Hancock nabs Album of the Year Grammy

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Herbie Hancock pulled an upset in Los Angeles Sunday night when he nabbed the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for "River: The Joni Letters."

Crossroads festival DVD coming in November

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill., July 30 (UPI) -- A DVD of Eric Clapton's second Crossroads Guitar Festival, which took place Saturday in suburban Chicago, will be released Nov. 6.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, April 12, 2007.
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George Straight leads all with 8 ACM nods

NASHVILLE, March 5 (UPI) -- George Straight led all performers Monday with eight nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, for the 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards.

Underwood, Gill win country Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill took top honors in their respective country vocal categories Sunday during the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Trio of country greats jams on new release

NASHVILLE, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- American country music icons Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Ray Price teamed up to record "Last of the Breed," their first recording project as a trio.

Vince Gill gets 'creative' on new box set

NASHVILLE, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A creative surge left Nashville stalwart Vince Gill with enough new songs to fill four CDs.

Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow added to CMA show

NASHVILLE, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The lineup for next month's Country Music Association Awards program in Nashville has been bolstered with the addition of Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow.

Gill remark fueled Jackson's varied 'Rose'

NASHVILLE, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A remark by singer Vince Gill years ago at a Nashville awards ceremony drove Alan Jackson to be more diverse in his new album, "Like Red on a Rose."

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2006 with 263 to follow.
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Motorola iRadio goes country

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Motorola iRadio is adding a country lineup to its service that will debut early next year.

Keith Urban takes top CMA honors

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Australian Keith Urban was crowned the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year in New York. Urban beat Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Brad Paisley for the coveted award Tuesday night at Madison Square

More stars announced for CMA awards

NASHVILLE, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Donald Trump and Shania Twain were added Monday to the star roster of the Country Music Association's awards ceremony.

Celebrities do tribute using pope's words

CUPERTINO, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles-based company is offering a tribute to Pope John Paul II: recordings of celebrities reading the pope's inspirational words, poems and prayers.

Events to mark Oklahoma City anniversary

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 18 (UPI) -- A sequence of lectures, guided tours and other events are planned to mark the 10th anniversary this week of the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing.
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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

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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