Entertainment briefs – August 9

Marshall Grant, a longtime member of country music superstar Johnny Cash’s original band, the Tennessee Two, has died in Arkansas. He was 83.

Long-time Cash sideman Marshall Grant dies

JONESBORO, Ark. — Marshall Grant, a longtime member of country music superstar Johnny Cash’s original band, the Tennessee Two, has died in Arkansas. He was 83.

Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., said Grant died Sunday.

A spokeswoman at St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment and a cause of death was not immediately available.

Funeral services are pending.

Grant and Luther Perkins were guitar-playing auto mechanics when they were introduced to Johnny Cash by Cash’s brother, Roy, a fellow mechanic, in Memphis in 1954. He played bass guitar in Cash’s band from 1954-80.

Move to name mountain peak for Denver hits snag

ASPEN, Colo. — A movement to name a Colorado mountain peak after the late John Denver has hit a snag.

The effort has gained momentum in recent weeks as thousands of people signed a petition to recognize the singer with a mountain near where he wrote his hit, “Rocky Mountain High.” Denver is a revered figure in Colorado — so much that it made “Rocky Mountain High” an official state song.

The peak in question is on Mount Sopris, named after a man who led a prospecting expedition near the mountain. It’s also in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, which poses a problem for the proposal, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/n5a1ic ).

The board’s executive secretary, Lou Yost, said renaming the peak could be forbidden under a federal wilderness law.

He said that based on the board’s interpretation of the Wilderness Act of 1964, applying any more new names to features in wilderness areas detracts from the wilderness experience. Exceptions could be made for safety or educational purposes, he added.

Allman cancels concert dates due to illness

NEW YORK — Rock legend Gregg Allman has cancelled tour dates from Aug. 26 to Sept. 15 because of a persistent illness.

A statement from Allman’s publicist on Monday says the 63-year-old has an “upper respiratory condition” that will require several days of hospitalization and four to six weeks of bed rest.

Allman underwent a successful liver transplant last year and returned to the road just a few months later.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee cancelled the final four dates of his recent European tour because of the same illness.

Celebrities appear on ‘Sesame Street’

NEW YORK — More than three dozen celebrities, including Nicole Kidman and Robin Williams, athlete Carmelo Anthony and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor are set to appear on the new season of Sesame Street.

Sesame Street begins its 42nd season on PBS on Sept. 26.

PBS said Monday the focus of the preschool educational series will be on science, math and engineering education. That includes age-appropriate experimentation, including designing a launcher to send Hubert the Human Cannonball over a yard and into a bucket of blue gelatin on the season premiere.

Other celebrities to make cameos include Mark Ruffalo and Seth Rogen.