MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME - INDUCTEES
Alan Jackson says he's honoured that the Country Music Hall of Fame chose him for induction this year. He says he's even more honoured that he will be included as the ``modern era'' act. Jackson says he's been asked many times what else he'd like to accomplish, and the hall of fame is ``about the last dream on the list.'' Jerry Reed will be inducted as the veteran act. His daughter, Lottie Zavala, says she remembers going to bed as her dad was playing guitar, and he'd still be playing when she got up.
Songwriter Don Schlitz says his induction is for every musician, family member, radio station and fan who helped him there. The inductions will be in Nashville later this year.
When news of his marriage to his manager, Gary Kief, leaked in 2015, Barry Manilow called it ``a blessing and a curse.'' Manilow tells People magazine he didn't speak about it publicly because he didn't want to disappoint fans by confirming he's gay. On the other hand, he says it was great that fans kept congratulating him. He calls himself a private person anyway.
Manilow was married once before to his high-school sweetheart and says he was in love with her, but he just wasn't ready for marriage then.
TLC - NEW ALBUM NAME
T-L-C's asking its fans one more time for help with their new album, but they aren't asking for money this time.
They need a title. TLC manager Bill Diggins writes on the Kickstarter page for the album T-Boz and Chilli are still undecided on what to call the album. They're looking to fans for inspiration.
Diggins confirms June 30th will be the release date. TLC raised more than 430-thousand within a month of announcing the Kickstarter campaign two years ago.
DAVID LETTERMAN - NEIL YOUNG - ROCK HALL
It's probably the only time Neil Young has called in sick and David Letterman offered to fill in. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says Young is dropping out of inducting Pearl Jam at tomorrow's Rock Hall inductions because Young is sick. Letterman will take his place.
THE BEATLES - FORGOTTEN TRACKS
Paul McCartney says it's crazy to think 50 years later, four guys, a producer and some engineers made such a lasting piece of art. The Beatles will release a 50th-anniversary edition of ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' on May 26th. The deluxe version will include a new stereo album mix and a second C-D of 18 tracks, including complete unreleased takes of the album's 13 songs.
The ``super deluxe'' six-disc boxed set includes extra tracks from the ``Sgt. Pepper'' recording sections, early mono mixes of ``She's Leaving Home,'' ''A Day In The Life`` and ''Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,`` and more mixes. It also includes a video featuring promo films for ''Strawberry Fields Forever,`` ''Penny Lane`` and ''A Day in the Life,`` and a documentary about the making of the album that was first broadcast in 1992.
(The Associated Press)