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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”

2014, Blake Shelton headlines Wrigley Field in Chicago, joined on the bill by The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan + Shay. Shelton’s set list includes “All About Tonight,” “Doin’ What She Likes” and “God Gave Me You”

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

1937, George Hamilton IV is born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Added to the Grand Ole Opry in 1961, he gains a massive #1 single with “Abilene” in 1963 and earns hits with Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain” and Joni Mitchell’s “Urge For Going”

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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

2008, Garth Brooks, clad in a Mets jersey, is a surprise guest during the final concert at New York’s Shea Stadium, singing “Shameless” with the night’s attraction, Billy Joel. Also making appearances: Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey and Paul McCartney

1987, The Judds’ “I Know Where I’m Going” hits the top spot on the Billboard country chart

1964, Connie Smith makes her Grand Ole Opry debut

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This Day in Country Music – July 17th

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2012, Brantley Gilbert makes his Grand Ole Opry debut. Comedian Jerry Lewis, currently starring in a production of “The Nutty Professor” in Nashville, also appears on stage at the Opry House

2006, BNA announces the signing of former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler to her first recording contract

1969, Merle Haggard records the studio version of “Okie From Muskogee” at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood

1956, Craig Morgan is born at Nashville’s General Hospital. A member of the Army reserves, he makes an impact beginning in 2003 with slice-of-life vignettes such as “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Bonfire” and “Redneck Yacht Club”

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This Day in Country Music – July 16th

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2014, Brett Eldredge celebrates a #1 single with “Beat Of The Music” by diving with the sharks in the Bahamas

2012, Florida Georgia Line signs a recording deal with Republic Nashville

2005, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans’ “Happy Trails” is ranked at #1 with the TV debut of “CMT 20 Greatest Cowboy Songs”

1996, Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Some Gave All” becomes the first debut album by a country artist certified for wholesale sales of 9 million copies

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This Day in Country Music – July 15th

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2013, Warner Bros. releases Frankie Ballard’s single “Helluva Life” to radio

2010, Songwriter Hank Cochran dies of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Among his compositions: Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces,” Eddy Arnold’s “Make The World Go Away,” Vern Gosdin’s “Set ‘Em Up Joe” and George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property.” He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014

2005, The movie “Wedding Crashers,” starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, debuts in theaters. The cast features Dwight Yoakam, derided by an ex as a “hillbilly” in a divorce negotiation during the opening scene

2004, Loretta Lynn and newcomer Mindy Smith each earn triple nominations for the annual Americana Music Awards

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This Day in Country Music – July 14th

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2012, Kenny Chesney’s concert at Angel Stadium in Anaheim features a surprise guest: actor Ashton Kutcher, who joins him on “Back Where I Come From.” Also appearing are Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

2009, Sara Evans sings “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch of the Major League All-Star Game at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. Sheryl Crow performs the national anthem. The American League defeats the National League, 4-3

2005, The Montgomery Gentry video “Something To Be Proud Of” premieres on CMT

1990, Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” steps to #1 on the Billboard country chart, where it remains for three weeks

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This Day in Country Music – July 13th

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2014, Tim McGraw swats a female fan in the middle of “Truck Yeah” at Aaron’s Amphitheatre in Atlanta when she claws at his leg. She rips his jeans and is escorted out of the venue. The moment becomes a viral topic when video is posted online

2009, “Think of a Hank song, from days gone”: Mercury releases Easton Corbin’s debut single, “A Little More Country Than That,” to radio, referencing one of the genre’s pioneers in the process

2001, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride top the biggest all-female lineup in country music history as the Girls Night Out Tour debuts at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. Also on the bill: Sara Evans, Jamie O’Neal and Carolyn Dawn Johnson

1965, Songwriter Neil Thrasher is born in Birmingham. After a short career in the duo Thrasher Shiver, he writes Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels,” Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars And Freedom” and Jason Aldean’s “Fly Over States,” among others

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This Day in Country Music – July 12th

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2014, “Somethin’ Bad,” by Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

2011, Warner Bros. releases the Blake Shelton album “Red River Blue”

2007, Fruit Of The Loom debuts an ad campaign featuring Vince Gill singing “Daddy Was The Apple Of My Eye” with various fruits from the company’s logo playing in the band

1994, Keyboard player Brady Seals makes his last appearance as a member of Little Texas in Charlotte, Michigan

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This Day in Country Music – July 11th

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2015, Luke Bryan sells out Nashville’s Dudley Field in the first country show at the Vanderbilt University football stadium. He bookends his set with “Kick The Dust Up” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” The bill includes Randy Houser, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch and Florida Georgia Line, who join Bryan on “Mountain Music”

2009, Dierks Bentley’s “Sideways” rises to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

2006, Carrie Underwood performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. The American League beats the National League, 3-2

1982, Dolly Parton’s second movie, “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,” with Burt Reynolds, premieres in Austin

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This Day in Country Music – July 10th

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2016, Dierks Bentley announces his 15-year-old dog, Jake, has died. His pet was a sidekick through much of Bentley’s career, introduced in the video to “What Was I Thinkin'”

2012, Luke Bryan performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Kellie Pickler does “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch. The National League beats the American League, 8-0

2010, Carrie Underwood marries hockey player Mike Fisher at the Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. Attending celebs include Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul

1970, Gerald Vernon is born in Columbus, Ohio. Using the professional name Gary LeVox, he becomes the lead singer for Rascal Flatts, whose tight harmonies and positive lyrics lead to numerous multi-platinum albums and Vocal Group of the Year honors

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