Country Music News

By United Press International   |   May 14, 2002 at 9:27 AM
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(May 14)

Eddy Arnold hits No. 1 on the charts with "One Kiss Too Many" in 1949.

"To All the Girls I've Loved Before" is a gold record for duo Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias in 1984.

Conway Twitty gets platinum with his "The Very Best of Conway Twitty" album in 1990.



Country music recording star Kenny Chesney is hotter than a shooting star, following the debut of his latest "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200.

In Raleigh, N.C., last weekend Chesney drew more than 20,600 fans to the All-Tel Center, breaking all attendance records. And there were more fans outside who were dying to get in. Some fans decided to take matters into their own hands and sawed holes in the fence. Police had to move in and block the new entranceways, but made no arrests.

"It sounds like the kinda thing we woulda done back when Farmer and Tim Holt and I were young," admitted Chesney with a laugh, "though I don't think there was ever a show I wanted to go to that was ever that sold-out. You know, you're young and you wanna be there -- and you come up with this idea! You don't think it through, you just know where you wanna be -- so, you go for it."

NASCAR favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined Chesney onstage to sing on Chesney's encore of "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and "Jack and Diane." Chesney called the moment "a total rush."

Chesney will perform on NBC's "Conan O'Brien" this Wednesday and on CBS' Academy of Country Music Awards May 22 where he's a Top Male Vocalist nominee.


In 1989 Garth Brooks got his first No. 1 hit with "If Tomorrow Never Comes." Billboard says the song has hit the top of the charts again but this time in Great Britain in a version recorded by ex-Boyzone member Ronan Keating.


Brad Paisley's homecoming benefit concert last month in Wheeling, W.Va., netted $77,000. Bill Anderson and Little Jimmy Dickens were surprise guests at the event, held before a record crowd of more than 7,500 at the Wheeling Civic Center. The money is being distributed to 25 Wheeling-area agencies.

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