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This Day in Country Music – April 15th

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  • 2008, Capitol releases the self-titled debut album by Lady Antebellum
  • 1999, Vince Gill’s Volvo is rear-ended on West End Avenue in Nashville, causing a three-car collision. While handling the paperwork, the driver who hit Gill’s car gives him a tape, hoping Gill will record one of his songs
  • 1996, Clay Walker is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis by a Houston doctor, after seeking an examination for numbness in his fingers. He is told–incorrectly, it turns out–that he will be in a wheelchair within four years, dead within eight
  • 1981, Ronnie Milsap records “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World” at Groundstar Laboratory in Nashville

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This Day in Country Music – April 14th

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  • 2008, Kellie Pickler wins three trophies during the CMT Music Awards at Belmont University’s Curb Events Center in Nashville
  • 1998, Shania Twain joins Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and Carole King at New York’s Beacon Theatre for a taping of “VH1 Divas Live,” with all six singers combining talents on “Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)”
  • 1997, The website country.com is officially launched. It’s eventually renamed CMT.com
  • 1981, Hank Williams Jr. records “A Country Boy Can Survive”

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This Day in Country Music – April 13th

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  • 2012, Jana Kramer performs “Why Ya Wanna” as she makes her Grand Ole Opry debut
  • 2005, Willie Nelson’s attorney sends a Texas senator a letter declining to have a toll road named for the singer. Nelson later tells The Austin American-Statesman, “I’d put my name on an electric chair, too, but I don’t think that’d be too great a thing”
  • 1996, Lonestar hits the top in Billboard for the first time with “No News”
  • 1963, Bill Anderson goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with his biggest hit, “Still”

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This Day in Country Music – April 12th

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  • 2010, Hank Williams is honored with a special citation for “craftsmanship as a songwriter” as the Pulitzer Prize winners are announced
  • 1997, Travis Tritt marries model Theresa Nelson at his home in Paulding County, Georgia, with Marty Stuart serving as best man. Tritt sings “More Than You’ll Ever Know” to the bride. Also attending: Lari White, Tanya Tucker, Connie Smith and Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • 1982, Easton Corbin is born in Trenton, Florida. A 2011 Academy of Country Music nominee for Top New Solo Vocalist, he nets such traditionally influenced hits as “A Little More Country Than That,” “All Over The Road,” “Roll With It” and “Lovin’ You Is Fun”
  • 1972, The first Fan Fair begins in Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium

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This Day in Country Music – April 11th

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  • 2013, Taylor Swift’s Diet Coke ad, which utilizes her song “22,” debuts during the FOX telecast of “American Idol”
  • 2001, Lonestar’s Richie McDonald and his wife, Lorie, have a daughter, Maisie Elizabeth McDonald, in Nashville. The girl is referenced in the hit “My Front Porch Looking In” as a “carrot top who can barely walk”
  • 1992, Wynonna gains her first #1 single as a solo artist with “She Is His Only Need”
  • 1964, Steve Azar is born in Greenville, Mississippi. He first gains attention with an independent album in 1996, although he waits another six years to score his first hit, “I Don’t Have To Be Me (‘Til Monday)”

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This Day in Country Music – April 10th

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  • 2012, Keith Urban is invited by Vince Gill to join the Grand Ole Opry during a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena
  • 2007, The former home of Johnny Cash and June Carter burns to the ground in Hendersonville, Tennessee, while workers are restoring it for new owner Barry Gibb. Watching helplessly: Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Tommy Cash, T.G. Sheppard and several Oak Ridge Boys
  • 1995, George Strait records “Check Yes Or No” and “I Know She Still Loves Me” at Nashville’s Emerald Sound Studios
  • 1990, Singer/songwriter Maren Morris is born in Arlington, Texas. She earns her first country hit in 2016 with her debut single, “My Church”

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This Day in Country Music – April 9th

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  • 2012, Capitol releases the Keith Urban single “For You,” from the motion picture “Act Of Valor,” to radio
  • 1999, Faith Hill launches her first tour as a solo headliner with a performance at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis
  • 1991, Patty Loveless earns her first gold album, for “Honky Tonk Angel”
  • 1953, Singer/songwriter Hal Ketchum is born in Greenwich, New York. He joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1994 on the back of such melodic singles as “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Past The Point Of Rescue” and “Sure Love”

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This Day in Country Music – April 8th

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  • 2011, Carrie Underwood makes her movie acting debut, playing a church counselor for a youth group as Tristar’s “Soul Surfer” reaches theaters
  • 2004, Baseball’s San Diego Padres play their first game at the new Petco Park. Rhett Akins, Chad Brock and Daryle Singletary sing”Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” while president Jimmy Carter throws out the first pitch. The Padres beat San Francisco, 4-3
  • 1989, Keith Whitley picks up a #1 single in Billboard with “I’m No Stranger To The Rain”
  • 1980, Kenny Rogers portrays Brady Hawkes for the first time as CBS airs a TV movie built around his signature hit, “The Gambler”

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This Day in Country Music – April 7th

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  1. 2012, Jake Owen proposes to his girlfriend, Lacey Buchanan, when he performs “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” during a concert in Vero Beach, Florida. She says yes
  1. 1999, Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” album is recognized for shipments of 10 million copies, making her the first country female to have two albums reach that mark
  1. 1959, Marty Robbins records “El Paso” and “Big Iron” in the same recording session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville while cutting the entire “Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs” album in a single day
  1. 1935, Bobby Bare is born near Ironton, Ohio. He earns a reputation as a champion for songwriters and for  quality songs, garnering hits with “500 Miles Away From Home,” “Marie Laveau” and “Detroit City,” which earns him a Grammy in 1963. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013

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This Day in Country Music – April 6th

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  • 2009, George Strait is hailed as the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade during a taping for a CBS-TV special at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Strait closes the night with the rest of the cast backing him on “Troubadour”
  • 1999, Columbia releases Montgomery Gentry’s debut album, “Tattoos & Scars”
  • 1992, Mercury releases Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart”
  • 1957, Ferlin Husky reaches the top of the Billboard country chart with “Gone”

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