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Dr. John: 12 Essential Songs

Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., who died Thursday at age 77, was a onetime Catholic schoolboy who remade himself into a bona fide high priest of funk — and a lifelong ambassador of gritty, glittery New Orleans groove.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, Dr. John — the name and characterization he adopted in 1968 with the release of the landmark Gris Gris album, based in part on stories of a 19th-century voodoo priest — earned 15 Grammy nominations and six wins during a career that spanned more than 50 years. He beat drug addiction,
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Today in Soap Opera History (June 2)

1969: Peyton Place series finale aired on ABC.

1988: Days of our Lives' Kim had to say goodbye to Shane.

1995: One Life to Live's Bo and Nora were married.

1997: Port Charles' Scott was desperate to find Serena."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1969: The 514th and final episode of primetime soap opera Peyton Place aired on ABC.

Norman and Rita arrived at Dr. Rossi's hearing, planning to give an honest testimony about the events surrounding Fred Russell's death. Attempting to determine probable cause,
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Flashback: Roky Erickson Serenades Demons and Zombies on ‘The Evil One’

Flashback: Roky Erickson Serenades Demons and Zombies on ‘The Evil One’
In an early-Eighties documentary on Roky Erickson, an interviewer asked the late singer-guitarist about his religious background.

“Well, I’ve gone through three changes,” Erickson responds. “I thought I was a Christian, then I was with the devil … and then the third one where I know who I am; I feel like I’m a monster. I feel like I know I’m the robe of many colors spoke of in the Bible: in other words, a demon, a gremlin, a goblin, a vampire, a ghost and an alien with a brain about this big.
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Nora on General Hospital — Everything You Need to Know

Nora Buchanan has made a few appearances on General Hospital, but fans of that ABC soap may not be aware that the character has quite a history from her decades on One Life To Live! Actress Hillary B. Smith made her debut as Nora in 1992 and what was originally meant to be a guest character turned into a role she played until Oltl went off the air in 2013. The actress then brought the character to Gh in 2017 for a guest appearance and has made a few more since. Nora was first seen in 1992 defending Todd Manning and his frat brothers who were accused of raping Marty Saybrooke. The attorney grew close to Bo Buchanan after the death of his wife, Sarah, when the two joined forces to track down her killer. Nora began suffering from terrible headaches that turned out to be a brain tumor, and she feared she may
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Flashback: Aerosmith Play ‘Dream On’ on ‘The Midnight Special’ in 1974

Flashback: Aerosmith Play ‘Dream On’ on ‘The Midnight Special’ in 1974
Aerosmith kicked off their Deuces are Wild Las Vegas residency over the weekend at the MGM Resort’s Park Theater, which seats just 5,200 people. That’s about a quarter the size of the arenas they usually play, but that intimacy comes at a steep price. Tickets in front go for $1,300 each and that’s not even counting the option of shelling out an additional $2,500 to meet Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, $750 to meet Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford, or a mere $275 for a backstage tour and the chance
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Elton John Is a Huge Tribe Called Quest Fan

Elton John Is a Huge Tribe Called Quest Fan
Elton John declares A Tribe Called Quest the “seminal hip-hop band of all-time” in a new interview with Q-Tip on the singer’s radio show, Rocket Hour. The latest episode premieres Thursday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. Et on Apple Music’s Beats 1.

John introduces Q-Tip, the Tribe emcee-producer, as “amazing” and “a legend in music,” noting his admiration for the innovative, jazz-influenced Nineties rap group. “If you don’t know A Tribe Called Quest, you’re stupid,” he said. “But if you listen to [‘Electric Relaxation’], you’ll understand why I rave about them.
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Cleopatra Jones

Cleopatra Jones

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1973 / 2:35:1 / 89 Min. / Street Date – March 19, 2019

Starring Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey

Written by Max Julien, Sheldon Keller

Cinematography by David M. Walsh

Directed by Jack Starrett

A good-natured if rickety assemblage of action movie cliches, Cleopatra Jones is dominated by two bigger than life actresses, Tamara Dobson and Shelley Winters. The movie’s trailer promoted Dobson as the “soul sister’s answer” to James Bond but you can count Bruce Lee, Emma Peel, Shaft and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. among Cleo’s many relevant role models.

Winters plays “Mommy”, a foulmouthed mob boss who depends on the thriving Poppy fields of Turkey for her cash flow and Dobson is Cleopatra, an Amazonian fashion plate whose special agent skills range from karate to high speed car chases – her plan to wipe out Mommy’s syndicate leads to a high octane race through ‘70’s era L.
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Drummer Alan White Reflects on His Years Playing With John Lennon and Yes

If Alan White’s résumé was limited to playing drums on John Lennon’s Imagine and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, it would be pretty impressive. But about two years after appearing on those pivotal Beatles solo records, he was recruited by Yes — then at the peak of their creative powers — to replace the outgoing Bill Bruford. The band has seen a ludicrous amount of lineup changes since that time, but the one constant has been White’s presence behind the drum kit. These days, back issues limit
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‘Russian Doll’ Star Elizabeth Ashley on Her Early Stage Career

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‘Russian Doll’ Star Elizabeth Ashley on Her Early Stage Career
The force of nature born Elizabeth Ann Cole, and rechristened Elizabeth Ashley for stage and screen of the late 1950s, first drew the attention of critics and fans with her work in New York theater, garnering an early-career Tony Award for her portrayal of Mollie in the Broadway production of “Take Her, She’s Mine” in 1961.

Ashley’s big-screen debut in 1964, the hit film adaptation of Harold Robbins’ mega-best-seller “The Carpetbaggers,” earned her a Golden Globe supporting actress nomination and led to decades of work on screens big and small, including an Emmy Award-nominated turn in the Burt Reynolds ’90s comedy series “Evening Shade.”

More recently, Ashley appeared in the hit film comedy “Ocean’s 8” and has lit up the Netflix mind-twister “Russian Doll” as Natasha Lyonne’s unconventional therapist. Her first time in Variety was 60 years ago, when she appeared in a critically trounced 1959 summer stock production of noted
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Real Life Rock Top Ten: Elvis, ‘Green Book’ and More

“Real Life Rock Top Ten” is a monthly column by cultural critic and Rs contributing editor Greil Marcus.

1. Nobody’s Baby, “Life of a Thousand Girls” (Bandcamp). “All the ingredients to an American classic, the Teenage Death Song,” says this San Francisco foursome of itself. “Noboby’s Baby formed around the idea of capturing the raw honesty buried in early 60’s cheese schlock.” Fair enough, but that doesn’t touch the dramatic hesitations or the pathos that Katie Rose, also of Dirty Denim, puts into the music. It’s as
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Jackie Shane, Soul Singer and Transgender Pioneer, Dead at 78

Jackie Shane, Soul Singer and Transgender Pioneer, Dead at 78
Jackie Shane, a soul singer and transgender pioneer who had been all but forgotten for decades until her reissued catalogue sparked renewed attention in 2017, has died at the age of 78. Douglas McGowan, the Numero Group A&R scout who had tracked down Shane and was responsible for her rediscovery, confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. Shane died at home in Nashville, where she lived with her cat, Sweetie.

“I’m devastated to report that our friend and hero Jackie Shane passed away peacefully in her sleep earlier this week,” McGowan said.
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‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund, Wry Voice of WWE, Dead at 76

‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund, Wry Voice of WWE, Dead at 76
“Mean” Gene Okerlund, the smooth-voiced WWE announcer and frequent straight man to pro wrestling’s most outrageous personalities, died Wednesday at 76. The WWE confirmed his death in a tweet, calling Okerlund “the most recognizable interviewer in sports entertainment history.”

Born in 1942 in South Dakota, Okerlund made his way to Minnesota in the Seventies, where he worked as a ring announcer for the American Wrestling Association, a local wrestling franchise based in Minneapolis. His national notoriety, however, began when he joined the then-WWF in 1984, one year before pro wrestling, and the WWF in particular,
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Real Life Rock Top Ten

“Real Life Rock Top Ten” is a monthly column by cultural critic and Rs contributing editor Greil Marcus.

1. Rich Kreuger, “Kenny’s (It’s Always Christmas in this Bar,” from NOWThen (RockkinK Music). Years ago in Chicago, in the middle of winter, my friend Bill Wyman was taking me to a bar: “Chicago’s a really friendly town,” he said. “You’ll like it here.” As we approached the place, two burly guys came out and one fixed me, as if trying to figure out what I was doing there.
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Boz Scaggs on Hating Yacht Rock and Rediscovering the Blues

Boz Scaggs on Hating Yacht Rock and Rediscovering the Blues
Boz Scaggs takes nothing for granted, especially his voice. Each day before soundcheck on his just-wrapped tour, he put his vocal cords through their paces. For about six or seven minutes, he formed long “oohs” and “aahs,” pushing his throat to a strenuous point before easing it back down. “It’s like lifting weights with your voice,” Scaggs, 74, says. “Compared to years ago, I probably take better care of my voice now than then.”

As heard on that tour — another leg starts in the new year — Scaggs’ voice retains the
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‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’s Brandon Mychal Smith Signs With ICM Partners

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‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’s Brandon Mychal Smith Signs With ICM Partners
Exclusive: Brandon Mychal Smith, who just signed on for a lead role in Hulu’s series adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral, has signed with ICM Partners. Smith also plays Sam Dresden on You’re the Worst, which kicks off its fifth and final season on Fxx in January. It just wrapped shooting.

On the big screen, his credits include playing Little Richard opposite Chadwick Boseman in the James Brown biopic Get On Up, in addition to the Melissa Leo starrer The Most Hated Woman in America and Dirty Grandpa.

The romantic comedy series Four Weddings and a Funeral is heading into production now for a 2019 debut, with Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton writing and executive producing. From MGM Television and Universal TV, with MGM serving as the lead studio, the series revolves around four American friends — Maya (Nathalie Emmanuel), Craig (Smith), Ainsley (Rebecca Rittenhouse) and Duffy (John Reynolds
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Sesame Street Records to Be Relaunched by Warner Music and Sesame Workshop

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Sesame Street Records to Be Relaunched by Warner Music and Sesame Workshop
When thinking of classic television performances by major recording artists, people usually mention “Saturday Night Live,” “Ed Sullivan,” Super Bowl halftimes, the Doobie Brothers on “What’s Happening” and late-night shows ranging from Johnny Carson to James Corden.

Rarely does anyone mention “Sesame Street” — which is understandable, because the show’s audience is overwhelmingly children aged 5 and below — and yet it holds one of the greatest and most unique music archives of the past 50 years.

You’ve got Stevie Wonder singing “Superstition” as well as a numbers freestyle on the show’s classic set in 1973. A beaming Lauryn Hill and the Fugees dancing around the streets of New York with Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus to a revised version of “Be Yourself.” Patti Labelle leading a rousing gospel-inspired musical reading of the alphabet. Opera icon Marilyn Horne singing an astonishing, pitch-perfect take on “C Is for Cookie” on an elaborate mock-Egyptian set surrounded by Muppets.
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Green Book Review: A Peculiar Road Trip Through the Jim Crow South

The Negro Motorist Green Book was a travel guide for African Americans. Published until 1966, it provided black drivers with safe locations for food, gas, and lodging. This was particularly needed in the deep south, where lynchings, harassment, and racial discrimination were pervasive. Green Book is the true story of a peculiar road trip for the era. A wealthy, black concert pianist is chauffeured through the Jim Crow South by a burly, white bouncer. The film levels the ugliness with warm humor. It is a story of friendship and understanding in a time of racial oppression.

Green Book opens in 1962 New York City. Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) is a bouncer at the famed Copacabana night club. A bruiser with a short temper and big appetite, Tony was a devoted family man. The club is shut down for renovations. Struggling to pay rent, Tony is given the opportunity to interview
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Review: Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’ is an Entertaining, Easy-to-Please Dramedy

“For a vacation without aggravation.” So begins The Green Book, a guide for black travelers of the limited establishments they were welcome at in a segregated America. Published in the decades leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and a few years beyond), the handbook could be considered more valuable than a Bible for its intended readers as they navigate to safe passage amongst a cesspool of racism. In Peter Farrelly’s entertaining, easy-to-please dramedy Green Book, it’s the first thing given to Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), who reluctantly accepted a two-month gig to drive renowned pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a concert tour through the Deep South.

Packing the kind of Italian-bred gut that can hold 26 hot dogs in one sitting and, for dinner, an entire pizza, Mortensen plays Tony Lip with a wallop of brash endearment. A self-proclaimed “bullshit artist,” he can convince anyone to do anything,
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‘Green Book’ Review: Odd-Couple Dramedy Is Timely Feel-Good Movie

Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), an African-American classical-trained pianist on a jazz-trio tour in a part of 1960’s America that’s not prepared to embrace integration. In his search for a chauffeur, Don makes the curious choice of Frank Anthony Vallelonga, a.k.a. Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a loudmouth Italian cliché temporarily off the Mob payroll as a bouncer back in New Yawk. They sure as hell don’t get off to an amicable start, with Don sitting like a king in a chic apartment above Carnegie Hall. Tony
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What Happened to Gloria on The Young & The Restless

Viewers don’t see as much of Gloria on The Young & The Restless these days, but because of her outsized personality, even her smallest scenes make an indelible impact! The character was first introduced in April of 2004 and was played by Knots Landing star Joan Van Ark. However, by January of 2005, she was replaced by seasoned daytime actress Judith Chapman. And over the years, Gloria has gotten into no end of trouble! Kevin Fisher found his mother living in Detroit and brought Gloria back to Genoa City to live with him and her other son, Michael Baldwin. She very quickly set her sights on John Abbott and they returned from a cruise as man and wife. Her ex, Tom Fisher, followed her to town and blackmailed her into stealing money from her new husband. Tom also teamed up with Sheila Carter to hurt Michael and Lauren on their wedding day.
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