For ‘AARP Superstars,’ a Moment of Truth

From five distant spots around the country, the finalists in the AARP Superstars Competition are winging their way to Miami with their eyes on the prize: $5,000 and a professional recording session at DMI Music & Media in Pasadena, Calif. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, there’ll be no turning back. Host Arsenio Hall will take the stage and introduce the competition’s four celebrity judges, then turn the show over to a diverse collection of singers, all 50-plus, who have waited their …

Frank Sinatra: 100 Very Good Years on Record

Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 on Dec. 12 of this year, but even if you played three of his recordings every day from now till then, you wouldn’t come close to exhausting his songbook: The best estimates suggest the Chairman of the Board recorded about 1,000 different songs in the studio. Those of us who still love to “put on Sinatra and start to cry” (in the words of Steven Bishop) are laughing through our tears at the prospect …

AARP’s Superstar Challenge: 5 Finalists Standing!

With their eyes on the prize — $5,000 and a professional recording session at DMI Music & Media in Pasadena, Calif. — five potential Superstars are bound for AARP’s Life@50+ event in Miami on May 15. The singers, aged 50 to 85, hail from four states and Puerto Rico and boast a wide range of musical backgrounds. They are the elite of nearly 1,300 aspirants who submitted music videos to AARP. The finalists were chosen Tuesday night, during a lively …

8 Boomer Superstar Hopefuls Are Ready to Compete

Eight potential Boomer Superstars are headed to AARP’s “Ideas@50″ event in San Diego next week in hope of winning $5,000 and an audition with music label 19 Recordings in the Boomer Superstar competition Sept. 5. Coming from five states, eight cities and a variety of musical backgrounds, the contestants – all over 50 – were among hundreds who submitted music videos to AARP’s Boomer Superstar contest, powered by American Idol Live! In fact, American Idol judge Randy Jackson will emcee …

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Flirted for How Long?

Maybe it’s the rumor that just won’t go away: that country music icons Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were romantically involved back in the day – at least since their 1983 duet “Islands in the Stream” climbed to the top of the charts and became the anthem of a generation. The rumor persisted for more than three decades, even as they recorded the single “You Can’t Make Old Friends” last year. >> Photos: 50+ Star Couples Who Still Have the Hots …

Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Battle With Parkinson’s Disease

Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can’t sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago. But she ascribed her inability to sing to a tick bite (“my health has never recovered since then”), and believed the shaking in her hands resulted from shoulder surgery. In a wide-ranging interview with AARP’s music writer Alanna Nash, Ronstadt revealed how she discovered that …