PLACIDO DOMINGO, DAVID BRYAN SAY THEY HAVE CORONAVIRUS
MADRID (AP) — Plácido Domingo and Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan say they’ve each tested positive for the coronavirus. Domingo, who is 79, says on Facebook he and his family are in self-isolation. He says he is feeling well despite a fever and a cough. Last year, multiple women accused Domingo of sexual misconduct and abusing his power at two opera companies. He had denied wrongdoing, but then issued an apology. Bryan writes on Instagram he’s been sick for a week and is feeling much better. He urges people to help each other and “Please don’t be afraid!” For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever or coughing. The vast majority recover.
MUSICIANS MOURN KENNY ROGERS
UNDATED (AP) - Dolly Parton says “a big ole chunk” of her heart is gone with the death of her friend, Kenny Rogers. Rogers died Friday night at the age of 81. Tanya Tucker says the world “is left with a big shadow, center stage where Kenny Rogers stood.” Bill Anderson calls Rogers “a great artist and interpreter of songs.” Don Henley says Rogers gave him some of the best career advice he ever got, “You’d better be nice to the people you meet on the way up, because you’re going to meet those same people on the way back down.” Mickey Gilley says Rogers played bass on the first song Gilley had that charted in Houston. Comedian Patton Oswalt, who played a stalker who shoots Rogers on an episode of “Reno 911!,” says the cast loved Rogers and he was “a joy to be around.”
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KENNY ROGERS DID NOT LIKE “ISLANDS IN THE STREAM” -- UNTIL DOLLY CAME ALONG
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kenny Rogers was not that big of a fan of the song “Islands in the Stream” at first. Rogers said in a 2017 Associated Press interview Barry Gibb gave him the song and Rogers sang it for four days. Rogers finally told Gibb, “I don’t even like this song anymore.” Gibb said, “We need Dolly Parton.” Parton happened to be in the same building at the same time. Rogers said Parton marched in and the song “took on a whole new spirit.” Rogers died Friday night at the age of 81.
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KENNY ROGERS HAD A BRIEF PSYCHEDELIC CAREER WITH FIRST EDITION
WASHINGTON (AP) - Before Kenny Rogers toured with the likes of The Gatlin Brothers or Dottie West, he toured with the likes of Pink Floyd and Vanilla Fudge. Rogers said in a 1990 Associated Press interview it was all because of the First Edition song “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).” Rogers said that song was the group’s downfall because everyone thought they were a psychedelic band, but that was just one very different song. He once told the song’s writer, Mickey Newbury, that he’d love to know what the story was behind that song, and Newbury said, “So would I.” Rogers died Friday night at the age of 81.
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KENNY ROGERS REMEMBERS “THE GAMBLER”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kenny Rogers was proud of the work he did on “The Gambler” TV specials. Rogers said in a 2014 Associated Press interview the specials always won their ratings periods whenever they ran. While the shows were a sure bet for ratings, Rogers was not always a sure bet as an actor. He said he didn’t know how many times he reached into the holster in his “Gambler” costume and the gun didn’t come out. Rogers died Friday night at the age of 81.
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KENNY ROGERS WENT GUNG HO INTO EVERYTHING
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - When Kenny Rogers had a passion, he went at it full force, and it was not just music. Rogers was a prolific photographer and put out several books. He had a chain of restaurants called Kenny Rogers Roasters. He was so into tennis that at one point he had a national ranking. Rogers said in a 2014 interview he found a psychological term to describe himself: “impulsive obsessive.” Rogers died Friday night at the age of 81.
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ENTIRE KANYE WEST-TAYLOR SWIFT PHONE CALL LEAKED
NEW YORK (AP) - Before we could hear just snippets of the phone call between Kanye West and Taylor Swift discussing his song “Famous.” Now the entire 25-minute call is out there. A new video with the 2016 entire call, albeit chopped up, was leaked in the past week. West had said when he released “Famous” that Swift had given her blessing, but Swift denied ever hearing the lyric calling her a derogatory word and saying he made her famous. The full call seems to corroborate her claim, but it also reveals West repeatedly asking Swift’s approval for the line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” and her saying it’s funny. Representatives for either artists did not reply to requests for comment. West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, had released the phone call snippets in 2016 that seemed to show Swift approving the lyrics.
GRAND OLE OPRY CONTINUES WITH SATURDAY BROADCASTS BEFORE AN EMPTY HOUSE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vince Gill, Marty Stuart and Brad Paisley all performed at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, but while maintaining six feet of distance. They performed before an empty house but also to an audience of listeners on its flagship station of WSM-AM in Nashville and it was televised online and for the Circle network. Stuart says people need something to keep their minds off the coronavirus. The Opry is believed to only have canceled one Saturday night performance in its history. That was in 1968 when the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis caused the city of Nashville to impose a curfew. The Opry continued broadcasting even after the Opry House was flooded in 2010. Mandy Barnett, Bill Anderson and Jeannie Seely performed with an empty Opry house last week.
(The above item has been corrected to WSM, not WSB)
NEIL DIAMOND SINGS NEW VERSION OF “SWEET CAROLINE”
UNDATED (AP) - Neil Diamond has updated “Sweet Caroline” to reflect the new reality of the coronavirus. Diamond posted a video on social media where he changed the words of the prechorus to, “Hands/Washing hands/Reaching out/Don’t touch me/I won’t touch you.” Diamond says, “I know we’re going through a rough time right now, but I love ya.”
RIHANNA’S FOUNDATION DONATES TO CORONAVIRUS RELIEF EFFORTS
NEW YORK (AP) - Rihanna’s charity will donate $5 million to help fight the coronavirus. The Clara Lionel Foundation says the money will go to food banks, testing, healthcare worker training, virus prevention and distribution of critical supplies through groups like Feeding America and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The focus of the gift will be to help people in the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa.
CORONAVIRUS FORCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF GRACELAND
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Graceland has closed for the time being because of the coronavirus. Management for Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, say the facility is closed through April 3, including walk-ups to the Meditation Garden. About 500,000 people a year visit Graceland. A 30th anniversary celebration of the TV show “Twin Peaks” featuring actors from the show that was scheduled to take place at Graceland the weekend of April 3 has been pushed to Halloween weekend.
LIL UZI VERT’S “ETERNAL ATAKE” IS STILL NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lil Uzi Vert keeps the top slot on the Billboard album chart for a second week. “Eternal Atake” moved an additional 247,000 units in the past week. Lil Baby is number two with “My Turn,” followed by Bad Bunny’s “YHLQMDLG.” Niall Horan’s “Heartbreak Weather” debuts at fourth. “Chilombo” by Jhene Aiko (juh-NAY’ AY’-koh) is fifth.
D-NICE’S ONLINE PARTY ATTRACTS CELEBRITIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) - DJ D-Nice did a 10-hour set on his Instagram Saturday night and a whole bunch of celebrities joined in. Among those joining his “Club Quarantine” party were Missy Elliott, Will Smith, Rihanna, Ellen DeGeneres, Magic Johnson, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Oprah Winfrey called it the “best party of 1 and 100K I’ve ever been to.” D-Nice has been doing the Club Quarantine parties since Wednesday.
By Margie Szaroleta