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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   March 5, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Wednesday, March 5)

Guitarist Jimmy Bryant born in Pavo, Ga., 1925.

Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and Randy Hughes die in a plane crash in Camden, Tenn., 1963.

The first major college bluegrass concert features the Osborne Brothers at Antioch College, 1960.

Alabama scores 22nd No. 1 hit as "Face to Face," featuring KT Oslin, tops Billboard country chart, 1988.

Mark Chesnutt's "I Just Wanted You to Know," tops Billboard country chart, 1994.

Zeke Campbell, pioneering electric guitarist with the Light Crust Doughboys, dies, 1997.

The Dixie Chicks' "You Were Mine" hits top of Radio & Records' country chart, 1999.


MUSIC AND MORE


TOBY KEITH GETS EIGHT ACM NODS

Toby Keith is nominated for eight Academy Of Country Music awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Best Male Vocalist and Best Album.

Alan Jackson received six nods while Kenny Chesney and Trick Pony got five each, country star LeAnn Rimes and newcomer Jennifer Hanson announced Tuesday with executive producer Dick Clark.

For Entertainer of the Year, Keith faces Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, the Dixie Chicks and Kenny Chesney.

The 38th annual ACM awards will be handed out May 21 in Las Vegas, in a show hosted by Reba MaIntyre and carried by CBS.

A full list of nominees and more details can be found at the academy's Web site, acmcountry.com.

Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar and Wynonna are nominated for the fan-voted Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Fans can cast their ballots for the award at Home Depot's Web site, homedepot.com/acm.


LEANN JOINS WATERSHED LINEUP

LeAnn Rimes has been added to the lineup for the Watershed Four Festival, joining country and rock music artists for the two-day event in Ontario.

She joins Travis Tritt, Merle Haggard, Martina McBride, Terri Clark, Aaron Lines and Emerson Drive in the festival on Aug. 30 and 31. Melissa Etheridge, ZZ Top and Bryan Adams are among the rock acts booked to perform.

The festival was launched in September 2000 as a fundraiser to help Watershed recover from an E.coli outbreak in the town's water supply in May of that year. Seven people died and thousands were sent to hospitals.


GARY ALLAN SINGLE MOVING TO NO. 1

Gary Allan says his current single, "Man To Man" is the new No. 1 song on the Billboard and Radio & Records country charts.

It's Allan's first No. 1 single, he says on his Web site, garyallan.com. The song rises from No. 3 on the Billboard chart and No. 5 on the R&R list.

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