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This Day in Country Music – January 27th

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  • 2007, Rodney Atkins’ “Watching You” commands the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1992, Garth Brooks outpaces his country compadres at the American Music Awards, winning three trophies, including Favorite Country Album, for “No Fences.” Wynonna makes her debut as a solo artist, singing “She Is His Only Need”
  • 1973, “(Old Dogs-Children And) Watermelon Wine” takes Tom T. Hall to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1959, Johnny Horton records “The Battle Of New Orleans” during an evening session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on Nashville’s Music Row

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This Day in Country Music – January 26th

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  • 2010, Capitol releases Lady Antebellum’s album “Need You Now”
  • 2003, The Dixie Chicks sing the national anthem and Shania Twain performs “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” and “Up!” during halftime at Super Bowl XXXVII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders, 48-21
  • 1997, Mary Chapin Carpenter performs “Down At The Twist And Shout” with BeauSoleil during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome in New Orleans. Green Bay beats New England, 35-21
  • 1992, While defending her support of husband/presidential candidate Bill Clinton on “60 Minutes,” Hillary Clinton insults country music’s First Lady: “I’m not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette”

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This Day in Country Music – January 25th

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  • 2014, Luke Bryan plays a sold-out show at prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time, weaving “That’s My Kind Of Night,” “Drink A Beer” and “Drunk On You” into the concert. His opening acts are Lee Brice and Cole Swindell
  • 2006, Carrie Underwood collects a gold award for her single “Jesus, Take The Wheel”
  • 1988, Randy Travis wins four awards, paced by “Forever And Ever, Amen,” at the 15th annual American Music Awards
  • 1982, Kenny Rogers picks up three pop and country trophies at the American Music Awards. Country awards also go to Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell, Anne Murray and The Oak Ridge Boys

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This Day in Country Music – January 24th

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  • 2010, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and George W. Bush are all spotted at the Superdome in New Orleans for the NFC Championship Game, a 31-28 overtime win for the Saints against the Minnesota Vikings
  • 1994, The “Pure Country” soundtrack becomes George Strait’s first triple-platinum album
  • 1963, Drummer Keech Rainwater is born in Plano, Texas. He joins Lonestar, the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group in 1996. The band scores such hits as “No News,” “Amazed” and “I’m Already There”
  • 1954, Bass player Glenn Worf is born in Dayton, Ohio. A multiple winner of the Academy of Country Music’s bass honor, he plays on several hundred hits by the likes of Alan Jackson, George Strait, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Martina McBride. In addition, he co-produces hits by Miranda Lambert and David Nail

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This Day in Country Music – January 23rd

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  • 2011, Martina McBride delivers the national anthem at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, while Joe Nichols and Hank Williams Jr. perform at halftime in the AFC Championship Game. The Steelers ground the New York Jets, 24-19
  • 2005, Big Kenny Alphin, of Big & Rich, marries wardrobe stylist Christiev Carothers on a mountaintop in Deadwood, South Dakota. The couple met during the video shoot for Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman”
  • 1987, Reba McEntire nets her first gold album, for “Whoever’s In New England”
  • 1956, Singer/songwriter Harley Allen is born in Dayton, Ohio. He writes Alan Jackson’s “Between The Devil And Me,” Darryl Worley’s “Awful, Beautiful Life” and Blake Shelton’s “The Baby.” He also sings harmonies on The Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow”

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This Day in Country Music – January 22nd

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  • 2012, Brad Paisley performs “Camouflage” in a short halftime set during an NFL playoff game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. The New York Giants defeat the 49ers in the game, 20-17
  • 1994, Hal Ketchum performs “Small Town Saturday Night” as he joins the Grand Ole Opry
  • 1990, For the third straight year, Randy Travis leads country winners at the American Music Awards with a trio of trophies, including Favorite Country Single, for “Deeper Than The Holler.” Other country victors: Reba McEntire, Alabama and Clint Black
  • 1949, Exile lead vocalist J.P. Pennington is born in Berea, Kentucky. Founded in 1963, Exile becomes one of country’s top groups during the 1980s, with Pennington and bass player Sonny Lemaire co-writing the bulk of the band’s hook-filled hits

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This Day in Country Music – January 21st

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  • 2006, Carrie Underwood parks herself at #1 in Billboard for the first of six weeks with “Jesus, Take The Wheel”
  • 1996, Wynonna Judd marries Arch Kelley at the Christ Church in Nashville, then holds the reception at her mother’s Trilogy restaurant
  • 1987, Dwight Yoakam picks up his first gold album, for “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.”
  • 1950, Red Foley tops the Billboard country chart with “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy”

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This Day in Country Music – January 20th

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  • 2009, Faith Hill performs “If My Heart Had Wings” at the Washington Convention Center during ABC’s “The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration.” Also appearing: Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Sting, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder
  • 2001, Sara Evans soars to #1 in Billboard with “Born To Fly”
  • 1989, Country stars appear en masse for the George Bush inauguration. Performing for the occasion are: The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, Moe Bandy, Steve Wariner, Lee Greenwood, Randy Travis and Loretta Lynn
  • 1985, Brantley Gilbert is born in Jefferson, Georgia. He earns his first hit, “Country Must Be Country Wide,” in 2011, following with “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” “Bottoms Up” and “One Hell Of An Amen,” among others. Gilbert also writes Jason Aldean’s hits “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem”

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This Day in Country Music – January 19th

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  • 2012, Eric Church kicks off his first arena headlining tour in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with opening acts Brantley Gilbert, Sonia Leigh and The Cadillac Black, a band that includes “You Gonna Fly” songwriter Jaren Johnston
  • 2005, On the eve of George W. Bush’s inauguration, Lee Greenwood, Kenny Chesney, The Gatlins, Sara Evans, Clay Walker, Lyle Lovett, Asleep At The Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, The Derailers and Neal McCoy perform at related events in Washington, D.C.
  • 1974, Tom T. Hall reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles list with his own list of favorite things, “I Love”
  • 1939, Phil Everly, of The Everly Brothers, is born in Chicago. Along with older brother Don, The Everlys’ harmonies become an influential sound, gaining them membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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This Day in Country Music – January 18th

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  • 2013, George Strait launches the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, his last official concert trek, at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas, with opener Martina McBride. Strait’s set includes “Here For A Good Time,” “The Chair” and “Folsom Prison Blues”
  • 2007, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby tape a new edition of “CMT Crossroads” in Nashville. The set list includes “Mandolin Rain” and “Don’t Get Above Your Raising.” They’re also joined by John Anderson for a surprise rendition of “Super Freak”
  • 2001, Inaugural celebrations for president George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., include performances by Lorrie Morgan, Sammy Kershaw, Lee Ann Womack and Brooks & Dunn, who sing “Only In America”
  • 1986, Dan Seals’ nostalgic “Bop” goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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