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Jimmy Carter Interview: Blind Boys of Alabama Founder on Faith and Hope

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Jimmy Carter

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 11, 1932, Jimmy Carter is a founding member and the frontman of the Blind Boys of Alabama. He is the oldest living member of the group. Since the original members first sang together as children in the late 1930s (including Carter), the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated traditional gospel, gospel roots and Americana music groups in the world. Over the past 20 years, Carter and the Blind Boys of Alabama have worked with Prince, Marc Cohn, Mavis Staples, Ben Harper, Robert Randolph and Peter Gabriel, just to name a few.

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Dolly Parton Reveals How a Tiny Doll Inspired Her First Song

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. She has garnered 11 Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide.

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Josh Radnor Dishes the Dirt on "Hunters" Co-Star Al Pacino

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Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor is best known for portraying Ted Mosby on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014). The Columbus, Ohio, native made his writing and directorial debut with the 2010 comedy drama film Happy. Thank. You. More. Please., for which he won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Radnor is one of the stars of the drama series Hunters, which follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City who discover that Nazi war criminals are conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the US. Hunters premiered on February 21, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video and has been renewed for a second season.

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Brian Wilson Recalls Beatles/Beach Boys Relationship

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Brian Wilson

Singer, songwriter, musician and record producer Brian Wilson is best known for being the co-founder of the rock band the Beach Boys, who formed in 1961. The multiple Grammy Award winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. He was ranked #12 in the Rolling Stone "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” list in 2015. The British magazine NME ranked Wilson #8 in its “50 Greatest Producers Ever” countdown, elaborating “few consider quite how groundbreaking Brian Wilson’s studio techniques were in the mid-60s.” He is often depicted in media as a “genius.”

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