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© Shimpei Asai 2016Fifty years ago this week, The Beatles paid their first and only visit to Japan, where they played five sold-out shows at Tokyo's historic Nippon Budokan arena over the course of three days. To commemorate the anniversary, a new photo book featuring rare images of the Fab Four taken during their trip is being compiled for publication this fall.

Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 features pictures snapped by Shimpei Asai, who was the only Japanese photographer given access to the band while they were in the city. The photos, which have never been published outside of Japan, capture the group's members performing, chatting with the press, sightseeing, painting, playing traditional Japanese instruments and more.

The Beatles were the first rock band ever to perform at the Nippon Budokan, a venue that previously had been used solely to stage traditional Japanese cultural and sporting events such as sumo wrestling matches. The group's performances led to protests by some conservative factions in the country. The Fab Four's engagement at the Budokan ran from June 30 to July 2, 1966. Since The Beatles' performances, the venue has become famous for hosting international music acts, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and, of course, Cheap Trick.

Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 will be released by Genesis Publications as a high-quality, limited-edition volume in November. For more information, visit hello-goodbye-book.

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Courtesy of ESSENCEThe 2016 edition of the annual ESSENCE Festival will feature a tribute to one of music's greatest performers -- Prince.

The special performance will take place on the New Orleans festival's fourth and final day, Sunday, July 3. ESSENCE reports that among the performers participating in the Big Easy-themed homage are ex-Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry GrahamKelly Price, Doug E. Fresh and members of Prince's band The New Power Generation.

The 2016 ESSENCE Festival runs from June 30 to July 3. Tickets are currently on sale now.

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ABCABC's new musical tribute show, Greatest Hits, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET. The debut episode will feature live performances from a variety of acts who had major hits from 1980 to 1985, including REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield and Kenny Loggins, as well as from some contemporary artists.

As previously reported, REO will play two songs on the episode -- a version of their 1980 chart-topper "Keep on Loving You," and a duet with rap star Pitbull on his new single "Messin' Around," which samples the veteran rockers' hit "Take It on the Run." In a preview of the show, REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin says he loved the way Pitbull reworked "Take It on the Run."

"We're a real heartland group, and to have Pitbull take it and give it kind of a hip-hop, Latin thing, that was just awesome," Cronin gushes.

Springfield will be singing his trademark hit "Jessie's Girl." He says performing the song is, for him, "like trotting out your favorite child for the uncles and aunts to ooh and aah over." The singer/actor adds that he thinks the aspect of Greatest Hits that brings together older and new artists "was a great idea."

Loggins, who will be playing his infectious 1984 hit "Footloose," says he hopes his Greatest Hits appearance will help remind fans about him, noting, "It's always good to get your name out there and have people remember that you can still sing and you can still work."

Greatest Hits' debut show also will feature Kool & the Gang, Kim Carnes, Ray Parker Jr. and Jason Derulo. The program, which is co-hosted by Arsenio Hall and country singer Kelsea Ballerini, will have a six-week run on ABC.

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Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesGrammy-winning bass player Rob Wasserman, who co-led the band RatDog with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir, and recorded with rock greats Van Morrison, Lou Reed and Elvis Costello, among others, has died.  He's believed to have been 63 or 64.

Bob Weir announced the news on Facebook Wednesday.  Just hours after posting that Wasserman had been hospitalized, Weir wrote, "I'm devastated to pass along that Rob Wasserman lost his struggle today, and we have lost a beautiful friend and artist."

Weir continued, "I can still hear the sound of his bow playing those strings unamplified and pure. It's one of the most glorious sounds I've ever heard, and the music and warmth he gave us will live on in the hearts of everyone he touched."

Weir also announced the news on his Twitter, declaring, "One of the world's most beautiful friends and artists has left us. May Rob's warmth and music live in your hearts as it always has in mine."

There was no further information about Wasserman's cause of death.

Wasserman won a Grammy for his track "Brothers," recorded with jazz singer Bobby McFerrin for Wasserman's 1988 Duets album.

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Credit: Sarah A. FriedmanR&B legend Aaron Neville has premiered a new track called "Stompin' Ground" from his upcoming studio album, Apache.

The Grammy-winning singer tells Billboard that the horn-laden, head-swinging jam is "all about me growing up in New Orleans and a lot of the people that I ran across in my life." Among the local musicians Neville name-checks in the tune are Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair and Mac Rebennack -- a.k.a. Dr. John. Aaron says that the song is one of several tracks on Apache that were based on poems he's written.

Apache will be released on July 15. Fans who pre-order the album now will be able to instantly download "Stompin' Ground," along with the tracks "I Wanna Love You" and "Be Your Man."

Meanwhile, Neville will support Apache with a series of U.S. tour dates running from mid-July into December. The trek will include a special show on August 4 at New York City's famous Apollo Theater that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Neville's classic tune "Tell It Like It Is." Here is the full list of concerts:

7/14 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
7/15 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
7/22 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
7/23 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
8/4 -- New York, NY, Apollo Theater - 75th Birthday Concert Celebrating 50th Anniversary of "Tell It Like It Is"
8/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget
9/16 -- Cincinnati, OH, Live at Ludlow Garage
9/23 -- Durham, NC, Baldwin Auditorium  
9/24 -- Wilmington, NC, CFCC Fine Arts Center
10/7 -- Brownfield, ME, Stone Mountain Arts
10/8 -- Lincolnville, ME, Cellardoor Winery
10/22 -- Reno, NV, MontBleu Resort & Casino
11/11 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre
12/3 -- Bossier City, LA, Margaritaville Resort & Casino
12/9 -- Baton Rouge, LA, L’Auberge Casino
12/10 -- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Lewis Family Playhouse
12/11 -- Orange, CA, Musco Center
12/13 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre
12/15 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJazz Center
12/16 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJazz Center
12/17 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center

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Credit: Kirk WestThe recently launched Allman Brothers Band spinoff group Les Brers has announced a new series of tour dates, kicking off with an August 11 appearance at the Allmans-curated Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The group's itinerary also includes four shows in various New England states in early September.

Les Brers features founding Allman Brothers Band drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, as well as longtime Allmans bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. The band also includes ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pierson, frequent ABB guest keyboardist Bruce Katz, journeyman guitarist Pat Bergeson and singer Lamar Williams Jr., whose late father played bass with the Allmans during the 1970s.

Les Brers' sets are made up mostly of Allman Brothers Band songs, along with some select covers. The group previously has performed at the Wanee Festival in April, as well as at two benefit shows in Macon, Georgia in March, that raised funds for The Allman Brothers Band's Big House Museum.

Speaking with Billboard in April about the new collective, Trucks said, "Nobody is playing music like this, like the Allman Brothers, and there's still a lot of fans out there, so that's what we're doing with Les Brers. We're taking this stuff and getting loose with it and improvising and really having a good time."

Here are all of the current dates on Les Brers' tour schedule:

8/11 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
9/7 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
9/8 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Casino Ballroom
9/9 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
9/10 -- Rutland, VT, Paramount Theatre

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Caroline RecordsVan Morrison will release his 36th studio album, Keep Me Singing, on September 30. The 13-track effort is Morrison's first new album since his 2015 collaborative record, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, and his first collection of new material since 2012's Born to Sing: No Plan B.

Keep Me Singing features 12 original compositions, plus a cover of "Share Your Love with Me," a song penned by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey that previously was recorded by Bobby "Blue" Bland, Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers. One of the new tunes, "Every Time I See a River," was co-written by Morrison and acclaimed lyricist Don Black, who has contributed words to many famous movie theme songs. Closing out the album is an instrumental titled "Caledonian Swing," which features Van playing piano and saxophone.

The album's first single, "Too Late," also will be released on September 30. Shortly after the arrival of Keep Me Singing, Morrison will embark on a brief U.S. tour that gets underway on October 9 at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City, and runs through an October 18-19 stand at SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco.

Here's the full track list of Keep Me Singing:

"Let It Rhyme"
"Every Time I See a River"
"Keep Me Singing"
"Out in the Cold Again"
"Memory Lane"
"The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword"
"Holy Guardian Angel"
"Share Your Love with Me"
"In Tiburon"
"Look Beyond the Hill"
"Going Down to Bangor"
"Too Late"
"Caledonia Swing"

And here are all of Morrison's confirmed U.S. dates:

10/9 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
10/15 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/17 -- San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall
10/18 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center
10/19 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center

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Vince Bucci/Getty ImagesFollowing her electrifying Prince tribute performance with Stevie Wonder and other stars at this year's BET Music Awards, singer/percussionist Sheila E. has continued to honor the late music icon by releasing a new song and an accompanying music video. 

Titled "Girl Meets Boy," the ballad is a heartfelt homage to Prince, with whom Sheila E. shared an intimate relationship as lover, friend and creative partner.

The music video for "Girl Meets Boy" was posted on her Twitter page, along with the message, "From my heart, to you." 

In other news, Sheila E. is hosting a three-night "Glamorous Life Latin Cruise" from Miami, Florida, to Coco Cay and Nassau in The Bahamas. Set to depart in February 2017, the cruise also will feature actor/comic George Lopez, Debi Nova, Ozomatli and Sheila E.'s father, legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo.

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Credit: Mark SeligerThe Rolling Stones' Keith Richards will be featured reminiscing about growing up in post-World War II England in a new U.K. television documentary that will premiere in July. The 60-minute program, titled Keith Richards -- The Origin of the Species, was directed by award-winning filmmaker Julien Temple and is part of the BBC Two channel's My Generation season, celebrating the history of U.K. pop music.

The documentary will focus on Richards' life before The Rolling Stones, and will tie in his recollections with a look at how the conditions in the postwar U.K. led to the cultural changes exemplified by the 1960s music scene that included The Stones and The Beatles.

"There was a feeling late '50s/early '60s that there was a change coming," says Richards in the film. "I certainly felt that for my generation, what was happening and the feeling in the air was -- it's time to push limits. The world is ours now and you can rise or fall on it."

In a video preview of the flick, Richards recalls his childhood interest in airplanes, revealing that he used to enjoy putting together model airplanes and joking that he "liked the glue."

Temple says of Keith Richards -- The Origin of the Species, "This film sets out to explore how both [Richards] and the '60s in England came about."

Meanwhile, Richards is set to host a special TV programming block in September that will air on the BBC Four channel. Keith Richards' Lost Weekend will feature various films, programs and/or concert movies chosen by the guitar legend. Each show will include an introduction by Keith, in which he discusses why he picked the program.

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Credit: Amy GranthamGraham Nash will serve as host of a special multi-day rock-themed movie marathon on the HDNet Movies channel that will kick off on Saturday, July 9, and run through Sunday, July 17.

"Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs" will feature the folk-rock legend sharing stories about and insights into the various artists featured in each film, including Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Prince, Rush and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The marathon will include 13 documentaries, several of which will be getting their TV premieres. Among them are The Allman Brothers Band: After the Crash, which focuses on the group's career after the death of founding lead guitarist Duane Allman; Rush: The Rise of Kings, about the Canadian prog-rock trio's path to stardom; Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review, which delves into the first decade of the guitar legend's solo career; Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade, a documentary about the lauded Northern Irish artist's music from 1977 to 1987; and Bob Dylan: In & Out of the Folk Revival, which takes a look at the influential singer/songwriter's emergence as a folk icon.

"Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs" will feature two films screened during primetime each night from July 9 through July 16, and culminating with an all-day nine movie marathon on July 17.

In conjunction with the film series, HDNet Movies has launched an online contest offering fans the opportunity to win an electric guitar autographed by Nash. To enter, visit HDNetMovies.com and choose an image of one of the rock documentaries being shown on the channel to make as your Facebook cover photo.

HDNet Movies is the sister channel of AXS TV.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesMack Rice, the songwriter behind Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" and the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," died Monday at 82.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer's disease, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Rice had been a member of the vocal group The Falcons with Pickett in the early 1960s. He originally recorded "Mustang Sally" himself in 1965 -- after changing the name of the song from "Mustang Mama" at the urging of Aretha Franklin, according to the Free Press. Rice's version made #15 on the R&B chart, but the next year Pickett took his cover of the tune to #6 on the R&B chart and #23 pop, making it an R&B standard.

Rice co-wrote "Respect Yourself" for the Staples in 1971.

Born Bonny Rice in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1933, Rice was briefly mentored by Ike Turner, the Free Press reports.

A memorial service for Rice will be held July 7 at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin's late father, C.L. Franklin, was the longtime pastor.

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of FamePaul Simon is one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of his generation and at 74 he's still making new music. His most recent album, Stranger to Stranger, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month, the highest debut of any solo album of his career.  But, Simon tells The New York Times, he may be "coming towards the end."

"Showbiz doesn't hold any interest for me," Simon tells the paper. "None."

Simon is gearing for the final shows of his current North American tour in Queens, New York, this week, where his career with Simon & Garfunkel began.

"It's an act of courage to let go," Simon says. "I am going to see what happens if I let go.  Then I'm going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did?"

Simon explained that he struggles to write songs but suddenly finds himself thunderstruck by breakthroughs.  "I was 21, maybe 22, when I wrote 'The Sound of Silence,' which seems to me like quite a big jump from where I was before that," he says. "I thought the same thing when I wrote 'Bridge over Troubled Water' -- whoa, that song is better than what I've been doing."

But he says the moments that lead to those breakthroughs don't happen very often.

So will he actually retire after his European tour this fall?  He's not saying definitively yes or no, but, he tells the Times, "I don't have any fear of it."

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Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentThey've already been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and now Daryl Hall & John Oates will be honored with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The pop duo is one of several music acts that have been chosen to receive the honor in 2017. The others include boy bands 'N SYNC and New Edition, R&B singer John Legend, rap legend Ice Cube and late Tejano singer Selena.

Exact dates for the Walk of Fame ceremonies have not yet been scheduled. After a celebrity has been selected to receive a star, they have two years to schedule their appearance in Hollywood to attend the ceremony.

Visit WalkofFame.com for more information.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentFounding Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has been experiencing a period of transition in the wake of his famous band's 2015 breakup, as his main focus is now on his solo career. That change is reflected in the title of Robinson's just-released fourth full-length studio album, Flux, which he says is a word that best describes "where things are" for him.

Robinson wrote and produced Flux's 13 tracks, while also handling lead vocals, guitar duties and most of the bass parts on the album. Flux finds the 47-year-old rocker exploring roots-rock, blues-rock and psychedelic sounds reminiscent of much of The Black Crowes' work, while adding his own fresh and modern twist.

In The Black Crowes, Rich was content with his brother, frontman Chris Robinson, being the man in the spotlight, but he tells ABC Radio that with regard to being a solo artist, "It's really interesting and really cool to be able to have this platform…to express myself on this level."

Robinson reveals that Flux came together in a similar way as his previous solo album, 2014's The Ceaseless Sight, which he says he mostly wrote in the studio.

"[With The Ceaseless Sight,] I only had a few completed songs…but I really used the energy of the studio to create that record," he explains. "And I enjoyed it so much that with this record I went up with even less. I had a bunch of just parts, but no songs yet."

As previously reported, Robinson currently is filling in for Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs on that band's U.S. co-headlining tour with Joe Walsh. After the trek winds down this Sunday, Rich will launch his own North American outing on July 19 in Whitesburg, Kentucky.

Here are all of Robinson's upcoming dates, according to his official website:

6/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion*
6/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
7/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastian Park Amphitheatre*
7/3 -- Nashville, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre*
7/19 -- Whitesburg, KY, Appalshop Room - Summit City
7/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall
7/22 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
7/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Live at the Ludlow Garage
7/24 -- Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag
7/25 -- Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter's Players
7/26 -- Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter's Players
7/28 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
7/29 -- Floyd, VA, Floydfest
7/30 -- Washington, D.C., The Hamilton
7/31 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
8/2 -- Fairfield, CT, FTC Stage One
8/3 -- Haddon Heights, NJ, Sundown Music Series
8/5 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Bears Den Theater
8/6 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
8/7 -- Uncasville, CT, The Wolf Den
8/10 -- Pawtucket, RI, The Met - Hope Artiste Village
8/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
8/12 -- Allston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
8/13 -- Hudson, NY, Club Helsinki
8/15 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Shakas Live
8/16 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
8/18 -- Northampton, MA, Iron Horse Music Hall
8/19 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016
8/20 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016
8/21 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016
9/4 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre*
9/8 -- Columbus, OH, Woodlands Tavern
9/9 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
9/11 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
9/16 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery
9/17 -- Ferdinand, IN, Ferdinand Folk Festival
9/24 -- Austin, TX, Stateside - The Paramount
9/25 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts

* = playing with Bad Company.

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Robert Knight Archive/RedfernsGuitar legend Scotty Moore, who accompanied Elvis Presley on his original Sun and early RCA recordings, helping to lay the foundation for rock guitar, died Tuesday at 84, reports Memphis' Commercial Appeal.

Phillips Record Service engineer Matt Ross-Spang confirmed the news on Instagram.  "We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today...The guitarist that changed the world...especially mine; I hope you don't mind if I keep stealing your licks. Love you Scotty," he wrote, posting a picture of himself with the late guitarist.

Moore, who combined jazz and country influences into his distinctive style, played guitar on many of Elvis' early hits, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Jailhouse Rock."  He reunited with Presley in 1968 for the TV special Elvis, which launched the King's late career comeback.

Moore was named to Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the "Sideman" category in 2000, and in 2002 received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gibson guitar company.

Moore was elected to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame last November.  Although he was too sick to attend the ceremony, Keith Richards accepted the award on his behalf.  "I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric," Richards said at the ceremony, according to the Commercial Appeal. "That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys."

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Credit: Sean EvansFounding Pink Floyd bassist/singer Roger Waters has signed a long-term publishing agreement with BMG to represent the song catalog he amassed while he was a member of the famous U.K. rock band. The deal covers songs that Waters wrote beginning with the group's 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and running through his last record with the band, 1983's The Final Cut.

Waters noted in a statement that BMG had supported him when he organized and performed at the Music Heals benefit show for wounded veterans last October in Washington, D.C., adding, "I'm very glad to be back in the same team."

Meanwhile, BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch says of the deal, "We are honored that Roger Waters has chosen BMG, the youngest of the big international music companies to represent his legendary and exquisite catalog. To win the endorsement and trust of one of the world's most successful songwriters is a significant milestone less than eight years after our launch."

Among the many classic songs Waters wrote or co-wrote for Pink Floyd are "Money," "Wish You Were Here," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Another Brick in the Wall," "Hey You" and "Comfortably Numb."

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Steven Henry/Getty ImagesJames Taylor's childhood home, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is set to hit the auction block this Wednesday, June 29.

The home, last priced at more than $1.5 million, sits on 24 acres and includes a main house, a guest house and a children's playhouse. It was where the "Carolina on My Mind" singer lived from the age of five until he was an adult.

The home is a dream for anyone in love with the outdoors. The modern design features floor-to-ceiling windows, bringing nature right into any room. And if you want to smell the roses up close, the residence also includes a wrap-around balcony and a terrace for outdoor entertaining.

The five-bedroom main home also features two levels, including a mezzanine level that overlooks the dining room. In addition, there's a sizeable kitchen, a den and a two-car carport.

The guest home has two bedrooms of its own, along with a bathroom and a living area. Taylor, now 68, spent a lot of time during his teenage years in the guest home. In fact, his initials are still carved into the deck.

Taylor will be honored by the Kennedy Center Honors this December.

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Courtesy of Heritage AuctionsA blond lock of David Bowie's hair clipped from the late singer in 1983 fetched $18,750 at a memorabilia sale held over the weekend at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. The winning bid was more than four times the expected sale price of $4,000.

The lock of hair was cut by and belonged to Wendy Farrier, who worked as the wig mistress at Madame Tussauds in London. Farrier clipped Bowie's hair so that she could replicate it for a wax statue that was displayed at the wax museum during the height of his popularity. Wendy, who was a big fan of the singer, held on to the hair snippet as a souvenir.

The winning bidder receives the lock, which is bound with blue thread, as well as a black-and-white photograph of Bowie standing next to Farrier and a letter of authenticity from Wendy.

"David Bowie changed music forever and fans are hungry for related precious objects that bring them closer to their favorite musician," said Heritage Auctions executive Margaret Barrett. "What brings you closer than a lock of hair?"

Part of the proceeds from the Bowie hair will be donated to the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand, a charity that rescues and cares for stray dogs.

Among the other, rather morbid, items that were sold at the auction was a shirt stained with John Lennon's blood that was worn by an employee of the Dakota Hotel in New York City the night the ex-Beatles star was shot to death. The winning bid was $42,500.

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Credit: Danny ClinchSurviving Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb has unveiled plans to release a new solo album this fall.  Titled In the Now, The project will be the second solo effort Gibb's career, following 1984's Now Voyager, and his first album of new original music since the 2001 Bee Gees release This Is Where I Came From.

Barry has written all 12 songs on In the Now with his sons Stephen and Ashley. The album will be the first release as part of a new deal Gibb signed with Columbia Records. The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer co-produced In the Now with frequent Bee Gees collaborator John Merchant, and recorded it with the musicians from his solo backing band.

"This is a dream come true for me. It's a new chapter in my life," says Gibb in a statement. "I always hoped one day that The Bee Gees would be with Columbia or indeed Sony so, it's a great joy for me to start again this way with such great people."

In 2013 and 2014, Gibb paid tribute to his late brothers and Bee Gees band mates Robin and Maurice during a solo trek dubbed the Mythology Tour. Last Sunday, Barry made a surprise appearance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, joining headliners Coldplay for renditions of the Bee Gees hits "To Love Somebody" and "Stayin' Alive."

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Courtesy of Nate D. Sanders AuctionsThe Ludwig drum kit used in the recording of The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do," in September 1962 is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction that takes place this Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. PT. The kit originally belonged to session drummer Andy White, who was called in by producer George Martin's assistant Ron Richards to rerecord the track with the Fab Four while Ringo Starr played tambourine.

The version of "Love Me Do" featuring White, who died in November 2015 at the age of 85, wound up on The Beatles' debut U.K. album, 1963's Please Please Me, and also was released as a single in the U.S. in 1964. In addition, White played the kit on a rendition of "P.S. I Love You" that was recorded during the same session.

The drum set features the original bass drum, floor tom, tom-tom and snare, although the drumhead is new. The kit is being sold by current owner Clive Edwards, who studied drumming with a good friend of White's named Reg Weller. Weller purchased the drums for Edwards. The winning bidder also will receive a letter of authenticity from White's widow, Thea.

Bidding on the drum set starts at $150,000. The sale is being hosted Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, and bids also will be accepted online.

Visit NateDSanders.com for more information.

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