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Familiar Faces at the Grammys

On last night's memorable Grammys production, the memorial montage included at least two former Knoxvillians among the nationally notable music people who had died in the previous year. One, of course, was Phil Everly. The previously unlikely duo of Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong punctuated the memorial by singing a duet tribute to the Everly Brothers, "When Will I Be Loved."

The Everlys had a hit with that song, which was one of their last American singles to chart, in the summer of 1960. That recording actually got more attention in Great Britain than it did here. Many Americans may remember the song mainly via Linda Ronstadt's much-louder version, which hit #1 on the American charts in 1975. Lambert and Armstrong sang it more in the Everlys' sweeter, more vulnerable style. We'll defer judgment on how well they did the job, but it was a nice gesture. The camera briefly stopped on an un-spotlit group in the seats, identified as the "Everly Family." We couldn't tell if Don was among them.

The other Grammy memorial honoree with local connections was music critic and biographer Chet Flippo, who died in Nashville several months ago. Chet was from Texas but lived in South Knoxville for several years in the 1980s and '90s, and was for a short time and understandably under a pseudonym, was a Metro Pulse restaurant critic. Here with his wife Martha Hume, who was also a respected writer and editor, he taught journalism at UT for a time.

It was good to see his face one more time. The soft-spoken, unpretentious writer, known for his books about the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, and others, was not a guy who sought the spotlight. It was, in fact, the first time we've ever seen him on national television.

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