NEW YORK (AP) — David Bowie was a lot of things during a musical career that spanned five decades. But one thing he never was: boring. The singer has died. His rep says Bowie has lost his battle with cancer — and at the end, he died “peacefully” and surrounded by his family. He had been ill for 18 months. Bowie changed his musical style as often and drastically as he would change his look. He turned 69 on Friday — the same day he released a new album called “Blackstar.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — One of the big players in the Chicago blues scene has died. Otis Clay died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday at the age of 73, according to his daughter. Clay’s best-known song is “Trying To Live My Life Without You” from 1972, which Bob Seger later turned into a hit. Clay first released a string of gospel-tinged soul records in the 1960s. He never stopped recording and touring and he was nominated for two awards at the Blues Music Awards in May. Clay was also an active player in charity projects in Chicago.
NASHVILLE (AP) — The man who sang “This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)” has died. A family friend says Troy Shondell died Thursday of complications related to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases at a nursing facility in Picayune, Mississippi. He was 76. Shondell hit number 6 with “This Time” in 1961 but never had another top 40 hit. However, his lasting influence may be his name. Tommy James named his band The Shondells after him, and The Ides of March were originally called The Shondels — with one “L” — but changed it after hearing about James’ band.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Adele’s “Live from London” special will air in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day. She’ll perform hits from “25” and her earlier albums on the show, which will air on BBC America.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John will debut his new song in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle on “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.” He will sing “Wonderful Crazy Night” and “Circle of Life” during the ABC special on February 21.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Natalie Cole’s funeral is set for today in Los Angeles. A Cole family representative says Chaka Khan will sing at the service at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, where Cole was once a member. Cole will be buried next to her parents, sister and brother at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in nearby Glendale, California.
NEW YORK (AP) — Natalie Cole died of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension which led to heart failure. What that means is she had a rare lung disease that caused shortness of breath, dizziness and sometimes chest pain, but the exact cause was unknown. Her family said Cole got that diagnosis after her 2009 kidney transplant. She had battled drug problems and hepatitis.
NEW YORK (AP) — B.B. King, Fats Domino and Carole King each will be the subject of in-depth specials on the “American Masters” series on PBS. Loretta Lynn, Janis Joplin and The Highwaymen will also be the subject of “American Masters” documentaries. The series kicks of January 29 with one about director Mike Nichols.
NEW YORK (AP) — For $350, you can own pretty much everything Elvis Presley ever recorded. Legacy Recordings will release the 60-CD set “Elvis Presley: The Album Collection” on March 18. It contains all his studio albums, his live albums, his 17 movie soundtracks, his compilation albums that included non-album hits and the rare RCA Camden “budget” series that had songs Presley recorded for his films that were not included on the soundtracks. It also has three CDs of rare tracks not otherwise included.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Monkees will mark their 50th anniversary this year by re-releasing their cereal box singles. Four limited edition “cereal box” cardboard records will feature “Last Train to Clarksville” and previously unreleased TV mixes of “Words,” ”I Never Thought It Peculiar” and “Valleri.” Post Cereals originally offered the one-sided records on the back of its cereal boxes in the late 1960s.