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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Oct. 22, 2002 at 5:00 AM
TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Tuesday, Oct. 22)

Shelby Lynne born in Quantico, Va., 1968.

Ernest Tubb inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, 1965.

Eddy Arnold inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, 1966.

Buck Owens records No. 1 single, "Act Naturally," 1963.

First televised country music awards on "The Jimmy Dean Show," 1966.


MUSIC AND MORE


PATSY CLINE TRIBUTE DUE OUT NEXT MARCH

"Remembering Patsy," MCA Records' tribute to Patsy Cline, is expected to hit stores next March, around the 40th anniversary of her death.

While the label isn't saying who'll be singing what on the album, CMT.com reports a source who has heard the tribute says this is the lineup: Martina McBride with Take 6 "Sweet Dreams," Diana Krall with "Crazy," Natalie Cole sings "I Fall to Pieces," Jessi Alexander on "So Wrong," Michelle Branch with "Strange," Amy Grant on "Back in Baby's Arms," Lee Ann Womack with "She's Got You," Patty Griffin does "Faded Love," Norah Jones with "Why Can't He Be You," Rebecca Lynn Howard on "You're Stronger Than Me," K. D. Lang sings "Leavin' on Your Mind," and Patsy Cline with "Walkin' After Midnight."

Cline died in a plane crash on March 5, 1963.


USA NETWORK KICKS OFF 'STAR' AUDITIONS

The USA Network is kicking off "Nashville Star," its country music version of Fox TV's "American Idol" competition for pop musicians.

The network holds its first open auditions today at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville before launching a nationwide search.

"We're not looking for the next one-hit wonder, but the next superstar for the long haul," USA Network Vice President Chris Sloan said in a statement on the cable network's Web site.

Starting Nov. 1, contestants will perform during auditions held by radio stations in 30 cities over four weeks. In January local winners go into regional competition.

Ten finalists will then go to Nashville for two months to compete in a series of nationally televised live performances with weekly eliminations in each round.

The winner, crowned in the spring, gets a recording contract from Sony Music Nashville.


TRITT SINGLE ANSWERS SHERYL CROW SONG

Travis Tritt says he wrote his current single, "Strong Enough To Be Your Man," after he heard Sheryl Crow's 1994 hit, "Strong Enough."

Crow's song asks "Are you strong enough to be my man?" and Tritt says he felt a need to answer.

Tritt tells LAUNCH, "Not only did I love the song right off the bat, but I also thought 'If there ever was a song that screamed for a male response, this song did.'"

"Strong Enough To Be Your Man" is No. 19 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart.

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