Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Naomi Judd Is Selling Her Stage Costumes

Ever wanted to own something of Naomi Judd's? Oh come on, everyone does! Well..... If you are interested, Naomi is auctioning off some of her stage costumes worn in pivotal moments of the Judds career.

Not sure if the auction proceeds go to a particular charity or cause. I suggest the proceeds go to a poor needy family....MINE! Call me Naomi!

The following is from Julien's Auctions, who are hosting the event.

Nashville, Tennessee – (August 26, 2014)– Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, has announced The Collection of Country Music Superstar Naomi Judd featuring costumes and personal items from the award-winning singer/songwriter to take place on November 7 and 8, 2014 at the Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery. The collection includes a vast amount of custom made costumes and stage worn clothing from the career of Naomi Judd, along with personal items from the star’s own collection, and items from her husband Larry Strickland’s musical career with Elvis Presley.

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Opry Star Jim Ed Brown Fighting Cancer

Country fans were given some sad news today, The Grand Ole Opry's Jim Ed Brown has announced he has cancer. 

Brown posted a video to his Facebook account today stating that he was undergoing cancer treatment. Being positive he said he would see everyone in 4 months after he bit this "little" thing called cancer!

My prayers go out to Jim and his family. I have visited with him many times over the years. The first time I met Mr. Brown was when he attended one of Dottie Rambo's concerts in Nashville.

To view the video:

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Could Johnny Carson be heading to Broadway?

Playbill is reporting that Johnny Carson's life could be heading to Broadway as a musical! I never thought of Carson's life as a musical but I'd like to check this one out! 

Joan Rivers and Ed McMahon are among the featured characters in Carson: The Musical. Don't worry folks his many ex-wives will be included also, according to an article on playbill.com. 

For more info check out the original article:

PS... Hey Playbill!!!! Whatever happened to the Tammy Faye Bakker Messner Musical that Kristin Chenowith was work shopping?

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Monday, September 22, 2014

George Hamilton IV Funeral Open TonThe a Public

The Tennessean newspaper reports that the Ryman Auditorium will host the funeral of George Hamilton IV. The service will be Wednesday morning at 11am and the public is welcome. 

George Hamilton had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1960 and he was known as "The Ambassador of Country Music", as he was so well traveled around the world. A gentle man known for his smooth voice, clean image and Christian Faith.

Please keep the family of Me. Hamilton in prayer during this time of void.  

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Friday, September 19, 2014

In Memory of Mary Tom Speer-Reid 1925-2014

Mary Tom Speer-Reid, a member of The Speer Family, true pioneers of Gospel Music, passed away Tuesday (Sept 16) of natural causes at the age of 89. 

Longtime fans will remember her as the youngest daughter of Mom and Pop Speer of the legendary Speer Family. To More recent generation admirers she was a beloved member of the Gaither Homecoming series. 

"We will always remember her beautiful voice and gentle spirit," the Gaither Company revealed in a statement on their website.

The Speer Family was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in  1998. Most deservingly, Mary Tom herself was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 2006.

I could list accolades and credentials for hours as I reflect on Mary Tom's life. Over the years I worked around and with Mary Tom, while managing Gospel Icon, the late Dottie Rambo. Every single time we ran into Mary Tom, she asked Dottie where she found such a "good looking man" like me, as I blushed. Maybe she made that statement to all the fellows she worked with? Maybe she needed a new optimaligist? One thing is certain, she made me feel special and that's all that matters to me!

The Speer Family was full of talents and each had their own impression on me. Brock is in my top two favorite bass singers of all time. Ben is an incredible business man and producer. Rosa Nell is the funniest person in the history of Southern Gospel Music, (yes I said the funniest Mark Lowry-Ha!)! Mary Tom was the friendliest, kindest, most approachable of all. I'll never forget her beautiful smile that triggered the gleam in her eyes, which seemed to twinkle and melt my heart. I can't say that she and I were friends as much as I can say we were "friendly". That need not matter because I cherish my memories of knowing her!

My sincerest condolences to the Speer Family. Mary Tom is irreplaceable. 
Image Left to Right: Mr. Nashville (Larry Ferguson), the late Dottie Rambo (Queen Of Gospel Music) and the late Mary Tom Speer-Reid (Gospel Music's Sweetheart and Pioneer) at Ms. Dottie's exhibit booth during the NQC (a convention much like Country Music's Fan Fair).

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Joan Rivers Tribute

Tributes continue to pour in for Comedy Icon Joan Rivers. Friday, the E! Channel, will air a Fashion Police marathon. The homage will be known as "Joan Day" and will include episodes taped shortly before her untimely/unnatural death. "Joan Day" will include a tribute from her Fashion Police co-hosts. Melissa Rivers, Joan's only child and best friend will join the cast for the special honoring her mother.

Over the years I've met some who didn't care for Joan's unabashed, take no prisoners style of comedy, stating it was "mean spirited"! Those people didn't understand, all public figures were the subject of Joan's humorous barbs, most of all herself! Some celebrities were offended while others celebrated being part of her act. 

Though I had met Joan, I wasn't a personal friend. Once I earned the badge of honor of being heckled by her during her act. Some friends and I were guests of Joan's during one of her performances and were to meet her after her set. Ms. Rivers asked where I was from and after replying with Nashville, she referred to me as "Nashville" while ribbing me. Afterwards Joan bought me a glass of white wine. That night she gave me a rose from her dressing room that I have to this day, a cherished memento. After that night when she'd see me again, she remembered everything from the first meeting! Always a classy lady offstage! 

To see a vibrant, healthy, resilient, beautiful woman being robbed of her life and stolen from her only child and grandchild sickens me. The alleged negligence of the physicians and staff is appalling. Millions around the world are mourning not because they WERE friends with Joan, rather they feel, as do I that she was a friend of OURS. I think Joan, likely felt the same about all of us!
You are loved Joan!