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Carole King to be presented with Gershwin Prize Tuesday

Carole King to be presented with Gershwin Prize Tuesday

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- James Taylor will headline a concert at the White House next week, when the Library of Congress honors Carole King with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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Bacharach, David share Gershwin Prize

Bacharach, David share Gershwin Prize

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- Burt Bacharach and Hal David received the Gershwin Prize in Washington Wednesday in recognition of their decades-long songwriting collaboration.
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Bacharach, David set for White House honor

Bacharach, David set for White House honor

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are to preside over a White House concert honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Feinstein starring in 3-part PBS series

Feinstein starring in 3-part PBS series

NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- Musician and vocalist Michael Feinstein is set to star in a new 3-part series exploring the history of U.S. popular music, PBS said.
Dame Edna to co-host 'The View'

Dame Edna to co-host 'The View'

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- Australian entertainer Dame Edna Everage has been booked as a co-host of an upcoming episode of the U.S. chat show "The View," ABC announced.

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Soap star Lamas to make cabaret debut

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- "The Bold and the Beautiful" star Lorenzo Lamas will jump from the soap stage to the New York cabaret stage with "Lorenzo Sings About Love." Broadway icon Michael Feinstein helped the son of Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas prepare the show opening at Fei

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 7, the 250th of 2006 with 115 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 7, the 250th of 2005 with 115 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 7, the 250th of 2005 with 115 to follow.
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Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein and Anika Noni Rose smile while on a float approaching Herald Square during the Macy's 81st Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 22, 2007. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) .
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Michael Jay Feinstein (born September 7, 1956) is an American singer, pianist, and music revivalist. He is an interpreter of, and an anthropologist and archivist for, the repertoire known as the Great American Songbook. In 1988 he won a Drama Desk Special Award for celebrating American musical theatre songs. Feinstein is also a multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated recording artist.

Feinstein was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Florence Mazie (née Cohen), an amateur tap dancer, and Edward Feinstein, a sales executive for the Sara Lee Corporation and a former amateur singer. At the age of five, he studied piano for a couple of months until his teacher became angered that he wasn't reading the sheet music she gave him, since he was more comfortable playing by ear. As his mother saw no problem with her son's method, she took him out of lessons and allowed him to enjoy music his own way.

After graduating from high school, Feinstein worked in local piano bars for two years, moving to Los Angeles when he was 20. Through the widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant, in 1977 he was introduced to Ira Gershwin, who hired him to catalogue his extensive collection of phonograph records. The assignment led to six years of researching, cataloguing and preserving the unpublished sheet music and rare recordings in Gershwin's home, thus securing the legacy of not just Ira but also that of his composer brother George Gershwin, who had died four decades earlier. Feinstein's extended tenure enabled him to also get to know Gershwin's next-door neighbor, singer Rosemary Clooney, with whom Feinstein formed an intensely close friendship lasting until Clooney's death. Feinstein served as musical consultant for the 1983 Broadway show My One and Only, a musical pastiche of Gershwin tunes.

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