Archive for March, 2014

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 26 March 2014

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Courtney Cash, a granddaughter of Tommy Cash, was stabbed to death and stuffed inside a large wooden box in her home near Nashville a week ago. Her boyfriend, who received multiple stab wounds, managed to take the couple’s 20-month-old daughter and drive himself to a hospital. He provided the information that led authorities to arrest a suspect and charge him with first-degree murder. Detectives think the two victims invited a friend to their home late Tuesday night. They then got into a fight and the stabbing took place. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 19 March 2014

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Johnny Seay hit the Billboard charts with “Frankie’s Man Johnny” in 1959 as a Louisiana Hayride regular. He moved to Nashville, recorded for Capitol Records, and toured under the management of Hubert Long for the next decade.  In 1967, he costarred with Tex Ritter, Al Hurt, and Faron Young in Leroy Van Dyke’s movie, What Am I Bid? Realizing he wanted more out of life than what the music business provided, he moved to Texas and, over the next forty years, proceeded to do everything he wanted to do in his life. In addition to raising a family, he worked as a cowboy, railroad conductor and steam locomotive engineer, flew as a Civil Air Patrol pilot, commanded the 131st Air Search and Rescue Squadron, and became an award-winning painter, sculptor and gun engraver. He still loves flying crop duster aircraft and says it’s the only job he never tired of. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 12 March 2014

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Mel Tillis, age 81, underwent heart surgery in Nashville this past weekend and is recovering. His daughter Pam called it “a routine heart procedure.” Mel had to cancel four shows. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 5 March 2014

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The four daughters of Tammy Wynette are asking for public support as they try to get their mother’s stage name restored on her burial crypt at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville. Two years ago, they agreed to change the name temporarily for legal reasons during a planned challenge to the sale of intellectual property. They thought the name change would be to Tammy’s maiden name, Virginia Wynette Pugh, but it was changed to her married name, Virginia W. Richardson. The challenge didn’t occur, and they can’t reverse the decision because they don’t own the burial crypt. (more…)