As the Beatles said, “I read the news today, oh boy…” Have you?
Barry Gibb revisited his childhood home of Redcliffe, Australia on September 11 to open the second stage of Bee Gees Way, a commemorative walkway dedicated to Gibb and his brothers. Although originally from England, the Gibbs moved to Australia in 1958. The walk includes two bronze statues of the Bee Gees; one depicts them as children while the other as adults near the end of their career. The latter was unveiled at the ceremony on Friday.
Prudence Farrow Burns, who inspired the Beatles’ composition “Dear Prudence” while studying meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968, sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone in which she discussed her new book, Dear Prudence: The Story Behind the Song. When asked about her thoughts of the song today, she said:
It epitomized what the Sixties were about in many ways. What it’s saying is very beautiful; it’s very positive. I think it’s an important song. I thought it was one their least popular and more obscure songs. I feel that it does capture that essence of the course, that slightly exotic part of being in India where we went through that silence and meditation.
Dear Prudence: The Story Behind the Song can be found on Amazon.
Albums, singles, and tours
- The Monkees will celebrate their 50th anniversary together with the release of a special commemorative 10-disc Blu-ray box set. The set will include all 58 episodes of their television show, along with their 1968 film Head and additional bonus footage.
- Dead & Company, comprised of three original Grateful Dead members with John Mayer, have added more dates to their 2015 tour. Check them out here.
- The Who have postponed four dates of their 50th anniversary tour. Shows between September 19 and September 21 have been moved to allow Roger Daltrey to recover from a viral illness. Their full list of tour dates can be found here.
- September 7 – Buddy Holly, musician (born in 1936)
- September 8 – Peter Sellers, actor (born in 1925), Patsy Cline, singer (1932), Brian Cole of the Association (1942), Ron McKernan of the Grateful Dead (1945)
- September 9 – Otis Redding, musician (born in 1941), Billy Preston, musician (1946)
- September 10 – Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night (born in 1942), Artie Tripp of the Mothers of Invention (1944)
- September 11 – Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead (born in 1943), Phil May of the Pretty Things (1944), Dennis Tufano of the Buckinghams (1946)
- September 12 – Neil Peart of Rush (born in 1952)
- September 13 – David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears (born in 1941), Peter Cetera of Chicago (1944), Randy Jones of the Village People (1952)