TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Monday, Oct. 1, 2001)
Jim Reeves' "Distant Drums" began a month-long stay at the top of the British pop charts in 1966
Kelly Willis was born in 1968
Loretta Lynn recorded "Coal Minter's Daughter" in 1969
Garth Brooks' debut album certified gold in 1990
LIVE AID 2
Paul McCartney will anchor Live Aid 2 in New York's Madison Square Garden on Oct. 20. Artists invited to appear include Opry member Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie, Mary J. Blige, The Who, Eminem and Limp Bizkit. Brooks has not yet confirmed his participation in the event. All proceeds will go to the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
MARTINA TOPS THE LIST
Opry member Martina McBride's new album, "Greatest Hits," debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Country album charts by selling over 102,000 in its first week. This places it at No. 5 on the charts top 200 albums. A portion of the proceeds from the album will benefit the Red Cross.
TRAVIS HELPS RED CROSS
Opry member Travis Tritt is doing his part to help the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy. Not only is he spokesperson for the Red Cross but he has filmed a series of public service announcements for the organization using his single "It's A Great Day To Be Alive" as the theme song. Travis will perform a number of concerts this year for the Red Cross. He has long been associated with the Red Cross and performed benefit concerts and donated to the Flood and Tornado relief. For Travis' thoughts on the Sept. 11 tragedy, log on to travis-tritt.com.
MUSIC CITY TRIVIA:
Q. What group is nominated for three CMA Awards including Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Single of the Year?
A. Opry members Diamond Rio are back at the Opry on Oct. 5.
COMING TO THE OPRY STAGE:
Oct. 5: Rhonda Vincent, Carolyn Dawn Johnson (debut), Diamond Rio, David Ball
Oct. 6: Rhonda Vincent, Carolyn Dawn Johnson (debut), Ray Price
Oct. 12: Grand Ole Opry 76th Birthday - Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Travis Tritt
Oct. 13: Grand Ole Opry 76th Birthday - Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley
Oct. 19: Marty Stuart
Oct. 20: Allison Moorer
Oct. 26: Confederate Railroad (debut), Charley Pride, Gail Davies w/the Jordanaires, Pam Tillis
Oct. 27: Charley Pride, Gail Davies w/the Jordanaires
Nov. 10: Trace Adkins, Clint Black
Nov. 30: Joe Diffie
Dec. 1: Joe Diffie
Dec. 14: Jeff Carson
Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson
For Opry tickets, log on to www.opry.com or call (615) 889-3060 or TicketMaster at (615) 255-9600. **Artists and schedule subject to change
(Written by Dan Rogers in Nashville and edited by UPI. If you have questions about the Music City Report, contact Dan at email@example.com)