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Wednesday
May232012

Prince, Donna Summer Records Tapped for Library of Congress

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- The Library of Congress Wednesday tapped 25 recordings, from spoken-word pieces to Donna Summer‘s 1977 hit “I Feel Love” and an album from A Charlie Brown Christmas, to be inducted into its National Recording Registry in its 10th year.

To be considered for selection, the recordings had to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old.

The recordings -- which now total 350 with Wednesday’s additions -- will be located in the library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va.

The Edison Talking Doll cylinder, created in 1888, was the registry’s oldest selection. It was found in 1967 in the desk of Thomas Edison’s assistant and had been made to allow children’s dolls to “talk.” It plays a recording of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” but had been considered unplayable because of the cylinder’s poor condition. In 2011, its surface was scanned in 3-D with digital mapping tools.

The most contemporary pick was Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain from 1984. In a first for Prince, this album -- his sixth -- consisted of a band, not simply the artist playing several instruments to create his unique sound. According to the Library of Congress, portions of the album were recorded in his hometown of Minneapolis.

Below is a complete list of the registry’s picks.

  1. Edison Talking Doll cylinder (1888)
  2. “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” Lillian Russell (1912)
  3. “Ten Cents a Dance,” Ruth Etting (1930)
  4. “Voices from the Days of Slavery,” Various speakers (1932-1941 interviews; 2002 compilation)
  5. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” Patsy Montana (1935)
  6. “Fascinating Rhythm,” Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938)
  7. “Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Kenton & and his Orchestra (1943)
  8. Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (Nov. 14, 1943)
  9. International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-1946)
  10. “The Indians for Indians Hour” (March 25, 1947)
  11. “Hula Medley,” Gabby Pahinui (1947)
  12. “I Can Hear It Now,” Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow (1948)
  13. “Let’s Go Out to the Programs,” The Dixie Hummingbirds (1953)
  14. “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1954, 1958)
  15. “Bo Diddley” and “I’m a Man,” Bo Diddley (1955)
  16. “Green Onions,” Booker T. & the M.G.’s (1962)
  17. “Forever Changes,” Love (1967)
  18. “The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings,” Gregg Smith Singers (1969)
  19. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970)
  20. “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton (1971)
  21. “Mothership Connection,” Parliament (1975)
  22. Barton Hall concert by the Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977)
  23. “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer (1977)
  24. “Rapper’s Delight,” Sugarhill Gang (1979)
  25. “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution (1984)

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Wednesday
Jun222011

Beyonce Sings Queen, Prince & Kings of Leon in France

In this file photo, Beyonce performs at The 2011 Billboard Music Awards on May 22 in Las Vegas. Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NICE, France) -- As a warmup for her headlining spot this weekend at England's famous Glastonbury festival, Beyonce took the stage in Nice, France, Monday night for her first concert in well over a year.  In addition to her own hits, Beyonce performed quite a unique medley for fans at the concert.  She started with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," moved onto Prince's "The Beautiful Ones" -- a track she performed during her 2009 tour -- and finished with, of all things, Kings Of Leon's "Sex on Fire."  The video of the medley was available online for a brief time, but was then pulled by Beyonce's people.

Beyonce and her all-female band will continue their brief tour of France Wednesday in the city of Lille and then Thursday in the city of Amneville.  Then it's on to Glastonbury, where B will share the stage on Sunday with the likes of rock legend Paul Simon.

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Monday
May092011

Whitney Houston Checks Into Rehab

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston is in rehab, a rep for the star confirmed to ABC News Radio on Monday.

A spokesperson for Houston says she is in an outpatient program for drug and alcohol treatment, and that she entered the program voluntarily, as part of what the rep called Houston's "long-standing" recovery process.

Houston has admitted to substance abuse in the past.  Last year, after she received some poor reviews for a number of live performances there were rumors that she was once again battling addiction, but those reports were never confirmed.

Thursday night, Houston and Chaka Khan were special guests at Prince's concert at the L.A. Forum -- they sang Chaka's hit with Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good."

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Friday
Oct152010

Prince Announces New Tour

Photo Courtesy - Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Prince is organizing a tour that will begin sometime this December.  According to Billboard, he announced during a press conference Thursday at New York City's Apollo Theater that he will emcee and perform on the Welcome 2 America tour, which will feature guest stars such as Janelle Monae and Mint Condition.

"Bring your friends, bring your children, and bring foot spray, because it's going to be funky," says Prince of the tour.

Prince didn't say where the shows will be held.

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