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Gene Autry, Brenda Lee receive Grammy honor

Monday, December 22, 2008 – Gene Autry and Brenda Lee will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award along with Blind Boys Of Alabama, the Four Tops, Hank Jones, Dean Martin, Tom Paxton and Leo Fender.

"This year's recipients are a prestigious group of legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries who have made lasting contributions to the music and global communities," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Their outstanding accomplishments, legendary passion and artistry have positively affected our culture and will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

With more than 300 recordings, 90 films and a groundbreaking radio program, the late Gene Autry sold more than 100 million copies, receiving more than a dozen gold and platinum records. Autry's classics include Back In The Saddle Again, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane), Peter Cottontail and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Lee began her music career as a rockabilly singer and soon became one of the biggest pop stars of the late 1950s through the mid-1960s, selling more than 90 million records and charting more hits than any other female artist of her time. In 1996, Lee celebrated her 40th anniversary as a recording artist and a year later she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The special invitation-only ceremony will be held during Grammy week on Saturday, Feb. 7, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 51st Annual Grammys telecast on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.

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At the Melody Ranch
Perhaps the most famous of the singing cowboys, Gene Autry made his mark on both the radio and the silver screen. This chronicles Autry's entry into showbiz with excerpts from radio programs he recorded during the '40's. Radio recordings of classics, such as "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue," sound sweet and melancholy and a re-enactment of Autry's noteworthy meeting with Will Rogers is a fun listen. Newer fans seeking a little history, however, will be sorely disappointed. »»»
Sing Cowboy Sing: The Gene Autry Collection
Gene Autry: singer, radio host, film star, television pioneer, music publisher, label mogul, businessman, baseball team owner, museum benefactor. By today's standards, Autry might be criticized for being too commercial, but throughout the 90 years of his life, the original singing cowboy has been nothing but genuine. Like his character in his several westerns, Autry is the good guy. We like him. We always have, and we always will, with or without his many businesses. We like him so much that we'd »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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