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This Day in Country Music – January 9th

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  • 2012, Blake Shelton nets gold and platinum singles for “God Gave Me You”
  • 2004, Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews cover the Lefty Frizzell classic “The Long Black Veil” as the latest installment of the Radney Foster-hosted “CMT Crossroads” debuts
  • 1990, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album is certified quadruple-platinum
  • 1961, The Johnny Horton classic “North To Alaska” goes to #1 in Billboard

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This Day in Country Music – January 8th

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  • 2008, Eric Church marries publishing executive Katherine Blasingame at the Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
  • 2001, Faith Hill takes three trophies in the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Tim McGraw earns Favorite Country Male, The Dixie Chicks are named Favorite Country Band, and Billy Gilman wins Favorite New Country Artist
  • 1992, Vince Gill’s “Pocket Full Of Gold” turns platinum
  • 1935, Elvis Presley is born at home in East Tupelo, Mississippi. Before emerging as the “King of Rock & Roll,” Presley makes inroads in country, where he returns during his latter years. He is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998

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This Day in Country Music – January 7th

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  • 2013, The Zac Brown Band sings the national anthem before college football’s BCS Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The Alabama Crimson Tide dominates the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 42-14
  • 1978, Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job And Shove It” works its way to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1974, John Rich is born in Amarillo, Texas. After a stint with Lonestar, he re-emerges in 2004 as one-half of Big & Rich and as a solo artist. He also writes hits for other acts, including Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl” and Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown”
  • 1967, Charley Pride becomes the first African-American solo singer to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, following an introduction from Ernest Tubb. Pride sings “The Snakes Crawl At Night” and “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)”

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This Day in Country Music – January 6th

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  • 2014, Arista releases The Swon Brothers’ debut single, “Later On,” to radio
  • 2005, Lee Ann Womack’s “I May Hate Myself In The Morning” video, featuring Jack Ingram, debuts on CMT
  • 1983, Rosanne Cash reels in her first gold album, for “Seven Year Ache”
  • 1957, Elvis Presley makes his final appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” singing seven songs: “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” “When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Peace In The Valley,” “Too Much” and “Don’t Be Cruel

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This Day in Country Music – January 5th

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  • 2015, Dot releases Maddie & Tae’s “Fly” to radio
  • 2007, Jo Dee Messina begins her first USO tour, performing for American G.I.s in Italy over a five-day period
  • 1995, Mary Chapin Carpenter receives four Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year for “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.” “I Swear” is in the running for Song of the Year
  • 1983, Warner Bros. releases John Anderson’s “Swingin'”

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This Day in Country Music – January 4th

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  • 2006, LeAnn Rimes sings the national anthem at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, while Big & Rich perform six songs at a pre-game tailgate party. The Texas Longhorns defeat the USC Trojans, 41-38, in the waning seconds
  • 2000, The Dixie Chicks’ “Fly” album is nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy, competing with Santana, Diana Krall, The Backstreet Boys and TLC. The Chicks pick up a total of four nominations
  • 1969, Johnny Cash earns a #1 single in Billboard with “Daddy Sang Bass.” Written by Carl Perkins, it features vocal appearances by The Statler Brothers and The Carter Family
  • 1953, Hank Williams’ funeral draws more than 20,000 people in Montgomery, Alabama. A country choir led by Webb Pierce, Red Foley, Little Jimmy Dickens and Carl Smith performs “I Saw The Light.” Ernest Tubb offers “Beyond The Sunset”

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This Day in Country Music – January 3rd

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  • 2001, Toby Keith sings the national anthem before the game and Lee Ann Womack performs “I Hope You Dance” during halftime at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Oklahoma Sooners beat the Florida State Seminoles, 13-2
  • 1991, Billy Ray Cyrus signs his first recording contract with Mercury Records in Ashland, Kentucky. In conjunction with the event, the mayors of Ashland and Flatwoods, Kentucky, each proclaim Billy Ray Cyrus Day
  • 1975, John Denver registers a gold single with “Back Home Again”
  • 1950, Sam Phillips opens the Sun Recording Studio, originally known as the Memphis Recording Service, at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. It becomes a site for sessions by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others

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This Day in Country Music – January 2nd

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  • 2013, Republic Nashville releases Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On” to radio, namechecking the rock band Shinedown in the process
  • 2006, A shivering LeAnn Rimes performs “Something’s Gotta Give” at the rain-soaked Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California
  • 1978, Keyboard player Chris Hartman is born in Grand Prairie, Alberta. He joins Canadian band Emerson Drive, which debuts in the U.S. in 2002. He leaves in March 2003, just two months before the group wins an Academy of Country Music award
  • 1936, Roger Miller is born in Fort Worth, Texas. Raised in Erick, Oklahoma, Miller’s quirky songwriting and sense of humor lead to such hits as “King Of The Road,” “Dang Me” and “Chug-A-Lug,” launching him into the Country Music Hall of FameSource

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This Day in Country Music – January 1st

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  • 2011, Kellie Pickler marries songwriter Kyle Jacobs, a co-author of Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory,” in the Caribbean
  • 2007, Tim McGraw’s “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” video debuts on CMT, the first video to air on the channel in the new year
  • 1994, Faith Hill resides at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart for the first time in her career with “Wild One”
  • 1959, Johnny Cash performs at San Quentin prison. Merle Haggard is in the audience

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This Day in Country Music – December 31st

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  • 2008, Kellie Pickler is a correspondent in 18-degree weather at Times Square on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Also on: Lionel Richie, The Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift, who sings “Picture To Burn” and “Love Story”
  • 1999, Eight years after their last show together, The Judds usher in the new millennium with a reunion show at the America West Arena in Phoenix, with Ashley Judd hosting. First song in the set: “Love Can Build A Bridge”
  • 1985, Rick Nelson dies in a plane crash outside of DeKalb, Texas. A TV star on “The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet,” he crossed between pop and country with his 1950s rockabilly-influenced recordings, including “Stood Up” and “Poor Little Fool”
  • 1952, Hank Williams sets out from Birmingham to Charleston, West Virginia, for a New Year’s Eve show. Slowed by snow, he tries to grab a flight in in Knoxville, but the flight is cancelled. Williams gets a shot of morphine, then takes what proves to be his final ride in the back seat of his blue Cadillac

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