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By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  April 10, 2002 at 4:00 AM
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(Wed., April 10)

"Fiddlin'" Arthur Smith was born in 1898.

Shelby "Sheb" Wooley was born in 1921.

"Alvin" Junior Samples of "Hee Haw" fame was born in 1926.

Weldon Myrick, session musician and long-time steel player with the Grand Ole Opry, was born in 1938.

Wally Fowler staged the first all-night gospel sing at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 1948.

Eddy Arnold's Top 10 single, "My Everything," debuted on the charts in 1954.

Brenda Lee made her debut on the Ozark Jubilee in 1956.

Emmett Sullivan, of the bluegrass gospel group the Sullivan Family, died in 1993.



Brooks & Dunn says it has been booked to appear on Jay Leno's late-night program. confirms that the April 12 date will be just two weeks in advance of the latest "Neon Circus and Wild West Show" tour. The 2002 version of the duo's highly successful road show kicks off in Minneapolis late this month.

Brooks & Dunn's latest hit "The Long Goodbye" will be featured on the NBC broadcast.

By the way, the two are still in rehearsals in Nashville for the tour. Going along this year is an all-star lineup, including Chris Cagle, Trick Pony, Gary Allan and Dwight Yoakam. Cledus T. Judd will act as master of ceremonies.

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(Thanks to UPI's Dennis Daily)


More artists have joined the line-up for Nashville's Fan Fair 2002. reports Alabama, Bill Anderson, David Ball, Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt, Charlie Daniels, Montgomery Gentry, Eric Heatherly, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Daniel Lee Martin, Jo Dee Messina, John Michael Montgomery, PinMonkey, Craig Morgan, Tim Rushlow, Sawyer Brown, Tommy Shane Steiner, Doug Stone, Bryan White, Wild Horses and the Wilkinsons will perform at the festival, set for June 13-16.

In its second year in downtown Nashville, Fan Fair will offer fans more than 30 hours of concert performances, exhibits, autograph sessions, and other activities during the four-day weekend.

As was the case with last year's festival, half of the net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to charities specified by the participating artists.

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