Q1370 News 60's, 70's & 80's Archives for 2020-05


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Star-studded Epix music docuseries 'Laurel Canyon' premieres Sunday; director calls project "a gift"

Part one of the new two-part Epix docuseries Laurel Canyon, which profiles the music scene that centered around the Los Angeles neighborhood of the same name during the late 1960s and early '70s, premieres this Sunday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET.

The program focuses on such legendary artists as The ByrdsBuffalo SpringfieldThe Mamas & the PapasThe MonkeesThe DoorsLoveThe TurtlesCrosby, Stills, Nash & YoungJoni MitchellLinda RonstadtThe Eagles and Jackson Browne, and features new and archival interviews with many musicians who were part of the scene.

The series' director, Alison Ellwood, tells ABC Audio that she'd wanted to do a Laurel Canyon documentary 20 years ago, but the complicated music rights made it "an impossible project to take on" at that time.

"I was always a big Doors fan, and realized that they had a story in the canyon and all these other artists that they interacted with," Ellwood explains, adding, "[W]hen [the project] came back to me all these years later…it was a gift."

Alison notes that among the interesting aspects about the scene she hoped to convey was "how these artists were able to share with one another and create with one another, and how one band would form and break up…but from those breakups, other bands would form."

Two examples of this were CSNY, which included members of The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, and The Eagles, which was formed by members of Ronstadt's backing band.

The documentary also shows the music artists in the Laurel Canyon were connected to and affected by some historic events of the time, including Woodstock, Altamont, the Manson murders, and the Kent State massacre.

Part two of Laurel Canyon premieres Sunday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET on Epix.

By Matt Friedlander
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I've seen that movie too: Elton John hosting 'Rocketman' watch party tonight on Amazon Prime

Imagine getting to watch Rocketman with Elton John, the man whose life inspired the film.  Well, tonight you can, on Amazon Prime.

The film, which took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song, is now available to stream for free on Amazon Prime, and Elton himself is hosting a Watch Party on his official Twitter account

All you have to do is click on Rocketman and hit play at exactly 7 p.m. ET tonight.  You can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #RocketmanWatchParty, and upload photos of yourself sporting your Rocketman merchandise.

As the film plays, Elton will share his thoughts and insights on @EltonOfficial.

Amazon Prime Video adorably announced the Watch Party by tweeting at Elton, "Hey @EltonOfficial, are you free to watch a movie Friday night?"  To which he replied, "Absolutely - David and I were just planning our evening. How about 7pm?"

In other Elton news, his current Farewell Tour has been voted Australia's favorite concert tour of all time in a poll of 5,000 users by Ticketek Australia, an event ticketing company.  Among the other tours it beat were Down Under treks by PinkAdeleEd SheeranTaylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen.


By Andrea Dresdale
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Diane Lyn spoke with the legendary Mike Love from the Beach Boys! Listen here

Diane Lyn spoke with the legendary Mike Love from the Beach Boys on her show today. Here is what you didn't hear on Q1370, the entire interview. Diane spoke with Mike about a possible Beach Boys reunion with Brian Wilson; his favorite memories and Beach Boys songs; a tour memory from Maryland and COVID 19. Below is a link to his YouTube video and new song called "This Too Shall Pass" 



The Doobie Brothers' 50th anniversary tour with Michael McDonald postponed until 2021

The Doobie Brothers will be "rockin' down the highway" on their 50th anniversary tour a year later than planned because of the COVID-19 crisis. The North American trek originally was supposed to get underway this June 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida, but now will kick off on July 17 in the same city.

The tour, which will feature former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald joining the band's current lineup, includes 46 shows and is mapped out through an October 23 performance in New Orleans.

Due to scheduling conflicts, several of the previously announced 2020 concerts have been canceled rather than postponed. Those shows were to have taken place in Mount Pleasant, Michigan; Sioux City, Iowa; Boise, Idaho; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Little Rock, Arkansas; Bossier City, Louisiana; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Fans with tickets for a rescheduled concert can use them to attend the new date. Fans preferring a refund will receive an email with instructions on how to get one soon. Ticket holders can get more information via the point of purchase.

To check out the band's full tour schedule, visit TheDoobieBrothers.com.

As previously reported, The Doobie Brothers also are slated to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Famethis year. The ceremony, which originally had been scheduled for May 2, has been postponed until November 7.  Later that month, the group is scheduled to play a Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre.

By Matt Friedlander
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A student from the University of Vermont, is taking those graduation gowns and not letting them go to waste. He decided to repurpose them as personal protective equipment for frontline health care workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. How cool is that! He has now turned it into a nationwide movement. Donate your graduation gowns for goodhttps://www.gowns4good.net/

20th anniversary edition of Eric Clapton and B.B. King's 'Riding with the King' album due out in June


In 1999, Eric Clapton teamed up with his friend and one of his blues idols B.B. King for a collaborative album called Riding with the King, which was released in 2000 and went on to win a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album. Now, in celebration of the record's 20th anniversary, an expanded version will be released on June 26.

The Riding with the King reissue will include two bonus tracks that were recorded during the original sessions -- a cover of the blues standard "Rollin' and Tumblin'" and a version of B.B.'s own "Let Me Love You."

The 20th anniversary edition of Riding with the King will be available on CD and as a two-LP vinyl set. A limited-edition blue-vinyl version of the record can be purchased exclusively at Clapton's official online store.

Those who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of "Rollin' and Tumblin'," which also has been released as a digital single and via streaming services. In addition, you can check out the track now at Clapton's official YouTube channel.

Riding with the King's original 12-song track list features four original King tunes, plus renditions of the Johnny Mercer-Harold Arlen standard "Come Rain or Come Shine"; Sam & Dave's soul classic "Hold On I'm Coming," which was written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter; and the blues standard "Key to the Highway." In addition, the title track was written by acclaimed singer/songwriter John Hiatt.

The album featured musical contributions from many of Clapton's longtime touring band members, including guitarists Andy Fairweather Low and Doyle Bramhall II, drummer Steve Gadd and bassist Nathan East, as well as acclaimed session drummer Jim Keltner and guitarist Wendy Melvoin from Prince's group The Revolution.

Here's the full track list:

"Riding with the King"
"Ten Long Years"
"Key to the Highway"
"Marry You"
"Three O'Clock Blues"
"Help the Poor"
"I Wanna Be"
"Worried Life Blues"
"Days of Old"
"When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer"
"Hold On I'm Coming"
"Come Rain or Come Shine"

Bonus tracks:
"Rollin' and Tumblin'
"Let Me Love You"

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Queen's Brian May reveals he suffered a "small heart attack," underwent stent procedure

Queen guitarist Brian May recently suffered "a small heart attack," and underwent an operation to have stents placed in three partially blocked coronary arteries.

The 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer revealed the news in a video message posted Sunday on his official website and socials. 

May explained that he had the heart attack while struggling with another health issue: excruciating leg pain that he initially thought stemmed from a ripped gluteus muscle. It turned out to be caused by a compressed sciatic nerve.

"[I]t's not something that did me any harm," Brian said of the heart attack. "It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness, and that feeling in the arms and sweating."

May says that after undergoing an angiogram, doctors discovered three congested arteries and gave him the choice: He could have open-heart surgery or have stents placed in the blood vessels.

"[A]fter a lot of thought and deliberation, I opted for the stents," he explained. "And the…same day, I went in there and they did it. And it wasn't that easy, but the only reason it wasn't easy for me was because of…the excruciating pain I had in my leg."

May continued, "I walked out with a heart that's very strong now, so I think I'm in good shape for some time to come. And if I'm not, we can have another angiogram."

Brian noted that his experience made him think that perhaps everyone over age 60 should consider having an angiogram, because he had no symptoms before having the heart attack.

May added that his leg pain continues to be treated by "a fantastic physiotherapist."

For now, Brian said, "I'm good, I'm here, and I'm ready to rock."

By Matt Friedlander
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The Band/Robbie Robertson documentary 'Once Were Brothers' gets released on DVD and Blu-ray today

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, the 2019 documentary inspired by Robbie Robertson's 2016 memoir Testimony, gets its release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital HD today.

The film focuses on new interviews with The Band's founding guitarist and main songwriter, who shares recollections about memorable events and incidents spanning from his childhood through his years with the influential Americana group.

Speaking recently with ABC Audio, Robertson describes his experience with The Band's other musicians as "an incredible journey," which began when Robbie was a teenager playing Toronto clubs as singer Ronnie Hawkins' backing group, The Hawks, and ended after The Band's historic farewell concert "The Last Waltz."

Robertson says when the documentary was being put together, he didn't have a lot to do with it because was busy with various other projects. He tells ABC Audio that when he did get to see how the movie was progressing, he was impressed by the job that the movie's then-24-year-old director, Daniel Roher, and his team were doing.

"When I came into it, I was really surprised on how emotional this film was," he explains. "'Cause…to be honest with you, I don't like many music documentary things that they do…So when I saw it, I thought, 'Whoa, this is really quite moving, and they're doing a great job.' And you could feel the intensity of the work being put into it."

Robertson adds, "The brotherhood in The Band is so strong in this film, and the way the filmmakers portrayed the honesty of that…I just didn't know that it could be that moving." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

As previously reported, Once Were Brothers also features new interviews with Eric ClaptonBruce SpringsteenVan MorrisonPeter Gabriel and Taj Mahal, among others.

Visit OnceWereBrothers.com for more details.

By Matt Friedlander
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What's Trending with Diane Lyn: Must Read Weird Things Restaurant Are Doing To Reopen

We all need to get back in business, especially restaurants. I miss dining out with my hubby. But this will be a major task because it is food service. Already restaurants are getting creative and coming up with some “out of the box” ideas. Are these good ones?

Having glass surround your table?

Social distancing by using mannequins at unoccupied tables? That’s kinda creepy!

Read more about it, here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/the-weirdest-things-restaurants-are-doing-to-bring-you-back/ar-BB145CkV?li=BBnb7Kw&ocid=spartandhp

What's Trending with Diane Ly: Reisterstown dad has come up with a mobile graduation.

Reisterstown dad has come up with a mobile graduation. Michael Rossman who is a comedian and circus performer who came up with “The Grad Mobile”. The idea came about because of his graduating daughter.

Here’s what you can get with the pomp and circumstance: a custom logo and a socially distanced diploma, balloons with your school colors, live streaming and more. To find out more:


Daryl Hall, Patti LaBelle to perform at PHLove concert aiding Philadelphia-area charities

Daryl Hall and Patti LaBelle are among the artists set to headline PHLove, a one-off variety concert taking place this Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. ET that will raise money for and awareness about the PHL COVID-19 Fund.

The fund has been offering financial support to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey that serve those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The show will feature performances and appearances by various celebrities from Philadelphia or with connections to the city, including Hall, LaBelle, QuestloveDJ Jazzy JeffAmos Lee and many others. The event's lineup also will include a number of surprise guests.

PHLove will air on several local television and radio stations, and also will stream nationwide at Inquirer.comand Radio.com.

The PHL COVID-19 Fund, supported in partnership by Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), has raised $16 million over the last eight weeks and helped almost 400 regional nonprofits. However, additional funds are needed for the charity to help meet the communities' needs.

"The additional funds raised from this event will not only make sure their doors remain open for those hardest hit in our community but ensure we stand ready to address emerging needs as well," says Bill Golderer, the UWGPSNJ's president and CEO.

For more information about the fund, visit PHLCOVID19Fund.org.

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Pretty Things frontman Phil May dies at age 75

Phil May, lead singer of the veteran British band The Pretty Things, died Friday from complications following hip surgery after a recent biking accident, The Guardian reports. He was 75.

May co-founded The Pretty Things in 1963 with guitarist Dick Taylor, who had been playing bass in The Rolling Stones before teaming up with Phil.

The Pretty Things started out a raucous blues-rock band, a scored a couple of top-20 hits in the U.K.: "Don't Bring Me Down" in 1964, and "Honey I Need" in 1965.

As the '60s progressed, The Pretty Things developed a more psychedelic-influenced sound, and in December 1968 they released what is considered the first rock opera, S.F. Sorrow. The record, based on a short story by May, tells the story of a character named Sebastian F. Sorrow from his birth to his death.

The group's style later evolved to incorporate prog-rock and glam-rock influences. May left The Pretty Things in 1976 and formed a short-lived project called The Fallen Angels, but relaunched his old band in 1978.

The Pretty Things retired from touring in 2018, and played a farewell concert that year featuring guest appearances by Van Morrison and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

David Bowie was a huge fan of The Pretty Things, and included renditions of two of the band's songs -- "Rosalyn" and "Don't Bring Me Down" -- on his 1973 covers album, Pin Ups.

According to The Guardian, a new Pretty Things studio album is scheduled for release this year.

May is survived by two children -- son Paris and daughter Sorrel -- and partner Colin Graham.

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Graham Nash has already written "half an album" in quarantine

Graham Nash isn't letting a little thing like quarantine slow down his productivity.

On this weekend's edition of CBS Sunday Morning, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says lockdown has "not been too weird for me," adding, "I'm not a very social creature. I like to stay in my apartment. I like to be making music....I'm doing demos. I've got half an album already done."

Nash was five shows into a sold-out tour when COVID-19 derailed his -- and everyone else's -- plans, and he predicts it's going to be quite a while before he'll be able to return to the road.

"Obviously, I love to perform. I love to communicate," he says. "But quite frankly I don't see that happening until 2021. That's almost another year away."

Nash's socially distanced interview with CBS This Morning co-host Anthony Mason took place in the garden of St. Mark's Church in New York City, where the singer/songwriter moved six years ago.

You can watch the full interview this Sunday, May 17, at 9 a.m. ET on CBS.

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What's Trending with Diane Lyn: Happy Facts About Animals

A little something guaranteed to make you smile today, the cute things about animals like:

Gentoo penguins propose to their mates with a pebble for their nest.

Cows make friends with other cows, that is why you see them in herds.

Squirrels will adopt other baby squirrels.

Dog feel safe when they smell us.

Ducks shake their tails when they are happy.

Sea Otters hold hands when they sleep.


All-star Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert to screen on YouTube Friday as COVID-19 fundraiser

In April of 1992, some of music's biggest names -- including David BowieRobert Plant, Guns N' Roses and Elton John -- gathered at Wembley Stadium for a giant Freddie Mercury tribute concert.  All the money raised was used by Queen's Brian MayRoger Taylor and the band's manager to launch the HIV/AIDS charity Mercury Phoenix Trust.  But now, you can watch the concert online, and raise money for yet another worthy cause.

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness will screen tomorrow, May 15, at 2 p.m. ET at Queen's official YouTube channel, and fans will be encouraged to donate to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.  Google will match two dollars for every dollar donated. 

In addition to Bowie, Plant, Elton and GN'R, other acts who performed at the tribute concert included George MichaelAnnie Lennox, Metallica, Def Leppard, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Seal, Ian Hunter, Mick RonsonTonny Iommi and Paul Young, among others.  U2 also appeared via satellite.

The remaining members of Queen also took part in the show, which marked the final large-scale live event that bass player John Deacon played with the band before he retired.

While the concert will be available for 48 hours only, the ongoing Google/YouTube UN Foundation campaign fundraiser runs through June 30, 2020.

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Don Henley raises more than $30K for food bank by writing down the lyrics to an Eagles hit

Texas native Don Henley has raised thousands of dollars for a food bank in Dallas, simply by putting pen to paper.

Page Six reports that Henley contacted Heritage Auctions, which was holding an online sale of memorabilia to raise money for the North Dallas Food Bank, to find out how he could help. What he ended up doing was taking a piece of paper and writing down the lyrics to one of The Eagles' signature songs, "Desperado." That piece of paper ended up selling for $33,700.

The price was surprising, considering auction listing made it very clear that the handwritten sheet was not "the original lyrics" for the tune, which was released on the Eagles' album of the same name in 1973.

"He created a special, one-of-a-kind keepsake for one lucky fan -- handwritten lyrics to a song that continues to resonate with fans and seems quite appropriate in these strange times in which we find ourselves in," the listing read.

Henley also donated an acoustic guitar signed by himself and the rest of the current Eagles lineup: Joe WalshTimothy B. SchmitDeacon Frey and Vince Gill

Advertised as "the closest anyone’s getting to the Eagles for more than a year,” the guitar brought in $12,600, according to Page Six. The Eagles, as previously reported, had to postpone their tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entire auction, which also featured sports memorabilia and more, raised more than $100,000, which will provide 300,000 meals for those in North Texas.

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Sammy Hagar takes part in all-star Nashville benefit with Brian May & Joe Walsh on new 'Rock & Roll Road Trip'

This Sunday's episode of AXS TV's Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar features the Red Rocker traveling to Nashville for a star-studded benefit concert organized by James Burton, the lead guitarist of Elvis Presley's famed backing group The TCB Band.

In addition to participating in the event, which took place this past November, Sammy Hagar got to chat with some of the other performers -- Queen's Brian MayThe EaglesJoe Walsh and country great Tanya Tucker.

Sammy tells ABC Audio that while talking with May, "[H]e told me some really, really interesting things about Queen that I didn't know. And, what a great guy."

In a preview clip, which you can watch on the AXS TV YouTube channel, Hagar asks Walsh what the secret is to career longevity in the music business.

"If you can break through to a different generation than yours, Joe notes, adding, "Don't get too famous. Just get famous a little bit, and stay that way."

Hagar tells ABC Audio that perhaps the highlight of his Nashville visit was chatting with Tucker.

"I did the longest interview with her I've ever done for Rock & Roll Road Trip," he revealed. "And I'm going, 'I want her to do her own show,' because, man, she was so interesting, [with her] stories about Merle Haggardand Glen Campbell and some of the other people that she's hung out with."

Hagar described the concert as "kind of as a crazy, unorganized deal."

He recalls that during a performance of "Jailhouse Rock," "there must have been 20 people on stage…And Joe and I split the vocals, and he took a little guitar solo. And there was six other guitar players trying to take solos."

The episode premieres Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

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Sammy Hagar takes part in all-star Nashville benefit with Brian May & Joe Walsh on new 'Rock & Roll Road Trip'

This Sunday's episode of AXS TV's Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar features the Red Rocker traveling to Nashville for a star-studded benefit concert organized by James Burton, the lead guitarist of Elvis Presley's famed backing group The TCB Band.

In addition to participating in the event, which took place this past November, Sammy Hagar got to chat with some of the other performers -- Queen's Brian MayThe EaglesJoe Walsh and country great Tanya Tucker.

Sammy tells ABC Audio that while talking with May, "[H]e told me some really, really interesting things about Queen that I didn't know. And, what a great guy."

In a preview clip, which you can watch on the AXS TV YouTube channel, Hagar asks Walsh what the secret is to career longevity in the music business.

"If you can break through to a different generation than yours, Joe notes, adding, "Don't get too famous. Just get famous a little bit, and stay that way."

Hagar tells ABC Audio that perhaps the highlight of his Nashville visit was chatting with Tucker.

"I did the longest interview with her I've ever done for Rock & Roll Road Trip," he revealed. "And I'm going, 'I want her to do her own show,' because, man, she was so interesting, [with her] stories about Merle Haggardand Glen Campbell and some of the other people that she's hung out with."

Hagar described the concert as "kind of as a crazy, unorganized deal."

He recalls that during a performance of "Jailhouse Rock," "there must have been 20 people on stage…And Joe and I split the vocals, and he took a little guitar solo. And there was six other guitar players trying to take solos."

The episode premieres Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

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What's Trending With Diane Lyn: Free Doughnuts

Something nice for the graduating Class of 2020. They get free Krispy Kreme doughnuts week only!

A new 2020 graduate dozen will be offered for free for graduates, next week starting May 18th. The graduate needs to wear their cap and gown or show other Class of 2020 swag (like a class ring, student ID, etc) proving their senior status.

The 2020 Graduate Dozen includes an assortment of classic varieties. To find out what kind of donuts, click on the link:


Paul McCartney, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart among UK's richest musicians -- again

At a time in history where most musicians make their money on the road, it's no surprise that The Sunday Times' annual Rich List is full of veteran rockers who are still bringing in the bucks by touring, rather than album sales.

The Times has broken down the list of the wealthiest people in the U.K. by occupation, and on the Music Millionaires list, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber -- the guy who brought us Cats and The Phantom of the Opera --is tied for the title of richest musician in the U.K., with former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and his wife, Nancy Shevell.  Webber and the McCartneys each have a net worth of $983 million.  

The outlier is 32-year-old Rihanna, who crashes in at number three -- according to the Times, she counts because she's been living in London since 2018.  She's worth a whopping $575 million, but not because of touring or music: It's thanks to her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line.

Sir Elton John is at number four with a net worth of just under $442 million, thanks to his Farewell tour, his biopic Rocketman, and his new autobiography, Me

The rest of the top 10, in descending order of wealth, are Sir Mick Jagger, the widow and son of the late Beatle George Harrison, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith RichardsSir Ringo StarrRiverdance guy Michael Flatley and, tied at number 10 with a net worth of $245 million, Ed Sheeran,  Sir Rod Stewart and Sting.  Ed's also the wealthiest musician in the U.K. under age 30.

As for Adele, she's number 22 on the list with a net worth of $184 million, despite not having released any new music since 2015.

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Michael Jackson Broadway musical 'MJ' gets new opening date: April of 2021

After being derailed by the Broadway shutdown due to COVID-19, MJ, the new Broadway musical inspired by the music and life of Michael Jackson, has a new opening date.

The show will now officially open April 15, 2021 at the Neil Simon Theater in New York City, with preview performances set to being on March 8. Tickets for the new dates are on sale now.

The show was originally going to start previews this July, with an official opening date of August 13. Anyone who bought tickets for the original preview and opening dates will receive an automatic refund back to their credit cards.

MJ stars Tony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes as the King of Pop.

Earlier this year, Michael Jackson's estate donated $100,000 to Broadway Cares, to aid the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.  With Broadway shut down until Labor Day due to the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of performers and crew members are out of work.

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Michael McDonald preparing new EP & album, releases live version of "What the World Needs Now Is Love"

Michael McDonald, who will be rejoining his old band The Doobie Brothers for a 50th anniversary tour that's scheduled to begin in July, reveals that he's working on a new studio album, which will be preceded by an EP of recordings he made with some local musicians.

McDonald tells Billboard that he was initially intending to sell the EP during the Doobie Brothers trek, but of course, that now is likely to be postponed because of the pandemic. He says the collection includes a previously unreleased song he wrote with David Crosby, a cover of Neil Young's "Helpless" and reworked renditions of such Doobies hits as "It Keeps You Runnin'," "What a Fool Believes" and "You Belong to Me."

Regarding the tour, McDonald says, "I know I'm really looking forward to it, and I hope all the other guys are up for it come next year."

Meanwhile, McDonald has debuted a new lyric video for a live rendition of the classic 1965 Jackie DeShannonhit "What the World Needs Now Is Love," penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

The soulful version of the song was recorded at a 2019 concert, and follows a live performance of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" that McDonald posted on YouTube last month.

"We always end our evening with one of those two songs, or both," McDonald, who's currently quarantining in his Southern California home, tells Billboard. "We've tried to make our live shows leave people with a sense of community and a little something more important than just all of us getting together to hear some live music."

The "What the World Needs Now Is Love" video features a montage of vintage home movies, including candid footage of family gatherings, weddings, toddlers playing and more.

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What's Trending with Diane Lyn: Therapy Dogs Can Help Everyone

The nonprofit Canine Assisted Therapy has launched the TeleDog program to bring people and therapy dogs face to face, either virtually, or through window visits. Yes window visits are a thing now!  Here's how it works moving forward.

You have a Zoom meeting, and want to boast at work morale, put one of these pups as “the top dog” during the Zoom meeting. Love it!

Or try this with a child. He or she can read to a dog on FaceTime. How cute is that!

To cheer a resident at an assisted living facility, a pup at the window. It gives a new meaning to the old song, “How much is that doggie in the window”. "Priceless" for sure!

Visit catdogs.org/to learn more about Canine Assisted Therapy, its services and how to request a visit.

Isn't he lovely?!: Stevie Wonder celebrates his 70th birthday today

As he himself sang in 1980, "Happy Birthday to you," Stevie Wonder!  The living legend turns 70 today.

Wonder was born Stevland Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, and moved to Detroit at age four. Blind from infancy, Stevie was a child prodigy who played keyboards, harmonica and drums. At age 11, he signed to Motown/Tamla records, and at age 13, after being dubbed "Little" Stevie Wonder, he had a chart-topping hit with "Fingertips, Pt. 2."

In 1966, he scored his first hit with a tune he helped compose -- "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" -- which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Other major hits he co-wrote during the late 1960s include "I Was Made to Love Her" and "My Cherie Amour."

Stevie reached the pinnacle of his career during the 1970s, when he released a series of commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums. Among his many hits during the decade were "Superstition," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Higher Ground," "Living for the City," "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing," "You Haven't Done Nothin'," "Boogie On Reggae Woman," "I Wish" and "Sir Duke."

Wonder's success continued into the 1980s with hits like "Master Blaster (Jammin')" and the #1 smashes "Part-Time Lover" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You," the latter of which also won a Best Original Song Oscar.

Stevie topped the charts with the 1982 Paul McCartney duet "Ebony and Ivory" and the 1985 charity song "That's What Friends Are For," featuring Dionne WarwickElton John and Gladys Knight.

Wonder's honors include 25 Grammy Awards, induction into Rock & Roll and the Songwriters Halls of Fame, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented to him by President Barack Obama.

Last month, Wonder appeared on the multi-network coronavirus-themed special, One World: Together at Home.

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David Crosby's CPR albums being reissued Friday; Crosby postpones 2020 tour

Four albums by David Crosby's old band CPR -- 1998's CPR and Live at Cuesta College, 1999's Live at the Wiltern and 2001's Just Like Gravity -- will be made available digitally this Friday, May 15, while the self-titled album and Just Like Gravity also will be reissued on CD on July 31.

The jazz-flavored CPR, which also featured keyboardist James Raymond, who is Crosby's son, and guitarist Jeff Pevar, was a precursor to David's current touring group the Sky Trails Band.

The trio got together several years after Crosby had undergone a life-saving liver transplant, and not long after he reconnected with Raymond, who was given up for adoption when David was young.

"CPR was me realizing that the world of CSN and Y was getting old and stuck in its place and that I needed to still keep moving," says Crosby. "That I had more and different music in me that needed room to grow and stretch. CPR was me finding my son James and realizing pretty quickly that he was an even better musician that I was, and that he was rapidly becoming the best writing partner I'd ever had."

David adds, "I don't think very many people heard these records, and I do think that they are some of the best work I've been involved with."

Meanwhile, Crosby officially has postponed his 2020 U.S. tour because of the coronavirus pandemic. The trek was slated to run from a May 14 concert in Santa Barbara, California, through a June 21 show in Westhampton Beach, New York. 

"The safety and wellbeing of the fans is our paramount concern," David says in a statement, adding, "We are already in the process of rescheduling all these shows and we should have news [regarding] this very soon."

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Bryan Adams apologizes for controversial "rant" against Chinese wet markets: "No excuse"

Bryan Adams has apologized for a controversial social media post in which he railed against so-called "wet markets" in China, which are widely believed to have been ground zero for COVID-19.

In the post, Bryan wrote, "Thanks to some f***king bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus. My message to them other than “thanks a f***ing lot” is go vegan."

Many interpreted Bryan's post as racist, and called him out on Twitter, while others maintained that the singer, who is vegan, he was simply speaking out against eating meat. As one noted, "China could use more criticism towards their government IGNORING the dangers of their wet markets always being a major suspected source of so many novel coronavirus outbreaks."

In his latest Instagram post, Bryan wrote, "Apologies to any and all that took offense to my posting yesterday. No excuse, I just wanted to have a rant about the horrible animal cruelty in these wet-markets being the possible source of the virus, and promote veganism."

He added, "I have love for all people and my thoughts are with everyone dealing with this pandemic around the world."

But once again, the comments seemed split between people criticizing the "Summer of '69" singer for his "racist" comments, and others saying that no apology was necessary, because it was clear he was speaking out against meat, and not against the Chinese people.

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Madonna reveals she's going under the knife for regenerative cartilage treatment

After her Madame X tour suffered a series of cancellations due to sickness and injury, Madonna announced she has scheduled an operation to put her onto the road to recovery.

While posing for a series of sultry snaps on Tuesday, the "Hung Up" singer shared the exciting news with fans. "Finally going to get my regenerative treatment for my missing cartilage!!," she gushed before revealing just how excited she is to be going under the knife.

"I would be jumping up and down if i could after 8 months of being in pain," the 61-year-old cracked before asking fans to wish her luck for a successful surgery.


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In order to leave fans a cheeky farewell gift before going under, Madonna showed off her toned physique by donning a series of black lacy numbers.

Since her Madame X tour kicked off, Madonna has remained upfront with fans about her series of injuries she sustained while performing  Previously, she revealed she twisted her knees and suffered from torn cartilage, which forced her to walk with a cane.  

The "Vogue" singer likened herself to a "broken doll held together with tape and glue" upon cancelling a highly anticipated pit stop in Paris in early March.

Overall, she cancelled nearly 20 Madame X shows, with all but four being due to injury.  Her final two stops on March 10 and 11 were called off due to the French government issuing new COVID-19 restrictions while two concerts in fall 2019 suffered from production issues.

So, while most of the world remains on pause due to COVID-19, Madonna will spend the rest of quarantine recovering from her regenerative treatment.

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Attorney for Lady Gaga, Elton John and other celebrities hacked with files held for ransom

The website belonging to the lawyer of several high-profile celebrities, such as Lady GagaRobert De NiroElton John and many others was hit by a cyberattack, where hackers are now holding his client's sensitive and personal information hostage.

Page Six reports that the hackers have instructed attorney Allen Grubman to pay a $21 million ransom or the 756 gigabytes of stolen information will be leaked to the public.  As of Wednesday, the Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks website remains down.

To pressure Grubman, the hackers have already released an alleged contract belonging to Madonna and are now promising to dump all of his clients' contact information and personal emails.  The hackers also allegedly have in their possession his clients' endorsement deals, settlements and contracts, as well.

Page Six reports that the FBI is investigating the incident.  It is believed that the hackers are going by the name REvil or Sodinokibi.

The firm confirmed in a statement on Tuesday, "We can confirm that we’ve been victimized by a cyberattack. We have notified our clients and our staff. We have hired the world’s experts who specialize in this area, and we are working around the clock to address these matters."

It's been reported that Grubman has not met the hackers' demands and is not willing to negotiate.

The attorney represents some of Hollywood's biggest stars, such as Sofia VergaraRobert De NiroPriyanka Chopra and athletes like Lebron James.

On the music side, he represents major acts such as Rod StewartBarbra StreisandU2DrakeLil Nas X and Barry Manilow.

A spokesperson for Grubman tells Page Six that their firm is just the latest victim of "this global extortion scheme," adding that the hackers have targeted other high-profile victims such as HBO and the Texas court system.

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What's Trending With Diane Ly

TikTok is all the rage, my niece at Westport loves it! Here's what’s trending, froggy bread! Videos on TikTok with the hashtag #froggybread have 1.7 million views on TikTok and are quickly rising, pardon the pun. Froggy Bread looks yummy and it is kinda cute. Want to make it? Here is the recipe:




Bill Wyman highlights items from his upcoming memorabilia auction in new YouTube video

A new video featuring former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman chatting about the various collectibles he's putting up for bid at a September 12-13 auction in Beverly Hills, California, has been posted at the Julien's Auctions YouTube channel.

As previously reported, the sale will feature more than 1,000 items from the large archive of musical instruments and memorabilia that Wyman collected during his 30-plus years with The Rolling Stones.

In the video, the 83-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer explains, "I started collecting Stones stuff right from the beginning because I wanted my [then-eight-month-old] son…to know that I was once in a band and we made a record and we were on TV once or we were played on the radio twice, or something, because that's all we thought it would be in those days."

The item expected to bring in the most cash is an orange 1969 Fender Mustang bass that Wyman used on tour in 1969 and 1970. It's estimated to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000.

"It was the only Fender I could play because it was a bit smaller than the rest of them," Bill explains. "And also, I understand now that it was one of the very last Fender basses that were ever made by Leo Fender himself."

Also being auctioned is a historic 1962 VOX AC30 bass amplifier, which Wyman used when he auditioned for The Stones.

"It's a very big part of the Stones history," Bill says of the amp, "that Keith [Richards] said he went down on his knees and prayed [to]."

Leading up to the auction, which will raise money select charities, an exhibit of Wyman's artifacts will be displayed at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills from August 31 to September 11.

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Roberta Flack to host YouTube listening party this Saturday to benefit Feed the Children

Roberta Flack will host a special YouTube listening party this Saturday, May 16 starting at 3 p.m. ET, featuring the legendary pop/R&B singer's favorite and most popular songs streamed live.

Those who check out the event are being encouraged to donate money to the Feed the Children charity and its efforts to provide food and other essentials to hungry children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Children need us now more than ever," says Flack. "We want to be sure that people who need food get it. Each of us can give something. Please give help, connect, and sing a mighty song of love, compassion, and care. We're in this together and helping each other."

Adds Feed the Children president and CEO Travis Arnold, "I am thrilled Ms. Flack -- an iconic music artist that I, and many others, have listened to for years -- has chosen to support Feed the Children's mission to provide resources during these difficult times."

The listening party, which was curated by Roberta, will be streamed on Rhino Entertainment's YouTube channel. Singer and political commentator Santita Jackson will introduce each track, while Flack will message answers to select questions during the 45-minute presentation.

Meanwhile, the previously reported deluxe, expanded reissue of Flack's 1969 debut album, First Take, which originally was due out in April, is now coming July 24. First Take includes Flack's classic cover of British folk singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks during the spring of 1972.

The reissue is a three-disc package featuring CD and LP versions of the album, plus an extra CD with 12 previously unreleased tracks.

You can pre-order the reissue now exclusively at SoulMusic.com.

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Little Richard, founding father of rock 'n roll, dead at 87

Little Richard, the flamboyant, envelope-pushing musician whose wild performance style and appearance helped set the blueprint for rock and roll, has died, ABC News has confirmed via his agent. He was 87.

Rolling Stone was the first to report the death, via Richard's son, Danny Penniman.  No cause of death was given.

His string of hits, starting with 1956's "Tutti Frutti," included "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up, "Slippin' and Slidin'," "Lucille," and "Good Golly Miss Molly." Featuring pumping piano and lyrics often filled with sexual innuendo, Little Richard's songs were a massive influence on future legends like Bob DylanThe Rolling StonesElton John and The Beatles, and have been covered by countless artists through the years.

For a time, Richard's backing band in the early sixties, The Upsetters, featured a left-handed guitarist named James Marshall Hendrix.  Hendrix also recorded a single with Richard in 1965 called "I Don't Know What You Got (But It's Got Me)."  It peaked at #92 -- but Hendrix, later known as "Jimi," soon went on to bigger and better things.

Little Richard's gender-bending onstage appearance -- including makeup, huge pompadours and showy outfits -- earned him screaming fans, and roles in early rock 'n roll movies like "The Girl Can't Help It" and "Don't Knock the Rock."  Prince is one artist who was taking notes -- in fact, Richard himself called Prince "the Little Richard of his generation."

While Richard once said his flamboyant appearance was designed to make him appear "less threatening" to white audiences, the sad truth is that white singer Pat Boone's much-criticized anodyne covers of "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" were more appealing to the mainstream, doing better or as well as Richard's did on the charts.

Born Richard Wayne Penniman in 1932 in Macon, Georgia, Richard was one of 12 children and left home at age 13.  He borrowed much of his musical style and appearance from Esquerita, a pompadoured singer and pianist from South Carolina.  Little Richard got his first record deal in 1951, but didn't experience any success.

In 1956, while working as a dishwasher at a bus station, Richard sent a tape of the racy song "Tutti Frutti" to a record label in Chicago. As the legend goes, he came up with song's signature lines -- "a wop bop a lu bop a wop bam boom" -- while washing dishes.  He was signed to the label, and a tamer version of the song became his first hit.

In 1957, Little Richard gave up music and became ordained as a minister. When he returned to music, it was gospel. However, he switched back to rock 'n roll in 1964 and, as Rolling Stone notes, when he played Hamburg, Germany in 1964, The Beatles opened for him.

In the '70s, Little Richard worked the oldies circuit, but in the '80s, he became a pop culture fixture, appearing in movies and TV shows, including Miami Vice.  In 1986, he was one of the first 10 artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Mick Jagger, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson & more pay tribute to Little Richard

Celebrities from the worlds of music, TV and film -- and even politics -- paid tribute to rock 'n' roll's founding father Little Richard, who has died at the age of 87.

Mick Jagger: "I'm so saddened to hear about the passing of Little Richard. He was the biggest inspiration of my early teens and his music still has the same raw electric energy when you play it now...when we were on tour with him, I would watch his moves every night and learn from him how to entertain and involve the audience and he was always so generous with advice to me."

Elton John: "Without a doubt -- musically, vocally and visually - he was my biggest influence. Seeing him live in my teens was the most exciting event in my life at that point. Goosebumps, electricity and joy came from every pore...I was lucky enough to work with him...in 1993. He was shy and funny and I was SO nervous. The track we recorded 'The Power' is a favorite in my catalogue. We also played live at the Beverly Hilton and I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven.  He influenced so many and is irreplaceable. A true legend, icon and a force of nature."

Bob Dylan: "I just heard the news about Little Richard and I’m so grieved. He was my shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do. I played some shows with him in Europe in the early nineties and got to hang out in his dressing room a lot. He was always generous, kind and humble. And still dynamite as a performer and a musician and you could still learn plenty from him. In his presence he was always the same Little Richard that I first heard and was awed by growing up and I always was the same little boy. Of course he’ll live forever. But it’s like a part of your life is gone."

Keith Richards: "So sad to hear that my old friend Little Richard has passed. There will never be another!!! He was the true spirit of Rock’n Roll!"

Brian Wilson: "I’m very sorry to hear about Little Richard. He was there at the beginning and showed us all how to rock and roll. He was a such a great talent and will be missed. Little Richard’s music will last forever."

Little Steven Van Zandt: "RIP Little Richard. The man who invented Rock and Roll. Elvis popularized it. Chuck Berry was the storyteller. Richard was the archetype. Maureen and I were so honored being the first marriage he conducted. We were lucky to know him. He lives forever in the Underground Garage."

KISS' Gene Simmons: "Sadly, Little Richard passed away today. A founding Father of Rock And Roll, his contributions simply can’t be overstated. I had the honor of meeting Richard in his later years and was awed by his presence. He told me, 'I am the architect of Rock And Roll.' Amen! ..Rest In Peace."

Jimmy Page: "RIP Little Richard, a very sad loss. My thoughts are with his loved ones. It’s Little Richard’s songs that pioneered rock’n’roll. I got to hear him and his band at the Newport Lounge in Miami and boy were they good."

Cyndi Lauper: "So sad Little Richard passed away. He married my husband and I. He was really one of the truly great rock and roll singers and one of the rock and roll pioneers. He will be missed."

Jerry Lee Lewis, in a statement: "It is with a heavy heart that I ask for prayers for the family of my lifelong friend and fellow Rocker ‘Little Richard.’ He will live on always in my heart with his amazing talent and his friendship! He was one of a kind and I will miss him dearly. God Bless his family and fans. Rest In Peace, my friend. Love Eternally, Jerry Lee Lewis."

Iggy Pop: "MESSAGE FROM IGGY: Dear Little Richard, thank you, RIP."

Senator Chuck Schumer: "In the world of music, it doesn’t get much better than Little Richard. We have lost a musical giant. Thank you for the joy and passion that your music brought to us all. May you rest in power."

Spike Lee, who posted a 1991 commercial he directed with Little Richard and Michael Jordan: "Rest In Peace To One Of The True Creators Of Rock And Roll."

Carole King: "I first saw Little Richard in 1957 at Alan Freed's Labor Day revue at the Brookly Paramount...he began to sing and play the piano with an eruption of energy that continued unabated for decades...it was a remarkable experience for this Jewish teenager to hear him sing nonsense syllables with the full capability of an astonishing vocal range that complemented the blazing rhythm coming out of his fingers."

Jon Bon Jovi, posting a photo of them together in the '90s:  "In 1990 when I wrote the Young Guns record, I had the chance to ask some of my heroes to record with me...I reached out to the legends legend Little Richard...he accepted. When he arrived in the studio, he made all of us feel like little kids. He played, he sang, he laughed and told us stories. He blessed us with his smile and with his talents. I’ll never forget him....pray there’s a heaven and that Richard is at the piano."

Nirvana's Krist Novoselic: "In the late 1980s, I was walking down Hollywood Blvd, a black limo drove by slowly, Little Richard waved at us from the back window with a crazy look on his face. A giant in Rock and Roll music."

Writer/director/creator Ava DuVernay: "I served soul food brunch to Little Richard every Sunday for a year while waitressing at Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in LA. I was a college student. He tipped me a crisp $100 bill each week on a $75 breakfast with friends. This was 30 years ago. Helped me so much. God rest his soul."

Oscar-winner Viola Davis: "The Originator. The innovator. The musician, performer who influenced generations of artists....has left. You were AWESOME #LittleRichard!!! Your talent will reverberate forever. Well done sir. Rest well."

Bette Midler: "#LittleRichard was a genius, pure and simple. He paved the way for (code for he was ripped off by)so many artists. Watch his YouTube performances to see what I mean. I met him on Down and Out in Beverly Hills, in which he was hilarious. What a legacy. God bless you, Richard."

Chuck D of Public Enemy called Little Richard "The Quasar of Rock and Roll" and "incredible," adding, "My ['Fight the Power'] lyric was a 1989 nod to him."

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Paul McCartney on Little Richard: "He would say, 'I taught Paul everything he knows'...he was right"

Paul McCartney has taken to Twitter to bid farewell to Little Richard, who helped shape him as an artist perhaps more than any other musician.

"From 'Tutti Frutti' to 'Long Tall Sally' to 'Good Golly, Miss Molly' to 'Lucille', Little Richard came screaming into my life when I was a teenager," Sir Paul writes. "I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it. He would say, 'I taught Paul everything he knows.' I had to admit he was right."

"In the early days of The Beatles we played with Richard in Hamburg and got to know him. He would let us hang out in his dressing room and we were witness to his pre-show rituals, with his head under a towel over a bowl of steaming hot water," Paul reminisced.

"He would suddenly lift his head up to the mirror and say, 'I can’t help it cos I’m so beautiful.' And he was. A great man with a lovely sense of humor and someone who will be missed by the rock and roll community and many more."

"I thank him for all he taught me and the kindness he showed by letting me be his friend," Macca concluded. "Goodbye Richard and a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop."

On Saturday, Paul's Beatles band mate Ringo Starr paid tribute to Richard, writing, "God bless little Richard one of my all-time musical heroes. Peace and love to all his family."

The late George Harrison's Twitter feed posted a photo of Richard and George together, along with a quote from George on the occasion of the Beatles' induction into the Rock Hall: "Thank you all very much, especially the rock 'n rollers, and Little Richard - it was all his fault really.”

John Lennon's Twitter feed posted a photo of the Beatles with Richard along with a quote from John: "Little Richard was one of the all-time greats. The first time I heard ‘Long Tall Sally’ it blew our heads. We’d never heard anybody sing like that in our lives, all those saxes playing like crazy. It used to make your hair stand on end when he did that long scream into the solo."

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Legendary soul singer Betty Wright dead at 66

Legendary soul and R&B singer Betty Wright has died at age 66. An official cause of death has not be revealed.

Wright's niece confirmed the news of her passing on Sunday morning in a series of tweets.

"I just lost my aunt this morning.... and now my mood has changed.... sleep in peace aunty Betty Wright," she wrote.

"My auntie was a legend," she shared in another tweet, adding a photo of Wright. "She helped me get my first paychecks singing background..... and I didn’t make it to see you this past week and that’s going to haunt me .... R.I.P. Betty Wright."

Born Bessie Regina Norris in 1953, Wright began her music career singing in her family's gospel group in Miami. At age 14, she released her debut album, My First Time Around, giving her a top 40 song with "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do."

During the 70s, Wright scored major hits with "Tonight Is the Night" and "Where Is the Love," which earned her a Grammy Award for for best R&B song in 1976. Her 1972 single “Clean Up Woman” was later sampled by numerous artists including SWVSublime, Willie DAfrika BambaataaChance the Rapper and Mary J. Blige for her remix of “Real Love.”

Wright's first hit, "Girls Can't Do What Guys Do", was even sampled for Beyoncé's "Upgrade U".

In the 80s, Wright founded her own record label, Ms. B Records, and released the album Mother Wit.

A younger generation of fans was later introduced to Wright in 2006 after Sean “P Diddy” Combs appointed her as a vocal coach on his music competition show Making the Band.

In 2011, Wright teamed up with The Roots for the collaborative album, Betty Wright: The Movie, which featured guest appearances by Lil WayneSnoop DoggJoss Stone and Lenny Williams.

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Let me begin with the pic on this blog. It belongs to me, it is my mom and I. This is the 39th year without my mom. She passed away when I was young. But I have learned that being a mom can mean a lot of things. With that said, I have had many moms in my life. Thank you to all of those ladies. And Happy Mother's Day to you all!

Mother’s Day started on May 10, 1908 by Anna Jarvis.

It was made a national holiday in 1914 by President Wilson.

68% of people plan to call Mom on Mother’s Day, totaling 122.5 million phone calls.

Mother’s Day cards, we will send about 152 million cards.

New moms will change many diapers about 7,300 by baby’s 2nd birthdayske


Ex-Bad Company singer Brian Howe dead at 66

Brian Howe, who was Bad Company's lead singer from 1986 to 1994, died after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Lake Placid, Florida, on Tuesday. He was 66.

Howe's passing was confirmed by his longtime friend and manager, Paul Easton, posted on Brian's official Facebook page.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon, Brian Howe," says Easton in a statement.

Prior to joining Bad Company, Howe sang lead on the 1984 Ted Nugent album, Penetrator.

In 1986, Brian was brought in to replace original Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers when the band decided to reform after breaking up in 1982. He appeared on four studio albums with the group -- 1986's Fame and Fortune, 1988's Dangerous Age, 1990's Holy Water and 1992's Here Comes Trouble. During his tenure with Bad Company, Howe co-wrote many of the band's songs, including three top-40 hits "If You Needed Somebody," "Walk Through Fire" and "How About That," which reached #16, #28 and #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.

The British-born musician also played saxophone with the group.

After Howe left Bad Company, he released a handful of solo albums and continued to tour regularly.

In 2018, Brian's single "Hot Tin Roof" won the Best Rock Song of the Year prize at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Howe is survived by three children -- son Michael and daughters Victoria and Ella -- and three grandchildren.

"I feel we are all put in this world for a reason," says Howe's son, Michael. "The passion for music was my father's, and I am so happy that his legacy will live on."

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Was (Not Was) singer "Sweet Pea" Atkinson dies of heart attack at age 74

Was (Not Was) singer Hillard "Sweet Pea" Atkinson, who contributed lead vocals to the group's 1987 hits "Walk the Dinosaur" and "Spy in the House of Love," died Tuesday in Los Angeles of a heart attack, Billboardreports. He was 74.

The soulful Atkinson appeared on all five of Was (Not Was)'s studio albums, and also released a pair of solo albums during his long career. "Walk the Dinosaur" and "Spy in the House of Love" reached #7 and #16, respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.

In addition, Atkinson became an in-demand backup singer who appeared on recordings by such well-known artists as Bonnie RaittBob DylanElton JohnBrian WilsonWillie NelsonIggy PopJackson BrowneKris KristoffersonGeorge Jones and Bob Seger. He also toured with Lyle Lovett for 10 years.

"People keep saying 'one of a kind,' and that's it. He was one of a kind," Was (Not Was) session guitarist Randy Jacobs tells Billboard.

Jacobs, who co-wrote "Walk the Dinosaur" and also played with Atkinson in a group called The Boneshakers, adds, "He was one of those guys who opens his mouth and it's just there. He didn't have to warm up to do that. All the time I knew him, he didn't have to warm up singing. He just opened his mouth, and there it was. It was a gift."

Born in Oberlin, Ohio, and raised in Detroit, Atkinson joined Was (Not Was) after meeting the band's co-leader Don Was in the late 1970s while recording at a Detroit music studio.

"He had the voice I always wished I had," Was tells Billboard. "When I was writing songs, I was always writing with him in mind."

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The Beatles' controversial final studio album, 'Let It Be,' was released 50 years ago today in the UK

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the U.K. release of The Beatles' final studio album, Let It Be, which hit stores in the U.S. 10 days later.

The album, which arrived less than a month after the group's breakup, spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 in June and July of 1970. Let It Be yielded the chart-topping hit "The Long and Winding Road," and also featured alternate versions of two other songs that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 prior to the album's release -- the title track and "Get Back."

The concept for the project that became Let It Be and its companion film started out as an idea Paul McCartney had for a TV special that would show the band creating new music, and then playing the new songs live in front of an audience.

Initially called Get Back, most of the recording took place in January 1969, before the sessions that yielded the Fab Four's next-to-last album, Abbey Road.

The sessions, which were filmed by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, began at London's Twickenham Film Studios. Internal tensions led George Harrison to temporarily quit the band. When he returned, the proceedings moved to the group's own Apple Studios, with Billy Preston joining in on keyboards on many tracks.

At some point, the band decided to play an unannounced -- and now historic -- concert on the Apple building's roof, which turned out to be the last-ever public performance by the Fab Four. Three of those songs wound up on the Let It Be album.

The studio and live recordings and film footage were put on hold when the band moved on the Abbey Roadsessions.

Producer Phil Spector eventually was hired to complete what became Let It Be, although his heavy-handed production on songs like the title track and "The Long and Winding Road" bothered not only McCartney but many Beatles fans.

McCartney's dissatisfaction with Spector's production led to the 2003 release, Let It Be…Naked, featuring a stripped-down mix of the album and a revised track list.

Here's the original Let It Be track list:

Side one
"Two of Us"
"Dig a Pony"
"Across the Universe"
"I Me Mine"
"Dig It"
"Let It Be"
"Maggie Mae"

Side two 
"I've Got a Feeling"
"One After 909"
"The Long and Winding Road"
"For You Blue"
"Get Back"

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Jon Bon Jovi among stars performing on livestream concert event benefiting Covenant House

Jon Bon Jovi has been a frequent presence online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he's now donating his talents to yet another online fundraiser.

He's among the celebrities who'll be performing during A Night of Covenant House Stars, a livestream concert taking place May 18 that will benefit Covenant House, the largest, primarily privately funded charity in the Americas that helps homeless and trafficked youth.  The organization operates in 31 cities across six countries.

In addition to Jon, the event will feature performances and appearances by Covenant House Youth, as well as Dolly Parton, Dionne Warwick, Robin Thicke, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Stephen Colbert, The Greatest Showman star Keala SettleThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Rachel BrosnahanTony Shalhoub and Zachary Levi, and Martin Short, just to name a few.

"This virus does not get the last word," says Covenant House President & CEO Kevin Ryan. "This amazing group of stars uniting in love to help us care for kids is proof positive of that. These stars have stepped up because they recognize that our young people don’t have the option to shelter at home without a home.  For thousands of young people, Covenant House is their home."

Broadway legend Audra McDonald will host the event, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on May 18. You can watch it via Broadway on Demand, iHeartRadio Broadway, Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, and Stars in the House.  Check CovenantHouse.org for more details.

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New Rolling Stones single, "Living in a Ghost Town," tops the 'Billboard' Rock Digital Song Sales chart

Last week, The Rolling Stones' new single, the reggae-flavored, COVID-19-themed "Living in a Ghost Town," debuted on multiple Billboard charts, and now the track has moved further up those respective tallies after its first full week of release.

"Living in a Ghost Town" has reached #1 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart after bowing at #3 the previous week. The Stones' first-ever appearance at the top of that list comes after the tune sold 16,000 downloads during the latest tracking period, April 24-30, Nielsen Music/MRC Data reports.

The song also catapulted from #30 to #3 on the Hot Rock Songs chart, which is based on streaming, sales and airplay, after notching 1.8 million U.S. streams and 1.6 million audience impressions.

In addition, "Living in a Ghost Town" vaulted from #44 to #34 on Billboard's Rock Airplay chart, while debuting at #21 on the Adult Alternative Songs tally.

The song is expected to be part of The Rolling Stones' next studio album, which will be the band's first collection of new original tunes since 2005's A Bigger Bang. No word yet when the new record will be ready for release.

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Reminds me of childhood memories: "Sweet Child o' Mine" picture book to be published this fall

Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine" is being turned into literal "childhood memories."

Jimmy Patterson Books, the children's book imprint of best-selling authorJames Patterson, is publishing Sweet Child o' Mine, a picture book comprised of the Appetite for Destruction hit song's lyrics, accompanied by illustrations by Jennifer Zivoin.

The idea for the book was inspired by the daughters of GN'R manager Fernando Lebeis and his sister.

"My sister and I have been lucky to be able to watch our daughters -- Maya and Natalia Rose -- grow up while touring with [the band]," Lebeis says. "We ourselves have been part of the 'Guns family' for over 30 years... being able to bring this into a children's print book is truly special and a fun milestone in our lives."

Adds Patterson, "As a longtime fan of Guns N' Roses, I'm thrilled to partner with the band in bringing their famed hit song to life on the page. Sweet Child o' Mine is a story that I know kids will love reading and that parents will love singing along to."

The Sweet Child o' Mine book is due out September 1, and will be available in hardcover and ebook versions.

"Sweet Child o' Mine" was featured on Guns N' Roses' massively successful 1987 debut full-length album, Appetite for Destruction, and spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1988.

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Beach Boy Mike Love says new coronavirus-themed song is meant "to give a glimmer of hope" about the future

Beach Boys singer Mike Love recently released a new song, "This Too Shall Pass," inspired by the current COVID-19 pandemic, and he says it offers a message of hope and positivity.

"[H]aving lived through the Vietnam War and social unrest of different kinds…even as bad as it can get, at some point in time, it passes," Love explains to ABC Audio. "And so, I like to look at things in a positive way. So 'This Too Shall Pass' is [meant] to give a glimmer of hope that there's something better yet to come."

Love says people had suggested that he do a new version of a classic Beach Boys song with lyrics adapted to reference the coronavirus, but the 79-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer preferred to write a new original song, albeit with an "uptempo, mid-'60s kind of feel" inspired by his band's sound.

Mike recorded his parts for "This Too Shall Pass" while sheltering at his home on Lake Tahoe in Nevada. The track also features contributions from members of the Beach Boys touring band, recorded remotely from such locations as Lakeland, Florida; Nashville; Las Vegas; and Santa Barbara, California.  Actor/musician John Stamos plays drums.

"It was interesting the way a record can be made through technology," Love notes. "You don't have to be in the same room in the studio at the same time…[I]t's an amazing process."

Stamos, long been considered an honorary Beach Boy, also put together the song's companion video, which features footage that Love and the other musicians shot of themselves.

Proceeds raised from the single will benefit the Feeding America charity's COVID-19 Response Fund, which provides food to food banks across the U.S.

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Billy Joel shifts Madison Square Garden shows to 2021

Billy Joel had hoped to resume his monthly residency at New York's famed Madison Square Garden next month, but like most other touring musicians, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced him to delay his return to the stage, in some cases until next year.

Billy's concerts scheduled for June 6, July 23 and August 3 at the Garden will now take place on December 20, 2020; January 13, 2021; and February 3, 2021.  All tickets will be valid for the new dates.

Earlier this year, Billy had postponed his March, April and May shows to September 26, October 11 and November 13, but it's not clear if live entertainment in venues like the Garden, which holds 20,000 people, will even be back by the fall.

Billy still has a handful of concerts scheduled this summer and fall at stadiums across the U.S., including June 20 at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana, July 10 at Comerica Park in Detroit, August 28 in Boston's Fenway Park and September 11 in Cincinnati.  While those shows haven't been postponed yet, it's likely that they will be.

If you still want to see Billy perform, though, you can catch him on Rise Up New York!, a star-studded benefit for New York's Robin Hood charity.  It'll air simultaneously on all New York City TV stations and many radio stations, as well as on CNBC and SiriusXM. 

The one-hour virtual telethon, which also will feature performances by Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and Sting, will take place May 11.

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Robbie Robertson discusses rift with The Band's Levon Helm in new episode of 'The Big Interview'

Robbie Robertson, founding guitarist and main songwriter of The Band,is the guest on the latest episode of Dan Rather's AXS TV series The Big Interview, premiering tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Among the topics Robertson discusses is the rift that formed between him and The Band's singer/drummer, Levon Helm, after Robbie left the group.

In a sneak peek of the episode, Robertson explains that "10 years or more after [The Band's original breakup], Levon…was having some tough times with health, financial situations and…I've been told, too, some mental health issues. And he became angry, and he turned his anger towards me at this stage."

Helm discussed his anger and resentment toward Robertson in his 1993 autobiography, This Wheel's on Fire, accusing Robbie of not properly sharing songwriting credits with the other Band members, among other alleged misdeeds.

Robertson says after the memoir was published, Helm told him during a phone call, "That book was bulls***…I didn't write that book. [Another] guy wrote it, [and] he put a bunch of stuff in there." 

Robbie added that people ask him about his feud with Levon but as far as he's concerned, "There was no feud. There was no fight. It takes two people to be in a fight."

Robertson also recalls visiting Helm in the hospital while he was in a coma just before he died.

"I spent time with him before he was gone," Robbie says. "And I sat there and I thought about all the amazing and beautiful things that we had done together."

In a separate preview, Robertson talks glowingly about the making of The Band's 1969 self-titled album, which took place in Los Angeles in a house once owned by Sammy Davis Jr.

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Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider dead at 73

Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider has died at age 73, Variety reports. 

According to a statement from the German group, Schneider died "from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday."

Schneider created Kraftwerk in 1970 alongside Ralf Hütter. The massively impactful band helped pioneer electronic music, and have been cited as a major influence by artists across countless genres. David Bowie, for example, named his "Heroes" song "V-2 Schneider" after Schneider.

Kraftwerk's most successful album was 1974's Autobahn, which peaked at number five on the Billboard200 and produced a top-25 U.S. hit with its title track. 

Schneider left Kraftwerk in 2008, though the group continues with Hütter to this day. In 2014, the duo was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Kraftwerk has also been repeatedly nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but has yet to be inducted.

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"My Boy Lollipop" singer Millie Small, the first Jamaican artist with a US chart hit, dies at 73

Jamaican singer Millie Small, who sang the 1964 pop hit "My Boy Lollipop," died Tuesday in the U.K. after suffering a stroke, the Jamaica Observer reports. She was 73.

Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who co-produced the ska-flavored track, confirmed Small's passing to the newspaper.

"My Boy Lollipop" was the first song by a Jamaican artist to reach the U.S. and U.K. singles charts, peaking  at #2 on both tallies. The track also became the Jamaican single to sell one million copies.

"I would say [Millie is] the person who took ska international because it was her first hit record," Blackwell told the Jamaica Observer.

In late 1963, Blackwell brought Small to England to record "My Boy Lollipop" -- which originally had been recorded by an R&B singer named Barbie Gaye in 1956 -- after hearing one of Millie's local hits and convincing her early producer, Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, that he could help launch her career.

"It became a hit pretty much everywhere in the world," Blackwell to the paper. "I went with [Small] around the world because each of the territories wanted her to turn up and do TV shows and such, and it was just incredible how she handled it. She was such a sweet person, really a sweet person. Very funny, great sense of humor. She was really special."

During the height of her success, Small performed at the New York World's Fair in August 1964, and the day was designated as Millie Small Day by the organizers.

She later scored a few other minor hits, including "Sweet William," which reached #40 in the U.S.

In 2011, Small received Jamaica's prestigious Order of Distinction honor for her contributions to the country's music industry.

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Quincy Jones out $6.9 million after court flips Michael Jackson royalties ruling

In a startling reversal, a California-based t three-judge panel on Tuesday unanimously overturned a 2017 ruling that once awarded millions of dollars in royalties from Michael Jackson's estate to music mogul Quincy Jones

The 87-year-old, who originally argued for $30 million in royalties, was granted $9.4 million stemming from revenue made during the Michael Jackson This Is It movie and two Cirque du Soleil tribute tours.

A 2nd Appellate District panel of judges found that the jury had misinterpreted Jones' contract, saying that a judge should have clarified it instead.

Because of the misconception, the jury wrongly granted the $9.4 million settlement -- consisting of record sale royalties and licensing fees -- to the producer.

Justice Judith Ashmann-Gerst wrote, "The only compensation Jones was entitled to receive was royalties from record sales on remixes, and the evidence indicates he received them."

The panel concluded "Jones has not established a miscarriage of justice requiring reversal," and revised the original settlement amount down to $2.6 million from unpaid licensing fees stemming from the This Is It concert film, which grossed over $500 million.

Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman claimed victory and told Variety, "Quincy Jones was the last person we thought would try to take advantage of Michael Jackson by filing a lawsuit three years after he died asking for tens of millions of dollars he wasn’t entitled to."

Added Weitzman, "We knew the verdict was wrong when we heard it, and the court of appeal has completely vindicated us."

Jones' attorney Kirk Dillman confirmed that the music mogul is currently weighing his options.  "We disagree with portions of the Court’s decision and are evaluating our options going forward," he said.

Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009.  He was 50.

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The #ThankYouHeroes collection real-life key worker jobs, such as doctors, nurses, delivery drivers and supermarket workers. They are made by Mattel.

Mattel says it wanted a way to honor the real-life heroes. Part of the money from each doll sold, will go towards #firstrespondersfirst charity. The organization provides food, housing, equipment, and other things to help protect frontline healthcare workers.

 To see them go to: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52487578

Watch Doobie Brothers members virtually perform "Black Water" with fans while in lockdown

The core members of The Doobie Brothers got together virtually recently while self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic to perform a new version of the band's 1974 chart-topping hit "Black Water," with help from a bunch of fans.

You can check out a composite video of the performance on the band's official YouTube channel. The clip features founding singer/guitarists Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, along with longtime multi-instrumentalist John McFee on violin, and longtime touring bassist John Cowan. Simmons, who wrote and sings lead vocals on the tune, introduces the video.

The end of the performance features a variety of video clips of self-isolating fans singing the song's repeated refrain, "I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland/ Pretty mama, come and take me by the hand…Gonna dance with your daddy all night long."

A message on The Doobie Brothers' social media sites reads, "Excited to share this very special rendition of 'Black Water' with all of you. Although it was performed in isolation, making this video made us all feel a little closer together. Thanks to all who contributed to the #DoobiesSingalong and made it possible!"

At the end of the video, Simmons announces that the band is partner with the Feeding America network, which supports local food banks across the U.S.

"Any amount you can donate will help make sure we can be there for our neighbors in need during this time of uncertainty," Pat points out, and directs people to visit FeedingAmerica.org to find out how they can help the cause.

The Doobies are scheduled to launch a 50th anniversary tour on June 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida, that will feature ex-singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald rejoining the lineup, although the trek could be postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

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Cassette of unreleased song co-written by Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr to be auctioned this month

A cassette tape featuring two versions of an unreleased song that Paul McCartney co-wrote with Ringo Starr is being auctioned off May 19 at a U.K. memorabilia sale hosted by Omega Auctions.

The song, called "Angel in Disguise," was intended for Starr's 1992 solo album Time Takes Time, but didn't make the final cut. The cassette features an early demo version with vocals by Paul, and a studio version with full instrumentation and Ringo handling lead vocals.

The tape also includes a version of "Everybody Wins," another Time Takes Time outtake that was originally released as the B-side of German single.  Ringo later re-recorded the song for his 2010 album Y Not.

The cassette is being put up for bid as part of a collection of music-related memorabilia being auctioned by former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince. It's estimated to sell for between $12,400 and $28,900.

"It's fantastic to be able to bring to the market a previously unheard and unreleased track," auctioneer Paul Fairweather of Omega Auctions told BBC News. "We think the track certainly had enough about it to be included in the album and I am sure if Paul was to release this himself, it would certainly prove a hit with fans."

According to the BBC, part of the proceeds raised by the sale will be donated to the U.K.'s NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

"Angel in Disguise" is one of only two songs known to have been co-written solely by McCartney and Starr . The other is "Really Love You," which appeared on Paul's 1997 album, Flaming Pie.

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New Duran Duran contest offers virtual photo session with Nick Rhodes, VIP concert experience

Duran Duran has partnered with the Omaze fundraising website to launch a contest offering a virtual photography session and video chat with keyboardist Nick Rhodes, as well as two VIP tickets to a concert by the U.K. new-wave legends once they're back on tour.

For the photo session, Rhodes will snap your pic during your chat with him and edit it "in his signature style."

As for the VIP concert experience, it will include airfare and hotel accommodations for the winner and a guest to attend the show.

The contest will raise money for Heal the Healers Now, an initiative launched by the David Lynch Foundation that offers to teach stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation to medical providers caring for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

"David Lynch's absolute commitment as an artist has also been reflected in his equal engagement with meditation," Rhodes notes. "Through his foundation he has previously helped many people and I think it is meaningful at this moment that The David Lynch Foundation are offering the opportunity for all medical workers to learn TM for free. We are thrilled to be involved in this initiative through the Omaze campaign."

In order to enter the contest, visit Omaze.com/DuranDuran. Entries will be accepted until June 2 at 11:59 p.m. PT, and one grand-prize winner will be chosen randomly on or around June 17.

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Glencliff Manor in Rustberg Virginia has a rare opportunity for couples who had to cancel their wedding during the coronavirus pandemic to wed at their venue for free.

Couples can come by for an hour with their officiator, future spouse, and a few family members to have their ceremony at no cost. They say 80 couples will have wedding in the near future at Glencliff.

The Manor is an early 20th century manor house, surrounded by towering 300 year old oaks, magnolias, boxwoods, and manicured gardens and grounds. It is near Lynchburg Virginia.

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Beach Boy Mike Love releases coronavirus-themed single, "This Too Shall Pass," featuring John Stamos

Founding Beach Boys singer Mike Love has released a brand-new solo single today titled "This Too Shall Pass," an ode to life during the COVID-19 pandemic that also shares the message that better days are ahead.

The upbeat track, which is available now as a digital download and via streaming services, features Love accompanied by the Beach Boys touring group, including Mike's longtime band mate, Bruce Johnston, with a guest appearance by actor/musician John Stamos on drums. A companion video also debuted today at Love's official YouTube channel.

The musicians and singers all recorded their parts separately because of the lockdown.

"This Too Shall Pass" paintS a picture of how our lives have changed because of the COVID-19 crisis. The tune also offers a shout-out to those people helping to keep us safe and healthy during the pandemic -- first responders, National Guard members, doctors and nurses.

"A lifetime of performing to millions of people all over the world and suddenly everything came to a halt," Mike notes in a statement.

He adds with regard to the new song and its theme, "I've lived through enough good times and bad to know that eventually, this too shall pass, and better days are yet to come. With today being May Day, new beginnings are around corner and as the lyrics of this song say, 'we'll get back to havin' fun, fun, fun in the sun.'"

All royalties earned by Love and his label from "This Too Shall Pass" will be donated to the Feeding America charity's COVID-19 Response Fund, which aids U.S. food banks supporting communities affected by the pandemic.

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What's Trending With Diane Lyn: Meghan Markle's Secret Ingredients

Many people are baking a lot these days while under house quarantine. I have been making carrot cake and strawberry cake cupcakes. I have now moved onto pies, chocolate cream pie for this weekend. I am interested in banana bread, not just any banana bread but Meghan Markle’s!

When she brought a homemade banana bread to one of the stops on her and Prince Harry's Royal Tour of Australia, it was hit.

The exact recipe is under wraps, but two of her secret ingredients are chocolate chips and ginger.

I hear it is “smashing” as the Brits would say. Give it a try with this easy banana bread recipe:


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