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Update on Houseparty

30 March 2010

Places for The TCB Band Houseparty are all but sold out. We have very few places left so if you have not confirmed your booking then do so now. Don't miss this special weekend!

For further details contact The TCB Band Fan Club at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Check out our Houseparty page on Facebook.




Myrna Discharged From Hospital

29 March 2010

Great news from Myrna after speaking to her this morning she told us that she was declared medically fit for discharge and could at long last go home.

Myrna will be flying to L.A. later today. Safe journey Myrna and we are so pleased you are at long last on your way home. Make sure you continue to rest once home too!!

Source: Phone/Published by: www.tcbfanclub.com

Louisiana Public Broadcasting Honour For James

25 March 2010

Image Guitarist James Burton, whose licks have graced recordings and tours by artists ranging from Elvis Presley to John Denver, will be recognized at the Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) Louisiana Legends Awards May 6 in Baton Rouge.

Each year Friends of LPB honors outstanding Louisiana citizens who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines including writing, art, entertainment, politics, public service and athletics.

Burton, a Minden native who grew up in Shreveport before leaping into the greater world of popular music, joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and over the last decade has added the title philanthropist to his list of achievements through the annual James Burton Rock and Roll International Guitar Festival. Through that he raises money to purchase guitars and put music back in classrooms. He’s donated hundreds to students throughout Caddo and Bossier parishes.

The Louisiana Legends Awards gala serves as a fundraiser for Friends of LPB with proceeds going to support the programming and educational services provided by LPB. There will be a silent auction featuring items donated by the 2010 honorees themselves and by Louisiana businesses.

Burton is one of five people who will receive this award. Other honorees are former Gov. Buddy Roemer, NBA basketball great Willis Reed, performing and fine arts advocate Marjorie Morrison and former State Superintendent of Education Louis Michot.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and First Lady Supriya Jindal will serve as the LPB honorary co-chairs for the ceremony, which will be at 8 p.m. May 6 at the Old State Capitol in downtown Baton Rouge. A champagne and dessert reception will follow.

For more information, visit LPB’s Web site at www.lpb.org.

(Source: Shreveport Times)

Myrna to Stay in Hospital

24 March 2010

Again plans have changed for Myrna's release from hospital. It was hoped that she would be flying to Vienna tomorrow. Instead Myrna will be staying a while longer with the plan of getting her back to California on discharge.

Ronnie and James Feature on New Album

24 March 2010

Ronnie Tutt and James Burton will feature on Jim Lauderdale's new album 'Patchwork River' due for release on 11 May 2010.

Jim has written the album along with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter whom he first met when he produced his first album with bluegrass icon Dr. Ralph Stanley. He knew Robert along with Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Jerry Garcia were big followers of Dr. Ralph Stanley resulting in him approaching Robert about contributing lyrics to 'Patchwork River.'

Ronnie was Jerry Garcia's drummer in the Jerry Garcia Band many years ago.

Read more

Good News on John

24 March  2010

Good news to learn that the new chemotherapy and radiation treatment John is now receiving seems to be working. The doctors are very optimistic about his recovery.

This is great news and we could all do with some of that at this moment of time.

(Source: www.elvis - express.com )

More News on Myrna

22 March 2010


Portia, Myrna and Estelle.


After a visit to the hospital to day to see Myrna we have been told she will not be getting discharged after all. Poor Myrna was looking forward to being discharged today and flying to Vienna tomorrow. Unfortunately her consultant at the hospital has stressed to Myrna after reviewing her today that she is not fit enough to travel. He wants her to remain in hospital for a couple of more days until he reviews her again with the possibility of a discharge on Thursday.

We will all have to hang fire and see what happens. At the end of the day the doctor knows best and has Myrna's recovery as a priority. Meanwhile as the case has been since she went in to hospital, she remains in our prayers and thoughts for her recovery to continue, slow as it is.

As mentioned below, should any one wish to send Myrna a message or cards then please send them to the address below and we will make sure Myrna receives them.

(Source: Phone call)

Myrna Feeling Better

21 March 2010

Following another visit to see Myrna in the hospital today, we are happy to report that she is still in good spirits and continues to improve. She plans on travelling to Vienna on Tuesday to join fellow members of the Sweet Inspirations, the TCB Band and Dennis Jale, for two shows in the city. We have kept in daily contact with Myrna and also with the hospital for updates on her well being.

If you would like to send a card to Myrna, please post it to the following address and we'll make sure she gets it:

TCB Band Fan Club
PO Box 473
West Yorkshire
BD22 9WP

Update on Myrna Smith

18 March 2010

Good news to post on Myrna. I have just finished talking with Myrna on the phone at the hospital and she is sounding much better than she was sounding a week ago. She says that she is feeling much better in herself and being well looked after by the staff there. So a big thank you to the staff at the hospital from all of us here for doing that.

Myrna still does not know when she will be discharged. Anxious as she is to get out and home she is leaving that decision in the hands of the doctors.

Meanwhile lets all keep Myrna in our thoughts and prayers that she continues to make progress and will be out and about soon.

Sylvia Shemwell Has Died

16 March 2010

ImageIt is with sadness that we report the death of original Sweet Inspirations member, Sylvia Shemwell, who passed away on 13 February 2010. As well as working with Elvis, Sylvia toured with the TCB Band and the rest of the Elvis In Concert cast from 1997 to 2001, when she suffered a stroke which compromised her speech and ability to sing.

Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Sylvia started singing at the age of five. By the time she was fourteen, she'd won a contest for the Apollo Amateur Hour.  Sylvia began singing with the 'Gospellaires' in 1959. The group consisted of Dionne Warwick, Sylvia's little sister DeeDee, and her brother John Utley. Following Elvis' death, Sylvia organized her own jazz trio and shared the stage with the Bee Gees for four months. She has worked with such greats as, Little Esther, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, The Drifters, Gene Pitney, Connie Francis and Aretha Franklin. Sylvia will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.

(Source: Email/www.elvis.com.au)

Additional news on John

14 March 2010

Doctors have found a blockage in Johns' stomach but due to the chemotherapy and radiation treatment starting tomorrow, they cannot operate and neither can they do a biopsy because they are not sure of what it is and it may rupture. After the next seven weeks of treatment they will then operate to remove the blockage.

Again this is a hard time for John, Terry and those closest to him so let's again keep this in mind and continue our prayers for him.

(Source: www.elvis-express.com)

More News on John

14 March 2010

It's not the best way to start a Sunday, but this morning an email was received from Terry Wilkinson (Johns' wife) with the news that John has had an accident and has broken his left arm. An ambulance was called after he had fallen down the stairs at his home. He was in terrible pain and was taken to hospital in his home town of Springfield, Missouri, USA.

John is expected to stay in hospital for at least a week but meanwhile let John remain in our thoughts and prayers.


Update on John Wilkinson

8 March 2010

John Wilkinson is happily home from the surgery he had yesterday and is doing fine although very sore at the moment. John states there is nothing more to do but wait until March 15th when they will start his chemotherapy and radiation treatments which will be five days a week for eight weeks.

John told us, “It’s not gonna be fun, but I've been through worse so I'll just buck up and deal with it! I'm really tired and worn out from today.” John goes on to say, “Thanks to all of
you for your good, positive thoughts and prayers sent out in my direction.  I'll never be able to thank you all enough for your love and caring about this old rocker!”

This again is great news but le'ts all keep John in our thoughts and prayers.


Glen D wins 'The Kings World' Award

4 March 2010


Glen D pictured with Peter and Sandra Beines.


Glen D was presented with the Elvis Presley Memorial Award on Wednesday February 24th following the Elvis Presley In Concert show in Rotterdam.

The award, the first of its kind, was unanimously awarded to Glen D by 'The Kings World' president Peter Beines and his wife Sandra. Read more (in German).

(Source: Peter Beines/www.thekingsworld.de)