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This Day in Country Music – March 26th

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  • 2015, The Daily Beast reports Willie Nelson plans to launch his own brand of weed, Willie’s Reserve, in states where grass has been legalized
  • 2005, Craig Morgan begins a four-week visit at the top of the Billboard chart with “That’s What I Love About Sunday”
  • 1983, John Anderson goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Swingin'”
  • 1956, Charly McClain is born in Jackson, Tennessee. Her distinctive southern voice marks such 1980s releases as “Who’s Cheatin’ Who,” “Radio Heart” and a duet with Mickey Gilley, “Paradise Tonight”

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This Day in Country Music – March 25th

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  • 2015, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Browns and guitarist Grady Martin are announced as 2015 inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville
  • 2006, Country Music Hall of Famer Buck Owens dies in his sleep at his Bakersfield home. Known for his red, white and blue guitar, Owens hosted TV’s “Hee Haw” for more than 15 years and left such classics as “Together Again” and “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail”
  • 1987, Warner Bros. releases Randy Travis’ “Forever And Ever, Amen”
  • 1971, Lynn Anderson earns the only gold album of her career, with “Rose Garden”

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This Day in Country Music – March 24th

  • 2012, Dierks Bentley settles in at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Home”
  • 2005, Keith Urban’s “Making Memories Of Us” video has its television premiere on CMT
  • 2002, Faith Hill performs “There You’ll Be,” from the movie “Pearl Harbor,” during the Oscar awards at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre. “For The Birds” wins Best Animated Short; the movie features a score created by Riders In The Sky
  • 1984, Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)” drives Alabama to the top position on the Billboard country singles chart

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This Day in Country Music – March 23rd

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  • 2009, A new episode of “CMT Crossroads” debuts pairing Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings. Among their performances: “In Color” and a cover of Waylon Jennings’ “Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out Of Hand”
  • 1996, This has to make her feel better: Patty Loveless tops the Billboard country chart with “You Can Feel Bad”
  • 1993, Reprise releases Dwight Yoakam’s album “This Time”
  • 1986, Brett Eldredge is born in Paris, Illinois. He brings a blue-eyed soul sound to country with his 2013 debut album, “Bring You Back,” which garners #1 hits with “Don’t Ya,” “Beat Of The Music” and “Mean To Me”

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This Day in Country Music – March 22nd

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  • 2007, Jason Aldean’s “Johnny Cash” video debuts on CMT
  • 1999, Diamond Rio collects a gold album for “Unbelievable”
  • 1971, Merle Haggard wins a trio of honors in the sixth Academy Of Country & Western Music awards at the Hollywood Palladium. He claims Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, and his Strangers take Top Touring Band
  • 1958, Hank Williams Jr. makes his public stage debut at the age of eight at the Nancy Auditorium in Swainsboro, Georgia. The facility is owned by Webb Pierce and music executive Jim Denny

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This Day in Country Music – March 21st

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  • 2004, Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox and his wife, Tara, have their second daughter, Brooklyn Leigh Vernon, in Nashville
  • 1999, Garth Brooks gets his first hit of spring training, singling up the middle off of pitcher Mike Sirotka during a San Diego Padres loss to the Chicago White Sox, 11-8, at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona
  • 1994, The “8 Seconds” soundtrack goes gold. Contributing artists include John Anderson, Pam Tillis, Billy Dean, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, McBride & The Ride, Karla Bonoff, David Lee Murphy, Mark Chesnutt, Patty Smyth and Bill Conti
  • 1988, Randy Travis wins three times at the 23rd annual Academy Of Country Music awards, aired on NBC from Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. He earns Top Male Vocalist, and “Forever And Ever, Amen” takes Single Record and Song of the Year

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This Day in Country Music – March 20th

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  • 2010, Billy Currington rides to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “That’s How Country Boys Roll”
  • 2002, Alison Krauss + Union Station pick up a gold album for “New Favorite”
  • 1993, George Strait’s “Heartland” rises to #1 in Billboard
  • 1977, Producer and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Chapman is born at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center. He produces Taylor Swift’s material, including “Love Story,” Mean” and “Mine,” plus The Band Perry’s “All Your Life” Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” and Lady Antebellum’s “Compass”

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This Day in Country Music – March 19th

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  • 2013, Mercury releases the Kacey Musgraves album “Same Trailer Different Park”
  • 2009, Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You” video premieres on CMT.com
  • 2000, Garth Brooks concludes spring training with the New York Mets. He walks on four pitches, as the Mets beat the Florida Marlins, 3-2, but he ends spring training hitless in 17 at-bats
  • 1991, MCA releases George Strait’s “Chill Of An Early Fall” album

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This Day in Country Music – March 18th

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  • 2006, Kenny Chesney begins a three-week ride at #1 in Billboard with “Living In Fast Forward,” written by David Lee Murphy
  • 2000, Toby Keith begins a five-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “How Do You Like Me Now?!”
  • 1989, Ricky Van Shelton aces the Billboard country singles chart with his remake of “From A Jack To A King”
  • 1974, Phillip Sweet is born in Pocahontas, Arkansas. He joins Little Big Town, a quartet whose  strong harmonies are essential to its signature hits, “Boondocks,”  “Little White Church,” “Tornado” and “Pontoon”

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This Day in Country Music – March 17th

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  • 2015, Keith Urban begins a three-night stand at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The encore includes a surprise appearance by Kenny Chesney, who joins him in a laughter-filled cover of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried”
  • 1990, Randy Travis begins a four-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart”
  • 1972, An outdoors festival in Dripping Springs, Texas, is one of the first to draw hippies and traditional country fans. In the lineup: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff, Buck Owens, Kris Kristofferson, Tex Ritter and Tom T. Hall
  • 1956, Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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