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Friday’s best TV: Rock’n’roll Guns for Hire; Top of the Lake

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The unsung heroes behind some of pop’s greatest songs share their war stories – and a timely repeat of Jane Campion’s darkly mesmerising crime drama

“We’re ghosts at the top table,” says David Bowie’s former guitarist Earl Slick, who narrates this study of the ego-quashing men and women who flank the stars. Highlights include Otis Redding’s guitarist Steve Cropper playing a soulful version of Dock of the Bay, which he co-wrote, and Prince and the Revolution’s Wendy and Lisa – exceptional talents in their own right – demonstrating what they brought to Purple Rain. Ali Catterall

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For William Bell, a Grammy Is a Lifetime in the Making

For William Bell, a Grammy Is a Lifetime in the Making
2017 is William Bell’s 60th year in the music industry. He’s 77 years old. Cream, the Byrds and Linda Ronstadt have recorded his songs. And this year, he’s up for his first Grammys.

Strangely, they’re in what could be considered opposing categories — American and traditional R&B — but it makes sense for Bell, who never quite fit into easy categories. Performer, songwriter, producer — Bell has done it all.

Born William Henry Yarborough in Memphis on July 16, 1939, Bell, like a lot of soul singers from his era, first started singing in church when he was just 8 years old. He
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Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi's Widow Plot Animated 'Blues Brothers' Show

Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi's Widow Plot Animated 'Blues Brothers' Show
Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, widow of John Belushi, are rebooting The Blues Brothers as a primetime animated series, which they'll begin to pitch to networks and TV platforms this month, Deadline reports.

Aykroyd and Belushi co-created the series with original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, while the animation is being handled by Bento Box Entertainment (Bob's Burgers). Episodes will focus on the adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues and their band, and feature a bevy of soul, blues and R&B hits performed by the Blues Brothers, along
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Blues Brothers Animated Series Is Happening with Dan Aykroyd

Blues Brothers Animated Series Is Happening with Dan Aykroyd
The Blues Brothers are back! And this time, Jake Blues lives! Yes, Blues Brothers originator Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's widow Judy have teamed up with Bento Box Entertainment (the company behind Bob's Burgers) for a new half-hour animated prime time comedy adventure series, which will be shopped to various TV networks starting this month. Maybe most exciting is the fact that the music in the show will take precedence over the action and comedy.

The Blues Brothers series was co-created and will be executive produced by original Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Emmy-winning original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts. Each half-hour will be devoted to the music, mayhem and comedy first seen in the original 1980 movie and its 1998 sequel. Jake and Elwood Blues will reunite with their infamous Blues Brothers band, taking their act on the road. Their home base will still be Chicago, with soul,
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‘Soul Train’ And Steve Cropper Deals Show There’s Money In Sweet Soul Music

This is a good day for fans of soul and R&B music — and the business people behind it. Two unrelated deals suggest that we’ll hear a lot more of the classics from the 1960s and ’70s. Viacom’s Bet Networks says it bought Soul Train, a library of 1,100 television episodes and 40 television specials. And Primary Wave Music Publishing forged a publishing partnership with Steve Cropper, the legendary Stax Records guitarist, producer, songwriter known for hits including Wilson…
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Miranda Lambert Honored With a Star on Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame

Miranda Lambert Honored With a Star on Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame
Miranda Lambert got herself a star! The country singer was among four iconic crooners who were honored with a star in Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame earlier today. Lambert's former tour buddy and fellow country star Dierks Bentley presented her with the tribute during the induction ceremony in downtown Nashville this afternoon. Also among those honored were the legendary Johnny Cash, former Grand Ole Opry General Manager Bud Wendell and songwriter, producer and guitarist Steve Cropper. Recipients of these stars are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song of other industry...
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Inside John Belushi's Long Lost Punk Song With Fear

Inside John Belushi's Long Lost Punk Song With Fear
For years, Lee Ving, the vocalist and leader of impish punk bruisers Fear, has been teasing the release of a song the group recorded with John Belushi in 1981. He's finally putting out the tune — the appropriately snotty-sounding "Neighbors," which was supposed to accompany the Belushi movie of the same name — digitally on Halloween and as a special seven-inch in November. But even before the decades-long wait for its release, the origins of the recording were steeped in strife.

The SNL actor became a fan of Fear after catching them on the L.
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Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Fest Hails 2013 as Year of the Comeback

After 2013′s great musical comebacks from the likes of David Bowie, Elton John and Paul McCartney, I’ve been listening pretty much non-stop to an album that came out in 2013′s last quarter under the auspices of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival 2013. It was recorded in April of last year and features among others, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, the Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Steve Cropper and Vince Gill. ...Read More
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Which Elvis Presley song will the public dub the King's best?

ITV are revealing the nation's favourite Elvis Presley song. Chances are the best tracks will be sadly overlooked

When ITV announced the nation's favourite Abba songs a few years back – The Day Before You Came, Dancing Queen and, top of the pile, the Bergman-like cleave of The Winner Takes It All – the general public and rock critics were as one. For a number of reasons, it seems unlikely that this will be the case when The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song is announced this weekend.

This is partly down to the sometimes peculiar choices of songs for singles throughout the King's career, the seven-inch single being the format which – in the pre-Beatles world – was the main way that pop was absorbed. Don't Be Cruel was cast adrift on the b-side of Hound Dog, Leiber and Stoller's luscious Loving You lost on the flip of child-friendly Teddy Bear, while the likes of Suspicion,
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Jody Rosen’s Songs of the Week: Elvis Costello and the Roots, AlunaGeorge, and Bonnie McKee

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Jody Rosen’s Songs of the Week: Elvis Costello and the Roots, AlunaGeorge, and Bonnie McKee
Elvis Costello and the Roots, “Walk Us Uptown” Elvis Costello has always thrived in the company of a fierce backing group, and if anyone can match the slashing attack of the late, lamented Attractions, it's the Roots. The first taste of Wise Up Ghost, the E.C.-Roots album that arrives in September, folds a whole lot of history into its three-plus minutes — what else would you expect from a Costello-Questlove collaboration, a summit meeting of pop’s biggest nerd-connoisseurs? There's dub; there’s New Orleans funk (listen to the horns); there’s some wonderful Steve Cropper–style guitar playing; there are menacing organ lines that nod to garage rock, and to Costello’s old keyboard ninja, Steve Nieve; there’s some vaguely psychedelic clatter that you may as well just call hip-hop. The groove is a monster, but “Walk Us Uptown” isn’t just funky, it’s smart — a song calibrated for optimal punch,
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TV highlights 31/05/2013

  • The Guardian - TV News
Odi Cricket: England v New Zealand | Unreported World | Modern Family | The Time Traveller's Guide To Elizabethan England | Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican Live | Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador | Henry Ford | Not Going Out

Odi Cricket: England v New Zealand

10.30am, Sky Sports 1

Without the World Cup or Olympics to overshadow their exploits, England's occasionally brilliant cricketers take centrestage this summer. This three-match one-day series serves as a warm-up both for June's Icc Champions Trophy – a tournament England have never won – and the subsequent visit of Australia. Chief walloper Kevin "Kp" Pietersen is ruled out through injury, so the onus is on Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to provide the middle-order aggression. Sam Richards

Unreported World

7.30pm, Channel 4

This week, in the last of the current series of the excellent Unreported World, it's to Rio de Janeiro for reporter Seyi Rhodes to lift the lid on the
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Justin Timberlake leads President Obama in a sing-along at White House

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No one's ever considered Justin Timberlake timid, but when he took the stage at the White House to participate in the "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul" show on Tuesday night (April 9), he proved he had no fear by ordering the crowd, President Barack Obama included, to sing along.

The "Suit & Tie" singer joined forces with 71-year-old guitarist Steve Cropper to perform "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay," and during the silky smooth number, Timberlake asked that the President take it away. "Mr. President, everyday, come on," he said, as the crowd, President Obama and the first family included, sang the chorus.

The evening, which will air on PBS, celebrated the music of Memphis in the '60s, involving soul-inspired performers like Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones and the Alabama Shakes.

Before he was grooving on stage, Timberlake joined Staples, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite and Sam Moore
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President Obama Sings Along to Justin Timberlake's Performance of "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay"

A celebration of Memphis soul music occurred at the White House yesterday and ended with a star-studded concert that included Mavis Staples and Alabama Shakes as well as Booker T. Jones and Justin Timberlake. “Let’s face it, who does not love this music?” President Obama said when opening the event. “These songs get us on the dance floor. They get stuck in our heads. We go back over them again and again. And they’ve played an important part in our history.” Queen Latifah, Steve Cropper, William Bell, Ben Harper, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore and Charlie Musselwhite also performed...
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Justin Timberlake performs at White House

Justin Timberlake performed for Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House last night (09.04.13). The 'Mirrors' hitmaker topped the bill for the Us President's celebration of soul music from Memphis, Tennessee - the singer's hometown - at the latest 'In Performance at the White House' concert, performing alongside the likes of soul legend Booker T. Jones, Queen Latifah and Cyndi Lauper. The 32-year-old star serenaded the couple and a private audience in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. with a cover of Otis Redding's '(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay', while Steve Cropper, who wrote the song along with Otis, looked on and appeared to be impressed by the crooner's take on the soulful
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Bassist Donald 'Duck' Dunn dead at 70

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Donald "Duck" Dunn, legendary bassist and a member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, is dead at 70. According to a message posted to his website by fellow musician Steve Cropper, Dunn died in his sleep in Tokyo.

"Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live," writes Cropper.

Dunn was in Japan for a series of shows and a spokeswoman for Tokyo Blue Note -- the last venue he played -- confirmed to USA Today that Dunn died early on Sunday (May 13).

In addition to his work with the Stax house band Booker T. and the MGs, Dunn played with scads of top shelf musicians, including Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart. He was given the nickname "Duck" as a child when he and his
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Booker T and MGs Bassist Dunn Dies

Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, has died in Tokyo. He was 70. Dunn was in Tokyo for a series of shows. News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep. A spokeswoman for Tokyo Blue Note, the last venue Dunn played, confirmed he died alone early today. She had no further details. Dunn, who was...
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Bruce Springsteen Bares His Soul at Harlem’s Apollo Theater

Bruce Springsteen Bares His Soul at Harlem’s Apollo Theater
Getty Images Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform during SiriusXM’s concert celebrating 10 years of satellite radio at The Apollo Theater on March 9, 2012 in New York City.

Last night at the Apollo Theater, Bruce Springsteen, along with his expanded E Street Band, prepped for a U.S. and European tour with a performance that reminded the audience that his four-decade career is built in part on a passion for African-American music – raucous Memphis R&B in his formative
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PBS' White House Blues: Video previews and Song List (Videos)

Tune in alert and preview for the broadcast song list for "In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues," which premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. Et on PBS. Below watch Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and Gary Clark Jr. Perform "Five Long Years" President Obama Sings "Sweet Home Chicago"Gary Clark Jr. Playing "Catfish Blues" In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues Broadcast Program Song List Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. Et on PBS Hosted by Taraji P. Henson While President Obama Enters the East RoomHouse Band: .Green Onions. (written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewis Steinberg and Al Jackson, Jr.) 1. All-Cast Open: .Let the Good Times Roll.
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Rock Hall 2012: No Sting or Bon Jovi

HollywoodNews.com: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has issued its list of nominees for 2012, and it’s a doozy. No Sting or Bon Jovi, but plenty of stale weirdness. Among the oddest choices: new wave pop group The Cure, rappers The Beastie Boys, and Eric B. and Rakim, and disco queen Donna Summer. On the holdover list from ballots past: Donovan (who’d have gotten in 25 years ago if anyone would vote for him), the deceased Laura Nyro (who makes almost every ballot just for kicks), Freddie King. The Spinners–well, they’ve waited so long there almost are no Spinners; Rufus with Chaka Khan–a strange choice; War– a good choice, and then a clutch of middling rockers: Heart, Guns ‘N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and one stand out–Joan Jett.

There’s also the oddest one: The Small Faces/The Faces, which was probably chosen
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The Blues Brothers Becomes a TV Series

The Blues Brothers Becomes a TV Series
The Blues Brothers are heading to the small screen in a new series penned by John Belushi's widow Judith Belushi-Pisano and Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts. The pilot script is currently being shopped to various Networks.

The Blues Brothers musical duo of Jake and Elwood Blues, made famous by their appearances on SNL and in two feature films, will be recast, with the series taking place just after they both get out of jail. The main plot of the entire series will revolve around Elwood searching for his real father. No casting decisions have been made at this time.

While Universal owns the film rights to the property, Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi-Pisano share the television rights. Dan Aykroyd will only appear on the show via his voice, taking on the unseen role of Jake and Elwood's parole officer.

Judith Belushi-Pisano had this to say about taking on this venture.
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