Friday Morning Rock Music Headlines

R.B. GREAVES DIES

NEW YORK (AP) -- The singer of the 1969 hit "Take A Letter, Maria" has died. Greaves died of prostate cancer at his home in Los Angeles last Thursday. He was 68. "Take A Letter, Maria" peaked at number 2 in 1969. Greaves also did a version of "Always Something There To Remind Me," which hit number 27 in 1970.

SESSION GUITARIST BIG JIM SULLIVAN DIES

LONDON (AP) -- Session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan has died. His wife says Sullivan died at their home in West Sussex, England, on Tuesday after suffering from heart disease and diabetes. He was 71. Sullivan's name may not ring a bell, but his guitar work should. He played on Peter and Gordon's "A World Without Love," Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual," "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" by The Walker Brothers, "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield and "Ferry Cross the Mersey" by Gerry and the Pacemakers. He claimed to have played on more than a thousand songs that entered the British charts.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON ROCK HALL INDUCTIONS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Sick of hearing about who gets into the Rock Hall -- and who gets passed over? Now you can do something about it. For the first time, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is letting fans vote. You can vote for your top five nominees at www.RockHall.com from now until December 3. The Rock Hall selection committee will use that along with the votes of music industry types to make decisions on who goes in next year. The artists nominated are Heart, Rush, Deep Purple, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, The Marvellettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, N.W.A, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Albert King, Procol Harum and Chic.

MARIAH VS NICKI: NOW BARBARA WALTERS IS INVOLVED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barbara Walters is trying to get to the bottom of the Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj feud. Walters tells "The View" she talked to Carey before yesterday's edition of "The View." She says Carey told her Minaj left the "American Idol" set Tuesday and several people heard Minaj say if she had a gun she'd shoot Carey. She says Minaj told Carey, "I love you, but we might fight again," and Carey responded, "No, we will not." Walters says Carey hired extra security and she "doesn't feel comfortable emotionally." Walters invited Minaj on the show and Minaj tweets she will not talk to Walters because she stands on her own two feet.

AGNETHA FALTSKOG OF ABBA HEADS INTO STUDIO

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA is returning to music. Her spokesman tells The Associated Press Faltskog is working on a new album. She's working with songwriter Jorgen Elofsson, who co-wrote "(You Drive Me) Crazy" for Britney Spears and the Kelly Clarkson hits "A Moment Like This" and "Stronger." A release date for the album has not been announced. Faltskog has released only one album in the past 25 years, an album of remakes called "My Colouring Book" in 2004.

THE WOMBATS: THE LATEST BAND FROM LIVERPOOL

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Wombats say when you come from The Beatles' hometown, you're pretty much destined to be a musician. Singer Matthew Murphy says probably one in five people in Liverpool are in bands or play music on the side. Bassist Tord Overland-Knudsen says he lives around the corner from the Cavern Club. Murphy says The Beatles are such a big influence that he doesn't think of them as a band anymore, but just a "thing." So they MUST play Beatles songs at some point, right? Overland-Knudsen says no because it's too obvious, and Murphy says, "That would be weird."

"THE X FACTOR": SONG CHOICE AS A WEAPON

MIAMI (AP) -- Fans of "The X Factor" will find out next week which of the 60 acts will make it to the final 24. Contestants were paired against each other to sing one song together, and in many cases one contestant steamrolled the other with the song choice. Vocal coach Tara Simon pushed homesick girl Jannel Garcia into doing "Landslide," which Simon Cowell said was too mellow. Paige Thomas said she felt played by her rival, CeCe Frey, on the song "Secrets." Thomas didn't want to do that song and blew the lyrics. Cowboy Tate Stevens and black country singer Willie Jones did "Nobody Knows" and Jones forgot the words. Britney Spears says Stevens knew what he was doing in choosing a song Jones didn't know.

UNDEROATH CALLING IT QUITS

TAMPA (AP) -- Underoath are breaking up. Singer Spencer Chamberlain says on their website it wasn't a decision they made quickly but it's just time for them to move on. Keyboardist Chris Dudley says it couldn't be a more bittersweet moment for them. Underoath will release a greatest-hits collection called "Anthology 1999-2013" on November 6. They will do a farewell tour next year, with details to be announced next week.

SUSAN BOYLE PLANS FOURTH ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Susan Boyle says the best day ever was when she got to be in the studio with her lifelong idol, Donny Osmond. They duet on two songs for her fourth studio album, "Standing Ovation." It's a collection of songs from musicals and she sings with Osmond on "All I Ask Of You" and "This Is The Moment." Boyle also sings with Michael Crawford on "The Music Of The Night." "Standing Ovation" comes out November 13.

KELLY CLARKSON PREPARES "GREATEST HITS -- CHAPTER 1"

NEW YORK (AP) -- If it seems it's too early for Kelly Clarkson to have a greatest-hits collection, remember that she won the first "American Idol" a decade ago. Clarkson will release "Greatest Hits -- Chapter 1" on November 19. Besides her hits, it will include a new song called "Catch My Breath," which Clarkson co-wrote. Clarkson says that song represents who she's been and where she's headed.

"AMERICAN IDOL" FINALIST CARLY SMITHSON HAS A BABY GIRL

UNDATED (AP) -- Carly Smithson, the Irish singer from the 2008 season of "American Idol" and singer for We Are The Fallen, is a new mom. Smithson gave birth to a girl on Sunday. She and her husband, Todd, have named her Olivia Mabel Smithson. She's their first child.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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