TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Fri., Oct. 5)
Nashville's WSM Radio went on the air in 1925.
Johnny Duncan was born in Dublin, Texas, in 1938.
"The Judds Greatest Hits" was awarded a gold album just two months after its release in 1988.
MORE COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY FOR THIS WEEKEND
(Sat., Oct. 6)
Garth Brooks joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1990.
Alan Jackson made his first Opry appearance, also in 1990.
(Sun., Oct. 7)
Uncle Dave Macon was born in Smart Station, Tenn., in 1870.
Kieran Kane was born in 1949.
The Judds and Dolly Parton were awarded platinum albums for "Rockin' With The Rhythm" and "Greatest Hits," respectively, in 1986.
The album "City of New Orleans" by Willie Nelson went platinum in 1994.
John Berry's "You and Only You" debuted on the country charts, also in 1994.
COUNTRY MUSIC TRIVIA
Q: What Opry member was inducted into the VFW Hall of Fame on Aug. 22, 2001?
A: Travis Tritt, who returns to the Opry stage Oct. 12 during the Opry's 76th Birthday Bash.
MUSIC AND MORE
NAOMI JUDD WANTS TO BUILD FIRST KENTUCKY HOSPICE
One-half of the singing Judds, Naomi, has been named the honorary chairwoman of an effort to build the first free-standing hospice facility in the state of Kentucky.
The news provider country.com reports Judd is preparing to launch a fundraising campaign in the coming weeks to get seed money for the project. Her publicist says she hopes to raise about $1.5 million as start-up money to get the project rolling and to show that it has major support.
Judd is a native of Ashland, Ky., and -- with daughter Wynonna, performing as The Judds -- has received six Grammys and a vast array of other awards. Since nearly losing her life to disease in the early '90s, the elder Judd has become a tireless crusader for good health and has been active in benefits to help the victims of HIV and AIDS over the years.
(Thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)
LORETTA LYNN BUSY AS EVER
Opry member Loretta Lynn is staying very busy these days with a full concert schedule, duet with fellow Opry member Alan Jackson, a new single from her current album and her new book, "Still Woman Enough."
Lynn is in Michigan this weekend (Oct. 5-6) at the Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown before heading to Joliet, Ill., on Sunday; Branson, Mo., on Oct. 12; and back home for a concert in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on Oct. 13. She'll be at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh on Oct. 17; Harrah's Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, N.C., on Oct. 18-19; and the Little Nashville Opry in Nashville, Ind., on Oct. 27-28.
Lynn has teamed up with Alan Jackson on a duet titled "Sweet Thang," which will be included on her next album. Her next single will be "Table for Two," off her "Still Country" CD (on Audium Records).
Loretta is busy at work on her new book, "Still Woman Enough," which is tentatively scheduled to be published in May 2002. A writer change to Patsy Cox -- co-author of Tanya Tucker's "Nickel Dreams" -- is the reason for the delay in the release. Artwork for the cover is complete and Loretta is currently gathering other photos for the book. 14 chapters are complete and at the publishers.
COMING SOON TO THE OPRY STAGE:
Oct. 6: Rhonda Vincent, Carolyn Dawn Johnson (debut), Ray Price
Oct. 12: Grand Ole Opry 76th Birthday -- Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Travis Tritt
Oct. 19: Marty Stuart
Oct. 20: Allison Moorer, Darryl Worley
Oct. 26: Confederate Railroad (debut), Charley Pride, Gail Davies w/the Jordanaires, Pam Tillis
Oct. 27: Charley Pride, Gail Davies w/the Jordanaires
Nov. 10: Trace Adkins, Clint Black
Nov. 30: Joe Diffie
Dec. 1: Joe Diffie, Travis Tritt
Dec. 14: Jeff Carson
Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson
(For Opry tickets, log on to opry.com or call 615-889-3060 or TicketMaster at 615-255-9600. Artists and schedule subject to change.)
From Opryland USA in Nashville