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December 14, 2018

NANCY WILSON - OBIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.

Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late last night. She was 81.

Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to “Little Green Apples” and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard’s pop charts. Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational and a little naughty, she was best known for such songs as her breakthrough “Guess Who I Saw Today” and the 1964 hit ”(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” which drew upon Broadway, pop and jazz.

She resisted being identified with a single category, especially jazz, and referred to herself as a “song stylist.”

Wilson also had a busy career on television, film and radio, her credits including “Hawaii Five-O,” ″Police Story,” the Robert Townshend spoof “Meteor Man” and years hosting NPR’s “Jazz Profiles” series. Active in the civil rights movement, including the Selma march of 1965, she received an NAACP Image Award in 1998.

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ROCK HALL INDUCTEES REACT TO NEWS

NEW YORK (AP) — Colin Blunstone of The Zombies calls their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “a career-defining (and) life-defining moment.” Bandmate Rod Argent says it “feels fantastic” that they will finally be inducted after being passed over before. Janet Jackson says she’s happy to be going into the Rock Hall with her brothers. Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott calls their induction “an absolute honor” and they “stand beside some amazing artists, past and present.” Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry tweets they are delighted to accept on behalf of everyone who is involved with the band and their “loyal fans.” Stevie Nicks says she’s been in a band since 1968 and to be recognized for her solo work makes her take a deep breath and smile. Radiohead say they are “surprised” to learn of their induction and they congratulate the other inductees. The Cure also will be inducted. The induction ceremony will be March 29 in New York.

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ELLA MAI DID NOT THINK “BOO’D UP” WAS GOING TO BE BIG

NEW YORK (AP) — Ella Mai (MAY) liked the song “Boo’d Up” all along. She just didn’t think it was “the one.” Mai says she thought other songs she did might be the one that would bust her career wide open, but not “Boo’d Up.” She was thrilled when it hit the Hot 100. When it hit the top 40, she thought, “This is incredible.” When it hit the top 20, she thought, “This is INSANE.” When it hit the top 10, she thought, “What is going on?”

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“SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY” DOCUMENTARY COMES OUT SUNDAY

NEW YORK (AP) — The director of the documentary of “Springsteen on Broadway” wants you to feel the emotion of Bruce Springsteen on stage, even if you saw his Broadway show. Thom Zimny says he tried to capture moments on Springsteen’s face that you might have missed even in real life. Zimny says Springsteen’s manager, Jon Landau, tipped him off that the key was Springsteen’s eyes. Zimny says Landau said, “If you follow Bruce’s eyes in the edit room, you’ll follow the emotion of the scene.” The documentary comes out early Sunday, just hours after Springsteen does his last “Springsteen on Broadway” show.

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CHRISTINA AGUILERA JOINS “NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christina Aguilera will play just before the ball drops in New York’s Times Square for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC. New Kids on the Block and Bastille will perform in the hours leading up to midnight Eastern, while Post Malone will perform in New York just after midnight. Ciara hosts the West Coast party from Los Angeles. That features Macklemore, Skylar Grey, Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Bazzi (BOH’-zee), Kane Brown, Camila Cabello (cah-MEE’-lah cah-BAY’-oh), The Chainsmokers, Ciara, Foster the People, Halsey, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Weezer. Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris perform in New Orleans for the Central Time Zone party, hosted by Lucy Hale.

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ERIC PASLAY IS A DAD

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Paslay and his wife, Natalie, have welcomed their first child. People magazine reports their daughter, Piper Lily Paslay, was born Saturday. Paslay says it took them three days to name her because they had to get to know her first. He says Piper seemed right after they heard “her cute little sounds and squeaks.”

WEEZER WILL PLAY AT NHL WINTER CLASSIC

NEW YORK (AP) — Weezer will headline the entertainment for the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. A portion of their performance during the first intermission will be shown on NBC. The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

by Margie Szaroleta

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