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Blues musician Melvyn Jackson dies at 79

LAS VEGAS

Blues musician Melvin Jackson, who performed for years with legends B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland, has died. He was 79.

Jackson died Tuesday evening at a hospice facility in Las Vegas after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, said his niece, Valerie Jordan. The trumpeter and saxophone player started performing as a child with his father, who was also a musician.

“He practiced every single day, even when he knew the music,” she said.

Drummer Tony Coleman, who worked with Jackson for years as a member of King’s band, says Jackson was a consummate professional and an excellent musician.

Jackson performed with Bland and King for decades traveling to more than 90 countries and only quit performing this September. He was versatile, and his music had a good blues feel, Coleman said.

Jackson was born in Nashville, Tenn., in 1935 but had lived in Las Vegas for years, his niece said.

He is survived by three daughters.

Musk, wife split again

LOS ANGELES

When Elon Musk split up with wife, Talulah Riley, for the first time, he told the whole world.

“It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever,” the entrepreneur Tweeted to the British actress in January 2012. “You will make someone very happy one day.”

Eighteen months later, that happy person apparently was him, as they tied the knot again in July 2013.

The rekindled romance didn’t last.

On Wednesday — the day many people make vows for the coming year — the couple officially broke their marital vow. Musk filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court on New Year’s Eve.

The couple said they were splitting amicably and that Musk agreed to give Riley $16 million in cash and other assets as part of a financial settlement, according to a joint statement.

Musk made a fortune co-founding PayPal and has gone on to start SpaceX and Tesla Motors.

Associated Press

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