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Dec. 10, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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(Mon., Dec. 10)

The WSM Barn Dance is recognized for the first time as the Grand Ole Opry by George D. Hay in 1927.

Pee Wee King recorded the top-five single "Silver and Gold." The disc also cracked the top 20 pop chart, peaking at number 18 in 1951.

Johnny Rodriguez was born in Sabinal, Texas, in 1952.

Johnnie & Jack recorded "Love Me, Now" and "The Banana Boat Song" for RCA in 1956.

The first appearance on the country charts by Tammy Wynette, who debuted with "Apartment Number 9" in 1966.

Kevin Sharp was born in 1970.

Charlie Rich's single "The Most Beautiful Girl" was certified gold in 1973.

Glen Campbell's album "That Christmas Feeling" certified gold in 1976.

John Anderson made his chart debut with "I Got a Feelin' (Somebody's Stealin')" in 1982.

Faron Young died in 1996.

Band leader and singer/mandolinist John Duffey of the Country Gentlemen died in 1996.


Q: What Grit, Va., native had hits with "Statue of a Fool," "From a Jack to a King" and "Life Turned Her That Way"?

A: Ricky Van Shelton, who visits the Opry during the Dec. 15 Opry at the Ryman Holiday Matinee at 1:00 p.m.



Country stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are the proud parents of a new baby girl, Audrey Caroline McGraw, who was born to the couple last Thursday in Nashville.

"Maggie, Gracie, Tim and I couldn't be happier," said Hill, referring to her husband and her two other children -- both daughters. "To be blessed with a beautiful healthy baby girl -- what a way to kick off the holiday season for us."

McGraw said: "I'm still king of the house, and my girls will always keep me in line. I couldn't be happier."

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


Country singers Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell and pop singer John Fogerty are among the artists who sing in French on a new album paying tribute to Cajun music, due out March 5. Produced by Cajun scholar and musician Ann Savoy, Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music, also includes Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, David Johansen, Linda Tompson, Maria McKee and Patty Griffin.


Opry member Garth Brooks has gone platinum with his latest project Scarecrow. Three million copies of Scarecrow have been shipped to retail and after only three weeks the CD has gone platinum with over one million in sales. Scarecrow holds the No.1 spot on the country album charts for the third week in a row.


Opry member Alan Jackson will be on tour in February 2002 with performances in Champaign, Ill.; San Antonio, Texas; and Bossier City, La. Tickets for the dates went on sale Saturday. Fans can see Jackson on the "Sports Illustrated's Night of Champions" awards ceremony that'll air Dec. 15 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on NBC.

Also, Jackson is included on "Country Christmas 2001" singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." The CD is being sold exclusively in Target stores.


Heaven Hill Distilleries in Bardstown, Ky., is producing small batches of a bourbon called "Old Whiskey River" and sponsoring the Willie Nelson and Family Tour. Nelson opens his concerts with his 1979 hit "Whiskey River" and the distillery will be involved in the marketing campaign of the concerts with bandana, hats and T-shirts for the tour. Nelson will be in New York Jan. 22-24 and his new album, The Great Divide, is set for release Feb. 5.

Coming Soon To The Opry Stage:

Dec. 14: Jeff Carson, Charley Pride, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Mandy Barnett, The Whites, Mike Snider

Dec. 15 (1:00 pm Matinee): Jeff Carson, Mandy Barnett, Ricky Van Shelton

Dec. 15: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff Carson, John Prine, Charley Pride, Mandy Barnett, The Whites, Mike Snider

Dec. 21-22: Dale Watson, Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Phil Vassar, Ricky Skaggs

Dec. 28: Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris, Riders in the Sky, Hal Ketchum, BR549, Ricky Skaggs

Dec. 29: Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Riders in the Sky, Hal Ketchum, BR549, Ricky Skaggs

Jan. 4-5: T. Bubba Bechtol, Andy Griggs, Blake Shelton

Jan. 11-12: Mark Wills, Terri Clark

Jan. 18-19: Phil Vassar, T Bubba Bechtol

(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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