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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   May 9, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, May 9)

Hank Snow born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1914.

Sonny Curtis born in Meadow, Texas, 1937.

Keith Whitley dies in Goodlettsville, Tenn. at age 33, 1989.

Hank Williams' No. 1 single "Take These Chains From My Heart" is charted, 1953.

Merle Haggard records No. 1 single "Mama Tried," 1968.

Marvin Rainwater wins first place on Arthur Godfrey's "Talent Scout" TV show, 1955.

(Saturday, May 10)

Maybelle Addington Carter born in Nickelsville, Va., 1909.

Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side Of Life" begins 15-week run at No. 1, 1952.

Emmylou Harris' "Beneath Still Waters" goes to No. 1, 1980.

Johnny Cash appears at Carnegie Hall, 1962.

Jimmy Buffett's "Son Of A Son Of A Sailor" album goes platinum, 1978.

Dwight Yoakam's "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc." album goes platinum, 1989.

Charley Pride records his first chart hit "Just Between You And Me," 1966.

(Sunday, May 11)

Mark Herndon, drummer with Alabama, born in Springfield, Mass., 1955.

Lester Flatt dies in Nashville at age 64, 1979.

Nudie Cohn, costume designer for country stars, dies in Hollywood, 1984.

Songwriter and author Shel Silverstein dies in Key West, Fla., 1999.

Willie Nelson's "Honeysuckle Rose" album goes multi-platinum on sales of 2 million, 1992.

Faith Hill's "Take Me As I Am" album goes gold, 1994.


MUSIC AND MORE


RANDY'S GOSPEL ALBUM, SINGLE GAINING

Randy Travis's second gospel album "Rise and Shine" climbs Billboard's country albums chart, rising from No. 17 to No. 11 after 29 weeks.

His current single, "Three Wooden Crosses," jumped from No. 7 to No. 4 on the Billboard country singles chart.

Travis released his debut gospel album, "Inspirational Journey," in 2000. He has won three Dove awards from the Gospel Music Association.


CASH'S 'MAN COMES AROUND' GOES GOLD

Johnny Cash's "American IV: The Man Comes Around" album this week was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on sales of more than 500,000.

It's Cash's first gold certification since his 1971 album, "The World of Johnny Cash."

The album, out for 26 weeks, reached No. 4 on the Billboard country albums chart and this week rose from seventh to No. 6.


BLUEGRASS CONCERT SOON ON CD, DVD

A concert last year by bluegrass legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs will be documented on upcoming CD and DVD releases, Billboard reports.

"Three Pickers" -- due July 15 on Rounder Records -- features the three performing last December at the RJR Auditorium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The concert is part of the PBS "Great Performances" series.

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