Gaye no longer has 'Criminal Intent'

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Nona Gaye will not take on the role of a New York City assistant district attorney on the new season of TV's "Law and Order: Criminal Intent."

Vedder joins Stokes to cover Gaye song

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is lending his Seattle sound to a cover of a Marvin Gaye classic with the Strokes and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme.

Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees tapped

NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- Mac Davis, Thom Bell, Will Jennings, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby were named Wednesday as the induction class of 2006 for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2006 with 273 to follow.
By United Press International

Jesse L. Martin to portray Marvin Gaye

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- "Law & Order" star Jessie L. Martin will portray legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye in a big screen biopic called "Sexual Healing."

Temptations get old on new album

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Motown's legendary Temptations decided to do "something out of the norm" for their new album -- they decided on 14 songs first recorded by others.

R&B singer/writer Willie Hutch dead at 59

DALLAS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Motown hitmaker Willie Hutch, who worked with the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross and others, has died in Dallas at age 59.

Musician Theodore Harris dies at 70

DETROIT, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Theodore Harris Jr., a pianist and saxophonist whose work ranged from Motown to bebop, died of prostate cancer in a Detroit hospital at the age of 70.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2005 with 273 to follow.
By United Press International

Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp most kissable

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp are the Hollywood actors Americans most want to kiss this Valentine's Day, according to a U.S. survey.

Rolling Stone picks 500 best songs

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Rolling Stone's new best-songs list may leave young fans wondering if the panel of experts even considered songs of the past quarter century.

Usher, Keys to perform No. 1 hit live

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Usher and Alicia Keys will join forces at the American Music Awards for the first-ever live performance of their chart-topping hit duet, "My Boo."

McDonald delivers second Motown album

DETROIT, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald is looking for a second-time Motown charm.

Usher to star in feature film

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- R&B singer Usher is to make his feature film debut, playing a kid from the streets who finds himself through his music, Daily Variety said Thursday.

Musical artists offer CD for ACT

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Top U.S. hip-hop, rap and R&B artists have recorded the 1960's song, "Wake Up Everybody," to raise money for an anti-Bush voter mobilization group.

Feature: Rock 'n' roll 'gold'

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- Golden oldies have been a part of rock 'n' roll since shortly after the first hit record, and now the form has truly gone gold -- as its celebrates its 50th ann
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

NBC reportedly planning Motown miniseries

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) -- NBC is planning a 12-hour miniseries on the history of the legendary U.S. musical powerhouse, Motown, Thursday's Daily Variety reported.

Motown TV special is mini-family reunion

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and the Four Tops are among the acts who have reunited to celebrate 45 years of Motown music in an upcoming U.S. TV special.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, April 2, the 93rd day of 2004 with 273 to follow.
By United Press International

Motown's Johnny Bristol dead at 65

HOWELL, Mich., March 23 (UPI) -- Funeral arrangements were pending Tuesday for Motown recording artist Johnny Bristol, who died in Michigan at the age of 65.

Jimmy Scott, jazzier than ever at 78

Jimmy Scott, America's perpetual voice of pain and heartbreak, greets friends and strangers exactly the same, with a cordial icebreaker: "How you doing, baby?"
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Top soul songwriter dead at 74

SAN BERNADINO, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Singer, songwriter and producer Ed Townsend, best known for the 1958 hit "For Your Love," has died at age 74.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include clarinetist/bandleader Woody Herman in 1913; entertainer Liberace in 1919; Lainie Kazan, who was born in 1940 (age 63); Billy Cobham in 1944 (age 59); Robert Fripp of King Crimson and Foghat's Roger Earl, both in 1946 (age 57); B
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Cathy's World: 'American Dreams'

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- What do you get when you mix "American Bandstand," flip hairdos, "Beverly Hillbillies" lunchboxes, dancing on "Bandstand," the pill, platter parties, Catholic s

Holland-Dozier: Motown's chart-toppers

DETROIT, May 12 (UPI) -- Lamont Dozier recalls that he and partners Brian and Eddie Holland were "sort of ignored" in the early days of Motown. Then, the trio wrote and produced "Come and Get These Memories," a Top 30 hit for Martha & the Vandellas in 1963.
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