Music News Digest: Week Of February 7, 2021

February 14, 2021 by Amy Gold

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. From now through April 30, fans can cast their votes at

Also that week, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that its award ceremonies, originally scheduled for June 2020 and then moved to June 10, 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns, are now set to take place June 10, 2022 in New York City. Steve Miller and members of The Isley Brothers are among the latest honorees chosen for induction.

Veteran Dutch rock band Golden Earring announced its final split after founding guitarist George Kooymans revealed in late 2020 that he was suffering from ALS. Formed in 1961, Golden Earring is best known worldwide for "Radar Love" (1973) and "Twilight Zone" (1982). The band's last concert took place November 2019 in Rotterdam.

A new documentary about Tina Turner will soon be coming to cable TV and will also become available for streaming. Titled "Tina," this movie will debut March 27 on HBO and HBO Max. It will arrive in theaters sometime early this summer before moving to other platforms. The film, which features never-before-seen footage, audio tapes, and photos, covers Turner's early career with ex-husband Ike Turner and her spectacular comeback during the 1980s.

Finally, The Beatles made history 60 years ago when they performed for the first time at the historic Cavern Club in Liverpool, U.K. Also, two landmark recordings both turned 50: Carole King's "Tapestry" and Carly Simon's eponymous 1971 debut album. "Tapestry," which includes such classics as "I Feel The Earth Move," "So Far Away," and "It's Too Late," remains among rock's all-time top selling albums. The Grammy-winning "Carly Simon" features Simon's first Top 10 hit, "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be."

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