COUNTRY HISTORY

This day in Country Music History

Today in 1925, WSM Radio in Nashville started broadcasting. One of its first programs was "WSM Barn Dance" which was renamed "Grand Ole Opry" two years later. It became the longest running radio show in history.…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1975, Willie Nelson picked up his first #1 single as an artist on the Billboard country chart with "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." Today in 1995, Alison Krauss went home four with trophies from…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1945, Elvis Presley made his first public appearance at the age of ten in a talent show at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show. He sang "Old Shep" and won a second prize of $5. Today…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1950, WSM-AM radio's country music showcase, "Grand Ole Opry," was telecast for the first time. Today in 1977, Elvis Presley’s “Welcome To My World” album was certified gold. Today in 1984, the album, “His Epic -…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested. He was celebrating his birthday by popping off a few rounds on his .357 Magnum. Two of those rounds hit bass player Butch Owens square in the chest.…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1928, the first recording session in Nashville took place at the YMCA. One of the first acts to be recorded was Warmack's Gully Jumpers. Today in 1956, RCA Records credited Elvis Presley with selling more…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1993, The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inducted Don Schlitz, who authored "The Gambler" and "On The Other Hand"; Red Lane, known for "My Own Kind Of Hat" and "'Til I Get It Right";…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1956, Elvis’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi held "Elvis Presley Day." Today in 1978, Waylon Jennings’ album, “I've Always Been Crazy,” was certified gold. Today in 1986, Exile's single, “It'll Be Me,” was at #1 on “Radio…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1972, the single, “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” by Mac Davis was at #1 on the pop singles chart. Today in 1974, the Mac Davis album, “Stop & Smell The Roses,” was certified gold.…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1939, Gene Autry's "Back In The Saddle Again" was released. Today in 1976, Willie Nelson released “The Troublemaker” album. Today in 1979, "Just Good Ol' Boys" (not the theme for “Dukes of Hazzard,” which belongs to…
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