Originally created 05/16/03

Singer particular about autographs



If you ask Pat Boone for his autograph Thursday when he performs at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, S.C., be forewarned - there are four things he will not sign.

Autograph Collector magazine reports that the 1950s-60s pop star won't sign beer cans, cigarette boxes, photos of other celebrities or body parts.

Mr. Boone performs at 3 and 8 p.m. at the historic opera house. Tickets are $37.50. Call the box office at (803) 276-6264 or order online at newberryoperahouse.com.

Mr. Boone, who turns 69 on June 1, was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and raised in Nashville, Tenn. His long list of hits includes I Almost Lost My Mind, Friendly Persuasion, Don't Forbid Me, Love Letters in the Sand, Bernadine, There's a Gold Mine in the Sky, A Wonderful Time Up There, April Love and Moody River.

LOTS OF GOOD STUFF: Here is a look at some upcoming events:

  • The 13th annual Hillside Bluegrass Festival is under way 2 miles south of Cochran, Ga., off U.S. Highway 23 and Georgia Highway 87.
  • Tickets cost $10 today and $15 Saturday. Children 11 or younger are admitted free. Call Jean or Van Holland at (478) 934-6694 or see the Web site clarkl.com/hillside.html.

  • The Newberry Opera House offers the musical Honky Tonk Angels, performed by the Town Theater group of Columbia, at 8 p.m. June 7, and 3 p.m. June 8. The show features the hits of female country stars. Tickets cost $25.
  • Patty Loveless performs in Newberry on July 26. Tickets cost $37.50.
  • The 32nd annual Fan Fair in downtown Nashville takes place June 5-8. See the Web site fanfair.com, or call (866) FAN-FAIR for details.
  • Remaining tickets include floor ($145 adults, $100 for age 18 or younger) and lower and club levels ($125 adults, $86 age 18 or younger).

    Bill Anderson's City Lights Festival in Commerce, Ga., offers T.G. Sheppard and Jan Howard at the Dinner With the Stars June 19 at the Commerce Civic Center. Tickets cost $50.

    Aaron Tippin, T. Graham Brown, The Jordans and Mr. Anderson perform June 20 at Commerce High School's football stadium. Tickets cost $25 reserved, $10 general admission. Call toll-free (877) 826-8482.

    The 25th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame banquet will be Sept. 13 in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

    Tickets cost $75-$100, which includes the governor's reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:15 and the show at 8:30. Call (770) 934-0906 for tickets.

    Inductees will be Kenny Rogers in the Performer category and The Indigo Girls in the Group category. Other inductees are music producer Mike Curb in the Non-Performer category and music promoter Alan Walden in the Pioneer category.

    Don Rhodes has written about country music for 32 years. He can be reached at (706) 823-3214 or at don.rhodes@morris.com.