ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Senate has passed a measure to rename a highway after Billy Joel. The bill would rename state route 107 in Oyster Bay, New York, “Billy Joel Boulevard.” Joel grew up in the area, owns a motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay and helps with local causes. The bill is now under consideration by the state Assembly Transportation Committee.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Petty plans to finish what he started with his 1994 “Wildflowers” album. Petty intended to make “Wildflowers” a double album. He will release “Wildflowers — All The Rest” later this year. It is comprised of tracks written and recorded in the early 1990s. The first single, “Somewhere Under Heaven,” can be heard over the end credits of the “Entourage” movie, in theaters today. The song is also available through digital outlets.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grateful Dead are offering a boxed set for the fan with 73 hours to kill. The set “30 Trips Around The Sun” includes 80 discs containing an unreleased live show for each year of the band’s 30-year run. Don’t want to deal with 80 discs? It also comes on a USB drive. A four-CD sampler will also be available. The boxed set sells for just under $700 and will come out September 18.
NEW YORK (AP) — Folk singer Jean Ritchie never had a hit, but her claim to fame is keeping ballads that had been around for centuries from falling into obscurity. Ritchie sang songs she grew up with in Appalachia, including “Old Virginny,” ”One Morning in May,” ”Barbary Allen” and “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.” Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Judy Collins cited her as an influence. She worked with a then-unknown singer named Bob Dylan in the early 1960s and said in 2008 she found Dylan to be “friendly” but he had “a weird way of singing.” Ritchie died at her home in Berea, Kentucky, on Monday at the age of 92.
LONDON (AP) — Costume designer Julie Harris used to say she was one of the few people who can claim to have seen all four Beatles naked. Harris did the costumes for the films “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help.” She died Saturday at a London hospital after suffering from a chest infection at the age of 94. Harris also worked on “Live and Let Die,” ”Casino Royale” and “The Great Muppet Caper.”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads are now honorary doctors. They were each given honorary Ph.D.s over the weekend from the Rhode Island School of Design. They met as students there 44 years ago.
INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Stevie Wonder says B.B. King will “forever be the king of the blues.” The tribute to his fellow musician was one of the many featured at King’s funeral this past Saturday. Wonder didn’t attend; his recorded statement was played to the congregation at a church in King’s hometown, Indianola, Mississippi. Country singer Marty Stuart also paid tribute to King, saying he had created a musical legacy for the home state they share.
DETROIT (AP) — It’s your chance to live like a music legend. The Detroit mansion once owned by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is for sale. Agent Deborah Smith tells The Associated Press the roughly 10,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance Revival home was listed this week for about $1.3 million. Gordy bought what became known as the “Motown Mansion” in 1967 and lived there a few years before moving to Los Angeles.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — It doesn’t look like Bob Dylan will play this year’s Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island — even though he has a standing invitation to do so. But his presence will be felt. It was at the event 50 years ago that Dylan made rock history — by ditching his acoustic guitar and going electric. The three-song set is seen as one of the key events in rock ‘n’ roll history — because it got other acts to plug in and make new audiences. How big of an event? The Fender Stratocaster Dylan played at Newport was sold at auction for nearly $1 million. It remains the highest price paid for a guitar at auction. The festival runs July 24-26.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Marley has been dead for decades. But his music continues to affect people. That was most recently seen in Baltimore — a city rocked by rioting after a black man died after being taken into police custody. The city’s flagship theater has opened a musical about Marley and the launch came amid the civil unrest. A new scene was added to the production, to incorporate the strife. And earlier this month, the cast of the show took to the streets to do a free concert, featuring Marley’s iconic hit, “One Love.”