Big 95 Music News: Van Morrison, Elton John

VAN MORRISON:  38th studio album is due out December 1st

Van Morrison has a new album on the way -- only three months after his last album.

Versatile is due out December 1st, and it mixes Morrison originals with jazz standards like George and Ira Gershwin's "A Foggy Day" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You," as well as "Unchained Melody," which was a smash for the The Righteous Brothers.

Versatile is Morrison's 38th studio album. His 37th, Roll With the Punches, was released on September 22nd. That 10 week-gap is the shortest ever between any Morrison full album releases in his 50-year solo career.

ELTON JOHN:  Getting a series of Funko figures

Elton John, Jerry Garcia and Kurt Cobain are the latest rock stars to become Funko Pop! Rocks figures. 

The late Grateful Dead frontman's figure will have his signature sunglasses and guitar. 

Sir Elton will get three versions -- in white suit and hat with pink sunglasses and a cane; red, white and blue suit with white glasses and a microphone; and a glitter version of the red, white and blue suit that will be an FYE exclusive. 

The late Nirvana frontman will also get three figures -- one featuring a familiar green and brown sweater and an electric guitar; an FYE exclusive has a tan sweater and acoustic guitar; and a Hot Topic exclusive has a black sweater and electric guitar.

All the figures will be out in January.

ROBERT KNIGHT:  Original "Everlasting Love" singer has passed away

Robert Knight, who recorded the original 1960s version of "Everlasting Love," died Sunday. According to Nashville's Tennessean, he was 72 and had suffered a short illness.

Songwriter Mac Gayden heard Knight performing at a frat house party at Vanderbilt University and signed him to a recording contract. The last number cut in their first recording session -- which Gayden recalled as "kind of like a throwaway tune" -- was "Everlasting Love."

It's been a major pop hit three times: for Knight during the '60s, Carl Carlton in the '70s and Gloria Estefan in 1995.

Knight never again reached the Top 40. He later worked for Vanderbilt as a lab technician and on the grounds crew.

MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  November 7th

Not only was Paul McCartney at Little Steven’s London show Saturday night, so was Ray Davies. Unlike McCartney, who jumped on stage, Ray remained in the wings.

David Foster and Katharine McPhee sat together -- and smiled for photographers -- at Sunday night's Los Angeles Lakers game. It's not the first time their names have been linked -- Foster mentored McPhee on American Idol 11 years ago. He's now 68, she's 33.

Ace Frehley will go back on the road in December. He has three dates in Texas.

Cliff Richard will make a rare U.S. appearance on November 18th at the Dream Foundation’s Dreamland Gala in Santa Barbara, California. The charity's mission is similar to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, but for adults.

Sheryl Crow will headline An Evening With Scott Hamilton and Friends November 19th in Nashville. Proceeds from the event go to the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, which supports patient-friendly ways to fight canc

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