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March 21, 2013
Bobbie Smith, 76, a former lead singer of the Spinners, has died in Orlando, Fla. A statement released Monday by the manager of the rhythm-and-blues group said Mr. Smith died Saturday of complications from pneumonia and influenza. The statement said he had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November. Mr. Smith was the group's original lead singer and was the voice on its first hit, "That's What Girls Are Made For. " The group earned nearly a dozen gold records and a half-dozen Grammy nominations.
NEWS
November 22, 2012
Rhythm-and-blues singer Billy Scott, 70, died from pancreatic and liver cancer Saturday at his home in Charlotte, N.C. Born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W.Va., he sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name, and with his wife, Barbara, began recording in 1966 as the Prophets. The band's first gold record was 1968's "I Got the Fever. " Other hits included "California" and "Seaside Love" as the Georgia Prophets. The group recorded a number of hits in the 1970s in the beach-music genre, a regional variant of R&B. In 1999, Mr. Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
NEWS
December 29, 2012
Ray Collins, a singer whose dispute with one guitarist led him to hire another, Frank Zappa, with whom he would go on to form the avant-garde rock group the Mothers of Invention, died Monday in Pomona, Calif. The death of Mr. Collins, who was in his mid-70s, followed his admission to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center a week earlier for cardiac arrest, according to local news accounts. Mr. Collins entered the national spotlight with the Mothers of Invention, an outlet for Zappa's unique sense of humor and challenging, unorthodox compositions.
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February 6, 2013
Reg Presley, 71, lead singer of the Troggs on hit songs including the garage-rock classic "Wild Thing," died Monday at his home in Andover, England, after a yearlong bout with lung cancer. Mr. Presley and the Troggs scored their breakthrough hit in the early days of the British music invasion. The song, a cover of a version by Jordan Christopher and the Wild Ones, was later picked up not only by garage bands the world over - the lead guitar riffs were easily copied - but also by icons like Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen.
NEWS
August 13, 2011
Jani Lane, 47, former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, has died in Los Angeles. Officer Sara Faden said Mr. Lane's body was found Thursday in a Woodland Hills hotel. She had no immediate information on the cause or circumstances of his death. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Friday that an autopsy did not reveal what killed the rocker and that the cause would be determined after results from toxicology and other tests are received. With his long blond hair and tight leather outfits, Mr. Lane, born John Kennedy Oswald in Akron, Ohio, embodied the excess of 1980s "hair metal" rock bands.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HERE'S HOW A FAN commented on a couple of hit songs by Major Harris: " 'Love Won't Let Me Wait' and 'I Believe in Love' were two of his biggest hits that we played so much, my parents wanted to break the records. " Such devotion was a typical reaction of R&B fans to the lead singer of Philadelphia's own Delfonics, a group graced by the Major's dulcet tones in the 1970s. He was a major player in the success of the iconic "Philadelphia Sound," as promoted by the songwriting and producing team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and their Philadelphia International Records.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rhythm and blues singer Billy Scott has died in North Carolina at age 70. Scott died Saturday of pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Charlotte, said Bill Kopald with the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Scott, who was born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va., sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name, and with his wife, Barbara, in 1966 began recording as The Prophets. Their first gold record was 1968's "I Got the Fever.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | By CHUCK DARROW and Daily News Staff Writer
This is getting to be routine. About four years ago, Chris Squire of the veteran progressive-rock band Yes called to explain why and how Benoit David had replaced original lead singer Jon Anderson in the then-40-year-old outfit. Recently, Squire, the group's charter bassist, was back on the blower, this time talking about David's replacement, Jon Davison, who over the next five days, will be introduced to local fans as Yes performs Friday at Tropicana Atlantic City and Wednesday at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem.
NEWS
September 1, 2004
A Convention Notebook item Tuesday gave an incorrect age for folk singer Pete Seeger. He is 85.
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
"EVERYBODY knows what happened to Marvin," acknowledged Zeola Gaye, speaking of her masterful musician brother Marvin Gaye. "Or at least, they think they know . . . " Motown Records's first solo superstar and major force for social reform, Gaye was abruptly killed at age 45 on April 1, 1984, by his father's hand, after a brutal argument and several attempts by the younger Gaye to take his own life. The tragedy cut short a career landmarked by masterworks such as Gaye's self-penned "What's Going On" and super-bold (for its time)
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June 18, 2016 | By Nick Cristiano, Staff Writer
It wasn't until Bonnie Bishop gave up on her dream that it came true. The Texas native had spent 12 years scuffling as an independent singer-songwriter without making much headway, even after having two of her songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt and another performed on the prime-time TV soap Nashville . It got to the point where she couldn't even afford Christmas presents for her family. So she retreated to her parents' home in the Lone Star State to regroup. "I couldn't keep doing it the way I was doing it," the 37-year-old says over the phone from Nashville.
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June 16, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
Funeral services will be held Friday for South Jersey native Christina Grimmie, the singer who catapulted to fame on The Voice and was shot last week after an Orlando concert. A viewing will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at Fellowship Alliance Chapel, 199 Church Rd., Medford, followed immediately by a memorial service there. Burial will be private. Donations may be made to the Christina Grimmie Scholarship Fund for the Performing Arts of Cherokee High School in care of Costantino Funeral Home, 231 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin, N.J. 08009.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A vigil has been scheduled for Monday night in Evesham Township for singing sensation Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old South Jersey native gunned down Friday night after a concert in Orlando. Grimmie, who gained national recognition after her third-place finish on NBC's The Voice in 2014, grew up in the Marlton section of the township. The vigil will begin at 8:45 p.m. at Evesham's memorial complex, 1004 Tuckerton Rd., Mayor Randy Brown posted Sunday on Facebook. Grimmie was shot while signing autographs and died early Saturday morning at a nearby hospital.
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June 13, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Orlando police identified the gunman who killed South Jersey singer Christina Grimmie as Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, saying he heavily armed himself and specifically came to her concert to attack the popular star of "The Voice. " The shooter, who apparently did not know the entertainer, traveled more than 100 miles from his home to Grimmie's concert venue by car, packing two small-caliber handguns, two loaded magazines and a large hunting knife, police said. About 30 minutes after the concert ended, he walked toward the 22-year-old singer as she signed autographs, firing several shots at her from one of his guns and triggering chaos among dozens of fans still at The Plaza Live.
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
The Democrats who run Center City's Eighth Ward have been pondering one question for four weeks: Who set in motion the federal probe that resulted in State Sen. Larry Farnese's indictment? Who dropped that dime? Many think it must have been former City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, who led the ward before Farnese took over in 2011 and clashed with him over that last year. Singer won't say. But the timeline tells an interesting story. Singer ran as a reformer for the three-member board that oversees city elections, defeating the formidable nine-term chairwoman Marge Tartaglione in the 2011 primary.
NEWS
May 23, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
At home in Mullica Hill, Doreen Taylor writes and sings the songs she hopes will help make her a star - and help charities that are close to her heart. "I say that I'm a singer-songwriter, even though the stereotype is a girl in a flowery dress with a guitar, singing folk-type music," she says. "I'm definitely not folk-y. " I must agree, having heard Taylor do a live-in-the-studio take of an uplifting ballad titled, appropriately, "Unstoppable," just minutes before. "Again?"
NEWS
May 22, 2016
Grand memorial. One of the more ambitious projects in the final seasons of the Philadelphia Singers under David Hayes was the 1958 Randall Thompson Requiem, a recording of which, made a year before the 2015 disbanding, is just out now on the Naxos label. This unaccompanied work for double choir has a freewheeling range of texts, traditional and otherwise, with music that certainly defies Thompson's image as a feet-on-the-ground Aaron Copland-era composer. At times, you wonder what Thompson was thinking by writing some of the more animated (and hard to tune)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'Almost every big hit musical - and flop musical - began in Philly before it took Broadway by storm . . . or had a horrible demise," Seth Rudetsky says with a laugh. This stage historian, actor/singer, and pianist wants to remind Philadelphia of its first-run history with his Broadway Concert Series at the Merriam Theater , where he hosts, chats with, and plays piano behind the hottest singer-actresses on Manhattan's musical stages. His next events: Tuesday with recent Tony nominee Megan Hilty, and June 14 with Kelli O'Hara.
NEWS
April 26, 2016
BILLY PAUL, 81, the acclaimed Philadelphia soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," died of cancer Sunday morning in Blackwood, N.J., according to his manager Beverly Gay. Mr. Paul, born Paul Williams in Philadelphia in 1934, was hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital, Gay said. Mr. Paul was one of many artists who had success with the Philadelphia-based writing and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Mr. Paul attended the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music.
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