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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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.
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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 13, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Coroner's officials said yesterday that they wouldn't release any information about an autopsy on singer Whitney Houston. The singer, 48, was found in the bathtub of her room Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter declined to say anything about the room's condition or any evidence investigators recovered. He said that there were no obvious signs of trauma, but that officials were not ruling out any cause of death until they have toxicology results, which will take weeks to obtain.
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May 15, 2015 | BY ALLIE VOLPE, philly.com avolpe@philly.com
MAC McCAUGHAN just got his car tires replaced. "I better sell some records to pay for them," he said, chuckling, in a phone call last Tuesday, the day his first solo album under his own name was released. The Superchunk lead singer and co-founder, who also co-founded Merge Records, has often ventured into his own territory with his mostly solo sidepiece Portastatic over the course of his 20-years-plus career. But he felt like he'd closed the book on that project. So, he retreated into the basement, literally and figuratively, and revived the initial, adolescent thrill of songwriting on "Non-Believers," which was recorded in McCaughan's Chapel Hill, N.C., home-basement studio.
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May 5, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU NEEDED musical entertainment for a special event, Anthony White would have been your man. Anthony was a child prodigy on the piano, and in later years he was in demand everywhere, from funeral homes to churches to the performance halls where he opened for some of Philly's outstanding musicians. "Anthony was always willing to play for any event you asked," his family said. Anthony Rayvon White, who formerly worked for the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office and the University of Pennsylvania Science Center, a king of the barbecue grill who loved to entertain, died April 23 after a brief illness.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
City Commissioner Stephanie Singer says she's giving up her reelection campaign, even as her lawyer continues the court fight to get her name back on the ballot. During a Monday morning rally at National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees Local 1199 headquarters, Singer said a victory in the May 19 primary was out of reach. "This is an election I can no longer win," said Singer, one of the three elected commissioners who oversee the city's elections. "I'm going to keep fighting for what's right.
NEWS
April 25, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer's name will not appear on the May 19 primary election ballot, Commonwealth Court ruled Thursday. The court rejected Singer's appeal of a Common Pleas Court ruling March 30 striking her name from the ballot. Singer needed at least 1,000 signatures from registered Democrats on nomination petitions to be listed on the ballot. She filed 1,485 but a review during a legal challenge found that just 996 were valid. That left her four names short in her bid for a second four-year term.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer this week compared the removal of her name from the May 19 primary ballot to the beatings of civil rights marchers 50 years ago in Selma, Ala. Singer, who is white, e-mailed supporters a fund-raising plea Tuesday with this title: "URGENT, Civil Rights in Philadelphia. " She recounted the violence visited upon the marchers in 1965 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, though she spelled the bridge's name Pettis . "The heroes of Selma in 1965 were fighting for the people of Philadelphia in 2015," Singer wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2015 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
IN A MUSIC world full of auto tune and hyper-polished production, Lee Ann Womack prefers to keep it simple. The singer's latest release, "The Way I'm Livin'," features Womack's minimalist spin on songs by nonmainstream singer-songwriters. Womack, best known for her 2000 country/pop crossover hit, "I Hope You Dance," is bringing her stripped-down sound to World Cafe Live on Sunday. The songs' transition to the stage should be smooth, since the album was recorded almost completely live.
NEWS
April 15, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
CITY COMMISSIONER Stephanie Singer may have something to sing about if her reading of court transcripts is accurate. After poring over those transcripts from the late March hearing which resulted in Singer getting kicked off the primary ballot for lacking enough valid voter signatures, it has been discovered that she actually has the required 1,000 signatures, her campaign manager said yesterday. One thousand on the dot. "It's amazing, but it's true," said Shannon Marietta.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Commissioner Stephanie Singer's bid to get back on the May 19 ballot is dead - for now. Common Pleas Court Judge Joel Johnson refused Tuesday to reverse his ruling from last week removing her name because she did not have at least 1,000 signatures on nomination petitions. Singer, a former mathematics professor and Democratic ward leader, had 996 valid signatures remaining when a four-day legal challenge ended early on March 27. Johnson on Tuesday rejected Singer's last-minute attempt to disqualify a handwriting expert who examined her petitions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Joni Mitchell's health crisis - the Canadian songwriter was found unconscious March 31 in her Los Angeles home and rushed to the hospital - put a scare into legions of fans. Many can't get that line, "You don't know what you've got till it's gone" - from "Big Yellow Taxi" - out of their heads. Mitchell, 71, hasn't released a new album since 2007's Shine . Even ardent followers who scooped up last year's high-concept, self-curated box set, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced , or celebrated a victory against ageism when she was featured in an Yves Saint Laurent ad campaign, would admit her greatest work was decades behind her. But then, as now, you don't have to go very far in the singer-songwriter universe to encounter the presence of Mitchell, who "continues to improve" and "is resting comfortably" in an L.A. hospital, according to her website.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Commissioner Stephanie Singer's bid to get back on the ballot rests now on a legal Hail Mary pass that could score her big points or spawn bigger problems. It all comes down to the testimony, scheduled for Tuesday, of a handwriting expert hired by the voters who sought to remove her from the May 19 Democratic primary ballot. Common Pleas Court Judge Joel Johnson on Thursday agreed to allow Singer's lawyer, Charles Goodwin, to question that expert. Goodwin suggested the expert may not have analyzed all of the signatures that were challenged due to problems with the handwriting.
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