Jun 22, 2011 17:14 EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A white American expatriate living in Denmark has become the first filmmaker to direct a documentary feature about black gospel music.
Jun 21, 2011 09:04 EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leon Russell toiled in obscurity for decades, until recording with Elton John brought him an unlikely hit, but says he was never bitter his fame disappeared because that's just what happens to aging rockers.
May 11, 2011 10:26 EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - It's easy to forget, but Rod Stewart used to be a big songwriter. In the 1970s, the British rocker wrote, or co-wrote, such hits as "Maggie May," "You're in My Heart" and "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
Apr 11, 2011 16:45 EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Hollywood publicist Gene Shefrin, who represented Don Rickles, Guy Lombardo and Dick Clark during a career spanning 42 years, has died after a battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 90.
Mar 23, 2011 16:45 EDT
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Anoop Desai may not have won Season 8 of "American Idol," but the up-and-coming pop/R&B artist is set to prove himself a champion with his new "Zero" series.
Mar 14, 2011 22:23 EDT
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality.
Mar 11, 2011 10:06 EST
TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters Life!) - Veteran rockers Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, David Crosby and Graham Nash led an all-star benefit concert that paid tribute to victims of the shooting rampage in Arizona in January.
Mar 11, 2011 03:30 EST
TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - Veteran rockers Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, David Crosby and Graham Nash led an all-star benefit concert in Tucson on Thursday night that paid tribute to victims of the shooting rampage there in January.
Mar 04, 2011 13:15 EST
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Guitarist Jeff Beck wants to make one more mind-blowing album with Rod Stewart before the singer becomes a fixture on the Las Vegas Strip.
Dec 22, 2010 19:00 EST
Grammy-nominated singer Adam Lambert has been named Music Star of the Year by gay entertainment website GregInHollywood.com. Grammy-nominated singer Adam Lambert has been named Music Star of the Year by gay entertainment website GregInHollywood.com. ?For his energy, the excitement he brings to all he does, and his devotion to his fans, Adam wins the Greggy for Music Star of the Year,? Greg Hernandez wrote in a blog post announcing Lambert's win. ?When the year began, Adam Lambert was still living down his controversial performance at the 2009 American Music Awards,? Hernandez added, referring to the hoopla that dogged the singer after he kissed a male member of his band during the televised performance. ?What I saw from him after that was most impressive: He simply got to work. Adam focused not on the hype, but on the music and on his live shows and proved himself to be a total professional.? Lambert recently brought his global Glam Nation tour to an end in Los Angeles, where he dedica
Dec 20, 2010 19:00 EST
Adam Lambert, 'Glee,' Chris Colfer & RuPaul are among the winners of gay male entertainment website AfterElton.com's 2010 Visibility Awards. ?Adam Lambert, 'Glee,' Chris Colfer and R?uPaul are among the winners of gay male entertainment website AfterElton.com's 2010 Visibility Awards. Rocker Adam Lambert beat out singer Ricky Martin, actors Chris Colfer and Neil Patrick Harris, and sex advice columnist-activist Dan Savage to win the Best Gay/Bi Man of the Year award. The increasingly political Lambert publicly came out gay last year on the cover of Rolling Stone. The American Idol season 8 runner-up's Glam Nation tour met with protesters in Malaysia who decried the singer's performance as promoting ?gay culture,? claims Lambert denied. In closing his tour, he dedicated his rendition of Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come to gay rights. Other winners include pop star Lady Gaga, who was named Favorite Gay Ally, Arizona Senator John McCain, who was named Worst Homophobe, actor Chris Colfer
Dec 17, 2010 19:00 EST
Rocker Adam Lambert has dedicated a cover of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' to the gay rights movement. Rocker Adam Lambert has dedicated a cover of Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come to the gay rights movement. During the final performance of his global Glam Nation tour in Los Angeles, the 28-year-old openly gay ? and increasingly political ? singer took a moment to explain his motivations behind including the song. ?The thing about the song is, it's amazing that it was originally intended for civil rights, and ladies and gentlemen, if you haven't noticed, the gay and lesbian community is in a civil-rights movement right now,? Lambert told the ecstatic crowd. ?And so this song has taken on a lot of personal meanings for me. Both as a community and also personally. Being told years ago, 'You're not gonna fucking make it looking like that.'? ?Well, ladies and gentlemen, I don't mean to sound cocky, 'cause I'm not ? I'm just very proud and I have my friends to thank for their suppo
Nov 08, 2010 03:29 EST
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Rod Stewart and Sin City seems like a match made in rock 'n' roll heaven: A likable veteran singer with a litany of broad-appeal hits and a personal history that would make a solid "What happens in Vegas ..." spot.
Oct 26, 2010 23:56 EDT
Gospel and R&B singer James Phelps dies in Los Angeles at 78. Gospel and R&B singer James Phelps, who performed with soul greats including Lou Rawls and Sam Cooke, has died in Los Angeles. He was 78.
Jun 23, 2010 16:55 EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even after a career spanning five decades, jazz legend Herbie Hancock shows no signs of slowing down as he releases a new album of world music with a wide group of collaborators, from sitar player Anoushka Shankar to pop singer Pink.
Apr 13, 2010 16:14 EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A rising star on the Christian music scene is returning to the public eye with a new identity after a mysterious seven-year absence spent mostly on the other side of the world.
Mar 04, 2010 03:38 EST
Crystal Bowersox wows 'American Idol' judges after hospitalization for undisclosed ailment. Crystal Bowersox still has a healthy shot at becoming the next "American Idol."
Feb 10, 2010 06:42 EST
Obama welcomes crowd to White House to honor music he credits with his election to presidency. Crediting civil rights-era protest songs and their spiritual predecessors for his election, President Barack Obama on Tuesday sat in the East Room of his White House and listened to an all-star lineup of performers pay tribute to the music that he said fueled freedom marches and civil disobedience.
Dec 04, 2009 10:15 EST
Doors open for Wayne Brady at White House, Carnegie Hall and as 'Let's Make a Deal' host. Wayne Brady is savoring a big year, with doors opening to him at Carnegie Hall, the White House and, in multiples, on "Let's Make a Deal."
Dec 02, 2009 08:19 EST
Del-Fi Records founder Bob Keane, who discovered Ritchie Valens, dies in Los Angeles at 87. He was raw, only played a few songs and had just a couple interesting guitar riffs, but Bob Keane would say later there was just something special about the teenager he would rename Ritchie Valens and turn into one of the biggest stars in rock 'n' roll history.
Facts from the Wikipedia page:
Cooke recording in the studio
|Birth name||Samuel Cook|
|Also known as||Dale Cooke|
|Born||January 22, 1931|
|Died||December 11, 1964 (aged 33)|
Los Angeles, California
|Genres||R&B, soul, gospel, pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, guitar|
|Labels||Specialty, Keen, RCA|
|Associated acts||The Soul Stirrers|