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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Feb. 4, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Tuesday, Feb. 4)

Clint Black born in Long Branch, N.J., 1962.

Jethro Burns of Homer & Jethro dies, 1989.

George Strait's "Something Special" album goes gold, 1986.

"W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings," starring Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis and Don Williams, premieres in Nashville, 1975.

Patsy Cline records "Faded Love," 1963.


MUSIC AND MORE


SHELTON'S NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY

Blake Shelton's new album "The Dreamer," hits retail stores Tuesday as his single, "The Baby," nears the top of the charts.

Shelton also appears on Hank Williams Jr.'s tribute album being released Feb. 11, singing "Young Country" with Trick Pony and Darryl Worley.

Shelton also recorded a song with Tracy Byrd, "The Truth About Men," which will be on Byrd's new album later this year.

"The Baby" is currently No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.


EARL SKRUGGS GETS HOLLYWOOD STAR

Bluegrass legend Earl Skruggs' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is set to be unveiled Feb. 13, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Gibson Guitar will throw a reception after the ceremony, says Earl's wife, Louise.

The star will be placed on Hollywood Boulevard directly across from the Hollywood Roosevelt, where the Skruggses stayed when Earl was filming episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, the paper said.


VINCENT AND BAND WIN FOUR SPBGMA AWARDS

Rhonda Vincent and her band, the Rage, took four trophies at the 29th annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America awards show in Nashville Sunday night.

Vincent won awards for entertainer and contemporary female vocalist, while she and the Rage won the overall bluegrass band award. The Bill Monroe tribute, "Is the Grass Any Bluer," won song of the year, CMT.com reports.

Rage member Hunter Berry won the fiddler of the year award.

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