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Conductor John Eliot Gardiner quits the choir and orchestra he founded after musician assault claim

Jul. 24, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Renowned British conductor John Eliot Gardiner said Wednesday he is quitting the orchestra he has led for six decades, almost a year after he allegedly hit a singer backstage after a concert. Gardiner said he was stepping down as leader and artistic director of the...

John Mayall, tireless and influential British blues pioneer, dies at 90

Jul. 24, 2024 10:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — John Mayall, the British blues musician whose influential band the Bluesbreakers was a training ground for Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood and many other superstars, has died. He was 90. A statement on Mayall's Instagram page announced his death Tuesday, saying the...

Dan Aykroyd revisits the Blues Brothers' remarkable legacy in new Audible Original

Jul. 23, 2024 11:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The shades are on, the skinny tie is knotted and the fedora is perched just so — Dan Aykroyd is ready to look back. The actor-comedian is revving up the Bluesmobile to reminisce about the years he teamed up with John Belushi as the Blues Brothers, taking Hollywood...

Today in History: July 23, the 1967 Detroit riot begins

Jul. 23, 2024 00:10 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 23, the 205th day of 2024. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 23, 1967, the first of five days of deadly rioting erupted in Detroit as an early morning police raid on an...

Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, last of the original Four Tops, is dead at 88

Jul. 22, 2024 16:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the last surviving original member of the beloved Motown group the Four Tops that was known for such hits as “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” and “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” has died at age 88. Fakir died Monday of heart failure at...

Music Review: Canadian trio Wild Rivers' elegant harmonies soar on new album, 'Never Better'

Jul. 22, 2024 15:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Canadian folk-pop trio Wild Rivers takes the name of its new album from the opening cut, “Never Better," but the implied assertion is at least debatable. The band's last full album, “Sidelines," landed in 2022 as a no-skip masterpiece, combining memorable, original...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 28-Aug. 3

Jul. 22, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 28-Aug. 3: July 28: Cartoonist Jim Davis (“Garfield”) is 79. Actor Linda Kelsey (“Lou Grant”) is 78. Singer Jonathan Edwards is 78. Actor Sally Struthers is 77. Drummer Simon Kirke of Bad Company is 75. Guitarist Steve Morse of Deep...

89-year-old comedian recovering after she was randomly punched on New York street

Jul. 20, 2024 21:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An 89-year-old comedian is recovering after being randomly punched and knocked to the ground while waiting to cross a street in New York earlier this month. D’yan Forest said she had just stopped at a coffee shop and was heading to a swimming pool when someone...

Cheng Pei-pei, martial arts actor who starred in 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' dies at age 78

Jul. 19, 2024 05:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Cheng Pei-pei, a Chinese-born martial arts film actor who starred in Ang Lee’s "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” has died, her family announced Friday. She was 78. Cheng, who had been diagnosed with a rare illness with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease,...

Comedian Bob Newhart, deadpan master of sitcoms and telephone monologues, dies at 94

Jul. 18, 2024 21:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Newhart, the deadpan accountant-turned-comedian who became one of the most popular TV stars of his time after striking gold with a classic comedy album, has died at 94. Jerry Digney, Newhart's publicist, says the actor died Thursday in Los Angeles after a...