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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Feb. 7, 2003 at 12:57 PM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, Feb. 7)

Garth Brooks born in Luba, Okla., 1962.

Eddie Rabbitt's first No. 1 single, "Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)," is charted, 1976.

Marty Robbins joins Grand Ole Opry, 1953.

John Conlee joins Grand Ole Opry, 1981.

Hank Williams Jr.'s "Great Hits III" goes gold, 1989.

Brooks and Dunn's "A Man This Lonely" tops R&R country chart, 1997.

(Saturday, Feb. 8)

Merle Watson born in Deep Gap, N.C.; 1949

Steve Scruggs born in Nashville; 1958

Don Wayne Reno of the Reno Brothers born in Roanoke, Va., 1963.

Merle Travis spend first of 14 weeks at No. 1 with "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed," 1947.

Clay Walker's "If I Could Make A Living" goes gold, 1995.

Mark Chesnutt's "It's A Little Too Late" tops Billboard chart, 1997.

(Sunday, Feb. 9)

Ernest Tubb born in Crisp, Texas, 1914.

Joe Ely born in Amarillo, Texas, 1947.

Travis Tritt born in Marietta, Ga., 1963.

Dottie West's first No. 1 single, "A Lesson in Leavin'," is charted, 1980.

Bill Haley dies at 55, 1981.

Willie Nelson records "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," 1975.

The Oak Ridge Boys chart No. 1 hit, "Leavin' Louisiana In The Broad Daylight," 1980.

Randy Travis's "Storms of Life" goes platinum, 1987.


MUSIC AND MORE


WILLS' SINGLE NO. 1 FOR SIXTH WEEK

Mark Wills' "19 Somethin'" captured No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

"The Baby" by Blake Shelton and "I Just Wanna Be Mad" by Terri Clark remain at Nos. 2-3, while "You Can't Hide Beautiful" by Aaron Lines took over the fourth spot and Emerson Drive's "Fall Into Me" fell to No. 5.


KENNY, MARTINA HEADLINE FAN FAIR

Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride and Diamond Rio are among the headliners of the four-day Fan Fair 2003 festival in Nashville.

Dozens of country stars will perform June 5-8 at Adelphia Coliseum, in Riverfront Park, and at Nashville clubs as part of "Fan Fair After Hours."

Chesney, McBride, Diamond Rio, Brooks & Dunn, Deana Carter, Sara Evans and Lonestar are booked to play in the coliseum.

Also appearing: Trace Adkins, Chris Cagle, Terri Clark, Jo Dee Messina, Montgomery Gentry, Marty Stewart, Neal McCoy, Trick Pony, Keith Urban, Sara Evans, Lonestar, Deana Carter, Kellie Coffey, Steve Azar, Little Big Town, Neal McCoy, Rick Trevino and others.

Information on tickets and festival activities can be found at go2fanfair.com.


RIMES' JAG HIT BY DRUNK DRIVER

LeAnn Rimes and her husband were shaken up last Friday when a suspected drunk driver crashed her car into Rimes' Jaguar in Hollywood, CMT.com reports.

Rimes had just finished work on an episode of NBC's "American Dreams" when a car ran a red light and slammed into Rimes' Jag as it traveled through an intersection.

Rimes and hubby Dean Sheremet were treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released. The other driver was charged with driving under the influence.

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