An Atlanta cheerleader broke a Guinness World Record during a football game by performing 44 consecutive back handsprings. 16-year-old Mikayla Clark performed the feat during her high school’s homecoming game. She broke the previous record of 36 consecutive handsprings.
Johnny Depp has reportedly ditched his recent shaggy style in exchange for a more clean-cut look and drastically different hair. The 50-year-old actor attended the BFI London Film Festival with new bleach-blonde hair. It is unknown whether the dye job is for a movie role but the internet response for the former sexiest man alive’s new look has been less than favorable.
On Thursday night (October 17th), John Fogerty‘s fans catching his Catoosa, Oklahoma show got a big surprise when ZZ Top‘s guitarist Billy Gibbons jumped onstage with Fogerty to perform Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Born On The Bayou” and ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man.” Both players had shows at The Joint at Hard Rock Casino, Tulsa. Gibbons said in a statement: “The all-too-brief session will stand as one of the tallest highlights that’s come down the pike in quite a while. Wow! Twuz killer diller. John & Co. certainly were on top of the game and the bonus of participation is quite the reward.”
A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before it sank was auctioned to an anonymous buyer for $1.6 million on Saturday (October 19th) in Britain, which is a world record for an artifact from the doomed ship. The violin, which is now unplayable because of damage from the ocean water, is thought to have belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who famously continued playing “Nearer, My God, To Thee” on the Titanic’s deck with his fellow musicians as the ship was sinking. The violin, which was a gift from Hartley’s fiancee and has his name on it, is believed to have been found at sea with his body more than a week after the Titanic sank.
A Kansas man managed to run a marathon and knit a scarf to break a world record. David Babcock thought it would be a good idea to combine two different hobbies to break a world record. The 41-year-old managed to achieve his goal after knitting a scarf that was twelve-feet long while running the Kansas City Marathon in a time of five hours and 48 minutes. He surpassed the previous record of making a scarf that was six-feet and nine inches.
Coming on October 29th is the double-disc collection, The Essential James Taylor. The compilation marks the first time James Taylor‘s work for both Warner Bros. and Columbia Records has been collected on one two-CD set. The career-spanning album features such Taylor standards as “Sweet Baby James,” “Fire And Rain,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “How Sweet It Is,” “Mexico,” “Shower The People,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Her Town Too,” and “Copperline,” among many others.
James Taylor told us that despite the pressures of the music business, he’s never felt any competition with his peers, or himself, when writing or recording new music.