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  • Mae Mercer dies at 76; blues singer also had a Hollywood career

    Mae Mercer, a deep-voiced blues singer who spent much of the 1960s performing at a blues bar in Paris and touring Europe before launching an acting career back home in films and television, has died. She was 76. Mercer was found dead Oct. 29 at her...
  • PASSINGS

    Ibrahim Nasir Maldives' 1st president Ibrahim Nasir, 82, who led the Maldives' independence movement from the British and became the archipelago's first president, died Saturday at a Singapore hospital, Ahmed Shaeed, the foreign minister of the Maldives,...
  • Rihanna's 'Russian Roulette' is loaded -- but what does it say?

     
    For much of her career, Rihanna was seen as being not entirely herself. From her high-profile signing during Jay-Z’s Def Jam tenure to her steely, minimalist presence on blustery tracks by the-Dream and Tricky and Ne-Yo, Rihanna’s most successful...
  • Who performed the first "blues" recording "Crazy Blues", recorded on August 10, 1920? a) Mamie Smith b) Ida Cox c) Bessie Smith

    ANSWER: a) Mamie Smith
  • Live: Maxwell and Jill Scott at Staples Center

     
    What do "real music" and meaningful sex have in common? Everything, it seemed, for the committed couples and best-girlfriend clusters who filled Staples Center on Saturday night to enjoy the R&B grooves of Maxwell and Jill Scott. The two singers......
  • Wake Held For Koko Taylor

    (WGN-AM)- Hundreds of mourners turned out Thursday at a music-filled wake and memorial service for Chicago blues icon Koko Taylor, whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the nickname "Queen of the Blues." Among those who paid tribute to Taylor...
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  • High-minded lowdown

    In the long and often embarrassing history of intellectuals' attempts to grapple with pop culture, there are, at least, a few high points. One of them is the work of the late Leslie Fiedler, the garrulous and provocative critic of literature who could...