Thursday, March 11, 2010 announcement

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Author John O’Dowd tells me that he has just started a new interview project with former ABC Records and RCA singer Randy Gurley. Once touted in industry press releases as being ’the next Linda Ronstadt,’ Randy was unable to become a hit recording artist during her time in country music, but she is now working very successfully as a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker. In fact, ‘Rand’ is one of our country’s leading practitioners of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, a treatment modality that uses horses in a therapeutic setting for at-risk children and teenagers. “I hope to have Randy’s article online at my Web site (_hollywoodstarletbarbarapayton.com_ ( ) sometime this spring,” the handsome author tells Canyon News. O’Dowd’s acclaimed biography “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: Barbara Payton Story” is making news in NYC right now. The talented artist Jim Lutes who created the book cover, which is a beautiful tribute to the fallen star has his artwork, the actual cover of the book displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City as part of the 2010 Whitney Biennial exhibition. John O’Dowd tells Canyon News, “I hope Jim receives a ton of accolades for his work on this gorgeous painting of Barbara, and I hope he also knows how much this kind gesture has touched me, and most assuredly, Barbara’s son John, and her best friend and sister-in-law, Jan, too.” Check out the image and details of the exhibit at (

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