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Last Update on October 06, 2015 07:07 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- John Fogerty believes he was such a prolific songwriter because he was born at the right time. Fogerty says he was a child of the 1960s and his music was part of the soundtrack of that era. He says everything was in turmoil and it was a fascinating time unlike any other -- although he points out he was not alive when the Black Plague was hitting Europe. He says that was "probably pretty exciting" as well. Fogerty writes about his life in his new book, "Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music," in stores today.


010-a-15-(John Fogerty, musician, in AP interview)-"over the world"-John Fogerty says his success was due to the era in which he began making music. (6 Oct 2015)

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009-a-20-(John Fogerty, musician, in AP interview)-"probably pretty exciting"-John Fogerty says he was part of a fascinating era known as the 1960s. ((note length of cut)) (6 Oct 2015)

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011-a-17-(John Fogerty, musician, in AP interview)-"reflect those times"-John Fogerty says he could not help but churn out song after song during the 1960s. ((note length of cut)) (6 Oct 2015)

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Steven Van Zandt and Paul Shaffer are producing a musical about a little-known songwriter named Bert Berns who died in 1967 at the age of 38. Berns wrote songs like "Twist and Shout," "Tell Him," "I Want Candy, "Hang On Sloopy" and "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love." Shaffer says Berns wrote so many songs that meant a lot to him as a kid and he is "an unsung hero." Van Zandt says Berns died so tragically young that even in the music industry, only insiders know about him. "Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story" had opened off-Broadway last year. Van Zandt and Shaffer hope to bring the new production to Broadway next year.


LONDON (AP) -- Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix would probably go crazy if she had to be a singer all by herself. Thirlwall says she's lucky to have three other people in Little Mix who are there when she needs to confide in someone. She says she doesn't know how solo artists do it. They also get to share some of the funny moments of being in the music industry, too. Groupmate Perrie Edwards says because they're British, they have to speak very proper English for Americans to understand their accents.


012-q-18-(Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards, singers with Little Mix, in AP interview)-"talk very English"-Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards of Little Mix were asked how Americans feel about their English accents. ((note length of cut)) (6 Oct 2015)

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013-a-14-(Leigh-Anne Pinnock, singers with Little Mix, in AP interview)-"or keep trying"-Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix says their dream is to conquer the U.S. (6 Oct 2015)

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014-a-14-(Jade Thirlwall, singers with Little Mix, in AP interview)-"artists do it"-Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix says she leads a strange life as a musician, but she's got three bandmates who are living it with her. (6 Oct 2015)

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015-a-12-(Perrie Edwards, singers with Little Mix, in AP interview)-"friendship comes first"-Perrie Edwards of Little Mix says she would not have lasted very long in the music industry without the support of her groupmates in Little Mix. (6 Oct 2015)

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Madonna has the potential to be recognized for her songwriting rather than just her singing or performing. She's been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other nominees include George Harrison, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, John Mellencamp, Blondie, Gloria Estefan, The Isley Brothers, Sly Stone and Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic (SHEEK). The nominee list also includes Michael McDonald, Tom T. Hall, Jeff Lynne of ELO, Steve Miller and Roger Miller. The inductees will be announced sometime after the voting deadline of December 11. The induction ceremony is next June in New York.


017-r-34-(Sound of singer Madonna, performing "Material Girl")--Sound of Madonna, performing "Material Girl." (6 Oct 2015)

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018-r-52-(Sound of singer Marvin Gaye, performing "Got to Give It Up")--Sound of Marvin Gaye, performing "Got to Give It Up." (6 Oct 2015)

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016-w-27-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with sound of the Isley Brothers, performing "Shout" and sound of Blondie, performing "Call Me")--George Harrison, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp are among the `A list' contenders nominated for the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (opens with music) (6 Oct 2015)

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