Grapevine: Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’ turns 50

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
  • Phife Dawg, James Jamerson Jr. and Ken Howard have died; and Kim Fields quits ‘Real Hosewives’

Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’ turns 50

One of the most celebrated albums in modern music’s history, “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Naturally, a special commemorative edition and new merchandise will be issued to go along with this. The actual anniversary date is May 16, but the anniversary editions will come out June 10. This includes a four-CD/Blu-ray audio collectors edition with hardcover book, remastered original album in stereo and mono and more. There’s also a two-CD and digital deluxe edition and a 180-gram LP edition. “Pet Sounds” features the songs “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Sloop John B” and “God Only Knows.”

Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest dies

After battling diabetes and other health issues, rapper and musician Phife Dawg (real name Malik Taylor) died this week at age 45. He was a co-founding member of the alternative hip-hop trip A Tribe Called Quest. Rolling Stone published a statement from Phife Dawg’s family. “Malik was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love for God and family.”

Session bassist James Jamerson Jr. dies

Musician James Jamerson Jr., son of Motown Records bass player James Jamerson, has died. Jamerson’s friend, musician and producer Allen McGrier, posted the news to social media Wednesday after hearing from a Jamerson relative. “With a heavy heart, I announce the passing of my childhood friend, fantastic musician and great person, James Jamerson Jr.” Jameson had been battling a variety of ailments for years. Throughout his career he had performed with Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops, Teena Marie and B.B. King. His father, who died in 1983, played on 30 Billboard No. 1 hits and more than 70 R&B No. 1 hits. Like his father, Jamerson Jr. was a respected session bassist in Los Angeles and Detroit. He appeared in the documentary film about the Funk Brothers, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.”

‘The White Shadow’ star Ken Howard dies at 71

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Ken Howard died this week at his home near Los Angeles at age 71. Howard was known for his role in the 1970s sports drama “The White Shadow” and he also was president of the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA. “Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us,” SAG-AFTRA acting president Gabrielle Carteris (of “Beverly Hills, 90210” fame) said in a statement. Howard also appeared on “Dynasty,” “Melrose Place” and “30 Rock.”

‘MMMBop’: You’re doing it wrong

In a recent interview with Vulture magazine, Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson talked about the upcoming 20th anniversary of their hit single “MMMBop.” Recorded in 1996 and released a year later, the single went to No. 1 in 27 countries. When the brothers were asked if they had heard any good covers of their iconic hit and the answer was a firm “no.” “People can’t sing the chorus right,” said Issac Hanson. “Most of the time they syncopate it wrong.” “If Bruno Mars were interested, he’d probably find a way to kill it,” he added.

Kim Fields quits ‘Real Housewives’

Actress Kim Fields announced this week that she will not return for another season on “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” “I’m done,” she told the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. “I think about too, at the beginning of the season, what did my mama say? ‘Get in and get out.’ Listen to your mama.” The “Facts of Life” star said she did the show for “the experience.” Fields told the radio show that “overall, it was a really great experience.”

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