Stars Shine for the Red Cross

Although she didn’t sing, the Queen of Country Music, Kitty Wells, showed up to say kind things about the Red Cross at the outdoor concert on Music Row held Wednesday evening (Oct. 3 ) to raise funds for that organization. Wells was accompanied by her husband, Johnnie Wright, who told the audience of the tours of U.S. military outposts the couple had taken during World War II. Among the acts for the WSIX-sponsored show that lasted well into the night were gospel diva Vestal Goodman, Jo Dee Messina, The Wilkinsons, Mark McGuinn, Sherrie Austin, Daryle Singletary, David Ball and comedian Ray Stevens. Aborting his 1962 pop hit, “Ahab, the Arab,” after playing the first few notes, Stevens concluded that the reason terrorists attack America is that “they don’t understand us.” Warming to that theme, he said, “We’re the only country where you can get a pizza faster than an ambulance. … the only country where we park a $40,000 car in the driveway so we can fill our garage with junk.” He capped his set with “Everything Is Beautiful.” 10/04/01