Oak Ridge Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Gilbert O’Sullivan, The Old Grey Whistle Test . Jimmy Buffett, Gloria Estefan and Alan Parsons were among the 60+ guests at NASA’s VIP area on Friday morning for the final launch of the space shuttle program.
Patti LaBelle’s son, Zuri Edwards, and her hairdresser, Norma Harris, have been charged with assault in the attack on West Point cadet Richard King at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. People from LaBelle’s entourage claim that King had been abusive but security footage shows that it was members of Patti’s party that instigated the events that led to King’s injuries (see the footage in our original story).
The Oak Ridge Boys were asked to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night. The question was popped on the Opry stage by Jimmy Dickens. The formal induction will take place on August 6.
Actress Hayley Atwell (Tranformers 3) told Esquire magazine that her next film may be the biography of Jimi Hendrix who would be played by Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) of OutKast.
The Old Grey Whistle Test is returning to Britain but, instead of TV, it will be a series of 16 radio shows. Titled Old Grey Whistle Test 40 to celebrate the programs 40th anniversary and will begin in August on BBC Radio 2. Guests will include Elton John, Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Roger Daltrey and Mark Knopfler. “Whispering” Bob Harris will host.
Manuel Galban, a guitarist for Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club, passed away on Thursday from a heart attack. He was 80.
Gilbert O’Sullivan has signed with the U.K.’s Union Square Music who will reissue his catalog with deluxe editions of his 13 albums along with issuing a best of and a box set.