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October 26, 2017 GMT

PAT BOONE MOURNS FATS DOMINO

UNDATED (AP) — Pat Boone says Fats Domino would introduce his song “Ain’t That A Shame” by pointing to his piano-shaped diamond ring and saying, “Pat Boone bought me this ring with this song.” Boone writes on Facebook he always credited Domino every time he did the song. Boone made his name early in his career covering songs by black musicians and “Ain’t That A Shame” was Boone’s first number-one hit. Boone says Domino was “a legend, an original, and we both knew we were very instrumental in each other’s success.” Domino died Tuesday at the age of 89.

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001-w-28-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)--Musician Fats Domino has died of natural causes at the age of 89 in New Orleans. AP music correspondent Margie Szaroleta has a look at his career. ((opens with music)) (26 Oct 2017)

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002-a-13-(Fats Domino, musician, in 1995 interview)-“who appreciates me”-Musician Fats Domino said in a 1995 interview he never got tired of singing his hits. ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (26 Oct 2017)

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003-r-49-(Fats Domino, performing “Blueberry Hill”)--Fats Domino, performing “Blueberry Hill.” (26 Oct 2017)

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004-r-50-(Fats Domino, performing “I’m Walkin‴)--Fats Domino, performing “I’m Walkin’.” (26 Oct 2017)

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LITTLE RICHARD: FATS DOMINO WAS “ONE OF THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS”

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Little Richard calls Fats Domino “one of my greatest inspirations.” Richard says, “God was tops, but earthly, Fats was it.” Richard says Domino was “one of the greatest entertainers that I’ve ever known.” They were both in the first class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Domino died Tuesday at the age of 89.

BOB SEGER HAS SURGERY

UNDATED (AP) — Bob Seger’s surgery for his vertebra “couldn’t have gone better,” according to his doctors. Seger posts on social media he had surgery on Friday to address the medical issue that forced him to postpone his tour. Seger had announced three weeks ago the problem was “urgent” but he did not give details. Rescheduled dates have not yet been announced.

METALLICA, DAVE MATTHEWS, G-EAZY PLAN WILDFIRES BENEFIT CONCERT

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Metallica bassist Kirk Hammett says the recent wildfires in northern California literally stopped at his front gate. He tells the San Francisco Chronicle some of his neighbors were not so lucky. Metallica, along with Dave Matthews and G-Eazy will do a benefit concert for victims of the fires on Nov. 11 in San Francisco’s AT&T Park. G-Eazy says the Bay Area is forever his home, and “it hurts to see so many people lose everything.” The fires killed at least 40 people and caused $1 billion in damage.

TWIGGY RAMIREZ LEAVES MARILYN MANSON’S BAND

UNDATED (AP) — Marilyn Manson has “decided to part ways” with bassist Twiggy Ramirez. Manson simply says he will replace Ramirez for his upcoming tour and he wishes him well. Ramirez’s former girlfriend, singer Jessicka Addams, recently wrote on Facebook Ramirez mentally and physically abused her as well as raped her. Ramirez has not commented on the accusations or his parting with Manson.

LUKE COMBS: THE TRAPPINGS OF SUCCESS

NASHVILLE (AP) — Luke Combs dreamed of stardom, and now that’s he’s got it, he’s nostalgic for those good ol’ days as a nobody. Combs says for a couple of years, he and his band traveled in a 15-passenger bus to gigs in college towns, trying to make names for themselves. He says back then, they couldn’t wait to have enough money to travel in tour buses, and now that they can, he misses the van. Combs says it was a blast hanging with his boys, doing the “us-against-the-world kind of thing.”

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011-a-11-(Luke Combs, country singer, in AP interview)-“they really were”-Country singer Luke Combs says the good ol’ days were when he and his band were nobodies playing college towns. (26 Oct 2017)

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012-a-15-(Luke Combs, country singer, in AP interview)-“kind of thing”-Country singer Luke Combs says he was stuffed in a van with his band on the early tours. (26 Oct 2017)

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013-a-07-(Luke Combs, country singer, in AP interview)-“like anything else”-Country singer Luke Combs says he travels in tour buses now, but he’s a bit sentimental about the days when he and his band were crammed in a van. (26 Oct 2017)

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“MICHAEL JACKSON’S HALLOWEEN” AIRS FRIDAY

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Jackson will star as the Man in the Moon in an animated Halloween special featuring his music. Also, he will appear as a mad-scientist cat, a bat and a dancing jack-o’-lantern. Executive producer John Branca says Jackson loved Halloween and the special is “just for fun.” It’s about two teenagers who go to a haunted mansion on Halloween, but it’s not too scary for little kids to watch. “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” airs Friday on CBS.

BOB DYLAN’S GUITAR IS FOR SALE

DALLAS (AP) — The guitar Bob Dylan played at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh is for sale. Heritage Auctions estimates the 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar will sell for more than $300,000 during an auction Nov. 11 in Dallas. Dylan sold it in 1977 for $500 to Larry Cragg, his guitar repairman. Cragg kept it in a humidity-controlled environment all this time. Dylan also played the guitar during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour of the mid-1970s and at several other concerts.

by Margie Szaroleta