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  • 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...
  • Just Kidding talks to Lamont Dozier

    Just Kidding talks to Lamont Dozier
    Lamont Dozier’s songs have been part of the soundtrack of America for generations.  Dozier made a name for himself in the 1960s, as a force behind the Motown sound with writing and producing team Holland Dozier Holland. The trio penned songs for...
  • Beatles special comes together with a little help from their friends

    Dave Grohl was on his way to rehearsals for a TV special marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' U.S. live television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" when the panic set in. "Suddenly it hit me: Maybe I ought to listen to the record again before...
  • Anna Gordy Gaye dies at 92; Motown Records figure

    Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of the founder of Motown Records and ex-wife of musical great Marvin Gaye, with whom she wrote a number of hit songs, died of natural causes Friday at her Los Angeles home, her family said. She was 92. Gordy Gaye was an older...
  • 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...
  • Future uncertain, 1st Mariner Arena thrives

    Future uncertain, 1st Mariner Arena thrives
    Frank Remesch's mission was clear, if daunting. Somehow, he had to convince people that the hulking, cavernous 1st Mariner Arena, a 1960s relic that civic leaders had been talking about razing for years, was still a player — could still attract big-...
  • The soul power of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

    The soul power of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
    Note: Due to weather, this year's Silopanna Music Festival has been canceled. Judging by the charts in recent years, it seems as though America has rediscovered soul and funk. Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars — even Grace Potter and Fitz...
  • Esther Gordy Edwards dies at 91; sister of Motown Records founder

    Esther Gordy Edwards dies at 91; sister of Motown Records founder
    When Berry Gordy Jr. wanted to borrow $800 from his family to found Motown Records in 1959, he knew that the most formidable resistance would come from his oldest sister, Esther. "You're 29 years old and what have you done with your life?" his sister...
  • This time, it's Barbara Morrison's turn for a favor

    This time, it's Barbara Morrison's turn for a favor
    Sitting in the hall that she operates in Leimert Park on a recent afternoon, Barbara Morrison is uncharacteristically sedentary. She recently lost a leg to diabetes. While she speaks with customary grace and cheer, the jazz vocalist is in a period of...
  • Interview: 'American Idol' finalist Haley Reinhart coming home for the holidays

    Interview: 'American Idol' finalist Haley Reinhart coming home for the holidays
    Haley Reinhart would like to apologize to the fans who waited for her outside of the Allstate Arena in August. The Wheeling native — who hasn’t been home much since finishing third on Fox’s “American Idol” in May —...