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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   July 12, 2002 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Fri., July 12)

Butch Hancock born in 1945.

Roy Rogers appears on the cover of Life Magazine in 1943.

Bill Anderson joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1961.

(Sat., July 13)

Roger McGuinn born in 1942.

Louise Mandrell born in 1954.

The Everly Brothers broke up onstage at Knott's Berry Farm in 1973.

(Sun. July 14)

Woody Guthrie born in 1912.

"The Eddy Arnold Show" premiered on CBS-TV in 1952.

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt's Trio album certified gold and platinum in 1987.


MUSIC AND MORE


'ANGRY AMERICAN' TOPS BILLBOARD COUNTRY SINGLES

Toby Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)," is the new No. 1 song on the Billboard singles chart, jumping from the fourth position last week.

"The Good Stuff" by Kenny Chesney held onto the No. 2 spot, while Brad Paisley's "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" fell from first to No. 3, Lonestar's "Not A Day Goes By" slipped from third to No. 4 and "The One" by Gary Allan edged into fifth, taking No. 6 from "Living and Living Well" by George Strait.

"Lost My Heart To You" by Brooks & Dunn and "When You Lie Next To Me" held Nos. 7 and 8, The Dixie Chicks' "Long Time Gone" edged up a notch to ninth and "Miss My Friend" by Darryl Worley took No. 10.


'NO SHOES,' 'O BROTHER' STILL TOP ALBUM

Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack remain in the top two positions on the Billboard's new Top Country Albums chart.

"Drive" by Alan Jackson took No. 3 away from SHeDAISY's "Knock On The Sky," which debuted last week and is now No. 4.

Martina McBride's "Greatest Hits" is fifth, "Part II" by Brad Paisley is No. 6, "Alright Guy" by Gary Allan is No. 7, Tim McGraw's "Greatest Hits" is eighth, "Pull My Chain" by Toby Keith is No. 9 and the tenth spot belongs to Tim McGraw's "Set This Circus Down."


MORE REACTION TO BROCK'S 'SPEAK-ENGLISH' REMARK

Chad Brock's remark during a show in Greeley, Colo., that immigrants should learn to speak English continue to draw fire, including a scathing letter from the the city's largest employer.

Brock's comments were "closed-minded" and "out-of-step with the 21st century," John Simons, CEO of ConAgra Beef, wrote to the Greeley Tribune.

Three in four workers at ConAgra Beef are Hispanic, and up to 60 percent of them speak only Spanish, the newspaper reported.

Much of the reaction has supported Brock, the paper said. The singer later said he didn't mean to offend anyone.

"Why should we adapt?" Brock asked between songs at the Greeley Independent Stampede last Friday. "You are coming to our country. We don't speak Russian. We don't speak Spanish. We speak English here."

Simons said that while ConAgra does not condone what Brock said, the company does not dispute Brock's right to speak his mind.

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