Sly Stone, the Velvet Underground, and Nina Simone are among those named as recipients of the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Awards. Others being tapped for this year’s honor are Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal — with Philly soul legend Thom Bell, Warner Brothers Records head Mo Ostin and country music pioneer Ralph Peer all named as Trustees Award honorees. Alan Dower Blumlein — the inventor of stereophonic sound — will receive the posthumous Technical Grammy Award. The 2017 honorees will be saluted next month at the A Grammy Salute to Music Legends event in Los Angeles.
Although Stevie Nicks has gone on record regarding her doubts about a new Fleetwood Mac album — Christine McVie couldn’t be more excited. McVie, who returned to the band in 2014, spoke to TheArtsDesk.com and revealed that the Mac is halfway done with a new collection and already eying a 2017 tour, saying, “I love every single track we’ve done, bar none. This is something to me that is really special. Stevie hasn’t come in on it yet because she’s been busy doing something else. Last year, I was in there with Mick (Fleetwood) and Lindsey (Buckingham) and John (McVie) . . . and nearly completed seven tracks and they’re magic. Seriously, no padding!”
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THIS DAY IN OLDIES HISTORY
1957:Elvis Presley picks up his draft notice.
1962:The Osmond Brothers (later the Osmonds) make their debut on NBC’s Andy Williams Show.
1967:The band Jethro Tull, named after the 18th-century inventor of the seed drill, is formed.
1975:Former James Gang guitarist/vocalist and solo artist Joe Walsh joins the Eagles, replacing Bernie Leadon, who left after the band decided to pursue a more “rock” sound.
1994:Beach Boys lead vocalist Mike Love publicly drops his lawsuit against the group. Love had claimed he was due partial royalties on 35 Beach Boys classics; the suit was settled out-of-court.
1968:The Beatles, The Beatles’ Sixth Christmas Record
1932:Al Jolson, “April Showers”
1966:The Beatles, “When I’m Sixty-Four”
1971:The Main Ingredient, “Everybody Plays The Fool”
1952:Jimmy Boyd’s “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” hits #1
1969:Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” hits #1
1975:Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” enters the pop charts