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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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