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Statler Brothers, Ky. native Tom T. Hall to enter Hall of Fame

Brothers Harold and Don Reid of the country and gospel group the Statler Brothers are coming clean about which career award meant the most.

”This one has knocked us on our behinds,“ Don Reid said about the group's induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. ”The Hall of Fame is the capper to a career that we are proud of.“ Tom T. Hall, a native of Olive Hill, Ky., will also be inducted Sunday. He's best known as a songwriter who jump-started his solo career after Jeannie C. Reilly's No. 1 hit with his Harper Valley PTA.

Tyler's rehab for more than feet

Steven Tyler sought the ”safe environment“ of rehab last month to recover from more than just surgery — the Aerosmith frontman now says was fighting a dependency on pain and sleep medication. ”To have your feet done, to have your leg done, you have to be on narcotics,“ Tyler said Friday. ”You have to be on sleep aids at night. I don't know about Joe (Perry) but I was off and running and I didn't like the me that was me.“ Tyler released a statement in late May saying he checked into a rehab facility in search of a ”safe environment“ to recover from several foot surgeries and physical therapy. Tyler said the procedures were to correct longtime foot injuries resulting from his physical performances.

More Madonna divorce rumors

The latest round of rumors claiming that Madonna is poised to divorce Guy Ritchie got a fresh coat of credibility Friday with a report in the Times of London that Madonna has, indeed, consulted Prince Charles' divorce lawyer, Fiona Shackleton.

The paper says Ritchie has seen his lawyers at the law firm Forsters. ”No comment“ from Madonnna's representative, Liz Rosenberg.

Phish could be rebanding

Jam band Phish may get back together after a four-year break. Keyboardist Page McConnell says the band will meet later this year to discuss a reunion.

Hatcher's daughter a hit

It wasn't Teri Hatcher who made a big impression on schoolchildren in Nairobi, Kenya. It was her 10-year-old daughter, Emerson Rose. Hatcher and Emerson visited a boarding school. ”They loved my daughter,“ Hatcher, one of the stars of ABC's Desperate Housewives, said in a phone interview from Tanzania. Hatcher said her daughter brought letters and drawings from her fourth-grade classmates to kick off a pen-pal exchange with at least 40 children at the boarding school.

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