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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   Feb. 24, 2003 at 5:00 AM
TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Monday, Feb. 24)

"Little" Roy Lewis, banjo player for the Lewis Family, born in Lincolnton, Ga., 1942.

Sammy Kershaw born in Abbeyville, La., 1958.

Webb Pierce dies at 69 in Nashville, 1991.

Loretta Lynn's "Fist City" is charted, 1968.

Johnny Cash records his live album, "Johnny Cash at San Quentin," 1969.

Alan Jackson's "Everything I Love" goes gold and platinum, 1997.

George Strait's "You Can't Make A Heart Love Somebody" reaches No. 1, 1995.


MUSIC AND MORE


CHICKS TAKE COUNTRY ALBUM GRAMMY

The Dixie Chicks' "Home" Sunday night won the Best Country Album award at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards. "Home" beat out "Drive" by Alan Jackson, "The Great Divide" by Willie Nelson, "Man With a Memory" by Joe Nichols and "Halos & Horns" by Dolly Parton.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance was Faith Hill for "Cry" and Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Johnny Cash for "Give My Love to Rose."

For a complete listing of Grammy winners, go to upi.com.


JONES TO DONATE BURIAL PLOT FOR PAYCHECK

George Jones is planning to donate a burial plot next to his own for Johnny Paycheck, one of many friends kicking in to help pay for Paycheck's funeral, Nashville's WSMV-TV reports.

Relatives and friends say Paycheck, who died last week at 64, had little money.

A group of artists has chipped in to pay for a memorial at a cemetery in Nashville.

"We all know and love each other really, even though we don't get together a lot," Jones tells WSMV. "Anything like this, of this nature, that happens, it's taken care of by friends, and that's what it's set up to be, to do."


PAYCHECK TRIBUTE AVAILABLE ONLINE

Nashville country radio station WSM Monday night is airing a tribute to Johnny Paycheck, who died last week.

WSM's Eddie Stubbs hosts the four-hour tribute starting at 8 p.m. EST, a show that can be heard on the Web at wsmonline.com.

The tribute covers the long and storied career of Paycheck, including his work as backup with George Jones and Faron Young to his signature single, "Take This Job and Shove It," the Grand Ole Opry said.


COUNTRY STARS TO DESIGN DREAM HOME

This spring CMT will begin airing "Ultimate Country Home," a 13-episode series showcasing the home design talents of country music stars.

The artists, with the help of design experts, will use their decorating talents to transform a 3,600 square foot house into a custom home.

Viewers who enter a sweepstakes have a chance at winning the home and its six acres of property in the final episode of the series, which begins April 7.

Country stars signed up to take part include Jo Dee Messina, Deana Carter, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Lonestar, Terri Clark, Jessica Andrews, Blake Shelton, Chris Cagle, Cledus T. Judd, and Brad Paisley, CMT said.

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