TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Friday, May 30)
Wynonna Judd born in Ashland, Ky., 1964.
Bob Wills' "Sugar Moon" hits No. 1, 1947.
Ray Price's "Crazy Arms" begins its 20-week run at No. 1, 1955.
Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line" hits the country charts, 1956.
Ernie Ashworth's first Top 10 single "Each Moment (Spent With You)" is charted, 1960.
Marty Robbins drives the pace car for the Indianapolis 500, 1976.
"The Best of Dan Seals" album goes gold, 1991.
Dolly Parton marries Carl Dean in Catoosa County, Ga., 1966.
(Saturday, May 31)
Johnny Paycheck born in Greenfield, Ohio, 1938.
Dale Henry Warren, formerly of the Sons of the Pioneers, born in Summerville, Ky., 1952.
Tammy Wynette's "Singing My Song" reaches No. 1, 1969.
Alabama's first No. 1 single "Tennessee River" is charted, 1980.
Lee Ann Womack debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, 1997.
Randy Travis and Lib Hatcher are married, 1991.
Joe Diffie's "If The Devil Danced in Empty Pockets" tops the charts, 1991.
Shania Twain earns her first gold album with "The Woman in Me," 1995.
(Sunday, June 1)
Andy Griffith born in Mount Airy, N.C., 1926.
Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn born in Coleman, Texas, 1953.
Johnny Horton's "The Battle Of New Orleans" hits No. 1 on pop charts, 1959.
Dolly Parton moves to Nashville, 1964.
Elvis Presley's birthplace in Tupelo, Miss., opens to the public, 1971.
The Everly Brothers debut on the Grand Ole Opry, 1957.
Patsy Cline records "A Church, A Courtroom and Then Goodbye" at her first recording session for Coral, 1955.
John Anderson's "Seminole Wind" is certified double platinum, 1995.
MUSIC AND MORE
TOBY/WILLIE DUET ADVANCES
"Beer For My Horses" by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson rose from No. 5 to No. 3 on Billboard's singles chart, while "I Believe" by Diamond Rio and Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses" stayed at 1 and 2.
"Love You Out Loud" by Rascal Flatts jumped from No. 6 to fourth, while Chris Cagle's "What A Beautiful Day" slipped from No. 4 to No. 5 and "My Front Porch Looking In" by Lonestar went from No. 8 to sixth.
BATES ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 14
Jeff Bates' "Rainbow Man" has debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, two years after the singer-songwriter was doing jail time for theft stemming from his drug use.
Not even a year passed after his release from jail when a clean and sober Bates auditioned for RCA. "Twenty minutes after I got home, they called and offered me a deal," he tells Billboard.
Toby Keith's "Unleashed" fell to No. 2 as Jo Dee Messina's "Greatest Hits" debuts at No. 1, while Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?", Shania Twain's "Up!" and "Home" by the Dixie Chicks round out the Top 5.
MARK WILLS SINGS FOR JESSICA LYNCH
Country crooner Mark Wills was visiting wounded troops at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington recently and played a mini-concert for former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, the Nashville Tennessean reports.
Wills played his hit song "19 Somethin'" for Pvt. Lynch and her father, Greg, who's also a fan.
Lynch is recovering from injuries received when her Army unit was attacked and she was taken prisoner. An elite force of U.S. troops rescued her from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq.
RAY CHARLES JOINS CMT 'GREATEST' CONCERT
Ray Charles has been added to the performance lineup for CMT's "100 Greatest Songs of Country Music" concert on June 4 in Nashville, the network says. He joins a parade of artists who will perform the Top 12 songs in the countdown, including Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, George Jones and Martina McBride.