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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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This Day in Country Music – July 6th

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  • 2015, Blake Shelton files for divorce from Miranda Lambert in Oklahoma
  • 2009, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley marries Nashville music publicist Cassie McConnell in the Bahamas
  • 2003, The Dixie Chicks perform at Dallas’ American Airlines Center despite a threat that Natalie Maines will be shot on stage
  • 1991, Alan Jackson begins a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Don’t Rock The Jukebox”

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This Day in Country Music – July 5th

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  • 2013, Luke Bryan makes a surprise appearance during an Alabama show in Orange Beach, Alabama. Bryan provides a vocal assist on “Love In The First Degree”
  • 2008, Jennifer Nettles makes an unannounced appearance to perform “Stay” during Kenny Chesney’s stadium date at Nashville’s LP Field before a crowd of 49,000 people. Also on the bill: Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Sammy Hagar and Gary Allan
  • 1994, Atlantic releases the Hootie + The Blowfish pop album “Cracked Rear View,” featuring lead singer Darius Rucker
  • 1980, George Jones takes his signature song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – July 4th

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  • 1992, Wynonna’s “I Saw The Light” tops the Billboard country chart
  • 1985, Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic in Austin features the first live assembly of the Highwaymen: Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Also in the lineup are Neil Young, Hank Snow and June Carter Cash
  • 1981, Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” featuring a guest appearance by George Jones, goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1973, Willie Nelson holds his first Fourth of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas

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This Day in Country Music – July 3rd

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  • 2007, Toby Keith’s “Love Me If You Can” video premieres on CMT.com
  • 1993, Alison Krauss is introduced by Garth Brooks as she joins the Grand Ole Opry
  • 1982, “Any Day Now” takes Ronnie Milsap to #1 on the Billboard country chart
  • 1975, Trent Tomlinson is born in Blytheville, Arkansas. He releases his debut album in 2006, earning hits with “Drunker Than Me” and a real-life song about paternal reconciliation, “One Wing In The Fire”

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