c>log Henry “Hank” William Thompson (September 23, 1925 – November 6, 2007) was a country music star whose career spanned seven decades. He sold over 60 million records worldwide and is considered one of the “Kings of Western Swing”.
Thompson’s musical style, characterized as Honky Tonk Swing, was a mixture of fiddles, electric guitar and steel guitar that featured his distinctive, baritone vocals. His backing band, The Brazos Valley Boys, was voted the #1 Country Western Band for 14 years in a row by Billboard Magazine.
The primary difference between his music and that of Bob Wills was that Thompson, who used the swing beat and instrumentation to enhance his vocals, discouraged the use of solo instrumentals from his musicians that Bob Wills used regularly during his career.
Hank Thompson was the first to do a number of things (and he did things his own way) :
The first musician to tour with a sound and lighting system.
The first musician to receive a corporate sponsorship.
The first musician to record in stereo.
The first single musician to record a live album.
His 1950s variety show was the first variety show broadcast in color.
He wore some mighty sharp suits too! His color TV show allowed him to show off some wild wardrobes that surely influenced Porter Wagoner, a country music contemporary ( see c>log article dated 10/29/07).
There will be a celebration of Hank’s life and all of his fans are invited to attend. The event will be held on November 14, 2007 at Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Ft Worth, Texas. Time: 2:00PM–?
It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, a donation in Hank’s name be made to The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum, 1701 Bridge St, Brady, TX 76825, or your favorite charity.
c>log Hulk Hogan’s son turned himself in Wednesday on charges stemming from a street-racing crash this summer that critically injured a passenger in his car, police said.
Nick Bollea, 17, was arrested on charges of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury.
Police said Bollea was racing his father’s 1998 Toyota Supra against a Dodge Viper on Aug. 26 when the car Bollea was driving struck a curb, spun across two lanes of traffic and slammed rear-end first into a tree. His passenger, John Graziano, was critically injured and is currently comatose at a hospital.
Here is a list of Nick’s recent traffic violations. Nobody saw this coming? Nobody?
Nick was driving a black Mercedes when he was stopped for speeding. He claimed that he had a family emergency, and was let go with a warning. He was stopped 19 miles later going 115 mph in a 70 mph zone and issued a $305.50 citation.
Nick was ticketed in Dade County, Florida for driving 57 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Nick was ticketed for driving 106 mph in a 70 mph zone in Osceola County. He was convicted and received four points on his license.
Nick was ticketed in Pinellas Park after his 1998 Toyota was recorded going 82 mph in a 45 mph construction zone while workers were present. He pleaded no contest, was fined $1,000, and received another four points on his license. He was also ordered to attend a 12 hour driver improvement school.
Nick was arrested again on November 7, 2007 for Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury. He was then brought to Pinellas County Jail.
The Writers Guild has decided to strike. This was probably an expected turn of events. However, the major talk shows (Leno, Daily Show, Conan etc.) have announced they are going ahead tonight using re-runs of past shows.
c>log Robert Goulet, the baritone voice whose Broadway debut in Camelot launched an award-winning stage and recording career, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 73. Mr. Goulet, who had a rare type of pulmonary fibrosis, had been waiting for a lung transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The candles will always burn brightly at the Shrine and as a faithful fan you can always be assured of that. The GPS coordinates are inscribed upon the Shrine — just tell your car and be taken directly to the Shrine! Just think of Elvis as your guide and chauffeur (with really cool hair).
Thank you! Thank you very much!
Thanks to those of you who contributed to and visited the Shrine this year. If you would like to contribute imagery to the Shrine, please contact the ShrineMaster.
c>log Porter Wagoner, a Grand Ole Opry institution and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died this past Sunday (October 28, 2007) at 8:25 in the evening at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee.