TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Mon., April 29)
Danny Davis was born in 1925.
Steel guitarist Billy Mize was born in 1929.
Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys was born in 1943.
Gene Autry's Top 5 single "I Hang My Head and Cry" debuted on the charts in 1944.
Karen Brooks was born in 1954.
Dobro player Mike Auldridge was also born in 1954
Bill Carlisle and his group -- which included Dottie Sills and Johnny Johnson -- won the "Arthur Godfrey Talent Search" in 1957.
Jerry Lee Lewis launched his second tour of the United Kingdom in 1962. His first -- in 1958 -- ended in an uproar when the British media discovered he was married to his 13-year-old cousin.
Sonny James' single "Need You" topped the charts in 1967.
Alabama's "Mountain Music" album was certified gold and platinum in 1982.
A reunited Little Feat made its debut on a Mississippi River steamboat at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1988.
George Strait's "Beyond the Blue Neon" album was certified gold in 1989.
Snuffy Jenkins died in 1990. He was 81.
Alan Jackson and Michael Irwin won song of the year honors at the Music City News Country Songwriters Awards in Nashville for "Here In The Real World," the title track from Jackson's first album, in 1991.
Garth Brooks was named entertainer of the year and top male vocalist at the 27th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Los Angeles in 1992.
A Nashville newspaper reported in 1993 that Garth Brooks would record a song with Kiss on the band's upcoming album.
Kenny Rogers underwent laser gall bladder surgery in Athens, Ga., in 1996.
Garth Brooks and k.d. lang were among the artists who performed at Equality Rocks, a benefit concert for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, held in Washington, D.C. in 2000.
MUSIC AND MORE
BILLY RAY CYRUS
Look for a brand new song, just in time for Mother's Day, from singer Billy Ray Cyrus. His publicist says Cyrus is releasing "Time Flies," a tearjerker. The scenario of the song deals with the impending death of a woman battling cancer and the effect the illness has on her family.
Cyrus will debut the song on Mother's Day (May 12) during an episode of "Doc" on the PAX-TV network. The song was co-written by Casey Beathard. Cyrus -- best known for "Achy Breaky Heart" -- is one the main cast members of the successful cable show.
Meanwhile, Cyrus is about to kick off a national tour in early June. He's also planning a new CD, with "Time Flies" as the centerpiece. It will likely not be ready, though, until August at the earliest.
(Thanks to UPI's Dennis Daily)
Trisha Yearwood will perform and also speak Monday at the Society for Women's Health Gala in Washington, D.C. Her remarks will address the importance of research and the medical advances made in women's health, according to CMT.com. Gail Devers, Cheryl Ladd and Gail Sheehy are among the other guests scheduled to attend the conference.