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Last Update on October 22, 2014 07:07 GMT


LONDON (AP) -- The man who came up with one of the most recognized sax solos in rock has died. Billboard reports Raphael Ravenscroft died of a suspected heart attack on Sunday at the age of 60. Ravenscroft is best known for the sax solo on "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty. Ravenscroft also played sax on the Pink Floyd album "The Final Cut" and worked with artists like Marvin Gaye, ABBA, Duffy and Daft Punk.

UNDATED (AP) -- Jodeci will perform in the U.S. for the first time since 2006. Jodeci will reunite at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on November 7. They will perform a medley of their hits and their new single, "Nobody Wins." Aloe Blacc, Nico and Vinz, Jeremih, Lisa Stansfield, Kem and Liv Warfield will also perform. The Soul Train Awards will air Nov. 30 on BET and CENTRIC.


NASHVILLE (AP) -- Members of Little Big Town barely remember their debut at the Grand Ole Opry 15 years ago. Jimi Westbrook says the Opry had a cancellation and Little Big Town was invited to perform at the last minute. He says they had been a band only for a couple of months and they had never played for anyone outside a living room. Westbrook says they told the Opry, "Well, yeah! We'll come sing our three songs we know." Little Big Town are now the newest Opry members. Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens inducted them on Saturday. Little Big Town's new album, "Pain Killer," is out this week.

Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town say their Grand Ole Opry debut came because of a cancellation 15 years ago. ((note length of cut))

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Vince Gill

Vince Gill introduces Little Big Town as the latest members of the Grand Ole Opry.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Neil Diamond is in love and it's pouring out in his songwriting. Diamond married for the third time in 2012 and he says there's no better inspiration for songwriting than love. He says he was able to make his "Melody Road" album "under the spell of love." Diamond says the album is the story of the last 10 or 20 years of his life and the questions he asks. But he does not have many answers. He says that sounds depressing but actually it's an uplifting album. "Melody Road" is new this week.

Neil Diamond says love is a great inspiration for music.

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Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond says his "Melody Road" album is autobiographical.

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Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond says although he asks a lot of questions about himself on his "Melody Road" album that he cannot answer, it's not depressing music.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ringo Starr is the new face of Skechers shoes. He will be featured in ads and commercials for Skechers' Relaxed Fit footwear. The ad campaign begins in the spring.

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