Stevie Wonder praises Philly gospel group on 90th birthday
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stevie Wonder has helped celebrate the 90th anniversary of a legendary Philadelphia gospel group.
Philly.com reports the African American Museum in Philadelphia hosted a celebration for the Dixie Hummingbirds Monday. The group was formed in Greenville, South Carolina, and eventually moved to Philadelphia in 1942.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Charles Neville's serene stage presence and soulful saxophone mastery earned him the affectionate title of "the horn man" while playing with his siblings in The Neville Brothers, one of New Orleans' most influential bands known for their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues.
Neville died Thursday after a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 79.
Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville, who once backed up B.B. King and later gained fame with the Neville Brothers band and their rollicking blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues, has died. He was 79.
His death came Thursday, months after he disclosed he was fighting pancreatic cancer.
Known for her decades of gospel and rhythm and blues performances, Mavis Staples will headline opening day of this year's Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival with a 7:30 p.m. June 1 performance on the Dollar Bank Main Stage in Point State Park.
In a news release, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust notes Staples recently released a new album, "If All I Was Was Black."
He is just 14 years old, but his vocal performance is set to be featured on national television soon. His 2016 cover of "Billie Jean" complete with Michael Jackson dance moves at Spring Branch Middle School has over 2.4 million views on YouTube. Now musician and performer DeCory should appear on "Showtime at the Apollo" as early as April 12 at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Supporters of a proposed U.S. Veterans Museum are bringing the Motown sound to Somerset County to raise money for the endeavor.
With a local building in mind and plans to also provide food and health care for veterans, the group behind the museum is excited about the show “Doo Wop to Pop,” with some of the original groups that brought their tight harmonies off street corners into record studios in the 1960s.
Bruno Mars crashes rap’s big party at the Grammys
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards seemed poised to make this a triumphant year for rap at music's showcase event — until Bruno Mars crashed the party.
The song-and-dance man from Hawaii won all six awards he was nominated for on Sunday night, including the three most prestigious Grammys for song ("That's What I Like"), record ("24K Magic") and album of the year. His music also dominated the rhythm and blues categories.
It is 1957, the year I graduated from high school. At that time, some of you were gathered around your 13-inch, black-and-white Zenith television, perhaps watching one of that era’s popular cowboy shows, “Johnny Mack Brown” or the “Durango Kid,” on Frontier Playhouse that featured cowboy movies of the time. Maybe you were watching one of my favorites, the puppet Willie the Worm, who talked with viewers in-between the cartoons shown.
Mount Rushmore float to appear again in Turkey Day parade
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — This year's "Mount Rushmore's American Pride" float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature legendary rhythm and blues singer Smokey Robinson.
This will be the eighth year the South Dakota Department of Tourism float will appear in the New York City parade. The float features the iconic faces at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in western South Dakota.
Other famous singers have appeared on the float in past years, including Neil Diamond and Don McLean.
Fats Domino’s career included ‘racial disturbance’ in 1956
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Nostalgia was the rule on Wednesday, as news emerged that Antoine "Fats" Domino, the New Orleans singer, pianist and rock 'n' roll pioneer, had died at 89.
Yet Domino's career, including iconic numbers "Ain't That A Shame" and "Walking To New Orleans," included bleaker episodes. The songwriter and performer saw multiple doses of mid-1950s racial violence — including a Roanoke melee.
For the South Carolina State Fair, the show is all in a year’s work
COLUMBIA — When looking to book legendary classic rock band ZZ Top for your big annual get-together, it’s best to start early.
Every year on this very special day I devote my column to mothers, in general, and some aspect of my mother, in particular. You name it and I have undoubtedly written about it. Mothers cooking; discipline coming from the switch that your mother sent you out to the backyard to fetch; being taken shopping; your mother making some of your clothing; cookouts in Fairmount Park; bus excursions to Coney Island; school days, in particular, going off to college and the care packages that would eventually arrive at your dormitory; helping your mother do chores around the house; and, that sad, sad day when you said your final goodbye.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff's deputy is suing singer R. Kelly, alleging that Kelly had a yearslong affair with his wife that broke up his marriage.
Deputy Kenneth Bryant, who married Asia Childress in Mississippi in 2012, filed suit last week in a county circuit court in Jackson, the state capital. He's seeking unspecified damages. Bryant's lawsuit includes images of texts he says Childress and Kelly exchanged.
Two of my heroes are gone.
Chuck Berry, a celebrated pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll, died at 90 in Missouri. The next day, Jimmy Breslin, a celebrated newspaper columnist and best-selling author, died at 88 in New York City.
I loved Chuck Berry’s music. I loved Jimmy Breslin’s writing.
When “Maybellene,” Chuck Berry’s first hit, was climbing up the charts in 1955, I was a student at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois.
Michael Jackson is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame, the UK Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame.Jackson's heirs can now add another hall of fame to the late singer's list of honors - he was the biggest vote-getter among this year's inductees to America's Pop Music Hall of Fame, which is based in Washington County. The newest batch of inductees was announced late last week.In...
UW student from Dells throws creative weight behind pipeline protest
The creative spark from a young Wisconsin Dells woman will help oil pipeline protesters in North Dakota get through the coming winter and has even inspired a Grammy-nominated, nationally known singer to join the cause, right here in the Dells.
A Grammy award-winning songwriter, singer and music producer from Fort Lee pleaded guilty to federal tax charges Thursday and admitted that he failed to file returns on more than $2.8 million in income over five years.
During a hearing in federal court in Newark, Mario Winans, 42, pleaded guilty to two of five charges — failing to file a return for the tax years 2008 and 2010.
R&B groups to headline Atlantic City’s 5th beach concert
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two rhythm and blues groups will headline Atlantic City's fifth beach concert.
City Council President Marty Small tells The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/2bwGgi0 ) Bell Biv DeVoe and En Vogue will perform on Sept. 22. Free tickets will be available for download from Ticketmaster on Friday. There also are a limited number of paid VIP tickets.