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Country Music News

  |   Nov. 8, 2001 at 4:45 AM
TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Thurs., Nov. 8)

Scotty Wiseman was born in 1909.

Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore, Okla., in 1927.

Toymaker Hasbro unveiled its new collection of six Elvis Presley limited-edition commemorative dolls in 1994.


COUNTRY MUSIC TRIVIA

Q: What Opry member recently taped an episode of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

A: Martina McBride, who returns to the Opry stage during Opry at the Ryman this Saturday.


MUSIC AND MORE


NEW ARTIST RELEASES

Deana Carter's new CD, Father Christmas, on Beyond Music and Clint Black's Greatest Hits II on RCA will be in stores Nov. 20. Audium Records is releasing The Good News According to Mr. Roy Acuff and Merle Haggard's Roots, Vol. 1 is now in stores. The highly anticipated new Garth Brooks project, Scarecrow, on Capitol will be available Nov. 13.


REBA'S SURVIVOR

Opry member Reba McEntire has released her Greatest Hits III -- I'm A Survivor, her 27th CD release. The album is number one in country sales this week and is Reba's first album to debut at the top of the charts since her Starting Over CD in 1995.


TRAVIS TRITT AT CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Opry member Travis Tritt will participate in The National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 6. Tritt -- along with Audra McDonald, Frederica von Stade and The Manhattan Transfer -- will perform during the 78th Annual Christmas Pageant of Peace in Washington, D.C. President George W. Bush will push the button to light the tree and the United States Marine Band and the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Stafford, Texas, will also perform.


CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & BLACK?

Opry member Clint Black will join Crosby, Stills & Nash during the debut of a new monthly series, "CMT Crossroads," on Dec. 16 (at 9 p.m. ET). Stan Lynch, drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, will host the show. The series will pair country artists with other genres to show the influence of country music. Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock are scheduled for a future episode of the series.


UPCOMING APPEARANCES ON THE GRAND OLE OPRY

Nov. 9: Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins (6:30), T Bubba Bechtol, Rhonda Vincent, Porter Wagoner, The Whites

Nov. 10: Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, T Bubba Bechtol, Porter Wagoner, The Whites

Nov. 11: Opry at the Ryman American Pride Concert: Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Marty Stuart, Porter Wagoner, Steve Wariner

Nov. 16: Hal Ketchum, Riders in the Sky, IIIrd Tyme Out

Nov. 17: Eddy Raven, David Ball, Riders in the Sky

Nov. 23: David Ball, Jimmy Dickens

Nov. 24: Del McCoury Band, David Ball, Jimmy Dickens, Ralph Stanley

Nov. 30: Joe Diffie, Steve Wariner, Del McCoury Band, Diamond Rio, John Conlee, Jean Shepard

Dec. 1: Joe Diffie, Asleep at the Wheel, Del McCoury Band, John Conlee, Jean Shepard

Dec. 7: Gillian Welch

Dec. 8: Travis Tritt, Diamond Rio, Gillian Welch

Dec. 14: Jeff Carson, Marty Stuart

Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson, John Prine

Dec. 28: Marty Stuart

Dec. 29: Marty Stuart

(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.)


By Opryland USA in Nashville and UPI

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