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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Jan. 27, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Monday, Jan. 27)

Cheryl White of The Whites born in Wichita Falls, Texas, 1955.

Richard Young, guitarist-singer for the Kentucky Headhunters, born, 1955.

Elvis Presley's No. 1 single "Heartbreak Hotel" released, 1956.

Tracy Lawrence born in Texarkana, Texas, 1968.

Marty Robbins underwent heart bypass surgery, 1970.

Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Brooks and Dunn, George Strait and LeAnn Rimes are the country winners at the 24th annual American Music Awards, 1997.


MUSIC AND MORE


MCGRAW, ROGERS RECORD DUET

Tim McGraw and Kenny Rogers have recorded a song together but it's not clear when it will be released or by whom, LAUNCH reports.

"We Owe Them More Than That," recorded late last year, is expected to be released sometime this year and could be on upcoming albums by McGraw or Rogers.

Rogers is working on a new album expected to be released sometime this year but a spokesman would not say whether the duet will be on it.


TRITT HEADLINES COUNTRY FEST AT SPEEDWAY

Travis Tritt will headline an impressive lineup of country artists in this spring's three-day music festival at Kentucky Speedway.

Tritt is to be joined by Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Kellie Coffey, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, Phil Vassar, Aaron Lines, Emerson Drive, Sawyer Brown and other country acts in the show June 6-8.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins and Jolie Edwards also will perform.

Organizers predict more than 100,000 people will be there. For ticket information check the speedway's Web site -- kentuckyspeedway.com or call (888) 652-RACE.


ACM AWARDS NODS ANNOUNCED MARCH 4

Nominations for the 38th annual Academy of Country Music awards will be announced March 4.

The awards show, to be hosted by 10-time ACM award winner Reba MacIntyre, will be held in Las Vegas on May 21 and carried by CBS-TV.

The second annual ACM Home Depot Humanitarian Award also will be given out, based the fans' choice from three artists nominated by fellow country music performers and announced March 4.

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