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Jim Reeves Royalty Dispute Ends After 12 Years

JIM REEVES ROYALTY DISPUTE ENDS  After more than 12 years of waiting, justice has been served, and Terry Davis is a loser again. The following article details what Davis is entitled to. Jim & Mary Reeves can now rest in peace…Marty Martel

Jim Reeves royalty dispute ends

Husband of singer’s widow won’t get share, court rules  A long-running legal battle over the fate of 1960s country singer “Gentleman” Jim Reeves’ music royalties ended this week with a ruling that his wife’s second husband isn’t entitled to claim a share.

Terry Davis married Jim Reeves’ widow, Mary, in 1969, five years after Reeves and his piano player were killed in a Brentwood plane crash. Mary Reeves Davis died in 1999. Davis is not entitled to any further share of his late wife’s estate than the $100,000 she specified in her will, Judge Randy Kennedy ruled at the end of a legal fight that has gone on for more than a dozen years. That money was distributed years ago. Davis had sought a percentage of the estate and a year’s worth of spousal support instead.

Jim Reeves’ niece, who is among the heirs who have been fighting Davis’ claim to the estate for more a decade, said she was relieved by the ruling. “The wheels of justice move slowly,” said Lani Thomas Arnold, who traveled from her home in Shreveport, La., for the three-day trial. Arnold is the daughter of Jim Reeves’ sister, Vergie Reeves Thomas. “There were a lot of ups and downs in this case. I do feel like we had our day in court,” she said. “When I went into this, it was for my aunt, and I think she would have been happy with how the case turned out.” Terry Davis could not be reached for comment.

The fate of the royalties and all the intellectual properties associated with Jim Reeves’ musical career will now be decided among the remaining heirs, including Mary Reeves Davis’ relatives, Arnold said. Court records indicate royalties have amounted to as much as $400,000 annually for the singer, whose popularity overseas continues to remain strong. A formal appraisal of the value of Reeves’ musical legacy was filed under seal in court. Reeves was a country music sensation when he died at the age of 39. He may be best known for the lyric “Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone,” but Reeves stayed on the charts from 1970 through 1984 because of how his widow, Mary, managed his posthumous career. His most popular songs included “He’ll Have to Go” and “Welcome to My World.”

Joyce Jackson, who served for 30 years as secretary to Jim Reeves and then to Mary after the artist’s death, said she was pleased with the ruling. “It’s long overdue,” said Jackson, who said she was bequeathed $10,000 in Mary’s will but has not received the money because of the ongoing legal battle. Jackson attended the trial each day but was not a party to the lawsuit. The trial, she said, made her think of Reeves. “He’ll be gone 48 years this July, the 31st, and I don’t feel like there’s that many artists that still maintain the kind of popularity he does internationally,” said Jackson, who at 76 recently retired from Wal-Mart, where she worked as a cashier. “He is still revered around the whole world. I honestly don’t feel like Jim gets the recognition he deserves for pioneering country music.”

Reach Anita Wadhwani at 615-259-8092 or awadhwani@tennessean.com.

Written by Anita Wadhwani The Tennessean

This column sent in by Marty Martel

Sugarland Mum On Report It wanted Show To Go On

Sugarland stays mum on report it wanted Indiana show to go on  Let’s hope that that the band, their tour manager, or promoter has no blame in this tragic happening. I hope that weather will be the entire blame. I would also hope that Jennifer Nettles and her warm-up routine has nothing to do with bad weather. I am a little amazed that a warm-up routine would have anything to do with the timing of a show. If I remember correctly, through the years, the artists who came up through the ranks never had a warm-up, and never had problems with the voices before they became successful. They were accustomed to singing in honky-tonks all night long, then traveling to the next show in all kinds of weather conditions, and never had a “warm-up routine.” Sounds like some artists in today’s music believe they are so special that they cannot go on stage and perform unless they have a warm-up routine. I wonder what course of action these allegations will lead to in the court system.

Country music duo Sugarland remained silent a second day Thursday over an assertion in a sworn deposition that it twice refused to delay an Indiana State Fair concert moments before high winds from an approaching storm caused a deadly stage collapse.The allegations surfaced in a court deposition released this week as state workplace safety officials announced more than $80,000 in fines for multiple violations leading up to the Aug. 13 collapse of a concert stage that killed seven people and injured dozens more in Indianapolis.The accident has spawned lawsuits, as well as a call for tighter regulation of outdoor stage safety.

The company facing the largest fine from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a result of the accident released portions of a Jan. 16 deposition given by Cynthia Hoye, the state fair’s executive director, taken in a wrongful-death lawsuit. In it, Hoye said she twice sought to delay the show within an hour of its scheduled start because of an approaching thunderstorm. Both times, a concert promoter said Sugarland wanted to go on, she said. “They (Sugarland) were trying to get to Iowa to play the Iowa State Fair, and so they said they did not want to delay,” Hoye said, according to the transcript. The promoter also said Sugarland was concerned a delay would disrupt lead singer Jennifer Nettles’ voice warm-up routine, Hoye testified. According to a contract being negotiated by Sugarland with the fair, posted on the State Fair’s website, Sugarland or its representative had the right to cancel the show because of bad weather.In the document, one paragraph says that the “artist or artist’s representative” could call off the show “at his discretion,” although the word “sole” is scratched out before “discretion.”

Other news reports over the past six months said that the State Fair executive had the final say-so about whether to cancel or postpone the concert. Officials of Sandbox Management, Sugarland’s Nashville-based manager, did not respond to emails or phone calls from The Tennessean Thursday. The fair declined to comment. Mid-America Sound Corp., which owned and supervised the construction of the stage scaffolding that fell, released the partial transcript of Hoye’s deposition. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Mid-America $63,000, saying the company did not inspect the rigging during or after construction. The scaffolding was not properly erected, and soil conditions at the site were not considered at key anchor points, the agency said. “The evidence demonstrated that Mid-America … was aware of appropriate requirements and demonstrated a plain indifference to complying with those recommendations,” Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Lisa Torres said at a news conference. Mid-America disputed that, saying it had consistently reminded fair officials that the stage shouldn’t be used when winds were 25 mph or higher and should be evacuated if they reached 40 mph.

Union faces fines

The agency also fined an International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local for $11,500 because of “serious” safety violations, and it cited the State Fair Commission for failing to “have conducted an adequate life-safety evaluation and plan prior to the event.” The fair was fined $6,300, which it paid on Thursday.

William Groth, an attorney for the stagehands union, said it would challenge the agency’s finding and will refuse to pay the fine unless ordered to do so by a judge.
“We don’t control the premises, we are not the owner of the premises, and we have no power of decision-making,” he said. “We are union laborers who do what they are told.”
Many watching the case, including attorneys for those killed and injured, said it appears the blame game is at full tilt. “They’re saying, ‘That wasn’t my job, it wasn’t my responsibility,’ or ‘It doesn’t meet the definition,’” said J. Norman Stark, an attorney and forensic architect. Someone has to take responsibility.” With so many people involved in a show — venue officials, production managers, on-site security or police officials, and the artist or band, among others — it isn’t always clear who has authority to cancel or delay events, those in the concert industry say. “It literally varies from show to show,” said Larry Smith, owner and publisher of Nashville-based Mobile Production Monthly, a trade magazine. “Normally, it’s collaborative. If everybody listens to everybody else, usually everyone comes to the same decision.”

Kenneth J. Allen, a Valparaiso, Ind., attorney who represents the estates of four people killed, downplayed the significance of the IOSHA report. “It is an agency of the state of Indiana, and its findings are marked by political considerations,” Allen said. “My sense is it’s an attempt to shift focus to the workers at the bottom rather than people at the top.”The Occupational Safety and Health Administration report did not find fault with Sugarland because its agreement with the fair left workplace issues to others, said Torres, the Indiana labor commissioner. Allen said the report has little bearing on his lawsuits. “My investigation includes people who weren’t even mentioned in theirs,” he said, including the band Sugarland.

The Nashville country duo, which consists of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, has been named in a lawsuit filed by 44 survivors and family members of four people who died. Concert promoters, stage companies and riggers, and other concert organizers also are named in the suit, which was filed last fall in Indiana’s Marion County Circuit Court. The suit alleges the stage structure was inadequate, dangerous and overloaded with gear. The suit claims the weather wasn’t appropriately monitored, no proper emergency plans were in place and no one took the proper steps to warn concertgoers. The suit singles out Sugarland, saying: “Sugarland was not required to perform if Sugarland determined their performance would be impaired or prevented due to inclement weather.” IOSHA said its probe and report was limited to workplace safety alone. Two other state investigations, which could take several more weeks, are looking at structural and engineering issues and the fair’s preparedness and response.

—By Duane Marsteller, The Tennessean and John Tuohy and Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star

Stage collapse time line

Aug. 13, 1 p.m.: State Fair officials speak with an National Weather Service (NWS) forecaster by phone. Forecaster explains that a severe thunderstorm is expected in Indianapolis between 8 and 9 p.m. and mentions the possibility of up to 60 mph winds.

5:57 p.m.: NWS issues a severe thunderstorm watch lasting until 1 a.m. Sunday. A few minutes later, State Fair officials speak directly with NWS.

7 p.m.: Fair officials contact NWS and receive a prediction that a storm with strong winds will arrive at the fairgrounds between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

8 p.m.: Fair officials contact NWS and receive a prediction that a storm with 40 mph winds and small hail will arrive at the fairgrounds about 9:15 p.m.

Approximately 8:15 p.m.: Meanwhile, north of the fairgrounds in Fishers, Conner Prairie Interactive History Museum tells an outdoor concert crowd of 7,000 there to evacuate.

8:39 p.m.: Storms intensify. NWS issues a severe thunderstorm warning, its most serious classification, for Marion County. Forecasters warn of “a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing quarter-sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.”

Approximately 8:45 p.m.: Sugarland is scheduled to take the stage but doesn’t. The band’s tour manager eyes the sky and holds the band backstage.
Announcer tells concertgoers that the Sugarland show will go on. He also tells them how and where to seek shelter if an evacuation is ordered.

8:49 p.m.:
A gust of wind of up to 60 or 70 mph strikes; the stage collapses.
— Indianapolis Star

Read the allegations

For the Indiana report , go to http://1.usa.gov/qCB6s0.

This article send in by Marty Martel

James Marvell In Paradise At Hippie Days Dance

Can you imagine performing at a show in the Valley and seeing a crowd of Winter Texans with long hair, head bands and hippie garb all laughing and having the time of their lives? Well, that’s the experience James Marvell and his wife Faye had at Paradise South’s Hippie Days Dance. The show turned out to be a smash hit with at least 95 percent of the people in costume and dancing to the sixties hits such as “Help” and “Good Day Sunshine” as well as some favorite line dances and classics from the fifties.

James was there in the ’60s performing with the million selling group Mercy and their Billboard hit “Love Can Make You Happy.” He had opportunity to socialize with Jimmy Hendrix, The Byrds, The Guess Who etc. Although drugs were all around in the industry, James always spoke out against their use. For him the joy of the sixties was some of the great music of that era.

Thanks to the ingenuity of Debbie Stout, activities director of Paradise South in Mercedes, the Hippie Days Dance was a success and the Winter Texans would love to repeat it.

Booking dates are still available for February and March 2013. Call 813-505-4966 or email: jmarveIl7@yahoo.com James Marvell is proudly promoted by RhonBob Promotions

Whitney Houston Dies In Beverly Hills Hotel At 48

Los Angeles – Grammy-winning singer and actor Whitney Houston, one of the most talented performers of her generation who lived a turbulent personal life and admitted drug use, died on Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She was 48.A Beverly Hills police officer told reporters they were called to the Beverly Hilton, in Los Angeles, at around 15:20 PST and that emergency personnel found Houston’s body in a fourth-floor room, and she was pronounced dead at 15:55.”She has been positively identified by friends and family [who] were with her at the hotel, and next of kin have already been notified,” Lieutenant Mark Rosen told reporters.

Police said there were no obvious signs of criminal intent at the scene and her death is under investigation.

Houston was in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, the music industry’s biggest honours programme that will take place on Sunday night. She died hours before she was expected to perform at record producer Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy party on Saturday, which is held at the Beverly Hilton

Acclaim

Houston, inspired by soul singers in her New Jersey family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother Aretha Franklin, became one of the most celebrated female singers of all time, taking multiple Emmy, Grammy and Billboard Music awards.

Her popularity soared in the 1980s and 1990s with consecutive No. 1 hits including the smash single I Will Always Love You, from the soundtrack of the feature film The Bodyguard, in which she starred.

She also appeared in Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996).

By the early 1990s, Houston had become the queen of pop music, achieving great critical and commercial acclaim, but her personal life was becoming troubled. In 1992 she married singer Bobby Brown, who had a bad-boy reputation, and during their 14 years together had a tumultuous relationship fuelled by drugs.

In 2000, she and Brown were stopped at an airport in Hawaii and security guards discovered dagga in their luggage.

The pair also starred in reality TV series, Being Bobby Brown, which painted an often unflattering portrait of the pair.

The last 10 years of Houston’s life were dominated by drug use, rumours of relapses and trips to rehab. In a 2002 TV interview, she admitted using dagga, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs.

Comeback

She launched a comeback tour in 2009 and in April 2010 she called media reports she was using drugs again “ridiculous”. In May 2011, Houston enrolled in a drug and alcohol rehab programme.

Reactions came pouring in from fans and friends in the music industry.

“I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney’s passing,” legendary music producer Quincy Jones said in a statement. “… I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly.”

Neil Portnow, chief executive of the Recording Academy that gives out the Grammys, called her “one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades”.

Pop star Rihanna posted on Twitter “No words, just tears”, and rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted: “Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.”

– Reuters

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