‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ saxophonist Gil Bernal dies
Versatile saxophone player Gil Bernal has died at age 80. He performed on the 1950s pop song “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and worked with Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton and Ry Cooder.
His family tells the Los Angeles Times that Bernal died of congestive heart failure on July 17 at a Glendale hospital.
Bernal was born in the Watts area of Los Angeles. He joined a band after high school, then sang with Lionel Hampton’s band, leaving in the early 1950s to form his own group and later joining bandleader Spike Jones.
Marley not father of sixth child: Hill
NEW YORK — After the birth of her sixth child, Lauryn Hill wants to clear up two things: Rohan Marley didn’t abandon her while she was pregnant, and he’s not the baby’s father.
The blogosphere has been abuzz after word came last week that the reclusive Grammy winner had a baby boy. Marley, the father of her five other children, sent a message on Twitter “forwarding all well wishes to Ms. Hill on the birth of her new son.” That tweet, along with pictures showing him in an embrace with another woman, created speculation.
Winehouse back on the charts in deaths
NEW YORK — Death has landed Amy Winehouse back on the charts.
The British singer’s Back to Black album will re-enter the Billboard album chart at No. 9, with 37,000 albums sold in the United States in the past week. Those figures come from Nielsen SoundScan data released late Tuesday. Her debut album Frank sold 7,000 copies. All but a fraction of those sales were digital downloads.