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Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams head line-up at Montreux Jazz

By Stephanie Nebehay LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Stevie Wonder will headline the Montreux Jazz Festival, fulfilling a longtime wish of its late founder Claude "Funky" Nobs, in its 48th edition which also brings red-hot Pharrell Williams to its famed stage. The line-up for the July 4-19 festival, unveiled on Thursday, includes former Blur front man Damon Albarn, hip-hop duo Outkast, the veteran Van Morrison, Massive Attack, and R&B Californian newcomer Banks.

Late Motown icon Marvin Gaye remembered on 75th birthday

Family, friends and fans of Marvin Gaye came together Wednesday to pay joyful hommage the late Motown legend and native Washingtonian on what would have been his 75th birthday. Gaye was shot and killed by his father on the eve of his 45th birthday in 1984, leaving behind a remarkable string of hits -- led by "Let's Get It On," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Sexual Healing" -- that remain pop, funk and soul classics.

McCartney to hold concert in Seoul in May

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- Paul McCartney, a former member of the legendary British band The Beatles, will hold his first-ever concert in South Korea next month, organizers said Thursday. The show is part of his "Out There" world tour that began in Brazil last year and has taken him to 23 big cities around the world.

U2, Everly Brothers music chosen for U.S. recording registry

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Music by Irish rock group U2, jazz musician Art Blakey and rock-'n-roll singers the Everly Brothers are among 25 sound recordings being added this year to the U.S. Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The list announced on Wednesday includes nearly every musical category dating from 1896-1994 and brings the total number of recordings on the registry to 400.

Seoul says crashed 'drone' likely from N. Korea

South Korea said Wednesday it had evidence suggesting an unidentified drone that crashed last month near the northern city of Paju was of North Korean origin. Korean words on batteries recovered from the unsophisticated unmanned aerial vehicle were of a type only used north of the border, a defence ministry spokesman said. "So we suspect the vehicle was sent by North Korea," the spokesman said, adding that the drone was of an extremely "rudimentary" design. The drone was equipped with a Japanese camera but had no ability to transmit images.

House music legend Frankie Knucles dead at 59

Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer of house music who mixed records for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 59, news reports said early Tuesday. His death was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, the Chicago Tribune reported. Dunson was quoted as saying more details would be released later Tuesday. Besides developing the sound and culture of house music, Knuckles mixed records for performers like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode, the Tribune said.

House music legend Frankie Knuckles dead at 59

Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer of house music who mixed records for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 59, news reports said early Tuesday. His death was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, the Chicago Tribune reported. Dunson was quoted as saying more details would be released later Tuesday. Besides developing the sound and culture of house music, Knuckles mixed records for performers like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode, the Tribune said.

'Godfather' of house music Frankie Knuckles dead at 59

Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer of house music who also mixed records for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 59, news reports said early Tuesday. The death of a man dubbed the "godfather" of Chicago house music was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, the Chicago Tribune reported. Dunson said Knuckles died unexpectedly at home.

Royal Opera sets accent on youth for cut-rate opening night

By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The Royal Opera will slash ticket prices to appeal to students and young people and will revive the racy modern opera "Anna Nicole" for its season opener in September in what management said was a bid to knock the stuffing out of galas.

Vintage guitar market anxious for high notes at auction

By Phil Wahba NEW YORK (Reuters) - The market for vintage guitars is tuning up again after years of hitting flat notes. Its comeback will be tested next week, when California-based collector Hank Risan puts 265 of his 700 guitars on the block in the biggest such auction in recent memory. Up for sale are electric and acoustic guitars by D'Angelico, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin and Washburn and others, from the 1890s to the 1950's, a period many collectors see as a golden era of guitarmaking.
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