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Jazz Great Marcus Belgrave Dead At 78

The 78-year-old musician, who also hit the stage with Aretha Franklin and several top Motown acts, passed away on Sunday (24May15). Belgrave was a child prodigy who started playing professionally when he...

Van Morrison Slams Modern R&b Stars

The reclusive Northern Irish singer insists modern singers don't know what real R&B is. He tells the Sunday Mail newspaper, "I can't relate to it now, what they call R&B. It doesn't...

Jamie Foxx To Be Transformed Into Mike Tyson

Jamie Foxx will portray Mike Tyson with the help of CGI.The 'Django Unchained' star has been in discussions with the legendary boxer for a number of years about a biopic, which is rumoured to be...

Chuck Berry And Peter Sellars To Receive Polar Music Prize

Chuck Berry and Peter Sellars will receive the 2014 Polar Music Prize.Rock 'n' roll legend Berry, 87, and American opera and theatre director Sellars, 56, will both be presented with the prestigious accolade by King...

Ray Charles Set For Stamp Tribute

R&B icon Ray Charles is to be honoured with a commemorative U.S. stamp.The Hit The Road Jack hitmaker is the latest star to be selected for the United States Postal Service's Music Icons series, which...

Nicole Scherzinger Writes With Tom Odell

Nicole Scherzinger has written a song with Tom Odell. The 'Poison' hitmaker worked with the singer and songwriter recently and impressed him with her powerful voice. Tom told MTV: ''She's just one of the most...

Mick Hucknall Covers Soul Classics On First Solo Album

Former Simply Red star Mick Hucknall's first solo album will be a collection of soul classics from the likes of Otis Redding and Ray Charles.The Holding Back The Years singer, who recently fronted the reformed...

Tom Odell: Piano Can Be Rock 'N' Roll

Tom Odell wants to prove the piano can be rock 'n' roll.The BRIT Award-winning singer has lamented the fact his instrument of choice isn't considered as ''cool'' as the guitar and hopes he can change...

Ray Charles' Heirs Win Copyright Ownership Of Dad's Works

The children of late entertainer Ray Charles have regained copyright ownership of some of their famous father's most popular songs.Seven of the Hit the Road Jack's relatives filed a motion against Warner/Chappell Music chiefs to...

Montreux Jazz Festival's Claude Nobs Dies After Ski Accident Coma

Claude Nobs, the founder of the Montreux jazz festival, has died, following a ski accident, which resulted in him being in a coma for several weeks.The Guardian reports that Nobs was cross-country skiing in the...

Guitarist Mickey Baker Dies

Guitarist Mickey Baker has died. He was 87.The musician passed away at his home near Toulouse, France, last week (27Nov12). His cause of death was heart and kidney failure.After learning the guitar aged 18, Baker...

Rare Rock Interviews Made Available To Public Online

Music fans have been given a rare chance to listen to candid interviews with Sir Paul Mccartney, Yoko Ono, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett online after they were donated to America's Library of Congress earlier...

Billy Joel & Ac/dc To Be Honoured At Grammy Hall Of Fame Celebration

Classic tracks by Billy Joel, Ray Charles and Ac Dc are to be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013.In total, 27 tunes will be inducted into the museum during the 40th Anniversary...

Ray Charles' Grandson Tries Out For The X Factor

Late R&B legend Ray Charles' grandson left the The X Factor judges stunned on Tuesday (10Jul12) when he auditioned for a spot on the hit U.S. reality show.Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and Antonio...

Norah Jones Inspired By Elvis

Norah Jones says everyone should visit Elvis Presley's Graceland home at least once in their lives for inspiration.The 33-year-old musician is a huge fan of the late 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' and going to...

Ray Charles' Children Hit With New Lawsuit

Seven of Ray Charles' children have been hit with a new lawsuit by members of the late icon's charity foundation.Executives behind The Ray Charles Foundation claim they were named the sole benefactors, with Charles setting...

Paul Weller: Drugs Can Be Creative

Paul Weller thinks taking drugs can be creative. The 'That Dangerous Age' rocker points out there are a number of musicians who managed to keep up great work rates while simultaneously having drug habits.He said:...

Ray Charles Charity In Dispute With University

Bosses of a charity set up in honour of late music legend Ray Charles are demanding officials at a university in his hometown return a multi-million dollar donation after the cash sat dormant for more...

Ray Charles Lost Footage Unearthed For New Dvd

Lost footage of Ray Charles performing at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France from 50 years ago has been unearthed for a new concert movie Dvd.Eagle Rock Entertainment and Reelin' In The Years Productions have...

Nickolas Ashford Dies

'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' songwriter and performer Nickolas Ashford has died. The songwriter - half of Motown duo Ashford and Simpson- passed away from throat cancer at a New York City hospital yesterday (22.08.11)...

Nick Ashford 'Aint No Mountain' Songwriter Dies Aged 70

Nick Ashford, the American songwriter who wrote Motown hits 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' and 'Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand', has died after a long battle with throat cancer - he was 70 years...

Jamie Foxx And Dicaprio Set For Quentin Tarantino's 'Django'

Jamie Foxx has been cast in the lead role for Quentin Tarantino's highly-anticipated new movie 'Django Unchained', about a freed slave who sets out on a mission to rescue his love from an evil plantation...

Ray Charles' Alleged Mistress Admits To Stealing From Blind Star

Ray Charles' alleged mistress has revealed she once robbed the superstar blind - to pay off her house.In her new book, Ray & Me, Marci Soto claims she had a steamy affair with Charles when...

Lea Michele To Perform At The Super Bowl

Lea Michele is to perform at next month's Super Bowl.The 'Glee' actress - who plays Rachel Berry in the musical TV show - will sing 'America the Beautiful' before the NFL showpiece game on February...

Prince Advises Justin Bieber

Prince has advised Justin Bieber to "get a good teacher". The 52-year-old star is one of the 16-year-old singer's biggest influences and now his idol has spoken out to give him tips on emulating his...

Charles Musical Producer Sues Investor

The producer of a musical based on the life of RAY CHARLES is taking legal action against the show's primary investor over allegations he committed fraud.The music legend's longtime friend Stuart Benjamin, who produced the...

Quincy Jones Not Thanked By Jacksons

Quincy Jones was never thanked by the Jackson family for his work with Michael Jackson.The producer worked with the late singer on his most successful albums 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' - the biggest selling album...

Johnny Cash Duet Discovered

A previously unreleased duet between Johnny Cash and Ray Charles has been discovered. The recording, of a Kris Kristofferson track called 'Why Me, Lord?' was made in 1981 with producer Billy Sherrill and located at...

Lost Charles & Cash Duet Found In Storage

A lost duet between late legends RAY CHARLES and JOHNNY CASH has been found in storage.The duo recorded Kris Kristofferson song Why Me, Lord? in 1981 but the track was never released in any form....

Ray Charles Museum Opens

A museum dedicated to late music legend RAY CHARLES has opened in Los Angeles.The Ray Charles Memorial Library, comprising of seven galleries in an office building the star had built in the inner city Harvard...

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