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By United Press International   |   Dec. 24, 2001 at 4:45 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Mon., Dec.24)

Myrtle Eleanor Cooper, better known as "Lulu Belle," was born in Boone, N.C., in 1913.

Mary Jane DeZurick of the Cakle Sisters was born in Royalton, Minn., in 1917.

Stoney Edwards was born in Seminole, Okla., in 1929.

Gene Autry recorded "Mexicali Rose" from ARC in 1935.

Record producer and label owner Mike Curb was born in Savannah, Ga., in 1944.

Bluegrass singer/songwriter Charlie Moore died in 1979. He was 44.

Little Jimmy Dickens married Mona Evans in 1971.


MUSIC AND MORE


TOP COUNTRY RECORDS OF 2001

Garth Brooks and the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack end the year at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, while Tim McGraw holds court as the top artist.

The final Top Country Albums chart of the year shows Brooks' Scarecrow and O Brother continuing to dominate country albums sales. Toby Keith's platinum-selling Pull My Chain finishes at No. 3, George Strait's The Road Less Traveled is No. 4 and Martina McBbride's Greatest Hits ends the year at No. 5.

Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" tops the year-ending Hot Country Singles chart, knocking Keith's "I Wanna Talk About Me" down to No. 2. Jackson's single took just six weeks to hit the top, becomes the first single to go to No. 1 that fast since Brooks' "Longneck Bottle" in 1997.

Strait's "Run" finishes at No. 3 on the singles chart, Aaron Tippin's "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" is No. 4 and newcomer Steve Holy's "Good Morning Beautiful" climbs to No. 5.

Billboard's top country artists for 2001:

Top Country Artist: Tim McGraw

Top Country Artist, Female: Sara Evans

Top Country Artist, Male: Tim McGraw

Top New Country Artist: Jamie O'Neal

Top Country Album Artist: Tim McGraw

Top Hot Country Singles & Tracks Artist: Tim McGraw

Top Country Singles Sales Artist: LeAnn Rimes

Top Country Album: Greatest Hits, Tim McGraw

Top Hot Country Singles & Tracks: "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You," Brooks & Dunn

Top Country Label: Curb Records


DEANNA CARTER: TOO MUCH HOLIDAY CHEER?

Deana Carter faces drunk driving charges after being pulled over by Nashville police early last Friday morning and refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

Metro Nashville police confirmed to country.com that Carter was stopped for speeding just before 1:30 a.m. The singer/songwriter smelled of alcohol and admitted she had been drinking. After field sobriety tests, she was arrested and taken to night court.

Best known for "Strawberry Wine," Carter released a new holiday collection, Father Christmas, Nov. 20 on her own label, Deanatone Records, through the Rounder Records Group. She's said to be close to signing a new deal with the RCA Label Group.


CLARK VS. GREENE

CBS has weighed in on the squabble between American Music Awards producer Dick Clark and the Grammys' Mike Greene.

Clark alleges in a $10 million lawsuit that Greene uses the prospect of a Grammy Awards appearance as leverage to keep major stars from doing the AMAs.

Country.com reports that while CBS makes clear it is "not a party to the litigation," the network does say in a statement released last Thursday that it stands behind Greene: "As a broadcaster," our goal is to provide our audiences distinct, exclusive and compelling entertainment."

LeAnn Rimes got caught in the crossfire in 1997 when she won the Grammy for best new artist but was not invited to appear on the awards show because she had performed on the AMA show.

Pop star Michael Jackson's recent cancellation of an AMA spot prompted Clark's lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week.

The American Music Awards air Jan. 9 on ABC. The Grammys are set for Feb. 27 on CBS.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS is taking the holiday off. It will return Wed., Dec. 26. Merry Christmas from UPI Features.

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