George Jones was born on September 12, 1931, in Saratoga, Texas, into a very poor family. So poor, in fact, that he sang on the streets as a child. Jones began recording country music in the 1950s. His first hit was “Why Baby Why,” which he recorded in 1955. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957, and continued to write hit songs into the 1980s. He died on April 26, 2013, at age 81.
Early Life: Remembered as one of country music’s all-time greatest stars, George Glenn Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas, on September 12, 1931, and grew up poor in East Texas. He was one of eight children, though his older sister, Ethel, died before he was born. His father was an alcoholic who would sometimes get violent. “We were our daddy’s loved ones when he was sober, his prisoners when he was drunk,” Jones later wrote in his autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All. Jones and his family shared a love of music, often singing hymns together. They also enjoyed listening to the radio, tuning into programs from the Grand Ole Opry. A music lover from the start, Jones taught himself to play guitar. He began performing in the streets and dive bars of Beaumont, Texas, in his early teens.
Musical Start: George Jones started out singing on the radio with a friend, working at a station in Jasper, Texas, and then headed back to Beaumont. In 1950, he got married to Dorothy Bonvillion. The couple had a daughter, Susan, before splitting up a year later. The break-up, according to some reports, was caused by Jones’s explosive temper and excessive drinking. After the divorce, Jones joined the U.S. Marines and served during the Korean War, but never went overseas. In 1953, Jones landed a deal with Starday Records. The label’s co-owner, Pappy Daily, became his producer and his manager—a partnership that would last for years. Jones also tried his hand at another type of partnership around that time. In 1954, he married Shirley Ann Corley. The couple had two sons, Jeffrey and Brian. After a few failed singles, Jones made the country charts with the up-tempo number on heartbreak, “Why Baby Why,” in 1955. More hits soon followed with “What Am I Worth,” “You Gotta Be My Baby” and “Just One More.” In 1959, Jones had his first No. 1 hit with the comical song “White Lightning.” In the early 1960s, Jones established himself as one of country music’s top crooners. He sang many songs of heartbreak, including 1960’s “Window Up Above” and 1961’s “Tender Years.” The balladeer reached the top of the charts in 1962 with “She Thinks I Still Care,” one of his trademark tunes. A year later, he teamed up with Melba Montgomery for the first of several recordings. Their biggest hit together was “We Must Have Been Out of Minds.” Showing his lighter side, Jones recorded “The Race Is On.”
Jones worked with Gene Pitney on another duet project in the mid-1960s, but his greatest collaborative work came together toward the end of the decade, when he met and fell in love with fellow country star Tammy Wynette. Following his divorce from his second wife, Shirley, in 1968, Jones and Wynette wed in 1969. Not long after, they began making music together. Breaking ties with Pappy Daily, Jones began working with Billy Sherrill, one of Wynette’s producers. Sherrill added a certain polish to Jones’s sound. Behind the scenes, Jones battled with drug and alcohol abuse. He and Wynette had a tense, combative relationship, but they projected an image of being country music’s reigning king and queen. They scored several hits with their duets, notably “The Ceremony” and “We Can Make It,” the latter of which proved to be a bit of misnomer, as Wynette filed for divorce shortly after the song’s release. The couple tried to reconcile, recording “We’re Gonna Hold On,” but while the song made it to the top of the country charts, Jones and Wynette continued to struggle. They had a daughter, Tamala Georgette, in 1970, but their relationship continued to spiral downward thereafter. Jones’s heartache seemed to seep out of his 1974 solo hit, “The Grand Tour,” a gut-wrenching ballad about the end of a marriage. He and Wynette divorced the following year. Oddly enough, Jones and Wynette continued to work together, recording hits like the 1976’s “Golden Ring.”
Troubled Times: By the mid-1970s, Jones was falling apart both physically and emotionally, as the years of drinking and abusing cocaine had begun to take its toll. He became unreliable and unpredictable, disappearing without any notice and failing to show up for recording sessions and concerts. With all of the cocaine use, Jones dropped a substantial amount of weight, becoming a mere shadow of his former self. Despite these dark times, Jones managed to make some interesting music. He recorded a popular duet with James Taylor, “Bartender’s Blues,” in 1978. He then landed back on the top of the charts with 1980’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” from the album I Am What I Am, Jones’s biggest seller to date. In 1982, Jones teamed up with another country legend, Merle Haggard, for A Taste of Yesterday’s Wine. In 1983, Jones began to abandon his self-destructive ways. He married Nancy Sepulvada that year, and later said that her love helped him want to straighten up his act. He had some successful duets around this time, among them “Hallelujah, I Love You So” with Brenda Lee and “Size Seven Round (Made of Gold)” with Lacy Dalton. As a solo artist, he enjoyed several popular singles from his 1985 album Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes, including its title track. His last solo Top 10 country hit came in 1989 with “I’m a One Woman Man.”
More recently: Jones reunited with Merle Haggard for 2006’s Kickin’ Out the Footlights…Again. He became the subject of a tribute album, God’s Country: George Jones and Friends, that same year. Vince Gill, Tanya Tucker and Pam Tillis were among the artists covering some of Jones’s biggest hits, and Jones himself contributed a track to the recording. In 2008, he put out Burn Your Playhouse Down, a collection of previously unreleased duets with Dolly Parton, Keith Richards and Marty Stuart, among others. In his later years, Jones continued to maintain a rigorous tour schedule, playing numerous dates across the country. After winning induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, he received the National Medal of the Arts in 2002. A decade later, in 2012, he garnered one of the greatest honors of his career: a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Death and Legacy: George Jones died on April 26, 2013, at the age of 81, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, after reportedly being hospitalized with irregular blood pressure and a fever. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Jones is regarded as a country music icon, one of the genre’s all-time greatest stars. His clear, strong voice and his ability to convey so many emotions won over thousands of fans, as well as the envy of his peers. As fellow country star Waylon Jennings once said, “If we could sound the way we wanted, we’d all sound like George Jones.”
1. Early Years
Cavill was born on Jersey in the Channel Islands, a territory of the English Crown. He has four brothers and was bullied as a child by his classmates, who called him “Fat Cavill” because he was overweight. He attended the Stowe School in England. His early film roles include the 2002 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo along with Red Riding Hood and Tristan & Isolde. He starred on Showtime’s series The Tudors from 2007 to 2010, and was cast in Man of Steel in January 2011.
2. Not His First Attempt at a Superhero
Cavill beat out a slew of names for the Man of Steel role, including Joe Manganiello and Armie Hammer. But it wasn’t the first time the British actor had hoped to become a superhero. He had previously auditioned for Batman/Bruce Wayne in Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight series (the role went the Christian Bale) and he screen tested for Superman: Flyby, which had a script by J.J. Abrams and was, at the time, supposed to be directed by McG. The film was never made. He also came close to becoming James Bond for Casino Royale, but that role went to current Bond Daniel Craig.
3. Russell Crowe is His Mentor
Crowe, who starred in Man of Steel with Cavill is much more than just a colleague to Cavill. When Cavill was just starting out, working as extra in 2000 on the set of Proof of Life, he asked Crowe for advice. A few days later, Cavill received a package from Crowe that included a signed photo that read: “Dear Henry: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
4. The Dating Game
Cavill, 32, is currently dating a 19-year-old college student named Tara King, whom he brought to the Batman v Superman premiere. “People say, ‘Age is just a number.’ A lot of times it’s not just a number. It’s actually a real and true sign of someone’s maturity. But in this case, she’s fantastic,” he recently told Elle magazine. He added: “When I was 19, I was going out with a 32-year-old.” He had a previous on-again-off-again relationship with actress/mixed martial artist Gina Carano and briefly dated The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco. He was previously engaged to British Showjumper Ellen Whitaker in May 2011, but they broke up later that year.
5. What’s Next
Cavill will put back on the cape and tights for The Justice League Part One and Part Two. Part One hits theaters on Nov 17, 2017 while Part 2 is slated for June 14, 2019. He’s also finished work on Sand Castle, a war drama set in Iraq about a squad of U.S. soldiers try to protect a small village. Nicholas Hoult also stars.
– Hollywood Reporter
RadioWorld is officially in business and what better place to start than in Nashville Tennessee at 9am this morning.
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NBRN.FM has also agreed to air the next two shows at the same time slot every Saturday morning on their regular, “The Vault” radio show. Mike Bradford the station manager at NBRN has also indicted that he will consider all radio shows for airplay on NBRN.FM that are made available on RadioWorld in the future.
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One evening I was to introduce an essay on the significance of a place in fiction writing. Author Eudora Welty emphasized seeing the place through eye of discovery. The tired and overlooked and familiar setting, newly awakened , can deepen the meaning of the story.
As I drove onto the campus up a long hill, I was dazzled by a sinking sun making flaming torches of red-orange maple leaves. A quartet of girls walked down the grassy slope toward a grove of trees. One broke free walked down the grassy slope toward a grove of trees. One broke free from the group and flung herself down on a crunchy cushion of leaves hunched beneath a tree. She lay on her back swinging her arms and legs making a leaf angel. I’d made snow angels, but angels in leaves were novelty.
Suddenly – I wasn’t driving to class on an ordinary autumn evening I was discovering place-a place ablaze in sunset, transformed by a leaf angel, celebrated with youthful exuberance; place possessed of meaning that that quickens me each time I visit or remember it. I wonder, how might I will be revitalized if I began to see my life through eyes of discovery, if I looked for fresh meaning in my daily routine and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I do know it”?
Ever-[present God who fills “all in all” (Ephesians 1:23) fill whatever I am with awareness of You.
Author Carol Knapp
Multiple Grammy nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date charting 20 Top 10 singles & six #1 hits
Her forthcoming thirteenth studio album RECKLESS is due out this Friday, April 29th and marks her first on Nash Icon Records. The title track serves as Martina’s first single from the innovative imprint under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella.
Music critics are already raving about her undeniable talents on the new project with PEOPLE Magazine highlighting RECKLESS as their “People Pick” of the week: “…the work of a singer whose connection to a song is so emotionally direct and uncluttered there’s no doubting her.” The outlet goes on to say that it is “a deeply satisfying new album.”
Martina was in Los Angeles last week to honor Linda Ronstadt during the “GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends” tribute, slated to air on PBS later this year. The powerhouse vocalist also stopped by ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE to chat with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover about her new music.
Her one-on-one interview with CBS’ THE INSIDER and catch up session with EXTRA host Charissa Thompson both aired last night. The Superstar is also slated to perform on the American Country Countdown Awards live broadcast from Los Angeles May 1 on FOX.
Martina’s career boasts high-mark sales with 14 Gold records, Nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum awards. Martina has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the Country Music Association and three titles from the Academy of Country Music for Female Vocalist of the Year.
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
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There has been a lot of discussion in social media groups over the last few months regarding new Southern Rock Artists “Jericho Summer”, formed by Jay Zeffin and Vanessa Joy.
With no material on line and the release date for their EP “Bitchin With A Woman” and full album “Night Train”, yet to be announced they have already over 1500 follows on facebook.
The studio band is effectively a supergroup which was collated by the couple, which includes Richard Fortus from Guns N Roses, playing along side world famous Albert Lee for the first time ever.
Bassist Marco Mendoza from Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy had already worked with Fortus, before in Thin Lizzy also joined the line up, along side fiddle player Stuart Duncan who did sessions for Shania Twain.
WHISNews21 will have direct access to this story and will be following with further information. Jericho Summer can be found on Facebook or their website at http://www.jerichosummer.com
Yet anxiety sometimes intrudes upon your carefree moments. You start wondering if there are things you should be doing or plans you should be making. Your underlying feeling is that it isn’t safe to let down your guard and simply be happy in the moment. How wrong this is, My child! I have called you to cease striving-let go, relax-and know that I am God. You may think that you need to have all your ducks in a row before you can relax and enjoy My Presence. But consider the overall context of this command: though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. The psalmist who penned these words was describing a terrifying catastrophe. So you don’t need to wait till you’ve solved all the problems in your life; this very moment is the right time to enjoy Me. Come boldly into My Presence, saying, Jesus, I choose to enjoy You-here and now.
“Happy are the people whose God is the Lord! -Psalm 144:15 nkjv”
Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. -Psalm 46:10 nasb
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. -Psalm 46:1-3
Over the last few years, parabens have been under major scrutiny from the media with companies wagering whether to abandon this reportedly malicious chemical ingredient or not. Many products are now labelled “parabens-free” to ease consumer minds. But is this really necessary?
What are parabens?
It’s a preservative used in cosmetic products to stop and prevent the growth of bacteria, such as fungus or other microbes and keep your product fresh and moist. It is generally found in makeup products, shaving gel, moisturiser, deodorant and shampoo.
So what’s all the fuss about?
Almost a decade ago as study was conducted by theJournal of Applied Toxicology that showed a relationship between parabens and tumours, which at the time was believed to cause breast cancer and reproductive issues. Many say, however, that this was completely overblown. Into the gloss reports that later the Cosmetic Ingredient Review did further research that found no harm or cause for alarm.
Yet in 2010, Denmark banned two forms of parabens (propylparaben and butylparaben) for its harmful effects, which were found in kiddies cosmetics and lotions for children under the age of 3. According to Time, the European Health Commission held a Scientific Committee on Consumer Products on parabens in 2006, which concluded that up to 25% was deemed safe to use, although concentrations should be as low as 0.1 to 0.3 %.
So, why not look for alternatives instead? In the past, parabens replaced other cancerous preservatives such as formaldehyde. It was especially hailed as a great alternative because of its inexpensive and effective nature.
But is it really that bad?
The dangers of parabens have been widely publicised over the last few years. But it would seem that regularly consuming parabens won’t have severe effects on your health. At least, not when you take it in small doses.
According to Paula’s Choice, there is no reason why consumers should avoid using cosmetics that contain parabens. In fact, they reported that a review stated its impossible for parabens to increase the risk of exposure to estrogenic chemicals. Although natural skin-care manufacturers deem parabens dangerous, there are some fruits and vegetables, such as soy, blueberries, beans, carrots and cucumbers that produce parabens and other chemicals.
Cosmetic manufacturers are required by law to declare the ingredients contained in products sold to the consumer. So, the hype surrounding parabens is overrated, but in the same vein it is important to read labels and be aware of which ingredients are contained within the products we use daily. The Huffington Poststresses you consider the reputation of the manufacturer and its track record when it comes to testing for safety before buying products containing parabens. Either way, this should be top of mind with all products we use and consume.
Skyrocketing to 70 million plus YouTube views, Columbia Records’ all-vocal country music sensation Home Free launches to a new level with their take on Shakira’s joyful smash hit “Try Everything,” from Disney’s blockbuster motion picture “Zootopia.” Watch the music video exclusively on The Huffington Post today (4/26). Marking the band’s first song and video release with new member, Adam Chance, “Try Everything” is available now at all major digital retailers.
“We recently saw ‘Zootopia’ and instantly fell in love with the visuals and inspiring message of the movie, especially the sounds of ‘Try Everything.’ We realized we had never released a song specifically for kids and this song was the perfect fit,” shared Home Free’s bass, Tim Foust. “We hope people of all ages will enjoy it and resonate with the positive messages as much as we do!”
While preparing to record their upcoming fourth studio album, Home Free saw “Zootopia,” which has grossed over $800 million since its March 4 release. The motion picture has helped propel the lead song from the soundtrack, co-written by Sia and recorded by Shakira, to over 140,000 downloads and more than 90,000,000 streams on Spotify. The cover welcomes newest bass, Adam Chance, who officially joins the band after their current tour wraps on May 8 in St. Cloud, MN.
During a recent tour stop in Portland, OR, Home Free recorded the “Try Everything” song and video in two days with longtime producer and collaborator Darren Rust. The stop was one of the many advance sell outs during their 34-day, 26-show DON’T IT FEEL GOOD Spring Tour. The band announced yesterday that they will support multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Alabama on September 29 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO.
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
AirplayExpress is proud to release its 6th Radio Airplay Compilation CD to Radio Worldwide With some of the greatest International Independent Superstars onboard joining us. Here In no particular order are the names of our Independent Superstars already seated in the VIP section of AirplayExpress, Mike Contoni, Ricky Johnson & The Doc Johnson Band, Larry M Clark, Rose Angelica and our Singing Movie Star Terry Lawrence from Los Angeles all joining us on this our next exciting adventure on AirplayExpress APX#06
As AirplayExpress launches its sixth Express link to Radio and DJ’s worldwide, our mission is to seek out friendly DJ’s across the vast space of the galaxy’s to add these great songs to their amazing radio playlists for airplay
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