Kevin Kane/Courtesy of HBOThe HBO special featuring highlights from the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. One of the most memorable moments of the ceremony was the appearance of Steve Perry, former lead singer of honorees Journey, who spoke exclusively with ABC Radio before the ceremony.

Perry, who left Journey in the late ’90s, didn’t sing at the ceremony, but he did greet his former band mates warmly on stage and made a heartfelt speech, sharing fond memories of his time with the group and thinking fans for their support.

“It was a complete family affair,” Perry told ABC Radio about the close-knit relationship between Journey, their crew and their management. He’s particularly grateful to manager, Herbie Herbert.

“He heard my demo tape and believed in me and told the band, ‘You gotta listen to this tape, I think this is the guy that should be the singer,'” Perry recalled. “[He] honestly made my dream come true, and I’m still living that dream today.”

The songs Perry recorded with Journey — including “Faithfully,” “Separate Ways,” “Open Arms,” “Who’s Cryin’ Now” and, of course, “Don’t Stop Believin'” — are still radio staples. He thinks that’s because the band was “honest with ourselves” and kept “reaching for…timeless performances.”

Steve notes, “I think that’s probably one of the biggest things that would separate Journey from a lot of the people at that time…we really reached for something different.”

Other honorees at the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony incuded Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Chic‘s Nile Rodgers and late rapper Tupac Shakur.

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Aside from being hitmaking artists who’ve sold millions of records in their long careers, U2, Michael Jackson, Madonna and “Weird Al” Yankovic have something else in common: They’re the only artists who’ve scored at least one top-40 hit each decade since the ’80s.

As Billboard notes, U2 is the latest group to achieve this feat, thanks to the fact that the Irish rockers collaborated with rapper Kendrick Lamar on one of his new songs, “XXX.” That tune just charted at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. As a result, U2 has now scored six top-40 hits in the ’80s, seven in the ’90s, three from 2000 to 2010 and now one since 2010.

As for the late King of Pop, he scored 18 top-40 hits in the ’80s, ten in the ’90s, and two each in the ’00s and ’10s. His most recent hit came in 2014, with his posthumous virtual duet with Justin Timberlake, “Love Never Felt So Good.”

Madonna’s most recent top-40 hit was 2012’s “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” She had 19 top-40 hits in the ’80s, 20 in the ’90s, nine in the ’00s and one in the ’10s.

And surprisingly, comedy rocker “Weird Al” is among these legendary artists, all of whom — save for Yankovic — are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. He’s notched one top-40 hit per decade since the ’80s: “Eat It” in 1984, “Smells Like Nirvana” in 1992, “White & Nerdy” in 2006, and “Word Crimes” in 2014. Those four songs were parodies of, respectively, Jackson’s “Beat It,” Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Chamillionaire‘s “Ridin’,” and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines.”

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Credit: Aminah YusufYusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, has donated his very first single, 1966’s “I Love My Dog,” to animal-rights organization PETA for use in a new video promoting its 2017 National “Adopt a Shelter Pet” Day campaign, which takes place this Sunday, April 30.

The initiative encourages people to head to a shelter to adopt a pet, something that PETA says will help curb the homeless animal crisis.

“A dog will love you unconditionally, whether you’re on top of the world or in the pits,” says Yusuf in a statement. “PETA and I encourage everyone to visit their local animal shelter today and open their heart and home to an animal in need.”

The touching video, which uses “I Love My Dog” as its soundtrack, shows a man adopting an older dog from a shelter and sharing quality time with the pooch — taking him for walks, petting him and lounging with him.

The clip then shows the owner bringing the dog to a veterinarian and discovering that he’s ill. Sadly, the dog passes away, but as the video comes to an end, the man is shown preparing to adopt another pooch from a shelter.

According to PETA, more than six million dogs and cats enter shelters in the U.S. every year, and unfortunately, half of them are euthanized because a good home can’t be found for them.

The organization is asking people to sign its online pledge to end animal homelessness. You also can help the cause by never buying a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store.

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Big Machine Label GroupCheap Trick‘s latest studio effort, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello, was released just over a year ago, but power-pop legends already have plans to issue another brand-new album. It’s titled We’re All Alright! — a nod, of course, to the band’s classic hit “Surrender” — and it will hit stores on June 16.

The album is available for pre-order now via a just-launched PledgeMusic campaign. You can also pre-order it from other online retailers beginning May 5. If you do, you’ll instantly receive free downloads of first single, “Long Time Coming,” and another tune, “Lolita.”

The hard-driving “Long Time Coming” premiered Thursday on You can also hear it on Cheap Trick’s YouTube channel.

“It’s our interpretation of Slade and MC5 and AC/DC and Aerosmith — a lot of riffs that are reminiscent of The Move, but they’re not steals,” guitarist Rick Nielsen tells Billboard about the new track. “It’s just, like, all the bands we like.”

We’re All Alright! was co-produced by Cheap Trick and the group’s longtime collaborator, Julian Raymond. The album features a combination of new songs and older, previously unrecorded tunes. The standard CD version of the record contains 10 tracks, while a deluxe edition features three extra tunes, including a cover of The Move’s “Blackberry Way.” We’re All Alright! will be released on vinyl on August 18.

Cheap Trick’s PledgeMusic campaign is offering a variety of special bundles including posters, T-shirts, set lists, lithographs and other collectibles, as well as a personalized video message from the band.

The group will support We’re All Alright! with a worldwide tour that includes a previously announced joint summer trek with Foreigner and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience.

Here’s the track list of We’re All Alright!:

“You Got It Going On”
“Long Time Coming”
“Radio Lover”
“Brand New Name on an Old Tattoo”
“Floating Down”
“She’s Alright”
“Listen to Me”
“The Rest of My Life”

Bonus Tracks:
“Blackberry Way”
“Like a Fly”
“If You Still Want My Love”

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Kristin Burns; Neil KrugFleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks will lend her talents to a song on the upcoming album by indie-pop diva Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life, Pitchfork reports. No more details about Nicks’ contribution to the album have been revealed.

Lust for Life also features a guest appearance by John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s son Sean Lennon on a song titled “Tomorrow Never Came.” In addition, pop/R&B star The Weeknd is featured on Lust for Life‘s title track. The release date for Del Rey’s forthcoming album hasn’t been announced yet.

Nicks recently wrapped up a U.S. solo tour with openers The Pretenders. Her next scheduled show is a July 9 concert in London’s Hyde Park with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Stevie also will rejoin Fleetwood Mac for performances at The Classic West and The Classic East festivals, respectively, in Los Angeles on July 16 and New York City on July 30.

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Warner Bros.We’ve finally got a release date for that massive Purple Rain reissue package we’ve been promised since last year.

Warner Bros. and Prince‘s own NPG records revealed Friday that the late music legend’s album masterpiece will be re-released June 23, with pre-orders beginning today. By the way, June 23 is just two days shy of June 25, 1984 album release date.

A lot’s been written already about the reissue. There are two packages: Purple Rain Deluxe includes two CDs — the original album, and a second CD of ” From the Vault & Previously Unreleased” tracks. Just as exciting — the original album is a long-promised remaster, which Prince himself oversaw and that was completed at Paisley Park in 2015.

The second package, dubbed Purple Rain Deluxe — Expanded Edition, includes the two Purple Rain Deluxe CDs, plus a third CD of single edits and B-sides. There’s also a DVD of Prince & The Revolution on his Purple Rain tour, performing at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, on March 30, 1985.

If you pre-order either of the packages now, you’ll instantly receive the previously unreleased Prince track “Electric Intercourse,” a studio version he recorded in 1983 of a song he only ever performed live.

Both Purple Rain packages will be available from the usual online outlets but as of Friday morning, that pre-order availability was limited. Hopefully that’ll be resolved soon.

Friday, April 21 marked one year since Prince’s death at age 57. Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, Prince’s catalog, counting both albums and songs, sold 7.7 million copies in the U.S. since then, with “Purple Rain” the best-selling song, and Purple Rain the second-best-selling album, after The Very Best of Prince.

Here are the reissue track lists:

Purple Rain Deluxe
Disc One: Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
1. “Let’s Go Crazy”
2. “Take Me with U”
3. “The Beautiful Ones”
4. “Computer Blue”
5. “Darling Nikki”
6. “When Doves Cry”
7. “I Would Die 4 U”
8. “Baby I’m a Star”
9. “Purple Rain”

Disc Two: From the Vault & Previously Unreleased
1. “The Dance Electric”
2. “Love and Sex”
3. “Computer Blue” (“Hallway Speech” version)
4. “Electric Intercourse” (studio)
5. “Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden”
6. “Possessed” (1983 version)
7. “Wonderful A**”
8. “Velvet Kitty Cat”
9. “Katrina’s Paper Dolls”
10. “We Can F***”
11. “Father’s Song”

Purple Rain Deluxe — Expanded Edition
Includes Purple Rain Deluxe Disc One and Disc Two, plus…

Disc Three: Single Edits & B-Sides
1. “When Doves Cry” (edit)
2. “17 Days”
3. “Let’s Go Crazy” (edit)
4. “Let’s Go Crazy” (Special Dance Mix)
5. “Erotic City”
6. “Erotic City” (“Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive”)
7. “Purple Rain” (edit)
8. “God”
9. “God” (Love Theme from Purple Rain)
10. “Another Lonely Christmas”
11. “Another Lonely Christmas” (extended version)
12. “I Would Die 4 U” (edit)
13. “I Would Die 4 U” (extended version)
14. “Baby I’m A Star” (edit)
15. “Take Me With U” (edit)

DVD: Prince and The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985
1. “Let’s Go Crazy”
2. “Delirious”
3. “1999”
4. “Little Red Corvette”
5. “Take Me with U”
6. “Do Me, Baby”
7. “Irresistible B****”
8. “Possessed”
9. “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”
10. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”
11. “International Lover”
12. “God”
13. “Computer Blue”
14. “Darling Nikki”
15. “The Beautiful Ones”
16. “When Doves Cry”
17. “I Would Die 4 U”
18. “Baby I’m a Star”
19. “Purple Rain”

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Republic RecordsWelcome to Friday, and new music from John Mellencamp.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member’s released Sad Clowns & Hillbillies today. His follow-up to 2014’s Plain Spoken is a duets album with country singer Carlene Carter, the stepdaughter of the late Johnny Cash and daughter of his late wife, June Carter Cash.

Sad Clowns & Hillbillies also features a duet with country star Martina McBride, on the track “Grandview.” The pair performed the song Thursday night on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where Mellencamp also performed an acoustic version of his classic, “Jack and Diane.”

As already announced, Mellencamp will tour behind Sad Clowns & Hillbillies this summer, beginning June 5 in Geenwood Village, CO, wrapping up September 3 in Canfield, OH. In addition to Carter, country and Americana legend Emmylou Harris will John on select dates, as well as folk-pop duo Lily & Madeleine. You can find all the dates on Mellencamp’s official website — every ticket purchased online comes with a free Sad Clowns & Hillbillies CD.

Here’s the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies track list:

“Mobile Blue”
“Battle of Angels”
“Grandview,” featuring Martina McBride
“Indigo Sunset”
“What Kind of Man Am I”
“All Night Talk Radio”
“Sugar Hill Mountain”
“You Are Blind”
“Damascus Road”
“Early Bird Café”
“Sad Clowns”
“My Soul’s Got Wings”
“Easy Target”

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Report shows visitor spending supports 474 jobs in local economy

Munising and Grand Marais, Michigan – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and our surrounding communities welcomed 777,428 visitors to the area in 2016.  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that these visitors spent $33,598,400 in communities near the park. That spending supported 474 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $34,354,100.

“Pictured Rocks NL and our partner communities welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said acting Superintendent John Madden. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. The park is also a way to introduce our visitors to the Upper Peninsula and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning more than $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service.  The report shows $18.4 billion of direct spending by 331 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 318,000 jobs nationally; 271,544 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $34.9 billion.

According to the 2016 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.2 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.2 percent), gas and oil (11.7 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (9.7 percent), local transportation (7.4 percent), and camping fees (2.5%).

Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage:

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Michigan and how the National Park Service works with Michigan communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to

Kevin Kane; Kevin Mazur; Kevin Mazur/Courtesy of HBOThe 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place earlier this month in Brooklyn, New York, and you can watch an HBO special featuring highlights from the extravaganza that premieres Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. ET. Among the artists honored at the ceremony were Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Chic‘s Nile Rodgers and folk singer Joan Baez.

Here’s a rundown of some of the moments you can expect to see on the special:

–Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry joined his former band mates to accept his induction, although he didn’t perform. Perry warmly greeted the other members, and delivered a heartfelt speech. With current frontman Arnel Pineda, Journey performed “Separate Ways,” “Lights” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Founding Journey keyboardist/singer Gregg Rolie and drummer Aynsley Dunbar took part in the “Lights” performance.

–Yes was inducted by Rush‘s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Following speeches, most of the band’s classic lineup reunited during the performance segment, which saw Lee filling in for late bassist Chris Squire.

–Electric Light Orchestra opened the ceremony with their cover of “Roll Over Beethoven,” in tribute to the late Chuck Berry. The late George Harrison‘s son, Dhani, inducted ELO. After speeches from frontman Jeff Lynne and founding singer/multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood, the band performed its classics “Evil Woman” and “Mr. Blue Sky.”

–Rodgers, recipient of the Rock Hall’s Award for Musical Excellence, was inducted by Pharrell Williams. Jackson Browne inducted Baez.

–This year’s other inductees were grunge rockers Pearl Jam and late rapper Tupac Shakur, who were inducted, respectively, by David Letterman and Snoop Dogg.

–The show also included a Prince tribute by Lenny Kravitz, performing “When Doves Cry” and “The Cross.”

–The night ended with all the inductees coming together for a rendition of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

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Real World RecordsThe third installment of Peter Gabriel‘s vinyl reissue campaign featuring multiple-LP, half-speed-remastered versions of albums from his back catalog will arrive on July 28.

The records being released as part of the campaign are three soundtrack albums: 1985’s Birdy, 1989’s Passion and 2002’s Long Walk Home.

Birdy, the soundtrack to the 1984 Alan Parker-directed film of the same name, includes several tracks that were based on pre-existing songs from Gabriel’s third and fourth studio albums. Peter co-produced the record with frequent U2 collaborator Daniel Lanois.

Passion was the soundtrack to director Martin Scorsese‘s controversial 1988 biblical drama The Last Temptation of Christ, although Gabriel also included new music that was not heard in the movie. A number of renowned international musicians contributed to the project, including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal.

Long Walk Home was the soundtrack to the award-winning Australian flick Rabbit-Proof Fence, directed by Phillip Noyce.

Birdy and Long Walk Home will be available as two-LP sets, while Passion will be a three-LP collection with the last side of Disc Three featuring a laser etching rather than music. All of the albums are packaged in gatefold sleeves and will play at 45 rpm. This will mark the first time Long Walk Home will be issued on vinyl.

“I’ve always loved film music and I’ve been lucky enough create music for three very different kinds of film,” says Gabriel about the soundtracks. “All the films share strong stories and memorable performances. In each case they also have musical directors…who really care about, and feel, the music they work with. They each allowed me to create moods and atmospheres within the music that I felt could serve their narrative.”

Here are the track lists of Gabriel’s soon-to-be-reissued soundtrack albums:


Side A
“At Night”
“Floating Dogs”
“Quiet and Alone”

Side B
“Close Up” (from “Family Snapshot”)
“Slow Water”
“Dressing the Wound”

Side C
“Birdy’s Flight” (from “Not One of Us”)
“Slow Marimbas”
“The Heat” (from “The Rhythm of the Heat”)

Side D
“Sketchpad with Trumpet and Voice”
“Under Lock and Key” (from “Wallflower”)
“Powerhouse at the Foot of the Mountain” (from “San Jacinto”)


Side A
“The Feeling Begins”
“Of These, Hope”
“Lazarus Raised”
“Of These, Hope — Reprise”

Side B
“In Doubt”
“A Different Drum”

Side C
“Before Night Falls”
“With This Love”

Side D
“With This Love — Choir”
“Wall of Breath”

Side E
“The Promise of Shadows”
“It Is Accomplished”
“Bread and Wine”

Side F
Etching (no music)

Long Walk Home:

Side A
“Stealing the Children”
“Unlocking the Door”
“The Tracker”
“Running to the Rain”

Side B
“On the Map”
“A Sense of Home”
“Go Away Mr. Evans”
“Moodoo’s Secret”
“Gracie’s Recapture”

Side C
“Crossing the Salt Pan”
“The Return (Parts 1, 2 and 3)”

Side D
“Ngankarrparni (Sky Blue — Reprise)”
“The Rabbit-Proof Fence”

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Credit: Derek BlanksShould you ever find yourself invited to Patti LaBelle‘s home for some of her famous sweet potato pie, don’t expect to hear the iconic vocalist sing as she serves you a slice.

As Ms. Patti explains to ABC Radio, “I don’t sing in the shower nor do I sing when I’m cooking. I just don’t listen to music. If I were to choose a song, it would be [rapper Tupac Shakur‘s] ‘California Love.’…Then I can cut up stuff. But no, I don’t even play that.”

Nevertheless, the celebrity chef and music legend has a few favorite songs she likes to jam out to from time to time, including Peter Gabriel‘s 1982 track “Shock the Monkey,” Chaka Khan‘s classic “Ain’t Nobody” and 50 Cent‘s smash “In Da Club.” In fact, she busted a move to the rap star’s hit when she appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

LaBelle says she also loves Kanye West, and remembers the moment the “Heartless” rapper cautiously asked her to provide guest vocals on his 2005 song “Roses.”

“I was in the studio with his mother. Just gone by to see him,” Patti recalls. “And he says, ‘Miss LaBelle. Please, I hate to ask you, but would you mind singing this for my grandmother or something?’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t mind honey. I love to sing.’ So I did that with him, but I haven’t performed with any other rappers.”

LaBelle’s new cookbook, Desserts LaBelle, was published on Tuesday, and her first studio album in more than eight years, the jazz-influenced Bel Hommage, will be released on May 5.

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Universal Music GroupU.K. newspaper The Guardian is giving Beatles fans an exclusive preview of one of the unreleased studio outtakes that will be included in the upcoming expanded 50th anniversary reissue of the group’s landmark 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The track is an in-progress version of the album’s title song, that’s missing elements including the lead guitar heard during the intro, the prominent horn sections, and the cheering crowd noises.

The outtake, which is subtitled “Take 9 and Speech,” also is missing the sung “Billy Shears” transition into “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and instead has a long fade-out section featuring various band members whistling and yelling out phrases such as “I feel it” and “Gotta be free now.”

The very end of the track features studio chatter, during which you can hear Paul McCartney comment, “I think it’ll probably be another day singing it,” and George Harrison making a suggestion about how to approach singing part of the tune.

You can check out the track at

The 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will be released May 26 in various configurations and formats, including a Super Deluxe box set featuring a newly remastered version of the album, a mono mix of the record, 34 previously unreleased recordings from the sessions, a making-of documentary and much more.

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UMeThe soundtrack for one of David Bowie’s signature movies is getting the reissue treatment.

The soundtrack to the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth will be reissued on vinyl May 12. The package replicates the album’s original jacket and artwork, plus the inner sleeve of photos of Bowie in the film.

Directed by late Muppets creator Jim Henson, Labyrinth tells the story of a young girl, played by a then-15-year-old Jennifer Connelly, who travels to the center of an otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother after she unwittingly wishes him away. Bowie plays Jareth, the Goblin King, who takes possession of the child. The movie also features numerous puppet creations from Henson’s Creature Shop.

In a 1986 interview with Movieline, Bowie recalled his involvement in the movie, saying, “I’d always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages…and I must say that Jim gave me a completely free hand with it.”

He added, “The script itself was terribly amusing without being vicious or spiteful or bloody, and it also had a lot more heart than many other special effects movies. So I was pretty well hooked from the beginning.”

The Labyrinth soundtrack features a six-part instrumental score by film composer Trevor Jones, augmented by five original songs written by Bowie: “Underground,” “Magic Dance,” ”Chilly Down,” “As the World Falls Down” and “Within You.” Bowie sings lead vocals on all except “Chilly Down.”

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Simon & SchusterBruce Springsteen’s longtime photographer is preparing a new book of snapshots.

In November, Frank Stefanko will release Bruce Springsteen: Further Up the Road, chronicling forty years of his Boss-related shots. According to Rolling Stone, many of the photos in the new book are previously unreleased, and many are from two photo shoots with Springsteen: one in 2004 and another from this year.

Stefanko shot the cover photos for two Springsteen albums: Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. He also took the cover shot for Bruce’s recent autobiography, Born to Run.

Springsteen himself wrote the introduction for Further Up the Road. The book’s publisher, Wall of Sound Editions, plans to print just under two thousand copies, and Stefanko will sign each one. The first 350 will be available as a deluxe edition costing $630, with rest going for $380 apiece.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesLegendary Memphis soul label Stax Records has big plans for its 60th anniversary.

Rolling Stone reports that on May 19, Stax, in collaboration with Rhino Entertainment and Concord Music Group, will launch a year-long release campaign dubbed Stax Classics. It will feature new compilations from the likes of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staples Singers, Sam and Dave, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, the Dramatics and Albert King.

There will also be reissues of many classic Stax albums on vinyl, including Redding’s 1965 release, The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, and a special 50th anniversary version of Redding and Thomas’ 1967 duet disc, King and Queen.

Additionally, Stax Classics plans a three-disc 60th anniversary box set and the fourth installment of its Complete Stax Singles collection. Rhino and Concord will also make numerous Stax albums available for online streaming for the first time in newly remastered editions.

The label originally known as Satellite Records was founded by Jim Stewart in 1957, changing its name in 1960 to Stax (combining the first two letters of the last names of Stewart and his sister/business partner, Estelle Axton). Operating out of its own studio in Memphis, the label churned out hits with help from a stable of songwriters and its house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

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