TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Wed., Oct. 3, 2001)
Eddie Cochran was born in 1938
Elvis Presley sang in public for the first time at age 10 in a talent contest at a dairy show in 1945
Woody Guthrie died in 1967
K.T. Oslin's "This Woman" was awarded a platinum album in 1989
Del Wood, "The Queen of the Ivories," died in 1989
GEORGE JONES AT THE OPRY
Grand Ole Opry member George Jones has been added to the Opry line up for Oct. 13 as the Opry continues its "Homecoming Month" and celebrates its 76th birthday. Jones will perform on the first show only Saturday evening as part of "Grand Ole Opry Live" on CMT.
JUDD NAMED HONORARY CHAIRWOMAN
Naomi Judd has been named honorary chairwoman of an effort to build a freestanding hospice facility, the first of its kind, in her native Kentucky. Judd is originally from Ashland. The campaign to raise $1.5 million to begin the project will start in November.
OPRY ON THE CHARTS
Martina McBride debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country charts this week with her new album, "Greatest Hits." The "O' Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack featuring Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, The Whites and Ralph Stanley moves to No. 2 after 42 weeks on the charts. Alison Krauss & Union Station check in at the No. 6 spot with their new album, "New Favorite." Alan Jackson is at No. 15 with "When Somebody Loves You" and Travis Tritt's "Down The Road I Go" is at No. 19.
Alan Jackson takes the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Country singles charts with "Where I Come From." Trisha Yearwood's "I Would've Loved You Anyway" holds steady at No. 4. Travis Tritt checks in at No. 10 with "Love of a Woman" and Reba McEntire's "I'm A Survivor" is at No. 12. At No. 13 is Martina McBride with "When God Fearin' Women Get The Blues."
RANDY TRAVIS RECORDS PATRIOTIC SINGLE
Opry member Randy Travis will release a new patriotic single this week titled "America Will Always Stand." Written by Travis, Mike Curtis, Yvonne Sanson, Becky Bluefield and Doc Walley, the single will be released on Relentless Records. All individuals involved in the project donated their time and talent and all proceeds from the sale of the single will benefit the American Red Cross.
MUSIC CITY TRIVIA:
Q. What Arista recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member was born on Oct. 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, W. Va.?
A. Brad Paisley hits the Opry stage on Oct. 5.
COMING TO THE OPRY STAGE:
Oct. 5: Brad Paisley, Rhonda Vincent, Carolyn Dawn Johnson (debut), Diamond Rio, David Ball, Craig Morgan
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, George Jones (6:30 only)
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, Travis Tritt
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)