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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Mon., Feb.4) Songwriter Vic McAlpin was born in 1918. Tater Tate -- fiddler for Bill Monroe, Wilma Lee Cooper, Jimmy Martin and others -- was born in 1931.
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JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE ALBUM Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam are the latest artists to sign on to an upcoming Johnny Cash tribute album being produced by Cash's former sideman and son-in-law Marty Stuart.
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VAN HALEN Van Halen and Warner Bros. Records have parted ways after 25 years, 11 studio albums and three lead singers.
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

VAN HALEN Van Halen and Warner Bros. Records have parted ways after 25 years, 11 studio albums and three lead singers.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

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(Mon., Jan. 28) Bill Phillips was born in 1936. Elvis Presley made his national television debut with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show" in 1956.
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Mon., Jan. 21) Leadbelly was born Huddy Ledbetter in 1885.
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SPIRIT OF WWII USO SHOWS REVIVED
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COUNTRY STARS TO PERFORM AT WINTER GAMES
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Rock News Two: The week in pop music

DICK CLARK VS. MICHAEL GREENE
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STARS LINE UP FOR LENO SHOW FOR U.S TROOPS
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'MOULIN ROUGE' SCORES AGAIN
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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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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