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Country Music News

By
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Friday, Oct. 4)

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Leroy Van Dyke born in Spring Fork, Mo., 1929.

Willie Nelson had his first No. 1 record, "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," 1975.

Johnny Cash arrested for bringing 1,163 pills across Mexican border in guitar case, 1965.

Diamond Rio debuted on the Grand Ole Opry, 1991.

(Saturday, Oct. 5)

Johnny Duncan born in Dublin, Texas, 1938.

Jud Strunk, aged 45, dies in plane crash, 1981.

Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights" album certifies gold, 1977.

Eddie Rabbitt's "Step By Step" album certifies gold, 1981.

Merle Haggard elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, 1995.

(Sunday, Oct. 6)

Tim Rushlow of Little Texas born in Midwest City, Okla., 1966.

Moe Bandy's first No. 1 single, "I Cheated Me Right Out of You," charted, 1979.

Garth Brooks joins the Grand Ole Opry, 1990.

Alan Jackson debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, 1990.

Tim McGraw marries Faith Hill, 1996.

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MUSIC AND MORE


ELVIS' HITS ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 1

For the first time, an Elvis Presley album has debuted at No. 1 on album charts.

"Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits," which was released Sept. 24, is No. 1 on the multi-genre Billboard 200 and tops the charts in 16 international markets.

All 30 songs on the compilation were taken from the original tapes, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"


SIX ALBUMS DEBUT IN COUNTRY TOP 20

Elvis Presley's compilation, "Elvis: 30 #1 Hits," is among six albums debuting on the current Billboard Country Album chart.

Following the Elvis collection at No. 1, Travis Tritt's "Strong Enough" starts at No. 4, with "Jerusalem" by Steve Earle at No. 7.

Delbert McClinton's "Room To Breathe" debuts at No. 12, while "Kindred Spirits: A Tribute To The Songs Of Johnny Cash" is 17 and "The Very Best Of Linda Ronstadt" is No. 19.

The Elvis album pushed the Dixie Chicks' "Home" to No. 2 after four weeks at the top.


DIAMOND RIO SONG BACK AT NO. 1

"Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio is back at No. 1 on Billboard's hot singles chart, where it was two weeks ago.

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Last week's topper, "Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo" by Tracy Byrd, fell to No. 4 while Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" rose to No. 2.

"The Impossible" stayed in the third position and Martina McBride's "Where Would You Be" reached No. 5.

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