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Country Stars Do Fishing Video

November 18, 1998

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) _ Some of Branson’s biggest entertainers are throwing out a new line, and country music has little to do with it.

Mickey Gilley, Tony Orlando, Mel Tillis and Moe Bandy are taking their show on the water for a fishing video. Country singer Waylon Jennings narrates while the four try to reel in their catches and crack jokes about big ones that got away.

``I’ve been around these guys a long time. When you get them all together, they’re really funny,″ said Justin Gage, the film’s producer.

Gage, a local entrepreneur and son of a marina owner, said he took the idea for his ``Branson All-Star Comedy Video″ from a national fishing show.

``They’ve got us doing things just like we’d do it in real life,″ Orlando said Monday while watching Tillis and Gilley shoot a scene at the Bass Pro shop in Springfield. ``They’ve got us nailed.″

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