Rhythm & Blues Foundation

  1. Etta James Funeral and Memorial Details Released

    January 24, 2012 8:00 PM EST Famed rhythm and blues singer Etta James died Jan. 20, five days away from her 74 birthday after battling leukemia, dementia and hepatitis C. On Tuesday, it was announced that a public viewing would be held at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, ...

  2. MusicFirst Coalition Lobbies Congress On Performance Right

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a move to bolster its campaign to get Congress to pass the Performance Right Act, which calls for artists and master rights owners to be compensated when their songs are played on terrestrial radio, the musicFirst coalition visited the halls of ...

  3. R&B Briefs: Howard Hewett, The Whispers, Avant, Syleena

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Singer Howard Hewett is releasing a holiday album through Koch-distributed Groove Records: the aptly titled “Christmas” (Oct. 14). George Duke produced and co-wrote the original tune “That’s Christmas” with Hewett, as well as produced “O Come All ...

  4. Wayne Brady Tunes Up the Music

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There's one thing Emmy-winning entertainer Wayne Brady wants people to know about his debut album, "A Long Time Coming" (Peak Records/Concord Music Group, Sept. 16). It's not a vanity project. "This isn't like [comedi ...

  5. R&B Foundation Kicks Off Gala Weekend

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Rhythm & Blues Foundation kicks off its 20th anniversary celebration this weekend with a series of events in Philadelphia. It all leads up to the foundation's annual Pioneer Awards on Sept. 9 at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. ...

  6. R&B Briefs: Will Downing, Pioneer Awards, Aretha Franklin

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Singer/songwriter Will Downing will perform on the national broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. He will appear live via remote from New York. The performance marks a milestone for Downing. Bedridden for almost a year with the d ...

  7. R&B Foundation Sets Stage For 20th Pioneer Awards

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chaka Khan, Bill Withers, Kool & the Gang and the Funk Brothers are among the legendary acts who will be honored at the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s 20th anniversary Pioneer Awards. The ceremony will take place Sept. 9 in Philadelphia at th ...

  8. R&B Singer Ruth Brown Dies

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Atlantic signed star charted 24 singles. Ruth Brown, the vivacious R&B singer whose early hits established Atlantic Records, has died of complications following a stroke and a heart attack in Henderson, Nev. She was 78. Brown, who died Friday ...

  9. R&B Singer Ruth Brown Dies

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ruth Brown, the vivacious R&B singer whose early hits established Atlantic Records, has died of complications following a stroke and a heart attack in Henderson, Nev. She was 78. Ruth Brown, the vivacious R&B singer whose early hits es ...

  10. BMI's Baird Dies

    August 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT She was 59. Patricia Baird, BMI assistant VP, corporate relations, died yesterday (Aug. 21) in New York after a long fight with cancer. She was 59. During a career that spanned more than 35 years, Baird had become a well-known and respected journa ...

  11. Rhythm & Blues

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Awards will be back in 2006 and the foundation is slated to open new headquarters in Philadelphia in three to six months. Read Gail Mitchell's column. The Rhythm & Blues Foundation' ...