Entertainment News: Louis Armstrong, George Jones, Cheryl Crow


WASHINGTON (AP) — A live recording of Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet for one of the last times is being released to the public for the first time.
The recording is being played Friday at the National Press Club in Washington where it was created in January 1971. Armstrong was a featured performer celebrating the inauguration of fellow Louisiana native Vernon Louviere as president of the club.
The performance was a comeback of sorts. Armstrong had been in poor health and didn’t play for much of 1970. But he felt strong enough to play in Washington and surprised the crowd with tunes like “Hello Dolly.”
Armstrong died later that year.
Smithsonian Folkway Recordings is releasing Armstrong’s music on CD and digital download after collaborating with the press club and the Louis Armstrong Foundation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Sheryl Crow joined more than 30,000 runners in her first half-marathon, and she has finished with a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 14 seconds at the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon.
Crow was running to raise money for New Hope Academy, and she says she got plenty of support from people cheering the runners all along the course. She says she can really see how people get hooked on running marathons.
Ryan James, 19, a sophomore from Berry College’s cross country team won the first marathon he entered, finishing a time of 2:32:50. A cut in the cash prize to $1,000 limited the number of elite runners. Erin Sutton, 24, of Woodstock, Ga., also won her marathon debut with a time of 2:54:16.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors are ordering George Jones to postpone all tour dates through May 20 to recover from an upper respiratory infection.
A statement from Jones’ publicist, Kirt Webster, says the 80-year-old singer is resting at his home near Nashville. He spent about a week in the hospital last month receiving antibiotics for the infection.
Jones is delaying his entire Canadian run in May as well as a show in Caruthersville, Missouri. He had already postponed concerts on April 20 and 21 in Minnesota and South Dakota.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member posted a video on his website Wednesday thanking fans for their prayers and the “wonderful ways” they have stood by him. He said he was on his “way back for sure,” adding that he only needs time.