COUNTRY HISTORY

This day in 1992: Volunteer Jam XV is held in Nashville

This day in 1992: Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam XV at Nashville's Starwood Amphitheater. It features Eddie Rabbitt, Paulette Carlson, Suzy Bogguss, Jo-El Sonnier, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Confederate Railroad, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little…
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This day in 1970, Crystal Gayle's first hit makes it's chart debut

This day in 1970, Crystal Gayle hit the country charts for the first time with "I've Cried The Blue Right Out of My Eyes." Her sister, Loretta Lynn, wrote the song. Born Brenda Gail Webb…
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This day in 1998, Reba McEntire gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

This day in 1998, Reba McEntire joined the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star, the 2,120th planted in the famous foot thoroughfare, was unveiled in front of the Johnny Grant Building, 7018 Hollywood Boulevard.…
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This day in 1960, Loretta Lynn makes her Grand Ole Opry debut. 

Today in 1960, Loretta Lynn made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Loretta Lynn told the newspaper, The Tennesseean: “I came out the back of the building, and I was hollering, ‘I’ve sung on the Grand…
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This day in 1991: Willie Nelson gets hitched

This day in 1991, Willie Nelson married makeup artist Ann-Marie D'Angelo. The couple, who met on the set of Nelson's 1986 movie, “Red Headed Stranger,” has two sons.
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This day in 2003, The U.S. Postal Service unveils new Roy Acuff stamp

This day in 2003, The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp featuring Roy Acuff during a ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The art is based on a photo that appeared in…
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This day in 2003: Johnny Cash passes away at 71.

This day in 2003, the famed “The Man in Black” Johnny Cash, who became a towering figure in American music with such hits as “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line” and “A Boy Named…
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This day in 1984: Barbara Mandrell in serious car crash

This day in 1984: Barbara Mandrell and two of her children were seriously injured in a car crash that killed the other driver. She spent a long time recuperating and firmly believed that seat belts…
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This day in 1983: Kix Brooks debuts on the country charts

This day in 1983, unknown singer/songwriter Kix Brooks debuted on the country charts with the song “Baby, When Your Heart Breaks Down.” The song was a failure – it only reached #73. Eight years later,…
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This day in 1956: Elvis Presley appears on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

This day in 1956: Elvis Presley made his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." He sang four songs, including "Love Me Tender" and "Don't Be Cruel," shot only from the waist up (because of…
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