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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   March 13, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   0 comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Thursday, March 13)

Jan Howard born in West Plains, Mo., 1931.

Billy Yates born in Doniphan, Mo., 1963.

Jimmy Martin records "The Sunny Side of the Mountain," 1964.

Dick Curless "A Tombstone Every Mile" debuts on chart, 1965.

"The Byrds' Greatest Hits" album goes gold, 1968.

The Bellamy Brothers' "Let Your Love Flow" already a pop hit, debuts on country chart, 1976.

George Jones and Tammy Wynette divorced, 1975.

George and Nancy Jones were married, 1983.


MUSIC AND MORE


URBAN'S VOICE RESTED, TOUR TO RESUME

After weeks of voice rest, Keith Urban is expected to resume touring on March 22, says his Web site, keithurban.net.

In January Urban canceled appearances and concerts after doctors found a "sudden vocal cord ailment" and ordered him into strict voice rest.

His doctor has prescribed a "daily warm up regimen" to strengthen his vocal cords so Urban can get back to his concert tour in Gulfport, Miss.


CHICKS' SINGLE TOPS CHARTS

The Dixie Chicks' "Travelin' Soldier" has taken over the No. 1 spot on the Billboard and Radio & Records country singles charts.

It's the second No. 1 for singer/songwriter Bruce Robison, who penned Tim McGraw's chart-topper "Angry All the Time" in 2001.


'NASHVILLE STAR' RATINGS NOT SO HOT

The premiere of USA Network's heavily promoted reality show "Nashville Star" wasn't a ratings hit, pulling in just 1.8 million viewers Saturday night.

A spokeswoman for the network says, however, the ratings were "a good start" and predicted the live shows that begins this Saturday will draw more viewers, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

The 12 finalists, who are living together in a Nashville house, begin fighting it out in the first round of live competition in front of 1,600 people at Nashville's Acuff Theater.

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