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MUSIC 2023: Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless To Join Country Hall Of Fame

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE MUSIC – Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, and popular country songwriter Bob McDill will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Country Music Association revealed the 2023 inductees on Monday in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tucker, the “Delta Dawn” singer, joining as a veteran era artist and Loveless, who beautifully blended bluegrass and country, as a modern era artist. The three will be formally inducted in the autumn during a ceremony.

Tucker, who has a bold husky voice, is finally getting flowers from the Hall of Fame, an overdue honor after a career that has included 10 No. 1 hits, more than 40 songs in the top 10, and two Grammys for her 2019 comeback album “While I’m Livin’.”

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Tucker had been wondering for years when she would be given the honor.

“I figured I’d get it after I died,” she explained to The Associated Press on Monday. “And I sort of stopped thinking about it or wanting it.”

On the other hand, Tucker had had her heart fixed on being inducted into the Hall of Fame since she was a child. Tucker remembered seeing the names of her heroes at the Country Music Hall of Fame when she was a 9-year-old newcomer to Nashville. Her father took her to the Grand Ole Opry to observe the singers, encouraging her by asking, “Wouldn’t you rather be up there doing it than sitting here watching it?”

When “Delta Dawn” was released in 1972, she was 13 years old and on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine at the age of 15. And as her career blossomed with numerous hits in the 1970s and 1980s, she challenged the standards for women in country music, frequently being labeled a youthful rebel whose romances and addictions dominated tabloids.

She was named CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1991, and her successes included “Down to My Last Teardrop,” “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” and “Strong Enough to Bend.” A documentary about her and the making of her 2019 album, which she recorded with producers Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, was published last year.

Tucker, now 64, said she’d release another album this summer, including tributes to artists who aided and inspired her career. Tucker described how all of the attention she is receiving now feels predetermined.

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“It’s almost as if my life has already been written,” Tucker said.

Country singer Vince Gill assisted in the announcement of the winners and spoke about his long friendship with Loveless, whom he described as his “little sister.” On tracks like “My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man,” “When I Call Your Name,” “Pocket Full of Gold,” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” the two frequently sang backup for each other.

Loveless, a native of Kentucky, had five No. 1 country hits, including “Timber I’m Falling in Love,” “Blame It On Your Heart,” and “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am.” In 1995, she was named CMA Album of the Year for “When Fallen Angels Fly,” In 1996, she was named female singer of the Year.

With the release of “Mountain Soul” in 2001, she started leaning into her bluegrass and Appalachian roots, and its follow-up “Mountain Soul II” earned her a Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2011.

She also won two CMA Awards with country legend George Jones for outstanding vocal performance. Nancy Jones, Jones’ wife, was present at the announcement on Monday to congratulate Loveless.

“I’m just stunned,” Loveless said, according to The Associated Press. “I’m still trying to take it all in, absorb it all because it still feels like a dream.” But my entire existence has been a series of fulfilled dreams.”

McDill had more than 30 songs reach the top of Billboard’s country charts between the 1970s and his retirement in 2000, many of which have become part of the country music canon: Alan Jackson’s “Gone Country,” Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” Alabama’s “Song of the South,” and Don Williams’ “Good Ole Boys Like Me.”

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In addition to artist inductions every third year, the Country Music Hall of Fame inducts a composer.

“There are some legendary songwriters in here that most people have probably never heard of,” McDill said following the news. “Sometimes, voters look beyond the glitter and the spotlights to honor people like Boudleaux, Felice Bryant, Cindy Walker, and others who wrote standards everyone can whistle and remember.”

SOURCE – (AP)

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Boxing Legend Mike Tyson Recovering after Inflight Medical Emergency

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson was recovering Monday after getting ill on a flight from Miami to Los Angeles the day before, according to his agents. The 58-year-old boxing legend “became nauseous and dizzy due to an ulcer flare up 30 minutes before landing” on Sunday.

“Thankfully, Mr. Tyson is doing great,” the statement read. “He is appreciative to the medical staff that were there to help him.”

First responders met American Airlines flight 1815 as it landed at LA International Airport “due to the medical needs of a customer,” according to an airline statement.

Tyson is planning to fight Jake Paul, a 27-year-old social media celebrity turned boxer, this summer at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, which seats 80,000 people. Netflix will broadcast the fight live, marking a first for the streaming platform.

Tyson was the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990. He retired in 2005, but most recently competed in an exhibition versus Roy Jones in California in November of 2020.

Mike Tyson emerged on the boxing world as a fearsome and intimidating heavyweight. With his bald head, fierce scowl, and explosive power, he rapidly gained the nickname “Iron Mike.” In his prime, Tyson’s mix of speed and knockout punches made him an unstoppable force in the ring.

He won his first 19 professional fights via knockout, 12 of which came in the first round. At the age of 20, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. His reign of terror included the 91-second demolition of Michael Spinks and the 93-second annihilation of Carl Williams. Tyson’s savage attitude and ability to stop fights with a single strike made him must-see television.

However, Tyson’s life outside of the ring was turbulent. He suffered legal challenges, jail time, and personal difficulties. Losses, controversies, and an infamous 1997 bite fight all contributed to the end of his great career. Despite his shortcomings, Tyson enthralled spectators with his sheer power and left a lasting impression on boxing history.

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Jake Paul and Mike Tyson trade insults

Jake Paul and Mike Tyson hurled obscenities and expletives as they previewed their fight just a few football fields from the planned June clash at the Dallas Cowboys’ 80,000-seat stadium.

In terms of substance, Thursday night offered little.

Paul denied that the 27-year-old social media star-turned-boxer still hasn’t faced a serious opponent, while Tyson just declined to answer a question regarding his age. The former heavyweight champion will be 58 years old when the match takes place on July 20 at AT&T Stadium.

“I haven’t seen too many people criticizing it. Look at this,” Tyson added, referring to the rowdy audience at an entertainment establishment near the fight location.

When a reporter mentioned there were detractors, Tyson responded, “Who? Please name me someone. You? Who?”

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has approved the fight as a professional battle, although it will only last eight two-minute rounds rather than ten or twelve three-minute rounds. The gloves will be heavier (14 ounces instead of 10), reducing the force of punches.

Tyson retired in 2005, but he most recently competed in an exhibition against Roy Jones in California in November 2000, which was not considered a professional bout. Tyson was largely agitated by the scene and the questions, particularly when asked what it meant to have the opportunity to fill AT&T Stadium.

“I was doing this years ago, so this is nothing new to me,” said Tyson, who won 50 fights and 44 knockouts before retiring. “This is new to this young boy over here.”

Entering to loud boos, Jake Paul responded with bad language and rude gestures before encouraging and leading the pro-Tyson audience in an expletive-laden chant.

“I hope you all keep that same energy when I knock this old man out,” stated Paul.

Paul has nine wins in ten fights, including three since his sole defeat to Tommy Fury, the teenage half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. One of his most recent victories was against former UFC fighter Nate Diaz in nearby Dallas.

“In due time, I will be fighting for a world championship,” Paul responded to the idea that he hasn’t fought a genuine opponent, which prompted Tyson’s ire. “And I will be making you eat your own words.”

Netflix is broadcasting the fight live, marking a first for the streaming service. Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano are the co-main event in a repeat of their fight at Madison Square Garden two years ago.

Paul amassed a sizable fan base as a YouTube influencer before pursuing a professional boxing career four years ago. Tyson was the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990.

“I respect Mike,” Paul stated. “But it is time. It’s my turn now. “I will be remembered as the man who defeated Mike Tyson for the final time.”

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Former ‘General Hospital’ Actor Johnny Wactor Killed In Downtown Los Angeles Shooting

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Los Angeles — Johnny Wactor, a former “General Hospital” actor, was shot and died when he interrupted criminals stealing his car’s catalytic converter in Los Angeles, his family claimed Sunday.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the shooting took place around 3 a.m. Saturday when the victim approached three men in downtown LA.

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His mother, Scarlett Wactor, told ABC 7 that her 37-year-old son had left work at a rooftop bar with a coworker when he noticed someone approaching his car and assumed it was being towed. A suspect wearing a mask opened fire, according to his mother.

Police claimed three individuals drove away from the area. Wactor was brought to the hospital and died.

There were no arrests as of late Sunday.

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Wactor’s agent, David Shaul, described the actor as “a real moral example to everyone who knew him.”

“In the highs and lows of a demanding profession, he always kept his head up and strived to be the best he could be,” Shaul said in a statement Sunday. “Our time with Johnny was a privilege that we would wish for everyone. He would practically hand you the shirt off his back. After more than a decade together, he will leave an indelible mark on our hearts.

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Wactor played Brando Corbin in the ABC soap drama from 2020 to 2022. He has also appeared in several movies and television shows, including Station 19, NCIS, Westworld, and the video game Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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Harrison Butker Has No Regrets About Expressing His Beliefs During Recent Commencement Speech

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Harrison Butker, a Kansas City Chiefs kicker, had no remorse about expressing his ideas in a recent commencement speech. He claims to have received both support and “a shocking level of hate” from others.

Butker spoke Friday night at the Regina Caeli Academy Courage Under Fire Gala in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Harrison Butker Has No Regrets About Expressing His Beliefs During Recent Commencement Speech

He made his first public remarks since his controversial recent commencement speech at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he said most women receiving degrees were probably more excited about getting married and having kids; argued some Catholic leaders were “pushing dangerous gender ideologies onto the youth of America;” referred to a “deadly sin sort of pride that has a month dedicated to it” in an oblique reference to Pride month; and took aim at President.

“It is now, over the past few days, my beliefs or what people think I believe have been the focus of countless discussions around the globe,” Butker stated on Friday. “From the start, many people displayed alarming levels of hatred. However, as time passed, even those who disagreed with my ideas supported my religious freedom.

Butker said that he understands criticism for his on-field performance. The 28-year-old stated that he cherishes his religion more than football.

“It’s a decision I’ve consciously made and one I do not regret at all,” he stated.

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The NFL has distanced itself from Butker’s remarks, stating that the comments and “views are not those of the NFL as an organization.”

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said the three-time Super Bowl champion is entitled to his ideas, even if he doesn’t always agree.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce spoke about Butker on his “New Heights” podcast, saying he values him as a teammate.

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Harrison Butker Has No Regrets About Expressing His Beliefs During Recent Commencement Speech

“When it comes down to his views and what he said at (the) commencement speech, those are his,” said Kelce. “I can’t say I agree with the majority of it, or any of it, except from him loving his family and children. And I don’t think I should condemn him based on his beliefs about how to live life, particularly his religious beliefs; that’s just not who I am.”

Kelce hosts the podcast with his brother Jason, who recently retired following a stellar career with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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