Slim Whitman: The Haunting High Tenor of Country

Were you a late-night television-watching insomniac in the early 1980s? If so, you undoubtedly remember all those commercials that peddled “Not Sold in Any Store!” record albums and cassette tapes by a singer you’d never heard of whose most distinguishing features were a pencil-thin mustache, outlandishly flared sideburns and a towering lacquered widow’s peak. He  warbled country ballads in a mellifluous high voice, occasionally breaking into a full-throttle yodel that put Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music to shame. …

George Jones: 10 Facts About the Country Music Legend

George Jones, who died on April 26 at age 81 in Nashville, was such a giant in the world of country music that a song Jim Lauderdale wrote about him, “The King of Broken Hearts,” became a hit for George Strait. And that was a fitting appellation. Jones, who possessed a superlative, pitch-perfect baritone – Frank Sinatra reportedly once called him “the second greatest singer in the world” – was royalty as a vocalist. But he also exemplified the tension between …

Ashley Campbell: Alzheimer’s Is Stealing My Father’s Memories

It had all the makings of a doleful country song – a heartbroken young woman watching her father’s memories slip away from Alzheimer’s Disease. Ashley Campbell told her story to the Senate Special Committee on Aging on April 24. Beside her sat her father, country music legend Glenn Campbell, who no longer tours because of the disease. They were there to press for a plan by the Alzheimer’s Association to find effective treatments by 2025. Ashley Campbell spoke of memories …

Frank Peppiatt: 5 Facts About His Cornpone Classic ‘Hee Haw’

It’s odd to think that a native of Canada created one of the most quintessentially American programs ever to air on television, one that celebrated the rough-hewn, folksy humor of the rural South and the musical genre that its people loved. But Frank Peppiatt, who died on Nov. 7 at age 85 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., proved that you didn’t have to be a good ol’ boy to be a countrified hit-maker. Hee Haw, the comedy-music variety program that …

Country Music Star Faith Hill Creates The Good

GRAMMY® Award-winning Country star Faith Hill appears in a new public service announcement that encourages Americans to volunteer their time to make America a better place. The spot is one of a series of PSAs to be launched this fall on all major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – as part of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s iParticipate national initiative to promote volunteerism with AARP’s Create the Good (www.CreateTheGood.org).