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The Thrill is Gone – B.B. King dead at 89

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BB King
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LAS VEGAS, NV – B.B. King, the legendary blues singer, songwriter and guitarist died in his Las Vegas home on Thursday.

B.B. King’s attorney Brent Bryson told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. local time. King had been in hospice care.

The 15-time Grammy winner was suffering from diabetes and during the past year was faced with declining health. In October of last year B.B. King collapsed during a concert in Chicago, blaming it on dehydration and exhaustion.

King’s career spanned close to 70 years and he was considered the undisputed king of the blues and is credited with mentoring guitarists including Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums, touring the world until as recently as this year. He had been known to perform over 250 concerts a year.

BB King (R) performing with Peter Frampton at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

BB King (R) performing with Peter Frampton at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

King played a Gibson guitar he referred to as Lucille, playing a unique style that included beautifully crafted single-string runs, vibratos and bent notes.

King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 followed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He also received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush.

Other Grammys included best male rhythm `n’ blues performance in 1971 for “The Thrill Is Gone,” best ethnic or traditional recording in 1982 for “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere” and best traditional blues recording or album several times.

King’s final Grammy was in 2009 for the best blues album “One Kind Favor.”

Peter Frampton posted on his Facebook page, “My heart goes out to BB King’s family and all who loved him. A great friend and an amazing guitar player left us peacefully today. We will all miss you BB. RIP”

In early May of this year, King was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital. At that time, his daughter Patty King, said he wasn’t eating and was dehydrated. Patty had contacted police to settle a dispute over whether B.B. needed to be hospitalized, claiming elder abuse.

Evidently there has been a battle over B.B.’s care, between his daughter Patty and B.B.’s longtime manager Laverne Toney. Patty told TMZ that she wanted to take B.B. to the hospital because of his symptoms and lack of appetite.

According to Patty, Toney has power of attorney over B.B. and refused to take him to the hospital, forcing her to call police. Paramedics were called to the scene and confirmed that he needed to be checked out by doctors.

The tension between Patty and Toney had been brewing for some time. Last November, Patty and her boyfriend filed a police report, claiming elder abuse and burglary. The pair accused Toney and her assistant of stealing $20-$30 million from B.B., withholding his medications while on tour and stealing several Rolexes and a ring valued at $250k.

 

 

 

Through it all, King modestly insisted he was simply maintaining a tradition.

 

“I’m just one who carried the baton because it was started long before me,” he told the AP in 2008.

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Soul singer Ben E. King dead at 76

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New Jersey – Soul singer Ben E. King died yesterday in New Jersey, this according to his booking agent.

Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, King moved to New York as a boy and joined up with The Five Crowns, a doo-wop group that later changed their names to The Drifters. The Drifters were famous for such hits as “Save the Last Dance for Me.”

King is best known for his hit “Stand By Me,” inspired by a gospel song, which he recorded on his own. King’s elegant baritone helped catapult the song into the top 10 in the U.S. in 1961 and returned to the charts 25 years later when it was prominently featured in “Stand By Me,” Rob Reiner’s 1986 coming-of-age movie about four adolescent boys.

King’s other hits included “Spanish Harlem,” “Amor,” “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)” and Supernatural Thing – Part I.”

Miley Cyrus to induct Joan Jett to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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CLEVELAND, OH – In a move that has left Rock and Roll fans in disbelief on Wednesday, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Greg Harris nonchalantly announced at a press conference that Miley Cyrus will be inducting Joan Jett & The Black Hearts into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremony later this month.

It was just last month, when the initial roster of performers and inductors were announced with the person inducting Joan Jett and the Black Hearts conveniently left off the roster.

Though Harris assured the press gathered to hear the conference that Cyrus and Jett were “mutual admirers,” — citing the fact that the two had previously performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show together — the assurance has done nothing to calm Joan’s fans who took to Social Media to express their disappointment, and in some cases, outrage, at the choice.

Chaos erupts after Ace of Spades concert

Ace of SpadesSACRAMENTO, CA – At least three people were shot outside the popular concert venue, Ace of Spades, in Sacramento Friday night.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. Friday shots rang out in the 1400 block of R Street, just outside Ace of Spades. According to police, several people started shooting and at one point one person jumped onto a patrol car and started firing in the air.

Organizers hired extra security for Rapper Nipsy Hussle’s performance, so a number of officers were already on the scene.

One woman and two men were taken to a local hospital for treatment and a fourth victim drove herself to a hospital, but it is unclear if she was a shooting victim from the same location.

The two men received multiple gunshot wounds. All victims are expected to survive.

Several businesses and cars in the area were damaged by the gunfire.

According to police this was not a drive-by shooting and during their investigation several people jumped on their patrol cars, with one firing a weapon into the air.

 

Former rap mogul Serge Knight arrested for murder

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COMPTON, CA – Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has been arrested for murder after two men were mowed down by a truck driven by the troubled artist, killing one and injuring the other.

Los Angeles police Lt. John Corina told CNN that witnesses said it appeared that the driver of the truck intentionally hit the two victims, so they are handling the investigation as a homicide. Knight’s bail was set at $2 million.

According to reports, Knight had an argument with 55-year-old Terry Carter and 51-year-old Cle Sloan, on the set of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” a film about the rap group N.W.A. The argument continued in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers.

Knight allegedly tracked the two men down in the parking lot and backed his red Ford Raptor over the victims and then ran over them a second time as he left the scene, killing Carter and injuring Sloan. Officers later found Knight’s Raptor abandoned in Westwood.

Knight, who was accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, is no stranger to violence. In 1996, while Knight was driving a car in Las Vegas, Tupak Shakur, who was a passenger in his car, was shot to death.

Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006 after Knight spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions, adding to his troubles he had ongoing feuds with Dr. Dre, Snoop Lion (Dogg) and others.

Last August Knight, along with two others, were shot while attending a party hosted by singer Chris Brown on the evening before the MTV Music Awards. Then in October he was arrested for allegedly stealing a photographer’s camera.

In October, he was busted along with comedian Micah “Katt” Williams for allegedly stealing a photographer’s camera.

 

Joe Cocker dead at 70

Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker

The legendary Joe Cocker has reportedly died at the age of 70. Cocker had been battling lung cancer.

According to the BBC, The Sheffield born singer song-writer died of an undisclosed illness on Sunday. His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed his death.

Cocker had a career spanning 4 decades with hits including “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong.”

Marshall told the BBC that “it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts.”

Cocker gained fame as a pop star back in 1968 when he released his version of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help from My Friends.”

His duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong” – from An Officer And A Gentleman – won him a both a Grammy and an Academy Award in 1983.

Last year his arena tour across Europe saw him achieve a number one album in Germany and give what was to be his final concert in Hammersmith, London, in June.

Charge dropped again AC/DC Drummer

indexBAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND – AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, who was charged on Thursday with several counts in connection to trying to have two men killed, will be facing one less charge.

According to Rudd’s attorney, Paul Mabey, the New Zealand police charge of “attempting to procure murder” against his client has been dropped.

The 60-year-old drummer for the legendary hard rock band, had been accused of trying to procure the murder of two men. However, the Crown Solicitor decided there wasn’t enough evidence to justify it.

Mabey wrote in a statement, “The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid. The Crown Solicitor’s opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn, within 24 hours of Mr. Rudd’s first appearance in court,” continuing Mabey complained, “Mr. Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified.”

Rudd still faces several other charges, including threatening to kill.

On Thursday afternoon, Rudd made an appearance in court to face charges of; attempting to procure the murder of two men, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

Earlier on Thursday police paid a visit to Rudd’s beach front mansion and searched the premises.

The names of the two men he was attempting to have killed have not been released, nor has the name of the potential hit-man.

Rudd did not enter a plea to the charges at the Tauranga District Court and was released on bail. His next appearance is schedule for November 27.

The Australian born Rudd moved to New Zealand in 1983, after being fired by the legendary rock band AC/DC, but rejoined the band years later.

In 2003 AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and remains one of the world’s biggest-selling musical acts.

The band is set to release their latest album, “Rock or Bust,” in December. However, when AC/DC gathered to film videos for a pair of ‘Rock or Bust’ tracks in early October, Rudd was a no show due to a “family emergency.” Also, in a shocking turn of events, original founding member, guitarist Malcolm Young, was absent after being diagnosed with Dementia earlier this year.

AC/DC Drummer arrested for contracting to have 2 men killed

indexBAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND – Phil Rudd, the drummer for the hard rock band AC/DC, has been arrested and charged with attempting to have two men killed.

According to CNN affiliate TVNZ in New Zealand, the 60-year-old made an appearance in court Thursday afternoon and is facing one count of attempting to procure the murder of two men, this according to the Bay of Plenty Police District representative Kim Perks.

In addition, Rudd was also charged with threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

Police searched Rudd’s home on Thursday morning.

The names of the two men he was attempting to have killed have not been released, nor has the name of the potential hit-man.

Rudd did not enter a plea to the charges at the Tauranga District Court and was released on bail. His next appearance is schedule for November 27.

The Australian born Rudd moved to New Zealand in 1983, after being fired by the legendary rock band AC/DC, but rejoined the band years later.

In 2003 AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and remains one of the world’s biggest-selling musical acts.

The band is set to release their latest album, “Rock or Bust,” in December.

B.B. King falls ill cancels remaining tour

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The legendary B.B. King was forced to cancel the remainder of his current tour after falling ill following a shortened performance at Chicago’s House of Blues on October 3.

The 89-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was scheduled to play another eight shows this year.

According to his reps, King did not feel well enough to continue his performance at the House of Blues in Chicago on Oct 3. He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.

No other information was available.

Earlier this year EW’s The Music Mix wrote that Kings performance in St. Louis was shaky and erratic, with Kings reps issuing a statement of apology soon after the gig. “The combination of the rigors of the very long drive and high blood sugar due to his medication error resulted in a performance that did not match Mr. King’s usual standard of excellence,” the statement read. King suffers from Type II diabetes, a condition he’s lived with for over 20 years.

According to the blues singer’s website, “King is back at his home where he is resting. In order to fully recuperate, he has cancelled his remaining eight shows of the tour. He has been on tour all year with over 70 performances for 2014. He does not have any additional shows scheduled for the remainder of the year.”

Earlier King wrote to his fans, “I’m back at home now listening to music, watching movies and enjoying some down time. I think I’m busier at home now than on the road talking to friends calling to check up on me. I do appreciate everyone’s calls and concern. I want to tell you, I’m doing alright.”

Last surviving member of the Ramones dead at 62

ramonesQUEENS, NY – Tommy Ramone, Co-founder, drummer and last surviving member of the Ramones died Friday at the age of 62.

According to his business associate, Dave Frey, Ramone’s wife contacted him to let him know that he passed away on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, New York following treatment for bile duct cancer..

Tommy Ramone co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone. All four band members took the common name of Ramone in support of the band.

The band was best known for their influential hit songs “I wanna be sedated” and “Blitzkrieg Bop,” among others, earning them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

While the band struggled since their debut album in 1976, they left an indelible mark on the rock genre with their rapid fire lyrics and unique sound.

Johnny Ramone, whose birth name was John Cummings, died in 2004 of prostate cancer. Joey Ramone, whose real name is Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name is Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002. Tommy Ramone was born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary.

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