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October 26, 2020 GMT

JERRY JEFF WALKER DIES

UNDATED (AP) - If Jimmy Buffett had never gone to Key West, his life would have turned out completely different. Buffett says he’s so happy that Jerry Jeff Walker drove him there. Walker died of cancer on Friday at the age of 78, according to a family spokesman. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who had a hit with Walker’s song “Mr. Bojangles” in 1971, say they will “forever be grateful for that tune and Jerry Jeff’s friendship as well.” Walker had said the events in “Mr. Bojangles” were true and happened pretty much the way he described them.

ARLO GUTHRIE RETIRES FROM PLAYING SHOWS

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arlo Guthrie says he’s retiring from performing, but he promises he “will continue to poke fun at cultural, political, or personal absurdities” as he sees them. Guthrie, who is 73, says in a statement he suffered two strokes, one in 2016 and one, on of all days, last Thanksgiving. He says went through rehab to relearn how to walk. He had played a few shows earlier this year before the pandemic shut everything down. Guthrie says he’s had “a great 50-plus years of being a working entertainer,” but since touring is not possible, he’s “gone fishing.”

PASADENA COUNCIL CONSIDERS EDDIE VAN HALEN HONOR

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Today’s city council meeting in Pasadena, California, includes an agenda item titled “Consideration Of Local Opportunities To Commemorate Edward L. Van Halen.” The city council will consider renaming a street or alley after Eddie Van Halen, or possibly creating a public monument to him. Van Halen’s family moved from Amsterdam to Pasadena in 1962, and the band formed in Pasadena in 1974. Van Halen died of cancer three weeks ago.

DIRECTOR EXPLAINS THINKING BEHIND SPRINGSTEEN FILM

NEW YORK (AP) - The director of a documentary about Bruce Springsteen’s new album says he did not direct the film as much as capture the moments. Thom Zimny asked everyone to dress in dark clothes, but otherwise he let Springsteen and the E Street Band do their thing. Zimny says it was only when he got into the editing room that he saw moments of tension and conflict, as well as “pure creative energy.” The film, called “Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You,” is out now on Apple TV Plus. Springsteen’s album, “Letter to You,” also is out now.

DUA LIPA UNVEILS AMA NOMINEES

NEW YORK (AP) - Dua Lipa will reveal some of the nominees for the American Music Awards during “Good Morning America” today. The full list will be revealed by 9:30 a.m. Eastern. The AMAs will be held Nov. 22 in Los Angeles and broadcast live on ABC.

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SILENTO ARRESTED

ATLANTA (AP) — Silento has been arrested. Police in Atlanta say the rapper is accused of driving 143 mph on an interstate. News reports say the Atlanta-based musician is charged with reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane — and improper stopping. A DeKalb police report says Silento was pulled over early Friday morning after an officer saw a white BMW swerving around slower cars. The arrest comes a month after Silento was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in Los Angeles. He’s accused of walking into an unlocked stranger’s home and swinging a hatchet at the two people inside before one of them disarmed him.

“PURPLE RAIN” SCREENWRITER WILLIAM BLINN DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One of the screenwriters of the Prince film “Purple Rain” has died. William Blinn died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living community in Burbank, California, according to his daughter. He was 83. Blinn and director Albert Magnoli wrote the “Purple Rain” script. The film made more than $70 million in theaters. Blinn also wrote the script to the TV movie “Brian’s Song” and worked on the miniseries “Roots.” He helped create and produce the TV shows “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Rookies.”