TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Friday, Sept. 20)
Charles Sawtelle of bluegrass band Hot Rize born, 1946.
Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded "16 Tons," 1955.
Last recording session by the Stanley Brothers, 1965.
Jim Croce died in plane crash, 1973.
(Saturday, Sept. 21)
Faith Hill born in Jackson, Miss., 1967.
Walter Brennan died, 1974.
Garth Brooks' "Friends In Low Places" begins three weeks at No. 1 in R&R, 1990.
Eddy Arnold recorded his favorite, "I Really Don't Want To Know," which became a No. 1 song, 1954.
Dolly Parton's "Greatest Hits" album released, 1982.
Linda Ronstadt's "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind" album released, 1989.
(Sunday, Sept. 22)
June Forester of the Forester Sisters born in Lookout Mountain, Ga., 1952.
Debbie Boone ("You Light Up My Life") born in Hackensack, N.J., 1956.
Willie Nelson's "The Troublemaker" album released, 1976.
Everly Brothers' first performance together in 10 years, 1983.
Alabama's "High Cotton" hit No. 1 in R&R, 1989.
Dolly Parton, Johnny Bond and Conway Twitty inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, 1999.
MUSIC AND MORE
CHICKS' ALBUM STILL TOPS BILLBOARD 200
The Dixie Chicks' album, "Home," tops Billboard's all-genre chart for a third consecutive week.
The album -- the Chicks' third -- holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart on total sales of more than 1.3 million and 210,000 in week three.
"Home" also remains at No. 1 on Billboard's country albums chart for the third straight week.
Toby Keith's "Unleashed" is No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and stayed at No. 2 on Billboard's country album chart after eight weeks.
HOWARD'S ALBUM DEBUTS IN TOP 5
Rebecca Lynn Howard's new album, "Forgive," debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's country chart this week.
The title track is No. 19 on the Billboard singles chart after 21 weeks.
It's Howard's second album, a follow-up to her self-titled debut in 2000.
Behind the Dixie Chicks' "Home" and and Toby Keith's "Unleashed" albums come "Drive" by Alan Jackson, which jumped from No. 7 to the third position, followed by Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems."
DIAMOND RIO SINGLE TOPS BILLBOARD CHART
Diamond Rio's "Beautiful Mess" is doing a beautiful job climbing the charts, rising from No. 5 to the top spot in Billboard's hot country singles and tracks.
"Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo" by Tracy Byrd held onto No. 2, while Joe Nichols' "The Impossible" rose from No. 6 to No. 3.
Darryl Worley's "I Miss My Friend" fell from No. 1 to No. 4 and "Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban climbed from No. 8 to No. 5.
PAISLEY KICKS OFF 44-CITY TOUR
Brad Paisley kicked off his first tour as a headliner Thursday night in Phoenix in CMT's inaugural Most Wanted Live Concert Tour.
Paisley will have several supporting artists opening shows for the 44-city tour -- among them Chris Cagle, Shannon Lawson, Pinmonkey, Rascal Flatts and Darryl Worley.
The tour stops in Tucson Saturday night and moves on to California next week.