Last week it came out that Benny Andersson of ABBA thought the idea of a one-off reunion of the group was a good idea. It turns out he was just kidding.
Andersson made the comment during an interview, saying "It's not a bad idea, actually." The group's manager, Görel Hanser, quickly set everyone straight, saying "It’s simply not true. It was a passing comment Benny made, almost as a joke – nothing more than that. I’ve spoken to Benny and given him a stern telling off. I have told him not to make such ridiculous suggestions anymore. There is no prospect of ABBA getting back together – it’s never going to happen. I think the fans know that deep down but we’re sorry if we got anyone’s hopes up."
Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame on June 14 during their Spring Benefit. Jamie Foxx will host the night, which will include a gala concert and the presentation of the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian Award to Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony.
Nowhere Boy, the acclaimed film on the early life of John Lennon, will finally be released in the U.S. on Friday, October 8, the day that Lennon would have turned 70. The film has already finished its run in U.K. theaters and the film festival circuit and is about to come out on DVD; however, the U.S. release into theaters has been delayed a number of times by the distributor, The Weinstein Company, most likely because of their financial problems.
Cliff Richard has been asked to sing his song Congratulations at the 70th birthday of Queen Margrethe II in Denmark this April. Of course, it's more than appropriate as Cliff will be reaching that landmark this year, too.
Ralph Martin of the doo wop group the Willows passed away back on February 19 in New York City at the age of 70. He had been suffering the aftereffects of a stroke he had over a year ago.
The group originally formed as the Dovers in 1950 and included Ralph's twin brother Joe. They recorded for Pee Dee, Allen and Herald Records before finally hitting it big on Melba with Church Bells May Ring (written by Martin) (1956/#62 Pop/#11 R&B). The song was their only charting hit but they continued to record until 1965 on the Eldorado, Gone, Club, Warwick and Heidi Records.