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Last Update on May 04, 2015 07:13 GMT

B.B. KING'S MANAGER SAYS HE'S IN HOSPICE

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- B.B. King is in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas. His longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, says he is home after a brief hospitalization. King, who is 89, has posted thanks on his website for fans wishing him well and offering prayers.

BEN E. KING REMEMBERED

NEW YORK (AP) -- The music world is mourning the loss of Ben E. King. He died Thursday of natural causes in Hackensack, New Jersey, at the age of 76. Carole King calls Ben E. King "a wonderful interpreter of songs." Adam Levine says the music world "lost a true great." Huey Lewis says King will be missed but "those great vocal performances will live forever." Chuck D calls King "such a great artist," and Bootsy Collins says the world "lost another brick from our Soulful Legendary Foundation." Prince Royce says King was his mentor and his role model and made him feel like a friend.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

A singer who had a series of iconic songs is no longer with us. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel has the story. ((wrap opens with music))

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Sound of Ben E. King

Sound of Ben E. King singing 'Stand By Me.'

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Sound of Ben E. King

Sound of Ben E. King singing "Spanish Harlem."

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Sound of The Drifters, featuring Ben E. King

Sound of The Drifters, featuring Ben E. King, singing "Save The Last Dance for Me."

RANDY HOUSER GETS ENGAGED

NEW YORK (AP) -- Randy Houser is planning a wedding. His representative tells People magazine Houser is engaged to Tatiana Starzynski. He's 39, she's 21. Houser was previously married to songwriter Jessica Lee Yantz. They split last year and they have a three-year-old son together. No word on when Houser and Starzynski will marry.

BALTIMORE INSPIRES PRINCE SONG

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Prince has recorded a song about the unrest in Baltimore. A Prince spokeswoman says the song is also about "the slew of killings of young black men." A release date has not been announced. Prince held a "Dance Rally 4 Peace" in Minneapolis on Saturday and asked attendees to wear gray in memory of Freddie Gray. He died after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody.

DOOBIE BROTHERS EXPLAIN THEIR INSPIRATION

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It sounds like an exercise in circular logic: The Doobie Brothers say music inspires them to make music. Singer-guitarist Tom Johnston says performing for an audience and writing music inspires him to create. Guitarist Patrick Simmons says listening to other people's music inspires him, because as a fan he'd hear a song and want to play it, which prompted him to practice. Keyboardist Michael McDonald says many a young musician has heard a song and said, "I want to make a record like that one." He says it used to fire his imagination to figure out what a musician was singing about.

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Tom Johnston

Singer-guitarist Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers says he gets inspired to write music every time he plays music.

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Patrick Simmons

Guitarist Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers says hearing other people's music drives him to create.

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John McFee

Guitarist John McFee of The Doobie Brothers says music is cyclical: the more he plays it, the more he's inspired to create.

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Michael McDonald

Singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers says back in the day, he wouldn't know even what a musician looked like because there weren't videos and the Internet to spell out everything.

JAMES TAYLOR DEBUTS NEW SONG ABOUT FENWAY, AT FENWAY

BOSTON (AP) -- James Taylor debuted his new song "Angels of Fenway" at the ballpark that gave the tune its name. Taylor's song was played over the P-A system at Fenway Park last night, before the Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees. A video of scenes from the century-old rivalry between the two teams was played as well. Wearing a Red Sox T-shirt and a baseball cap, the five-time Grammy winner also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM PLAYS WITH USC MARCHING BAND

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lindsey Buckingham has paid a visit to some of his most famous collaborators: the USC marching band. Billboard reports Buckingham and the marching band did a surprise performance at the school on Wednesday. Buckingham was on campus to deliver a talk to an entrepreneurship class. Buckingham and the marching band worked together on the 1979 Fleetwood Mac song "Tusk."

JAZZ FEST WRAPS UP IN NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- There were plenty of big pop music names at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but jazz still closes the show. Trombone Shorty closed out the main stage for the second weekend of music. Other performers included Lenny Kravitz, Kasey Musgraves, Elton John, Steve Winwood, Ed Sheeran, T.I. and Jerry Lee Lewis.

VANCE JOY WINS INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Vance Joy has won a prestigious songwriting award. The International Songwriting Competition has given Joy its grand prize for his song "Riptide." Joy got perfect scores across the board, a first in the ISC's 14-year history. Judges included Sarah McLachlan, Bastille, Wayne Shorter, Avicii (ah-VEE'-chee) and Sara Evans. Joy wins $25,000 in cash and $35,000 in prizes and services.

JENNIFER LOPEZ PAYS TRIBUTE TO SELENA

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Jennifer Lopez's tribute to Selena stole the show at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday. Lopez was backed by Los Dinos, Selena's backing band made up of her family members. Lopez hugged the band while the audience gave a standing ovation. Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias were the big winners. Santos won 10 awards and Iglesias won nine.

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Jennifer Lopez and Los Dinos, performing tribute to Selena at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez and Los Dinos, performing a tribute to Selena at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. COURTESY: Billboard Latin Music Awards/Telemundo ((mandatory on-air credit))

U2 MAKE UP "TONIGHT SHOW" BOOKING

NEW YORK (AP) -- U2 will try to make good on a promise to "The Tonight Show." They will be the guests on Friday's episode. U2 were supposed to do a weeklong residency on "The Tonight Show" in November but canceled after Bono was in a serious bike accident.

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