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Taylor Comes To Town Again

If you're a fan of Taylor Swift, you'll be excited to know the lovely singer/songwriter is coming back to Austin--again! Swift, who was here last year, is bringing her Speak Now World Tour 2011 to the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, October 26. Tickets willgo on sale Friday, April 29, 10 Am, at the usual Texas Box Office outlets. You can also charge by phone at (512) 477-6060, or online at: Prices are: $25, $59.50, and $69.50. Check out this cool video of an appearance she made on "Late Night With David Letterman" late last year, playing a song from her current album "Speak Now".
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What's Your Favorite?

I've started a new feature on my afternoon show that allows you to decide what song i should play at 5 Pm! Each afternoon at 3:30, I will tell you what key word to text in to the number 32961. You'll be presented with a list of songs to vote for, andthe one with the most votes will be played at 5 Pm. That's it; nothing to it, and you get to choose the music! I'll be waiting for your vote.
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Give The queen Some Respect

For several weeks now, reports have been circulating about Aretha Franklin battling pancreatic cancer. Although the Queen of Soul is reluctant to go into detail about her health, she thanks her many fans and well-wishers for the cards and letters that have been sent her way, and says she's coming along fine. Read the full article from here:
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A Second Try At Love

People Magazine reported earlier this week that singer Shania Twain is engaged to Swiss businessman Frederic Thiebaud. Back in 2008, Shania and then-husband Robert "Mutt" Lange split after he was allegedly having an affair with Thiebaud's wife. Let's hope the second time around for Shania will be the charm. Here's a video of her performing a Christmas song on the "Today" show back in 1998. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
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Celebrating A Mississippi Girl

Faith Hill turned 43 this week. Born Audrey Faith Perry on September 21, 1967 in Jackson, MS, she fittingly grew up in the nearby small town of Star. That's exactly what she became in the 1990's, and established herself as not only a superb country singer, but as a crossover artist into pop and adult contemporary. Her brilliant smile, movie-star looks, and much-celebrated marriage to country star Tim Mc-Graw only enhanced her star power.
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Dance With Gloria

Gloria Estefan turned 53 this week. Born September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba, Gloria's family left Havana when she was two and settled in Miami. Along with the tremendous success Gloria has had as a musician, she also had to overcome major injuries after a bus accident in March 1990 left her with a broken vertebra. But she came back over a year later, and is still recognized as one of the most talented female singers in the last three decades. Now, get ready to dance!
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The King Did It His Way

August 16, 1977, was one of those major "where were you" days, the day rock 'n roll lost its king. In body, that is; his legend may even be bigger now than when he was alive and at his peak. I found this video of the studio version of "My Way" from the early 70's, that has some great pics. Check it out here:
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The Biggest Streisand Fan

Barbra Streisand has millions of fans, but very few are as famous as Jennifer Aniston. The 41-year-old actress, recently shot a spectacular Mark Seliger photo spread featuring iconic portraits of Streisand. The spread comes out this week in the September issue of harper's Bazaar Magazine, in conjunction with the promotion of Aniston's new movie "The Switch", which comes out August 20. Check it out here:
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The American Idol Guessing Game

Ok, soFox isn't quite ready to reveal who will replace Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeners as judges on American Idol next season. But there are plenty of names being talked about, including Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. I say let the audience vote.
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Linda Is Good

One of my favorite singers of the 70's turned 64 this week. Linda Ronstadt was born in Tucson, Az, on July 15, 1946. Her 1975 hit "You're No Good" hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart. She also had 15 other top 40 hits. A talented singer and songwriter, Linda has proven her music style runs deeper than just pop. She's also ventured into folk, Latin, country, and even new wave influences. Happy Birthday, Linda!
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Can You Sing Like John Mayer?

Have you often thought about what it would feel like to sing like your favorite artist? Or even taking it a step further: uploading a video of you singing like that artist for all the world to see? Well, if you're a fan of John Mayer, wonder no more! Starting June 7, you will have the chance to represent Austin in a national singing contest by uploading a video of yourself singing like John Mayer! This is going to be fun! If you're the local and/or national winner, you'll win some fabulous prizes, including an opportunity to meet John in person, and a meeting with his label, Columbia Records. Show us your stuff! Let's prove to the world why Austin is known as the "live music capital"!
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Saluting Cher

Cher is turning 64 this week, May 20. Not only is she a talented singer and actress, but she puts on a great show, whether onstage or on television. I remember watching the TV show she did with Sonny in the early 70's. Here's a video that may bring back some memories, and it's one of the songs we feature on our Super Songs of the 70's weekend.
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Help For Nashville

Our country has seen its share of disasters lately: earthquakes, the recent oil spill in the Gulf, and the major flooding in Nashville. One ray of hope through these and many other trials is seeing many people pull together and help those affected. Celebrities are no exception. I read over the weekend that Taylor Swift donated half a million dollars toward helping the Nashville flood victims. Once again, Taylor proves why she is adored by so many. Click the below link to read about the generosity of her and other stars:
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Idol Judges Get Judged

Each week, the American Idol judges hand down their sentences: either you last another round, or you go home. For what it's worth, recent Idol cast-off Didi Benami has a critique of her own for the panel. What do you think? Is it objective, or sour grapes? Check out the story here:
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Remembering A Motown Legend

If you're a fan of Marvin Gaye, the first two days of April are significant for two different reasons. April 2 is Marvin's birthday. If he were still alive, he would have turned 71 this week. Unfortunately, April 1, 1984, was a tragic day, as Gaye's father shot and killed his son during a heated argument, cutting the singer's life short the day before his 45th birthday. Gaye's father was an ordained minister of the House of God, a very strict Christian sect, and he frequently beat Marvin as a child. Marvin suffered from drug and depression issues throughout his life, as well as marital and tax troubles. His depression was so bad at one point toward the end of his life, he threatened suicide on a number of occasions. Marvin moved back in with his parents shortly before his death to deal with his cocaine addiction. However, his depression only became worse, which led to the bitter argument between him and his father. I remember being on my way to one of my college classes and hearing on the radio that Marvin had died. Since it was April Fool's Day, the thought flitted through my mind that this was some cruel April Fool's prank by a radio station (yes, these things do happen in our business from time to time). But it didn't take long to find out the sad details of his death. Like so many other entertainers, Marvin's life was marked with controversy and tragedy, but his influence on the music industry, particularly with Motown Records, cannot be disputed. Happy Birthday, Marvin!
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This Week At Number One

It was 25 years ago this week that Foreigner's hit "I Want To Know What Love Is" reached Number One on the Billboard singles chart, and stayed there two weeks. The song was penned by London-born singer/songwriter Mick Jones, who sang lead vocals on the song. Also coming in at Number One this week was Barbra Streisand's 1974 hit single "The Way We Were". The song, which was the theme from the film of the same name, stayed at the top for four weeks, and went on to win both an Oscar and a Grammy for Song of the Year. Enjoy the music!
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Rockin To The Top

I hope you enjoy the Super Songs of the 70's Weekends as much as I do. The songs bring back so many memories, and I bought the records of many of them. One such song hit #1 this week in 1974. "Rock Me Gently" was Andy Kim's only hit to reach the top of the singles chart. Andy was born in Montreal, Quebeck, Canada, on Dec. 5, 1952. His real name is Andrew Joachim (hence, the variation of his last name). He quit school and moved to New York at age 16, and had several hits in the late 60's, including the platinum single "Baby I Love You" and "How'd We Ever Feel This Way". Keep enjoying the music
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