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Willie Nelson Jokes About Charles' Chess Skills At Funeral

21st June 2004

WILLIE NELSON and RAY CHARLES' longtime manager JOE ADAMS gave mourners something to laugh about at the crooner's funeral in Los Angeles on Friday (18JUN04) with a chess anecdote. The country legend performed a...

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Starbucks Pay Tribute To Ray Charles

18th June 2004

Soul crooner RAY CHARLES is being remembered as he's buried in Los Angeles today (18JUN04) - by coffee company STARBUCKS. The company will play Charles' music throughout the day in cafes across America, and...

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Music Greats Line Up For Late Charles

16th June 2004

Music legends STEVIE WONDER, WILLIE NELSON and BB KING will perform a musical tribute to late music legend RAY CHARLES at his funeral on Friday (18JUN04) Soul pioneer Charles lost his battle...

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Charles Battled Illness To Complete Album

11th June 2004

R+B legend RAY CHARLES was determined to complete his final album GENIUS LOVES COMPANY, despite his debilitating liver disease which tragically ended his life yesterday (10JUN04). The 73-year-old's producer JOHN BURK insists the star...

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Dolly's Tune Tops Love Songs List

11th June 2004

DOLLY PARTON's classic tear-jerker I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU has topped a new country love songs list. America's COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION (CMT) has created a new list of romantic tunes from the Deep South,...

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Kerry Cancels Celebrity Concert

8th June 2004

American presidential candidate JOHN KERRY has axed a campaign gig featuring WILLIE NELSON and BARBRA STREISAND out of respect for former Premier RONALD REAGAN. The 13 June (04) event at the WALT DISNEY CONCERT...

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Toby Keith Wins Big At Country Awards

27th May 2004

BROOKS + DUNN added to their record 17 ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC awards last night (26MAY04) in Las Vegas, but it was TOBY KEITH's night. Brooks and Dunn were the surprise winners in the...

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Stars Help Save The Rocks

27th May 2004

Stars like U2, REM, COLDPLAY and WILLIE NELSON have joined forces to help save Colorado's famous RED ROCKS AMPITHEATER. The natural site of U2's famous SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY video is in danger of being...

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Streisand And Diamond Team Up For Kerry

13th May 2004

BARBRA STREISAND and NEIL DIAMOND will reunite for the first time in almost 25 years to help American presidential hopeful JOHN KERRY win office. The two fervent Democrats, who had a massive hit with...

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Ailing Nelson Cancels Gigs

11th May 2004

Country legend WILLIE NELSON has pulled the plug on his Spring (04) American concerts following pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. The AFTER THE FIRE HAS GONE singer, 71, was in such agony during...

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Willie Nelsons Star Line Up

6th May 2004

Legendary country singer WILLIE NELSON stunned his American fans last night (05MAY04) when he produced BOB DYLAN, KEITH RICHARDS, JERRY LEE LEWIS, KID ROCK and MERLE HAGGARD on stage for his third annual concert special....

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Stars To Join Nelson For Fourth Of July Picnic

19th April 2004

MERLE HAGGARD, RAY PRICE, DAVID ALLAN COE and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON are among the stars who will be joining country legend WILLIE NELSON for his annual Fourth of July Picnic in Texas. Nelson, who held...

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Willie Gets Jazzy For Dead Pal

12th April 2004

Country legend WILLIE NELSON is releasing a jazz instrumental album via his website. The album, NACOGDOCHES (corr), takes its name from the East Texas town where it was recorded in 1999. The release...

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Nelson Asks President To Stop Navy Landing Field

29th March 2004

Country singer WILLIE NELSON has asked American President GEORGE W BUSH to intervene in a land dispute between farmers and the Navy over a proposed jet practice field in rural North Carolina. The Navy...

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Dylan + Willie Headline Bonnaroo Festival

20th February 2004

BOB DYLAN will join fellow old-timers WILLIE NELSON and DAVID BYRNE at this year's (04) BONNAROO FESTIVAL in Nashville, Tennessee. The event will be held on a 700-acre farm in rural Tennessee this summer...

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Bob Dylan To Headline Bonnaroo

20th February 2004

BOB DYLAN, THE DEAD, WILLIE NELSON, DAVE MATTHEWS + FRIENDS and PHISH star TREY ANASTASIO have signed up to headline the third annual BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL this summer (04). The three-day camping and music...

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Groban Plans Superbowl Shuttle Tribute

20th January 2004

Opera star JOSH GROBAN is to pay a special tribute to the astronauts who lost their lives in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster at this year's (04) SUPERBOWL. The big sporting event falls...

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Willie's War Protest

5th January 2004

Country legend WILLIE NELSON has announced he's penned a Christmas tune - that's a direct attack on the war in Iraq. The singer/songwriter wrote protest song, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PEACE ON EARTH?, after watching...

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Security Fears For Sheryl Crow

21st November 2003

SHERYL CROW has strengthened her security team after learning an obsessed fan has moved to Nashville, Tennessee, America, to be closer to her. Staff at a Nashville bar came across scary love letters in...

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Cash Wins Big At Cmas

6th November 2003

The late JOHNNY CASH was remembered in style at last night's (05NOV03) COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS in Nashville, Tennessee, where he picked up three honours and was remembered with a touching multi-artist tribute. Cash,...

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Rosanne Cash Speaks Out

5th November 2003

JOHNNY CASH's daughter ROSANNE will talk publicly for the first time about the death of her father on American TV next week (11NOV03). The singer will join DWIGHT YOAKAM, TRAVIS TRITT and brother JOHN...

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Kid Rock Joins Cash Tribute

2nd November 2003

KID ROCK and country duo BROOKS + DUNN are the latest artists to be added to the 10 November (03) musical tribute to late singer JOHNNY CASH. Actor TIM ROBBINS will host the event...

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Latifah Praised By Vanity Fair For Shoot Fun

20th October 2003

Rapper-turned-movie star QUEEN LATIFAH impressed superstar photographer ANNIE LEIBOVITZ during a VANITY FAIR picture shoot by driving herself to the set and acting like a starstruck fan. The CHICAGO star, real name DANA OWENS,...

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Cash Tribute Tickets Available By Lottery

17th October 2003

Fans of JOHNNY CASH are being offered the chance to attend a memorial tribute to the late country legend - through a lottery. Fans hoping to secure tickets to the 10 November (03) JOHNNY...

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Johnny Cash Memorial Details Announced

10th October 2003

LATEST: A public memorial service for legend JOHNNY CASH in Nashville, Tennessee will feature a galaxy of music stars. WILLIE NELSON, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, SHERYL CROW, STEVE EARLE and Cash's daughter ROSANNE have all confirmed...

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Matchbox Twenty Hope For Appearance From Santana On Tour

1st October 2003

MATCHBOX TWENTY frontman ROB THOMAS is hoping to secure an appearance from CARLOS SANTANA when his band's current tour hits America's West Coast in November (03). The rockers are on the final North American...

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Willie Gets Political For Pal Dennis

1st August 2003

Country star WILLIE NELSON is backing Democratic presidential hopeful DENNIS KUCINICH (corr) by taking his personal campaign to the radio. Nelson has recorded a rare radio ad for the Iowa politician, in which he...

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Willie Nelson Gets Political

31st July 2003

Country singer WILLIE NELSON is taking his political views to American radio this week (ends1AUG03). Nelson is an avid supporter of Democratic presidential hopeful DENNIS KUCINICH - and he plans to make it known...

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Madonna Signs To Promote Gap

9th June 2003

Pop superstar MADONNA has agreed a deal to become the new face of clothing giants THE GAP. The MATERIAL GIRL will join rapper MISSY ELLIOTT in a series of TV commercials for the American...

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Stand By Your Man Named Best Country Song

5th June 2003

Late singer TAMMY WYNETTE's hit STAND BY YOUR MAN has been voted the top song in country music history. The list of the 100 top country songs was compiled by American cable network COUNTRY...

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