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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Aug. 8, 2002 at 5:00 AM

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Wednesday, Aug. 8)

K.T. Oslin's "80's Ladies" debuted at No. 15, highest for any woman, 1987.

Webb Pierce born in West Monroe, La., 1921.

Mel Tillis born in Tampa, Fla., 1932.

Ernest Tubb recorded "Stop Me (If You've Heard This One Before)," 1963.


MUSIC AND MORE


VASSAR RELEASES NEW ALBUM

This week Phil Vassar released his new album, "American Child," hoping it will be a worthy follow-up to his self-titled album that went gold.

The new album's 12 songs include the title track Vassar co-wrote with Craig Wiseman, with whom he penned his No. 1 single "Just Another Day In Paradise" from his first album.

"American Child" is No. 21 on Billboard's country singles chart.


SHANIA'S NEW SINGLE DUE NEXT MONTH

New music by Shania Twain may be available next month. LAUNCH says Mercury Records plans to release the first single from her new album on Sept. 23. The name of the single and the release date of Shania's new album remain under wraps.

Her Web site only says the album is "currently in the works" and will be out this fall, with a single released sometime prior to the album.

Twain's last album, the 1997 release "Come On Over," sold more than 20 million copies.


MCA NASHVILLE HEAD STEPS DOWN AFTER 19 YEARS

After 19 years, MCA Nashville chief Bruce Hinton is stepping down, although he will stay with the label in an advisory role with the title chairman emeritus.

Luke Lewis, head of Mercury Nashville and Lost Highway Records, will be the top person at all three labels.

George Strait, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood are among MCA Nashville performers.

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