Sympathies To Family And Friends Of Tandy Rice
August 4, 2015 at 10:52 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS extends sympathies to family and friends of music industry veteran TANDY RICE, who passed away MONDAY (8/3) at CENTENNIAL HOSPITAL in NASHVILLE at the age of 76. Born TANDY CLINTON RICE, JR., he was a graduate of VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY before beginning his career as a publicist representing WAYLON JENNINGS, CHET ATKINS, KITTY WELLS, and HANK WILLIAMS JR. among others. He went on to manage and/or book Country greats including PORTER WAGONER, DOLLY PARTON, JIM ED BROWN, THE KENDALLS, TOM T. HALL, HELEN CORNELIUS, JEANNIE C. RILEY, and more.
RICE became a well-known personality himself, being profiled in "NEWSWEEK," "THE WASHINGTON POST," "PEOPLE," "PLAYBOY," "THE NEW YORK TIMES," and other national publications. Locally, he hosted top-rated WLAC radio talk show "GOOD MORNING NASHVILLE" as well as WTVF-TV's "Morningline" programming. Additionally, he spent 15 years as the host for WKRN-TV's "United Cerebral Palsy Telethon," served more than a decade on the board of the CMA, was an adjunct professor at BELMONT UNIVERSITY's MIKE CURB SCHOOL OF MUSIC BUSINESS, and became the Dean of GEORGE JONES UNIVERSITY. Services for RICE are currently pending.