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  • Breaking News: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ″I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through ...
  • Cosby could spend rest of life in prison for sex assault NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — After decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls, Bill Cosby could be headed to prison at age 80 for sexual assault for the rest of his life, vindicating a multitude of women who doubted anyone would ever believe their word against that of America’s Dad. The comedian was convicted Thursday of ...
  • Entertainment: Frasier actor John Mahoney has died aged 77 (PhatzNewsRoom / Chicago Tribune)   —   The actor John Mahoney, a longtime Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member and a performer known to millions for his work on the NBC sitcom “Frasier,” died Sunday at the age of 77. Mahoney had been suffering from cancer. Mahoney’s death was confirmed Monday by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which canceled its scheduled ...
  • Entertainment: Bruno Mars crashes rap’s big party at the Grammys NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards seemed poised to make this a triumphant year for rap at music’s showcase event — until Bruno Mars crashed the party. The song-and-dance man from Hawaii won all six awards he was nominated for on Sunday night, including the three most prestigious Grammys for song (“That’s What I Like”), ...
  • Breaking News: Rock ‘n’ roll legend Tom Petty dies at 66 after suffering cardiac arrest NEW YORK (AP) — Given the leather jacket and sneer Tom Petty wore on the cover of his 1976 debut, many people assumed he was one of those cheeky punks bent on tearing down the walls of rock ‘n’ roll. He wasn’t. It’s not that Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, didn’t have their share of ...
  • Entertainment: Chuck Berry’s influence on rock ‘n roll was incalculable (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 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 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 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 (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 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 (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 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 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 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 (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 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 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 (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 NEW 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 NEW 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 (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 NEW 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 (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 LAS 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 ...
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