TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Mon., May 6)
Cliff Carlisle was born in 1904.
Hank Snow's "Rhumba Boogie" topped the charts in 1951. The Academy of Country Music celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1985.
Naomi Judd married businessman Larry Strickland in Nashville, Tenn., in 1989.
IRS agents in 1993 seized possessions from the Mississippi home of rockabilly pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis for failing to pay more than $1.6 million in overdue taxes.
MUSIC AND MORE
COUNTRY STARS DO ZZ TOP MUSIC TRIBUTE
The raucous rock group ZZ Top has been honored by a group of country artists in a new CD with an incredibly ungrammatical title, "Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top." The RCA release features country artists covering many of the songs of the group, self-described as "the little ole band from Texas." The news provider country.com says that the set is a mixed and varied one. Among the ZZ Top songs redone are "Legs," "Jesus Just Left Chicago" and "Cheap Sunglasses." The lineup of stars on the album is impressive: Hank Williams Jr., Tracy Byrd, Brooks & Dunn, Dwight Yoakam, Andy Griggs, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Phil Vassar, Hank Williams III, Lonestar, Brad Paisley, the Warren Brothers, Trace Adkins and Alan Jackson. By the way, the bearded band that is the subject of the tribute continues to tour, with a major appearance in Las Vegas on May 11. For more, check out zztop.com on the Internet.
HAGGARD FIGHTS FOR 'MISSING' SONGS
Lawyers for Merle Haggard have obtained a court order in Texas to prevent a music promoter from selling unreleased songs by the country star. The action follows in the wake of another court case in which the object of Haggard's suit filed papers against him, claiming he failed to appear at a concert she had promoted in Texas. Now the musician's lawyers, according to the Dallas Morning News, say that Haggard was a no-show because of chest pains. Further, they say the woman stole a cassette from the singer's tour bus and is now trying to sell copies of the as-of-yet-unpublished music on the Internet. After learning of the court flap, the Internet auction site eBay took the music from its catalog. Haggard says he feels as if the missing cassette's songs are his "kidnapped children." The asking price for the tapes was nearly a third of a million dollars.
(Thanks to UPI's Dennis Daily)