UNDATED (AP) — Stevie Wonder knows basketball talent when he sees it — even if he can’t literally see it. Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins was fond of remembering that it was Wonder who gave him his nickname “Chocolate Thunder.” Dawkins has passed away. He was 58 years old — and in a recent interview, he took pride in the fact that Wonder gave him the nickname after sensing that Dawkins had such unique talents on the basketball court.
Andy Grammer – “Dancing With the Stars”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andy Grammer will be hitting the hardwood floor for the next season of “Dancing With the Stars.” Entertainment Weekly reports the singer will be part of the new cast for the show, which kicks off on Sept. 14. Grammer is no stranger to the ABC broadcast. Last season, he was a musical guest on the show.
Bob Dylan – Mural
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It’s not quite a village. But it is taking a fairly large team of artists to raise up a mural honoring Bob Dylan. It’s being done in downtown Minneapolis, where artists are starting to paint what will become a 60-foot tall, 150-foot wide portrait of Dylan. The artwork is being done as part of an effort to revitalize downtown Minneapolis by creating a cultural district.
Bob Dylan – Auction
LONDON (AP) — Another set of lyrics to a Bob Dylan classic song is going up for sale. This time, it’s the draft lyrics to the song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” — and Sotheby’s says the manuscript is expected to bring in between $235,000 and $314,000 when it’s put up for bids Sept. 29 in London. The auction house says Dylan typed the lyrics and made edits on the page in ink as he toiled away on the song in a room above a New York City folk club in 1962. Dylan’s lyrics have fetched big bucks before. The final handwritten lyrics to the same song went for $485,000. And a draft of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for $2 million.
Neil Young Duets with Jimmy Fallon
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Young does a great Jimmy Fallon impersonation. Or was it the other way around? It was hard to tell at times last night, as Fallon had the veteran rock star on “The Tonight Show.” After the first commercial break, Young was introduced — and the TV audience saw a performer on a stool, wearing a large hat, a harmonica around his neck and strumming a guitar. It was Fallon, performing “Old Man.” Eventually, Young joined Fallon and they finished the tune together. Young also performed with The Roots — the show’s house band — to close out the show.
Musicians Set to Help Stephen Colbert Kick Off Show
NEW YORK (AP) — Recently Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters helped end the run of some top TV hosts. And now that he’s taking over one of those franchises, Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR’) is calling on some musical big guns to get the ball rolling. Kendrick Lamar and Toby Keith are among the performers lined up for the first weeks of “The Late Show” when Colbert takes the reins on Sept. 8. Lamar will get a bonus turn; he’ll both perform and be interviewed by the host. Also performing in that first week will be Troubled Waters — and they will also get the interview treatment from Colbert.
Aretha Franklin Considers Opening Entertainment Venue
DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin would like to open a high-end club for dining and dancing in Detroit. Franklin tells WWJ-AM she loves how Detroit is enjoying a renaissance and she wants to be part of it. She says she’s considering opening an entertainment venue that includes fine food, a nightclub and a museum. Franklin says she’s found a potential location in downtown Detroit and she’ll announce details later.
Gene Simmons – Investigation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a task force investigating Internet crimes against children has served a search warrant at the home of Kiss member Gene Simmons. But authorities say neither Simmons nor anyone in his family is suspected in the case. A LAPD spokesman says the warrant was served yesterday at the Simmons home in Benedict Canyon near Beverly Hills — but the detectives involved are emphasizing that both Simmons and his family were “extremely cooperative” — and none of them is suspected of a crime. Police would give no further comment on the investigation. Simmons is 65 and has been a central member of Kiss since the early 1970s.
Cincinnati Reds Sponsor Grateful Dead Night
CINCINNATI (AP) — Major League Baseball is embracing the Grateful Dead. The Cincinnati Reds will sponsor Grateful Dead Night on Sept. 4. The team will give away figurines based on the Dead’s dancing bears logo and shoot off fireworks with Dead music as the soundtrack. The San Francisco Giants held Grateful Dead Night last week.
Patti Smith Pays Tribute to “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”
UNDATED (AP) — Patti Smith has sung about racism, religion, politics — and now Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad. Sunday’s series finale of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” features Smith’s stark tribute to the cartoon. A preview of the song can be found on YouTube.
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