1. Ravi Shankar, Sitar Maestro, Dead at 92

    December 11, 2012 11:45 PM EST Ravi Shankar, the master sitar player who earned three Grammys and left an indelible mark on generations of pop influencers including the Beatles, died on Tuesday at a hospital near his home in San Diego, his foundation and record label announced . He was 92. RAVI SHANKAR & FRIENDS •…

  2. Jeff Lynne Q&A: ELO Guru Reboots Old Songs, Preps New Ones

    September 26, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Two Releases on Oct. 9; Plus First Solo Album of New Music in Decades Should Be Ready in 2013 Though he fronted the Electric Light Orchestra since its 1970 inception and was part of the short-lived Traveling Wilburys, Jeff Lynne is primarily a behind-the-scenes figure. The studio has always…

  3. Carole King: 'It Would be Lovely to Retire'

    May 10, 2012 9:26 PM EDT The voice behind dozens of standards like "It's Too Late," ''You've Got a Friend" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" says her music-making days are likely over. Carole King , now a best-selling author, doubts she will ever write another…

  4. Van Dyke Parks, 'SMiLE' Collaborator, Aims to 'Agitate' With Solo Music

    May 08, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Van Dyke Parks' mantra these days is "My greatest victories are ahead of me, not behind." And that's saying something considering the musical track record the composer, arranger, producer and lyricist has amassed to this point. Roman Cho Probably best known as Brian Wilson…

  5. Ringo Starr Wants to 'Save the Rhinos'

    May 02, 2012 9:31 PM EDT Once he sang "I Am the Walrus," but now Ringo Starr is lending his support to another beast. The former Beatle posted a photo of a rhinoceros on his official site with the simple message, "Save the Rhinos." Numerous rhinos are on the endangered species list, putting their…

  6. Another Emerson, Lake & Palmer Reunion? Greg Lake Says Probably Not

    April 11, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 'Working with the band was a little difficult,' Lake says of 2010 reunion Prog rock fans are still buzzing about Emerson, Lake & Palmer 's reunion for the 2010 High Voltage Festival, the trio's first show together since 1998. But even with a new catalog reissue deal…

  7. Who Is Ringo Starr? Trend of Unaware Kids Doesn't Faze Him

    March 16, 2012 8:30 PM EDT As Paul McCartney was rocking the Grammys last month, a slew of people -- we're safely assuming young viewers -- began tweeting the same basic question, "Who is Paul McCartney?" Many even added "the hell" in there in added exasperation. Enough of them did it to make…

  8. Ken Russell, 'Tommy' Director, Dead at 84

    November 28, 2011 2:15 PM EST Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him. The iconoclastic British director, whose death aged 84 was announced…

  9. Kenny Loggins Glows About Newest Musical 'Brother'

    November 10, 2011 2:05 PM EST Hit-making singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins joined country music's biggest party last night, kicking off the 45th annual CMA Awards performing "Footloose" with Blake Shelton, who went on to collect his second consecutive male vocalist of the year trophy. Loggins' current…

  10. Richard Marx: 'The Playboy Club' Felt 'Doomed From the Start'

    October 21, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Richard Marx lost a high-profile gig when NBC canceled "The Playboy Club," for which he was serving as a music producer. But the singer, songwriter and performer -- who racked up eight Top 10 singles between 1987-94 and worldwide sales of more than 30 million -- isn't wanting…

  11. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Archives to Go on Sale

    October 17, 2011 8:56 PM EDT The organization, which will announce its 2011 class of inductees Tuesday, is set to release performances from 1986-2009. The day before it reveals its 27th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2011, Rock Hall and Time Life announced that they have partnered together on two new…

  12. Newly Married Paul McCartney Announces European Tour

    October 10, 2011 2:51 PM EDT He may just have married for the third time, but former Beatle Paul McCartney isn't settling down to a quiet life. Fresh from walking down the aisle with Nancy Shevell, the singer-songwriter has announced plans for an 11-date tour to begin next month. His On The Run tour will play dates…

  13. Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell in London Ceremony

    October 09, 2011 7:20 PM EDT A hint of autumnal Beatlemania was in the air Sunday as Paul McCartney , for the second time in his improbable life, climbed the steps of venerable Old Marylebone Town Hall to take himself a bride. True, thousands of heartbroken female fans crowded the columned building in 1969 when he…

  14. Beatle Love: McCartney & Starr Attend George Harrison Doc Premiere

    October 03, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were on hand yesterday (Oct. 2) to support the premiere of Martin Scorsese's documentary, "George Harrison: Living in the Material World." The Beatles ' two surviving members boosted the launch of Scorsese's doc, screened at London'…

  15. Paul McCartney Picks Wedding Venue: Same as First Marriage

    September 16, 2011 9:30 AM EDT Paul McCartney is set to tie the knot at the venue where he first married more than 40 years ago. Officials said Friday that the former Beatle and fiancee Nancy Shevell have posted a notice of intention to marry at London's Marylebone Register Office. Westminster Council said the notice…

  16. Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks Lead Buddy Holly Tribute Event

    September 08, 2011 10:50 AM EDT An eclectic collection of artists that included Stevie Nicks , members of Cobra Starship , Chris Isaak and Paul Anka saluted Buddy Holly Wednesday on what would have been his 75th birthday in, appropriately enough, Hollywood. Producer, manager and singer Peter Asher organized the Holly…

  17. Ask Billboard: When Kazoos (And Other Unusual Instruments) Ruled Radio

    August 26, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHEN KAZOOS (AND…

  18. The Beatles' First U.S. Concert Photos Earn $360,000 at Auction

    July 21, 2011 11:22 AM EDT In 1964, an enterprising 18-year-old snapped pictures of the Beatles ' momentous first U.S. concert in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, Christie's auction house said it sold 50 silver gelatin prints that the photographer, Mike Mitchell, made from the negatives for $361,938. The images…

  19. Martin Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary Coming to HBO in October

    July 13, 2011 6:30 PM EDT HBO has acquired the North American TV rights to Martin Scorsese's " George Harrison : Living in the Material World," and will air the documentary in two parts on Oct. 5 and 6. In the film, Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his beginnings in Liverpool through his life…

  20. Rock Hall Compiles 'Most Comprehensive Beatles Exhibit in the World'

    July 07, 2011 12:10 PM EDT New relationships with members of the Beatles and their representatives has allowed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland to compile "the most comprehensive, artifact-driven Beatles exhibit in the world," according to Vice President of Exhibitions Jim Henke. Henke…

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