October 12, 1987 |
When Mark Chapman murdered John Lennon at a New York City hotel on Dec. 8, 1980, the killer ensured that the unofficial Beatles' leader - just 40 at the time - would become a legend - something that would have happened much later had the brilliant guitarist/lyricist lived out his normal life span. Tonight at 11, "Legends of Rock," a syndicated show new to WMMR (FM/ 93.3), pays tribute to Lennon on a one-hour salute. One of the tunes scheduled is "Strawberry Fields," from his Beatles days.
October 19, 1986 |
"Deep River Woman," the Lionel Richie/Alabama duet on the Country Music Association Awards show, was the brainchild of Richie, who persuaded Alabama to record with another act for the first time. Richie, who wrote the song, said, "Since it had a country flavor and I'd been playing around with country music for so long, why not go all the way? So I thought about Alabama. When I mentioned the name, the first thing people said was 'They don't do this kind of stuff.' "But I made the phone call, and Randy Owen (Alabama's lead singer)
September 25, 2011 |
"I'm sorry about the weather, gee whiz," Brad Paisley said, three songs into his two-hour set at the Susquehanna Bank Center Friday night. The popular singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist was headlining his H2O II: Wetter & Wilder tour, an ambitious package that started around 4 p.m. The relentless rain had forced Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge and the JaneDear Girls off the "Water World" second stage and over to the protected main stage. "It is, I promise, the last tour I'm gonna name 'H2O' anything," concluded the amiable West Virginian.
September 24, 1998 |
Garth Brooks won his second consecutive entertainer of the year award and Tim McGraw took top-album honors at the 32d annual Country Music Association awards show, broadcast last night from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It was the fourth time the CMA's top prize went to Brooks, who was onstage in Buffalo when the award was announced. Fellow nominee Vince Gill, the show's host, ran out to join presenter Kris Kristofferson shouting "Must be present to win!" George Strait, whose five nominations gave him a record 47 over his 17-year career, was male vocalist winner for the third time.
January 27, 2005 |
RYAN DANIEL Binkley has been charged with stealing more than $500,000 in jewelry from "Monday Night Football" singer Hank Williams Jr.'s country retreat in Tennessee, authorities said. Williams and his family were sleeping in the home Jan. 19 when the thief stole a 60-pound safe containing the jewelry, according to Sgt. Ron Eaker of the Henry County Sheriff's Department. Binkley, 22, and not to be confused with a rocket scientist, was jailed on unrelated drug charges when he was arrested for the burglary.
September 27, 1987 |
The 1987 Country Music Association Awards show - scheduled for broadcast on CBS-TV the evening of Oct. 12 - is expected to have a considerably different format from those in past years. The show's planners will concentrate on showcasing the award nominees and a host of rising performers, rather than attempting to present performances by as many of the field's superstars as possible. There will, however, be some very-high-profile performers, including Ronnie Milsap and host Kenny Rogers, as well the five nominees for entertainer of the year: Hank Williams Jr., the Judds, Randy Travis, George Strait, and Reba McEntire, who currently holds the title.
July 23, 1988 |
Kennedys gathered yesterday at the family compound at Hyannis Port, Mass., to celebrate Rose Kennedy's 98th birthday and to serenade the matriarch with a few songs. On hand were her only surviving son, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.); her daughter Eunice and son-in-law Sargent Shriver; her daughter Patricia Lawford; her daughter-in-law Ethel Kennedy, and a number of grandchildren. A private Mass was said yesterday morning and a dinner party was held later in the day. Another woman of considerable longevity, Queen Mother Elizabeth of England, walked into a little pub down by London's Surrey Docks Thursday and said: "I would love to have a glass of your beer.
July 22, 2009 |
Taking a musical journey to the White House, 15 Philadelphia public school students got some lessons yesterday in the ways of country music from some of its top performers. The students from middle and high schools were among 120 from around the country who heard performances and lectures by country stars Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss as well as Krauss' band, Union Station. "I really liked the program. I learned a lot about country music," said Veronique Myers, 16, a junior at Central High School.
April 26, 1987 |
In an effort to get the Osmond Brothers headed up the hit charts again, Capitol/EMI/America has released a duet single titled "You're Here to Remember, I'm Here to Forget," featuring one of the brothers and Jessica Boucher, talented Nashville singer. To pique the curiosity of radio programmers, the record omits both singers' last names, identifying the song only as by "Merrill and Jessica. " Merrill Osmond says the brothers found the song and thought it both a hit and "perfect lyrically for a duet.
September 25, 1997 |
Garth Brooks was named entertainer of the year for the third time and laconic cowboy George Strait took home top album and male vocalist honors at the 31st annual Country Music Association Awards last night. Brooks, who also won the award in 1991 and 1992, was on the road and didn't attend the ceremony, held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Strait won the two awards for the second year running, this time taking home the album prize for Carrying Your Love With Me. Deana Carter, whose barefoot performance of the feminist honkytonk ditty "Did I Shave My Legs For This?"