GARY ROSSINGTON MOURNS FORMER LYNYRD SKYNYRD GUITARIST ED KING

NASHVILLE (AP) — Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington says former guitarist Ed King "will be reunited with the rest of the boys in Rock and Roll Heaven." Rossington says King was "our brother, and a great songwriter and guitar player." King died Wednesday of cancer in Nashville, according to a family friend. He was 68. King joined Lynyrd Skynyrd after he toured with them as part of Strawberry Alarm Clock. King was an uncredited writer of the hit "Incense and Peppermints." King played on the first three Skynyrd albums and left in 1975. He rejoined in in 1987 for another nine years but was forced to retire because of heart problems. He not only co-wrote "Sweet Home Alabama," but he's the one counting off the song at the beginning.

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ARETHA FRANKLIN FUNERAL PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED

NEW YORK (AP) — Music stars are lining up to be a part of Aretha Franklin's funeral. Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Holliday are set to perform at the funeral Aug. 31 in Detroit. Franklin's son, Edward Franklin, also will perform. So will gospel stars Marvin Sapp and Vanessa Bell Armstrong, as well as the Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir.

VIC MENSA, CHANCE THE RAPPER WILL APPEAR AT SHOE GIVEAWAY

CHICAGO (AP) — Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper will help give away thousands of shoes in Chicago as a response to law enforcement stings using "bait trucks" to catch shoe thieves. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Mensa's SaveMoneySaveLife foundation is sponsoring Sunday's giveaway with help of athletes and musicians who asked to remain anonymous. The event comes after residents of Chicago's Englewood neighborhood filmed parked trucks filled with shoes that were under police surveillance earlier this month. At least 6,000 pairs of shoes are expected to be given away.

WIFE OF 3 DOORS DOWN GUITAR PLAYER IS CHARGED

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The wife of former 3 Doors Down guitarist Todd Harrell has been arrested for trying to mail him prescription drugs in jail. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports Robin Harrell was arrested Wednesday and charged with introducing a controlled substance into a correctional facility. Authorities say a letter sent to Todd Harrell had six strips of Suboxone tucked into it. Correctional officers found it while screening incoming mail. Todd Harrell has been jailed since June on drug, firearm and domestic assault charges.

STEVEN TYLER SENDS CEASE-AND-DESIST LETTER TO TRUMP

BOSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign has not responded to Steven Tyler's demand to stop using Aerosmith songs at rallies. Tyler's attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump on Wednesday after the Aerosmith song "Livin' on the Edge" was used at a Trump rally in West Virginia on Tuesday. The letter says the use of the song falsely implies that Tyler endorses Trump's campaign and his presidency. Tyler tweets he does not allow anyone to use his songs without permission and he's been fighting to protect songwriters even before the current administration.

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SNOOP DOGG WRITES A COOKBOOK

NEW YORK (AP) — Martha Stewart seems to be rubbing off on Snoop Dogg. He's written a cookbook. "From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen" will come out Oct. 23. Recipes include Baked Mac and Cheese, Fried Bologna Sandwiches with Chips, Easy Orange Chicken, Lobster Thermidor and Bow Wow Brownies with Ice Cream.

JONATHAN DAVIS SPEAKS AFTER WIFE'S DEATH

UNDATED (AP) — Jonathan Davis of Korn says the reason he's been an advocate for mental health issues is because of his wife, Deven. She died recently at the age of 39 but details of her death were not given. Davis tweets Deven had a "serious mental illness" and her addiction was a side effect. He says when she was her true self, she was an amazing wife, mother and friend. Davis says his wife was so sick, she did not know she needed help. He says he wants her story to inspire people to reach out for help. He also calls for a change in California law that would allow people like him to seek help for people like her.

By Margie Szaroleta