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Survivor has lost one of their lead singers. Jimi Jamison's booking agent Sally Irwin is confirming that the rocker died Sunday night. She tells TMZ.com Jimi suffered a heart attack. He played his last show just a day earlier, performing with Survivor in Morgan Hill, California Saturday night. Jamison was 63. Jamison came to fame with the band Cobra, and joined Survivor in 1984. He's featured on several of Survivor's hits, including "The Search Is Over" and "Is This Love." Jimi also took the lead on the band's contribution to the "Rocky IV" soundtrack -- the top five hit "Burning Heart." Jamison also wrote and recorded the song "I'm Always Here" -- the theme to the TV series "Baywatch."
A new movie about the death of John Lennon is in the works. Filmmaker Jeremy Profe [[Pro-Fee]] tells the BBC "The Lennon Report" explores the efforts of police, paramedics, and hospital staff who attempted to save the rock legend's life after he was shot outside his New York City home on December 8th, 1980. He says it also includes the initial media coverage of the shooting, prior to the announcement that Lennon had died. Profe explains that with his film he's "presenting the case of what happened, and the reality is that anybody in this country can go get a gun essentially any time they want," which is "an important discourse" for Americans to have.
The filmmaker is also denying allegations that he's simply trying to cash in on the upcoming 35th anniversary of Lennon's death, since the project is slated for release late next year. Profe says anyone who thinks he's being opportunistic should "come watch the film and see it for themselves."
The late Johnny Winter's producer Paul Nelson says it's hard to believe the guitar great is gone. But he tells "USA Today" Johnny "left on a high note." Nelson says "Step Back" is the follow up to Winter's 2011 effort, "Roots," and the second disc in a planned four-part covers collection featuring the songs and artists that inspired him. Nelson explains that Johnny's "admiration for the blues ran deep, and this release exemplifies his mastering of the most difficult form of interpreting the blues, and that's singing." He adds that the project showcases Winter's talents, since each track was done in one take without any editing. Nelson explains that Johny "would 'Winterize' each song," and "the minute he put his voice and playing on it, it became his."
"Step Back" also features a number of guests. Winter teamed up with Leslie West on "Long Tall Sally," with Dr. John for "Blue Monday," and Aerosmith's Joe Perry on "Mojo Hand." Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Joe Bonamassa are some of the others who lent their talents to the project. The album, which is the first posthumous release from Winter, arrives in stores Tuesday. Johnny died in July while on tour in Switzerland. He was 70.
Bruce Springsteen is taking the title character from one of his songs and putting him on the page. The rocker has teamed up with writer and illustrator Frank Caruso on the children's book "Outlaw Pete." Both the song and the book were inspired "Brave Cowboy Bill," a kids' book from 1950 that Springsteen's mom read to him when he was little. Caruso came up with the idea for their book. He explains that Bruce "created a great character" in Outlaw Pete. Frank adds that with his first listen to the song, the book "played out" in his head. Bruce describes "Outlaw Pete" as "the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins." The song "Outlaw Pete" is on Springsteen's 2009 album "Working on a Dream." The book will be available November 4th.
The Kinks aren't going forward without their founding lead guitarist. The band is denying a recent "Mojo" magazine story in which frontman Ray Davies reportedly said a Kinks reunion "will happen anyway," even if Dave Davies isn't a part of it. But a post on the group's Facebook page says the publication "is wrong," and emphasizes "there will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies." The message adds that Ray "claims to have never said this." Meanwhile, on his own Facebook page, Dave Davies says he's on board, and that he'd "love to do some form of a Kinks reunion with Ray."
Both Ray and Dave have been discussing a Kinks reunion -- with the media and amongst themselves -- for more than a year. The estranged brothers began working on reconciling their relationship last summer, with the goal of celebrating The Kinks' 50th anniversary together this year. But in April Dave told the UK's "Independent" that "all this pressure about the anniversary" was complicating their efforts, so they might just "celebrate the 51st" instead.
Fifty years after their U.S. debut, The Beatles still have plenty of fans on this side of the Atlantic. The Fab Four have captured the top spot in the latest Harris Poll list of America's Favorite Musical Artists, after landing in a third place tie with Elvis Presley in 2010. This year Elvis is taking second place, while Beyonce makes her debut on the list in third place. Led Zeppelin, who also missed the cut four years ago, has the number four spot. Country star George Strait -- who ranked seventh in 2010 -- now rounds out the top five. The 2010 list leader, Celine Dion, has fallen to seventh place, and is tied with Neil Diamond, the Eagles, and Garth Brooks.
1. The Beatles
2. Elvis Presley
4. Led Zeppelin
5. George Strait
6. Bruno Mars
7. TIE - Neil Diamond, the Eagles, Celine Dion, Garth Brooks Michael Jackson certainly isn't forgotten in his hometown. Friday marks what would have been the late King of Pop's 56th birthday, and the three-day Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts is already under way in Gary, Indiana. Northwest Indiana's "Post-Tribune" says Michael's mom Katherine Jackson is behind the event, which takes place around the family's former home. Katherine was on hand for Thursday's kick-off, which included music and dance performances by local high school students.