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ANITA POINTER OF THE POINTER SISTERS DIES

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters says while she is saddened at the death of her sister, Anita, she is comforted knowing that Anita is now with her sisters June and Bonnie and her daughter Jada. Anita Pointer died Saturday at the age of 74, according to her publicist. A cause of death was not given. Anita, Ruth, June and Bonnie — along with two Pointer brothers, Aaron and Fritz — were the children of a minister in Oakland, California. The Pointer Sisters’ hits included “Slow Hand,” “I’m So Excited,” “Neutron Dance,” “Jump (For My Love)” and a version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire.” Bonnie left the Pointer Sisters in 1977.

ANITA POINTER WROTE COUNTRY MUSIC

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – You may not realize that one of the three Grammys that The Pointer Sisters won is for the best country vocal group. A lot of that was Anita Pointer’s doing. She wrote the song “Fairytale” and had her sister, Bonnie, polish it up. It won a country Grammy in 1974, beating out songs by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare and The Statler Brothers. The Pointer Sisters were the first Black group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Anita Pointer died Saturday at the age of 74.

MODEST MOUSE’S JEREMIAH GREEN DIES

NEW YORK (AP) – The way Modest Mouse describe it, drummer Jeremiah Green “laid down to rest and simply faded out.” Green died Saturday, just days after the band announced he had been diagnosed with cancer. He was 45. Green joined Modest Mouse when he was in his early teens. Their modern-rock hits include “Float On,” “We Are Between” and “Lampshades on Fire.”

STEVEN TYLER SUED

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The stories of Steven Tyler becoming the legal guardian for his underaged girlfriend have been swirling for years. The woman who says she was the girlfriend is now suing Tyler for sexual assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Julia Misley, formerly known as Julia Holcomb, filed a lawsuit last week under a 2019 California law that allows adult victims of childhood sexual assault to sue for decades-old claims. Misley, who is now 65, says she told Tyler she was 16 when they met in 1973. She alleges he engaged in “various acts of criminal sexual conduct.” Her lawsuit alleges Tyler became her legal guardian in 1974 so she could travel with him to concerts. She also says Tyler coerced her into having an abortion. Tyler’s representatives did not return requests for comment. Tyler refers to convincing the parents of a 16-year-old to sign over custody to him in his 2011 memoir.

BRIAN MAY IS A KNIGHT

LONDON (AP) – Brian May jokes he’s trying to figure out if he should be addressed as “Sir Brian” or “Sir Bri.” May was made a knight as part of the U.K.’s new year’s honors in recognition of his contribution to music and charity. May says knights are supposed to “go out and do good in the world,” and he hopes the title gives him some energy to do that. May was supposed to keep it secret until the news was released officially, but he admits he told Queen bandmate Roger Taylor. He says Taylor was very gracious about it.

“PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ,” “OL’ MAN RIVER” NOW IN PUBLIC DOMAIN

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Irving Berlin song “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and the songs “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” from the musical “Showboat” are now in the public domain. They are among hundreds of musical compositions written in 1927 whose copyrights expired as of yesterday. That means they can be legally shared, performed, reused or sampled without permission or cost — but it only applies to the music and lyrics on sheet music, not sound recordings. Other songs that are newly in the public domain are “Black and Tan Fantasy,” “My Blue Heaven,” “Funny Face,” “S Wonderful” and “(I Scream You Scream, We All Scream for) Ice Cream.”

SITE OF LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS SOLD

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Most of the land where the Route 91 Harvest Festival shootings happened on Oct. 1, 2017, has been sold. MGM Resorts International told staff members on Friday of the sale of 15 acres on the Las Vegas Strip to the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation based in central North Dakota. The sale does not include the two acres that MGM Resorts donated for use as a public memorial. Fifty-eight people died — and two died later of their injuries — when a gunman opened fire from a hotel room window onto the country music festival.

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