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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Oct. 17, 2002 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Thursday, Oct. 17)

Alan Jackson born in Newnan, Ga., 1958.

Tennessee Ernie Ford dies at 73, 1991.

Naomi Judd announces her retirement from the Judds, 1990.

Glen Campbell's "Gentle On My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" albums certified gold, 1968.


MUSIC AND MORE


SHANIA TO OPEN CMA AWARDS SHOW

Shania Twain will open next month's 36th Annual CMA Awards show with "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" from her new album.

CMA also has added even more artists to perform in the show at the Grand Ole Opry House Nov. 6 -- Alison Krauss and Union Station, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Keith Urban, Phil Vassar and Darryl Worley.

Twain's single -- which debuted at No. 24 on Billboard's hot singles and tracks chart -- comes from "UP," her long-anticipated album set for release No. 19.

The awards program will be carried live on CBS.


CHESNEY'S CONCERT TAPED FOR PPV SPECIAL

Next week's Kenny Chesney concert in Denver will be taped for a Pay-Per-View TV special.

The Oct. 24 concert is the final show on Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" tour, his first as a headliner at major venues.

More than 1.4 million fans went to the concerts, generating $17 million in gross revenue, the Nashville Tennessean reported.

Chesney's Web site says the PPV special will be available sometime next year.


FAITH WILL MOVE TO BIG SCREEN IN DUE TIME

Faith Hill says she's read movie scripts and done some auditions, but for now her singing career -- and being a wife and a mother of three -- keeps her hands full.

Her album "Cry" was released this week, putting her on a hectic promotional schedule.

"There's only so much I can put on my plate," Hill tells LAUNCH.

Maybe, she says, not getting a few movie roles she'd hoped for worked out for the best. "I can't imagine doing a movie in the middle of this right here."

She hopes film roles will be there at the right time, when she can devote "150 percent" to an acting career.


LOVELESS, SKAGGS HOST BLUEGRASS AWARDS

Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs host tonight's 13th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards in Louisville, Ky.

Nominees include Ralph Stanley, the Del McCoury Band and the Down from the Mountain soundtrack.

The show also honors the latest inductees to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor -- record label executive David Freeman and the Lilly Brothers & Don Stover.

The event is climaxed by this weekend's fan fest featuring the Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, J.D. Crowe & the New South and other talent.

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