January 20, 2012 |
Etta James, the powerful rhythm-and-blues singer whose more than five-decade career spawned such enduring hits as "Tell Mama" and "At Last," making her a profound influence on younger generations of female vocalists, died Friday. She was 73. Ms. James, who died of complications from leukemia, according to her manager, had been beset with a variety of health problems. In 2009, she was diagnosed with dementia; the following year, she was hospitalized with a staph infection. In December, weeks after the release of The Dreamer , which was billed as her final studio album, Ms. James' doctor told the Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif., that the singer, who also had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, was terminally ill with chronic leukemia.
January 30, 2012 |
The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, ended Sunday, after honors to a mythical film starring an 8-year-old girl and a documentary about the war on drugs. Beasts of the Southern Wild won the grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic competition, and The House I Live In won the same honor in the U.S. documentary category. Directed and cowritten by filmmaker Benh Zeitlin, 29, Beasts follows a girl named Hushpuppy who lives with her father in the southern Delta; it also won the cinematography prize.
January 21, 2012 |
If Barack Obama doesn't get reelected, maybe he has a future as a crooner. Thursday night, Obama sang a bit of the Al Green tune "Let's Stay Together" at Harlem's Apollo Theater. Al, questioned, said the prez "nailed it. " Al added that if the prez "can get the economy going again and get everything going that he wants to, then we'll all be together. " . . . Kelly Osbourne denied a RadarOnline.com report that had her drinking at a post-Golden Globes party. K.O., who says she's on the wagon, said she wasn't even there.
July 23, 2002 |
Willie Nelson clearly felt that his recording career was in need of a renaissance. For his January release, The Great Divide, everyone's favorite rough-hewn outlaw teamed up with Santana producer Matt Serletic, and shared the microphone with Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Brian McKnight. But while on record artists constantly need to generate new product, live they're often expected to dwell in the past, sometimes to a fault. That was not the case Sunday night at the Mann Center, where Nelson played his greatest hits because they remain relevant, not for nostalgia's sake.
May 19, 2006 |
The sun won't be the only thing generating heat on the Jersey Shore this summer. Musical star power will be in full force, as acts ranging from '70s disco stars K.C. & the Sunshine Band to jazz piano whiz kid Jamie Cullum makes stops in Atlantic City. Boardwalk Hall will host pop-classical superstar Andrea Bocelli in June and, the next month, the Queen of Reinvention herself - Madonna - will get the faithful on their feet. R&B fans can groove to the sounds of James Brown and Aretha Franklin, both appearing at the House of Blues.
September 18, 2000 |
It's probably unfair to approach the concerts of Christina Aguilera and other teen stars expecting a musical experience. They are more akin to lavish theme-park spectacles, with routines scripted like the freestyle programs of gymnasts and ice skaters. The sounds - even those coming from an authoritative voice like that of the pint-sized Aguilera - become just one element in a sensory assault designed to captivate preteens accustomed to the warp-speed special effects of video games.
July 4, 2003 |
Safa Alston threw her head back, took a big gulp of air, and belted out a sultry, soulful "thank you," stretching out the vowels as if her vocal cords were made of Silly Putty, after she won the It's a Wrap singing contest last night. Dressed in a red tank top and a white-and-black polka-dot skirt with a tulle lining peeking out from under it, the 20-year-old Mount Airy resident tearfully accepted the prize, which includes a chance to record with Philadelphia International Records.
November 8, 2012 |
It's difficult to spot where ZZ Ward developed her gutsy sound, even if the influences and experiences of the Los Angeles-based singer, guitarist, and harmonica player are known. Born in Abington, Ward was about 6 when her blues-loving dad moved the family to Roseburg, Ore., where she sang with his barrelhouse band as well as local hip-hop acts. That takes care of the swaggering blues and the street-sounding rap. There's also a winsome romanticism in her voice, a raw crackle that seems to stem from a wounded heart, a sound that comes from old soul singers and pained ex-lovers.