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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   May 7, 2003 at 5:00 AM
TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Wednesday, May 7)

Lorrie Collins born in Tahlequah, Okla., 1942.

Cleveland Chenier dies of a stroke at age 69, 1971.

Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" hits No. 1, 1949.

Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" hits charts, 1969.

Clint Black's "A Good Run Of Bad Luck" reaches No. 1, 1994.


MUSIC AND MORE


DISC JOCKEYS SUSPENDED FOR PLAYING DIXIE CHICKS MUSIC

Two country music radio disc jockeys in Colorado have been suspended for playing Dixie Chicks music, a violation of station policy.

KKCS-FM sent Dave Moore and Jeff Singer home after the duo locked themselves into the station's air studio and proceeded to play Dixie Chicks music, KKTV in Colorado Springs reported on its Web site.

They took listeners' requests for Dixie Chicks songs for five hours, until station management suspended them for an undetermined period of time.

The DJs say they support President Bush and American armed forces serving in Iraq. They disagreed with Natalie Maines' March 10 statement she's ashamed Bush is from the trio's home state of Texas -- but Singer and Moore believe the Chicks have been punished enough.

The station banned Dixie Chicks music soon after Maines made the comment.


RED CROSS TAPS COUNTRY STARS FOR PANEL

The American Red Cross has named country music artists Randy Travis, Tim McGraw and Lonestar to its National Celebrity Cabinet.

They'll serve with athletes, TV and film stars and other nationally known figures as volunteers for one year to promote Red Cross services and activities.


VASSAR GUEST STARS ON SOAP

Arista Nashville recording artist Phil Vassar is booked for a guest shot in the popular NBC soap opera "Days of Our Lives." He'll have a role in the "Jack and Jennifer" show, a fictional TV program within the series.

Vassar is scheduled to tape the segment May 12 for airing on June 9.

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