British singer Leona Lewis 'punched' at book signing

LONDON (AFP) – British singer Leona Lewis was punched in the head during a book signing in London on Wednesday, her spokesman said.


Lewis, 24, had been signing copies of her autobiography for around 90 minutes at a book store in the upmarket Piccadilly district of London when "a guy came up and punched her to the side of the head," the spokesman said.

The three-time Grammy Award nominee suffered bruising to the side of her head and was "understandably badly shaken."

The spokesman said he did not hear the man say anything to Lewis during the "unprovoked" incident and security officers swiftly intervened.

A police spokesman said a man had been arrested in connection with the alleged assault.

Lewis was catapulted to fame by winning a TV talent show in 2006. In 2008, she became the first British woman to top the US charts for more than 20 years with her single "Bleeding Love".
source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091014/en_afp/entertainmentbritainmusicpolice_20091014230231
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'Godfather' singer Al Martino dies in Pa. at 82

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. – Singer Al Martino, who played the Frank Sinatra-type role of Johnny Fontane in "The Godfather," died Tuesday afternoon at his childhood home. He was 82.


Publicist Sandy Friedman, of the Rogers & Cowan public relations firm, confirmed Martino's death in the Philadelphia suburb of Springfield, in Delaware County, but didn't cite a cause.

Starting in 1952, Martino was known for hit songs including "Here in My Heart," "Spanish Eyes," "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Volare."

Besides acting in the Marlon Brando classic "The Godfather," Martino sang "I Have But One Heart (O Marenariello)" in the 1972 film. His Fontane character is a singer and occasional actor and is the godson of Brando's Mafia boss character, Don Vito Corleone.

Martino was born in South Philadelphia as Alfred Cini and was a longtime resident of Beverly Hills, Calif.

Philadelphia radio and television personality Jerry Blavat dined with Martino and his wife on Monday night. Blavat told the Philadelphia Daily News that Martino appeared to be in fine shape and that he was shocked when he learned of the singer's death.

"He was the last of the show business legends," said Blavat, who has played Martino's songs on the radio for years. "There's nobody else. The last of the performers. A magnificent voice."
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