The performances of daredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda have taken him between Chicago skyscrapers, over Niagara Falls and across a gorge near the Grand Canyon. He can now add a spinning Ferris wheel to the list.
Wallenda successfully completed a walk across the rim of the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel Wednesday morning in Florida. The 36-year-old started his walk shortly after 8 a.m. atop the city's newest attraction, which is set to open to the public early next month. Wallenda rode to the top of the wheel and then navigated up ladders and around parts of the structure to begin his four-minute trek along its six-inch rim.
After his walk, Wallenda took a moment to capture a selfie with his phone before riding down to the ground atop one of the wheel's capsules.
"We're inspiring people to do greater things, to step out of their comfort zones," Wallenda said afterward. "What an amazing feeling it was up there."
'Louie Louie' singer dies
The song that made Jack Ely famous is one in which he can hardly be heard. Recorded in a single take at a tiny Portland, Ore., studio in 1963 with Ely craning his neck to shout into a microphone, his cover of "Louie Louie" made for an improbable hit. Its simple three-chord progression and minimalist lyrics proved infectious — not that the lyrics mattered much, since Ely's braces and garbled growl rendered his words almost incomprehensible. But something about the buoyant garage rock anthem captured people's imaginations, drawing audiences onto the dance floor and inspiring hundreds of covers. It also caught the attention of the FBI, which spent several months after its release listening to the record on repeat to determine whether Ely's mangled vocals obscured a pornographic message. Ely, who died Tuesday at 71 after an undisclosed illness, was only 20 when he recorded "Louie Louie."
mixed reports: The health of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has been the subject of conflicting information, with her website stating she is alert and expected to make a full recovery but a longtime friend saying in a court filing that she was unconscious and unable to care for herself. The Grammy winner, 71, has been hospitalized since March 31 for undisclosed reasons. Her friend Leslie Morris filed a petition to become Mitchell's guardian on Tuesday, saying the singer-songwriter was unable to care for herself. Within hours, Mitchell's official website said, "She comprehends, she's alert and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected." Morris' filing was accompanied by a doctor's declaration that Mitchell would be unable to attend a court hearing for four to six months, but it included no additional details.