BREAKING NEWS: France’s Valentina wins Junior Eurovision 2020!

11 year old singer Valentina and her fan-favorite song “J’imagine” took the Grand Championship at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Contest, telecast live from Warsaw Poland this morning and afternoon, delivering the first JESC victory for France in the contest. The song has been one of the fan favorites since it was announced in September. Kazakhstan’s Karakat Bashanova took second with her song “Forever“, and Spain’s Solea took third for her monster fan favorite “Palante“. The Netherlands and Belarus rounded out the top five. The show was a technical marvel, mixing graphics and video feeds together, as well as a live

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EUROVISION ’21 – Come hell or high water (or coronavirus), it WILL HAPPEN!

UPDATED 9/18 `12:24 PM ET with more info The European Broadcast Union made it official earlier today – no matter what happens, or what kind of circumstances they may have to maneuver, Eurovision Song Contest 2021 WILL GO ON! YAY! Methinks the earful they got about the cancellation last year has spurred them into motion. Preliminary info was released during the “Eurovision: Shine A Light” substitute special last May, but today’s video announcement makes it official. As the video below shows, they are going ahead, with one of four possible scenarios – Full Show, Socially Distant Show, Travel-restricted show, or

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PASSAGES: Country superstar Charlie Daniels 1936-2020

You know, it seems that ever since I redoubled my efforts to make TKR a fun and entertaining music site again as of the last couple of weeks, 90% of what I’ve been doing is reporting on the passings of a great many amazing people… Country music legend Charlie Daniels died this morning in Hermitage TN of a hemorrhagic stroke; he was 83 years old. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008 and a member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame class of 2016, Daniels was a legend in the music business, with nearly five decades of

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PASSAGES: Italian film composer legend Ennio Morricone 1928-2020

He was truly one of the most prolific film score composers of all time, with an estimated FIVE HUNDRED scores under his belt in his six decade long film music career, and his music influenced countless generations of all types of musicians. Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91 following complications from a fall. Morricone didn’t start writing film music until 1958, but once he was there, he didn’t look back, sometimes doing multiple scores a year from his studios in Rome, where he always worked. He was notorious for always wanting to work for

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PASSAGES: Film composer Johnny Mandel, 1925-2020

If you’ve listened to popular big bands, saw movies in the 1960s and 1970s, or have ever been anywhere near a television set, chances are good that you’ve heard at least one song by Johnny Mandel, the Oscar and Grammy winning composer and songwriter, who passed away at the age of 94 on Monday. Mandel worked with jazz and swing artists throughout his career, and was known for his affiliations with Count Basie,  Frank Sinatra, and Peggy Lee among others. He first turned to scoring films in the late 1950s, doing the music for “I Want To Live” in 1958,

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PASSAGES: Benny Mardones, 1946-2020, two-time “One Hit wonder”

He will forever be known as a one-hit wonder….twice. With the SAME SONG. Singer/songwriter Benny Mardones passed away today after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease; he was 73 years old. Although he recorded his share of music over the years, and also wrote songs for other artists including Brenda Lee and Chubby Checker, he is perhaps best known as one of the few acts to hit the Billboard Hot 100 twice with the same song. Released in 1980, his hit “Into The Night” remains an early 80’s classic and is fondly remembered by fans, and it hit #11 on

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PASSAGES: Pete Carr, 1950-2020

Pete Carr was not a household name for most people, but when it came to session musicians, Carr, who passed away yesterday at the age of 70, was a legend. Carr is probably best known to lovers of late 1970’s music as one half of the duo LeBlanc and Carr; he had teamed up with singer/songwriter Lenny LeBlanc for an album on Big Tree Records, and had a #13 Hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #11 on the Adult Contemporary chart with the ballad “Falling” in late 1977. But his career spanned over five decades and much of it was

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TKR welcomes “Planet BiblioMusica” to our fold!

Hi all – it’s been three weeks since Eurovision 2020 finished, and we’ve been doing some reassessing and reevaluating… When my wife Kim and I started our PNRNetworks sister site Planet BiblioMusica, we had wanted to make it about our personal experiences with book stores and record stores and all the time we spent in them. And also our take on books and music in general. Unfortunately, real life got in the way, and we haven’t been able to do as much here as we would have liked. So we were talking and we came up with a solution, and

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COVID-19 UPDATE: ARRRRGH! EBU officially drops the ax on Eurovision 2020

ARRRGGH! Damn you Coronavirus! You’ve just ruined a perfect 64 year record! The European Broadcast Union announced this morning that the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled – the first such cancellation in it’s history. Here’s the official statement: It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. Over the past few weeks, we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead. However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the

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