February 21, 2021 by Amy Gold
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.
Also that week, the Recording Academy announced that Mick Fleetwood, Carole King, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr are among those to appear on its MusiCares benefit show to be held virtually this year due to the pandemic. This online gala will take place March 12, 2021, and tickets can be purchased at Grammy.com.
A new Eddie Van Halen photo book will be coming out this June. "Edward Van Halen" features numerous photos of the late rock legend spanning Van Halen's first trip to the U.K. through the band's Sammy Hagar era. This book also includes an introduction by fellow guitar great, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.
Also that week, a trailer was released for "Genius: Aretha," a new series about the late Queen of Soul to air on National Geographic beginning March 21, 2021. This show's episodes, which star Cynthia Erivo in the title role, will be available for streaming from Hulu on March 25, what would have been Franklin's 79th birthday.
Finally, February 19, 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of "The Yes Album" (1971), the band's breakthrough recording which includes such classic rock staples as "I've Seen All Good People," "Yours Is No Disgrace," "Starship Trooper," and "Clap."
Louis Clark (February 27, 1947 - February 13, 2021): Arranger and conductor for Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
New & Upcoming Releases:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Vanilla Fudge - Rock And Roll (single) - digital download, streaming - March 2, 2021
Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star...Live - vinyl - March 5, 2021
Jon Anderson of Yes - Olias Of Sunhillow (1976 album, remastered edition) - CD/DVD-audio - March 26, 2021
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live At Knebworth '76 (1976 archival live album and video) - various formats - April 9, 2021
Jethro Tull - A (1980 album re-release, deluxe edition) - CD/DVD - April 16, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
National Geographic's Aretha Franklin bioseries, "Genius: Aretha," will debut on March 21. https://t.co/txBxaJCLo3— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) February 12, 2021
#RIP We join those mourning the passing of Louis Clark, who orchestrated such ELO favorites as "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Can't Get It Out of My Head." He later brought classical music to the masses with the quirky Hooked on Classics series. Our look back: https://t.co/VLo2MvPaJI pic.twitter.com/MxXR43plz7— Best Classic Bands (@BestClassicBnds) February 15, 2021
Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced the release of a live album and concert movie taken from one of their classic performances: https://t.co/6q3A4zxhFX— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) February 18, 2021
Jethro Tull's entrance into the '80s, simply titled 'A,' is getting a reboot four decades after its original release: https://t.co/Tybwt7PgZV— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) February 18, 2021
VANILLA FUDGE release their remastered cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Rock And Roll' on 2nd March, out via Golden Robot Records. https://t.co/RxYSfPLcUo— Metal Jacket Mag (@MetalJacketMag) February 20, 2021