Muscle Shoals co-founder Jimmy Johnson dies aged 76

The musician and producer worked on recordings by Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and George Michael Jimmy Johnson, co-founder of the celebrated Aretha Franklins Respect, has died age 76. His son Jay Johnson said he died on Thursday; the cause of death was not disclosed. Johnson and his bandmates in the Swampers founded the studio in Sheffield, Alabama, in 1969, after leaving the employ of Rick Hall and his nearby Fame studios. They were the first group of musicians to own a studio and later run their own publishing and production arms. As the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, guitarist Johnson, keyboard player Barry Beckett, drummer Roger Hawkins and bassist David Hood performed on hundreds of recordings, including albums by Franklin, …

Burt Bacharach: ‘Trump is dangerous my songs are a form of resistance’

He adored Dusty, drove Cilla to exhaustion and had so many hits he lost count. Now, the 90-year-old says its time to get political I dont know how many songs Ive written, I dont know how many hits Ive had, says Bacharach serenading Mike Myers and Liz Hurley in the first Austin Powers film. Jackie DeShannonWhat the World Needs Now Is Love (1965) Bacharach and David played this waltzing ode to peace to Warwick, and she didnt like it, says Bacharach. She thought it was too flag-waving. Bacharach respected Warwick she had very good taste so much so that her distaste made him doubt the song. I put it in a drawer. Years later, David suggested playing it for DeShannon. …