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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribute, Hall & Oates, KISS & More

April 11th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribut
The surviving members of Nirvana paid tribute to late singer Kurt Cobain at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday by inviting several women of rock on stage to perform the band's classic songs.

Joan Jett sang "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon belted out "Aneurysm," St. Vincent sang "Lithium," and Lorde closed out the set with "All Apologies."

Cobain's mother, sister and his widow, Hole singer Courtney Love, joined drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic on the podium at the Barclays Center to honor the grunge singer.
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Billy Connolly & 9 Other Celebs With Parkinson's Disease

September 16th, 2013 9:08pm EDT
Billy Connolly
Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly revealed today that he is receiving treatment for Parkinson's disease. There is no cure for the disease, which includes symptoms such as tremors and slowness of movement.

More than 1.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with the disease, according to The American Parkinson Disease Association.

The progressive disorder develops gradually, sometimes as just a small tremor in one hand. It also causes stiffness or soft and slurred speach, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Connolly isn't the only celebrity who has been diagnosed with...
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Linda Ronstadt Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

August 25th, 2013 6:01pm EDT
Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

The 67-year-old singer revealed in a recent interview with AARP magazine that she was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease eight months ago after she was having difficulty singing.

"I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why," she tells AARP Magazine. "I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn't occur to me to go to a neurologist.

"Parkinson's is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went...
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Queen Of Rock Linda Ronstadt Writing Memoir

July 31st, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Linda Ronstadt
Veteran rock star Linda Ronstadt is opening up about her life in the limelight for her memoir.

The multiple Grammy Award winner-turned-activist will put pen to paper for "Heart Like a Wheel," named after her hit 1974 album.

Ronstadt, who was once dubbed the Queen of Rock, will detail her rise to fame and tell all about her love life with former California Governor Jerry Brown in the 1970s.

The autobiography, published by Simon & Schuster, will be released in 2013.
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Elton John Buys His Baby An iPod

January 31st, 2011 12:55pm EST
Elton John
Elton John is determined his baby son becomes a music fan before he's a toddler - the tot has his own miniature iPod. The Rocket Man and his partner David Furnish welcomed little Zachary via a surrogate mother at Christmas, and they are reveling in their new roles as parents.

The singer is eager for his child to have great taste in tunes, so he has downloaded his favorite songs onto an MP3 music player for the baby - and the selection includes some of his own classic hits.

He tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "It's a teen-tiny little thing, so small you can hardly believe it even is an i...
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Muppets Forever: The House That Henson Built

September 30th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Sesame Street
For nearly 40 years Jim Henson’s Muppets have captivated audiences young and old, whether down the block on Sesame Street, from backstage on their own syndicated variety show, or even on the big screen. They’ve earned fans in Kanye West, Feist, Weezer, and Jason Segel, who’s been commissioned to bring them back to the moviehouse. This is the story of Jim Henson and how he built his beloved empire from a discarded housecoat and a pair of ping-pong balls.

When I lived in L.A., one of my favorite pastimes was walking up La Brea Avenue toward Hollywood Boulevard. Amid the hip boutiques, ch...
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Lila Downs Announces Sept. 2 Release Of Diverse New Album 'Shake Away'

August 21st, 2008 11:09pm EDT
Lila Downs
Exploring and expressing Mexico's rich culture has been a lifelong passion for Lila Downs. On Shake Away, Downs takes listeners on a journey that's both intensely personal and vividly universal. Recorded in New York and Mexico City, the songs range from the pointed "Minimum Wage" to the mystical "Silent Thunder" to a cover of Lucinda Williams' "I Envy The Wind" in English and Spanish ("Yo Envidio El Viento") versions.

On Shake Away Lila invites a group of special guests, including the legendary Argentinean singer Mercedes Sosa on a duet of her song "Tierra de Luz" (Land of Light); long...
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Emmylou Harris, Statler Bros. Among Inductees Into Country Hall Of Fame

February 12th, 2008 2:20pm EST
Emmylou Harris
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Country Music Hall of Fame has four new members: Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, the Statler Brothers and the late Ernest ''Pop'' Stoneman. Their upcoming induction was announced Tuesday in Nashville.

Their selection was announced Tuesday by the Country Music Association. They will be formally inducted later this year.

Harris, a native of Birmingham, Ala., first became known for her duet work with Gram Parsons in the 1970s. After Parsons' death in 1973, she began a successful solo career that has spanned pop, country rock and Americana, and earned her 12 G...
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Emmylou Harris Rarities Take Flight On 'Songbird'; Win The Set

September 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
LOS ANGELES -- 12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems.

Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concep...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 15

July 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Terry O
Happy Birthday to "90210" actor Brian Austin Green (1973), System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan (1973), Deftones bassist Chi Cheng (1970), actors Stan Kirsch and Eddie Griffin (1968), "Good Morning Vietnam" actor Forest Whitaker (1961), guitar whiz Joe Satriani (1956), Marky Ramone of The Ramones (1956), late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (1956; d. 1980), "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn (1952), wrestler/governor Jesse Ventura (1951), Yes bassist Trevor Horn (1949), singer Linda Ronstadt (1946), actress Diahann Carroll (1935), actor Philip Carey (1923), and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (160...
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Stars Praise Ella Fitzgerald With 'We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song'; Out June 5

May 29th, 2007 12:47pm EDT
Ella Fitzgerald
A sensational assemblage of stars honors the incomparable songstress Ella Fitzgerald on the Phil Ramone-produced 'We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song' (June 5, Verve Records). These stars' love of Ella shines through on their musical performances, but they also cite Ella's artistry and music as moving and influential to their own careers.

You can almost hear Natalie Cole smile as she sings Ella's famous hit "A Tisket A Tasket." This was the first jazz song Cole ever learned and she practiced it so she would sound exactly like Ella. "When I was seven, I was singing like...
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Casey Kasem's "Long Distance Dedications" Are Spotlight Feature On New CD

January 12th, 2007 3:54pm EST
Casey Kasem
Legendary DJ and radio personality Casey Kasem will release a new CD featuring 20 of the most popular songs from his signature radio feature The Long Distance Dedications on January 23. The disc, Casey Kasem Presents: The Long Distance Dedications spans multiple genres and includes some of the biggest names in music: Elton John, Whitney Houston, Cher, Lionel Richie, Louis Armstrong, The Righteous Brothers, Amy Grant, Joe Cocker, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah McLachlan, Phil Collins, Commodores, Chicago and many others. It arrives in stores on January 23, 2007, (Top Sail Productions/WEA) and is the...
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Newcomer Lisa Palleschi Releases Her Debut Album, "Released"

November 24th, 2006 10:00am EST
Lisa Palleschi
"I think this album has two personalities," Lisa Palleschi says of her debut, Released. "Half the songs are really pretty ballads, love songs, and the other half are more in-your-face, rock songs."

Indeed, Released is chock full of humanity: Its songs map the extreme ups and downs that every person experiences. It's full of love (the sensuous, lush cover of The Cure's classic "Just Like Heaven") and heartbreak (the scornful "I Wanna See You Cry"). And the big-voiced Long Island, N.Y. born siren wouldn't have it any other way.

Ranging from the sweeping to the sweet, the beautifully...
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Aaron Neville To Perform on 'The Young & The Restless'

October 2nd, 2006 2:28pm EDT
Aaron Neville
Four-time Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville will appear on the daytime drama, The Young And The Restless, Friday, Oct. 27 on CBS. Neville, a longtime fan of Y&R, will perform at the opening of Neil Winters' (Kristoff St. John) new club, Indigo, where he will sing "Stand By Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine," from his new album, Bring It On Home ...The Soul Classics.

Neville, the third youngest of the four famous brothers, was the first to make the national charts with the Number One hit, "Tell It Like It Is," in 1966. He and his brothers later formed The Neville Brothers and recorded a ser...
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George W. Bush 'Is An Idiot,' Says Linda Rondstadt

August 14th, 2006 1:52pm EDT
Linda Rondstadt
Linda Ronstadt has launched a blistering attack on President George W. Bush, declaring she is embarrassed to be from the same country as him. The outspoken star was thrown out of a Las Vegas, Nevada, casino in 2004 after praising Michael Moore for his anti-Bush movie Fahrenheit 9/11.

Two years on she hasn't softened her views, echoing those of country music trio The Dixie Chicks. She says, "The Dixie Chicks said they were embarrassed he was from Texas. I'm embarrassed George Bush is from the United States. He's an idiot. He's enormously incompetent on both the domestic and internation...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 15

July 15th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Terry O
Happy Birthday to "90210" actor Brian Austin Green (1973), System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan (1973), Deftones bassist Chi Cheng (1970), actors Stan Kirsch and Eddie Griffin (1968), "Good Morning Vietnam" actor Forest Whitaker (1961), guitar whiz Joe Satriani (1956), Marky Ramone of The Ramones (1956), late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (1956; d. 1980), "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn (1952), wrestler/governor Jesse Ventura (1951), Yes bassist Trevor Horn (1949), singer Linda Ronstadt (1946), actor Philip Carey (1923), and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606; d. 1669).
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Linda Ronstadt 'Capitol Years' Collection Due

November 8th, 2005 7:56am EST
Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt's four seminal Capitol Records solo albums from 1969 to 1974 have been collected for the first time in a new 2-CD package, "The Best Of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years." Due in stores on January 28, the 47-track collection includes "Hand Sown ... Home Grown", "Silk Purse", "Linda Ronstadt" and "Heart Like A Wheel" in their entirety, as well as five previously unreleased studio recordings and concert performances.

A leading figure in California's country/folk movement of the late 1960s, Linda Ronstadt began her musical career with the Stone Poneys, releasing three Capi...
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Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack Hits Shelves

November 1st, 2005 1:56am EST
Brokeback Mountain
On Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, Verve Forecast will release the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Focus Features' award-winning film, Brokeback Mountain. The beautifully assembled soundtrack album features music from the film's original score by Grammy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla, as well as a number of songs both new and old from a stellar lineup of artists including Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt.

The atmosphere of the soundtrack is marked by a down-home blend of folk, bluegrass, and country sounds. Steve Earle contributes ...
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Dolly Parton & Elton John To Perform Together

October 31st, 2005 12:02pm EST
Dolly Parton
Two of music's most respected, performer/songwriters Dolly Parton and Sir Elton John are joining forces for a musical first on "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" when they perform together during "Country Music's Biggest Night." Parton will join John in a performance of "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave."

"I've always admired Sir Elton's songwriting, musicianship and singing and I'm thrilled to be working with him," Parton said. "It should be a very passionate performance."

"The 39th Annual CMA Awards" airs live Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the CBS Television Network from Ma...
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