It's typically the curse of the aging rock star that no matter how much he contemporizes, the music of his middle and old age never sounds as vital as the work of his youth.
Roy Burris, who played drums for Merle Haggard's band the Strangers and co-wrote "Okie From Muskogee," died Wednesday, April 20, of heart-related problems in Tulsa, Okla. He was 79.
Gerard Smith, bass player for Gotham indie rock outfit TV on the Radio, died this morning from lung cancer. He was 34.
Los Angeles-based bandleader and club owner Orrin Tucker, who scored a nationwide hit with "Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!" in 1939, died April 9 of natural causes in the San Gabriel Valley. He was 100.
Astounding wildlife footage is given a kid-friendly narrative hook, but never overly cuddlified, in Keith Scholey's "African Cats," the third installment in the Mouse House's Disneynature series.