Country Music News

By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Feb. 14, 2003 at 5:00 AM


(Friday, Feb. 14)

Razzy Bailey born in Lafayette, La., 1939.

Wendy Holcombe dies, 1987.

Eddy Arnold records Top 10 single "Hep Cat Baby," 1954.

Buck Owens records "Sweethearts In Heaven," 1963.

Merle Haggard records "The Fightin' Side Of Me," 1970.

The film "Gospel Road" premieres in Charlotte, N.C., 1973.

Kathy Mattea weds songwriter Jon Vezner, 1988.

(Saturday, Feb. 15)

Hank Locklin born in McLellan, Fla., 1918.

Elvis Presley hits top of the country charts for the first time with "Mystery Train," 1956.

Webb Pierce records No. 1 single, "Honky Tonk Song," 1957.

Jerry Lee Lewis performs "Great Balls of Fire" on American Bandstand, 1958.

Don Gibson's two-sided hit, "Oh Lonesome Me" and "I Can't Stop Loving You," enters charts, 1958.

T.G Sheppard's "Devil In The Bottle" reaches No. 1 after a 19-week run on the charts, 1975.

Loretta Lynn's controversial song, "The Pill," enters country charts, 1975.

Lee Greenwood's "You've Got A Good Love Comin'" album goes gold, 1985.

(Sun., Feb. 16)

Doug Phelps of the Kentucky Headhunters born, 1961.

Johnny Cash records Top 5 single, "Man In Black," 1971.

Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson star in "The Last Days Of Frank And Jesse James" on NBC-TV, 1986.

George Jones and Tammy Wynette are wed in Ringgold, Ga., 1969.

Johnny Cash's album "The Johnny Cash Portrait" goes platinum, 1995.

Reba McEntire is first ever co-host of Rosie O'Donnell's TV show, 1998.



Blake Shelton's "The Dreamer" has debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's country albums chart and his current single, "The Baby," reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks list.

The 10-song album showed up at No. 8 on the all-genre Billboard 200 on sales of 77,000.

"In The Mood: The Love Songs" by Alabama skyrocketed from No. 69 to No. 4 in its third week on the album chart.

"Home" by the Dixie Chicks stayed at No. 1, Shania Twain's "Up!" fell to No. 3 and "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors" dropped to No. 5.

Terri Clark's "I Just Wanna Be Mad" rose to No. 2 on the singles chart, while "19 Somethin'" by Mark Wills dropped to No. 3 after six weeks in the top spot.

"You Can't Hide Beautiful" by Aaron Lines held onto No. 4 and Gary Allan's "Man To Man" was No. 5, while "Brokenheartsville" by Joe Nichols reached No. 6 and "Travelin' Soldier" by the Dixie Chicks rose to No. 7.


A Harris Interactive survey on Grammy award nominees shows teenagers are far less interested in country music than pop.

In a national poll of 891 people, ages 13 to 19, 14 percent said their favorite album among the nominees was "Home" by the Dixie Chicks, behind albums by Eminem and Nelly.

Eleven percent chose Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" from among song of the year nominees.


Producer-onetime pop star Richard Marx is producing Emerson Drive's new album, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Marx says one of the songs was written by Hillary Lindsay, who co-wrote "Blessed" by Martina McBride and has penned tracks for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Terri Clark, Jessica Andrews and Sara Evans.

Marx produced "Fall Into Me" on the band's self-titled debut album.

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