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This Day in Country Music – September 15th

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  • 2010, Mercury releases the two-disc Jamey Johnson album “The Guitar Song”
  • 1992, Atlantic releases John Michael Montgomery’s first single, “Life’s A Dance”
  • 1976, Waylon Jennings garners six nominations and Willie Nelson picks up five as the Country Music Association announces the finalists for its annual awards in Nashville
  • 1959, John Berry is born in Aiken, South Carolina. The strong-voiced singer rises in 1994 with his Grammy-nominated “Your Love Amazes Me,” following up with such melodic hits as “You And Only You,” “She’s Taken A Shine” and “What’s In It For Me”

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This Day in Country Music – September 14th

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  • 2014, Luke Bryan becomes the first country artist to headline at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, joined on the bill by Lee Brice and Cole Swindell
  • 2010, Mercury releases the two-disc Jamey Johnson album “The Guitar Song”
  • 2004, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson and Martina McBride each receive double nominations for the American Music Awards
  • 1992, Atlantic releases John Michael Montgomery’s first single, “Life’s A Dance”

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This Day in Country Music – September 13th

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  • 2011, The Band Perry picks up a triple-platinum single award for “If I Die Young”
  • 2009, Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” wins Best Female Video during the MTV Video Music Awards. Rapper Kanye West interrupts her acceptance speech at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to insist that Beyonce should have won
  • 1996, LeAnn Rimes sings “Blue” in her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, along with “I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and “Blue Moon Of Kentucky”
  • 1975, Guitarist Joe Don Rooney is born in Baxter Springs, Kansas. He joins Rascal Flatts, whose infectious debut single “Prayin’ For Daylight” sets the band on a path to six straight Vocal Group of the Year honors from the Country Music Association

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This Day in Country Music – September 12th

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  • 2008, Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” video debuts on CMT
  • 2007, Brad Paisley grinds out a gold album for “5th Gear”
  • 2003, Johnny Cash dies at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital of complications from diabetes, four months after the death of his wife, June Carter. The Man In Black was a member of both the Country Music and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame
  • 1990, Alan Jackson collects his first gold album, for “Here In The Real World”

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This Day in Country Music – September 11th

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  • 2012, Capitol releases Little Big Town’s album “Tornado”
  • 2004, Terri Clark reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Girls Lie Too”
  • 1999, Chely Wright goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with a song written by Carolyn Dawn Johnson, “Single White Female”
  • 1989, Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” debuts as “All my rowdy friends are here on Monday night” to promote ABC-TV’s Monday Night Football. The New York Giants beat the Washington Redskins, 27-24

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This Day in Country Music – September 10th

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  • 2013, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift top the list with six nominations apiece as the Country Music Association announces finalists for its 47th annual awards
  • 2011, “Remind Me,” the Brad Paisley duet with Carrie Underwood, reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 2002, Travis Tritt and Ray Charles tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads” in Nashville. Tritt sings “Georgia On My Mind” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive,” and joins Charles for “I’m Moving On”
  • 1994, Trisha Yearwood’s “XXX’s And OOO’s (An American Girl)” reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – September 9th

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  • 2015, Eric Church and Little Big Town score five nominations apiece to top the list of finalists in the 49th annual Country Music Association awards
  • 2011, Lady Antebellum’s “We Owned The Night” video debuts on CMT
  • 2004, Willie Nelson performs a concert in Plains, Georgia, for an upcoming TV special, “CMT Homecoming: Jimmy Carter In Plains.” Nelson threads the set with “Whiskey River,” “Beer For My Horses,” “Amazing Grace” and “Georgia On My Mind”
  • 1991, Hunter Hayes is born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He plays every instrument, sings every part and co-writes every song on his first major-label album, which debuts in country’s Top 10 just weeks after he turns 20. His hit list includes “Wanted,” “Storm Warning” and “I Want Crazy”

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This Day in Country Music – September 8th

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  • 2014, Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey” video debuts on CMT
  • 2008, Arista releases Brad Paisley’s duet with Keith Urban, “Start A Band,” to radio. It pays a lyrical nod to a pair of classic-rock songs: “Free Bird” and “Ramblin Man”
  • 1997, LeAnn Rimes’ version of “How Do I Live” is certified platinum
  • 1973, He’s been this far several times: Conway Twitty reaches #1 in Billboard with “You’ve Never Been This Far Before”

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This Day in Country Music – September 7th

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  • 2014, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli Haywood, welcome their first son, Cash Van Haywood
  • 2010, Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and wife Tiffany Fallon have a daughter, Raquel Blue Rooney, in Nashville
  • 2006, Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” video debuts on CMT
  • 1991, Brooks & Dunn reach #1 in Billboard for the first time with “Brand New Man”

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This Day in Country Music – September 6th

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  • 2012, Vince Gill receives a star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Amy Grant and Reba McEntire deliver induction speeches
  • 2008, Keith Urban dresses up the #1 position on the Billboard country singles chart with “You Look Good In My Shirt”
  • 1984, Ernest Tubb dies in Nashville’s Baptist Hospital in the presence of his son, Justin Tubb, and Porter Wagoner. A Grand Ole Opry fixture since 1943, his rugged resonance sent him into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1965
  • 1980, Johnny Lee earns his first #1 country single in Billboard with “Lookin’ For Love”

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