TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Friday, April 25)
Vassar Clements born in Kinard, Fla., 1928.
Willie Nelson performs for President Carter at the White House, 1978.
Rev. Andrew Jenkins dies at age 70, 1956.
Ted Daffan records "Worried Mind" and "I'm A Fool To Care," 1940.
TNN broadcasts its first Viewers' Choice Awards, 1989.
(Saturday, April 26)
Duane Eddy born in Corning, N.Y., 1938
Dottie West has her first solo No. 1 single with "A Lesson in Leavin'," 1980.
Ernest Tubb records "Walking the Floor Over You," 1941.
Randy Travis' "Point Of Light" debuts on country charts, 1991.
Shenandoah's "The Moon Over Georgia" debuts on country charts, 1991.
Pam Tillis' "Sweetheart's Dance" goes platinum, 1995.
(Sunday, April 27)
Maxine Brown born in Sampti, La., 1931.
Hank Snow's single "Hello Love" hits No. 1 on the charts, 1974.
Waylon Jennings' first No. 1 single, "This Time," is charted, 1974.
Bob Wills records the Top 10 single "Faded Love," 1950.
Merle Travis records "Bugle Call Rag," 1955.
MUSIC AND MORE
DIXIE CHICKS NAKED ON 'EW' COVER
The Dixie Chicks were able to reveal plenty in their ABC PrimeTime Thursday interview with Diane Sawyer but their photo on the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly is about as revealing as can be.
The nude trio is wearing only contradictory messages -- "Saddam's Angels" and "Proud Americans" is printed on Martie Maguire's leg, while "Free Speech" and "Shut Up" appear on Natalie Maines' forearms and belly.
The cover touts an interview with the group, saying "Country's Controversial Superstars Take On Their Critics." The magazine's May 2 issue is due on newsstands this weekend.
Maines on March 10 said she was "ashamed" President Bush is from the trio's home state of Texas.
She told Sawyer she could have chosen better words to express her feelings.
"The wording I used, the way I said it, that was disrespectful," said Maines, without apologizing for questioning Bush's decision to invade Iraq.
"Are we in an atmosphere where that's allowed anymore?" asked Emily Robison. "You're either with us or you're against us?"
TWO TOBY ALBUMS IN TOP FIVE
With Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, two of Toby Keith's are on the list.
"Unleashed" is No. 2 in its 39th week on the chart and "The Best Of Toby Keith: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection" debuts at No. 5.
Jessica Andrews' "Now" debuts at No. 4 and Billy Gilman's "Music Through Heartsongs: Songs Based On The Poems Of Mattie J.T. Stepanek" starts out at No. 15.
The Dixie Chicks' "Home" album fell from No. 1 to No. 3.
RANDY TRAVIS ON 'TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL' FINALE
Country/Gospel star Randy Travis plays in the two-part series finale of "Touched By An Angel" this weekend.
The finale, "I Will Walk With You," airs Saturday and Sunday on CBS.
Travis has been on the series several times, including roles in three Christmas episodes and a part in the 2001 season finale based on his hit Gospel song, "Shallow Water."