101 Gold’s Posts
101 Gold’s Posts
The sign language interpreter at Tuesday’s memorial service in Johannesburg for Nelson Mandela, who purportedly was signing the words of speakers including President Obama for the deaf, was apparently a fake. According to experts and people in the deaf community, the man was apparently signing the equivalent of gibberish. Deaf American actress Marlee Matlin told CNN Wednesday, “It was almost like he was doing baseball signs. I was appalled.” Questions remain about how he was hired, with a spokesman for the ruling African National Congress saying the party had not hired him for the event, although they’d used him previously on some occasions. The South African government was reportedly investigating.
Happy Birthday to Dionne Warwick, who celebrates her 73rd birthday today (December 12th). Warwick recently received a Grammy nom in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for her Now collection. USA Today reported this week that Warwick will release a new duets album, called Feels So Good in May. Among the special guests singing on the set are Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green, and Ziggy Marley. Feels So Good will feature ”new songs and covers of classic hits.”
Crosby, Stills, & Nash have announced a 13-date March swing through North America. The group kicks off the mainly East Coast and Mid-West shows on March 4th at Richmond, Virginia’s Carpenter Center, and — as of now — winds things down on March 24th at Durham, North Carolina’s Durham Performing Arts Center.
It was 46 years ago today that the legendary Otis Redding died in a plain crash at the age of 26. At approximately 3:30 pm that afternoon, the plane carrying Redding and his backing band, the Bar-Kays, was on its way to a concert in Madison, Wisconsin, when it crashed in the state’s icy Lake Monoma. Everyone on board except trumpeter Ben Cauley of the Bar-Kays was killed.
Today marks rock n’ roll pioneer Little Richard‘s 81st birthday. Richard rocketed to stardom in the mid-’50s, when his black eyeliner, bouffant hairdo, and flamboyant performances were hard to ignore. With innovative songs like “Tutti Frutti,” “Lucille,” and “Good Golly Miss Molly,” Little Richard, whose real name is Richard Penniman, earned his place in music history, and by 1968 he had sold an astonishing 32 million records worldwide.
Today is the big day for Billy Joel fans as he makes his “major announcement for 2014″ with a “few special guests in attendance” at his press conference at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The hour-long press conference — and presumed live performance — will run live on Fuse at 11 am ET, with the event being streamed on both MSG.com and BillyJoel.com.
The main consensus among the die-hard fans is that either Billy is planning on topping his 12 night record of shows at the Garden — which he set during his 2006 run — or he’s planning to perform full album shows every month through the end of the year. As it stands now, he has gigs booked at the arena in January, February, March, and April.
DISNEY OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES SEQUEL TO ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’: Disney announced on Friday (November 22nd) that the sequel to Alice in Wonderland will be released for Memorial Day weekend in 2016. Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska will once again play Alice. James Bobin will replace Tim Burton as director
Over 50 years since releasing their first single and nearly 44 years since breaking up — once again — the Beatles are back in the Top 10. The group’s latest archival release, On Air: Live At The BBC Volume 2, entered the Billboard 200 album chart at Number Seven with 37,000 units sold. Back in 1993, the group’s first BBC collection, Live At The BBC, entered the chart at Number Three with an impressive 360,000 copies sold in its first week.