TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
Eddy Arnold born near Henderson, Tenn in 1918.
K.T. Oslin born in Crossett, Ark., in 1941.
"Glen Campbell's Greatest Hits" hits gold in 1972.
Ricky Skaggs joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1982.
DOLLY PARTON AND DOTTIE RAMBO HARMONIZE
Dolly Parton and gospel music legend Dottie Rambo have recorded a duet, "Stand by the River," which will appear on Rambo's latest album, being released later this year. They have also filmed a music video for the song, to be used in a PAX TV special, "More Than the Music Live: An All Star Tribute to Dottie Rambo." The show's host will be Barbara Mandrell and it will be filmed before a live audience July 31 at the Ryman Auditorium. Parton first met Rambo in the 1960s. Says Dolly, "I have always loved her and her writing. I think she is one of the most incredible writers of our time ... or anybody's time."
WOMAN FACES CHARGES IN DEATH OF TOBY KEITH'S DAD
The traffic death of Toby Keith's father, Hubert "H.K." Covel last year may not have been because of a heart attack. Oklahoma media say police are investigating the March 24, 2001, accident in which Covel's truck crossed a median on Interstate 35, south of Oklahoma City, and ran head-on into a charter bus. Now investigators in Purcell, Okla., say Jeannie Sparlin, 29, has admitted in an affidavit to being behind the wheel of a pickup that collided with Covel's truck before his collision. Sparlin has a date with a judge July 11 where she is expected to enter a plea to a felony charge.
KEITH, JACKSON, MCBRIDE TOP FLAMEWORTHY VOTE
A number of artists landed two nominations apiece, including Brooks & Dunn, Cagle, Faith Hill, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley, Cyndi Thomson and Keith Urban.
The nominees were announced Tuesday by Chris Cagle and Chely Wright at Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club in Nashville. Fans cast 1.4 million votes in the monthlong first round of voting.
Final voting in 11 of the 12 categories began after the first-round results were announced and will continue until midnight June 9.
Final voting in a 12th category, Flameworthy video of the year, takes place only during the live telecast of the CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards on CMT. The five finalists in that category will be announced at the beginning of the telecast.
Actress Kathy Najimy, who played Sister Mary Patrick in "Sister Act," will host the show.