NEW YORK (AP) — What was planned as a tribute concert to David Bowie has now become a memorial concert. New York’s Carnegie Hall had planned to host a concert featuring Bowie’s music with acts like Cyndi Lauper, Perry Farrell, Ann Wilson of Heart and The Roots on March 31. The concert’s website says the timing of the tickets going on sale is “bizarre” and the show is taking on many more emotions now.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Natalie Cole was remembered as a loyal friend and a worthy successor to her famous father’s legacy. A music-filled funeral was held yesterday in Los Angeles. The daughter of Nat King Cole had carved out her own Grammy Award-winning legacy during a 40-year career. Among the several hundred mourners were singers Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. Natalie Cole died New Year’s Eve at age 65 of pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure.
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.
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.