Temple University to honor singer LaBelle

Veteran R&B diva Patti LaBelle is getting an honorary degree from Temple University in her hometown of Philadelphia. The university will present LaBelle with the doctorate in humane letters at its May 13 commencement ceremony.

LaBelle's singing career has spanned more than four decades and includes several hit records and two Grammy Awards. She has also written four books, two of which are cookbooks.

LaBelle served as a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association after being diagnosed with the condition. Two years ago, she partnered with Temple to raise awareness about diabetes.

Strait's latest hit sets record

George Strait has set a Billboard record. The trade magazine said Tuesday that the country legend is the first act to hit the top 10 on any Billboard chart for 30 straight years.

The song that set the record was "I Gotta Get to You," which has reached No. 9 on Billboard's top country songs list.

Strait's first country top 10 hit was in 1981, with "Unwound," and he has cracked the top 10 every year since then. His latest hit is his 82nd top 10 country hit.

Michaels recovering from appendectomy

Bret Michaels is recovering from an emergency appendectomy at a Texas hospital.

The 47-year-old rocker's Web site says Michaels was urged to go to the hospital as he was preparing to take the stage in San Antonio on Sunday night.

He had been having severe stomach pains all day "and what was assumed to be a severe case of the flu."

The statement says Michaels, frontman for the band Poison, had emergency surgery Monday and is now "doing well and beginning the recovery process."

Kennedy memoirs to be published

Hyperion will publish the transcripts and 6 1/2 hours of audiotape of Jacqueline Kennedy next year.

The interviews were conducted during the first half of 1964, just months after her husband was assassinated. The interviews were done by historian and family friend Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

The publisher plans to release the currently untitled book in September 2011. Her daughter, Caroline Kennedy , will serve as editor and write an introduction for the book.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Country singer Loretta Lynn , 75 ... actress Julie Christie , 70... actor Brad Garrett , 50... actor Anthony Michael Hall , 42... actor Adrien Brody , 37... rapper DaBrat , 36... actress Sarah Michelle Gellar , 33... actress Abigail Breslin , 14.