TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Friday, Nov. 8)
Patti Page born Clara Ann Fowler in Muskogee, Okla., 1927.
Bonnie Raitt born in Los Angeles, 1950.
Ivory Joe Hunter dies at age 63, 1974.
Patsy Cline records "Walkin' After Midnight" for Decca Records, 1956.
(Saturday, Nov. 9)
Fiddler and former Grand Ole Opry member Curley Fox born in Dayton, Tenn., 1910.
Cooter Daniel born in Knoxville, Tenn., 1956.
George Jones makes his chart debut with "Why, Baby, Why," 1955.
Roy Acuff becomes first living member inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, 1962.
(Sunday, Nov. 10)
Donna Fargo born in Mount Airy, N.C., 1940.
Singer-songwriter Dave Loggins born in Mountain City, Tenn., 1947.
Merle Haggard records live album "Okie from Muskogee," 1969.
Banjo player and comedian David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, Estelle, are murdered at their home outside of Nashville, 1973.
John Schneider's first No. 1 single, "I've Been Around Enough to Know," tops Billboard charts, 1984.
Jerry Lee Lewis hospitalized second time for bleeding ulcer, 1985.
MUSIC AND MORE
JACKSON: WINNING SONG 'HEAVY'
Two of Alan Jackson's five CMA awards were for best song and single, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
In accepting the best single trophy, Jackson dedicated the award to "all the people who suffered so much." But backstage, he said he'd stay away from such songs for a while.
"I'm going to get back to writing them drinking songs," the Nashville Tennessean quoted Jackson as saying. "This is too heavy to do all the time."
RASCAL FLATTS' ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 1
Rascal Flatts has had a pretty good week.
Not only did the trio win the CMA's Horizon Award for most promising act, but its second album, "Melt," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
The band took the stage at the CMA Awards show to perform "These Days," a track from their sophomore album.
Faith Hill's "Cry" fell from the top spot to No. 2 on the country chart and went from No. 2 to the sixth position on the Billboard 200.
"Totally Country Vol. 2, Various Artists" made its debut at No. 5 on the country list.
URBAN SONG STILL NO. 1 SINGLE
Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" and "Landslide" by the Dixie Chicks stayed at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Single and Tracks chart.
Rascal Flatts' "These Days" jumped from No. 6 to the third position, dropping Alan Jackson's "Work In Progress" to No. 4. Montgomery Gentry's "My Town" held onto the fifth spot.
TRICK PONY RELEASES SECOND ALBUM
"On A Mission," Trick Pony's follow-up to its debut album, arrived in stores this week with the group hoping to show it's more than a party band.
Admitting many of the songs on the new album fit the "fun" spirit of Trick Pony's debut recording, lead vocalist Heidi Newfield tells Billboard.com they "experimented a little more."
Example: Ira Dean co-wrote and sang lead vocals on "The Devil In Me," a thought-provoking song about alcoholism.
Trick Pony continues a guest-artist tradition by featuring Willie Nelson on "Whiskey River."
Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash appeared on their first album.