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This Day in Country Music – June 22nd

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  • 2006, Josh Turner’s “Would You Go With Me” video debuts on CMT along with Brooks & Dunn’s “Building Bridges,” featuring vocal contributions by Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow
  • 2001, The city of New York observes Reba McEntire Day as the singer ends her five-month run on Broadway in a production of “Annie Get Your Gun.” Tom Wopat remains in the cast, while Crystal Bernard takes over McEntire’s role
  • 1996, With echoes of Bob Dylan and Hank Williams in the production and lyrics, Tracy Lawrence begins a three-week run at #1 in Billboard with “Time Marches On”
  • 1977, Kenny Rogers takes in his first gold single, for “Lucille”

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This Day in Country Music – June 21st

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  • 2011, Blake Shelton sings “Honey Bee” on NBC-TV’s “The Voice.” Contestant Casey Weston serves up a version of “I Will Always Love You”
  • 2003, Johnny Cash makes his first public appearance since the funeral for his wife, June Carter. It’s also his last public performance. Along with son John Carter Cash, the Man In Black sings “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring Of Fire” in Hiltons, Virginia
  • 2000, Jo Dee Messina’s “That’s The Way” video debuts on CMT
  • 1976, Reba McEntire marries Charlie Battles at the First Baptist Church in Stringtown, Oklahoma. They honeymoon in Texas, where they make time to promote her latest single to radio stations

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This Day in Country Music – June 20th

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  • 2009, Steel Magnolia is introduced on the season premiere of CMT’s competition “Can You Duet.” Judges for the season include Big Kenny, Naomi Judd and Big Machine executive Scott Borchetta
  • 2005, Gretchen Wilson receives the key to the city of Pocahontas, Illinois, when she returns to her hometown to cut the ribbon on a new ball field concession stand she donated to the community. The event is held at the renamed Gretchen Wilson Park
  • 1979, Chuck Wicks is born in Dover, Delaware. Introduced on the 2007 FOX-TV show “Nashville,” he becomes the first Delaware-born singer to reach country’s Top 15 with the single “Stealing Cinderella.” He later becomes a co-host on the syndicated radio program “America’s Morning Show”
  • 1924, Chet Atkins is born in Luttrell, Tennessee. The consummate guitarist, he develops a successful career as an instrumentalist, but also runs RCA Records’ country division and helps create the Nashville Sound, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973

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This Day in Country Music – June 19th

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  • 2015, Rory Lee Feek, of the duo Joey+Rory, discloses that his wife, Joey Martin Feek, has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer
  • 2006, Big Machine releases Taylor Swift’s debut single, “Tim McGraw”
  • 2004, Keith Urban’s “Raining On Sunday” ranks #1 as CMT presents “40 Sexiest Videos”
  • 1986, Ricky Van Shelton showcases for CBS executives Rick Blackburn and Steve Buckingham at The Stockyard, singing Ernest Tubb’s “Thanks A Lot” and Merle Haggard’s “Hungry Eyes

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This Day in Country Music – June 18th

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  • 2013, Danielle Bradbery is crowned the winner of “The Voice” on NBC. A member of Blake Shelton’s team, she sings “I Want Crazy” with guest Hunter Hayes. Florida Georgia Line performs “Cruise” in a guest appearance with Nelly
  • 2011, Tim McGraw stops his show at the Gorge Amphitheatre near George, Washington, to boot a male audience member for mistreating a woman
  • 1976, Blake Shelton is born in Ada, Oklahoma. Beginning with his 2001 debut, “Austin,” he mixes ballads and party anthems with biting personal humor on his way to multiple wins as Male Vocalist of the Year and a regular role on the NBC series “The Voice”
  • 1915, A.P. Carter marries Sara Dougherty, uniting two of the three performers who will comprise The Carter Family, in Clinch Mountain, Virginia

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This Day in Country Music – June 17th

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  • 2013, Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” video debuts on CMT
  • 2006, Kenny Chesney kicks off a five-week run at #1 in Billboard with “Summertime”
  • 2004, Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” video makes its TV debut on CMT
  • 1978, Emmylou Harris takes the Delbert McClinton-written “Two More Bottles Of Wine” to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – June 16th

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  • 2011, Garth Brooks is added to the Songwriters Hall of Fame during an event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York along with Leon Russell, “Southern Nights” author Allen Toussaint and “Slow Hand” composer John Bettis
  • 2009, Brad Paisley wins three trophies during the CMT Music Awards at Nashville’s Sommet Center. Taylor Swift claims two
  • 2001, Tim McGraw’s “Grown Men Don’t Cry” moves in to the top spot on the Billboard country singles list
  • 1999, The Country Music Association announces Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Johnny Bond will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

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This Day in Country Music – June 15th

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  • 2013, Dwight Yoakam performs “Streets Of Bakersfield,” “Fast As You” and “Act Naturally,” adding a country thread to the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The day also features Jack Johnson, The Lumineers and Chris Stapleton
  • 2010, Kellie Pickler gets engaged to “More Than A Memory” songwriter Kyle Jacobs on a beach in Florida
  • 1985, Ricky Skaggs reaches #1 in Billboard with “Country Boy,” the only chart-topping single to feature the Looney Tunes theme in an instrumental break
  • 1969, “Hee Haw” makes its prime-time debut on CBS-TV, replacing the controversial “Smothers Brothers” show. The cast includes: Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones, among others. The first guests: Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn

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This Day in Country Music – June 14th

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  • 2008, Sara Evans marries sports radio host Jay Barker at a farm in Franklin, Tennessee. Songwriter Marcus Hummon sings “Bless The Broken Road” at the ceremony, where the guests include Sheryl Crow
  • 2003, Josh Turner marries Jennifer Ford in northern Georgia
  • 1997, Hank Williams Jr. welcomes a surprise guest, five-year-old Hunter Hayes, to play for 200,000 people at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Hayes lugs an accordion on stage to sing “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)”
  • 1983, John Anderson nets a gold single, for “Swingin'”

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OKEECHOBEE MAN WINS $1 MILLION SCRATCH-OFF PRIZE SIX MONTHS AFTER MOVING TO FLORIDA

OKEECHOBEE MAN WINS $1 MILLION SCRATCH-OFF PRIZE SIX MONTHS AFTER MOVING TO FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announces that Christopher Cummins, 44, of Okeechobee, claimed a $1 million prize in the $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee, after moving to Florida from Ohio only six months ago.Cummins chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $784,427.20. He purchased his winning ticket from Sun Food, located at 1009 Hunter Road in Okeechobee. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.Cummins said he won a $1,000 prize on two different Scratch-Off tickets in the past few weeks. “I was actually on my way down to the Lottery’s West Palm Beach District Office to cash those in when I decided to stop and buy another ticket; that’s when I got the million-dollar winner!”The $20 game, $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLER, features more than 7.6 million winning tickets and more than $346 million in total cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-2.97.Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERYThe Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com

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