Archive for the ‘News Stories’ Category


SLIDE INTO HOME, DUKE!

Goodbye to baseball great Duke Snider, who died of natural causes today at age 84. Thanks to Ozzie P, a dodger fan, for this you tube clip. Two songs are featured here, but Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball” hits home with me, since the song features Willie, Mickey, and the Duke! The other song is Danny […]

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JIMMY WEBB ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Multi-talented songwriter Jimmy Webb has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame by its Board of Directors. Webb’s election follows Hal David’s decision last month to step down from the SHOF Chairmanship after more than a decade of distinguished service; he will continue as an active Board Member and Chairman […]

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DON KIRSHNER HAS LEFT THE BRILL BUILDING (Part One)

Don Kirshner, legendary music publisher and host of Rock Concert, has passed away from heart failure.  He was 76 years old. If my life was a patchwork quilt, Don Kirshner would be responsible for a lot of the music related squares in it, as he had a hand in propelling the careers of many of […]

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Remembering Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011)

Another notable musical talent has left the earth.  Scotsman Gerry Rafferty has passed away at the age of 63.  From the perspective of songwriting, he was brilliant with his lyrics, but he was considered a one hit wonder.  Because I grew up in the era of his popularity, I appreciated his five prominent singles. After […]

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Remembering With Love – Teena Marie (1956-2010)

Soulful R&B songstress Teena Marie has died, as reported on December 26.  She was discovered unresponsive in her house by Alia Rose, her daughter, and had apparently died of natural causes.   The Los Angeles coroner said that her body showed no signs of trauma and no illegal drugs were found in the Pasadena home […]

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HAL DAVID STEPS DOWN AS CHAIRMAN OF SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Today in New York City, Hal David, the legendary lyricist and songwriting partner with Burt Bacharach, announced his resignation as Chairman of  the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  If his name doesn’t ring a bell, his catalog of songs contains at least a couple that you should recognize.  Among the many are “Do You Know the […]

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Paula Abdul Launches New Talent-Discovery Website

Paula Abdul has launched a new talent-discovery website called AuditionBooth, which bills itself as “the first full-service casting web site where audition videos are sent straight to casting decision-makers for top TV shows, record labels, ad campaigns, theatrical productions and films, along with a wide range of other Read the full story here>>

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David Cassidy Arrested For DUI

David Cassidy, the teen heartthrob and pop singer of the 1970s, was arrested in Florida on a DUI charge. According to the arrest report, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted Cassidy’s white Mercedes driving erratically on the turnpike at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The report states that he crossed the center Read the full story here>>

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Give To The Gulf and Get Some Cool Tunes

Four bright entrepreneurs and musicians from Maryland and Connecticut converged in Hartford to bring about an innovative and original online fund raising campaign.  This conscious group of artists was motivated by the desire to make a difference in the lives of those people affected by the devastating Gulf oil spill disaster this year.  A new […]

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