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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   April 11, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

, April 11 (UPI) -- TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, April 11)

George Shuffler, guitarist with the Stanley Brothers, born in North Carolina, 1925.

Gene Autry records "Pistol Packin' Papa" and "Methodist Pie," 1931.

Jim Lauderdale born in Statesville, N.C., 1957.

Marty Robbins records "The Hawaiian Wedding Song," 1963.

Alabama signs with RCA Records, 1980.

Ricky Van Shelton's Wild-Eyed Dream goes gold, 1988.

Hank Williams Jr.'s "Greatest Hits III" album goes gold, 1989.

(Saturday, April 12)

Vince Gill born in Norman, Okla., 1957.

Boxcar Willie dies at age 67, 1999.

Hank Williams signs first exclusive songwriter's agreement with Acuff-Rose, 1944.

Marty Robbins wins a Grammy for "El Paso," 1961.

(Sunday, April 13)

Sam Bush born in Bowling Green, Ky., 1952.

Buck Owens' first No. 1 single, "Act Naturally," is charted, 1963.

Roger Miller wins five Grammys, 1964.

Glen Campbell's first No. 1 single, "I Wanna Live," is charted, 1968.

Charley Pride records his first No. 1 single, "All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)," 1969.

Johnny Dollar dies at age 53, 1986.


MUSIC AND MORE


VINCE CLARIFIES STATEMENT ABOUT CHICKS FLAP

Vince Gill is clarifying his statement about the Dixie Chicks' controversy.

Gill said at the CMT video awards Monday night Natalie Maines has been bashed enough for her remarks during a March 10 concert in London that she's "ashamed" President Bush is from the trio's home state of Texas.

He tells the Nashville Tennessean that while he stands by that position, he wants to be certain everyone understands he does not agree with Maines.

"The troops and the president don't have a bigger supporter than me," Gill told the newspaper later in the week.


EX-OAK RIDGER FOX SUFFERS STROKE

Noel Fox, formerly with the Oak Ridge Boys and onetime manager of bluegrasser Rhonda Vincent, is in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after suffering a stroke, CMT.com reports.

Fox, 63, was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday.

He sang bass for the Oak Ridge Boys before the group achieved star status in 1977, and he ran the Oaks' music publishing companies.


WILLIE'S B-DAY BASH IN EDITORS' HANDS NOW

Willie Nelson's 70th birthday party wrapped up in the wee hours Thursday, after five hours of music by some of the industry's biggest names honoring an icon.

Videotape of the party will be whittled down to two hours for USA Network's "Willie Nelson & Friends" to be carried on Memorial Day and re-broadcast the following weekend.

Shania Twain, Toby Keith, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Ray Price, Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson and Sheryl Crow were among the performers helping Nelson mark his 70th at Beacon Theatre in New York.

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