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This Day in Country Music – July 16th

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  • 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
  • 1982, Kenny Rogers makes his film debut in the movie “Six Pack.” The picture’s music includes his single “Love Will Turn You Around” and a song by Crystal Gayle

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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
  • 2011, Jason Aldean picks up platinum singles for “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party”
  • 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
  • 2003, Arista releases Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” album

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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
  • 2005, The Montgomery Gentry video “Something To Be Proud Of” premieres on CMT
  • 1975, Singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson is born in Enterprise, Alabama. The author of Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and George Strait’s “Give It Away,” he breaks through as an artist with the 2008 album “That Lonesome Song.” It includes “In Color,” the 2009 Song of the Year for both the ACM and the CMA
  • 1973, The Everly Brothers break up in the midst of a concert at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, Phil Everly smashing his guitar at the side of the stage after “(‘Til) I Kissed You.” Don Everly performs the night’s remaining two shows solo

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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, Mercury releases Easton Corbin’s debut single, “A Little More Country Than That,” to radio
  • 1962, Rhonda Vincent is born in Kirksville, Missouri. She emerges as a major bluegrass talent in the 1990s and 2000s, and contributes to the Grammy-winning country album “Lovin’, Livin’, Losin’: Songs Of The Louvin Brothers”
  • 1954, Louise Mandrell is born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Barbara Mandrell’s sister collects five solo hits in the 1980s, including “Save Me” and “I’m Not Through Loving You Yet.” She also adds backing vocals on Merle Haggard’s “Always Wanting You”

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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
  • 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
  • 1988, Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis’ album “Old 8 x 10”

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This Day in Country Music – July 11th

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  • 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
  • 1978, Singer/songwriter Jonathan Singleton is born in Milan, Tennessee. Signed to Universal South in 2007, he authors Gary Allan’s “Watching Airplanes,” Billy Currington’s “Don’t,” Tim McGraw’s “Diamond Rings And Old Barstools” and Josh Turner’s “Why Don’t We Just Dance”

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This Day in Country Music – July 10th

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  • 2013, Randy Travis undergoes emergency brain surgery after suffering a stroke at the Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano in Texas
  • 2004, Toby Keith’s “Whiskey Girl” takes the #1 slot on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1970, Johnny Cash records Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
  • 1965, Wreck on the highway: Roy Acuff, guitarist June Stearns and steel player Shot Jackson are injured in a near-fatal car crash in east Tennessee. Acuff has a pair of pelvic fractures and a broken collarbone. Stearns never returns to the band

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This Day in Country Music – July 9th

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  • 2011, Shocking her bandmates, Cheyenne Kimball quits Gloriana via Twitter following a concert at the Franklin County Fair in Union, Missouri
  • 2001, The Country Music Association announces 12 honorees will be added to the Country Music Hall of Fame: Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro
  • 1983, Ricky Skaggs rides to #1 in Billboard with “Highway 40 Blues”
  • 1954, Elvis Presley records Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee

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This Day in Country Music – July 8th

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  • 2000, Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” begins a five-week ride at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1996, Keifer Thompson moves to Nashville from Oklahoma. Shortly after, he meets future wife and fellow Thompson Square partner Shawna McIlwain
  • 1972, When a concert date is cancelled, Barbara Mandrell joins the Grand Ole Opry, three weeks earlier than scheduled
  • 1970, Drew Womack is born in Brownwood, Texas. He becomes the lead singer of Sons Of The Desert, which earns two hits in 1997, and writes Kenny Chesney’s “She’s Got It All.” The group also backs Lee Ann Womack on “I Hope You Dance”

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This Day in Country Music – July 7th

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  • 2008, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman welcome a daughter, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville
  • 1995, Maddie Marlow is born in Sugar Land, Texas. She becomes one-half of Maddie & Tae, who score a hit in 2014 with their bro-country send-up “Girl In A Country Song”
  • 1987, Warner/Curb releases Hank Williams Jr.’s album “Born To Boogie”
  • 1956, After an introduction from Carl Smith, Johnny Cash makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, performing “I Walk The Line,” “Get Rhythm” and “So Doggone Lonesome.” Backstage, Cash also meets his future wife, June Carter, for the first time

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