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Long-Lost Elliott Smith Song Resurfaces

Obscure recording made during 1997 student radio session

(Newser) - Elliott Smith fans are in for a treat: The singer-songwriter, who died in 2003 and now has a strong cult following, has a new song available. It’s a rarely-heard tune from a 1997 session at the University of Maryland’s student radio station. Called “Misery Let Me Down,... More »

'Lonely Boy' Singer Andrew Gold Dead at 59

Gold helped shape '70s pop-rock sound, created Golden Girls theme

(Newser) - Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer Andrew Gold may not have been a household name, but the Los Angeles pop-rock style he helped shape in the '70s was heard around the world. Gold, who has died at the age of 59, joined Linda Ronstadt's backing band straight after high... More »

Hey, Young Folks, Show Some Love for Paul Simon

He deserves it as much as Dylan and Cohen: Jim Fusilli

(Newser) - Wall Street Journal music critic Jim Fusilli caught a Paul Simon concert recently and came away struck by how few young people were in the audience. It doesn't seem right. While Simon contemporaries such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell rightfully get lots of love and respect... More »

Stuck in the Middle Singer Gerry Rafferty Dead at 63

Scotsman struggled with fame, drinking after '70s hits

(Newser) - Gerry Rafferty, the Scottish singer/songwriter best known for '70s hits "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," has died at the age of 63 after a long battle with alcoholism and liver disease. Baker began his career busking on the London Underground before teaming up... More »

Reggae's Gregory Isaacs Dead at 59

'Exquisite vocalist' had been battling lung cancer

(Newser) - Reggae superstar Gregory Isaacs died at his London home today at age 59 after a battle with lung cancer, the Washington Post reports. Isaacs was known for popularizing “lover’s rock,” a reggae style that dealt with romance and relationships rather than the political themes embraced by the... More »

Soul Pioneer Solomon Burke Dead at 70

Wrote hit 'Everybody Needs Somebody to Love'

(Newser) - The so-called king of rock and soul, Solomon Burke, has died at the age of 70 at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, apparently soon after his LA flight arrived. The cause of death is unknown. Burke rose to prominence in the '60s when he penned "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,... More »

Carly Simon: 'You're So Vain' Subject Still a Mystery

Singer laughs off reports that enigmatic song is about David Geffen

(Newser) - Return "subject of 'You're So Vain'" to your "unsolved mysteries" file—Carly Simon says that contrary to widespread reports last week, the song isn't about producer David Geffen. "What a riot! Nothing to do with David Geffen!" the singer-songwriter tells the Hollywood Reporter . "What a... More »

Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' Is About...

Singer may have finally ended decades-long mystery

(Newser) - For 38 years, jilted lovers everywhere have been singing along to “You’re So Vain” and wondering exactly who is so vain—and they may finally have an answer. Speculation has long centered on Carly Simon’s famous exes, including Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens, or... More »

Singer-Songwriter Vic Chesnutt Dies at 45

Quadriplegic had been in coma after overdose

(Newser) - Vic Chesnutt, who blossomed as a singer-songwriter after a car wreck at 18 left him confined to a wheelchair, died today at 45 after several days in a coma following a drug overdose. His record label announced his death, but not the cause, and some reports say the overdose of... More »

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