MUSICIANS REMEMBER LITTLE RICHARD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Paul McCartney says Little Richard used to say that he taught McCartney everything he knows, and McCartney admits he was right. Little Richard died of bone cancer Saturday at a family home in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He was 87. Mick Jagger says he used to watch Little Richard’s moves every night when they were on tour together to learn how to entertain an audience. Elton John says without a doubt, Little Richard was his biggest influence musically, vocally and visually. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys says Little Richard “was there at the beginning and showed us all how to rock and roll.” Cyndi Lauper says Little Richard was not only a truly great singer, but he also officiated her wedding.

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UPTOWN RECORDS FOUNDER ANDRE HARRELL DIES

NEW YORK (AP) - The man who once claimed he fired Sean “Diddy” Combs so that Combs could get rich has died. Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell died Saturday at the age of 59, according to Combs’ REVOLT company. Details of Harrell’s death were not known. Harrell launched Uptown in 1986 and fostered the careers of Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Al B. Sure! and Guy. Harrell told the Wall Street Journal in 2014 he let Combs go because Harrell thought The Notorious B.I.G.’s album was too raw - and because Harrell felt Combs was ready to create his own opportunities.

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BETTY WRIGHT, “CLEAN UP WOMAN” SINGER, DIES

MIAMI (AP) — Betty Wright, the Grammy-winning soul singer and songwriter whose became famous for the hit “Clean Up Woman” has died. News reports say she died at her home in Miami yesterday. She was 66. A rep for her record label says Wright was diagnosed with cancer last fall. Wright’s 1971 hit — in which she sang a woman who’d “clean-up” behind her because she didn’t care enough for her man — had elements of funk, soul and R&B that would be later sampled by fellow artists like Mary J. Blige and Afrika Bambaataa.

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BRIAN MAY HURTS HIS BEHIND

LONDON (AP) - Queen guitarist Brian May was in a hospital last week with torn buttocks muscles. May writes on his website, “I managed to rip my Gluteus Maximus to shreds in a moment of over-enthusiastic gardening.” He says after a scan to find out how badly he tore the muscles, he found out he did “a thorough job.” He says he’s unable to walk or sleep because the pain is “relentless.” May says he does not want anyone to send him sympathy, but he is going to take “some healing silence for a while.”

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ALICIA KEYS, JAY-Z, YO GOTTI AND MEEK MILL CALL FOR JUSTICE IN AHMAUD ARBERY CASE

ATLANTA (AP) - Alicia Keys calls the video that shows the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery “heartbreaking, unbelievably unacceptable and inhumane.” Keys has joined Jay-Z, Yo Gotti and Meek Mill in an open letter calling on Georgia officials to take quick action and avoid conflicts of interest in Arbery’s case. Arbery was fatally shot Feb. 23 in Brunswick, Georgia. A video that shows two white men shooting Arbery, who was black, recently surfaced on social media. Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, who are white, have been charged with Arbery’s murder. The McMichaels say they thought Arbery was a burglary suspect.

TEKASHI 6IX9INE PUTS OUT NEW MUSIC, WEEKS AFTER PRISON RELEASE

NEW YORK (AP) - Tekashi 6ix9ine (six-nine) is wearing his ankle monitor in his new video for “Gooba.” He released the video Friday, his first since he moved from prison to home confinement on April 2. A judge is allowing Tekashi 6ix9ine to serve the last four months of his two-year sentence at an undisclosed location because the rapper said his asthma puts him at risk for the coronavirus. Tekashi 6ix9ine has gotten permission to create music during certain hours, with approval from a probation officer. Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced in December for his involvement in a drive-by shooting in New York.

BERKLEE GIVES HONORARY DOCTORATES TO LEGEND, SHEILA E., WILSON

BOSTON (AP) - John Legend, Sheila E. and Cassandra Wilson were given virtual honorary doctorates over the weekend. They were honored as part of the online commencement ceremony Saturday for the Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Legend says the ceremony was “inspiring.” Sheila E. says, “Yay I did it!” Wilson says it was a “beautiful commencement” and she offers her congratulations to the graduates.

by Margie Szaroleta