Hal David and Max Bygraves pass away, Rolling Stones set for 2012 shows, Obama introduces Jay-Z onstage, Elbow launch own label... Daily Hot List
Monday, 3 September
Lyricist Hal David, whose long standing collaboration with Burt Bacharach resulted in some of the classic pop songs of the 60s, died in the early hours of yesterday morning. The 91 year-old passed away following complications from a stroke last week; he'd also suffered one in March. After meeting in New York's Tin Pan Alley, Bacharach and David scored their first hit by writing Magic Moments for Perry Como, before they began collaborating with Dionne Warwick, kicking off a string of international hits including I Say A Little Prayer and Walk On By (above). They also wrote for the likes of Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Gene Pitney and many more. David is survived by his wife Eunice who said even at the end he was still writing. "Hal always had a song in his head," she said. "He was always writing notes, or asking me to take a note down, so he wouldn't forget a lyric."
Comedian and singer Max Bygraves has also died. The London-born, all round entertainer passed away in his sleep at his home in Australia aged 89. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Africa Express, the collective that brings together Western and African musicians to collaborate, has begun a tour of the UK by train. 80 musicians, including Damon Albarn and Baaba Maal, left London yesterday and will play a series of shows across the UK.
Stevie Wonder has insisted that he was not being homophobic when recently discussing singer Frank Ocean. The singer was quoted as saying: "I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused," but then immediately issued a statement declaring: "I'm sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood.... Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man."
Hip-hop manager Chris Lighty, who worked with the likes of 50 Cent, shot himself outside his New York apartment after arguing with his estranged wife last week.
Elbow's Guy Garvey is launching a new vinyl record label which will only release EPs.
President Obama introduced Jay-Z onstage at the weekend via a video message.
Watch the video for Azealia Banks' new single 1991.
The Rolling Stones look set to play their first gigs since 2007. It's believed the band will play the new Brooklyn Barclays Center in New York and London's O2 Arena this November.
Steven Gerrard has been promised a weekend in Vegas with Kanye West by US basketball player LeBron James if Liverpool win anything this season.
Current X-Factor winners Little Mix are Number 1 in the UK singles chart with Wings, while Rita Ora has gone straight to the top of the albums countdown with her debut.
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That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 03/09/2012
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