| Mar 21, 2014
| 10:45 PM
Renounced title to stay in House of Commons
Tony Benn, 88, a committed British socialist who irritated and fascinated Britons through a political career spanning more than five decades and who renounced his aristocratic title rather than...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 10:40 PM
Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers,...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 5:06 PM
Franny Beecher, 92, a guitarist for Bill Haley and the Comets, who helped kick off the rock 'n' roll era with the hit "Rock Around the Clock" in 1955, died in his sleep Monday night at a nursing home near Philadelphia, his daughter Pauline Grinstead said....
| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:29 PM
Lamont Dozier’s songs have been part of the soundtrack of America for generations.
Dozier made a name for himself in the 1960s, as a force behind the Motown sound with writing and producing team Holland Dozier Holland. The trio penned songs for...
| Mar 7, 2014
Freshman year at the University of Illinois, I lived in the dorm complex known as the "Six-Pack." This was 1988-89, the boombox era, and everyone seemed to have one propped on their window ledge facing the interior courtyard, and the soundtrack echoing...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:45 PM
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As a rule, composers of musicals are happy about any productions anywhere of their work.
But Mike Stoller, the surviving half of the fabled songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, is particularly...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 10:53 PM
In the same year that Linda Ronstadt told the world she could no longer sing a note because of Parkinson's disease, she has been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a possibility that she recently told the Los Angeles Times she’d never "given...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 7:40 PM
Just two months after Linda Ronstadt went public with the news that she can no longer sing because of Parkinson’s disease, she’s made the final nominations list for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Cat...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Elvis Presley’s camp once famously argued that “50,000,000 fans can’t be wrong.” And although fans can weigh in on which artists they think should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, their preferences -- in...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:44 AM
Pete Seeger, who helped create the modern American folk music movement and co-wrote some of its most enduring songs such as "If I Had a Hammer," died on Monday at the age of 94.
Seeger, a Woody Guthrie protege whose songwriting credits included folk...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:57 AM
This week Oprah Winfrey announced that her OWN network’s first scripted TV movie will be a treatment of the memoir “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story." This is a cherry on the top of a lot of recent good fortune for Love, who will...