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Thursday, October 03, 2019 1:00 am

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Brooks to get prize for 'Low Places'

Associated Press

Garth Brooks has friends in more than just low places. The Library of Congress said Wednesday the Grammy winner will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song next year.

Previous recipients include Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, Carole King and Willie Nelson.

Brooks is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. His hits include “Friends in Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls” and “The Dance.”

At 57, he'll be the youngest recipient of the Gershwin Prize. He will be honored with an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., that will air on PBS stations next spring.

“An award is only as good as the names on it,” Brooks said in a statement. “First off, for any musician, the name Gershwin says it all. Add to Ira's and George's names the names of the past recipients and you have an award of the highest honor. I am truly humbled.”

Since his debut in 1989, Brooks has become a top-selling and touring musical force, bringing his brand of high energy and emotional country music to stadiums and arenas.

He is the best-selling solo artist in the United States with more than 148 million in album sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and is second only in total U.S. sales to The Beatles.

Foreigner illness

Lou Gramm, the original singer for the classic rock band Foreigner, will miss four upcoming concerts because of illness.

He and other original members of the band were set to perform with the current lineup in a show called “Foreigner Double Vision: Then and Now.”

Other original members will perform as scheduled.

Gramm's publicist said the 69-year-old was hospitalized in Rochester, New York, last week with a severe respiratory infection, dehydration and fatigue.

In a follow-up doctor visit Wednesday morning, Gramm was deemed unable to perform for the four upcoming shows.

“My doctor insists if I pushed myself to perform, I would be in big trouble,” Gramm said in a statement issued Wednesday. “So, doctor's orders, I ride the bench. Rock on!”

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