The Everly Brothers singer died aged 74 earlier this week
Phil Everly sadly passed away on Friday, 3 January, leaving the entertainment world in shock at the sudden and unexpected passing of one half of the music world's most celebrated and influential musical duos. Phil died at Providence St. Joseph Medical Centre in Burbank, California, earlier this week, with his death being confirmed via a hospital spokesperson.
Phil Everly: 1939 - 2014
The reason behind his death was initially witheld from the press, however his wife, Patti, told the Los Angeles Times that he died from complications owing to lung disease, blaming a lifetime of cigarette smoking on his death.
Today (March 19, 2012) marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan's debut album. A four-Cd tribute album to the legendary artist has been released, in aid of Amnesty International and LA Times have revealed today that a campaign is under way to promote PETE SEEGER 's cover of 'Forever Young' and propel the 92 year old's version of the song into the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
If the campaign is successful, not only will it raise vital funds for Amnesty International, but it would also mean that Pete Seeger would become the oldest person to appear on the Billboard chart. A website, Twitter page and Facebook profile have been set up in the hope of raising awareness of the track, which features vocals from a New York-based children's choir, the Rivertown Kids. The album, Chimes of Freedom, The Songs of Bob Dylan can be purchased as an album in its entirety, or as individual tracks. It features covers of Dylan songs performed by the likes of Patti Smith, pete townsend, Joan Baez and Adele.Pete Seeger, who mentored Dylan in his early career, was a member of the folk group The Weavers and the Almanac Singers, as well as being an associate of the folk legend Woody Guthrie. He wrote a number of hit songs, including 'Little Boxes,' and 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' which became a hit for The Byrds. Currently, the oldest recording artist to score a Billboard hit, is Tony Bennett who recently found renewed success at the age of 85.
Rocker ROGER MCGUINN has thwarted an attempt to reform The Byrds - because he thinks the iconic band's legacy is best served as a happy memory.
MCGuinn confirms he has been offered lucrative deals to reunite the group over the years, but insists he'll never agree to join forces with his old bandmates for a tour, concert or album package.
He tells Billboard.com, "(Bandmate) David Crosby has been trying to get me to go back and do The Byrds for years now. It seems to come up every six months or so.
"It is not something that is impossible, but it's not something I'm comfortable doing as a gig.
"I have no problem with The Byrds... I see it as a great memory, and why mess it up by going out and doing it now just for money, because it would just be a cash grab."
STARSKY AND HUTCH star David Soul is recording a new music album - almost 30 years since he last topped the charts.
The 62-year-old actor, who has garnered critical acclaim for his performance in stage musicals in London's West End, promises to stay true to his roots.
He says, "I'll be doing new songs I've written and some folk and jazz, maybe even some blues. I won't be trying to compete with today's genre-based artists."
Continue reading: Soul To Record New Music
Veteran violinist VASSAR CLEMENTS has died of lung cancer at the age of 77.
The American musician - who boasts performances on over 2,000 albums - passed away at his Tennessee home on Tuesday (16AUG05).
Continue reading: Vassar Clements Dies
The 63-year-old singer, who first hit the big time in 1965 with pop group The Byrds, views the blonde superstar as merely appealing to young children who are unable to distinguish between talent and image.
The TURN TURN TURN musician says, "She can't sing, write or play an instrument to save her life.
Continue reading: Crosby Slams Spears Over Music Credentials
Legendary musician David Crosby has been arrested on cannabis and gun possession charges in a New York hotel.
The singer, 62, founder of both The Byrds and CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG, returned from New Jersey after a concert to the DOUBLE TREE SUITES HOTEL in Times Square, Manhattan, in the early hours of Saturday (06MAR04), where he had been residing earlier in the week (ends05MAR04).
A hotel employee found the bag, which Crosby had left behind upon checking out, and searched it to identify the owner. The worker discovered marijuana, a .45-calibre handgun and two knives.
Continue reading: Crosby Arrested On Pot And Gun Charges
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