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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   April 4, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, April 4)

Gail Davies born in Broken Bow, Okla., 1948.

Steve Gatlin born in Olney, Texas, 1951.

Red Sovine dies in auto crash at age 61 in Nashville, 1980.

Bill Anderson debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, 1959.

Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" single goes gold, 1968.

Alabama's "Southern Star" album goes gold, 1989.

(Saturday, April 5)

"Cowboy" Jack Clement born in Memphis, 1931.

June Stearns born in Albany, Ky., 1939.

Tommy Cash born in Dyess Colony, Ark., 1940.

Eddy Arnold's No. 1 single, "Easy On the Eyes," is charted, 1952.

Jimmy Buffett's "Son of a Son of a Sailor" album goes gold, 1978.

The Bellamy Brothers' "Sugar Daddy" No. 1 on the charts, 1980.

Diamond Rio's "Love A Little Stronger" is certified gold, 1995.

(Sunday, April 6)

Merle Haggard born in Bakersfield, Calif., 1937.

Brenda Lee debuts on country charts with "One Step at a Time," 1957.

Ray Charles' "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2" goes gold, 1968.


MUSIC AND MORE


NEW SINGLE FOR WYNONNA

Wynonna plans to release her new single, "What the World Needs," to country radio on April 25, CMT.com reports.

"I'm getting as country as I can," says Wynonna. "If radio doesn't play this music, I'm getting a real job."

Her last big hit was "Come Some Rainy Day" in 1998.


ACM PERFORMANCE LINEUP ANNOUNCED

Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Martina McBride and Willie Nelson are lined up to perform at the 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas May 21.

Keith and Nelson will perform their duet, "Beer For My Horses," and Chesney will play "Big Star" to open the three-hour show.

Ten-time ACM winner Reba McEntire will host the Awards show, which is being carried by CBS.


JOHNNY CASH HOME FROM HOSPITAL

Country icon Johnny Cash has been released from Baptist Hospital in Nashville and is resting at home, the Tennessean reports.

Cash, 71, spent more than three weeks in the hospital for treatment of pneumonia. He was released Tuesday night, said hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Jackson.


CHICKS' ALBUM AT HOME ON TOP

The Dixie Chicks' "Home" album is No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the 18th week but fell from No. 7 to 16th on the Billboard 200.

Toby Keith's "Unleashed" rose from No. 3 to second while "Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors" moved up two notches to No. 3. "Up!" by Shania Twain fell from No. 2 to No. 4.

Roseann Cash's "Rules of Travel" debuted at No. 18.

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