TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
Jimmie Rogers recorded "Mother Was a Lady (if Brother Jack Were Here)," "T for Texas," Away Out on the Mountain," "Ben Dewberry's Final Run" and "Blue Yodel" for Victor in 1927.
Teddy Wilburn was born in Hardy, Ark., in 1931.
The Girls of the Golden West recorded "Take Me Back to Renfro Valley" for Bluebird in 1935.
Jack Reno was born in Bloomfield, Iowa, in 1935.
Songwriter and producer George Richey was born in Freeman, Ark., in 1935.
Frank Ifield was born in Coventry, England, in 1937.
Producer and industry executive Jimmy Bowen was born in Santa Rita, N.M., in 1937.
Ernest Tubb recorded "I Will Miss You When You Go" and the top-five single "Missing in Action" for Decca in 1951.
Jeannie Kendall was born Jeannie Kykendall in St. Louis, Mo., in 1954.
Dottie West debuted on the charts with "Let Me Off at the Corner" in 1963.
Billie Joe Spears debuted on the charts with "(If I Could Climb) the Walls of the Bottle" in 1974.
T.G. Sheppard debuted on the charts with "Devil in the Bottle" in 1974.
Mindy McCready was born in Fort Myers, Fla., in 1975.
David Houston died at age 54 in 1993.
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Slim Willet, composer of "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes," was born Winston Lee Moore in Dublin, Texas, in 1919.
Jim Nesbitt was born in Bishopville, S.C., in 1931.
Casey Van Beek (The Tractors) was born in Tulsa, Okla., in 1942.
Singer-songwriter Jim Chesnut was born in Midland, Texas, in 1944.
Clyde Moody recorded "Tears on My Pillow" and the top-10 single "I Love You Because" for King Records in 1949.
"Slow Poke," recorded by Pee Wee King, began its 14-week stay at No.1 in 1951.
Fred Rose, songwriter and co-founder of Acuff-Rose Music, died at age 57 in Nashville in 1954.
A commemorative marker was erected in honor of Uncle Dave Macon on U.S. 70 near Woodbury, Tenn., in 1954.
Jimmy Martin recorded "I'm the Boss (of this Here House)," "I'll Drink No More Wine" and "Grand Ole Opry Song" for Decca Records in 1956.
Kim Richey was born in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1956.
Buck Ownes recorded "Cryin' Time" and the No.1 single, "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," for Capitol in 1964.
Darryl Ellis was born Darryl Gatlin in Norfolk, Va., in 1964.
Merle Haggard recorded his first top-five single, "Swinging Doors," for Capitol Records in 1965.
Carter Glen Stanley died at age 41 in Bristol, Tenn., in 1966.
Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge were divorced after six years of marriage in 1979.
Guitar great Grady Martin received the first Master Award from the Nashville Music Association in 1983.
Alan Jackson's A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love) was certified triple platinum and "Chattahoochee" earned a gold single in 1993.
Little Texas earned a gold album with Big Time in 1993.
George Strait racked up another platinum album with Easy Come, Easy Go in 1993.
David Lee Murphy earned a gold album with Out With A Bang in 1995.
Alabama scored a No.1 with "In Pictures" in 1995.
COUNTRY MUSIC TRIVIA
Q: What Opry member won the CMA's Male Vocalist of the Year award in 1990?
A: Clint Black, who returns to the Opry during Opry at the Ryman Dec. 7-8.
MUSIC AND MORE
Country will be represented by Toby Keith and Brooks & Dunn at the Jan. 9 American Music Awards. The awards show will air on ABC live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and will also feature performances by Yolanda Adams, Cher, Kid Rock (joined by Uncle Kracker), Lenny Kravitz and Shaggy.
CITY OF HOPE SOFTBALL
The 12th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge will be held June 13 at Green Stadium in Nashville. The event -- part of the annual Fan Fair activities -- raises funds for the City of Hope National Medical Center and the Beckman Research Institute in the fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Tickets go on sale this Saturday through TicketMaster at (615) 255-9600.
GARY CHAPMAN CHRISTIAN ALBUM
Former host of "Prime Time Country," Gary Chapman, will release a contemporary Christian album on Feb. 5 on Planet 24/7 Entertainment, a division of Crowne Music Group. Chapman produced the album as well as wrote all the songs and played all the instrumental parts. The project will be distributed by Word Distribution.
FIRST STEPS CONCERT
Joe Diffie and friends Ricky Skaggs, Tracy Lawrence and Cledus T. Judd will step up for First Steps Inc., a Nashville-based organization for the education and development of children with special needs. The 10th Annual Country Steps in for First Steps concert is scheduled for Feb. 10 at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Ticket information will be announced soon.
Coming Soon To The Opry Stage:
Nov. 30: Joe Diffie, Steve Wariner, Del McCoury Band, Diamond Rio, John Conlee, Jean Shepard, Ricky Skaggs
Dec. 1 (1:00 pm Matinee): Asleep at the Wheel, Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Dec. 1: Joe Diffie, Asleep at the Wheel, Del McCoury Band, John Conlee, Jean Shepard, Crystal Gayle, Ricky Skaggs, Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Dec. 7: Gillian Welch, Clint Black, Chalee Tennison, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Dobie Gray, Darryl Worley, Mel McDaniel, Jim Ed Brown
Dec. 8 (1:00 pm Matinee): Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Chalee Tennison
Dec. 8: Travis Tritt, Diamond Rio, Gillian Welch, Clint Black, Chalee Tennison, Darryl Worley, Mel McDaniel, Jim Ed Brown
Dec. 14: Jeff Carson, Charley Pride, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Mandy Barnett, The Whites, Mike Snider
Dec. 15 (1:00 pm Matinee): Jeff Carson, Mandy Barnett
Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson, John Prine, Charley Pride, Mandy Barnett, The Whites, Mike Snider
Dec. 21-22: Dale Watson, Daryle Singletary, Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely
Dec. 28: Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris, Riders in the Sky, Hal Ketchum
Dec. 29: Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Riders in the Sky, Hal Ketchum
Jan. 4-5: T. Bubba Bechtol, Andy Griggs
Jan. 11-12: Mark Wills, Terri Clark
(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