Lifetime achievers ...
Dolly Parton, the Ramones, Julie Andrews, the Kingston Trio, the Juilliard String Quartet, jazz musician and bandleader Roy Haynes and gospel singer-composer George Beverly Shea will be recognized by the Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards on the eve of the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
"These influential performers and brilliant innovators have been of great inspiration to our culture and industry," academy President and Chief Executive Neil Portnow said in a statement with the announcement of this year's recipients.
Among other Special Merit Award honorees announced Wednesday, Trustees Awards, which recognize contributions to the music industry by nonperformers, will go to veteran record label executive Bruce Lundvall, former Stax Records vice president and Bellmark Records founder Al Bell and classical music producer Wilma Cozart Fine.
Closing doors ...
The surviving members of the Doors and members of singer Jim Morrison's family are saying "Thanks, but no thanks" to Florida officials for their recent pardon of Morrison for his actions during a 1969 concert in Miami for which he was convicted of indecent exposure.
Outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist arranged for the pardon early this month from the state's Office of Executive Clemency, but Wednesday, band members Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore said in a statement, "We don't feel Jim needs to be pardoned for anything."
The statement noted that Morrison died in Paris in 1971 in the midst of his appeal of the conviction on two misdemeanor charges for which he had been sentenced to six months' hard labor in Raiford Penitentiary.
"If the State of Florida and the City of Miami want to make amends for the travesty of Jim Morrison's arrest and prosecution 40 years after the fact, an apology would be more appropriate -- and expunging the whole sorry matter from the record," the statement said.
Teen angel ...
Call her the guardian angel for Jamie Foxx's music career.
The Oscar and Grammy winner said Tuesday his 16-year-old daughter, Corinne, gave him the best advice when he began recording music.
"When I first started I was doing this little slow music, you know, just R&B ... and my daughter walked in and said, 'What you doing?' I said, 'I'm working on the album.' She said, 'I hope you don't put that on there because you going to put everybody to sleep,' " Foxx said.
In 2005 Foxx released "Unpredictable," a double-platinum album that featured production work and guest appearances from Kanye West, Ludacris and Tank.
"A lot of times in order to be successful with music, you have to listen and sometimes allow other people to sort of steer you in the right direction," Foxx said.
Picture perfect ...
A London zebra-crossing made famous by a Beatles album cover has been listed as a heritage site.
Heritage minister John Penrose said Wednesday the crossing at Abbey Road in north London was listed as a testimony to the international fame of the band.
Every year the crossing draws thousands of visitors, many of whom mimic the Beatles cover photograph in which the band members were shown crossing the road.