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Originally posted 06/08/2014 01:30PM
When George Strait says goodbye, he makes quite the party out of it.
Originally posted 02/22/2010 04:40PM
Originally posted 11/03/2008 11:00AM
Some of country's biggest stars lauded their own "singer of simple songs" Thursday night at a taping for CMT Giants honoring Alan Jackson.
"He has one of the greatest country voices we've ever had," Martina McBride told PEOPLE about Jackson, who has sold more than 50 million albums and has had 33 No.-1 hits. "He writes about what he lives. He's just the real deal."
Brad Paisley kicked off the tribute with a rendition of Jackson's hit "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere," and George Strait brought the audience at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to its feet with his version of "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," a song Jackson wrote after 9/11 in which he declares "I'm just a singer of simple songs/I'm not a real political man."
The 6'4'' singer joked to the crowd that when CMT first approached him about doing Giants, "I thought it was 'cause I was so tall!"
Originally posted 08/14/2008 11:30AM
How does a country superstar celebrate hitting the 50 million mark in album sales? For Alan Jackson, it was with grits and bologna sandwiches.
Jackson's wife, bestselling author Denise, his three daughters and about 400 friends, including Trace Adkins, gathered in Nashville to honor the 49-year-old singer Wednesday night. They were treated to upscale twists on down-home grub as a nod to the man who has a song called "I Still Like Bologna" on his latest album, Good Time.
"This is really rarefied air," Sony BMG Nashville head Joe Galante told the crowd of Jackson's 50 million achievement.
Jackson – whose first album, Here in the Real World, came out in 1990 – tells PEOPLE that his ambitions weren't so grand in the early days.
"Back then I was just glad to have a record deal," says Jackson. "I figured if you could last five years you were lucky, so that was the only goal I could see. This would have been unbelievable."
Adds Denise: "We never even dreamed this big."
Originally posted 06/08/2008 04:30PM
For the first time in 10 years, country icon Alan Jackson came out to sign autographs at the CMA Music Fest exhibition hall Friday, drawing nearly 1,000 screaming fans – but he had to share them.
Wife Denise Jackson also had set up shop, to sign her best-selling 2007 book, It's All About Him, in which she traced her marriage's ups and downs, including infidelities. So on Friday, it was her husband who tagged along for the ride.
"It does take the pressure off of me because he doesn't do very many signings anymore," she said, jokingly. Recalling their first joint signing recently in their hometown of Newnan Ga., she says, "People had [my] books, but they literally ran straight to him!”
Originally posted 07/31/2007 01:45PM
Denise Jackson, wife of country star Alan Jackson, is stepping out of his shadow with her book It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life, with co-author Ellen Vaughn.
Originally posted 08/31/2004 08:00AM
The Country Music Association tipped its Stetson to Alan Jackson on Monday, presenting him with a year's best seven nominations, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist.
Originally posted 03/10/2004 3:21PM
Alan Jackson has something to sing about: With eight nods, he and his hit song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" led the nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, announced Wednesday.
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