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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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This Day in Country Music – December 30th

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  • 2010, Trace Adkins sings the national anthem and Ashton Shepherd performs “God Bless America” at the Music City Bowl at Nashville’s LP Field. The North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Tennessee Volunteers, 30-27, in double overtime
  • 1962, Brenda Lee suffers a minor eye injury and has her hair singed when she tries unsuccessfully to rescue her poodle, CeeCee, from a house fire in Nashville. Lee’s nine-room home, valued at $37,000, is destroyed along with $25,000 worth of clothing
  • 1950, Lefty Frizzell makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, singing “If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time” and “I Love You A Thousand Ways”
  • 1931, Skeeter Davis is born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. She earns her first hit as a 1953 duet partner of Betty Jack Davis, who dies in a car accident. Skeeter goes on to Grand Ole Opry membership and a solo career that peaks with 1962’s “The End Of The World”

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This Day in Country Music – December 29th

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  • 2010, Alan Jackson surprises Zac Brown at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with a 1966 Cadillac El Dorado convertible. The automobile is a gift of thanks for including Jackson on “As She’s Walking Away”
  • 2000, John Michael Montgomery suffers a compound fracture above the ankle when he slips on ice while hunting near his Kentucky home. He has a cast applied during surgery at Lexington’s Central Baptist Hospital and uses it for the next eight months
  • 1983, George Jones receives the first platinum album of his career, for “I Am What I Am”
  • 1969, Capitol releases Merle Haggard’s live “Okie From Muskogee” album

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This Day in Country Music – December 28th

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  • 2010, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have a daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, born through a surrogate mother at Nashville’s Centennial Medical Center
  • 2002, It’s a happy moment for George Strait: “She’ll Leave You With A Smile” reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
  • 1993, Shania Twain marries songwriter/record producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange in Northern Ontario, Canada
  • 1960, Marty Roe is born in Lebanon, Ohio. He becomes the lead singer of Diamond Rio, whose tight harmonies, strong musicianship and hook-filled songs bring Vocal Group honors from the Country Music Association four times

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This Day in Country Music – December 27th

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  • 2009, Clay and Jessica Walker have a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Walker
  • 1991, Shay Mooney is born in Natural Dam, Arkansas. He becomes one-half of Dan + Shay, who pick up numerous Vocal Duo of the Year nominations on the back of Top 10 hits, beginning in 2014, with “19 You + Me” and “Nothin’ Like You”
  • 1977, Dolly Parton earns the first gold album of her career, with “Here You Come Again”
  • 1962, Ricochet’s Jeff Bryant is born in Pecos, Texas. The drummer contributes to several hits as the band wins the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group honor in 1996 and 1998, but he leaves in 1999, suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome

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