October 3, 2021 by Amy Gold
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).
Also that week, Elton John continued his recent run of milestones on the pop charts when he scored two Billboard Hot 100 hits simultaneously with "Cold Heart" (with Dua Lipa) and "One Of Me" (with Lil Nas X).
Marie Osmond announced a new album and tour along with a major shift in her musical direction to opera. On her upcoming album, "Unexpected," she performs a mix of classical, opera, and Broadway songs accompanied by the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Her tour kicks off on December 1, 2021, and she will also star in her third Lifetime holiday movie, "A Fiance For Christmas," to air December 9.
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Olivia Newton-John's smash hit and album, "Physical," the British-Australian pop legend will team up with Crunch Fitness to host a global group fitness event to take place October 20, 2021 in which participants will attempt to set a new world record for the most people performing lying lateral leg raises simultaneously. For more info and to sign up, visit CrunchPhysical40th.com.
Finally, a previously unreleased John Lennon song, "Radio Peace," and an interview from January 5, 1970 with both Lennon and wife Yoko Ono were recorded on a cassette tape that recently sold at auction for around $58,000. The interview, which took place at the New Experimental College at Skyum Bjerge, Denmark, included several journalists and students who arrived after an official press conference hoping to speak with Lennon. One of the students asked him to play the guitar, and he performed "Radio Peace" followed by "Give Peace A Chance." According to the BBC, "Radio Peace" was written as the theme song for a then-upcoming radio station that never materialized.
George Frayne IV, a.k.a. Commander Cody (February 7, 1949 - September 26, 2021): Veteran country rock singer, pianist, and leader/co-founder of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen best known for the 1972 smash, "Hot Rod Lincoln"
Lonnie Smith (July 3, 1942 - September 28, 2021): Veteran jazz/soul Hammond B3 organist and record label owner who worked with George Benson and other top artists before going solo
Tours & Shows:
(Band/Artist - Event(s) - Location - Dates)
Bob Dylan - Tour - U.S. - November 2-December 2, 2021
Bruce Springsteen & more - Concert (Stand Up For Heroes) - New York, NY - November 8, 2021
Marie Osmond - Tour - U.S. - December 1, 2021-Jan 22, 2022
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Elton John & Charlie Puth - After All (single from "The Lockdown Sessions") - digital download, streaming - September 22, 2021
John Mellencamp & Bruce Springsteen - Wasted Days (single from upcoming 2022 Mellencamp album) - digital download, streaming - September 29, 2021
David Bowie - You've Got A Habit Of Leaving (single from "TOY (TOY:BOX)") - digital download, streaming - September 29, 2021
Elton John & Stevie Wonder - Finish Line (single from "The Lockdown Sessions") - digital download, streaming - September 30, 2021
Leo Nocentelli of The Meters - Thinking Of The Day (single from "Another Side) - digital download, streaming - September 30, 2021
The Rolling Stones - Troubles A' Comin (single from "Tattoo You") - digital download, streaming - September 30, 2021
Neil Young - Carnegie Hall 1970 (archival live album) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 1, 2021
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love For Sale - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 1, 2021
The Scorpions - Peacemaker (single from "Rock Believer") - digital download, streaming - October 21, 2021
Elton John - The Lockdown Sessions - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 22, 2021
The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You (1981 album reissue) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 22, 2021
Jethro Tull - Benefit (The 50th Anniversary Enhanced Edition) (1970 album reissue) - CD/DVD - November 5, 2021
Leo Nocentelli of The Meters - Another Side (ca. 1970-1972 archival album) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - November 19, 2021
David Bowie - Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) (archival box set) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - November 26, 2021
Marie Osmond - Unexpected - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - December 10, 2021
David Bowie - TOY (TOY:BOX) (archival 2001 box set) - CD, vinyl - January 7, 2022
The Scorpions - Rock Believer - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - February 11, 2022
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Bob Dylan has scheduled his first tour dates since the start of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The folk-rock legend, who turned 80 this past May, has unveiled a series of fall 2021 U.S. concerts kicking off...— Rock107 (@Rock107) September 27, 2021
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Bruce Springsteen to perform at 2021 Stand Up for Heroes benefit in NYC this November https://t.co/HtBoy7Tdfv— 95.7 The Lake (@957TheLake) September 28, 2021
Commander Cody, aka George Frayne, Roots-Rock Band Leader and 'Hot Rod Lincoln' Singer, Dies at 77 https://t.co/qQNFW03zJE— Variety (@Variety) September 28, 2021
As the buzz builds, Lady Gaga and Bennett take fans inside the recording process and their longtime friendship, with a special behind the scenes video. https://t.co/Y63Z7HBogU— billboard (@billboard) September 28, 2021
A previously unreleased John Lennon song, recorded during a 1970 interview, may finally see the light of day. The 33-minute cassette tape includes the as-yet-unheard song, "Radio Peace," as well as interviews with Lennon...— Rock107 (@Rock107) September 29, 2021
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John Mellencamp's first-ever collaboration with Bruce Springsteen, an introspective, acoustic-driven duet titled "Wasted Days," has been released as a digital single, while a companion music video has premiered...— Rock107 (@Rock107) September 29, 2021
Taryn Weitzman/Republic Records https://t.co/JGCCJue0p7
Plans have been unveiled for two new archival David Bowie box sets that will be released soon. One is the fifth installment in the series of expansive collections focusing on different periods in the late…— Rock107 (@Rock107) September 29, 2021
Parlophone Records/ISO Records https://t.co/a39EwskFb4
Sir Elton is still crushing it. https://t.co/2kQnu8rK9S— 107-3 The Eagle (@1073TheEagle) September 30, 2021
A solo album from the Meters' Leo Nocentelli was thought to be lost forever, but it's now set to arrive in November https://t.co/gRhbYwkgGZ— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) September 30, 2021
The pandemic slowed Marie Osmond, but not for long. She's cultivating her childhood love of opera in a new album and upcoming symphonic tour. https://t.co/zi1IMzq93K— billboard (@billboard) October 1, 2021