Even if you didn't like country music, it's hard to say that you didn't like George Jones. A country superstar, he died today at the age of 81. He's one of those guys that was so good, it's impossible to deny his talent. RIP George Jones.
George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American country music singer known for his long list of hit records, his distinctive voice and phrasing, and his marriage to Tammy Wynette.
Over the past 20 years, Jones has frequently been referred to as the greatest living country singer. Country music scholar Bill C. Malone writes, "For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved." Waylon Jennings, in his song "It's Alright" expressed a common jealousy when he said, "If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones."
Throughout his long career, Jones made headlines often as much for tales of his drinking, stormy relationships with women, and violent rages as for his prolific career of making records and touring. His wild lifestyle led to Jones missing many performances, earning him the nickname "No Show Jones." With the help of his fourth wife, Nancy, he has been sober for more than 10 years. Jones has had more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists. The shape of his nose and facial features have given Jones the nickname "The Possum." Jones said in an interview that he has chosen to tour only about 60 dates a year.
In August 2012, it was announced that at the conclusion of his 2013 tour, Jones' would retire to spend more time with his family. Titled "The Grand Tour", Jones' final tour takes place across 60 dates.
Jones died April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.
Here are four important tips and websites in the wake of what happened yesterday at the Boston Marathon.
1. The Boston Police Department and FBI have asked for ANY photos, videos, or information from yesterday. They're stressing that NOTHING is irrelevant. You can reach the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or email them at Boston@ic.fbi.gov. There's also a Boston Crime Tips Hotline at 800-494-8477.
2. The Boston Mayor's hotline if you're looking for a loved one is 617-635-4500.
(And both the Red Cross and Google have set up websites to help connect people with their friends and family in Boston.)
3. It's best to text people in Boston rather than call them. The cell towers there are overloaded, and it helps to keep them open for emergencies.
4. The Red Cross says they have enough blood AND enough money to handle the crisis. Instead of donating blood now, wait for a few weeks or months. You can still donate money, but make sure you go to the source and watch out for scams.
There are some people that fit the term 'beloved." I think Annette Funicello was one of them.
Disney's official fan club has just broken the news on Twitter:
Annette Funicello has died at age 70.
The actress, singer and beloved Mousketeer had been hospitalized due to complications from multiple sclerosis, according to Extra.
The Disney Fan Club says Funicello died today at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif.
Her family confirmed to Extra that Funicello died from complications of multiple sclerosis. They were by her side when she was taken off life support. Funicello had been in an MS coma for years, reports the site.
Funicello was 12 when she became a Mouseketeer. As a teen, she was launched on a successful singing and acting career, but she really gained popularity when she co-starred with Frankie Avalon in a series of "Beach Party" movies in the mid-1960s.
In 1992, Annette announced she had MS.
Funicello was married to her first husband, Jack Gilardi, from 1965 until 1981, and had three children. In 1986, she married California harness racing horse breeder/trainer Glen Holt.
Working in radio, I often get the chance to meet and greet celebrities. Of those I've met, I distinctly remember and enjoyed meeting Roger Ebert.
While many teenage kids would sneak cigarettes, booze from mom & dad's liquor cabinet or do something else mischevous, I would stay up late on Sunday nights, After curfew, after TV hours were done, I would sneak into our family's TV room at 10:30pm and watch At The Movies.
I loved Siskel and Ebert's job, being able to watch movies for a career, then telling people what they thought about them. I have tried hard to emulate their careers in my own.
One of my favorite comments from Ebert was when he was analyzing one of the many Friday The 13th sequels from the 1980s and said the film could only be of interest to people who "like to smell dirty socks." Cutting, brilliant imagery and funny.
I was quite saddened to hear today that Roger Ebert passed away. Although I had only met him once, I considered him a mentor. Known for his movie reviews, he was also a literary wiz. His hands were involved in 1970's Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, which only upped his street cred.
I also thought he was a well spoken, well versed and well lived Chicagoan. Im so happy he left his mark on this world.
You will be missed.
PS...Roger....I extremely apologize for allowing my cell phone to go off during your introduction of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" at the 2004 Wisconsin Film Fest. There were only about 40 people in the room and I pretended like it wasn't my phone. How embarrasing!
To make up for it, I have held onto my ticket to see "A Hard Day's Night" that Roger introduced at the 2003 Wisconsin Film Festival. I still remember his description of George Harrison's first chord of the song "A Hard Day's Night." He said that was the sound that started the 1960s revolution.
It's my voice...i can't really change it. It's just part of me, so why hate it?
You know that thing where everyone hates the sound of their own voice? Here comes the science to why we think that way....
( Note: I am not a scientist, but i do play one on TV...and I found a research article on this today )
There are two ways for sounds to reach your inner ear: Through the AIR, or through the BONES in your skull. When you talk, your vocal cords vibrate . . . and that vibration goes through the bones in your skull, directly to your inner ear.
Traveling through bone causes a sound's frequency to be lower, which means you hear yourself talking in a deeper voice than everyone else . . . since THEY hear your voice through the air.
But when you hear a RECORDING of your voice, you hear it the same way everyone ELSE does. It travels through the air, to your eardrum, and then to your inner ear. And it sounds high-pitched and unfamiliar, so you don't like it.
At least that's what scientists have to say about it.
I did the thing where you talk into a fan so often as a child (just like from this clip from "Tommy Boy") that I think this is how I always sound: