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How the Brains of Those Blinded at a Young Age Differ

Some areas show increased connectivity

(Newser) - Ever wonder whether being blind was in some way an advantage for pianists like Ray Charles, George Shearing, Art Tatum, and Stevie Wonder? New research published in the journal PLOS ONE finds that the brains of people blind from a young age are dramatically different than the brains of normally... More »

Greatest Singer Ever: Aretha

Poll of musicians, industry insiders choose Franklin as most worthy of R-E-S-P-E-C-T

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin isn't just the Queen of Soul, she's the greatest singer of all time, according to a new Rolling Stone poll of critics, musicians, and industry leaders. Her heavenly voice is "a gift from God," says Mary J. Blige. "Aretha has everything—the power, the technique,... More »

Music Giant Jerry Wexler Dead at 91

(Newser) - Jerry Wexler, a music industry giant who coined the term "rhythm and blues" and worked to bring black popular music into the mainstream, died today at age 91, the New York Times reports. Wexler, a producer at Atlantic Records in its heyday, worked with new artists such as Aretha... More »

Ray Charles' 12 Kids Seek More Control Over Estate

Star's children battling with longtime manager

(Newser) - The children of legendary singer Ray Charles—all 12 of them—want more control over their father's estate. A confusing meeting with their ailing dad before he died has entangled the kids in legal battles over Charles' estate, currently run by the musician's longtime manager Joe Adams, the Los Angeles ... More »

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