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This Day in Country Music – July 26th

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  • 2011, EMI releases the Eric Church album “Chief”
  • 2005, Broken Bow releases Jason Aldean’s self-titled debut album
  • 2003, Keith Urban’s “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” video makes its TV debut on CMT
  • 1986, Randy Travis scores his first #1 single in Billboard with “On The Other Hand”

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This Day in Country Music – July 25th

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  • 2013, Pistol Annies’ single “Hell On Heels” goes platinum
  • 2011, Eric Church gets a gold single for “Homeboy”
  • 2001, The T Bone Burnett-produced “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack is certified double-platinum. It features John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Harry McClintock, Norman Blake and The Whites
  • 1989, The Garth Brooks single “The River” peaks at #1 in Billboard

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This Day in Country Music – July 24th

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  • 2009, Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You” is certified gold
  • 2006, ABC airs “CMA Music Festival: Music’s Biggest Party.” The special features Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Brad Paisley, Hank Williams Jr., Wynonna and Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • 2003, Johnny Cash picks up six nominations in the MTV Video Music Awards for his remake of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”
  • 1980, Ten days after it went gold, the “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack is certified platinum. It features Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, The Eagles, Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Linda Ronstadt & J.D. Souther, Jimmy Buffett and The Charlie Daniels Band, among others

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This Day in Country Music – July 23rd

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  • 2013, Miranda Lambert earns a double-platinum single for “The House That Built Me”
  • 2004, Jeff Foxworthy’s “Redneck Stomp” comes out on top as CMT premieres the special “20 Funniest Videos”
  • 1997, “Strawberry Wine” takes Song of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s 30th Songwriter Achievement Awards. Vince Gill wins Songwriter/Artist of the Year for the third time. Mark D. Sanders claims Top Songwriter
  • 1988, Vern Gosdin picks up a #1 single in Billboard with a song that celebrates Ernest Tubb, “Set ‘Em Up Joe”

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This Day in Country Music – July 22nd

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  • 2015, Miranda Lambert makes a surprise appearance during Ashley Monroe’s concert at the Basement East in Nashville, joining Monroe on “Heart Like Mine” during the encore. Meghan Linsey and Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet are in the crowd for show, which also features guests Vince Gill and Striking Matches
  • 2008, Mercury releases the Sugarland album “Love On The Inside”
  • 2004, Gretchen Wilson’s “Here For The Party” video debuts on CMT
  • 1992, Earl Scruggs and Minnie Pearl receive National Medals of Arts from president George Bush at a White House ceremony

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This Day in Country Music – July 21st

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  • 2009, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride and Alison Krauss + Union Station perform for Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C. Paisley closes the night with a song inspired by the president, “Welcome To The Future”
  • 2005, Gary Allan’s “Best I Ever Had” video debuts on CMT
  • 1999, Charley Pride’s name is embedded in a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1979, Anne Murray’s “Shadows In The Moonlight” hits #1 on the Billboard country chart

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This Day in Country Music – July 20th

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  • 2013, Jason Aldean headlines at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the last of three stadiums on his 2013 tour itinerary. Also on the bill are Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett
  • 2002, Toby Keith occupies the #1 position in Billboard with “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)”
  • 1988, Julianne Hough is born in Salt Lake City. Introduced nationally on the ABC series “Dancing With The Stars,” she nets a #1 country album with her self-titled 2008 debut
  • 1968, Johnny Cash’s live version of “Folsom Prison Blues” takes the #1 slot on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – July 19th

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  • 2015, Surprise! Sam Hunt shows up during Taylor Swift’s concert at Soldier Field in Chicago. The two duet on “Take Your Time”
  • 2003, The video to “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” the Alan Jackson collaboration with Jimmy Buffett, makes its debut on CMT’s “Most Wanted Live”
  • 1991, The brakes fail on Dottie West’s car on the way to the Grand Ole Opry. She loses control and hits a wall but sustains only minor injuries
  • 1947, Bernie Leadon is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He becomes a founding member of The Eagles, playing on their lone country hit, “Lyin’ Eyes,” before leaving the group in 1975. He briefly joins The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band during the 1980s

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This Day in Country Music – July 18th

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  • 2014, Jason Aldean performs “Burnin’ It Down” live for the first time while headlining a stadium date at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. A drunk fan dies tragically at the show, which also features Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr
  • 2006, Capitol releases Eric Church’s debut album, “Sinners Like Me”
  • 1986, Columbia Records drops Johnny Cash after 28 years on the label. Cash finds out by reading the newspaper
  • 1964, Connie Smith makes her Grand Ole Opry debut

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This Day in Country Music – July 17th

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  • 2006, BNA announces the signing of former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler to her first recording contract
  • 2004, Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” spends the first of seven weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart
  • 1974, Guitarist/harmony vocalist Don Rich dies in a motorcycle accident near Morro Beach, California. A member of Buck Owens’ Buckaroos, he provided some of the inspiration in the group’s sound and co-wrote “Before You Go” and “Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line”
  • 1969, Merle Haggard records the studio version of “Okie From Muskogee” at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood

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