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MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017

 

GORD DOWNIE

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie made a surprise appearance Thursday night at Toronto's Massey Hall with Blue Rodeo and the Sadies. 

In a video clip circulating on social media, Downie is seen joining the bands onstage for a rendition of Blue Rodeo's ``Lost Together.''

A smiling Downie held a piece of paper as he stood by one of the microphones to contribute backing vocals. 

Downie has a history of collaborating with the Sadies and recorded the 2014 album ``And the Conquering Sun'' with the band. 

Downie revealed in May that he has glioblastoma, an incurable and rare form of brain cancer. 

The father of four, whose 53rd birthday is Monday, has most recently been promoting his ``Secret Path'' solo multimedia project, which recounts the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in

1966 after running away from a residential school.

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MICHAEL BUBLE

 

Canadian crooner Michael Buble says his three-year-old son Noah is ``progressing well'' as he undergoes cancer treatment and doctors are ``very optimistic'' about his future. 

Buble released the statement Friday, a few days after it was announced he cancelled his gig as host of the Brit Awards on Feb. 22 in London. 

Buble says his son ``has been brave throughout'' his treatment and ``we continue to be inspired by his courage.'' 

The singer and his wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato, announced in November that they would put their careers on hold to devote their attention to helping Noah get well. 

Buble is still slated to host the Juno Awards on April 2 in Ottawa.

(The Canadian Press)

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LADY GAGA - SUPER BOWL

 

Lady Gaga says the kid who didn't get to sit at the cool kids' table or the kid who was kicked out of the house because his parents didn't understand who he is -- this halftime show is for you. She says the misfits who always were her fans will have the stage for 13 minutes on Sunday at the Super Bowl in Houston. She is promising a high-adrenaline show because she doesn't want to detract from a high-adrenaline game. She's not revealing many secrets, though. Lady Gaga won't confirm whether she'll sing from the top of the stadium, or whether Houston native Beyonce will show up, or even who she's rooting for. She says she'll put her pick in her shoe and reveal it after the halftime show. 

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LUKE BRYAN

 

Luke Bryan says friends, family and strangers keep asking him how long he'll take to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Bookies take bets every year on how long the anthem singer will take. Bryan says one of his friends called him up and asked him, ``Hey man, you going long?'' Bryan says he will follow his heart and sing based on the vibe he feels from the crowd.

He says if he feels like he's going to pass out, he'll speed it up, but if he's enjoying it, he will try to milk it. He says he can do that because he won't have a backing band.

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BOBBY VEE

 

The children of Bobby Vee are fighting among themselves about the money generated from his estate. The St.Cloud Times reports two of Vee's four children, Robby Velline and Jennifer Whittet Velline, claim their brothers, Tommy and Jeff Velline, are using money from the estate for their personal benefit and to support Rockhouse Productions. That's a recording studio started by Vee and his wife, Karen. Vee died in October, and his wife died in 2015. Tommy and Jeff Velline filed a counter petition saying their parents approved their actions. 

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STYX DRUMMER

A woman is suing the band Styx over injuries she says she suffered after drummer Todd Sucherman (SUK'-er-man) threw a drumstick in the audience and hit her in the face. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Lori Frederick's lawsuit says Sucherman did not give proper warning before throwing the stick during an Atlanta show in June 2015. She says she suffered physical scars, ruined clothing from the blood and ``loss of enjoyment of life.''

Frederick is seeking damages to be determined by a jury. Styx's spokeswoman did not return calls for comment. 

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50 CENT

 

A federal judge has discharged 50 Cent's bankruptcy case because he paid back more than $22 million. 50 Cent had filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in 2015. He said he had $36 million in debt and $20 million in assets. A judge had approved a plan in July that allowed 50 Cent to pay back about $23 million. His lawyers say he paid it off early with $8.7 million of his own money and $13.65 million from the settlement of a legal malpractice lawsuit. 

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BEYONCE

 

Beyonce's pregnancy announcement has beat out Selena Gomez's Coca-Cola picture for most-liked Instagram post ever. Gomez got 6.3 million likes for posting her Coke ad featuring her drinking from a bottle that had her song lyrics on it. Beyonce got more than 8 million for Wednesday's photo of herself in her underwear showing off her growing belly as she's surrounded by flowers. 

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LAURYN HILL

 

Lauryn Hill acknowledges she should have rescheduled her Pittsburgh show on Tuesday instead of making fans wait for three hours. Hill says members of her band and crew were stuck in New York because of snow and showed up late to Pittsburgh.

Hill apologizes and says she hopes to make it up to Pittsburgh fans by scheduling another show there.

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QUESTLOVE

 

Philadelphia high school students who were trying to solve the world's problems got a pleasant distraction Wednesday. Questlove showed up as a motivational guest. KYW-TV reports the students were participating in a challenge by The Aspen Institute, in which they are asked to design solutions to issues facing humanity. Questlove encourage the students to get out of their comfort zones to think freely. He says he meditates as a way to free his mind. 

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GARTH BROOKS ADDED TO RANDY TRAVIS CONCERT

 

Garth Brooks is joining the lineup for the Randy Travis tribute concert. The concert also will feature more than 30 artists, including Wynonna, Rodney Atkins, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Alison Krauss, Scotty McCreery and Tanya Tucker.

The concert is set for Wednesday in Nashville. 

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(The Associated Press)

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TAGAQ FACEBOOK

Facebook is apologizing for suspending the account of award-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq after she posted a photo of a sealskin coat. 

Tagaq, who is from Nunavut, says she was notified that her account was being blocked for 24 hours after she shared a friend's photo of a young man wearing the coat. 

The photo was accompanied by the hashtags ``eat-seal'' and ``wear-seal.'' 

Tagaq says late yesterday afternoon, Facebook emailed her an apology after she raised the issue on social media. 

Meg Sinclair, spokeswoman for Facebook, says the company is sorry for the mistake, which it did not explain. 

Tagaq is a longtime defender of the Inuit seal hunt. 

She says animal-rights activists and others who criticize the hunt are hurting a traditional and sustainable livelihood. 

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(The Canadian Press)

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GRAMMY PERFORMERS

 

The dark horse contender for the album of the year Grammy will show America what his music is all about. Sturgill Simpson has been added to the lineup of performers for the show on February 12. Chance The Rapper, Little Big Town, Gary Clark Junior and William Bell also are set to perform. It's a lineup already packed with talent: Adele, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, John Legend, Metallica, Maren Morris and Anderson Paak. 

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BO DIDDLEY HIGHWAY

 

Hey, Bo Diddley! Mississippi is a step closer to honouring the blues and rock legend. A stretch of I-55 would be renamed the Bo Diddley Memorial Highway, under a measure passed by the state House yesterday. The road is near Bo Diddley's birthplace outside McComb. Diddley is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his distinctive style changed pop music. He died in 2008 at the age of 79. 

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50 CENT BANKRUPTCY CASE

 

50 Cent is off the hook when it comes to his bankruptcy case. A federal judge in Connecticut has discharged the case after the rapper-actor coughed up more than $22 million dollars. Fiddy filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in 2015, claiming he had $36 million in debts compared to assets of less than $20 million. 

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BEYONCE SETS INSTAGRAM RECORD

 

It will be several more months before her water breaks. But Beyonce has already broken a record for the most-liked Instagram post ever. She posted on the social networking site on Wednesday that she is expecting twins. And that earned her more than eight-million likes and counting. That shatters the mark Selena Gomez set with the 6.3 million likes for posing with a Coke bottle. Beyonce's online worshippers almost reached the Gomez mark right away. Instagram says the Beyonce post reached the four-million mark in likes in just the first two hours after it went up. 

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(The Associated Press)

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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:24
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MARCH 22, 2017

 

WYCLEF JEAN - DETAINED

 

Wyclef Jean says he was mistaken for an armed robbery suspect and briefly detained in Los Angeles. Wyclef posted a video yesterday on Twitter showing himself in handcuffs next to a patrol car. Jean tells The Associated Press he was cuffed before he was asked his name or told what he was accused of. He says he was ``treated like a criminal.'' A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff says Jean's clothing and vehicle matched the description of a suspect. Jean was released, and the department has apologized. Two suspects have been arrested. 

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``NO SCRUBS'' - ``SHAPE OF YOU''

 

Ed Sheeran's team has quietly given credit to the writers of ``No Scrubs'' by T-L-C for influencing his song ``Shape of You.'' ASCAP now lists Kevin ``She'kspeare'' Briggs, Kandi Burruss and Tameka ``Tiny'' Cottle as co-writers of ``Shape of You.'' Many listeners had noted the similarities between the songs.

Burruss writes her thanks to Sheeran on social media and says she dances every time ``Shape of You'' comes on. Cottle writes on Instagram, ``Ayeeee! Ed Sheeran 'Shape of You' - blessed.'' 

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GUCCI MANE - MEMOIR

 

Gucci Mane had a lot of time to himself while sitting in prison on a weapons charge. That's when he started writing his life story. ``The Autobiography of Gucci Mane'' will be released in September. He will tell tales of his roots in Alabama and how he found his voice as a rapper. He won't shy away from the dark stuff, either: his drug addiction, prison sentences and violent past. 

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PAUL MCCARTNEY - ELVIS COSTELLO  (NOTE LANGUAGE)

 

In 1987, Paul McCartney asked Elvis Costello to write songs together to diversify his style. Costello tried not to geek out on playing with a Beatle. The two paired up for McCartney's ``Flowers in the Dirt'' album. Costello says he tried ``not to turn up in short trousers with my fan club card sticking out of my top pocket.'' He played it cool but he couldn't help but look up now and then and think, ``Bloody hell, it's him!'' ''Flowers in the Dirt`` has been reissued with bonus tracks of demos they didn't use.

McCartney says if they had done a few more, they could have made ''a crazy album,`` but that's as far as they got. 

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE - WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH - CONCERT

 

Melissa Etheridge says she had no problem coming up with great musicians to play with in Nashville and they all happened to be women. Cam, Orianthi (or-ee-AHN'-thee), Lindsay Ell and Troi Irons joined Etheridge Monday for a celebration of Women's History Month. Etheridge says what's changing in music and in society is that such a thing is not unusual anymore. Cam says it was great to stand around talking about gear and guitar pedals with other women. Orianthi says she recalls a teacher suggesting she play harp instead of guitar because a harp is more feminine. She says she had such a passion for guitar that she stuck with her original choice. 

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MARIAH CAREY - HOLIDAY HOME VIDEO

 

Mariah Carey's song ``All I Want For Christmas Is You'' is being turned into a holiday cartoon. It will be released to home video for the 2017 holidays. Carey narrates and produces the film. She says in a statement she's thrilled to bring the story of the song to a new generation of families. 

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BONNAROO - ALL NIGHT STAGE

 

You can stay up all day listening to music at Bonnaroo, and now you can stay up all night doing it, too.

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is adding an all-night stage.

Featured acts include Marshmello, Big Gigantic, D.R.A.M. and Louis The Child. Bonnaroo headliners are U-2, Canadian singer The Weeknd and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Bonnaroo is June 8th to 11th in Manchester, Tennessee. 

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(The Associated Press)

New Doc Walker Single “Heart of the Heartland”, Out Now, Pays Homage to Small Town Canadian Pride

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:12
New Doc Walker Single “Heart of the Heartland”, Out Now, Pays Homage to Small Town Canadian Pride

New Doc Walker Single “Heart of the Heartland”, Out Now, Pays Homage to Small Town Canadian Pride

 

New Album Weathervane out March 31

 

Country legends Doc Walker are releasing their new album, Weathervane, March 31. The first single from the new record, “Heart of the Heartland” pays homage to small town pride across the country. The single will be available digitally and on country radio on March 17, 2017.

 

Produced by Gavin Brown and Dave Wasyliw, and written by Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, the song was inspired by hometown pride, fond memories of youth and continuing to find new inspiration in one’s roots, in this case, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and Winnipeg, which has long been home for bandmates Dave Wasyliw and Chris Thorsteinson. 

Listen to the latest single, here.  

“Heart of the Heartland is about all of the lives that were lived, and all of the memories that were created in a now dying town. One man’s connection to the broken concrete and dilapidated structures that harbour the ghosts of his entire childhood, and his unshakable hometown pride,” says bandmate Dave Wasyliw. “In short, Weathervane is the record we’ve always wanted to make. We don’t set out in a specific direction when we start writing for an album. We write, and write, and re-write. Much like a weathervane, it’s almost as if we’ll lick our finger, and hold it to the wind to see if we are on the right track.”

 

Weathervane to me is a reflection of the amazingly crazy life I've lived. I am one of those guys that never left his home town, yet had the opportunity to travel the world. I've seen Canada from coast to coast many times throughout the years staring out the windows of vans, old buses, new buses, trains and planes, and every time I'm shocked by the beauty of our country, but my heart has always been in the Prairies,” says lead singer, Chris Thorsteinson

With over 20 Top 10 singles in total, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.

Following a busy winter which saw the group take to the CP Holiday Train and perform at the Heritage Classic in their hometown of Winnipeg, Doc Walker are gearing up for Dauphin Countryfest (MB) in June, Murillo Countryfest (ON), and Stonewall Quarry Days (MB). 

 

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 08:26
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

TEGAN AND SARA - YOUTUBE RESTRICTED MODE

 

UNDATED (AP) _ Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara are crying foul that some of their videos are blocked under YouTube's ``restricted'' setting. The setting filters content that may not be appropriate for users under 18-years-old, but some artists have been pointing out that it seems to target L-G-B-T-Q-themed content.. The Calgary-raised sisters tweet that their video for ``U-Turn'' is blocked and there's nothing gay in it except them. They say their videos for ``Alligator'' and ``That Girl'' are restricted, but their -- quote -- ``super gay video'' for ``Be With You'' is still available. It shows a lesbian marriage proposal. YouTube says it's looking into why some videos are being incorrectly labelled. 

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CHUCK BERRY - FINAL ALBUM

 

Chuck Berry's family says they plan to reveal details about his final album this week because that was the plan all along. The Berry family has issued a statement in response to the inquiries about the album ``Chuck.'' Berry announced in October it would come out this year. The family says for months a plan was in place with Dualtone Records to release information and music from the album this week. They say they intend to continue with that plan as a tribute to Berry. He died Saturday at the age of 90. 

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KATY PERRY - RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING

 

Katy Perry says while she's known for the line ``I kissed a girl and I liked it,'' in her words, she also ``did more than that.'' Perry accepted an award from the Human Rights Campaign in Los Angeles Saturday. Perry was raised as a fundamentalist Christian, and says she was taught that homosexuality would land her in hell. She says -- quote -- ``I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps.'' Perry says when she started her music career, she encountered gay people and realized they were freer and more inclusive than anyone she had met. 

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BROTHERS OSBORNE - ``IT AIN'T MY FAULT''

 

Brothers Osborne were pretty sure their song ``It Ain't My Fault'' would be a hit because they road-tested it first.

Singer T-J Osborne says people would respond to that song in concert as much as they would to ``Stay A Little Longer.'' He says it's more fun to play live now because ``It Ain't My Fault'' is out as a single and people hear it on the radio. It doesn't hurt that it's a song about alcohol, too. Osborne says most of their songs are about ``love and drinking -- the two things we experience the most.'' 

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QUEEN - MONOPOLY

 

Queen guitarist Brian May confirms a Queen version of Monopoly will come out in May. He doesn't give any details on the game, and the box does not give any clues. May says it was ``a blast working on it - like making an album!'' 

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NICKI MINAJ - HOT 100 CHART

 

Nicki Minaj has broken Aretha Franklin's record as the female artist with the most hits on the Billboard Hot

100 chart. Minaj broke the record when three of her songs entered the chart this week: ``No Frauds'' with Drake and Lil Wayne at number 14, ``Regret In Your Tears'' at number 61 and ``Changed It''

with Lil Wayne at number 71. That gives Minaj 76 entries on the Hot 100 chart, beating out Franklin's 73. While it took Franklin 37 years to set her record, it took Minaj just seven. On the other hand, Minaj has been credited as lead artist on 32 songs and as a featured act on 44, while Franklin was the lead artist on all 73 of her songs. The top male artist is Lil Wayne, now with 135. The overall leader: the cast of ``Glee,'' with 207 songs that have charted on the Hot 100. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

 

CHUCK BERRY REMEMBERED - THE ROCK MUSICIANS

 

Bruce Springsteen calls Chuck Berry ``rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived.'' Berry died Saturday outside St. Louis at the age of 90. Mick Jagger says Berry ``lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers.''

Keith Richards says, ``One of my big lights has gone out!'' Slash tweets that Berry ``was indisputably the king.'' Lenny Kravitz says to Berry, ``None of us would have been here without you.'' Joan Jett calls Berry ``Original Pure Rock n Roll,'' while Sammy Hagar tweets, ``Thank God for his rock and roll presence on this planet!'' 

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CHUCK BERRY REMEMBERED - RAP AND R-AND-B MUSICIANS

 

The way Questlove pays tribute to Chuck Berry is this: ``Thou Shall Have No Other Rock Gods Before Him.'' Berry died Saturday outside St. Louis at the age of 90. Q-Tip wishes eternal peace to ``the father of rock and roll - the genius Chuck Berry.''

Chuck D posted his artistic rendering of Berry online with the caption, ``R-I-P King of Rock and Roll.'' Cee Lo Green tweets, ``May the great Chuck Berry rest in peace and may his legacy live on forever more.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY REMEMBERED - THE COUNTRY MUSICIANS

 

Keith Urban thanks Chuck Berry ``for the poetry, the passion and the potency.'' Berry died Saturday outside St. Louis at the age of 90. Charlie Daniels calls Berry ``the greatest rock and roll lyricist ever.'' The Band Perry calls Berry a ``legend''

and an ``icon.'' Kristian Bush of Sugarland thanks Berry for ``your big idea'' and adds, ``It changed the way my heart feels the beat.''

Kenny Rogers writes on Facebook that he met Berry a few times and he was ``always incredibly nice to me, which made me feel important.'' 

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ERIC CARMEN - CHUCK BERRY'S INFLUENCE -- AND ATTITUDE

 

Chuck Berry rarely had a permanent backing band because he was aware nearly every rock band knows how to play his songs, so he'd hire local musicians to back him because it was cheaper. Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller, The Average White Band and The Raspberries were among the acts who backed Berry in their early days. Eric Carmen of The Raspberries recalls it as was one of his worst gigs ever. He said in an April 2000 Associated Press interview Berry showed up five minutes before showtime and would not say what key he was playing in or even what song. Carmen says Berry caught him watching Berry's fretwork and purposely turned away. Carmen's response was to turn up his amp. Berry's response was to wave to the crowd and walk off. Carmen says he thought the audience was going to lynch The Raspberries but ``we got out with our lives.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY - DUCK WALK

 

If you're going to imitate Chuck Berry's style of playing, the duck walk is a must. Berry came up with that as a child. He did it so he could slip under tables. Berry did it during a concert and a journalist called it the ``duck walk.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY - ``JOHNNY B. GOODE''

 

If Chuck Berry had not changed one word of one of his songs, it may not have become the rock-and-roll standard that it is today. In the song ``Johnny B. Goode,'' Berry originally sang ``coloured boy'' instead of ``country boy.'' Radio stations probably would not have played it with the original wording. It also broadened the appeal of the song to musicians who wanted to be like Johnny. The song was partly inspired by Berry's longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, who collaborated with him on many hits.

Then again, if Berry had been more successful at his day job, he may not have pursued music to supplement his income. Berry had trained as a hairdresser. 

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CHUCK BERRY - ONLY ONE NUMBER-ONE

 

Can you name Chuck Berry's only song to hit number one? No, not ``Johnny B. Goode.'' No, not ``Rock and Roll Music,''

or ``Memphis,'' or ``Maybellene,'' or ``Roll Over Beethoven.'' It was ``My Ding-A-Ling,'' in 1972. The surprising part is that it didn't get a lot of radio play because of the double-entendre lyrics. ``My Ding-A-Ling'' was recorded live at the Lanchester Arts Festival in the U-K with Onnie McIntyre and Robbie McIntosh of Average White Band in Berry's backing band. The closest Berry ever got to the top spot otherwise was ``Sweet Little Sixteen,'' which hit number two in 1958. 

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CHUCK BERRY - TROUBLE

 

Chuck Berry may have been an architect of rock and roll, but he was also had a fair number of brushes with the law.

Berry served three years in prison in the mid-1940s for a crime spree involving armed robberies and car theft. He served another a year and a half in prison and nearly derailed his career in the early 1960s for violating the Mann Act, which barred transporting a minor across state lines for ``immoral purposes.'' Berry ran into tax trouble in 1979 in part because of his insistence on being paid in cash. Berry settled a case for 1.3-million in 1994 in which some of his female employees accused him of videotaping them in the bathroom of his restaurant. Berry also was sued in 2000 by his longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, who accused Berry of failing to pay him royalties. The case was dismissed two years later. 

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CHUCK BERRY - THE BEACH BOYS

 

The first number-one song for the Beach Boys was a rip-off of a Chuck Berry hit. ``Surfin' U-S-A'' has the same melody as Berry's song ``Sweet Little Sixteen.'' Beach Boy Mike Love writes in his book, ``Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy,'' Berry's publishing company immediately accused The Beach Boys of stealing the song. The Beach Boys settled, and Berry was given writing credit. Love writes that he doubts Berry knew much about it because he was in jail at the time for violating the Mann Act. However, he says he met Berry on a plane years later and Berry said, ``I like what you did with 'Sixteen.''' Love writes on Facebook ``Fun Fun Fun'' and ``Be True To Your School'' were also ``born of as a result of my 'going to school' at Chuck Berry University.'' Beach Boy Brian Wilson says, ``I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing - a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock 'n Roll.'' 

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``HAIL! HAIL! ROCK N ROLL'' MOVIE DIRECTOR - CHUCK BERRY

 

The director of ``Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock n Roll'' remembers him as ``more difficult than any movie star I've ever worked with.'' Taylor Hackford writes in The Hollywood Reporter that Berry was ``diabolical'' but ``at the same time, I totally loved him.'' He says Berry was asked to report at 7 a-m the first day. He showed up at 3 p-m and only after he was paid 25-hundred dollars in cash in a brown paper bag. Hackford describes Berry as ``charming'' but he could ``turn on a dime and be as dark as it gets.'' He says he loved Berry but ``every day was a negotiation.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY - NEW ALBUM

 

Chuck Berry is gone but we still have new music from him on the horizon. Berry had announced on his 90th birthday in October he was working on an album called ``Chuck'' _ featuring mostly new songs. It's his first new album in 38 years. A release date was not given, and the status of the album is unclear. 

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ASTRONAUTS - CHUCK BERRY

 

Even NASA is a little sad about the death of Chuck Berry. Astronaut Scott Kelly tweets his condolences and says, ``Your music rocketed on Earth. Then it went interstellar.'' In 1977, Berry's song ``Johnny B. Goode'' was the only rock song included on the gold-plated record sent with Voyager 1 that was meant to communicate earth culture to any extraterrestrials the spaceship would encounter. Berry's music was sometimes used as the wake-up call for astronauts on board the Space Shuttle.

 

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GLEN CAMPBELL' - NO LONGER PLAYS MUSIC

 

Glen Campbell is no longer able to play guitar.

His wife, Kim Campbell, tells The Nashville Tennessean her husband's Alzheimer's disease has progressed so that he can't talk and he doesn't understand much. She says Campbell sometimes plays air guitar and he enjoys his daughter Ashley playing songs on her guitar, especially ``You Are My Sunshine.'' Kim Campbell says her husband sometimes tries to tell jokes but they come out as gibberish. She says, ``He still has his essence.'' 

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BLUESMAN JAMES COTTON - OBIT

 

Blues singer and harmonica player James Cotton has died of pneumonia. His label, Alligator Records, says Cotton died Thursday at a hospital in Austin, Texas, as the age of 81. Cotton played blues harp with Howlin' Wolf in the 1950s, then moved on to play in Muddy Waters' band. His harmonica is heard on the Muddy Waters ``At Newport'' and ``Hard Again'' albums. He released nearly 30 albums on his own and toured with Janis Joplin.

He also worked with B.B. King, Todd Rundgren, Keith Richards, Taj Mahal and Johnny Winter. 

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(The Associated Press)