THE JUDDS, RAY CHARLES WILL BE INDUCTED INTO COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Wynonna Judd jokes it’s amazing she’s still speaking to her mother after all the years they spend together in a bus. The Judds will be one of the acts who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame next year. Naomi Judd says she’s “hypervigilant” about looking over her shoulder, thinking they might get kicked out of the hall, because she can’t believe all they accomplished. Ray Charles also will be inducted. Valerie Ervin, president of the Ray Charles Foundation, says Charles risked a lot in 1962 when he recorded the album “Modern Sounds in Country and Western.” It ended up a commercial hit and a critical success. The other inductees are Eddie Bayers, who will be the first drummer inducted, and Pete Drake, who will be the first steel pedal guitar player inducted.
MICHELLE BRANCH AND PATRICK CARNEY ARE EXPECTING
UNDATED (AP) – Michelle Branch says she and her husband, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, are having another child. Branch writes on Instagram she’s excited and nervous to announce, “Baby Carney is coming in early 2022.” Branch had revealed in December she had suffered a miscarriage. Branch and Carney have a son who is two and a half. Branch also has a 16-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
AALIYAH MUSIC WILL BE RELEASED TO STREAMING THIS WEEK
UNDATED (AP) – Is releasing Aaliyah’s music to streaming platforms a good thing, or not? Only Aaliyah’s first album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number,” has been available for streaming. Blackground Records says it will release the rest of her music to streaming services on Friday, five days before the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death in a plane crash. Aaliyah’s estate has released a statement opposing the release, calling it an “unscrupulous endeavor” because the estate is not getting a full accounting.
GEORGE HARRISON IS BACK IN TOP TEN OF ALBUM CHART
LOS ANGELES (AP) – In 1971, George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album was number one. Fifty year’s later, it’s back in the top ten. Billboard reports “All Things Must Pass” is number seven on this week’s album chart. It was re-released as a 50th anniversary edition on Aug. 6.
SELMA BLAIR SAYS SHE’S IN REMISSION FROM MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Selma Blair says she’s in remission from multiple sclerosis as a result of undergoing stem cell transplantation. The 49-year-old actor was diagnosed with the disease in 2018. Blair is best known for such movies as “Cruel Intentions,” “Legally Blonde” and “Hellboy.” She told a Television Critics Panel that her prognosis is “great” and that she’s in remission. She underwent hematopoietic (heh-mat-oh-poh-IH’-tihk) stem cell transplantation which uses stem cells derived from bone marrow, peripheral blood or umbilical cord blood. Blair says it was about a year after the transplant that she began to improve.
VOICE OF GOOFY ENJOYS HIS LACK OF FAME
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Most people have no idea who actor Bill Farmer is, until he says one word, “Garsh.” Farmer has been the voice of Goofy for 34 years for different Disney shows. Farmer says as soon as he slips into the Goofy voice, “everyone lights up with recognition.” Farmer says it’s a great form of celebrity, because he can go to the grocery store and not get recognized. As he likes to say, “Goofy’s famous. I’m not.” Goofy and all his friends will be in a new show called “Mickey Mouse Funhouse,” aimed at preschoolers. It premieres Friday on Disney Channel and Disney Junior and will stream on Disney Plus.