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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   April 14, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Monday, April 14)

Loretta Lynn born in Butcher Holler, Ky., 1935.

Stuart Duncan, fiddler with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, born, 1964.

Eddy Arnold's No. 1 single "Kentucky Waltz" is charted, 1951.

Lefty Frizzell's No. 1 single "I Want To Be With You Always" is charted, 1951.

George Jones' No. 1 single "She Thinks I Still Care" is charted, 1962.

Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan reunite in recording studio after a 12-year separation, 1960.

Alabama's "Give Me One More Shot" tops charts, 1995.


MUSIC AND MORE


POLL: MOST COUNTRY FANS PUT OFF BY MAINES REMARK

Most country music fans say they're less likely to buy a Dixie Chicks recording than they were before Natalie Maines' remark about President Bush, a survey has found.

Fifty-eight percent of 1,200 people tell an online survey that they'd be less inclined to spend money on a Dixie Chicks product because of the comment and the backlash over it.

Maines said during a concert in London March 10 that she was ashamed that Bush is from the trio's home state of Texas.

The survey by the marketing firm of New Media Strategies also found 75 percent of Texas country music fans say they're "embarrassed" that the Dixie Chicks are from the Lone Star State.

The poll was conducted by New Media Strategies, a marketing firm with recording companies among their customers.


VINCE & AMY, RANDY WIN GOSPEL AWARDS

Randy Travis' "Rise and Shine" took Country Album of the Year honors at last week's 34th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards in Nashville.

The Country Recorded Song award went to Vince Gill and wife Amy Grant for "The River's Gonna Keep On Rolling," while Gill won a trophy for Inspirational Album as co-producer of Grant's "Legacy...Hymns & Faith."


FLAMEWORTHYS SET RATINGS RECORD

Last week's Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards on CMT set a new ratings record, the network says.

More than 8.3 million viewers watched the live awards show and related Flameworthy programs last Monday, and the show was CMT's highest-ever rated telecast among viewers in the 18-49 age group.

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