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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   March 7, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   0 comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, March 7)

Townes Van Zandt born in Fort Worth, Texas, 1944.

Jack Anglin of Johnnie & Jack killed in auto crash enroute to Patsy Cline's memorial service, 1963.

Pee Wee King dies at age 86, 2000.

Gilley's club opens in Pasadena, Texas, 1971.

Buck Owens records "Heartaches By The Number," 1961.

The Nashville Network debuts in 7 million homes, 1983.

Hank Williams Jr.'s "Greatest Hits Volume 2" goes platinum, 1990.

George Strait releases his "Latest Greatest Straitest Hits" album, 2000.

(Saturday, March 8)

Lew Dewitt, founding member of the Statler Brothers, born in Roanoke, Va., 1939.

Randy Meisner, one-time member of Poco and the Eagles, born in Scotts Bluff, Neb., 1947.

"The Best Of Buck Owens" is certified gold, 1968.

The Judds' "Love Can Build A Bridge" album goes gold, 1991.

Little Texas' "First Time for Everything" goes gold, 1994.

Willie Nelson's "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" hits No. 1 on Billboard country chart, 1980.

Dolly Parton's "Think About Love," reaches top of Billboard country chart, 1986.

Patty Loveless's "Blame It On Your Heart" debuts on charts on its way to No. 1, 1993.

(Sunday, March 9)

Mickey Gilley born in Natchez, Miss., 1936.

Jimmie Fadden of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band born in Long Beach, Calif., 1948.

The last Saturday night performance of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, 1974.

BlackHawk gets platinum certification for their self-named debut album, 1995.

Alan Jackson's first No. 1 hit, "I'd Love You All Over Again," reaches top of Billboard country chart, 1991.

Alan Jackson tops Billboard country chart with "I'll Try," 1996.


MUSIC AND MORE


CHICKS' 'LANDSLIDE' HOTTEST SELLER

The Dixie Chicks' remake of the Fleetwood Mac smash "Landslide" is the fastest-growing single at retail, Billboard.com reports.

The song is currently No. 7 on the all-genre Hot 100 after reaching No. 2 on Billboard's country singles chart.

The Chicks' "Travelin' Soldier" is now No. 2 on the Billboard country chart behind Gary Allan's "Man To Man," the list's new leader.

Former No. 1 "The Baby" by Blake Shelton fell into the third spot on the country chart while "Brokenheartsville" by Joe Nichols rose from No. 7 to No. 4 and Mark Wills' "19 Somethin'" is No. 5.


SHANIA ON CANADA'S WALK OF FAME

Country superstar Shania Twain is among 11 Canadians being inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto this summer.

She joins Robbie Robertson of The Band, comedian Mike Myers, NHL coach Scotty Bowman and other prominent Canadians whose names will be permanently inscribed in the walk on June 25.

Born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, in 1965, Twain moved to her mother's hometown of Timmins, Ontario, as a child after her parents divorced.

The inductees came from 250,000 ballots received from the public, according to the walk's Web site, canadaswalkoffame.com.


ALLISON KRAUSS ORDERED TO REST VOICE

Allison Krauss is the latest country artist ordered into a period of vocal rest, CMT.com reports.

The Vanderbilt Voice Center told the bluegrasser to give her vocal cords a rest after an evaluation on Thursday.

Randy Travis and Keith Urban were given similar orders over the past several weeks.

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