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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   March 28, 2003 at 5:00 AM
TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, March 28)

Reba McEntire born in Chockie, Okla., 1955.

Eddy Arnold's "The Best Of Eddy Arnold" album is certified gold, 1968.

John Denver's "Sunshine On My Shoulder" single goes gold, 1974

Tom T. Hall rejoins Grand Ole Opry, 1980.

Hank Snow records his first No. 1 single, "I'm Movin' On," 1950.

Johnnie and Jack record "Waterloo" and "I Overlooked an Orchid," 1962.

(Saturday, March 29)

Brady Seals born in Hamilton, Ohio, 1969.

Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses" single goes gold, 1971.

The Kentucky Headhunters' "Pickin' On Nashville" long-form video is certified gold, 1991.

Hawkshaw Hawkins records "Sunny Side Of The Mountain," 1956.

(Sunday, March 30)

Bobby Wright born in Charleston, W.V., 1942.

Randy Van Warmer born in Indian Hills, Colo., 1955.

Bobby Helms' No. 1 single "Fraulein" is charted, 1957.

Bobby Goldsboro's first No. 1 single, "Honey," is charted, 1968.

Ronnie Milsap charts his first No. 1 single, "Pure Love," 1974.

Johnny Cash records Top 5 single, "I Walk The Line," 1956.


MUSIC AND MORE


DARRYL'S PATRIOTIC SINGLE NO. 1

Darryl Worley's patriotic single "Have You Forgotten" is No. 1 on the charts while the Dixie Chicks' "Travelin' Soldier" plunges on reduced airplay brought about by Natalie Maines' remark about President Bush.

Worley wrote the song after a trip to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan last December. It reached the top of the charts after just five weeks.

"Travelin' Soldier" slid from No. 2 to 16th on the R&R chart and fell out of the Billboard country Top 20.

Many radio stations stopped playing the song after Maines said during a London concert she's "ashamed" Bush is from the trio's home state of Texas.


DEANA CARTER ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 6

Deana Carter's "I'm Just A Girl" has debuted at No. 6 on this week's Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

"Unleashed" by Toby Keith rose from fifth to No. 3, behind No. 1 "Home" by the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain's "Up!" in the second spot.

"Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors" dropped from No. 3 to No. 5.


POLL: OK FOR CELEBS TO SPEAK OUT

A new poll has found celebrities should continue speaking their minds on world events.

Sixty-one percent of 9,082 people responding to a Billboard.com poll are not opposed to musicians, actors and other celebrities expressing their opinions on global issues.

The poll also found the views of 39 percent of those who welcome the thoughts of notable figures are not influenced by celebrity opinions.


LONESTAR VIDEO TOUTS TOURISM

Lonestar and their single, "What About Now," will be used to promote travel and tourism in the United States.

A video recently produced in Nashville featuring the band's No. 1 hit is slated to debut April 9 at the National Tourism Summit in Washington.

It will be used by major airlines, travel agencies, car rental firms, hotels, resorts and theme parks as a promotional tool, said the band's Web site, lonestar.mu.

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