Country Music News

By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   April 2, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Wednesday, April 2)

Leon Russell born in Lawton, Okla., 1942.

Emmylou Harris born in Birmingham, Ala., 1947.

Billy Dean born in Quincy, Fla., 1962.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver formed, 1979.

Alabama's "Roll On" album is certified gold and platinum, 1984.

"Sweet Dreams" soundtrack album goes gold, 1987.


MUSIC AND MORE


JOHNNY CASH HOPES TO BE HOME BY WEEKEND

Johnny Cash is expected to be out of the hospital and home by this weekend. In a message on Cash's Web site, johnnycash.com, his manager Lou Robin says The Man In Black "is doing well" and probably will be released from Baptist Hospital in Nashville on the weekend.

Cash, 71, was admitted to the hospital March 10 for treatment of pneumonia. Robin also says Cash hopes to begin work on his next album.


MCGRAW STOPS SHOW IN PITTSBURGH

Tim McGraw walked off stage during his show in Pittsburgh last Friday after the crowd booed when he brought a fan wearing a Philadelphia Phillies shirt onstage, the Post-Gazette reported.

The boo-birds were expressing loyalty to their major league baseball Pirates. Many, however, did not realize McGraw's father -- former Phillies ace Tug McGraw -- recently underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Soon McGraw returned to the stage and continued playing.


COUNTRY STARS' CARS TO BE AUCTIONED

Vintage cars owned by country music artists will be auctioned off Saturday at the Music Valley Cars of the Stars Museum in Nashville.

Cars on the block include Johnny Cash's 1979 Cadillac, George Jones' 1979 T-Bird, a 1934 Packard that belonged to Marty Robbins as well as the autos of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and others.

More information about the auction -- including how buyers who can't get to Nashville can line up a personal bidder -- can be found at cagleauction.com.

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