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Johnny Cash and 7 Other Hitmakers After Death

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayJohnny Cash‘s newly released CD Out Among the Stars debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. That might seem like a pretty impressive performance, especially considering that the artist himself passed away back in 2003. But Cash is just the latest in a string of deceased performers who’ve released hot-selling records after their demise. Here are a few: Buddy Holly, The Buddy Holly Story (1959). Released just a month after …

Conoce a Chino Espinoza y los Dueños del Son

Posted on 03/17/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolCuando empezamos a hablar con los productores de AARP sobre una serie de música latina en Youtube, desde el principio quise que el primer video se enfocara en la orquesta de salsa liderada por el cantante y compositor costarricense Chino Espinoza. La banda de Chino representa para mí la extraordinaria calidad de los tantos grupos de música latina que trabajan en Los Ángeles. Desde hace ya muchas décadas que esta ciudad es algo así como una central, tanto para las …

From Hugs to Music: 7 New Ways to Help Your Heart

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthYes, we know that eating more veggies, getting more exercise and controlling blood pressure are the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, but new research also points to some simple, surprising ways you can protect your ticker. Give more hugs Hugging doesn’t just feel good — it’s good for you. A 10-second hug once or twice a day lowers blood pressure, says a recent Swedish study, published in the journal Comprehensive Psychology, that looked …

He Helped Give Us the Blues

Posted on 12/10/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the 1950s, Joe Bihari scoured African American bars and nightclubs in the South for undiscovered blues phenoms. Bihari, who passed away on Nov. 28 at age 88, tried to elevate those he found to stardom at Modern Records, the Los Angeles-based label that he cofounded with his brothers, Jules and Saul. Bihari traveled the South behind the wheel of a red 1952 Lincoln convertible. One southern lawman trying to dissuade Bihari from trying to make records with black performers, …

The Man Who Composed Princess Diana’s Musical Farewell

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyOne of the most moving moments of Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 was the performance of a strikingly simple but nonetheless haunting choral piece titled “Song for Athene” as her casket was carried out of Westminster Abbey. “Athene” was the work of British composer John Tavener, who died on Nov. 12 at age 69 in England. Tavener was a giant of modern music, and not just figuratively. At 6 feet 6 inches in height with a balding dome and stringy …

Rita Moreno Adds Life Achievement To Award List

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentAs movie awards season draws a little closer, it’s worth noting that the Screen Actors Guild will give its Life Achievement Award of 2014 to the inimitable Rita Moreno, who turns 82 in December. She’ll add the SAG statue to a shelf of many others, an Emmy, two Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony (she is one of only 11 artists in entertainment history to have won that grand slam), not to mention a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a …