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Dallas Frazier, Songwriter of ‘Elvira,’ ‘Alley Oop’ and Many Country Hits, Dies at 82

Dallas Frazier, a songwriter who broke out with the pop novelty hit “Alley Oop” and went on pen country classics like the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira,” died Friday at 82. “Dallas Frazier...

Ralph Emery, TV Host Known as ‘the Johnny Carson of Country Music,’ Dies at 88

Ralph Emery, a radio and TV host who became as famous in the country world as most of the stars he interviewed over the decades, died Saturday at Tristar Centennial Medical Center...

‘Yellowjackets’ Composers Craig Wedren and Anna Waronker on Drafting the Perfect Indie-Rock Theme Song, and Why the ’90s Are Back

The ’90s: back! Also back: overwhelming existential dread! They’re two great tastes that taste great together, as any fan of Showtime’s hit series “Yellowjackets” can attest. Besides all the mid-’90s pop and...

Grammy Nominee Allison Russell Inks Deal for Memoir With Flatiron Books (EXCLUSIVE)

Singer-songwriter Allison Russell has signed a deal with Flatiron Books to write a memoir that will cover some of the same territory as her solo debut album “Outside Child,” a lyrical accounting...

Stevie Van Zandt Celebrates Ronnie Spector as a ‘Magical Voice Transporting Us Back to Our Own Innocence’

Variety asked Stevie Van Zandt, who grew up adoring Ronnie Spector and eventually came to work with her, for his thoughts on the legendary singer, who died Wednesday at 78. He writes: ...

Matt Gaetz Accuses Florida Music Fest of Requiring ‘Vaccine Passports’; Producers Say Congressman ‘Misrepresents Facts’

Republican congressman Matt Gaetz wants to stop the music this weekend in Florida, when it comes to the 30A Songwriters Festival, an annual gathering that he contends is acting as a scofflaw...

Young Dolph Murder Suspect Captured in Indiana

A suspect in the November shooting death of rapper Young Dolph in Memphis was captured Thursday afternoon in Indiana, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The suspect, Justin Johnson, had been named...

BottleRock Festival Books Something-for-Everyone Headliners, From Pink to Metallica to Luke Combs

Classical music lovers may be disappointed, but the BottleRock Festival in Napa Valley, Calif. has tried to come up with something for just about everyone else for its May 2022 edition, with...

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