first solo recording to reach #1 on this tally. As part of The Beatles, Harrison previously topped this chart in 2019 with the band's 50th anniversary reissue of "Abbey Road."

Barbra Streisand also made chart history with her latest album, "Release Me 2," which debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200, making her the only female performing artist with at least one Top 20 album on this chart in every decade from the 1960s through the 2020s. Streisand's first recording to reach this milestone was her Grammy-winning 1963 eponymous debut album.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Foghat is offering free tickets to all police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service workers to its concert taking place this September 11 at the Paramount in Huntington, NY. Tickets can be reserved at

Finally, Don McLean was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His plaque is located at 6314 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Pie Hole restaurant at the corner of Vine St. McLean's friend "Weird Al" Yankovic was on hand to introduce him at the awards ceremonies which took place on August 16, 2021.

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