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Charles Musical Delayed Until 2011

A new Broadway musical based on the life of late R&B legend RAY CHARLES has been postponed until 2011.Unchain My Heart, produced by Charles' longtime collaborator Stuart Benjamin, was expected to begin previews this October...

Ray Charles Never Recovered From Brother's Death

Legendary soul man RAY CHARLES hid the pain of failing to save his brother from drowning for much of his life, according to the piano great's son RAY CHARLES ROBINSON, JR.In a new biography titled...

Lowly Nbc Has No. 1 Hit On Tuesday, Wednesday

Thanks to NBC's annual summer hit, America's Got Talent , the network's ratings soared on Tuesday and Wednesday night, with a two-hour edition on Tuesday averaging 12.29 million viewers and beating the competition in every...

Damon Albarn As Good As Hendrix

Bobby Womack says Damon Albarn is as talented as Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles.Womack thinks Gorillaz and Blur frontman has similarities to the two music legends because he is always wants to experiment in the...

Ray Charles' Granddaughter Is One Of Seagal's Sex Accusers

One of the women at the centre of STEVEN SEAGAL's ongoing sexual harassment scandal has been identified as the granddaughter of late soul legend RAY CHARLES.Ex-model Kayden Nguyen is suing the Under Siege actor for...

Ray Charles Musical Set For Broadway

The producer behind the Oscar-winning RAY CHARLES biopic is bringing the star's story to Broadway in a musical stage show.Stuart Benjamin, who spent 15 years working with the late music legend, produced 2004 movie-musical Ray,...

Jamie Foxx Hits Charity Note

Jamie Foxx helped donate $500,000 worth of musical equipment to American high school students.The 42-year-old star - who won an Oscar for his portrayal of legendary musician Ray Charles in 'Ray' - and 'Lost' actor...

Florence Welch Crazy For Pop

Florence Welch doesn't think the music industry is good for her sanity.The Florence and the Machine singer - whose debut album 'Lungs' has been nominated for three BRIT awards - is wary about being famous,...

Holly Dreamed Of Charles Collaboration

Late music legend BUDDY HOLLY was so determined to record a duet with RAY CHARLES he once embarked on a road trip to track down the star. The Peggy Sue hitmaker dreamed of exploring music outside...

Sax Great Cooper Dead At 80

Celebrated saxophonist LEROY COOPER, who served as late great RAY CHARLES' bandleader, has died at his home in Orlando, Florida. He was 80. Cooper spent the 1960s and 70s with Charles' band and was featured...

Ray Charles' Kids Fight Over Soul Man's Legacy

Late R+B legend RAY CHARLES' children are fighting to take charge of the singer's recordings and memorabilia after suing the trustees of his estate and claiming mismanagement. In lawsuit targeted mainly at Charles' former manager,...

Charles Statue Unveiled In Georgia

RAY CHARLES has been commemorated with a bronze statue in his hometown of Albany, Georgia. The R+B legend's likeness was unveiled on Friday (07Dec07) in a ceremony attended by Charles' family and hundreds of his...

Charles' Children Upset With 'Negative' Musical

Several of RAY CHARLES' children are upset with a new stage musical they insist portrays the late soul legend in a negative light. The singer's successors believe Ray Charles Live!, which opened at the Pasadena...

Foxx Gets Walk Of Fame Star

Oscar-wining actor Jamie Foxx has been honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.The 39-year-old is the 2,347th individual to make a permanent impression on Hollywood Boulevard since stars were first awarded almost 50...

By on 16 September 2007

Ray Charles' Clarinetist Dies Before Festival Show

RAY CHARLES' former clarinet player ALVIN BATISTE died from a heart attack yesterday (06May07), hours before he was set to take to the stage for a show in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 74-year-old jazz great...

Norah Jones Announces UK Tour

Singer-songwriter Norah Jones has announced her first UK tour since 2004, calling at Glasgow, Manchester and London.The award-winning musician will include the dates as part of a wider European tour which kicks off in Lucca,...

By on 04 May 2007

Ray Charles' Life Story To Hit The Stage

Late R+B icon RAY CHARLES' life story has been turned into a new stage musical. The production, from the producers of biopic RAY, will premiere in Pasadena, California at the end of 2007 before embarking...

Mccartney Officially Signs To Coffee Label

LATEST: SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY has confirmed he'll be the first artist to sign to a new joint record label formed by coffee chain Starbucks and the Concord Music Group. The former BEATLE's as-yet-untitled new album...

Rockabilly Star Brooks Dies

DONNIE BROOKS, a singer with rockabilly roots who sang the hit song MISSION BELL in 1960, has died. He was 71. Brooks died on Friday (23FEB07) of congestive heart failure in Panorama City, California. In...

Halle Berry Turns To Singing

Halle Berry has become the latest Hollywood actress to turn her hand to a new career: singing.Berry, who has impressed moviegoers with both her stunning looks and acting ability in films such as Die Another...

By on 22 December 2006

Ray Charles Studio Turned Into Library

RAY CHARLES' original Los Angeles studios will be turned into a memorial library in the music legend's name with new equipment so musicians can compose songs at the site. The studios, now a cultural landmark,...

Kid Rock Honours Ertegun At Funeral

KID ROCK was among the mourners who joined music industry heads and Turkish dignitaries at the funeral of Atlantic Records co-founder AHMET ERTEGUN in Istanbul, Turkey this morning (18DEC06). Ertegun, who launched the careers of...

Atlantic Records Co-founder Dies

Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder of Atlantic Records, has died at the age of 83.Thanks to his vision, music legends including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and the Rolling Stones were launched into the world.Remaining close to...

By on 15 December 2006

Music Mogul Ertegun Dead At 83

Music mogul AHMET ERTEGUN died in a New York hospital yesterday (14DEC06). He was 83. The founding chairman of Atlantic Records never recovered after sustaining a head injury in a fall backstage at a ROLLING...

Ertegun In Deep Coma

LATEST: Atlantic Records co-founder AHMET ERTEGUN is critically ill in a coma, following his fall at a ROLLING STONES concert on 29 October (06). The record label issued a statement last month (NOV06) saying the...

Punk Music Impresario Dirksen Dies

DIRK DIRKSEN, a punk music impresario who ran San Francisco's Mabuhay Gardens nightclub during its heyday in the 1970s, has died. He was 69. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Dirksen died last Monday (20NOV06)...

Ertegun In Coma After Fall

Atlantic Records founder AHMET ERTEGUN is fighting for his life in a coma after falling over at a ROLLING STONES gig. Ertegun, 83, slipped and hit his head backstage while the band were playing at...

Can Charles Win Grammy From The Grave?

The late RAY CHARLES has ignited a row among music industry professionals over whether his latest release qualifies for a Grammy Award nomination. Questions have arisen over whether the new RAY SINGS, BASIE SWINGS album...

Ray Charles Tapes To Be Released

Newly discovered tapes of late soul star RAY CHARLES are to be released in the UK in October (06) under the title RAY SINGS, BASIE SWINGS. The reels were discovered in the vaults of California...

Foxx Stays Away From Leading Roles

Oscar winner JAMIE FOXX is happy to play character roles in movies, because he never aimed to be a leading male. Foxx has supported WILL SMITH in ALI, JOSH LUCAS in STEALTH and TOM CRUISE...

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