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January 20, 2022
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5 SATINS SINGER FRED PARRIS DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – The songwriter and voice behind the Five Satins’ song “In The Still of the Night” has died. Lead singer Fred Parris died Jan. 13 after a brief illness, according to his music manager. Parris was 85. Parris was in his late teens when he was working military guard duty in Philadelphia and wrote “In The Still of the Night.” The Five Satins recorded the song in the basement of a church. Although the song is considered a classic from the doo-wop era, it only hit number 24 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It gained popularity after it was reissued multiple times and appeared on soundtracks like “Dirty Dancing.” The Five Satins also had lesser hits with “To The Aisle” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Parris still performed into his later years.

 


CARDI B OFFERS FINANCIAL HELP FOR BRONX FIRE VICTIMS
NEW YORK (AP) – Bronx native Cardi B felt she had to do something to help the families of the victims of a New York City high-rise earlier this month. That’s why she’s stepping up to pay the funeral costs. New York City Major Eric Adams says Cardi B has offered to pay for the burials of all 17 people killed in an apartment fire. That includes paying repatriation costs for families with ties to Gambia who want to bury their loved ones there. Cardi B says she’s extremely proud to be from the Bronx, and she cannot imagine the pain and anguish those families are experiencing.

 


STEVE VAI CALLS OFF TOUR DUE TO NEW INJURY
UNDATED (AP) – Just as Steve Vai (VY) was feeling good enough to tour again after having shoulder surgery a year ago, he’s gotten another injury that requires surgery. His shoulder surgery was successful in that he was able to record an upcoming album called “Inviolate.” However, Vai’s management says he got another injury while preparing for a concert tour that was supposed to begin later this month. The nature of the injury was not specified. The tour has been rescheduled to begin Sept 28 outside San Diego.

 


BRITNEY SPEARS HEARING ENDS IN RANCOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Britney Spears conservatorship was the focus of a hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday – and it didn’t go well. The session was aimed at settling lingering issues in Spears’ conservatorship, which ended in November. But it quickly dissolved into a series of angry accusations between attorneys for the pop star and her dad. The verbal battle that erupted suggests the case may end up in a trial to settle claims of misconduct against Jamie Spears.

 


CALIF. CONSIDERS CONSERVATORSHIP CHANGES AFTER BRITNEY SPEARS CASE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – One effect of Britney Spears successfully getting out of her 13-year court-ordered conservatorship is that California legislators are taking a closer look at conservatorship laws. Democratic Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (MAYN’-shyn) has introduced legislation that would provide more protections for those under conservatorships – and make it easier for those people to end them. His proposal also would promote less-restrictive alternatives. Conservatorships most often involve people with developmental or intellectual disabilities or age-related issues. Spears was placed in a conservatorship after having several public mental health struggles.

 


JACKSON, MS, APPROVES “BOBBY RUSH BOULEVARD”
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Jackson, Mississippi, will rename a major street after blues musician Bobby Rush. WLBT-TV reports the Jackson City Council voted Tuesday to change Ellis Avenue to Bobby Rush Boulevard. The change will go into effect next month. Coincidentally, Rush’s given name is Emmett Ellis Junior. Rush, who is 87, lives in Jackson.

 


BARE, BENTLEY, MO’ AND SMITH WILL GET MUSIC CITY HONORS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bobby Bare, Dierks Bentley, Keb’ Mo’ and Connie Smith will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, this spring. The induction is set for April 5 at the Music City Walk of Fame Park. The inductions have not been held in the past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 


COOKE, STUART, HANDY WILL BE HONORED IN MISSISSIPPI
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Sam Cooke, Marty Stuart and blues composer W.C. Handy will be inducted into the hall of fame at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian. Other inductees will be “The Color Purple” author Alice Walker and journalist and abolitionist Ida B. Wells.

 


ALEC BALDWIN SUED OVER SPAT OVER JAN. 6 EVENTS

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Alec Baldwin is facing a lawsuit – one unrelated to the deadly shooting on the set of “Rust” last year. This one is filed by the widow and two sisters of a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan. The family claims Baldwin caused them to become the target of online hate after the actor told his Instagram followers one of the sisters was in Washington for the Jan. 6 rally held by ex-President Donald Trump. Last year, Baldwin sent Roice McCollum a donation for the family. But this month, he saw a post of her at the Trump rally – and asked if she was there. She acknowledged attending, but says she didn’t riot and wasn’t arrested or charged. The suit claims Baldwin told his Instagram followers about her attendance and the family caught a lot of flak. The suit seeks $25 million in damages.

 

JON STEWART TO GET MARK TWAIN PRIZE FOR COMEDY
WASHINGTON (AP) – Jon Stewart will be the next recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Award. Word of the honor was announced yesterday in Washington. Stewart will be the 23rd person to get the Twain award. Stewart is 59 and best known for his 16-year tenure on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” He’s also been a vocal supporter of health care for first responders at the World Trade Center, which was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.

 

ACTRESS YVETTE MIMIEUX DIES AT AGE 80
NEW YORK (AP) – The blonde, blue-eyed 1960s film star Yvette Mimieux has died. The actor who was in movies like “The Time Machine,” and “Where the Boys Are” was 80 when she died Monday, according to a family rep. After her career launched in the early 1960s, it seemed Mimieux was everywhere. Life magazine put her on its cover – and she had appeared in eight movies before she turned 21.

 

FRENCH ACTOR DIES IN SKI ACCIDENT
LYON, France (AP) – French actor Gaspard Ulliel is dead. He was killed in a ski accident in the Alps on Tuesday. Ulliel collided with another skier, apparently while trying to join his friends on an adjacent slope. Resort officials say he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Ulliel (OO’-lee-el) was 37. He’s best known for being in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and TV roles – like portraying the young Hannibal Lecter in the 2007 movie “Hannibal Rising.”