Stevie Wonder has announced that his annual L.A. benefit concert will be devoted to raising money to the survivors of the horrific California wildfires. Wonder's 22nd annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert set for December 9th at the Staples Center is being dubbed “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music." As always, concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift to donate at the show.
Wonder said in a statement announcing the show: "We have to do our best to raise money for those that have been so less fortunate, for those that have lost dreams, lost their homes. I am very happy to do this again this year but very, very, very excited to do something to help those in a bigger sense the less fortunate. . . I know we’re dealing with a drought. There are some who don’t believe in global warming. I do. We have to protect the planet. We have to be cognizant of what we do. I pray that all of us, even those who are non-believers, understand that if we don’t love and take care of our planet, we won’t have it." (Page Six)
An ear infection sidelined Elton John for the last two shows of his four-date Florida run. Elton was forced to postpone Tuesday's (November 27th) show at Orlando's Amway Center and Wednesday's (November 28th) concert at Tampa's Amalie Arena. The "Rocketman's" reps posted a message to fans on Facebook, which read: "We are sincerely sorry to everyone due to attend the shows in Orlando last night and Tampa tonight. Elton has been on a course of antibiotics to combat an ear infection and it was expected that these would clear the infection in time to play the Orlando show. Elton had traveled to the venue but after further consultation with doctors before he took the stage, the decision had to be taken on their advice that unfortunately he still wasn't well enough to perform. Elton and his band play 100 percent live and with impaired hearing and ear pain he wouldn't have been able to deliver the performance his fans deserve. He will take a couple of days rest to allow the infection to clear up and both will be rescheduled as soon as possible."
Elton John is next scheduled to perform on Friday (November 30th) at Atlanta's Philips Arena.
It looks as though an ugly family battle between Don Everly and the estate of his late younger brother Phil Everly has come to a close. Billboard reported, "A November court ruling over the authorship of a classic Everly Brothers song may provide incentive for songwriters — and publishers — to tidy up ownership records that could significantly affect their wallets and those of their heirs. A judge ruled in Nashville that Don Everly is the sole author of "Cathy's Clown," barring the estate of the late-Phil Everly from claiming a stake in the composition." (Billboard)
In November 2017 Don Everly filed a complaint in a Tennessee federal court against Phil Everly's widow Patti and sons Chris and Jason from claiming half of the U.S. songwriter royalties on the band's 1960 five-week chart-topper, "Cathy's Clown." Phil Everly died on January 3rd, 2014 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — a combination of emphysema and bronchitis. He was 74-years-old.
The Associated Press reported at the time, "Don said he and Phil had been credited as co-authors of 'Cathy's Clown' from 1960 to 1980, by which time the brothers were pursuing solo careers amid a well-publicized falling-out. Phil then signed a release giving up his rights to the song and acknowledging Don as author while keeping half the royalties to that point, the complaint said. The release also covered the songs 'Sigh, Cry, Almost Die' and 'That's Just Too Much.' In September 2016, Don began asserting his rights to 'Cathy's Clown' with the U.S. Copyright Office — with Phil's family filing for half of the royalties, beginning in August 2018. According to the court papers, Phil's family considers Phil's 1980 release 'unenforceable, saying the publisher Acuff-Rose owned the copyright and that Phil could not transfer it.'"
The Monkees have just released a video for the band's new Christmas single, "Unwrap You At Christmas." The song, which is the lead track off the group's their first holiday collection, Christmas Party, was written by XTC's Andy Partridge. The album features new vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork — with the late Davy Jones featured on two vintage recordings.
Fountains Of Wayne leader Adam Schlesinger produced the set, which includes covers of such Christmas standards as "Merry Christmas, Baby," Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" and Wizzard's yuletide hit "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day." The Monkees also cover Alex Chilton's Big Star classic "Jesus Christ" — featuring R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, with Mike Nesmith teaming up with his sons for a pair of numbers.