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Music News: Johnny Cash, Ozzy Osbourne, Dick Wagner

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The former Tennessee home once occupied by the late Johnny and June Carter Cash, could be renovated into a rehab center soon.

According to the Tennesseean newspaper, the home located in the city of Hendersonville, is currently going through a change into a retreat for women suffering from eating disorders. This will come after discussions about the future of the Cash’s former home at a public Hendersonville Regional Planning Commission hearing set for September. The house was previously owned from a company owned by musician Barry Gibb and his wife Linda. It is now owned by Lakehouse Holdings, LLC, who is making the plans in the renovation.

In other music news, over 21,000 fans have signed an online petition, in a cause to get Ozzy Osbourne knighted. The campaign is the brainchild of a 65-year old fan name Helen Maidiotis, who feels that the Black Sabbath frontman is “more deserving of a top title from The Queen”. The cause in getting Osbourne knighted is for not only for his charity work, but his years as a entertainer (both as a member of Black Sabbath and as a solo artist), as well as “helping to make a difference in people who have looked up to him”.

News of the petition have reached Osbourne, who said he couldn’t imagine anything better, yet will not be upset if the knighthood does not happen this time around.

Meanwhile Dick Wagner, a guitarist and songwriter who have worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, died at age 71 from respiratory failure. Active since the early 1960s, Wagner has formed a band called the Frost, and had released three albums on Vanguard Records. But his connection with rock icons began in 1972, when he formed the short-lived group “Ursa Major”, whose members included Billy Joel. A year later, he was one of the featured guitarist for Lou Reed’s 1973 album Berlin, a later collaborated with Alice Cooper. Among the Cooper songs Wagner co-wrote include “Only Women Bleed” and “You and Me”.

Wagner is survived by a daughter and two sons.