Big 95 Music News: Eagles, The Who

EAGLES:  Deluxe reissues of Hotel California  on the way in November

The Eagles will reissue Hotel California in multiple formats on November 24th.

The original album has been remastered and will be available in a single-CD and a digital release. The two-CD Expanded Edition adds 10 previously unreleased live tracks recorded in October 1976 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. And the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition adds a Blu-ray audio disc with the album in surround sound packaged in a hardbound book with rare and unseen photos, and a Hotel California replica tour book. 

Hotel California was released on December 8th, 1976 and spent eight non-consecutive weeks at number-one in 1977. It spawned two number-one hits -- the title track and "New Kid in Town" -- and has sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S.

THE WHO:  Roger Daltrey is set to tell his story

It's time for Roger Daltrey to tell his story.

The Who singer has signed a deal with Blink Publishing to write his memoir.

Daltrey says, “It’s great that I’ve found a young, enthusiastic publisher, an upstart in the world of books, to publish my story. It feels like the right fit. I’ve always resisted the urge to ‘do the memoir’ but I finally feel I have enough perspective. I’ve been lucky enough to live in interesting times - I’ve witnessed society, music and culture change beyond recognition.”

The planned publication will be late next summer or fall.

LIONEL RICHIE:  Picks up rights to a Curtis Mayfield bio-pic

Lionel Richie will oversee the bio-pic of soul music innovator Curtis Mayfield.

Coming off a successful summer tour with Mariah Carey and signing on as an American Idol judge, Lionel says, "It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen." 

Mayfield's widow Altheida adds, "It’s time to celebrate and re-evaluate Curtis’s legacy... For years, too many others have tried to claim what he alone did. He was a genius, always stood on his own."

A Chicago native, Mayfield co-founded The Impressions, who started out with the doo-wop balladry of "For Your Precious Love" and Drifters-esque soul of "Gypsy Woman" before crafting the socially conscious classics "People Get Ready," "Keep on Pushin'" and "We're a Winner." He went solo in the early 1970s, winning raves for his gritty soundtack to Super Fly. Curtis also penned Top 10 hits for fellow Chicagoans Jan Bradley ("Mama Didn't Lie") and Major Lance ("Monkey Time").

An onstage accident in 1990 when he was hit by falling stage lights left him quadriplegic. The following year, The Impressions were inducted into the Rock and Hall of Fame. In 1998, a year before he passed away, he was similarly honored for his solo work. And in 2002, Curtis was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. (

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