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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   May 15, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Thursday, May 15)

Eddy Arnold born near Henderson, Tenn., 1918.

K.T. Oslin born in Crossett, Ark., 1941.

Eddy Arnold's No. 1 single, "Bouquet Of Roses," begins 54-week run on the Billboard chart, 1948.

"Glen Campbell's Greatest Hits" goes gold, 1972.

Aaron Tippin's "Lookin' Back at Myself" album is certified gold, 1995.


MUSIC AND MORE


RANDY'S GOSPEL SONG NO. 1

Randy Travis' single "Three Wooden Crosses" is No. 1 on Billboard's country music chart and No. 2 on the Radio & Records list, Travis says on his Web site, randy-travis.com

His new album, "Rise and Shine," is No. 11 on the Billboard country albums chart.


URBAN TALKS ABOUT VOICE REST

Keith Urban is singing again after giving his voice a doctored-ordered rest -- and the break came with a bonus.

Urban tells CMT that during several weeks of voice rest early this year, he stopped drinking.

"That's been a really good blessing in my life, and that's helped in so many areas," he says. "The touring is the most fun it's ever been because it's about the music all over again."

Urban, touring with Kenny Chesney, says it took a while to get back into his groove.

The Australia-born singer is not the only country artist ordered to go into voice rest this year -- Randy Travis, Alison Krauss, Pam Tillis and Trick Pony lead singer Heidi Newfield took similar breaks.


MORE WILLIE RE-ISSUES OUT NEXT MONTH

Columbia/Legacy plans to release four more Willie Nelson re-issues next month. The label says in a statement it has chosen a June 17 release date for expanded editions of "Willie And Family Live," "San Antonio Rose," "To Lefty From Willie" and the "Honeysuckle Rose" soundtrack.

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