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This Day in Country Music – August 9th

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  • 2005, Sugarland tapes an installment of “CMT Crossroads” with Bon Jovi at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The set list includes “Baby Girl,” “You Give Love A Bad Name” and the future country hit “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
  • 2003, Rascal Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus gets engaged to Allison Alderson in New York. The couple met when she appeared in the band’s “These Days” video
  • 1990, Diamond Rio mandolin player Gene Johnson slices his left thumb in a saw accident while doing cabinetry work in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1986, he Judds’ “Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – August 8th

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  • 2009, Steel Magnolia wins CMT’s “Can You Duet,” performing “Keep On Lovin’ You” on the show in front of judges Big Kenny, Naomi Judd and record executive Scott Borchetta
  • 1975, Hank Williams Jr. has a near-fatal accident while climbing Ajax Mountain in Montana. His head hits several jutting rocks as he falls 500 feet. It takes six hours for medics to reach him and deliver him to Missoula Community Hospital
  • 1972, Mark Wills is born in Cleveland, Tennessee. After winning the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male award in 1999, he earns his signature hit with the nostalgic 2002 single “19 Somethin'”
  • 1939, Phil Balsley is born in Staunton, Virginia. He becomes a founding member of The Statler Brothers, whose southern gospel harmonies lead the group to two decades of hits and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame

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This Day in Country Music – August 7th

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  • 2015, Capitol releases Luke Bryan’s album “Kill The Lights”
  • 2007, Vince Gill, Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery are announced by the Country Music Association as the year’s Country Music Hall of Fame inductees during a ceremony at the Hall of Fame in Nashville
  • 1997, Garth Brooks gives a free concert in New York’s Central Park that’s broadcast live on HBO. Billy Joel and Don McLean join the event, with crowd estimates ranging from 200,000 to more than 1 million, as the city observes Garth Brooks Day
  • 1961, Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces” reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – August 6th

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  • 2011, The Oak Ridge Boys are inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. They sing “Bobbie Sue,” “Elvira” and an a cappella “Amazing Grace” on their big night
  • 2008, Taylor Swift shoots her “Love Story” video in Nashville
  • 2003, John Mellencamp joins Kenny Chesney to tape an episode of “CMT Crossroads” in Nashville, where the set list includes “Young,” “R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” Radney Foster hosts
  • 2002, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines tees off on Toby Keith’s “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue” in the Los Angeles Daily News: “It’s ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant… You’ve got to have some tact”

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This Day in Country Music – August 5th

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  • 2013, Carrie Underwood’s single “See You Again” is certified gold
  • 2008, Mercury releases Jamey Johnson’s album “That Lonesome Song”
  • 1968, Terri Clark is born in Montreal, Quebec. Raised in Calgary, she emerges in 1995 as a feisty, confident vocalist, netting successes such as “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “When Boy Meets Girl” and “Girls Lie Too”
  • 1961, Fiddler Mark O’Connor is born in Seattle, Washington. He wins the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year award six times, appearing on more than 450 country recordings, and wins a Grammy for “Restless”

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This Day in Country Music – August 4th

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  • 2010, Big Machine rush-releases Taylor Swift’s single “Mine” to radio after the song was leaked on the Internet
  • 2009, Columbia releases Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar” to radio
  • 1981, Ricky Skaggs marries Sharon White, of The Whites. The couple performs “If I Needed You” during the ceremony
  • 1963, Connie Smith wins a talent contest in Columbus, Ohio, and gains the attention of guest artist Bill Anderson, who helps her get her first recording contract

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This Day in Country Music – August 3rd

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  • 2010, Taylor Swift’s “Fifteen” receives an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Female Video pitting her against Beyonce, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry
  • 1999, Patsy Cline receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1991, Johnny Lee makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
  • 1991, Trisha Yearwood’s name appears at #1 in Billboard for the first time with her single “She’s In Love With The Boy”

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This Day in Country Music – August 1st

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  • 2014, Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown” video, featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, premieres on CMT and CMT.com
  • 2010, Jimmy Wayne arrives at HomeBase Youth Services in Phoenix, hobbling on a broken foot as he finishes a seven-month Meet Me Halfway walk for homeless teens
  • 1998, Garth Brooks reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart with a Bob Dylan song, “To Make You Feel My Love”
  • 1992, Brooks & Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” begins a four-week residence at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – July 31st

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  • 2006, Jason Aldean’s “Why” earns a gold single
  • 2002, The Dixie Chicks record an episode of “CMT Crossroads” with James Taylor in Nashville. The set list includes “Some Days You Gotta Dance,” “Shower The People” and “Wide Open Spaces”
  • 1969, Elvis Presley begins a historic four-week run at Las Vegas’ International Hotel in his first live show since 1961. In the audience are Liberace, Herb Alpert, Dick Clark, Cary Grant, Fats Domino, Burt Bacharach, Pat Boone and Paul Anka
  • 1963, Chad Brock is born in Ocala, Florida. He has fewer than 20 matches as a professional wrestler before embarking on a singing career in the 1990s. His most successful single comes with an autobiographical love song, “Yes!”

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This Day in Country Music – July 30th

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  • 2012, Eli Young Band vocalist Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcome their first daughter, Kline Olivia Diaz, in Dallas
  • 2008, Alan Jackson nabs a gold album for “Good Time”
  • 2005, Kenny Chesney plays Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field with opening acts Gretchen Wilson, Pat Green, Keith Urban and Uncle Kracker. The concert–including performances of “Young,” “Anything But Mine” and “I Go Back”–is shot for inclusion in an ABC Thanksgiving special, “Kenny Chesney: Somewhere In The Sun”
  • 1985, Alabama becomes the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the “Mountain Music” and “Feels So Right” albums are certified for shipments of 4 million copies. “The Closer You Get” goes triple-platinum

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