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 RockHall.com.
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."
Elliot Mazer (September 6, 1941 - February 7, 2021): Audio engineer and record producer best known for his work with The Band, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, and Neil Young
Mary Wilson (March 6, 1944 - February 8, 2021): R&B singer, founding member of The Supremes, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee
New & Upcoming Releases:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Al Jardine of The Beach Boys - Waves Of Love 2.0 (single) - digital download, streaming - February 12, 2021
The Allman Brothers Band - Down In Texas '71 (1971 archival album) - CD, digital download, streaming - March 26, 2021
Neil Young - Young Shakespeare (1971 archival live album and concert film) - various formats - March 26, 2021
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac Live (expanded re-release of 1980 album) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - April 9, 2021
Merry Clayton - Beautiful Scars - vinyl - April 9, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Celebrating #CarlySimon's eponymous debut album 'Carly Simon' (1971) originally released 50 years ago this week! Check out our retrospective tribute by @TheQHBlend + listen to the album here: https://t.co/CVF2D0h9N2 pic.twitter.com/3MSBc3uVT1— Albumism (@Albumism) February 7, 2021
Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died yesterday at age 76. In honor of her indelible mark on Motown and music, we're throwing it back to 1987 when she looked back fondly on her "fairy tale" memories as a Supreme pic.twitter.com/LcNcjdhG9E— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) February 9, 2021
Elliot Mazer, whose producing credits included Neil Young's iconic 1972 album 'Harvest', has died: https://t.co/FZFaSPw0Pp— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) February 9, 2021
Tina Turner Documentary to Bow on HBO in the U.S., Universal, Altitude to Release Theatrically https://t.co/4t4m6s3DLo— Variety (@Variety) February 10, 2021
Music News: Famed session vocalist Merry Clayton to release new album, 'Beautiful Scars,' after devastating 2014 accident https://t.co/TALokwP9C3 More @ https://t.co/u9twSRpzVO pic.twitter.com/r9LWSrXG4p— X101 - wxhc 101.5 fm (@X101_wxhc) February 11, 2021
Radar Love hitmakers Golden Earring split 60 years after forming https://t.co/CQnISItOgI— Ruud Deijkers (@Ruud_Deijkers) February 12, 2021