D Dipasupil/Getty ImagesCher has been an outspoken advocate for the people of Flint, Michigan, during the water crisis they’ve been suffering through since 2014. Now, the famed entertainer is going to executive produce and star in a Lifetime movie about the situation.

Called Flint, the movie is inspired by a Time magazine cover story about three women from Flint who tried to expose the mishandling of the city’s water supply, which lead to the residents unknowingly drinking contaminated water. The women’s actions inspired a national call for safe drinking water. Production on the film begins in April in Toronto. No air date has been announced yet.

In early 2016, Cher teamed up with Icelandic Glacial spring water to donate more than 181,000 bottles of water to the residents of Flint, Michigan.

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Courtesy of Record Store DayWith Record Store Day taking place Saturday, April 22, the complete official list of special releases has been unveiled. As usual, it’s stacked with exclusive vinyl discs from a wide variety of artists, including veteran acts The Doors, The Turtles, Fleetwood Mac and The Kinks.

The Doors’ Record Store Day offering is Live at The Matrix, an LP that features newly remastered performances from the band’s March 7, 1967, show at the San Francisco club.

The Turtles’ contribution to the campaign is a reissue of the 1970 compilation More Golden Hits pressed on gold vinyl.

Fleetwood Mac’s special release is Altered Mirage, an LP of alternate takes of songs from the band’s 1982 Mirage album that first appeared as part of the deluxe CD reissue, which came out last year.

The Kinks are putting out two releases for Record Store Day, a pair of long-out-of-print French EPs: 1964’s All Day and All of the Night and 1965’s Got Love If You Want It.

Other artists releasing limited-edition vinyl discs for RSD this year include Blondie, David Bowie, The Cars, Johnny Cash, Cheap Trick, David Crosby, Def Leppard, The Easybeats, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Johnny Mathis, Paul McCartney, Mungo Jerry, Stevie Nicks, Harry Nilsson, Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Prince, Procol Harum, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, Santana, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Toto, U2, Neil Young, Yes, and The Zombies.

Visit RecordStoreDay.com for the full list of releases and more.

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Courtesy of Runaway ToursLongtime Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, and his own long and successful career at a special fan experience that will be held May 6 to 8 at the newly renovated Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

The three-day weekend excursion, dubbed “Joe Walsh All Shook Up at Graceland,” will include a private acoustic Storytellers-style performance, a Q&A event, a photo opportunity with the rocker, themed parties, a tour of the Graceland mansion and more.

The vacation package, which is organized by the Runaway Tours company, includes accommodations at the new Guest House at Graceland hotel.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do: Take an evening, invite an audience and just be me,” says Walsh in a statement. “What you can expect is me playing music, answering almost all questions anyone would ask (except the ones that may incriminate me), a big screen power point presentation put together and narrated by me, guitar shop talk, slide guitar 101, true stories of road craziness and a discussion of how to destroy hotel rooms and of course playing more music.”

Adds Joe, “I’m particularly excited to talk about my Elvis experiences — what he meant to me and what I meant to him.”

Visit RunawayTours.com for all the details.

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Dmitri Lekai/Kommersant via Getty ImagesChuck Berry may be gone, but he’s also out with his first new single new single in nearly 40 years.

Dualtone has released “Big Boys,” a scorching Berry romp featuring Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff. It’s the lead single from Berry’s upcoming album, Chuck, the late Rock and Roll legend’s first new album since 1979 and one he had been working on since 1991.

Kicking off with a classic Berry guitar riff, “Big Boys” offers the tale of a little boy who wants to party like the big boys do. Berry and Rateliff trade vocals, and while most of the guitar breaks are Chuck’s, the track ends with a smoking solo from Morello.

Rolling Stone has a look inside Berry’s final album, which includes a Johnny B. Goode sequel “Lady B. Goode,” and a re-write of “Havana Moon” called “Jamaica Moon.”

According to the magazine, some of the songs have their origins in the 1980s, when Berry was touring the oldies circuit. “He always had a pad and a pencil with him,” says frequent Berry bass player Jimmy Marsala. But a fire at Chuck’s Berry Park in 1989 destroyed 20 years worth of tapes.

Berry worked to recapture much of the music, switching to digital production and teaching band members parts he’d written on piano.

“Sometimes he’d show us the bass line or the piano line that he wanted,” Marsala tells Rolling Stone. He heard things differently than most people do, let’s put it that way.”

Then Berry would check the music with his wife of 68 years, Themetta “Toddy” Berry. “My mom would give a thumbs up or a thumbs down,” remembers Charles Berry, Jr., “Thumbs up, he was done. Thumbs down, ‘I’ve got more work to do.'”

Chuck is due June 16.

Here’s the track list:

“Wonderful Woman”
“Big Boys”
“You Go to My Head”
“3/4 Time (Enchiladas)”
“Lady B. Goode”
“She Still Loves You”
“Jamaica Moon”
“Eyes of Man”

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Cleopatra RecordsTodd Rundgren has unveiled official details about his upcoming studio album, White Knight, and as the acclaimed singer/songwriter told ABC Radio a few months ago, the record is packed with guest collaborations.

Among the many well-known artists lending their talents to the project are Daryl Hall, Steely Dan‘s Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor and rock-guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.

White Knight features 15 new original songs that were penned by Rundgren, or that he co-wrote with some of the album’s guests. The record finds Todd exploring a variety of genres, including funk, synth-rock, pop ballads and power-pop tunes.

“It’s easy to get used to playing to your own audience, even if you are absorbing and experimenting with new ideas,” notes Rundgren. “I wanted to collaborate not just for the musical possibilities, but also to play for new audiences and expose my fans to the range of artists I enjoy working with.”

Hall is featured on a song called “Chance for Us,” Fagen appears on the track “Tin Foil Hat,” Walsh appears on the tune “Sleep” and Reznor contributes to the song “Deaf Ears,” as does his frequent collaborator Atticus Ross.

The album wraps up with “This Is Not a Drill,” which features Satriani, as well as two longtime members of Rundgren’s backing band: drummer Prairie Prince and bassist Kasim Sulton.

Other guests on White Knight include Swedish dance artist Robyn, veteran soul singer Bettye LaVette and Todd’s son, Rebop Rundgren.

Pitchfork.com has premiered one of the album’s tracks, “That Could Have Been Me,” which features Robyn.

White Knight will be released on May 12, and will be available on CD, digitally and on vinyl, although the latter version will only feature 12 tracks.

Here’s the track list for the CD and digital editions:

“Got Your Back” — featuring KK Watson with Dam Funk
“Chance for Us” — featuring Daryl Hall with Bobby Strickland
“Beginning (of the End)” — featuring John Boutte
“Tin Foil Hat” — featuring Donald Fagen
“Look at Me” — featuring Michael Holman
“Let’s Do This” — with Moe Berg
“Sleep” — with Joe Walsh
“That Could Have Been Me” — featuring Robyn
“Deaf Ears” — with Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
“Naked & Afraid” — featuring Bettye LaVette
“Buy My T”
“Wouldn’t You Like to Know” — featuring Rebop Rundgren
“This Is Not a Drill” — featuring Joe Satriani with Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton

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Courtesy of The WhoThe Who recently announced plans to play their first-ever Las Vegas residency this summer. Now the rock legends have lined up a few U.S. concerts in the weeks leading up to the Sin City engagement. The shows are scheduled for July 16 in Canandaigua, New York; July 18 in National Harbor, Maryland; July 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and July 25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 24. If you’re a Who fan club member, you’ll be able to purchase pre-sale seats starting Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. local time at TheWho.com and at 11 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com.

As previously reported, The Who will play a six-show Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace that runs from July 29 through August 11. Tickets for those dates are available now at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office, by calling 866-320-9763 and online at TheColosseum.com or AXS.com.

Here are all of the band’s confirmed U.S. performances:

7/16 — Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
7/18 — National Harbor, MD, MGM National Harbor
7/22 — Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
7/25 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
7/29 — Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
8/1, 4, 7, 9, 11 –Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is paying tribute to Chuck Berry — who died Saturday at the age of 90 — by putting a collage of the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer on display in the museum’s “In Memoriam” area.

The piece, which was placed on view Tuesday on the museum’s first floor, was created by noted pop-art master Red Grooms in 1978.

The colorful artwork has a cartoon-like quality and features three caricatures of Berry playing guitar. It also includes a depiction of the title character of Chuck’s classic song “Maybellene” dancing on the neck of one of his instruments.

Speaking about his piece, Grooms says he “gave the great Rock and Roller the futurist treatment and made sure the color scheme would work in any cool cat’s parlor.”

The collage will remain on display through April 9, and can be photographed or filmed by visitors at the museum. You can also check out the piece at NPG.si.edu.

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsWith the 2017 Record Store Day scheduled for Saturday, April 22, Sony’s Legacy Recordings label has announced its list of special limited-edition releases for the campaign. Among the collectible discs being issued are vinyl offerings from Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, The Beach BoysDennis Wilson, Santana, Toto and Harry Nilsson.

Springsteen & the E Street Band’s Record Store Day release is Hammersmith Odeon London ’75, a four-LP set documenting the group first-ever performance outside of the U.S. The show took place on November 18, 1975, a few months after The Boss issued his landmark Born to Run album.

Wilson’s contribution is the two-LP set Bambu (The Caribou Sessions), a collection of solo recordings the Beach Boys drummer made in 1978, but which weren’t released until 2008. The upcoming release is pressed on colored vinyl.

Santana’s offering is Live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969, a single-LP collection that features the memorable performance that put the legendary San Francisco rock band on the map.

Toto will issue a 12-inch picture-disc single featuring its hits “Africa” and “Rosanna.” The vinyl disc, which recreates a limited-edition 1982 release, is shaped like the continent of Africa.

Nilsson’s Record Store Day release is a colored-vinyl version of his classic 1971 album, Nilsson Schmilsson, which incudes his hits “Without You,” “Coconut” and “Jump into the Fire.” The disc is pressed on yellow and white vinyl.

Other 2017 Record Store Day releases from Legacy Recordings include discs by Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Johnny Mathis and Dave Matthews Band, as well as a previously announced single by Pink Floyd featuring an unreleased version of “Interstellar Overdrive.”

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Monty Brinton/CBSRight around the time of the 2017 Grammy Awards, many of the artists who were in town for the ceremony got together to tape a new CBS special, Stayin’ Alive: Grammy Salute to the Music of The Bee Gees, including the group’s only surviving member, Barry Gibb. Now that special has an airdate — April 16 — and we know all the details of who’s singing what.

Joining Gibb at the event were Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, veteran disco act Tavares, and a variety of contemporary artists from various music genres. The tribute to The Bee Gees‘ celebrated the 40th anniversary of their landmark Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

On the show, Gibb and some of the other acts perform a selection of hits from that album, while other artists covered songs from different phases of the legendary sibling trio’s 50-year career. Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta makes a special appearance. The lineup also includes John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Little Big Town, Jason Derulo, Tori Kelly, Panic! At The Disco, DNCE, Pentatonix and Katharine McPhee.

Among the many highlights of the event were Wonder and Legend teaming up for a version of The Bee Gees’ 1971 smash “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” and Derulo being accompanied by Tavares on a rendition of “More Than a Woman,” a song that the latter group recorded for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. To bring the show to a close, Gibb was joined by the show’s full cast to sing the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive.”

Here’s a full list of who’s singing what on the special, which you can catch Sunday, April 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT:

Medley: “Stayin’ Alive,” “Tragedy” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever” — Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, Andra Day
“To Love Somebody” — Keith Urban
“Massachusetts” — Ed Sheeran
“Lonely Days” — Panic! At The Disco
“Tragedy” — Tori Kelly
“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” — John Legend & Stevie Wonder
“Islands in the Stream” — Kelsea Ballerini & Thomas Rhett
“Immortality” — Celine Dion
“Night Fever” — DNCE
“If I Can’t Have You” — Demi Lovato
“More Than a Woman” — Jason Derulo & Tavares
“How Deep Is Your Love” — Little Big Town
“Love So Right” — Andra Day
“I Just Want to Be Your Everything” — Nick Jonas
“Too Much Heaven” — Pentatonix
“Emotion” — Katharine McPhee
“Jive Talkin'” — Barry Gibb
“You Should Be Dancing” — Barry Gibb
“Stayin’ Alive” — Barry Gibb & Ensemble

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Rod Stewart kicked off a new run of Las Vegas performances last week as part of his ongoing residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and now, due to “overwhelming demand,” the legendary singer has announced another series of Sin City shows that will take place in the late summer.

A total of nine new performances of Rod Stewart: The Hits have been added, spanning from August 15 through September 3. Tickets for the dates go on sale beginning this Friday, March 24, at 12 p.m. PT at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office, via phone by calling 866-320-9763 or online at TheColosseum.com and AXS.com.

Stewart’s current series of Las Vegas shows wraps up on April 1. He also has a couple of concerts in Mexico taking place during the coming week. Meanwhile, as previously reported, Rod will be teaming up with Cyndi Lauper for a joint U.S. trek this summer that gets underway on July 6 in Hollywood, Florida, and is mapped out through an August 12 concert in Houston.

Here are all of Stewart’s confirmed North American concerts, according to RodStewart.com:

3/21-22 — Las Vegas, NV, Caesars Palace
3/26 — Mexico City, Mexico, Sports Palace
3/27 — Puebla, Mexico, Acrópolis Puebla
3/31-4/1 — Las Vegas, NV, Caesars Palace
7/6 — Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Casino*
7/8 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena*
7/9 — Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
7/12 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion*
7/14 — Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion*
7/15 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center*
7/18 — Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
7/19 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live*
7/21 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
7/22 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
7/25 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center*
7/28 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center*
7/29 — Rochester, NY, CMAC PAC*
8/1 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater*
8/4 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center*
8/5 — Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*
8/11 — Dallas, TX, Verizon Theater*
8/12 — Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land*
8/15, 18-19, 22, 26-27, 29 — Las Vegas, NV, Caesars Palace
9/2-3 — Las Vegas, NV, Caesars Palace

* = with Cyndi Lauper

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Credit: Stephanie PistelHey, Duran Duran fans — here’s something you should know! The veteran British band has lined up a brief new series of North American concerts that’ll take place this July in the Western U.S., Hawaii and Canada. The shows, which are part of the group’s 2017 Paper Gods World Tour, run from a July 7 performance in Oakland, California, through a July 16 gig in Honolulu.

Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, March 24. Members of the Duran Duran Fan Community will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets and VIP packages beginning Tuesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. local time via DuranDuranMusic.com.

Meanwhile, over the next few weeks, Duran Duran will be playing a variety of shows that include performances in the Southern U.S. and South America. The latter dates include appearances at the Lollapalooza Brazil, Lollapalooza Argentina and Lollapalooza Chile festivals, respectively on March 26, April 1 and April 2.

In other news, Duran Duran released a new EP earlier this month featuring a series of remixes of the song “Last Night in the City,” a collaboration with Canadian singer Kiesza that originally appeared on the band’s 2015 album, Paper Gods.

Here are all of Duran Duran’s upcoming North American tour dates:

3/21 — Dallas, TX, Music Hall at Fair Park
3/22 — Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
4/5 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Casino
4/7 — Wilmington, NC, Azalea Festival
4/8 — Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park
7/7 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater+
7/8 — San Francisco, CA, San Francisco Masonic+
7/10 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place+
7/11 — Calgary, AB, Canada, venue TBA+
7/16 — Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center+

+ = newly added date.

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Credit: Dan HigginsEx-Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin is one of eight former or current members of the band who will be recognized when the prog-rock legends are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame April 7 in Brooklyn, New York. Rabin tells ABC Radio he feels “really great” about the honor, while admitting he was somewhat surprised about it after Yes was passed over for induction multiple times.

“In the last three years [we’d] been nominated twice, so it wasn’t a surprise [to be nominated again this past year],” Rabin explains. “But what was a surprise was that we’re being inducted, because we felt, ‘Well, we’ve been nominated before but it [didn’t] happen.'”

Rabin currently is touring Europe with ARW, the spinoff group that also features fellow former Yes members Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman. Trevor says he, Anderson and Wakeman have been working on some brand-new music, and are “getting very close to finishing the first couple of tracks.”

Rabin tells ABC Radio that ARW are talking about releasing those tracks as soon as they’re ready, “and then ultimately, once there’s a kind of comprehensive collection…stick it all together as one album.”

In concert, ARW has focused on playing classic Yes material from throughout the band’s long career. As for whether the band may add some of the new tracks to their sets, Rabin says, “We have so much fun rearranging and re-presenting the old music from the Fragile years and 90125 and onwards…So, with that in mind, I think we’re still very, very motivated to just play the stuff we’ve been playing.”

ARW’s European tour wraps up on March 28 in Utrecht, Netherlands. Then, after the Rock Hall induction ceremony, the band will play a series of late-April concerts in Japan.

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Pink Floyd RecordsAs part of this year’s Record Store Day event on April 15, Pink Floyd will release a limited-edition vinyl single featuring a previously unheard 1966 studio version of the band’s instrumental “Interstellar Overdrive.” The one-sided, 12-inch single will be pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and will play at 33 1/3 RPM.

The rendition of “Interstellar Overdrive” featured on the disc was recorded on November 31, 1966, by Pink Floyd’s original lineup — singer/guitarist Syd Barrett, bassist Roger Waters, keyboardist Rick Wright and drummer Nick Mason. The mono track runs nearly 15 minutes long — about five minutes longer than the version of “Interstellar Overdrive” that appears on the band’s 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

The single will come packaged with a fold-out poster and a postcard featuring a well-known photo of Pink Floyd taken while the group was recording its debut single, “Arnold Layne.” The single’s artwork features pics taken in January 1967 during one of the group’s performances at London’s UFO Club in London.

Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” vinyl single will be available at select independent record shops across the U.S. in conjunction with the Record Store Day promotion.

Meanwhile, this Friday, March 24, will see the release of six separate individual volumes of Pink Floyd recordings that first were issued in November as part of the massive box set The Early Years — 1967-1972. Visit PinkFloyd.com for more details.

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Dualtone RecordsThe family of the late Chuck Berry has shared an update about the status of the new studio album that the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer was planning to release this year.

Details about the album, titled Chuck, were first announced last October 16, Berry’s 90th birthday. In an official statement, the Berry family says, “Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction. While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.”

The note goes on to explain that the family and the Dualtone Records label are preparing to “reveal further details and music from the album this week…with gratitude to his fans around the world.”

In other news, according to BuzzAngle Music, sales of Berry’s music have skyrocketed since the influential rocker’s death Saturday. The report says sales of Berry’s albums and songs increased by 9,581 percent since his passing. Chuck’s album-sales average had been 39 per day prior to his death, while 2,054 albums were sold the day of his death and 3,808 on the following day.

Berry’s song sales increased 11,684 percent, with 16,616 total sales recorded on Sunday. Chuck’s most-downloaded track on Sunday was “Johnny B Goode,” with 4,297 sales — an increase of 10,330 percent.

BuzzAngle Music is a measurement platform that keeps detailed track of music-consumption transactions. The figures regarding Berry’s music don’t include streaming data.

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Paul McCartney has joined the many celebrities who’ve paid tribute to rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at the age of 90.

The former Beatles star posted an homage to Berry on his official website that reads, “He was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock ‘n’ roll.”

Regarding his influence on the Fab Four, Sir Paul noted, “From the first minute we heard the great guitar intro to ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ we became fans of the great Chuck Berry. His stories were more like poems than lyrics…To us he was a magician making music that was exotic yet normal at the same time. We learnt so many things from him which led us into a dream world of rock ‘n’ roll music.”

McCartney also points out in his tribute, “I was privileged to meet him in his home town St. Louis when I played there on tour and it’s a memory I will cherish forever.”

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced that flowers will be placed on Berry’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star today at 1 p.m. PT. Chuck’s commemorative star marker is located at 1779 Vine Street across from the historic Capitol Records Building. It was unveiled in September 1987.

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