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  • Entertainment: Chuck Berry’s influence on rock ‘n roll was incalculable FILE - In this Oct. 17, 1986 file photo, Chuck Berry performs during a concert celebration for his 60th birthday at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Mo. On Saturday, March 18, 2017, police in Missouri said Berry has died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)(PhatzNewsRoom / AP)    —-   Rock n’ roll was more than a new kind of music, but a new story to tell, one for kids with transistor radios in their hands and money in their pockets, beginning to raise questions their parents never had the luxury to ask. Along with James Dean and J.D. Salinger and a ...
  • Golden Globes: Hope, Trump upstage ‘La La Land’s’ moment in the sun This image released by NBC shows Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)BEVERLY HILS, Calif. (AP) — The sunny musical “La La Land” may have danced its way to a Golden Globes record Sunday night, but the film’s seven accolades were a mere sideshow to the eloquence of honoree Meryl Streep, whose speech encapsulated the evening’s prevailing themes of hope, inclusivity and action over anger about the ...
  • Florence Henderson, “The Brady Bunch” mom, dies FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, Florence Henderson arrives at the 2014 amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful mom residing over "The Brady Bunch," has died at age 82. She died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement late Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America’s most beloved television moms in “The Brady Bunch,” has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82. Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David ...
  • NewsBreak: Official says Prince died of opioid overdose FILE - In this May 19, 2013 file photo, Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A law-enforcement official says that tests show the music superstar died of an opioid overdose. Prince was found dead at his home on April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Tests show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law-enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate. The official, who is close to the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The findings ...
  • Entertainment: Afeni Shakur, mother of rap legend Tupac Shakur, dies at 69 Tupac(PhatzNewsRoom / AP)    —    Afeni Shakur, mother of the late rap star Tupac Shakur, has died. She was 69 years old. The Marin County, California, Sheriff’s Department confirmed her death on Twitter. No details were provided. Born Alice Faye Williams, Shakur changed her name as an adult when she became a political activist and joined the Black ...
  • Investigators look at overdose in Prince death FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, citing unidentified law enforcement sources, reported that prescription painkillers were found on the musician and in his home. The Star Tribune, also citing unnamed sources, reported that prescription pills were found but that it wasn't clear whether they had been prescribed to Prince. Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. He was 57. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official said Thursday that among the things investigators are looking at is ...
  • ‘Me & Mrs Jones’ Singer Billy Paul Dies At 81 billypaul2(PhatzNewsRoom / BlackDoctor.org)   —-    We’ve lost another great one. Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul died at the age of 81 Sunday morning, according to his manager. Manager Beverly Gay told NBC10 that Paul, born Paul Williams, was diagnosed with cancer and was hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital. He died Sunday at his home in ...
  • Prince was a one-man band and a friend to many others FILE- In this Feb. 8, 2004, file photo, Beyonce, right, and Prince perform during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. In an industry where collaborations with other artists and credits are negotiated as heavily as world treaties, Prince followed only one credo when it came to working with others: the love of the music. Prince died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his home outside Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)NEW YORK (AP) — On his own, Prince was a revolutionary recording artist and one-man band. But the nearly-40 year career that ended with his death Thursday was hardly a private party. The other half of his musical legacy were his many collaborations and contributions, whether joining Stevie Wonder on stage in Paris for a spontaneous ...
  • Prince’s death raises numerous questions about prior health Prince (Courtesy Photo/YouTube) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There were no obvious signs of trauma on Prince’s body when he was found unresponsive at his home in suburban Minneapolis, and suicide isn’t suspected in the superstar musician’s death, the local sheriff said Friday. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said during a news conference that Prince was last seen Wednesday evening, when ...
  • ‘Most beloved’ of Prince family, friends bid farewell Former Prince drummer Sheila E. consoles a fan as she leaves Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., Saturday, April 23, 2016. The music superstar was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis on Thursday. He was 57. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Family and friends of Prince said a “loving goodbye” to the music icon on Saturday in a small private ceremony after his remains had been cremated. His publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said the celebration of his life included his “most beloved” family, friends and musicians. She said a musical celebration will be held at ...
  • Soul singer Percy Sledge dies aged 74 Percy _82311803_181201255(PhatzNewsRoom / BBC)    —   US soul singer Percy Sledge, famed for his song When a Man Loves a Woman, has died aged 74. Steve Green from talent agency Artists International Management Inc confirmed to the BBC that he died at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday. “He was one of my first acts, he was ...
  • Prince, Haggard, Bowie, White, Frey: Lousy year for music Fans embrace by a makeshift memorial outside Paisley Park, the home of singer Prince, on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Chanhassen, Minn. The singer died Thursday at the age of 57. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NEW YORK (AP) — It’s only April and already 2016 is a terrible year for music. That’s not to slight Kendrick Lamar, Sturgill Simpson, Beyonce or some unknown creator working in a basement to turn the sounds in their head into a file for everyone to hear and enjoy. But any year that silences the voices behind ...
  • Entertainment: ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star Doris Roberts dies at 90 FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2003 file photo, actress Doris Roberts poses by her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony in Los Angeles. Family spokeswoman said Monday, April 18, 2016, that Roberts died overnight Sunday in her sleep in Los Angeles. She was 90. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doris Roberts, who played the tart-tongued, endlessly meddling mother on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died, a family spokeswoman said. She was 90. Roberts died overnight in her sleep, spokeswoman Janet Daily said Monday. Daily was told of the death by Roberts’ son, Michael Cannata. The cause of death was not immediately known. Roberts ...
  • Update: Merle Haggard, country music icon, passes away on 79th birthday merle(PhatzNewsRoom / Sirius XM)   —-    SiriusXM is sad report that we’ve learned of the loss of a true icon of country music and close friend of Outlaw Country and Willie’s Roadhouse. “The Poet of the Common Man” and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Merle Haggard, has passed away on his birthday, at the age ...
  • Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner dies at age 74 Jefferson AirplaneNEW YORK (AP) — Paul Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal San Francisco band through its transformation from 1960s hippies to 1970s hit makers as the eventual leader of successor group Jefferson Starship, has died at age 74. Kantner, who drew upon his passion for politics and science fiction ...
  • Entertainment: Frey, prolific Eagles singer-songwriter-bandleader, dies Glenn Frey EaglesNEW YORK (AP) — As the Eagles co-founder, singer and songwriter Glenn Frey mastered the mix of rock ‘n’ roll and country music, and the band’s hits — including “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy,” both co-written by Frey — helped define the 1970s. Frey died Monday of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and ...
  • Entertainment: Chaka Khan to sing at Natalie Cole’s funeral Monday AP-People-Natalie-Cole(PhatzNewsRoom / AP)   —-    LOS ANGELES  — Chaka Khan is expected to sing at the funeral for Grammy Award-winning singer Natalie Cole on Monday in Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the family said Saturday that the service will be at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, where Cole was once a member. Music industry stars are expected ...
  • Entertainment: Iconic singer David Bowie dies at 69 David BowieNEW YORK (AP) — David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album. Bowie, whose hits included “Fame,” ”Heroes” and “Let’s Dance,” died “peacefully” and ...
  • Entertainment: Singer Natalie Cole dead at 65 natalie-cole-poses (CNN)   —-     Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning singer who had hits with such songs as “This Will Be” and “Our Love” and recorded “Unforgettable … With Love,” a best-selling album of songs made famous by her late father, Nat King Cole, died Thursday evening. She was 65. Cole’s death was confirmed by publicist Maureen O’Connor. Notables were quick ...
  • Entertainment: B.B. King memorial to mourn blues legend in Las Vegas BB King MemorialLAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King played tens of thousands of gigs around the world and often said he was blessed to play for presidents and the common folk. On Saturday, the music legend will be mourned and praised as the King of the Blues and father to 15 children during a family-and-friends memorial in Las ...
  • Entertainment: ‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89 bb-kingLAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in ...
  • Entertainment: B.B. King Hospitalized After Daughter Makes Elder-Abuse Charge B.b.-King-630x420  UPDATE: B.B. King’s Facebook page has been updated with the following information: “A Message From B.B.: ‘I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas. Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.’ B.B. King.” (PhatzNewsRoom / Ultimate Classic Rock.com)     —-     B.B. King has been treated by doctors after his daughter charged ...
  • Entertainment: ‘Stand By Me’ singer Ben E. King dead at age 76 Ben E. King  NEW YORK (AP) — Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm ‘n blues classics as “Stand by Me,” ”There Goes My Baby” and “Spanish Harlem,” has died. He was 76. King died Thursday of natural causes, his publicist Phil Brown told The ...
  • Entertainment: Soul singer Percy Sledge dead at 74 Percy-Sledge-dies-570438  (PhatzNewsRoom / AP)     —-     Baton Rouge –   Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. His family said in a statement released through his manager, Mark Lyman, that he ...
  • Entertainment: Camille Cosby defends husband as ‘kind, generous’   NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Cosby’s wife rejected sex assault allegations against her husband of a half-century on Monday, saying the man being accused by at least 15 women of drugging and having sex with them is “a man I do not know.” In a statement issued Monday, Camille Cosby dismissed accusations that date back as ...
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