Thursday, December 15, 2011
VIDOR, Texas -- Singer Billie Jo Spears, whose performance of "Blanket on the Ground" went No. 1 on the country charts in 1975, has died at age 73.
A funeral home spokesman confirmed her death Wednesday evening. Carl Willis of R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee had no details.
The Orange Leader newspaper in Texas reported that she died Wednesday morning at her home in Vidor (VYE'dur), 85 miles northeast of Houston. No cause of death was stated.
The Beaumont native was voted most promising female vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 1976.
Her other hits included "Mr. Walker, It's All Over" in 1969; "What I've Got in Mind" in 1976; "Misty Blue" in 1976; and "If You Want Me" in 1977.
It's official! Howard Stern, The King of ALL Media is the new judge on America's Got Talent. The show has moved to New York City to accommodate their new king. So this month when Stern fans got an extra week of his radio show, they were delighted. And then Howard pulled this one out of his hat. A great surprise for the fans unless it takes more away from his radio show. In the later part of 2011, Stern's radio show on SiriusXM went down to mostly 3 days a week, a big let down to the fans. So we cross our fingers that this does not interfere with his radio show.
Peirs Morgan has weighed in, saying, "Congrats to Howard Stern on landing my Americas Got Talent judging gig - he'll be outrageous, hilarious, dangerous & brilliant. Can't wait."
It's interesting to see Howard back on NBC, the company that fired him so many years ago. Get ready America for the Wack Pack in the audience. Beetle Juice and Big Foot seated right behind Howard. Hey, maybe even Underdog Lady will make an appearance! You're going to learn to love our Howie just as much as his millions of fans. Today is a proud day to be a Stern fan! Howard will be a terrific judge on the show.
As Mary Ann from Brooklyn says, All I need is Howard in my life....and soon all of America will be singing that too. America's Got Talent has just picked up millions of viewers. Howard brought millions of listeners to Sirius and made it the power company, SiriusXM it is today. NBC made a brilliant move to the greatest city in the world, NYC for the King of ALL media and his legions of fans.
And those of you who only know what you have "heard" about Howard, I bet you didn't know this, not only are his favorite TV shows, The Bachelor and Dancing With The Stars, but he's also a devoted animal lover. Howard and his wife, Beth work very hard for the North Shore Animal League. Just one of the many reasons, I love Howard.