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Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters dies at 94

Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” and the poignant “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.

Andrews died of natural causes at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, said family spokesman Alan Eichler in a statement.


Ingrid Michaelson records 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' with Newtown children -- VIDEO

Ingrid Michaelson has joined students from Newtown, Conn. in releasing a recording of the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” as a response to the school shooting last month. Proceeds from the song — available for download now — benefit Newtown Youth Academy and United Way of Western Connecticut.

The song was recorded in the home studio of Connecticut residents Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club. “Having the children come today with their parents, all of them having the idea that this was their gift to the other families of Sandy Hook, it was very enriching for us,” Weymouth said in a behind-the-scenes clip.

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'Tennessee Waltz' singer Patti Page dies at 85

Patti Page, the genre-crossing songstress who became the biggest-selling female artist of the 1950s thanks to a string of now-classic songs, passed away on January 1. She was 85 years old.

Page was born Clara Ann Fowler, and began her singing career in 1948 with the release of her first single “Confess,” which became a hit despite the fact that the much better known Doris Day also had a recording of the same song out at around the same time. “Confess” features Page’s voice double-tracked (a relatively new approach to recording at the time), and the practice became something of a trademark for her.

She scored her first platinum-selling single in 1950 (“With My Eyes Wide Open, I’m Dreaming”), and followed it with 14 others through 1965, including staples “Tennessee Waltz,” “All My Love (Bolero),” and “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window.”

Though Page sang traditional pop, she managed to maintain her hold on the charts even after the rock and roll revolution took hold in the 1960s. Some of her biggest hits, including “Old Cape Cod” and “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte,” charted during that time.

Page also had something of a revival in 2000 when she released Brand New Tennessee Waltz, an recording of many of her biggest songs with assists from country stars like Emmylou Harris and Trisha Yearwood.

Despite her timeless success, she only had one Grammy to her name (perhaps because she did much of her best work prior to the awards’ creation in 1959). She was set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys.

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'Rescue Me' singer Fontella Bass dies

Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with “Rescue Me” in 1965, has died.

The singer’s daughter, Neuka Mitchell, says Bass died at a St. Louis hospice Wednesday night of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago. She was 72. Bass had also suffered several strokes since 2005.

Bass was born into a family with deep musical roots. Her mother was gospel singer Martha Bass, one of the Clara Ward Singers. Her younger brother, David Peaston, had a string of R&B hits in the 1980s and 1990s. Peaston died in February at age 54.

Her surviving family includes four children. Her husband, jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, died in 1999.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Former RCA Records exec Meredith Israel Thomas passes away
Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman dies at age 70
Friends and family gather for Jenni Rivera’s memorial

Former RCA Records exec Meredith Israel Thomas passes away

Concluding her public three-year battle with breast cancer, former RCA Records executive Meredith Israel Thomas passed away late last night at the age of 39, her CaringBridge page reports.

Thomas, a music industry veteran who over the years worked with artists like Kings of Leon and Dave Matthews Band, maintained a thorough journal of her experiences online, with publications like The Hollywood Reporter, the Daily Mail, and the Huffington Post picking up her story. The record of her final years, she said, would hopefully help give her five-year-old daughter Niomi a clearer picture of who her mother was down the road.

“I can’t wait for her to read all the journal entries from people on the blog,” she wrote earlier this year. “People will tell her the stories about how much her mommy loves her.” The blog also served as an example of remaining positive through trying times. “Can you believe I won’t know the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Parenthood?” Thomas joked in a separate post. “UGH. Now, that sucks. Hopefully they know these things in Heaven.”

In addition to Niomi, Thomas is survived by her husband Gary, who had taken to maintaining her CaringBridge journal for her earlier this week. “We were all with her holding her hands and telling her how much we loved her as she fought so hard for her last few breaths,” read the latest entry, posted earlier today. “She died with dignity and grace as she had lived her life.” READ FULL STORY

Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman dies at age 70

Lee Dorman, the bassist for psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at age 70.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Gail Krause says Dorman was found dead in a vehicle Friday morning. A coroner’s investigation is under way, but foul play is not suspected.

Krause said Dorman may have been on his way to a doctor’s appointment when he died.

Iron Butterfly was formed and rose to prominence in the late 1960s. Its second album, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” sold more than 30 million copies, according to the band’s website. The title track’s distinctive notes have been featured in numerous films and TV shows including “The Simpsons,” ”That ’70s Show” and in the series finale of “Rescue Me.”
Douglas Lee Dorman was born in September 1942 and had been living in Laguna Nigel, a coastal city in Southern California, when he died.

A message sent through the band’s website was not immediately returned.

Friends and family gather for Jenni Rivera's memorial

Jenni Rivera’s “celestial graduation” was marked by festive music, heartfelt speeches in Spanish and English and passionate chants of “Jen-ni! Jen-ni!”

Rivera’s children and famed singers Olga Tanon and Joan Sebastian performed during the nearly 2 ½-hour Christian-themed memorial service Wednesday at the Gibson Amphitheatre, where thousands of fans gathered to salute the “Diva de la Banda” who died in a plane crash Dec. 9.

One fan, Veronika Flores, drove nearly eight hours from her home in Woodland, Calif., near Sacramento, to be united with other fans at the service.

“I just came to say goodbye to a Latina woman, La Gran Senora,” she said, invoking the name of one of Rivera’s most beloved songs.

Mexican singers Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel and actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Kate del Castillo were also among the guests at Wednesday’s service. READ FULL STORY

Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies at 92

With an instrument perplexing to most Westerners, Ravi Shankar helped connect the world through music. The sitar virtuoso hobnobbed with the Beatles, became a hippie musical icon and spearheaded the first rock benefit concert as he introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over a nearly century-long career.

From George Harrison to John Coltrane, from Yehudi Menuhin to David Crosby, his connections reflected music’s universality, though a gap persisted between Shankar and many Western fans. Sometimes they mistook tuning for tunes, while he stood aghast at displays like Jimi Hendrix’s burning guitar.

Shankar died Tuesday at age 92. A statement on his website said he died in San Diego, near his Southern California home. The musician’s foundation issued a statement saying that he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also confirmed Shankar’s death and called him a “national treasure.”

Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio remembers her friend, 'Voice' costar Jenni Rivera

The tragic news of Jenni Rivera’s death this weekend inspired an outpouring of fond remembrances and condolences, with everyone from Pitbull to Carson Daly paying their respects to the late singer. Among those impacted by the loss was fellow Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio, who got to know Rivera personally during their time together on The Voice Mexico. As a farewell to her fallen friend, Rubio was kind enough to write us a touching tribute to Rivera, which you can read below:


Singer Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash

Sad news from Mexico: Authorities confirmed Sunday that Jenni Rivera, a popular Mexican-American singer and mother of five, was killed in a plane crash early Sunday morning. Rivera was 43. The Learjet’s wreckage was discovered in northern Mexico Sunday afternoon; People reports that there were no survivors among its seven crew members and passengers, including Rivera’s publicist, lawyer, and makeup artist.

Rivera, known as “La Diva de la Banda,” was born in Long Beach, Calif. and released her first studio album in 2003. She has sold over 15 million albums, according to her website, and recently won a pair of Billboard Mexican Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year. This year, she appeared in Filly Brown, a film about a young Mexican hip-hop artist that played at the Sundance Film Festival. Rivera starred in I Love Jenni, a reality show airing on Telemundo’s mun2, as well. And earlier this month, ABC began developing a multi-camera comedy called Jenni that was to star the fallen singer, according to Deadline.


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