TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Monday, Feb. 3)
Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" single goes gold, 1971.
George Jones "Super Hits" goes platinum, 1994.
"This Time" by Sawyer Brown topped the charts, 1995.
MUSIC AND MORE
VOICE PROBLEMS SIDELINE URBAN SIX MORE WEEKS
Keith Urban will not perform for six more weeks to treat what doctors call "a persistent and serious vocal chord ailment," says Urban's Web site, keithurban.net.
After exams at the Vanderbilt Voice Clinic, doctors prescribed more vocal rest for Urban, who was sidelined by similar orders last month.
The time off forces the cancellation of this month's co-headlined tour of Canada with Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Jimmy Rankin, and other appearances.
"Although Keith is improving, he is still very much at risk," said Dr. C. Gaelyn Garrett of The Vanderbilt Voice Clinic. "Should he return prematurely to normal voice use, including singing and speaking, he could risk damage of a potentially permanent nature."
RICKY SKAGGS' FAVORITE BLUEGRASS DISCS
Ricky Skaggs is among the premiere bluegrass artists of today -- and he has his favorites in the genre, according to the Nashville Tennessean's "Behind the Head Shot" profile of the picker.
His "deserted-island discs" are as follows:
1. "The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys," Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys;
2. "Best of the Stanley Brothers: 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection," The Stanley Brothers;
3. "The Best of Flatt & Scruggs," Flatt & Skruggs;
4. "Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli," jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt with jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli;
5. "The Beatles 1," The Beatles.
ACM REDESIGNS TROPHY
Academy of Country Music award winners will be handed newly designed trophies at this year's ceremonies in Las Vegas.
After the ACM was founded in 1964, winners received plaques for the first year's awards and for the next 36 years were given trophies of the same design.
"We wanted to preserve the signature cowboy hat of our original trophy," commented ACM board vice chair Gayle Holcomb. "We wanted to give the statuette a sleek, updated look, too."
A photo of the new trophy can be seen -- in the hands of 12-time ACM winner George Strait -- at acmcountry.com.
The ACM awards, to be hosted by Reba McEntire, will be aired live by CBS on May 21 from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.