Music & Entertainment News – Monday 11/20/17

Music & Entertainment News – Monday 11/20/17

The world’s most notorious murderer, Charles Manson, has died,  He was 83.

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Debra Tate, the sister of his most famous victim, actress Sharon Tate. Debra was contacted by the prison and told Manson died at 8:13 p.m. local time.

  • Born November 12th, 1934 in Cincinnati.
  • Gathered a group of individuals known as the Manson Family.
  • Led a killing spree with his “family” on multiple California families over two nights in 1969.
  • Sentenced to life in prison in 1972.

Manson was responsible for sending the so-called Manson Family on a killing spree in 1969 that took the life of actress Sharon Tate, among others. He later became a pop culture icon, with numerous musicians recording his songs and goth rocker Marilyn Manson even co-opting the name for his stage moniker.

Born in 1934 in Cincinnati, Manson spent much of his early life in and out of jail. He married and fathered children with two women, but his criminal past caught up with him in California in 1959 and he was sent to prison. He was released in 1966 and moved to Berkeley, California, where he became part of the hippie counter-culture and started laying the groundwork for his Family.

In 1968, he worked himself into the life of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and became a peripheral figure in the California music scene. As he began to install various Family members at Wilson’s home, Dennis had his manager evict Manson and company. Around that time, Manson also heard The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and thought it was predicting a race war.

On the night of August 8th, 1969, Manson directed members of his Family to the home of Sharon Tate and husband Roman Polanski, who was in London at the time. He advised them, “Now is the time for Helter Skelter.” The estate used to be the home of record producer Terry Melcher, who Manson had met through Dennis Wilson, but he knew that Melcher no longer lived there. Nonetheless, he ordered his followers to slaughter everyone in the residence, including an eight-months-pregnant Sharon Tate. The other victims that night were Steven Parent, coffee-empire heiress Abigail Folger, Tate’s former lover Jay Sebring and Polanski’s friend Wojciech Frykowski.

The following night, the Family murdered supermarket executive Leno LoBianco and his wife Rosemary. Manson and some of the Family were arrested in mid-October for the murders. He was convicted in January 1971 and sentenced to death, but that was commuted to life in prison when California outlawed the death penalty in 1972.

Manson periodically came up for parole and stayed in the public eye with a handful of interviews. The Family also regained prominence when member Squeaky Fromme attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford. At the time of his death, he was receiving more mail than any prisoner in the United States.

Manson was hospitalized this week in Bakersfield, California, but officials were tight-lipped on his condition.

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Malcolm Young of AC/DC passes away.

By Daniel Kreps

 AC/DC - AC/DC - Photo Credit: Andrew Wilson / PR Photos

AC/DC – AC/DC – Photo Credit: Andrew Wilson / PR Photos

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AC/DC – “AC/DC: Live at River Plate” London Premiere – Photo Credit:

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973.

“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

Angus Young added, “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

The Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC’s longtime producer, in October at the age of 70.

In an additional statement from Malcolm Young’s family, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.

“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

As rhythm guitarist for the legendary rock band, Malcolm Young served as an indispensable foil to Angus Young’s arena-stuffing riffs. After forming AC/DC in 1973, the Young brothers would be credited as co-writers on every song the band recorded from their 1975 debut High Voltage through 2014’s Rock or Bust. That final album marked AC/DC’s first without Malcolm, who announced in September 2014 that he would permanently leave the band due to dementia.

“We miss Malcolm, obviously,” AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said in July 2014. “He’s a fighter. He’s in [the] hospital, but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again… Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure [Malcolm] was rooting for us.”

Malcolm Young last performed live with AC/DC when their tour for 2008’s Black Ice concluded in June 2010 with a concert in Bilbao, Spain.

Watch AC/DC Play Their Last Song With Malcolm Young:

Malcolm Young, like his older brother George and younger brother Angus, was born in Glasgow, Scotland before the whole Young family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in the early Sixties.

Malcolm and Angus’ first brush with rock stardom came courtesy of their brother George, who found global fame thanks to his band the Easybeats and their song “Friday on My Mind.” Although Malcolm’s two older brothers found success in the music industry, their father still made Malcolm work as a mechanic in a bra factory after leaving school at 15.

“I’ve never felt like a pop star – this is a nine-to-five sort of gig,” Malcolm told Rolling Stone in 2008. “It comes from working in the factories, that world. You don’t forget it.”

In 1973, Malcolm recruited Angus to form a new band, which the brothers named after the “AC/DC” electrical current marker they spotted on their sister’s sewing machine. After a few lineup changes, the Young brothers were introduced to singer Bon Scott by their brother George, who would serve as AC/DC’s producer on their early albums.

Throughout AC/DC’s tenure, Malcolm and Angus Young served as the band’s main creative force, crafting the unmistakable riffs that would make AC/DC one of the biggest bands in music. Together, the brothers would create the music for hits like “Back in Black,” “Hells Bells,” “Highway to Hell,” “Thunderstruck,” “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” “You Shook Me All Night Long” and dozens more rock staples.

However, Malcolm’s time in AC/DC was not without strife: A heavy drinker, he briefly left AC/DC in 1988 during the Blow Up Your Video Tour – his only absence from the band up to and until his dementia diagnosis – to go to rehab to curb his drinking problem. After a few months, Malcolm returned to the band and remained sober ever since. “I was not surprised,” George Young said of his younger brother’s sobriety. “When Malcolm puts his mind to something, he does it.”

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt said in a statement to Rolling Stone, “Malcolm was the essential rhythm guitarist of the world’s greatest working class Hard Rock band. An irreplaceable loss.”

Guns N’ Roses’ Slash told Rolling Stone, “Malcolm Young was one of the best ever rhythm guitarists in Rock n Roll. He was a fantastic songwriter and he had a great work ethic too. I toured with AC/DC on their ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ tour. I found Malcolm to be a really cool, down to earth fellow. The entire rock n roll community is heartbroken by his passing.”

Eddie Van Halen wrote following Young’s death, “It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour. He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, who regarded Malcolm as one of rock’s greatest rhythm guitarists, tweeted Saturday following Young’s death, “I have to go…I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this…” Kiss’ Paul Stanley added, “The driving engine of AC/DC has died. A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP.” Tom Morello praised Young as “#1 greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll.”

Foo Fighters’ leader Dave Grohl honored Young by writing about how, at age 11, watching a live AC/DC performance from Paris in 1979 in the movie theater was life-changing. “That film … was the first time I lost control to music. The first time I wanted to be in a band. I didn’t want to play my guitar anymore, I wanted to smash it,” Grohl wrote. “Thank you, Malcolm for the songs, and the feel and the cool and the years of losing control to your rock and roll.”

The Young brothers and AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. With over 110 million albums sold, AC/DC is also the best-selling Australian act of all time.

When Rolling Stone asked the Young brothers in 2008, Who runs AC/DC?,” Malcolm replied, “We both do, because we were there from the start.”


Actress Ann Wedgeworth, who gained fame on film and Broadway before taking on the role of a flirty divorcee on “Three’s Company,” has died at age 83.

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Wedgeworth died Thursday in the New York area after a long illness, her daughter Dianna Martin said.

Wedgeworth landed her first Broadway role in the 1958 comedy “Make a Million” and continued to take on stage roles for decades. She won the 1978 Tony award for best featured actress in a play for her performance in Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two.”

She acted in several soap operas and also found success in Hollywood with roles alongside Gene Hackman in the 1973 film “Scarecrow” and Robert De Niro in “Bang the Drum Slowly” the same year.

But she’s perhaps best known for her brief tenure on the TV sitcom “Three’s Comedy,” where she played Lana Shields, an older woman with her eyes set on her young neighbor Jack, played by John Ritter.

She appeared on only nine episodes of the show before her character was written out, which she said took her by surprise. In a 1980 interview with People, Wedgeworth said she “had no warning or explanation. Suddenly everyone was very cold to me.”

Wedgeworth continued to tally TV and film credits for decades, including appearing in “Steel Magnolias” in 1989 and starring on the CBS series “Evening Shade” with Burt Reynolds from 1990 to 1994.

She was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1934. Her father was the superintendent of a local school and her mother died when Ann was 2 years old. After getting a drama degree from Southern Methodist University, she moved to New York City in the 1950s to pursue a theater career.

She married actor Rip Torn and the couple had a daughter, Danae Torn, before ending their five-year marriage in 1961. Wedgeworth later married acting teacher Ernest Martin and had her second daughter, Dianna Martin.

Wedgeworth is survived by her husband, her two daughters and stepsons Michael Martin and Greg Martin.

David Cassidy is hospitalized in critical condition. According to his representative, the ’70s teen idol’s kidneys and liver are failing.

 David Cassidy - Photo Credit: Glenn Harris / Photorazzi

David Cassidy – Photo Credit: Glenn Harris / Photorazzi

As of Saturday afternoon, Cassidy is said to be “conscious and surrounded by family.” He checked into a Florida hospital a few days ago and is reported to be in need of a liver transplant.
Best known as Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family, Cassidy sang lead on several hit songs credited to the TV cast — even though the other voices were primarily session vocalists, with co-star Shirley Jones mixed into the background. His fame grew so steadily that he began releasing solo hits, most notably a Top 10 remake of “Cherish.”
But the fame was dimmed by a wild lifestyle that included abuse of alcohol and drugs. In recent years, he was arrested and convicted on DUI charges. Earlier this year, he stopped touring and disclosed on the Doctor Phil show that he has a form of dementia. (Entertainment Weekly)


Bruno Mars nearly swept the American Music Awards Sunday night.
The singer led the pack of nominees with eight nods — and won seven trophies — including Artist of the Year. Bruno wasn’t at the show, but he provided a video in which he said, “I wish I could be partying with y’all.”

Bruno Mars - Photo Credit: Janet Mayer /

Bruno Mars – Photo Credit: Janet Mayer /

In country music, Keith Urban was the big winner — taking home three awards, including favorite male country artist.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban - 2017 American Music Awards - Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban – 2017 American Music Awards – Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Drake was named favorite rap/hip-hop artist, while Kendrick Lamar took home favorite rap album and DJ Khaled nabbed best song for “I’m the One.”

Drake -  Photo Credit: Lisa Holte /

Drake – Photo Credit: Lisa Holte /

The night’s other winners included Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Carrie Underwood and Linkin Park.
Jamie Foxx opened the show by talking about this year’s most tragic events while first responders stood behind him. He called it the “year that tested our faith.”

 Jamie Foxx - Photo Credit: We Got You Media /

Jamie Foxx – Photo Credit: We Got You Media /

Then Pink and Kelly Clarkson performed a duet of R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts.”

Pink - Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Pink – Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Kelly Clarkson - 2017 American Music Awards  - Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Kelly Clarkson – 2017 American Music Awards – Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Other show highlights included Selena Gomez’s return to the stage following her kidney transplant. It wasn’t without controversy. Many fans on Twitter accused the singer of lip-syncing to her hit single “Wolves.”
The night’s craziest performance came when Pink sang “Beautiful Trauma” live while scaling the side of the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Los Angeles and performing acrobatics with a group of aerial dancers.
In honor of The Bodyguard soundtrack’s 25th anniversary, Christina Aguilera sang a medley of Whitney Houston songs from the album.
Other performers included Demi Levato, Nick Jonas, Hailee Steinfeld, Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga, Macklemore and Alessia Cara.
The show ended with a tribute to Diana Ross, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award and also performed a medley of her songs.

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Diana Ross – 2017 American Music Awards – Photo Credit:

Her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, hosted the show, which will aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The black-ish star pointed out, “We are the first ever mother and daughter who have ever hosted the American Music Awards. She did it twice, but there’s always next year.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross – Photo Credit: /

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber
FAVORITE POP/ROCK ALBUM: 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
FAVORITE POP/ROCK SONG: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber
FAVORITE SOUL/R&B ALBUM: 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
FAVORITE SOUL/R&B SONG: “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP SONG: “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled f/ Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne
FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM: Ripcord by Keith Urban
FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG: “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars





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