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Country telethon raises over $1.5 million for flood relief; metal singer Ronnie James Dio dies at 67

ladyant.jpegLady Antebellum perform on last night's "Music City Keep On Playin'" telethon. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

By Ally Schweitzer

- Country stars raised over $1.5 million for Tennessee flood relief during last night's "Music City Keep on Playin'" telethon. Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and others performed their hit songs for the three hour broadcast, which aired on the Great American Country network. Martina McBride told reporters that she and her family "escaped any kind of damage, but there are kids at our daughters’ school who lost everything... This happened in our city, and I want them to be connected to it. We are very proud to be Nashville. We love Nashville.”

- Ronnie James Dio, former singer for metal bands Elf and Rainbow, not to mention his stint as Ozzy's replacement in Black Sabbath, has died of stomach cancer at 67. Fans remember Dio for his powerful vocal ability and his longtime claim that he invented the devil horns (yes, those devil horns). Watch Dio slay this 1983 performance of "Rainbow in the Dark" on late night TV. May he rest in peace.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Ronnie James Dio  
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