TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Mon., Jan. 21)
Leadbelly was born Huddy Ledbetter in 1885.
Mac Davis was born in 1942.
Jimmy Ibbotson of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was born in 1947.
Patsy Cline appeared on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" in 1957.
Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie contract with veteran producer Hal Wallis in 1961.
Legendary bassist Cedric Rainwater, whose real name was Howard Watts and who played with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and Flatt and Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys, died in 1970.
Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Ricky Nelson were among the artists inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Dwight Yoakam's "Guitars, Cadillacs, etc., etc." album was certified gold, also in 1987.
Songwriter Jim Anglin died at age 73 in 1987.
"Col." Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, died in 1997.
MUSIC AND MORE
RICKY SKAGGS HOLDS COURT ON PBS
Bluegrass ruled as Ricky Skaggs hosted the taping of a public television special at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium last Wednesday night.
The news provider country.com reports Skaggs opened the four-hour show with a traditional tune, "Shady Grove," and also joined other performers during their sets -- including Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt and pianist Bruce Hornsby. Other artists who appeared included Alison Krauss & Union Station, Nickel Creek, Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs, Del McCoury, and Vince Gill.
The concert will be edited down to an hour-long special to air nationally during March pledge month on PBS TV stations. Proceeds from Wednesday night's ticket sales are earmarked for Second Harvest Food Bank.
EARL SCRUGGS DOES JAY LENO
Earl Scruggs will be a guest Tuesday on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Country.com reports he'll perform "Borrowed Love" with Dwight Yoakam, a track from his new album "Earl Scruggs and Friends."
Scruggs' new recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" is Grammy-nominated for best country instrumental performance.
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN'S GREATEST HITS
A dozen of her greatest hits are featured on "The Best Of Olivia Newton-John," the latest in the 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection series being released by Hip-O Records.
The CD reaches stores Feb. 5. It includes Newton-John's first big hit, "Let Me Be There," which won her the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal, as well as "Hopelessly Devoted To You," from the 1978 movie musical "Grease."
"The Best Of Olivia Newton-John" is the latest release in an ongoing series in conjunction with the singer, which began in September and will stretch over the next two years. Among the upcoming releases will be the U.S. debut of a 2000 live album; first-time compilations of her dance, country-pop and love songs; reissues with bonus tracks, and a box set.