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Music News: Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, George Harrison

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Eric Clapton performs on stage during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden on April 13, 2013 in New York City.
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A school in Gary, Indiana could soon bear the name of one of its famous residents.
On Tuesday, Associated Press recently announced the Gary Community School Board is currently in the works of naming a school after Michael Jackson. A memorandum with the understanding of the singer’s mother Katherine Jackson, was approved last month with the district hoping to inspire children to succeed in the arts and education.

The idea of renaming a school for the late King of Pop came following a conversation between district superintendent Cheryl Pruitt and Katherine Jackson, who donated $10,000 to the Gary Promise scholarship event, which was hosted by Magic Johnson back in April. The school board and the Jackson family are currently working on which school to rename.

The Jackson family resided in Gary, Indiana until 1969, when the Jackson 5 became stars. Michael Jackson was eleven at the time.

In other music news, Eric Clapton is producing two new collaborative tracks from a tribute album to the late singer-songwriter J.J. Cale. The songs were titled “Don’t Wait” and “Train to Nowhere”, and they featured collaborations from John Mayer (Don’t Wait) and Mark Knopfler and Don White (Train to Nowhere). These two songs have already premiered on Guitar World and Billboard on Tuesday, and they will be featured on the Cale tribute album The Breeze.

Clapton have recorded several Cale songs, most notably “Cocaine” in 1977. Along with Mayer and Knopfler, Clapton also joins other guests including Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and Derek Trucks.

Meanwhile in a bit of a little irony, a swarm of beetles have ravaged a memorial tree in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, planted in honor of late Beatle George Harrison. According to city councilman Tom LaBonge via the L.A. Times, the pine tree was killed by various types of beetles including bark and ladybugs, and it not the first one as other trees has met the same fate. The park plans to replant the tree soon.