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‘Mad Men’ ends with jingle by Detroiter Billy Davis
The final episode of “Mad Men” may have hinted that Don Draper came up with the famous “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” ad; of course it was a talented former Detroiter, Billy “Roquel” Davis, who died in 2004 (he is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery) who wrote the song. Davis’ days writing advertising tunes were really the third part of his varied career. He started out writing songs for Jackie Wilson with Berry Gordy (including “Lonely Teardrops” and “Reet Petite,”) wrote some early Motown classics, then jumped to Chess in Chicago, where he penned many of Etta James’ classics.
Green Day returns to 924 Gilman Street
Any diehard Green Day fan knows that the band cut its teeth at Bay Area punk venue 924 Gilman Street. On Sunday, the pop/punk trio returned to their old stomping grounds for a benefit concert to raise money for two local indie publishing houses, Rolling Stone reports. The set, introduced by former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, featured gems from the band’s pre-major label days including “Going to Pasalacqua” and “Paper Lanterns.” Green Day also performed “Knowledge,” an Operation Ivy song they covered in 1990, and were joined by Op Ivy’s Tim Armstrong.
More details for ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff develop
“Fear the Walking Dead” will be less of a prequel and more of a crossover or companion series for “Walking Dead,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The new AMC series will be set in Los Angeles and will fill in some of the details of the early days of the zombie outbreak, but not the cause, says show runner Dave Erickson. “Fear the Walking Dead” — which stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey — will follow one family as they battle their internal drama as the zombie apocalypse is just beginning. Show creator Robert Kirkman told ING that the zombies in “Fear” will be more human-looking, too.
■New York rapper Chinx, 31, was killed Saturday night during a drive-by shooting in Queens. Born Lionel Pickens, the rapper was in a car with an unnamed male passenger at 4 a.m. when another car pulled up and opened fire. The passenger is in critical condition. No suspects have been arrested, according to Rolling Stone.
■Courtney Love, currently on tour with Lana Del Rey, has released a surprise 7-inch record Monday on the Ghost Ramp/Crush Music record label. “Miss Narcissist,” with the b-side “Killer Radio,” features cover art drawn by Love.
Susan Whitall contributed
May 19 birthdays
Pete Townshend, 70
Grace Jones, 67
Sam Smith, 23