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