- Well the Mighty Duck is feeling foul…(sorry)…so Doc tries to get through the day…He IS Sooo Lonely
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Nothing about Reba McEntire’s entry into country music in 1976 foreshadowed the enormous achievements she would make as an entertainer and businesswoman. From the mid-1980s until the late 1990s, she was clearly the dominant female presence in the country format. By the time she fell victim to changing musical tastes, she had already extended her talents to acting.
Born Reba Nell McEntire on March 28, 1955, in Chockie, Okla., the singer grew up on a large cattle ranch. Her father was also a champion calf roper, an activity that routinely took the McEntire family on far-flung rodeo tours. Her mother was a singer and teacher. While Reba showed an early love and talent for music, she was not alone in this interest. Both her brother, Dale (nicknamed Pake), and sister, Susie, were singers as well, and each would go on to be solo artists. While still at home, though, they performed together as the singing McEntires.
Red Steagall, then a recording artist for Capitol Records, heard her singing the national anthem at the National Rodeo finals in 1974 and was so impressed that he offered to back a recording session for her in Nashville. This led to her signing with Mercury Records in 1975. The following year, she married rodeo rider Charlie Battles. That union would last until their divorce in 1987. (At about the same time she was getting into the music business, McEntire completed her degree in education.)
On May 8, 1976, McEntire made her debut on Billboard‘s country singles chart with “I Don’t Want to Be a One-Night Stand.” The single was hardly more than that, reaching only to No. 88 and falling off entirely after five weeks. She charted steadily after that, but not conspicuously. She did not score a Top 10 record until 1980 when “(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven” climbed to No. 8. In her next three years with Mercury — she switched to MCA in 1984 — she gained momentum via singles that routinely landed in Top 10 and Top 5 territory. Two of her Mercury singles made it all the way to No. 1: “Can’t Even Get the Blues” (1983) and “You’re the First Time I’ve Thought About Leaving” (1984). It took her three singles with MCA to go No. 1, but she did it with the late 1984 release of “How Blue.”
Well into the ’80s, she made the most of her rodeo persona, both in publicity photos and stage costumes. Her powerful but still twangy voice was as distinctively rough and rural as Loretta Lynn‘s Appalachian yawp. But during this period, as her presence within the industry rose, she began moving her looks and sound more toward the middle. She was one of the first country stars to glimpse the potential of music videos. In her first video, “Whoever’s in New England“ in 1986, she played a suburban housewife who’s fearful that her executive husband is enjoying carnal pleasures in Massachusetts. Her second one, “What Am I Gonna Do About You” (also 1986), had her in an urban setting playing opposite actor David Keith. In the years ahead, she would often involve famous people in her videos, among them actor Bruce Boxleitner, rock singer Huey Lewis and actor/director Rob Reiner. She also favored videos high on drama and which spotlighted her own burgeoning acting talents. One of these, “Is There Life Out There” (1992), was transformed into a television movie for her. In “Fancy” (1991), she played a rich, now-respected and very business-like former prostitute. In “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” (1992), she portrayed an old lady who has a secret to tell.
Much of her artistic metamorphosis came from hiring attorney Bill Carter as her principal manager, a duty that formerly fell to her husband Battles. It also helped her career when she moved from Oklahoma to Nashville. Under Carter’s management, she would greatly spread her presence beyond country music, a point made obvious when she sold out Carnegie Hall in 1987, the same year she issued her first volume of hits on MCA. After her divorce from Battles, her former steel player and road manager, Narvel Blackstock, became her manager and later her second husband. Together, they created Starstruck Entertainment in 1988, an umbrella organization that eventually embraced concert promotion, music publishing, recording, publicity, transportation and related services.
Every year from 1984 through 1987, she won the Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year award. In 1986, she was voted CMA’s entertainer of the year. She won Grammys in 1986 and 1993 for best female country vocal performance and best country vocal collaboration, respectively. Her singles continued to hit No. 1 regularly. Between 1985 and 1997, she had 17 No. 1’s and another 15 Top 5s. She also put to rest the myth that women in country music couldn’t sell albums. To date, she has sold more than 40 million.
In 1990, she played a major supporting role in the movie Tremors, which starred Kevin Bacon. Her other feature films and TV movies include North, The Little Rascals, The Gambler Returns, The Man From Left Field, Buffalo Girls, Is There Life Out There, Forever Love and One Night at McCool’s. (She declined the role of Molly Brown in Titanic due to her touring schedule.) There were also the network specials Reba Live and Celebrating 20 Years. During the 1990s, she mounted one of the most elaborate concert shows in any kind of music, one that involved multi-tiered stage sets, a flying platform and a troupe of dancers.
At the time of its release, 1990’s Rumor Has It had become her best-selling album to date with the hits “You Lie,” “Fancy” and “Fallin’ Out of Love.” While on tour, seven members of her band and her road manager were killed in an airplane crash near San Diego on March 16, 1991. In spite of her grief, she sang a few weeks later on the Academy Awards show. Still mourning the loss, she went into the studio to record her next album and created one of the best, yet bleakest, collections of her career, For My Broken Heart. It went on to sell more than 4 million copies, making it her best-selling studio album. It’s Your Call arrived a year later.
In 1993, Greatest Hits, Vol. II was released with a new Linda Davis duet, “Does He Love You.” It was a smash hit, and the album has sold more than 5 million copies. The follow-up, Read My Mind, sold 3 million copies. (Rumor Has It and It’s Your Call have matched that figure.) However, her career faltered momentarily after releasing an album of lukewarm cover songs, Starting Over, in 1995. Nevertheless, she continued her string of hits — “The Fear of Being Alone,” “How Was I to Know,” “I’d Rather Ride Around With You” and the Brooks & Dunn duet “If You See Him/If You See Her” — through the rest of the decade.
In spite of her wide view of entertainment, McEntire has always seen music as her bedrock. Her best songs not only incorporate the attitudes and emotional intensity of classic country, they also have important things to say. In fact, no other country artist of her era matched her when it came to recording and performing socially conscious material. “Stairs” tackles the subject of spousal abuse; “Just Across the Rio Grande” sympathizes with the plight of immigrants; “She Thinks His Name Was John” reflects on the perils of unprotected sex; “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” examines parental neglect; “Bobby” is an eloquent defense of “mercy killing”; and “All Dressed Up (With Nowhere to Go)” focuses on emotional abandonment of the elderly.
McEntire’s autobiography, Reba: My Story, was published in 1994. It became the basis of her intimate 2000 stage show tour, A Singer’s Diary. She offered the inspirational book Comfort From a Country Quilt in 1999. In 2001, she took over the lead role in the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun and dazzled the New York critics. Later that year, she began her Warner Bros. TV sitcom series, Reba.
She issued the third volume of her MCA hits in 2002, followed by the studio album Room to Breathe in 2003. That album contained her first No. 1 solo hit in seven years, “Somebody.” To capitalize on her renewed chart success, MCA issued the two-disc set, Reba #1’s, in 2005. She has also been more active in live appearances, both on tour and in a series of concerts at the Las Vegas Hilton in 2006.
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The Detroit Tigers play baseball at Comerica Park. What if they also played on Ernie Harwell Field?
That’s the idea of a west Michigan firefighter who grew up in Detroit, and was in the fourth generation of his family to listen to Harwell during his 42 seasons as the Tigers’ radio broadcaster. Kevin McNutt has launched a cause page on Facebook to add Harwell’s name to Comerica Park. The idea already has more than 16,000 backers.
Harwell, 91, disclosed in September that he has inoperable cancer and received a huge ovation on a special tribute night at the stadium. With characteristic modesty, Harwell says he’s flattered by the naming idea but, “it’s a little too much.”
You never know how many lives you’ve touched until people show you by their actions.
When you’re Ernie Harwell, they tell you in more than 8,500 cards and letters when they hear that you’re sick.
When you’re Ernie Harwell, everybody, including sports superstars, wants to interview you. Harwell did Frank Deford’s HBO special a week ago and a Bob Costas interview on Monday. Even at 91, he is trying to grant 23 other requests.
But that’s Harwell. A gentleman, a legend, a humble servant of the sport of baseball. His idea of slowing down means skipping parades or marathons, but, until recently, he was still signing autographs.
That’s why, when you’re Ernie Harwell, thousands cheer as you stand on the field at Comerica Park.
And that’s why the announcement that Harwell, the beloved Detroit Tigers broadcaster, has inoperable cancer moved a Grandville firefighter to action.
Kevin McNutt, a 42-year-old father of four boys and “big Tigers fan,” decided to honor Harwell by starting a Facebook page for a cause: to change the name of Comerica Park to Ernie Harwell Field. Actually, McNutt said Tuesday in a phone interview from the fire station, he’d like Comerica and Harwell to share the name of the complex: Ernie Harwell Field at Comerica Park, although that is not reflected on the page, where the number of participants is growing by leaps and bounds.
McNutt, who grew up in Detroit, said his idea “started one day on the Free Press Web site. I saw a little blip about Ernie Harwell having incurable cancer and I said, ‘Oh no, not Ernie.’ “
He and friends talked about ways to inspire someone who had been like a part of the McNutt family through four generations. His great-grandfather Adam, his grandfather Adam Jr. and his father, Adam III, “were huge sport fans and Tigers fans,” said McNutt, whose middle name is Adam.
So, the firefighter created the Facebook cause page to honor his dad and grandfather, who died within six months of each other two years ago, and to honor Harwell, who had brought them so much joy.
But that wasn’t all McNutt did. He e-mailed the Tigers organization and Comerica Bank to let them know what he wanted. The Tigers responded that the media center at the park already is named for Harwell; McNutt hasn’t heard back from Comerica Inc., which agreed in December 1998 to pay the Tigers $66 million for naming rights for the park.
McNutt said Tuesday that he has no political motives, no animus toward Comerica and no goal at all, except to help create a lasting legacy for Ernie Harwell.
STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift became one of country-pop’s brightest (and youngest) faces in 2006, when the 16-year-old vocalist released her first album. Although new to the American public, Swift had been performing since early childhood, taking inspiration and encouragement from her opera-singing grandmother. She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11; the following year, she began practicing her guitar skills for several hours each day, only stopping when her fingers began to bleed. Swift’s parents realized their child’s dedication and began making regular visits to Nashville, TN, where Swift would perform casually and meet with songwriters in the area. The family then decided to move from their native Pennsylvania to an outlying Nashville suburb, which accelerated Swift’s career.
While performing at the intimate Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Swift caught the eye of music industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who signed her to his newly formed label. Swift joined the roster at Big Machine Records and released her debut single, “Tim McGraw,” in August 2006. The song drew upon her experience as a lovelorn high-school student, a theme that Swift revisited throughout her self-titled debut album. Released in late 2008, Taylor Swift catapulted the young songwriter to stardom, spawning a handful of hits (five consecutive Top Ten singles, a new record for a female solo artist) while earning multi-platinum sales. Swift also received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, an award she ultimately lost to Amy Winehouse. Two subsequent EPs — Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection and Beautiful Eyes — helped maintain Swift’s popularity while whetting public demand for her sophomore release, Fearless, which arrived in November 2008. ~ Andrew Leahey & Megan Frye, All Music Guide
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