DON EVERLY OF THE EVERLY BROTHERS DIES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The family of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers says he “always expressed how grateful he was for his fans.” Everly died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday at the age of 84, according to his attorney. Details on the cause of death were not given. The Everly Brothers were known for their acoustic guitars and harmonies with songs like “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream” and “Cathy’s Clown.” They broke up on stage in 1973 and did not reunite until 1983. The Everly Brothers were part of the first class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. They also were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Phil Everly died in 2014.
JERRY LEE LEWIS, BRIAN WILSON PAY TRIBUTE TO DON EVERLY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – With the death of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis is now the last living member of the original class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Lewis says in statement that Everly’s death on Saturday has left him “reflective on a life full of wonderful friends, spectacular music and fond memories.” Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys says the Everly Brothers were a big influence on them and the group learned a lot from the Everlys’ beautiful harmonies.
TOM T. HALL DIES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tom T. Hall said when the song “Harper Valley P.T.A.” became a hit in 1968, it was the most awesome time of his life. Hall, who wrote that song, told The Associated Press in 1986 that he’d hear that song on the radio four or five times in ten minutes. Hall died Friday at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, at the age of 85, according to his son. Hall is also known for writing songs like “Ballad of Forty Dollars,” “A Week in a Country Jail” and “I Like Beer.”
HENRI CUTS SHORT NEW YORK’S HOMECOMING CONCERT
NEW YORK (AP) – You better have a good reason for interrupting Barry Manilow leading a singalong of “I Can’t Smile Without You” — and it turns out, a hurricane is a pretty good one. Manilow was performing at New York City’s Homecoming Concert on Saturday to celebrate the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was cut short by an announcement urging the crowd of 60,000 to seek shelter because of lightning as Hurricane Henri (on-REE’) approached. The concert was canceled after that, which means Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and The Killers never got to perform. However, those who did perform include Santana, Journey, LL Cool J with Rev. Run, Polo G, Busta Rhymes and Jennifer Hudson.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE CALL OFF TOUR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Florida Georgia Line are canceling their concerts for the rest of this year. While they don’t explicitly say it’s because of COVID-19, they do say on social media that “everyone’s continued safety has been weighing heavy on us.” They say they’re “bummed” to cancel and they will be back when the time is right. Refunds will be given automatically.
SPOON CANCELS CONCERT DUE TO NEW IOWA COVID-19 LAW
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Spoon have called off their Sept. 9 concert in Des Moines, Iowa, over the state’s COVID-19 vaccine policy. The band writes on social media they wanted to require anyone attending the concert to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. However, a new Iowa law bans businesses from requiring proof of vaccination. Spoon are issuing refunds and plan to play in Omaha, Nebraska, on that date.
JOSEPHINE BAKER’S BODY WILL BE MOVED TO PANTHEON IN PARIS
PARIS (AP) – The remains of Josephine Baker will be moved to the Pantheon monument in Paris later this year. Le Parisien newspaper reports French President Emmanuel Macron will hold the ceremony on Nov. 30. Baker will be the first black woman to get what’s considered France’s highest honor. Although Baker was American, she joined the French Resistance during World War II. She was able to use her celebrity status to travel with information for the Allies that she gathered from German officials she met at parties. Baker’s body was dressed in a French military uniform upon her death. She has been buried in Monaco since 1975.
MAN DIES AT DEAD AND COMPANY CONCERT
NEW YORK (AP) – Police say a 46-year-old man has died after falling five stories at a Dead and Company concert in New York on Friday. Police say the man fell Friday from one of the elevated sections of Citi Field. The identity of the man was not released pending notification of the family.
A MIXED BOX OFFICE WEEKEND AS ‘FREE GUY’ TOPS AGAIN
UNDATED (AP) – Four new movies with major stars, from Hugh Jackman to Michael Keaton, opened in North American movie theaters this weekend and only the one with animated puppies fared well. But it wasn’t enough to beat out Ryan Reynolds’ action-comedy “Free Guy,” which topped the charts for the second weekend running. According to studio estimates Sunday, “PAW Patrol: The Movie,” a Paramount release targeted at very young kids that’s also streaming on Paramount+, earned $13 million in ticket sales. First place, however, went to “Free Guy,” a 20th Century and Disney release that’s playing exclusively in theaters. It added $18.8 million, bringing its global total to $112 million.
JOSEPHINE BAKER IS 1ST BLACK WOMAN GIVEN PARIS BURIAL HONOR
PARIS (AP) – Plans are underway to reinter the remains of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker at the Pantheon monument in Paris. The late entertainer who is a World War II hero in France will be the first Black woman to get the country’s highest honor. Le Parisien newspaper reported Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron decided to organize a burial ceremony on Nov. 30 at the Paris monument. The presidential palace confirmed the report. After her death in 1975, Baker was buried in Monaco, dressed in a French military uniform with the medals she received for her role as a member of the French Resistance. Baker is the fifth woman to be honored with a Pantheon burial.
COSBY RULING CITED AS JAIL GUARD’S SEX ABUSE CASE IS DROPPED
UNDATED (AP) – Pennsylvania state prosecutors have dropped their case against a jail guard accused of sexually abusing inmates. They say they were hamstrung by the recent state Supreme Court decision that freed Bill Cosby. The attorney general’s office had been seeking to prosecute John Shnipes on charges that he assaulted four female inmates at the Lackawanna County jail in Scranton between 1999 and 2013. A judge dismissed the case against Shnipes last year, ruling that state prosecutors were bound by a non-prosecution agreement he had with the county prosecutor’s office. The attorney general’s office was appealing that decision when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed Cosby’s sexual assault conviction in June.