MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016
RALPH STANLEY - OBIT
Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley has died.
The Appalachian music patriarch helped to expand and popularize the bluegrass sound. He was 89. His publicist says Stanley died yesterday. Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia. He and brother Carter formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. The brothers fused Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe's rapid rhythms with the mountain folk of groups such as the Carter Family, and added a distinctive three-part harmony. Carter Stanley died of liver disease in 1966. Ralph Stanley's ``O Death'' from the ``O Brother, Where Art Thou?'' movie soundtrack introduced him to a new generation of fans in 2000. He won a Grammy for best male country vocal performance in 2002.
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS - THE EAGLES
The Eagles will get the Kennedy Center Honors that they were supposed to get last year. They had to drop out of last year's ceremony because of Glenn Frey's health. He died about a month after the gala. The band say they will accept the honour in Frey's memory. Frey's widow, Cindy, will sit with The Eagles during the ceremony. Mavis Staples' reaction to being named as a recipient was this: ``I'm just an unknown gospel singer. And they're honouring me at the Kennedy Center? Lord have mercy.'' James Taylor says he is ``deeply moved to be included in such august company.'' The other honourees this year are Al Pacino and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich. The awards will be given during a gala December 3rd and shown on C-B-S on December 27th.
RORY FEEK - WASHINGTON
Rory Feek of Joey and Rory took his wife's story to Capitol Hill. The Washington Post reports Feek showed the trailer to the upcoming documentary, ``To Joey With Love'' in a Senate hearing room Wednesday before a screening of the P-B-S film ``Being Mortal.'' The event was hosted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Joey Feek died of cervical cancer in March, and ``To Joey With Love'' is about her final months. Rory Feek says instead of being a complete wreck after his wife died, he's been encouraged, because she died the way she wanted to die.
ROB ZOMBIE - WIFE
Rob Zombie treats all the actors in his movies the same. However, there's one who has to hear him gripe: his wife, actress Shari Moon Zombie. He says while the other actors go home, she gets an earful about all the drama behind the scenes. He says she has to hear about it at home, driving to the set and driving from the set. Zombie says his wife ``has more information than she would probably like to have about what's going on.'' Shari Moon Zombie is one of the actors in his upcoming film, ``31,'' out in September.
ADELE'S ``25'' - STREAMING
Adele finally is allowing her ``25'' album to be streamed. As of midnight, the entire ``25'' album is available on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. Previously, only the songs ``Hello,'' ''Send My Love (To Your New Lover)`` and ''When We Were Young`` were available for streaming. The ''25`` album came out seven months ago.
CHICAGO POLICE - SINEAD O'CONNOR
Chicago police are on the lookout for Sinead O'Connor. Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney says authorities have received reports the Irish singer-songwriter threatened to jump from a bridge. But Sweeney says there isn't an active police search for O'Connor. He says Irish authorities reported O'Connor contacted her family, saying she was suicidal. Last month, suburban Chicago police put out a well-being check for O'Connor after she reportedly went on a bike ride Sunday morning and didn't return. She was later found safe at a hotel. Her representatives didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
STRYPER - YELLOW AND BLACK
Stryper are bringing back the yellow-and-black costumes they wore in the mid-1980s for the 30th anniversary tour celebrating their ``To Hell With The Devil'' album. The band still plays with all four original members. The dates have not yet been announced, but the tour begins in the fall.
GLADYS KNIGHT - SON
The son of Gladys Knight has been released from jail after the restaurants that bear her name were raided this week.
Jail records in Clayton County, Georgia, show Shanga Hankerson was released Wednesday and charged with two counts of felony theft by taking. Hankerson owns the three Atlanta-area locations of Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles, which have been closed since the raids. Knight is not facing criminal charges. The Georgia Department of Revenue says Hankerson is accused of taking 650-thousand dollars in state sales and withholding taxes and using it for personal expenses.
STEVIE WONDER - PRINCE TRIBUTE
Stevie Wonder will be part of the Prince Tribute at the BET Awards on Sunday. He will join Sheila E., D'Angelo, The Roots and Janelle Monae. Other performers include Erykah Badu, Jennifer Hudson, Fat Joe, French Montana, Usher, Alicia Keys and Future.
(The Associated Press)