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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International   |   May 23, 2003 at 5:00 AM   |   Comments

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, May 23)

Misty Morgan born in Buffalo, N.Y., 1945.

Judy Rodman born in Riverside, Calif., 1951.

Shelly West born in Cleveland, 1958

Rex Gosdin dies at age 45, 1983.

Ernie Lee dies at age 75, 1991.

Jim Reeves' first No. 1, "Mexican Joe," is charted, 1953.

Mark Chesnutt's "Blame It On Texas" hits No. 1 on the country charts, 1991.

K.T. Oslin's "80's Ladies" album goes platinum, 1989.

The Judds' "Greatest Hits" album goes platinum, 1989.

(Saturday, May 24)

Bob Dylan born in Duluth, Minn., 1941.

Priscilla Presley born, 1945.

Mike Reid born in Altoona, Pa., 1947.

Rosanne Cash born in Memphis, 1955.

Dolly Parton's single "Starting Over Again" hits No. 1, 1980.

Gene Clark, founding member of the Byrds, dies at age 46 in Los Angeles, 1991.

(Sunday, May 25)

Tom T. Hall born in Olive Hill, Ky., 1936.

Jessi Colter born in Phoenix, Ariz., 1943.

Dick Curless dies at age 63, 1995.

Marty Robbins signs with Columbia Records, 1951.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's album "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" goes gold, 1973.

Dwight Yoakam's "This Time" is certified platinum, 1993.

LeAnn Rimes' "Blue" is charted, 1996.


MUSIC AND MORE


ABSENT TOBY 'WRITING WITH WILLIE'

Toby Keith says he didn't think he had a shot at winning the top honor at the Academy of Country Music Awards Wednesday night, so he spent the time with a music legend.

Keith was working on s song with Willie Nelson when he learned he had won AMC Entertainer of the Year, he says in a statement on on his Web site, tobykeith.com.

"Honestly, if I had thought I was going to win, I would have been on stage to accept this prestigious award," says Keith, who was nominated for eight ACM awards.


'UNLEASHED' ALBUM BACK ON TOP

Toby Keith's "Unleashed" has regained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard albums chart after 43 weeks, sending former chart-topper "Have You Forgotten?" by Darryl Worley to No. 2.

"Up!" by Shania Twain rose a notch to No. 3 while the Dixie Chicks' "Home" slips to fourth and "Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors" holds onto No. 5.

And after more than a year on the charts, Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" rose from No. 8 to No. 6.


BIG DROPS ON BILLBOARD SINGLES CHART

After just one week at the top, Randy Travis' gospel song "Three Wooden Crosses" fell to No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart as "I Believe" by Diamond Rio moves to No. 1.

Darryl Worley's patriotic "Have You Forgotten?" dropped from No. 3 to seventh while Tim McGraw's "She's My Kind Of Rain" fell from No. 2 to No. 9.

Keith Urban's "Raining On Sunday" jumped from fifth to No. 3 and "What A Beautiful Day" went to No. 4 from No. 6.

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