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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   May 19, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Monday, May 19)

Mickey Newbury born in Houston, 1940.

Eddy Arnold debuts at Carnegie Hall, 1966.

Roger Miller's "King Of The Road" single goes gold, 1965.

Tanya Tucker scores her first No. 1 with "What's Your Mama's Name," 1973.

The Bellamy Brothers "If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" hits No. 1, 1979.

Randy Travis' "Forever And Ever, Amen" reaches No. 1, 1987.

Clint Black's debut single "Better Man" tops country charts, 1989.


MUSIC AND MORE


JUNE CARTER CASH LAID TO REST

First Baptist Church in Hendersonvlle, Tenn., on Sunday was packed with mourners paying their respects to country music star June Carter Cash.

The 73-year-old singer-songwriter died in Nashville Thursday from complications related to heart valve surgery. The funeral was to have been private but her husband, Johnny Cash, opened the services to the public.

She married Cash in 1968, five years after writing his hit single "Ring Of Fire" and one year after the couple recorded their first duet hit, "Jackson."

Mrs. Cash was buried at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.


EX-POWS SPECIAL GUESTS AT ACM AWARDS

Four former prisoners of the Iraq war will be the guests of honor at this week's Academy of Country Music awards show in Las Vegas.

Three-time ACM award winners Lonestar will perform "I'm Already There" for SPC Shoshana Johnson, PFC Patrick Miller, CWO Ronald Young Jr. and CWO David Williams, the academy said on its Web site, acmcountry.com.

The awards show on Wednesday will be broadcast live on CBS starting at 8 p.m. EDT.


ALAN'S 'DRIVE' GOES QUAD PLATINUM

Alan Jackson's "Drive" album has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, says his Web site, alanjackson.com The certification comes after sales of the album reached 4 million since its release in January 2002.

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