ARETHA FRANKLIN GETS SPECIAL PULITZER CITATION
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin’s family says she would be so happy to learn that her body of work has been honored by the Pulitzer Prize board. It gave a special citation yesterday to Franklin for her “indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” Franklin is the first woman to receive the citation since 1930, the year it was first given. Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, says Franklin has received almost every award imaginable, and to get recognition from the Pulitzer Prize board is “just amazing.” The Pulitzer Prize in music was given to the operatic work “Prism” by Ellen Reid.
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HAL KETCHUM’S WIFE SAYS HE HAS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
UNDATED (AP) — Hal Ketchum is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to his wife, Andrea. She writes on his Facebook page that’s why Ketchum has not listed any tour dates. She says he has been battling the disease for some time, but he kept performing for as long as possible because he loves his fans. Ketchum’s wife says he’s otherwise happy and healthy, but it’s time for him to stay home with loved ones. Ketchum is 66.
CARLY SIMON WILL WRITE BOOK ABOUT JACQUELINE KENNEDY
NEW YORK (AP) — Carly Simon is writing a book about her friend, who happened to have been Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux says Simon’s memoir, “Touched By The Sun,” will be released Oct. 22. Simon says in a statement Onassis was sometimes a “protective mother figure” and sometimes a “mischievous pal.” They met at a summer party. Simon has previously written her own memoir, “Boys in the Trees,” which came out in 2015.
GARY CLARK JR. USES SON AS SOUNDING BOARD FOR MUSIC
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Gary Clark Jr. is using his 4-year-old’s son’s growing interest in music to his advantage. Clark says he’ll play songs he’s working on for his son, and if his son hums it back, he knows it’s a keeper. Clark gets excited when his son wants to learn to play an instrument, but he says his son’s attention span is about seven minutes. He says as soon as his son sees a monster truck or his 1-year-old sister going for one of his toys, it’s over.
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DUA LIPA VISITS REFUGEE CAMPS IN LEBANON
BEIRUT (AP) — Dua Lipa says every child deserves the opportunity to thrive like she did. Lipa visited refugee camps in Lebanon this week as part of a UNICEF trip and hung out with Syrian and Palestinian children. Lipa can relate to their situation. Her parents are Kosovar and Albanian and fled the conflict in the Balkans in 1992. Lipa says each one of those children has parents like hers who are trying to make the best decisions they can for their families.
by Margie Szaroleta