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Nov. 14, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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(Wed.,Nov. 14)

Ken Carson of the Sons of the Pioneers was born in 1914.

Merle Travis recorded "Won'tcha Be My Baby" and "Dry Bread" in 1950.

Marty Robbins' first Columbia recording session was held in Dallas in 1951.

Ernest Tubb recorded "I'm in Love With Molly" and with Red Foley, "Too Old To Cut The Mustard," for Decca Records, also in 1951.

The Carlisles made their first Grand Ole Opry appearance as members in 1953.

Ernest Tubb recorded "I Wonder Why I Worry Over You," "Please Keep Me in Mind" and The Deep Purple Blues" for Decca in 1957.

The term "Nashville Sound" first appeared in Time magazine in 1960.

Waylon Jennings topped the country charts with "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" in 1975.

Rosanne Cash hit No.1 with "My Baby Thinks He's A Train" in 1981.

Mel Tillis' house burned in 1988.

Willie Nelson's Without A Song went platinum in 1994.

Standing on the Edge by John Berry went gold in 1995.

Cecil Blackwood, a second generation member of the Blackwood Brothers gospel group, died of cancer at age 66 in Memphis, Tenn., in 2000.


Q: What Opry member, inducted on Jan. 10, 1991, during the Opry's 65th Anniversary Special on CBS, was the first artist to have five No.1 singles on a debut album?

A: Clint Black, who returns to the Opry during Opry at the Ryman on Dec. 7-8.



Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn and Lonestar each received two nominations for the American Music Awards. The nominees were announced Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Travis Tritt were nominated for favorite male country artist. Sara Evans, Faith Hill and Jo Dee Messina were nominated for favorite female country artist.

Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar and SHeDAISY are up for favorite country band, duo or group. The nominees for favorite country album are "Steers & Stripes" (Brooks & Dunn), "I'm Already There" (Lonestar) and "Set This Circus Down" (Tim McGraw).

Jamie O'Neal, Blake Shelton and Trick Pony are nominated for favorite new country artist.

The 29th American Music Awards will be presented Jan. 9, 2002, at the Shrine Auditorium, in ceremonies to be televised over ABC-TV. Winners are determined by the public in a national poll conducted by the National Family Opinion, Inc. firm under the supervision of Broadcast Research and Consulting, Inc.


Tim McGraw, CMA's 2001 Entertainer of the Year, will appear on a CBS special with N'Sync on Nov. 23. Titled "N'Sync Live, The Atlantis Concert," the show will be taped at Paradise Island Atlantis resort in the Bahamas and feature McGraw singing "Angels Boy" and participating in a medley of patriotic songs.


Opry members Martina McBride and Pam Tillis, along with Jamie O'Neal and Chely Wright, are putting their best foot forward to help the Red Cross. The four ladies of country will each design a boot from Easy Spirit and autograph it to donate to an auction on eBay. The auction will raise money to help those affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


CMA's 2001 Vocal Group of the Year Lonestar was on hand during Monday Night Football this week to sing the National Anthem during the Titans/Ravens game. The group also sang their hit song "I'm Already There" during a special half-time performance and visited with the Westwood One Radio Network.

Westwood One will make a $5,000 donation in Lonestar's name to the American Red Cross. NFL jerseys donated by the Titans and autographed by Titans players and Lonestar will be auctioned off on Lonestar's Web site to raise money for the Red Cross.

Opry member Alan Jackson was also at Adelphia Coliseum for the game and visited with ABC Sports' Melissa Stark to discuss his new song "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)."


Opry member Clint Black will perform acoustically during a panel at the Country Radio Seminar Feb. 27-March 2, 2002. Toby Keith will headline the Super Faces Show and Jamie O'Neal will appear at the ASCAP Luncheon during the week. For more information, log on to

Coming Soon To The Opry Stage:

Nov. 16: Hal Ketchum, Riders in the Sky, IIIrd Tyme Out, Rascal Flatts, Rhonda Vincent

Nov. 17: Eddy Raven, Riders in the Sky, Rascal Flatts

Nov. 23: David Ball, Jimmy Dickens

Nov. 24: Del McCoury Band, David Ball, Jimmy Dickens, Ralph Stanley

Nov. 30: Joe Diffie, Steve Wariner, Del McCoury Band, Diamond Rio, John Conlee, Jean Shepard

Dec. 1: Joe Diffie, Asleep at the Wheel, Del McCoury Band, John Conlee, Jean Shepard, Crystal Gayle

Dec. 7: Gillian Welch, Clint Black

Dec. 8: Travis Tritt, Diamond Rio, Gillian Welch, Clint Black

Dec. 14: Jeff Carson, Marty Stuart

Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson, John Prine

Dec. 28-29: Marty Stuart

Jan. 11-12: Mark Wills

(For Opry tickets, log on to or call 615-889-3060 or TicketMaster at 615-255-9600. Artists and schedule subject to change.)

By Opryland USA in Nashville and UPI

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