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  • Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., Temptations singer

    Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., Temptations singer
    Otis R. "Damon" Harris Jr., a Baltimore singer who performed with the Temptations during the 1970s and later used his own diagnosis of prostate cancer to help raise awareness of the disease in African-American men, died Feb. 18 from the disease at...
  • Detroit's decline

    Detroit's decline
    Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents. The...
  • PASSINGS: Deke Richards

    Deke Richards, 68, who as part of the songwriting and producing team known as the Corporation was responsible for many of the Jackson 5's early hit songs for Motown Records, died Sunday at a hospice in Bellingham, Wash., of esophageal cancer, according to...
  • Choosing books for the holidays

    Choosing books for the holidays
    Inevitably this holiday season, my mom will tick through her shopping list and say with a sigh, "Your dad wants a book." Since I was a kid, my mom has teased my dad about the predictablity of this ritual, which usually involves the purchase of a brick-...
  • Smokey Robinson sizzled at the Ferguson Center | a review

    Smokey Robinson sizzled at the Ferguson Center | a review
    It's common to see legendary artists sleepwalk through their concerts. After all, what do they have to prove? They earned their reputations decades ago. Now, all that's necessary is to show up, sing a few hits, smile and get out of town. Smokey...
  • Steve Jobs' approach a lesson for Broadway's 'Motown'

    Steve Jobs' approach a lesson for Broadway's  'Motown'
    In 2011, Nick Bilton of The New York Times asked Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs, an interesting question: "Did he try to control what you wrote in the book?" "I anticipated that," Isaacson replied. "But he didn't. He kept surprising me by...
  • Muse for Jimmy Webb's 'MacArthur Park' treasures those days

    Muse for Jimmy Webb's 'MacArthur Park' treasures those days
    TUCSON —Sitting on a swivel bar stool near the kitchen of her home outside Tucson, Suzy Horton Ronstadt listened to the familiar words of songwriter Jimmy Webb's pop-rock classic "MacArthur Park." Ronstadt smiled at first, then had to blink as her...
  • VOD Spotlight: “Sparkle,” with Whitney Houston’s final role

     
    It would be difficult to say anything about the 2012 remake of the 1976 film Sparkle without mentioning the truth for which it’s probably best known and for which it will be remembered — as Whitney Houston’s final screen performance. The...
  • REVIEW: Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes come to party -- until the end

     
    Let’s say this up front: Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes is what it is: a glorified Jersey bar band – actually, a hell of a bar band. But front man Johnny Lyon’s singing voice is that of an everyman......
  • MMMBop interview: Hanson talks about new albm 'Anthem,' single 'Get the Girl Back' and future

     
    The song starts with a thumping hook of a baseline, soon joined by funky percussion, then fiery horns and a full chorus that fills in behind the singer pouring out his heart about getting the girl back. Hanson brothers (from......
  • Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor

    Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...