JOHN McELRATH OF THE SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS DIES
ATLANTA (AP) — Keyboardist John McElrath of The Swingin’ Medallions has died of Parkinson’s disease. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports McElrath died Saturday at the age of 77. The Swingin’ Medallions had a top-ten hit in 1966 with “Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love).” McElrath told the Journal-Constitution in 1992 they asked people from off the street to come in and make it sound like a party was going on during the recording. McElrath had retired from performing with The Swingin’ Medallions but his two sons were in the band. The Swingin’ Medallions band members and crew will be honorary escorts at McElrath’s memorial service next week in Greenwood, South Carolina.
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STREET UNVEILING IN MICHAEL JACKSON’S HONOR PUT ON HOLD
DETROIT (AP) — The unveiling of Michael Jackson Avenue in Detroit has been called off. The Detroit Free Press reports a section of Randolph Street in the theater district around the corner from Aretha Franklin Way was supposed to be unveiled with the new name Friday. Jackson’s brothers had thought the Jackson 5 were going to be honored. Detroit’s city council passed an amendment last year forbidding ceremonial streets for organizations or groups. Stephen Grady, chief of staff for council president Brenda Jones, says naming the street for just Michael was “a compromise.” The unveiling ceremony has been canceled, but the Jacksons are still scheduled to play the Detroit Music Weekend festival on Saturday.
PAUL McCARTNEY WILL DO “CARPOOL KARAOKE”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul McCartney will join James Corden for “Carpool Karaoke.” McCartney will take Corden on a tour of Liverpool next week as Corden takes his “Late Late Show” to London. Cher and Foo Fighters are among the guests next week.
SUGARLAND WRITES A SONG INSPIRED BY SCHOOL SHOOTING
NASHVILLE (AP) — Kristian Bush of Sugarland was shaken up after reading a story about a school shooting on his way to a writing session with Jennifer Nettles. When she asked what was on his mind, he said, “This -- but we can’t write this.” Her response was, “Sure we can.” They wrote the song “Tuesday’s Gone.” Bush says it ended up being not a song about guns but one about children. Nettles says the worst thing you can do to engage people is to yell at them and make them feel bad. She says it’s better to offer a conversation that may open them up. The song appears on the new Sugarland album, “Bigger.”
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SHAWN MENDES SINGS FOR PORTUGAL
UNDATED (AP) — For the first time, Shawn Mendes has released a song in Portuguese. He released a version of his song “In My Blood” in Portuguese to sever as Portugal’s official song for its World Cup soccer team. Mendes’ father is a Portuguese immigrant and his mother is English, so he follows the teams from Portugal and England. The World Cup starts today. Portugal’s first game is tomorrow against Spain.
LITTLE BIG TOWN MEMORABILIA WILL GO ON DISPLAY AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
NASHVILLE (AP) — The sundress and boots that Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town wore when she married Jimi Westbrook will be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The exhibit about Little Big Town also will include Fairchild’s high school cheerleader uniform, Kimberley Schlapman’s recital costume and the neon signs used for the cover of the “Pain Killer” album. The exhibit opens June 29 and will run for a year.
by Margie Szaroleta