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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Dec. 4, 2002 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Wednesday, Dec. 4)

Eddy Arnold conducts his first recording session, one of Nashville's earliest, 1944.

Gene Autry records No. 1 single, "At Mail Call Today," 1944.

Brian Prout, drummer for Diamond Rio, born, 1955.

The "Million Dollar Quartet" of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash get together for an impromptu session at Sun Studios, 1956.

Lila McCann born, 1981.

The Judds give the final concert of their Farewell Tour, 1991.


MUSIC AND MORE


Kenny Chesney launches his 2003 tour Jan. 16, 2003, in Tupelo, Miss., with plans to perform more songs from his current album, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems."

Playing with Chesney on the Margaritas'n'Senoritas tour will be Montgomery Gentry and newcomer Kellie Coffey, Chesney's Web site says.

Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," which debuted at No. 1 on the multi-genre Billboard 200, is on the verge of reaching double-platinum level with sales at more than 1.8 million copies.


CHICKS UP FOR AMA FANS' CHOICE AWARD

Fans can vote for their favorite artist from among six superstar acts vying for the honor as part of next month's American Music Awards.

The Dixie Chicks are up against Ashanti, Creed, Eminem, Enrique Iglesias, and Nelly in online balloting for the AMA Fans' Choice Award (americanmusicawards.com and abc.com). The show is to be carried by ABC on Jan. 13, 2003, at 8 p.m. EST.

The Dixie Chicks are nominated for the 2003 AMA best album ("Home") and favorite band, duo or group. Alan Jackson and Toby Keith also received two nominations each.


MCGRAW, JOHN TO DUET 'TINY DANCER' ON AMA SHOW

Tim McGraw teams up with Elton John to open the 2003 American Music Awards performing a duet of John's "Tiny Dancer."

McGraw recorded the song for his new album, "Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors," after getting such a positive response using it to open his most recent tour.

When McGraw learned last week he had been nominated for an AMA award and was asked to kick off the Jan. 13 show, his people contacted John about performing the duet, and John agreed.

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