Scarborough native The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) is the winner of this year’s Allan Slaight Award recognizing young inspirational Canadians who have received international success. The 24-year-old R&B singer has won several awards (Junos, an OMA, MTVU, SiriusXm and ASCAP) and performed sold out shows at The Greek Theater (Los Angeles), Radio City Music Hall (New York) and O2 Arena (London England). He received his award at the Canada Walk of Fame show on October 18th.
Motown’s The Marvelettes and The Spinners along with Bill Withers and the band War are among the nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Final selections will be announced in December.
First Black Movie Cowboy Dies at 100
Herb Jefferies, the first African-American singing cowboy to appear in the movies in the 1930s was 100 years old when he died May 25th of heart failure at a L.A. hospital. Jefferies appeared in several Western movies (as a good guy) in the 30s including: Harlem Rides the Range and Harlem on the Prairie. He was also a jazz singer and performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the 40s when he released his signature tune “Flamingo”