Singer Sly Stone pleads not guilty to drug charge
Possession of cocaine base
VAN NUYS, Calif.—Singer Sly Stone pleaded not guilty today to a drug charge stemming from his April 1 arrest in Los Angeles.
The 67-year-old entertainer is charged with one count of possession of cocaine base.
Stone, whose real name is Sylvester Stewart, was arrested about 4:10 a.m. April 1 by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga divsion. He was released later that day on $10,000 bail.
A July 19 pretrial hearing has been set in Van Nuys Superior Court.
On April 25, 1917, the world received a young singer who would become known as the first lady of song—Ella Fitzgerald. She was born to a couple in Newport News, Va., who parted ways shortly after her birth. Ella was considered a tomboy in her early years in New York, where she and her mother moved, but she made friends easily and was often seen playing with the local boys in neighborhood games like baseball.
To help with finances at home, she took up odd jobs and worked as a runner for gamblers, picking up and dropping off money for bets.
Pop music superstar Beyoncé is indeed irreplaceable, postponing a scheduled show Tuesday in Belgium because of “dehydration and exhaustion,” her representatives said.
Taking her doctors’ advice, Beyoncé won’t perform Tuesday night in Antwerp and is “awaiting word” before deciding what to do about a second Belgium show set for Wednesday, according to a statement from her camp.
The rumor blowing up Saturday was that Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival could feature a surprise appearance by electronica icons Daft Punk. According to the Twitterverse, it would probably take place during the set of headliners Phoenix.
But when the special guest finally materialized on the main stage, it wasn’t Daft Punk, it was R. Kelly. Yes, that R. Kelly.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Dionne Warwick, one of the most recognizable pop voices of the 1960s, filed for bankruptcy last week citing more than $10 million in tax debt dating back to 1991.
Warwick, 72, made hits out of many Burt Bacharach and Hal David songs and won five Grammys in a 50-year career. The singer is down her last $1,000 in cash and only owns furniture and clothing worth $1,500, according to the Chapter 7 filing in New Jersey.
Bobbie Smith, who as a member of the Spinners sang lead on such hits as “I’ll Be Around” and “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” has died. He was 76.
Smith died Saturday of complications of pneumonia and the H1N1 flu virus, according to a statement from Nat Burgess, the Spinners’ manager.