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Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died

Jan. 19, 2019 10:34 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82. Friend and fellow Nashville Cats session musician David Briggs said Young died Thursday at...

Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album

Jan. 18, 2019 8:35 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, "Ronnie Milsap: The...

Effervescent 'Hello, Dolly!' icon Carol Channing mourned

Jan. 15, 2019 5:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tributes from stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler poured in to honor the life and career of Carol Channing, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway and...

Publicist: Broadway legend Carol Channing dies at age 97

Jan. 15, 2019 7:27 AM EST
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Publicist: Broadway legend Carol Channing dies at age 97.

Van Morrison sings at friend's funeral in Northern Ireland

Jan. 14, 2019 12:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Van Morrison has performed one of his best-loved songs at the funeral of his longtime friend, the historian and politician Ian Adamson. Morrison sang "Into the Mystic" — one of his most mysterious, evocative songs — at Adamson's funeral Monday at Conlig Presbyterian Church in...

Filmmaker Jo Andres, wife of actor Steve Buscemi, dies at 64

Jan. 13, 2019 8:20 PM EST

Jo Andres, a filmmaker and choreographer married to actor Steve Buscemi, has died. She was 64. Andres was married to Buscemi for more than three decades. Buscemi's representative, Staci Wolfe, confirmed Andres' death to The Associated Press on Sunday. Wolfe did not respond to questions about the date or cause of...

Shirley Boone, wife of Pat Boone and philanthropist, dies

Jan. 13, 2019 7:47 AM EST

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Shirley Boone, the longtime wife of singer Pat Boone as well as a philanthropist, has died. She was 84. She passed away on Friday surrounded by her four daughters, Cherry, Lindy, Debby and Laury, who sang to her, Milt Suchin, Pat Boone's manager, said in a statement. Shirley...

Joe Gibbs' eldest son dies at 49 from neurological disease

Jan. 12, 2019 4:54 PM EST

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — J.D. Gibbs, eldest son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, was remembered as the visionary behind the stellar career of several NASCAR stars following his death from complications a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49. Joe Gibbs Racing...

Humble Pacific island movie star Mungau Dain dies in mid-20s

Jan. 11, 2019 12:33 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Mungau Dain had never considered acting before he starred in the Oscar-nominated film "Tanna." He got the role because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. They would later describe him as their...

Jeanne Augier, French Riviera luxury hotel owner, dies at 95

Jan. 9, 2019 8:16 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Jeanne Augier, the millionaire owner of a luxury French Riviera hotel appreciated by celebrities and royalty, has died at 95. The Hotel Negresco in Nice announced Wednesday that Augier died on Monday. It said she took over the hotel in 1957 and worked to "extend its influence throughout France...