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President Obama Pays Tribute To Ray Charles In Last 'In Performance' Of His Presidency

Despite his grave assurances that he would NOT be singing at the start of the evening, President Obama couldn’t help but be swept along at a star-studded tribute event for the music of Ray Charles...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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Foxx Struggles To Play Blind Ray

Funnyman JAMIE FOXX was so committed to playing blind soul star RAY CHARLES authentically he glued his eyes shut. The COLLATERAL star eventually decided to use prosthetics to play blind in the biopic -...

Elvis Regrets Not Being Able To Say Sorry To Ray Charles

ELVIS COSTELLO regrets not being able to apologise to RAY CHARLES for calling him a "blind ignorant n*gger" before the soul man died in June (04). The British rocker hit the headlines in America...

The Mother Of Ray Charles' Son Seeks More Child Support After The Singer's Passing

The mother of the late Ray Charles' teenage son has spoken to a California court regarding child support payments from his leftover estate. Mary Anne Den Bok wishes for the current 3 thousand USD per...

Elton Treasures Ray Charles' Last Recording Moments

ELTON JOHN has archived his entire recording session with RAY CHARLES, because he's convinced it was the blind soul great's last studio visit. Elton agreed to record a duet of his hit SORRY SEEMS...

Willie Nelson Jokes About Charles' Chess Skills At Funeral

WILLIE NELSON and RAY CHARLES' longtime manager JOE ADAMS gave mourners something to laugh about at the crooner's funeral in Los Angeles on Friday (18JUN04) with a chess anecdote. The country legend performed a...

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