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Country Music News

By
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY

(Tuesday, Jan. 7)

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Leona Williams born in Vienna, Mo., 1943.

David Lee Murphy born in Herrin, Ill., 1959.

Legendary producer Owen Bradley dies, 1998.

Hank Snow debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, 1950.

Charley Pride debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, 1967.

Marty Robbins records "Cigarettes and Coffee Blues," 1963.


MUSIC AND MORE


SHANIA TO PERFORM IN SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW

Five-time Grammy Award winner Shania Twain will perform during halftime at Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego on Jan. 26, the NFL announced Monday.

The ABC telecast is expected to draw 130 million U.S. viewers and 800 million worldwide, an NFL news release said.

Twain's current album "Up!" topped the charts for five weeks, selling 874,000 copies in its first week.


LISA MARIE'S ALBUM DUE IN APRIL

Lisa Marie Presley's debut album is due for release in April, according to a notice on her Web site.

The 34-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley wrote all the songs on the album, which has been in the works for years, LAUNCH reports.

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Three years ago producer Glen Ballard said the album will offer all types of music.

"It has a lot of influences, and it continues to grow and evolve," Ballard said. "It sort of grew up in the soil from which she sprang."


MARK WILLS HAS NEW DAUGHTER

It's been a week to remember for Mark Wills.

He and his wife, Kelly, welcomed a new daughter into the world last Thursday. Macy Marie tipped the scales at 8 pounds 8 ounces.

Wills also is celebrating his second No. 1 song, as "19 Somethin'" reached the top of the Billboard singles chart.

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