LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys and...
Highlights from the career of drummer Hal Blaine
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Session drummer Hal Blaine, who died Monday at age 90 , played on thousands of records in the 1960s and '70s. He was best known for the opening solo on the Ronettes' "Be My...
NEW YORK (AP) — Carole Bayer Sager will receive the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.
The Oscar- and Grammy-winner, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in...
Stanley Donen, director of ‘Singin’ in the Rain,′ dies at 94
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Stanley Donen, a giant of the Hollywood musical who through such classics as "Singin' in the Rain" and "Funny Face" helped give us some of the most joyous sounds and...
From Bogart to millennials: Italian hat maker tries new look
SPINETTA MARENGO, Italy (AP) — Hats off, Bogie.
The traditional Italian hat maker Borsalino, whose fedora has defined the rough-and-tumble images of Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, has a plan to appeal more to women and millennials by pushing into high-end fashion, streetwear and even sportswear.
Grammy week events begin with salute to Willie Nelson
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kacey Musgraves, Dave Matthews and Lukas Nelson saluted the outlaw king of country music Willie Nelson with tributes and performances at a famed Los Angeles studio.
The Recording Academy's Producers and Engineers Wing honored Nelson on Wednesday night ahead of Sunday's Grammy Awards.
Willie Nelson, George Strait perform 1st ever duet together
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country icon Willie Nelson has sung with just about everyone, from Snoop Dogg to Frank Sinatra, but one surprising omission was fellow Texas troubadour George Strait.
The two country singers sang their first ever duet together on Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee, during a tribute show honoring the 85-year-old outlaw country singer with a performance of a song written just for the occasion.
Sioux Falls elderly dancing troupe takes final bow
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Eight women strutted into the room dressed in matching sequined hats and ties, turning the Luther Manor cafeteria into a stage.
The residents filling the space quieted, and nurses stopped in the hallway to watch.
The women danced to "My Kind of Town" by Frank Sinatra. Then they changed into technicolor gypsy outfits, polka dot dresses, checkered racing skirts and sequined Navy uniforms to accompany each classic song they performed.
iPods bring long-ago music to older ears in therapy program
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sitting in her wheelchair in the library of the Vincentian Home in McCandless, 87-year-old Lois Wolff listened intently to music through the headphones placed over her ears for the first time.
Items belonging to Sinatra make $9M hit at Sotheby’s auction
NEW YORK (AP) — The private treasures of Frank Sinatra and his wife, Barbara, were a multimillion-dollar hit at auction.
Sotheby's reported Friday that the couple's entertainment memorabilia, art, jewelry, books and other personal items sold for $9.2 million — about twice their pre-sale estimates.
Nine paintings by the legendary crooner went for more than $850,000, against a high estimate of $120,000.
Professional singer faces child molestation charge
JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — A professional singer from Rhode Island who performs renditions of Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra and Elton John songs at parties, weddings and other events has been charged with child molestation.
Anthony Cerbo, of Johnston, was held without bail after an initial court appearance Tuesday following his arrest Monday. He did not enter a plea and was referred to the public defender's office.
Police say the 40-year-old Cerbo used an online app to meet a boy under the age of 16.
Auction of mayor’s stuff will get a surprise sequel
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An estate sale at the home of polarizing former Mayor Frank Rizzo went like gangbusters over the weekend — and just after it wrapped up, an additional treasure trove of personal items was discovered in the attic, including phone numbers for Frank Sinatra and Richard Nixon, the agent in charge of the sale said Monday.
About 40,000 people came through the estate sale, which started Friday and wrapped up Sunday afternoon, said John Romani, who runs Sales by Helen with his mother.
Placido Domingo feted at Met Opera for his 50th anniversary
NEW YORK (AP) — Placido Domingo's eyes watered and his voice quavered. After portraying dozens of characters over a half-century on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, he got emotional being himself.
"For us, the opera singers, it is just like Frank Sinatra said: New York, New York, if you made it, you made it everywhere," the 77-year-old singer from Spain said Friday night when he was honored on stage for the 50th anniversary of his Met debut.
Blue Eyes special: Frank, Barbara Sinatra auction upcoming
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 200 items belonging to Frank and Barbara Sinatra ranging from movie scripts to jewelry are going up for auction.
Sotheby's on Monday unveiled the contents of Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra, which will go on the block in a series of auctions in New York in December. Sotheby's says the items were gathered over the couple's 22-year marriage and portray their public and private lives.
Alabama editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:
The Gadsden Times on now compared to 1968:
Many folks with graying (or thinning) hair and achy joints remember 1968. With apologies to Ervin Drake, composer of a song that was a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1965, it wasn't a very good year.
Judge blares ‘New York, New York,’ as Red Sox head to Bronx
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge walked past Boston's Fenway Park clubhouse early Sunday morning, Frank Sinatra's rendition of "New York, New York" blaring from a boom box atop the wheelie bag he was pulling with his left hand.
A vigil for Charles Aznavour in Armenia
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Charles Aznavour, known as France’s Sinatra, dies at 94
PARIS (AP) — Charles Aznavour's performing career endured eight decades, with a prompter in his final years the sole concession to age — or to difficulty recalling a 1,000-song repertoire.
Known as France's Frank Sinatra, the dapper crooner and actor, who got his start as a songwriter and protege of Edith Piaf, died Monday at 94.
French singer and actor Charles Aznavour dies at age 94
PARIS (AP) — Charles Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades and who seduced fans around the world with his versatile tenor, lush lyrics and kinetic stage presence, has died. He was 94.
One of France's most recognized faces, Aznavour sang to sold-out concert halls until the end, resorting to a prompter only after having written upwards of 1,000 songs by his own estimate, including the classic "La Boheme."
New Jersey Hall of Fame breaks ground at American Dream site
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Hall of Fame is on its way toward getting a new home.
Officials broke ground on Wednesday at a site in the American Dream megamall and entertainment complex at the Meadowlands.
The museum has been mobile for its 10-year existence. Among its more than 140 inductees are Frank Sinatra, Paul Robeson, Meryl Streep, Toni Morrison and Bruce Springsteen.
Quincy Jones at 85: ‘I’m too old to be full of it’
TORONTO (AP) — Quincy Jones holds out his hands.
Like Jones, an easy raconteur, they tell stories. There's a small scar from when he, as a youngster in 1930s Chicago, accidently wandered into a gang's territory. "They nailed my hand to a fence with a switchblade, man," he says. Jones points to a ring on his right pinkie left to him by Frank Sinatra, bearing the singer's family crest. It has stayed lodged on his finger for years just at it did on Sinatra's.
Review: Willie Nelson swings, croons Sinatra set on ‘My Way’
Willie Nelson is country music personified, but he's no red-headed stranger to the Great American Songbook, either. On "My Way," the prolific Texan swings and croons through 11 songs associated with Frank Sinatra, with whom he formed an unlikely and undeniable mutual admiration society.
The Latest: Massachusetts, Indiana win Miss America prelims
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the third and final night of preliminary competition in the Miss America competition (all times local):
Contestants from Massachusetts and Indiana have won titles in the third and final night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant.
Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras won the onstage interview portion.
Miss Indiana Lydia Tremaine won the talent portion for singing Frank Sinatra's "That's Life."
Author, actor, Kennedy scion Christopher Lawford dead at 63
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, sank into substance abuse and addiction and rose to become a well-known advocate for sobriety and recovery, has died.
Lawford died of a heart attack Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada, his cousin, former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, told The Associated Press. He was 63.
Friends call John McCain hero, maverick at Arizona funeral
PHOENIX (AP) — A former vice president, an NFL star and other friends remembered Sen. John McCain as a "true American hero" — and a terrible driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good battle — at a crowded church service Thursday for the maverick politician that ended to the tune of Frank Sinatra's "My Way."
Old cabins demolished at Lake Tahoe’s Cal Neva Lodge
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Work crews are demolishing some of the old cabins at the historic Cal Neva (NEE'-vuh) Lodge at Lake Tahoe due to fire and safety concerns.
Andy Chapman, CEO and president of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau, says the new owners who bought the property on the California-Nevada line in January eventually intend to re-open it as a hotel-casino.
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Gentle humor was the lifeblood of playwright Neil Simon
NEW YORK (AP) — When master playwright Neil Simon accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006, he was visibly nervous. But his gentle humor was evident.
"It took me six years to write my first play," he said, recalling that he found the title for "Come Blow Your Horn" from one of his daughter's nursery rhyme books. He said it turned out to be "a so-so play" that was turned into "a so-so movie" with Frank Sinatra.
Jazz superstar, boxing champ added to Italian American mural
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A jazz superstar and a boxing champion have been added to a mural in upstate New York.
Grammy Award winner Chuck Mangione and ex-welterweight and middleweight world champion Carmen Basilio were added to Rochester's Little Italy Wall Mural on Sunday. The two city natives join other notable Italian Americans, including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, Madonna, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and boxing legend Rocky Marciano.
Company preserves, reinvents historic RCA building
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — It really should be hallowed ground, at least for music fans.
New Jersey's own Frank Sinatra signed a recording contract in the seventh-floor boardroom.
So did Woody Guthrie.
And some guy named Elvis Presley.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's earliest recordings were produced within its walls.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101.
Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her web page said she died at 6:02 p.m. but didn't indicate where she died.
"She was a blessing and the light of my life," her daughter said.
Attempts to reach representatives for Sinatra Jr. late Friday were unsuccessful.
NEW YORK (AP) — "Ocean's 8," the female-fronted overhaul of the starry heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend's top spot from the fast-falling "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
At a lower price point and in less fanboy-guarded franchise, "Ocean's 8" — despite ho-hum reviews — found nothing like the stormy reception than the female-led "Ghostbusters" reboot did on the same weekend two years ago.
Jennifer Warnes, "Another Time, Another Place" (BMG)
Even when major an-album-a-year bands and singers are rare, the 17 since Jennifer Warnes' last record, "The Well," are far too lengthy an interval, making her return that much sweeter.
Still further back is her career peak — her tremendous 1987 collection of Leonard Cohen songs, "Famous Blue Raincoat" — and her soundtrack hits from "Norma Rae," ''An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Dirty Dancing."
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Palm Springs, the iconic Southern California desert resort that was once Frank Sinatra's playground, will soon have a sandbox for 10 giant naked babies.
TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — A golf course at Lake Tahoe is celebrating its centennial with 50-cent green fees through the weekend.
The Tahoe City Golf Course originally was called Tahoe Tavern Links when it became the first to open in the area in 1918.
The nine-hole layout in Tahoe City on the northwest shore of the lake later became a favorite for Hollywood entertainers when they performed in the area, including Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
To some, music just isn’t what it used to be when Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole and other great crooners ruled the stage and the airwaves.
Charles "Chuck" Kompas, of Watertown, passed gently Thursday, April 19, 2018, at age 76.
Part fundraiser, part flashback: Winona Health Volunteers to put on ‘USO Salute to the Troops’
It’s been almost 15 years since Bob Hope has died, but that won’t stop the legendary comedian from gracing the stage at Winona Middle School.
He’ll be joined by Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. Even Carmen Miranda — the lady wearing a fruit basket hat — will be there.
"Outta' My Mind on a Monday Moanin'"
Just checking. It is April 9, right? So it's not just me. (You too?)
Owner of 17,000 albums shares music with seniors
RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Bob Knutson spent his working years as a welder. He is first to admit he lacked a spark for music.
Music found him anyway.
Now, every month Knutson drives a 200-mile route making sure music finds its way to senior citizens, too.
"This is a calling," the founder of Songs for Seniors said. "It's the best gift you could give these seniors."
Mindy Kaling is "so proud" of 'Ocean's 8'.
The 38-year-old actress stars as Amita in the all-female spin-off to the 'Ocean's' trilogy and, although she has only seen a "cut of it", Kaling has said it is "fantastic" and said it's a movie people will "want to see".
There are close to 100 stations on my Pandora playlist, ranging from classical and folk to rock and hip hop. Despite the selection of artists and songs at my fingertips, I always seem to find myself choosing jazz. It’s comfort music, soothing my soul at the end of a long day, beckoning a liberal pour of red with a side of couch collapse and longneck candles.
Bring entertainment industry in line — censor lyrics
I was just listening to an Oldies station and heard Frank Sinatra and a group of children singing “High Hopes.” I remember hearing it when I was out on a Sunday drive with my parents. That’s the type of song we children of ’50s grew up listening to.
Comedian Marty Allen dies in Las Vegas at 95
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marty Allen, the baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died Monday night. He was 95.
Allen died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia with his wife and performing partner of the last three decades Karon Kate Blackwell by his side, Allen's spokeswoman Candi Cazau told The Associated press.
Historic Vegas neon signs shine bright for 1st time in years
LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Frank Sinatra asks Lady Luck to stick around, the neon red lights of one of Las Vegas' most famous towering signs appear to dance under the night sky, revealing a beating heart and the rest of the marquee of a famed casino-hotel. Other rusted, dusted and broken neon signs in a large gravel lot ringed by a security wall appear to light up with neon not seen for decades as other classic tunes play in the background.
DIXON – Gov. Bruce Rauner is among the GOP luminaries slated or likely to speak at the Lee County Republican Central Committee's event, "An Evening to Remember Ronald Reagan."
Martin Portnoy, 92, a bandleader whose orchestra performed for decades at Philadelphia affairs ranging from weddings to Liberty Medal ceremonies, died Thursday from kidney-related disease at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Voorhees.
A look back at Grammy fashion through the decades
On May 4, 1959, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Autry and other musical luminaries sat down to formal dinners and golden statues in Los Angeles and New York simultaneously for the very first Grammy Awards.
"As I recall, no one objected to dressing black-tie back then, though like so much else, that would change eventually," said Christine Farnon, who helped organize the first presentation and became executive vice president of the Recording Academy, in a short history on the Grammy website.
The ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ band wins? Grammy’s big shocks
NEW YORK (AP) — There was little doubt who should take home the album of the year Grammy in 1984. That was Michael Jackson with a little record called "Thriller." He won, of course, but the Recording Academy hasn't always been seen to make the right call over its 60 years. And you don't have to point to just Milli Vanilli to find some surprising decisions. Here are some others.