Saturday, February 23, 2013


Temptations singer Otis 'Damon' Harris passed away Monday following a 14-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 62.
Born on on July 17, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, Harris began his career in music in the Temptations knockoff act named The Young Tempts. They were forced to change their name to The Young Vandals after an injunction from Motown. Ironically, Harris left the group at 20 to replace his idol Eddie Kendricks as first tenor in the frequently revolving Motown group, and became it's youngest member. He was with the Temptations between 1971 to 1975 and performed on the Grammy award-winning track and staple "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone."
After his stint with the Temptations, Harris reformed the Young Vandals under the new name Impact. The band had the disco hit "Give a Broken Heart a Break" before disbanding. Before retiring from music, Harris would release the solo effort, Damon Harris: Silk, with backup from vocal group Breeze, with Fantasy Records in 1978. The soul album was re-released it 1995.
Before his death, Harris, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 47, established the The Damon Harris Cancer Foundation in 2001. The foundation raises awareness of the disease among African-American men, and also helps with funding treatment.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Autopsy Confirms Mindy McCready's Death as Suicide

Authorities in Arkansas say preliminary autopsy results confirm country music singer Mindy McCready's death was a suicide.
The Cleburne County sheriff said in a statement Wednesday that preliminary autopsy results from Arkansas' state crime lab show McCready's death was a suicide from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators have said McCready apparently shot and killed her late boyfriend's dog before she turned the gun on herself Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, Ark. Authorities found McCready's body and the dog on the front porch where her longtime boyfriend, musician David Wilson, died last month of a gunshot wound to the head.
Authorities are investigating Wilson's death as a suicide but haven't determined an official cause of death yet.

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to Receive ASCAP Founders Award at 30th Annual Pop Music Awards

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be the 36th recipients of ASCAP's Founders Award at this year's Pop Music Awards, it was announced today.
The Founders Award is given to artists who "have made exceptional contributions to music, inspiring and influencing their fellow creators."
"As part of one of our nation’s greatest and most iconic rock bands, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry crafted the music that defined a generation and continues to inspire songwriters today. They are true musical pioneers whose contributions to American songwriting are immeasurable. We are extremely proud to honor these cultural icons with the ASCAP Founders Award," ASCAP chairman Paul Williams said in a statement.
Tyler name-dropped some of the award's previous recipients -- which also include Beatles producer George Martin, Elvis Costello and Dr. Dre --  and singled out Tom Waits as a particular favorite. "It is humbling for Joe and me to be honored for our music alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell. It's been a life-long love affair and it’s far from over. Besides, any society that lets Tom Waits in... I'm there!" Tyler is also scheduled to participate in a keynote interview with Showbiz 411 founder Roger Friedman the day after the Pop Music Awards, during ASCAP's "I Create Music" event.
Joe Perry echoed Tyler's sentiments, saying in a statement that "we join an incredible list of honorees and we are grateful to ASCAP for their support throughout our career."
Aerosmith was founded in 1970 by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, guitarist Ray Tabano, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. The Pop Music Awards will take place on April 17 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.


With Broken City now in the rear-view, director Allen Hughes just signed on to direct a new drama pilot for Fox TV. We have the details for you after the jump.
Written by Chris Morgan (Fast Five), Hughes hops aboard Gang Related, which will center on a gang member who is sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rises through the ranks. Caught with having to balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new "family" — the SFPD's Gang Task Force.
Allen Hughes will assume helming duties and is continuing his solo directing without his brother. His previous gig on the TV side included the USA series, Touching Evil, which he also executive produced.
His next feature is a remake of the 2005 Korean crime drama A Bittersweet Life for Fox and New Regency. Directed and written by the legendary Kim Ji-Woon, Bittersweetwent on to receive rave reviews from critics across the globe. According to Shadow and Act, Denzel Washington is rumored to star in the remake, although it is not certain if he's still attached.