George W. Bush to appear on 'Tonight' show next week

George W. Bush to appear on 'Tonight' show next week

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush is to be a guest on Tuesday's edition of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in Los Angeles, NBC announced.
Laura Dern is officially divorced from Ben Harper

Laura Dern is officially divorced from Ben Harper

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Laura Dern's divorce from singer Ben Harper has been finalized, TMZ reported.

Phoenix firefighter, police officer die on duty on same day

PHOENIX, May 20 (UPI) -- The deaths of Ben Harper and Daryl Raetz marked the first time Phoenix lost a firefighter and police officer on the same day, officials said.
Harper files to divorce wife Laura Dern

Harper files to divorce wife Laura Dern

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Musician Ben Harper has filed for a divorce from actress Laura Dern, his wife of five years, court records show.

Kidzapalooza tabbed an intimate event

CHICAGO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The co-founder of Kidzapalooza says the event at Chicago's Lollapalooza Musical Festival offers a more intimate approach to concerts.
'Epiphany' tops U.S. album chart

'Epiphany' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- Chrisette Michele's "Epiphany" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
McCartney concert raises $3M

McCartney concert raises $3M

NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- Paul McCartney's headlining gig at New York's Radio City Music Hall during the weekend raised about $3 million for the David Lynch Foundation, the group said.

Starr, McCartney reunite for N.Y. show

NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr shared a stage for the first time in seven years, performing at a benefit at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Marsalis, Franklin to perform at jazz fest

Marsalis, Franklin to perform at jazz fest

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band and James Taylor have signed on to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, organizers said.
Ledger's family headed home

Ledger's family headed home

PERTH, Australia, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The family of late Australian actor Heath Ledger has reportedly left Los Angeles and headed back home to bury him in his native Perth.

'High School Musical 2' tops album charts

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The "High School Musical 2" soundtrack has topped the U.S. album charts for a third week in a row, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Harper's new album a true band effort

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Ben Harper's new album, "Lifeline," marks the California singer-songwriter's first real collaboration with his band, the Innocent Criminals.

Rage headlines New Orleans music festival

NEW ORLEANS, June 23 (UPI) -- Guitarist Tom Morello and his political band Rage Against the Machine will headline the ninth Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans this fall.

'Friends' join Bonnie Raitt on new album

OTTAWA, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Bonnie Raitt says she was flattered by the all-star pals who showed up to be part of her new release, "Bonnie Raitt and Friends."

Celebrities join L.A. farm protest

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- Hollywood and music celebrities have joined Latin American farmworkers in protesting a plan to turn a South Los Angeles farm into an industrial site.
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Ben Harper
Ringo Starr, third from left, poses alongside, left to right, musicians Ben Harper, Don Was and Joe Walsh, and Starr's wife Barbara Bach after he received the 2,401st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009. .UPI/Jonathan Alcorn

Benjamin Chase "Ben" Harper (born October 28, 1969) is an American musician.

Harper was born in Claremont, in California's Pomona Valley. He began playing guitar as a child. His maternal grandparents' music store The Folk Music Center and Museum laid a foundation of folk and blues for the artist, complemented by regular patrons of Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal and David Lindley and quotes of William Shakespeare and Robert Frost made often by his grandfather. During the 80s, in his teen years, Harper began to play the slide guitar, mimicking the style of Robert Johnson, to contrast that of then-popular heavy metal music. Next, Harper took up the Weissenborn to provide further distinction between his style and that of other blues musicians, including Johnson's. Harper broke out of the Inland Empire after being offered an invitation by Taj Mahal to tour with the artist. The 20 year-old Harper and the blues legend then recorded Follow the Drinking Ghour(d) and toured the Fiftieth State.

As a young man, Harper recorded the LP Pleasure and Pain with Folk multi-instrumentalist Tom Freund. After this limited edition record, Harper secured a record deal with Virgin Records, which released his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World (1994).

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