BOBBY LEWIS DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man behind the 1961 hit “Tossin’ and Turnin’” has died. Billboard magazine confirms Bobby Lewis died April 28 after contracting pneumonia. He was 95. Lewis grew up in an orphanage and ran away from a foster home at age 14 to become a singer. “Tossin’ and Turnin’” was number one for seven weeks in 1961, which was unusually long for that era. Lewis had only one other hit, “One Track Mind,” which peaked at number 9 in 1961. Although he had vision problems late in life, Lewis performed shows into his 80s.
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COLLIN RAYE PLAYS CORONAVIRUS PROTEST CONCERT
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) - Collin Raye calls the concert he played Saturday in Cedar City, Utah, the most important show he’s ever done. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Raye played the free Utah Business Revival event, which protested restrictions placed to slow the spread of the coronavirus and offered businesses a chance to sell their products. The concert was rejected twice in other Utah communities. Last week, Governor Gary Herbert allowed outdoor gatherings of 6,000 people. Concert organizer Eric Moutsos estimates the event turnout at 5,000.
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL’S CHRIS CARRABA IS IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
UNDATED (AP) - Chris Carraba of Dashboard Confessional says he has “surgeries and months of rehab to come” as he recovers from a motorcycle accident on June 6. Carraba posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed. He says his injuries are “severe but not life threatening,” but he does not give details. He thanks the manufacturers of the safety gear he was wearing by name.
BLUES SINGER SAYS SHE’S BEEN LADY A FOR 20 YEARS
NEW YORK (AP) - There may be one thing Lady Antebellum failed to consider when they changed their name to Lady A: someone else might already be using that name. Rolling Stone magazine reports a Seattle blues singer named Anita White has been performing as Lady A for more than two decades. She says the group never contacted her before announcing the name change last week. White says it’s ironic the group changed the name to support racial equality and took it from her, an African American woman. White has released several albums as Lady A and holds a business trademark for Lady A LLC. She plans to consult a lawyer this week. A representative for the group says they will reach out to White.
MUSE’S MATT BELLAMY IS A DAD AGAIN
UNDATED (AP) - Singer Matt Bellamy of Muse and his wife, Elle, are parents to a newborn daughter. Bellamy posted an Instagram photo of the couple with their daughter, named Lovella Dawn Bellamy, born in Los Angeles on June 7. She’s their first child together. Bellamy also has an eight-year-old son with actress Kate Hudson.
LIL BABY’S “MY TURN” RETURNS TO NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took Lil Baby three months to notch a second week at number one for his “My Turn” album. It debuted in the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart the week of March 13, then stayed in the top six until this week, when it returns to number one. It moved 65,000 units in the past week. “Chromatica” by Lady Gaga drops to second place. “Wunna” by Gunna is number three, and Future’s “High Off Life” is number four. “Dark Lane Demo” by Drake is in fifth.
HANK WILLIAMS JR.’S DAUGHTER IS KILLED IN ACCIDENT
PARIS, Tenn. (AP) - The daughter of Hank Williams Junior has been killed in a highway accident on Saturday night. A spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Katherine Williams-Dunning was driving an SUV towing a boat when it crossed the median and rolled over on U.S. Route 79 northeast of Paris, Tennessee. Her husband, 29-year-old Tyler J. Dunning, was a passenger in the vehicle. He was airlifted to a Nashville hospital, but his condition is not known. Williams has not commented publicly on his daughter’s death. Travis Tritt says he’s known Williams-Dunning since she was a kid and calls the news “heartbreaking.”
By Margie Szaroleta