Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died
Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85.
Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Singer Candi Staton says she has breast cancer
NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Candi Staton says she's been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 78-year-old said she received the news over the summer on the first day of rehearsals for her tour. She writes in a statement, "I decided to keep it to myself and do some soul searching. I went through all of the emotions: denial, poor me and anger."
Country women lift each other up at CMT Artists of the Year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This one's for the girls, during a night when CMT honored all female stars, from Loretta Lynn to Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini, at their annual Artists of the Year show in an empowering night of lifting up each other.
Although female artists still struggle to get airplay, the women saluted each other for breaking through the barriers in the industry on Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.
Why hip-hop belongs in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Percy Sledge and Tammy Wynette will soon be sharing a roof with Gucci Mane.
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is set to reveal its first-ever hip-hop exhibit, with a 2 p.m. Aug. 28 event at the museum, located at 617 U.S. 72 W. in Tuscumbia.
The display will highlight around 20 of the state's rappers, producers, movers and shakers, with items ranging from media to clothing to magazines.
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1961 - Red Foley was acquitted of federal income tax evasion charges in a trial that ended with a hung jury. His highly successful Country TV show Ozark Jubilee was canceled partly because of the charges
1972 - Jerry Lee Lewis was at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart with "Chantilly Lace"
1992 - A 13-mile stretch of Mississippi Highway 23 was renamed in honor Tammy Wynette
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1969 - Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jimmy Webb song "Galveston", which also made #4 on the Billboard Hot 100
1978 - Columbia Records released Willie Nelson’s hallmark Stardust album
1980 - Crystal Gayle claimed the top spot on the Billboard country chart with “It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye”
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1959 - George Jones went to number one for the first time with "White Lightning"
1963 - Bill Anderson hit the top of the country chart with his biggest hit, "Still"
1965 - Roger Miller won five trophies at the seventh annual Grammy Awards on the strength of his big hit "Dang Me"
1970 - Merle Haggard won five trophies at the Academy of Country & Western Music awards in Hollywood, including Single, Song and Album of the Year for Okie from Muskogee
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1938 - Born on this day in Scottsville, Kentucky, was Norro Wilson, country music singer, songwriter and producer. Wilson has written numerous hits including songs for Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and has also produced artists, including Joe Stampley, Margo Smith, Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney and Shania Twain
Country music journalist Hazel Smith dies at age 83
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music journalist, publicist and songwriter Hazel Smith has died. She was 83.
Her granddaughter Tara Bruchas said she died at a Nashville hospital on Sunday.
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1946 - Gene Autry rides in the Santa Claus Lane parade in Hollywood, as do Roy Rogers, Jack Benny and Red Skelton. When Autry hears children shout, "Here comes Santa Claus," he's inspired to write "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)"
Why eclectic Minnesota accompanist Dan Chouinard is ‘everyone’s go-to guy’
As the singers reached that part in Norwegian Wood with the sitar, Dan Chouinards voice grew reedy: Yannng, yang-yang-yang-yonnng, ying-ying-ying yannng, yang-ying-yang-yonnnng.
The singing resumed raggedly, undone by laughter before the crowd gathered itself to finish the Beatles hit. It was a far cry from the opener, I Could Have Danced All Night, but thats how Chouinards singalongs roll.
Chouinard, 56, has for years been Minnesotas eclectic accompanist.
Josh Brolin wouldn't be in 'Deadpool 2' if it wasn't for his wife.
The 49-year-old actor will appear in the highly-anticipated sequel as villain Cable opposite Ryan Reynolds as the titular character but he wasn't going to commit to the project because of his role in 'George and Tammy' - a film about country and western icons George Jones and Tammy Wynette - until his spouse, Kathryn Boyd, encouraged him to read the script and he quickly changed his mind.
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1938 - Born on this day in Dublin, Texas, was Johnny Duncan singer who scored the 1977 US #1 Country hit "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better." In his career, he released fourteen studio albums, producing more than thirty chart singles, including, "She Can Put Her Shoes Under my Bed (Anytime)." Duncan died on August 14, 2006
MONTROSE – Since 1945, Montrose has hosted the Watermelon Festival featuring free watermelon, town-wide yard sales, food, crafts and entertainment. The festival opens at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 18, and after the parade on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Again this year, a talented singer from the Tri-State area will provide part of the entertainment, performing on Saturday night. Kathy Dye will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on the festival stage.
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1949 - The first 45-rpm disc, "Texarkana Baby" by country & western singer Eddy Arnold, was issued by RCA in the US. It was made of green vinyl, as part of an early attempt to color-code singles according to the genre of music they featured. Others included red for classical music and yellow for children's songs
1962 – Patsy Cline claims a #1 country single in Billboard with "She's Got You"
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