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By DICK KELSEY, United Press International  |  Nov. 19, 2002 at 5:00 AM
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Tuesday, Nov. 19)

Katy Moffatt born in Fort Worth, Texas, 1950.

Faron Young inducted into the U.S. Army, 1952.

Johnny Horton's "North to Alaska" charted, 1960.

Hosted by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the CMA awards were broadcast on NBC-TV for the first time, 1968.

Garth Brooks hosts A&E special, "The Grand Ole Opry: 75 Years of America's Music," 2000.


MUSIC AND MORE


SHANIA'S NEW ALBUM IN STORES TODAY

Five years after her last album, Shania Twain's "Up!" finally arrives in stores today.

The 19-song recording released in the United States is color-coded -- the green disc is the country version and while the red one is for pop fans.

"Up!" follows Twain's 14-platinum "Come on Over," released in 1997.

The new album's first single "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" is No. 8 on the Billboard country singles chart and No. 34 on the the Hot 100.


ELVIS HAIRBALL DRAWS KING'S RANSOM

A wad of dyed-black hair purported to have been clipped from the head of Elvis Presley has been auctioned off for a reported $115,000.

A collector of Elvis memorabilia was the winning bidder for a small jar of hair that was on the block at online auctioneer mastronet.com, the Chicago Tribune reports. The buyer's name was kept secret.

Presley's barber, Homer Gilleland, gave the clippings to Memphis retiree Tom Morgan before he died in 1995. Morgan wanted to sell the hair to raise money for his retirement.

Bidding was slow after the auction opened Oct. 28 but picked up until the price reached $50,000, when three bidders battled it out near the sale-closing time Saturday.


STRAIT, COCHRAN TO HIT 20 CITIES IN WINTER

The upcoming segment of George Strait's tour with Tammy Cochran will take them to 20 cities in January and February.

The first leg of Strait's tour to support his latest album, "The Road Less Traveled," drew 358,000 fans in 24 cities and grossed $19 million in ticket sales, CMT.com reports.

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