review of P.F. SLOAN's memoir compels you to buy it, while
reading it you might be wondering if the references to BOBBY ROBERTS
suggest that the veteran Nashville booking agent had an earlier career
on the Left Coast as a former tap-dancer-turned-record label chief,
musician and movie producer . The answer is no, but, as the owner
of the Nashville artists' agency (recently acquired by The Agency
Group) explains, "STACY,
you are correct. That is a different Bobby
Roberts but someone who has a good reputation in our
industry. I spoke to him a couple of times prior to his passing."
That was in 2004. Meanwhile, as Sloan's travels have brought him
to Music City, USA,
has written with Nashville's JON TIVEN, which has only added to the confusion
Album narrator David sent Merle eight songs from which to choose
two. I asked Haggard how he chose the title song and That'll Be the Day. "It's pretty simple," the Hag
grinned. "I did the only ones I knew."
When I asked Sonny if, were Buddy alive today, would Holly be as
musically innovative now as he was before his death 55 years ago (and
thus a viable recording artist even able to adapt to today's business
model), or the subject of a tribute album as has been the fate of
artists who are still with us but whose years of hits are well behind
him, Curtis, the only person in the room who personally knew- indeed,
worked with Holly, speculated that Buddy would still be a player.
Sonny explained that Buddy was into music publishing and using
orchestral arrangements, for example, long before such expansion was
even on the minds of his contemporary recording artists.
While thanking Edd for sharing "another wonderful example of your
excellent work," I told him that "I vaguely remember the Country
Cavaleers, and recently saw them on The Wilburn Brothers Show you
referenced (on Famnet),
but didn't realize they had such illustrious "producers."
Reading Hurt's two-parter, I also learned that ALAN
COFER will soon be adding to his credits, Wilburn Brothers'
biographer. DOYLE and TEDDY still have a strong fan base behind
an effort to secure the duo's induction into the Country
Music Hall of Fame.
Perhaps Cofer's book will give the Wilburns' fans the necessary
momentum, in the form of a gentle reminder, to make that induction a
reality. Posthumous though it would be, such recognition is
richly deserved and long overdue.
Planning to be in Dallas? Tour the museum anyway and, while
you're at it, ask to listen to the January 27, 2014 interview I granted
Associate Curator STEPHEN FAGIN, assisting Fagin with the museum's
oral history project.
to do! Requesting and receiving permission to be late for the
latter, I journeyed to Franklin, took in the IBMA's exciting news (the
highlights of which may be found here) and, at the event's conclusion, high-tailed
it (in rush hour traffic) to downtown Nashville where events that began
with a news conference I missed (rescued from the usual inanity, RANDI
RADCLIFF told me when I asked what I had missed, by Kenny's
repartee) and short musical performances by DON SCHLITZ and CHARLIE WORSHAM that were just concluding as I
arrived at the Hall of Fame's Conservatory where the reception
was about to begin.
happy as I was to see Kenny (whom I first met in 1977, when I was
a fixture on the Hee Haw set, and Rogers was taping his series
debut as a
guest artist), I was thrilled to meet both MARY ARNOLD and TERRY WILLIAMS (Terry was accompanied by his
lovely wife, DEBRA).
curious about Terry's being alternately credited as Terry Benson.
Terry tells me that his surname at birth was Benson but that he took
his mother's maiden surname as his professional surname, in part as a
tribute to her creating a family musical legacy that began when his
father, TOMMY DORSEY's first-chair trombonist met BONNIE LOU WILLIAMS, the Dorsey orchestra's
featured female vocalist.
LOIS JOHNSON(-SCOGGINS) will be memorialized
twice: First at the ERNEST TUBB Texas Troubador Theater
(next to the ET Record Shop at 2416 Music Valley Drive in Nashville) on
July 16, 2014 at 7 p.m. Then again on July 19, 2014 near
Knoxville at the Rutherford Memorial United Methodist Church, 78155
Corryton Road, Corryton, Tennessee. Visitation will be from 2- 4
p.m. followed by the 4 p.m. service.
Internment will immediately follow at Ousley Cemetery in Union County,
Tennessee (behind the intersection of Highway 33 and Ailor Gap Road and
Drive and Heiskell Road.
Contributions to a memorial fund should be sent c/o C.J. MORGAN
, Top Ten Productions, 1512 Cecil Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.
Those interested in being a part of either service or seeking
additional information are invited to call Morgan at (615) 289-4815.
overcome by the view from the media section (and from the visitation at
First Amendment Center the day before) of the titans of politics,
government and journalism, in particular as they came to pay their
respects. When, as an entertainment journalist, you've met every
entertainer you'd ever want to meet, your celebrities of choice, if
any, have always been in other fields. I've had a half-century
love affair with the KENNEDY family (which must be my destiny, given my
fairly recent discovery through one of other loves- genealogy- that I
am "related" through RORY
KENNEDY's husband, MARK BAILEY).
imagine my surprise encountering Dr. WILLIAM KENNEDY SMITH (whose mother, JEAN I met at a Davis-Kidd
book signing) as I walked toward the cathedral and, following the
service, having the chance to be reacquainted with ETHEL KENNEDY (whom I first met during the early
'70s), and her son, JOSEPH KENNEDY, II (whom I almost met in 1967 when
met Joe's father, ROBERT KENNEDY in RFK's senate office and whom I
finally got to meet in Nashville along with Joe's wife, BETH when Joe keynoted an HRC
dinner here several years ago). Beth was by Joe's side when
Joe (who along with his cousin, Willy and brother, ROBERT KENNEDY, JR. served as John Seigenthaler's
honorary pallbearers) introduced me to his youngest (twin) son, Congressman JOSEPH
KENNEDY, III whom I regaled with stories of having met so many of
his relatives; Joe, III being the first of his generation of Kennedys I
can now say I have met.
members of the Kennedy family are authors and like them (as well as
several country-music stars-turned-authors), I had the pleasure of
receiving and accepting an invitation from John Seigenthaler to appear
on A Word on Words.
are two from which to choose with a third industry position to boot if
you'd rather work in Hendersonville:
Round Hill Music
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If you enjoy
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interest you. The company is seeking a Catalog Manager who will
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