Quick Takes: Stevie Wonder; Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John & Joe Walsh; Peter Frampton & Paul Rodgers
- Stevie Wonder has released his first new music in 15 years. The two songs are "Where Is Our Love Song," which he began writing way back in 1968; and the second track — "Can't Put It In The Hands Of Fate" — features Busta Rhymes and Rapsody alongside backing vocals from five of his nine children. Rolling Stone reported, "Proceeds from the song’s sales will benefit Feeding America, which, Wonder says, has requested $1 billion in donations to help families in need around the country." The tracks have been issued under Wonder's own Republic Records, marking his first break from Motown in nearly 60 years.
- Stevie Wonder spoke about "Can't Put It In The Hands Of Fate" during a zoom meeting, in which he said, "When I first wrote it, it was about a relationship. And then I was thinking about where we are in the world and I was thinking. . . this craziness is unacceptable. We’re not going for it anymore. Change is right now. We can’t put it in hands of fate. We can’t put voting in the hands of fate."(Rolling Stone)
- Rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis will finally celebrate his 85th birthday with the online show, Whole Lotta Celebratin' Goin' On: 85 Years Of The Killer. The show will air on October 27th at 8 p.m. ET via jerryleelewis.com or via Lewis' Facebook and YouTube pages. Among those appearing are Elton John, President Bill Clinton, Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, Lee Ann Womack, Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Janson, James Burton, Mike Love, Marty Stuart, Priscilla Presley, and more. The event will be hosted by actor John Stamos. (MusicRow.com)
- Out now is the video new charity recording of Ben E. King's 1960 classic "Stand By Me" in celebration of the song's 60th anniversary. Featured on the track are Peter Frampton, Paul Rodgers, Rick Wakeman, John Oates, Leo Sayer, Richard Thompson, Darius Rucker, and Beth Nielsen Chapman. The remake — billed to Whispering Bob's All-Stars — was organized by legendary British broadcaster, famed Old Grey Whistle Test host "Whispering" Bob Harris, who celebrates his 50th anniversary in the business this year, and has started a GoFundme page in connection with the single, which drops on October 27th.
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