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Chuck Berry Planning Recording Comeback

October 30th, 2012 10:02am EDT
Chuck Berry
Rock and blues pioneer Chuck Berry is planning to release his first studio album since 1979 - as soon as he finds a suitable business partner.

The "Johnny B. Goode" icon and guitar great has six previously unheard songs he wants to share with fans, some written 16 years ago, but he needs a music manager in the know to help him navigate today's industry.

The 86 year old says, "As soon as I can get someone to guide me - and I do know a little about the business - I want to push them out. I'm going to come back and push them out if you know what I mean, somehow."

However, he refuses to shed...

Rolling Stones Names Jimi Hendrix The Greatest Guitarist Ever

November 23rd, 2011 12:30pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in history by Rolling Stone magazine.

The revered music publication put the Purple Haze legend ahead of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page, who came in at second and third respectively.

A team of experts from the industry, including guitarist Tom Morello, came together with editors to decide their favorite guitar player for the poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Morello says, "Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."

The countdown als...

Chuck Berry Honored With Hometown Statue

July 31st, 2011 4:30pm EDT
Chuck Berry
Legendary rocker Chuck Berry has been immortalized in his native St. Louis, Missouri with a statue bearing his likeness.

The "Johnny B. Goode" icon appeared at the University City Loop area on Friday to unveil the eight foot tall honor, which depicts Berry in song, hunched over his Gibson guitar.

A host of his rock 'n' roll peers sent video messages to mark the occasion, with Little Richard branding him "the greatest entertainer in the world" and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry hailing him as "a national treasure."

Crooner Ronald Isley was on hand to introduce Berry to the stage at the spe...

30 Quick Interesting Facts About African Americans In Entertainment

February 15th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Ray Charles
In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of quick facts that consists of record-breaking moments, first accomplishments, and obscure facts that relate to African Americans in Entertainment.

The quick facts were taken from the 366 Fast Facts list that was created by Some of the facts include information about Aretha Franklin, Halle Berry, Harry Belafonte and Beyonce, just to name a few.

Here are the 30 quick facts about African Americans in Entertainment. Be sure to take a look at the list and let me know what you think.

Fact #1
Comedian Bill Cosb...

Chuck Berry Recovering From Exhaustion

January 3rd, 2011 1:39pm EST
Chuck Berry
Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry is resting at home after suffering a bout of exhaustion which led to his collapse on stage in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday night.

The 84-year-old music icon gave fans a fright when he fainted during a show at the Congress Theater - he was checked over by paramedics and later returned to the stage to tell the confused crowd he would be unable to continue with the concert.

Berry's longtime agent, Dick Alen, has now spoken out, insisting reports Berry was hospitalized after the show are not true and confirming the Johnny B. Goode hit-maker is now resting a...

Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Deemed The Greatest Song Of All Time

May 20th, 2010 8:29am EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan's 1965 hit Like A Rolling Stone has topped a new list of the Greatest Songs of All Time.

Rolling Stone magazine editors and contributors have spent months piecing together the ultimate top 500 list and Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited track has beaten out The Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction to the number one spot. John Lennon's Imagine comes in at three, while What's Going On by Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin's 1967 anthem Respect round out the top five.

Also making the top 10 are Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, The Beatles' Hey Jud...

Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...

Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...

Opening December 5: Cadillac Records

December 3rd, 2008 9:59am EST
Cadillac Records
The story of the blues in 1950s Chicago is told in Sony BMG Film's Cadillac Records, a musical drama written and directed by TV veteran Darnell Martin. The film stars Adrien Brody as Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, with Jeffrey Wright portraying R&B legend Muddy Waters, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James, and Mos Def doing his best Chuck Berry.

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Armoury Records Wishes You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year

November 19th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Foo Fighters
Armoury Records, distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment, released one mighty molten metal blast of good CD cheer: We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year.

It's an all-star assemblage as members of such great hard rock bands as Foo Fighters, Queensryche, Dio, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Dokken, Kiss, L.A. Guns, Marilyn Manson, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, King's X, Judas Priest, Anthrax, Ratt, Styx, Toto, Shadows Fall and more all jam out together on some of the most beloved holiday songs of all time (including "Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer")..

The kick is in the chemist...

Chuck Berry Cancels Sold-Out Shows, Health Questioned

July 29th, 2008 11:16am EDT
Chuck Berry
Rock legend Chuck Berry is facing legal action from concert promoters in Spain after canceling two sold-out shows in the country at the weekend.

The Johnny B. Goode star was due to play in the coastal town of Estepona on Saturday and in Leon on Sunday.

But the 81 year old scrapped the dates just one hour before he was expected onstage on Saturday, infuriating the gigs' organizers and the thousands of fans who had turned out for the show.

A statement released by the organizers reads: "With only a few concerts scheduled in our country, his rudeness left his promoter and his fan...

Ted Nugent To Play 6,000th Show In Detroit

June 21st, 2008 11:00am EDT
Ted Nugent
Rock legend Ted Nugent will celebrate America's Independence Day in style by performing his 6,000th concert. Nugent will head home to Detroit, Michigan for the landmark show - part of his 50th tour.

The rocker says, "I was born and raised in Detroit in the shadow of the mighty Funk Brothers and I was taught the ropes of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Mose Allison, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. I started playing back there under the guidance of Joe Podorsek, my guitar teacher from the Capitol School of Music on Grand River Avenue, in 1957....

Kid Rock Refuses To Sell On iTunes

June 18th, 2008 10:45am EDT
Kid Rock
Kid Rock is refusing to put his albums on internet music store iTunes - because he is not paid enough to do so.

The rocker has accused executives at owners Apple of not paying musicians enough money to sell their singles and albums through the download service.

He claims it was based on "an old system, where iTunes takes the money, the record company takes the money, and they don't give it to the artists".

He adds, "Back in the day, we all know the stories of the Otis Reddings and Chuck Berrys and Fats Dominos who never got paid.

"So the internet was an opportunity for ...

Barbra Streisand Wants To Help Barack Obama

June 13th, 2008 10:20am EDT
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand is in negotiations to offer aid and support to Barack Obama as he campaigns to become America's next President.

The legendary diva's spokeswoman has confirmed that Streisand and Obama are talking about how she can best be used in the Senator's race for the White House.

The singer, a fervent Democrat and longtime friend of Obama's recent party rival Hillary Clinton, is expected to perform at one of the Senator's upcoming fundraisers.

Obama already has plenty of top-name celebrity supporters - Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Al...

'Johnny B. Goode' Tops Guitar Anthem Hitlist

May 29th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" has topped a new list of the best Guitar Songs of all time. The 1958 rock 'n' roll classic beat Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and "Crossroads" by Cream to claim the number one spot on Rolling Stone magazine's new countdown.

Also making the top 10 is The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," "Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones, Van Halen's "Eruption" and Led Zeppelin's rock anthem "Stairway To Heaven."

Editors made their picks based on the best "guitar moments" on record.

Get the ringtones:

-Johnny B. Goode

-Purple Haze

-You Really Got Me

-Brown Su...

Notes & Quotes

April 6th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Keith Richards
"Hats off to Chuck any time! He's 81 at least. Sure there are a few rough edges between us, but that's because he knows I'm better than him. But I'm not." The Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has a lot of respect for veteran singer Chuck Berry.

Socialite Nicole Richie has denied a report she plans to marry her boyfriend Joel Madden this summer, insisting the rocker hasn't even proposed. Richie and Madden, who have baby daughter Harlow Winter Kate together, were said to be sending out invites for their impending nuptials as early as next week. A spokesperson says, "They are not even e...

Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...

Mos Def To Play Chuck Berry

March 31st, 2008 9:37am EDT
Mos Def
Rapper-turned-actor Mos Def is set to take on the character of legendary rocker Chuck Berry in forthcoming biopic movie Cadillac Records.

The movie is set in 1950's Chicago and follows the turbulent lives of Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess, and the label's artists, including Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Willie Dixon .

Mos Def most recently acted with funnyman Jack Black in Michel Gondry's comedy Be Kind Rewind and the upcoming Eddie Murphy comedy Meet Dave.

-Check out Mos Def's Filmography

(This news article provided by World Enterta...

The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 1

January 31st, 2008 2:46pm EST
Simon and Garfunkel
I recently started thinking about the best songs about girls with every letter of the alphabet, regardless of whether or not the subject of the song is the same as the title. This project became a bit of a labor of love since there were two important, sometimes conflicting, considerations: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. Ultimately, I had to pick songs that struck the best balance between these two considerations.

A: Amie by Pure Prairie League. A nod to Angie by The Rolling Stones, but if he's dumping her she couldn't have been that great.

B: Bernadette b...

Fascinating Facts

December 21st, 2007 6:00pm EST
Jennifer Hudson
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is charging fans $1,000 each to watch her ring in the New Year at Miami, Florida's The Setai. The singer will perform songs from the hit film at a New Year's Eve party.

Lou Reed will follow The Who's Pete Townshend and serve as the keynote speaker at the 2008 South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas in March. Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore, Daryl Hall and Sire Records founder Seymour Stein will also address music fans at the annual mix of seminars and concerts.

Former Rolling Stones bandmates Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor are to reunite f...

Guitarists that Time Will Never Forget Vol. 2

December 5th, 2007 3:20pm EST
Brian May
Brian May of Queen

"I have spent all my years in believing you, But I just can't get no relief, Lord!"

A Composer, a songwriter, an amazing guitarist and he's got the best hair on earth! What do the songs "Tie Your Mother Down," and "I Want It All" have in common? Brian May wrote them both. He made many artistic contributions to Queen and explored different styles of guitar playing. If you had to ask me 'what's my favorite band?" I would have to say Queen. The main reason being is that they span over a number of styles. There are songs you can totally rock out to, fun, care free song...

'Now That's What I Call Christmas!' Series Makes Digital Release Debuts

December 2nd, 2007 11:00am EST
Vols 1
The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, rings in the holiday season with the digital release debut of two of its multi-platinum holiday collections, NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 1 and NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 2, and the digital return of last year's NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 3. Now all three of NOW's festive 36-track holiday collections are now available for purchase from most major digital service providers.

NOW's Christmas volumes present the most comprehensive collections of holiday favorites from the su...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 18

October 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Chuck Berry
Happy Birthday to jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (1944), Belgian martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova (1956), Indian actor Om Puri (1950), Mork & Mindy actress Pam Dawber (1951), novelist Terry McMillan (1951), Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore (1946), football player/coach Mike Ditka (1939), Everybody Loves Raymond actor Peter Boyle (1935), Patton portrayer George C. Scott (1927; d. 1999), German actor Klaus Kinski (1926; d. 1991), and rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry (1926).

15 Memorable Music Scenes On Film

October 16th, 2007 10:08am EDT
William Shakespeare
As a film junkie and music geek I always look forward to seeing what songs directors will put in certain scenes to create the right mood. Finding the perfect song isn't always easy. The song has to fit that key moment or it could ruin the movie.

Following is a list of songs that have really made a movie scene stand out. I'm sure you will notice two things about me: I love chick flicks and 80's movies. This wasn't an easy task. I found over 50 songs and cut the list down to 15 with a few honorable mentions.

15) "Kissing You" by Des'Ree from the movie "Romeo + Juliet" (1996)


Chuck Berry Mistook Johnny Depp's Band For His Own

May 24th, 2007 9:41am EDT
Chuck Berry
Legendary rocker Chuck Berry once mistook his opening group, which featured a young Johnny Depp, for his backing band - and asked the actor to tune his guitar for him. Depp was just 17 when his band The Kids supported Berry at a concert in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 43-year-old tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I was in this band, The Kids. And we opened up for Chuck Berry in Atlanta. I was 17. He arrives. He comes into our dressing room. He thinks we're his band. So I was, like, stupefied."

"And he handed me his guitar and said, 'Tune it up.' So I plugged it and used the strobe tuner....

Grateful Dead Release Historic 1976 New Year's Eve Show On Three-Disc HDCD Jan. 23

January 10th, 2007 11:27am EST
Grateful Dead
Habital listeners of the Grateful Dead's live recordings are known for their ability to identify the year of a performance by listening to just a few notes. But for even the most "dead"icated listener, the band's 1976 New Year's Eve concert presents a genuine challenge. Rarely does any Dead show display the essence of several distinct periods of their sound, but this release contains the best elements of three or four clearly defined eras, and the sum of the parts adds up to one of the most interesting and inspired concerts of the band's 30-year performing career. The Grateful Dead and Rhin...

Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

December 25th, 2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...

Guitar Legends JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Unite For An Epic, Soulful CD: "The Road To Escondido"

October 27th, 2006 12:56pm EDT
Eric Clapton
After years of admiring each other's musical masterworks and Clapton covers of Cale songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," guitar greats J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton have teamed up for the first time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The 14 track CD was produced and recorded by the duo in August 2005 in California. The resulting music defies being labeled into any one category, but instead finds influence across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. A hybrid sound that is unique musically, while still bearing the signature styles of Cale and Clap...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 18

October 18th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Chuck Berry
Happy Birthday to jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (1944), Belgian martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova (1956), Indian actor Om Puri (1950), Mork & Mindy actress Pam Dawber (1951), author Terry McMillan (1951), Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore (1946), football player/coach Mike Ditka (1939), Everybody Loves Raymond actor Peter Boyle (1935), Patton portrayer George C. Scott (1927; d. 1999), German actor Klaus Kinski (1926; d. 1991), and rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry (1926).

Second Disc Of Live Cuts Highlights "The Very Best Of Jerry Garcia," Due Sept. 26; Listen Here!

September 19th, 2006 8:00pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
Acoustic or electric, solo or side project; Jerry Garcia was prolific during his breaks from the Grateful Dead. Between 1972 and 1982, Garcia recorded five historic studio albums and jammed with a revolving cast of musicians in the Jerry Garcia Band. Rhino/J. Garcia Records salute the rich talents of an incomparable music icon with the first-ever compilation spotlighting Garcia's solo work. Highlights from his five solo studio records provide the foundation of the first disc, while the second disc serves as a comprehensive compilation of seminal solo performances dating from the early '70s...

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