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June 26, 1994

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ The man who led Janet Jackson to new career heights led his fiancee of four years down the aisle in a star-studded wedding ceremony.

Grammy-winning songwriter-producer James ″Jimmy Jam″ Harris III married Lisa Padilla on Saturday at the Pickfair mansion before more than 300 friends, many from the recording industry.

In addition to Jackson, guests included Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Pia Zadora, Johnny Gill and Tia Carrere.

Harris and best man Terry Lewis, his partner in the Minneapolis-based Flyte Tyme Recording Studios, wore champagne-colored tuxedos, Panama hats and dark sunglasses.

The 25-year-old bride, a music video fashion designer, wore a champagne- colored satin gown with a 15-foot train.


NEW YORK (AP) - Mel Torme’s warm, smooth delivery delighted a Carnegie Hall audience at the annual JVC Jazz Festival, where he has performed since 1972. He began with ″Opus One,″ melted into the verse of ″You Make Me Feel So Young,″ snapped his fingers for a quick tempo for ″Three Little Words,″ with lots of scat-singing, then went to ″Memories of You.″

In ″You Make Me Feel So Young,″ the 68-year-old Torme sang, ″You know that age is just a number″ then interjected ″If I could really believe that.″

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RADNOR, Pa. (AP) - Reba McEntire says she has lost 20 pounds since an embarrassing accident while filming ″The Gambler Returns″ with Kenny Rogers three years ago.

″In one scene, I was supposed to hop on a horse from a wagon, and I was so heavy and uncoordinated, I fell off the horse,″ the country music superstar says in the July 2 issue of TV Guide magazine.

Her diet secret: to eat mostly fruit and shun fried foods.

″My favorite meal was fried hamburger patties with flour-and-milk gravy and biscuits and tons of butter and honey,″ she says. ″Breakfast was my most fattening meal because I had pancakes with peanut butter and syrup on them. And jelly on top of that.″

McEntire says she enjoys her career success, but sometimes finds it disconcerting.

″It’s been a while since I’ve been to Wal-Mart,″ she says. ″The last time I went, me and my son, Shelby, just got bombarded. I must be a bigger twinkle than I think I am.″

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NEW YORK (AP) - Jimmy Carter will join two other former presidents - John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln - as a published poet.

Times Books announced Sunday that it intends to publish ″Always a Reckoning,″ a book of poems by Carter in January.

Carter has written eight other books.

In his poems, Carter ″shares his private memories″ about childhood, family and politics, the publisher said in a statement.

″His poetry is born of an awareness, both political and sensual, that ‘there is always a reckoning,’ that everything in life must be in balance,″ Times Books said.

A sample:

″Some people never say, ‘Let’s go home’

Not having one, except a plastic sheet;

When cold, they try to find a warm air grate;

An empty doorway’s better than the street

And two share one refrigerator crate.″

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