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Bachman-Turner Overdrive “BTO” Drummer Robbie Bachman, Dead at 69

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Bachman-Turner Overdrive "BTO" Drummer Robbie Bachman, Dead at 69

Robbie Bachman, the drummer for the Canadian hard rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive “BTO”, known for 1970s hits like “Takin’ Care of Business” and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” died at the age of 69.

Randy Bachman, his brother and band-mate, announced his death on social media on Thursday, without elaborating on the cause.

“BTO’s pounding beat has left us,” Randy Bachman wrote. “He was a vital cog in our rock ‘n’ roll machine, and together we rocked the world.”

The Bachman brothers were Winnipeg natives who had grown up playing music.

Robbie Bachman first collaborated with his older brother Randy, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, in the band Brave Belt, which the elder Bachman helped found in the early 1970s after leaving the chart-topping Guess Who.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive was formed in 1973 by the two Bachman’s, brother Tim Bachman on guitar (later replaced by Blair Thornton), and Fred Turner on bass, and sold millions of records over the next three years with their blend of grinding guitar riffs and catchy melodies. “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” was the band’s biggest hit, and it was followed by “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Hey You,” and “Roll On Down the Highway.”

Stephen King, a well-known fan, adopted the pen name “Richard Bachman” as a partial homage to BTO.

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Randy Bachman left the band in the mid-1970s, giving the remaining members permission to use the name BTO (But not Bachman-Turner Overdrive so as to distance himself from the band).

Robbie Bachman and the others continued to tour and record as BTO, but their popularity waned and they disbanded in 1980.

Over the next few decades, the band had sporadic reunions and legal squabbles as Randy Bachman and Robbie Bachman fought over royalties and the band’s name. After the early 1990s, the brothers rarely performed together, with Robbie Bachman telling The Associated Press that Randy had “belittled” the other band members and compared them to the fictional parody group Spinal Tap.

Robbie Bachman had been semi-retired in recent years. In 2014, Bachman-Turner Overdrive was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley's Only Child Dead at 54

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Bachman’s death comes a day after the death of Lisa Marie Presley.  She died Thursday, hours after being hospitalized for a heart attack. She will be buried at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s famed home, which became a gathering place for fans distraught over her death a day earlier on Friday.

According to a representative for her daughter and actor Riley Keough, the singer-final songwriter’s resting place will be next to her son, Benjamin Keough, who died in 2020. Elvis and other Presley family members are also buried at Graceland.

Fans paid their respects at Graceland’s gates on Friday, writing messages on the stone wall, leaving flowers, and sharing memories of Elvis Presley’s only child, who was one of the last remaining touchstones to the icon whose influence and significance continue to resonate more than 45 years after his own unexpected death.

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Lisa Marie, a singer-songwriter herself, did not live in Memphis, where she was born. She did, however, visit the city for her father’s birth anniversary and commemorations of his death, which stunned the world when he was discovered dead in his Graceland home on Aug. 16, 1977, at the age of 42. She was just in Memphis on what would have been her father’s 88th birthday.

Angela Ferraro was among those who visited Graceland on Thursday night, when the trees in the front lawn were lit up in green and red lights. On a chilly and windy evening, fans took photos and left flowers at the front gate.

Ferraro and her fiance drove from Olive Branch, Mississippi, 25 minutes to pay their respects. Ferraro said she liked Elvis’ music as well as Lisa Marie’s — the couple listened to Lisa Marie’s song “Lights Out” on the way to Graceland.

“Elvis died young, and she died young. “And her son’s death was also tragic,” said Ferraro, 32. “It’s difficult and devastating.”

Lisa Marie became the sole heir of the Elvis Presley Trust, which managed Graceland and other assets alongside Elvis Presley Enterprises until she sold her majority stake in 2005. She kept ownership of the mansion, the 13 acres surrounding it, and the c

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

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Dickey Betts, a guitarist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, has died, according to a family statement released to CNN on Thursday by his longtime manager.

Betts was eighty.

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announces the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts,” according to the statement. “The well-known performer, songwriter, bandleader, and family patriarch passed away this morning at his home in Osprey, Florida, with his family by his side. Dickey was larger than life, and his absence will be felt around the world. During this terrible time, the family requests prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be provided at the proper time.”

Betts’ manager, David Spero, told Rolling Stone that the guitarist had cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease.

Betts, who was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, grew up listening to bluegrass, country music, and, subsequently, rock & roll. Betts, bass guitarist Berry Oakley, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, and brothers Gregg and Duane Allman formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, and are credited with helping create the sound and genre of Southern rock in the 1960s and 1970s.

Betts composed and sung the band’s biggest song, “Ramblin’ Man.” Initially, he created the song with the intention of having another artist sing it.

“I was going to send ‘Ramblin’ Man’ to Johnny Cash,” Betts stated in 2020, later adding that he “thought it was a great song for him.”

“But everyone liked the song. Even my father enjoyed the song before we recorded it or anything. And I’m thinking I’ll email this to Johnny Cash and see if he wants to perform it,” he added. “The producer (Johnny Sandlin) mentioned that we needed another song for the record and asked if I had any. I explained, ‘Well, I got one, but I was going to send it to Nashville for Cash to record.’ He said, ‘Let’s hear it. And then, ‘No! We gotta do it.'”

Betts also wrote the popular Allman Brothers songs “Blue Sky” and “Jessica.”

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, and Oakley died in a motorcycle crash the following year. Betts and Gregg Allman became the band’s leaders, but creative disputes and substance misuse prompted the group to split up and reform several times.

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

Cameron Crowe, then 16, followed the Allman Brothers Band on tour in 1973 for a Rolling Stone cover story that would later serve as the basis for Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.” In 2017, Crowe described Billy Crudup’s key rock star character as “a tribute” to Betts.

In an email to CNN later that day, Crowe referred to Betts as “a guitarist for the ages, the musical glue that held together The Allman Brothers Band for many years.”

“Dickey’s quiet warmth, and his timeless contribution to American music was a big inspiration for our film,” said the writer-director.

Betts quit the Allman Brothers Band in a widely publicized separation in 2000. While the band continued to tour for nearly 15 years and issued one more studio album, Betts performed with his Great Southern ensemble, which included his son Duane, and released another studio album of new songs. Betts retired in 2014.

Also on Friday, the Allman Brothers Band issued an official statement, stating that Betts’ “extraordinary guitar playing alongside guitarist Duane Allman created a unique dual guitar signature sound that became the signature sound of the genre known as Southern Rock.”

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“He was passionate in life, be it music, songwriting, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, karate or boxing,” the statement went on to say. “Dickey was all in on and excelled at anything that caught his attention.”

When asked what he enjoyed most about music, Betts told the Sarasota Herald Tribune in 2020 that it was the impact it had on his listeners.

“I like the crowds mainly, and what the music did for them,” he went on to say. “They enjoyed the music more than I did. I just love how the crowd can drift off into another universe during a concert.”

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Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs On Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

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NEW YORK — Could there be a Taylor Swift new album release without any added surprises?

No.

On Friday, the pop star released her 11th album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” which is an amalgamation of her previous work and reflects the artist who, at the height of her powers, has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring it, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured considerations.

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But it was midnight. At 2 a.m. Eastern, she released “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology,” which included 15 new songs.

“I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment,” Swift wrote in an Instagram caption. “And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours.”

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The songs are a natural continuation of the first half of the album, with many returning to her “evermore” and “folklore” style, aided by her partner Aaron Dessner.

Swift has surprised her fans before, and she has surely done so with a surprise album release. A few months after “folklore” was released in 2020, she revealed that “evermore” will be available at midnight on the same day. Speaking of midnight, she released a “3am” edition of “Midnights” with seven new tracks in 2022, just a few hours after the original release.

Taylor Swift’s album “The Tortured Poets Department” is now available.

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Music Writer Maria Sherman describes it as “an amalgamation of an artist who has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring its material, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured subject matter.”

Swift revealed a surprise two hours after the album’s release: 15 more tracks.

Swift’s first original album since her record-breaking Eras Tour debuted last year.

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Morgan Wallen Has Been Arrested After Police Say He Threw A Chair Off Of The Roof Of A 6-Story Bar

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Nashville, Tennessee – Morgan Wallen, a country music singer, has been detained after allegedly throwing a chair from the rooftop of a recently opened six-story club in downtown Nashville.

Metro Nashville Police stated that Wallen, 30, was booked into jail early Monday on three felony counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

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Morgan Wallen Has Been Arrested After Police Say He Threw A Chair Off Of The Roof Of A 6-Story Bar

A chair was hurled from the rooftop of Chief’s Bar and landed on Broadway near two police officers, prompting the accusations.

According to the arrest affidavit, the chair landed about 3 feet (1 meter) from cops, who spoke with witnesses and watched security footage. Witnesses informed police that they saw Wallen take up a chair, throw it over the roof, and laugh about it.

Worrick Robinson, Wallen’s attorney, confirmed the singer’s arrest late Sunday and claimed she was completely cooperating with police. He was freed from detention and had a court appointment planned for May 3.

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Morgan Wallen Has Been Arrested After Police Say He Threw A Chair Off Of The Roof Of A 6-Story Bar

Wallen is one of the most well-known figures in the country at present. His third studio album, 2023’s “One Thing at a Time,” was the best-selling album in the United States last year. It spent 16 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 in 2023, which means he was at No. 1 for 30% of the year, more than any other album since Adele’s “21” dominated over ten years earlier. It had numerous top ten Billboard Hot 100 successes, including “Last Night,” “You Proof,” “Thinkin’ Bout Me,” “Thought You Should Know,” and “Don’t Think Jesus.”

After a video surfaced of him uttering a racial slur, the country artist was suspended indefinitely by his label, and his songs were removed from radio stations and streaming services in 2021. As a result, he was disqualified or limited from various award events and did not earn any Grammy nominations for his best-selling “Dangerous: The Double Album.”

He was arrested in 2020 for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after being booted out of Kid Rock’s downtown Nashville bar.

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Morgan Wallen Has Been Arrested After Police Say He Threw A Chair Off Of The Roof Of A 6-Story Bar

Wallen claimed on social media that he and several friends were “horse-playing” after a few pub stops.

“We didn’t mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected,” Wallen wrote on Facebook. “I want to thank the local authorities for being so professional and doing their jobs with class. Love you all.”

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