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Photo by Douglas Mason/Getty ImagesStanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., better known by his stage name, Buckwheat Zydeco, died early Saturday in Lafayette, Louisiana, according to The Times-Picayune. He was 68 years old.

He'd been suffering from lung cancer.

The Lafayette native discovered zydeco music -- a blend of Cajun, Creole and blues -- from his father's accordion playing and the scratching sounds his uncle could pull out of the family's washboard, which they used to clean laundry, the Times-Picayune notes.

Dural -- who reportedly was nicknamed "Buckwheat" after the Little Rascals character -- played in a number of bands before going solo and eventually becoming the first zydeco artist to sign with a major label.

Dural also performed and recorded with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and U2, among others, and appeared on TV and in movies, including 1987's The Big Easy.

He won an Emmy for his music in Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Courtesy of Concert Across AmericaOn Sunday, 350 musical events will take place across the country as part of a campaign called The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. New York's Beacon Theater will host a show featuring Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Marc Cohn and Rosanne Cash.

Cohn tells ABC Radio that he's planning to team up with Browne, Vedder and Cash during the concert for a special version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain" that will include an extra verse that he wrote himself.

"I'm proud of it," says the "Walking in Memphis" singer/songwriter of his addition to the John Fogerty classic. "I think it fits right in." he says.

Cohn's involvement in the show is particularly meaningful, since he's a victim of gun violence himself.

In 2005, Marc survived a gunshot to the head, and says the incident highlights the problem with the current state of gun control.  "[The] man who shot me...clearly was unstable," he tells ABC Radio. "[He] was high on crystal meth. How did he end up with a .22 in his hand? So...how can I not be part of raising of my voice for an issue that nearly took my life?"

Cohn adds that he simply wants the event to encourage "discussion and dialogue."

"Other people have...valid points," he allows. "[B]ut I think all of us can agree, whatever we're doing, what more horrifying month, [or year], have we had in recent history to prove that it's not enough?"

Among the other notable Concert Across America to End Gun Violence events are a show in Los Angeles featuring ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder and Wilson Phillips' Carnie Wilson, and a performance in Santa Barbara, California, starring Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross.

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will begin in Hawaii at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday.  Visit ConcertAcrossAmerica.org for more information.

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Credit: Aminah YusufYusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, is among the many performers who will appear at the 2016 edition of the Global Citizen Festival, which returns to New York City's Central Park this Saturday, September 24. If you can't make it out to the event, you can still watch it all unfold live online, streaming on YouTube starting at 4 p.m. ET.

This year's Global Citizen Festival lineup also includes Metallica, Rihanna, Demo Lovato, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Coldplay's Chris Martin, among others.

Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and Salma Hayek will host the proceedings.

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Credit: Henry Ruggeri, Milan, Italy, July 3, 2016While Bruce Springsteen has traditionally been a vocal supporter of Democratic presidential candidates over the years, he's been relatively quiet with regard to the current campaign. However, in a new Rolling Stone interview, the New Jersey rocker makes no bones about how he feels about Donald Trump, referring to the Republican nominee as "a moron."

Asked for his opinion about "the Trump phenomenon," the Boss declares that "the republic is under siege by a moron," adding, "Without overstating it, it's a tragedy for our democracy."

Springsteen goes on to reference some inflammatory comments Trump has made during his campaign, such as suggesting that the upcoming election could be rigged in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's favor.

"When you start talking about elections being rigged, you're pushing people beyond democratic governance," Bruce maintains. "And it's a very, very dangerous thing to do."

In addition, Springsteen maintains that Trump is moving "very dangerous ideas [like] white nationalism and the alt-right movement" toward the mainstream.

Bruce says Trump has been able to garner such wide appeal by offering "simple answers to very complex problems," while adding that he thinks those answers are "fallacious."

With regard to whether he plans to get involved in the presidential campaign this year, Springsteen says, "I don't know if we've been approached or not to do anything at the moment. If so, I would take it into consideration and see where it goes."

As for his opinion of Clinton, Bruce says, "I like Hillary. I think she would be a very, very good president."

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsBruce Springsteen's Chapter and Verse album, the "audio companion" to the rock legend's soon-to-be-published memoir, Born to Run, was released today, coinciding with the Boss' 67th birthday. The career-spanning, 18-track collection features a mix of classic tunes and lesser-known songs, each reflecting the themes and sections of the book.

Chapter and Verse begins with five previously unreleased tracks from Springsteen's early career, including 1966's "Baby I," the first song he ever recorded with his band The Castiles.

In a new promo video posted on Springsteen's official YouTube channel, Bruce shares his recollections of recording "Baby I."

"First recording session was, you know, things were very, very primitive," he recalls. "The only thing I remember was…the engineer -- who was the owner of the studio at that time…he had a little room…and we pulled all our amps and drums in there. And he had a hard time handling any volume whatsoever, so the amps were faced towards the wall to muffle them."

Springsteen also talks about the excitement he felt when he heard the tape played back of his band's recording, and got to listen to the acetate of the song.

"When the guy sent you the acetate, it looked like a record," Bruce points out. "It spun round and round and round, and you put a needle on it and music came off, which…we thought was incredible at the time."

Chapter and Verse is available as a single CD, double LP and digital download.  It's also packaged with a deluxe edition of the Born to Run book. The memoir hits stores this Tuesday.

Here's the Chapter and Verse track list:

"Baby I" -- The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss)*
"You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" -- The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon)*
"He's Guilty (The Judge Song)" -- Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA)*
"Ballad of Jesse James" -- The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ)*
"Henry Boy" (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY)*
"Growin' Up" (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on Tracks)
"4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (1973, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle)
"Born to Run" (1975, Born to Run)
"Badlands" (1977, Darkness on the Edge of Town)
"The River" (1980, The River)
"My Father's House" (1982, Nebraska)
"Born in the U.S.A." (1984, Born in the U.S.A.)
"Brilliant Disguise" (1987, Tunnel of Love)
"Living Proof" (1992, Lucky Town)
"The Ghost of Tom Joad" (1995, The Ghost of Tom Joad)
"The Rising" (2002, The Rising)
"Long Time Comin'" (2005, Devils & Dust)
"Wrecking Ball" (2012, Wrecking Ball)

* = previously unreleased.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesJohn D. Loudermilk, the prolific songwriter responsible for such memorable tunes as "Tobacco Road" and "Indian Reservation," passed away Wednesday at his home in Christiana, Tennessee, The New York Times reports. He was 82.

According his son Mike, Loudermilk died of a heart attack.

Loudermilk began his music career during the 1950s, scoring some minor pop hits as a solo artist before turning his focus to writing songs for others. Among his early songwriting successes were "A Rose and a Baby Ruth," a top-10 hit for George Hamilton IV in 1956, and "Sittin' in the Balcony," which became rock 'n' roll pioneer Eddie Cochran's first top-20 hit in 1957.

Loudermilk enjoyed his greatest success during the 1960s and '70s as a Nashville-based songwriter. He penned "Tobacco Road" in 1960 and recorded his own version of it that year, but arguably the best-known rendition was by the U.K. band The Nashville Teens, which had #14 hit with it in 1964. Scores of other artists also covered the song over the years, including The Jefferson Airplane, The Blues Magoos, Eric Burdon & War and David Lee Roth.

The biggest hit ever written by Loudermilk was "Indian Reservation," which Paul Revere & the Raiders took to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.

Among the many other well-known songs penned by Loudermilk are "Ebony Eyes" and "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," which were top-10 hits, respectively for The Everly Brothers in 1961 and The Casinos in 1967.

Loudermilk was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.

In acknowledging his death, the Recording Academy's Neil Portnow noted that Loudermilk "had an uncanny ability to create songs that crossed genres and to draw fans in with captivating stories."

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Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABC; ABC/Fred LeeStevie Wonder lends his vocal talents to the new single by rapper Common, "Black America Again," which addresses the recent incidences of police violence against members of the African American community. An emotional music video for the song is viewable now on Common's official YouTube channel.

The clip opens with video footage leading up to the death of Alton Sterling, who was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in July, and goes on to feature a variety of black faces in tears along with historical images. The song, which evokes the Black Lives Matter movement, features Wonder singing the repeated refrain, "We are rewriting the black American story."

The video arrives following the recent deaths of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Credit: Marianna BurdonEric Burdon and the Animals kick off a series of fall U.S. tour dates this Saturday in Stateline, Nevada. The British blues-rock legend recently assembled a new Animals lineup that he says has helped reenergize his recent performances.

"We're very happy with it," the 75-year-old rocker tells ABC Radio about the band. "They're much younger guys than me, half my age. They're enthusiastic."

The guitarist, bassist, drummer and keyboardist of the current Animals all hail from the band Johnzo West and the Wayward Souls, which Burdon reveals he and his wife/manager discovered while searching the internet. Eric tells ABC Radio that he felt his group still needed a heavier bass sound, so he also hired a pair of horn players -- baritone saxophonist Ruben Salinas and trombone player Evan Mackey.

Fans coming out to Burdon's shows can expect to hear plenty of Animals classics, such as "The House of the Rising Sun," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "It's My Life." His sets also usually include his 1970 smash with War, "Spill the Wine," plus covers of Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'," the traditional tune "In the Pines" and Ian Dury and the Blockheads' quirky "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick."

Burdon admits to ABC Radio that he sometimes wishes he could put some of his Animals hits behind him, but he feels obligated to perform them for the fans' sake.

"They just won't die," he notes. "They've become anthems rather than just songs."

Meanwhile, Burdon says he has no immediate plans to record a follow-up to his 2013 album, 'Til Your River Runs Dry, although he hopes to work on new material with his band "when the time comes."

Here are all of Eric Burdon and the Animals upcoming tour dates:

9/24 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Lake Tahoe
9/26 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/28 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
10/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Dakota
10/3 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Dakota
10/6 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
10/7 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
10/8 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater
10/10 -- New York, NY, City Winery
10/11 -- New York, NY, City Winery
11/13 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery
11/14 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
11/16 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/17 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/18 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget
2/17/17 -- Bremerton, WA, Admiral Theatre
2/18 -- Tacoma, WA, Broadway Center

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Credit: Mark SeligerThis weekend, Rolling Stones fans in the U.K. will be treated to a unique television event, as Keith Richards will host and curate a three-night programming block on the BBC Four channel. Keith Richards' Lost Weekend will air from dusk until dawn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and will feature movies, shows, cartoons and musical performances chosen by the rock legend; personal commentary by Richards; and specially filmed interview segments conducted by director Julien Temple.

"No one has taken over a TV channel before," says the 72-year-old guitarist in a statement. "Let's see how it flies!"

Richards' Lost Weekend will air from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. U.K. time each evening. Among the films Keith handpicked Keith for the marathon are Alfred Hitchcock's classic The 39 Steps, the 1967 sci-fi/horror flick The Sorcerers and a director's cut of Temple's recent documentary Keith Richards: The Origin of the Species. The event also will feature footage of Richards playing guitar in the studio, and discussing a variety of topics, including his musings on world philosophy, technology, his love of books, addiction, his run-ins with the police and much more.

Speaking with The Guardian about Richards' TV event, Temple says, "I don't think many people could pull it off. He's one of the greatest raconteurs, so spending time with him is real quality time -- and his life philosophy and survival strategies and contagious sense of humor will come together to create a good mix over those 27 hours."

Regarding the interview he conducted with Keith, the director notes, "Spending that much time with him, in a very free-ranging, relaxed, intimate interview, over three nights you will get to know him in a way you’ve never done before."

No word about if or when Richards' Lost Weekend will be viewable in the U.S.

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Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr has teamed up with a variety of musicians to record a new anthem called "Now the Time Has Come" in commemoration of the United Nations' International Day of Peace, which is held annually on September 21. The Beatles legend sings and plays drums on the song, which also features vocal contributions from Men at Work's Colin Hay, Mr. Mister frontman and All Starr Band member Richard Page, veteran R&B singer Billy Valentine and others.

"I worked on this record with Peace & Love" Starr says in a statement. "It was a joy to be part of this project."

Ringo co-wrote "Now the Time Has Come" with producer Bruce Sugar. The song also is tied to a social media campaign called #HugforPeace that was launched recently in conjunction with the International Day of Peace. The initiative seeks to promote non-violence by encouraging people to post images of themselves and their loved ones sharing a hug at HugforPeace.org and associated websites.

You can check out an official video for "Now the Time Has Come" at Starr's Facebook page.

UN Assistant Secretary-General Ray Chambers says of the tune, "I am so grateful to Ringo Starr for lending his talent to unite people through the gift of song. I hope people across the world from Colombia to Syria will heed this call for peace -- now."

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Concord Police Dept.Founding J. Geils Band guitarist John Geils was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Boston suburb of Concord, Massachusetts, for allegedly driving drunk. Concord police tell ABC News that the 70-year-old musician was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and failure to use care when stopping after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash.

According to police, this is the second time Geils has been charged with driving under the influence. He was arraigned Wednesday at the Concord District Court.

The Middlesex District Attorney's office says Geils was arrested after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in front of him. Following the crash, police determined that he appeared intoxicated, reports the Lowell Sun.

According to the paper, at the arraignment hearing, a Concord judge released Geils on his own recognizance and ordered him not to operate a vehicle without a license or to drink any alcohol. The veteran rocker's next court appearance is scheduled for November 2.

Geils co-founded The J. Geils Band in 1967 and played with the group off and on until 2012. In recent years, he was involved in a dispute with some of his ex-band mates over the use of the group's name.

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Elektra/Asylum; Reprise; CapitolThe Polaris Music Prize, established in 2006, is an annual award honoring albums by Canadian artists, based on artistic merit rather than sales. But what about all those great Canadian albums that came out before the Polaris Music Prize existed? Well, those records also get some love, courtesy of the Polaris Heritage Prize.

The Heritage award, which was first presented last year, is for albums that would likely have been nominated for the Polaris Prize had it been around back in the day. Ten albums are nominated from each of four time periods: 1960-1975, 1976-1985, 1986-1995 and 1996-2005.

This year's nominees in the 1960-1975 period include Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark, Neil Young's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and After the Gold Rush, The Band's Music from Big Pink and its self-titled effort, Gordon Lightfoot's Lightfoot! and Leonard Cohen's Songs of Leonard Cohen.

In other time periods, albums by Sarah McLachlan, Rush, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Bruce Cockburn, Alanis Morissette and Daniel Lanois are among the nominees.

Two albums in each time period will win: one voted by fans, the other by critics. You can vote now at PolarisPrize.ca. Winners will be announced October 24.

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Dolly Parton has often joked that she patterned her look after the town trollop when she was growing up, but the country-pop legend is taking it one step further in her new TV movie. She'll portray the character, renamed "The Painted Lady," in the sequel to last year's Coat of Many Colors. This week, NBC released the first photos of Parton in her latest role.

Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love tells the story of the Parton family's struggle to help their father buy a long-awaited wedding ring for his bride, again portrayed by country singer Jennifer Nettles, in the midst of an unexpected blizzard. At the same time, a young Dolly also begins to be recognized for her musical talent.

You can watch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love when it premieres November 30 on NBC. It'll be available on DVD on December 20.

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Benowen RecordsLongtime Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit's latest solo album, Leap of Faith, flies into stores this Friday, September 23. Schmit tells ABC Radio that he considers the record "a sister album" to his previous studio effort, 2009's Expando, because both collections of tunes were written solely by him.

While the album doesn't necessarily have an underlying theme, Schmit says the various songs are about "having lived a longer life and hopefully living some longer still, and contemplating what it's all about and trying to live my life to the fullest."

Some of the songs on Leap of Faith certainly are reminiscent of the country-rock sound of The Eagles and Schmit's previous group, Poco, while others are influenced by such genres as reggae, soul and modern rock. The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that while his new material might be "kind of all over the map," he feels that it all "seems to fit" together.

Schmit co-produced Leap of Faith with frequent collaborator Hank Linderman, who also contributed vocals and guitar to the project. Timothy says that while he and Linderman played the bulk of the instruments, a few interesting guests artists also lent their talents to the record. These included Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, lauded session drummer Jim Keltner, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Doobie Brothers multi-instrumentalist John McFee and famed Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks.

Coinciding with Leap of Faith's release, Schmit has a number of appearances lined up in the next few days. Tonight, he'll take part in a show at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee, that will be streamed live on MusicCityRoots.com. He also will perform at the City Winery in Nashville on Sunday and the City Winery in Atlanta on Monday.

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Credit: Travis ShinnLynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington has teamed up with his wife, longtime Skynyrd backing vocalist Dale Krantz-Rossington, on a new blues- and soul-influenced album titled Take It on Faith that will hit stores November 4.

The 12-track collection, which will be released under the moniker Rossington, features all-star contributions, including ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, blues-rock veteran Delbert McClinton, late Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward, and one-time Fleetwood Mac singer Bekka Bramlett.

Gibbons co-wrote a song titled "Good Side of Good," while McClinton lent his harmonica talents to the album.

During the 1980s, Gary and Dale played together in The Rossington Collins Band and The Rossington Band, but the couple hadn't been interested in releasing new music outside of Lynyrd Skynyrd since then. Gary said he and his wife eventually had a change of heart, because fans would often ask them during meet-and-greets if they ever planned to make a new record.

"Right now, we consider it a gift to the fans," says Gary about Take It on Faith. "We did it for them, and I hope they like it. They asked us to do something again, so we did it. We seized that opportunity, and ran with it. And we're real excited it’s finally coming out."

Take It on Faith was produced by David Z, whose previous credits include recordings by Prince, Etta James and Buddy Guy. Other musicians featured on the record include late Black Oak Arkansas guitarist Jack Holder, ex-Double Trouble keyboardist Reese Wynans, and award-winning producer and session guitarist Gary Nicholson.

Here's the track list for Take It on Faith:

"Highway of Love"
"I Should've Known"
"Take It on Faith"
"Light a Candle"
"Dance While You're Cookin'"
"Shame on Me"
"Good Side of Good"
"Through My Eyes"
"Something Fishy"
"Too Many Rainy Days"
"Where Did Love Go"
"Two Very Different Things"

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PRNewsFoto/The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas ParadeIf you're an Olivia Newton-John fan, you're going to honestly love this year's Hollywood Christmas Parade. The pop legend has been named the Grand Marshal of the 85th annual edition of the holiday event, which takes place on November 30 in Los Angeles.

The festivities will get underway at 5 p.m. PT with a special concert, which will be followed by the parade at 6 p.m. The event will be taped and will premiere as a two-hour special airing on The CW Network on December 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show also will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel at a later date.

Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams are among the celebrities who will serve as hosts for the 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade, which is touted as "the largest Christmas celebration in America." The event also will include a variety of as-yet-unannounced performers and entertainment personalities, along with marching bands from across the U.S., floats, balloons and, of course, a special appearance by Santa Claus.

To mark the parade's 85th anniversary, a number of previous Grand Marshals will take part in the event. Proceeds raised by the event will benefit The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation.

Tickets for grandstand seats along the parade route are available now via Groupon and Ticketmaster.com.

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Courtesy of KPM BerlinA recently erected plaque honoring the site where David Bowie lived in Berlin from 1976 to 1978 has been destroyed. German newspaper BZ reports that pieces of the commemorative marker were found Saturday on the sidewalk of the street where it was unveiled August 22.

According to the newspaper, it's unclear whether the china plaque was broken by souvenir seekers or vandals. A police spokeswoman said  while "criminal damage" was identified, it couldn't be ruled out that the marker may have simply come loose and fallen off the wall where it was affixed.

The plaque was located in Schöneberg district of the German capital, at the site of the apartment Bowie shared with his friend and musical collaborator Iggy Pop. Berlin Mayor Michael Müller was on hand to unveil the marker, which featured Bowie's name, his birth and death dates, and an inscription explaining that while the singer lived at the residence he worked on the albums Low, Heroes and Lodger, known as his "Berlin Trilogy." The plaque also featured a famous lyric from his song "Heroes": "We can be Heroes, just for one day."

The BZ article noted that the company that produced the plaque had made multiple copies, so a replacement likely will be placed at the site soon.

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Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesChubby Checker is celebrating "National Twist Day" today, September 21, and he's teaming with non-profit Mascots for a Cure in the hope of raising money for and awareness of the battle against childhood cancer.

On his Facebook page, Checker issued a "Twist Challenge" -- not only trying to get as many people as possible to post videos and images of themselves doing the dance and calling radio stations to get them to play his classic 1960 hit, but also in an attempt to turn the event into something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, reports Billboard.

"We're hoping to get everyone involved," Checker says in a statement. "We're looking for all people who want to help do something extraordinary."

Chubby also has released a new remix of "The Twist," available on iTunes, to mark the occasion.

"The Twist" first topped the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960.

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ABC/Tyler GoldenKenny Loggins will be recognized for his charitable work at the 8th annual Little Kids Rock Benefit in New York City next month, joining previously announced honoree Smokey Robinson.

The "Footloose" singer will be honored with the non-profit's Humanitarian of the Year Award for his decades of commitment to children's causes, including his work with the Children's Miracle Network and Why Hunger, and his involvement in the 1985 landmark charity single "We Are the World."

"I'm thrilled to be receiving the Humanitarian Award from Little Kids Rock," says Loggins in a statement. "Every child should experience the healing power of music. I'm really proud and honored to be a part of the Little Kids Rock family."

As previously reported, Motown legend Smokey Robinson will be honored with the Rocker of the Year award at the October 5 event, which will be held at Capitale on New York's Lower East Side. Comedian Tracy Morgan will present the Motown legend with the honor. Sam and Dave's Sam Moore also is scheduled to appear at the sold-out gala.

In addition to the performances, several special items and VIP experiences will be up for auction, including the chance to perform live on stage with Robinson and Loggins. Proceeds will benefit Little Kids Rock's program to bring free music lessons and instruments to thousands of children in public schools across the country.

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Michael Putland/Getty ImagesToday, September 21, is the United Nations' annual International Day of Peace, and one artist plans to celebrate it by erecting an enormous painting of John Lennon in New York City's Central Park.

Austin, Texas-based painter Eric Waugh's 2,500-square-foot "Imagine Again" will be unveiled at noon ET at Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell. 

"It is my hope that people surround the painting and pay tribute to John and his dream for a world without strife, war and conflict," Waugh tells DNAinfo. "Recent events, at home and abroad, show that John's vision remains as important as ever."

Waugh also plans to make a $5,000 donation to the non-profit organization Peace One Day, reports DNAinfo, a group aiming to make September 21 a global day of cease-fire and non-violence.

If you're in New York City today, you'll have to hurry over to the park to see the painting.  It will only be up until 8 p.m.

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