COUNTRY HISTORY

On this day in 1984: Barbara Mandrell seriously injured in car crash

On 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…
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On this day in 1983: Kix Brooks makes his chart debut

On 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 flop – it only reached #73. Eight years…
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On this day in 1956: Elvis appears on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

On 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…
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On this day in 2013: Carrie Underwood debuts as the voice of NBC's "Sunday Night Football"

On this day in 2013: Carrie Underwood debuted as the voice of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" theme, "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night." The game had George Strait serving as honorary captain of the Dallas…
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On this day in 1991: Dottie West passes away after car crash

On this day in 1991: Dottie West died at the age of 58 as a result of injuries she sustained five days earlier in a car accident. As the first female country GRAMMY winner, Dottie…
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On this day in 1991: Garth Brooks' album "Ropin' The Wind" is released

On this day in 1991, Garth Brooks’ album, “Ropin’ The Wind,” was released. The first country album to enter “Billboard’s” Top 200 and Top Country Albums chart at #1, it was then the second biggest…
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This Day in Country Music History

Today In 1956, Elvis Presley buys his mother a pink Cadillac while in Los Angeles to record. Today In 1974, John Denver closed a one-week stand at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre, where he recorded the…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1968, the single, "Harper Valley P.T.A.," by Jeannie C. Riley, entered the Top 40 chart. Today in 1993, Tracy Lawrence's “Alibis” album was certified platinum. Today in 1993, Garth Brooks announced that he…
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This day in Country Music History

Today in 1971, John Denver’s single, "Take Me Home, Country Roads," peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart. Today in 1981, Kenny Rogers' “Share Your Love” album was certified gold and platinum. Today in…
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On this day in 1990: Garth Brooks' "No Fences" album is released

On this day in 1990: Garth Brooks' “No Fences” album was released. It's since gone on to sell more than 16-million copies, making it one of the best-selling country albums of all time. In fact,…
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