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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Jan. 16, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   0 comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Thursday, Jan. 16)

Roy Lanham of the Sons of the Pioneers, born in Corbin, Ky., 1923.

Jim Stafford born in Eloise, Fla., 1944.

Ronnie Milsap born in Robbinsville, N.C., 1946.

Little Jimmy Dickens' first Columbia recording session, 1949.

Buck Owens and Rose Maddox record Top Five single "Loose Talk," 1961.

Merle Haggard records "If We Make it Through December," 1973.


MUSIC AND MORE


SHANIA TO HOST CANADA'S JUNO AWARDS

Shania Twain has been chosen to host this year's Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.

Twain, born in Timmins, Ontario, has never hosted the event and this year will be the first time she's attended since 1998, said the awards show Web site, juno-awards.ca. She also will perform.

The Junos will be broadcast live Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. EST from the Corel Centre in Canada's Capital Region, Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario.


TRICK PONY'S HEIDI HAVING THROAT SURGERY

Trick Pony vocalist Heidi Newfield is scheduled to undergo throat surgery late this month at the Vanderbilt Voice Clinic in Nashville.

The procedure is common among professional singers, says a message on Trick Pony's Web site, trickpony.com.

"After years of singing multiple sets every night and singing over inadequate sound systems, this is a good time to go in and simply solve those problems," Newfield said.

The group said it will reschedule some concert dates, emphasizing that no shows will be canceled.

The trio is up for a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.


WANDA JACKSON WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

Rockabilly star Wanda Jackson has been spending a lot of time in a Los Angeles recording studio, putting together a new album with help from country artists, CMT.com reports.

The album will include appearances by Dwight Yoakam, Pam Tillis, Raul Malo, Dave Alvin and others.

Jackson is best known for "Let's Have a Party" and "Right or Wrong." She was No. 35 in CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music special in 2002.

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