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By Corey Sorenson
PATRICK SIMMONS OF DOOBIE BROTHERS PLANS RIDE ACROSS THE COUNTRY
NASHVILLE (AP) — Doobie Brothers guitarist Patrick Simmons and his wife will ride coast to coast on vintage motorcycles as part of a charity event. Simmons and his wife, Cris, will ride Harley-Davidsons built in 1934 and in 1929 from Daytona, Florida, to Takoma, Washington, next month as part of the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. The couple will raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.
ASCAP HONORS FIVE CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITERS
NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez, Stephen Sondheim and Garth Brooks will get special recognition from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. They will receive ASCAP’s top honor, the Centennial Award. Songwriter Paul Williams, the president of ASCAP, says the five have created songs that “have touched the lives of people across the globe.” The awards will be presented November 17 in New York.
”MOTOWN 25″ SPECIAL WILL BE RELEASED ON HOME VIDEO
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The concert special on which Michael Jackson first did the moonwalk is finally coming to home video. “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” first aired on NBC in May 1983. It featured not only Jackson, but Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations and The Four Tops. It also included non-Motown acts like Linda Ronstadt, Jose Feliciano and Adam Ant. The special will be released as a single DVD, a three-DVD set and a deluxe 6-DVD set on September 30.
”STAND UP TO CANCER” ANNOUNCES CELEBRITY LINEUP
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, The Who, Dave Matthews, Common and Lupe Fiasco will perform at this year’s “Stand Up To Cancer” telethon. Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Rob Lowe, Ben Stiller and Will Farrell will also participate. Instead of answering the phones as they’ve done in the past, the celebrities will reach out to donors through social media. The hour-long telethon will air September 5 on 31 broadcast and cable networks.
GRACELAND TOUR NOW DONE ON IPADS
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Elvis Presley probably never dreamed of people walking through his house with handheld computers. Visitors on the Graceland tour now are given iPads for an interactive multimedia experience. Guests will see content based on their location in the house that allows them to see rarely seen video and photos. Another version is made specifically for kids. Visitors can even email their favorite images. Would iPads have freaked out Presley? Probably not. Joel Weinshanker of Graceland says Elvis loved new technology and was among the first to have a home VCR, a big screen TV and a briefcase phone. He says Presley had the first microwave oven sold in Memphis.
BOB MARLEY MUSICAL SET FOR NEXT YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) — A musical about Bob Marley is in the works. Center Stage in Baltimore says it will premiere the production “Marley” on May 6. It will focus on Marley’s life from 1975 to 1978. It will feature songs like “Jamming,” ”Three Little Birds” and “Roots, Rock, Reggae.”