TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
Ralph Stanley was born in 1927.
The late Faron Young was born in 1932.
MGM released Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" in 1949.
Webb Pierce recorded the No.1 single "I Don't Care" in 1955.
The Statler Brothers' "The Best Of The Statler Brothers Rides Again Vol. 2" album was certified gold in 1981.
Despite having died of a heart attack the previous December, Roy Orbison this week in 1989 participated in both albums that occupied the top two spots on the Billboard Top-200 album chart -- his own "Mystery Girl" and "Volume One," the debut offering from The Traveling Wilburys.
MUSIC AND MORE
Trisha Yearwood has been added to the list of presenters for Wednesday night's 44th Annual Grammy Awards. She'll be teamed with duet partner Don Henley. The pair is nominated for best country collaboration with vocals for "Inside Out."
Other country artists who'll serve as presenters include the Dixie Chicks and Michael W. Smith. Alan Jackson and a tribute to the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack are among the performers scheduled.
The ceremonies will air live on CBS-TV from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
BYRON GALLIMORE: 'HOT COUNTRY PRODUCER OF THE YEAR'
Byron Gallimore's friends and associates gathered in the lobby of BMI's Nashville office last Thursday to congratulate him for his third consecutive win as Billboard's "Hot Country Producer of the Year."
Country.com reports most of the artists Gallimore produces -- including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Terri Clark, Phil Vassar and Jessica Andrews -- were on hand for the surprise celebration. Jo Dee Massina was on tour but sent a note of congratulations. Also attending were Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride, whose publishing company Gallimore headed for 13 years, as well as Martina McBride and Tennessee state representative Don Ridgeway, who used to manage Gallimore's band, Crossfire, back in the 1970s.
Phyllis Stark, Billboard's Nashville bureau chief, presented Gallimore with his award -- saying that during his three years of holding the title, he has had 87 songs on the magazine's charts.
McGraw noted Gallimore's exacting musical standards. "My band says he's got ears like a fruit bat," he said. "He doesn't miss anything."