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By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   Feb. 19, 2002 at 4:45 AM
TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Tues., Feb.19)

Roy Acuff made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry as a member in 1938.

Eddy Arnold's No.1 single, "Don't Rob Another Man's Castle," debuted on the chart in 1949.

Lorianne Crook was born in 1957.

Carl Perkins of "Blue Suede Shoes" fame left Sun Records and became the first major rockabilly artist to sign with Columbia Records in 1958.

Bill Anderson and Jan Howard's first duet, "I Know You're Married (But I Love You Still)," first charted in 1966.

Glen Campbell's "Try A Little Kindness" album was certified gold in 1970.

Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton announced the breakup of their act in 1974.

Willie Nelson's movie "Red Headed Stranger" premiered in Austin, Texas, in 1987.

Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones -- the star of TV's "Hee-Haw" and host of the Grand Ole Opry -- died in 1998 from complications of a stroke he'd suffered a month earlier. Jones was 84.


MUSIC AND MORE


BROOKS & DUNN'S NEON CIRCUS & WILD WEST SHOW

Thirty-three North American dates have been confirmed so far for this year's version of Brooks & Dunn's Neon Circus & Wild West Show tour. CMT.com reports the road trip -- which also features Dwight Yoakam, Gary Allan, Trick Pony and Chris Cagle -- kicks off April 12 in Minneapolis.

"We've had some pretty big times out on the road," Ronnie Dunn said in a news release, "but nothing compared to the Neon Circus -- and we figured out a whole bunch of stuff last year that should make this year even better."

Confirmed dates run through June 30, with more shows to be announced.


BUT WAS SHE 'THE WEAKEST LINK'?

Lila McCann will appear in an episode of NBC's "The Weakest Link" that'll air in April. Country.com reports the singer was among the musical contestants that also included rapper Coolio, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Sheila E, Deborah Gibson, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, Edwin McCain and the Beach Boys' Bruce Johnston. McCann played to benefit My Friend's Place, a resource center for young people on the streets of Hollywood.

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