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Marcels singer Ronald 'Bingo' Mundy dies at 76

Ronald "Bingo" Mundy, best known for his work with the doo-wop group The Marcels and their hit "Blue Moon," has died. He was 76.

Mundy lived in Pittsburgh and died of pneumonia at Allegheny General Hospital on Friday.

The five-member vocal group reportedly recorded the song in two takes.

"Blue Moon" is instantly recognizable for the bass vocals that begin the song — "Bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom." Mundy can be heard singing the background refrain of "Moon moon moon moon moon."

The single hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1961.

The Odell Robinson Jr. Funeral Home confirmed the death along with family members who spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which first reported it Tuesday.

Comerica Bank appointed to run Prince's estate

The Minnesota judge overseeing Prince's estate has ruled that Comerica Bank and Trust will take over running the estate, according to a court order made public Tuesday.

In his order, dated last Thursday, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide said Comerica will be named corporate personal representative of the estate, taking over duties from temporary special administrator Bremer Trust. The handover will happen at the end of the month.

Eide also denied a request to appoint a "co-personal representative" to act as a go-between Prince's siblings and Comerica. Eide said the siblings could not agree on who should be appointed to this role, and adding another divisive element would be more expensive and delay the proceedings.

Eide noted that a co-personal representative was requested in part to improve communication between Prince's heirs and the estate handlers.

But Eide said he hoped communication will be easier now, noting that Bremer "walked into personal and corporate mayhem where the Decedent's personal and business affairs were in disarray, a criminal investigation was being undertaken, assets and records were voluminous and scattered, and numerous monetary and heirship claims were about to cascade upon them."

Eide has said he would wait for appeals to be exhausted before he makes a final ruling on who will inherit the estate, but Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, and his five half-siblings are the likely heirs.

Prince died April 21 of an accidental drug overdose and left no known will. Court filings suggest his estate is worth around $200 million. Federal and state estate taxes are expected to gobble up about half the value.

NY Philharmonic president quits for University of Michigan

Matthew VanBesien will resign as president of the New York Philharmonic on May 1, the third executive to depart this year with the orchestra in the midst of fundraising to renovate its Lincoln Center home.

VanBesien said Tuesday he will become president of the University of Michigan's University Musical Society in July.

Lisa Mantone, hired in January 2015 as the Philharmonic's senior vice president of institutional advancement, also is leaving. Edward Yim, vice president for artistic planning, departs to become president of the American Composers Orchestra on Feb. 21.

Avery Fisher Hall was renamed David Geffen Hall in September 2015 as part of a $100 million gift toward renovation. The philharmonic said Tuesday it and Lincoln Center have raised nearly $300 million for the project, expected to cost at least $500 million.

Alan Gilbert, music director since 2008-09, leaves at the end of this season. Jaap van Zweden becomes music director designate next season and music director in 2018-19.

Paris Jackson discusses suicide attempts, father's death

Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, says she tried to kill herself "multiple times" in the years after her father's death.

The 18-year-old tells Rolling Stone in a wide-ranging interview that she battled depression and drug addiction and was entered into a residential therapy program after her last attempt at age 15. She also says she was sexually assaulted by a "complete stranger" at age 14.

She touched on her father's 2009 death, saying she blames Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, for getting her father hooked on anesthetic. She also says "all arrows point" to Jackson having been murdered somehow.

Jackson is adamant she's her father's biological daughter and says she considers herself black. She says people who knew her father well say they see him in her.

Music Review: Dead Man Winter delivers rare gem over breakup

Dave Simonett has delivered something you almost never see in music: a gorgeous divorce album.

Simonett, leader of the progressive bluegrass-rock band Trampled by Turtles, works under the banner of Dead Man Winter on "Furnace" to delve into the dissolution of his marriage and the splintering of his family. It's a deeply personal album he says he put out only after "a long and violent debate with myself."

From the wrenching first stanza of "This House is On Fire," Simonett spins the desolate landscape of his heartbreak into art. Cut live-to-tape in rustic Cannon Falls, Minnesota, the album sets achy lyrics against an elegant acoustic backdrop that accentuates the hurt but never veers into self-indulgence.

That Simonett delivers it without wallowing in self-pity or defensive rationalizations about why things didn't work out is a monumental achievement.

"Mockingbird, you come to my window, in the dead of night, to see if we're all right," he sings with clear-eyed solemnity in the elegiac "Weight of the World." ''The moonlight in your eyes, and then you're gone."

You'd have to go back decades to find a more cathartic breakup album — perhaps as far as Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks," the gold standard for such things.

"Furnace" reassures us that the human heart is beautiful even when it's in anguish. Its memorable anthems to lost intimacy and disconnection will remind those who have been there that they're not so alone after all.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Timberlake, Sting get Oscar music nods

Lin-Manuel Miranda is getting closer to EGOT status, thanks to his Oscar nomination for best original song.

The "Hamilton" creator picked up a nod Tuesday for composing "How Far I'll Go" from the animated film "Moana."

"You know, I feel fine," Miranda said with a laugh in an interview with The Associated Press moments after he learned of the nomination.

"I am thrilled to get to go to the Oscars, honestly," he added. "I won't even be a little modest about that. I've been a fan of the Oscars telecast since I was a kid — I used to memorize Billy Crystal's musical monologues."

For his work on "Hamilton" and "In the Heights," Miranda has won three Tonys and two Grammys. He won an Emmy with songwriter Tom Kitt for outstanding original music and lyrics for the 2013 Tony Awards.

His competition at the Academy Awards includes another multi-award winning musician: Justin Timberlake. The former boy band leader, who has won nine Grammys and four Emmys, earned his first Oscar nomination Tuesday for his No.1 hit "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from the animated film "Trolls."

Sting and J. Ralph also scored a nomination for the song "The Empty Chair," giving Sting his fourth nomination in the category and marking Ralph's third. The song is from the HBO documentary "Jim: The James Foley Story," about freelance journalist James Foley, who went to Syria in 2012 to cover the country's war and was beheaded by Islamic State militants in a video released in August 2014.

"We're surprised and we're delighted, mainly for the movie," Sting said in a phone interview from Los Angeles. "We believe more people should see this movie. It's very important. If it gets more attention, we're happy."

"This was something that Sting and I really wanted to create — a celebration of this incredible man's life. We didn't want to focus on the horrific tragedy that ultimately fell upon him," Ralph added.

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars" from the hit "La La Land" — both by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — round out the five nominees. "City of Stars" won the Golden Globe for best original song earlier this month, besting Miranda and Timberlake's songs.

"Damien (Chazelle) inspires everybody around him, and this movie he has created is the best opportunity I could have asked for to express myself musically," said Hurwitz, also nominated for best original score.

"While we might be the lyricists for LA LA LAND, we're having some real trouble finding words this morning!" Pasek and Paul said in a joint statement.

Miranda, 37, is currently in London filming "Mary Poppins Returns." He said he didn't realize the Oscar nominations were happening today.

"I'm so messed up with time zones," he said.

Miranda said writing the music for Disney's "Moana" — which also earned a nomination for best animated feature film — was a dream job.

"I wanted to write a Disney song since I was 9 years old when Sebastian the crab (in "The Little Mermaid") started singing calypso music — it changed my life," he said. "This is a result of three years of work, two of which were concurrent with being in a Broadway show at the same time, so it's enormously joyous to get to celebrate that work. ... It's really thrilling."

Timberlake shares his nomination with Karl Johan Schuster and Max Martin, the pop mastermind who was nominated for the original song Oscar last year for co-writing the Weeknd's "Earned It" from "Fifty Shades of Grey." Other nominees last year featured well-known acts like this year's group, including Lady Gaga and Sam Smith, who won the Oscar for "Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre."

The Feb. 26 Academy Awards will air live on ABC.



Woody Harrelson jokes about new role in Star Wars spinoff

Woody Harrelson recently confirmed he's playing Han Solo's mentor in the next "Star Wars" movie, but the actor jokes about his own ability to lead.

"I wouldn't choose me," the actor shrugged and then laughed at the premiere of "Wilson" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Harrelson will play Garris Shrike. He also said the movie, which doesn't yet have a title, begins shooting in March.

It also stars Aiden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke has been cast as well but in an unknown role. The movie is scheduled to come out in May 2018.

As for "Wilson," it's adapted from a graphic novel of the same name about a curmudgeon, played by Harrelson, who reconnects with his long lost ex-wife, played by Laura Dern, and discovers they have a daughter he didn't know about.

Dern also walked "Wilson's" red carpet on Sunday; a day earlier, she participated in the Women's March in Park City.

"I feel hopeful with the daily reminder that we peacefully protest, that we believe in our own internal revolution, that we honor our constitution and human rights which are women's rights and civil rights," she said.



South Dakota museum awarded ownership of Presley guitar

A federal judge ruled Monday that a South Dakota museum is the legal owner of a guitar played by Elvis Presley.

The Martin D-35 guitar has been on display at the National Music Museum in Vermillion since 2013. It had been donated by collector and musician Robert Johnson (not the legendary blues artist). But months later, Tennessee-based collector Larry Moss contacted the museum saying he was the rightful owner and the donor was not in a position to give away the guitar.

The National Music Museum asked a judge in July 2014 to declare it the legal owner of the guitar.

A judge ruled Monday that Moss never owned the title, never possessed the guitar and never paid for it, and didn't take legal action during his three-year wait for the instrument. The museum received the guitar's title in 2013 and is the legal owner, the court found.

Presley played the guitar during his 1977 tour and gave it to a fan in St. Petersburg, Florida, when it was damaged. Presley died six months later.

"We are elated to receive this judgment on the guitar," National Music Museum Director Cleveland Johnson said in a statement. "We're thrilled that our passionate commitment to it will ensure that it stays at the NMM for the enjoyment of our future visitors. We are the most suited to the guitar's safeguarding and physical preservation. It's in the best hands."

Gospel singer Vicki Yohe apologizes for Trump posting

A gospel singer is apologizing to her fans after posting an image on her social media account suggesting that Jesus was returning to the White House under President Donald Trump.

Vicki Yohe, known for her song "Because of Who You Are," posted the meme on Instagram on Saturday, but then removed it after getting flooded with criticism from fans. She posted a note Monday on Facebook saying she did not mean to imply that former President Barack Obama was not a Christian. She wrote that she was wrong and regrets it.

Yohe, who is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said in an interview Monday that she has a lot of black fans and she was insensitive to their feelings and she hopes they will forgive her.

A song goes viral after Women's March on Washington

MILCK , whose real name is Connie Lim, led some two dozen singers Saturday in her song "Quiet," which is about overcoming physical and sexual abuse. The lyrics include the lines, "A one-woman riot/Oh, I can't keep quiet."

Film director Alma Har'el wrote on Facebook that she chanced upon the singers and captured footage of them performing. As of Monday afternoon, her clip had been seen more than 9 million times.

The song is part of a social media campaign for #ICantKeepQuiet, which hopes to raise awareness against abuse of women and minorities.

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