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George Strait sets concert attendance record in Texas

George Strait sets concert attendance record in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas, June 8 (UPI) --George Strait sets indoor concert record in North America by performing before a crowd of 104,793.
Danielle Haynes
Brad Paisley snaps selfie mocking Westboro Baptist Church protesters

Brad Paisley snaps selfie mocking Westboro Baptist Church protesters

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan., June 3 (UPI) --Brad Paisley posted a selfie mocking the Westboro Baptist Church protesters outside the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kan., on Sunday.
Kate Stanton
Taylor Swift and Vince Gill to perform together at CMA Awards

Taylor Swift and Vince Gill to perform together at CMA Awards

NASHVILLE, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill are to perform together at next month's 47th annual CMA Awards ceremony in Nashville, ABC announced.
Usher, Darius Rucker join tornado relief concert lineup

Usher, Darius Rucker join tornado relief concert lineup

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 28 (UPI) -- Usher and Darius Rucker have been added to the lineup of performers for the "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" in Oklahoma, NBC said.
Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts to perform at tornado aid fundraiser

Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts to perform at tornado aid fundraiser

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 27 (UPI) -- Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Ryan Tedder of One Republic have joined the "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" in Oklahoma City, NBC said.
NBC to air fundraising telethon for tornado victims

NBC to air fundraising telethon for tornado victims

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 24 (UPI) -- Blake Shelton is to headline the "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" telethon next week to aid Oklahoma tornado victims, NBC announced Friday.

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Ringo Starr rings in 72nd birthday

NASHVILLE, July 8 (UPI) -- Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday with a star-studded concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 12, 2012.
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Banjo master Earl Scruggs dead at 88

NASHVILLE, March 28 (UPI) -- Bluegrass icon and banjo master Earl Scruggs died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital, his family said. He was 88.
Witherspoon to be presenter at CMAs

Witherspoon to be presenter at CMAs

NASHVILLE, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Actress Reese Witherspoon has joined the lineup of presenters for the 45th annual CMA Awards show in Nashville, ABC said Monday.
Paltrow to sing at CMAs show

Paltrow to sing at CMAs show

NASHVILLE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is to make her live country music singing debut at next month's 44th annual CMA Awards show in Nashville, ABC said Wednesday.
Daughtry, Gill booked to play CMAs

Daughtry, Gill booked to play CMAs

NASHVILLE, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Tim McGraw, Vince Gill and Daughtry have been booked to perform at the upcoming 43rd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, organizers said.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 12, 2008.
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Vince Gill
Host Vince Gill chats with the audience during the 37th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, Wednesday, November 5, 2003
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Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American neotraditional country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has achieved commercial success and fame both as frontman to the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s, and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a vocalist and musician have placed him in high demand as a guest vocalist, and a duet partner. Gill has recorded more than twenty studio albums, charted over forty singles on the U.S. Billboard charts as Hot Country Songs, and has sold more than 22 million albums. He has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. Gill has also earned 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male Country music artist. In 2007, Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Gill was born in Norman, Oklahoma. His father, J. Stanley Gill, was a lawyer and administrative law judge who played in a country music band part time and encouraged Gill to pursue a musical career. His homemaker mother, Jerene, played the harmonica. At the encouragement of his father, Gill learned to play several instruments, including the banjo and guitar, before he started high school at Oklahoma City's Northwest Classen High School. He first played with a teenage band called Bluegrass Revue in the late 1970s. The other members were: Billy Perry on the banjo, Bobby Clark on the mandolin and Mike Perry on the bass. (Bobby Clark plays with Jerry Butler and the Blue Js now.) While in high school, he performed with "Mountain Smoke," a bluegrass band that once opened for Pure Prairie League. After he graduated, he played in a number of bluegrass bands, including Ricky Skaggs' "Boone Creek" and Byron Berline and Sundance; later, he became a member of Rodney Crowell's road band, The Cherry Bombs.

Gill debuted on the national scene with the country rock band Pure Prairie League in 1979, appearing on that band's album Can't Hold Back. Gill is the lead singer on their hit song "Let Me Love You Tonight".

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