Billboard Bits: Dylan, Hot Summer Nights, SHOF
News on Bob Dylan, Hot Summer Nights, SHOFTwo classic early Bob Dylan albums will be reissued in remastered form June 21 via Legacy. 1961's "Bob Dylan" and 1964's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" will also boast the original LP artwork plus previously unseen photos from their respective recording sessions.
"Bob Dylan" was the artist's full-length debut, featuring two originals plus renditions of traditional songs such as "Pretty Peggy-O" and "Man of Constant Sorrow." "The Times They Are A-Changin'" was Dylan's first album of all-original material, including such future classics as the title cut, "Boots of Spanish Leather" and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll."
As previously reported, Dylan will be on the road this summer reprising his 2004 tour of minor-league baseball stadiums with Willie Nelson. The outing begins Wednesday (May 25) in Ft. Myers, Fla.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Al Jarreau, Cassandra Wilson, Boney James and Chris Walker are teaming up for a run of U.S. dates under the Hot Summer Nights banner. Walker will serve as musical director for the eight-date trek, which will open June 16 in Boston.
James will miss a June 17 show in Vienna, Va., while Yolanda Adams will take Wilson's place for a June 24 show in Hampton, Va. A second version of the tour will head back out on the road in August, with the Rippingtons taking over for James.
Here are the Hot Summer Nights tour dates:
6/16: Boston (Fleet Boston Pavilion)
6/17: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap)
6/18: Atlanta (Chastain Amphitheatre)
6/19: Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
6/22: Philadelphia (Mann Center)
6/24: Hampton, Va. (Hampton Jazz Festival)
6/25: Mashantucket, Conn. (Foxwoods Casino)
6/26: Saratoga, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Rob Thomas, Faith Evans, Jason Mraz and Angie Stone are among the artists confirmed to perform or present at the 2005 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The June 9 event at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel has also attracted Peabo Bryson, Ryan Cabrera, Ricky Fante, Lalah Hathaway, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to take part.
As previously reported, Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman and Bill Withers are the Hall's 2005 inductees.
Additionally, Smokey Robinson will be honored with the Johnny Mercer Award, the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to guitar legend Les Paul and Alicia Keys will receive the Starlight Award. The Abe Olman Publishers Award will be given to Beebe Bourne, president of the Music Publishers Association, while Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman/CEO of the Gibson Guitar Corp., will receive the Patron of the Arts Award.
Tickets for the ceremony begin at $800 and are available through Buckley Hall Events (212-573-6933). Proceeds benefit Songwriters Hall of Fame educational and professional programs.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.