TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Thursday, April 3)
Don Gibson born in Shelby, N.C., 1928.
Billy Joe Royal born in Valdosta, Ga., 1942.
Red Allen dies at 63, 1993.
Emmylou Harris's Hot Band debuts in San Francisco, 1975.
The Louisiana Hayride premieres on KWKH Radio in Shreveport, La., 1948.
Elvis Presley appears on "The Milton Berle Show," 1956.
Statler Brothers make their recording debut with "The Wreck Of The Old '97," 1964.
Restless Heart's "Big Dreams in a Small Town" album goes gold, 1990.
MUSIC AND MORE
NATALIE SAYS IT WAS JUST A JOKE
Natalie Maines says she was only joking when she told a London concert the Dixie Chicks were ashamed President Bush is from the trio's home state of Texas.
CMT.com says Maines told a New Zealand TV reporter the March 10 remark was "a joke and it wasn't planned. And it was really funny at the time."
Scores of radio stations didn't think so, and stopped playing Dixie Chicks music in protest. The Chicks' single "Travelin' Soldier" plunged on the charts.
"You see the trouble that you can get into if you speak religion or politics," Maines told New Zealand's TV One. "It gets people very upset."
NEW RICKY SKAGGS ALBUM SHOWS STRONG DEBUT
It's been a long time since Ricky Skaggs saw an album show such an impressive debut as his newly released "Live at the Charleston Music Hall."
Skaggs' debut live bluegrass collection opened at No. 32 on the Billboard country albums chart and No. 2 on Billboard's bluegrass list.
It's Skaggs' hottest album debut in 15 years, says Skaggs' publicist.
CLINT BLACK FUND HELPS SOLDIERS' KIN
Clint Black is spearheading a campaign to raise money for the families of fallen soldiers.
He's set up the Clint Black Foundation, enabling fans to buy a T-shirt bearing a design highlighting Black's new single, "I Raq & Roll."
To buy a T-shirt or donate to the foundation, visit Black's Web site, clintblack.com.