His friend Minnie Pearlas Country Music Hall of Fame plaque doesnat have a death date, though Pearlas creator, Sarah Ophelia Colley, died in 1996: Colleyas notion was people die, but characters donat have to. Kermit The Frog probably feels the same way. To be sure, Grandpa Jones was a character, and if characters donat die then heas about to turn 100. Himself a Country Music Hall of Famer, Jones was devoted to a clattering brand of performing that preceded the term acountry music.a A aGrandpaa since the age of 22 – weall get to that story in a moment – his heyday was spent traveling pothole-laden, two-lane highways for 12 and 13 hours at a stretch, to get to little schoolhouse dates that sometimes didnat cover the travel expenses. His was a country world where hits were measured not by SoundScan numbers and aBillboarda chart positions, but by the volume of mail that would flow into the radio stations where he set up camp and did live sets, or to the cards and letters that would come in his name, in care of the Grand Ole Opry. Sometimes those cards and letters didnat supersede othersa: When Opry member Stoney Lee Cooper had a heart attack around the same time Jones had a gallstone operation, Cooper got hundreds of letters compared to Jonesa dozens. Grandpa rationalized this by saying aloud, aI guess gallstones donat draw as good as heart attacks.a Born on Oct. 20, 1913, in Henderson County, Ky., Jones spent teen years in Akron, Ohio, where he began singing on local radio station WJW as a youngster after earning a green Gibson guitar and a radio slot from a talent competition victory. He was known as aMarshall Jones, the aYoung Singer of Old Songs,aa and this was back in the 1920s: New songs from back then are now old songs. The aGrandpaa moniker came along in 1935, when he was playing a Boston radio station for another old-time song collector and performer, Bradley Kincaid. After a long night out working, Kincaid and his charges had to rise early to go on air at Bostonas WBZ. As Jones would often tell in later years, Kincaid said to a groggy Jones, aGet up to the microphone, you look just like an old grandpa.a Jones spoke in a brashly craggy voice even as a young man, and radio listeners assumed he was geriatric. He decided to play up the aGrandpaa thing, performing with a false mustache and pencilling lines into his face, and performing more often on the banjo than the guitar. aAt first, the fake mustache was too big, and didnat look like a mustache should,a said Ramona Jones, Grandpaas wife of 52 years and a renowned fiddler by the time she met Grandpa in the 1930s.
Bose intros SoundTouch WiFi music systems, makes home audio more like a car stereo
Now, music from the web or your stored collection can be played with lifelike clarity — by simply pressing a button. “SoundTouch Wi-Fi systems are unlike any home sound system available today,” said Phil Hess, vice president of Bose Home Entertainment. “They let you stream your favorite stations, playlists or artists in the easiest way imaginable, and they sound amazing. We believe SoundTouch systems will change music at home the way Bluetooth speakers changed music on-the-go.” SoundTouch Wi-Fi Systems: Performance for Any Room There’s a SoundTouch system for any room, and they all communicate wirelessly. Each connects directly to the Internet using your existing home Wi-Fi network; if you have Wi-Fi at home and a computer, you have all you need to stream your stored music, Internet radio or music services. Every SoundTouch system is designed to automatically receive software updates to add functionality and content. SoundTouch systems will first offer Pandora, and add the world’s most popular music services regularly, like Deezer, iHeartRadio and others. Three one-piece systems debut today, each engineered to deliver the best audio performance available from speakers of their size: The SoundTouch 30 Wi-Fi system measures approximately 10″H x 17″W x 7 “D. It features exclusive waveguide technology and a new proprietary woofer to deliver deep, rich sound and the power to serve as a home’s main music system. The SoundTouch 20 Wi-Fi system is more compact at about 7″H X 12″W and 4″D. It offers natural, room-filling sound and can be placed almost anywhere. The SoundTouch Portable Wi-Fi system combines full-range audio and a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery in a speaker no bigger than the average book — about 6″H x 10″W and less than 3″D. Take it with you in and around the home, and the music keeps playing. The SoundTouch line will expand to offer a vast selection of products.