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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Dec. 13, 2002 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, Dec. 13)

Grand Ole Opry member Buck White born in Oklahoma City, 1930.

Alabama singer-guitarist Randy Owen born in Fort Payne, Ala., 1949.

John Anderson born in Apopka, Fla., 1954.

Debby Boone's album "You Light Up My Life" is certified platinum, 1977.

Faith Hill debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, 1993.

(Saturday, Dec. 14)

Charlie Rich born in Colt, Ark., 1932.

Songwriter Tommy Brasfield dies, 1989.

Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" becomes first country single certified gold by the RIAA, 1961.

Lorrie Morgan debuts on the Grand Ole Opry at age 13, 1973.

Jimmy Buffett's album "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" is certified platinum, 1977.

(Sunday, Dec. 15)

Hank Williams weds Audrey Sheppard Guy, 1944.

Randy Parton born in Sevierville, Tenn., 1955.

Ned Miller's "From a Jack to a King" debuts on charts, 1962.

Mandolinist Tiny Moore dies at age 67, 1987.


MUSIC AND MORE


CHICKS' 'HOME' BUMPS UP CHARTS

The Dixie Chicks' "Home" took a big jump on the charts and likely will do well again next week on the strength of a primetime TV special that aired on Tuesday.

The album rose from No. 17 to No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and from fifth to third on the country chart.

"Cry" by Faith Hill fell from No. 7 to tenth on the all-genre list and slipped a notch to No. 4 on the country list.

Shania Twain's "Up!" and "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors" held onto No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and country album charts.


TIM: BEING ON TV MAKES HIM NERVOUS

Tim McGraw has been on TV a whole lot in the past few weeks promoting his new album and book, not to mention an NBC primetime special on Thanksgiving.

Performing on stage in front of thousands of fans comes easy, but TV is tough for him.

"I don't enjoy it very much," McGraw tells LAUNCH. "Not that I don't enjoy the people that do the shows, I do, and I like watching other people on them, I just -- it's not fun for me to do."

All that TV exposure may have helped "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors" hold onto No. 2 on strong sales in the first two weeks of release.

McGraw's book about the making of the album came in at No. 19 on the New York Times bestseller list in its first week.


COUNTRY STARS ADDED TO AMA PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Shania Twain has been added to the lineup of artists playing at the American Music Awards show on Jan. 13, 2003.

Toby Keith and Willie Nelson have been booked to team up for a rendition of "Beer For My Horses."

A few weeks ago Tim McGraw and Elton John agreed to sing a duet of John's song "Tiny Dancer," which McGraw played in concert.

Kenny Chesney also is among the performers booked for the AMA show, which is to be carried by ABC.

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