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By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   April 15, 2002 at 4:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Mon., April 15)

Promoter and Country Music Hall of Famer J.L. Frank was born in 1900.

Roy Clark was born in 1933.

Bob Luman was born in 1937.

Ry Cooder was born in 1947.

Eddy Arnold's Top 5 single, "Little Angel with the Dirty Face," debuted on the charts in 1950.

C Company's "The Battle Hymn Of Lt. Calley" single was certified gold in 1971.

NBC announced in 1987 that it was considering producing a TV mini-series based on the book "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", written by a woman who claimed she had a secret, 24-year-long affair with Elvis Presley. The idea was later dropped.

Almost 25 years after he last appeared in the Billboard singles chart's Top 10, Roy Orbison returned posthumously with "You Got It" in 1989.

Trisha Yearwood's "Hearts in Armor" album was certified platinum in 1993.

Travis Tritt's No.1 single, "Foolish Pride," first appeared on the charts in 1994.


MUSIC AND MORE


ACM AWARDS BECOME MORE STAR-STUDDED

Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Trisha Yearwood have been added to the line-up at the 37th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards ceremony May 22 in Los Angeles. Other newly confirmed performers include Mark Chestnutt, Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence and Travis Tritt, Billboard.com reports.

Already on the bill -- Alan Jackson, George Strait, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, and Lee Ann Womack.

Reba McEntire will host the ceremony, which will air live from the Universal Amphitheatre on CBS. Newly announced presenters included Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Jamie O'Neal, Diamond Rio, Aaron Tippin, and Keith Urban.

Keith and Brooks & Dunn lead the list of nominees, with six nods each.

Additionally, fans can now vote online (at homedepot.com/acm) for the winner of the inaugural Home Depot Humanitarian Award. McEntire, Alabama, and Brooks & Dunn have been nominated for the honor, which recognizes an artist for their commitment to community service, generosity of spirit, and help in building the dreams of those in need. Voting will remain open through the first two hours of the show, with the winner announced during the final hour of the broadcast.


NEON CIRCUS & WILD WEST SHOW KICKS OFF IN MINNEAPOLIS

It seemed like the Fourth of July in April as Brooks & Dunn kicked off the 2002 version of their Neon Circus & Wild West Show last Friday night in Minneapolis.

D&D's band opened with "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of 10,000 fans, CMT.com reports. Before the band could finish, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn emerged from behind an American flag and segued into "Only in America." Historic speeches by John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush were broadcast, Old Glory waved across giant video screens, and -- during the second chorus of B&D's patriotic hit -- red, white and blue streamers exploded into the crowd.

Not surprisingly, three of the five acts on the second annual Neon Circus tour did some flag-waving. Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean of Trick Pony were decked out in outfits depicting the American flag. Chris Cagle also did some jingoistic songs and cheers.

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