People: Allman to wed 24-year-old girlfriend

Gregg Allman

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Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman is getting married for the seventh time.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has told several interviewers this week that he's engaged to his 24-year-old girlfriend, Shannon Williams, and Allman's publicist and manager confirmed the news Friday morning.

Allman talked about the unexpected love he felt for Williams in an interview with The Associated Press earlier this year for a story about his memoir, "My Cross to Bear," but admitted he was leery about taking the relationship further because of past difficulties in his love life. But Allman, 64, told Howard Stern, Piers Morgan and a SiriusXM town hall audience this week that he has taken the relationship to the next stage.

Allman's failed marriages make up a significant part of "My Cross to Bear," a best-seller after its release May 1. He offers a rare glimpse into his private life, detailing the rise and collapse of his relationship with Cher, among other topics.

Keira engaged to Klaxons member

Keira Knightley, the glamorous star of "Pirates of the Caribbean," is engaged to marry musician James Righton, her publicist said Friday.

Righton is a keyboard player for the rock group Klaxons. He and Knightley, 27, have been dating since early last year. Previously, Knightley dated actor Rupert Friend for several years.

Knightley first won notice for her role as a soccer-playing teenager in "Bend It Like Beckham."

She went on to star in the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies and was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in an adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

Winans wanted when carjacked

Records show Detroit pastor and gospel singing icon Marvin Winans' driver's license was suspended and there was a warrant out for his arrest when he was carjacked last week.

The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report that the state suspended Winans' license May 9 after he failed to pay two December traffic tickets.

Winans says notices weren't received because he had changed addresses, and staffers were working to resolve the issues before the carjacking.

Winans, who delivered singer Whitney Houston's eulogy in February, was attacked May 16 while pumping gas in Detroit. Three young men have been charged.

Watson recovering from surgery

Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson is in critical condition but improving at a North Carolina hospital after undergoing colon surgery.

Watson's daughter, Nancy, said Watson, 89, fell Monday.

The blind singer and guitarist has won several Grammys and the National Medal of the Arts. He's known as a master of the flatpicking style of guitar playing,

-- From Our Press Services

Today's birthdays

Singer Stevie Nicks, 64; actor Philip Michael Thomas ("Miami Vice"), 63; actress Pam Grier, 63; country singer Hank Williams Jr., 63; comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, 50; singer Lenny Kravitz, 48; actress Helena Bonham Carter, 46; actor Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love"), 42; "South Park" co-creator Matt Stone, 41.

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