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Tillis has his ticker fixed

Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend.

According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a “routine heart procedure.”

She said he is expected to make a full recovery.

“In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he’s already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses,” Tillis said in a statement.

Four scheduled shows have been canceled due to his surgery.

Tillis became a successful songwriter and singer despite dealing with a stutter. He has recorded more than 60 albums. His hits include “Good Woman Blues,” ‘’Coca Cola Cowboy” and “Southern Rain.” He’s written top songs for George Strait, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Kenny Rogers and many more.

Franklin still respects Obama

Aretha Franklin has much R-E-S-P-E-C-T for President Obama – regardless of his spelling skills.

At a White House concert last Thursday, Obama dropped the initial “E’’ when trying to spell out “respect” as the queen of soul does in her famous song.

“I’m sure the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired,” the 71-year-old singer said in a statement Monday.

The concert included Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott.

Franklin says no offense was taken.

“The President and I are mutual when it comes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” she said.

Kitten found for estate

There is a new kitten at the Winston Churchill estate.

The orange-colored rescue cat is there to comply with the late British prime minister’s request that there always be a cat of that color living at Chartwell.

Churchill also indicated that the cat should have white chest fur, white paws, and be named Jock.

The unusual request stems from the affection Churchill felt for a kitten given to him on his 88th birthday by Jock Colville, one of his secretaries.

The new kitten was formerly known as Malley but has been renamed Jock VI.

Mayor disappoints Neeson

Actor Liam Neeson says he’s disappointed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t show up at a horse stable over the weekend to see for himself that the animals are well cared for.

The “Non-Stop” actor says de Blasio “should have manned up and come.”

The mayor has declared his intention to shut down the horse-carriage industry, saying it’s inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan.

The Democrat mayor wants to replace them with electric cars.

Neeson on Sunday invited members of the City Council to the stables that house Central Park’s carriage horses. He says the carriage horses are “a connection with our past.”

De Blasio said Sunday he did plan to visit the stables when his schedule allows.