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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Wed., April 10) "Fiddlin'" Arthur Smith was born in 1898. Shelby "Sheb" Wooley was born in 1921. "Alvin" Junior Samples of "Hee Haw" fame was born in 1926.
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Thurs., April 4) Norro Wilson was born in 1938. Ernest Tubb made his first record for Decca in 1940. Gail Davies was born in 1948.
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Rock News Two: The week in pop music

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME The first generation of punk rockers joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, former teen idol Brenda Lee and soul singer Isaac Hayes in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2002 Monday night.
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME The first generation of punk rockers joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, former teen idol Brenda Lee and soul singer Isaac Hayes in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2002 Monday night.
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Tues., March 19) Elvis Presley purchased "Graceland," a stately colonial mansion on what was then the outskirts of Memphis, in 1957. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge opened in downtown Nashville in 1960.
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

SEAN 'P. DIDDY' COMBS After being threatened with jail time for failing to appear at several court hearings in a paternity suit brought by the mother of his young son, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs paid a visit to Manhattan Family Court Tuesday.
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Thurs., March 7) Townes Van Zandt was born in 1944. Jack Anglin of Johnnie & Jack was killed in an auto accident en route to Patsy Cline's memorial service in 1963.
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Mon., March 4) Betty Jack Davis was born in 1932. John Duffey, a founding member of the Country Gentlemen, was born in 1934. Scotty Stoneman died at age 40 in 1973.
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Thurs., Feb. 28) Jim Denny, music executive and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was born in 1911. Audrey Williams was born in 1923.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

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SENATOR SAYS HE HAS MILD CASE OF MS
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Tues., Feb.26) Early Grand Ole Opry fiddler Sid Harkreader was born in 1898. Johnny Cash was born in 1932.
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Tues., Feb.19) Roy Acuff made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry as a member in 1938. Eddy Arnold's No.1 single, "Don't Rob Another Man's Castle," debuted on the chart in 1949.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

R. KELLY R. Kelly performed at Friday's opening of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but in his native Chicago, police are investigating a 26 1/2 minute videotape that allegedly shows him having sex with an underage girl.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

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CELINE DION READY TO HIT THE BOARDS AGAIN
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Dwight Yoakam
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Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty-one albums and compilations, has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.

Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann, a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner. Like many Kentucky families of the mid-20th century, the Yoakams moved to Ohio in hopes of creating a better life. However, Yoakam has always maintained a strong connection with his Kentucky roots, as evident by many of his songs, such as Readin', Rightin', Route 23, Bury Me, Floyd County, Louisville, Miner's Prayer and I Sang Dixie.

He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, but his family would return to Kentucky on weekends, thereby maintaining a sense of "home." Yoakam graduated from Columbus' Northland High School on June 9, 1974. During his high school years, he excelled in both music and drama, regularly securing the lead role in school plays, such as "Charlie" in a stage version of Flowers for Algernon, honing his skills under the guidance of teacher-mentors Jerry McAfee (music) and Charles Lewis (drama). Outside of school, Yoakam sang and played guitar with local garage bands, and frequently entertained his friends and classmates as an amateur comedian, impersonating politicians and other celebrities, such as Richard Nixon, who, at that time, was heavily embroiled in the Watergate controversy.

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