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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Women in country music are not being given the radio airplay they deserve or need to keep their presence in the media. So Luke Bryan is taking a stand and starting to speak up about it. Bryan is even quoted in the article saying, “It’s definitely a conversation that we do always [have], and even going forward. We’re always making sure that we’re doing our, I guess, due diligence … and not missing out on a talented woman out there, a talented young lady that’s up and coming,” Read more here: https://bit.ly/2MFFqGK
And speaking of women in country music, the same article also lists songs from various women in Country music that require our attention. The list includes “Ladies in the 90s” by Lauren Alaina, “Buy My Own Drinks” by Runaway June, “Friends Don’t” by Maddie & Tae, “Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves, and “Miss Me More” by Kelsea Ballerini.
Do you spot any favorite songs? Who are some of your favorite women in country music? We want to know! Let us know in the comment section below.
is an American country pop singer and occasional actress. She is one of the most successful country artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Hill is married to country singer Tim McGraw, with whom she has recorded several duets. Hill has won five Grammy Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, six American Music Awards and several other awards. Her Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 with McGraw became the highest-grossing country tour of all time. In 2001, she was named one of the “30 Most Powerful Women in America” by Ladies Home Journal. In 2009, Billboard named her as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary artist of the 2000 decade and also as the 39th best artist. From 2007 to 2012, Hill was the voice of NBC Sunday Night Football’s intro song. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is best known as a solo artist, and is a member of the Pistol Annies. Lambert has been honored by the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Country Music Association Awards. Lambert’s debut album Kerosene (2005) was certified Platinum in the United States. All four singles were top 40 hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs. Her second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was released in early 2007. Although the title track failed to make top 40, the next three singles were top 20 hits, with “Gunpowder & Lead” becoming her first top 10 country hit in July 2008. Her third album, Revolution, was released in September 2009. Five singles were released from the album, including two Number One hits: “The House That Built Me”, which spent four weeks at the top; and “Heart Like Mine”. 2011’s Four the Record, included the singles “Baggage Claim”, “Over You”, “Fastest Girl in Town”, “Mama’s Broken Heart”, and “All Kinds of Kinds”. Lambert released her fifth album, which hit top 5 on the Country charts, and won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and television producer. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. While a sophomore in college, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall who brought her to Nashville, Tennessee. She signed a contract with Mercury Records a year later in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
is an American country music artist and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, and finished in sixth place. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings and BNA Records as a recording artist, releasing her debut album, Small Town Girl, later that year. As of 2014, it has sold over 900,000 copies. She also parted ways with her former record label. In October 2012, she signed with Black River Entertainment. On May 21, 2013, Pickler and her partner Derek Hough were declared the winners of sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
is an American singer, author, and actress. She is known for her ballads about vulnerable young women from a female perspective that have been described by some music critics as “strong” and “confident”. Yearwood is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Yearwood rose to fame in 1991 with her debut single “She’s in Love with the Boy”, which became her first No. 1 single and was featured on her self-titled debut album. In 1997, Yearwood recorded the song “How Do I Live” for the soundtrack of the movie Con Air. It became her signature song, achieving high positions and sales worldwide, and won her a Grammy Award. She has also recorded successful duets with her husband, country singer Garth Brooks, including “In Another’s Eyes”, which won the couple a Grammy Award. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
was an American singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully “crossed over” to pop music and was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century. She died at the age of 30 in a multiple-fatality crash in the private plane of her manager, Randy Hughes. Cline was best known for her rich tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice and her role as a country music industry pioneer. Along with Kitty Wells, she helped pave the way for women as headline performers in the genre. Cline was cited as an inspiration by singers in several styles. Books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays document her life and career. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
is an American country music singer and songwriter. For her entire career, she has been signed to RCA Nashville. Evans has released seven studio albums with a double-platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of two million copies. She has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts; while none of the singles from her debut album made Top 40 there, plus four more that reached Top 10. Several of her singles have also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, where she has seven Top 40 entries. Evans has also won one award each from Billboard, the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), and a Dove Award. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music. Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. She has garnered eight Grammy Awards, two Academy Award nominations, ten Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain has sold over 85 million records, making her the second world’s best-selling artist of all time. She is also the best selling female artist in the history of country music, which garnered her honorific titles including the “Queen of Country Pop”. Twain’s second studio album, 1995’s The Woman in Me, brought her widespread fame. It sold 20 million copies worldwide, spawning hits such as “Any Man of Mine” and earning her a Grammy Award. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, and has since become one of the most successful artists in any musical genre. Her achievements led her to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009. She has won numerous music awards, including 7 Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards and 9 American Music Awards. Continue reading : en.wikipedia.org
Never has one dress received so much publicity in Country Music than Reba McEntire’s red dress she wore to the 1993 CMA Awards.
“I got more press off that dress than if I’d won Entertainer of the Year,” said Reba.
It’s remarkable that by today’s standards, this dress would hardly receive a second glance on the red carpet. But nonetheless, this iconic red gown now sits in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Watch the unforgettable duet of “Does He Love You” with Linda Davis that turned heads at the CMAs back in 1993, and a hilarious interview with Ralph Emery where Reba dishes on what it was like to wear that legendary red dress.
NBC’sBest Time Ever is known for its humor, but the latest show featuring Reba is one for the ages. Reba helped with the western theme of the show, and performing a cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” while Neil Patrick Harris and others performed an old western brawl. Reba has been busy lately, planning her Vegas tour with Brooks & Dunn starting in December!
Reba McEntire’s music continues to inspire a new generation of future Country Music divas. One little girl could be the next big thing. This adorable 4 year old was filmed singing Reba’s 90’s hit “Fancy” and took the song to a whole new level.
Watch her backseat performance of the Country classic. She nails it!
It was on Jan. 19, 1990 that Reba McEntire made her Hollywood debut in the movie ‘Tremors.’
Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward and Michael Gross were the stars of the film, which told the story of a small town being attacked by underground creatures.
Reba played Heather Gummer, a tough country gal who is part of a survivalist couple who defends the town from the deadly creatures. Although the role was small, it was a first for McEntire who had long before been showing her acting skill in her over-the-top music videos.
She would go on to do 6 more films, and slew of television shows including Reba, which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
What’s next for Reba in Hollywood? We’ll have to wait and see! Watch the original trailer for the film Tremors below: