Sire/Warner Bros.This week marks the 30-year anniversary of True Blue, Madonna's third studio album, and the one that truly launched her into superstar territory.
One of the best-selling albums of all time, True Blue has sold seven million copies sold in the U.S. and an estimated 25 million copies sold worldwide. It was the top-selling album in the world in 1986, hitting #1 in a then record-breaking 28 countries around the world, and went on to become the best-selling album of the '80s by a female artist.
True Blue topped the Billboard album chart on August 16th, 1986, and remained at No. 1 for five consecutive weeks in the U.S., eventually spending 82 weeks on the chart.
True Blue spun off five Top 5 singles: "True Blue," "La Isla Bonita," "Live to Tell," "Papa Don't Preach," and "Open Your Heart." Those last three all reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also features the fan favorite "Where's the Party."
Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the entirety of True Blue with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. The album featured a then-unknown Richard Marx on backing vocals, along with future Michael Jackson duet partner Siedah Garrett, plus Michael's brother Jackie Jackson on guitar.
She has said that the album deals with her view of love and was an "unabashed valentine" to her then-husband, Sean Penn.
The same year True Blue was released, Madonna was honored with the Video Vanguard Award at MTV Video Music Awards, becoming the first female artist to receive that honor.
On Friday, Madonna posted a photo on Instagram of herself onstage, and captioned it, "Still True Blue to all my fans! Thanks for all your support! 30 years later!" She also acknowledged the anniversary by changing her Twitter page header and her Twitter profile pic to a photo of the album cover.
Rolling Stone reports that Springsteen has written and recorded a foreword for the new print and audio versions of Ron Kovic's classic autobiography Born on the Fourth of July. The new edition will be released, naturally, on July 4 -- which also happens to be Kovic's 70th birthday.
The book tells the tale of Kovic, a Long Island native who enlisted in the Marines at 18 as a gung-ho patriot and, after being wounded and paralyzed in Vietnam in 1968, came home and became a fervent antiwar protester. It was first published in 1976 and turned into an Oscar-winning 1989 film starring Tom Cruise.
In the foreword, Springsteen tells how he discovered the book in 1978 – two years after its original publication. By coincidence, he met Kovic at a Los Angeles motel poolside shortly after reading the book, and they became friends. Kovic brought Springsteen to a nearby veterans' center, and the experience moved him to hold a Vietnam veterans' benefit concert in Los Angeles three years later.
Springsteen would later dedicate songs to Kovic in concert.
Danny Martindale/Getty ImagesThe attorney whose courtroom behavior was in question during his recent copyright-infringement lawsuit trial against Led Zeppelin has been suspended from practicing law for his misconduct in another high-profile copyright case.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Francis Malofiy's suspension of three months and a day from practicing in Pennsylvania, stemming from his actions in a 2014 infringement trial against R&B singer Usher, was upheld by an appellate panel Thursday.
A three-judge district court panel had found in 2015 that, during an infringement trial over Usher's song "Bad Girl," Malofiy tricked an unrepresented co-defendant, William Guice, into signing an affidavit without consulting a lawyer by hiding that their relationship was adversarial in nature.
The jury ruled in favor of Usher in that case. Following the trial, Judge Paul Diamond issued the suspension and ordered Malofiy to pay $28,000 in court costs. The attorney appealed, countering that he didn't break the rules and, even if he did, the punishment was too harsh.
Maloify's conduct during the Led Zeppelin trial -- in which the band was accused of lifting the familiar acoustic guitar opening of its iconic "Stairway to Heaven" from "Taurus," a 1968 instrumental by the band Spirit -- was controversial. During the six-day trial, the attorney accumulated more than 100 sustained objections and multiple admonishments from Judge R. Gary Klausner, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
A jury ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin on June 23. Following the verdict, Malifoy said he lost on a technicality and hinted at an appeal.
While Malofiy's suspension is in Pennsylvania, it could affect his work in California as well, because his admittance to the bar in that state depends on him being in good standing in another jurisdiction.
CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesThis doesn't happen very often. A rare piece of Beatles memorabilia offered for auction didn't sell -- in this case, a Ludwig drum kit that was used on the recording of The Beatles' debut album.
Apparently, no one ponied up the minimum bid of $150,000 for the kit, which was used on the September 11, 1962, recording of "Love Me Do."
Newly hired drummer Ringo Starr had played on a version of the song in the studio the week before, according to Rolling Stone, but producer George Martin was unsatisfied with the results. Andy White was recruited to play drums on a new version of "Love Me Do," with Ringo on tambourine, as well as on "P.S. I Love You." The bass drum head has White's name emblazoned on it.
Nonetheless, Starr's version of "Love Me Do," with "P.S. I Love You" on the B-side, was released as their first U.K. single in October 1962. White's version was used on the first Beatles LP, Please Please Me, the following March, and on the 1964 U.S. single.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute; Courtesy of Webster PRWhile The Monkees have a new song called "You Bring the Summer," the summer will bring a new AXS TV series featuring a performance by, that's right, The Monkees! The program, dubbed AXS TV Concerts Hosted by Mark Cuban, premieres August 11 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a full-length show by the 1960s pop-rock group.
Each episode of the five-week series will feature a 90-minute concert recorded live at a state-of-the-art venue in Dallas called The Bomb Factory. Other acts appearing on the series include disco legends KC & the SunshineBand and The Village People, whose episodes will air on August 18 and September 1, respectively. In addition, Poison frontman Bret Michaels will be featured on the August 18 show, while Bad Company will close out the series on September 8.
"With this exclusive series, I wanted to craft a fun live concert event, giving viewers the best seat in the house to experience these legendary acts," says AXS TV Concerts host Mark Cuban, who's the founder and CEO of the high-definition channel. "From disco and funk to classics and metal, there's truly something here for everyone to enjoy as we send summer out on a high note with some of the most beloved anthems of all-time."
Credit: Ross HalfinThe Hollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, kick off their first official U.S. tour tonight in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The band's set list mainly consists of tunes by some of the late, great rockers that Cooper used to drink with at the Sunset Strip's Rainbow Bar and Grill during the 1970s.
At a recent red carpet event, Cooper told reporters that despite the Hollywood Vampires' star-studded lineup, he considers them to be "a glorified bar band"…not that that's a bad thing.
"Every single band in the world started out being a bar band," the shock rocker maintains. "Us, The [Rolling] Stones, The Beatles -- everybody started out playing everybody else's music."
With regard to Depp being involved in the group, Cooper said that although most people know him as a great actor, he also is "a killer guitar player."
In addition to Cooper on vocals, and Perry and Depp on guitars, the touring lineup of the Hollywood Vampires includes ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo. At previous shows, the band's sets have included well-known songs by John Lennon, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Motorhead and T. Rex, along with a couple of tunes featured on the group's self-titled 2015 debut album.
Sorum recently told ABC Radio that playing classic songs by some of Cooper's departed musical pals is "kind of a cool thing, 'cause they'll always live through the music."
Matt also noted that since the Hollywood Vampires members haven't played many concerts together, the upcoming gigs will be as on-edge [for us] as it will be for the fans…so it's gonna be like this sort of loose, exciting thing happening."
7/1 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 7/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino 7/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Resort Spas and Casino - Event Center 7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest - BMO Harris Pavilion 7/7 -- Aurora, IL, River Edge Park 7/8 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre 7/9 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Stage at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino 7/10 -- Brooklyn, NY, Coney Island Amphitheater 7/12 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion 7/13 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort 7/14 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest 7/16 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/18 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena 7/22 -- Rohnert Park, CA, Weill Hall 7/23 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion 7/24 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 7/25 -- Paso Robles, CA, California Mid State Fair
Paul Simon performs in August 2015; Kevin Mazur/WireImageDespite the success of his new album Stranger to Stranger, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard album chart, Paul Simon recently told the New York Times, "Showbiz doesn't hold any interest for me." He also said he wanted to "see what happens if I let it go." Well, if he does, he'll make a lot of fans very unhappy.
On Thursday night, Simon played the first of two shows in his hometown of Queens, New York. The show took place at Forest Hills Stadium, which he last played in July of 1970 with his former musical partner Art Garfunkel. It was the duo's last show before breaking up. While he has a European tour scheduled for the fall, if Simon does retire, those two shows would be his last ones ever in the U.S.
While one fan at Thursday's concert was skeptical of Simon's talk of retirement, others were upset about the 74-year-old legend's hint that he's hanging up his guitar. "He should not give up music," said one fan. "Paul Simon should perform here [in Forest Hills Stadium] every summer for the next ten years!"
Another fan noted, "I'm very sad at the thought that he would retire...[and] sad if this is his last concert, but he's entitled to retirement like the rest of us."
Simon didn't seem like a man ready for retirement on Thursday, as he led his nine-piece band through a 27-song set that included music from every stage of his career. He performed Simon & Garfunkel classics like "Homeward Bound," early solo hits like "Mother and Child Reunion," hits from Graceland like "You Can Call Me Al," and material from his most recent few albums.
He also described the experience of being back at Forest Hills Stadium as a "time warp" and "a beautiful dream."
Here's the set list:
"Boy in the Bubble" "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" "Dazzling Blue" "That Was Your Mother" "Rewrite" "Slip Sliding Away" "Mother & Child Reunion" "Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard" "Spirit Voices" "The Obvious Child" "Stranger to Stranger" "Homeward Bound" "El Condor Pasa/Duncan" "The Werewolf" "The Cool Cool River" "Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes" "You Can Call Me Al" "Wristband" "I Know What I Know" "Still Crazy After All These Years" "That's All Right" [Elvis Presley cover, tribute to Elvis' late guitarist Scotty Moore] "Late in the Evening" "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor" "The Boxer" "American Tune"
Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 features pictures snapped by Shimpei Asai, who was the only Japanese photographer given access to the band while they were in the city. The photos, which have never been published outside of Japan, capture the group's members performing, chatting with the press, sightseeing, painting, playing traditional Japanese instruments and more.
The Beatles were the first rock band ever to perform at the Nippon Budokan, a venue that previously had been used solely to stage traditional Japanese cultural and sporting events such as sumo wrestling matches. The group's performances led to protests by some conservative factions in the country. The Fab Four's engagement at the Budokan ran from June 30 to July 2, 1966. Since The Beatles' performances, the venue has become famous for hosting international music acts, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and, of course, Cheap Trick.
Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 will be released by Genesis Publications as a high-quality, limited-edition volume in November. For more information, visit hello-goodbye-book.
Courtesy of ESSENCEThe 2016 edition of the annual ESSENCE Festival will feature a tribute to one of music's greatest performers -- Prince.
The special performance will take place on the New Orleans festival's fourth and final day, Sunday, July 3. ESSENCE reports that among the performers participating in the Big Easy-themed homage are ex-Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham, Kelly Price,Doug E. Fresh and members of Prince's band The New Power Generation.
The 2016 ESSENCE Festival runs from June 30 to July 3. Tickets are currently on sale now.
ABCABC's new musical tribute show, Greatest Hits, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET. The debut episode will feature live performances from a variety of acts who had major hits from 1980 to 1985, including REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield and Kenny Loggins, as well as from some contemporary artists.
As previously reported, REO will play two songs on the episode -- a version of their 1980 chart-topper "Keep on Loving You," and a duet with rap star Pitbull on his new single "Messin' Around," which samples the veteran rockers' hit "Take It on the Run." In a preview of the show, REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin says he loved the way Pitbull reworked "Take It on the Run."
"We're a real heartland group, and to have Pitbull take it and give it kind of a hip-hop, Latin thing, that was just awesome," Cronin gushes.
Springfield will be singing his trademark hit "Jessie's Girl." He says performing the song is, for him, "like trotting out your favorite child for the uncles and aunts to ooh and aah over." The singer/actor adds that he thinks the aspect of Greatest Hits that brings together older and new artists "was a great idea."
Loggins, who will be playing his infectious 1984 hit "Footloose," says he hopes his Greatest Hits appearance will help remind fans about him, noting, "It's always good to get your name out there and have people remember that you can still sing and you can still work."
Greatest Hits' debut show also will feature Kool & the Gang, Kim Carnes, Ray Parker Jr. and Jason Derulo. The program, which is co-hosted by Arsenio Hall and country singer Kelsea Ballerini, will have a six-week run on ABC.
Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesGrammy-winning bass player Rob Wasserman, who co-led the band RatDog with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir, and recorded with rock greats Van Morrison, Lou Reed and Elvis Costello, among others, has died. He's believed to have been 63 or 64.
Bob Weir announced the news on Facebook Wednesday. Just hours after posting that Wasserman had been hospitalized, Weir wrote, "I'm devastated to pass along that Rob Wasserman lost his struggle today, and we have lost a beautiful friend and artist."
Weir continued, "I can still hear the sound of his bow playing those strings unamplified and pure. It's one of the most glorious sounds I've ever heard, and the music and warmth he gave us will live on in the hearts of everyone he touched."
Weir also announced the news on his Twitter, declaring, "One of the world's most beautiful friends and artists has left us. May Rob's warmth and music live in your hearts as it always has in mine."
There was no further information about Wasserman's cause of death.
Wasserman won a Grammy for his track "Brothers," recorded with jazz singer Bobby McFerrin for Wasserman's 1988 Duets album.
Credit: Sarah A. FriedmanR&B legend Aaron Neville has premiered a new track called "Stompin' Ground" from his upcoming studio album, Apache.
The Grammy-winning singer tells Billboard that the horn-laden, head-swinging jam is "all about me growing up in New Orleans and a lot of the people that I ran across in my life." Among the local musicians Neville name-checks in the tune are Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair and Mac Rebennack -- a.k.a. Dr. John. Aaron says that the song is one of several tracks on Apache that were based on poems he's written.
Apache will be released on July 15. Fans who pre-order the album now will be able to instantly download "Stompin' Ground," along with the tracks "I Wanna Love You" and "Be Your Man."
Meanwhile, Neville will support Apache with a series of U.S. tour dates running from mid-July into December. The trek will include a special show on August 4 at New York City's famous Apollo Theater that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Neville's classic tune "Tell It Like It Is." Here is the full list of concerts:
7/14 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 7/15 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 7/22 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery 7/23 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery 8/4 -- New York, NY, Apollo Theater - 75th Birthday Concert Celebrating 50th Anniversary of "Tell It Like It Is" 8/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget 9/16 -- Cincinnati, OH, Live at Ludlow Garage 9/23 -- Durham, NC, Baldwin Auditorium 9/24 -- Wilmington, NC, CFCC Fine Arts Center 10/7 -- Brownfield, ME, Stone Mountain Arts 10/8 -- Lincolnville, ME, Cellardoor Winery 10/22 -- Reno, NV, MontBleu Resort & Casino 11/11 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre 12/3 -- Bossier City, LA, Margaritaville Resort & Casino 12/9 -- Baton Rouge, LA, L’Auberge Casino 12/10 -- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Lewis Family Playhouse 12/11 -- Orange, CA, Musco Center 12/13 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre 12/15 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJazz Center 12/16 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJazz Center 12/17 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center
Credit: Kirk WestThe recently launched Allman Brothers Band spinoff group Les Brers has announced a new series of tour dates, kicking off with an August 11 appearance at the Allmans-curated Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The group's itinerary also includes four shows in various New England states in early September.
Les Brers features founding Allman Brothers Band drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, as well as longtime Allmans bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. The band also includes ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pierson, frequent ABB guest keyboardist Bruce Katz, journeyman guitarist Pat Bergeson and singer Lamar Williams Jr., whose late father played bass with the Allmans during the 1970s.
Les Brers' sets are made up mostly of Allman Brothers Band songs, along with some select covers. The group previously has performed at the Wanee Festival in April, as well as at two benefit shows in Macon, Georgia in March, that raised funds for The Allman Brothers Band's Big House Museum.
Speaking with Billboard in April about the new collective, Trucks said, "Nobody is playing music like this, like the Allman Brothers, and there's still a lot of fans out there, so that's what we're doing with Les Brers. We're taking this stuff and getting loose with it and improvising and really having a good time."
Here are all of the current dates on Les Brers' tour schedule:
8/11 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival 9/7 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 9/8 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Casino Ballroom 9/9 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 9/10 -- Rutland, VT, Paramount Theatre
Caroline RecordsVan Morrison will release his 36th studio album, Keep Me Singing, on September 30. The 13-track effort is Morrison's first new album since his 2015 collaborative record, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, and his first collection of new material since 2012's Born to Sing: No Plan B.
Keep Me Singing features 12 original compositions, plus a cover of "Share Your Love with Me," a song penned by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey that previously was recorded by Bobby "Blue" Bland, Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers. One of the new tunes, "Every Time I See a River," was co-written by Morrison and acclaimed lyricist Don Black, who has contributed words to many famous movie theme songs. Closing out the album is an instrumental titled "Caledonian Swing," which features Van playing piano and saxophone.
The album's first single, "Too Late," also will be released on September 30. Shortly after the arrival of Keep Me Singing, Morrison will embark on a brief U.S. tour that gets underway on October 9 at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City, and runs through an October 18-19 stand at SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco.
Here's the full track list of Keep Me Singing:
"Let It Rhyme" "Every Time I See a River" "Keep Me Singing" "Out in the Cold Again" "Memory Lane" "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword" "Holy Guardian Angel" "Share Your Love with Me" "In Tiburon" "Look Beyond the Hill" "Going Down to Bangor" "Too Late" "Caledonia Swing"
And here are all of Morrison's confirmed U.S. dates:
10/9 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium 10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 10/15 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 10/17 -- San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall 10/18 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center 10/19 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center
Vince Bucci/Getty ImagesFollowing her electrifying Prince tribute performance with Stevie Wonder and other stars at this year's BET Music Awards, singer/percussionist Sheila E. has continued to honor the late music icon by releasing a new song and an accompanying music video.
Titled "Girl Meets Boy," the ballad is a heartfelt homage to Prince, with whom Sheila E. shared an intimate relationship as lover, friend and creative partner.
The music video for "Girl Meets Boy" was posted on her Twitter page, along with the message, "From my heart, to you."
In other news, Sheila E. is hosting a three-night "Glamorous Life Latin Cruise" from Miami, Florida, to Coco Cay and Nassau in The Bahamas. Set to depart in February 2017, the cruise also will feature actor/comic George Lopez, Debi Nova, Ozomatli and Sheila E.'s father, legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo.
Credit: Mark SeligerThe Rolling Stones' Keith Richards will be featured reminiscing about growing up in post-World War II England in a new U.K. television documentary that will premiere in July. The 60-minute program, titled Keith Richards -- The Origin of the Species, was directed by award-winning filmmaker Julien Temple and is part of the BBC Two channel's My Generation season, celebrating the history of U.K. pop music.
The documentary will focus on Richards' life before The Rolling Stones, and will tie in his recollections with a look at how the conditions in the postwar U.K. led to the cultural changes exemplified by the 1960s music scene that included The Stones and The Beatles.
"There was a feeling late '50s/early '60s that there was a change coming," says Richards in the film. "I certainly felt that for my generation, what was happening and the feeling in the air was -- it's time to push limits. The world is ours now and you can rise or fall on it."
In a video preview of the flick, Richards recalls his childhood interest in airplanes, revealing that he used to enjoy putting together model airplanes and joking that he "liked the glue."
Temple says of Keith Richards -- The Origin of the Species, "This film sets out to explore how both [Richards] and the '60s in England came about."
Meanwhile, Richards is set to host a special TV programming block in September that will air on the BBC Four channel. Keith Richards' Lost Weekend will feature various films, programs and/or concert movies chosen by the guitar legend. Each show will include an introduction by Keith, in which he discusses why he picked the program.
Credit: Amy GranthamGraham Nash will serve as host of a special multi-day rock-themed movie marathon on the HDNet Movies channel that will kick off on Saturday, July 9, and run through Sunday, July 17.
"Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs" will feature the folk-rock legend sharing stories about and insights into the various artists featured in each film, including Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Prince, Rush and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The marathon will include 13 documentaries, several of which will be getting their TV premieres. Among them are The Allman Brothers Band: After the Crash, which focuses on the group's career after the death of founding lead guitarist Duane Allman; Rush: The Rise of Kings, about the Canadian prog-rock trio's path to stardom; Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review, which delves into the first decade of the guitar legend's solo career; Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade, a documentary about the lauded Northern Irish artist's music from 1977 to 1987; and Bob Dylan: In & Out of the Folk Revival, which takes a look at the influential singer/songwriter's emergence as a folk icon.
"Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs" will feature two films screened during primetime each night from July 9 through July 16, and culminating with an all-day nine movie marathon on July 17.
In conjunction with the film series, HDNet Movies has launched an online contest offering fans the opportunity to win an electric guitar autographed by Nash. To enter, visit HDNetMovies.com and choose an image of one of the rock documentaries being shown on the channel to make as your Facebook cover photo.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of FamePaulSimon is one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of his generation and at 74 he's still making new music. His most recent album, Stranger to Stranger, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month, the highest debut of any solo album of his career. But, Simon tells The New York Times, he may be "coming towards the end."
Simon is gearing for the final shows of his current North American tour in Queens, New York, this week, where his career with Simon & Garfunkel began.
"It's an act of courage to let go," Simon says. "I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I'm going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did?"
Simon explained that he struggles to write songs but suddenly finds himself thunderstruck by breakthroughs. "I was 21, maybe 22, when I wrote 'The Sound of Silence,' which seems to me like quite a big jump from where I was before that," he says. "I thought the same thing when I wrote 'Bridge over Troubled Water' -- whoa, that song is better than what I've been doing."
But he says the moments that lead to those breakthroughs don't happen very often.
So will he actually retire after his European tour this fall? He's not saying definitively yes or no, but, he tells the Times, "I don't have any fear of it."
Rice had been a member of the vocal group The Falcons with Pickett in the early 1960s. He originally recorded "Mustang Sally" himself in 1965 -- after changing the name of the song from "Mustang Mama" at the urging of Aretha Franklin, according to the Free Press. Rice's version made #15 on the R&B chart, but the next year Pickett took his cover of the tune to #6 on the R&B chart and #23 pop, making it an R&B standard.
Rice co-wrote "Respect Yourself" for the Staples in 1971.
Born Bonny Rice in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1933, Rice was briefly mentored by Ike Turner, the Free Press reports.
A memorial service for Rice will be held July 7 at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin's late father, C.L. Franklin, was the longtime pastor.
Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentThey've already been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and now Daryl Hall & John Oates will be honored with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The pop duo is one of several music acts that have been chosen to receive the honor in 2017. The others include boy bands 'N SYNC and New Edition, R&B singer John Legend, rap legend Ice Cube and late Tejano singer Selena.
Exact dates for the Walk of Fame ceremonies have not yet been scheduled. After a celebrity has been selected to receive a star, they have two years to schedule their appearance in Hollywood to attend the ceremony.