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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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‘Soul Man’ Singer Sam Moore Still Wants His Day in Court Against The Weinstein Co.

‘Soul Man’ Singer Sam Moore Still Wants His Day in Court Against The Weinstein Co.
There may be Moore trouble ahead for the Weinstein Company.

On July 26, the lawyer for 1960s R&B singer Sam Moore will make the case in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati (Sixth District) that his client’s 2009 lawsuit against the Weinstein Co. and its principals, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, over their 2008 film “Soul Men” should still get a trial.

Arnold Lutzker, of the firm Lutzker & Lutzker, will present oral arguments claiming that the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville erred when it granted the Weinsteins’ request for summary judgment, effectively deep-sixing the case back in May 2012.

Moore and his manager-wife Joyce Moore appealed and, next Friday, Lutzker will argue before the appellate court that the hard-fought legal battle should resume in Tennessee.

“We have to protect and defend his name and his trademark, his legacy and his rights,” said Joyce in
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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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Nick Ashford dies at age 70

HollywoodNews.com: I’d like to say I am shocked at the news of Nick Ashford‘s death, but he didn’t appear at the Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner this past June. His wife and songwriting partner, Valerie Simpson, was there. They were never ever apart. They were really inseparable. Someone who knew them said to me, “Something is wrong.” It seems that Nick had throat cancer, which no one knew. This is a terrible blow for Valerie and their two daughters, for their trusted aide de camp Tee Austen, and everyone who loves Ashford and Simpson.

Nick was a tall drink of water with a beautiful, sunny disposition. He was one of the most elegant and thoughtful people I’ve ever met in the music business. He and Valerie — like Leiber and Stoller, King and Goffin, Mann and Weil, Neils Diamond and Sedaka, Ellie Greenwich, Smokey Robinson, Isaac Hayes and David Porter,
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William Monahan Takes To The High Seas

In his brief screenwriting career, which already includes an Oscar, William Monahan has been good at introducing us to modern-day kinds of thrills, from the Middle Eastern espionage in Body of Lies and The Kingdom to the Boston double-crosses of The Departed. But for his next project-- actually, make that one of his dozen or so upcoming projects-- Monahan will be heading way back to the high seas. Monahan and Departed producer Graham King will team up for The Essex/I>, a drama about real-life sea captain David Porter who kicked British ass during the War of 1812. USA! USA! Variety says King and Monahan will produce the film, and Monahan has written the script and may or may not direct it. We don't get a whole lot of movies set during this time period, but Master and Commander was fun in a stuffy historical way, and Monahan has proven ...
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William Monahan may direct his script of "The Essex" for Graham King's Gk Films.

William Monahan has writen a script for "The Essex" and may direct. The historical drama set in 1812 is about Captain David S. Porter and delves into his sea battles against the British.   With the British Royal Navy having a far greater number of ships than that of the Americans, Porter managed to pass British cruisers and make his way to the Pacific with the Essex. There, it devasted the British whaling fleet before its final battle with a special British squadron.   For detailed information on Captain David Porter and the Essex in the South Pacific, we recommend HistoryNet.com - http://www.historynet.com/war-of-1812-commodore-david-porter-and-the-essex-in-the-south-pacific.htm.   Monahan's last effort "Body of Lies," flopped at the box office despite a cast including Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. The Oscar®-winning writer of "The Departed" also wrote "Tripoli" which is currently at 20th Century Fox.        
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William Monahan may direct his script of "The Essex" for Graham King's Gk Films.

William Monahan has writen a script for "The Essex" and may direct. The historical drama set in 1812 is about Captain David S. Porter and delves into his sea battles against the British. With the British Royal Navy having a far greater number of ships than that of the Americans, Porter managed to pass British cruisers and make his way to the Pacific with the Essex. There, it devasted the British whaling fleet before its final battle with a special British squadron. For detailed information on Captain David Porter and the Essex in the South Pacific...
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William Monahan may direct his script of "The Essex" for Graham King's Gk Films.

William Monahan has writen a script for "The Essex" and may direct. The historical drama set in 1812 is about Captain David S. Porter and delves into his sea battles against the British. With the British Royal Navy having a far greater number of ships than that of the Americans, Porter managed to pass British cruisers and make his way to the Pacific with the Essex. There, it devasted the British whaling fleet before its final battle with a special British squadron. For detailed information on Captain David Porter and the Essex in the South Pacific...
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Microsoft to launch retail chain

New York -- Microsoft Corp. is looking to launch its own chain of retail stores in a move mindful of Apple's strategy.

The software giant said Friday morning that it has hired DreamWorks Animation and Wal-Mart veteran David Porter as corporate vp of retail stores to oversee the new business.

Porter was most recently head of worldwide product distribution at DreamWorks Animation and worked as a Wal-Mart executive for 25 years.

"There are tremendous opportunities ahead for Microsoft to create a world-class shopping experience for our customers," Porter said. "I am excited about helping consumers make more informed decisions about their PC and software purchases, and we'll share learnings from our stores with our existing retail and (other) partners that are critical to our success."

Porter's first focus will be defining when and where exactly to open the first retail locations, Microsoft said.
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Soul Musician Isaac Hayes Dies at 65

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Soul music pioneer Isaac Hayes – whose 1971 "Theme from Shaft" won the Oscar and Grammys – died Sunday in Memphis, where he lived. He was 65. A releative discovered an unresponsive Hayes near an exercise machine in their home at midday, and Hayes was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. when he arrived at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office tells People. "The family had last seen him about noon," says Steve Shular, public information officer for that office. "Family members had gone to the grocery store and left him home. When the family came home around 1, his wife's
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