President Barack Obama was to honor the brainpower behind the unforgettable tunes "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "Close to You," and others recorded by artists spanning Dionne Warwick, the Carpenters, Alicia Keys and the cast of "Glee."
On Wednesday night, Obama was to present the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In the 1960s and beyond, their work produced some of the most popular music for movies, TV and recording artists.
In return for all the memorable hits and love songs, the 83-year-old Bacharach said he would love to hear the president sing a few lines. The composer said he'll play piano for Obama any time if he wants to sing to the first lady.
"Nothing would make me happier because the guy can really sing," Bacharach said. "I heard him on YouTube sing 'Walk On By,' and it just blew me away."
Dead drummer penning memoir
The Grateful Dead founding member Bill Kreutzmann has a long, strange story to tell.
The drummer is working on a memoir scheduled to be published in 2015 by St. Martin's Press, the publisher announced Wednesday. The book, currently untitled, will include reflections on his "deep bond" with the late Jerry Garcia and memories of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers.
Kreutzmann, who turned 66 this week, helped form the Dead in the mid-1960s along with Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan.
Barbra finally to play Brooklyn
Barbra Streisand is coming home to Brooklyn.
The Oscar- and Grammy-winning diva was born and raised in Brooklyn but has never performed publicly there -- until now.
Brooklyn's new Barclays Center arena announced Wednesday that Streisand will give a concert there on Oct. 11.
Barclays Center is still under construction and will be home to the NBA's Nets.
Streisand is one of the world's best-selling recording artists and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. She rarely performs in public.
Pitt to star in Chanel campaign
Brad Pitt is the new face of Chanel's No. 5 perfume.
The French-based company announced Wednesday that the 48-year-old actor will star in an upcoming ad campaign for its signature women's scent. Other famous names who have been the face of Chanel include Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou.
Chanel remains one of the world's top-selling perfumes.
Singer Henry Fambrough of The Spinners, 74; announcer Gary Owens ("Laugh-In"), 73; singer Donovan, 66; singer Dave Mason, 66; singer Bono of U2, 52; model Linda Evangelista, 47; rapper Young MC, 45; actor Erik Palladino ("ER"), 44; actor Todd Lowe ("True Blood," "Gilmore Girls"), 40; actress Lauren Potter ("Glee"), 22.