Kitty Wells shocked the country music scene when she first sang about honky tonks and cheating husbands 60 years ago, but it propelled her to stardom and blazed a path for the strong female voices that followed.
The boxed set: Criticized for its brick-like presence. Victim of grammatical ineptitude (it's usually called the "box set," which is what? A collection of boxes?). Subject of a hilarious Barenaked Ladies song.
Jessica Simpson and Dolly Parton have found more to bond over than their blonde locks and country crooning. The famously busty pair found common ground this week over the difficulties of having an ample bosom.
Porter Wagoner looks right at home in the marble lobby of Manhattan's Roosevelt Hotel. He wears a dark Western suit and tie and holds a shiny black cane. The glare from the crystal chandelier reflects off his eyeglasses as he tilts his head back, trying to remember the last time he played Madison Square Garden.
Let us now praise Merv Griffin, who doesn't get the old-school talk-show-host veneration that Johnny Carson received or the classy-act kudos that have sustained Dick Cavett's reputation. Griffin, now 80, presided over truly chatty chat shows on NBC and in syndication, in the evenings and afternoons, off and on from 1962 to 1986.
Advertising has Madison Avenue. The theatre has Broadway and finance has Wall Street. But it's hard to find one central stretch of road for the music industry. There are, however, certain streets and stretches where music history resides. Here's a quick drive-by of musical hot spots.
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is expected to announce today a settlement with the music industry under which recorded-music and music- publishing companies will make a good-faith effort to distribute $50 million in unpaid royalties to thousands of unknown musicians, along with a number of well- known performers, including David Bowie, Sean "Puffy" Combs, and Dolly Parton , Tuesday's Wall Street Journal reported.