Songwriter and musician Don Lanier has died at the age of 78. The Texas native passed away last week (23Jul14).
Lanier began his lengthy career as a guitarist in Jimmy Bowen's Rhythm Orchids band and teamed up with singer Buddy Knox to record his hit song Party Doll.
He went on to pen tunes like Hula Love and I'm Stickin' With You for Knox and later wrote tracks for the likes of the Everly Brothers, Dean Martin and soul man Ray Charles, who scored a hit with 1967's Here We Go Again.
His work was also included on George Strait's Holding My Own album, Glen Campbell's The Last Time I Saw Her record and Nancy Sinatra's Nancy.
Lanier worked as an A&R man at MCA in his later years and helped to boost the careers of clients including Reba McEntire, Strait and Loretta Lynn.
Veteran singers Loretta Lynn and Jackson Browne are set to be saluted with lifetime achievement prizes at the 2014 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. Country icon Lynn will be recognised for her songwriting success, while social activist Browne will receive the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award.
Blues musician Taj Mahal and Latin accordionist Flaco Jimenez will also be feted with the respective lifetime achievement awards for performance and instrumentalist.
The accolades will be presented to the quartet during the Americana Awards ceremony on 17 September (14).
Roseanne Cash, Robert Ellis and Jason Isbell lead the nominees for the event with three nods apiece.
Rocker Jimmy Page is set to receive an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music. The Led Zeppelin star will be feted at a ceremony on 10 May (14) at Boston University's Agganis Arena in Massachusetts.
In an email to RollingStone.com, Page writes, "It's truly an honour to be the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate at Berklee as the music of America has been a primary driving force in my early years and pivotal to my musical development."
Jazz pianist Geri Allen, singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson and jazz trumpeter Thara Memory will be celebrated alongside Page.
Past Berklee honourees include David Bowie, Carole King, Loretta Lynn and George Clinton.
Country veteran Loretta Lynn has assured fans she is fine after suffering minor burns in a small house fire as she prepares to return to the stage on Friday (28Feb14). The Coal Miner's Daughter icon, 81, hurt her hands as she tried to put out a blaze that had been sparked by an overturned candle at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ranch on Tuesday (25Feb14), but she is refusing to let the incident get in the way of her concert plans.
She took to her Twitter.com blog on Wednesday (26Feb14) to express her gratitude for their well wishes, writing, "Thanks to my sweet fans for worrying about me. The fire was small and no one was hurt. Love you".
Representatives from her management have confirmed Lynn will perform as scheduled in Greenville, Texas on Friday (28Feb14).
Meanwhile, Lynn has also signed up to headline the 2014 Johnny Cash Music Festival this August (14), alongside Reba McEntire and Bobby Bare.
Country singer Loretta Lynn is recuperating after reportedly suffering minor burns following a blaze at her home on Tuesday morning (25Feb14). The fire started when a candle's flame set a chair ablaze in the conservatory of the 81 year old's Hurricane Mills, Tennessee property at around 9.30am local time.
According to a report from local Nashville news station WTVF-TV, Lynn burned her fingertips as as she attempted to put out the flames with a pillow.
Officials confirm everyone inside the property got out safely and the fire was quickly extinguished by Humphreys County Emergency Management officials.
It's not the first time emergency services officials have been called to put out a fire on Lynn's property - last year (13) a blaze destroyed a shack on the estate.
TV mogul and actress Oprah Winfrey has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom award from U.S. leader Barack Obama. The accolade was established by former U.S. president John F. Kennedy 50 years ago to honour "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".
President Obama praised the media titan for promoting the message of "you can" and pulling herself out of poverty to rise to the top of the entertainment industry.
Winfrey was feted alongside country singer Loretta Lynn, jazz musician Arturo Sandoval and former U.S. President Bill Clinton at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (20Nov13).
Singer Loretta Lynn has postponed two of her shows in Iowa due to exhaustion. A statement on the 81 year old's website explains the singer fell ill after the Canadian leg of her current North American tour and is taking time off to rest.
A statement from Lynn's representative, reads, "Lynn started feeling poorly midway through her three week tour. Loretta is a pro and wants to give her fans the best show possible. She felt she physically was unable to do that."
In September (13), Lynn was forced to scrap two Oklahoma shows after breaking two ribs in a fall at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
Some celebrities take time out of their busy schedules of being famous to do charity work and take part in social causes. In the United States, the highest honor that a civilian can get is the Presidential Medal of Freedom, while in England, people are knighted and officially called “Sir” or “Dame.” Lucky for them, knighted celebs don’t have to go jousting or hang out in crusades, but they do get pretty awesome bragging rights. Of course, none of the following celebrities are “Sir” enough to match the one and only Sir Mix-A-Lot, but then again, who can?
Bow down, children – these 7 celebrities are recognized royalty in their home countries.
Elton John Elton John’s real name is Sir Elton Hercules John (actually it used to be Reginald Dwight, but we don’t need to go there). Knighted in 1998 for his charitable work and for being, well, Elton f**kng John, the Rocket Man has done a great deal for both music and charities, including campaigning hard for AIDS awareness since the 1980s.
Helen Mirren Helen Mirren may have pretended to be the Queen of England, but she is a genuine Dame. In 1996, Mirren was offered appointment as Commander of the British Order in 1996, but she declined, instead accepting damehood for her contributions to the performing arts in 2003. Her full title is Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire – with a title like that, it’s understandable why she held out. Really, though, Mirren should’ve received damehood just for those famously smoking hot bikini pictures.
Mick Jagger Fellow Rolling Stoner Keith Richards has been vocal about his disdain for knighthood, calling it a “paltry honor” that wasn’t true to what the Stones are about. In true Richards style, he said all this after once self-proclaimed “anarchist” Mick Jagger had already accepted his knighthood, which, by the way, was given rather dubiously. Reportedly, the Queen of England didn’t have “the stomach” to award gyrating Jagger with the honor, leaving it up to the Prince of Wales to do the dirty work.
Loretta Lynn Loretta Lynn is the Queen of Country for a reason – she is hands-down the most awarded woman in country music. Lynn has won numerous industry awards, and in 1995, was also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors award, a distinction given to performers that have made significant contributions to American culture. Just last month, President Obama announced Lynn will be awarded with the Medal of Freedom, calling her a “country legend.”
Bob Dylan He may have made a living singing anti-establishment songs for decades, but Bob Dylan had no problem being awarded the Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2012. Obama said of Dylan that there was no “bigger giant in the history of American music” and commended him for his messages of freedom, while Dylan, in proper Dylan style, attended the ceremony looking like a lost Tim Burton character.
Oprah It’s no surprise that Oprah will be the owner of a Medal of Honor since Oprah owns pretty much everything. Along with Loretta Lynn, Oprah is also being awarded the prestigious honor for her long-standing philanthropy charity work this year.
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Veteran country star Loretta Lynn called off two shows over the weekend (06-08Sep13) after breaking her ribs in a fall at her home. The 78-year-old singer suffered a nasty accident at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee as she was attempting to take a guitar down from a closet prior to a show at her ranch on 31 August (13).
Lynn managed to perform, but was subsequently diagnosed with two broken ribs and ordered to rest up.
In a post on her Facebook.com page, she writes, "I'm like an accident waiting to happen these days. I was trying to get my guitar down out of my closet, and the dang thing fell on top of me, causing me to fall into my dresser. All this happened right before my big Labor Day concert at my ranch in Hurricane Mills. I didn't know how bad I hurt myself until the next day. Come to find out, I had broken two of my ribs... I hate more than anything to have to miss shows, but it's something you just have to do."
Lynn scrapped two shows in Oklahoma on Friday (06Sep13) and Saturday (07Sep13). The concerts have been rescheduled for December (13).
Country icon Loretta Lynn knew Zooey Deschanel would be perfect to portray the singer in a Broadway musical based on her life after hitting it off with the actress within minutes of meeting. The New Girl star thought the veteran's 1976 autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter, would be great for the stage, and after discovering a production was already in the works, she reached out to organisers in a bid to have herself cast in the lead role.
She was invited to meet Lynn before a concert in Nashville, Tennessee in May, 2012, and immediately won the legend's approval, with the singer making the big casting announcement onstage during her gig at the Ryman Auditorium that night.
And Lynn reveals it was Deschanel's warm and bubbly nature which won her over.
She tells Marie Claire magazine, "We bonded right at the beginning - it's like meeting somebody and you feel like you've known them forever. She's young, and she's good. She can pull it off - I ain't (sic) worried one bit."
The show is still in development, but when Deschanel finally does step on the New York stage, it will be her Broadway debut.