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Isley Brothers Bassist Dies


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Isley Brothers bassist Marvin Isley has died.

The musician passed away on Sunday morning (06.06.10) at Chicago's Weiss Memorial Hospital aged 56.

According to Marvin's cousin Chris Jasper - who played keyboards for the R&B group - he died from diabetes, although this is yet to be confirmed.

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Isley Brothers Star Marvin Dead At 56


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Isley Brothers star MARVIN ISLEY has died at the age of 56.

The bassist passed away on Sunday night (06Jun10) in Chicago, Illinois.

He became a member of the family soul supergroup in the 1970s alongside brother Ernie and cousin Chris Jasper.

Marvin has been credited with giving the group its funk sound on hits such as Fight the Power and That Lady.

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Pamela Anderson's $500k Tax Bill


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Pamela Anderson allegedly owes almost $500,000 in back taxes.

The former Playboy model and 'Baywatch' actress was sent a demand for $493,144, largely in Personal Income Tax in April last year and has been named by the California Franchise Tax Board as still owing the sum in its annual list of taxpayers who owe the board over $100,000.

Pamela, 42, and her lawyer, Robert T. Leonard, have declined to comment on the claims.

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Full Circle For Jennifer Hudson

By on 11 March 2007

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Former American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson was delighted to be receiving an award on the same stage where she competed on the show that made her a star.

Hudson, 25, broke through into the limelight for her starring role in Dreamgirls, the Oscar-winning picture based on the Broadway musical about a 1960s/70s African-American musical band.

Accepting the Sammy Davis Jr award for entertainer of the year at the 21st Soul Train music awards ceremony, held in Pasadena, California yesterday evening, she appeared to have come full circle.

"I just can't believe I got the Sammy Davis Jr award I'm standing on the same stage where I made the top 32 of American Idol," she gushed.

Others big winners at the Soul Train awards, which honour the work of black musicians in the US, included Jamie Foxx and Mary J Blige.

This pair won the gongs for best R&B soul album in the male and female categories respectively, for their albums Unpredictable and The Breakthrough.

Gnarls Barkley's Crazy took the award for the best R&B single from a group, band or duo while the equivalent album prize went to Baby Makin' Music by the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley.

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Isley Sentenced To Three Years For Tax Evasion


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Soul singer Ronald Isley was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday (01SEP06) for tax evasion.
The Isley Brothers legend, who was also ordered to pay $3.1 million (GBP1.7 million) to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), engaged in a "pervasive, long-term, pathological" evasion of federal taxes, according to Los Angeles US District Court Judge DEAN PREGERSON.
The 65-year-old was found guilty of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return last October (05), and returned to court to discover his fate yesterday. During last year's three-week trial, prosecutors contended Isley failed to make any payments to the IRS between 1976 and 1996.
Isley's lawyer told the court yesterday that his client was selling off his assets in an attempt to pay his tax bill, and also attempted to secure probation for his client because of his poor health, following a stroke and a battle with kidney cancer.
But Judge Pregerson refused to take Isley's medical conditions into account.

Cole Returns With Covers Album


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Singer Natalie Cole is planning a chart comeback with the songs of Sting, Neil Young and Kate Bush.
The soul great has recorded an album of her favourite contemporary covers for her 20th release, entitled LEAVIN'.
Highlights include a hip-hop-flavoured version of Aretha Franklin's DAY DREAMING and Cole's rendition of the Isley Brothers' DON'T SAY GOODNIGHT and Etta James' LOVIN' ARMS.

Etta James Honoured


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Legendary musician Etta James will receive a Founders Award at Billboard's R+B/Hip-Hop Conference and Awards in September (06). The Grammy Award-winning singer will receive the prize for her five decades as a recording artist. Previous honorees include the Isley Brothers, Betty Wright, Isaac Hayes and Chaka Khan. The award was established to honour the legacies of pioneering artists in R+B and hip-hop whose influence still carries a major impact on today's music. The ceremony will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on 6-8 September (06).

Isley Indicted For Tax Evasion


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Soul legend Ronald Isley was indicted in Los Angeles on Wednesday (13OCT04) for evading taxes over a five-year period.

LA authorities have confirmed the SUMMER BREEZE crooner, 63, has been charged with five counts of tax evasion and one count of failing to file an income tax return.

America's INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS) claim the singer deposited royalty cheques for himself, which belong to his Isley Brothers bandmates, including his late brother O'KELLY.

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De La Soul's New Album Influenced By Diddy


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De La Soul's comeback album THE GRIND DATE was inspired by SEAN' P DIDDY' COMBS' reality show MAKING THE BAND.

Bandmembers POS and MACEO say they came up with the name for the LP while watching the MTV show.

Pos says, "I was watching Making The Band and Puff was sending BABS on a blind date. He was like 'Yo, we gotta just do what we gotta do to get this album poppin.'

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Isley Brother Has Stroke


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Isley Brothers legend Ronald Isley has had a minor stroke after being taken ill in London.

The HARVEST FOR THE WORLD star, 63, fell ill walking around the capital last Friday (30JUL04) - spending a few days in hospital before returning home to St Louis, Missouri.

Isley's spokesperson says his speech did not appear to be affected and that he's expected to be back performing soon.

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