November 1, 2012 |
Welcome to Malibu Country , the land that time forgot. Reba's sitcom, getting a late and lethargic jump on the new season, is supposedly set in the present, but it's enveloped in such a strong '70s and '80s haze, you'll swear you're watching it on Betamax. The premise is that Reba (the country singer formerly known as Reba McEntire) is a country singer named Reba McKenzie who put her career on hold to raise her two kids, Cash (Justin Prentice) and June (Juliette Angelo). Too bad the title Carter Country was already taken - by a '70s sitcom starring Victor French and the immortal Guich Koock.
July 17, 2012 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The singer Kitty Wells, 92, whose hits such as "Making Believe" and "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" made her the first female superstar of country music, died Monday. Her family said she died peacefully at home after complications from a stroke. Her solo recording career lasted from 1952 to the late 1970s. She made concert tours from the late 1930s until 2000. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" in 1952 was the first No. 1 hit by a woman soloist on the country music charts and dashed the notion that women couldn't be headliners.
December 9, 2011
Dobie Gray, 69, the smooth balladeer who recorded the timeless hit "Drift Away" in 1973, died in his sleep at his Nashville home Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He wrote songs for an array of country and pop performers, was a trailblazing entertainer in South Africa, and, in death, a philanthropist. His silky tenor was heard on other hits, including "The In Crowd" in 1965 and "Loving Arms" in 1973. "He had such a unique style, so identifiable," said Bud Reneau, Mr. Gray's friend and songwriting partner.
July 24, 2008 |
Zooey Deschanel thought that she might explode. "I've been writing music since I was a little girl," says the 28-year-old indie-movie ingenue who makes up half of She & Him. The duo will play the Trocadero tomorrow in support of their fetching folk-rock debut, Volume One. "I started writing more prolifically when I was 19 or 20, and as soon as it became easy to record on your laptop, I was like, 'Oh my God, I can't wait to be able to do...
April 28, 2001 |
The first thing you should have for a theater piece about country star Tammy Wynette is a singer who can evoke the voice and performance style that helped make her famous. Chevy Anz is such a performer, and she stars in The Heroine of Heartbreak: Tammy Wynette Remembered at the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts. Anz has a big voice, and she gets Wynette's distinctive intonation (something between a wail and a plea), her stand-tall stage presence, and her intensity just right.
September 13, 1999 |
Ken Barry, 87, of Mount Laurel, a comedian who appeared with show business stars such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Sergio Franchi and Frank Sinatra Jr., died Saturday at Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Marlton. A veteran of more than 60 years in show business, Mr. Barry started his career as a singing waiter in the 1930s at the now-defunct Weber's Hof Brau in Pennsauken, then known as the Central Airport. With him was a young man named Red Skelton, who also was beginning his career. A longtime resident of South Jersey, Mr. Barry was born Sydney Golden, the son of a fruit huckster in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.
April 16, 1999 |
KELLY WILLIS. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8 and 11 p.m. (First show is sold out.) Tickets: $15. Info: 215-928-0978. "Now time has left me feeling old and losing hope/Hell, I've walked a long way just to find the end of my rope. " Kelly Willis had a good night at the Grand Ol' Opry last Saturday. For a change, she didn't get bent over with stage fright. "I started to get nervous, but then I told myself to calm down and have fun," said this most talented, attractive and yes, insecure of alternative country singer/songwriters.
April 15, 1999 |
QUOTE "In some ways, on some days, danger is my business. " - CBS News anchor DAN RATHER, dodging bullets in Yugoslavia Saying he's been forced to prove his innocence in the death of his wife Tammy Wynette, George Richey yesterday had the country legend's remains removed from her tomb and sent for an autopsy. Richey, Wynette's manager and fifth husband, said he requested the autopsy after three of Wynette's daughters from previous marriages filed a wrongful-death suit against him and Wynette's doctor last week, asking $50 million.
April 6, 1999 |
Tammy Wynette's daughters, despite having failed in their efforts to dig up the body of their late mom, are suing the country star's doctor and her last husband, claiming the two men are responsible for Wynette's death. Fifty million dollars would help make things right, say lawyers for Tina Jones, Jackie Daly and Georgette Smith. The daughters claim doctor Wallis Marsh prescribed too much pain medication for Wynette, and, dealing with the star mostly over the phone, wrongly relied on Wynette's husband George Richey to adminster the drugs.