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Blues Singer And Pianist Floyd Dixon Dies

FLOYD DIXON, a singer and jump-blues pianist who influenced RAY CHARLES, has died. He was 77. Dixon died on Wednesday 26 July (06) of cancer at Chapman Memorial Hospital in Orange, California. An entertainer who...

Jarmusch Slams Biopics

Director JIM JARMUSCH has criticised the current trend for celebrity biopics, because they never get "inside" the minds of the legends they depict. Despite the critical and commercial success of recent efforts RAY (RAY CHARLES)...

Neville Records Tribute To Soul Stars

Singer AARON NEVILLE is paying tribute to some of soul music's biggest stars by recording 15 soul classics for his next album. The DON'T KNOW MUCH singer is currently recording the album in Los Angeles...

Gest Takes Swipe At Liza's Weight

Producer DAVID GEST took a mean-spirited swipe at ex-wife LIZA MINNELLI during a recent TV appearance, by making fun of her apparent weight-gain. The legendary performer appeared on America's LARRY KING LIVE show on 15...

Foxx's Naacp Award Asserts Career Change

JAMIE FOXX's transition from acting to music is almost complete, after he was named Outstanding Male Artist at yesterday's (25FEB06) National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) annual Image Awards. The star,...

Cash Tops Dead Stars List

Country legend JOHNNY CASH has topped a new list of Awesomely Dead Rock Stars. The WALK THE LINE singer beat rapper NOTORIOUS BIG and one-time labelmate ELVIS PRESLEY to claim the number one spot...

Sid Feller Dies

RAY CHARLES collaborator/arranger SID FELLER has died. He was 89. Feller, who had a history of heart trouble, died on 16 February (06) at his home in Ohio, according to his daughter, DEBBIE FELLER...

Jazz Photographer Hodgson Dies

Jazz photographer JAMIE HODGSON has died following a battle with cancer. He was 76. Londoner Hodgson, who passed away on Sunday (08JAN06), is best known for his black-and-white portraits of LOUIS ARMSTRONG, DUKE ELLINGTON,...

Ray Charles Tops Christmas Wish Lists

Late soul legend RAY CHARLES has topped music listeners' wish lists this Christmas for the second year in a row, according to a recent VH1 poll. Charles' GENIUS AND FRIENDS ranked number one in...

Foxx Fights For Tyson Film

Oscar winner JAMIE FOXX is using TV and press interviews to get another biopic idea off the ground - this time he wants to play ferocious boxer MIKE TYSON. The funnyman-turned-actor, a long time...

Pfifer To Play Al Green In New Biopic

8 MILE star MEKHI PFIFER is set to star in and direct a new movie about soul great AL GREEN. Inspired by JAMIE FOXX's Oscar-winning portrayal of RAY CHARLES, Pfifer plans to bring his...

Charles Memorabilia Finds New Home In Museum

Memorabilia belonging to the late RAY CHARLES has found a new home in Washington DC's famous Smithsonian museum. The blind musician's trademark dark glasses and braille keyboard are among the items which will go...

Sound Engineer Cleared Of Stealing Ray Charles Tapes

A Los Angeles court yesterday (08SEP05) cleared a sound engineer of stealing a batch of RAY CHARLES' master tapes while working on the late legend's last studio album. TERRY HOWARD, 48, was arrested in...

Blige + Stone Team Up With Late Ray Charles

MARY J BLIGE and ANGIE STONE are among the stars who will be featured on the next RAY CHARLES collaborative album, GENIUS + FRIENDS, when it hits stores later this month (SEP05). The album...

Farrell And Hilton Sell Themselves For Hurricane Victims

COLIN FARRELL helped raise $20,000 (GBP11,100) at an auction to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina - by selling himself on Friday (02SEP05). MIAMI VICE co-star JAMIE FOXX took bids for a date with...

Foxx Shies Away From 'Hate' In Nightclubs

Oscar-winning actor JAMIE FOXX has started avoiding nightclubs in recent months, because he believes his recent success has attracted "a little bit more hate" from revellers. The comedian won acclaim and a bevy of...

Ray Charles Honoured My Country Music's Hall Of Fame

Soul great RAY CHARLES' country music links are to be recognised when Nashville, Tennessee's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens its doors to a major exhibition about the late singer/songwriter next year (06)....

Foxx Dismisses Stealth Part

Oscar-winning actor JAMIE FOXX is hoping he gets another lead role soon, because playing a supporting part in STEALTH didn't excite him. The 37-year-old star had hoped to land a series of stellar roles...

Post Office Named In Ray Charles' Honour

Late musician RAY CHARLES is set to have a Los Angeles post office named in his honour. US President GEORGE W BUSH signed the honour into law earlier this month (JUL05) and an official...

Foxx Back With Ray Charles

Oscar winner JAMIE FOXX is keeping the legacy of RAY CHARLES alive on his new album by sampling the soul man on new track GOLD DIGGER. Foxx, who picked up a Best Actor award...

Zucchero Attempts A Us Breakthrough With Famous Pals

Italian superstar ZUCCHERO is making one final bid to make it big in America by releasing an album of duets with pals like ERIC CLAPTON, STING and SHERYL CROW. The pop star has teamed...

Dylan Signs Deal With Starbucks

Rock superstar BOB DYLAN has signed a new deal to allow an exclusive CD of his music to be sold in branches of Starbucks Coffee. DYLAN: LIVE AT THE GASLIGHT 1962 will feature 10...

Dangerfield's Life Heads To Big Screen

Late comedian RODNEY DANGERFIELD is set to get a huge amount of respect - film-makers are planning to produce a movie about his life. Two producers of the OSCAR-winning RAY CHARLES biopic have acquired...

Farrell Celebrates 29th Birthday With Foxx

Irish actor COLIN FARRELL marked his 29th birthday with a lavish party in Miami on Saturday (04JUN05). Farrell, who is currently in Florida shooting a movie adaptation of 1980s TV series MIAMI VICE, had...

Charles' Revival Continues With New Duets Album

Soul man RAY CHARLES isn't letting death get in the way of his music revival - he's re-releasing one of his acclaimed duets albums with additional tracks. Charles, who died last year (04) could...

Wonder: 'I Had No Idea Charles Was Blind'

STEVIE WONDER credits late soul star RAY CHARLES with inspiring him to have faith in his talent after they were introduced by record company bosses - but he was surprised to discover his idol was...

Springsteen Album Dropped Over Sodomy Song

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's chart-topping new album has come under fire from conservative American retailers who are offended by a song dealing with the taboo sex act of sodomy. DEVILS + DUST debuted at the top...

Ray: The Musical

The production team behind hit RAY CHARLES biopic RAY is in negotiations to bring the late soul great's life story to the stage. The BALDWIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP has acquired the rights to turn Charles'...

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