Bobby “Blue” Bland died on Sunday at the age of 83.
According to a family friend, Blues Hall of Fame recipient Robert Calvin “Bobby” Bland has died today. No other details were available.
Updated: Bland’s son Rodd told CNN that health issues sidelined the singer earlier this year. “He had a hole in his stomach that had become tumorous, and it was emptying into his bloodstream.”
Rodd said Bland passed away from natural causes at his home in Germantown, Tennessee. “He was in my arms,” his son said. “But I’m not going to lie. I could have used at least 20 more years.”
Already the condolences are coming in.
Jim Hanzalik with World One Presents said, “”It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to true legend and icon of the blues. Thank you for all the great memories, conversations and love you shared with us and your many fans. We love you and you’ll be missed – RIP Bobby Blue Bland.”
Jay Sieleman with the Blues Foundation called Bland the greatest blues singer in the world.
“He was respected by so many people in the rock world and in the jazz world. He’s the Frank Sinatra of the blues. He’s respected for his voice and his phrasing. It’s going to be a huge loss to blues music,” Sieleman said.
Bobby “Blue” Bland was an original member of the Beale Streeters, and is considered the “Lion of the Blues”.
Bland’s unique style of phlegm clearing grunts and sense of despair provided a whole different level of blues and helped change the landscape of blues along with other greats such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Junior Parker.
Bland started singing with local gospel groups in Memphis Tenn. and wanted to expand his music, so he started going to the famous Beale Street known for it’s blues clubs, where he met a number of aspiring musicians calling their group the Beale Streeters.
In Bland’s earliest recordings in the 50’s, you could hear his individuality trying to come through, but his career was interrupted with a stint in the U.S. Army.
Bland started touring with Junior Parker in 1956 and doubled as a valet and driver. He was reported to have been valet and driver for others such as B. B. King and Rosco Gordon.
In 1957 Bland started rising in the charts with “Farther Up the Road,” released in 1957, and “Little Boy Blue,” released in 1958, as he made it into the R&B Top 10.
Bland hit his stride with “Cry Cry Cry”, “I Pity The Fool” and the “Turn On Your Love Light.”
He will be missed.
Tim Curry, best known for his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” has suffered a major stroke and is recovering after collapsing at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Initially there were rumors that the 67-year-old actor couldn’t speak after the fall. However, his agent Marcia Hurwitz told Britain’s Daily Mail that, “Tim is doing great. He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor.”
No other details about Curry’s condition were available.
Curry became a cult figure for his role as Frank-N-Furter as he played a diabolical mad scientist and transvestite. He went on to maintain a successful career as an actor onstage and on broadway, including voice-over work.
Longtime drummer for Eddie Money and solo artist Glenn Symmonds was hospitalized Monday morning for the removal of a tumor.
Symmonds’ personal assistant and love interest, Tami Landrum, posted to his Facebook page early Monday morning, “We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done.”
According to Tami’s post, Symmonds was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week and remains optimistic, since CAT scans indicate his kidneys are in good shape.
After high school, Symmonds headed to California from Spokane where he met Eddie Money. It all happened in Oakland when Money’s drummer didn’t show up for rehearsal. Money had heard Symmonds playing drums next door, so he asked him if he could fill in. Symmonds has been performing with Money off and on for over 39 years and tours regularly with Money and his band.
Symmonds was scheduled to appear this Friday with Eddie Money at the Thibodaux Fireman’s Fair in Thibodaus Louisiana.
Symmonds has performed with a host of other greats including The Cult, Etta James George Benson and many more. When Symmonds isn’t touring with Money he’s touring on his own.
The single “Railroad Man,” off of his first album is a tribute to his father, Robert “Guitar Whitey” Symmonds, an old-time, train-hopping hobo. Symmonds told his hometown newspaper the Spokesman Review, that his father rode the rails before settling down to start a family. When his children grew up and went their separate ways, Guitar Whitey walked to the intersection of Trent and Fancher and hopped the first train out of town.
According to Symmonds he’s out on the road at least 160 days out of the year as he continues to tour with Money and also as a solo act.
Here’s Tami’s post in full:
“For those of you who don’t know me I am Glenn’s personal assistant, faithful sidekick, and basically the love of his life Unfortunately, I am not hacking his Fbook with the best of news. Glenn was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week. We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done. On the bright side, a CAT scan showed his kidneys were good! I’ll be posting some updates during his recovery. Prayers are welcomed!”
Tami uploaded this photo prior to Glenn’s surgery with the caption ” ’bout ready to kick some cancer ass!”
UPDATE: Monday afternoon Symmonds was release from the hospital with doctors remaining optimistic. The tumor was removed and he was given a round of chemo directly to the affected area.
According to Tami she’s, “reading him all your comments & posts… all the love, prayers & support have really touched him. Thank you all – much appreciated from me. ~tam”
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the waning Fox musical competition ‘American Idol’ planned to replace musical judge Mariah Carey, bringing back fan-favorite Jennifer Lopez, but Carey’s lawyers has something to say about the move.
According to sources that spoke to THR, producers and Fox executives have been working out the details with Lopez. That was until Carey’s lawyers got wind of the change-up. Now executives are backing down, but sources say they are still courting Lopez to replace Carey, and possibly bring in a replacement for fellow judge Nicki Minaj.
Carey was supposed to be the big new judge this season on ‘Idol,’ but has failed to make any significant contributions to the show. In one episode Carey alluded to the fact that she was told she needed to provide more substance when commenting on contestant’s performances.
While Minaj is slowly growing into her role on ‘Idol’ with her brightly painted lips, her ever changing hair, and her over the top commentary, she still has some detractors. At times she’s completely entertaining and engaging and other times she comes across as distracted and bored.
As for Keith Urban’s performance on the show – #winning.
‘American Idol’ has seen it’s worse rating slide in the history of the show with their average ratings in the age category 18-49 plummeting from a 6.0 rating, at the beginning of the season, down to a dismal 4.3 for its most recent episode. The show’s first season in 2001 had 30 million viewers, compared to the poor showing of their last episode which only had a tad over 11 million.
‘Idol’s’ competition, ‘The Voice,’ is doing just fine with a 5.2 rating last week.
Adding to the embarrassing ratings for ‘idol’ is the fact that a rerun of CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory’ beat out ‘Idol’ in ratings last week – yes, a rerun.
In typical ‘Idol’ style Fox told THR in a statement, “This is just another ridiculous Idol judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale.”
On Monday night Rihanna posted a topless photo just before taking the stage in Atlanta.
The never-shy Barbados native posted a photo on Instagram of herself getting ready for the big show, clad in nothing buy yellow panties and a strategically placed towel.
The 25-year-old pop-star wrote on Instagram, “Show time!! #DWT.”
This was on the heels of RiRi posting photos of her celebrating National Weed Day on April 20. Rihanna tweeted “#420 it’s a celebration bitches!! Thank you to all my ft. Lauderdale and Miami fam that came through…”
Add to all this wonderfulness, Billboard’s announced this week that Rihanna has her 10th #1 single in the shortest amount of time of any other artist, achieving this in less than five years.
Here first 10 #1 songs:
1. “SOS” (2006)
2. “Umbrella” (2007)
3. “Take A Bow” (2008)
4. “Disturbia” (2008)
5. “Live Your Life” (2008)
6. “Rude Boy” (2010)
7. “Love The Way You Lie” (2010)
8. “What’s My Name” (2010)
9. “Only Girl (In The World)” (2010)
10. “S&M” (2011)
While word of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s death was spreading like wildfire on Monday, others were mourning the death of singer Cher.
It all started with the UK website, “IsThatcherDeadYet,” who is not a fan of Thatcher’s, and apparently were quite happy about her passing. They wanted to know how people were going to celebrate the passing of Thatcher and to, “Let us know using the #nowthatchersdead hashtag on Twitter, or get to one of the parties near you on Facebook.”
Breaking down the #nowthatchersdead hashtag twitter users were shocked to learn that Cher was no longer part of the living, when they read the hashtag as NowThatChersDead.
Twitter users across the twittersphere tweeted their condolences. One twitter user wrote, “RIP CHER. Just saw the hashtag. Never was a fan myself but you’ve gotta respect her influence.”
Another tweeted, “R.i.p to a truly inspiring strong independent woman who changed a generation, loved by millions”
No word from her publicist, but it appears the 66-year-old is doing quite well.
Disney has announced on their official Disney Fan Club Twitter that Legendary Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello died today at 70.
Funicello became a star at the age of 12 after Walt Disney discovered the young girl and cast her in the original “Mickey Mouse Club.” A show that is responsible for churning out child stars such as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.
Funicello was also an accomplished singer with several hits in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s including “First Name Initial,” “O Dio Mio” and “Train of Love.” They were released under the Buena Vista label.
As she grew up Funicello became a sex symbol attracting a large number of fans. She went on to star in the iconic “Beach Party” films co-starring Frankie Avalon.
Tweeting, the 54-year-old wrote, “Game Changer: Jax Copeland Arnold. 8lbs 12oz. Looking forward to being a 70 year old Little League Coach,”
It appears Arnold remains a fan of the TV show ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ even after his character Georgie Caruso, a porn king, was killed off in season four. Charlie Hunnam’s character’s name is Jax Teller and remains one of the main characters in the hit TV show.
The actor/comedian went on to tweet, “My son wants to watch My Big Redneck Vacation and The After Show right now @CMT…at least I think he does. He’s a man of few words.”
Joking he later tweeted, “Maternity is the only section of the hospital where all the nurses constantly say “congratulations!” Oncology, not so much.”
According to People the couple had been battling fertility issues prior to conceiving their first child.
Arnold, who has been married three times before, told People, “I’ve tried with other people, but since there is a God, we were unable to conceive. Now God said, ‘This is it!’”
Announcing the pregnancy on ‘The View’ Arnold told viewers, “I didn’t think it was in the cards for me, to be honest, and so I was completely shocked. It’s a miracle.”
French TV station TF1 has announced today that the doctor assigned to the French version of “Survivor” has committed suicide, this after the death of one of the contestants last month.
Dr. Thierry Costa killed himself while in Columbia, the location of their current show Koh-Lanta (French for Survivor). Before killing himself, the 38-year-old left a suicide note saying he had been unfairly criticized over the death of contestant Gerald Babin.
In his note, which was published on TF1’s website, Costa wrote that the media was making, “unfair accusations and assumptions,” about his treatment of Babin.
It was the shows first day of filming in Cambodia, when 25-year-old Babin jumped out of a boat with a group of contestants. Soon after the group started a game of tug-of-war, Babin complained about cramping in his arms. He was treated by staff doctors at the scene and flown by helicopter to a local hospital. During the ride he suffered a series of cardiac arrests before reaching the facility, where he was declared dead.
Costa was criticized for the time it took to treat Babin after he initially collapsed.
Costa wrote, “In the past few days my name has been tarnished in the media,” continuing he writes, “I am certain that I treated Gerald in a respectable manner, as a patient and not as a contestant.”
Adventure Line Productions, the show’s producers were quick to respond that Costa’s suicide should “encourage those who accuse and comment indiscriminately to exercise responsibility”.
This would have been Costa’s fifth season on the reality show.
Paris prosecutors have opened an investigation into Babin’s death.
According to TMZ rapper Too Short was arrested early this morning after police pulled him over for a traffic violation in Los Angeles.
Apparently after pulling over Short, whose real name is Todd Anthony Shaw, officers suspected he was under the influence and attempted to administer a breathalyzer test, that’s when Shaw ran for the hills. Only problem is, he tripped and fell before reaching them there hills.
Blowing a .09, which is .01 over the legal limit, Shaw was placed into the back of the cruiser and transported to the station. On the way to the station he tried to dump his narcotics in the back seat of the cruiser.
He was booked for a DUI and felony possession, so far stupidity is perfectly legal.
Short is best known for his hit songs “The Ghetto” and “Blow the Whistle,” along with being one of the pioneer rappers of West Coast hip hop.
In 2010 the platinum rapper was arrested for battery after allegedly trying to beat up three bouncers in Boise, Idaho. The altercation started when guards attempted to stop him from bringing several underage females backstage at a concert.
In 2011 it was widely reported that Short had died from a heart attack, after somebody updated his Wiki page. Frustrated he tweeted, “Stop calling my phone. I’m not dead. Been in the lab working on my 19th album.”
Currently Short is quite alive, albeit not happy, as he wakes to find himself hung over and behind bars.