Since FDR, inaugurations were star-studded events — until now

From Mickey Rooney (Roosevelt) to Tony Bennett (Nixon) to Beyoncé (Obama) — entertainers have lent glitz to inaugural festivities.

Singer-songwriter Buddy Greco, 50, and his wife Jackie Sabatino, 28, who was St. Louis Playboy Bunny of 1974, tell Los Angeles newsmen of their plans to get married next month in St. Louis, Jan. 19, 1977. It will be his fourth marriage and her second. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)

Buddy Greco, 90; seen as the ultimate lounge singer

Mr. Greco mixed talent, tenacity, and a hot temper in a career that lasted more than 80 years.

Sam Moore of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul duo Sam and Dave.

Sam Moore to sing at Trump inaugural event

Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam and Dave has been added to the list of performers for President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural events.

In this Oct. 7, 2016 photo, actress and singer Jennifer Holliday, currently performing in the Broadway musical,

Citing backlash, Jennifer Holliday pulls out of Trump inauguration gig

“After she saw how hurt so many people were at the idea of her performing,” said her spokesman.

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Springsteen cover band pulls out of Trump inaugural event

B Street Band leader Willie Forte said Monday that the decision is based ‘‘solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band.’’

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Kings of Leon delivers a royal, rousing performance

The band’s show at TD Garden Friday made clear its reasons for ascent into one of rock’s 21st-century stalwarts.

Jennifer Holliday sees inaugural gig as for ‘the people,’ not Trump

Holliday, who backed Clinton, said she saw the Clintons’ decision to attend Trump’s inauguration as a signal to ‘‘just get this done and then fight vigorously’’ over policy differences later.

Inaugural concert to feature Toby Keith, Jennifer Holliday

Donald Trump’s inaugural welcome concert next week will feature country star Toby Keith, singer Jennifer Holliday and actor Jon Voight, organizers announced Friday.

Four days, three rehearsals, and 100 amateurs at Symphony Hall

“It’s like playing a softball game at Fenway Park,” said one of the eager musicians.

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Bruce Springsteen at Gillette Stadium in September.

Springsteen won’t be at inauguration, but his music might

Bruce Springsteen may be an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, but his deep catalog of hits could be a part of the inauguration festivities.

Bramwell Tovey conducts organist Cameron Carpenter and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall Thursday night.

Music Review

Sweet silliness in a BSO concert flaunting organ’s epic potential

With Bramwell Tovey conducting and Cameron Carpenter playing Symphony Hall’s Aeolian-Skinner organ, Thursday night’s performance was vivid, sometimes splashy, and great fun.

Duke Ellington (shown in Boston in 1969) considered the sacred music “the most important thing I have ever done.”

At BU, a reverent rendering of Ellington’s sacred music

At the school’s MLK Day celebration, Randall Keith Horton will conduct music that is very close to his heart and soul.

Instrument maker Jeremy Adams in his workshop.


For this craftsman, there is more to instruments than the sound

A show at the Cape Ann Museum celebrates North Shore instrument maker Jeremy Adams.

Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss onstage at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Schumann, grief, and an eddy in time

Robert Schumann’s “Gesänge der Frühe” (“Songs of Dawn”), the last work he completed before a catastrophic mental breakdown, is full of resonances.

Johnny Lee Davenport as Thurgood Marshall in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “Thurgood.”

The Ticket: Music, arts, and events

Upcoming concerts, plays, performances, and other happenings in the area.

Tommy Allsup, 85; guitarist’s life turned on a coin flip

Mr. Allsup became a renowned backup player for Bob Wills, Kenny Rogers, and hundreds of other entertainers.

Gidon Kremer, with his Kremerata Baltica ensemble, has been performing and recording Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s music in recent years.

Classical Notes

Championing a composer with a harrowing life, distinct voice

Once a footnote in 20th-century music, Mieczyslaw Weinberg has been enjoying a renaissance, and one of his most prominent champions is violinist Gidon Kremer.

Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance, SOUNDspace (c) Matthew Murphy


The Weekender: Neglected Afflecks, fancy footwork, and legendary ducklings

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Willie Nelson, performing in Nashville earlier this month.

Willie Nelson wants Loretta Lynn to try pot again

Actually 83-year-old country icon actually wants to help a lot of people give marijuana a try. He’s attached his name to a line of legal marijuana being sold in Colorado and Washington.

The indefatigable Chance the Rapper will be among the headliners at this spring’s Boston Calling music festival.


See who’s playing at the next super-sized Boston Calling

The lineup for May’s Boston Calling, the first to take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, is the fest’s most sprawling to date.

From left: Cody Nilsen, Josh Kiggans, Ward Hayden, and Paul Dilley of Girls Guns and Glory.

A milestone achieved, the road goes on for Girls Guns and Glory

The Boston alt-country band, back for a hometown show at The Sinclair, has hit the 10-year mark.

Led Zeppelin played the Boston Tea Party.


Boston Tea Party — the rock club, not the protest — celebrates anniversary

The party at the Verb Hotel on Jan. 20 is sure to attract some old-timers.

U2 in September.

U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd to headline Bonnaroo

U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd are set to headline the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June.

Bruce Springsteen said Tuesday that Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., would house his archives.

N.J. university to host Bruce Springsteen’s archives

Monmouth University will house written works, photographs, and other memorabilia from the rocker’s career.


‘Sunset Boulevard’ to hit Arlington big screen

The movie is a prelude to a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which is based on the film.

Beyonce, center left, and sister Solange sit together during a fashion show.

Solange calls Beyonce ‘master class’ for musical success

Beyonce talked to Solange for a piece in Interview magazine.

Singer Charlotte Church in February.

Two British singers decline invite to perform at Trump’s inauguration

Charlotte Church wrote that Trump’s ‘‘staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye.’’

Violinist Miriam Fried and pianist Jonathan Biss perform at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Sunday.

Music Review

Fried and Biss offer varied delights at the Gardner

The mother-son partnership began a two-concert exploration of music by Schumann and Bartok on Sunday.

From left: Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton performed during a U2 show at Gillette Stadium in September 2009.


U2 to play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on June 25

It will be the Irish band’s first visit to the stadium since 2009.

epa05706113 John Legend for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 08 January 2017. EPA/

Oops: John Legend gets a misspelled name tag at the Golden Globes

It’s a good thing John Legend is famous and doesn’t really need an introduction.

Nat Hentoff in his New York apartment in 2009. The Roxbury raised Hentoff, known for his work at The Village Voice and for writing 35 books, died Saturday.

Nat Hentoff, a jazz critic, free speech advocate, and ‘Boston Boy’ memoirist, dies at 91

His was a life of improvisation, provocation, and dedication to free speech, rooted in a rebellious upbringing in Roxbury.

She loved him, and he died in the Holocaust. Now her son has brought his music back to life.

A tale of young love drove a son on an eye-opening journey. And in the process, a musical legacy that was all but lost has been found, and a life reclaimed.

From left: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae in “Hidden Figures.”

The Weekender

The Weekender: Marvelous math, pop heroes, and ‘Bright Lights’

The Globe’s picks for weekend fun in Boston and beyond.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Recording artist Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The best albums of 2016

From pop and rock to hip-hop, jazz, world music, and classical, Globe critics pick their top 10s of the year — and their biggest surprises.

Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange performing in March in Austin, Texas.

Album Review

The top 10 albums of the year, including a surprise from Blood Orange

“Freetown Sound” has rewarding depths and a quiet urgency, placing it among the likes of Beyoncé and Bowie on a list of 2016’s strongest albums so far.

At Symphony Hall, a preconcert four-course dinner is accompanied by tablets that offer a description of each course and play Vivaldi-inspired music over speakers.

What does a pumpkin have to do with a piccolo?

Berklee composer Ben Houge collaborated with the BSO to create a a four-course pre-concert “food opera.”

BSO principal trombone Toby Oft performs at Symphony Hall Thursday night.

Music Review

BSO serves up five-course tasting menu of rare shorter pieces

BSO wind players take the spotlight in compact concertos for piccolo, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, and horn.

Nate Lang


Actor/writer/drummer Nate Lang marches to his own beat

After acting in “Whiplash,” the New Bedford native/actor/screenwriter/drummer returns to hometown with his rock band.

From left: Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, Brian Rosenworcel, and Luke Reynolds at a RadioBDC show in 2015.


25 years on, Guster keeps it together

Formed at Tufts in 1991, the band is celebrating a milestone anniversary with a series of homecoming shows at the Paradise.

Mark Erelli is part of “Sub Rosa: Songs From Three Mile Island” at Club Passim Jan. 9 and 10.

The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

Picks for concerts, plays, exhibitions, and other events in the area.

Billy Joel at Fenway in 2014.


Why don’t more women and people of color perform at Fenway?

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said it’s not for a lack of trying that Fenway has hosted mostly white male artists.

She loved him, and he died in the Holocaust. Now her son is bringing his music back to life.

A tale of young love drove a son on an eye-opening journey. And in the process, a musical legacy that was all but lost has been found, and a life revealed.

The composer Lajos Delej, pictured at right with Robert Berkowitz’s mother, Pauline Herzek, from the family album

Lajos Delej’s life in photos

The few remaining photos and documents associated with the life of Lajos Delej.

FILE - In a Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho poses for a portrait in New York. Evancho, a 16-year-old singer from the Pittsburgh suburbs, has been chosen to sing the national anthem at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Evancho, who became known when she made runner-up on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, announced the event Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2016, on NBC’s “Today” show. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP, File)

Jackie Evancho album sales not up much despite Trump tweet

Donald Trump tweeted that the album sales of Jackie Evanchohave “skyrocketed” since the announcement that she would perform at his inauguration. Not exactly.

The Dropkick Murphys

Album review

‘11 Short Stories,’ by Dropkick Murphys turns touching and tempestuous

The Boston-bred, Irish-influenced punk rockers are in fine, far-reaching form on their ninth album.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


A desperate Mozart, an unreliable king, and a lasting musical legacy

Performing a Mozart string quartet, the Boston Artists Ensemble revisits the composer’s attempt to get a valuable commission from Frederick Wilhelm II, King of Prussia.

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 23, 2007 shows French conductor Georges Pretre leading a rehearsal on the stage of the Opera Bastille in Paris. French conductor Georges Pretre, who spent half a century at the head of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died on January 4, 2016 at the age of 92, the Vienna Philharmonic announced. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Georges Prêtre, 92, conductor known for improvisation

Mr. Prêtre led many of the world’s leading orchestras during a remarkable 70-year career that lasted through October.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Recording artist Bruce Springsteen speaks onstage during The New Yorker Festival 2016 at Town Hall on October 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for The New Yorker) )

‘The Boss’ questions whether Trump ‘is simply competent enough’

Bruce Springsteen, a Democrat, said the president-elect played working class fears over a changing economy, increasing diversity, and terrorism.

Producers have hit back against Mariah Carey’s claim that her New Year’s Eve performance was sabotaged.

Production company rejects Mariah Carey’s claim of sabotage

Dick Clark Productions said the accusations were “defamatory, outrageous, and frankly absurd.”

Allan Williams also played a role in the Beatles’ early history as the owner of the iconic Jacaranda pub in Liverpool.

Allan Williams, Beatles’ first manager; at 86

Mr. Williams played a crucial role in the group’s transformation from a mediocre local dance band to hard-rocking ensemble.