Roy Orbison biopic gets the go-ahead!

It’s worked for Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, N.W.A. and Hank Williams – and now Roy Orbison is to have his life portrayed on the big screen.

The surviving family of the iconic singer of songs like Pretty Woman and Only the Lonely have given their blessing to The Big O: Roy Orbison – which apparently makes it the first estate-authorised movie biopic.

Ray Gideon & Bruce Evans have been set to write the script and Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison Jr, and Wesley Orbison will be exec producers.

Those are the surviving children of the singer, who have overseen their father’s legacy since the death of the singer’s widow, Barbara Orbison, in 2011.

The movie will be able to use virtually all of Orbison’s songs and recordings.

Shimon Peres funeral: World leaders gather in Israel…

Dozens of world leaders are gathering in Israel to pay tributes to Shimon Peres, one of the country’s founding fathers, who died on Wednesday aged 93.
Mr Peres’ state funeral will be held in Jerusalem later on Friday.
A massive security operation in preparation has so far led to the “preventative arrests” of several people.
Guests include the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who will visit Israel for the first time since 2010.
The Israeli news website Haaretz reported that the visit comes at the request of Mr Abbas.
As a negotiator for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), he was one of the people who signed the Oslo peace accords in 1993, for which Mr Peres won a Nobel Peace Prize the year after, along with Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin.
A senior Palestinian official told the Associated Press news agency that Mr Abbas wanted to “send a strong message to Israeli society that the Palestinians are for peace, and appreciate the efforts of peaceful men like Shimon Peres”.
But a spokesman for Hamas, the more hardline Palestinian group which runs Gaza, called on Mr Abbas to “retract his decision to participate in the funeral of the criminal Shimon Peres”.
Mr Peres’ reputation in the region is complicated by the 1996 shelling of Qana in southern Lebanon that killed more than 100 people who were sheltering in a UN compound.
It happened when he was prime minister. He later said it was a “bitter surprise” to find that several hundred people were in the camp at the time.
Only one country in the Middle East – Jordan – is sending an official representative.

Lankan appointed as Singer Bangladesh CEO…

Singer Bangladesh has appointed a Sri Lankan, Mohamed Fairoz, as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his new appointment, Fairoz was Marketing Director of Singer Bangladesh. He began his career at Singer in Sri Lanka in 2001. He joined as Product Manager for furniture products. In 2006, he was promoted to the senior management at Singer (Sri Lanka) and was in charge of televisions, electronics and furniture as Marketing Manager. He was promoted to the position of Marketing Director at Singer Bangladesh in January 2015. Fairoz has a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and has an accountancy qualification, being a Member of the Certified Management Accountants of Australia. In addition, he has completed several management courses at the National University of Singapore and Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad, India and has over 25 years of experience in marketing. Fairoz was the Head Prefect of his alma mater, Carey College. He was also the President of the Interact Club, Islamic Society and School Savings Bank and represented the college in hockey and cricket. Singer (Sri Lanka) has a rich history, where persons in the company have taken up top positions in Singer companies of other countries or at the Singer corporate head quarters.

Happy Birthday Marilyn McCoo!

1943, Born on this day, Marilyn McCoo, singer, 1977 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘You Don’t Have To Be A Star’. Also a member of The 5th Dimension.

an American singer, actress, and television presenter, who is best known for being the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension, as well as hosting the 1980s music countdown series Solid Gold. Since 1969 she has been married to singer Billy Davis, Jr., the founder and co-member of the 5th Dimension. McCoo has a four-octave vocal range.

In the early and mid-1960s, McCoo was a member of the Hi-Fi’s, who often opened for Ray Charles. She had been invited to join the group by photographer Lamonte McLemore, who would himself join McCoo in the 5th Dimension. Other Hi-Fi members included Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, who would go on to form the Friends of Distinction. She met Billy Davis, Jr. in 1966 when he established the 5th Dimension, then called The Versatiles, which would also include Ron Townson and Florence LaRue. The group’s first big hit was with 1967’s “Up, Up and Away”, written by Jimmy Webb. The song won four 1968 Grammy Awards and was the title track to 5th Dimension’s first hit LP. A year later the group covered Laura Nyro’s “Stoned Soul Picnic”. A medley of “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (from the musical Hair) reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April to May 1969 and won the Grammy for ‘Record of the Year’. The group’s cover of Nyro’s “Wedding Bell Blues”, featuring McCoo’s most prominent vocal of that period, topped the Hot 100 in November 1969.

By the early 1970s, McCoo began to sing lead on the group’s remaining chart-topping singles, “One Less Bell to Answer”, “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All”, and “If I Could Reach You”.

In 1975, McCoo and Davis left the 5th Dimension and began performing as a duo. Landing a contract with ABC Records, they recorded their 1976 debut album, I Hope We Get to Love in Time. The first single was the title track, which was a mid-chart hit. Their follow up, “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)” was an even bigger hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1977. McCoo and Davis were awarded a gold single and a gold album as well as a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They became the first African American married couple to host a network television series, The Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. Show, on CBS in summer 1977. They released one more album on ABC in 1978, produced by Frank Wilson and containing the popular ballad “My Reason To Be” by songwriters Judy Wieder and John Footman. The pair signed with CBS Records the following year and released their last album as a duo until October 2008 when the pair released The Many Faces of Love, a collection of hit songs from the 1960s and 1970s.

She was the first to record “Saving All My Love for You” in 1978, later sung by Whitney Houston. The album Marilyn and Billy featured that track as well as a disco hit, “Shine On Silver Moon”.

The pair decided to go solo professionally in the early 1980s with McCoo hosting the popular American syndicated television series Solid Gold from 1981 through 1984 and again from 1986 through 1988. She also created a successful nightclub and concert act, and went on to appear as Tamara Price on Days of Our Lives in 1986, as a friend of Marlena Evans who sang at her wedding. Price later became involved with James Reynolds’ character Abe Carver. McCoo left the series in 1987.

Her 1991 album, The Me Nobody Knows, was nominated for a Grammy. She also released a Christmas album in 1994. McCoo won her eighth Grammy for her contributions to Quincy Jones’ Handel’s Messiah.

James Anderson ruled out of England’s Tests in Bangladesh…

England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson has been ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh with a shoulder injury.

The 34-year-old, who has 463 Test wickets, has not played since the fourth Test loss to Pakistan in August.

England play three one-day internationals and two Tests on the tour, for which they leave on Thursday.

Anderson’s absence from the Test side will be confirmed on Thursday morning, when a replacement could also be named.

He was not included in the one-day squad.

Cover may come from Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball, who was named in the original squad for the ODIs, but not the Tests.

Anderson, who missed two Tests against South Africa last winter with a calf problem, suffered a stress fracture of the right shoulder in the third Test at home against Sri Lanka in June.

The Lancashire pace bowler was subsequently not selected for the first Test against Pakistan despite declaring himself fit, a row that captain Alastair Cook called a “messy affair”.

Anderson, who was rested when England last toured Bangladesh in 2010, is still hopeful to be fit for the five-Test tour of India, which begins on 9 November.