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JACKSON BROWNE:  Winner of the Les Paul Innovation Award

Jackson Browne will receive the 2018 Les Paul Innovation Award (formerly the Les Paul Award) from NAMM.

The singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist will pick up his trophy at the 33rd annual NAMM TEC Awards on January 27th, during the music merchandising organization's annual expo in Anaheim, California. Previous winners include Joe Perry, Slash, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and Neil Young.

In addition, The Section, the band of top L.A. session musicians who backed Browne, James Taylor, Carole King and others during the 1970s, will be this year's NAMM TEC Hall of Fame inductee. The group -- guitarist Danny Kortchmar, keyboardist Craig Doerge, bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Russ Kunkel-- backed Browne on his breakthrough single, "Doctor My Eyes," his mid-'70s tours and the albums Running on Empty and Hold Out. They also recorded three albums on their own.

Browne and The Section will likely perform together at the ceremony, which will be hosted by comedian Demetri Martin. Nominees for Outstanding Creative Achievement awards that night include U2, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran and the late Chris Cornell.

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL:  Fogerty celebrates a special anniversary

John Fogerty is celebrating a special anniversary.

He tweets, "It was 50 years ago on Christmas Eve that I stumbled upon the right words to name my band…Creedence Clearwater Revival. At the time, the name was better than we were… I knew it was something to live up to and I got down to work."

Two years later, "Proud Mary" began their streak of consecutive Top 10 hits that led to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

THE BEATLES:  Church uses Beatles imagery

Though religion was never a cornerstone of The Beatles' appeal -- and John Lennon famously sang "imagine, no religion" in his signature solo song -- Beatles songs and imagery helped fuel a unique church service last Sunday in New York.

The Hillsong Megachurch told the story of Christmas with over 100 performers singing and re-enacting Biblical scenes. Before more than 2300 worshipers at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, they incorporated songs such as "Here Comes the Sun" -- which marked Jesus' return from Egypt -- and "Can't Buy Me Love."

Along with Beatles music, there was a visual cue. Pastor Nathan Finochio, whose long hair made him look like a tribute band member, was dressed in blue Sergeant Pepper-esque uniform. (New York Times)

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