UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 15, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 15, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 15, 2014
By United Press International

Country singer Slim Whitman dead at 90

MIDDLEBURG, Fla., June 19 (UPI) -- Country music star Slim Whitman died Wednesday of heart failure in a Florida hospital, his family said. He was 90.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 15, 2013
By United Press International

George Jones, iconic country singer, dies at 81

NASHVILLE, April 26 (UPI) -- George Jones, the iconic country music singer known by generations for his distinctive voice and phrasing, died Friday in Nashville at 81, his publicist said.

Singer-songwriter Joe South dies at 72

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Joe South, a singer-songwriter whose hits included "Games People Play," has died of an apparent heart attack in Georgia, a longtime friend said. He was 72.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
By United Press International

Singer Arnold target of paternity claim

NASHVILLE, June 15 (UPI) -- A 47-year-old man claims he is the illegitimate son of the late country music singer Eddy Arnold, a court petition in Tennessee reveals.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 15, 2008.
By United Press International

Country singer Eddy Arnold dead at 89

NASHVILLE, May 8 (UPI) -- Singer Eddy Arnold died Thursday at a care facility near Nashville, said the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. He was 89.

Sax great Boots Randolph dies

NASHVILLE, July 3 (UPI) -- Saxophonist Boots Randolph, a major player in developing the Nashville Sound, died Tuesday at age 80 in Nashville after suffering a subdural hematoma.

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UPI almanac for Tuesday, May 15, 2007.
By United Press International

George Strait set to release 34th album

NASHVILLE, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- George Strait is set to release the MCA Nashville album "It Just Comes Natural" later this year, marking the 34th album from the U.S. country singer.

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Today is Monday, May 15, the 135th day of 2006 with 230 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, May 15, the 135th day of 2005 with 230 to follow.
By United Press International

Grammys to honor Led Zeppelin, Eddy Arnold

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Next month's Grammy Awards will declare Lifetime Achievement status for Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin,"Entertainment Tonight" reported Wednesday.
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Richard Edward Arnold (May 15, 1918–May 8, 2008), known professionally as Eddy Arnold, was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. He was a so-called Nashville sound (country/popular music) innovator of the late 1950s, and scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones. He sold more than 85 million records. A member of the Grand Ole Opry (beginning 1943) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (beginning 1966), Arnold ranked 22nd on Country Music Television's 2003 list of "The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music."

Arnold was born on May 15, 1918 on a farm near Henderson, Tennessee. His father, a sharecropper, played the fiddle, while his mother played guitar. As a boy Arnold helped on the farm, which later gained him his nickname—the Tennessee Plowboy. Arnold attended Pinson High School in Pinson, Tennessee, where he played guitar for school functions and events. He quit before graduation to help with the farm work, but continued performing, often arriving on a mule with his guitar hung on his back. Arnold also worked part time as an assistant at a mortuary.

During 1934, at age 16, Arnold debuted musically on WTJS-AM in Jackson, Tennessee and obtained a job there during 1937. He performed at local nightclubs and was a permanent performer for the station. During 1938, he was hired by WMPS-AM in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was one of its most popular performers. He soon quit for KWK-AM in St. Louis, Missouri, followed by a brief stint at WHAS-AM in Louisville, Kentucky.

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