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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly Today in Music package for Sept. 14-20.
By United Press International

Country Music News

Tommy Overstreet born in Oklahoma City, Okla., 1937. Kenny Rogers' "Love Will Turn You Around" began its 4th week atop the R&R chart, 1982.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Laura Bush to lead 'Concert for America'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- With first lady Laura Bush as honorary chair, plans are under way for the "Concert for America," an all-star production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Pe

Laura Bush to lead 'Concert for America'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) --

Country Music News

Dottie West died in Nashville after Aug. 30 car crash, 1991. Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors" single certified Gold, 1973.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

People

JERRY DOES IT AGAIN ... FOR THE KIDS
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

People

IN PRAISE OF LIONEL HAMPTON
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Country Music News

Paul Deakin of the Mavericks born in Kansas City, Mo., 1959. Eddy Arnold and Col. Tom Parker dissolved management deal, 1953.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Country Music News

Kitty Wells born Muriel Deason in Nashville, 1919. Dottie West in a car crash enroute to the Grand Ole Opry that proved fatal Sept. 4, 1991.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- When Alan Jackson sat on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry during the 2001 telecast of the 35th Annual Country Music Association Awards in November 2001, he shared his innermost feelings about what occurred in the United States on Sept. 11. That song -- "Wh
CRYSTAL CAVINESS, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The Rolling Stones returned to the stage to play "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" in a surprise Toronto club show as the band revved up for the upcoming tour that kicks off in Boston Sept. 2.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Heineken Music Initiative, dedicated to supporting music education in urban communities across the country, is set to release the second volume of its "Red Star Sounds" series Oct. 1.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

People

Celebrities in the news.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Country Music News

Dale Hawkins born in Goldmine, La., 1938. Holly Dunn born in San Antonio, Texas, 1957. Roy Clark joined the Grand Ole Opry, 1987. George Jones married Tammy Wynette, 1968.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Country Music News

Emory Martin -- "radio's only one-armed banjo player" -- born in Bon Aqua, Tenn., 1916. Eric Weissberg, half of the duo that popularized "Dueling Banjos," born, 1939. Elvis Presley died at Graceland, 1977.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International
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Alan Jackson
Country music artist Alan Jackson performs in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on October 1, 2009. UPI/Martin Fried
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Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country music singer, known for blending honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. He has recorded 14 studio albums and several compilations, all on the Arista Nashville label. More than 50 of his singles have appeared on Billboard's list of the "Top 30 Country Songs". Of Jackson's entries, 26 were number-one hits. He is the recipient and nominee of multiple awards. Jackson is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Jackson was born to Joseph Eugene Jackson and Ruth Musick in Newnan, Georgia and has four older siblings. Jackson is of English descent. As a youth, Jackson listened primarily to gospel music. Otherwise he was not a major music fan. However, a friend of his introduced him to the music of Gene Watson, John Anderson and Hank Williams Jr. Jackson attended the local Elm Street Elementary and Newnan High School, starting a band after high school. After a time, he and his wife of six years, Denise Jackson, moved from Newnan to Nashville where Jackson hoped to pursue music full-time.

Jackson sang in church as a child. He, his father, mother, and four sisters lived in a small home. At one point, his bed was in the hallway for lack of room. His mother lives in the home to this day. His first job, at 12, was in a shoe store. He wrote his first song in 1983. He worked as a car salesman in his 20s.

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