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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   July 1, 2002 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Mon., July 1)

Keith Whitley born in 1955.

Michelle Wright born in 1961.

Hank Williams Jr.'s "Eleven Roses" reached No. 1 in 1972.

Margo Smith's "It Only Hurts for a Little While" topped the charts in 1978.

Hank Williams Jr. wed former Hawaiian Tropic model Mary Jane Thomas in 1990.

Alabama performed their first paid performance in 1972.

Jimmie Rodgers recorded "Pistol Packin' Papa" in 1930.

Merle Travis recorded the Top 10 single "Merle's Boogie Woogie" in 1947.


MUSIC AND MORE


THE LATEST DIRT

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is set to release "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III" Oct. 1. Randy Scruggs and the band produced the trilogy, which features the work of Sam Bush, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Iris Dement, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Martin, The Del McCoury Band, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Dwight Yoakam.


WILLIE PLAYS WITH TOYS

Willie Nelson will appear on "High on the Hog," the newest album by country artist and ex-Dangerous Toy Kevin Fowler. Former Dangerous Toys vocalist Jason McMaster and David Lee Garza also will make appearances on the recording, a follow-up to "Fowler's Beer, Bait and Ammo." "High on the Hog" is due for release Aug. 6.


NEW SCHEDULE FOR RADIO SEMINAR

Nashville's 34th annual Country Radio Seminar will operate on a new timetable next year. Instead of the usual Thursday morning to Saturday night run, the meeting will kick off at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19, and wrap up with the annual New Faces Show on Friday, Feb. 21.


PAISLEY NOTCHES THIRD NO. 1 SINGLE

Brad Paisley's "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" sits atop the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The third single from Paisley to reach the top spot, "I'm Gonna Miss Her" dethroned George Strait's "Living and Living Well" to No. 2. Lonestar held onto No. 3 with "Not a Day Goes By" while Kenny Chesney's "The Good Stuff" jumped to No. 4 and "The One" by Gary Allen stayed at No. 5.


NO. 1 ALBUM FOR KENNY? NO PROBLEM

Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" re-took the No. 1 position on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, while former topper "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" slipped to No. 2, Alan Jackson's "Drive" stayed at No. 3, Brad Paisley's "Part II" held No. 4 and Martina McBride's "Greatest Hits" moved to No. 5.

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