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Hal David, the lyricist behind such standards as “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “What the World Needs Now is Love,” has died at 91, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers said Saturday. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter, who teamed with musician Burt Bacharach on dozens of hit songs, died Saturday at [...]
Earl Scruggs, who as a child developed the distinctive picking style that forever changed banjo playing, and whose association with Lester Flatt cemented bluegrass music’s place in popular culture, died Wednesday of natural causes at a Nashville hospital. He was 88. For many of a certain age, Scruggs’ banjo was part of the soundtrack of [...]
Bobby Brown was charged Wednesday with three misdemeanor charges including drunken driving, two days after his afternoon arrest in suburban Los Angeles. Brown faces two DUI-related counts and another charge that he was driving on a suspended license. One of the counts alleged the R&B singer had a blood alcohol level of more than .08, [...]
Officials in the resort city of Branson, Missouri, were relieved an EF2 tornado, which damaged some of its marquee musical theaters, struck before the prime tourist season began. They said Wednesday the town was still open for business, although tourists might have to change entertainment plans. “We are getting through it,” Mayor Raeanne Presley said [...]
Authorities say singer Patricia “Bonnie” Pointer of the Pointer Sisters has been arrested for investigation of possessing rock cocaine. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the 61-year-old singer was arrested Friday in South Los Angeles after the car she was riding in was pulled over for a mechanical malfunction. Deputies say she was released after posting [...]
Jerry Leiber, the lyricist who, with his partner Mike Stoller, wrote some of the most enduring classics in the history of rock’n’roll, including “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak,” “Stand By Me” and “On Broadway,” died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 78.
“Lost 45s” guest Rob Grill, lead singer, songwriter and bass player of the ’60s rock group the Grass Roots passed away Monday morning, his wife Nancy said in a statement. He was 67. Grill was hospitalized earlier this month after suffering a fall in his home. He later had two strokes while in the hospital. [...]