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Jan 28 2014 Pete Seeger Dies At 94

NEW YORK - Legendary American folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger has died at the age of 94.
His family said Seeger passed away Monday of natural causes at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Seeger was the son of a musicologist who introduced him to rural American folk music while he was a student at a Connecticut boarding […]


Oct 3 2013 Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Lawsuit Dismissed

WASHINGTON - A jury in the U.S. state of California has found that concert promoters were not liable in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by family members of music icon Michael Jackson.
 The jury agreed that concert promoters AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray to look after Jackson before a London concert series in 2009.  But […]


Aug 16 2013 Michael Jackson Was Taken Advantage Of By Doctors

LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson’s doctors competed for his business and over-prescribed medications to help overcome his “incredible” fear of pain, the late pop singer’s ex-wife testified on Wednesday in a wrongful death trial.
“His fear of pain was incredible. I think the doctors took advantage of him that way,” Debbie Rowe said in Los Angeles […]


Jul 27 2013 Mick Jagger Turns 70

WASHINGTON - Mick Jagger once said he couldn’t imagine being a rock and roll singer at the age of 50. That was when he was 29.
 On Friday, he turned 70 and he’s still at it, fronting the Rolling Stones, the longest-running rock and roll band ever, and still pulling off the leaping and prancing moves […]


Jul 12 2013 Michael Jackson Suffered Terribly Before Death

WASHINGTON - A week before his death, Michael Jackson was a shivering wreck.
“I saw a Michael that frightened me, a Michael that was shivering and cold,” a tearful Kenny Ortega told a Los Angeles court this week. He was testifying in the “wrongful-death” lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, against her son’s concert promoters, […]


Apr 26 2013 Country Music Legend George Jones Dead At 81

NASHVILLE - Music fans are mourning the loss of a true Country legend. George Jones, 81, died Friday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
 In 1955, Jones recorded “Why Baby Why,” his first hit for Starday Records.  Born in Saratoga, Texas, he began performing in local clubs at age 10.  In the late 1940s, he worked […]


May 31 2012 Doc Watson Dies At 89

WASHINGTON - American folk and roots music performer Doc Watson died on May 29 of complications from abdominal surgery.
For more than five decades, Watson entertained audiences around the world with an eclectic repertoire that included elements of folk, blues, Country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and even jazz.  A master of the contemporary flat-pick guitar style, the eight-time […]


Mar 31 2012 Earl Scruggs Dead At 88

WASHINGTON - Earl Scruggs, whose distinctive style of bluegrass banjo picking influenced countless players and helped to shape the sound of modern country music, died in a Nashville hospital Wednesday, March 28.  He was 88 years old.
Before Earl Scruggs, most banjo players used a two- fingered picking style. But all that changed after the 21-year-old […]


Mar 23 2012 Whitney Houston Death Ruled Accidental Drowning

LOS ANGELES - Medical authorities have ruled that the death of U.S. music star Whitney Houston last month was due to accidental drowning and the effects of cocaine use and heart disease.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office made the announcement Thursday, saying no foul play is suspected. Houston’s manager and sister-in-law, Patricia Houston, says the […]


Mar 2 2012 Davy Jones The Daydream Believer Remembered

WASHINGTON - Davy Jones, lead singer of the made-for-TV band The Monkees and first crush of millions of girls worldwide, died of a heart attack in Florida Wednesday. He was 66 years old.
Most of his fans first heard of Davy Jones in 1966, when the Monkees television program invaded living rooms worldwide. In reality, the […]


Feb 12 2012 Whitney Houston Dead At 48

LOS ANGELES - Fans of Whitney Houston gathered outside the hotel in Beverly Hills, California, where the singer died Saturday at the age of 48.
Houston was found unresponsive in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday afternoon.  Police say they found no obvious signs of criminal intent and are investigating the cause of death.
Some […]


Jan 21 2012 Etta James Dead At 73

WASHINGTON - American blues singer Etta James, best known for her early-1960s hit “At Last,” has died of leukemia.
The singer’s manager said the 73-year-old James died Friday at a hospital in California with her husband and two sons by her side. Her manager described her death as a “tremendous loss” for her fans around the […]


Oct 26 2011 Amy Winehouse Died Of Alcohol Poisoning

LONDON - A coroner has ruled that British singer Amy Winehouse died as a result of drinking too much alcohol.
Speaking at the inquest in London Wednesday, coroner Suzanne Greenway issued a verdict of “death by misadventure” after Winehouse consumed enough alcohol to put her blood alcohol level at more than five times the legal drunk-driving […]


Oct 6 2011 Connie Smith Releases New Album

NASHVILLE - None other than show business legend Dolly Parton once said that there were just three real female singers: Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Connie Smith. “The rest of us,” she said, “are only pretending.”  Connie Smith has just released “Long Line of Heartaches,” her first album of new songs since 1998, and only […]


Jun 19 2011 Clarence Clemons Dead At 69

MIAMI - Clarence Clemons, the burly star saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, died Saturday, six days after suffering a stroke following surgery.  Clemons was 69.
His bandleader, Springsteen, announced on his website Clemons’ loss was “immeasurable.”  Springsteen said “we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside […]


Feb 15 2011 Jazz Composer George Shearing Dead At 91

NEW YORK - Famed jazz pianist and composer George Shearing, 91, died Monday, February 14 of heart failure in New York City. Shearing was born in England but settled in the United States in 1947.
His recording career lasted more than six decades and included albums with some of the top names in jazz.  Despite being […]


Dec 30 2010 Jazz Legend Billy Taylor Dead At 89

WASHINGTON - Billy Taylor, an American jazz icon, has died of a heart attack at the age of 89.
Taylor’s family announced Wednesday the musician died in New York City overnight.
Taylor was renowned as a pianist and composer.  His career began in the 1940s and included live performances as well as appearances on radio and television. […]


Dec 9 2010 John Lennon Remembered

NEW YORK - Fans of John Lennon, a member of the iconic British band The Beatles, are holding tributes worldwide Wednesday to remember the late rock star on the 30th anniversary of his death.
Lennon was shot and killed Dec. 8, 1980 outside his New York apartment.
People are gathering to play Lennon’s music and lay flowers […]


Aug 3 2010 American Mountain Music Thrives In Rural Virginia

VIRGINIA - American bluegrass music originated with immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales beginning in the early 1600s. Those early settlers made their homes in the Appalachian Mountains in what’s now eastern United States.
Through their music, they told stories about their struggles and daily life.  Americans living today in a section of the Appalachian […]


May 30 2010 Bluegrass Festivals Remain Popular In US

WASHINGTON - American bluegrass music remains popular in many parts of the United States.
Jam sessions, where musicians get together to play, can be found across the country, and even other parts of the world.
One of the longest running bluegrass jams is held twice a month in Florida.
Under weeping willows and oak trees, musicians gather to […]


Apr 26 2010 New Orleans Jazz Festival Turns 41

NEW ORLEANS - With the promise of hearing some great jazz at the 41st Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (being held April 23-May 2), fans will not be disappointed.  But, be prepared to encounter almost every other type of music imaginable, with the possible exception of chamber music and Gregorian chants.
Although classical music […]


Mar 4 2010 Poland Celebrates 200th Birthday Of Chopin

WARSAW - This spring marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin, who was born and raised in a village just outside Warsaw.  His musical legacy forms an integral part of modern Poland’s cultural identity.
For any visitor to Warsaw, it does not take long to realize that Frederic Chopin is everywhere.  Schools, streets […]


Oct 21 2009 Martin Guitar Company Produces Exceptional Quality

NAZARETH - The Martin Guitar Company in Nazareth, Pennsylvania is world-renowned for making some of the finest guitars ever made. However, the economic downturn in the U.S. has cast a shadow over the company, which has been making guitars for 176 years.
Nazareth is an old industrial town located in central Pennsylvania. For many years its […]


Feb 3 2009 Buddy Holly Remembered

LUBBOCK - On February 3, 1959, a small plane crashed in a corn field in Iowa, killing three rock and roll stars - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as “The Big Bopper”. 
The 50th anniversary of that tragic event is being observed by rock fans around the world, but especially in Clear Lake, […]


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