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Eddie Murphy is considering a return to music -- but never with raunchy rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

In the March 11 episode of Tamron Hall, Eddie -- who appears with his daughter Bella -- talked about the much-anticipated sequel Coming 2 America, which premieres on March 5 on Amazon Prime.

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Tamron asked him if he would ever consider recording new music. The comedian peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his Rick James-produced club hit "Party All the Time" in 1985.

According to Eddie, if he ever did go back into the studio, it wouldn't be with rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

"Megan Thee Stallion?! I'm 59, I can't be doing nothing with no Megan Thee Stallion," he laughs. "You know how crazy I would look doing something with Megan Thee Stallion? I'm gonna be 60 in April. I can't be having Megan Thee Stallion doing her stuff and I'm standing next to her with my old ass playing my guitar.

"I have my first grandchild," he adds of his son Miles' baby girl. "Once you're a grandpa, you can't do no tracks with Megan Thee Stallion."
 

 

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James Burke, pictured right, of the R&B group The Five Stairsteps, died Friday, Feb. 19. He was 70.

His death was confirmed to the Rolling Stone on Tuesday by his brother Dennis Burke, who said the cause of death was pneumonia, according to Variety.com.

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The group was comprised of five of Betty and Clarence Burke Sr.'s six children. (L-R): sister Alohe Jean, and brothers Clarence Jr., James, Dennis, and Kenneth "Keni" Burke.

The R&B group once regarded as "the First Family of Soul" served as inspirations for sibling R&B groups such as The Jackson 5, The Sylvers and the Brighter Side of Darkness.

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The Five Stairsteps's hits included "Ooh Child", "World of Fantasy," and "Don't Change Your Love.

"Ooh Child" was their only single to crack the Top 40 chart in 1970.

The song was ranked at No. 402 by Rolling Stone magazine on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List.

"Ooh Child" was covered by Nina Simone, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Kelly Rowland, the Spinners, and more.

Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer and guitarist for The Five Stairsteps, died in 2013 at his home in Marietta, Ga. He was 64.

The youngest brother, Cubie, who briefly joined the group at age 3, died in 2014 at age 49.

Clarence Burke, Sr., died on July 16, 2020, the day before his 91st birthday, in an Atlanta area hospital.

The surviving siblings: Alohe Jean, 73, Dennis, 69, and Keni, 67, all live in the Atlanta area.
 

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Mary Wilson, an original member of the Supremes, has died at age 76.

According to her publicist Jay Schwartz, Wilson - a co-founding member of The Supremes - passed away "suddenly" at her Las Vegas home on Monday night.

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Reacting to her death, Motown label founder Berry Gordy said in a statement:

"I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes... I was always proud of Mary. She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes. Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed."

TV personality Sherri Shepherd and singer Ledisi were among the other names paying tribute to Wilson on social media.

She shared a YouTube video announcing she was working on new music just two days before her death.

Wilson told fans that she signed with Universal Music and was working on some solo tracks. She hoped the project would be released on her birthday -- March 6.

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Wilson was a co-founder of The Supremes, alongside Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, and she was featured on all 12 of the group's chart-topping hits from 1964 until 1969, including "Stop! In The Name of Love" and "You Keep Me Hanging On."

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Ms. Wilson is pictured with famed fashion designer Sir Keith Holman who designed stage costumes for The Supremes at their peak.

Wilson also appeared on U.S. TV talent show Dancing With the Stars in 2019.

She's survived by daughter Turkessa, son Pedro Antonio Jr and six grandchildren.

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Wendy Williams claims she was date raped by 1980s singer Sherrick. Wendy made the shocking revelation while promoting her upcoming Lifetime biopic, "Wendy Williams: The Movie."

Wendy, 56, says the effeminate singer "mesmerized" her with his "twinkling eyes" during an interview in 1988.

"His name was Sherrick [and] he was a one-hit wonder, remember the song. It was called 'Just Call' and it was number one on the R&B charts and an overnight sensation," she told The NY Daily News.

"He was in D.C. I was a cute radio DJ. He'd asked me did I want to accompany him to his album release celebration in D.C. and I said 'yes.' I got off the air and went back to his hotel room with him," said Williams.

"He said he wanted to shower and freshen up and introduced cocaine to the scene," she added. "I was already familiar with cocaine so I was continuing to party while he was in the shower. And I was sitting on the bed minding my own business."

The harrowing rape scene is played out in graphic detail in the biopic, starring Ciara Peyton as Wendy, and actor Nykeem Provo portraying the rapist.

Wendy fought back tears as she recalled the incident.

"I left after that and went home and scrubbed my skin off, cried and that was that," the Asbury Park, N.J., native recalled. "I never told anybody. I just handled it and that's it."

Sherrick is best known for his single "Just Call," which peaked in the Top 10 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

Sherrick, real name F. Lamotte Smith, was a former member of Motown R&B group Kagny. His biggest claim to fame was being featured on the soundtrack to "The Last Dragon."

Sherrick, who was an alcoholic and drug abuser, died in 1999 of unknown causes.
 

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Jamaican ska singer Millie Small has died after suffering a stroke in England. She was 73.

Millie was best known for her 1964 hit "My Boy Lollipop," which featured a little-known Rod Stewart playing the harmonica.

Millie's death was confirmed to the Jamaican Observer newspaper by her friend and former producer, Chris Blackwell.

He said of Millie, who he last saw 12 years ago: "I would say she's the person who took ska international because it was her first hit record reaching number 2 both in the U.K. Singles Chart and in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It became a hit pretty much everywhere in the world," he told the Jamaica Observer.

"I went with her around the world because each of the territories wanted her to turn up and do TV shows and such, and it was just incredible how she handled it. She was such a sweet person, really a sweet person. Very funny, great sense of humor. She was really special."

"My Boy Lollipop", originally recorded by Barbie Gaye in late 1956, was a smash hit for 17-year-old Millie in 1964.

The song sold over seven million copies and it was played at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

In a rare interview in the August, 2016, edition of Goldmine, Millie said she never received any royalties for the hit single.

Millie, who was born Millicent Dolly May Small, retired from singing in 1970, "because it was the end of the dream and it felt like the right time." In 1984 she welcomed her daughter, Jaelee, who is a singer/songwriter.