Paul Buckmaster, Essential Arranger for David Bowie and Elton John, Dead at 71

Just as pop singing wasn't the same after Elvis or the guitar didn't recover after Hendrix, neither was rock orchestration the same after Paul Buckmaster, the half-British, half-Italian string arranger who died Tuesday at age 71 of undisclosed causes. Even if his name doesn't ring any bells (or, more appropriately, triangles), the records Buckmaster arranged and orchestrated will. Starting

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Hear Kelly Clarkson’s Slinky Cover of Prince’s ‘Kiss’

Kelly Clarkson has unveiled a cover of Prince's "Kiss" and a new version of her song "Love So Soft." The tunes were recorded at Spotify Studios in New York as Spotify singles.

The pair of songs build on Clarkson's soulful bent found on her recent release and pair well together, with both emphasizing

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Jerry Garcia Band’s Ron Tutt Looks Back on ‘Cats Under the Stars’ Sessions

Last week, Ron Tutt, best known as Elvis Presley's drummer from 1969 to 1977, did something he hadn't done in nearly 40 years: He listened to the Jerry Garcia Band's Cats Under the Stars. Appreciated as Garcia's most fully realized and produced solo album outside the Grateful Dead, Cats Under the

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