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Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb to receive knighthood honor from Queen Elizabeth

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 3:45 PM

Musicians Ringo Starr (L) and Barry Gibb are being honored with knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
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Musicians Ringo Starr (L) and Barry Gibb are being honored with knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.(Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images, John Phillips/Getty Images)

Musicians Barry Gibb and Ringo Starr are being honored as knights by Queen Elizabeth II just before New Year’s Eve.

The Associated Press reported that Britain’s Cabinet Office made the New Year’s Honors List public late Friday, and the former Beatle and Bee Gee made the list. 

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“It's great! It's an honor and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love,” Starr said in a statement on the honor. The Beatles drummer will receive knighthood for services to music.

Paul McCartney, his former bandmate who was knighted in 1997, lobbied for Starr to be honored with knighthood and expressed congrats on Twitter.

“Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer best pal!” McCartney tweeted.

The Bee Gees singer-songwriter Barry Gibb is being knighted for services to music and charity. The AP reported that Gibb said he would be dedicating his knighthood to late bandmates, twin brothers Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb.

“I am deeply honored, humbled, and very proud. This is a moment in life to be treasured and never forgotten,” Gibb said in a statement, according to BBC.

"I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honor. It is as much theirs as it is mine. The magic, the glow, and the rush will last me the rest of my life,” he said.

Robin Gibb died in 2012 and Maurice Gibb died in 2003. BBC reported that Barry Gibb was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or CBE, with his brothers in 2002.

Others receiving the 2018 honors include musician Wiley, ballerina and “Strictly Come Dancing” judge Darcey Bussell, chemist and astronaut  Helen Sharman and actor Hugh Laurie.

The Queen’s honors come out twice a year -- once just before  New Year’s and in June. The newest honorees join musicians Elton John and Mick Jagger and actors Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley.

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Country music personality Hazel Smith has died at the age of 83

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:35 PM

Country music personality Hazel Smith has died. She was one of the first female journalista to cover the genre and was also a publicist and cookbook author.
Country music personality Hazel Smith has died. She was one of the first female journalista to cover the genre and was also a publicist and cookbook author.(Wikicommons)

There are many who have played a part in the landscape of country music, many who have added their talents to the tapestry of the music genre that has had an impact on so many lives. many who have affected the history of Nashville and country music and many who have left us sooner than we would have liked.

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One of those people is Hazel Smith.

According to “The Tennessean,” the longtime Nashville media personality passed away at her home on March 18 following “a period of declining health.” She was 83.

Declaring herself country music’s mother hen, Hazel was a fixture on Nashville’s Music Row for decades. She was a journalist when female journalists weren’t a common thing. She was also a songwriter, a publicist, a cookbook author and a television personality as host of CMT’s “Southern Fried Flicks.”

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Yet, one of her most meaningful and lasting contributions to country music is the fact that she coined the term “outlaw music” while she was working as a publicist back in the early 1970s for the Glaser Brothers’ Hillbilly Central office and studio.

“Now, it doesn’t say this in mine or any other dictionary I’ve seen, but it said that ‘outlaw’ meant virtually living on the outside of the written law,” Hazel told “The Nashville Scene” in 1997, as reported on by “The Tennessean.” “It just made sense to me, because [record producers] Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins were doing marvelous music, but this was another step in another direction.”

Soon after the news of her death was released, many in the country music community headed to their social media accounts to express their sadness over the news, including producer Buddy Cannon.

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Very sorry to hear of the passing of Hazel Smith,” Buddy said.

Hazel was a wonderful lady who was a great friend to many of us. She was a colorful, tell it like she saw it kind of a person, and you never had to wonder about her stand on something. Willie Nelson credits Hazel with connecting the term ‘outlaw music’ with himself, Waylon, Tompall [Glaser] and all the musical renegades that broke out of the Nashville music factory prison back in the 1970s. We all loved Hazel, and her presence will not soon be forgotten. Rest easy Hazel Smith,” Cannon said.

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Priscilla Presley shares new details about Elvis Presley’s final days

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:11 PM

Entertainer, Elvis Presley sits cheek to cheek wit his bride, the former Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, following their wedding May 1, 1967.
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Entertainer, Elvis Presley sits cheek to cheek wit his bride, the former Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, following their wedding May 1, 1967.(Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)

Elvis Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, candidly opens up about the King of Rock-'n'-Roll’s final years, and his painful drug addiction, during the debut of “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” at SXSW.

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Elvis Presley may have passed away more than 40 years ago, but the life that he lived continues to fascinate people across the globe.

As fans know, during his final years, Elvis was deeply addicted to prescription drugs. His ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, is now opening up about the unfortunate addiction that sadly led to the late musical icon’s tragic death in 1977.

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According to Fox News, Priscilla, who helped produce a documentary that honors the King called “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” spoke about her ex-husband’s issue with substance abuse during the movie’s debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, on March 14.

It was difficult for all of us. We certainly didn’t see it coming,” she said of Elvis’ unfortunate passing at the age of 42. “But we certainly saw the journey he was taking.”

She also added, “People go, ‘Well, why didn’t anyone do anything?’ Well, that’s not true. People there in the inner group did, but you did not tell Elvis Presley what to do. You did not. I mean, you’d be out of there faster than a scratched cat. They would try and no way. He knew what he was doing.”

Elvis and Priscilla met in 1959 while he was serving in the U.S. Army. During the candid discussion at SXSW, Priscilla also noted that he started taking pills when he was stationed in Germany.

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“They gave them to the soldiers over there to keep them awake,” she said. “He was on guard at that time. He had maneuvers that he had to do late at night, so the pills were given to the guys, and that’s how he started. And if you take a sleeping pill, you have to do something to get yourself awake … He was in unchartered territory, he truly was, and he did this and tried to do this alone.”

Fans can learn more about the late star in “Elvis Presley: The Searcher.” The documentary, which chronicles his creative journey from early childhood through his final recording session, held in the famous Jungle Room of his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, premieres April 14 on HBO.

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‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal gender of new baby

Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 8:52 PM

"Fixer Upper" Stars Announce Gender of Baby Number Five

Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines finally know the sex of their unborn child.

It’s a boy!

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Chip made the announcement in a video he shared on Twitter Wednesday.

“We’re just about to have another little baby, because Uncle Chip lost his mind,” Chip tells a youngster in the footage. “Now, listen to this. This is important: I can’t think of a ‘D’ name. So, can you help me think of a ‘D’ name?”

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Chip then tells his young companion that Joanna is pregnant with a little boy.

“Is that a secret? I don’t know. That might not even be allowed on Twitter,” the HGTV star claimed. “You better keep that to yourself, dude. But listen to me: It’s a little boy, and I need a ‘D’ name. And so far, all I can come up with is Dragon. [Joanna was] like, ‘You are not calling that baby Dragon!’ Can you help me?”

Earlier this week, Joanna showed off her biggest baby bump to date in a few pics on Instagram alongside her husband and their pal Tim Tebow.

“What an amazing (sic) weekend with the @timtebowfoundation Thank you for giving hope and love to so many #ttfgolf2018,” Gaines wrote alongside the gallery of images from the weekend.

In January, the Gaineses surprised fans when they announced they were expecting baby number five with an adorable post to social media.

“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT) @joannagaines,” Chip Gaines wrote alongside the sweet photo of the couple in coordinating grey sweatshirts and matching bumps.

Chip and Joanna Gaines Announce Baby Number 5 On The Way

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Wendy Williams announces 3-week hiatus due to Graves’ disease

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:13 PM

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Wendy Williams is taking three weeks off from her talk show.

The former radio personality turned daytime TV show host was candid with her live audience Wednesday as she made the announcement. The 53-year-old has Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism, both of which she has spoken about in the past. 

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“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else,” a show representative told People. “Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years, in addition to hyperthyroidism. Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync. The show will be in repeats during this unplanned hiatus. A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”

TV personality Wendy Williams announced she's taking 3 weeks off of her daytime talk show as she get treatment for Graves disease and hyperthyroidism.(Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for AHA)

“My doctor has prescribed -- are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation,” she said.

Williams then described the symptoms that come with Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism.

“Along with hyperthyroid and Graves’ disease, it promotes nervousness,” Williams said. “No, I’m not nervous. Anxiety, please. I’m over 30 years in this game.”

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The wife and mother to a teenage son did admit she has some symptoms, including a rapid heartbeat.

“Now, I can cop to irritability, but I’m just thinking it’s me micromanaging,” she said. 

Ever the workhorse, Williams said she would be back in less than three weeks.

“I’ll be back in two (weeks). I’m not an heiress. Who is going to pay my bills? Are you serious? I’m just saying, I come from working class,” she said.

Williams said she blamed her symptoms on the stresses of being a working wife and mother, encouraging women to put their health first.

“What I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone first because if we’re not good, they’re not good,” she said. 

Williams took three days off last week after she said she was “feeling flu-ish.” It was the first time she was out sick from the show since it started in 2009. 
In October, Williams fainted on-air while introducing a segment.

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“That was not a stunt,” Williams said at the end of that episode. “I overheated in my costume, and I did pass out. But you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back.”

CNN reported that there will not be a fill-in host for the show. Repeat episodes will air during the hiatus.

Watch Williams’ message to viewers below.

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