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Singer/songwriter Ray Kennedy dead at 67

February 18th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Phil Spector
Singer/songwriter Ray Kennedy has died, aged 67.

A member of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand house band, the multi-instrumentalist hit the road as a touring members of groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Little Richard and Otis Redding.

He hit it big in the mid-1960s after signing a deal with Atlantic Records as half of the duo Jon and Ray.

Kennedy and partner Jon Misland worked with producers like Phil Spector and Arif Mardin, but failed to release an album.

The singer went solo after working with Group Therapy on two late 1960s albums, and found success as a songwriter, working...

Jennifer Grey Breaks Down In Tears Over Patrick Swayze Song

September 21st, 2010 10:30am EDT
Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey broke down in tears when she first heard the song she would be performing to on Dancing With The Stars - because it reminded her of late pal Patrick Swayze.

The Dirty Dancing actress made her debut on the reality TV show on Monday night, performing a Viennese waltz to Otis Redding's These Arms of Mine, which appeared on the film's soundtrack.

But when Grey, who played Frances 'Baby' Houseman opposite Swayze in the 1987 movie, first heard the track in rehearsals she broke down because it made her miss her co-star.

In pre-recorded footage, Grey is seen crying and telling h...

Happy 50th Birthday, Hugh Grant!

September 9th, 2010 10:28am EDT
Hugh Grant
Hollywood's favorite bumbling Brit, Hugh Grant, is the toast of Thursday as he turns 50.

The "Four Weddings & A Funeral" star is so beloved among film fans, he's mostly forgiven for his liaison with prostitute Divine Brown 13 years ago - a scandal that would have ruined many men.

Instead, Grant bounced back with a string of hit movies like "Notting Hill," "Two Weeks Notice" and "Bridget Jones's Diary," in which he played the perfect cad.

Away from Hollywood, he has dated two of the world's great English beauties in Elizabeth Hurley and Jemima Khan and he's a huge fan of golf, soccer and ...

Sheryl Crow To Release '100 Miles From Memphis' July 20

June 2nd, 2010 8:20pm EDT
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow is about to unveil her soul stylings on the new studio set "100 Miles From Memphis" due for release July 20th on A&M Records. Crow will hit the road with a string of June dates followed by a headlining slot on the first five Lilith Fair dates. After the release of "100 Miles From Memphis" Crow will debut a new live band to take her funky new sound on the road. See below for complete list of tour dates.

Growing up in Kennett, Missouri, 100 miles from Memphis, Crow grew up listening to the irresistible soul sounds on the radio coming out of Memphis in the late 60s; Otis Redding, ...

Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

25 Surprise Celebrity Deaths That Rocked Us All

April 7th, 2009 9:10am EDT
Natasha Richardson
Actress Natasha Richardson's unexpected death in a skiing accident late last month stunned and saddened the public. The usually overzealous media even seemed to tread lightly, gently reporting a story it never expected to tell. For a culture that values and admires celebrity, the death of vibrant public figures with potential yet to fulfill serves as a harsh reminder that despite glamour, talent and seemingly charmed lives, all of us are mortal. Whether on screens big or small, over the radio airwaves or in bright vivid color on canvas, the sudden passing of an entertainer can feel like the...

Debut Album From Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Due March 17

January 28th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!, the debut album from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is set for release by Lost Highway on March 17. Formed in Austin, TX, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is an eight-piece, garage-soul ensemble featuring groove-laden guitars, penetrating brass and a fiery frontman who exudes power and attitude.

Experiencing the raw energy of Black Joe's performances, accompanied by The Honeybears' masterful backing is the equivalent of a kick to the stomach. Their gut-shot style, felt in such songs as "Gunpowder", "Master Sold My Baby" and "I'm Broke", draws directly...

Seal Discusses His Album 'Soul', His Love For Music And America

November 25th, 2008 10:49am EST
The gorgeous 45 year old crooner from the UK is at it again. Grammy award winning soul artist Seal is back with his 6th studio album "Soul." It is a 12 track collection of classic soul songs where he covers such greats as Sam Cooke's 'A Change Gonna Come,' James Brown's 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World,' and Otis Redding's 'I've Been Loving You Too Long,' just to name a few.

Some may refer to him as 'Mr. Heidi Klum,' but be assured that Seal can hold his own in the spotlight. His self-titled album released in 1991 was the beginning testament to that fact and his first single 'Crazy'...

Seal To Release Album Of Covers, 'Soul,' Nov. 11

October 27th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Grammy-winning vocalist and songwriter Seal will release a new album, "Soul," on Warner Bros. Records on November 11, 2008. It is the best-selling artist's sixth studio album and was created in partnership with legendary producer David Foster. "Soul" is comprised of eleven classic soul songs that each evokes their own drama, emotion and romance. Seal brings his unique, signature style to the album and found a great collaborative spirit working with Foster.

"Someone once said '...the album will sound like the time you had making it'... Never before has it been as true as in the process ...

Marc Broussard Returns With 'Keep Coming Back,' Due Sept. 16

July 21st, 2008 5:30pm EDT
Marc Broussard
Atlantic Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the eagerly awaited new album from acclaimed singer/songwriter Marc Broussard. "Keep Coming Back" will arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on September 16th.

"Keep Coming Back" more than confirms Broussard as an artist uniquely gifted in channeling the multiple spirits of classic R&B and soul into contemporary terms. The Louisiana-based bayou soul troubadour recorded the collection earlier this year in a whirlwind 11-day session at Nashville's historic Ocean Way Studios. Broussard was joined in the studio by...

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 ...

Solo Artists: Most Underrated And Overrated

May 16th, 2008 10:52am EDT
Bob Marley
In one week, "American Idol" will add one more solo artist to the music history.

Whoever it is, they have their work cut out for them. America has a penchant for producing legendary solo artists. People like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Marvin Gaye all came from America. Britain may have the monopoly on bands with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, but our sense of Independence has allowed us to produce the best solo acts of all time.

Still, some of these solo artists have received glowing reviews when completely unwarranted. Others have been nearly...

Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

January 8th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...

Justin Timberlake Makes Dutch Teen's Dreams Come True

November 8th, 2007 8:34am EST
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake has made a young Dutch singer's dreams a reality after watching her perform Otis Redding's "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" on the internet.

Esmee Denters became a YouTube sensation after singing into her sister's webcam and posting the footage online. More than 40 million people have visited the teenager's site - and Timberlake was one.

Six months after the teen posted her first video on YouTube, Timberlake heard all about her and decided to check her out. He says, "Everyone told me about this girl and she sings everyone else's songs from her bedroom - and she...

Michael Bolton Brings New Life To Seasonal Favorites

October 29th, 2007 3:27pm EDT
Michael Bolton
Concord Records recently released A Swingin' Christmas, an album of yuletide hits sung by multi-platinum Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Michael Bolton with the bang of a big band orchestra behind him. Originally released last year (exclusively at Target), this beautiful and inspirational holiday collection adds two brand-new tracks: "Silent Night" and "Joy To The World."

A Swingin' Christmas sees Bolton bringing new life to a host of holiday chestnuts, including "Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow" and "White Christmas," making it a must-have for the holiday season. The fu...

'Ayo: Live From Monte-Carlo' Featured As PBS Fund Raising Special During December

October 28th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Ayo "Live from Monte-Carlo" will be presented on U.S. Public Television as both a one hour special and as a 90-minute fund raising special nationwide. Like The three tenors, Andrea Bocelli, Sara Brightman, Michael Bubble, Josh Groban and many others, Ayo will be introduced to the American market on television through more than 300 PBS affiliates covering 99% of total U.S. households.

Public Television is known for having an audience that is the most educated in the United States as well as having a high level of acquisitive power. Beginning in December of 2007, The Ayo fund raising s...

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)


Celebrity Birthdays, September 9

September 9th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Adam Sandler
Happy Birthday to "Brokeback Mountain" actress Michelle Williams (1980), modern jazz singer Michael Buble (1975), "E.T." star Henry Thomas (1971), New Zealand model Rachel Hunter (1969), "Click" star Adam Sandler (1966), Food Network chef Mario Batali (1960), "Notting Hill" star Hugh Grant (1960), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Voyager," and "Enterprise" actor Jeffrey Combs (1954), Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart (1952), "The Dukes of Hazzard" star Tom Wopat (1951), Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer (1946; d. 2004), R&B singers Dee Dee Sharp (1945), singer Otis Redding (1941), actr...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 9

September 9th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Adam Sandler
Happy Birthday to "Brokeback Mountain" actress Michelle Williams (1980), modern jazz singer Michael Buble (1975), "E.T." star Henry Thomas (1971), New Zealand model Rachel Hunter (1969), "Click" star Adam Sandler (1966), Food Network chef Mario Batali (1960), "Notting Hill" star Hugh Grant (1960), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Voyager," and "Enterprise" actor Jeffrey Combs (1954), Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart (1952), "The Dukes of Hazzard" star Tom Wopat (1951), Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer (1946; d. 2004), R&B singers Dee Dee Sharp (1945), singer Otis Redding (1941), actr...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 9

September 9th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Adam Sandler
Happy Birthday to "Brokeback Mountain" actress Michelle Williams (1980), modern jazz singer Michael Buble (1975), "E.T." star Henry Thomas (1971), New Zealand model Rachel Hunter (1969), "Click" star Adam Sandler (1966), Food Network chef Mario Batali (1960), "Notting Hill" star Hugh Grant (1960), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Voyager," and "Enterprise" actor Jeffrey Combs (1954), Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart (1952), "The Dukes of Hazzard" star Tom Wopat (1951), Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer (1946; d. 2004), R&B singers Dee Dee Sharp (1945), singer Otis Redding (1941), actr...

Fantasy Records To Release 'Light Your Light,' The New Album From Toots & The Maytals

August 28th, 2007 7:07pm EDT
Toots & The Maytals
New York, NY - On August 28, 2007 Fantasy Records will release Light Your Light, the latest album from Toots & The Maytals. On the heels of his Grammy triumph for 2004's True Love, Toots comes roaring back with an equally powerful collection of standards and instant classics on his Fantasy Records debut, Light Your Light.

Produced by the masterful Richard Feldman, Light Your Light revisits some of Toots' favorite compositions, shining a modern light on hits such as "Johnny Coolman," which features an appearance by guitarist Derek Trucks, and "Pain in My Heart", an homage to Otis Reddi...

Soul Stars Celebrate 50 Years Of Stax

June 25th, 2007 6:06pm EDT
Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples and Booker T. & The MG's were among the soul stars who reunited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of record label Stax on Friday. The 50 Years Of Stax concert was hosted by American Idol judge Randy Jackson and Public Enemy star Chuck D. at the Orpheum in Memphis, Tennessee, where Stax Records was based.

Also in attendance were Eddie Floyd, William Bell and Mable John. Hayes played his hits Theme From Shaft and Walk On By, while the late Otis Redding's sons Dexter and Otis III performed two of their father's songs, Try A Little Tenderness and Hard To Handle...

Musicians Pay Homage To Ahmet Ertegun On 'The House That Ahmet Built'

June 14th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Bette Midler
LOS ANGELES-Rhino Entertainment will release American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built on DVD June 12. The touching tribute features rare, private and classic clips, performances and studio sessions of Atlantic recording artists. The film is narrated by award-winning singer/actress Bette Midler.

For the last half-century, Ahmet Ertegun was hip-deep in R&B and Rock & Roll. American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built follows Ertegun's remarkable career and its impact on the evolution of the world's most popular musical genres while offering an in...

Otis Redding Bronze Statue Unveiled

May 14th, 2007 1:34pm EDT
Otis Redding
A bronze bust of soul singer Otis Redding has been unveiled outside the Guitar Center at Hollywood's RockWalk. The late star's widow Zelma Redding and daughter Karla Redding-Andrews attended the ceremony on Friday, which was organized to honor all performers at 1967's Monterey International Pop Festival.

The Mamas and the Papas singer Michelle Phillips - the only living member of the '60s folk-rock group - attended the 40th anniversary event.

She says, "I'm a little overwhelmed that I'm really the only one here. I know that I can speak for all of us when I thank all of you very mu...

Memphis To Host "Seven Days Of Soul" June 16 - 22

May 13th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Isaac Hayes
Underscoring its role as a contemporary and historical center of American music, Memphis, Tennessee will host "Seven Days of Soul" June 16- 22, as part of the city's year-long "50 Years of Soul" celebration.

The milestone commemorates the golden anniversaries of the founding of Stax Records, which pioneered the spare and punchy style of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MGs and countless other legends; and Royal Studios, which produced the achingly sweet intensity of Al Green and Ann Peebles, among others.

"Memphis is thrilled to present 'Seven Days of Soul,'" said Kevi...

Christina Aguilera Talks About Her 'Back To Basics' Tour (Part 1); Win Her CD

April 12th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera recently chatted with fans about her North American Tour. Each Thursday at 8pm Starpulse will post one of four portions of the interview, with the final part going live on Thursday, May 3, just days before the last date on Christina's 'Back To Basics' tour. Also, we'll be giving away copies of her Back To Basics CD throughout this final leg of her tour. You can enter to win a copy here.

Hi, my first question is just basically what can we expect on this tour, you know what sort of things do you have planned in general and that's about it.

Christina Aguilera: OK,...

Soulive To Release New Album On Stax Records

April 12th, 2007 3:21pm EDT
Further establishing their status as one of the preeminent soul/funk groups in music today, Soulive joins the famed Memphis soul label, Stax Records. The band’s Stax debut, No Place Like Soul, is set for release July 31. The album marks the inaugural release by one of the label’s trio of newly signed artists, which also includes Angie Stone and Isaac Hayes.

With the new addition of Toussaint, a vocalist who has spent the past several years touring with his reggae outfit The China Band, No Place Like Soul is the first Soulive album with a full-time vocalist and is the first that the ban...

Axl Rose's Whistling Tops Online Poll

April 2nd, 2007 10:24am EDT
Guns N
Guns N' Roses have topped a quirky new list of whistling stars. The group's hit Patience has beaten out Otis Redding's (Sitting On The) Dock Of The Bay in a Rolling Stone magazine online poll to find the best tunes to feature whistling solos.

The top five is:

1. Patience By Guns N' Roses

2. (Sitting On The) Dock Of The Bay By Otis Redding

3. Centerfold By J. Geils Band

4. The Stranger By Billy Joel

5. Don't Worry Be Happy By Bobby McFerrin.

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Hanson Follows Up Critically Acclaimed Album "Underneath" With "The Walk," Out May 22

March 4th, 2007 9:00am EST
A lot has happened since the release of Hanson's 2004 critically acclaimed album Underneath, the first on their own 3CG Records label, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent Album chart, and is one of the most successful independent albums of all time.

"The first music you really fall in love with is more than just music", Taylor says. "For us it was Elvis, The Beach Boys, Stax/Volt records..." Those classic influences have remained the threads that run through Hanson's music, and on The Walk they're echoed on songs like "Been There Before", which talks about Otis Redding, Jo...

Check Out Capitol Records New R&B Artist J. Holiday's Debut Single "Be With Me"

January 8th, 2007 3:49pm EST
J. Holiday
"My sound is old school soul with a little mix of hip-hop," explains J. Holiday. "If I had to give it a name I would call it 'street soul.' Nowadays the 'hood has little to listen to within R&B. I want my music to be the soundtrack to their lives and beyond."

J. Holiday doesn't pull any punches when he offers his take on the current state of R&B. "Rhythm and Blues is lacking storytellers right now," insists the candid 22-year-old singer/songwriter. Holiday then pauses, name checks the late legendary singer Otis Redding as if to show his soul credentials and asks, "Where's our generatio...

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