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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Oct. 3, 2002 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Thursday, Oct. 3)

Elvis Presley made his first public singing appearance at a talent contest, 1945.

Hank Snow recorded the No. 1 single, "Let Me Go Lover," 1954.

Woody Guthrie, age 55, died, 1967.

Del Wood, age 69, died in Nashville, 1989.


MUSIC AND MORE


DIRT BAND RELEASES THIRD 'CIRCLE' VOLUME

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III" arrives in stores this week, 30 years after the first installment of the series was released.

The two-disc set features several musicians who played on the first album, including Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Vassar Clements and Randy Scruggs.

They team up with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Vince Gill, Del McCoury, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Taj Mahal, Iris DeMent, the Nashville Bluegrass band and others.

Volume II in the series was released more than 10 years ago.


KIM RICHEY'S FOURTH ALBUM OUT

Singer-songwriter Kim Richey's fourth album hit retail shelves this week.

"Rise," on the Lost Highway label, was produced by Bill Bottrell, whose production credits include projects with Sheryl Crow and Shelby Lynne.

Richey has written songs for country heavyweights -- "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)" by Trisha Yearwood and Brooks & Dunn's current single, "Every River."


CMA SUES CCMA OVER USE OF ACRONYM

The Country Music Association -- CMA -- has sued the Christian Country Music Association -- CCMA -- over the use of its acronym.

The country music trade organization wants the CCMA -- also a trade group -- to stop using its acronym to market itself, its Web site and its awards show.

The suit says the CMA spent nearly 10 years warning the CCMA its acronym was so close to its own that it would cause confusion.

The CMA also believes the other group was out of line when it scheduled its 2002 awards show for Nov. 5, the day before the CMAs.

The suit said the CMA was formed in 1958 and began using its acronym as its key identifier in about 1963. The CCMA was formed in 1992.

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