TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Monday, July 15)
Cowboy Copas born in 1913.
Linda Ronstadt born in 1946.
Bill Justis died in 1982.
MUSIC AND MORE
L.A. RADIO STATION MEETS I-MAN'S CHALLENGE
A Los Angeles radio station poll shows more than half of its listeners want to hear more music by "The Flatlanders."
Last week radio icon Don Imus promised he'd donate $10,000 to charity if a big-market station played a track from the new Flatlanders album enough to get the song into the station's Top 10.
So last Wednesday KZLA-FM played "Wavin' My Heart Goodbye" once an hour from 7 a.m. to midnight.
The station is conducting an online poll asking listeners whether they'd like to hear more by the Flatlanders, a band made up of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and others. As of Sunday afternoon, 53 percent of more than 76,000 votes were cast in favor of hearing more Flatlanders music while 47 percent said they'd rather not hear it ever again.
LED ZEPPELIN GIVES OK TO DOLLY'S VERSION OF 'STAIRWAY'
Nestled among bluegrass and mountain music on Dolly Parton's new album, "Halos & Horns," is her version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven."
Zeppelin principals Jimmy Page and Robert Plante also have OK'd Dolly's performance of the song, including some lyrics that she added.
Plant said he's pleased with Dolly's version of the song, admitting he can understand some fans might find it an odd choice for her.
PATTY'S PUP SINGS, PAWS PIANO
Patty Loveless's German Shepherd puppy may be trying to follow in her footsteps.
Patty says the new puppy she and husband, Emory Gordy Jr., brought home recently tries to "sing" along when Patty plays a toy piano, and he paws at the keyboard himself.
The piano-playing pooch gives Patty a nice break from the grind of touring, when she calls home and Emory puts the phone by little "Shosta" for a bar or two.