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Monica Lewis, Actress, Singer, Dies at 93

Monica Lewis, a former Benny Goodman vocalist who headlined the very first broadcast of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” was the voice of the popular Chiquita Banana cartoons, clowned opposite Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton and Danny Kaye, and had co-starring roles in such films as “Earthquake,” “Airport 1975” and “The ConcordeAirport ’79,” died on June 12 of natural causes at her apartment in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 93.

Lewis was born in Chicago to a musical family headed by her father Leon Lewis, who was a symphonic composer and conductor. Her mother Jessica sang with the Chicago Opera Company and her sister Barbara was an accomplished classical pianist. Her brother Marlo became head of variety for CBS-tv and created Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” show.

Monica studied voice with her mother from the time she was a toddler, but when the family lost everything during the Depression, they moved to New York to start over.
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Monica Lewis, Actress Who Sang in Chiquita Banana Cartoons, Dies at 93

Monica Lewis, Actress Who Sang in Chiquita Banana Cartoons, Dies at 93
Monica Lewis, a former Benny Goodman vocalist who headlined the very first broadcast of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” was the voice of the popular Chiquita Banana cartoons, clowned opposite Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton and Danny Kaye, and had roles in such films as “Earthquake,” “Airport 1975” and “The ConcordeAirport ’79,” died on June 12 of natural causes at her apartment in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 93.

Lewis was born in Chicago to a musical family. Her father Leon Lewis was a symphonic composer and conductor; her mother Jessica sang with the Chicago Opera Company and her sister Barbara was a classical pianist. Her brother Marlo became head of variety for CBS-tv and created Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” show.

Monica studied voice with her mother from the time she was a toddler, but when the family lost everything during the Depression, they moved to New York to start over.
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Exclusive Interview with Rita Merson for ‘Always Woodstock’

There’s always something magical about Woodstock for all musicians.

Always Woodstock” is a coming of age story for an aspiring singer, Catherine Brown, who was stuck at a dead end job in New York City at a mega music record label. She spends her days as a wrangler for the company’s most difficult star. After she was fired for an incident with the company’s most important talent, she came home to her long-time fiancée in the arms of another woman. It triggered a change for her to move back home to Woodstock where she meets a handsome doctor, Noah, and writes music with the help of a local musical legend Lee Ann. As she starts to learn about love again, she realizes that becoming successful means becoming your true self first.

The film has a good well known cast with Allison Miller (“Selfie”), James Wolk (“Mad Men
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Hear a Moody Take on Dylan's 'Boots of Spanish Leather' From 'Sons of Anarchy'

Hear a Moody Take on Dylan's 'Boots of Spanish Leather' From 'Sons of Anarchy'
The Forest Rangers previously offered up a fiery take on Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" – but with their latest Dylan cover tune, 1964's "Boots of Spanish Leather," the Sons of Anarchy house band employs a hazier, more restrained approach. The recording (featured during Tuesday's night's episode, "Faith and Despondency") is led by a stirring vocal from singer-songwriter Amos Lee, who draws out a sense of emotional turmoil from the lovesick lyrics.

"No, there’s nothin’ you can send me, my own true love/There's nothin’ I wish to be ownin',
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Hear a Fiery 'All Along the Watchtower' From 'Sons of Anarchy'

Hear a Fiery 'All Along the Watchtower' From 'Sons of Anarchy'
Sons of Anarchy house band the Forest Rangers aren't afraid to put their unique spin on a beloved classic. For Tuesday night's episode, "The Separation of Crows," the eclectic crew recorded a wicked version of the Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix anthem "All Along the Watchtower," letting vocalist Billy Valentine wail vividly over a tumbling drum part and psychedelic wah-wah.

"There must be some way out of here,' said the joker to the thief," SoA music supervisor Bob Thiele tells Rolling Stone, referencing the opening line from the classic-rock staple.
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'Sons of Anarchy' Rolls Up Its 'Greensleeves' - Premiere

'Sons of Anarchy' Rolls Up Its 'Greensleeves' - Premiere
Sons of Anarchy house band the Forest Rangers have been known to kick it old-school: Last month, they unveiled their scorching cover of blues classic "Baby, Please Don't Go" for the Season Seven episode "Poor Little Lambs." But for this week's installment, "Greensleeves," the eclectic group went even further back, reworking the titular English folk ballad into a brooding textural epic.

"Greensleeves stirred my heart anew / Greensleeves caught my eye of blue," sings the show's star Katey Sagal over drifting acoustic guitars, cello and keyboards. "Greensleeves put my soul at
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'Sons of Anarchy' Take on 'Baby, Please Don't Go' - Premiere

'Sons of Anarchy' Take on 'Baby, Please Don't Go' - Premiere
With their scorching cover of "Baby, Please Don't Go," Sons of Anarchy house band the Forest Rangers add to the storied lineage of a ubiquitous blues standard. Their no-frills version is set to appear in the seventh season's fourth episode, "Poor Little Lambs," which airs on Tuesday, September 30th.

SoA music supervisor Bob Thiele says this straightforward, guitar-heavy approach is exactly what the Forest Rangers had in mind. "This one ain't rocket science," he tells Rolling Stone, calling the track "a straight-up, balls-out version of the blues classic made famous by Muddy Waters.
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'Sons of Anarchy' gets biggest audience ever for final season premiere

'Sons of Anarchy' gets biggest audience ever for final season premiere
FX’s murderous biker club is going out on top: Sons of Anarchy returned for its seventh and final season Tuesday night and posted the biggest audience delivery in the show’s history.

The 90-minute opener debuted to 6.2 million viewers at 10 p.m. and a whopping 3.2 rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 5 percent from last year’s premiere. Moreover, Sons beats every show on cable and broadcast (especially Fox’s Utopia).

If Sons continues to pull these kind of numbers — and you know they’ll climb even higher for the series finale — the drama will likely win this slot throughout the fall,
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The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this morning. NBC comedy series 30 Rock lead the way with 22 nominations with the HBO telefilm Grey Gardens with 17 nominations and last year's winner for Best Drama, Mad Men, with 16 nominations. Take a look at the complete list of the nominees below.

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

American Masters - Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About - PBS - Thirteen/Wnet American Masters - Ron Rifkin, Narrator

Family Guy - I Dream of Jesus - Fox - Fox Television Animation - Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin

Robot Chicken - Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episode II - Cartoon Network - ShadowMachine - Seth Green as Robot Chicken Nerd, Bob Goldstein, Ponda Baba, Anakin Skywalker, Imperial Officer

The Simpsons - Eeny Teeny Maya Moe - Fox - Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television
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