WEBSTER PUBLIC RELATIONS & CMA CELEBRATE 3RD ANNUAL LEGENDARY LUNCH
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 23, 2017) – For a third year in a row, The Webster Public Relations Legendary Lunch co-hosted by CMA and sponsored by DUKE FM, Springer Mountain Farms, and The Country Music Cruise was a success!!! With over 40 artists in attendance with a staggering cumulative stats that include 171 #1 Billboard chart hits, 559 Top 10 Billboard chart hits, and over 1033 Top 40 Billboard charted singles, the attendees that included Country radio, music industry, and media enjoyed camaraderie and fellowship.
First time artist attendees included Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery, Donna Fargo, The Forester Sisters, Johnny Lee, Tim Rushlow, Confederate Railroad's Danny Shirley, Dailey & Vincent, Baillie & the Boys, Razzy Bailey, Wilson Fairchild, Bobby Bare, Hee Haw's Jana Jae, Wanda Jackson, and long-time Webster PR client (of 20 years) Janie Fricke. 650 AM WSM broadcasted live from the downtown Hilton in celebration of the legendary lunch.
Front row L-R: Gene Watson, Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee, Tanya Tucker, WSM's Bill Cody, Jeannie Seely, Donna Fargo, Jana Jae, Sylvia
Second row L-R: Larry Black, Lorrie Morgan, Moe Bandy, Janie Fricke, Razzy Bailey, Crystal Gayle, T.G. Sheppard, Bobby Bare.
Third row L-R: Mark Wills, Bill Anderson, Webster PR's Kirt Webster, CMA's Sarah Trahern, Dave & Sugar's Dave Rowland, Roy Clark, Kathie Baillie, David Frizzell, Johnny Lee, Tracy Lawrence, Darrin Vincent.
Fourth row L-R: T. Graham Brown, Ronnie McDowell, Tim Rushlow, Wilson Fairchild's Langdon Reid and Wil Reid, Jamie Dailey, Lee Greenwood, Michael Bonagura, Forester Sisters' Christy Forester, Kim Forester, June Forester, Kathy Forester
Fifth row L-R: Bellamy Brothers Howard and David, John Conlee, Jennifer McCarter, KY Headhunters Richard Young, Doug Phelps, Fred Young, and John Michael Montgomery
Back row L-R: Exile's Steve Goetzman, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis, Oak Ridge Boys Joe Bonsall, Richard Sterban, William Lee Golden, Duane Allen.
GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
Ceremony Will Take Place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 23, 2017) – The GMA (Gospel Music Association) Foundation announces today its inductees and honorees for the annual GMA Honors Celebration set for Tuesday, May 9, at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. This year’s inductees include award-winning CCM artist Steve Green; Gospel legend Yolanda Adams; world-class Southern Gospel group Gold City Quartet and legendary management team and founders of Reunion Records, Michael Blanton and Dan Harrell. The event also honors individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. This year’s honorees include Amy Grant for Helping Hands, Dr. Shirley Caesar for Shirley Caesar Outreach Ministries, Compassion International and Natalie Grant for Hope for Justice. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For ticket and table sponsor information, please visit www.gospelmusichalloffame.org.
“The Gospel Music Association is proud to celebrate this year’s Hall of Fame inductees and to recognize the philanthropy of our worthy honorees,” said GMA president Jackie Patillo. “GMA Honors is a great opportunity for our music community to come together and commemorate our trailblazers as well as those who are giving back to help make life better for others.”
For 38 years, the GMA Foundation has honored well-deserving individuals and groups through an annual induction ceremony into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame after 25 years of participation in music and ministry. Nominees are chosen by GMA’s Hall Of Fame Committee which is comprised of historians & industry leaders from the various gospel music genres. Inductees are selected by 200 electors from across the industry in four categories: CCM, Gospel, Southern Gospel and Non-Performing. Nominees can be submitted year-round for consideration by the public at www.gospelmusichalloffame.org.
The event also celebrates current individuals and organizations within the gospel music community that are making significant contributions to the world through their humanitarian efforts as well as their talents. Read full bios for the inductees and honorees here.
Join the social conversation at #GMAHonors.
LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS TO SALUTE KENNY ROGERS AT 2017 TEXAS
MEDAL OF ARTS AWARDS Trio to Perform in Honor of Country Music Legend;
Brothers to Present Rogers with the Lifetime Achievement Award
Nashville, Tenn. (February 17, 2017) - GRAMMY® Award-winning Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will salute fellow Texan and music legend Kenny Rogers at the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards on Wednesday, February 22 at the Texas Performing Arts Center in Austin. The Gatlin Brothers and vocalist Vikki Carr will perform Rogers' classic hit "Islands In the Stream" before presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Larry Gatlin and Carr will also perform Rogers' 1980 #1 hit, "Lady."
"Brother Steve, Brother Rudy and I were greatly honored to receive the Texas Medal of Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and we are honored to have been asked back to present this year's award to our old and good friend, Kenny Rogers," says Larry. "Can't wait to get home to Texas!"
The event will begin with a Red Carpet Reception, presented by Anheuser-Busch, at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Awards show at 7:00 p.m. This year, the Awards will celebrate the following honorees who will join the prestigious list of past award recipients: Eloise & John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell / Patrón for Corporate Arts Patron; Kris Kristofferson for Multimedia; Lynn Wyatt for Individual Arts Patron; Lauren Anderson for Dance; Yolanda Adams for Music; Dallas Black Dance Theatre for Arts Education; Renée Elise Goldsberry for Theatre; The Tobin Endowment for Foundation Arts Patron; Leo Villareal for Visual Arts; Frank Welch for Architecture; John Phillip Santos for Literary Arts; Scott Pelley for Journalism; and Kenny Rogers for Lifetime Achievement.
The Awards will be hosted by 2001 Texas Medal of Arts Awards honoree and legendary performer Debbie Allen. In addition to live performances by the Gatlins and Carr, the evening's talent lineup includes 2009 honoree Ray Benson, GRAMMY® Award-winning Conspirare, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Texas Young Masters Nizhoni Begay (Music) and Luke Westerman (Dance), and more.
The evening will come to a memorable end with a gala dinner at 8:30 p.m., where guests will dine alongside Texas arts, business, legislative, and entertainment notables.
To date, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards has presented 99 medals to 105 Texas legends and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages. The Awards spotlight the impact of the arts on the state's economy and our children’s education, preserving the unique and proud Texas culture. The Awards have celebrated various influential and talented honorees including Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Dan Rather, Neiman Marcus, Margaret McDermott, Barbara Smith Conrad, Tommy Lee Jones, Bob Schieffer, Debbie Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Lake Flato Architects, Austin, City Limits, the Nasher Foundation, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Rauschenberg, Clint Black, Anheuser Busch Companies, Lyle Lovett, Texas Monthly, Robert Edsel, and Exxon Mobil, among others.Tickets to the Red Carpet Reception and Texas Medal of Arts Awards show are $100 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, please visit TexasMedalofArts.org.
Big & Rich React To Nomination For 'Vocal Duo of the Year' At The 52nd
Academy of Country Music Awards®
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 16, 2017) – The 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards® has just announced their finalists, and energetic country duo Big & Rich have scored a nomination for 'Vocal Duo of the Year.' The event will take place on April 2 in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena, where the winners will be announced. The ACM Awards will also be broadcast on CBS Television Network (live 8:00-11:00pm, ET/delayed PT). View full list of nominations HERE.
"We have deep gratitude to the folks in our industry who voted for us for ‘Duo of the Year.’ We are in great company in this category, and appreciate all the support we continue to receive from our fans and country radio! Here's to having a ‘Big and Rich Time’ in 2017!” – John Rich
“What a great morning! It’s fantastic to be nominated and be in the game representing what is the best of country music! It’s so good to be a part of that big celebration!” – Big Kenny
The nomination comes on the heels of a career-defining year, which saw the dynamic duo scoring their third back-to-back Top Ten record on Country radio with the smash hit, “Lovin’ Lately” featuring Tim McGraw. Since launching Big & Rich Records, the larger-than-life pair continued to soar to new heights with their project Gravity, after achieving consecutive back-to-back Top Ten hits for the first time in their 13 years together. The ACM award nominees look to capitalize on that momentum with the announcement of their upcoming single, “California,” which is set for release in March.
Big & Rich's 2017 Did It For The Party Tour:
Apr. 29 Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State University
May 26 Forest City, Iowa – Tree Town Music Festival
Jun. 10 Valdosta, Ga. – Wild Adventures Theme Park
Jun. 11 Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Carolina Country Music Fest
Jun. 22 Manhattan , Kan. – Country Stampede
Jun. 23 Chicago, Ill. – Lake Shake Festival
Jul. 08 University Park, Pa. – Beaver Stadium with Blake Shelton
Jul. 12 La Porte, Ind. – La Porte County Fair
Jul. 14 Atchison, Kan. – LakeFest
Jul. 21 Monticello, Iowa – Great Jones County Fair
Jul. 23 Twin Lakes, Wis. Country Thunder
Aug. 03 Camrose, Canada – Big Valley Jamboree
Aug. 19 Greenville, N.C. – Carolina Kickoff
Sept. 1 Huron, S.D. – South Dakota State Fair
Sept. 16 Colorado Springs, Colo. – Falcon Stadium
Oct. 07 Battle Creek, Mich. – FireKeep
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors Wins the Top Prize for
|HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (February 16, 2017) – DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE wins the Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring TV Program for at the 25th Annual Movieguide® Awards, hosted by Actor Terry Crews. Last year, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors NBC movie of the week took home the same award.|
Dolly Parton attended last year’s ceremony, but was not able to attend this year’s Movieguide® Awards. Co-executive producer Sam Haskell accepted the award along with stars Alyvia Alyn Lind, Cameron Jones and Mary Lane Haskell, as well as Director Stephen Herek, Writer Pamela K. Long and Editor Maysie Hoy.
“To stand in the light of God’s grace, and to show people who you really are is what it’s about, that’s who Dolly Parton is,” says Sam Haskell. “We love her and we appreciate her, and we cherish her. She’s a servant of God, and we love telling the stories of her life.”
DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS which premiered on NBC with stellar ratings was described by Movieguide® as being a “breath of fresh air” and a rare “representation of overt faith on Network TV”.
The Epiphany Awards started in 1996, when the first two awards were given to the movie DEAD MAN WALKING, which featured a Catholic nun, and an episode of the faith-based TV program CHRISTY.
About The Movie Guide Awards:
Author of “The Culture-Wise Family” and “How To Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul),” Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) and its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org).
Now in their 32nd year, CFTVC and Movieguide® are the largest, longest-running international, non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”
Movieguide®’s Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala honors the best, most family-friendly movies and television programs honoring God and inspiring audiences with messages of faith, hope, goodness, justice, redemption, forgiveness, and true divine love. At the Awards, Dr. Baehr presents highlights from Movieguide®’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, a comprehensive financial analysis of the movie business showing what kinds of movies and what kinds of movie content moviegoers favor the most with their hard-earned money.
For more information about Movieguide® or CFTVC, visit
COUNTRY HITMAKER BILLY DEAN SET FOR INDUCTION INTO THE FLORIDA ARTISTS
HALL OF FAME
Dean to be Inducted on February 23 Alongside Don Felder, Jim Stafford and Lee Bennett Hopkins
Nashville, Tenn. (February 15, 2017) — Country music hitmaker Billy Dean will be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame on Thursday, February 23. Dean, a Florida native, will enter this year's class along with former Eagles member Don Felder, comedy songwriter and performer Jim Stafford, and poet-anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins.
"I have a deep and eternal love for my home state of Florida and all her beauty and majesty," says Dean. "I'm proud of my southern roots. Floridians are as diverse as the nature that surrounds her, and what an honor it will be to hang in the halls of her great capitol, next to some of my heros like Tom Petty and Don Felder, only a few short blocks from where my mom lives today. Thanks to all my friends for this great honor."
Established by the Florida Legislature in 1986, the Florida Artists Hall of Fame recognizes persons, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions to the arts in Florida either as performing or practicing artists in individual disciplines.
The Florida Artists Hall of Fame Wall is located on the Plaza Level in the rotunda of the Capitol building in Tallahassee. Inductees receive a commemorative bronze sculpture commissioned by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
The induction ceremony takes place at the Thomas Center for the Arts in Gainesville, FL. The event starts at 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
RICKY SKAGGS REACTS TO HILLARY SCOTT AND THE SCOTT FAMILY GRAMMY® WINS
Nashville, Tenn. (February 14, 2017) — Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs is elated following two GRAMMY® Award wins by Hillary Scott and The Scott Family. At Sunday night's GRAMMY® Awards Premiere Ceremony, preceding the televised awards show, the group's album, Love Remains, produced by Skaggs, scored the big win for Best Contemporary Christian Album. In addition, "Thy Will" (the album's first single) landed them the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.
"I'm so happy for Hillary Scott and The Scott Family," says Skaggs. "Everyone gave their whole heart to this project. As we were working on this record we started to realize that this record was working on us. The songs were so powerful. Lots of tears, lots of prayers, and lots of joy. What a great family, what a great record, and what an awesome God we serve!"
DOLLY PARTON CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEBUT ALBUM, 'HELLO,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 13, 2017) – 50 years ago today, Dolly Parton released her first full-length album, Hello, I'm Dolly. The album, which debuted on Monument Records, contained Parton's hits "Dumb Blonde" (written by Curly Putman) and "Something Fishy" (written by Parton). Both singles reached the top twenty on the country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart.
Produced by Fred Foster, Hello, I’m Dolly caught the attention of Porter Wagoner, who ultimately invited Parton to become a member of his band and appear on his popular weekly television show. These appearances led to Parton’s rise to superstardom and she became a bonafide household name.
“I can't believe it's been 50 years since I did my first album,” Parton recalls. “What a wonderful 50 years it has been. Thanks to my Uncle Bill Owens and Fred Foster for believing in me early on. And thanks to all the fans out there...I hope to have at least another 50 years!”
The album contained Parton's versions of three songs she wrote that had already been hits for other artists: "Put it Off Until Tomorrow" (Bill Phillips), "Fuel to the Flame" (Skeeter Davis), and "I'm In No Condition" which charted by Hank Williams Jr.
To learn more about this American icon, visit www.DollyParton.co
DOLLY PARTON WINS 8TH GRAMMY AWARD
(Mr Nashville note: Dolly also given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, so she actually has 9 Grammys)
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 12, 2017) – World-renowned singer/songwriter/entertainer Dolly Parton continues racking up the honors! In 2014, The Recording Academy inducted Parton's self-penned hit JOLENE into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Now, in 2017, that same song, released as a collaboration with Pentatonix, was awarded a Grammy in the Country Duo/Group Performance category. Watch the collaborative performance here:|
Arranged by PTX
Filmed at NOVE Entertainment
Produced by Dolly Parton, Pentatonix and Flyte Vu
"Oh my Lord I am so excited to have won the Grammy with Pentatonix on my old song Jolene," says Dolly Parton. "I am so happy and am so very proud of Pentatonix. The song is one of my favorites. Thanks to the Grammys, but most importantly thanks to all the fans. I love you all."
The award-winning collaboration between Pentatonix and Parton happened through a partnership with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which has enjoyed success with both acts in the past with exclusive editions of albums from each. In Parton’s case, the partnership stretches back to her 2009 Backwoods Barbie Collector's Edition project, which was followed by the release of An Evening With…Dolly and became the first Gold album-ever certified by the RIAA for Cracker Barrel Music. That relationship has continued with her latest Dolly Records / RCA Records release Pure & Simple. Released in the summer of 2016, the album – which netted Dolly her first chart-topping album since 1991 – was released in a deluxe Cracker Barrel-exclusive edition that featured live performances of her classic hits “9 To 5” and “Jolene” from the Glastonbury Festival, along with a 48-page ZinePak magazine filled with photos and interviews highlighting memorable stories from Parton. The collaboration is not part of any of the packages, however, is available for digital download here:
Google Play smarturl.it/PTXJoleneGP
“Cracker Barrel is thrilled to have brought these two extraordinary talents together, Dolly Parton and Pentatonix, as part of our Spotlight Music Program for the exclusive collaboration of “Jolene." We share in the celebration of their GRAMMY Award win as they are both a special part of the Cracker Barrel family,” said Don Hoffman, VP of Marketing at Cracker Barrel.
CTK Management CEO Danny Nozell said, "The collaborative video produced by Cracker Barrel between Pentatonix and Dolly has been viewed over 22 million times and has now won a Grammy. Dolly proves, once again, that she is making music that the fans will respond to."
Parton's 2016's Pure & Simple North American Tour was the highest grossing tour of her career, performing over 60 shows.
Fans can link to purchase Pure & Simple and the various versions available by exclusive partners below:
Cracker Barrel: smarturl.it/dollycbps
Amazon Music: smarturl.it/amzmusicdolly
Amazon Physical: smarturl.it/amazondolly
Apple Music: smarturl.it/dollypartonps
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING LARI WHITE SIGNS WITH ABSOLUTE PUBLICITY
Nashville, Tenn. (February 2, 2017) — Three-time Grammy® Award-winningcountry music singer/songwriter Lari White has signed on with Absolute Publicity for PR representation.
"We are very proud to welcome the great Lari White on-board as she enters her 25th year in the music business," says Absolute Publicity President Don Murry Grubbs. "Singer, songwriter, producer, actress, author... she's done it all. Lari's upcoming release is her first in 13 years and after listening I can tell you it's well worth the wait!"
Absolute Publicity is handling public relations for White's upcoming double-disc EP, Old Friends, New Loves. The new project is slated for a February 10release with pre-sale orders available now at iTunes, Amazon andlariwhite.com.
JOHN BERRY TO HEADLINE "SOUTH GEORGIA STRONG" TORNADO RELIEF BENEFIT
Nashville, Tenn. (February 8, 2017) — Country music star John Berryis returning to his home state ofGeorgia to sing for a cause very near and dear to his heart. OnSunday, February 26, Berry will join fellow country stars Buddy Jewell,Ray Scott, Cyndi Thomson, and others, for the "South Georgia Strong" tornado relief benefit concert. The event will be held at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. 100% of the proceeds go to those affected by storms that ravaged the area just weeks ago.
"Our hearts are heavy after seeing everything that many of our friends and former neighbors are currently going through and will continue to go through over the days, weeks and months to come. The recent storms destroyed so much in the South Georgia region," says Berry. "In times like this we must hold our heads up and stick our helping hands out."
Between the hours of 3:00 AM and 3:00 PM on January 22, the storms spawned multiple tornadoes across seven South Georgia counties - Daugherty, Worth, Turner, Cook, Berrien, Brooks and Thomas. The results were nearly 20 confirmed deaths, hundreds of homes completely destroyed and over $100 million in damages. Daugherty County (Albany, GA), which was hit the hardest, was already recovering from a tornado that occurred on January 2.
Berry adds, "McAlpin Entertainment, who is hosting the benefit, reached out to me asking if I was available, knowing we used to live there and still have many friends residing in the affected areas, and I immediately accepted without reservation. It's the right thing to do and I am blessed to be able to offer my time in hopes we can ease the burden some."
The concert begins at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $30.00 and may be purchased online at Freshtix.com. The UGA Conference Center is located at 15 RDC Road in Tifton, Georgia.
Daywind Songwriter, Dianne Wilkinson, Hits Milestone
Hendersonville, TN (February 9th, 2017) – Daywind Music Publishing is proud to announce that Dianne Wilkinson has reached an elite level among songwriters with the penning of her 1,000th song, entitled “Just Another Mile.” To bring the achievement full circle, the song will be recorded by the quartet who has cut more of her songs than any other, the Kingdom Heirs, on their upcoming Sonlite Records release.
Having begun her songwriting career in the 70s, Dianne has continued to create top-quality songs for over forty years, with cuts by groups such as the Cathedrals, the Hoppers, Gold City, and Karen Peck & New River, among others. Sixteen of those songs have reached the #1 position on the Singing News Radio Chart, and fifty-seven have been recorded by the Kingdom Heirs, including the hits “The Borrowed Tomb,” “What We Needed,” and “Just Preach Jesus.” Many songwriters would be content to rest on these accolades, however, Dianne praises a faithful God who consistently inspires new songs and allows her to continue doing what she loves.
Dianne Wilkinson shares, “I am overwhelmed by the blessings I have been afforded, and am so very conscious of the grace of God in my life! Many thanks to everyone involved in this milestone of mine. I see God’s handprints all over it!”
“In more than 30 years here at Sonlite Records, there has never been a combination of artist and writer like The Kingdom Heirs and Dianne Wilkinson,” adds Greg Bentley, A&R Associate at Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing. “There’s a special magic that happens when you team these two up. It’s like Dianne writes songs specifically with the group in mind. We are honored to be part of this milestone with Dianne and our friends at Daywind Music Publishing.”
“What a blessing it is when God sends encouragement to weary travelers on their journey toward Home,” offers Rick Shelton, VP of Daywind Music Publishing. “Together, Dianne Wilkinson and the Kingdom Heirs have cheered on countless saints with their songs. How fitting then, as Dianne passes this significant milestone of her 1000th song and the quartet celebrates four decades of performing in Pigeon Forge, that they would come together once again to share ‘Just Another Mile’ with the world.”
Daywind Music Publishing services an impressive roster of acclaimed songwriters including Lee Black, Matthew Browder, Jason Clark, Jason Cox, Janice Crow, Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Adam Crabb, Gerald Crabb, Chris Cron, Ricky Free, Marty Funderburk, Karen Peck Gooch, Joseph Habedank, Tim Lovelace, Devin McGlamery, Kyla Rowland, John Darin Rowsey, Brandon Sharp, Belinda Smith, Sue C. Smith, Aaron Wilburn and Dianne Wilkinson.
ICONIC SINGER-SONGWRITER DON MCLEAN REFLECTS ON "THE DAY THE MUSIC
DIED" ON 58TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGIC PLANE CRASH
"American Pie" Singer Commemorates Historic Day By Re-Issuing Remastered Vinyl Hit Record, Auctioning Handwritten Lyrics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 3, 2017) – On February 3, 1959, a chartered aircraft crashed in Mason City, Iowa just minutes after takeoff claiming the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson – “The Big Bopper” – and the pilot, Roger Peterson.
The fateful day was coined “The Day The Music Died” by Don McLean in his hit “American Pie.” The song was released in 1971 and spent four weeks at No. 1 in 1972. In 2001, thirty years later, the Recording Industry of America named the it the fifth greatest song of the 20th century.
“Buddy Holly was only 22 years old when he died on February 3, 1959. By that time he had recorded something like 60 sides and everyone of them was a hit song and most were hit records. Even the Beatles can not compare to the magnitude of this contribution. The music he made, he invented himself with very little help from others,” said Don McLean.
McLean recently re-released “American Pie” in celebration of its 45th anniversary. Music lovers can now hear his classic songs on their original vinyl format. The single has been newly remastered from analog tape by Robert Vosgien and the lacquers cut by Ron McMaster, both at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
As the anniversary of the tragic plane crash approaches, McLean has not forgotten the day that inspired his magnum opus. One of McLean’s four handwritten copies of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on January 26, 2017 with the bidding starting at $100,000. It is the second copy to be offered to the public. The first was sold in 2015. The Harvard University Library has a copy, and the final copy is said to have been given to a close friend of McLean. The lyrics are on eight pages of McLean’s personal stationery in blue ink, featuring the American Pie album art of the gold thumbs up and his signature.
Also in remembrance of the lives lost in the accident, The Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas will have a day-long schedule of events commemorating the anniversary. Events will include free admission to the Buddy Holly Gallery, J.I. Allison House and the First Friday Art Trail. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.mylubbock.us and go to the Special Events section.
Don McLean Tour Dates
Feb. 24 - Cocoa Beach, Fla. - Cocoa Beach Seafood & Music Festival
Feb. 25 - Beverly Hills, Calif. - Saban Theatre
March 3 - Shipshewana, Ind. - Blue Gate Theater
March 17 - Bow, Wash. - Skagit Valley Casino Resort
March 17 - Bow, Wash. - Skagit Valley Casino Resort
April 6 - New York, N.Y. - B.B. King’s Blues Club
April 7 - Alexandria, Va. - The Birchmere Music Hall
April 8 - Winston-Salem, N.C. - Reynolds Auditorium
May 5 - Chicago, Ill. - City Winery
June 15 - Del Mar, Calif. - San Diego County Fair
June 17 - Cabazon, Calif. - Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
Sept. 16 - Rocky Mount, Va. - Harvester Performance Center
For the most up-to-date information and all of McLean’s tour dates please visit Don-McLean.com.