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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
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Ashton Kutcher, security guard in shoving match at Stagecoach festival

Ashton Kutcher, security guard in shoving match at Stagecoach festival

INDIO, Calif., April 28 (UPI) -- Ashton Kutcher was involved in a violent shoving match with a security guard at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif., observers told TMZ.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.
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More stars line up for Grammy concert

More stars line up for Grammy concert

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Linkin Park, George Lopez, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson and Ringo Starr are to be presenters at the upcoming Grammy nominations concert in Los Angeles.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008.
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Jon, Vince to reunite for 'Christmases'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor and filmmaker Jon Favreau is set to appear in "Four Christmases," a new big-screen comedy featuring his "Swingers" co-star Vince Vaughn.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007.
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'Hee Haw's' Buck Owens dead at 76

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., March 25 (UPI) -- Country music superstar Buck Owens died Saturday at his ranch north of Bakersfield, Calif., at age 76.

Louise Scruggs dead at 78

NASHVILLE, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Nashville's first female music manager, Louise Scruggs, the wife of banjo legend Earl Scruggs, has died at age 78.

CBS announces Johnny Cash tribute

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Dwight Yoakam, Norah Jones and the Foo Fighters are among the artists lined up for a CBS tribute to Johnny Cash.

Clinton producer friends plan feature film

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who advised former President Bill Clinton, are returning to Hollywood producing, Daily Variety said Thursday.

Michelle Shocked to release three new CDs

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Michelle Shocked will release three new albums in June, the singer-songwriter announced.

Keith Richards joins Gram Parsons tribute

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- Keith Richards will join an all-star lineup of musicians for a tribute to the late rocker Gram Parsons in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Calif., next week.
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Dwight Yoakam

Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty-one albums and compilations, has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.

Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann, a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner. Like many Kentucky families of the mid-20th century, the Yoakams moved to Ohio in hopes of creating a better life. However, Yoakam has always maintained a strong connection with his Kentucky roots, as evident by many of his songs, such as Readin', Rightin', Route 23, Bury Me, Floyd County, Louisville, Miner's Prayer and I Sang Dixie.

He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, but his family would return to Kentucky on weekends, thereby maintaining a sense of "home." Yoakam graduated from Columbus' Northland High School on June 9, 1974. During his high school years, he excelled in both music and drama, regularly securing the lead role in school plays, such as "Charlie" in a stage version of Flowers for Algernon, honing his skills under the guidance of teacher-mentors Jerry McAfee (music) and Charles Lewis (drama). Outside of school, Yoakam sang and played guitar with local garage bands, and frequently entertained his friends and classmates as an amateur comedian, impersonating politicians and other celebrities, such as Richard Nixon, who, at that time, was heavily embroiled in the Watergate controversy.

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