| Two country greats have emergency surgeries.
Charlie Pride underwent emergency brain surgery May 8 in Dallas, on the same day Willie Nelson was in so much pain in Las Vegas, he cancelled shows for two months to get treated for carpal tunnel syndrome. Charley, 66, experienced terrible headaches and was diagnosed with subdural hematoma, a blood clot that forms from a torn vessel. His recovery should be four to six weeks. Willie, 71, was in so much pain in Las Vegas, he couldn't finish his performance.
Pajama Party Tour
Deborah Allen, Michelle Wright and The Kinleys are once again on the road with their PaJAMa Party tour.
Just how popular are CD's?
Ever wonder how many people are still buying music cassette tapes or vinyl? The answer is - not many!
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, full-length CDs account for 87.8% of music sales, full-length cassettes represent just 2.2% and vinyl albums now total a mere 0.5% of total sales.
Hank Williams Jr. doesn't visit the Grand Ole Opry often, but this was a special occasion - a tribute show marking the 50th anniversary of the death of his legendary father. Ironically, Hank Sr. joined the Opry in 1949 but was dismissed three years later for his erratic behavior. That slice of history was forgotten, though, as Hank Jr. kept the "family tradition" alive by performing some of his dad's famous songs. Other performers joining him on stage were Little Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill and the Whites (Sharon, Buck and Cheryl).
TOP 10 COUNTRY HITS:
1. You'll Think of Me (Keith Urban)
2. When The Sun Goes Down (Kenny Chesney & Uncle Kracker)
3. Mayberry (Rascal Flatts)
4. Redneck Woman (Gretchen Wilson)
5. Letters From Home (John Michael Montgomery)
6. Paint Me A Birmingham (Tracy Lawrence)
7. Desperately (George Strait)
8. Lets Be Us Again (Lonestar)
9. If You Ever Stop Loving Me (Montgomery Gentry)
10. Whiskey Girl (Toby Keith)
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