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The Point Blog Archives for 2020-06

Benny Mardones of "Into The Night" Fame Dies at 73

Rock and soul musician Benny Mardones, best known for co-writing and performing the hit "Into the Night," has died from complications of Parkinson's disease.

He was 73. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mardones grew up in Maryland and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. As a songwriter, he was on staff at Mercury Records in the '70s before casting out on his own in 1978 with the debut LP Thank God For Girls.

However, 1980's Never Run, Never Hide served as his breakout, as the LP included the ballad "Into the Night," which he wrote with Robert Tepper. The song peaked at No. 11 in 1980, and a rerecorded version of the tune peaked at No. 20 in 1989.

Mardones was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000 but kept performing until several years ago; in fact, he last performed "Into the Night" live in 2017.

According to Billboard, Mardones is survived by his wife Jane; a son, Michael; and sister Louise.


Bob Dylan Becomes 1st Artist to Chart a Top 40 Album in Every Decade Since the 1960s


With the #2 debut of the new Rough and Rowdy Ways, Bob Dylan is enjoying his highest-charting album since 2009's Together Through Life topped the charts.

However, Billboard notes that's not his only impressive achievement.

With Rough and Rowdy Ways' high debut, Dylan has become the first artist to land at least one new album in the Top 40 in each decade starting with the 1960s through to the 2020s.

Overall, this is Dylan's 23rd top 10 album, and 50th LP overall to reach the top 40; 1963's The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was the first. Rough and Rowdy Ways earned 53,000 equivalent album units, which measures sales and streams. 

Patti LaBelle Says Prince Treated Her "Like His Mother"

During Sunday night's episode of Watch What Happens Live, Patti LaBelle said that Prince treated her like she was his mother while the two collaborated on her 1989 album, Be Yourself.

"He treated me like he was my son [and] I was his mother," recalled LaBelle. "He just treated me like his mother. And then when he did the Arsenio Hall Show, he said he wouldn't do it unless I came with him. So I came, sat on the couch, I didn't say a word. He had this great feeling for me and I feel so proud and blessed."

She added that she once cooked a meal for Prince, but that he only ate a single biscuit before taking LaBelle out dancing at a nightclub.

Amazon Worker Complies With Request to Scream "Abracadabra" During Delivery

In Delaware last week, a 13-year-old boy by the name of Jacob Staffieri ordered a package from Amazon.

In the section where he was asked to provide the delivery person "additional instructions," he wrote, "Knock on the door three times and scream 'abracadabra' as loud as you can and run super fast away."

After the woman who delivered Jacob's package was caught on a doorbell camera following the teenager's instructions to a tee, his embarrassed mom apologized and wrote on Facebook, "I do appreciate that the driver looked closely enough at the instructions, though, because I know a lot of people wouldn't."


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Facebook Will Now Allow Users to Shut Off Political Ads on Their Feed

Facebook will now allow users to shut off political ads on the social media platform.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the policy change in a Tuesday op-ed for USA Today. "For those of you who just want the election to be over, we hear you," he wrote.

In addition to this opt-out policy, the social media giant pledged to help four million people register to vote for the November presidential election, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The changes came after widespread criticism for Facebook's previous policies, which allowed anyone to run ads that contained misinformation and harmful content.

On top of the external criticism, Facebook has received significant internal pushback from employees. Twitter banned all political ads last October.


Here's How to Turn Off Political Ads on Facebook:

On Facebook, via ad settings:

  1. In the Facebook app, tap the menu button (the three stacked bars).
  2. Tap the Settings button.
  3. Tap Ad Preferences.
  4. Tap Ad Topics.
  5. Tap “Social Issues, Elections or Politics.”
  6. Tap “See fewer ads about this topic.”

Visit for instruction to shut off political ads on Instagram.

Alice Cooper Is Spending His Quarantine . . . Tap Dancing?

ALICE COOPER has picked up an interesting hobby during the COVID-19 quarantine:  TAP DANCING.

He says, quote, "We have a friend who's a great tap dancer, and every Wednesday night, he has an hour-long online class.  So the whole family goes in the backyard where we have all this plywood on the ground, and everybody's got tap shoes on.

"My wife and daughters are professional dancers, so they're way ahead of me.  But every Wednesday night is tap night."  Alice is 72 years old.


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