Music

Troy University Officials, Students Mourn the Loss of Dr. John M. Long

A Troy University legend has died. Former long-time Sound of the South band director Dr. John Maloy Long passed away at his home on Monday evening after a brief illness. Long served as Troy University’s Director of Band for 31 years- from 1965 to 1996. Over time, he influenced hundreds of students, composers, and music professionals. “You can’t go anywhere…

Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

DETROIT (AP) – Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that…

City of Prattville Receives Grant for Celebration of the Arts

  The City of Prattville is pleased to announce that the Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council has received a grant of $10,000 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), the state arts agency. This grant will allow the City of Prattville and the Prattville Arts Council to once again sponsor a Celebration of the Arts in 2018….

The Wyatt Edmondson Story

Alabama News Network Exclusive Special

As far back as he could remember, Wyatt Edmondson was a musician looking to inspire others through his own music, but at the age of 15 he was diagnosed with a disease that would change the path of his life forever. “I have a condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa. It’s a retinal degenerative disease, and it’s something that runs in…

Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Dead at 74

NEW YORK (AP) – Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. A former session drummer, White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1960s. The group went on to sell more than 90 million albums worldwide,…