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Bernie Worrell, 'Wizard Of Woo,' Dies At 72

Bernie Worrell performs at the Black Rock Coalition Presents: All The Woo In The World â€" An All-Star Celebration benefit concert on April 4 in New York City. The concert was raising money for Worrell's medical costs.

The influential keyboardist and composer had been diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. Worrell was a key member of Parliament-Funkadelic and played with the Talking Heads.

Bluegrass Pioneer Ralph Stanley Dies At 89

Ralph Stanley at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in 2012.

Ralph Stanley was one of the early leaders of bluegrass music, and enjoyed an unexpectedly broad following after he sang a song for the Coen Brothers' film, O Brother, Where Art Thou.

St. Paul Saints play Purple Game to remember Prince

Prince performs during halftime at Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4, 2007. The St. Paul Saints paid tribute to the singer this weekend.

With an event called 'Purple Game,' the Saint Paul Saints baseball team paid tribute to the late Minnesota music icon. As part of the tribute, held Sunday, May 29, players arrived on the field in red Corvettes.

The fate of Prince's memoir is uncertain

Prince performs during the 2007 NCLR ALMA Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on June 1, 2007, in Pasadena, Calif.

Prince announced just last month that he was working on a memoir to be published in 2017. Rolling Stone called it "one of the most anticipated memoirs in music history." After Prince's death last week, however, the future of the book is uncertain.

From MPR News: Prince - his life and music

Prince applauds onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Music icon and Minnesota native Prince died on April 21, 2016, at age 57. In addition to the coverage found here on The Current, our colleagues at sister station MPR News have also been doing extensive reporting on the life of Prince. Explore MPR News' complete archive of Prince stories.

Musicians react to Brussels attacks

People gather to leave tributes at the Place de la Bourse following today's attacks on March 22, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium. At least 31 people are thought to have been killed after Brussels airport and a Metro station were targeted by explosions.

Bombs exploded at the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens. Following news of the attacks, several in the music world shared their thoughts via social media. View a collection of some of those messages.