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 …

Patty Andrews: 10 Facts About the Youngest Andrews Sister

If you’re a boomer, the phrase “girl group” probably brings to mind the Shangri-Las or the Supremes (though your children or grandchildren might think of Destiny’s Child or TLC). But decades before any of those acts ever recorded a single, your parents probably thrilled to the smooth, energetic harmonies of the Andrews Sisters: LaVerne, Patty, and Maxene (pictured from top to bottom in the photo on the right). The Andrews Sisters sold by various accounts 75 million to 100 million records in …