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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Jan. 17, 2003 at 5:00 AM
TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, Jan. 17)

Walter Bailes born in North Charleston, W.Va., 1920.

Steve Earle born in Fort Monroe, Va., 1955.

Amanda Wilkinson of the Wilkinsons born, 1982.

Merle Haggard's No. 1 single, "The Roots of My Raising," is charted, 1976.

Country Music Hall of Fame member Cliffie Stone dies, 1998.

Elvis Presley Boulevard named in Memphis, 1972.

Flatt and Scruggs record Top 20 single "Petticoat Junction," 1964.

(Saturday, Jan. 18)

Bobby Goldsboro born in Marianna, Fla., 1941.

Mark Collie born in Waynesboro, Tenn., 1956.

"Smilin'" Eddie Hill dies in Nashville, 1994.

Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn record "My Past Brought Me to You" and

"I Reached for the Wine," 1965.

(Sunday, Jan. 19)

Charlie Waller, founding member of the Country Gentlemen, born in

Jointerville, Texas, 1935.

Phil Everly born in Chicago, 1939.

Dolly Parton born near Sevierville, Tenn., 1946.

Stephanie Davis born in Bridger, Mont., 1958.

Carl Perkins dies, 1998.

Marty Robbins debuts on Grand Ole Opry, 1953.

Johnny Bond records "Ten Little Bottles," 1954.

Hawkshaw Hawkins records "How Could Anything So Pretty (Be So Doggone Mean)," 1955.

Reba McEntire makes her movie debut in "Tremors," 1990.


MUSIC AND MORE


NEWCOMER AARON LINES' ALBUM DEBUTS IN TOP TEN

Canadian newcomer Aaron Lines' debut album, "Living Out Loud," has debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and at 68 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

A track on the album, "You Can't Hide Beautiful," is No. 8 on Billboard's singles chart.

The Dixie Chicks' "Home" album stayed at No. 1, ahead of "Up!" by Shania Twain, with "Elvis: 30 #1 Hits" in the third spot, "Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors" holding No. 4 and Faith Hill's "Cry" in fifth.

"Man With A Memory" by Grammy nominee Joe Nichols rose from 19 to No. 16.


MARK WILLS' SINGLE HOLDS NO. 1

For the third straight week Mark Wills' "19 Somethin'" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

And by pure coincidence, Blake Shelton's "The Baby" and "Who's Your Daddy?" by Toby Keith swapped the No. 4 and No. 6 positions.

"She'll Leave You With A Smile" by George Strait and "Fall Into Me" by Emerson Drive remain in the second and third spots, respectively.


HANK JR. INTRO SUPER BOWL

Hank Williams Jr. has teamed up with Kid Rock to record the intro for the Super Bowl on Jan. 26

The duo recorded "Are You Ready For The Super Bowl?" at Kid's Detroit-area home last weekend, and video was shot to accompany the song, LAUNCH reports.

The Super Bowl will air on ABC at 6 p.m. EST.


FOUR ELVIS MOVIES NEW ON DVD

To mark Elvis Presley's 68th birthday last week, Paramount Home Entertainment -- paramount.com/homeentertainment -- has released four of The King's movies on DVD:

-- "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (1962) in which Elvis stars as a playboy tuna fisherman and nightclub crooner;

-- "Fun in Acapulco" (1963), in which Elvis plays a former trapeze artist who works a variety of jobs -- including a hotel lounge singer;

-- "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" (1966) features Elvis as an irresponsible charter helicopter pilot; and

-- "Easy Come, Easy Go" (1967), has Elvis as a Navy frogman-turned deep-sea treasure hunter.

Elvis starred in 27 movies between 1960 and 1969.

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