COUNTRY QUICKIES: 6/20/13



~~As promised, Brad Paisley was the featured guest Tuesday night during the Rolling Stones concert in Philadelphia. Paisley joined the band for "Dead Flowers," which was also the fan-voted song for the show.


~~Florida Georgia Line will have the top selling country CD when the Billboard charts are officially released today.

The album "Here's to the Good Times" hits a high of being fifth on the overall chart and first on the country chart, up from eighth, with 33,000. The 20-percent increase was, in part, due to a Father's Day promotion with a lower price.

Black Sabbath topped the overall chart with "13," selling 155,000 units.


~~ Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is joining Toby Keith's concert planned to benefit victims of last month's deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma-- as are country music legends Mel Tillis and John Anderson.

The Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert is set for July 6 at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. Other performers include Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson and Ronnie Dunn.

Organizers say the $25 tickets will go on sale Friday. Ticket proceeds will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma's tornado relief efforts.


~~Country music star Slim Whitman, known for his yodeling style as well as famous TV ads for his albums, died of heart failure at age 89 at the Orange Park Medical Center in Florida, Wednesday morning. Slim enjoyed a country chart career that began in the 1950s and ran through the early 1980s.

Slim's "Indian Love Call," prominent for his yodeling, became his first big hit, reaching the No. 2 spot. Other singles such as "Rose-Marie," "Cattle Call" and "More Than Yesterday" were hits in the U.S. as well as overseas, particularly in England.

"Indian Love Call" was re-introduced to audiences through the 1996 Tim Burton film "Mars Attacks!" as an important part of stopping the invading Martians.
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