1. Veteran Music Publishing Exec Al Kohn Dies at 96

    April 05, 2015 10:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Al Kohn , a big band music arranger, a music publishing executive and an author, has died of natural causes in Encino, Calif. He was 96. Kohn, who grew up in the Bronx, had a successful career as a big band arranger for such musical giants as Irving ...

  2. Neil Patrick Harris Happy For a 'Kanye Moment' at the Oscars

    February 18, 2015 11:20 PM EST Neil Patrick Harris might use his job as Oscar host as a way to meet his favorite stars. "I have, essentially, an all-access pass to the theater," Harris said during a recent interview. "So I love being able to stand there and say ...

  3. Pete Bennett, Legendary Promotion Man for Beatles, Stones, Many More, Dead at 77

    November 27, 2012 4:44 PM EST Pete Bennett -- the promotion man who famously worked with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Steven Tyler, Sam Cooke and many others -- died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day. He was 77. Born May 11, 1935 in the Bronx, Bennett was be ...

  4. Kaye Stevens, Singer-Actress, Dies at 79

    December 30, 2011 10:55 AM EST 0 0 0 Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. Close friend Gerry Schweitzer confirmed that Stevens ...

  5. Beryl Davis, Big Band Singer, Dies at 87

    November 01, 2011 11:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 British-born big band singer Beryl Davis , who made her U.S. debut on Bob Hope's radio show and later performed with Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman, has died in Los Angeles at 87. Family spokesman Greg Purdy tells the Los Angeles Times she die ...

  6. The Squeeze: Q&A with Charlie Wilson

    February 17, 2011 1:38 PM EST 0 0 0 Charlie Wilson is on his way to Iraq today (Feb. 18) to perform for the troops for the third year in a row. But the former The Gap Band member, who is mostly known to this generation for his collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Kanye West ...

  7. Morrissey Touring North America This Spring

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The outing begins April 28 in Stockton, Calif., and has dates on the books through a June 30 show at New York's Madison Square Garden. As expected , Morrissey will tour North America this spring in support of his 2006 album, "Ringleader of ...

  8. Billboard Bits: Tony Bennett, UME, All Tomorrow's Parties

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The star-studded Tony Bennett special, "An American Classic," will air Nov. 21 on NBC. The star-studded Tony Bennett special, "An American Classic," will air Nov. 21 on NBC. As previously reported , the program finds Bennett perf ...

  9. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Conway Twitty, Beverley Knight, song credits and more. THE GREATNESS OF KING GEORGE Dear Fred, I'm extremely excited about seeing George Strait capture the record for most-ever Billboard country No. 1s all to himsel ...

  10. Top Stars Sign On For Bennett TV Special

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tony Bennett will celebrate his 80th birthday in style -- with a star-studded music special on NBC to be directed and executive produced by "Chicago" helmer Rob Marshall. Tony Bennett will celebrate his 80th birthday in style -- with a sta ...

  11. 'Tonight Show' Bandleader Henderson Dies

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Skitch Henderson, the Grammy-winning conductor who lent his musical expertise to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby before founding the New York Pops and becoming the first "Tonight Show" bandleader, died Skitch Henderson, the Grammy-winning co ...

  12. Stewart Singing Standards One Last Time

    September 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rod Stewart surrounds himself with another top-shelf cast of collaborators on "Thanks for the Memory... The Great American Songbook: Volume IV," his fourth album of standards. Due Oct. 18 via J, the s Rod Stewart surrounds himself with ano ...

  13. Marley, Stones Recordings Join Grammy Hall

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry," the Rolling Stones' "Let It Bleed" album and Ray Charles' rendition of "America the Beautiful" are among the latest additions to the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of ...

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson discusses Duran Duran, chart policies, commercial singles, veteran artists and Bob Hope. IS THERE SOMETHING HE SHOULD KNOW? Mr. Bronson, I understand most of the rules and regulations regarding charts, but one recent release has me stum ...

  15. Bob Hope Dead At 100

    July 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary entertainer Bob Hope has died at the age of 100, a family spokesperson said today (July 28). Hope died of pneumonia last night in Los Angeles at 9:28 p.m. with his family at his side, spokes Legendary entertainer Bob Hope has died at the a ...

  16. Opera Star Placido Domingo Knighted

    October 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Opera singer Placido Domingo received an honorary knighthood at the British embassy in Washington, D.C., yesterday (Oct. 14) for his contributions to music and his charity work in England and around t Opera singer Placido Domingo received an honorar ...

  17. Las Vegas Entertainers Stage USO Benefit

    November 12, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Las Vegas resort entertainers made music and magic together for the first time yesterday (Nov. 11) during a sold-out benefit for the United Service Organizations (USO). "People think Las Vegas is hear Las Vegas resort entertainers made music an ...

  18. Big-Band Leader Les Brown Dies

    January 08, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Les Brown, whose Band of Renown scored a No. 1 hit with "Sentimental Journey" during America's big-band era, has died of lung cancer. He was 88. Brown died Thursday night at his home surrounded by his Les Brown, whose Band of Renown s ...