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 …

At 85, Barbara Cook Joins the Supremes

Where to hear some great music in the nation’s capital? If you’re a fan of orchestral music, opera, jazz or musical theater, there’s The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Should you prefer a more intimate venue, there’s Blues Alley. But would you ever think of the U.S. Supreme Court? Highly doubtful, to say the least. As it turns out, however, the court’s nine justices aren’t so completely consumed with weighty matters that they can’t take an occasional …

George Jones: 10 Facts About the Country Music Legend

George Jones, who died on April 26 at age 81 in Nashville, was such a giant in the world of country music that a song Jim Lauderdale wrote about him, “The King of Broken Hearts,” became a hit for George Strait. And that was a fitting appellation. Jones, who possessed a superlative, pitch-perfect baritone – Frank Sinatra reportedly once called him “the second greatest singer in the world” – was royalty as a vocalist. But he also exemplified the tension between …

Cleotha Staples: 5 Facts About the Soul Music Legend

When such Staple Singers‘ hits as “I’ll Take You There” and “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” came on the radio, it was easy to get lost in Mavis Staples’ raspy, soulful contralto lead vocals. But if you listened closer, another part of what made the Chicago gospel-soul group’s distinctive sound was the deft soprano harmony of Mavis’ sister Cleotha, who died on Feb. 21 at age 78 in Chicago. In the words of Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot, Cleotha’s …