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Kenny G, who performs at Coachman Park in Clearwater on 4/21/17.Photo by Chapman Baehler

Music Planner: Neil Diamond, Kenny G, Spring Jam, Record Store Day, Ronny Elliott

  GOLDEN DIAMOND: Neil Diamond   It can be easy these days to overlook Neil Diamond's expansive catalog of hits, both his own and written for others. But then you pick up a collection like Neil Diamond 50 — 50th Anniversary Collection, a new 50-song retrospective released to commemorate the golden anniversary of hi …

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  1. Looking Back: It's not unusual for Tom Jones to be loved by everyone (August 10, 1971)

    Music & Concerts

    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on August 10, 1971. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer Larry Alspaugh.

    Entertainer Tom Jones is greeted at Tampa International Airport by his fans. 

TIMES | Larry Alspaugh
  2. For Record Store Day, Mojo Books and Records owners look back on 10 years of growth

    Music & Concerts

    A decade ago, opening a brick-and-mortar book and record store was as dicey an investment as it still sounds today. That didn't stop Dan Drummond and Melanie Cade from opening such a shop near the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    Melanie Cade stands for a portrait at Mojo Books and Records in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, April 14, 2017.    The store is celebrating its 10th anniversary. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  3. Interview: Kenny G comes to Clearwater, the perfect sax solo always on his mind

    Music & Concerts

    Thinking of picking up the saxophone? Great! Wonderful! Kenny G 100 percent supports your decision!

    Just don't ask him for lessons.

    UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Musician Kenny G performs at the 2015 LA’s Promise Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2015 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  4. Tracklist leaked for Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ reissue

    Blogs

    Most die-hard Prince and ‘80s fans know that a reissue of Prince’s Purple Rain album is coming June 9. But the list of tunes to be included on the 3-disc set has been top secret. Until now.

  5. Music Planner: Neil Diamond, Kenny G, Spring Jam, Record Store Day, Ronny Elliott

    Music & Concerts

     

     

    It can be easy these days to overlook Neil Diamond's expansive catalog of hits, both his own and written for others. But then you pick up a collection like Neil Diamond 50 — 50th Anniversary Collection, a new 50-song retrospective released to commemorate the golden …

    Kenny G, who performs at Coachman Park in Clearwater on 4/21/17.
  6. Record Store Day brings deals, bands, giveaways to Tampa Bay record shops

    Music & Concerts

    By Jay Cridlin

    Times Pop Music/Culture Critic

    The first Record Store Day, in 2008, was a bit of a mystery. What was this day? And could it help reverse the trend of record shops dying nationwide?

    Marion Balderon and Justin Kampert browse through the vinyl on Record Store Day 2016 at Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg. LUIS SANTANA  |   Times

  7. With future uncertain, boy fulfills his dream of being a Pasco deputy

    Human Interest

    LAND O'LAKES — As the helicopter rose off the ground, Brave Wetherington wore the kind of smile appropriate for a kid fulfilling a dream: wide and full of teeth.

    Twelve-year-old Brave Wetherington, of Brooksville, attempts a radio communication while examining a Pasco County Sheriff's patrol motorcycle with Lt. Joe Irizarry at the Land O'Lakes Detention Center on Monday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

  8. Club photographer says pop star Chris Brown punched him after Tampa concert; no arrests made

    Crime

    TAMPA — Pop star Chris Brown has achieved Internet infamy once again in a familiar locale: the Tampa Bay area. A photographer at Aja Channelside told Tampa police that the singer punched him inside the club early Monday morning.

    Chris Brown performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 16, 2017. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  9. Review: 'Dig If You Will the Picture' a deep dive into the enigma of Prince

    Books

    Nearly a year has passed since the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, and two things are clear:

    Prince Rogers Nelson, most commonly and simply known as Prince, is shown during a set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., in April 2008.