Arts and entertainment

March 30, 2020 - 3:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Merrill — who co-wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll" that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett — died Sunday in New York of complications from the coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 69. Laura Merrill said on her Facebook account that he died in the morning...
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This March 1, 2011, photo shows Japanese comedian Ken Shimura in Tokyo. Shimura, the nationally popular comedian, who said was drawing inspired from Jerry Lewis, has died of the COVID-19 pneumonia, a first known celebrity victim of the virus in Japan. He was 70. Shimura, who had fans of all generations with his slapstick jokes and funny faces, had been treated at a Tokyo hospital, died of the virus Sunday, March 29, his agency, Izawa Office, said.(Kyodo News via AP)
March 30, 2020 - 2:08 am
TOKYO (AP) — Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease. He was 70. Shimura, who attracted fans of all generations with his slapstick comedy and...
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Billie Eilish accepts her award for International Female Solo Artist on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
March 29, 2020 - 10:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Dave Grohl opened their doors — literally — as the musicians performed from their homes for an hour-long benefit concert to raise money for those affected by the coronavirus crisis. Keys kicked off the Sunday's event — which also honored...
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FILE - This Aug. 22, 2018 file photo shows Joe Diffie performing at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. A publicist for Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)
March 29, 2020 - 9:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first...
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FILE - This June 15, 2019 file photo shows John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms. A message posted on Prine's Twitter page Sunday, March 29, 2020 said the “Angel from Montgomery” singer has been hospitalized since Thursday and his condition worsened on Saturday. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
March 29, 2020 - 7:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms. A message posted on Prine's Twitter page Sunday said the “Angel from Montgomery” singer has been hospitalized since Thursday and...
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FILE - In a March 18, 1974 file photo, Country music star Jan Howard performs during the Grand Ole Opry's last show at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.Howard, who had a No. 1 country hit “For Loving You” with Bill Anderson and wrote hits for others like Kitty Wells' “It's All Over But the Crying,” died Saturday, March 29, 2020 at age 91, according to an announcement by the Grand Ole Opry. She was 91. (AP Photo/John Duricka, File)
March 29, 2020 - 1:37 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jan Howard, who had a No. 1 country hit “For Loving You” with Bill Anderson and wrote hits for others like Kitty Wells' “It's All Over But the Crying,” has died at age 91, according to the Grand Ole Opry. The Opry, of which she was a member for nearly 50...
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FILE - In a Friday, July 8, 2016 file photo, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood attend a news conference at Yankee Stadium, in New York. CBS said Sunday, March 29, 2020, that it will air a live prime-time special with Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwod performing viewer requests on Wednesday, April 1. The show will be performed at the couple’s home studio with a minimal crew.(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
March 29, 2020 - 12:22 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood will be taking viewer requests during a live prime-time show this week filmed at their home. CBS will air the special, “Garth and Trisha: Live!” on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern. In an announcement Sunday, CBS says the country stars will...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2013, file photo, Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki tells a news conference in Warsaw, Poland. Sources close to the family say that Penderecki died Sunday at the age of 86 after a “long and serious illness.” (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
March 29, 2020 - 8:07 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works have featured in Hollywood films like “The Shining” and “Shutter Island,” died Sunday at age 86. In a statement emailed to The Associated...
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March 28, 2020 - 9:43 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor John Callahan, known for playing Edmund Grey on “All My Children” and also starring on other soaps including “Days of Our Lives,” “Santa Barbara” and “Falcon Crest,” has died. He was 66. His ex-wife and former “All My Children” co-star Eva LaRue announced his death on her...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2017, file photo, visitors get ready to tour Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Elvis Presley's Graceland is closing in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Friday, March 20, 2020.(AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
March 28, 2020 - 4:05 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tourism officials in Memphis, Tennessee, say the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest have been rescheduled for the fall after they were postponed by the new coronavirus outbreak. Memphis in May officials said in a statement Saturday...
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