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Tom Petty, R.I.P.

Tom Petty, R.I.P.

Word came down late Monday that rock ‘n’ roll legend Tom Petty died after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Southern California home. He was 66. I’ll let others wax poetic about his marvelous career, including one of my favorite…

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George Strait concert booked in Tulsa with a Route 66 twist

George Strait concert booked in Tulsa with a Route 66 twist

The BOK Center in Tulsa announced Monday that country-music superstar George Strait would perform a concert there June 2, 2018. But it’s not just any concert. Strait retired from touring a few years ago and plays only a handful of…

Leon Russell’s Church Studio named to National Register

Leon Russell’s Church Studio named to National Register

Church Studio in Tulsa, once owned by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Leon Russell, recently earned a designation to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation became effective Sept. 8, according to an email Friday from the…

Charley Pride returns to Route 66 with new song

Charley Pride returns to Route 66 with new song

Country-music legend Charley Pride recently released a well-received album titled “Music in My Heart.” Not only does the 83-year-old Pride sound good, but he musically returns to Route 66 with a cover of a semi-obscure Merle Haggard tune, “The Way…

Don Williams, R.I.P.

Don Williams, R.I.P.

Don Williams, a member of Country Music Hall of Fame who became a superstar during the late 1970s and early 1980s, died Friday. He was 78. His publicist told the New York Times that Williams died of emphysema. Williams was…

Round Barn Rendezvous set for Sunday in Arcadia

Round Barn Rendezvous set for Sunday in Arcadia

Those who travel to the Round Barn of Arcadia, Oklahoma, on Sunday afternoon are in for a treat — the historic Route 66 site is hosting a Round Barn Rendezvous music event. All acoustic musicians are invitedĀ from noon to 4…

Museum Club in Flagstaff closes abruptly

Museum Club in Flagstaff closes abruptly

The Museum Club, a Route 66 landmark in Flagstaff, Arizona, since 1931, closed with little warning Monday night, and its future appears uncertain. The Facebook page for the Museum Club posted this message about midday Monday: NO MEMORABILIA IS BEING…

Japanese pop group Exile the Second produces “Route 66” video

Japanese pop group Exile the Second produces “Route 66” video

Exile the Second, a pop-music band based in Japan, recently released a teaser music video for the group’s upcoming single, “Route 66.” In case you’re wondering, the song bears no resemblance to the Bobby Troup-written classic of the same title.…

Ron “Tattoo Man” Jones is up to 162 skin markings

Ron “Tattoo Man” Jones is up to 162 skin markings

Someone a few weeks ago asked how many Route 66 tattoos were on the body of Ron “Tattoo Man” Jones of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. I said it was north of 100 but had no certainty, because Jones was liable to add…

Joliet lukewarm to Route 66 The Road to Rock museum idea

Joliet lukewarm to Route 66 The Road to Rock museum idea

A pitchman wants a Route 66 The Road to Rock museum in downtown Joliet, Illinois, but a few city officials seemed tepid to the idea — especially the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Ron Romero proposed his idea — which aims…

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