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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   April 18, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, April 18)

Gene Autry records "Back in the Saddle Again," 1939.

Earl Scruggs marries Louise Certain, 1948.

Buck Owens records "I Can't Stop (My Lovin' You)" and "Save The Last Dance For Me," 1962.

Dorsey Dixon of the 1930s' duo the Dixon Brothers, dies, 1968.

Diamond Rio becomes first group in 14 years to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, 1998.

(Saturday, April 19)

Elvis Presley takes a train from Memphis to Hollywood to film "GI Blues" because he'd developed a fear of flying, 1960.

Gary "Stretch" Brewer of the Kentucky Ramblers born, 1965.

Ernest Tubb records "Waltz Across Texas," 1965.

Emmylou Harris debuts on the charts with "Too Far Gone," 1975.

Crystal Gayle, Dottie West, Debby Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette occupy the top five spots on Billboard's country charts, the first time the Top 5 songs are done by women, 1980.

Travis Tritt's "Drift Off To Dream" No. 1 on the country charts, 1991.

Dolly Parton's "Slow Dancing With The Moon" goes gold, 1993.

(Sunday, April 20)

Johnny Tillotson born in Jacksonville, Fla., 1939.

Doyle Lawson born in Kingsport, Tenn., 1944.

Guitar great Steve Kaufman born, 1957.

Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" begins eight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, 1957.

Dolly Parton releases her first single, "Puppy Love," 1959.

Mickey Gilley charts his first No. 1 single, "Room Full of Roses," 1974.

Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights" single goes gold, 1977.


MUSIC AND MORE


DIXIE CHICKS BACK ON TOP

The Dixie Chicks' "Home" returned to the No. 1 position on Billboard's country albums chart but fell from 17th to No. 30 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Toby Keith's "Unleashed" rose a notch to No. 2 while "Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors" is No. 3, "Up!" by Shania Twain is No. 4 and Chris Cagle's self-titled album dropped from No. 1 to No. 5.


WORLEY'S SINGLE STAYS AT NO. 1

Darryl Worley's patriotic song "Have You Forgotten?" remains No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Singles & Tracks chart, in the same week that his album with the same title hit retail stores.

Kenny Chesney's "Big Star" is No. 2, replacing new No. 3, "That'd Be Alright," by Alan Jackson.

"She's My Kind Of Rain" by Tim McGraw moved into No. 4, Martina McBride's "Concrete Angel" is fifth and Joe McNichols' "Brokenheartsville" is No. 6.


LEANN GIVES UP LOS ANGELES FOR NASHVILLE

LeAnn Rimes, who turns 21 this summer, has had it with the Los Angeles lifestyle and is moving to Nashville next month, the Tennessean reports.

She and her dancer husband Dean Sheremet will move out of their L.A. digs to make a new home in a "lovely estate" in Nashville, where she'll be recording her new album next year.

The move brings Rimes closer to her father in Lebanon, Tenn., and her mother and stepdad, who just moved to town. Her new manager, Scott Welch, also is moving to the area soon.

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