Entries in Rock and Roll (4)


Songwriter Jerry Leiber Dies at 78

Songwriter Jerry Leiber Dies at 78(NEW YORK) -- He's considered one of the most important songwriters in the history of rock and roll. Jerry Leiber, who collaborated with Mike Stoller on such classics as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Stand By Me," has died of cardiopulmonary failure at the age of 78.

Leiber was half of the legendary Leiber and Stoller songwriting team, whose enormous body of work was the theme of an American Idol night back in May. The list of those who immortalized their work includes The Beatles, James Brown and Elvis Presley.  

A spokesperson said in a emailed statement to ABC News Radio, "All of us -- family, friends and associates -- are extremely saddened by the passing of Jerry Leiber.  His contributions to the world of popular music through his songwriting and record productions -- in conjunction with his partner Mike Stoller -- will surely outlive us all."

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The Who's Pete Townshend Reflects on the Road Not Travelled

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Here's a surprise: if Pete Townshend could have done it differently, he says he never would have played guitar for The Who -- or any band, for that matter.  It's not, however, because he doesn't like his band mates.  In a special issue of Uncut magazine, Townshend declares, "I would never have joined a band," adding, "I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration."  Townshend says that he thinks a better move for him would have been to go the solo artist route, comparing himself to Brian Eno. 

Townshend also says becoming a solo artist would have been much better for his health.  "My ears, right wrist and shoulder would work more efficiently. In all other respects I am in extremely good shape,"  he says.  Townshend, who turns 66 in May, suffers from an extreme case of tinnitus and has lost much of his hearing over the years.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Announce 2011 Inductees

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(NEW YORK) -- Will Bon Jovi be named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2011?  Fans will find out next Wednesday.

The hall says it will reveal its inductees for 2011 on Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. ET on its website, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, the Beastie Boys and Neil Diamond are among the nominees.

Though the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, the induction ceremony will again be held in New York City, on March 14.´╗┐

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'King of Rock and Soul' Solomon Burke Dead at 70

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(AMSTERDAM) -- Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Solomon Burke, known as the “King of Rock and Soul,” died Sunday in Amsterdam. He was 70.

Burke wrote the 1964 hit Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, which was recorded by the Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett. He tracked Cry to Me, a song used in the movie Dirty Dancing.

“This is a time of great sorrow,” his family said in a statement. “Although our hearts and lives will never be the same, his love, life and music will continue to live within us forever.”

Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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