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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:58

Richard Marx's marriage ends

NEW YORK (AP) - Richard Marx is getting a divorce. His representative tells People magazine Marx and his wife, Cynthia Rhodes, are splitting after 25 years of marriage. They have been separated since July. They met on the set of the 1983 film "Staying Alive," when she was an actress and he was working on the soundtrack. They have three sons.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:57

Dueling Banjos writer dies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The man who wrote "Dueling Banjos" has died. The Charlotte Observer reports Arthur Smith died Thursday at his home at the age of 93. Smith recorded a song called "Feudin' Banjos" in 1955. The song was used in the film "Deliverance" but credited as "Dueling Banjos" and did not give any credit to Smith. He filed a lawsuit and got a substantial settlement. Smith also recorded an instrumental called "Guitar Boogie" that influenced many musicians including Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and Glen Campbell. Paul McCartney played "Guitar Boogie" as one of his first songs with The Quarrymen, who later became The Beatles.

NEW YORK (AP) - Jimmy Fallon has come up with the top ten reasons David Letterman is retiring. They are:
     10: Wants to quit while he's still able to compete on "Dancing With the Stars."
     9. Made millions selling crack to Rob Ford.
     8. Time slot was getting too "Jimmyesque."
     7. He's not retiring - he's "consciously unhosting."
     6. Stop! Hammock time!
     5. Hillary/Letterman 2016!
     4. After 31 years, finally got through to the Obamacare website!
     3. One word: E-Loprah
     2. Jay Leno needs a partner for next season's Amazing Race.
     1. Jimmy Fallon is stealing his bits

DALLAS (AP) - Bruce Springsteen doesn't have a basketball song in his repertoire. So he borrowed something from Van Halen to help spice up his appearance to close out a three-day music festival in Dallas for the NCAA Final Four. After stepping on stage holding a basketball, he and the E Street Band performed "Jump." After that, The Boss covered some of his own material, including "Glory Days," "Hungry Heart" and "Dancing in the Dark." It was cool and rainy most of yesterday - and fun. singer Nate Ruess rolled on the stage, getting himself soaked in the process. He dared Springsteen to do the same - but added he doubted that would happen because Springsteen was "smarter than that." Others who performed at the festival included Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and LL Cool J. The NCAA men's basketball title game is tonight.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - George Strait has staying power. He won the Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year last night, 25 years after he won it for the first time. Strait says he always said he has the best fans in the world and since fans voted for the award, he rests his case. Strait also won the Country Music Association Awards entertainer of the year in November. Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry says her grandfather used to tell them when the times were tough, "Kids, this ain't no hill for a climber," so she accepted the award for vocal group of the year for all the climbers. Miranda Lambert won female vocalist of the year for the fifth straight time. Jason Aldean won male vocalist. Justin Moore beat Kip Moore and Brett Eldredge for new artist of the year and joked he thought there might be a height requirement for that award.

     Album of the year: Kacey Musgraves, "Same Trailer Different Park"
     Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert
     Male vocalist of the year: Jason Aldean
     Vocal group of the year: The Band Perry
     Song of the year: "I Drive Your Truck": Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
     Single record of the year: Miranda Lambert, "Mama's Broken Heart"
     New artist of the year: Justin Moore
     Vocal duo of the year: Florida Georgia Line
     Music video of the year: Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, "Highway Don't Care"
     Vocal event of the year: Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, "We Were Us"

Monday, 07 April 2014 11:20

Obit: Mickey Rooney

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For many Mickey Rooney was the kid who never grew up. Now, police say Rooney has died at his North Hollwood home. He was 93. Rooney had an eight decade career that included his signature role of Andy Hardy in the 1930s and '40s -- often playing opposite Judy Garland. He was nominated for Oscars four times. Rooney was honored by the Motion Picture Academy with a special Oscar for his body of work that included "National Velvet," also starring Elizabeth Taylor. Rooney was married eight times, starting with Ava Gardner. Among Rooney's roles in recent years was as a guard in the 2006 comedy "A Night at the Museum."

NASHVILLE (AP) - Jack White will mark Record Store Day by attempting what he calls the World's Fastest Released Record. White will take the stage at his Third Man Records in Nashville on April 19 to record a live version of the title track to his upcoming album, "Lazaretto." The masters will be taken to United Record Pressing, which will press 45s. Sleeves will be printed based on photos taken during White's performance. Fans will be able to buy the completed product in a matter of hours. United will continue to press copies as long as there are fans in line to buy it, but only on that day.

Friday, 04 April 2014 15:31

American Idol keeps Sam Woolf

LOS ANGELES (AP) - You would have thought Sam Woolf had just won "American Idol" instead of getting the judges' save. When Jennifer Lopez announced they would save Woolf from elimination, the other contestants rushed the stage and confetti dropped from the ceiling. Woolf had the fewest number of votes this week. Malaya (mah-LY'-ah) Watson and CJ Harris were also in the bottom three.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - There will be awards, all right. But there will also be a lot of performances when the Academy of Country Music holds its annual awards ceremony on Sunday. Among those set to sing at the event include Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts. And those are just the ones announced by producers this week. Others to take the stage include Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Shakira, George Strait, The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line. The show airs on CBS.

UNDATED (AP) - Beck knew there was something unusual about the band whose frontman walked on stage giving the middle finger while looking both playful and menacing. It was three years before "Nevermind" came out and Beck says the audience at that Nirvana show erupted in a way he had never seen before. Billie Joe Armstrong says he recalls hearing "Nevermind" and thinking, "We've finally got our Beatles, this era finally got our Beatles." Win Butler says the social dynamic at his junior high school in Texas changed with "Nevermind," because the misfit kids "socially were in a weird way on the same level as everyone else." Neil Young says he wishes he could have told Cobain to take a break and not worry about people who were pushing him to do things he didn't want to do. Young says he almost got the chance but it didn't happen.

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