Casey Kasem, Radio Icon, Dies at 82

Casey Kasem

The honeyed voice that urged America to reach for the stars for decades has been silenced.

Casey Kasem, the legendary radio DJ whose syndicated radio show was the most popular radio program in history, passed away Sunday — Father’s Day — in a Santa Monica hospice after a battle with Lewy Body dementia. He was 82.

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via Casey Kasem, radio icon, dies at 82 – Entertainment – TODAY.com.

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An ABBA Reunion?

ABBA

For years she’s been seen as the main barrier to an Abba reunion.

Now Agnetha Faltskog has revealed that the Swedish group are considering reforming more than 30 years after their acrimonious split.

The 63-year-old said they are thinking about marking the 40th anniversary of their first big hit Waterloo next year with a concert.

‘Of course it’s something we’re thinking about,’ she told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

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via Could Abba reform? Agnetha Faltskog drops hint of possible reunion | Mail Online.

The Beach Boys’ Last Wave

The Beach Boys in 2012

The Beach Boys’ founding members, Brian Wilson, 69, and Mike Love, 71, are relaxing at a casino steakhouse in Hollywood, Florida. Dinner together is not an everyday thing for Love and Wilson. Or even an every-decade thing. The last holiday together Love remembers was Thanksgiving ’99. “I invited him up,” Love says. “He said, ‘Yeah, Mike. Family first.’ ” But it’s usually not like that. The Southern California cousins have been estranged for much of the Beach Boys’ career, their relationship fractured by disagreements over the group’s musical direction and hard-fought lawsuits, mostly instigated by Love, over issues like songwriting credits and some of the pettiest financial squabbles imaginable. “Our family’s been pretty screwed up,” says Wilson, who himself has battled mental illness since the Sixties. “It’s sad.”

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via The Beach Boys’ Last Wave | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Beach Boys Beat the Beatles for Billboard 200 Record

The Beach Boys, 2012

Fifty years into their career, the Beach Boys are still making waves on Billboard charts.

This week, they best the Beatles for a Billboard 200 album chart record.

As their reunion set, “That’s Why God Made the Radio” (their first album of all-new material since 1992), bursts onto the chart at No. 3, the Beach Boys break a record by expanding their span of Billboard 200 top 10s to 49 years and one week. They first graced the top 10 with “Surfin’ U.S.A.” the week of June 15, 1963.

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Beach Boys Beat the Beatles for Billboard 200 Record – Chart Beat | Billboard.com.

Surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb bids farewell to brother Robin

Barry Gibb placing a red rose on the coffin of brother Robin Gibb

Barry Gibb placed a red rose on brother Robin’s coffin as he bid farewell to his last surviving sibling.

The 65-year-old singer, the only remaining member of the Bee Gees, gripped his wife Linda’s hand as he watched his brother’s burial today.

Robin, who died on May 20 aged 62, was buried this afternoon at St Mary’s Church in his hometown of Thame, Oxfordshire.

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via Robin Gibb funeral: Bee Gees singer’s family and friends turn out to bid him a final farewell | Mail Online.

Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch dead at 65

Bob Welch

Bob Welch, a former member of Fleetwood Mac who went on to write songs and record several hits during a solo career, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. He was 65.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said Welch’s wife found him with a chest wound at their south Nashville home around 12:15 p.m.

Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, and had hits including “Sentimental Lady” in 1977 and “Ebony Eyes” in 1978.

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Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch dead at 65 – NYPOST.com.

The Beach Boys on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, David Marks, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston) appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, June 6, 2012. The ‘Boys sang their new single “That’s Why God Made the Radio.” Click on the link below to see the full episode.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Video – NBC.com.