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Louis Nunley Obit & funeral arrangements

Louis D. Nunley Sr. (1931 - 2012) Louis D. Nunley, Sr., a 60-year veteran of the music industry in Nashville, member of The Anita Kerr Quartet and The Jordanaires, and an architect, along with many other talented colleagues, of "The Nashville Sound", died October 26, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents Ada Alberta Eaker and Alvin Nunley, Sr., sister, Verna Nunley McKee, and brother, Alvin Nunley, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann Fluty Nunley, sons Louis D. Nunley, Jr, and Lee Thanning Nunley, sister, Jean Nunley Dennison, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews. Louis was born October 15, 1931, in Sikeston, Missouri, and was raised in Anderson, Indiana. In 1948, he moved to Nashville to attend David Lipscomb University, where he made his first commercial recordings in 1949, and was graduated in 1952, with a major in Mathematics. In the early years of the recording industry in Nashville, there were two active vocal gr

Louis Nunley of The Jordanaires passes away

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Louis Nunley was the baritone singer of the legendary Jordanaires from 1999–present. Nunley passed away yesterday at 5:30 PM. Ray Walker says funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Our condolences go out to the Nunley family as well as The surviving Jordanaires.

BB Cunningham - Wooly Bully LIVE

 Thank You BB for the music!

Jerry Lee Lewis devastated by band member's murder

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Music legend Jerry Lee Lewis is mourning the loss of his bass player, who was murdered early Sunday morning in Southeast Memphis. B.B. Cunningham was shot to death while working as a security guard at the Cherry Crest Apartments. Lewis’ longtime manager, J.W. Whitten , says Lewis is devastated and says he lost a friend and companion in the music industry. Cunningham began playing for The Jerry Lee Lewis Band in 1997. Cunningham, who was also a singer and keyboardist, began his music career performing on his fathers record label, ‘Cover Records,’ in Memphis. He found fame in 1967 when he wrote and recorded the hit song, ‘Let It All Hang Out,’ with the Hombres . Jon Hornyak , the executive director of The Recording Academy in Memphis , played in bands with Cunningham and spent time with him in the studio. He says it’s hard for the music community to see a beloved figure go out that way, “Part of it is musicians get older and there are not enough gigs to make a living just a

Dock Britt's mom denies her son killed BB Cunningham

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Dock Britt is charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder for the death of 70-year-old musician B.B. Cunningham.Detectives said they found the bodies of Cunningham and 16-year-old Henry White in the courtyard of the Cherry Crest Apartments. According to police, Britt was one of two men who shot at a female security guard at an apartment complex near Cherry Road and Kimball Avenue.They say Britt ran across the street and in to the Cherry Gate apartment complex.Los Hombres lead singer and Jerry Lee Lewis band member B.B. Cunningham , who was also working as a security guard at the time, went after the two shooters. Britt with his grandmother  Police said they are still awaiting the results to determine which bullet killed the teen.  Britt's mother denies her son killed anyone. She would not do a full interview with Action News 5. "I'm already going through enough. And I'd appreciate if you guys just back off. I can tell

George Klein remembers BB Cunningham

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Satirically penned by Memphis songwriter and producer B.B. Cunningham , 1967's "Let It All Hang Out" not only rhythmically noted the pleasures of regaling in your favorite vices can often bring, it served as a personal anthem for a man who lived life to its fullest as a musician, songwriter and producer. Family, admirers and long time friends, such as legendary, Memphis disc jockey, George Klein, who often called on Cunningham's talents during the 40 years of his annually hosted Charity Christmas Concert, reflected on a man whose shooting death Sunday morning in Southeast Memphis left more than a musical void. "I you called him, you'd say, Hey, we got a charity affair here B.B..Could you get the Hombres together and bring it one more time? He said, sure. There was no check my calendar," recalls Klein. Memphis Police announced the arrest on Monday of Dock Cedric Britt , accused of shooting Cunningham and woundin

More details on the shooting death of BB Cunningham

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Dock Britt has been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder.On Sunday, October 14, 2012 at approximately 2:12 a.m., officers received a Shooting call to 1460 Cherry Road.Upon arriving on the scene, officers located two victims that had suffered from an apparent gunshot wound. Victim#1, 70-year-old Blake Cunningham and 16-year-old Henry White were both pronounced deceased on the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed that Cunningham was working in a nearby apartment complex as a uniformed security guard when two unknown suspects fired shots at a second security guard which was also working at the nearby apartment complex. After the shots were fired, Cunningham pursued the suspects across the street into the rear of the Cherry Crest Apartments. Additional shots were heard moments later by the second security guard. After checking the area, both Cunningham and White were found dead lying in the courtyard. The second suspect, which fled the scene after the shoo

Dock Britt charged with murder of BB Cunningham

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Memphis Police have arrested a suspect in a double shooting in East Memphis that left a well-known Memphis musician and a 16-year-old dead. 22-year-old Dock Britt was arrested late Sunday night and charged with First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder. Right now, he's only facing murder charges for B.B. Cunningham's death. He is not charged with the murder of the 16-year-old. The shooting happened early Sunday morning at the Cherrycrest Apartments on Cherry Rd. near Kimball Ave. "The whole area was taped off. I don't know what was going on," said resident Irran Davis. Investigators say 70-year-old Memphis musician B.B. Cunningham was working as a security guard when he came out to the courtyard to help after he heard gun shots sound off. BIM: We have been informed that Dock has been released for quite some time. I have been in touch with some who know him and from their comments to me, he seems to be a nice person and loved by h

BB Cunningham killed in Memphis

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WMC-TV – Memphis police are looking for clues in what led to a shooting that left two people dead. One of the victims was a teenager, another well known Memphis musician. The shooting happened at the Cherry Crest Apartments in East Memphis. Resident Judy Baladez told our crew they heard lots of shots. "I just like kind of stayed down in my bed and laid quiet and still because I didn't know if more shooting was going to continue," said Baladez. "Like, very loud, like they were very close by they didn't sound like they were being shot in the air. They sounded close by like they were being shot at somebody," she added. A 70-year-old security guard and 16-year-old male were killed in the gunfire. You can still see places where there were pools of blood. Crime Scene tape illustrates the spot where the men were shot. What investigators want to know is: what happened? While our crews were on the scene, a woman carrying a torn piece of crime sc

BB Cunningham has been murdered

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BB & Keith Richards Memphis musician B.B. Cunningham , 70, a member of Jerry Lee Lewis' band, was shot in Southeast Memphis early Sunday morning, family members confirm. "I can't believe that that's the way he went out because of ... because of some teenager that wanted to rob a store," says his granddaughter Maria Cunningham . Memphis police say they are investigating the shooting deaths of a 16-year-old male and a 70-year-old male security guard at the complex; MPD says they have not positively identified the victims at this time. Officers responded to the call at approximately 2:12 a.m. at the Cherrycrest Apartments where they found the bodies in the courtyard of the complex. MPD says both victims suffered apparent gunshot wounds. "It was devastating at first but the more we think about it, the more reality kind of hits us and it hurts. It hurts a lot," says Maria. "He was a legend. He really was. Memphis lost a really great

Gary Collins has passed away

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Mary Ann Mobley and Gary Collins We are very sad to hear of the passing of Gary Collins . Most Elvis Presley fans will know him best for being married to Mary Ann Mobley ( who co-starred with EP in Harum Scarum ). But Collins was an actor himself. And best known to all of us for different highlights in his career. For me, it was Hour Magazine .   Mobley and Collins had separated in 2011 but reconciled and he had moved to Mississippi to be with Mary Ann earlier this year. The couple had 1 daughter together, Mary Clancy Collins . Gary also had two children with his first wife, Susan Peterson, Gary William and Melissa. Gary Collins passed away of natural causes about 1 a.m. on October 13, 2012, at Biloxi Regional Medical Center. Our deepest condolences go out to Ms. Mobley and family. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Sixto Rodriguez LIVE - Last Request

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Sixto Rodriguez @ the Iron Horse Music House in Northampton MA on Sept 2, 2012. Yes, I'm hooked! His voice is amazing and it's so refreshing to discover such a unique artist. Rodriguez Tour Dates

Lovesick pooch finds his owner at hospital

So when this story hit the news, I got so many phone calls telling me to put the evening news on! Everyone said YOUR dog would do the same! And as a proud dog momma, I agree:) When I travel on business, just as I am getting off the turnpike, my pooch is already at the window wagging his tail and waiting anxiously for me! If you have ever doubted the connection between dogs and their owners, this story has got to change your mind and touch your heart! Dog is GOD spelled backwards. They are a true gift to us!

TG Sheppard talks Elvis @ Stageit on Oct 21

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TG Sheppard October 21, 2012 @ 8 PM EST LIVE from TG's home in Nashville! 10 dollars to view & interact for this unique 30 minute show! BUY Tickets Show Description: Join Country Music Legend, TG Sheppard , as he talks about his long time friendship with The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley . TG will sing a few Elvis songs and allow *YOU* the fans to ask questions you have always wanted to know about Elvis but never had the opportunity to ask. This will be a live show from TG's home. *A portion of the proceeds will go to one of Elvis' favorite charities, St. Jude's Children's Hospital.* This show is 100 notes($10.00) The highest tipper will receive 2 Free passes to Elvis's Home - GRACELAND!!! (good only for 1 year after Oct. 21, 2012 travel to and from Graceland not included) other prizes include and Autographed CDs and 8x10s. You may leave a tip when you purchase your ticket or tip during the live show. USERS MUSIC HAVE GOOG

Rodriguez - From Obscuro to Hero

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Sixto Rodriguez rises from the record bin of history. Sixto Rodriguez is having his moment in the limelight. Finally. The 70-year-old singer-songwriter from Detroit has been touring regularly since the beginning of the year, playing festivals in North America and Europe. He recently took the stage as the opening act for Animal Collective. It’s a remarkable run for any musician. But when you consider Rodriguez hasn’t released any new music in more than four decades, the attention he’s now receiving feels downright miraculous. “This is beyond anything I would have imagined,” says Rodriguez, speaking from his home in Michigan. “It’s almost grotesque, a huge leap from here to way over there. Top o’ the world, Ma!” To be fair, that huge leap didn’t happen out of thin air. All of this chatter was stirred up by the release of Searching for Sugar Man, Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul’s documentary about the unusual trajectory of the septuagenarian musician’s career. A quick r

NPR Interview with Rodriguez

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Click here to listen Legends rarely disappear. But Sixto Rodriguez that did just that. A singer from 1960s and '70s Detroit, Rodriguez (whose surname is also his performing title), had some of the lyric quality of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, but a voice like James Taylor. Cold Fact, his debut album, layered his aching voice over Motown horns and strings. Though there was plenty of buildup, Cold Fact never became a hit in the United States. But bootlegged copies made the album — and the singer — a legend in a South Africa in ferment over apartheid. Then the short, sensational career of Rodriguez ended in spectacular fashion. Rumors of a grotesque death abounded; one even suggested the singer set himself alight onstage one night, burning to death before the crowd. A new documentary called Searching for Sugar Man explains what really happened. The film's director, Malik Bendjelloul, says the saga of Cold Fact was shrouded in mystery from the very start. "No one

American Horror Story Season 2 begins next week!

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 Set in 1964, American Horror Story: Asylum takes us into a Church-run haven for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), a nun with a troubled past. Inside this locked down facility, danger lurks around every corner. From Nazis and serial killers, to mutants and aliens, no one is safe inside these walls. Starring Jessica Lange as “Sister Jude”, Sarah Paulson as “Lana Winters”, James Cromwell as “Dr. Arthur Arden,” Evan Peters as “Kit Walker,” Lily Rabe as “Sister Mary Eunice,” Lizzie Brocher√© as “Grace,” Zachary Quinto as “Dr. Oliver Thredson,” and Joseph Fiennes as “Monsignor Timothy Howard.” Guest stars for the miniseries will include Frances Conroy, Chloe Sevigny (HBO's Big Love), Adam Levine (of Maroon 5) and Mark Consuelos (Kelly Ripa's husband).                                                       Airs October 17th on FX @ 10 PM EST

Half Ton Killer - Murder Mystery airs tonight!

Half-Ton Killer? follows one of the most controversial and shocking murder mysteries in recent U.S. history. Mayra Rosales, one of the world's heaviest women, confessed to killing her nephew while baby-sitting. But the facts just didn't add up. In a Texas border town, along a major corridor known for drugs and human trafficking, Rosales was bedridden from obesity. She claimed that she accidentally crushed and killed her two year-old nephew. Immediately, the case took fire. The media wanted to bring her to justice, citizens demanded their tax dollars go elsewhere, and the judicial system scrambled for a solution. Her attorney, Sergio Valdez, questioned the confession. The boy’s injuries appeared to be no accident, and Rosales -- deathly ill from pneumonia and weighing 1,100 pounds -- required 10 men and an extra-large ambulance to even reach the hospital. An investigation into her family's suspicious behavior revealed a story far more sinister than anyone could

Rodriguez: The rock icon who didn't know it

A Detroit musician living in poverty didn't know that in South Africa, he was more popular than Elvis and the Beatles!

Zsa Zsa Gabor realizes her leg was amputated

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Zsa Zsa Gabor had no leg, and no clue. The bedridden Hollywood icon — whose right leg was amputated above the knee last year — was never told about the surgery, her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, admits. “It took over a half a year” for Gabor, 95, to make the gruesome discovery on her own, the actress’ ninth husband told The Post at a fund-raiser for the Brent Shapiro Foundation in Los Angeles. “She found out about it when she told me to sit her up, and she saw it. She couldn’t feel it because [one] hand is paralyzed and [one] hand was too short to go on it . . . Finally, a half-year later she said, ‘There is something missing.’ ” That isn’t the only secret her husband of 26 years has kept. Von Anhalt — accused by his daughter-in-law Francesca Hilton of keeping the actress “increasingly isolated” — continued, “She doesn’t even know she gets food through the tube. It will only upset her. She was so glamorous always, and she is so vain.” He also admits of the death of her

ABC's Nashville season premiere tomorrow

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Airs on ABC tomorrow @ 10 PM EST Legendary music icon Rayna Jaymes struggles to maintain her place in the spotlight while dealing with the ambitious rising pop vixen Juliette Barnes. From Executive Producer Callie Khouri (writer of Thelma & Louise) comes this contemporary drama about love, power, money, family, and music. Connie Britton starred in American Horror Story last year. The music is produced by T Bone Burnett who most recently produced Lisa Marie Presley's latest CD. "Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette, Powers Boothe as Lamar, Charles Esten as Deacon, Eric Close as Teddy, Clare Bowen as Scarlett, Jonathan Jackson as Avery, Sam Palladio as Gunnar and Robert Wisdom as Coleman. "Nashville" was written by Callie Khouri who is an executive producer along with R.J. Cutler and Steve Buchanan . The pilot for "Nashville" was directed by R.J. Cutler. The series is produced by Li