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‘Architect of rock ‘n’ roll’ Little Richard dead at 87

By Kristin M. Hall AP Entertainment Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "architect of rock 'n' roll" whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, died Saturday. He was 87. Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of Little Richard's, told The Associated Press that Little Richard died Saturday morning. His son, Danny Jones Penniman, also confirmed his father's death,…

2020 RAMI Awards canceled, virtual awards show Friday, May 8

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The 2020 RAMI Awards will be canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The uncertainty surrounding when social distancing requirements will no longer remain in place has made scheduling a new date impractical," the RAMI Awards Committee said in a news release. Instead of the live event, the committee will produce a virtual awards show at 7 p.m., Friday, May 8. "Once launched, the YouTube video will be available to all for however long these things…

Rock drummer Ginger Baker dies at 80

Staff Report Ginger Baker, who became one of rock 'n' roll's most influential drummers as a member of Cream, died Sunday at his home in England. He was 80. According to Baker's Facebook page,  he "passed away peacefully." He had been in failing health. Born Peter Edward Baker in London in 1939, Baker was nicknamed Ginger because of red hair. He began playing drums at 15 and co-founded Cream with Eric Clapton in 1966. Baker recorded six albums with Cream, 18 solo albums and played on…