Tony Bennett Puts Up His Duke in D.C.; British Music Biz Singing Tear-in-BYOBeer Ballad


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Headlines: Tony Bennett has left his art in Go-Go City. The crooner donated a watercolor he made of his old pal Duke Ellington to the National Portrait Gallery yesterday, which would have been the D.C.-born jazz great's 110th birthday. The 1993 painting features a bouquet of pink roses behind Ellington because, Bennett said: "Every time he wrote a song he thought I would like to record he sent a dozen pink roses." It's the third piece that Bennett, who moonlights as a painter, has donated to the Smithsonian, following a portrait of Ella Fitzgerald and a painting of Central Park. ... Drinking at home is bad for the music business. ... Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" is going to be a classic, promises one of project's producers. ... Toby Keith is opening a restaurant and entertainment venue in suburban Detroit, and he's naming it after one of his songs: "I Love This Bar." (And Grill, he's adding.) Among the planned menu items: "Honky Tonk meatloaf," Southern-fried Twinkies, fried-bologna sandwiches and, of course, Freedom Fries. ... The Wu-Tang Clan hasn't emptied those 36 chambers yet: According to Method Man, rumors of the group's demise simply aren't true. "We never split up," he says. ... Miranda Lambert hurt herself while hog hunting. ... Leona Lewis is reportedly delaying recording sessions for her sophomore album after having been head-butted by a horse. ... Sponsorship of music venues, festivals and tours will rise in this, the year of the great recession. ... The Oak Ridge Boys covered the White Stripes song "Seven Nation Army" for their upcoming album. ... Ashanti will make like Diana Ross by playing Dorothy in a New York production of "The Wiz." ... That new Maxwell album I mentioned yesterday? It's actually a trilogy: "Black," "Summer's" and "Night," with the resurrected R&B singer planning to release one per year over the next three years. "Three sides of my crazy personality," he says. ... Chris Brown's attorney wants the assault case against the beleaguered pop star dismissed. ... Peter, Bjorn and John have a disparate group of influences, from Negro spirituals, Paul Anka, Jay-Z and "mid-period Prince" to decades-old African songs, ELO, Depeche Mode and "that John Cage technique on the violin strings." (Are the descriptions of the D.C.-bound band's songs more interesting than the songs themselves? Discuss.)

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Say What?
"There's fast, there's slow and in between." -- Paramore's Hayley Williams on the band's new album, which will be released in the fall.

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Video of the Day
In which Vern Gosdin, who died this week, sings "Chiseled in Stone." Gosdin was one of country's greatest vocalists -- "the only other singer who can hold a candle to George Jones," Tammy Wynette once said. Last fall, the noted Nashville producer Buddy Cannon told Post Rock: "If there was a country Mount Rushmore, I'd say you'd put George on top, and Vern Gosdin under him." RIP.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 30, 2009; 6:52 AM ET Morning Mix
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