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Music News: Cash Tribute Album to be Released; Ms. Dynamite Wins Mercury Music Prize - 2002-09-21

September 24, Sony Music's Lucky Dog label will release the new Johnny Cash tribute album Kindred Spirits. The compilation is one of several new collections in celebration of Cash's 70th birthday this year. Artists covering Cash's songs on "Kindred Spirits include Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Travis Tritt and Johnny's former bandmate Marty Stuart, who also produced the tribute album.

A guitar once owned by the late Jimi Hendrix will be auctioned in London on September 24. It's expected to draw nearly $600,000. Hendrix used the guitar at a 1967 London concert and at the Miami Pop Festival in 1968. He later gave the Sunburst Stratocaster to Frank Zappa. Frank's son Dweezil found the guitar in pieces under a stairway in his late father's home studio. USA Today reports that Dweezil is selling it to fix up his father's recording studio.

September 24, Rhino Home Video will release the nine-volume set Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n Roll Classics. Available in DVD and VHS formats, the collection features performances that ran on The Ed Sullivan Show from 1948 to 1971. They include appearances by Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, The Doors, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and many others.

Blues artist Clarence Carter, rhythm-and-blues trio TLC and gospel music's Homoneers Quartet will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame this week. The inductions will take place on September 28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The two remaining members of TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, will make a special appearance at the induction ceremony.



Elton John, Carlos Santana and Martina McBride will perform at the 7th annual Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children benefit concert. The event takes places on September 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Proceeds will go to the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which funds programs for at-risk youths in Southern Nevada.


British singer and rapper Ms. Dynamite won this year's Mercury Music Prize for her debut album A Little Deeper. The 21-year-old newcomer became the first solo black artist to win the honor. "I wanted to win, but I didn't really think that I would," Ms. Dynamite said at the ceremony, held in London on September 17. "I feel crazy just to be here. What am I doing here? I just started off a year ago."

Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz was the favorite at the 3rd annual Latin Grammy Awards, presented in Hollywood, Calfornia on September 18. His CD, MTV Unplugged, won for Album of the Year. He also took home the Record of the Year and Song of the Year trophies for Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte. Colombia's Carlos Vives and Mexico's Ram Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte each won two awards. Cuban-American singer Jorge Moreno was named this year's Best New Artist. Winners are chosen by the voting members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.