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Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, dies at 74
Ray Manzarek, the legendary keyboardist who founded The Doors in 1965 with fellow UCLA film school alum Jim Morrison, died of cancer Monday at age 74. Manzarek had fought a long battle with bile duct cancer."I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement. "I'm just glad to have been able to have playe...
Mon, 20 May 2013 22:21:08 GMT
Willie Geist shows off his style evolution in Esquire
Willie Geist has come a long way in the style department.In the latest issue of Esquire magazine, the TODAY co-host jokes about starting his relationship with a blue blazer as a kid, when he paired it with khakis and a clip-on tie, and shows how his style has evolved.Willie shows off his debonair look with a crisp blue suit in the "How I Look Now'' section of the magazine's June/July issue. In the...
Mon, 20 May 2013 21:42:11 GMT
Teen behind viral hit 'Clouds' dies of bone cancer weeks after celeb-filled tribute video
Zach Sobiech, the Minnesota teenager who wrote the viral hit song "Clouds" during his fight with bone cancer, died at 18 years old on Monday morning. Sobiech died at his home surrounded by his family and girlfriend, according to a post by his mother on Sobiechs CaringBridge page. Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, when he was 14, and was told by his doctors in June ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 18:29:00 GMT
Jedi jeans! Luke Skywalker's 'hero pants' could sell for $100,000
If it's been a while since you referred to your office khakis as "hero pants," perhaps it's time for you to step into the costume Luke Skywalker wore in "Star Wars."Yes, Luke put his pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us, but these pants "are one of the most recognizable props in movie history." So says the Nate D. Sanders auction house, which is hoping to fetch $70,000-$100,000 for ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 17:27:22 GMT
Delivery room drama: Has birth become a spectator sport?
Expectant moms thankfully no longer have their mothers delivery room experience, with Don Draper era dads sitting in waiting lounges until a doctor reports that baby has arrived. But the pendulum may have swung too far in the other direction.These days, delivery rooms can be rife with drama as grandparents-to-be vie for the best camera angle, or a mother-in-law angles to be the one feeding ice ch...
Mon, 20 May 2013 16:31:58 GMT
Extreme photographers take 'calculated risk' for stunning shots
Whether it's floating dangerously close to volcanic lava or risking a tumble in a big wave, a group of Hawaiian photographers take incredible chances to capture stunning images. "We pride ourselves on our stupidity,'' joked C.J. Kale. "It's pretty dangerous. We take calculated risk."Kale joined Nick Selway and Clark Little on TODAY on Monday in Honolulu to discuss their work. Kale has been shootin...
Mon, 20 May 2013 15:14:12 GMT
'Angie Baby' songwriter, 'Undercover Angel' singer Alan O'Day dies
Songwriter and singer Alan O'Day, who wrote tunes for such artists as the Righteous Brothers and Helen Reddy, then went on to land his own No. 1 hit in 1977, died at his home in Westwood, Calif. He was 72. His label, 1st Phase Records, reported his death from cancer on Friday."Alan continued to write and perform until his last days," said a statement from the record company. "Alan was a generous m...
Mon, 20 May 2013 14:57:27 GMT
Aloha! TODAY kicks off Great American Adventure in Hawaii
What better place to kick off TODAY's Great American Adventure than on the beaches of Hawaii? The anchors are immersing themselves in Hawaii's rich culture Monday morning -- hula dancing, surfing, cooking traditional dishes and more.Join TODAY's adventures in Hawaii using the hashtag #TODAYinHawaii and follow the anchors' Great American Adventure all week long with #TODAYAdventure.
Mon, 20 May 2013 14:57:26 GMT
Taylor Swift is a hit as others miss at Billboard Music Awards
Taylor Swift managed to pick up six awards before the Billboard Music Awards even started on Sunday night, so it's no surprise that she came away from the MGM Grand as the show's biggest winner. The pop/country superstar not only took home the most trophies -- eight -- but also the night's biggest honors: Top Artist and Billboard 200 Album of the Year for her mega-hit "Red." In addition to Swift's...
Mon, 20 May 2013 12:15:18 GMT
Hit the road with TODAY on its Great American Adventure
TODAY's going on an adventure!All five anchors Matt, Savannah, Natalie, Al and Willie are traveling together for the first time in history for TODAY's Great American Adventure. On their nationwide itinerary: Hawaii, Yellowstone, Chicago, Orlando and the Jersey Shore.The series officially begins Monday, May 20, but producers are already on location, scouting out the very best things to see and ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 12:15:17 GMT