Clapton honors Cale with album
Eric Clapton is paying tribute to his late friend and collaborator J.J. Cale with a new album.
Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, John Mayer and others lend a hand on “The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale,” due out July 29. The album includes 16 Cale songs reimagined by Clapton and the all-star group of friends.
Cale, architect of the Tulsa Sound and a widely influential figure in rock ‘n’ roll history, died last year at 74.
Clapton turned Cale’s “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” into major hits and the two recorded and collaborated together. Others on the album include Mark Knopfler, Derek Trucks and Cale’s wife, Christine Lakeland.
Clapton says in a statement that he wants to bring more attention to Cale: “I’m just the messenger.”
Judge Judy going primetime
Judge Judy, TV’s most popular judge, is getting ready to hold court after hours.
The no-nonsense judge will be the star of “Judge Judy Primetime,” a special airing May 20 on CBS that will include new cases and examine how Judge Judith Sheindlin transitioned from New York Family Court judge to “Judge Judy.”
The special will also include excerpts from a 1993 “60 Minutes” profile of Sheindlin that led to her being discovered by Hollywood, as well as an updated 2003 story when the newsmagazine revisited the judge.
Note written by Cobain rips Love
A handwritten note police discovered in Kurt Cobain’s wallet after his suicide disparages Courtney Love, the late Nirvana front man’s wife.
CBS News reported that the note was taken from Cobain’s wallet when police arrived at his home on April 8, 1994, after Cobain, 27, fatally shot himself. The note was never made public. CBS obtained it from the Seattle Police via a public information request.
The network reports that the undated note, apparently written by Cobain on stationery from San Francisco’s Phoenix Hotel, is written like a mock wedding vow. It references Love as Cobain’s “lawful shredded wife” who would be “siphoning” his money for drugs.
Prince Harry splits with girlfriend
LONDON (AP) — British news media are reporting that Prince Harry and his girlfriend Cressida Bonas have split up.
Press Association cited an unidentified source as saying that Harry, 29, and Bonas, 25, had decided to end their two-year relationship. Other news media — including the BBC, the Daily Mail and The Sun — also reported the breakup, giving no sources.
Royal officials declined to comment.
This year, Harry shifted his military career from flying Apache helicopters to organizing army events as a staff officer, meaning he could see Bonas more often. Speculation about a possible engagement had been rife since Bonas and Harry appeared together at an official charity event in March.
Harry is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and fourth in line for the throne.