Michael Keaton may have been the caped star of the 1989 Tim Burton-directed Batman , but Prince ‘s multi-platinum-selling Batman soundtrack, which spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, also played a major role. As Variety reports, while the pair did not collaborate directly during the film, Keaton had spent time on a transcontinental flight with Prince, who passed away on Thursday . 15 Great Prince Songs That Were Hits for Other Artists The Spotlight star said he was a Prince fan long before their Batman affiliation. “I put him up there with Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Miles [Davis] among the true greats,” he told Variety . “Some musicians had their moments. He had what seemed like centuries of being great.” When Keaton first heard the news on the radio of a body being found at Prince’s home, he didn’t think it was the singer’s
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In February of 1982, Allen Ginsberg arrived in Los Angeles and called up his friend Bob Dylan . According to Steven Taylor, a guitarist who was traveling with the poet, Ginsberg was eager to book some studio time. Dylan obliged, and agreed to foot the bill for the studio costs on the condition that Ginsberg would pay the musicians. The two met at Dylan’s Santa Monica studio and, as Taylor remembers it, jammed for 10 hours. Inside Bob Dylan’s Historic New Tulsa Archive Journalist and producer Pat Thomas tells the full story of that session and of Ginsberg and Dylan’s lengthy shared musical history in the liner notes for The Last Word on First Blues , an upcoming collection of the Beat icon’s little-heard recordings as a singer-songwriter. The three-CD set includes the entirety of First Blues – a topical and often satirical 1983 Ginsberg double LP drawn in part from 1971 sessions that also included Dylan – plus assorted previously unreleased Ginsberg recordings from the Seventies and Eighties
Nobody would ever accuse Blake Shelton of being a saint, but he has occasionally shared small glimpses of his spiritual life over the years, like his reverent cover of Dave Barnes’ “God Gave Me You” or by gamely anchoring a Christmas special for ABC. But his hymn-like new song “Savior’s Shadow” goes even further, unequivocally stressing his faith and humility as a guide through trying times. See Blake Shelton Process a Breakup in ‘Came Here to Forget’ The song, which appears on Shelton’s forthcoming album If I’m Honest (due May 20th), was written by Shelton with husband-and-wife songwriters Jon Randall and Jessi Alexander and depicts him in awe of his creator. With a rising and falling melody that recalls “Jesus Loves Me,” Shelton sings “Every mountain, every ocean, He hears my every breath,” backed by gentle acoustic guitar, swelling strings and the multi-part harmonies of Randall and Alexander. “I dreamed the song last summer,” tweeted Shelton, who officially became divorced from Miranda Lambert in July 2015. “I woke up and wrote down everything I could remember.” Shelton’s current single — and first release from If I’m Honest — “Came Here to Forget” is quite the contrast, dealing with earthly, carnal concerns in the aftermath of a break-up. This weekend, Shelton will headline the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft.