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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Oct. 7, 2002 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Monday, Oct. 7)

Vaughn Monroe born in Akron, Ohio, 1911.

Fiddler Gordon Terry born, 1931.

Kieran Kane born in Queens, N.Y., 1949.

Eddy Arnold charts at No. 4 with "Mama, Come Get Your Baby Boy," 1953.

The movie "Songwriter" starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson premieres, 1984.


MUSIC AND MORE


TIM MCGRAW SINGLE RUFFLES FEATHERS

"Red Ragtop," the first single from Tim McGraw's yet-to-be-released album, is not sitting well with everyone who's heard it on the radio.

The song is about a young woman who gets an abortion and the emotional aftermath of the ordeal for her and her boyfriend.

Billboard reports while most radio programmers like the song and say listeners do too, it has generated some complaints and a few stations have stopped playing it or refused to air it at all.

The controversy hasn't held back its performance on the charts -- it's No. 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart.

The song comes from "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors," set for release Nov. 26 on the Curb label.


CHICKS' 'HOME' MULTI-PLATINUM

In slightly more than a month after its release, the Dixie Chicks' "Home" album already is certified double platinum, meaning total sales of more than 2 million.

The RIAA just issued gold, platinum and double-platinum certifications for the Chicks' third major-label album, which was released Aug. 27.

At the same time, Toby Keith got his first double-platinum certification for his 2001 album, "Pull My Chain."


JO DEE ENCORES ON 'TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL'

Jo Dee Messina's recent hit "Bring On the Rain" has provided the inspiration for an upcoming episode of the CBS-TV series "Touched By An Angel."

Messina, currently touring with George Strait, will play the role of a single mother in the series. It's her second appearance on the show, having acted and sang in an episode during the 2000 season.


STANLEY TO GET HIS DUE

He's one of the co-founders of bluegrass music, a legend in his own time, but it has taken the music industry 56 years to recognize Ralph Stanley for his accomplishments.

KnoxNews.com reports it took Stanley's appearance on the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" hit soundtrack to land the 75-year-old musician a spot on "The Late Show With David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show" and to win him a Grammy for Best Country Male Vocalist.

"It's made a great big change for me," Stanley said. "It's just a complete turnaround. I've worked so long, you know."

KnoxNews reports Stanley will be honored with a tribute concert Wednesday at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. Funds raised from the show will be used to establish a music scholarship at the university.

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