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By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   April 8, 2002 at 4:45 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Mon., April 8)

Jimmie Osborne was born in 1923.

"The Jimmy Dean Show" premiered on the CBS network in 1957.

Actor/singer John Schneider was born in 1959.

In her 1987 book "Are You Lonesome Tonight," Lucy de Barbin said she had a 24-year-long affair with Elvis Presley that produced a daughter. The claim was laughed off by Graceland.


MUSIC AND MORE


WYNONNA SINGS FOR THE RAINFOREST

Wynonna Judd has joined the line-up of performers who'll appear at this Saturday's 11th annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Also on the bill -- rock guitarist Jeff Beck, singer/songwriters Carole King and Rebekah Del Rio, R&B icons Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson, and vocalist Lulu, as well as benefit regulars Elton John, James Taylor and foundation co-founder Sting, Billboard.com reports.

The event has been deemed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest environmental fundraising event in the world, according to organizers. It's the culmination of Rainforest Awareness Week in New York, when a number of awareness-building and fundraising events will be held throughout the city.

(Web site: savetherest.org)


TRITT'S PLANS

Travis Tritt will perform "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" on the Academy of Country Music Awards May 22 on CBS. Until then he's working on the follow-up to his latest album, "Down The Road I Go," CMT.com reports

Tritt has been writing with Marty Stuart, Gary Nicholson, Bob DiPiero and Casey Beathard, and he has already begun work in the studio, with plans to record through May.

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