Dick Clark is one of those huge personalities that populated the summers of my youth. I saw him every day on the game show, “Pyramid” and then again every Saturday morning on “American Bandstand”. That show introduced me to most of the music that I came to know and enjoy.
Students play music near the former home of jazz musician John Coltrane on April 13 in Philadelphia. Jazz lovers and cultural officials in Philadelphia are promoting a fundraising effort to save the run-down house.
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Men hang a banner on the former home of jazz legend John Coltrane on April 13 in Philadelphia.
Fans of the British boy band One Direction who were unable to get tickets, listen to them perform during their first Australian concert from outside the venue in Sydney on April 13, 2012. According to reports tickets for their first headline tour dates rapidly sold out. The band came to fame after appearing on the television program X-Factor UK.
Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood poses on April 9 in front of some of his original artwork in an exhibit at the Symbolic Collection gallery in New York. The exhibit titled "Faces, Time and Places" is in recognition of Wood's second induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, this time with the band The Faces. His first induction was with The Rolling Stones in 1989.
Singer Davy Jones of The Monkees has died of a heart attack at 66, the medical examiner's office in Martin County, Fla., has confirmed to NBC News.
A statement issued by the medical examiner's office says that Jones complained Wednesday morning that he wasn't feeling well and was having trouble breathing. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No suspicious circumstances surrounded his death, and his family has been notified. He is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters.
Jones was most famous for his role in the pop group The Monkees, which was put together in 1965 for the TV show of the same name. With such hits as "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Pleasant Valley Sunday," and the "Monkees" theme song, the group sold more than 50 million records.
In 2008, Yahoo Music named Jones the top teen idol of all time.
After "The Monkees" disbanded in 1971, Jones sang solo as well as with various reincarnations of the group.
He also acted on stage and screen, with his most famous TV appearance as himself on "The Brady Bunch," in an episode where Marcia Brady was the president of his fan club and tried to get the singer to appear at her school dance. He also starred in "Oliver!" on Broadway.
As recently as June of 2011, Jones told The Palm Beach Post that after a routine stress test, a doctor said he had the heart of a 25-year-old. "The doctor says my heart's so good, the door's open to do any kind of exercise I want," he told the paper.
On Jones' Facebook page, fellow Monkees weighed in. "David's spirit and soul live well in my heart," wrote Michael Nesmith, "Among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times."
And Micky Dolenz wrote, "Can't believe it ... still in shock ... had bad dreams all night long. My love and prayers go out to Davy's girls and family right now."
Last summer, Al Roker of TODAY interviewed Jones and fellow bandmates Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz as the band, minus Michael Nesmith, prepared to tour. That tour was later canceled due to internal conflict.
In that interview, Jones joked to Roker "(Fans) used to throw their little briefs and things like that, and now they're throwing Depends."
Jones also poked fun at himself in a way that now seems tragic. "He used to be a heartthrob," joked bandmate Peter Tork in the interview. "And now I'm a coronary," said Jones with a laugh.
Upon hearing of Jones' death, Roker tweeted, "A little bit of my youth just died." The TODAY anchor had joined Jones, Tork and Nesmith to perform "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."
Other musicians and fans also took to Twitter to mourn Jones. "Damn, Davy Jones is gone," wrote Questlove of The Roots. "I loved The Monkees."
A reveler with the iconic Yellow Submarine painted on her face participates in the Beatles-themed street party, "Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper," at the Aterro do Flamengo urban park in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 20.
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Revelers sing during the Beatles-themed street party, "Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper," at the Aterro do Flamengo urban park, in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 20. The group that organizes the party gives the Beatles repertoire a Brazilian tweak, adapting "All My Loving" to the peppy beat of a traditional Carnival "marchinha," and infusing "Hard Day's Night" with a Rio funk sound.
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A reveler puckers up during a Beatles-themed street party,
By Jon Sweeney, NBC News
English speakers got their moment in the Carnival sun on Monday as a wild, Beatles-themed street party let them shake it up, baby, with a samba swing to "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," a Rio funk inspired "Hard Day's Night," and "Hey Jude" spiked with an infectious upbeat energy.
A couple kiss in a crowd gathered to participate in the Beatles-themed street party, "Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper," on Feb. 20.
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A stranger attempts, unsuccessfully, to convince a party-goer dressed as a ballerina to stay with him, as the other two similarly dressed friends run off during the Beatles-themed street party, "Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper."
Donna Wesolowski of New Jersey throws a bouquet of flowers on the hearse that carries the casket of pop singer Whitney Houston at Fairview Cemetery before her burial the day after her funeral, in Westfield Township, N.J., Feb. 19. Houston, 48, died in a Beverly Hills hotel room February 11, the eve of the industry's Grammy Awards.
Actor Kevin Costner, her co-star in "The Bodyguard" that spawned her greatest hit, remembered a movie star who was uncertain of her own fame, who "still wondered, 'am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?'
"It was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble in the end," Costner said.
Bobby Brown, right, is denied entrance to the funeral service of ex-wife pop singer Whitney Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., Feb. 18.
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Whitney Houston fans wave to a passing car as they gather a few blocks from the New Hope Baptist Church before the singer's funeral in Newark, N.J., Feb. 18. Houston died last Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the age of 48.
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The hearse carrying the body of singer Whitney Houston leaves the Whigham Funeral Home on Feb. 18, in Newark, N.J., en route to a private funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church.
Members of the audience applaud as singer Whitney Houston, who died Saturday, is shown on a video screen in a 1994 Grammy performance during the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 12.
Sixth grader Kenyatta Davis, 11, rests her head on her guitar as she learns a new chord from Rhodes College music student Stephanie Milazzo during a meeting of the Cypress Guitar Club, Jan. 24, 2012, at Cypress Middle School in Memphis, Tenn.
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Rhodes College faculty member, John Bass, says the Cypress Guitar Club is an afterschool program sponsored by the Mike Curb Institute for Music, an endowed institute at Rhodes College whose mission is to research, preserve, and promote the music of Memphis and the surrounding region. The institute gives students the opportunity to interact with Memphis music in a variety of ways, from research and archival work, to performing and outreach opportunities, which the guitar club is an example of.
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Sixth graders learn a new song on Jan. 24, 2012 at Cypress Middle School. The music club has more than doubled in size since it started last year by Rhodes College faculty member John Bass, who along with two assistants, teaches the after school program twice a week.
“It is a service opportunity for us and a way for us to work directly with the city in which we reside through music,” said Bass.
There are 12 students enrolled in the guitar club. There is no fee for joining, but membership is determined by the administration of Cypress based on their interest in music, grades, attendance, and behavior. Guitars are provided to the students free of charge and were acquired through a grant written by the Cypress band director.
“We have several very talented students who are progressing at a very high level,” said Bass.
The club performed twice at Cypress school assemblies last semester and is scheduled to perform at Rhodes and in the community this term. In addition, one of the senior members of the club performed solo at a presentation at Rhodes last May and served as a junior counselor at a music camp hosted by the college last July.
Bass says, “It is a program we are proud of, and think it highlights our institutional goals of not only providing a first-rate liberal arts education for our students, but also helping them to engage with the community and become better citizens.”
A 2009 study published in the journal Psychology of Music found that elementary-school children exposed to a multi-year program of music tuition displayed superior cognitive performance in certain reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers.
Paramilitary soldiers of the Indian Border Security Force wait with their musical instruments and camels amidst winter morning fog before the start of Republic Day parade rehearsals in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 18, 2012.
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Indian army soldiers sit amidst winter morning fog for Republic Day parade rehearsals in New Delhi on Jan. 18, 2012.