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Aretha Franklin

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  • Franklin, Perlman, Ma add musical flourishes to Obama inauguration

    In addition to the traditional marches and flourishes from a military band, the inaugural ceremony included two remarkable musical interludes. The first was provided by Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, whose dynamic, gospel-inflected delivery of "My...
  • Joe South dies at 72; singer-songwriter did 'Games People Play'

    Joe South dies at 72; singer-songwriter did 'Games People Play'
    Joe South, a versatile singer-songwriter who penned "Games People Play," "Down in the Boondocks" and other pop-rock hits in the 1960s and '70s, has died. He was 72. South died Wednesday at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, said Butch Lowery,...
  • PASSINGS: Fontella Bass

    Fontella Bass, 72, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, died Wednesday at a St. Louis hospice of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago, said her daughter, Neuka Mitchell. Bass had...
  • 'Sweet Joe' Russell dies at 72; singer with the Persuasions

    'Sweet Joe' Russell dies at 72; singer with the Persuasions
    "Sweet Joe" Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the "kings of a cappella," has died. He was 72. Russell died May 5 in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes,...
  • PASSINGS: Claude Nobs

    Claude Nobs, 76, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, died Thursday after sustaining injuries...
  • In Rotation: Carole King's 'The Legendary Demos'

     
    Songwriter Carole King has collected her classic demo recordings onto "The Legendary Demos." Times pop music critic Randall Roberts says it's an essential document....
  • TV Land Awards salute ‘One Day at a Time,’ ‘Laverne & Shirley’

     
    The series winners: "Laverne & Shirley " for the Fan Favorite Award; "Murphy Brown" for the Impact Award; "In Living Color" for the Groundbreaking Award; "Pee-wee's Playhouse" for the Pop Culture Award; Aretha Franklin for the Music Icon Award; and "One...
  • ‘American Idol’: Aretha Franklin wants in; why she won’t get in

     
    I'll say a little prayer that she'll make it on the show, but there ain't no way, because TV programmers are a chain of fools....
  • 'Star Trek' actor, 50th anniversary of iconic group, country stars coming to State Theatre

     
    "Star Trek" star William Shatner, the 50th anniversary of Peter, Paul and Mary, country duo Montgomery Gentry, Bill Cosby and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes are among the highlights of the State Theatre's new 50-performance season. The 2012-'...
  • Joe Smith's candid artist talks heading to Library of Congress

     
    Classic-film fans know all about Frank Capra’s 1941 political treatise “Meet John Doe.” Soon, music lovers will have the chance to “Meet Joe Smith,” and in the process get a little closer to dozens of the most important...
  • Musician who played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin to appear at Riverjazz

     
    When jazzy regional music group Craig Kastelnik and Friends plays a free show Friday at the Riverjazz festival on the SteelStacks campus, they’ll add for the night a musician who has played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Roberta........
  • Donna Summer ruled majestically, if uneasily

     
    Donna Summer's controversial international hit "Love to Love You Baby" was, according to her, recorded as something of a joke. It wasn't supposed to be the singer's calling card on the world stage. It wasn't meant to be one of......