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UPI Almanac for Sunday, March 30, 2014.
By United Press International
Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at age 66

Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at age 66

CANCUN, Mexico, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia died suddenly Tuesday at age 66.
Annie Martin
Madonna to guest star on Miley Cyrus's MTV Unplugged

Madonna to guest star on Miley Cyrus's MTV Unplugged

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- One day ahead of Miley Cyrus's MTV Unplugged debut, sources claim that Madonna will be one of the guest stars joining Cyrus on stage.
Veronica Linares
Miley Cyrus will have her own MTV Unplugged

Miley Cyrus will have her own MTV Unplugged

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- If you thought Miley Cyrus's twerking, dancing bears and marihuana smoking on stage were a thing of the past, think again.
Veronica Linares

Dire Straits members form new group, announce tour

NASHVILLE, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Former Dire Straits members Alan Clark and Chris White say they started a new rock 'n' roll band and will kick off a U.S. concert tour next month.

Songwriter JJ Cale dead at 74

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- JJ Cale, whose songs became hits for Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at a hospital in La Jolla, Calif., his agent said. He was 74.

'Fast Fingers' Dawkins dead at 76

CHICAGO, April 13 (UPI) -- Mississippi-born blues guitar great Jimmy "Fast Fingers" Dawkins, who took Chicago's West Side sound around the world, has died, an associate said. He was 76.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 30, 2013.
By United Press International

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Rapper Too Short booked for DUI, narcotics possession ... MGM hopes to release next James Bond movie within three years ... HBO won't order third season of Laura Dern dramedy 'Enlightened' ... Bon Jovi's 'What About Now' tops U.S. album chart ... News from United Press International.
Bon Jovi's 'What About Now' tops U.S. album chart

Bon Jovi's 'What About Now' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, March 20 (UPI) -- Bon Jovi's "What About Now" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
By United Press International

Hard Rock memorabilia tour on tap

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Three rock and roll memorabilia exhibits will be touring Hard Rock Cafes across the United States and Europe, the restaurant chain announced.
Springsteen to kick off Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

Springsteen to kick off Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are to kick off Wednesday's star-studded Hurricane Sandy concert in New York, organizers said.
Rolling Stones to play Hurricane Sandy benefit in N.Y.

Rolling Stones to play Hurricane Sandy benefit in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- British rock icons The Rolling Stones have joined the lineup for this week's star-studded Hurricane Sandy relief benefit in New York, organizers said.
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Eric Clapton
British singer/guitarist Eric Clapton performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 20, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, (born 30 March 1945) is an English guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.

In the mid 1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. In his one-year stay with Mayall, Clapton gained the nickname "Slowhand", and graffiti in London declared "Clapton is God." Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed, with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, the power trio Cream, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop." For most of the 1970s, Clapton's output bore the influence of the mellow style of J.J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped gain reggae a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded by Derek and the Dominos, and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded by Cream. A recipient of seventeen Grammy Awards, in 2004 Clapton was awarded a CBE for services to music. In 1998 Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers.

Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, the son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (b. 7 January 1929) and Edward Walter Fryer (21 March 1920 – 15 May 1985), a 24-year-old soldier from Montreal, Quebec. Fryer shipped off to war prior to Clapton's birth and then returned to Canada. Clapton grew up with his grandmother, Rose, and her second husband, Jack Clapp, who was stepfather to Patricia Clapton and her brother Adrian, believing they were his parents and that his mother was actually his older sister. The similarity in surnames gave rise to the erroneous belief that Clapton's real surname is Clapp (Reginald Cecil Clapton was the name of Rose's first husband, Eric Clapton's maternal grandfather). Years later, his mother married another Canadian soldier and moved to Germany, leaving young Eric with his grandparents in Surrey.

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