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'Yakety Yak' Singer Carl Gardner Dead at 83

Coasters lead singer was rock 'n' roll, R&B pioneer

(Newser) - Pioneering rocker Carl Gardner has died after more than a half-century of doo-wopping. Gardner, lead singer of the Coasters and the only surviving member from the group's heyday, died in Florida after a long illness, reports the AP . He was 83. The Coasters shot to fame in the late... More »

Fierce? Nah, She's Just Too Good

(Newser) - Beyoncé’s new album, I Am…Sasha Fierce, “is something of a mess," Sasha Frere-Jones writes in the New Yorker. Musically, Beyoncé belongs in the "Genius Lounge," but her fierce alter-ego only emerges on the record to offer tame advice. "The wild... More »

Eastwood's First Love: Jazz Piano

Love, not practice, evinced in movies and performance

(Newser) - Growing up, Clint Eastwood had an affinity for piano but no money for lessons. He nurtured his passion for jazz throughout his life, Nick Tosches writes in Vanity Fair, and has written music for almost every picture he’s directed, including the theme for his recent Gran Torino. But, Eastwood... 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 »

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