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A show of hands if you think Ian McKellen as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films was miscast. No one? Well then, here’s precisely the audition video for you: country-rocker Willie Nelson — who, incidentally, just turned 80 today, Apr. 30 – making a “smokin’” pitch for the franchise’s famous wizardly role.
(WATCH: Rare Photos for Willie Nelson’s 80th)
It seems Nelson pulled it together while visiting TBS’s Conan, donning cape, pointy hat and clutching an angel-topped staff, then doing his level best to clinch iconic lines from the books like “You shall not pass…an unlit joint, man — that’s just not cool” and “That giant flaming eye is just freakin’ me the f*** out” and “Balrogs are a**holes.” He even takes the time to croon that old Middle-earth standard, “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Orcs.”
And hey look, isn’t that Micah Nelson dueting with Nelson as Bilbo? Watch out Martin Freeman — can you sing and play guitar like that?
Nelson adds that he’d “also be a great Magneto,” you know, in case Bryan Singer’s watching.
Actor Ian “Gandalf” McKellen’s response to being (potentially) upstaged by the famous singer?
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Dear Willie, You are far too young to play Gandy.But nice try; have a stoner of a birthday. Love and admiration. Ian http://bit.ly/11S8A3k
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The country legend makes a smokin’ pitch for Peter Jackson to lose that Ian McKellen guy.
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Willie Nelson was joined by Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young on Thursday (April 18) to celebrate his upcoming 80th birthday during a taping of CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records. Musician Jack White hosted the special from his Nashville-based studio, Third Man Records. Nelson turns 80 on Monday (April 29), although most reference books cite April 30 as his birthdate. He released a new lbum, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, on April 16. The CMT Crossroads special, which features Nelson performing duets of several of his most famous songs, is set to air in late June.
Some person kindly uploaded this 1981 PBS Special, featuring Willine Nelson, Johnny Gimble, Paul Buskirk, and Freddy Powers. It’s the entire show. Enjoy this gem.
Couple seeks to restore Hayride to its former glory
(Tuesday, January 19, 1999)
By Mary Foster
SHREVEPORT, La. - Almost 50 years have passed since the sounds of the Louisiana Hayride floated out over the bayous and swamps of its home state, then west to the little towns and ranches of Texas, north and east to the hardscrabble farms of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and points beyond.
The live radio shows packed the Municipal Auditorium on Saturday nights and had people dancing on their porches, in their living rooms and in honky-tonks and churches around the country. The Hayride was Elvis Presley’s first national stage and launched the careers of some of country music’s biggest names.
Now Maggie and Alton Warwick are hoping to bring the Hayride back on a regular broadcast as it was back then.
“It’s amazing how many people have stories about the Hayride,” said Maggie Warwick, who first listened to the program as a west Texas teenager and later performed on the show.
“So many people remember the shows, being there or listening to them on the radio. It was a big part of our lives.”
>From 1948 to 1960 the Hayride blossomed in the region still known as the “Ark- La-Tex,” a mix of cultures that included hillbilly, Western swing, blues, gospel, jazz and pop music.
“People think hillbilly is a derogatory term now,” said Tillman Franks, a Hayride alumnus. “Back then it was just the kind of music a lot of people liked. They called it country and western later to try to dress it up, but it was pretty darn good when it was plain old hillbilly.”
Aired live on 50,000-watt KWKH radio,the show was relayed nationally by CBS and overseas by Armed Forces Radio. As Saturday night entertainment, it was addictive.
“We had the only radio around and people came from all over to listen to the Hayride,” John LeBlanc of Lafayette remembered. “We lived way out in the middle of nowhere, but come Saturday night the yard was full of pickups and our old Philco was playing full-blast.”
The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium bustled every Saturday night with people jamming the aisles for music, comedy and contests all wrapped in a down-home atmosphere.
“They used to give away prizes. I guess they were from the sponsors,” said architect Bill Weiner, who attended as a teenager. “I won it one night and I remember I got a bunch of stuff that seems pretty funny now — loaves of bread, pots and pans, some dishes — things a teenager wouldn’t even take now.”
It was on the Municipal Auditorium stage that Hank Williams built his reputation in the early 1950s, followed by Johnny Cash, Slim Whitman and Johnny Horton.
Elvis Presley started out earning $18 a show at the Hayride. Three years later, for his final performance, the show had to be moved from the 3,200-seat auditorium to the State Fair Grounds for the 10,000 teenage girls wanting to see The King.
“The gyrating rotary troubadour was seldom if ever heard by an audience, screaming every time he moved,” the Shreveport Times reported the next day. “One of the finest displays of mass hysteria in Shreveport history.”
It was at the Hayride in 1956 that producer Horace Logan tried to quiet the frenzied audience and coined a phrase by announcing, “Elvis has left the building.”
The Hayride was called the “Cradle of the Stars” for the many young talents who appeared there before becoming famous and going on to the bigger, but more staid Grand Ole Opry — Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Faron Young. Jimmie Davis, Louisiana’s singing governor, was a regular. Gene Autry rode his horse onto the stage.
“The Hayride was where new things happened, where people got started,” said Warwick, who appeared on the program in 1959 after winning a talent contest. “Shreveport was on the cutting edge back then. The Grand Ole Opry was too conservative.”
The Opry was so conservative that it did not allow groups to have drums or horns and let Williams and Elvis perform only after they became successful.
“They came to the Hayride, and when they were famous from being there, the Opry took them,” Franks said. “But they always belonged to us.”
Today, with good times and casinos pumping money into the Shreveport economy, the Auditorium has been restored and the Warwicks, who own a production company and a record label, are hoping to bring the Hayride back.
The couple owns the rights to the Hayride name and their band performs regularly, attracting fans of the old show. On April 3, a 50th-anniversary salute to the Hayride will be performed at the Municipal Auditorium.
–copied from http://www.jim-reeves.com/hayride.html
Thanks so much to Clem, from Texas, for finding this video of the entire episode of the Dr. Medicine Woman show featuring Willie Nelson.
Brooke Baldwin, of CNN, is reporting on the presidential inaugeration, and has invited viewers to send in photos of themselves watching the inaugeration coverage. People have been sending in pictures of themselves with her on the screen, and this morning, Brooke tweeted this photo:
“Don’t forget to Instagram photos of YOU watching #Inauguration on #cnn — like my friend @WillieNelson!”– @BrookeBCNN