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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Feb. 13, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Thursday, Feb. 13)

Tennessee Ernie Ford born in Bristol, Tenn., 1919.

Jim McReynolds of Jim & Jesse born in Coeburn, Va., 1927.

Billy "Crash" Craddock debuts on charts with "Knock Three Times," 1971.

Bill Monroe records "Kentucky Waltz," 1945.

Gene Autry records "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Mexicali Rose," 1946.

Hank Williams records "Honky Tonkin'," 1947.


MUSIC AND MORE


SHANIA UP FOR FIVE JUNO AWARDS

Shania Twain is nominated for five Juno awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.

Twain, who will also host and perform at the April 6 awards show, is up for the Juno fan choice award, as well as album of the year, country recording of the year, artist of the year and songwriter of the year.

Terri Clark, Emerson Drive, Doc Walter and Michelle Wright are also nominated for country recording of the year, according to the Juno Web site (juno-awards.ca).


CMT PRESENTS COUNTRY'S 40 GREATEST MEN

Next month Country Music Television premieres "CMT 40 Greatest Men of Country Music," a follow-up to last year's documentary about country's leading women.

The three-hour show, hosted by actress Megan Mullally of NBC's "Will & Grace," airs March 28 at 8 p.m. EST.

The special focuses on 40 men in country music chosen by performers, music historians, journalists and others in the music and recording business.

In June CMT plans to air a special on country music's 100 greatest songs.


RAPPER DROPS CHICKS TO NO. 2

The Dixie Chicks' "Home" album fell from the top spot to No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard 200, after rapper 50 Cent debuted at No. 1 with "Get Rich or Die Tryin'."

Sales of "Home" grew by nearly 10 percent, but its 114,000 copies paled in comparison to 50 Cent's 872,000 units, says Billboard, citing Nielsen SoundScan figures.

The Chicks' album remains No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart for the 11th week.

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