Do you remember hearing about a fire happening on the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood back in 2008? Here is a link to the New York Times article for those who need a refresher: http://tinyurl.com/y2jglcnc
“According to a new report from theNew York Times, a fire that swept the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood, Calif., in 2008 resulted in massive damage that wasn’t publically reported, including losses of irreplaceable master tapes from some of country’s biggest names. Universal claimed after the fire in 2008 that the damage was “relatively minor.” The company reported that a vault of video and television media was destroyed, along with a portion of the studio tour” (Taste of Country, “LORETTA LYNN, MERLE HAGGARD + MORE CLASSIC COUNTRY RECORDINGS DESTROYED IN UNIVERSAL FIRE” http://tinyurl.com/yxqkgj7y)
“According to the original report, Universal initially claimed the damage was “relatively minor,” but internal documents published by the Times dispute that account. “The West Coast Vault perished, in its entirety. Lost in the fire was, undoubtedly, a huge musical heritage,” a memo written in March of 2009 states” (Taste of Country, “REBA MCENTIRE, GEORGE STRAIT REPORTEDLY AMONG 800+ ARTISTS WHO LOST MASTERS IN UNIVERSAL FIRE” http://tinyurl.com/yxg5zepb)
We can only imagine how these artists must feel. We’re sure it was hard enough to hear about the fire in general. But finding out over 10 years later that your masters were part of the casualty must feel like a punch to the stomach!
“The cause of the fire is now believed to have been a blowtorch used by workmen to repair the chapel roof on New England Street around 3am. They reportedly followed policy of standing watch for an hour (to spot any fire after the work) then went for a break. The fire was reported at 4.43am by a security guard. The Universal City Fire crew were on scene four minutes later, by which time a whole block of facades was engulfed” (TheStudioTour.com, “2008 Fire” http://tinyurl.com/y5w2jl64)
What are your thoughts on this whole situation? What would you do if your masters got destroyed? Let us know in the comments below.
If you do a Google search for the top country songs of all time, you will find a multitude of articles from various sources. Not all of the lists referenced below are of the same length, so we will only be sticking with the top 10 songs on each list. All songs mentioned are on the top 10 list as of 6/24/2019.
Standing on the Corner (Blue Yodel #9) – Jimmie Rodgers
Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
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At this year’s Grammy Awards, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus, and Maren Morris graced the stage with the one and only Dolly Parton for a tribute to Dolly Parton herself. Watch the performance here:
Starting it off is Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry with “Here You Come Again” while sporting similar looking red with gold accents outfits. After about a minute, Dolly herself joins them on stage and takes over the rest of the song, all while wearing an all white with red accents outfit and red high heels.
It wouldn’t be a Dolly tribute without “Jolene”! And we can’t have a performance of “Jolene” without Miley Cyrus, Dolly’s own goddaughter. Miley begins walking out to Dolly and then proceeds to start dancing with her tongue out, in true Miley fashion.
The next song performed was “After the Gold Rush” from her Feels Like Home album. Miley stayed on stage for this song. Maren Morris joined them on stage for this performance.
For her new song “Red Shoes” from her album titled Dumplin’, the soundtrack for the 2018 Netflix original movie, Little Big Town, or as Dolly called them Little Big Shots, joined in.
And just when you thought it was over, they couldn’t end it there. How can you have any sort of Dolly tribute anything without 9 to 5? Everyone else returns to the stage for this song, during which you saw the audience at times standing and grooving along with them.
What was your favorite part of the tribute? What is your favorite song from Dolly Parton? Talk to us in the comments!
With the CMA Awards rapidly approaching hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley give us a look at their blooper real. The CMA’s have been hosted by the duo for the last several years and are always prepared to give us a good entertaining night of laughter, entertainment, and most of all this year’s hottest country music stars! Tune in to ABC on November 4th to watch this all unfold.
Did you know back in Blake Shelton’s early days of recording with Giant Records, he was supposed to cut the song “I Wanna Talk About Me?” The label however agreed that this would not be the appropriate release for a lead-off single.
Instead, the song was given to Toby Keith who took it to the top of the Country Music charts, eventually peaking at #1 later that year. Shelton label however released the single “Austin,” which garnered him a #1 hit for 5 weeks and after Giant Records was dissolved, he was transferred to Warner Bros. Records.
Blake is now the reining CMA Male Vocalist of the year with 13 #1 hit singles and married to Country Music’s leading lady Miranda Lambert. It’s funny how things work out in the end. Do you think Blake could have done a better job that Toby? Leave us a comment!
Miranda Lambert turns 31 today. It’s amazing to see how far this Texas girl has come since her days on Nashville Star. Let’s take a look back at our favorite Country Girl’s most memorable performances.
5. Greyhound Bound For Nowhere – Nashville Star
4. “Home” with Blake Shelton – Grande Ole Opry
3. “All About That Bass” with Megan Trainor – CMAs 2014