COUNTRY HISTORY

This day in in 1983, Alabama hits #1 with “The Closer You Get”

This day in in 1983, Alabama hit #1 with “The Closer You Get.” "The Closer You Get" was written in 1980 by J.P. Pennington and Mark Gray, members of Exile. However, the song was not…
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This day in 2005: Dwight Yoakam makes an appearance in 'Wedding Crashers'

This day in 2005, the movie "Wedding Crashers," starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, debuted in theaters. Dwight Yoakam was featured in the opening scene being chewed out by an ex as a "hillbilly" in…
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This day in 1972, Tom T. Hall records the classic "(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine"

This day in 1972, Tom T. Hall records "(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine" around noon at Mercury Custom Recording Studio in Nashville. The song was Hall's third number one on the U.S. country singles…
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July 11 - On This Day

In 2012 - Luke Bryan was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Drunk on You", the third single from his album Tailgates & Tanlines.
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July 10, On This Day

In 1991 - Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Don't Rock the Jukebox", the lead single from the album of the same name. His second consecutive #1 single on the…
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July 9, On This Day

In 1981.  Born on this day in Waterloo, Iowa, was Emily West, country music artist, who debuted on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in early 2008 with the single "Rocks in Your Shoes" and also scored a…
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This day in 2009:  Mickey Gilley seriously injured in accident

This day in 2009:  Mickey Gilley was seriously injured in a fall in Branson, Missouri. The 73 year-old was helping a neighbor move some furniture when he fell, with the 'love seat' falling on top of…
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This day in 1965: Roy Rogers' faithful steed, Trigger dies at the age of 33.

This day in 1965: Roy Rogers' faithful steed, Trigger, died at the age of 33. In heartfelt tribute, Roy had Trigger mounted and put on display at the Roy Rogers Museum in California. After sitting stuffed…
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This day in 1964: Jim Reeves' final RCA sessions

This day in 1964, Jim Reeves went into the studio for what turned out to be his last recording session. Reeves' last recording session for RCA Victor produced "Make the World Go Away", "Missing You",…
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On this day in 1972, Alabama plays their first gig

On this day in 1972, Alabama gave their first paid performance at Canyonland Park, Alabama. At the time, they were known as Wild Country. The group toured the Southeast bar circuit in the early 1970s,…
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