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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Aug. 5, 2002 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC


(Monday, Aug. 5)

Mark O'Connor born in Seattle, Wash., 1961.

Terri Clark born in Montreal, 1968.

Dolly Parton's "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That?" goes to No. 1, 1989.


MUSIC AND MORE


TRAVIS GIVES $25,000 TO MINE RESCUERS

Travis Tritt has donated $25,000 to the Sipesville Volunteer Fire Co., the unit that spearheaded the rescue of nine Pennsylvania miners.

Tritt made the presentation during a concert Saturday at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, just 200 miles from the Quecreek mine where the men were trapped.

Tritt said he was "inspired by the drive and dedication" of the rescuers and hoped the cash would generate more donations. The money will be used to upgrade the fire hall.


Lee Ann Womack performs a duet with Harry Connick Jr. on her new Christmas album, "A Season For Romance."

The duo sings "Baby It's Cold Outside" on the album, which is due for release in October. The recording is made up of traditional standards and a few originals songs.

Womack's new album, "Something Worth Leaving Behind," is scheduled to be in stores Aug. 20.


COUNTRY MUSIC PIONEER JOE ALLISON DIES

Joe Allison, a prime mover in the rise of country music, died Friday in Nashville after a long illness. He was 77.

Allison started out as a disc jockey, and later became a songwriter and music publishing executive. The McKinney, Texas, native founded the Country Music Association and the Country Music Foundation.

"He'll Have to Go," which Allison co-wrote with his former wife, Audrey, was his greatest song-writing achievement.

Jim Reeves' 1959 recording of the song sat atop the country charts for 14 weeks, and inspired Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold and others to do their own versions.

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